Daily Archives: February 24, 2019

February 24 Hazard of a Hard Heart

Scripture Reading: Exodus 10

Key Verse: Exodus 8:19

The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.

He had attended church since he was a small child. As an adult, he took careful notes on every sermon. When the pastor talked about specific sins, he recognized some of the problems in his own heart and said to himself, “That’s me. I need to deal with these things.” But like many, by the time he returned from church, he had forgotten about his plans to ask God to change his life.

The man has a hard heart. “How is that possible?” you may ask. “He’s hearing what God says.” When you hear God’s Word and refuse to put it into practice, your heart is hardened against His truth. Eventually, if you continue to ignore His leading, He lets you follow your own slippery course.

God allowed Pharaoh to tell Moses no again and again. Pharaoh knew what he was supposed to do—release God’s chosen people, the Israelites, from slavery and oppression. Because Pharaoh persisted in his disobedience, he learned painful lessons he could have avoided.

Ask God to sensitize your heart and make you aware of any tough spots of resistance. He will soften your spirit, renew your understanding, and set you on a course of true submission.

Precious Lord, sensitize my heart. Make me aware of any hard spots of resistance. Soften my spirit, renew my understanding, and set me on a course of true submission.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 57). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why the NAR cult must be monitored by secular authorities.

The most concerning aspect of the New Apostolic Reformation is that their self-proclaimed ‘divine mandates’ appears to keep them outside of any local, national, global or biblical governing laws. NAR apologist, the late C. Peter Wagner who once led the movement stated:

“..whereas denominations are legal structures, the NAR is a relational structure. Everyone is related to, or aligned, with an apostle or apostles. This alignment is voluntary. There is no legal tie that binds it.” [Source]

However, Wagner had concluded,

“The question of how apostles are accountable is even more sensitive than the issue of the accountability of new apostolic pastors… To the degree that friendship and trust can develop from this process, there is realistic hope that many apostles will voluntarily and publicly submit themselves to an accountability structure of legitimate apostolic peers. On this one, the jury is still out.” [Source]

In summarising the articles (if you…

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Relax: Jim Bakker has Armageddon covered, with buckets of pizza in the Ozarks — Reformation Charlotte

KC STAR — In a town named Blue Eye near Branson, Mo., disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker continues his comeback, prepping souls for a nuclear apocalypse, one bucket of “Staying Alive” freeze-dried food at a time.

On Monday The Daily Mail published a behind-the-scenes look at Bakker’s ministry, which set up in Missouri 14 years ago. (Bakker himself did not speak to The Daily Mail for the story.)

Bakker’s ministry is getting buzz as of late. In May Buzzfeed published its own lengthy recounting of the Jim Bakker saga, detailing his current ministry in Missouri.

The Daily Mail, a British publication, equated Bakker’s Christian community, called Morningside, with a theme park, complete with a movie-set indoor town square guarded by a 15-foot statue of Jesus.

That’s where Bakker and his wife, Lori, film “The Jim Bakker Show,” a TV ministry with an end-of-days theme that sells “survival buckets.”

A bucket of freeze-dried buttermilk pancakes will set you back $70. (Sorry, it can’t be shipped to Canada.)

“It is astonishing that Bakker – forced out of his last ministry and imprisoned for defrauding his flock of $158 million – has managed to reinvent himself as a doomsday prophet,” the Daily Mail writes.

“Yet the Bible – something he confessed he’d only bothered to fully read during his five-year incarceration – teaches forgiveness. And his followers appear to have forgiven him – not only for his greed but also for the sex scandals that wrecked his holier-than-thou image carefully crafted by Bakker and then wife Tammy Faye via their vast Christian TV empire.”

It’s an alluring comeback story – televangelist brought down by a sex scandal pitches tent in the Ozarks with a younger wife with help from a deep-pocketed Missouri supporter and begins preaching end of the days.


via Relax: Jim Bakker has Armageddon covered, with buckets of pizza in the Ozarks — Reformation Charlotte

February 24 Trusting Your Conscience

Scripture reading: John 16:7–15

Key verse: John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

At the most fundamental level, your conscience gives you the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong. It is like a personal alarm system that works for your protection. You have probably had this experience: just as you were about to participate in or initiate something questionable, warning bells went off in your mind: Are you sure you should do this? If you went ahead and did it, you surely had a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach that did not go away until you made things right.

By itself, the conscience is a built-in monitor that signals you when a thought or action may violate your personal moral program, whatever that may be. The conscience cannot force you into a certain choice, and it does not necessarily point you to the option that is in line with God’s truth. This is a vital principle to understand in order to avoid misdirection.

Only when you accept Christ as your Savior does the conscience function as God planned. The Holy Spirit dwells within you the moment you place your faith in Jesus, and in His hands the conscience becomes a tool to assist you in making decisions according to God’s Word.

The Holy Spirit correctly interprets the messages your conscience sends. The Spirit then brings appropriate biblical principles to mind and urges you to live in line with their direction.

Father, I choose to trust Your Word rather than my conscience. Help me bring my life into alignment with the truths of Scripture.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 57). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Problem of Controlling and Manipulative Pastors is Real

The number of prominent pastors stepping down because they are very controlling and manipulating, and creating a culture of fear and intimidation, appears to have reached new heights these days. Although this type of behavior is unacceptable, I’m hoping to shed some light so that repentance can take place in the pulpit as well as the pew.

