Daily Archives: April 7, 2019

April 7 God’s Plan for the Resurrection

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12–28

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:20

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

The foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul told the Corinthian church that without belief in this primary tenet of our faith, then our faith is in vain.

Since we believe in Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the grave after His crucifixion, then we also believe in the promise of our bodily resurrection into eternity. The alternative is to believe in nothing that is real, nothing that is hopeful or redeeming.

We cannot separate these truths. Jesus is the firstfruits of those raised from the dead. When Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 15:20, he used a verb tense in the Greek that means Jesus not only was raised but is still alive. He lives forevermore.

George Sweeting writes:

In Glendale, California, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, hundreds of people each year stand before two huge paintings. One pictures the crucifixion of Christ. The other depicts His resurrection. In the second painting the artist has pictured an empty tomb with an angel near the entrance. In the foreground stands the figure of the risen Christ. But the striking feature of that huge canvas is a vast throng of people, back in the misty background, stretching into the distance and out of sight, suggesting the multitude who will be raised from the dead because Jesus first died and rose for them.

Lord, thank You for Your death on the cross and Your resurrection. I rejoice in this hope. I praise You![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 102). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 7 Eternal Changes

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1–5

Key Verse: John 18:37

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Each of us must come to a point where we respond to the cross of Christ. There is no escaping it. Those who followed Jesus were faced with this fact, as were those who refrained from acknowledging His public ministry. Nicodemus approached Jesus under the cover of darkness.

At that time, the focus of Nicodemus’s heart was not on eternal but on temporal issues. However, by the time of Christ’s death, all of that had changed dramatically. Joseph of Arimathea, along with Nicodemus, requested permission to bury the body of Christ. Once Pilate placed his seal on the document granting their request, their lives were changed forever.

Hurrying to the site of the Crucifixion, they fought frantic, fearful thoughts, but their minds were made up. Jesus would have a proper burial, and they didn’t care who among their peers found out that they were responsible for this last act of devotion. Joseph donated his own tomb. Nicodemus gave all the spices he had gathered in preparation for his own death and burial.

Nicodemus had never publicly acknowledged Jesus; neither had Joseph (John 19:38). But with each handful of myrrh and aloe packed around the Lord’s body, the commitment of their hearts was made sure. The wonder of the Cross is not in death but in the eternal changes it brings.

Master, thank You for the eternal change that has occurred in me. My sins are forgiven, my destiny assured, my life changed forever.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 102). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sunday Talks: Mick Mulvaney Discusses Current DC Politics… — The Last Refuge

 

Acting chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney appears on Fox News Sunday to discuss current political events in Washington DC.  Topics include resistance effort by House democrats; the ongoing border crisis with Mexico; the House effort to get President Trump’s income taxes from the IRS; and the upcoming release of the Mueller report by Attorney General William Barr, and Healthcare initiatives.

via Sunday Talks: Mick Mulvaney Discusses Current DC Politics… — The Last Refuge

Survey: Americans Concerned About Country’s Moral Crisis, But Still Turning Away from God – Faithwire

Our nation’s moral compass is spinning out of control, and it will only get worse as we continue to turn away from True North.

A recent survey from the Pew Research Center shows a stunning 77 percent of Americans are at least “fairly worried” about the country’s morals, with 43 percent describing themselves as “very worried.”

But despite their concern, 50 percent of everyone surveyed said religion — the source of absolute truth and morality — will be “less important” in 30 years. Forty-three percent said faith will be equally important in 2050 as it is today.

A slight majority of white Americans — 56 percent — agree religion will be less important in 30 years, but only 33 percent of blacks and 40 percent of Hispanics feel the same way.

These numbers are, unfortunately, not very surprising. Nearly half of millennials today describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated, and that number is only getting bigger.

The survey also showed 56 percent of Americans believe faith in God is not necessary to have good values and to be moral.

