Daily Archives: September 21, 2019

September 21 The Battle of Faith

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1–18

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:12

O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.

Faith is oftentimes a battle. We wake up in the morning feeling drawn toward the Lord and trusting in Him, but by the end of the day, we find ourselves on the other side of the spectrum, doubting Him entirely. The pendulum of our thinking and emotions swings from doubt to assurance to doubt to assurance.

In 2 Chronicles, we find the story of King Jehoshaphat and the key to stabilizing our faith. What is it that causes us to swing toward doubt? When we focus on our circumstances rather than on God’s power to overcome them, our faith becomes finite. When we give our feelings more credence than our knowledge of God, we begin to doubt Him. And when we listen to the complaints of others and the lies of Satan, we forget God’s faithfulness.

What will bring us back toward faith? The antidote to forgetting God’s faithfulness can be found in the Word, where you can meditate on His promises. When you read His Word daily, try to recall the things He has done in your life. Consider the nature of God and how He manifests Himself in the world around you and in your own experience. Finally, ask the Lord for His perspective when you are faced with a difficult situation. Talking to the Lord directly will diffuse doubt more quickly than any other remedy.

In order to stabilize wavering faith, you must commune with God daily. Pray God-centered prayers that earnestly seek His will above your own, and wait upon the Lord.

Stabilize my wavering faith, Lord. Give me assurance based upon Your Word and Your divine nature.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Light in 1 John — Blog & Mablog

As members of a fallen race, we want, we desire. What we want is the world, seized by us outside the framework of God’s character. This is what worldliness is. Because we want to be unrighteous in this way, but we also want the reputation of righteousness, the only solution is to deceive ourselves, to lie to ourselves. But however much we lie, we cannot cross the chasm that exists between our death and God’s life. The only way to have that life is to receive it as a gracious gift from God. But we must never forget the character of the one who gives us this life—He is light itself.

The Text

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

Summary of the Text

This passage contains one of the few succinct definitions of God as found in Scripture, where the writer tells us that God is xyz. Jesus tells the woman at the well, for example, that God is Spirit. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

In this passage, we are told that God is light. Because He is light, it follows that in Him there is no darkness at all. This is not a theological triviality; John declares as integral to his message. This is the message we have heard from Him. This is the message we declare to you. God is light. This is crucial, in other words.

But this is no hard, cold, severe light, but we have to distinguish those who encounter it. It is severe to those who reject it. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:19–20).

But to those who receive the light, God gives them the privilege of being children of God (John 1:12). This light is unmitigated good news. “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).

John introduced this thought in the previous verse when he said, “these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” God is light, and those who are in fellowship with that light are happy people. Their joy is full and overflowing. To use the apostle Peter’s expression for this, it is “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). This light that is God is the holiness of God, and this holiness—again, to those who are gifted with the reception of it—is the bedrock of all true happiness.

The verse following our text is a verse that emphasizes the problem of lying and self-deception again. Those who claim to have fellowship with the light, while walking in darkness, are lying. They are not doing the truth.

Confession and the Light

Near the end of this short chapter, we are told that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (the ones we confessed), and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The word for confess is homologeo, which means to “speak the same.” Homo means the same, and logeo is the verb to speak. To confess your sins means therefore to acknowledge your sin, freely and honestly, no spin control. Spin control is actually a vain attempt at sin control.

The consequence of this kind of confession is that God cleanses us (katharizo) from all unrighteousness. But notice that two verses earlier, walking in the light has the same result, the same consequence.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”

1 John 1:7 (KJV)

If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Christ cleanses us (katharizo) from all sin.

Put This All Together

If you are not walking in the light, you are walking in the darkness. If you are walking in the darkness, you are telling yourself lies (v. 6). If you are in the darkness, you can’t see any of your own sin down in there, right? You can then tell yourself that you have no sin. You convince yourself that this is true, because you can’t see it. But if you do that, then John says that you are deceiving yourself, and the truth is not in you. If you come into the light, if you confess your sin, then you are cleansed. Not only are you cleansed, but you are also now in fellowship with anyone else who has been cleansed (1 John 1:7). That horizontal fellowship is simply a gift.

Now if your automatic reflex is to assume that you are not in fellowship with someone else because they are still walking in darkness, then you have said something that could be true, technically, but probably isn’t. In this sinful world, what is easier than to assume that the dislocations of relationship are always the other person’s fault? But maybe we should sometime try a heart maneuver that couldn’t be duplicated by the devil himself. “Lord, am I the problem?”

So a man is walking in darkness, and his sole comfort in that dark place is something he takes for a teddy bear, his precious, which he strokes as he walks along. But it is not a teddy bear at all, but rather a ten-pound tarantula. You might wonder if such a mistake is possible, but I can assure you that it is. Remember how dark it is in there.

Confession of sin is to flip on the lights, and to walk in that light. You see the sin for what it is, and throw it away from your chest with an anguished gaaa! You want no more to do with your great, oversized domesticated spider. It is either that or a return to the darkness, and the grotesque comforts found in that darkness.

Bring It Down to Relationships

Remember that to walk in the light is to walk in the way that God is. To walk in the light, “as He is in the light,” is to walk in Christ-light. You are abiding in Him. You are dwelling in light that has a personality.

Again, you are not walking in a material impersonal substance. You are not walking in a force. You are walking in a Person. You are abiding in a Person. And what does this light look like? It looks like love, and does not look like malice. It does not taste like that acrid bitter taste in your mouth.

“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him”

1 John 2:8-10 (KJV)

But as long as you are in the darkness, you can chop definitions lengthwise, and say that you do love her. You can say that you do love him. Then why are you miserable? Why are you unhappy? When you are in the dark, every word you look up in your self-justifying dictionary is pitch black. All the words are black down there.

Christ Light, not Christ Lite

But again, this light is a Person. Arise, O sleeper, and Christ will shine on you (Eph. 5:14).