Regardless of the pastor, the comments are often the same: “The leadership is secretive, controlling, and manipulating. They retaliate against anyone opposed to them! There is a culture of fear among the staff. The pastor has a lot of ‘yes’ men surrounding him.” All these comments demand that pastors and elders look in the mirror, reassess our calling, and repent if warranted. That’s obvious. But on the flip side, these statements are sometimes unwarranted and unfounded when used by disgruntled members.

The problem: pastors are people: Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us is drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. We need to abort sin when it’s conceived (see James 1:14–15). Sin has a life cycle—it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it. John Owen once said, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” Put Christ on the pedestal, not people. People will always let you down; Christ will not.

If a leader continues to ignore the warning signs of a hard heart, they will inevitably drift from God. Not all fallen pastors are wolves, false teachers, or unbelievers; they’ve been overcome by sin. They need to be lovingly confronted and lovingly encouraged. Have we drifted so far that we have forgotten to exhibit the same grace we so desperately need ourselves? I’m not talking about sweeping corruption under the rug; I’m speaking of the ultimate goal of restoration—not necessarily to ministry but to relationship. It’s just as heartbreaking to see Christians bash a fallen leader as it is to watch the leader fall. Hurt people hurt people.

A misunderstood calling: Leaders may appear controlling because they are called to lead. They may come across as unapproachable because they set boundaries. They may be viewed as hard because they are called to defend. They may appear secretive because they must choose their words carefully. If they are not available 24/7, we say that they are “not there for us.” If they can’t make every event or respond to every email, Tweet, and Facebook post, we label them as “unavailable.” Folks, we all need a lot more grace.

When it comes to money, churches need to handle finances like we handle explosives: very carefully. However, everyone will have different opinions on where the money should be spent; this cannot be avoided. When churches grow quickly, this becomes even more challenging. I’ve noticed that how money is spent will always be an issue. As long as the church is avoiding massive debt, building on integrity, and accomplishing the Great Commission, they are hopefully heading in a good direction.

This doesn’t excuse financial mismanagement, but we must look at the whole picture. For example, I often hear this about churches in America: “The pastor is surrounded by ‘yes’ men.” Should we be surrounded by “no” men? God forbid. A healthy church is a unified church. This does not mean that it’s okay to control the board or manipulate decisions, but this topic deserves a closer look. Many times when people make this statement, it’s because they were denied a request. Instead of repenting of a wrong attitude, they use the “yes men” clause against the leadership. But sometimes their concern is very valid. So yes, some churches have passive board members who do not confront overbearing pastors, and I’m not defending that behavior. However, the answer is not a passive pastor. Within the leadership of the church, there ought to be unity, which is only found in prayerful submission to one another.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Shane Idleman

Source: The Problem of Controlling and Manipulative Pastors is Real

MSM Will Keep Russiagate Conspiracy Theory Alive Even After Mueller’s Report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump 2016 election campaign is anticipated as soon as next week. However, one former FBI special agent told Sputnik Thursday it’s unlikely to contain anything new – or to satiate a mainstream media obsessed with Russiagate.

Source: MSM Will Keep Russiagate Conspiracy Theory Alive Even After Mueller’s Report

Breaking: I Told You So. The SBC Executive Committee Slips Out a Saturday Night Special and Takes Greear to SBC School — The Wartburg Watch

7 of 10 churches in the Houston Chronicle/Greear list essentially exonerated and Greear gets slapped upside the head.

“Chiron said the word assist as if meant slap upside the head with extreme prejudice.” ― Rick Riordan,


Last night, after enjoying a wonderful service at my church, my husband and I stopped to bring home some food so we could watch a few shows together. It’s our favorite time of the week. While we were waiting for our order, I checked my cell phone and almost went ballistic in the sedate Village Deli. This needs to get out there ASAP. It fits under the *I told you so* category. This a rare Sunday post.

Saturday evening news dumps

Whenever a report gets released on a Saturday evening, you can be sure of one thing. The producers of the report hope that you are out enjoying your Saturday night and will go to church on Sunday and maybe not notice what just transpired. This happens in politics all the time and the SBC ranks amongst the most political organisms I know.

So, as soon as a saw this title in Baptist Press, SBC bylaws workgroup releases sexual abuse response, I knew it would be hot stuff. And it was. (It was 11 AM when I told this shot.)

You can be darn sure that they won’t be going after 2nd Baptist and some of the others (maybe all).

Here are excerpts:

Why the rush?

The Bylaws Workgroup requested on February 19 that the president provide information he referenced as a “dossier” containing the information upon which he based his naming of the churches, and he supplied that dossier to the workgroup on the afternoon of February 22.

What do they mean “exhibits an indifference?”

The Executive Committee is recommending to the Convention’s messengers this June an amendment to the Convention’s Constitution affirming that the Convention does not, and will not, cooperate with a church that clearly evidences indifference to addressing the crime of sexual abuse,

There will be no *presumption of guilt.”

It is also our opinion that the Executive Committee did not intend for every allegation that a church has demonstrated indifference to establish guilt which would then have to be disproved — in effect, a presumption of guilt which the Executive Committee should view as untenable and unscriptural.

The Matthew 18 *get out of jail free card* for pastors and churches

The committee says Matthew 18 wasn’t followed. (ROFL). They worked long and hard to see if those 10 churches that Greear had highlighted really were as bad as reported. You know the answer-of course not? Even better, Matthew 18 wasn’t followed!

