Daily Archives: March 7, 2019

March 7 The Wisdom of God

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:1–7

Key Verse: Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

The apostle Paul made a clear distinction between the learned wisdom of his time and the wisdom of God. Such a difference still exists in this so-called intellectual age. As we send men into space and harness the atom, we still must be sure to lock our doors at night.

The wisdom of God is as superior to the wisdom of men as a star is to a sixty-watt bulb. Man’s wisdom is knowledge and utilization of data. God’s wisdom is strength, right thinking, guidance, and a right course for every man in every age in every circumstance.

Perhaps the best definition of wisdom is “viewing life from God’s perspective.” That means sifting our ambitions, challenges, problems, and tasks through the filter of God’s eternal truth—the Scriptures.

God’s wisdom can never be achieved through a mechanical formula. If that were the case, then any person—wicked or righteous—could enjoy its benefits. Receiving God’s wisdom involves developing a growing, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ who is our wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30).

That’s what Solomon meant when he said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1:7). As we seek and worship God and submit to His will, we increasingly become the repository of His wisdom.

Precious Lord, let me view life from Your perspective. Help me sift my ambitions, challenges, problems, and tasks through the filter of Your truth. Give me divine wisdom through an intimate relationship with Your Son, Jesus.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 70). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 7 Bearing Burdens

Scripture reading: Galatians 6:1–5

Key verse: Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

The casual chat over the fence turns serious. The routine conversation about teenage dilemmas leads into an emotional admission by your neighbor.

“My son is about to be suspended from school for something he said to his teacher. I am going to talk with the principal today and would appreciate your prayers. I’m pretty upset about the possible consequences.”

You wince. You are not sure what to say. Since you both attend the same church, you assure him that you will pray for his son. He is grateful.

The next weekend you notice your neighbor working in his yard. You would like to walk over and inquire about his son’s status, but you are apprehensive about how to approach the subject.

Bearing the burdens of a fellow Christian is a ticklish issue. We do not want to appear nosy and certainly don’t desire to say something that could be misconstrued. For the most part, we keep at arm’s length, opting for our basic generic prayer. This approach is far removed from the biblical notion of bearing one another’s burdens, which entails a significant sharing of the spiritual and emotional weight.

Have you entered into this kind of burden bearing? Aren’t there episodes when you desperately need this kind of assistance? God has a way to make it happen.

Dear Lord, make me sensitive to the needs of others. I want to be a burden bearer.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 70). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Pelosi Says House Dems Launching Investigations Into Trump Without Evidence of a Crime is Their “Constitutional Responsibility” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a press briefing Thursday that the massive investigations into President Trump launched by the House Democrats without any evidence crimes were committed is their “Constitutional responsibility” as oversight of the Executive branch.

“The House launched investigations on Trump — what kind of evidence does the House have right now on Trump to launch all these investigations on him and could this possibly be overreach?” a reporter asked Pelosi.

Pelosi interrupted the reporter, “No, this is our Constitutional responsibility to have oversight over the Executive branch.”

The House Speaker then invoked Stalin’s rule of “show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

“The evidence that they will have is what they will gather doing the oversight, bringing truth to the American people,” Pelosi said, adding, “If we were not to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch, we would be delinquent in our duties.”

So there you have it. Nancy Pelosi, who is third in the line of succession to become President of the United States just admitted there is no evidence a crime was committed by President Trump and claimed searching for a crime — which is an overt abuse of due process, is their “Constitutional responsibility.”

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Recall, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) admitted on CNN this week that there is no evidence Trump obstructed justice but he launched a massive investigation anyway because it’s his ‘personal opinion’ that Trump may have violated the Constitution.

Subpoenas flew on Monday after Rep. Jerry Nadler launched an investigation of Trump and issued document requests to 81 people and entities close to the White House.

The list includes: Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, General Mike Flynn, Julian Assange, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Erik Prince and the NRA.

The House Judiciary Committee is investigating three main topics: obstruction of justice, including the potential interference by the president into criminal investigations; public corruption, including violations of the emoluments clause; and abuses of power, including attacks on the free press, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies, reported NBC News.

Chairman of the House Intel Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) recently launched a massive investigation into President Trump’s personal life and Russia — without evidence a crime was committed.

The Stalinist House Democrats are also seeking ten years of Trump’s tax returns in hopes of finding a crime.

And if that isn’t enough, Maxine Waters told reporters last week that her Committee will be investigating the Trump Foundation over ‘tax evasion concerns.’

Had enough yet, America?

via Pelosi Says House Dems Launching Investigations Into Trump Without Evidence of a Crime is Their “Constitutional Responsibility” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Nancy Pelosi Overrules Engel’s Call for Ilhan Omar to Apologize for ‘Vile Antisemitic Slur’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday did not call for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to apologize for her latest anti-Jewish remark, overruling House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), who demanded the freshman congresswoman apologize for her “vile antisemitic slur” last week.

Source: Nancy Pelosi Overrules Engel’s Call for Ilhan Omar to Apologize for ‘Vile Antisemitic Slur’

Pelosi Gives Omar A Pass As “Anti-Semitism” Resolution Morphs Into Indictment Of Trump Supporters | ZeroHedge News

After a contentious closed-door session on Wednesday among House Democrats who are deeply divided over a resolution to indirectly condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) over anti-Israel comments, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) almost got whiplash from pivoting 180-degrees; excusing Omar, while dramatically altering resolution’s language from condemning anti-Semitism, to Democratic talking points commonly used against Trump supporters.

When asked if Omar should apologize for saying that supporters of Israel have an “allegiance to a foreign country,” Pelosi gave a pass to the freshman Rep, telling reporters: “I do not believe she understood the full weight” of her words, adding that Omar’s comments “were not based on any anti-Semitic attitude.

If true, some have suggested that Omar is tone-deaf and not fit to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction of the relationship between the United States and Israel.

Meanwhile, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that the House hopes to vote on Thursday on a resolution condemning all forms of hate, saying the message would be “we are against bigotry, we are against prejudice and against hate.” – which just happens to echo commonly used Democrat talking points about conservatives. 

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As we noted on Wednesday, Pelosi’s 180 comes after chaos broke out Wednesday during a closed-door meeting of House Democrats.

Inside the meeting, according to multiple people present, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried to keep her caucus focused on a planned Friday vote on a sweeping campaign and elections reform bill. She acknowledged “internal issues,” according to notes taken by a Democratic aide present, and urged members not to “question the motivations of our colleagues.”