“For with thee is the fountain of life: In thy light shall we see light.”

Ps. 36:9 (KJV)

But this light . . . this is a light overwhelms all of our senses. It is light you can drink, like it was a cold mountain stream. It is light that fills the house with the aroma of spiritual bread baking, and then it tastes like that same bread, still hot enough to melt the butter. It is light that cascades over your head like an infinite bolt of unrolling invisible silk. It is light that is a breeze off the ocean. It is symphonic light, with an orchestra and choir made up of myriads of angels, and their billions of human understudies.

This is a light that invades all your senses, but particularly the sense of hearing. This is the light that is preached to you now, and so it is light you can hear. This light is the Word. So he who has ears to hear, let him see.

And finally it is the unapproachable light that you cannot see for brightness, and the cool clear light by which you are enabled to see everything else—but especially your brother and sister. If we are walking in the light, we regard no one after the flesh (2 Cor. 5:16). I can assure you that if you can’t see your brother and sister rightly, then what you are using for eyes need to be taken back to the worldview shop.

If you see Christ, then that means you can see all the rest of us . . . rightly. This is the new commandment, and of course, it is not a new commandment at all. The Father has always been this way. Christ is always the same, yesterday, today, and forever. The Holy Spirit ushers us into this palace of light, so that we may live there forever.

via Light in 1 John — Blog & Mablog

September 21 You Are a Missionary

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:1–15

Key Verse: Romans 10:14

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Glancing over the bulletin as you settle into the pew on Sunday, you notice the sermon topic is missions. Privately you relax a little, anticipating stories of people in faraway places instead of a message of challenge and conviction.

As the pastor begins to speak, you tune out mentally. After all, you are not a missionary. You don’t even know any missionaries personally. Why should you listen?

For a very good reason—Jesus gave the Great Commission to all His children (Matt. 28:18–20). God is the One who convicts and saves and sanctifies, but He calls you to be a part of that process on earth by being a witness for Christ.

Are you being disobedient if you do not leave home to tell others about Jesus? No. God does not call all believers to be traveling missionaries. He wants most of His children to stay at home and be testimonies to those around them.

But if you are a home missionary, you also have the privilege and responsibility of supporting those God has called. As brothers and sisters in the Lord and fellow laborers, they need your daily prayer and encouragement.

The next time someone talks about missions, listen closely. You’re a missionary too.

Master, You have called me to be a witness. I am a missionary. Help me understand and fulfill this divine mandate.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 21 Friendship with Jesus

Scripture reading: Psalm 67:1–7

Key verse: Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

What is God like to you? Do you see Him as Someone who listens to your prayers with an open heart? Or do you imagine that He has His mind made up about your circumstance even before you come to Him?

Jesus had a reason for calling us His friends. He wanted to convey truth to us in such a way that we would accept and not reject the closeness of His love. A friend is someone you can call on any time of the day or night.

She listens patiently without judging the context of your words. She will even let you ramble, knowing you will settle down and come to a reasonable point of view. Friends weather the storms of life together. When life becomes rough and lonely, they hang tough.

Always give the Lord your adoration and devotion, but also be willing to give Him your love through fellowship. Make Him your very best Friend. It’s okay to seek the counsel of other godly friends, but make a habit of going to Him first with your heartaches, troubles, and requests. Let Him speak the words of encouragement you so desperately need.

The God who listens as you pray wants you to know that He loves you completely. When you step into His presence, you enter into an inexhaustible pool of possibilities. It is His holy chamber, but it is also a place of loving friendship.

Take me into the holy chamber with You, Father. Let me rest in Your presence and have my vision renewed with limitless possibilities.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 276). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Revealed: How US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate | AC2 News

 

We wonder how these politicians get so rich while they’re in office?

(From The Guardian)

As they set national policy on important issues such as climate change, tech monopolies, medical debt and income inequality, US senators have glaring conflicts of interest, an investigation by news website Sludge and the Guardian can reveal.

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data as of 16 August has found that 51 senators and their spouses have as much as $96m personally invested in corporate stocks in five key sectors: communications/electronics; defense; energy and natural resources; finance, insurance and real estate; and health.


Source: Revealed: How US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate

Fact-checkers ignore Ilhan Omar scandal | WND

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., questions special envoy Elliott Abrams at a House Foreign Relations Committee hearing Feb. 13, 2019 (Screenshot CSpan)

Media fact-checkers are ignoring a now-deleted Twitter post by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that provides further evidence she married her brother in an immigration-fraud scheme, reports the Washington Free Beacon.

The New York Times fact-checking team, which previously said “no proof has emerged substantiating” the claim, did not respond to an inquiry on whether the new information would warrant further scrutiny, the Free Beacon said. CNN’s Daniel Dale, who regularly fact-checks claims made by President Trump, also did not respond to an email.

The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, who labeled the accusation against Omar a “baseless smear” earlier this summer, questioned whether the deleted post actually contained new information.

The 2013 Twitter post, however, confirmed the finding of investigative reporter David Steinberg that Omar took the name of another Somali family to come to the United States, and the man to whom she was married from 2009 to 2017, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, was her brother.

Omar has insisted her father’s name is Nur Omar Mohamed, but in the tweet she referred to him as Nur Said. That is significant, because in Somali culture the son takes on the name of his father.

An Omar spokesman insisted “Nur Said” is only a nickname, meaning “happy light,” and claimed she deleted the tweet because she and her family are subject to death threats.

But Nur Said is a common surname in Somalia, and it’s unlikely that it was used as a nickname. Moreover, Omar has a sister who shares the surname of her former husband, Leila Nur Said Elmi, the Daily Caller reported. The sister’s marriage certificate indicates her father is Nur Said Elmi.