Acting in accord with these principles, and biblical principles such as Matthew 18:15-20, Proverbs 18:17, and others, we applied such a test to the churches which, in the President’s opinion, had been publicly singled out because of allegations that employees or volunteers within each church had committed sexual abuse.

And the passage of time may mean that the new people running the church are absolutely beyond reproach.

We also considered whether the combination of such factors as the passage of time, changes in the church’s administration and membership, and the church’s adoption of policies to prevent abuse and properly respond to charges of abuse would make launching an inquiry of no value in addressing sexual abuse but only further harm a congregation recovering from the effects of crimes committed in its midst.

Greear gets his butt kicked for accusing the ten churches.

JD is that *individual.*

While victims of sexual abuse should always be encouraged to report the crimes against them, we urge all members of the Executive Committee and messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention to avoid publicly calling the names of churches without having documentation of criminal convictions and giving prior notice to the church. No individual possesses the authority to declare a church to be under a Convention inquiry of any kind.

And leave SBC central out of this.

We think such untoward actions by a church will be first and best known to the local association and the state or regional convention. When questions arise as to whether a church is in friendly cooperation with our Convention, we believe it is preferable and fairer to all involved if the names of suspect churches come to the attention of the Executive Committee and the Southern Baptist Convention from those sources.

The committee goes on to exonerate many of the 10 churches.

Of course, 2nd Baptist Houston was exonerated. Fearing an outcry, SGC Louisville was left in that well-defined *we’ll see” club.

Those who are in the *no further inquiry needed* club are:

  1. Arapaho Baptist Church, Garland, Texas
  2. Brentwood Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
  3. Eastside Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia
  4. First Baptist Church, Bedford, Texas
  5. Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
  6. Trinity Baptist Church, Ashburn, Georgia
  7. Turner Street Baptist Church, Springdale, ArkansasThis church is not a Southern Baptist church.

Further *inquiry warranted*

(Don’t get excited here, folks. It is rather simple to get into the *no further inquiry* club.)

  1. Bolivar Baptist Church, Sanger, Texas Read this one. It is doubtful anything will happen.)
  2. Cathedral of Faith, Houston, Texas. (The pastor is a registered sex offender.)
  3. Sovereign Grace Church, Louisville, Kentucky  (I assure you, friends, this one is here because of Papa Bear Mohler’s apology and the committee knows a blog storm would occur. This is a *throw CJ under the bus* for the moment. The question remains if other Sovereign Grace Churches churches are members of the SBC. I think there are some but I don’t have time to go through the list right now. Maybe readers can help me out here?)

Previous letters were sent from SBC central?

OK-all you SBC gurus, help me out here. Through the years I’ve been assured that the SBC central doesn’t kick out churches? That glorious task was left to regional SBC groups. So what previous letters were sent from central SBC? Are these churches truly autonomous?

Is pressure being brought to bear on the Houston Chronicle/Robert Downen?

Keep an eye on this situation. 2nd Baptist is in Houston, along with 2 other *executive committee* exonerated churches.

Let me remind you of these statements I made in my last two posts.

  1. “I’ve been suspicious about this process since Greear first announced the ten churches they were considering being given the title “not in friendly cooperation* with the SBC. In my previous post, I expressed concerns that Ed Young at 2nd Baptist and CJ Mahaney at SGC Louisville know where the bodies are buried. I believe this could possibly lead to a path in which they would be reinstated.
  2. Prediction: Given that the SBC is going after Mahaney and Ed Young of 2nd Baptist Houston, fireworks are sure to be on the horizon. Prepare for mudslinging. Some of these folks know where the bodies are buried…

New prediction:

The two churches on the *further inquiry* list will fall on their swords, do *something* and be exonerated. The wild card is SGC Louisville. Will they throw them under the bus to appease the lookers on?  I give it 3:1 odds of getting the boot. However, before that happens, CJ Mahaney may quietly remove their churches from the SBC. Keep an eye in the SBC directory of churches. As of today, they are on the list.

I’m sure SBC phones were ringing off the hooks. I wonder how many lawyers were involved? The new and improved SBC is still the same old SBC. They’ll just get some SBC sanctioned child protection rules in place. And then they will figure out how to exonerate any church which screws up.

via Breaking: I Told You So. The SBC Executive Committee Slips Out a Saturday Night Special and Takes Greear to SBC School —

SCHIFF: “Absolutely” Prepared to Subpoena Mueller’s Final Report, Call Mueller to Testify if Report Not Made Public (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that his Committee is “absolutely” prepared to sue the Trump administration if Mueller’s final report is not made public.

Schiff also said he will use subpoena power to obtain Mueller’s final report if Attorney General Bill Barr were to keep the report under wraps.

“We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary,” Schiff said.

“In the end I think the [Justice] Department understands they’re going to have to make this public. I think Barr will ultimately understand that as well.”

Stephanopoulos then asked Schiff, “Are you prepared to take the administration to court?”

“Absolutely. We are going to get to the bottom of this. We are going to share this information with the public,” Schiff said. “And if the president is serious about all his claims of exoneration, then he should welcome the publication of this report,” Schiff responded.


