Daily Archives: July 17, 2019

July 17 Freedom from Guilt

Scripture Reading: John 10:7–10

Key Verse: John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Once we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, our guilt vanishes. The sins that once haunted us are forgiven as we confess them before God. The penalty of sin was paid with the sacrificial death of Jesus.

However, many believers struggle with feelings of guilt when they instead should feel the freedom of God’s love. As children of God, whenever we sin, we feel conviction—the Holy Spirit tugging on our hearts to resolve the sin against God. All other feelings of guilt should be devoid from our lives. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Once we ask God to forgive us for sinning, we need to return to His calling for our lives. There are consequences for our actions, but His forgiveness restores us to do His good work again.

Jesus came to give us abundant life (John 10:10). Guilt steals us of our joy and robs us of that life. It holds us captive for the actions of our past. However, once we ask God for forgiveness of our sins, God atones us. The guilty feelings for things in the past—even things over which we had no control—are from the enemy. God loves us, and He desires for us to live in His freedom, free from the guilt of the enemy.

I acknowledge, dear Lord, that lingering guilt steals the abundant life You have promised believers. I leave that guilt at the cross, where it was crucified with You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 17 Conflict

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7–18

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:17

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Given the choice, most of us would choose membership in the status quo society: “Lord, things are going pretty well for me now. I’d rather not have trouble knock at my door just now.”

That is a common sentiment. We want to maintain our comfort zone. We dislike change, especially the kind that is brought on by conflict.

The moment friction enters the picture—in our relationships or in our circumstances—the peaceful, easy feeling of the status quo disintegrates. But if we view conflict as an opportunity rather than an obstacle, we make amazing discoveries.

Conflict generates alertness to the presence of both God and Satan. When trouble strikes, we realize we are in spiritual warfare. We sense the adversary at work, but more important, we are sensitized to God’s Word and His Spirit.

Conflict also generates action. No one has to tell us to open the Scriptures; no one must force us to pray. We are motivated and mobilized by the Lord to search the Scriptures and pray.

Conflict changes our attitudes. We become more grateful, more submissive, more dependent on God, more humble, and more understanding of others’ needs.

O God, help me realize the positive benefits of conflict. Make me more alert to Your presence. Mobilize me to pray and study Your Word. Change my negative attitudes.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 17 Turning Pity into Praise

Scripture reading: Psalm 27:1–6

Key verse: Psalm 29:2

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

She spent most of the day moping in her favorite chair in her room. It was a rainy day, and the dark clouds and drumming of the drops on the roof only accentuated her gloomy mood.

“Why do these things have to happen to me?” she sighed to herself. She had gotten nothing but bad news the previous week. Her job was no longer secure, her car’s engine needed to be replaced, and she was still bothered by a persistent and painful sinus infection.

The more she thought about her situation, the more she felt sorry for herself. She didn’t want to hear the words of her best friend, who encouraged her to take her troubles to the Lord in prayer. Somehow, it seemed more comfortable to feel down and dwell on the negative.

Though she didn’t know it, this woman was trapped in the pit of self-pity. This pit is especially deceptive because it often doesn’t feel like a pit. It’s much easier to focus on the pain than it is to examine God’s solutions and seek His comfort. Sometimes it takes the tough words of a friend to pull you out of the pit onto the high ground of God’s tender love.

Are you having a pity party today? Self-pity is actually a comfort blocker. Wallowing in depression keeps you from experiencing God’s victory. Invite Him to join you, and He will turn your pity into His praise.

By faith, Lord, I choose to turn my self-pity into praise today. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Thank You for every blessing You have bestowed upon me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

What the Top Democrat 2020 Presidential Candidates Really Believe About Israel In Their Own Words

What do the top candidates believe about Israel and what would America’s relationship with the Jewish State look like under their leadership? Here’s their answer in their own words.

Source: What the Top Democrat 2020 Presidential Candidates Really Believe About Israel In Their Own Words

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Mission: Share America’s ‘First Freedom’ with the Rest of the World

In an exclusive interview with CBN News correspondent David Brody, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks about his mission to spread America’s “first freedom” — freedom of religion — around the globe.