The Daily Caller noted that the one person Omar has publicly recognized as a sibling in America is Sahra Noor. Sahra also has identified Nur Said as her father, according to screenshots published in 2016 by reporter Preya Samsundar.

Noor moved to Nairobi, Kenya, in January 2019 to start a company called Grit Partners International. Omar’s former husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi manages her Instagram account.

The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer, in an email to the Free Beacon, described the claims against Omar as a “smear.”

However, as WND reported, investigative reporter Steinberg, PowerLine blogger David Steinberg and Samsundar have published over the past three years substantial evidence that Omar married her brother to defraud U.S. immigration and perjured herself eight times in her divorce statement.

Omar says she married Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children, in an Islamic ceremony in 2002, but six years later they “reached an impasse in our life together” and divorced. In 2009, she legally married Elmi. She says she reconciled with Hirsi in 2012. But she didn’t divorce Elmi until 2017, after evidence emerged in her runs for office that Elmi is her biological brother.

A Minnesota state agency has fined her for filing joint tax with Hirsi while she was legally married to Elmi.

DailyMail.com reported in July that the congresswoman had separated from Hirsi. Last month, in a divorce filing, a Washington, D.C., mother charged her political consultant husband, Tim Mynett, had left her for Omar in April. Records show Omar paid Mynett and his E. Street Group approximately $230,000 through her campaign since 2018 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, internet advertising and travel expenses.

‘The evidence is overwhelming’

In July, WND reported the watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a House Ethics complaint against Omar calling for a congressional investigation of allegations of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud and federal student loan fraud.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Official portrait)

“The evidence is overwhelming Rep. Omar may have violated the law and House rules,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The House of Representatives must urgently investigate and resolve the serious allegations of wrongdoing by Rep. Omar.”

WND also reported the local daily newspaper that has provided enthusiastic coverage of Omar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, says the congresswoman has been uncooperative with attempts to resolve the accusation.

The findings of Steinberg, Samsundar and Johnson, Judicial Watch said, are “supported by information gathered from public records, social media postings, genealogy databases, computer forensic analysis, unaltered digital photographs, discussions between the investigative reporters and the subjects of the investigation themselves, and information supplied by confidential sources within the Somali-American community.”

In her application for divorce in 2017, she swore under penalty of perjury, among that, other things, she had had no contact with Elmi after June 2011 and didn’t know where to find him.

However, evidence, including now deleted social media posts, compiled by Steinberg and others indicates she not only had contact with Elmi but also met with him.

The apparent immigration fraud scheme, Judicial Watch said, also may have helped Elmi obtain federally backed student loans for his attendance at North Dakota State University.

The State of Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board already has determined that Omar violated state campaign finance laws for improper use of campaign funds. She was forced to reimburse her campaign thousands of dollars.

More significantly, Judicial Watch said, the board discovered she filed joint tax returns with Hirsi in 2014 and 2015 while she was legally married to Ahmed Elmi.

Source: Fact-checkers ignore Ilhan Omar scandal

Recommended Sermon: God’s View of Women Preachers | Our Reformed Christian Heritage

Scripture Text:

1 Corinthians 14:33-40 (KJV)

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Source: Recommended Sermon: God’s View of Women Preachers

Corrupt Obama Ambassador Refused Visas to Ukrainian Officials to Enter US — Had Evidence of Obama Admin Misconduct to Give to Trump Officials — The Gateway Pundit

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich (pictured) was a Trump-hater. She was appointed by Obama as ambassador to Ukraine in 2016.

She was US ambassador to Ukraine during the 2016 election when the Ukrainian government was colluding with the DNC and Hillary Campaign to undermine the US presidential election.

Starting in 2018 Yovanovich denied Ukrainian officials visas to enter the United States to hand over evidence of Obama administration misconduct to Trump administration officials.

US Ambassador Yovanovich, an Obama appointee, was removed from her post in Ukraine early in May 2019.

John Solomon at The Hill reported:

According to interviews with more than a dozen Ukrainian and U.S. officials, Ukraine’s government under recently departed President Petro Poroshenko and, now, Zelensky has been trying since summer 2018 to hand over evidence about the conduct of Americans they believe might be involved in violations of U.S. law during the Obama years.

The Ukrainians say their efforts to get their allegations to U.S. authorities were thwarted first by the U.S. embassy in Kiev, which failed to issue timely visas allowing them to visit America.

The Ukrainian officials were denied their visas to enter the US in 2018.

Corrupt Ambassador Yovanovich was fired by the Trump administration in May 2019 when all of the Ukrainian collusion with the DNC came to light.

It is telling that far left Democrat lawmakers Steny Hoyer and Eliot Engels were most upset with Ambassador Yovanovitch’s removal.

Via Foreign Policy magazine.

Now, those lawmakers are bringing their concerns into the public. “The White House’s outrageous decision to recall her is a political hit job and the latest in this Administration’s campaign against career State Department personnel,” said Democratic Reps. Steny Hoyer, House majority leader, and Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a joint statement made public Tuesday. “It’s clear that this decision was politically motivated, as allies of President Trump had joined foreign actors in lobbying for the Ambassador’s dismissal.”

via Corrupt Obama Ambassador Refused Visas to Ukrainian Officials to Enter US — Had Evidence of Obama Admin Misconduct to Give to Trump Officials — The Gateway Pundit

Liquidity Scramble: Fed Announces Overnight Repos Every Day Next Week… | Zero Hedge

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

Yesterday we reported that Goldman now expects the Fed to restart Permanent Open Market Operations, i.e., bond purchases, i.e., QE some time in November. For those who missed it, Goldman assumes a roughly $15bn/month rate of permanent OMOs, “enough to support trend growth of the balance sheet plus some additional padding over the first two years to increase the size of the balance sheet by $150bn”, in the process restoring the reserve buffer and eliminating the current need for temporary OMOs.