According to the special counsel rules, Robert Mueller has to submit a “confidential” report to the attorney general. The rules do not require the attorney general to share the report with Congress or even make it public which is why the Democrats are prepared to fight like hell to get their hands on the report — even if it means using subpoena power.

Not only is House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff gunning for Mueller’s final report, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and chairs of four other House Committees said in a letter to AG Bill Barr on Friday that they expect “in the strongest possible terms” that Mueller’s report be made public.

Bill Barr said during his confirmation hearings that he wants to be as transparent as possible “consistent with the rules and the law.”

Democrats also fear that Mueller’s report will be anticlimactic so they are ramping up additional ‘Trump-Russia’ investigations to harass President Trump.

House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) just announced a massive investigation into Trump’s personal life and finances.

via SCHIFF: “Absolutely” Prepared to Subpoena Mueller’s Final Report, Call Mueller to Testify if Report Not Made Public (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

‘This is America, 2019’ Where Justice for Unproven Allegations is Determined by a Violent Mobocracy

The newscasters were glum and their tone was dark. “This is America, 2019.” An America where a gay black man could be beaten and almost lynched by Trump-loving, white-supremacist, homophobic thugs. What has become of our country?

Well, their words were quite on point. This is America in 2019.

Except it was the opposite of what they meant.

There was no “modern-day lynching.”

There was no crazed, MAGA attack.

The Vice President was not somehow complicit (as per Ellen Page).

This did not reveal the violent state of our nation.

Instead, the response to the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett revealed another dark side of America.

A dark side just as ugly and potentially even more dangerous.

This is America, 2019.

It is an America in which we rush to judgment before having the facts at hand. And it is an America in which we also function as judge and jury, taking the law into our own hands.

It is an America in which soundbites educate and in which edited video clips inform.

It is an America which could easily lead to a volatile mobocracy.

Do you think I’m exaggerating?

Do you think there would not be a violent attack on the home of an alleged racist homophobe, simply based on an allegation? Do you think there would not be a physical assault on the person himself? Do you think that if Jussie Smollett had identified an alleged attacker by name that his life would not be endangered?

“There he is! Get him!”

And get him they would – without facts, without verification, without justification.

It’s bad enough that menacing protesters showed up at the home of Tucker Carlson.

It’s bad enough that a disruptive little gang could drive Senator Ted Cruz and his family from a restaurant.

It’s bad enough that the Covington Catholic School had to shut down temporarily because of threats. (And may I point out that all these acts of mobocracy have come from the left?)

But it’s even worse when the media are complicit in fanning the flames.

It’s even worse when reporters report irresponsibly, just because the story fits their narrative. (In Joy Behar’s candid admission, it’s “because we’re desperate to get Trump out.”) Have they forgotten the word “alleged”? (In this context, a New York Times op-ed by Noah Rothman is relevant, addressing, “An object lesson in what happens when people in positions of political and cultural authority indulge their biases by suspending disbelief.”)

And what happens when political leaders join in the frenzy, also suspending critical judgment because the report so perfectly supports their biases? What happens when they’re joined by outspoken celebrities?

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown

Source: ‘This is America, 2019’ Where Justice for Unproven Allegations is Determined by a Violent Mobocracy

Common Core Taught Our Children to Be Obedient Globalists: Is it Any Surprise That Most Millennials are “Feeling the Bern?”

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

This article is in no way meant to depress or bring a sense of hopelessness to the body of Christ. My hope is that the readers will begin to understand that we have arrived at this point in history, because God ordained it.  Satan is at work to corrupt the minds and hearts of our children.

We must be on our knees daily for our children, the media, our government, educational institutions; and all other mediums which effect our children.

Systematic and well thought out plan

None of this happened by chance. It is well thought out and has been systematically implemented in our children’s schools.  Common Core was introduced in 2009 (during the reign of Obama) and now…

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Lara Logan: Media Is “Coming After Me” For Telling The Truth About Liberal Bias

Just as she had anticipated, former CBS News 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan has been inundated with criticism both personal and professional after breaking ranks and admitting during an interview on the Mike Drop podcast that the mainstream media is “85% Democrat” and that allegations of a pervasive left-wing bias in the media are sadly justified (what is for many a self-evident truth that many on the left are still somehow unwilling to accept).

And in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night, Logan expanded on her point and also share some of the backlash she faced after her interview went viral.

I am braced for fire and fury,” she said. “I can give you the script now…It’s the same people all the time, and who say the same thing…They can’t take down the substance,” she said “they can’t go after the things that matter, so they smear you personally, they go after your integrity, they go after your reputation as a person and as a professional and they’ll stop at nothing.”


“If there are any independent voices out there, if there are any journalists that are not beating the same drum and giving the same talking points, then we pay the price.”


Logan also wasn’t afraid to name names.

“Michael Calderone, who was at the Huffington Post. I can literally give you the script now, I can tell you who the players are. Joe Hagan, Brian Stelter, it’s the same people all the time and they’re all saying the same things and they come after Cheryl Atkinson, they come after you, they come after me.”

During her original interview, Logan explained to Brietbart’s Mike Ritland how viewers can tell that the media is biased.

“85% of journalists are registered Democrats,” Logan said. “How do you know you’re being lied to? How do you know you’re being manipulated? How do you know there’s something not right with the coverage? When they simplify it all [and] there’s no grey. It’s all one way. Well, life isn’t like that. If it doesn’t match real life, it’s probably not. Something’s wrong. For example, all the coverage on Trump all the time is negative…That’s a distortion of the way things go in real life.”