— Read on www.faithwire.com/2019/04/05/survey-americans-concerned-about-countrys-moral-crisis-but-still-turning-away-from-god/

April 7 The Riches of God’s Grace

Scripture reading: Romans 6:1–3

Key verse: John 1:16

Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

The gospel of God’s grace, His full provision for man’s sin—present life and eternal destiny—is frequently perverted and attacked. At the foundation of most false religions is a denial of the free gift of salvation and an embrace of good works.

Others caution that the good news of grace can lead to a lifestyle of sin without appropriate punishment. “I am saved by grace, so why does it matter how I live?” is the standard argument.

The Scriptures clearly refute both errors, citing man’s inability to know God apart from the Savior’s initiative and man’s responsibility to live obediently. The rebellious believer reaps what he sows and is a most miserable creature.

However, we should never let such opposition dilute the overwhelming truth of amazing grace. Critics can never dampen the transforming, liberating power of God’s free, unconditional, unmerited love and mercy.

The gospel of grace, though misunderstood, cannot be replaced. It is the cornerstone for all of life, illuminating the goodness of God and attracting us to Him. Delight yourself today in the God of all grace.

Dear Lord, today I will delight myself in Your grace that has made full provision for my present life and eternal destiny.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 102). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

US government’s net worth is now NEGATIVE $75 TRILLION

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Usually around the middle of February each year, the US Treasury Department releases an annual report of the federal government’s financial condition.

It’s called the Financial Report of the US Government… and it looks a lot like an annual report that you might see filed by a big company like Apple or Facebook.

Except that, unlike Apple and Facebook, the US government’s annual report is absolutely gruesome.

This year’s report is no exception, save for one humorous anecdote: they -just- released it. In other words, they’re a month and a half LATE (given that the report is typically released in mid-February).

I actually CALLED the Treasury Department myself in early March, asking when they would publish the report.

The bewildered individual on the other end of the line said that he had no earthly idea, given that the government had been shut down for so long earlier this year.

Anyhow, if you want to see the report for yourself, you can download it here.

But I thought I would take the liberty of providing a few highlights–

In Fiscal Year 2018, the government’s total net loss was $1.16 TRILLION.

Uncle Sam collected $3.4 trillion in tax revenue in FY18. But they spent over $4.5 trillion.

WH Chief of Staff Claims ‘Mexico Has Done More’ Than Democrats to Prevent Illegal Immigration Into the US

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney clocked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her fellow Democrats for their inaction on the border crisis, claiming that Mexico has “done more” than Democrats to prevent illegal immigration into the United States.

During an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Bill Hemmer, Mulvaney explained that Mexico has stepped up to help restrain the flow of migrants from Central America into the United States by attempting to throw up some roadblocks on their passage through the country.

Mulvaney claimed that the steps taken in the past week suggest more effort from Mexico than Democrats to prevent the migrant flow at the southern border.

Watch Mulvaney’s interview:

“In the last week, Mexico really has stepped it up for the very first time. They’re preventing people from coming in on their own southern border down towards Guatemala and Honduras and they’re also acceptign more of the folks that cross into the United States back into Mexico. In fact — and I know it’s hard to imagine — but again, Nancy Pelosi runs the Democrats in Congress. Mexico has done more in the last week to help our illegal immigration crisis than Nancy Pelosi and Democrats in the House.”

Mulvaney explained that immigration has been President Donald Trump’s “number one” issue since entering the White House, despite resistance from Democrats after they gained control of the House at the start of the year.

According to Mulvaney, the president cares about other issues, but the security of the country must come before addressing issues like health care.

Watch:

“This is his number one priority. Keep in mind, dealing with health care is nice, dealing with the economy is nice. The president’s first responsibility is to defend the integrity and safety of the nation. And we really do believe — and I think, again, most folks are starting to agree with us now — that the situation at the border is a national security crisis.”

Last week, the president rolled back his threats to completely close the southern border after he saw an uptick the response to the migrant crisis from Mexico, however, the president has left the option of adding tariffs onto Mexican goods, should the situation change.