That strategy would result in balance sheet growth of roughly $180bn/year and net UST purchases by the Fed (the sum of the red and grey bars) of roughly $375bn/year over the next couple of years.

However, assuming Goldman is correct, there would be a little over a month before such POMO returned to permanently increase the size of the Fed’s balance sheet, potentially resulting in a continued liquidity shortage for the next 6 or so weeks.

Which probably explains why moments ago, the Fed surprised market watchers who were expecting the Fed to continue conducting only overnight repos, but announcing that not only would it conduct overnight $75 Billion repos every day from Monday until Thursday, October 10, but it would also introduce 2 week term repos with a total size of “at least $30 billion” for the first time since the financial crisis.

Iran Vows Major War Even If US Conducts “Limited Strikes” | ZeroHedge News

Iran Vows Major War Even If US Conducts “Limited Strikes”

Just after on Friday Pentagon leaders presented Trump with numerous “military options” for a response to Iran following last week’s twin attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities, Iran has again put the US on notice that any “limited attack” will assuredly lead to major war.

The briefing on “options” for responding to Iran were followed by a late Friday Pentagon announcement that it is deploying US troops to Saudi Arabia as a “first step” which could be followed by additional “kinetic” moves down the road. “As the President has made clear the United States does not seek conflict with Iran. That said we have many other military options available should they be necessary,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in the briefing.

Iran on Saturday responded to the move by again declaring any potential “limited” US attack on Iran would certainly lead to rapid escalation. The head of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami, said in remarks broadcast on state TV that no such limited strikes would actually remain ‘limited’.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami, via AMN News

Gen. Salami said:

“Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We will pursue any aggressor.”

Clearly understanding Trump’s deep reluctance to drag the United States into yet another costly Middle East quagmire, it appears the Iranians are telegraphing that if they can convince Washington that even a small, one-off strike on Iran could spark WW3, this could dissuade the US altogether from even limited, “kinetic” missions.

It’s likely the administration could be spit-balling the idea of missile strikes similar to Trump’s two instances of bombing Syrian government facilities — each confined to a single night, not more than hours long, but going no further in terms of expanding the scope of originally defined objectives.

It must also be remembered that over the past summer of ratcheting tanker wars, the IRGC’s Salami has repeatedly warned of capabilities to strike American bases and ships, including carriers, in the region.

“Iran’s reach is no more confined to within its borders,” Gen Salami said months ago.

“A guidance and control system capable of steering a ballistic missile to hit a mobile target is a miracle of technology which is possessed by maybe one or two countries (in the world),” he had explained at the time.

But it remains to be seen that if a US first were to be initiated whether the Iranians would actually respond. There’s little doubt, however, that even such a “limited” US missile attack would put American troops and assets stationed in the region in harm’s way.

Any potential Iranian response might even start on Saudi soil, where extra US troops are now being sent, according to the Pentagon plan.

Source: Iran Vows Major War Even If US Conducts “Limited Strikes”

Goldman Sachs Has Just Issued An Ominous Warning About Stock Market Chaos In October | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Are we about to see U.S. financial markets go crazy?  That is what Goldman Sachs seems to think, and it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that great financial chaos has been unleashed during the month of October.  When the stock market crashed in October 1929, it started the worst economic depression that we have ever witnessed.  In October 1987, the largest single day percentage decline in U.S. stock market history rocked the entire planet.  And the nightmarish events of October 2008 set the stage for a “Great Recession” that we still haven’t fully recovered from.  So could it be possible that something similar may happen in October 2019? 

According to CNBC, Goldman Sachs is warning that the stock market could soon “go crazy again”…

For investors taking a breather from the chaos in August, buckle up as the market is about to go crazy again, Goldman Sachs warned.

Wall Street is now inches away from reclaiming its record highs, but a rockier ride could be around the corner as stock volatility has been 25% higher in October on average since 1928, according to Goldman. Big price swings have been seen in each major stock benchmark and sector in October over the past 30 years, with technology and health care being the most volatile groups, Goldman said.

Goldman derivatives strategist John Marshall is the man behind this new warning, and he believes that there are some fundamental reasons why the month of October is often so volatile…

“We believe high October volatility is more than just a coincidence,” John Marshall, equity derivatives strategist at Goldman, said in a note Friday. “We believe it is a critical period for many investors and companies that manage performance to calendar year-end.”

And even though October hasn’t arrived yet, we are already starting to see some things that we haven’t witnessed since the last financial crisis.

For example, the Federal Reserve had not intervened in the repo market since 2008, but this week the liquidity crunch was so bad that the Fed felt forced to conduct emergency overnight repurchase agreement operations on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

And then on Friday the Fed announced that it will continue to conduct emergency interventions “on a daily basis for the next three weeks”

The New York Federal Reserve Bank said Friday it will inject billions into the US financial plumbing on a daily basis for the next three weeks in an effort to prevent a spike in short-term interest rates.

The Fed will offer up to $75 billion a day in repurchase agreements — exchanging secure assets for cash for very short periods — through October 10, it said in a statement.

In addition, it will offer three 14-day “repo” operations of at least $30 billion each.

In essence, the “plumbing” of our financial system has gotten all jammed up, and calling out Roto-Rooter is simply not going to get the job done.

Of course Fed officials are trying to assure us that this is no big deal and that they have everything under control.

But if all this is no big deal, why haven’t they had to conduct such emergency interventions for the last 11 years?

And this comes at a time when the deterioration of the U.S. economy appears to be accelerating.  In fact, on Friday St. Louis Fed President James Bullard publicly admitted that the U.S. manufacturing industry appears to already be in a recession

The US manufacturing sector “already appears in recession” and overall economic growth is expected to slow “in the near horizon,” St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank president James Bullard said on Friday, explaining why he dissented at a recent Fed meeting and wanted a deeper, half-percentage-point rate cut.