“There’s no grey. It’s all one way,” said Logan.

In response, Hannity wondered aloud if Logan had maybe low-balled that number, and if the true figure was closer to 90%.

Watch the full Hannity below:

Source: Zero Hedge

Source: Lara Logan: Media Is “Coming After Me” For Telling The Truth About Liberal Bias

Media blitz foiled: conservatives outnumber liberals in far more states, since Trump’s election — American Thinker Blog

The media campaign, directed against Donald Trump but also against conservatives, has been unprecedented in its scope and intensity

You could be forgiven if you thought that the media onslaught against conservatives the last few years would have an effect on how most of the country views the right.

That media campaign – directed against Donald Trump but also against conservatives – has been unprecedented in its scope and intensity. Conservatives are routinely portrayed as racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Muslim, and paranoid xenophobes.

But Gallup found some remarkable conservative strength all across the country. Their latest survey shows that liberals outnumber conservatives in only 6 states and that there are 25 states where conservatives are polling above their national average.

Washington Examiner:

The number of states where liberals outnumber conservatives has dropped more than 30 percent, with just six now in that category: Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington, New York, and New Hampshire.

According to the latest Gallup survey, in every other state but California, where conservatives and liberals split 29 percent to 29 percent, conservatives lead.

Nationally, those who identify themselves conservative hold a nine-point lead.

The map is telling:

“The residents of most U.S. states are more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal in their political ideology. In 25 states, the conservative advantage is significantly greater than the national average, including 19 ‘highly conservative’ states in which conservatives outnumber liberals by at least 20 percentage points,” said Gallup.

Translating those numbers into political power is a different matter. The right’s problem is that big states are mostly less conservative or about average. Even Texas is about 50-50 conservative vs. moderate/liberal. In a national election, that matters and Trump’s razor thin victory in several large midwestern states in 2016 negated some of that Democratic advantage. Can he do it again? He certainly has a shot given that Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are all still very competitive for the right.

This map is also a warning to Democrats. If they insist on pushing Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, and reparations for slavery, they will probably get buried in 2020. If Ocasio-Cortez and the radicals continue to gain strength and influence in the Democratic party, it will lead to a Republican rout.

Source: Media blitz foiled: conservatives outnumber liberals in far more states, since Trump’s election

The CIA Is Out of Control, Has Been Since the 50’s

In this posting, I want to take a very brief look at the history of the founding of America’s Central Intelligence Agency and provide quotes from an American president regarding his views on the CIA and what should be done to control its seemingly unfettered powers.

The Central Intelligence Agency had evolved significantly over the decades up to its official designation as America’s foremost intelligence agency in 1947 as follows:

1.) Office of the Coordinator of Information (COI) – Established July 11, 1941 – duration of 337 days.

2.) Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – Established June 13, 1942 – duration of 3 years and 3 months.

3.) Strategic Services Unit (SSU) – Established October 1, 1945 – duration of 1 year and 5 months.

4.) Central Intelligence Group (CIG) – Established January 1946 – duration of 1 year and 6 months.

5.) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Established September 18, 1947 – duration 71 years.

The CIA was created under the National Security Act of 1947which was signed into law on July 26, 1947 by President Harry Truman as shown here:

Under the Act, the CIA was responsible for the same functions as the CIG as follows:

1.) coordinating, planning, evaluating and disseminating intelligence.

2.) capability to clandestinely collect information.

3.) authority to conduct independent research and analysis.

In addition, the Act added the following broad tasks to the CIA’s “to do” list:

1.) advise the National Security Council (NSC) on matters related to national security.

2.) make recommendations to the NSC regarding the coordination of intelligence activities of the Department.

3.) correlate and evaluate intelligence and provide for its appropriate dissemination.

4.) perform such other functions as the NSC will from time to time direct.

By 1953, the Agency was an established element of Washington, making contributions in the areas of paramilitary warfare and political action.

With that background, I would like to change gears and look at some comments and concerns about the Central Intelligence Agency from a United States president.  These comments are particularly pertinent given the CIA’s involvement in geopolitical meddling around the globe over the past 71 years, a small sampling of which you can read about herehere and here.

Now, let’s look at some quotes from the President of the United States about the CIA:

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency— CIA. 

I think it is fairly obvious that by and large a President’s performance in office is as effective as the information he has and the information he gets. That is to say, that assuming the President himself possesses a knowledge of our history, a sensitive understanding of our institutions, and an insight into the needs and aspirations of the people, he needs to have available to him the most accurate and up-to-the-minute information on what is going on everywhere in the world, and particularly of the trends and developments in all the danger spots in the contest between East and West. This is an immense task and requires a special kind of an intelligence facility. 

Of course, every President has available to him all the information gathered by the many intelligence agencies already in existence. The Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Interior and others are constantly engaged in extensive information gathering and have done excellent work. 

But their collective information reached the President all too frequently in conflicting conclusions. At times, the intelligence reports tended to be slanted to conform to established positions of a given department. This becomes confusing and what’s worse, such intelligence is of little use to a President in reaching the right decisions. 

Therefore, I decided to set up a special organization charged with the collection of all intelligence reports from every available source, and to have those reports reach me as President without department “treatment” or interpretations.