Source: WH Chief of Staff Claims ‘Mexico Has Done More’ Than Democrats to Prevent Illegal Immigration Into the US

Trump Attorney Slams Democrats for Using the ‘IRS as a Political Weapon,’ Says They May Take Them to Court

Jay Sekulow, President Donald Trump’s attorney, called out Democrats for what he believes is a politically motivated use of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to try and publically release the personal tax returns of the president and his businesses.

During a Sunday interview on “ABC This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Sekulow claimed that Democrats using the IRS as a “weapon” to attack President Trump after the summary from the Mueller report revealed there was no evidence for collusion. He claimed this could set off a tit-for-tat abuse of the IRS.

Watch:

“That you can use the IRS as a political weapon, which is what is happening here is incorrect as a matter of statutory law and constitutionally. We should not be in a situation where individuals, individual tax returns are used for political purposes. And as you just said, George, what stops another party from doing the same thing.”

Stephanopoulos questioned if the president was planning to use this moment as an opportunity to go after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or other Democrats who have yet to release their own tax documents, to which Sekulow fired back.

“No! No, he hasn’t. Congress has,” said Sekulow. “The majority party in the House has, but the president has not.”

Sekulow explained that the use of a Ways and Means hearing to extract the president’s IRS information could be met with litigation.

“This idea that you’re using a hearing, a Ways and Means hearing about IRS enforcement as a way to get to the president’s private individual and business tax returns makes no sense both constitutionally and statutorily and look, this I think is going to be, if necessary — we’re not at that point yet — if it has to be litigated, it will be litigated.”

For now, it isn’t clear what will happen next. The White House has requested that the IRS wait to turn over the documents to Congress until the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has given a legal opinion on the matter. It is up to the IRS to wait or move forward with the request.

Source: Trump Attorney Slams Democrats for Using the ‘IRS as a Political Weapon,’ Says They May Take Them to Court

Turns out Pentagon was bombarded with ‘whistleblower complaint every 6 minutes’ – Lee Camp

A recent report shows that the Pentagon is pretty much buried with scores of whistleblower complaints. On his show Redacted Tonight, Lee Camp explained why the huge number of people sounding the alarm is not surprising.

Camp opened the show by citing a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found the Pentagon received a whopping 95,613 whistleblower alerts between 2013 and 2018.

“That averages out to a whistleblower every six minutes of every business day for five straight years – that waiting room must be insane!” he said.

As astonishing as that number might seem, the amount of people sounding the alarm within the system is not really surprising, Camp noted – considering the previous multiple reports of the military losing track of trillions of dollars.

Also on rt.com The Pentagon failed its audit amid a $21 trillion scandal (yes, trillion) – Lee Camp

In fact, last year’s government audit revealed that the Pentagon “lost and found” 39 Black Hawk helicopters and over 470 buildings within the Air Force that weren’t properly registered as its property, he said.

The Pentagon has a standard operating procedure of simply making up numbers to fill their books, which for normal human being is termed ‘fraud.’

Watch the full episode here:

Source: Turns out Pentagon was bombarded with ‘whistleblower complaint every 6 minutes’ – Lee Camp

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) called conditions in Idlib province’s so-called deescalation zone violent.

US-supported jihadists continue using territory they control as a platform for launching terrorist attacks on government forces and civilians – using heavy weapons supplied by the US, other NATO countries, and Israel.

MZ: “Over 350 shelling attacks were registered in March, which is twice more than in February” – because Turkey’s Erdogan betrayed Putin, breaching what they both agreed on, supporting jihadists instead of combatting them.

Idlib terrorists hold tens of thousands of Syrian civilians hostage as human shields, encouraged by the US to use them. They’re terrorized, brutalize, suffering greatly, and dying.

MZ: “(T)errorists in Idlib continue planning provocations involving chemical agents. On March 29, (Russia’s reconciliation center) released a detailed commentary on” what’s going on.

The US, UK, France, and their imperial partners are involved in staging violent incidents. They’re selecting victims to videotape ahead of planned CW attacks to be wrongfully blamed on Damascus like earlier – a pretext for greater Pentagon-led terror-bombing of Syrian targets.