But moments later, multiple House members stood up to challenge the decision — endorsed by Pelosi and the rest of the House Democratic leadership — to move forward with a resolution condemning religious hatred. Initially the measure targeted only anti-Semitism, with some Democrats pushing for a direct rebuke of Omar, but by Tuesday night — facing backlash from members not on board with the plan — leaders decided to expand it to include anti-Muslim bias. –Washington Post

Several Democrats those who took issue with the measure were members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who opposed even an indirect rebuke of Rep. Omar when they should be focusing on how to attack President Trump.

“I think there’s a big rise in anti-Semitism and racism, and that’s a bigger conversation we need to be having.” said Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA). “But it starts at 1600 Pennsylvania. It doesn’t start with one member out of 435 members of Congress.

Why are we doing this?” asked Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), who said that a resolution would be “redundant and unnecessary,” likely referring to the January 11 rebuke of Omar after she accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of contributing to pro-Israel politicians.

In the end, Rep. Omar seems to have won the day.

Source: Pelosi Gives Omar A Pass As “Anti-Semitism” Resolution Morphs Into Indictment Of Trump Supporters

Thomas Sowell Sounds Warning Bell: US May Give In to Socialism, ‘We May Not Make It’

Renowned economist Thomas Sowell expressed significant concern that enough Americans might be persuaded by the siren call of socialism to take the country down that route.

The author of “Basic Economics” told Fox Business Network on Tuesday, “I do have a great fear that, in the long run, we may not make it.

“I hate to say that,” Sowell continued. “The one thing that keeps me from being despairing is that we don’t know. There are so many things that we can’t possibly know. And so, we may make it, but I wouldn’t bet on it.”

The Hoover Institution senior fellow argued people seem to ignore what is happening in the world.

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“So many people today, including in the leading universities, don’t pay much attention to evidence,” Sowell said.

“When you see people starving in Venezuela and fleeing into neighboring countries and realize that this is a country that once had the world’s largest oil reserves, you realize that they’ve ruined a very good prospect with ideas that sounded good but didn’t turn out well.”

Sowell related he used to be a Marxist in his youth.

“Before I was a Marxist, I was an empiricist and I stayed an empiricist. And with the passing years simply as I looked into more and more things I saw the difference between reality and the rhetoric,” he said.

Do you think the majority of Americans will chose socialism in 2020?

“Socialism is a wonderful sounding idea,” Sowell stated. “It’s only as a reality that it’s disastrous.”

In a 1999 interview with Salon.com, the economist explained how a stint working as an intern for the federal government in the early ’60s began to change his mind about government planned economies.

Sowell came to see while studying wage policy in Puerto Rico that the free enterprise system was better at helping people improve their lives than the government.

During his FBN interview, Sowell was asked if he thought self-described Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s popularity would continue to rise.

“It depends,” he responded. “If they go by rhetoric, she’s a rising star.”

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Most of the prominent Democratic candidates for president — including Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — have signed on to Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

The plan envisions massive government intervention in the economy in order to transition the United States to 100 percent renewable energy, including the goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Additionally, the Green New Deal contains new government entitlement programs, including free universal health care and college education, government-guaranteed employment and income, and paid family and medical leave.

A Fox News poll released last month showed 57 percent of respondents had a positive opinion of capitalism, while only 25 percent viewed socialism in a positive light.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found only 25 percent of respondents thought being a socialist a desirable trait for a candidate.

President Donald Trump clearly understands that most of the nation’s citizens do not support socialism.

During his State of the Union address in early February, the president differentiated himself from his would-be Democratic challengers’ vision of government, saying, “America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free and we will stay free.

“Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

Trump added in a speech to Venezuelan Americans last month, “We know that socialism is not about justice, it’s not about equality, it’s not about lifting up the poor. Socialism is about one thing only: power for the ruling class.”

Source: Thomas Sowell Sounds Warning Bell: US May Give In to Socialism, ‘We May Not Make It’

Top Democrat Tells Holocaust Survivors To Check Their Privilege — The Federalist

According to Rep. James Clyburn’s logic, it’s OK to hate Jews if you rank higher than them on the pyramid of victimhood.

Democratic Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) defended his colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) by reasoning that she is higher than Jews on the pyramid of intersectionality. In an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, Clyburn trivialized Holocaust survivors when he implied that Omar’s time in a Kenyan refugee camp outweighed the experiences of Jews.

Her experience, Clyburn argued, is much more empirical — and powerful — than that of people who are generations removed from the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps during World War II and the other violent episodes that have marked history.

“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”

Clyburn is the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House, who has shared a stage with the notorious anti-semite Louis Farrakhan. According to Clyburn’s logic, it’s OK to hate Jews if you rank higher than them on the hierarchy of victimhood. Omar is a Muslim woman who was born in Somalia and had to flee violence in her country, so Democrats believe her hate speech should be excused, while Holocaust survivors should sit quiet.

Clyburn’s comments come during a fragmented week for Democrats, who failed to pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of Omar’s repeated anti-Semitic slurs. Clyburn, a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said he rejected the idea that the proposed resolution would single Omar out for condemnation.

“She won’t be targeted. We’re going to target those people who had her picture on the Twin Towers,” Clyburn said. “This resolution is going to be inclusive; it’s going to be expansive; and I might just try to add something to deal with that billboard that’s up in Pennsylvania this morning calling John Lewis and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus racists.”

As Washington Free Beacon writer Alex Griswold pointed out, it’s contradictory to say the resolution is “expansive” and not intended to go after Omar specifically, but to also say it’s going to “target” certain groups.

Pro-tip: it sort of gives the game away to opt for a broad “all hate matters” resolution that doesn’t target Omar, and then target *other* individuals in the resolution. pic.twitter.com/Z2i7W1cFaJ

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 7, 2019

via Top Democrat Tells Holocaust Survivors To Check Their Privilege — The Federalist

Ilhan Omar Withdraws Support From Bill To Save The Earth After Learning That’s Where Israel Is — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal hit a snag when it lost the support of another freshman representative, Ilhan Omar. Omar had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Green New Deal and wanted to save the earth, but then she noticed something very disturbing when looking at a map of the earth: Earth is the planet on which Israel resides.

“You’ve been hypnotized by the Jews!” Omar accused a surprised Ocasio-Cortez. Omar then ripped up a copy of the Green New Deal. “This is just a plot to help Israel keep existing! Did AIPAC pay you off?”