That is a stunning admission, because normally Fed officials try very hard to maintain the narrative that everything is wonderful because they are doing such a great job of manipulating the economy.

The American people as a whole are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economy as well, and Gallup just released some very alarming numbers

Americans’ confidence in the economy has become less rosy this month as Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index fell to +17 from August’s +24 reading, marking the lowest level since the government shutdown ended in January.

At the same time, the public is evenly divided over the likelihood of a recession in the next year. The current expectation of a recession is nine points higher than it was in October 2007, just two months before the Great Recession began but slightly below a February 2001 reading, one month before that eight-month-long recession.

Every economic indicator that we have is telling us that big trouble is heading our way, but most Americans are partying instead of preparing.

U.S. financial markets have never been more primed for a crash than they are at this moment, and so many of the exact same patterns that we witnessed just prior to the last recession are happening again right now.

Over the past few months, my wife and I have felt a sense of urgency unlike anything that we have ever felt before.  You may have noticed a difference in our tone and in the types of stories that we have been sharing.  Everything that we have been doing has been leading up to this.  The time of “the perfect storm” is here, and most Americans won’t understand what is happening.

The storm clouds are looming and disaster could strike at any time.  This is one of the most critical times in the history of our nation, and most Americans are completely unprepared for what is going to happen next.

Source: Goldman Sachs Has Just Issued An Ominous Warning About Stock Market Chaos In October

90% Of Plastic Waste Polluting Earth’s Oceans Comes From Asia and Africa | ZeroHedge News

90% Of Plastic Waste Polluting Earth’s Oceans Comes From Asia and Africa

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

Despite westerners being lectured by climate activists like Greta Thunberg, a study has found that around 90 per cent of plastic waste polluting earth’s oceans comes from Asia and Africa.

During her U.S. tour, Thunberg cited “horrifying pictures of plastic in the oceans,” as one of the primary reasons why Americans should listen to her.

However, researchers at Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research discovered that a small number of rivers account for the vast majority of plastic pollution and none of them are located in western countries.

“The 10 top-ranked rivers transport 88-95 percent of the global load into the sea,” Dr. Christian Schmidt, a hydrogeologist who led the study, told the Daily Mail.

“The rivers with the highest estimated plastic loads are characterized by high population – for instance the Yangtze with over half a billion people.”

Out of the top ten rivers that produce the most pollution, eight are in Asia and two are in Africa. The Yangtze River in China and the Ganges River in India were responsible for the most plastic pollution.

While westerners are being told to alter their lifestyles and have fewer children to save the planet, virtually nothing is being said about or to the people in the countries responsible for the vast majority of pollution.

This is probably one of the main reasons why many in the west remain skeptical about the true motives of the environmentalist movement.

As we reported earlier, only 38 per cent of Americans believe global warming is man made.

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Source: 90% Of Plastic Waste Polluting Earth’s Oceans Comes From Asia and Africa

Donald Trump: ‘Real and Only Story’ Is Joe Biden’s Ukraine Scandal | Breitbart News

President Donald Trump challenged the establishment media on Saturday about the importance of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Ukraine scandal story.

Source: Donald Trump: ‘Real and Only Story’ Is Joe Biden’s Ukraine Scandal

BRILLIANT! President Trump DESTROYS Joe Biden Crime Family on REAL UKRAINIAN SCANDAL (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

After leaving office in 2017, Vice President Joe Biden Bragged about strong-arming the government of Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor.

Joe Biden made the remarks during a meeting of foreign policy specialists. Biden said he, “Threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.” Biden suggested during his talk that Barack Obama was in on the threat.

In April John Solomon revealed what Biden did not tell his audience. Joe Biden had Shokin fired because he was investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

Poroshenko was investigating $3 million in funds that were being transferred out of Ukraine and into accounts in the United States at that time.
Joe Biden had him fired.

In May President Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said in an interview that he plans to travel to Ukraine to push the country’s leadership on several probes that may prove “very, very helpful” to President Trump, as Republicans continue looking to turn the tables on Democrats and prove that they — not the GOP — were the party that improperly conspired with foreign actors.

Rudy Giuliani later joined Sean Hannity to discuss this international scandal involving Joe Biden and his drug addict son, Hunter Biden.

Rudy told Sean that Joe Biden will be investigated no matter what.

Three days later Rep. Adam Schiff told ABC that President Trump should not be allowed to investigate Joe Biden’s criminal dealings in Ukraine.

Joe Biden and his son also secured a billion-dollar China deal just days after former Vice President Joe Biden visited China in 2013.

Now this week the liberal mainstream media has been pushing another Trump scandal with screaming headlines that they were convinced would take down the Trump regime.

But they were wrong.
All it did was put the focus in on the Biden Family crime syndicate.

On Saturday President Trump destroyed the Biden Crime Family on the real Ukrainian scandal.
This was brilliant!

via BRILLIANT! President Trump DESTROYS Joe Biden Crime Family on REAL UKRAINIAN SCANDAL (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump: “Fake News Media Trying to Protect Biden” Within Ukraine Whistleblower Story… — The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump delivered a series of tweet statements and videos highlighting how the media is spinning their “whistleblower” coverage to protect Sleepy Joe Biden from his corrupt endeavors to financially benefit his family.

President Donald Trump also shared a few videos to give context to the story:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

This is the real and only story!

via President Trump: “Fake News Media Trying to Protect Biden” Within Ukraine Whistleblower Story… — The Last Refuge

September 21, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

7 The Hebrew for maintain is the Hiphil stem of the verb qûm, “to raise, erect, establish.” The Hiphil of this verb allows a range of meanings from “establish” to “fulfill.” This covenant with Abraham is something God initiates, something he maintains, and something he brings to fulfillment.

No less than three times in this chapter (vv. 7, 13, 19) we are told that God’s covenant with Abraham was an eternal one, and one time (v. 8) that Canaan was to be the permanent possession of Abraham’s descendants. W. Kaiser well points out that “the word ʿôlām must add something more to the noun it went with, for in the case of covenant there was already a strong idea of perpetuity.”