Along with over 40,000 Syrian refugees held hostage by US forces at the isolated Rukban refugee camp, preventing aid from reaching them, most denied permission to leave, a high crime against humanity by any standard, conditions are just as appalling at another camp in al-Hawl, Hasakah province.

MZ: “The camp is overcrowded, with a total of 73,000 people” – nearly half from US-raped and destroyed Mosul, Iraq, US forces holding them captive, denying them freedom.

According to the UN, al-Hawl has severe shortages of food and clean water, along with appalling sanitation conditions and practically no medical care for refugees needing it.

MZ: “This leads to the spread of infectious diseases and aggravates the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the camp.”

The international community and UN are doing nothing to help. The US control the camp, terrorizing its residents instead of helping them.

Commenting on Venezuela, MZ  stressed there’s consensus among Latin and Central American countries against US use of military force in the country, adding:

There’s “no alternative to a peaceful approach to resolving the crisis in Venezuela, and support the right of the people of that country to decide their future themselves.”

“As for relations between Russia and Venezuela, they are (entirely legal and) dynamic, despite various planted and fabricated news items and other speculation.”

“(T)here  is no alternative to a peaceful approach to resolving the crisis in Venezuela, and support the right of the people of that country to decide their future themselves.”

Russia is prepared to help facilitate dialogue and other efforts toward resolving things according to the rule of law – prohibiting nations from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, what the US does repeatedly worldwide.

Mutual cooperation between both countries continues. US calls for Russian personnel to leave Venezuela were rejected.

In Moscow, Russian and Venezuelan officials are discussing deepening bilateral ties. Most important, they’re devising ways of countering illegal US sanctions war, wanting the Bolivarian Republic isolated, its economy crushed, its people immiserated while pretending concern for their welfare.

According to Venezuela’s Vice President and Minister of Planning Ricardo Menendez, “(a)long with President Nicolas Maduro and Vice President of the Economic Sector Tareck Aissami, we’ve been working and distributing a scheme as part of the reorganization of the productive and economic system of Venezuela.”

“This includes the reorganization of the countries from which we import supplies. This means that we will change our suppliers from the international markets.”

Both countries are working on ways to increase Venezuelan oil exports, imports of food and medicines, along with protecting the nation’s electrical grid and other infrastructure from further US sabotage.

MZ: “Cooperation between our countries continues to develop as expected. It has good prospects.”

On April 21, US-anointed Ukrainian president Poroshenko will meet key challenger comedian/entertainer Vladimir Zelensky in a runoff election – the country’s process farcical with no legitimacy.

Fantasy democracy exists, not the real thing, US dirty hands controlling the country, using it as a dagger pointed at Russia’s heartland.

Both countries share a 1,500-long km land and sea border. Poroshenko is overwhelmingly reviled for massive corruption, war on Donbass, wrecking Ukraine’s economy, and exploiting its people, brutalizing resisters.

Massive irregularities were reported during March 31 round one voting, according to monitors.

MZ: According to a report by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR), “the first round reveal(ed) gross abuse of the administrative resource, bribery and pressure on voters, illegal campaigning, manipulation of voter lists (phantom voters), biased media coverage, irregularities in the work of commissions, and so on.”

“(T)he Central Election Commission of Ukraine (refused) accredit Russian observers, which is contrary to Kiev’s international obligations. The polling stations at Ukrainian foreign representative offices in Russia were closed, depriving about three million Ukrainian citizens in our country of their right to vote.”

Ukrainian citizens in Donbass were disenfranchised. Final electoral results will lack legitimacy.

Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, democracy the way it should be prohibited. Whatever the runoff outcome on April 21, ordinary Ukrainians will lose – totalitarian rule running things, US dirty hands in charge behind the scenes.

Read more: https://stephenlendman.org/2019/04/russian-foreign-ministry-on-syria-venezuela-and-ukraine-2/

So why’s Obama slinking around Germany and ‘privately’ meeting with Angela Merkel?