Source: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Mission: Share America’s ‘First Freedom’ with the Rest of the World

NORC/AP Poll Says Americans Find Pastors Increasingly Irrelevant — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

(Photo by Kristina Paparo on Unsplash)

In her 2004 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel Gilead, Marilynne Robinson sketches a portrait of the Rev. John Ames, a small-town pastor in 1950s Iowa who is humble, self-aware, compassionate and devoted to his family and his congregation, and they to him.

Americans no longer hold clergy in such high regard, according to a recent poll, and even regular churchgoers are seeking counsel elsewhere.

A NORC/AP poll of 1,137 adults released this month shows that doctors, teachers, members of the military—even scientists—are viewed more positively than clergy. The less frequently people attend church, the more negative their views. Among those who attend less than once a month, only 42% said they had a positive view of clergy members—a rate comparable to that of lawyers, who rank near the bottom of the list of professions.

While frequent church attenders still hold clergy in high regard—about 75% viewed them positively—they give them only passing grades on a number of personal attributes. Only 52% of monthly churchgoers consider clergy trustworthy (that number drops to 23% among those who attend less than once a month) and 57% said they were honest and intelligent (compared with 27% and 30% among infrequent attenders).

“If you buy into the religious worldview, then the religious leader looks completely different than if you don’t buy into the religious worldview,” said Scott Thumma, professor of the sociology of religion at Hartford Seminary. “The perception from the outside is pretty bleak.”

The survey confirms previous studies. A 2018 Gallup survey of the public’s views of the honesty and ethical standards of a variety of occupations found that only 37% of Americans viewed clergy “very highly” (with 43% having an “average” view of clergy). It was the lowest Gallup recorded since it began examining occupations in 1977.

Historians say public attitudes about clergy have been waning since the 1970s, in tandem with the loss of trust in institutions after the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. The rise of the religious right and evangelical involvement in politics, beginning in 1979 with the creation of the Moral Majority, also played a role.

“What that did was create a certain polarization of views of the clergy,” said E. Brooks Holifield, professor emeritus of American church history at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. “The televangelist scandals contributed to that. The sexual abuse among Catholics. All that created suspicion of the clergy.”

Perhaps as troubling, the NORC/AP poll, conducted May 17-20, showed that even monthly churchgoers don’t want clergy influence in their lives on a number of issues.

Americans across the board said they didn’t want clergy input when it came to family planning, child rearing, sex, careers, financial decision-making, medical decision-making or voting. Clergy, the poll suggests, are growing irrelevant.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

via NORC/AP Poll Says Americans Find Pastors Increasingly Irrelevant — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Hah-Hah! Trump Thanks AOC and “Vicious Young Socialist Congresswomen” for Boosting His Ratings! — The Gateway Pundit

As Joseph Curl reported earlier at The Gateway Pundit — According to a new Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll, support for Trump rose this last week..

“The national survey, conducted on Monday and Tuesday after Trump told the lawmakers they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” showed his net approval among members of his Republican Party rose by 5 percentage points to 72%, compared with a similar poll that ran last week.”

So after getting his regular NON-STOP POUNDING by the liberal mainstream Democrat media for an entire week President Trump’s polling numbers went up!

Later today President Trump thanked the “vicious young Socialist congresswomen” for boosting his ratings!
Hah-Hah!

via Hah-Hah! Trump Thanks AOC and “Vicious Young Socialist Congresswomen” for Boosting His Ratings! — The Gateway Pundit

Gingrich Calls Out House Democrats, Including Tlaib — Who Claims Trump Is Bullying Her | LifeZette

President Donald Trump, facing criticism from a group of progressive House Democrats, has to “stick to his ground,” he “has to emphasize that patriotism is not racism,” and “he has to bring up the specific examples of things that people say and things that people do,” said former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to Fox News host Laura Ingraham of “The Ingraham Angle” last night.

The president is defending the country, in his mind, in every way possible, noted Gingrich — culturally, militarily, politically and more — from those who constantly speak out against it and, in fact, have refused to support it and even declared their hatred of it in one way or another.

Related: Democratic Squad Members Have ‘Done Squat in Congress,’ Says Kellyanne Conway

Contrary to the president’s actions to strengthen this country — and contrary to the stance of the Democratic “squad” of four members of the House — Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said the other day she feels bullied by Trump.

Said Tlaib, “I’m dealing with the biggest bully I’ve ever had to deal with in my lifetime,” to Gayle King of CBS News the other morning, “and trying to push back on that … This is a distraction … [This] is against our core American values.”

Keep in mind this is the same lawmaker who, after she was elected in the 2018 midterms, made a horrendous declaration to a roomful of supporters.

Speaking at a MoveOn event in Washington, D.C., just hours after she was sworn into office, Tlaib — the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress — said, “When your son looks at you and said ‘Mama, look, you won — bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the mother******.”

But it’s somehow “convenient” now for this House Democrat and others to try to play the victim.

“They want to immunize themselves from any criticism,” pointed out Ingraham, “substantive or otherwise.”

“This is straight out of the textbook” for radicals in this country, added Gingrich to Ingraham on Tuesday night. “The Left reverts to racism when they can’t defend anything” — and when it serves them to do so, he said.

“They want to immunize themselves from any criticism,” pointed out Ingraham, “substantive or otherwise.”

She also said she takes them seriously, as she thinks they “have plans and they want to carry out their plans for the entire country.”

“And I guess we just [have to] see how that works out,” she added.

Check out more on this issue from “The Ingraham Angle” here.

Source: Gingrich Calls Out House Democrats, Including Tlaib — Who Claims Trump Is Bullying Her

“Due To A Poor Harvest Season, We’re Experiencing Shortages On Many Canned Vegetable Items” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

I know that this headline is alarming, but it is actually a direct quote from a notice that was recently posted in a Kroger supermarket.

And as you will see below, similar notices are being posted in the canned vegetable sections of Wal-Mart stores nationwide.  I would encourage you to examine the evidence in this article very carefully and to come to your own conclusions about what is happening.  At this moment, social media is buzzing with reports of shortages of canned vegetables all around the country.  But so far, the mainstream media is being eerily quiet about all of this.  Is there a reason why they aren’t saying anything?

For months, I have been reporting on the extremely bizarre weather patterns that are causing crop failures all over the planet.  But I certainly did not expect that we would already begin to see product shortages on the shelves of major U.S. supermarkets this summer.  What I am about to share with you is shocking, but the truth needs to get out.  For those that share my articles on your own websites, I know that all of the images in this article are going to be an inconvenience, but it is imperative that you include them when you republish this article because they tell a story.  All of the images are taken directly from Facebook, and they prove that we are now facing a nationwide shortage of canned vegetables.

So let’s get started.

This first image was posted on Facebook by Scott L. Biddle, and it shows a “product shortage” notice that was posted in the canned vegetable section of a Wal-Mart in Tennessee…

All the way over on the west coast, similar notices were photographed by Gina Helm Taylor in the state of Oregon on July 12th…

And here are a couple of notices that Daniel Moore was able to photograph during his lunch break at his local Wal-Mart…

It appears that the exact same notices were sent to Wal-Mart stores all across America.  Here is another one from Carol Guy Hodges…

And lastly, here is a photo that was shared by Randy Sevy…

This certainly isn’t the end of the world, and we can definitely survive without canned vegetables for a few weeks.

But as crop failures around the globe continue to intensify, will shortages such as this start to become increasingly common?

Earlier today, I received a very detailed email from a reader that had some excellent intel about what was going on at his own local Wal-Mart.  The following is an excerpt from what he sent to me…

This is alarming in and of itself, however, they are experiencing shortages across most product categories. The only information I could find online was pointing to a driver shortage. I noticed the shortage over the holiday weekend and returned this past weekend to take a closer look. There were problems with paper products, OTC medications, pickles (everyone wanted pickles?), lunch meats and hot dogs, vinegar, produce, alcohol, eggs, cereal, and feminine hygiene products. None of these items had signs like those posted in canned veggies, instead there were small tags placed over the original price tag the say “out of stock” in very small print.

While a driver shortage could cause issues, it’s a little odd to me that there are 12 packs of toilet paper and 6 packs of coke but no 24 packs of either. One of the items being restocked were more of the 12 packs of toilet paper. Does a driver shortage account for this? Another oddity is that one Walmart may have pickles but no tortillas while the exact opposite will be true for a different Walmart. The employees that would normally be stocking were instead counting products (manually) and pulling product to the front of the shelves. There was a six foot stretch of Cheerios along one shelf that was one box deep, hiding the empty shelves behind them.

One more item to note is that the first trip I made over the fourth of July weekend was to purchase canned corn. They had 9 cans of what I was looking for so I purchased them all. The following weekend they had restocked the same corn (there were 10 cans) but the price had increased almost 30%! The original purchase was for $1.44 while one week later the price had increased to $1.88.

Sadly, the economic law of supply and demand is going to continue to push prices higher.

And the tighter that food supplies become, the higher prices will go.

Since the mainstream media is being completely silent about this, many people on social media don’t have much information to go on.  Speculation is rampant, and many are fearing the worst.

One Facebook user named Stephen Dubaniewicz believes that all of the product shortage notices at his local Wal-Mart could mean that a food shortage is on the way…

Hopefully we have some more time before things start getting really bad, but I would encourage you to use this time to get prepared while you still can.

For months, I have been documenting the problems that U.S. farmers have been experiencing due to all of the endless rain and flooding in the middle of the country.

But sometimes a picture is worth a thousands words, and this before and after photo from Nebraska speaks volumes…

We know that food production in the United States is going to be way below expectations this year.

And as I just showed you, it appears that a shortage of canned vegetables has already begun.

A full-blown crisis has not arrived yet, but perhaps one is a lot closer than many of us had anticipated.

This is a huge story, and I will continue to keep you updated.

Source: “Due To A Poor Harvest Season, We’re Experiencing Shortages On Many Canned Vegetable Items”

YouGov Poll: Nearly 9-in-10 GOP Voters Support Trump Telling Democrats ‘Go Back, Help Fix’ Foreign Countries

Almost nine-in-ten Republican voters say they support President Trump’s comments directed at some Democrats this week in which he said they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Source: YouGov Poll: Nearly 9-in-10 GOP Voters Support Trump Telling Democrats ‘Go Back, Help Fix’ Foreign Countries

Ben Carson defends Donald Trump: ‘His comments are not racist’

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson declared Wednesday that President Trump is “not a racist” and neither are his controversial comments about four minority Democrats.

Source: Ben Carson defends Donald Trump: ‘His comments are not racist’

CNN seriously embarrassed by 8 women who don’t fall into network trap | WND

Eight Republican women on a CNN panel in Dallas, Texas, July 17, 2019, all raise their hands to indicate President Donald Trump is not a racist (CNN video screenshot)

In a stunning moment of clarity on CNN, the Cable News Network tried and failed Tuesday to convince eight Republican women that President Trump is racist, based on his recent tweets against four minority Democratic women in Congress.

All of the women on the panel in Dallas, Texas, previously voted for Trump, and ferociously rejected the network’s premise that the president is racist, proffered by CNN’s Randi Kaye on “Anderson Cooper 360°.”

“I’m a brown-skinned woman. I am a legal immigrant. I agree with him,” said Trump supporter Sharon Bolan.

Gina O’Briant said, “I’m glad that the president said what he said because all they are doing is inciting hatred and division. He didn’t say anything about color.”

As WND reported Sunday, President Trump unleashed a scathing attack over the weekend on what he calls “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen,” telling them to “go back” to their “totally broken and crime infested places,” prompting a fierce response from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Trump’s slogan of “‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.”

Trump tweeted: “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”

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CNN’s Kaye, apparently not satisfied with the responses from the women on the panel, said: “Let me just share with you the definition of ‘racism’ from Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘a belief that race is the primary determinate of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.’”

“Based on that definition, do you not think that what the president has been saying … Do you think it’s just a coincidence that these four congresswomen that the president is going after none of them are white?”

“I don’t think it matters,” answered Peaches McGuire Coates responded. “It’s idiotic, what they’re saying, so it doesn’t matter if they’re black or white.”

“Why haven’t they befriended one of their white female congresswoman colleagues and let her join the group?” Dena Miller asked. “They don’t like white people. C’mon, they’re racist.”

On Wednesday, radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh agreed with Miller’s assessment.

“They’re the ones that don’t like white people,” Limbaugh said, referring to the four Democratic congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Presley of Massachusetts.

Limbaugh blamed what he calls “the Drive-by Media” for creating the notion “minorities cannot be racist.”

“Because they don’t have the power to do anything with it … Women can’t be sexist because they don’t have the power to do anything with it,” Limbaugh explained of the leftist thinking.

“Only white men can be racist misogynist and sexist, only white men in America are the devil. … So these women of color can run around and lie and distort and nothing attaches to them because they’re minorities and they don’t have the power to act on their racism.”

Carl Durrek of NOQ Report noted: “CNN went barking up the wrong tree by trying to convince America-loving women the president is racist. They see the results of low unemployment, increased prosperity, and equal rights for all. All CNN sees is ‘orange man bad.’”

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Source: CNN seriously embarrassed by 8 women who don’t fall into network trap

Democratic Squad Members ‘Have Done Squat in Congress’ | LifeZette

“Well, the Democratic response is very predictable, you don’t — you hardly need to cover it,” said Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, speaking on Tuesday to Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom.”

For the Dems, said Conway, “It’s always racism, sexism, xenophobia and it’s getting tired. These four people in this so-called squad — that have done squat in Congress other than pose on magazine covers and go on late-night comedy shows and cause trouble in their own caucus — were under fire a couple short days ago by senior Democrats, elected officials, Greg Meeks, William Lacy Clay, Nancy Pelosi,” she said.

“They’re the only four Democrats to vote against any form of humanitarian aid at the border when that vote was taken two weeks ago.”

“Even Ayanna Pressley [of Massachusetts] threw a little shade at Nancy Pelosi in that so-called press conference.”

Conway also asserted that too many people in the mainstream media “never challenge their factual assertions and just cover anything the four of them say without scrutiny and without examination.”

Related: Cher and Leftist Hollywood Types Are Fired Up Over Trump’s Tweets

Added Conway, “These four women are distinctive for one important reason I want America to know: They’re the only four Democrats to vote against any form of humanitarian aid at the border when that vote was taken two weeks ago.”

“They have no moral authority to ever talk about the border and the kids and the humanitarian crisis there. They’re the only four Democrats to vote against a Democratic package and the package that got signed into law. I was at the border on Friday, that aid is already making a difference in terms of the conditions down there.”

Related: Mark Levin Blasts the Four Radical House Dems

The “squad” of four — Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — all spoke on Capitol Hill the other day and are adamant Trump should be impeached.

They claim the president used racist language against them, which he did not, when he tweeted over the weekend that if they don’t like this country, if they hate it so much, then they should leave and go fix other countries.

Trump ripped into the Democratic “squad” for constantly criticizing the country for everything and anything, including laws that Congress itself has put in place. At the same time, these individuals fail to address problems that they themselves are causing or exacerbating.

“So interesting to see ‘progressive’ Democrat congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe … telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump wrote. “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came?” he added.

While only one of the four — Omar — was not born in the U.S., the president’s remarks were clear: What exactly have these individuals done to help this country?

House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced a resolution condemning the president for his remarks; the Democrat-led House voted in favor of it on Tuesday night.

But the squad of four is now also renewing its feud with Pelosi: They “offered a not-so-subtle warning” to the speaker the next time she “singles them out,” as Fox News reported about comments the young lawmakers made to Gayle King of CBS News. “Acknowledge the fact that we are women of color,” said Tlaib to King, referencing Pelosi. “Be aware of that and what you’re doing … because some of us are getting death threats.”