Ocasio-Cortez was very apologetic, saying she hadn’t considered how her plan would affect Israel. She then vowed to change her plan so it might save the whole planet except where Israel resides.

“This is, like, a learning process,” Ocasio-Cortez later told reporters. “When I made the Green New Deal, I thought weather like storms and earthquakes were all caused by climate change, but now I’ve learned from Representative Omar that lots of that is actually from Jewish-controlled weather machines. So for the next version of the Green New Deal we will have to keep that in mind.”

via Ilhan Omar Withdraws Support From Bill To Save The Earth After Learning That’s Where Israel Is — The Babylon Bee

As Anti Semitism Is On the Rise – Islam Is Busy Taking Over American Schools and Communities

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

When I ask my 10 year old  grandson, who moved with his father to Martinsburg, W.VA. about what he learns in school, this is the response I get:  “I really don’t want to talk about it.”

When he comes to stay with us, I always feel led to teach him that many things he will see and learn in public school are NOT godly, nor is it what the Lord wants us to learn.  I tell him to do well in his studies (he’s an A student) but always to keep it in the back of mind that much of what he is learning is not true.

Then I show him what God says about the many false teachings by secular teachers.  It’s not easy having these conversations with him, but I feel in my spirit that God is pleased when I speak Biblical truth to my grandson. I may…

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Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Endorses Ilhan Omar, “Most Important Member of the US Congress!” — The Gateway Pundit

David Duke, Rep. Ilhan Omar

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke endorsed radical Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday as the “most important person in Congress.”

David Duke posted a photo of Ilhan Omar to his Twitter account on Thursday with a “heart eyes emoji,” showing his love for her after her recent comments disparaging Jews and Israel.

“By Defiance to Z.O.G. [Zionist Occupation Government] Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress!” David Duke said in a Twitter caption linking to his blog post.

David Duke praised Ilhan Omar on his podcast/blog for being the “one person in Congress willing to notice AIPAC and the “dual” loyalty of many members of Congress.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bowed to her radical wing on Wednesday.

Instead of passing a resolution to condemn Democrat anti-Semite Ilhan Omar, the Democrat leader will rewrite the resolution to omit Omar’s name. Now the resolution will include bigotry and prejudice of all kinds.

Pelosi excused Rep. Omar’s comments on Thursday in a press briefing, “I do not believe that she understood the full weight of the words,” Pelosi said.

Now Ilhan Omar has the full endorsement of David Duke — will the media hound Nancy Pelosi and Ilhan Omar relentlessly and ask them to disavow David Duke like they did to Trump?

via Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Endorses Ilhan Omar, “Most Important Member of the US Congress!” — The Gateway Pundit

March 7, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

11. And Jehovah will always conduct thee. He now describes more clearly what he had spoken briefly and figuratively, that God will be their guide, so that they shall be in want of nothing for a full abundance of blessings. God is said to “conduct” us, when we actually feel that he goes before us, as if he were placed before our eyes.

And will satisfy thy soul in drought. The Prophet adds that the aid promised shall not be of short duration, because God never forsakes his people in the middle of the journey, but continues his kindness towards them with unwearied regularity, and for this reason promises that they shall be satisfied amidst the deepest poverty; because God never is in want of any benefits for relieving their poverty, and his act of blessing is of more value than the most abundant rains of the whole year. And yet he does not promise to believers a rich and abundant produce of fruits, or a plentiful harvest, but that God will nourish them, though the earth yield no food. In this way he bids them depend on God’s assistance and be satisfied with it, though they be not altogether free from the distresses of famine. In this sense he adds,—

And will make fat thy bones. He does not say that they shall be fully and highly fattened, but that they shall be so lean that the “bones” shall protrude even through the skin. Thus he gives the appellation of “bones” to those who have been worn bare by hunger or famine, men who have hardly anything remaining but dry skin and “bones;” and he means that the Jews will have to contend with want of all things and with leanness, till God shall restore them.

Of the same import are the metaphors which he adds, a watered garden, and a spring of waters. Isaiah cannot satisfy himself in describing the kindness of God, which he displays towards his sincere worshippers, that men may not seek anywhere else than in themselves the causes of barrenness. It amounts to this, that this fountain of God’s kindness never dries up, but always flows, if we do not stop its course by our own fault.[1]


11 The reason for this lies not in the influence or power of the poor and afflicted but in the particular concerns of God. He cares for them, and he supports those who do his will in this regard. For Darius, this meant guidance, sustenance, and power. For Judah, it meant prosperity “like a watered garden,” a permanent “spring of water.”[2]


58:11 A watered garden and a perennial spring are similes for prosperity and the blessings of God’s salvation.[3]


58:11 watered garden … spring. They will be greatly blessed and productive (1:30, 31 note; cf. John 7:38).[4]


[1] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 4, pp. 238–239). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[2] Watts, J. D. W. (2005). Isaiah 34–66 (Revised Edition, Vol. 25, p. 844). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 868). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1035). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

March 7, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump is open to further talks with North Korea over denuclearization, White House national security adviser John Bolton told Fox News in an interview on Thursday.

A former prosecutor for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has been tapped to step up the U.S. government’s enforcement of a rarely prosecuted law on foreign lobbying, a senior Justice Department official said on Wednesday.

The top Republican on tax policy in the U.S. Senate said on Wednesday that he will seek President Donald Trump’s tax returns if Democrats in the House of Representatives obtain them.

The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday said it will not allow Fox News to host any of its candidates’ political debates through 2020, citing a report this week about the conservative channel’s ties to U.S. President Donald Trump.

President Vladimir Putin mounted a horse on Thursday and cantered with female police officers in footage broadcast across Russia ahead of International Women’s Day.

Thousands of people could still be left inside Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said, as the waves of evacuations from the tiny area continued on Thursday.

With Israel’s election just over a month away, a Druze former television news anchor is poised to become the first woman from her Arabic-speaking minority to serve in the Israeli parliament.

New activity has been detected at a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles plant, South Korean media said on Thursday, as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be very disappointed if Pyongyang rebuilt a rocket site.

The European Central Bank changed tack on its tightening plan on Thursday, pushing out the timing of its first post-crisis rate hike until 2020 at the earliest and offering banks a new round of cheap loans to help revive the euro zone economy.

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to strong labor market conditions despite signs that job growth was slowing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 223,000 for the week ended March 2.