The former president is pretty cozy with Germany’s sitting chancellor these days…

So what’s all this cuchicoo between President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

The former U.S. president was reportedly meeting with the woman he’s described in the past as his favorite European politician this very week. There was a smattering of reportage, and insistence from officials that this was all on the up and up. Here’s the Fox News report:

BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel has received former U.S. President Barack Obama at her office in Berlin for a meeting characterized by German officials as a routine private encounter with a former international peer.

Obama could be seen waving as he left the chancellery alongside Merkel Friday. Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said she has met repeatedly with ex-heads of state and government “with whom she worked together closely and well for a time.”

Kind of sounds like they were having a conversation about their (non-existent) grandchildren on the tarmac, eh?

DC Whispers, for one, thinks that the two Trump-hating politicians might have a less savory agenda, writing:

The king of open borders USA met privately with the queen of mass migration Europe this week in what some are justifiably calling an example of shadow government in action. Please read closely the cause and effect details outlined below:

It should also be noted that the meeting between the former president and the outgoing German chancellor took place within 24 hours of this report via D.C. Whispers:

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The Full Story of How Obama, Hillary and Brennan Carried Out The Crime of the Century…

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An entire segment of that report was devoted to the relationship between Obama and Merkel and included the following:

…Obama had been called out by the Drudge Report for visiting foreign leaders in Europe in the spring of 2017 right before President Trump visited those leaders in Europe. It turns out that one of those Obama meetings is now under scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein gave a redacted document to Rep. Devin Nunes, showing two major redactions about the creation of the Trump “Dossier” and the launch of FISA warrants and Robert Mueller’s investigation during the 2016 campaign. The redactions were: “the name of a country and the name of a foreign agent who supplied information.”

Now we know: the country is Germany and the foreign agent was either Angela Merkel or someone who worked for Angela Merkel in foreign intelligence.

The redacted sections will be referencing one of the European countries and agents that share SIGINT (signal intelligence) to US Intelligence,” says Chuck Marler, a longtime agent of the FBI Special Surveillance Group under Robert Mueller, who is an official whistleblower in this case.

Source: So why’s Obama slinking around Germany and ‘privately’ meeting with Angela Merkel?

Chairman Jerry Nadler: We Seek Evidence of “Betrayals to the Public Interest”… — The Last Refuge

As often stated, Democrats are not trying to use the ‘impeachment’ process in the technical sense of the word; in the words of House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler they want to use hearings to show President Trump guilty of “betrayals to the public interest“, a purely political construct.

While this interview is somewhat insufferable to watch, it is valuable from the sense of revealing the political scheme as the House plans to continue advancing the Russian collusion-conspiracy for maximum political value.  Chairman Nadler is very forthcoming in the plan, watch:

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Nadler plans to use his committee throughout the summer for show-trials with witness testimony from the Mueller investigative group, starting with Robert Mueller.  The Democrats will then extract testimony from some of the rehearsed 19 lawyers and 40 FBI investigators to advance their narrative.

DAG Rod Rosenstein is entirely responsible for this mess.  Rosenstein set this entire ‘obstruction’/’conspiracy’ case in motion with a designed and intentional appointment of Robert Mueller.  Together with the assembled small group, they are still working through a carefully orchestrated plan.

This is a long way from being over…

It is likely President Trump sees where this is going, and realizes exposing the origin of the fraud is his best political defense.  Unfortunately, if President Trump goes first the media will water down the backstory about how the DOJ and FBI was/is weaponized to take down his presidency.   So team Trump have to wait until after the Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff and Cummings team go first.

The important part of this dynamic to recognize is how the overall larger deployment of the scheme is still ongoing.  The FBI through Chris Wray, David Bowditch, Dana Boente and the career office investigators/officials, many of which have worked on the plan for over three years, are still working against the administration.

Whether the top suites of Main Justice (DOJ) are still participating is unknown.  Attorney General William Barr’s motives and intents are still unclear, and caution should be applied.

With Rosenstein and Mueller still participating in the greatest soft-coup in our nation’s history, there is obviously a great deal of pressure on AG William Barr to join his life-long friends, get rid of Trump and gain the accolades of the administrative state.