It may be no accident that the word eternal is present in ch. 17 but absent in ch. 15. Is it not interesting that in the chapter where at least four covenant stipulations are placed before Abraham—walk before me; be blameless; keep my covenant; circumcise yourselves—the covenant should be thrice described as an eternal one? This repetition of eternal emphasizes that God’s covenant with Abraham has not suddenly shifted away from the unilateral emphasis of ch. 15 to a bilateral pact here in ch. 17. To be sure, God has expectations concerning Abraham’s behavior, but these do not become grounds for the establishment and authentication of God’s covenant with Abraham. Rather, the covenant remains a personal commitment by God in which he binds himself to this open-ended promise to Abraham.[1]


17:7 The Abrahamic covenant (12:1–3) is the foundation upon which all later divine covenants with God’s people are based. Everlasting means the covenant would last through all time. to be God to you: With these remarkable words, God pledged His ongoing relationship with the people of Abraham (2 Sam. 7:14; Is. 52:11; Ezek. 37:26, 27; 2 Cor. 6:14–7:1). This was later celebrated in the creed of Israel, the great Shema (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 100:3). Descendants is from the Hebrew word for seed; it may mean an individual person as well as a people (3:15; 15:3, 5, 13, 18).[2]


17:7 I will establish My covenant. This relationship was set up at God’s initiative and also designated as an “everlasting covenant” (v. 7), thus applying to Abraham’s posterity with equal force and bringing forth the declaration “I will be their God” (v. 8). This pledge became the dictum of the covenant relationship between Yahweh, i.e., Jehovah, and Israel.[3]


17:7 for an everlasting covenant. The covenant will be ongoing in nature, extending from one generation to the next.[4]


17:7 your offspring after you The descendants of Abraham are commanded to keep the covenant, which is explained in the next verse as the rite of circumcision. The covenant and its sign (and so, the observance of the rite) was to be everlasting (Gen 17:13).

an everlasting covenant The phrase appears three times in this passage (vv. 7, 13, 19). See note on 9:16.[5]


17:7 your offspring. The descendants of Abraham through the child of promise, Isaac (Rom. 4:19; 9:6–9). Gentile believers participate in this covenant promise through spiritual incorporation into Israel (Eph. 2:11–13; 1 Pet. 2:10 note) by union with Christ, the great offspring of Abraham (Gal. 3:16, 26–29).

everlasting. The unilateral and gracious nature of God’s covenant with Abraham is underscored by its eternal character (v. 2 note). God’s covenant endures forever because He does not change and Jesus Christ fulfills every condition (2 Cor. 1:20; Eph. 2:12, 13).

to be God to you. Although there is a legal dimension to the covenant (v. 2 note), God’s covenant relationship with His people is first and foremost one of divine-human communion and fellowship (Ex. 6:7; Deut. 29:13). God graciously dwells with His people, and they gratefully respond in faith, love, and obedience.[6]


7. And thy seed after thee. There is no doubt that the Lord distinguishes the race of Abraham from the rest of the world. We must now see what people he intends. Now they are deceived who think that his elect alone are here pointed out; and that all the faithful are indiscriminately comprehended, from whatever people, according to the flesh, they are descended. For, on the contrary, the Scripture declares that the race of Abraham, by lineal descent, had been peculiarly accepted by God. And it is the evident doctrine of Paul concerning the natural descendants of Abraham, that they are holy branches which have proceeded from a holy root, (Rom. 11:16.) And lest any one should restrict this assertion to the shadows of the law, or should evade it by allegory, he elsewhere expressly declares, that Christ came to be a minister of the circumcision, (Rom. 15:8.) Wherefore, nothing is more certain, than that God made his covenant with those sons of Abraham who were naturally to be born of him. If any one object, that this opinion by no means agrees with the former, in which we said that they are reckoned the children of Abraham, who being by faith ingrafted into his body, form one family; the difference is easily reconciled, by laying down certain distinct degrees of adoption, which may be collected from various passages of Scripture. In the beginning, antecedently to this covenant, the condition of the whole world was one and the same. But as soon as it was said, ‘I will be a God to thee and to thy seed after thee,’ the Church was separated from other nations; just as in the creation of the world, the light emerged out of the darkness. Then the people of Israel was received, as the flock of God, into their own fold: the other nations wandered, like wild beasts, through mountains, woods, and deserts. Since this dignity, in which the sons of Abraham excelled other nations, depended on the word of God alone, the gratuitous adoption of God belongs to them all in common. For if Paul deprives the Gentiles of God and of eternal life, on the ground of their being aliens from the covenant, (Eph. 4:18,) it follows that all Israelites were of the household of the Church, and sons of God, and heirs of eternal life. And although it was by the grace of God, and not by nature, that they excelled the Gentiles; and although the inheritance of the kingdom of God came to them by promise, and not by carnal descent; yet they are sometimes said to differ by nature from the rest of the world. In the Epistle to the Galatians, chap. 2 ver. 15, and elsewhere, Paul calls them saints ‘by nature,’ because God was willing that his grace should descend, by a continual succession, to the whole seed. In this sense, they who were unbelievers among the Jews, are yet called the children of the celestial kingdom, by Christ. (Matth. 8:12.) Nor does what St Paul says contradict this; namely, that not all who are from Abraham are to be esteemed legitimate children; because they are not the children of the promise, but only of the flesh. (Rom. 9:8.) For there, the promise is not taken generally for that outward word, by which God conferred his favour as well upon the reprobate as upon the elect; but must be restricted to that efficacious calling, which he inwardly seals by his Spirit. And that this is the case, is proved without difficulty; for the promise by which the Lord had adopted them all as children, was common to all: and in that promise, it cannot be denied, that eternal salvation was offered to all. What, therefore, can be the meaning of Paul, when he denies that certain persons have any right to be reckoned among children, except that he is no longer reasoning about the externally offered grace, but about that of which only the elect effectually partake? Here, then, a twofold class of sons presents itself to us, in the Church; for since the whole body of the people is gathered together into the fold of God, by one and the same voice, all without exception, are, in this respect, accounted children; the name of the Church is applicable in common to them all: but in the innermost sanctuary of God, none others are reckoned the sons of God, than they in whom the promise is ratified by faith. And although this difference flows from the fountain of gratuitous election, whence also faith itself springs; yet, since the counsel of God is in itself hidden from us, we therefore distinguish the true from the spurious children, by the respective marks of faith and of unbelief. This method and dispensation continued even to the promulgation of the gospel; but then the middle wall was broken down, (Ephes. 2:14,) and God made the Gentiles equal to the natural descendants of Abraham. That was the renovation of the world, by which they, who had before been strangers, began to be called sons. Yet whenever a comparison is made between Jews and Gentiles, the inheritance of life is assigned to the former, as lawfully belonging to them; but to the latter, it is said to be adventitious. Meanwhile, the oracle was fulfilled, in which God promises that Abraham should be the father of many nations. For whereas previously, the natural sons of Abraham were succeeded by their descendants in continual succession, and the benediction, which began with him, flowed down to his children; the coming of Christ, by inverting the original order, introduced into his family those who before were separated from his seed: at length the Jews were cast out, (except that a hidden seed of the election remained among them,) in order that the rest might be saved. It was necessary that these things concerning the seed of Abraham should once be stated, that they may open to us an easy introduction to what follows.

In their generations. This succession of generations clearly proves that the posterity of Abraham were taken into the Church, in such a manner that sons might be born to them, who should be heirs of the same grace. In this way the covenant is called perpetual, as lasting until the renovation of the world; which took place at the advent of Christ. I grant, indeed, that the covenant was without end, and may with propriety be called eternal, as far as the whole Church is concerned; it must, however, always remain as a settled point, that the regular succession of ages was partly broken and partly changed, by the coming of Christ, because the middle wall being broken down, and the sons by nature being, at length, disinherited, Abraham began to have a race associated with himself, from all regions of the world.

To be a God unto thee. In this single word we are plainly taught, that this was a spiritual covenant, not confirmed in reference to the present life only; but one from which Abraham might conceive the hope of eternal salvation, so that being raised even to heaven, he might lay hold of solid and perfect bliss. For those whom God adopts to himself, from among a people—seeing that he makes them partakers of his righteousness and of all good things—he also constitutes heirs of celestial life. Let us then mark this as the principal part of the covenant, that He who is the God of the living, not of the dead, promises to be a God to the children of Abraham. It follows afterwards, in the way of augmentation of the grant, that he promises to give them the land. I confess, indeed, that something greater and more excellent than itself was shadowed forth by the land of Canaan; yet this is not at variance with the statement, that the promise now made was an accession to that primary one, ‘I will be thy God.’ Now, although God again affirms, as before, that He will give the land to Abraham himself, we nevertheless know, that Abraham never possessed dominion over it; but the holy man was contented with his title to it alone, although the possession of it was not granted him; and, therefore, he calmly passed from his earthly pilgrimage into heaven. God again repeats that He will be a God to the posterity of Abraham, in order that they may not settle upon earth, but may regard themselves as trained for higher things.[7]


Ver. 7.—And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant,—literally, for a covenant of eternity (vide ch. 9:16)—to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. Literally, to be for Elohim; a formula comprehending all saving benefits; a clear indication of the spiritual character of the Abrahamic covenant (cf. ch. 26:24; 28:13; Heb. 11:16).[8]


7 The Lord now adds to the great promise of kingship what are seen in the OT as even more valuable blessings. The covenant is not to be just between God and Abraham but between God and Abraham’s descendants after him. Hitherto he has been promised descendants (13:16) and the land has been promised to them (13:15), but this is the first occasion that the covenant is extended to include Abraham’s seed. This makes the covenant with Abraham like the Noahic covenant, as do the phrases “I shall confirm my covenant … for an eternal covenant” (9:9, 11, 16). Though the land had been promised in perpetuity (13:15), this is the first time that the Abrahamic covenant has been described as “eternal” or that the covenant formula היה לך לאלהים “to be your God” has appeared. This latter phrase, used twice here and not again till 28:21, expresses the heart of the covenant, that God has chosen Abraham and his descendants, so that they are in a unique relationship: he is their God, and they are his people (cf. Exod 4:16; 6:7; Lev 11:45; 26:12, 45).[9]


[1] Hamilton, V. P. (1990). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17 (pp. 465–466). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 34). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 17:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 80). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 17:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (pp. 36–37). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[7] Calvin, J., & King, J. (2010). Commentary on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis (Vol. 1, pp. 447–451). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Genesis (p. 233). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[9] Wenham, G. J. (1994). Genesis 16–50 (Vol. 2, p. 22). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

The Earth without Water

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

They cry climate change, but the climate has always regularly changed. If they worry about climate change now, they should really be worried about how MUCH the climate of earth will change when the Tribulation occurs.

In reading Revelation it’s like reading a horror story of the world’s climate. Grass burned, rivers drying, sun scorching men with heat that is so unbearable, volcanic winters, you name it. Just read Revelation 6-18 to view the upcoming changes to the climate.

Christians know that it will be due to God’s transformation of the earth in preparing it for the renewal back to how the earth was before the curse. But the climate change enthusiasts and worriers will surely be declaring “We told you so” all the while repeatedly denying that it is God in charge and making these changes. (Revelation 16:9, 11, 21…)

I found this illustration of earth…

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All Eyes on Ukraine: Deep State and Hillary Operatives Worked with Ukrainian Government to Take Down Trump — The Gateway Pundit

This is one of several articles posted at The Gateway Pundit on Ukrainian government collusion with the Hillary Campaign and Deep State to take down Donald Trump.
We are reposting today since Ukraine is back in the news.