Kellyanne Conway also said this to “America’s Newsroom” on the topic: “They represent a dark underbelly in this country of people who are not respecting our troops, are not giving them the resources and the respect that they deserve. They voted against the military aid, they voted against pay raises, they voted against the $700 billion, the $716 billion that this president has put forward.  They scoff at things like the V.A. Choice Act, the Whistleblower and the Accountability Act. We’re the ones helping veterans and military in this White House, [and] we’re tired of people not kneeling for the flag out of disrespect. We’re tired of some of these women palling around with terrorists.”

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This article has been updated.

Source: Democratic Squad Members ‘Have Done Squat in Congress’

Trump Slams AOC’s ‘Squad’ As “The Four Horsewomen Of The Apocalypse” | ZeroHedge News

Two days after President Trump provoked Democrats to pass a resolution condemning him as a racist by urging the radical left “squad” of freshman House Democrats “if you are not happy here, you can leave”, the president is back with another tweet storm guaranteed to send Democrats on Capitol Hill into fits of apoplexy.

In a string of tweets, Trump quotes Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, who blasts the members of the “squad” – AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – as “left wing cranks” and “the four horsewomen of the apocalypse.” Kennedy blasted the Congresswomen as irredeemably dumb (“they’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle”) and lamented the fact that Democratic presidential candidates are “falling over themselves to try and agree” with them.

Kennedy starts by accusing the four women of believing that America is “wicked in its origins” and that “we are all racist and evil.”

After the lengthy quote, Trump followed up with a tweet knocking Democrats for getting nothing done on immigration, infrastructure, drug pricing or any other issue because they’re too busy “fishing” for dirt on the president with their various investigations into Trump’s finances, business interests etc.

Fundamentally, Kennedy is right: Left wingers like AOC believe America was founded by evil colonialist racists and has shifted from perpetrating one horrible atrocity to another over the course of its nearly 250-year history.

Source: Trump Slams AOC’s ‘Squad’ As “The Four Horsewomen Of The Apocalypse”

How often are accusations of rape or sexual assault false?

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Zerlina Maxwell "automatically believe rape claims" Should we “automatically believe rape claims” like Jackie’s UVA rape claim?

The purpose of this post is to make the case that claims of rape and sexual assault should be made to the police, investigated by the police, and then proceed to trial. We should not punish men for charges that are made outside of the criminal justice system. Let’s take a look at some previous cases and studies to see why not.

Here’s one reported by the far-left Newsweek:

Rolling Stone‘s disastrous and discredited campus rape story now has a price tag.

The magazine has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by the University of Virginia fraternity at the center of the 2014 blockbuster feature by Sabrina Erdely, which was retracted after key details in the story were called into question. According to reports, Rolling Stone will pay a settlement amounting to $1.65 million.

The article, which was published in late fall 2014, described an alleged…

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Ilhan Omar’s Marriage to Brother Was a Sham – It Is Widely Circulated in Somali Community That Her Brother Is Gay — The Gateway Pundit

After several years of avoiding the subject — on Tuesday the Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a report on Ilhan Omar, her tax fraud crimes, her illegal use of campaign funds to cover travel costs and touched on her alleged marriage to her younger brother.

Investigative Journalist David Steinberg who has been covering the incredible story for years commented on the report today.
Much of the information has already been reported… by David.

The Star-Tribune reported that the Omar campaign launched a concerted effort to quash details on her marriage to her brother.

Obviously, Omar is afraid of the information on her wedding to her brother in 2009 to go public.

The Gateway Pundit was sent several updates on Ilhan’s story in the past two days. Our sources are hesitant to go public due to concerns of retribution from certain segments in the US Somali community.

What is interesting is that as Ilhan continues to deny her marriage to her brother there is clear evidence that she is lying.

As we reported on Tuesday the birth date of her husband-brother on the wedding certificate matches the birth date on her brother’s school papers.

A TGP source in the Somaliland and Somali community sent us this information this week.