Deputy AG Jeffrey Rosen, Rod Rosenstein’s replacement, is having his confirmation hearing Wednesday April 10th.

FBI Director James Comey was fired on Tuesday May 9th, 2017.

According to his own admissions (NBC and CBS), Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe immediately began a criminal ‘obstruction’ investigation the next day, Wednesday May 10th; and he immediately enlisted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

These McCabe statements line up with with text message conversations between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok – (same dates 5/9 and 5/10):

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It now appears that important redaction is “POTUS” or “TRUMP”.  [Yes, this is evidence that some unknown DOJ officials redacted information from these texts that would have pointed directly to the intents of the DOJ and FBI. WARNING: Don’t get hung on it.]

The next day, Thursday May 11th, 2017, Andrew McCabe testifies to congress. With the Comey firing fresh in the headlines, Senator Marco Rubio asked McCabe: “has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped, or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigation?”

McCabe responded: “So there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date. Quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.”

However, again referencing his own admissions, on Friday May 12th McCabe met with DAG Rod Rosenstein to discuss the issues, referencing the criminal ‘obstruction’ case McCabe had opened just two days before.  According to McCabe:

… “[Rosenstein] asked for my thoughts about whether we needed a special counsel to oversee the Russia case. I said I thought it would help the investigation’s credibility. Later that day, I went to see Rosenstein again. This is the gist of what I said: I feel strongly that the investigation would be best served by having a special counsel.” (link)

Recap: Tuesday-Comey Fired; Wednesday-McCabe starts criminal ‘obstruction’ case; Thursday-McCabe testifies to congress “no effort to impede”; Friday-McCabe and Rosenstein discuss Special Counsel.

After the weekend, Monday May 15th, McCabe states he and Rosenstein conferred again about the Special Counsel approach. McCabe: “I brought the matter up with him again after the weekend.”

Now, overlaying what we know now that we did not know in 2018, to include the John Dowd interview and McCabe admissions, a very clear picture emerges.

On Tuesday May 16th, Rod Rosenstein takes Robert Mueller to the White House to talk with the target of the ‘obstruction’ criminal investigation, under the ruse of bringing Mueller in for a meeting about becoming FBI Director.  This meeting was quite literally advanced reconnaissance.

The next day, Wednesday May 17th, 2017, Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe go to brief the congressional “Gang-of-Eight”: Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, ¹Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Richard Burr and Mark Warner.

… […] “On the afternoon of May 17, Rosenstein and I sat at the end of a long conference table in a secure room in the basement of the Capitol. We were there to brief the so-called Gang of Eight—the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Rosenstein had, I knew, made a decision to appoint a special counsel in the Russia case.”

[…] “After reminding the committee of how the investigation began, I told them of additional steps we had taken. Then Rod took over and announced that he had appointed a special counsel to pursue the Russia investigation, and that the special counsel was Robert Mueller.” (link)

Immediately following this May 17, 2017, Go8 briefing, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein notified the public of the special counsel appointment.

According to President Trump’s Attorney John Dowd, the White House was stunned by the decision. [Link] Coincidentally, AG Jeff Sessions was in the oval office for unrelated business when White House counsel Don McGahn came in and informed the group.  Jeff Sessions immediately offered his resignation, and Sessions’ chief-of-staff Jody Hunt went back to the Main Justice office to ask Rosenstein what the hell was going on.

Now, with hindsight and full understanding of exactly what the purposes and intents were for Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to bring Robert Mueller to the White House, revisit this video from June 2017:

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The DOJ (Rosenstein) and FBI (McCabe) activity in coordination with the Robert Mueller team was always about the obstruction case from day one; heck, even before Robert Mueller was appointed.

The totality of all effort has always been to protect the ruse of the Russia investigation by throwing out nonsense Russian indictments and keeping Manafort, Flynn and Papadopoulos (the original spygate targets) under control…. while the focus was on building the obstruction case against President Trump.

It could not be any more clear than it is today.