I wanted and needed the information in its “natural raw” state and in as comprehensive a volume as it was practical for me to make full use of it. But the most important thing about this move was to guard against the chance of intelligence being used to influence or to lead the President into unwise decisions— and I thought it was necessary that the President do his own thinking and evaluating. 

Since the responsibility for decision making was his— then he had to be sure that no information is kept from him for whatever reason at the discretion of any one department or agency, or that unpleasant facts be kept from him. There are always those who would want to shield a President from bad news or misjudgments to spare him from being “upset.” 

For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas…

  Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue— and a subject for cold war enemy propaganda… 

But there are now some searching questions that need to be answered. I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field— and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere. 

We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.” (all bolds mine)

Can you guess which President of the United States made this running rather negative commentary on the Central Intelligence Agency and its “rogue tendencies”? This commentary was written by none other than President Harry S. Truman, the president that signed the CIA into existence in 1947, and appeared in the Washington Post on December 22, 1963 under the title “Limit CIA Role to Intelligence”.  It is key to keep in mind that this presidential commentary appeared in the Washington Post exactly one month after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  The great irony is that a majority of Americans believe that there was a conspiracy behind the assassination of Kennedy with 7 percent (n 2013) still believing that the CIA was involved as shown here:

Given the current world geopolitical situation and the American intelligence network’s close involvement in the Russian meddling narrative, it’s looking like former U.S. President Harry Truman’s assessment of the Central Intelligence Agency back in 1963 was prescient.

Source: The CIA Is Out of Control, Has Been Since the 50’s

“We Want Them Now!” President Trump Demands Deep State Turn Over ‘Missing’ Strzok-Page Texts and DNC Server — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump ripped “Crooked Hillary Clinton” and the Deep State coup plotters Sunday morning in a tweet.

The President also asked, “Where’s the server that the DNC refused to give to the FBI?” and demanded the ‘missing’ Strzok-Page texts be handed over “now.”

TRUMP: The only Collusion with the Russians was with Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee…And, where’s the Server that the DNC refused to give to the FBI? Where are the new Texts between Agent Lisa Page and her Agent lover, Peter S? We want them now!

Here are the cold, hard facts:

The DNC server was allegedly “hacked” by the Russians nearly three years ago, yet the FBI still has not done a forensic inspection of the servers to confirm they were hacked, and if hacked, by whom?

We now know that Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid millions of dollars for a fraudulent Russia dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Christopher Steele reportedly gathered Russian intel and put together a garbage dossier which was then used to obtain a FISA warrant and three subsequent renewals on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

Crooked Hillary Clinton colluded with foreigners during the 2016 election to illegally spy on her political opponent, Donald Trump.

FBI’s chief of counterintelligence, Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page were caught exchanging anti-Trump text messages over the summer of 2017.

In what is believed to be the most damning text exchange between the FBI lovebirds was a discussion about an “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of office.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office…that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected…but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok text messaged to Page in an Aug. 15, 2016 exchange, referring to Andrew McCabe.

“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Strzok added.

Other profanity-laced text messages between Strzok and Page showed their contempt for Donald Trump.

Thousands of text messages sent between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are still ‘missing.’

In December, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a partially redacted report describing its investigation into the recovery of text messages between Strzok and Page.

According to the IG report, the text messages sent between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok about the Mueller probe were ‘lost’ because their phones were conveniently reset to ‘factory settings’ by the someone in the DOJ.

In other words, Mueller’s office scrubbed clean both Peter Strzok’s and Lisa Page’s phones.

When will Mueller be charged with obstruction of justice?

via “We Want Them Now!” President Trump Demands Deep State Turn Over ‘Missing’ Strzok-Page Texts and DNC Server — The Gateway Pundit

Venezuelans Now Regret Giving Up Their Guns to Socialist Chavez Regime — The Gateway Pundit

Joseph Stalin’s firearms registration and confiscation was a tremendous success for the Socialist state.

Under the Tsar, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. That all changed when Stalin and the communists took control.  Stalin was able to control, starve, punish and imprison a defenseless people… after he took their guns. (Zinnfigur)

This video is a shocking reminder on how Stalin was able to control, starve, punish and imprison a defenseless people.

It’s no secret that Democrats are hoping to repeat this history here in the United States.

Today in Venezuela the citizens regret giving up their guns to the Socialist Chavez regime.

The Truth About Guns reported:

In 2012, Venezuela’s dictator-for-life President Hugo Chavez had his rubber stamp legislature pass the Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law. The public generally supported it at the time. The law stripped law-abiding Venezuelans of every firearm and round of ammunition they could legally own.

As the country and its citizens have increasingly benefitted from the wonders of Bolivarian socialism, it appears that the public now regrets their support for total civilian disarmament.

“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

If only the citizens of Venezuela had the right to keep and bear arms as a check against government tyranny.

Once again, another nation demonstrates what can and frequently does happen to a disarmed populace. The despotism pushed by the authoritarian ruling class can proceed full force, with no realistic threat of opposition from the people they subjugate.

Featured image from The Truth About Guns

via Venezuelans Now Regret Giving Up Their Guns to Socialist Chavez Regime — The Gateway Pundit

Ocasio-Cortez Exposed As Fraud As No Evidence Exists Of Her Supposed Bronx Residency — The Federalist Papers

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has painted a picture of herself as a tough woman from the Bronx but it appears to be a façade.