AP Top Stories

Russia’s Defense Ministry has accused the U.S. military of keeping tens of thousands of people in a refugee camp in southern Syria against their will. The U.S. military has prevented 35,000 Syrians from leaving the Rukban camp.

House Democrats clashed during a closed-door meeting Wednesday over how best to respond to Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes to impugn the motivations and patriotism of her pro-Israel colleagues. A number of Omar’s fellow progressives lashed out at Democratic leadership for agreeing to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to Omar’s recent claim that her pro-Israel colleagues are motivated by a nefarious “dual loyalty” to the U.S. and Israel.

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin said Thursday he will offer his resignation to Pope Francis, after a court found him guilty of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse of minors by a priest.

Sixty-four percent of U.S. voters say they believe Donald Trump did something illegal before he was elected president, while 24 percent believe he did not, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

On a typical day, over 30,000 Venezuelans used to cross the two bridges into the bustling Colombian border city of Cucuta, but both have been closed since the opposition’s failed bid to drive through trucks filled with U.S.-donated aid over a week ago.

Pakistan said on Tuesday it had begun a crackdown on Islamist militant groups, detaining 44 members of banned organizations including close relatives of the leader of a group blamed for a deadly bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday it was “out of the question” to reconsider a controversial deal to buy a top-line Russian anti-missile system and he might even look at other purchases.

Ethiopia is appealing for $1.3 billion from the international community to assist 8.3 million displaced due to ethnic conflict as well those vulnerable to climate shocks and disease.

The towering white temple stands on Rome’s nondescript outer rim, far from the Vatican, but for Italy’s 25,000 Mormons it is a clear sign that their faith finally arrived at the heart of Christianity.

Rescue workers are continuing to search parts of rural eastern Alabama despite declining hopes of finding any more survivors after six tornadoes ripped across the state killing 23 people, including three children, and leaving hundreds homeless.

BBC

The man at the center of a campaign to expose one of Pakistan’s most notorious “honor killings” cases has been shot dead nearly seven years after he brought it to national attention.

President Donald Trump has revoked a policy set by his predecessor requiring US intelligence officials to publish the number of civilians killed in drone strikes outside of war zones.

WND

A prominent physicians’ organization that strongly opposes mandated vaccines is urging the federal government to let parents make medical decisions for their children.

An aborted baby for the first time in the United States has been recognized to have legal rights. An Alabama man suing a clinic for providing an abortion to a woman he says was pregnant with his baby petitioned a probate judge to allow him to represent the unborn child’s estate.

Decriminalizing prostitution – an idea gaining momentum among some Democrats, including Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California may one day be traced back to the hookers plying their trade under the elevated train along New York City’s Roosevelt Avenue.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 7, 2019

The Foundation

“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

Donkeys Fight Over Who to Hate

The party of Braying Jackasses is squabbling over a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.


DNC Blacklists Fox Dem Debate Coverage

Arguing the network is pro-Trump, Tom Perez ignores the blatant history of pro-Dem MSM bias.


Democrats Are Goose-Stepping Towards Irrelevancy

In a party where loyalty is paramount but the goalposts keep moving, what happens next?


South Carolina’s College Constitution Course

It’s ironic that requiring knowledge of America’s founding documents is considered controversial.


Arkansas Teen Saves Money to Buy Friend Electric Wheelchair

Tanner said it took him over two years of a part-time job to save up. He said he’d do it all over again.


Video: California’s High-Speed Rail Disaster

There’s no question it’s a shot across the bow for the Green New Deal.



Today’s Opinion

Larry Elder
To Pay for Reparations, Will Democrats Sue Themselves?
Victor Davis Hanson
The Continued Resilience of Quiet America
Veronique de Rugy
Statewide Rent-Control Laws Cannot Escape the Law of Supply and Demand
Tony Perkins
Dems Get Their Dox in a Row
Gary Bauer
Border Emergency
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Thursday Top Headline Summary

Border emergency, Omar’s supporters, DNC excludes Fox News, GM plant idled, U.S. reporter arrested in Venezuela, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

The BIG Lie: “I was at the border this past weekend. What [Trump] is proposing going on there is mythology.” —Nancy Pelosi



Today’s Meme

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News – 3/7/2019

Israel strikes Hamas naval commando base after rocket fired at Israel
Tensions along the Gaza border escalated on Thursday when Israeli warplanes responded to a mortar shell fired at southern Israel with a strike on a Hamas naval commando base. “Fighter jets and aircraft struck several military targets in a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Thursday.

New Gate in Old City Jerusalem officially debuts after $3 million renovation
The New Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City has reopened to the public after more than $3 million was invested in renovating it, announced the Jerusalem municipality on Tuesday. First opened in 1889, the New Gate is located near the northwestern corner of the city and leads into the Christian Quarter, which includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other well-visited historical sites.

Al-Aqsa TV: Death to Israel, turn them into body parts, roast them
“Al-Asqa TV promotes all the components of Palestinian terror, including murder of Jews, suicide bombings, kidnapping of soldiers, bombing our cites and destruction of Israel.”

Russian missile threats reach new level of intimidation
“On a submarine with a nuclear motor – yes, with a dozen 100-megaton bombs… I called to the gunner: ‘Set the target to Washington city’… In the skies is my friend Vovochka… and his hatches aren’t empty… I’m sorry, America… Five hundred years ago, you were discovered in vain… Burn in half the land of adversary!” The video, MEMRI reported, went viral among Russian social media users. The report said the performance “came amidst tensions between Russia and the U.S. surrounding American withdrawal from the INF Treaty after accusing Russia of violating the agreement. ”

Arkansas church under fire for immigration sign
“Heaven has strict immigration laws, hell has open borders.” The controversial sign was posted in the Apostolic Faith Church’s marquee in Springdale, Arkansa earlier this week.

Climate rewind: Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal
Scientists have harnessed liquid metals to turn carbon dioxide back into solid coal, in research that offers an alternative pathway for safely and permanently removing the greenhouse gas from our atmosphere. The new technique can convert carbon dioxide back into carbon at room temperature, a process that’s efficient and scalable. A side benefit is that the carbon can hold electrical charge, becoming a supercapacitor, so it could potentially be used as a component in future vehicles.

Court grants unborn baby legal rights!
An aborted baby for the first time in the United States has been recognized to have legal rights. An Alabama man suing a clinic for providing an abortion to a woman he says was pregnant with his baby petitioned a probate judge to allow him to represent the unborn child’s estate, reported WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. Probate Judge Frank Barger signed off on the petition by Ryan Magers, who claims to be the father of “Baby Roe.”