Guest post by investigative journalist Lee Stranahan

Now that Congress has negotiated a deal for James Comey to testify, they need to buckle down and get ready to ask a hostile witness questions about a shocking, but undisputed, story.

In August, 2016 the government of Ukraine, who were working directly with James Comey’s FBI, released unsubstantiated accusations against Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that led to his resignation five days later. Further, these allegations were made by a Ukrainian political operative working with two of Hillary Clinton’s billionaire financial backers.

This isn’t conspiracy theory or wild accusation. It’s the truth and it’s been hiding in plain sight since August, 2016. It was reported in the New York Times, albeit with significant omissions.

In the time since the story was reported, however, we’ve learned a lot about James Comey and the toxic, politically motivated environment he oversaw at the Federal Bureau of investigation and that’s why it’s incumbent on Congress to get to the bottom of the Ukrainian collusion election interference.

The basic facts were reported in the New York Times articled titledSecret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chiefon August 14, 2016. It smeared Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort. The article admits to the underlying election interference by a foreign government, pointing out that the accusations came from Ukrainian run organization called the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine aka NABU

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. 

NABU was set up, largely by the United States, after the Obama administration orchestrated an overthrow of the Ukrainian government in 2014. Comey’s F.B.I worked so closely with NABU that they had an office there.

In a press release on their website titledNABU will continue cooperation with the FBI for two more years, NABU says that a representative of James Comey’s FBI had an office at headquarters in Kyiv and worked on international requests.

Since February 2016, the representative of the FBI has a permanent Office in the NABU and jointly with the NABU Detectives works on the execution of international requests and controls their passage through the competent authorities of the United States of America.

This wasn’t reported in theNew York Times story of August 14, 2016. That article soft-pedaled the relationship, and doesn’t note the permanent office. Instead it mentions that NABU’s had an “evidence-sharing agreement with the F.B.I.”

In case there’s any doubt about the Ukraine / FBI connection to smearing Paul Manafort, NABU actually released a statement on their official website about the so-called Black Ledger on August 18, 2016.

Manafort resigned the next day.

This is shocking foreign interference in the 2016 election, done by an agency that the United States helped set up, fund and that James Comey’s FBI literally had an office in. It happened just months after top FBI officials met with top officials from NABU in Washington DC, in February 2016.

James Comey needs to be asked about that meeting and Congress needs to demand any and all documents related related the FBI’s contacts with NABU during the election.

This scandal couldn’t have happened without a willing media backing the attempt to take down Trump, however, and the New York Times is a major culprit in this story because the hid the background of the operative involved.

We know that the main spokesman for these accusations was Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian politician and journalist who works closely with both top Hillary Clinton donors George Soros and Victor Pinchuk, as well as to the US Embassy in Kyiv. As the New York Times wrote:

The accounting records surfaced this year, when Serhiy A. Leshchenko, a member of Parliament who said he had received a partial copy from a source he did not identify, published line items covering six months of outlays in 2012 totaling $66 million… 

(emphasis added)

James Comey should be asked about this source that Leshchenko would not identify. Was the source someone connected to US government, either the State Department or the Department of Justice?

The New York Times should also explain why they didn’t mention that Leshchenko had direct connections to two of Hillary Clinton biggest financial backers. Victor Pinchuk, the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation at a staggering $8.6 million also happened to have paid for Leshchenko’s expenses to go to international conferences. George Soros, whose also founded the International Renaissance Foundationthat worked closely with Hillary Clinton’s State Department in Ukraine, also contributed at least $8 million to Hillary affiliated super PACs in the 2016 campaign cycle.

The danger for Congress and the country that Comey will either lie or give cagey non-answers. He’s done it before, back in 2017 when he would not comment on whether the FBI was coordinating with Ukraine. It’s worth noting that just hours after he gave that non-testimony, none other than Serhiy Leshchenko suddenly made new unsubstantiated accusationsagainst Manafort.

The Democrats, the F.B.I, the State Department and the media have done their level best to try to distract from the real foreign collusion and interference in the 2016 election from Ukraine. They have ignored and obfuscated the 2017 Politico  story Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire detailing how DNC operative Alexander Chalupa worked with the Ukrainian Ambassador Chaly to try to get dirt on Trump and Manafort. Andrii Telizhenko, the whistleblower from that Politico article, was forced to flee Ukraine with his family but is doing interviews and is more than willing to talk to Congress.

Congress has a chance to ask Comey the hard questions and to interview Telizhenko. Let’s hope they take it.

via All Eyes on Ukraine: Deep State and Hillary Operatives Worked with Ukrainian Government to Take Down Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Trump’s Total Culture War — Christian Research Network

“[T]he real source of Trump derangement syndrome is his desire to wage a multifront pushback — politically, socially, economically and culturally — against what might be called the elite postmodern progressive world.”

(Victor Davis Hanson – Real Clear Politics)  Donald Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a Kulturkampf.

As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. For most of his time in office, Trump, his family, his friends and his businesses have been investigated, probed, dissected and constantly attacked.

In 2016 and early 2017, Barack Obama appointees in the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice tried to subvert the Trump campaign, interfere with his transition and, ultimately, abort his presidency. Now, congressional Democrats promise impeachment before the 2020 election.

The usual reason for such hatred is said to be Trump’s unorthodox and combative take-no-prisoners style. Critics detest his crude and unfettered assertions, his lack of prior military or political experience, his attacks on the so-called bipartisan administrative state, and his intent to roll back the entire Obama-era effort of “fundamentally transforming” the country leftward.  View article →

via Trump’s Total Culture War — Christian Research Network