It has been alleged before that she was raised in the affluent Westchester region of New York and was a fraud.

She has strongly denied those accusations and insisted she was raised in the Bronx and Westchester.

But now that she is a Congresswoman she insists that she resides full time in the Bronx and her brand is built on that premise.

That is when she is not living in her luxury apartment in Washington D.C. that has no units for the poor people she says she represents.

Now a new story in The New York Post casts serious doubts on that assertion.

She may be America’s most famous freshman congresswoman, but in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a virtual ghost.

She has no district office and no local phone number, unlike the state’s three other freshman members.

And it’s unclear whether the 29-year-old lawmaker, who represents the Bronx and Queens, actually still lives in the Parkchester neighborhood that has been so closely tied to her rise — even though she won her upset victory over fellow Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley with accusations that his home in Virginia made him too Washington-focused to serve his district.

Ocasio-Cortez has used her deceased father’s Bronx condo on her voter registration since 2012, and even posed in the one-bedroom Bronx flat for celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz in a Vogue magazine profile after her stunning November election. But The Post could find little indication she continues to live there.

The Post e-mailed the Ocasio-Cortez’ spokesman, Corbin Trent, four times with specific questions — they were all ignored. On Saturday, The Post reached Corbin by phone.

“We will not be commenting,” he said. Among the queries he refused to answer: Where does the congresswoman live?

Ocasio-Cortez herself told a Post reporter that she would talk to him after an event on Saturday and had him wait for her downstairs.

But after 20 minutes of waiting and after her staffers read an advanced copy of the story exposing her, he found that she had snuck out the back door and left in a limousine.

The reporter spoke to neighbors of Ocasio-Cortez and found out some oddities in her Bronx story.

Her next door neighbor told The Post that she has never met the 29-year-old Congresswoman.

A postal worker said that in 10 years of delivering mail to the apartment he has only seen her occasionally and that her mail piles up for months.

“Just because their names are on the box doesn’t mean they live there,” he told The Post.

“Constituents come here and leave notes on the door,” he said. “But it’s a waste of time.”

Source: Ocasio-Cortez Exposed As Fraud As No Evidence Exists Of Her Supposed Bronx Residency

Ocasio Cortez’s neighbors cast doubts on where she lives, NY Post report takes on freshman congresswoman — Conservative News Today

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Though socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has enjoyed falsely portraying herself as a people’s champion who grew up experiencing the hard-knock life in one of New York City’s toughest borough (she didn’t), the evidence suggests it’s bologna.

In fact, at this point it’s unclear whether she ever even really lived in the Bronx.

According to an investigation by the New York Post, prior to winning a seat in Congress and relocating to Washington, D.C,. the young congresswoman claimed to be living at her deceased father’s one-bedroom Bronx apartment/condo. Yet none of the apartment’s neighbors can recall ever seeing her:

“Her apartment’s next-door neighbor said she had never seen Ocasio-Cortez. Another neighbor, who has lived down the hall from the congresswoman’s apartment for the last 40 years, said he’d never seen her or her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, who has claimed the address as his own since last spring.”

“I would have remembered,” one neighbor said after viewing a photo of AOC.

No Congressional district and no home address in her district…so who exactly is she supposed to be representing??? More corrupt and deceptive behavior from the @dnc darling @AOChttps://t.co/MNTHemkGQI

— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) February 24, 2019

Even local business owners have no recollection of seeing her, except for after her campaign began, according to the Post: “Workers at Jerry’s Pizzeria, less than a block from her building, and at the local grocery store said she had never patronized their businesses — and a server at a nearby taqueria said the congresswoman had only come in to be filmed by news crews.”

The congresswoman also reportedly posed in her father’s apartment for a seemingly phony Vogue photo following her midterm election victory last November:

@TheRalphRetort One more picture from Vogue: https://t.co/G1QpD8FwPT pic.twitter.com/iBqAadlxbP

— Marj Oszman🇺🇸🌎 (@TurntableKittah) November 30, 2018

Prior to her election, she used her image as a Bronx homegirl to boost her profile:

There’s more. When she filed paperwork two years ago to become a congressional candidate, she declared her candidacy for the wrong district. It was as she didn’t even know where she lived.

A postal work who reportedly delivers mail to her building said that in the past decade he’s only seen her a couple times and that mail tends to pile up in her mailbox fairly often.

“Just because their names are on the box doesn’t mean they live there,” the postal worker said.


This discovery fits in line with a previous discovery that she didn’t even really grow up in the Bronx. While it’s true she was born there, when she was five her father relocated them to a home in Yorktown Heights, an upscale suburb in Westchester County with a median income of $95,523.

Ocasio-Cortez gets an attitude after being busted for falsely claiming to have grown up in the Bronx https://t.co/xUnpn9gnM7

— bobbygee (@bobgaree) July 8, 2018

If AOC were a true people’s champ, you’d think she’d spent at least some of her time on the mean streets speaking with her constituents, right?

She doesn’t even have a local office there, according to the Post. And since her inauguration last month, she’s only been to New York City four times — and only for high-profile, public events such as appearances on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Talk about a true people’s champ … a true rich people’s champ, that is.


“[A district office] makes government immediately responsible and accountable to the citizens. Constituents need to know their representatives are working for them, and not for national prominence,” Jadan Horyn of Reclaim New York, a government watchdog group, said to the Post.