Countdown to Red Heifer
After years of hard work and preparation, the rabbi charged with overseeing the red heifer claims that this Biblical commandment is on the verge of reappearing. Rabbi Azariah Ariel goes on record, explaining how the return of this ritual of purification will, and will not, change our lives. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has been working for three decades to educate the public and make practical steps to prepare for the Third Temple. After many years of research and work, they are close to bringing about an essential element: the Red Heifer. If they are successful, implementing the red heifer ritual will not only have implications for the Temple service but will also help Jews observe other commandments in a more complete manner.

Al-Aqsa TV: Death to Israel, turn them into body parts, roast them
“Declaring Al-Asqa TV a terror organization is a precise labeling,” said Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW)…commenting on Netanyahu’s decision to declare…Al-Aqsa TV channel a terrorist organization… “Al-Asqa TV promotes all the components of Palestinian terror, including murder of Jews, suicide bombings, kidnapping of soldiers, bombing our cites and destruction of Israel,” Marcus continued.

Phillipe Barbarin: French cardinal guilty of abuse cover-up
France’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, has been handed a six-month suspended sentence for his role in covering up the sexual abuse of minors. Cardinal Barbarin was found guilty of not reporting allegations of assaults by a priest in the 1980s and 1990s. He denied the charges and his lawyers say he will appeal against the verdict.

Trump revokes Obama rule on reporting drone strike deaths
President Donald Trump has revoked a policy set by his predecessor requiring US intelligence officials to publish the number of civilians killed in drone strikes outside of war zones. The 2016 executive order was brought in by then-President Barack Obama, who was under pressure to be more transparent. Since the 9/11 terror attack, drone strikes have been increasingly used against terror and military targets.

US growth to slow ‘considerably’ in 2019: NY Fed
The US economy should slow “considerably” in 2019 as the boost from last year’s economic stimulus fades, the president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday. Amid economic uncertainty, the Federal Reserve could “wait” before raising interest rates again, John Williams said in remarks to the Economic Club of New York. Williams holds the number two position on the central bank’s rate-setting monetary policy committee.

In sensitive year for China, warnings against ‘erroneous thoughts’
China’s ruling Communist Party is ramping up calls for political loyalty in a year of sensitive anniversaries, warning against “erroneous thoughts” … This year is marked by some delicate milestones: 30 years since the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square; 60 years since the Dalai Lama fled from Tibet into exile; and finally, on Oct. 1, 70 years since the founding of Communist China.

Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants
Pakistan intensified its crackdown against Islamist militants on Thursday, with the government announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people as part of its push against banned groups. The move represents Pakistan’s biggest move against banned organizations in years and appears to be targeting Islamic welfare organizations that the United States says are a front for militant activities.

Democrats read transgender kids book ‘I Am Jazz’ on floor of House of Representatives
To commemorate a day set aside by pro-LGBT lobbyists and the nation’s largest teacher union to promote gender fluidity, two Democrat congresswomen read the infamous “transgender” children’s book I Am Jazz on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last Thursday.

Iranian hackers accused of causing hundreds of millions in damages
Iranian hackers working to penetrate systems, businesses and governments around the world have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, a report said Wednesday.

Girl Scouts Gives Highest Award To Girl Who Organized A Pro-Abortion Campaign
As Girl Scout cookies season comes to a close, parents should be aware that the organization does not exactly have family-friendly values at its heart.

Michael Jackson Statue Removed from Britain’s National Football Museum Amid Abuse Claims
A statue of pop icon Michal Jackson has been removed from the grounds of the National Football Museum, as charges of abuse are once again lodged against the late star.

Alabama Man Sues Abortion Clinic On Behalf Of Himself and Unborn ‘Baby Roe’ – First Time US Has Granted Legal Rights to Aborted Baby
An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit against an abortion clinic for performing the procedure without his consent, as he was attempting to stop it.

Buddhists At Kodaiji Temple In Japan Have Begun Worshipping A Robot Named Mindar Modelled After Kannon Goddess Of Mercy
In Revelation 13, we see the frightening picture of the beast that is brought to life that is able to speak and kill. The beast demands worship at the tip of a sword. But you don’t have to wait for the time of Jacob’s trouble to begin in order to see people worshipping the image of a beast brought to life. The fine folks at the Kodaiji buddhist temple in Japan are happy to demonstrate that for you.

Dozens Arrested For Erecting “Anti-Migrant” Christian Cross in Greece
Dozens were arrested in Lesbos, Greece, for erecting a large Christian metal cross reportedly meant to deter migrants from entering the region.

Schiff Hires Leftist, Russian Mob Prosecutor for Trump Investigation
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced on Tuesday that the House Intelligence Committee he chairs has hired Daniel Goldman to be a senior adviser and lead the committee’s investigative operations as it continues its probe into the President Donald Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.

Journo-Fascism: CNN pressures Amazon to ban SCIENCE books that don’t fit the Leftist narrative
The cable media network that President Trump first dubbed as “fake news” is reportedly calling on digital retailer Amazon to stop selling all science books that contradict the mainstream government narrative that all vaccines are 100 percent safe and effective.

To the bitter end, ISIS militants remain organized and brutal
As defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory in Syria, they have continued benefits like food and money to supporters while their religious police and fighters still impose their rule of fear and brutality.


Headlines – 3/7/2019

Rocket launched at Israel from Gaza, triggering air defenses, IDF says

Israeli aircraft strike Hamas naval base after mortar fire sets off Iron Dome

Commentary: The four fronts of potential Palestinian escalation

EU court upholds freeze on Hamas funds, keeps group on terror blacklist

Troops reportedly begin razing home of Givat Assaf terrorist

Palestinian, 15, Killed by Israeli Forces in Gaza Border Clashes

Attacks by Israeli settlers surge as West Bank tensions boil

Gantz’s Party Releases Platform: Deepen Separation From Palestinians, Strengthen Settlement Blocs

The U.S. peace plan will divide Jerusalem – Saudi reporter

Jordan jails 2 for plot to attack Israeli troops over US embassy move

Israel, Jordan said holding talks to end conflict at Temple Mount gate

Al-Aqsa TV: Death to Israel, turn them into body parts, roast them

Netanyahu declares Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV station as terrorist organization

New poll: Americans’ support for Israel falls to lowest point in a decade

Democrats in turmoil as they try to answer anti-Semitism charges

Rank-and-file Dems revolt against Pelosi over resolution to condemn anti-Semitism

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Defend Ilhan Omar Against anti-Semitism Claims

Confronted with anti-Semitism complaints, Belgium float-makers have no regrets

Poland considers exhumations at pogrom site and Jews object

80 Ethiopian Jews land in Israel

Israel says Pompeo to visit soon, help with gas export plan

UAE Foreign Minister: We seek the containment of the Syrian crisis

Syrian refugees launch legal bid to try Assad for crimes against humanity

IS militants ‘caught trying to escape’ last Syria enclave

Iraqi and Kurdish authorities are torturing children to confess ISIS membership, report says

ISIS bride on Syria’s war: I only saw America killing

Iran sees “strong support” from Europeans, Russia, China

Iran says no chance of negotiations, compromise with US

Iran hopes trade channel skirting U.S. sanctions will work within weeks

Iran bypassing sanctions, secretly smuggling oil, Netanyahu claims

Israel’s navy could act against Iranian oil smuggling: Netanyahu

Iranian hackers accused of causing hundreds of millions in damages worldwide

American and British bombs killed more than 200 Yemeni civilians, report says

Trump’s Saudi envoy pick: US needs ‘strong and mature partnership’ with Riyadh

U.S. senators say Saudi crown prince has gone ‘full gangster’

Saudi Arabia Faces First-ever Censure at UN Rights Forum

Turkey cannot become an EU member, says EPP’s Weber

Erdogan says Turkey will never go back from S-400 deal with Russia

Putin: Russia foiled work of almost 600 spies

India, Pakistan again target army posts, villages in Kashmir

Trump: ‘Very disappointed’ if North Korea rebuilding missile launch facility

Rep. Maxine Waters attacks Trump as ‘unworthy,’ slams summit with ‘terrorist and killer’ Kim Jong Un

EU declares migration crisis over as it hits out at ‘fake news’

Italy bulldozes migrant shanty town after deadly fires

Venezuela Gives German Ambassador 48 Hours to Leave the Country

Heavily Armed Soldiers Aborted a Plan to Enter Venezuela by Force

GOP could face emergency vote every 6 months

Ex-Trump fixer Cohen wraps up testimony, hands Congress Moscow papers

Michael Cohen’s attorney asked Trump’s lawyers about pardon after FBI raid

Ben Carson to step down from Trump’s cabinet, says president isn’t racist

Tlaib says she’ll introduce articles of impeachment against Trump this month

Justin Trudeau vowed to change politics. Now a scandal may doom him.

Europe’s electric grid will still work even as the world crumbles: study

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Ambunti, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kobuk, Alaska

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Chongoyape, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano Islands, Japan region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Al Qunfidhah, Saudi Arabia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Putre, Chile

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erutps to 26,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados de Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Mayon volcano in the Philippines erupts to 10,000ft

Intense Tropical Cyclone Haleh becomes record-setting storm

Flash floods, snow and rain kill at least 59 in Afghanistan

Despite California’s long drought, trillions of gallons of rainwater wastefully flowing into sea

Nearly 2,200 pulses of lightning recorded off Southern California coast in 5 hours, and photos captured it all

Shocking drone footage shows the devastation after a tornado tore through Alabama

Several passengers hurt as cruise ship tilts when hit by sudden 115 mph gust

U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began

GOP senator defends mandatory vaccinations after Paul says they’re inconsistent with liberty

Wisconsin couple face criminal charges after husband allegedly breaks measles quarantine to go to gym

Alabama judge allows teen to sue on behalf of aborted fetus

Brazil’s far-right president slams Carnival, tweets x-rated clip and asks about ‘golden shower’

There are no gay people in Malaysia says tourism minister

Pastor abducted by militant Buddhists in Myanmar, second to be captured in 2 months


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Obama Wants To Train “A Million Baracks And Michelles” To Create Progressive Utopia | ZeroHedge News

Former President Barack Obama said this week that despite the “challenging times” we face, he remains hopeful that the future will be OK thanks to an army of young activists that will create a progressive utopia, reports the Washington Examiner.

“If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something,” said Obama, adding: “if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world,” they will fulfill the ‘hope and change’ agenda, said Obama – echoing a similar statement he made in Japan last year.

Speaking at a packed arena at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada on Monday, Obama explained how he plans to create a “university for social change” that will act as a jumpoff for young people in the US and around the world who don’t believe in the “old institutions.”

“If we train them — if we give them skills, support, financing, media training, spotlights, then they’re the ones that are going to carry forward the solutions that we so desperately need,” he said.

Obama also spoke about his two terms as president and his relationship with Canada and its leaders during hour-long-plus discussion with moderator Michael Burns, the former CEO of the Invictus Games.

He didn’t talk directly about his successor in the White House, President Trump, or the 2020 election, but he did take a jab at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., provided a clue about how soon he might complete his first book since leaving office, and shared his admiration of Joe Biden, who was his vice president and is now looking at a bid for president. –Washington Examiner

Obama’s training center sure sounds a lot like the embattled Obama Presidential Center – a sprawling complex slated for construction in a park beside Lake Michigan, which is currently being sued for an illegal transfer of park land to The Obama Foundation.

Source: Obama Wants To Train “A Million Baracks And Michelles” To Create Progressive Utopia

Man Defends Own Terrible Political Party By Pointing Out How Terrible Other Political Party Is — The Babylon Bee

SIMI VALLEY, CA—While having a polite political discussion with a coworker over coffee Thursday morning, local man Peter Wilkins rushed to the defense of his chosen terrible political party by pointing out that the other political party is, in fact, also terrible.

Wilkins was able to justify every horrific evil committed by the people he helped put in office by simply explaining that the other major political party would also have committed horrific acts of evil.

“Yeah, the guys I vote for are really despicable—but the guys I didn’t vote for are also really despicable,” he said, sipping an Americano. When he realized his coworker, Jeff, was still waiting for him to explain himself, he simply said, “I think I’ve made my point.”

When pressed on why he would lend his support for a party that does lots of awful things, he took a moment to think before responding. “Well, that’s a valid question. Let’s take a moment and look at all the awful things the other guys do.” After pointing out all the bad things the other party supports, Wilkins relaxed in his chair, resting in the knowledge that he had successfully defended the repulsive acts of his favorite political party by not confronting them at all and instead deflecting to the repulsive acts of the other guys.

“I mean, if it were legal to vote for anyone other than the two horrible parties, I would. But laws are laws,” he concluded, shrugging.

via Man Defends Own Terrible Political Party By Pointing Out How Terrible Other Political Party Is — The Babylon Bee

Pelosi Caves to Unhinged Party Radicals — Will Allow Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar to Edit Dem’s Anti-Semitism Resolution — The Gateway Pundit

Speaker Pelosi bowed to her radical wing on Wednesday.

Instead of passing a resolution to condemn Democrat anti-Semite Ilhan Omar, the Democrat leader will rewrite the resolution to omit Omar’s name. Now the resolution will include bigotry and prejudice of all kinds.

Apparently, their need to be inclusive and politically correct trumped the need for the truth.
What a disgrace.

On Wednesday night Sean Hannity blasted Democrats for failing to pass a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.

Hannity took a blowtorch to Pelosi for bowing to radical lunatic Ocasio-Cortez — the REAL leader of House Democrats.

Now this…

Speaker Pelosi will allow anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar to review and edit the Democrat resolution before it is voted on.

Wow!

Via Breitbart:

This is just stunning.
Pelosi is running scared of the crazies!

via Pelosi Caves to Unhinged Party Radicals — Will Allow Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar to Edit Dem’s Anti-Semitism Resolution — The Gateway Pundit

The Democratic Party Has Normalized Anti-Semitism — The Federalist

Yes, Rep. Ilhan Omar is a problem. But the fact that the Democratic Party refuses to condemn her anti-Semitic rhetoric is a disaster.

This week, the Democratic Party was unable to pass a watered-down platitudinous resolution condemning anti-Semitism, due to “fierce backlash,” from presidential candidates, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the now-powerful progressive base. Rather than censuring Rep. Ilhan Omar, the intellectually frivolous Hamas-supporting freshman representative from Minnesota, she was rewarded and inoculated from party criticism.

More consequently, the Democrats deemed Protocols of Zion-style attacks a legitimate form of debate. Because Omar, despite what you hear, has repeatedly attacked Jews, not only Israel supporters, and certainly not only specific Israeli policies.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who had initially supported a resolution that didn’t even name Omar, told reporters she didn’t believe the congresswoman’s comments were “intentionally anti-Semitic.” No lucid human believes Omar inadvertently accused “Benjamin”-grubbing Rootless Cosmopolitans of hypnotizing the world for their evil. These are long-standing, conspiratorial attacks on the Jewish people, used by anti-Semites on right and left, and highly popular throughout the Islamic world. Even the Democratic Party activist groups that typically cover for the Israel-haters, like the Anti- Defamation League, have condemned Omar. Yet, it was the lie that coursed through the Democratic Party’s defense of Omar.

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren claimed that “branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has had a chilling effect on our public discourse and makes it harder to achieve a peaceful solution between Israelis and Palestinians.” Either Warren believes that accusing Jews and their supporters of dual loyalty and sedition is a legitimate criticism of Israel, or she is purposely mischaracterizing Omar’s comments to gain favor with the growing faction of anti-Semites in her party. It’s worth remembering Omar’s rhetoric is a manifestation of her ideas.

“We must not,” the socialist Bernie Sanders argued, “equate anti-Semitism and legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel” because such a thing would be “stifling” debate. Does anyone believe that if left-of-center Kahol Lavan was running Israel, Omar would be less inclined to smear the bipartisan squishes at AIPAC? Omar has mentioned Netanyahu (who, incidentally, is in every way more of a genuine liberal than either Sanders or Omar) once in her Twitter feed, and then only to use this very talking point to defend her anti-Semitic comments. As a political matter, no major party in Israel is going allow an independent Palestinian state run by theocrats and terrorists to exist, so Omar and her allies will never be appeased.

Of course, no one argues that Omar’s speech should be curtailed or stifled. The same can’t be said of her defenders, however, who not only falsely claim criticism of her tropes is “chilling speech,” but also decided to transform this 38-year-old firebrand into a helpless childlike victim.

“We all have a responsibility to speak out against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and all forms of hatred and bigotry, especially as we see a spike in hate crimes in America,” Kamala Harris, who, like many of Democrats, tried to dilute criticism of anti-Semitism in a torrent of phobias. “But like some of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, I am concerned that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk.”

We shouldn’t exaggerate the prevalence of hate crimes in America, which are low, but it’s certainly worth pointing out that Jews are the target of 60 percent of all those crimes—a far larger percentage than anyone else. In New York City, there have been at least 36 hate crimes against Jews so far this year so far. Shouldn’t Harris be more concerned about Omar’s rhetoric? As Gad Saad noted yesterday, Omar’s brand of Israel criticism “is almost ALWAYS a cover of existential and definitional Jew-hatred.” This anti-Israel sentiment—opposition to the idea of a national Jewish state—is the most consequential form of anti-Semitism that exists in the world today. It has done more to undermine Jewish safety than all the dog whistles and white nationalist marches combined. Yet, Democrats have joined Corbynites and leftists around the world perpetuating this very radicalism.

The normalization of Omarism is a long time coming.  Omar’s defenders have been praising and participating in the Women’s March, led by Louis Farrakhan acolytes who believed Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility “as exploiters of black and brown people,” since Trump was elected. But it goes even further back.

When leaving the CBC meeting, “members formed a circle around Omar and Marcia Fudge literally stuck her arm out to prevent reporters from asking her questions. Then a few members hugged Omar, including Al Lawson.” It is unsurprising that Omar, who has great trouble answering simple questions, has the CBC running interference for her hatred. At least seven member of the CBC—a group seemingly immune from criticism—had coordinated and worked with Farrakhan, the anti-Semite preacher who believes “satanic” Jews are “termites” who “deserve to die.”  Liberals keep telling me Farrakhan is just a conservative boogeyman, and yet his contingent is growing as Omar and allies like Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez join the ranks.

The Democrats’ allies in media quickly came to Omar’s rescue, as well. The Washington Post ran three pieces after the Omar initial comments this week. All three defended her. “Want to combat hate? Stop the hazing of Ilhan Omar and start listening” wrote Wajahat Ali and Rabia Chaudry in an op-ed. Not only shouldn’t Jews censure Omar, they authors argued, they should shut up and listen to her wisdom. In the progressive worldview, Jews, successful and predominately white, should put up with a little bigotry for the common good.