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It’s all about controlling the “narrative”.

via Chairman Jerry Nadler: We Seek Evidence of “Betrayals to the Public Interest”… — The Last Refuge

More Voters Think Hillary Clinton “Illegally Colluded With Foreign Operatives” Than Trump:

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https://www.zerohedge.com, Tyler Durden

The respondents are predictably biased by party affiliation – with 71% of Democrats thinking Trump more likely colluded and 73% of GOP voters thinking Clinton colluded.

Let’s review the Clinton campaign’s ties to Russia (and imagine if this were Trump’s team):

Individuals connected to the Uranium One deal, in which Russia purchased the rights to mine 20% of American uranium, reportedly donated $145 million to the Clinton foundation before the deal was approved while Clinton was Secretary of State.

Bill Clinton picked up a cool $500,000 for one Moscow speech. During the same trip he hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his house.

Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, John Podesta (who would have likely become her Secretary of State), sat on the board of Massachusetts energy company Joule Unlimited, along with senior Russian official Anatoly Chubais and Russian oligarch Ruben Vardanyan – who was appointed by Vladimir Putin to the Russian economic council. Two months after Podesta joined the board, Joule managed to raise $35 million from Putin’s Kremlin-backed investment fund Rusnano.

(We’re not even to the dossier yet)

Not only did John Podesta fail to properly disclose this relationship before joining the Clinton Campaign, he transferred 75,000 shares of Joule to his daughter through a shell company using her address. Despite the Russian assistance, the Daily Caller reports that Joule Unlimited folded shortly after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.

Anti-Venezuela Propaganda Rages

Without establishment media support, US wars of aggression, color revolutions, and old-fashioned coups like what’s ongoing against Venezuela would be foiled before getting out of the starting gate.

Major media serving as imperial press agents sustain diabolical plots against peace, equity and justice – propaganda drowning out hard truths.

Before the television age, journalist/author AJ Liebling said “(t)he press is free only to those who one one.” He also said “people everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” He likely had the NYT in mind most of all.

Disinformation, Big Lies, and fake news rage daily against the Bolivarian Republic, the yellowist of yellow journalism, substituting for what journalism is supposed to be. Below is some of the rubbish masquerading as news and information:

NYT: “(A)t least 40 hospital patients died” during the blackout (sic)…Newborn babies died in idle incubators (sic)…(H)ospitals operate with no water (sic).”

“Children are dying of hunger (sic)…Hunger gripped the nation for years (sic)…(R)ecord numbers of children (suffer from) severe malnutrition (sic).”

“In the past six years, citizens have increasingly been left to fend for themselves as President Nicolas Maduro’s government has proved unable to provide even the most basic services like food, health care, electricity and, soon, water (sic).”

“Hospitals across the country collapsed (sic)…”(P)eople (are) collecting water from polluted rivers…foreshadowing epidemics (sic)…If hunger doesn’t kill you, crime will (sic).”

The “government is bankrupt (and) deligitimized (sic)…(T)here is little (it) can do for its people (sic).”

All of the above are bald-faced Big Lies from the self-styled newspaper of record – proliferating propaganda, suppressing hard truths about Venezuela and on other major issues.

The neocon/CIA house organ Washington Post: “Maduro…consolidate(d) power (by arrest(ing) and intimidat(ing) rivals, (sic) took power away from the opposition-controlled National Assembly (sic), and established (sic) a constituent assembly stacked with allies (sic) to rewrite the country’s constitution.”

“(T)he international community largely viewed (his May 2018 reelection) as a sham (sic)…Guaido… is the legitimate president under the country’s constitution (sic)…Maduro has been blocking most aid from coming into Venezuela (sic).”

The above rubbish was likely scripted at CIA headquarters, WaPo publishing the litany of Big Lies.

The Wall Street Journal called Maduro “Putin’s man in Caracas (sic),” adding the decline in Venezuelan oil production is “a massive windfall for Russia (sic).”

“Putin is now moving his little green men to keep dictator Nicolás Maduro in power (sic)…This Russian military provocation is in America’s backyard (sic)…Trump needs to decide if he is going to let Mr. Putin get away with it (sic).”