The young congresswoman is reportedly in the process of setting up a constituent office in the Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights. Or rather she’s in the process of spending a fortune renovating a third-floor space in a building that reportedly charges $40 per square foot for rent. The Post was unable to obtain confirmation from AOC that taxpayers aren’t the ones funding these renovations.

Nor has Ocasio-Cortez shown any willingness to speak with the media about why she’s she’s currently living in an upscale apartment complex in Washington, D.C., that’s so ritzy that “[p]oor people not allowed,” as reported by the Washington Examiner.

All that’s known for certain is that — just like former President Barack Hussein Obama — the young congresswoman’s hypocrisy and lies seem to have no discernible limit:

Here it is. Need to see anything else? AOC is a fraud. She doesn’t live in her own district. She had no office there for constituents. She is a female version of Obama. 100% hype and bullsh**t combined with PR. Cares only about her own wealth & celebrity. https://t.co/QqivzCuCJT

— Wayne Allyn Root (@RealWayneRoot) February 24, 2019

https://t.co/RvT8HIwRDu#LiarLiarPantsOnFire #AOC is a freaking #Hypocrite & Liar.

— 🖤Bink🖤 (@markle_darla) February 24, 2019

omg, did AOC lie about where she lives? riding around in chauffered limos? gotta just love those hypocritical dems…. https://t.co/MHFsNbbx6h

— oldmomster (@oldmomster) February 24, 2019

AOC is a lot like Obama. She wasn’t rich when she arrived in DC, but she is now living the high life at the taxpayers’ expense. Does she really need a 5,000 square foot office in Queens? No, but when the taxpayers foot the bill why not, eh AOC?https://t.co/sm4hzB6t21

— HelvidiusPriscus (@HelvidiusPrisc) February 24, 2019

@AOC you’re as slimy as all politicians who lie. You don’t even live in your district. Tsk tsk tsk tsk. Hope you’re done in one term.

Where in the world does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live?: https://t.co/5Caza8KE8r

— Gman64 (@GuillermoLarr15) February 24, 2019

It’s hardly a surprise that the AOCs of Congress aren’t the people they parade themselves as!

Who is AOC anyway? She’s surely not her resume!

Where in the world does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live? https://t.co/eRtN4TtMmC #FoxNews

— Daniel Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) February 24, 2019

Who is teaching @AOC the dirty tricks of politics? Just like @RepMaxineWaters doesn’t live in her district?
Plays fast and loose with campaign money. Funded by @georgesoros? She is a clear & present danger to our Republic.
The enemy within will kill us! 💥https://t.co/dPVcBIoXBz

— Ordinary one (@ord3001) February 24, 2019

Source: Ocasio Cortez’s neighbors cast doubts on where she lives, NY Post report takes on freshman congresswoman

‘New York Post’ Questions Alexandria Cortez’s Claims About Where She Lives

New York Post

You’ve probably heard Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s talk of being “Alex from the Bronx.” She hypes herself up as a streetwise Latina who knows what’s going down in the ‘hood.

Well, her hood upbringing has already been debunked. The New York Post may be on the verge of proving she doesn’t live there now either.

Get a load of this:

She has no district office and no local phone number, unlike the state’s three other freshman members.

And it’s unclear whether the 29-year-old lawmaker, who represents the Bronx and Queens, actually still lives in the Parkchester neighborhood that has been so closely tied to her rise.

Ocasio-Cortez has used her deceased father’s Bronx condo on her voter registration since 2012.

The Post e-mailed the Ocasio-Cortez’ spokesman, Corbin Trent, four times with specific questions — they were all ignored. On Saturday, The Post reached Corbin by phone.

“We will not be commenting,” he said.

Her apartment’s next-door neighbor said she had never seen Ocasio-Cortez. Another neighbor, who has lived down the hall from the congresswoman’s apartment for the last 40 years, said he’d never seen her or her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, who has claimed the address as his own since last spring.


Source: ‘New York Post’ Questions Alexandria Cortez’s Claims About Where She Lives

Turley: ‘You Have to Call Them as You See Them’ — ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion — Breitbart News

On Saturday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Smerconish,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley argued that it appears the Department of Justice special counsel probe headed up by former FBI Director Robert Mueller was unable to find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Turley walked through all the signs that suggested such collusion was unlikely and said even if some associated with the campaign did so, including Roger Stone, such activity is not illegal.

“It does,” he replied. “You have to call them as you see them. There is no evidence thus far of collusion between the Trump campaign and President Trump, and the Russians in hacking these computer systems. And moreover, it is quite unlikely if you were a KGB spymaster, would you really collude with Donald Trump and put yourself one tweet away from destruction on perhaps the most secret operation in recent history? The answer is, no. They wouldn’t do that.”

“Would you hold a hypersensitive meeting at Trump Tower with half the media downstairs?” he continued. “And not actually produce the evidence promised? Instead, talk about adoption? No. The most obvious explanation is probably the right one. There was not collusion in hacking the system. Now what appears to be the case is that [Roger] Stone wanted to get access to this information. That’s not illegal. Journalists, academics, political operative all try to get their hands on material like this, whether it’s whistleblowing, whether it came from one source or another. There’s nothing illegal in that.”

“And so, I think that so far, we’re one collusion short of making that case,” he added.

Source: Turley: ‘You Have to Call Them as You See Them’ — ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion