Daily Archives: July 25, 2019

July 25 Captives of Sin

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:14–30

Key Verse: Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

Imagine what it must be like to accidentally get locked in your own bedroom. At first, you probably would not even realize it. After all, the room would be the same; there would be no reason for you to think there was a problem. Your furniture would be there, neatly arranged. Your bed would still beckon you with the hope of peaceful slumber. Your window would still offer the pleasant view that you see every day. There would really be nothing out of the ordinary.

Then, say you wanted to make a sandwich. You click the television off, climb out of bed, and head for the door. Reaching for the knob, you are immediately struck with the realization that your door lock has broken, and the door will not open. You pull and jerk on the knob, but the door does not move. You yell for help, but no one is home. You are trapped; and the worst part is, you never even realized you were a prisoner.

This scene is a bit of a parody, but it aptly represents a biblical truth: all people, whether they realize it or not, are captives of sin. Everyone is locked in his own private prison. The good news, however, is that Jesus came into the world to release the prisoners. That is, He came to free the entire world from the grip of sin.

Thank Him today for the glorious freedom offered by the Cross of Christ. He paid the fine, He bore the punishment, and He has set you free!

Father, thank You for the glorious freedom offered by the Cross. Thank You for paying the price, bearing the punishment, and setting me free![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 25 Guilt

Scripture Reading: Romans 8

Key Verse: Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

  1. A Tozer, the noted Christian author and pastor, once talked about individuals who live in the “perpetual penance of regret.”

Are you one of those persons? Do you constantly feel guilty? Are you plagued with unrelenting remorse?

Has your faith in Christ placed you on the staircase to delight and joy, or plummeted you into the cellar of perpetual regret?

The way out of your misery is receiving and extending the magnificent grace of God. Believe this once and for all—your faith in Christ has cleared your account with God. You are forgiven, for past, present, and future behavior. Your debt is paid. Your penance cannot add one merit point to your already perfect standing with your heavenly Father.

But take one more step. As you have received His forgiveness, pass it along to people who have offended you. They owe you nothing. You cannot collect anything from them—not acceptance, security, or affirmation.

Embracing God’s grace to you and extending His grace to others will destroy guilt’s destructive cycle, replacing it with an unceasing celebration of God’s amazing, unconditional love.

Precious heavenly Father, I must admit—guilt over my past often creeps in to haunt me. Free me from guilt’s destructive cycle. Replace my regrets with an unceasing celebration of Your unconditional love.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 25 Waiting for the Answer

Scripture reading: Colossians 2:6–10

Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:24

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Do you ever wonder whether you can trust God? Many deny their worry, but their actions speak differently. Have you ever prayed for something and felt as though your prayers were unanswered?

After a while, it is easy to think that maybe it would be okay to help God out—give Him a little shove to start things off. But you may want to consider the following: God is sovereign. He is both personal and loving. He has not forgotten you. Even though you may have to wait for the answer to your prayer, when it comes, it will be a wondrous blessing because you were willing to wait and trust the Lord for the answer.

God is infinitely wise. All knowledge about all things belongs to Him. A deep love and commitment toward those who have accepted His Son as their Savior are hallmarks of His personal care. Therefore, He has provided a way for sin to be eradicated from your life. In wisdom and mercy, He desires for you to live free from the bondage of sin and failure.

God loves perfectly and completely. He can meet all your needs. You may wonder how this can be, especially since you can’t see or touch Him. Deep within the resources of His love, contentment and a sense of peace are waiting just for you. And nothing the world offers can duplicate these things.

Heavenly Father, I thank You that through faith, I can wait for my answer.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 216). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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McCarthy Questions What Dems Have ‘Accomplished’ in the First 200 Days of the House Majority | IJR

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) isn’t offering praise to House Democrats as they mark 200 days holding the majority.

On Thursday, congressional Democrats celebrated their first 200 days since taking back the majority in the House of Representatives, in the 116th Congress, since the 2018 midterm elections.

“200 days ago, the most dynamic and diverse House Majority in history took the oath of office and then got to work,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference.

See Pelosi’s comment below:

“What I can’t figure out is…what exactly are they celebrating?” McCarthy asked in response to the House Democrats press conference. “I know the country isn’t celebrating their accomplishments because there aren’t any.”

During Thursday’ press conference, McCarthy doubled down on his criticism as he said he “can’t figure out what they’re celebrating” and “what [Democrats] have actually accomplished.”

“So what I thought I would do I’d actually go and look at what were the numbers at this moment at this time in the last Congress where there was a different majority. … In the last Congress, there were 308 bills passed at this moment. The Democrats, who have celebrated their 200 days, haven’t even passed 200 bills out of committee. They’re at 184.”

“You know why?” McCarthy asked, adding, “It was on display yesterday” during the two House hearings with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Republican lawmaker said, “I hope the failure of what they saw … is the final chapter of this book.”

Watch the press conference below:

Pointing out a recent new poll that revealed that the American people see immigration as the top issue facing the United States currently, McCarthy blasted Democrats for calling the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border “made up.”

“The American public knows it’s a crisis. The only people who do not believe it’s a crisis is the majority party inside the House of Representatives,” he said.

McCarthy continued to slam House Democratic leaders for the “total failure on their part” in holding the Mueller hearings, all awhile they’ve “wasted America’s time, there has been a crisis at the border.”

Source: McCarthy Questions What Dems Have ‘Accomplished’ in the First 200 Days of the House Majority

Meet The Former Epstein ‘Sex Slave’ Who Helped Recruit Underage Girls For The ‘Lolita Express’ | ZeroHedge News

While anybody even remotely familiar with the Epstein story knows that his actions were irredeemably heinous, there are other characters in Epstein’s orbit – characters who may have participated in what appears to be a global sex-trafficking ring – who are more complicated.

One of those characters is a 32-year-old model named Nadia Marcinko. Marcinko, who was once described in court documents as Epstein’s “in-house sex slave” was ferried out of Slovakia on Epstein’s private jet when she was just 15, and lived with the billionaire for years after, Wired reports.

Now working as a commercial pilot, Marcinko is clearly hoping the media will gloss over her involvement with Epstein. She refuses to talk to reporters, and even uses a slightly modified version of her last name (she was once known as Nadia Marcinkova).

A reporter at Wired tried to look into Marcinko’s past to parse whether she was a willing, or unwilling, participant in Epstein’s crimes, and whether she was also one of his youngest victims. Some of Epstein’s other victims told police that Marcinko pressured them to sleep with both her and Epstein. Though her history of flying with Epstein is harder to pin down due to Epstein’s record-keeping practices (he only recorded the first names of underage girls in flight logs, if at all), but it’s become clear that during her first decade in the country, from roughly 2000 to the beginning of Epstein’s prison sentence, she frequently flew between Epstein’s properties in New York, Palm Beach, Monterey, Columbus, Ohio and the Azores. A pilot who once worked for Epstein testified that she had flown with him hundreds of times.

Marcinko’s relationship with Epstein presumably ended when she was given immunity from prosecution in 2008 after being named an accomplice. It’s still not entirely clear how she came to live with Epstein. Was she ‘sold’ to him by family members in Bratislava? Or did she run away with him willingly, hoping for a more glamorous life?

Whatever happened, as Wired claims, Marcinko is part of a small group of people who are both victims of Epstein and possible abusers.

Her testimony could again be useful. That is, if she ultimately avoids being implicated as a ‘rape facilitator’.

Source: Meet The Former Epstein ‘Sex Slave’ Who Helped Recruit Underage Girls For The ‘Lolita Express’

Mueller Testimony Post-Mortem: Two Years Of Russiagate Coverage In Two Minutes | ZeroHedge News

“The beginning of the end of the Trump presidency…”

“The tipping point…”

“The walls are closing in…”

“Trump’s going down…”

“He will not serve out his term…”


“Trump is in trouble…”

“Trump’s going down…”

“He will not serve out his term – no way, no how”

“He’s done!” 

“This will be the watershed week…”

“Today is a turning point…” 

“Rumblings of the word ‘impeachment’…”

“A new bombshell…”

“Trump will resign…”

“Tipping point!”

Meanwhile, in July 2019 no less than The New York Times editorial board laments that Trump-Kremlin relations are not close enough, as Trump’s “approach has been ham-handed” – the ‘paper of record’ now tells us.

Is this some kind of mea culpa? Not quite, perhaps more like being shamelessly self-unaware.

“President Trump is correct to try to establish a sounder relationship with Russia…”  — Editorial Board, New York Times, 7-22-19

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The above Times statement from this week is certainly real  absurd and astoundingly hypocritical as it all is (given the NY Times for years led the way with Russophobic and fear-mongering headlines, effectively undermining the ability of the US to establish a sounder relationship with Moscow, which it now calls for without an inkling of shame over its recent record)  but the below, unfortunately, is not…

Source: Mueller Testimony Post-Mortem: Two Years Of Russiagate Coverage In Two Minutes

Aftermath of Mueller…. — The Last Refuge

What happened yesterday with Robert Mueller’s testimony was a public fiasco. However, for those who have followed the construct of the scheme team assembly from the outset, it was not surprising.

After watching how the special counsel couldn’t respond to appropriate questioning, I sat down to summarize three years of review against the backdrop of Mueller’s appearance and realized everything I was writing was previously written.  Almost word for word.

Then I became angry.  Not angry in the outrage sense of the word, but angry at the obvious construct to the fraud.  A frustrating sense of anger; because if we could see all of this back in early 2018 it must be obvious to those much closer to the epicenter in DC, and yet this fraud just continues.

Responding to reader questions in March 2018 I wrote an article specifically about Robert Mueller and why he was essentially irrelevant in the larger picture.  I don’t often request a review of prior research, but this time it’s important.  Please read what was written on March 31st, 2018, [SEE HERE]

If we could see the issues, including the cognitive incapacity with Robert Mueller, a full year-and-a-half ago, well, the leadership in around the institutions of government (specifically the DOJ and FBI) would obviously be able to see it; yet nothing was done.

In March 2018 Jeff Sessions was U.S. Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein was Deputy Attorney General, Chris Wray was FBI Director and David Bowditch was Deputy FBI Director.

March 2018 was also eight months before the mid-term election.

That March 2018 article about Robert Mueller was written before the first IG report on Andrew McCabe was released (April ’18). That March 2018 article was written before the IG report on DOJ/FBI bias in the Clinton investigation was released (June ’18); and that article about Robert Mueller’s purpose was written two months before the IG investigation of FISA abuse even began (May ’18).

CTH is not gifted with any foresight or special insight, so if we could see Robert Mueller and his purpose within the “small group” obviously those closest to the issues at hand would know even more and yet…

Hence the frustrated anger.

Here we sit…. in the same place we were in March 2018… waiting, once again for another DOJ Inspector General Report… sometime in the “near” future.

Meanwhile, all of the people in/around the current investigative review of the Inspector General are exactly the same people in/around the prior two investigative reviews of the Inspector General.  In essence, the IG investigation that began on January 17th, 2017, is one long continuum of the same IG review still ongoing thirty-one months later.

The only difference in IG report #3 is the subject matter, this time FISA abuse.  All of the central characters are exactly the same.  All of the institutions being reviewed are exactly the same.  It’s one long IG review into exactly the same suspects, and..

…Every minute spent outraged at what Muller did yesterday, is one minute less that Bill Barr has to be worried about being held accountable for what he is not doing today…

♦ President Trump can prove the July 31st, 2016, Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation originated from a scheme within the intelligence apparatus by exposing the preceding CIA operation that created the originating “Electronic Communication” memo. Declassify that two-page “EC” document that Brennan gave to Comey.  [The trail is found within the Weissmann report and the use of Alexander Downer – SEE HERE]

♦ Release and declassify all of the Comey memos that document the investigative steps taken by the FBI as an outcome of the operation coordinated by CIA Director John Brennan in early 2016.  [The trail was memorialized by James Comey – SEE HERE]

♦ Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. Show the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries. [Crowdstrike? Fusion-GPS? Nellie Ohr? Daniel Richman?]  This was a weaponized surveillance and domestic political spying operation. [The trail was laid down in specific detail by Judge Collyer – SEE HERE]

♦ Subpoena former DOJ-NSD (National Security Division) head John Carlin, or haul him in front of a grand jury, and get his testimony about why he hid the abuse from the FISA court in October 2016; why the DOJ-NSD rushed the Carter Page application to beat NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers to the FISA court; and why Carlin quit immediately thereafter.

♦ Prove the Carter Page FISA application (October 2016) was fraudulent and based on deceptions to the FISA Court. Declassify the entire document, and release the transcripts of those who signed the application(s); and/or depose those who have not yet testified. The creation of the Steele Dossier was the cover-up operation. [SEE HERE]

♦ Release all of the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages without redactions. Let sunlight pour in on the actual conversation(s) that were taking place when Crossfire Hurricane (July ’16) and the FISA Application (Oct ’16) were taking place.  The current redactions were made by the people who weaponized the intelligence system for political surveillance and spy operation.  This is why Page and Strzok texts are redacted!

♦ Release all of Bruce Ohr 302’s, FBI notes from interviews and debriefing sessions, and other relevant documents associated with the interviews of Bruce Ohr and his internal communications. Including exculpatory evidence that Bruce Ohr may have shared with FBI Agent Joseph Pientka. [And get a deposition from this Pientka fella] Bruce Ohr is the courier, carrying information from those outside to those on the inside.

♦ Release the August 2nd, 2017, two-page scope memo provided by DAG Rod Rosenstein to special counsel Robert Mueller to advance the fraudulent Trump investigation, and initiate the more purposeful obstruction of justice investigation. Also Release the October 20th, 2017, second scope memo recently discovered.  The Scope Memos are keys to unlocking the underlying spy/surveillance cover-up. [SEE HERE and SEE HERE]


via Aftermath of Mueller…. — The Last Refuge

Convicted Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Took A Dip In The Clinton Dead Pool In His Prison Cell Last Night But Somehow Managed To Survive ‘Suicide’ Attack — Now The End Begins

Financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested on sex-trafficking charges earlier this month, was found nearly unconscious in his New York City jail cell following a possible suicide attempt, the New York Post reports.

Convicted child molester and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is a lot of things. He is a disgusting human being, he is a lost soul who needs salvation in Jesus Christ, and he by all accounts is incredibly wealthy. But let me tell you, in my opinion, what I think he is not. I do not believe for a second that Epstein is suicidal, not by a long shot. He bought his way out of trouble last time, and though times have changes in the #MeToo era, I think that he thinks he can make some sort of a deal this time around as well. But there is something very different about Epstein’s trouble in 2019 than it was in 2008, and it can be summed up in one word – Clinton.

Jeffrey Epstein used his vast wealth and his far-reaching political connections last time to get off with a slap on the wrist, everything was hushed up and swept under the rug. Part of what went under that rug was the fact that former president Bill Clinton flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet 26 times, and that eyewitness victims on ‘Lolita Island’ placed Slick Willy at the scene of the crimes. In short, if Jeffrey Epstein goes down hard this time around, Bill Clinton’s misdeeds on ‘Lolita Island’ will absolutely come to light, and the Clinton Crime Family cannot allow that to happen.

It is a miracle that Epstein survived his ‘suicide attack’ in his prison cell last night, but he may not be so lucky next time. Historically, very few invitations to take a dip in the Clinton Dead Pool have been successfully refused. Just ask Seth Rich, Alan Krueger, James McDougal, Anthony Bourdain, or any of the other 58 people on the roster of that infamous group of dead and nearly-dead souls who mysteriously commited suicide or died under vastly suspicious circumstances after becoming connected to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

As for me, I am hoping that Jeffrey Epstein will live long enough to be brought to trial and testify under oath that Bill Clinton had sex with children on Lolita Island. But somehow I don’t think he’s gonna make it. The Clinton Dead Pool also known as the Clinton Body Count, is a tough pool to stay out of, an updated for 2019 listing of its members follows at the bottom of this article. If you know of any victims of the Clinton Dead Pool that are not on our list, please let us know in the comments below, thanks!

Financier Jeffrey Epstein found nearly unconscious in jail cell, suicide attempt suspected

FROM AOL: Prison guards purportedly found Jeffrey Epstein — who had previously been convicted of soliciting a prostitute under the age of 18 in 2008 and served a lenient 13-month sentence for the crime — sprawled across the floor at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was being held without bail. Sources told the Post that Epstein was also found with injuries to his neck and may have tried to hurt himself in an effort to get transferred to a different jail.

Those same sources, however, also didn’t rule out the possibility that the billionaire may have been attacked by an inmate.

Epstein was arrested on July 7 on sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date back to the early 2000s, law enforcement officials told the Associated Press. One source told the newswire that Epstein had allegedly paid underage girls for massages and molested them at his residences in New York and Florida.

Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman denied bail for the convicted sex offender after prosecutors claimed that Epstein was a flight risk. Epstein’s lawyers had argued that he should instead be under house arrest and had even offered to pledge a part of the financier’s fortune — at least $559 million — as collateral. Berman, however, sided with the federal government, whose case against Epstein, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller, has been “getting stronger every single day.”

“I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community,” Berman said in denying Epstein’s bail.

Prosecutors previously accused Epstein of tampering with witnesses, asserting that he had wired a total of $350,000 to co-conspirators days after the Miami Herald revealed that he had sexually abused underage girls between 2002 and 2005.

“This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations,” the prosecution wrote in court papers.

One of Epstein’s accusers, Courtney Wild, said that the financier abused her when she was just 14 and preferred being around girls who were white, prepubescent and easy to manipulate.

By the time I was 16, I had probably brought him 70 to 80 girls who were all 14 and 15 years old. He was involved in my life for years,” Wild told the Herald. Wild has since encouraged other accusers to come forward. “We will not get justice until you speak out,” she said. “You are not alone, and this was not your fault.” READ MORE

The 2019 Updated Listing Of The Clinton Body Count:


  1. James McDougal – Clinton’s convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation
  2. Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
  3. Vince Foster – Former white House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
  4. Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors.
  5. C. Victor Raiser II and Montgomery Raiser, Major players in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
  6. Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992… Described by Clinton as a “Dear friend and trusted advisor.”
  7. Ed Willey – Clinton fund raiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
  8. Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
  9. James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.
  10. James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.
  11. Kathy Ferguson, ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
  12. Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
  13. Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
  14. Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
  15. Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
  16. Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.
  17. Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.
  18. Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno three weeks before his death.
  19. Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guarantee scandal.
  20. Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
  21. Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
  22. Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee, died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton’s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.
  23. Barry Seal – Drug running pilot out of Mena, Arkansas, death was no accident.
  24. Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
  25. Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guarantee. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.
  26. Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.
  27. Kevin Ives and Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the two boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.
  28. Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, July 1988
  29. Keith McMaskle – Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988
  30. Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.
  31. Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
  32. James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes.”
  33. Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.
  34. Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives / Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.
  35. Major William S. Barkley Jr. – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  36. Captain Scott J. Reynolds – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  37. Sgt. Brian Hanley – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  38. Sgt. Tim Sabel – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  39. Major General William Robertson – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  40. Col. William Densberger – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  41. Col. Robert Kelly – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  42. Spec. Gary Rhodes – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  43. Steve Willis – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  44. Robert Williams – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  45. Conway LeBleu – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  46. Todd McKeehan – DECEASED former Clinton Bodyguard
  47. John F. Kennedy Jr. – July 16, 1999 JFK Jr. and his wife went down in a still-unresolved and very mysterious plane crash. John was the frontrunner for the NY State Senate seat that ultimately went to…wait for it…Hillary Clinton.
  48. Molly Macauley  – World-renowned “space economist” Molly Macauley was brutally murdered in Baltimore park.
  49. John Ashe– The former President of the UN General Assembly was awaiting trial on bribery charges when he turned up dead in June, apparently having crushed his own windpipe while lifting weights in his home.
  50. Victor Thorn -Prominent CLINTON Critic VICTOR THORN Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide On His Birthday
  51. Seth Rich – Still No Clues in Murder of DNC’s Seth Rich, As Conspiracy Theories Thicken
  52. Joe Montano – Filipino American activist and aide to Sen. Kaine, dies at 47
  53. Shawn Lucas – Death of DNC Lawsuit Processor Shawn Lucas Adds to Seth Rich Conspiracy Theories
  54. Klaus Eberwein – Found Dead Before Testifying Against Clinton Foundation in HAITI COVERUP
  55. Peter W. Smith – Man who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers committed suicide
  56. Professor Alan Krueger – Now why would a man who was excited about the upcoming release of his new book suddenly decide to suicide himself? Maybe he looked at his resume and realized he used to work for the Clintons.
  57. HONORABLE MENTION: Jack Burkman investigated the suspicious surroundings of the murder of Seth Rich, and was shot several times but lived. Because of that he absolutely makes the list.
  58. HONORABLE MENTION: Huma Abedin received an honorary listing here because she was smart enough to take 10,000 incriminating emails from Crooked Hillary, and store them in a folder on her laptop. What was the name of that folder? She called it ‘Life Insurance‘, and indeed it was.

via Convicted Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Took A Dip In The Clinton Dead Pool In His Prison Cell Last Night But Somehow Managed To Survive ‘Suicide’ Attack — Now The End Begins

House of Representatives Passes Pro-Israel Resolution in 398-17 Vote — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

The U.S. House of Representatives pushed back against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s views Tuesday by passing a resolution calling Israel a “key ally” and criticizing a prominent movement to boycott the Jewish state.

The pro-Israel resolution passed, 398-17, with 16 of the “no” votes coming from Democrats. Among the Democrats who voted against the resolution were Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

The resolution passed the same week Omar introduced her own resolution “affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights.”

Omar’s resolution doesn’t mention Israel, but she told reporters it was the intended target. The resolution does, however, mention boycotts of Nazi Germany and South African apartheid as positive examples from U.S. history.

At issue is the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a worldwide boycott of Israel.

“It is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement,” Omar said of her resolution.

But the pro-Israel resolution that passed the House explicitly criticizes the BDS movement. That resolution calls Israel a “democratic, Jewish State” that is a “key ally and strategic partner of the United States.”

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Pelosi Tells Nadler To Back Off on Impeachment After Mueller Goes Down Like the Hindenburg — The Gateway Pundit

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Rep. Jerrold Nadler to cool off on impeachment after senile Mueller went down in flames like the Hindenburg on Wednesday.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) pushed for impeachment proceedings against Trump Wednesday night during a closed-door caucus meeting, according to Politico.

Pelosi shot down the idea of impeachment following Mueller’s disaster testimony, calling the idea premature.

According the Wall Street Journal and Politico, Democrats left the closed-door meeting on Wednesday night with a plan to move forward with a lawsuit to enforce a subpoena against former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

The Democrats were counting on Mueller’s hearing to be the final nail in the coffin for Trump.

Just a few days before Mueller’s hearing, Nadler said during his appearance on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that the evidence shows Trump is guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and Mueller will clearly lay that out during his testimony.

The Democrats were expecting an articulate man to deliver a powerful testimony, instead we got a slow motion train wreck.

It was painful to watch as a stuttering, bumbling senile Mueller couldn’t even remember which president appointed him as US Attorney for Boston.

It became clear as day that Mueller didn’t even know what was in his own report — that’s because he didn’t write it and now more questions are being raised about his actual involvement in the investigation.

The Democrats are on suicide watch and they looked like they were attending a funeral Wednesday during their pathetic presser.

Adam Schiff, the lying and leaking Chairman of the House Intel Committee was so desperate that he said the real scandal of 2016 was the Trump Tower in Moscow….a building that was never even built. A building that was only built in Schiff’s delusional mind.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is Suing Google for 50 Million Dollars for Censoring Her Campaign — The Gateway Pundit

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has filed a federal lawsuit against Google for suspending her campaign’s advertising account following the first debate in June.

Gabbard was the most searched candidate at the time.

Google had suspended the campaign’s advertising account for six hours from June 27th into June 28, immediately following the debate while searches for her were trending.

The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles federal court on Thursday, the New York Times reports. They are seeking an injunction against Google to prevent them from continuing to meddle in the election and damages of at least $50 million.

“Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values,” Rep. Gabbard said in a statement to the Times. “This is a threat to free speech, fair elections, and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”

A Google spokesperson told the Hill that the account was suspended due to sudden “large spending changes” that were detected automatically.

“We have automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts – including large spending changes – in order to prevent fraud and protect our customers,” the spokeswoman said.

“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter.”

Her campaign says that they had increased spending as she had become the most searched candidate following her performance in the debate.

The lawsuit also alleges that Google is sending their campaign emails to people’s spam folders at “a disproportionately high rate” compared to other campaigns.

“Google’s arbitrary and capricious treatment of Gabbard’s campaign should raise concerns for policymakers everywhere about the company’s ability to use its dominance to impact political discourse, in a way that interferes with the upcoming 2020 presidential election,” the lawsuit said. “To this day, Google has not provided a straight answer — let alone a credible one — as to why Tulsi’s political speech was silenced when millions of people wanted to hear from her.”

Rep. Gabbard, a veteran, has broad appeal across party lines for her staunch anti-war and anti-censorship platform. She faces pushback from many establishment Democrats due to her blasting the party in 2016 for rigging the primaries in favor of Hillary Clinton.

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WATCH: Google Places Whistleblower Who Talked To Project Veritas On Administrative Leave — The Gateway Pundit

Google has placed Greg Coppola, a senior software engineer, on administrative leave for telling the truth about Google’s far-left bias in its search engine results.

Coppola appeared in an on-camera interview with Project Veritas earlier this week.

WATCH video for full details:

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July 25, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Greater Because of Superior Existence

Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; and they all will become old as a garment. And as a mantle Thou wilt roll them up; as a garment they will also be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end. (1:10–12)

The fourth way in which Jesus is superior to angels is in His existence. In this quotation from Psalm 102 the Holy Spirit reveals that Christ is better than angels because He exists eternally. If Jesus was in the beginning to create, He must have existed before the beginning and therefore be without beginning. “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1).

Just as you would roll up and throw away an old, worn-out garment when you are done with it, Jesus one day will discard the heavens and the earth. One day “the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). “And the sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places” (Rev. 6:14). During the Tribulation, as if the heavens were to be stretched to the limit and the corners then cut, they will roll up just like a scroll. The stars are going to fall, come crashing down to earth, and every island and mountain will move out of its place. The whole world will fall apart.

The things that we can see and feel seem so permanent. Like the people Peter warned, we are tempted to think that “all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation” (2 Pet. 3:4). But all these are going to perish, and the Lord is going to create a new heaven and a new earth. The creation will be changed, but not the Creator. “Thy years will not come to an end.” Christ is eternal. He is immutable; He never changes. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

Men come and go. Worlds come and go. Stars come and go. Angels were subjected to decay, as their fall proves. But Christ never changes, is never subject to change, is never subject to alteration. He is eternally the same. He is therefore superior to angels in title, in worship, in nature, in existence, and finally in destiny.[1]

The Reigning Lord

Hebrews 1:10–14

You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up. (Heb. 1:10–12)

No chapter in the entire New Testament sets forth the divinity of Jesus Christ so thoroughly and fervently as this first chapter of the Book of Hebrews. Other chapters are notable for their portrayal of Christ’s deity, such as John 1 and Colossians 1. But for the sheer weight of testimony to the divine nature of Christ, there is nothing in all of Scripture like the barrage of Old Testament verses applied to him in Hebrews 1.

The Deity of Christ

From the very beginning, Hebrews 1 brings Christ into the closest relationship with God and his work. He is called “heir of all things, through whom also he created the world … the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (vv. 2–3). In verse 6 we see the angels worshiping him, and by the testimony of the angels themselves, only God is to be worshiped (Rev. 19:10). But if there is any doubt left that the Son is God, this is dispelled utterly in verse 8, which says to him, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.” This is a great trinitarian passage, for the Son is addressed as “God,” and yet it also says that his God has exalted him: “Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

With such a testimony, it is impossible to see how the authority of Scripture can be maintained while the deity of Christ is denied. Verse 10, which begins our present passage, is the climax of this whole presentation. Here the Holy Spirit, speaking through the writer of Hebrews, informs us of these words which are spoken by the Father to the Son: “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

It is traditional, when speaking of the attributes of God, to distinguish between his communicable and incommunicable attributes. Some of his attributes God can and does communicate to us, such as goodness, mercy, and holiness, to name a few. But other attributes are part and parcel of God’s deity, and cannot be communicated to mortal creatures. In these verses, it is divine incommunicable attributes that are ascribed to the Son—attributes like eternity, omnipotence, and immutability. Indeed, we are deliberately reminded of Genesis 1:1—“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Here that work of creation is ascribed to the Lord Jesus Christ, with all the implications of divinity that accompany it.

We also observe here a striking contrast between the creation and the Son of God. Heaven and earth, we are told, will perish. The great works of God in creation will come to an end—the majesty of the mountains, the roaring of the waterfall, the beauty of the valley—all these will run their course and ultimately perish. Indeed, like an old set of clothes, they are even now wearing out. Stars are using up their hydrogen; matter is converted to energy and there is loss. Ours is a dying universe with its end in sight.

If this is true of God’s creation, how much more of man’s work! The tallest skyscraper will fall; the dams will burst; the greatest achievements will be forgotten. All this will happen not merely in the long-running course of time, with its decay, but suddenly, by God’s Son when he comes to end history and judge the world. He will “roll it up like a robe,” exchanging it at his desire for a new garment. The apostle Peter writes of this: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed” (2 Peter 3:10).

As Paul writes, “The present form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31). But of God’s Son we read the opposite: “They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.… But you are the same, and your years will have no end” (Heb. 1:11–12).

It is hard to imagine a more emphatic portrayal of Christ’s divinity, a mighty Lord and God who is worthy of our faith.

Psalm 102: Lament and Rejoicing

Whenever we see an Old Testament citation, it is good to look back at the passage in its original context, because the New Testament writer often has that in mind as well. This is especially true of Hebrews 1:10–12, which is a lengthy citation from Psalm 102, which has this subtitle: “A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.”

In the first half of that psalm, the writer laments the decaying nature of life, the weakness and ultimately the failure of all created things, and especially of human nature. He writes, “For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. My heart is struck down like grass and has withered.… Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my flesh.… I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop. All the day my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse. For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink” (Ps. 102:3–9). In particular, the writer sees his mortality as a result of man’s alienation from God on account of sin: “… because of your indignation and anger; for you have taken me up and thrown me down. My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass” (Ps. 102:10–11). Man’s mutability, weakness, and mortality on account of sin make up the content of this lament.

These are cries that will find themselves on the lips of everyone who lives on this earth for any length of time. Our days do pass away like smoke, and our bones do give way. Every one of us must reckon with the fact that death awaits us; even as we live we “wither away like grass,” here today and gone tomorrow. The psalmist seems to be motivated by the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians; in the bitterness of defeat he eats ashes and mingles his drink with tears. And while we live, we too will know the taunts and the oppression of enemies we are too weak to oppose.

But in the second half of the psalm, the lamenting man lifts up his eyes to see God and there he finds a great hope: “But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever.… You will arise and have pity on Zion.… For the Lord builds up Zion; he appears in his glory” (Ps. 102:12–16). Though all is lost in this life, though hardship and even death await, though the worst calamity brings destruction, the man who trusts the Lord sees him in his eternal reign of power, his unchanging and unchangeable character, and there he finds hope. For as God said in Isaiah 51:6, “The heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” Despite all we may lose in this life, through faith in God we receive a salvation that is eternal and secure.

That is how Psalm 102 goes, and with the words of our passage in Hebrews 1 it approaches its end, remembering that God created all things and endures long beyond their end: “They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.… But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

One purpose in Hebrews 1 is to show Christ’s superiority to the angels, and therefore the superiority of the new covenant to the old. That contrast is inescapable in light of these verses. If these things are true of the Son, then he is worthy of all our trust. We would be foolish in the extreme not to turn for our salvation to such a mighty Savior.

Father to Son

In Psalm 102, these words are addressed to Yahweh, the personal, covenant name of the Lord in the Old Testament. What is striking about their repetition in Hebrews 1 is that here they are spoken by God to Jesus, the Son. It is God who addresses him as “Lord,” which is equivalent to the Old Testament “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.”

Indeed, in the light of the New Testament we must see both halves of Psalm 102 as applying to our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the afflicted man pouring out his lament before his Father. It is his voice, as he faces and then takes up the cross, that we hear crying out, “For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. My heart is struck down like grass and has withered.… All the day my enemies taunt me” (Ps. 102:3–4, 8). Jesus, in his humanity, knew what it was to have his days cut short, to die too young, afflicted and despised by men, and abandoned by even his friends. Crucified in shame, he died a cursed death, with all the bitterness and darkness a man can experience.

The second half of the psalm constitutes heaven’s response to the anguished cry of the Savior. Yes, as man he was cursed and rejected and died on the cross, but as resurrected and exalted Son, God says to him: “But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever” (Ps. 102:12). Yes, the world may have crucified you, but I have enthroned you! “They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end” (Ps. 102:26–27). Arthur Pink comments:

This was God’s answer to the plaint of Christ’s being “cut off” in the midst of His days.… As man, in resurrection, He received “life for evermore.” Do we really grasp this? For [almost two thousand] years since the Cross, men have been born, have lived, and then died. Statesmen, emperors, and kings have appeared on the scene and then passed away. But there is one glorious Man who spans the centuries, who in His own humanity bridges those [two millennia]. He has not died, nor even grown old: He is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever!” [Heb. 13:8].

Seated at God’s Right Hand

Psalm 102 is a wonderful portrait of what the resurrection and ascension of Christ are all about. We can see why the writer of Hebrews turned his thoughts to that great psalm. But in verse 13 we find yet another great psalm, the last of the Old Testament citations used to uphold the supremacy of Christ in Hebrews 1. Verse 13 shows us the opening words of Psalm 110: “And to which of the angels has he ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’?”

If the words of Psalm 102 are God’s verbal reply to the cross, in this quotation from Psalm 110 we see God’s action that accompanied those words. This enthronement is in keeping with what was said in Hebrews 1:3: “After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Psalm 110 is the most frequently quoted psalm in the New Testament, because of what it tells us about where Christ went when he departed this earth in glory, and what he is doing now. The imagery of him seated comes from the oriental court, where the king sat upon his throne while his vassals and servants stood before him to show their deference and his supremacy. This is the picture the Bible gives us of God’s throne room in passages like Revelation 7, where the angels and elders and living creatures stand before the enthroned sovereign God, worshiping him and ready to do his will. To be told, “Sit at my right hand,” signifies a singular honor and dignity. It shows rank and power and authority in the kingdom.

The fact that Jesus is seated on the throne of God does not mean that he is inactive. Rather, he is attentively concerned with the affairs of his flock. Being seated, he wields authority over and for the sake of the church. Just perusing through the Book of Acts you will see how active the ascended and seated Christ was on behalf of the early church. He sent forth his Spirit to empower his human messengers and to bring many others to faith, as he did on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. When Stephen, the first martyr, was facing the bloodthirsty mob, he cried out, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56). Jesus stood to receive his own into the heavenly courts.

When the zealous persecutor, Saul of Tarsus, was heading to Damascus to harass the believers there, the risen Jesus appeared to him in all his glory, saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (9:4). Indeed, he commands angels and sends them for the service of his people, as was the case when Peter was rescued from Herod’s prison by an angel (12:6–10). This is what the writer of Hebrews tells us about angels in verse 14: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” The angels are servants who are sent; the risen Christ is the Lord who sends.

What a comfort it is to know that our Lord is so busy on our behalf from his heavenly seat of divine authority. We may never know when he has sent angels to minister to us in time of need, to thwart spiritual antagonists, and to strengthen us in times of weakness. Like the chariots of fire that surrounded the prophet Elisha, how many times do we receive unseen help from those ministering spirits that Christ sends to us?

We also know that Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to teach us of him, to enlighten our minds in the knowledge of God, to renew our wills, and to guide us in paths of righteousness. We know that Jesus intercedes for us with the Father, ensuring our acceptance in God’s presence, sanctifying our petitions, and pleading our every cause from his seat of honor and favor and authority at God’s right hand. Christ is exceedingly busy on our behalf! He who “upholds the universe by the word of his power,” as we are told in verse 3, also upholds our faith by his prayers for us. As he said to his disciple Peter before his time of weakness: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:31–32).

Every Enemy Defeated

Hebrews says that Christ will sit at God’s right hand “until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” In ancient times, a victorious general would place his foot upon the throat of a defeated foe, as Joshua had his commanders do to the captured kings of Canaan (Josh. 10:24). Who, then, are Jesus’ enemies? The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians: “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:24–26).

The curse of the law, sin, Satan, the worldly powers, death, the grave—these are Christ’s enemies. During his earthly ministry he advanced into the ranks of his enemy, casting out demons, purifying leprosy, bringing healing to the sick, exposing hypocrisy, opposing false teaching, humbling the proud, cleansing the temple of moneychangers, and all the while calling sinners to faith and repentance. It is especially in the extension of the gospel that he now overcomes his foes as men and women come to saving faith in him. In the end, he will have no enemies left standing, as the Book of Revelation tells us: “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:14). “He will wipe away every tear from [his people’s] eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

Christ our Lord sits enthroned at God’s right hand until his enemies become his footstool. This is the goal of his activity, after which he will present his triumph to God the Father. And then he will reign forever and ever, as proclaimed by the voices in heaven: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15).

A Sufficient Savior

Thus concludes the sevenfold exposition of the supremacy and deity of Jesus Christ, going back to verse 4—seven Old Testament passages that prove his superiority to angels. How fitting that this portrait concludes with Jesus seated at God’s right hand, for that is where he is now, reigning as Lord over and on behalf of his bride the church. He is a sufficient Savior, worthy of our trust and praise.

In these verses we see three divine attributes applied to Jesus Christ: eternity, omnipotent power, and immutability. Each of these attributes gives us compelling reasons to trust him as our Savior.

Ours is a Savior who was there from eternity, when the worlds were born. “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands” (v. 10). Here is a rock on which we can stand assured. And yet he came into this world as one of us; he took up humanity that he might make a place for man in eternal heaven. Even now he opens a door for all who would come to God through him.

Furthermore, our reigning Lord wields omnipotent might, overcoming all the enemies that oppose his reign, enemies that also enslave and afflict us. And yet it was through the greatest weakness that he lifted the heaviest burden, even the weight of our sins. It was because he submitted to the cross in all its agony and shame that God raised him to the position of glory and authority. On the cross Jesus showed his worthiness to reign in might forever, and therefore God has crowned him Lord of all. From God’s right hand he is able to help us in time of need and save us unto eternal life.

Finally, our Savior is immutable—that is, unchanging and unchangeable: “You are the same, and your years will have no end” (Heb. 1:12). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8), and therefore we may always turn to him with confidence for salvation. He is never going to change his mind about us or lose his power to save us.

If all this is true, what can a soul need in time or eternity that cannot be found in Christ? Do you need pardon for your sin? See him exalted and know that God has accepted the sacrifice of his blood on your behalf. Do you need reconciliation to God? There he is at God’s right hand, interceding for you and offering his own perfect work as the ground of your acceptance. Do you need newness of life—a new heart, a new strength to follow him? From his heavenly throne he sends mighty resources—even angels to your aid. Better yet, he sends his Holy Spirit to work within you with his own power.

Do you have troubles? Difficult decisions to make? Choices that worry you or problems that cause you fear and anxiety? Christ is enthroned in power, a Savior who cares for you with wisdom and love, with power and a grand purpose for your future. The practical value of this truth is immense, for it leads us to trust him and glorify him with our blood-purchased lives. Do you fear death? He is reigning now until even that last enemy shall be conquered. Because he reigns victorious, death will have no hold on you, but only ushers you into the courts of glory.

What is there you might need but that the risen and reigning Lord and Savior is the answer? There is nothing you might face, nothing you might lack, nothing you might need in all your weakness and sin and human frailty, that is not found abundantly in him who loves you and gave himself for you and now reigns forever as Savior and Lord, who remains the same and whose years shall have no end.[2]

10. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning, &c. This testimony at first sight may seem to be unfitly applied to Christ, especially in a doubtful matter, such as is here handled; for the subject in dispute is not concerning the glory of God, but what may be fitly applied to Christ. Now, there is not in this passage any mention made of Christ, but the majesty of God alone is set forth. I indeed allow that Christ is not named in any part of the Psalm; but it is yet plain that he is so pointed out, that no one can doubt but that his kingdom is there avowedly recommended to us. Hence all the things which are found there, are to be applied to his person; for in none have they been fulfilled but in Christ, such as the following,—“Thou shalt arise and have mercy on Sion, that the heathens may fear thy name, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.” Again,—“When the nations shall be gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.” Doubtless, in vain shall we seek to find this God through whom the whole world have united in one faith and worship of God, except in Christ.

All the other parts of the Psalm exactly suit the person of Christ, such as the following, that he is the eternal God, the creator of heaven and earth, that perpetuity belongs to him without any change, by which his majesty is raised to the highest elevation, and he himself is removed from the rank of all created beings.

What David says about the heavens perishing, some explain by adding, “Were such a thing to happen,” as though nothing was affirmed. But what need is there of such a strained explanation, since we know that all creatures are subjected to vanity? for to what purpose is that renovation promised, which even the heavens wait for with the strong desire as of those in travail, except that they are now verging towards destruction?

But the perpetuity of Christ which is here mentioned, brings no common comfort to the godly; as the Psalm at last teaches us, they shall be partakers of it, inasmuch as Christ communicates himself and what he possesses to his own body.[3]

10–12 Here again is a quotation (slightly adapted) from the LXX text of a psalm that corresponds quite closely to the Hebrew. Psalm 102 is titled “a prayer of an afflicted man” and contrasts the psalmist’s own wretchedness with the eternal power of the Creator. Its concluding verses, quoted here, celebrate the eternity of God over against the transience of the created order. The choice of this text here identifies the Son with the eternal Creator over against the angels, who are themselves part of his creation. This identification was probably aided by the introduction in the LXX both of “he answered” in v. 23 of the psalm, suggesting a change of speaker so that now it is God addressing someone else, and also of the address Kyrie, “Lord,” in v. 26 (in the Hebrew the addressee is identified as “my God” in v. 24), ho Kyrios, “the Lord,” being an established title of Christ. But v. 6 has already shown us that our author is capable of applying to Christ what the OT says about God without any such prompt. It is a natural development from what he has said in vv. 2–3 about the Son’s agency in creation.[4]

10–12 (f) The sixth quotation is taken from Ps. 102:25–27 (LXX 101:26–28). The psalm, which begins “Hear my prayer, O Yahweh,” is truly described in its superscription as “a prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint, and pours out his complaint before Yahweh.” Both he and Zion, his city, have experienced the judgment of God, but he makes confident supplication for mercy and restoration for himself and Zion, that men and women may assemble there once more to give praise to God. He is oppressed by a sense of the brevity of his personal span of life, with which he contrasts the eternal being of God. In comparison with his own short life, heaven and earth are long-lived; yet heaven and earth must pass away. They had their beginning when God created them, and they will grow old and disappear one day; but the God who created them existed before they did, and he will survive their disappearance. As one man in his lifetime outlives many successive suits of clothes, so God has seen and will yet see many successive material universes, but he himself is eternal and unchanging.

The words in which the psalmist addresses God, however, are here applied to the Son, as clearly as the words of Ps. 45:6f. were applied to him in vv. 8 and 9. What justification can be pleaded for our author’s applying them thus? First, as he has already said in v. 2, it was through the Son that the universe was made. The angels were but worshiping spectators when the earth was founded, but the Son was the Father’s agent in the work. He therefore can be understood as the one who is addressed in the words:

Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth;

And the heavens are the work of thy hands.

Moreover, in the Septuagint text the person to whom these words are spoken is addressed explicitly as “Lord” (“Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth”); and it is God who addresses him thus. Whereas in the Hebrew text the suppliant is the speaker from the beginning to the end of the psalm, in the Greek text his prayer comes to an end with v. 22; and the next words read as follows:

He answered him in the way of his strength:

“Declare to me the shortness of my days:

Bring me not up in the midst of my days.

Thy years are throughout all generations.

Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the

earth …”

This is God’s answer to the suppliant; he bids him acknowledge the shortness of God’s set time (for the restoration of Jerusalem, as in v. 13) and not summon him to act when that set time has only half expired, while he assures him that he and his servants’ children will be preserved forever. But to whom (a Christian reader of the Septuagint might well ask) could God speak in words like these? And whom would God himself address as “Lord,” as the maker of earth and heaven? Our author knows of one person only to whom such terms could be appropriate, and that is the Son of God.

That our author understood this quotation from Ps. 102 as an utterance of God seems plain from the way in which it is linked by the simple conjunction “and” to the preceding quotation from Ps. 45. Both quotations fall under the same rubric: “But to the Son [God says].” If in the preceding quotation the Son is addressed by God as “God,” in this one he is addressed by God as “Lord.” And we need not doubt that to our author the title “Lord” conveys the highest sense of all, “the name which is above every name.” No wonder that the Son has ascribed to him a dignity which surpasses all the names angels bear. Nor is our author the only New Testament writer to ascribe to Christ the highest of divine names, or to apply to him Old Testament scriptures which in their primary context refer to Yahweh.105[5]

10 After affirming that the Son was “God,” it was appropriate to ascribe Ps 102:25–27 to him. This psalm fits so seamlessly with Ps 45:6–7 that the pastor uses a mere “and” to connect the two. He quotes Ps 102:25 in v. 10 to affirm the Son’s creatorship and Ps 102:26–27 in vv. 11–12 to affirm his sovereign deity and role as final judge of all. This Scripture confirms and amplifies the prologue’s description of the Son as Creator, Sustainer, and universal Heir.

The pastor has put the pronoun “you” at the beginning of v. 10 in order to pick up the “your” at the end of v. 9. The title “Lord” follows naturally from the “God” of vv. 8–9 and facilitates easy application of this psalm to Christ. “From the beginning” is a clear reference to the time of creation.71 “The earth” and “the heavens” encompass the whole created order. The attribution of creation directly to the Son goes beyond the agency of v. 2 and thus underscores the inclusion of the Son within the Godhead. When Scripture speaks of the earth’s “founding,” it affirms the solidity of creation.73 Thus use of this term in v. 10 emphasizes the sovereignty of the one described in v. 11 as “rolling up” this solid creation as if it were nothing more than a piece of cloth.

11–12 By continuing the quotation from Psalm 102 the pastor contrasts the eternity of the Son and the mutability of the creation over which he is sovereign. What he has made he also brings to its end.

The two ways in which the pastor deviates from the LXX text are important for determining his message. First, in v. 12a he appears to have substituted “you will roll [them] up” for “you will change [them].” Second, in v. 12b he has repeated the phrase “as an article of clothing” from v. 11. The repetition of “as an article of clothing” adds grammatical smoothness.76 It also changes the structure so that the first line of v. 12 becomes the center of a chiasm and the focal point of the passage: “and as a covering you will roll them up.”

(a)  They will be changed,

(b)  but you remain;

(c)  and all as an article of clothing will become old,

(d)  and as a covering you will roll them up;

(c1) as an article of clothing they will be changed.

(b1) But you are the same,

(a1) and your years will never cease.

The mutability of creation is announced in line (a), “they will be changed,” continued in line (c) “and all as an article of clothing will become old,” and concluded in line (c1) by bringing the idea of “an article of clothing” and “change” together: “as an article of clothing they will be changed.” These lines liken creation to a piece of clothing that becomes worn out and is thus “changed” in the sense of brought to an end.

The eternity of the Son is introduced in line (b), “but you remain,” continued in (b1), “but you are the same,” and concluded in the final line (a1), “and your years will never cease” (cf. 13:8). The Son’s role in creation makes it obvious that these verses refer to a life which is eternal and not merely endless.

Verse 12a (line d) brings both of these themes together. It is not just that the creation is temporal and the Son unchanging and eternal. He is the one who will bring the creation to its end: “As a covering you [the Son] will roll them [the heaven and earth] up.” The pastor’s choice of “roll up” instead of the LXX “change” fits well with the clothing imagery. It will be no harder for the Son to remove this creation than for a human to fold up a coat or a blanket. Thus “as a covering you will roll them up” reinforces “whom he appointed heir of all things” from v. 2 as well as “bearing all to its intended end by his powerful word” in v. 3. This affirmation lays a foundation for the final judgment and shaking of the world in 12:25–29.

In vv. 5–12 the pastor has amplified and given Scriptural support to his description of the Son in the prologue. He has emphasized the divine sovereignty and eternity of the one who is “Son” (1:5), “God” (1:8), and “Lord” (1:10). In vv. 13–14 he concludes by reminding his hearers that, in accord with the divine invitation of Ps 110:1, this Son has been exalted to God’s right hand. The “Lord” of v. 10 is the one to whom this psalm pertained. Nothing is more fundamental to the pastor’s concern than the truth divinely attested in this psalm.[6]

1:10–12 / The longest quotation in this chain is the sixth (Ps. 102:25–27). In the midst of his troubles the psalmist praises the Lord (Yahweh) as providing the permanence and security that he so painfully lacks. It is understood that these words are meant to apply to the Son. What is in view is the eternality of the Son over against all that is transitory. The opening lines, in the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands, echo the statement of the prologue that the Son is the one “through whom he [God] made the universe” (v. 2). The Son is identified as the Lord (Yahweh). So far as the created order is concerned, the time is coming when it will be revamped, altered completely. In metaphorical language of the last times, the Lord will roll up the heavens and earth like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But in the midst of eschatological crisis with all else appearing to fail, you remain the same, and your years will never end, the psalmist affirms. There is nothing else of which it can be said that it will remain forever, except God and what he chooses to sustain. Angels are even less in view in this passage than in the preceding one. The Son is being extolled as God. And the christological prologue of vv. 1–4 is thus undergirded by the quotation of these ot passages.[7]

Vers. 10–12.—And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning, etc. The bearing of this quotation (from Ps. 102:25–27) on the argument in hand is not at first sight obvious; since, in the psalm, the address is plainly to God, without any mention of, or apparent reference to, the Son. The psalm is entitled, “A prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the Lord.” It seems likely, from its contents, to have been written by some suffering saint during the Babylonian captivity: for its purport is a prayer, rising into confident expectation for deliverance from a state of deep affliction, Israel being in captivity and Jerusalem in ruins. The prayed-for and expected deliverance, portrayed in vers. 16–24, corresponds so closely, both in thought and expression, with that pictured in the latter chapters of Isaiah (beginning at ch. 40.), that we cannot hesitate in assigning the same meaning to both. There is, for instance, the looking down of the Lord from heaven to behold the affliction of his people (cf. Isa. 63:15); the setting free of captives (cf. Isa. 42:7; 61:1); the rebuilding and restoration of Zion, and in connection with this the conversion of the Gentiles to serve the Lord with Israel (cf. Isa. 40–66; and especially 59:19; 60:2). These are specimens of the general correspondence between the two pictures, which must be evident to all who have studied both. But the ultimate reference of Isaiah’s prophecy is certainly Messianic: wherefore that of the psalm may be concluded to be the same. And thus we have made one step in explanation of the applicability of this quotation to the argument of the Epistle in confirming its ultimate reference to the Messiah’s advent; to the final realization of the ideal of the Son, typified by theocratic kings. But we have still to account for the apparent application to the Son of what, in the original psalm, shows no sign of being addressed to him. One view is that there is no intention in the Epistle of quoting it as addressed to him, the phrase, πρὸς τὸν υιόν (as has been seen) not of necessity implying such intention. According to this view, the point of the quotation is that the Messianic salvation is made to rest solely on the eternity and immutability of God—of him who, as he created all at first, so, though heaven and earth should pass away, remains unchanged. And the character of the salvation, thus regarded, is conceived to carry with it the transcendent super-angelic dignity of its accomplisher, the Son. So, in effect, Ebrard, who dwells on this as one example of the general character of apostolical exegesis, as opposed to rabbinical, in that, instead of drawing inferences, often arbitrary, from isolated words or phrases, the apostolic interpreters draw all their arguments from the spirit of the passages considered in their connection, and this with a depth of intuition peculiar to themselves. Other commentators consider it more consistent with both the context and the argument to see, in the Epistle at least, an intended address to the Son. If this be so, our conclusion must be that this application of the psalmist’s words is the inspired writer’s own; since it is certainly not apparent in the psalm. It by no means follows that the writer of the Epistle foisted, consciously or unconsciously, a false meaning into the psalm. Even apart from the consideration of his being an inspired contributor to the New Testament canon, he was too learned in Scripture, and too able a reasoner, to adduce an evidently untenable argument. He may be understood as himself applying the passage in a way which he does not mean to imply was intended by the psalmist. His drift may be, “You have seen how in Ps. 45 the Son is addressed as God, and as having an eternal throne. Yea, so Divine is he that the address to the everlasting God himself in another psalm prophetic of his advent may be truly recognized as an address to him.” Whichever view we take of this difficult passage, this at any rate is evident—that the inspired writer of the Epistle, apart from the question of the relevancy of quotation in the way of argument, associated Christ in his own mind with the unchangeable Creator of all things.[8]

His superior work (1:10–12)

The argument about the superiority of Christ over the angels is now presented in another form. The angels are but creatures, they are made for God’s purposes (1:7); but Christ is not a creature. He is God’s appointed agent in the work of creation; through him God ‘created the world’ (1:2). As part of the created order, the angels belong inevitably to that which is transient, temporary and perishable. Even the beautiful earth and the resplendent heavens will perish, but he remains the unchanging Christ. It is interesting to note that the first readers of this letter were reminded that, in a world characterized by change, they could be assured of the companionship of the changeless Lord Jesus Christ. The word must surely have come to them with encouraging assurance: Thou remainest. He is the same and his years will never end. This inspiring conviction not only comes at the beginning of the letter but is also asserted at its close. He is ‘the same yesterday and today and for ever’ (13:8).[9]

10. He also says,

“In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of your hands.”

The sixth quotation from the Old Testament is taken from Psalm 102:25–27. The psalm, actually a prayer of a believer who is grieving for Zion, ends with a song of praise about the unchangeableness of God. The writer of Hebrews applies this song of praise to Christ, the eternal Son of God. The author needed the words of this psalm to explain the introduction to his epistle: “But in these last days [God] has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:2–3). The sixth quotation therefore was prompted by the introduction, in which the writer set forth the doctrine of the eternity of the Son, through whom everything was created and through whom all things are sustained. What formerly was said of Israel’s God has now been applied to Jesus Christ. The Son of God is Creator and Upholder of the universe and as such is far superior to angels. For that reason, the writer of Hebrews emphasizes the pronoun you to express the contrast between the “Lord, [who] laid the foundations of the earth, in the beginning” and the angels, who serve only as God’s messengers.

In the original Hebrew text of Psalm 102:25, the address Lord is lacking; the Greek translators supplied the word, which was used as a title of respect by those who addressed Jesus. The author of Hebrews, who relied on the Greek translation of the Old Testament, understandably applied this section of Psalm 102 to the Christ, because the title Lord appeared in the Greek text.

The phrase in the beginning immediately calls to mind the creation account in Genesis. And the words “laid the foundations of the earth” are a figure of speech, a synonym for creation. The creation of the heavens and the earth is recorded in Genesis 1. It is but natural that for reasons of balance and completion the psalmist says, “And the heavens are the works of your hands.” Paul summarized all of these comments by saying of the Christ that “by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth” (Col. 1:16).

11. “They will perish, but you remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.

12. You will roll them up like a robe;

like a garment they will be changed.

But you remain the same,

and your years will never end.”

The message of this portion of the psalm is the unchangeableness of God, a characteristic that the writer of Hebrews ascribes to the Son. Everything changes, deteriorates, passes away—except the Creator. Henry F. Lyte captured the thought when he wrote:

Change and decay

in all around I see;

O Thou who changest not,

abide with me.

Although heaven and earth have been created by the Son who is eternal, they do not share his eternity. They are and will remain temporal. The heavens and certain parts of the earth (for example, the mountains) seem to exhibit timelessness. Yet they are subject to change, as Isaiah prophesies: “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail” (51:6).

Everything the Creator has made bears the mark of time. The psalmist uses the illustration of a garment that changes, gradually deteriorates, is eventually rolled up and discarded. The Creator, however, lives forever; he is the same because his years never end. His years never end inasmuch as they never began. The Son has no beginning and no end. Certainly this can never be said of angels, who may live eternally in the presence of God. Their beginning dates from the moment the Son created them.

The citation from Psalm 102 teaches the distinguishing characteristics of the Son: he is the Creator, almighty, unchangeable, and eternal. The preexistence of the Son is indicated by the phrase in the beginning; his permanence, by the clause you remain the same; and his eternity, by the words your years will never end.[10]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Hebrews (pp. 35–36). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Phillips, R. D. (2006). Hebrews. (R. D. Phillips, P. G. Ryken, & D. M. Doriani, Eds.) (pp. 37–45). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing.

[3] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews (pp. 47–48). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] France, R. T. (2006). Hebrews. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 44–45). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[5] Bruce, F. F. (1990). The Epistle to the Hebrews (Rev. ed., pp. 61–63). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[6] Cockerill, G. L. (2012). The Epistle to the Hebrews (pp. 111–114). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[7] Hagner, D. A. (2011). Hebrews (p. 35). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[8] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Hebrews (pp. 15–16). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[9] Brown, R. (1988). The message of Hebrews: Christ above all (pp. 42–43). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of Hebrews (Vol. 15, pp. 45–47). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

‘Clinton Body Count’ trends on Twitter, establishment blames Russia | RT

Americans waking up to check Twitter were greeted with the trending hashtag “#ClintonBodyCount.” Referencing a long-running conservative conspiracy theory, its re-emergence has of course been blamed on ‘Russian bots.’

The hashtag is familiar to anyone immersed in the murkier ends of American right-wing culture: think late night talk radio and dog-eared copies of ‘None Dare Call it Conspiracy’ passed around backwoods militia meetings.

Coined by writer and conspiracy theorist Danny Casolaro in the late 1980s, the phrase has since been used by conservatives to link the mysterious deaths of people in some way connected to Bill and Hillary Clinton, like the 1993 suicide of White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster, and the fatal armed robbery of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich in 2016.

Also on rt.com Jeffrey Epstein found ‘injured & semiconscious’ with suspicious marks on neck in jail cell

Adding to the mystery, Casolaro himself committed suicide in 1991, while working on a story supposedly involving an international cabal.

The hashtag broke into the mainstream on Thursday, trending at number three in the US. Its emergence came after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was found“injured and in a fetal position” on the floor of his New York jail cell just hours before. An associate of Bill Clinton, Epstein is currently facing up to 45 years in prison on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking, with some of his alleged victims as young as 14.

Twitter sleuths joined the dots:

ANYONE denying the concrete connection, between Epstein and the Clintons, better look at themselves in the mirror and ask:

Am I really defending a criminal family who has been testified against by victims of sexual assault? #ClintonBodyCount

— Antonio Villanueva (@tangentsreveal) July 25, 2019

I also believe that someone tried to murder Epstein. He needs to be under high security for his safety, and do bad people will finally be punished. #ClintonBodyCount

— Mary Elizabeth (@MaryElizabeth73) July 25, 2019

To some, the hashtag had nothing to do with a decades-old right-wing horror story. To an army of establishment bugmen, its sudden reappearance was the work of, surprise, surprise – “Russian bots.” The Democrat version of the conspiracy theory goes that Russian President Vladimir Putin was so incensed by the knockout testimony given by former special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday that he cranked up the output of his “troll farms” and swamped Twitter with the hashtag as a distraction.

Russia didn’t wait long to prove Mueller 100% correct about Putin interfering in our politics today with the #ClintonBodyCount trending hashtag.

— Grant Stern (@grantstern) July 25, 2019

Except the hole in that theory is that no amount of sneaky Russian meddling is needed to distract from Mueller’s testimony. Stammering through answers, seemingly forgetting key details from his report, and declining to answer any questions outside its scope, Mueller did a pretty good job deflating the expectations of Democrats hoping for some new ‘Russiagate’ revelations.

With the left and the right fighting an infowar forcontrol of the hashtag, one commenter summed up the state of the debate. “#ClintonBodyCount is trending… Watch for people trying extra hard to convince you they know things they don’t today.”

#ClintonBodyCount (decades-old conspiracy theory) is trending. Apparently sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was injured in jail on Tuesday. Watch for people trying extra hard to convince you they know things they don’t today.

— David Emery (@debunker) July 25, 2019

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Newt Gingrich: I watched Mueller’s testimony. Here’s my biggest question

The biggest conclusion I reached after watching Robert Mueller in front of Congress was that he clearly did not have a detailed knowledge of the report issued in his name.

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Mueller Testimony Reveals Probe Was Effort to Get Trump, Not Seek Justice | New American

Asking Mueller if his report exonerated Trump reveals that the probe was never about seeking justice, but rather about seeking a political advantage.

Mueller Testimony Reveals Probe Was Effort to Get Trump, Not Seek Justice

Turning hundreds of years of tradition on its head — that a man is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty — the testimony of Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that the goal of his two-year investigation into allegations of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians was simply about getting President Donald Trump out of office.

As the hearing opened, Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee conducting the hearing, asked Mueller about Trump’s assertion that he had been vindicated by the probe.

“And what about total exoneration? Did you actually totally exonerate the president?”

Mueller replied, “No.”

Of course, this premise that an accused person must prove his innocence throws out centuries of legal tradition, going back even beyond the Magna Carta of 1215. It is not the job of a special prosecutor — or any prosecutor — to “totally exonerate” an accused person. If the prosecutor, or in this case a “special counsel,” cannot uncover enough evidence to charge a person with some specific crime, there simply is no case. To “totally exonerate” a person would require the proving of a negative. Accused persons in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia often had to meet that standard — that they are totally innocent — but that has never before been the case in America.

Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) made this point to Mueller, telling the 74-year-old prosecutor that while the president, like any other American citizen, is not above the law, neither is he “below the law.” In other words, every American citizen is entitled to a presumption of innocence, including the president.

When Republicans asked questions concerning just how the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the election began, they were repeatedly met with terse responses from Mueller that such questions were “outside my purview.” He showed no interest in the question of whether the investigation was simply a political ploy by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and even claimed that he did not know anything about Fusion GPS, a firm associated with the Democrats that developed the Steele “dossier,” which was used to obtain warrants from the FISA court.

When responding to questions about Mueller having several lawyers on his staff who were strong supporters of Clinton, Trump’s opponent in the 2016 campaign, Mueller appeared agitated. “I’ve been in this business for almost 25 years, and in those 25 years I have not had occasion, once, to ask somebody about their political affiliation. It is not done. What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity.”

If hiring someone “with integrity” was Mueller’s standard, then it would appear that he failed miserably in this case, as it is clear that several members of his investigative team were Democratic Party activists desirous of finding something — anything — to charge Trump with. Despite this obvious bias against Trump, Mueller was unable to find anything with which to obtain an indictment against the president.

One committee member, Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), asked Mueller about the genesis of the investigation. Jordan charged that in 2016, something happened that had never before happened in American history — the U.S. government spied on two American citizens associated with the rival party’s political campaign, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. Jordan told Mueller that his report said that Papadopoulos’ telling a foreign diplomat that the Russians have dirt on Clinton was what instigated the investigation, as the diplomat then told then informed the FBI of what Papadopoulos had said.

When Jordan asked Mueller who told Papadopoulos that the Russians had dirt on Clinton, Mueller said that he could not say. Jordan sharply retorted that he had already said who it was in his report, that it was a man named Joseph Mifsud. Jordan then noted that the report states that Mifsud had lied three times to the FBI, and asked Mueller why he had not charged Mifsud with making false statements, to which Mueller responded, “I can’t get into it.”

Jordan shot back that he had charged several people associated with Trump with making false statements, but not Mifsud.

“I can’t get into it,” and “that is outside my purview” were standard responses by Mueller to several questions from committee Republicans, who wanted to know about the beginnings of the probe.

When asked if someone in his office tipped off CNN that political operative and Trump associate Roger Stone was going to be arrested, Mueller said that he could not get into that, either. It would seem that a simple yes or no would be a sufficient response, as Mueller could not reasonably argue that revealing such information could violate any citizen’s rights, or reveal any investigative techniques.

But what tipping off CNN — a strongly anti-Trump news organization — does reveal is that the entire Mueller probe was not about seeking justice or the truth, but simply going after President Trump and those closely associated with him.

Representative Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) zeroed in on the fundamental unfairness of the probe. “Listen, regarding collusion or conspiracy, you didn’t find evidence of any agreement, and I’m quoting you, ‘Among the Trump campaign officials and any Russian-linked individuals to interfere with our U.S. Election.’ Correct?” Gohmert then asked, “So you also note in the report that an element of any of those obstructions you referenced requires a corrupt state of mind, correct?”

Mueller said yes to both questions, and Gohmert continued, in a denunciation of the Mueller probe. “And if somebody knows they did not conspire with anybody from Russia to affect the election and they see the big Justice Department with people that hate that person coming after them and then a special counsel appointed who hires a dozen or more people that hate that person, and he knows he’s innocent, he’s not corruptly acting in order to see that justice is done. What he’s done is not obstructing justice, he is pursuing justice — and the fact that you ran it out two years means you perpetuated injustice.”

When the gavel interrupted Gohmert’s statement, Mueller responded, “I take your question.”

By the conclusion of Mueller’s testimony, it was quite clear what many Americans have known for a long time — the purpose of the investigation was not to protect the country from foreign interference in the election process, or to seek justice, but as Gohmert charged, the purpose was to perpetuate an injustice, not only against the president of the United States, but the system of justice in the United States.

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Steve Byas is a university history instructor and author of History’s Greatest Libels. He may be contacted at byassteve@yahoo.com

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Rush Limbaugh: Mueller just a ‘figurehead’ | WND

Rush Limbaugh

Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony Wednesday gave the impression he was merely a figurehead in the investigation of alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh concluded.

“Robert Mueller looked to me like he was hearing half of this story for the first time, that he was hearing the Fusion GPS part, the Steele dossier part, the fact that Hillary Clinton’s people paid off it, that his investigator was a Hillary Clinton donor, that his lead investigator went to her election night party,” he told his listeners Wednesday.

Brought before two committees Wednesday by House Democrats, Mueller appeared confused and uncertain when asked to discuss his report.

Limbaugh noted Mueller’s reaction to the recounting by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., of well-documented allegations of abuse by the Obama administration in obtaining warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

“He was listening to Devin Nunes, and there was no scowl on his face. There was no, ‘This is garbage.’ There was no facial expression. It was rapt attention. And, folks, I’m just telling you. I know this sounds unbelievable, but I think it’s entirely possible that Robert Mueller does not know at least 50 percent of this story that you and I all know,” Limbaugh said.

“He doesn’t know the Fusion GPS, the FISA warrant aspect of this. He was a figurehead on this! He didn’t do the work in this investigation. His name’s on the letterhead. He’s the picture of integrity and honor and all that,” the talk-host said.

“But he didn’t do any work here! This is totally a staff- driven investigation, and if he reads the New York Times, which I’m sure he does, and the Washington Post, he’s not gonna know anything. His report cites the Washington Post 90 times! The New York Times 75 or 80 times, as evidence of this so-called conspiracy, collusion, whatever.”

Limbaugh observed that many believe Mueller is covering up for the Obama administration, but it’s “entirely possible that he doesn’t know what you and I know about how this whole sham was put together.”

“I’m just telling you what I saw, not that it matters to anything. But it actually was the conclusion I came to,” he said. “You know, you watch. In a couple years, we’re gonna learn I’m right about this. It’s gonna be one of these things where I mention here in passing some observation, and something’s gonna happen down the road, ‘My God, I was right about it.’ You wait.”

Limbaugh said the hearings on Wednesday before Congress were important.

“We now know Robert Mueller is not capable and hasn’t been capable of participating in this investigation. We now know that Robert Mueller was chosen to head up this investigation precisely because of the reputation he brings to it: Incredible integrity, unimpeachable integrity and honor. He’s the face of the investigation. They’ve got his CV out there, his resume. Vietnam War hero here. Military war hero there. Attorney general here. DOJ, second in command over there. Back to being FBI director over here. Impeccable reputation.”

He said the people who actually ran the investigation were “a bunch of Hillary Clinton zealots who nobody knows.”

“Nunes says the Democrats here are no different than the people that tell you about the Loch Ness monster. ‘Nobody can find it, but it’s there.’ Same thing here with collusion. Nobody can find it, but it’s there. It’s gone from being invisible and hidden to now it’s in plain sight in the Mueller report! Mueller was listening to this like he was hearing it for the first time. I know how to read facial expressions. He was not impassioned, he was not bored, he was not biding his time until Nunes finished.”

Source: Rush Limbaugh: Mueller just a ‘figurehead’