“Maduro’s “own people and the free world are against him (sic).” Most Venezuelans, world community nations, the UN, and free people everywhere want US dirty hands kept off Venezuela.

The WSJ is part of the anti-Venezuela bullhorn propaganda machine. So is UK owned, controlled, and operated BBC. On Sunday, it lied claiming “not even graves are safe in Venezuela (sic),” falsely claiming thieves are looting them.

AP News: “Venezuela is…falling apart…the economy…unraveling (sic). Food is scarce (sic). Crime is rampant (sic). Hospitals barely work (sic). And people are fighting desperately just to survive from day to day (sic).”

Despite hard times because of US war on the country by other means, Venezuelans go about their daily lives normally. Claims about people struggling to survive are pure rubbish.

Reuters: The Trump regime called for a Security Council session on Venezuela this Wednesday, seeking “United Nations support for its backing of opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful president of Venezuela (sic)” it won’t get – the session to be for anti-Bolivarian propaganda on the world stage.

Al Jazeera reported on Saturday demonstrations in Venezuela – by Maduro and Guaido. It failed to explained huge numbers turning out to hear Venezuela’s legitimate president address, imposter Guaido drawing smaller crowds, according to observers on the ground, showing he’s increasingly reviled.

US National Public Radio repeats other establishment media Big Lies, falsely calling Maduro “increasingly authoritarian (sic), imprisoning political rivals (sic)…cracking down on protesters (sic) (and) cut(ting) off access for journalists (sic).”

It lied claiming 10% of the population left the country’s population fled. It lied called “streets of Caracas…empty.”

It lied saying “Maduro forc(ed) Cuban doctors to use access to medicine as a way to gain votes for Maduro right before an election.”

No wonder NPR is called National Pentagon or Petroleum Radio by its critics, substituting state-approved propaganda for real news, information and analysis.

All of the above disinformation reports ignore the Trump regime’s brazen coup plot to eliminate the hemisphere’s preeminent social democracy – including by flagrantly illegal sanctions war and sabotage of the country’s electricity grid.

Instead of condemning its lawless actions, establishment media actively support it, making them complicit accessaries before and after the fact.

Source: Anti-Venezuela Propaganda Rages

Black Actor Isaiah Washington Crushes Obama, Praises Trump And Hate Pours In

Black actor Isaiah Washington, a former star of “Grey’s Anatomy” has broken with Hollywood and praised President Donald Trump. At the same time he slammed former President Obama and the combination of those two things had progressives furious. “I voted for 44 twice.

Source: Black Actor Isaiah Washington Crushes Obama, Praises Trump And Hate Pours In

Pentagon orders troops to leave Libya which it helped destabilize, laments ‘security conditions’

Washington did not play an insignificant role in turning Libya from a rather stable nation into a chaotic free-for-all battle zone. And now the Pentagon says it is too dangerous for American troops to stay on the ground.
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Source: Pentagon orders troops to leave Libya which it helped destabilize, laments ‘security conditions’

Financial Meltdown Incoming?…

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As such, what I find most interesting about this event wasn’t Powell’s boilerplate, bureaucratic propaganda about how the economy’s doing fine and how much central bankers love average Americans, but why he and the institution he heads felt a need to do this now.

There’s no doubt something has the Fed spooked otherwise Powell never would have done this. One factor is they know the economic ground’s starting to shift beneath them, and they need to push a particular narrative ahead of time so central bankers can once again do as they please when “the time to act” arrives.

This is why Powell pushed the blame on the current economic slowdown on China and Europe. The Fed is no different than your average politician. It takes full credit when things go well, but endlessly deflects and blames outside forces when things fall apart.

Rule number 1 of the Federal Reserve:  It’s never the Fed’s fault.
Rule number 2 of the Federal Reserve:  It’s never the Fed’s fault.
Rule number 3 of the Federal Reserve

You get the point. If central bankers accept blame, or admit they got anything over the past decade terribly wrong, then they can’t justify doing more of the same and worse in the future. And that’s exactly what they plan to do, by the way.