The story about Ilhan marrying her brother is well known and is a very common thing among Somali people in the diaspora. Ilhan had a child with her real husband while married to her brother to get him US residency and ultimately obtain US citizenship. This is clear example of someone who does not respect the laws of this country and probably thinks that the Sharia marriage with her actual husband is the one that counts.

Her brother is a bit of an issue for bigots in both our clan and the Somali community. His lifestyle was so troublesome for her support from the Somali community, that he was made to relocate back to Europe, somewhere in England I believe. Ilhan bills herself as a progressive to to one side, and conservative to the other.

You can see how the issue of her brother’s lifestyle was an issue for her during her election. In case her brother’s sexuality is not well known, he is gay.

Brother Elmi follows several gay personalities on Instagram including: gaymenonthego, queeringsomalinimo, and how-gay-Iam:

Here are a few from his list who he follows.

Obviously, The Gateway Pundit does not have an issue with her brother’s sexuality and support his courage. The Gateway Pundit founder is gay and we have had several writers who are gay.

But this does add more fodder to the reports that Ilhan’s marriage to her brother was a sham and a scam on the US immigration system.

via Ilhan Omar’s Marriage to Brother Was a Sham – It Is Widely Circulated in Somali Community That Her Brother Is Gay — The Gateway Pundit

In 3-D Chess Move, Trump Makes Democrats Embrace Most Extreme Members Of Party — The Gateway Pundit

When I saw President Trump’s odd tweets over the weekend — the ones that told four American lawmakers to “go home” — my first thought was about Napoleon Bonaparte, who famously said, “Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.”

That’s just what the Democrats had been doing for weeks. In their first presidential debate last month, all but a few of the 20 candidates running for the White House pledged to give illegal aliens free health care and said crossing the border illegally should be just like getting a parking ticket. Two 2020 hopefuls — Sen. Cory A. Booker and former Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke — even traveled to the border to personally try to get foreigners into the United States.

And just last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was racist for “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” in her and three of her colleagues. That tiff exploded into a catfight, with Pelosi once again dismissing AOC and the other members of what’s now known as “The Squad” — Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

So Trump leaping in with incendiary tweets certainly overshadowed the infighting in the Democratic Party and drew the focus away from their terrible policies. Crazy, right?

Yup. Crazy like a fox.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump tweeted Saturday.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” the president tweeted.

Sure, Trump was completely wrong about where the four “originally came from.” Just one of the four women he apparently targeted were born outside the U.S.; Omar came to America as a refugee when her family fled war-torn Somalia, and she became a U.S. citizen when she was 12.

But there was method to Trump’s madness, which he clearly defined in a later tweet, just as House Democrats banded together to call for a vote to condemn the president’s remarks.

“The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four progressives, but now they are forced to embrace them,” he wrote. ‘That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”

And that was the whole point. Trump wanted to call the four “progressives” out, make them the subject, and force Democrats to defend them. By doing so, the entire party is now embracing the ideology they spew — from socialism to anti-Semitism to what can only be described as a deep disdain (if not hatred) for America and her principles.

Kinda’ brilliant.

A White House official told The Daily Mail after The Squad held a rambling press conference that Trump “couldn’t have scripted this any better. They warned against taking the bait, and then they took the bait. Now they’re the party of AOC, and that won’t end well.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted the move, saying on Fox News that Trump could single-handedly make the four women “the face of the future of the Democratic Party.” If he could do that, Graham said, he could “destroy the Democratic Party.”

And now, that’s done. The House moved quickly on a resolution condemning Trump’s “racist comments,” and Pelosi called the four lawmakers on the fringe of the party “our sisters.”

“The fact is, as offended as we are — and we are offended by what he said about our sisters — he says that about people every day, and they feel as hurt as we do about somebody in our family having this offense against them,” she said.

So, the president set out to make Democrats embrace the four lawmakers, and they have.

Trump is often mocked when he calls himself a “stable genius,” but he outplayed the Democrats on this one — and they still don’t even know it.

*Joseph Curl ran the Drudge Report from 2010 to 2014 and covered the White House for a dozen years. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter at @JosephCurl. A version of this article ran previously in The Washington Times.

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