As Rep James Clyburn (D-SC), who once also shared a stage Farrakhan, noted, Omar should be given a free pass because she had fled Somalia. “There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” he explained. It’s personal to hate Jews when you flee fled Somalia? The number of people defending Omar on the risible grounds that Muslims should be immune from criticism isn’t surprising when you realize that identity politics demands strict adherence to the hierarchy of victimhood.

When New York Times reporters Sheryl Gay Stolberg (whose piece in the aftermath of Omar’s dual loyalty remarks asked if Jewish people had too much power in Washington) and Glenn Thrush (who may or may not be taking diction from the Democratic National Committee) authored a piece about the resolution fight, they spent a large chunk of their space letting everyone know that President Donald Trump—whose daughter converted to Judaism and who moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and who stopped coddling the world’s most dangerous anti-Semitic terror-state—had also used anti-Semitic tropes. While it’s not worth again debunking the fact that Trump never said neo-Nazis were “very fine people” or pointing out that most of the Jews at the Republican Jewish Coalition laughed at his jokes, it is worth mentioning that Democrats have embraced the worst kind of “whataboutism.”

NBC’s News’ Chuck Todd, in his “I’m obsessed with” segment, offered a jaw-droppingly misleading lecture, accusing both parties of having an anti-Semitism problem by comparing elected officials like Omar and Tlaib, who have been embraced by their party, take part in policy making, and now widely defended on the mainstream left, to a fringe Nazi murderer who shot up a Pittsburgh synagogue, who not a single Republican supports and has nothing to do with the GOP. The very fact that Todd was forced to shoehorn these comparisons is revealing.

In truth, Pelosi’s first watered-down resolution would have passed with most Republicans voting for it, and a number of Democrats defecting. This would have been embarrassing. So she promised to dilute it, and even that wasn’t enough for Democrats. Now, leadership is poised to pass some pointless resolution condemning all hatred. Omar, an intellectual lightweight, is certainly a problem for America. But the fact that Democrats apparently believe what she says is fine, is an absolute disaster.

via The Democratic Party Has Normalized Anti-Semitism — The Federalist

Rank-and-file Dems revolt against Pelosi over resolution to condemn anti-Semitism — Christian Research Network

Fox News has been told that the Democratic caucus is trying to get the language of the proposed anti-Semitism language “right,” and that there is concern about mentioning Omar by name — a non-starter for many members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

(Gregg Re – Fox News)  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “taken aback” by the growing dissent and anger among rank-and-file Democrats over a possible resolution to formally condemn anti-Semitism, a Democratic source told Fox News on Wednesday — highlighting Pelosi’s tenuous grip on control over the House and underscoring the growing power of the party’s nascent far-left progressive wing.

Pelosi even reportedly walked out of a meeting Wednesday with Democrat House members, setting down her microphone and telling attendees, “Well if you’re not going to listen to me, I’m done talking.”

The stalled resolution originated after freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, for at least the second time in recent months, ignited an uproar for echoing tropes critics have deemed anti-Semitic. In February, she suggested on Twitter that supporters of Israel have been bought. The congresswoman then accused American supporters of Israel of pushing people to have “allegiance to a foreign country.” View article →

via Rank-and-file Dems revolt against Pelosi over resolution to condemn anti-Semitism — Christian Research Network

Some Democrats rightly denounce Rep. Omar’s ugly, anti-Semitic remarks. But much more is needed. She must be censured & removed from Foreign Affairs Committee, as I said on Fox News. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

(Washington, D.C.) — An ugly series of anti-Semitic statements have erupted from freshman Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, triggering global headlines and denunciations of her by top Democrat leaders.

Ms. Omar is living the American Dream. A Muslim born in war-torn Somalia, she and her family immigrated to the United States when she was a child. She became a naturalized citizen, grew up in the Midwest, and now serves in the most powerful legislative body on the planet. It’s a beautiful personal story, yet she has chosen to leverage it against Jewish Americans.

Among the statements that are drawing fire from Democrats and Republicans alike:

“Something has seriously wrong with the Congresswoman,” I said on an interview on Fox News on Wednesday night. “I mean, she has a great story, a great personal story, and yet she has unleashed of remarks. And let me just quote from the Democratic leadership — ‘vile, hateful, hurtful, classically anti-Semitic’ — I could go on. And that’s just from Speaker Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Eliot Engel, and I agree with them. And she has apologized, except that she keeps doing it. There needs to be a penalty for this. They need to take her Foreign Affairs Committee seat to make it clear this is not business as usual. This is really ugly behavior, and you don’t want it permeating the Democratic Party.”

Since that interview, things have gotten worse. The Democratic leadership was set to pass a resolution this week denouncing anti-Semitism. Yet Speaker Pelosi began to equivocate on the language in the resolution after many Democrat Congressmen and women defended Rep. Omar. At the moment, it’s not clear a resolution will be brought to the floor at all, and if it is, it apparently won’t name Rep. Omar.

This is appalling. If Speaker Pelosi and her fellow Democratic leaders don’t have the moral clarity to take a firm stand against clear-cut anti-Semitism — especially when 70% of Jewish Americans vote Democrat — do they have any red lines at all?

To watch the full interview, please click here.

via Some Democrats rightly denounce Rep. Omar’s ugly, anti-Semitic remarks. But much more is needed. She must be censured & removed from Foreign Affairs Committee, as I said on Fox News. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

March 7 Don’t Be Surprised!

scripture reading: 1 Peter 4:12–16
key verse: John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

“Surprise!”

A room full of friends have gathered to celebrate your birthday. You are caught off guard; you never expected it.

Christians easily become entrenched in daily routines. Then when trials come, we are all too often bewildered by the sudden interruption. The Scriptures tell us in today’s passage that we should never be astonished at tribulation. Travail should never stagger us. We live in a hostile, sinful, decaying world. There are sun and drought, rain and floods, health and disease, food and famine.

We have an adversary, the devil, who is called “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31 nasb). At present, God allows the devil’s destructive tactics to continue—aimed at humankind. Together, the power of sin and Satan warp our character and behavior, inciting all manner of evil—jealousy, murder, hatred, greed, slander.

Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation” (John 16:33 nasb). If you are suffering, you may be confused, but don’t be surprised.

Too often I am bewildered by my trials, Lord. Help me not to be surprised by suffering but to know that when it comes, You are right there with me in the midst of it.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.