Daily Archives: October 3, 2019

October 3 Good Things in Life

Scripture Reading: Psalm 63:1–11

Key Verse: Psalm 63:1

O God, You are my God;

Early will I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You;

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land

Where there is no water.

To earnestly seek the Lord, to long in your innermost being to know more about Jesus Christ, you must set your mind to do so. It is not an experiential moment in which you are waiting for a feeling or an emotion to affirm that the Lord has spoken to you.

Rather, it is an intentional, deliberate, daily effort at humbly and sincerely trying to find out more about God. If you’re going to seek the Lord, you simply must purpose to do it and trust Him to answer your heart’s cry.

The primary ways to learn more about God are to read His Word and communicate with Him in prayer. Perhaps you sometimes feel inundated with admonitions to read the Bible and pray, read the Bible and pray. There is a reason. These vital pursuits must be accomplished in earnest before your understanding of Christ is deepened.

The Holy Bible is a product of the mind and heart of God. It is the principal tool He uses to reveal Himself to us. He communicates to us through His Word and His Holy Spirit, and we communicate to Him through prayer.

Yet you also should consciously determine that in your conversations, Scripture study, church attendance, reading, and service, you will be tenacious in longing to discover His will and His ways. These are all methods in which we learn more about God. These are also the ways in which we are richly rewarded with the truly good things in life.

Lord, just as I set my clocks, tune my instruments, and program my computer, let me also set my mind to seek after You through study, prayer, and contemplation.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 290). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 3 Made for Praise

Scripture Reading: Psalm 19

Key Verses: Psalm 19:1–4

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun.

Our Maker designed all creation to be to the praise of His glory. The tiniest pebble and the tallest mountain bear testimony to God’s power and love. Warbling birds, chirping crickets, and croaking frogs all lend their special voices to the chorus.

Those who appreciate nature and the wonders of the environment from a godless perspective cannot fathom their real message. God intended the majesty of creation, even though its manifestations are now flawed by sin, to point us to Him (Rom. 1).

Have you ever been outdoors on a clear night in an open space, where there are no artificial lights to get in the way? You cannot count the thousands of stars in the sky. In that moment outside, your feelings of awe may well up so strongly inside, you are unable to speak.

Psalm 8:1 (nasb) is a wonderful prayer: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth, who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens!”

O Lord, my Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth, who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 290). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Agglomeration — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

The Good – For Education and/or Edification
The Source of Adventism’s  Physical God.  Reminds one of Mormonism.
Why the Gospel of Thomas is not in the Bible.
Although somewhat lengthy for those who don’t like to read much, Gary Gilley has written an excellent articleabout the state of the Church and how we got here.
Some interesting history, if you take the time to read it all.
Are there really “ten lost tribes” of Israel?
What are demons? A thought-provoking follow-up on the article “Angels Unawares” which I linked to on August 29th.
HMMMM
Good summation of the teachings of Ravi Zacharias. He’s not really a wolf, but there are some questionable things about his teachings.
Bible Study Fellowship now using “vision casting
Wolves and False Teachings
The Gospel Coalition is about a false gospel.
Another reason why Campus Crusade for Christ, a.k.a. CRU, needs to be avoided: they are promoting the occultic false teaching of Enneagram.  The Enneagram has absolutely NO Christian origins. And if that isn’t enough reason to disassociate with CRU, perhaps this isOr thisOr even this!
Rick Joyner: Not only is he  false teacher deluxe, but he is also grossly ignorant of history when it comes to his “vision.”
Just when you thought Bill Johnson couldn’t get any more ridiculous.
This man’s total lack of discernment proves he should not be a pastor. It looks like he’s been “off base” for a very long time, and yet he’s accepted as a Southern Baptist Pastor?!?
Net Church, led by a wolf who does interviews at his “church.” It appears that this takes place before whatever “worship” services they have. This article is focused on his interview of lesbians—who certainly are NOT Christians (at about 28 minute mark), but I thought his blather about a horrid child’s book demonstrated what sort of “pastor” he is. The couple he first interviewed talked about how THEY pastored a church — yes, a woman “pastor.”  They seemed to think heretic Rob Bell is great, but they also have no clue about what a church is for and totally misrepresent Scripture. The whole video (if you have time to spend listening while doing something else) goes to show what sort of wolves pass for “pastors” and what passes for “churches” today. Beware!
The United Methodist Church continues to demonstrate their apostasy and rebellion against God.
A Bible version I just learned about, and it is one to be avoided: One New Man Bible.  Part of the charismatic, Hebrew Roots Movement nonsense.

via Agglomeration — The Watchman’s Bagpipes

Cognitive Dissonance — Monergism.com Blog Feed


Cognitive dissonance is a state of conflict occurring within a person when they hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time. The conflict produces feelings of discomfort which the individual seeks to relieve by convincing himself they do not exist, or by adopting some other type of defensive maneuver to suppress the reality of the contradiction.

via Cognitive Dissonance — Monergism.com Blog Feed

Most Americans think social media has too much control over news, according to poll mainstream media quietly ignored | RT USA News

Some 62 percent of Americans believe social media exerts too much control over what news people see, and most think online platforms treat some news outlets differently than others for the wrong reasons, a new poll shows.

Not only do social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter distort the mix of news that reaches their users, but their actions result in a worse mix, according to 55 percent of Americans responding to a Pew Research poll published this week. Just 15 percent believe the platforms’ meddling results in a better mix.

Republicans are even more emphatic – three quarters say social media has too much control, and two thirds disapprove of the mix of news the platforms generate. However, 53 percent of Democrats agree Facebook and Twitter’s control is excessive, and 49 percent find the news mix distasteful.

More than half of respondents highlight one-sided news (53 percent) and inaccurate news (51 percent) as “very big problems” in social media’s influence on news. Censorship is a major problem for 35 percent – as much as “uncivil discussions about the news” – while users being banned is a major concern for just 24 percent.

Of the 82 percent of Americans who believe social media platforms treat some news outlets differently than others, most (88 percent) see producing clickbait (“attention-grabbing articles,” in Pew’s words) as a factor in currying favor with online platforms. Nearly as many (84 percent) see social media popularity as a factor, while 79 percent view an outlet’s political stance as a deciding factor. Only 34 percent think an outlet’s “high reporting standards” are favored by social media platforms, and just 18 percent view political neutrality as important to platforms.

The majority of respondents from across the political spectrum agreed that the posts they saw on social media were skewed toward one end or the other – 64 percent of Republicans said the news they saw was “liberal” or “very liberal,” and 37 percent of Democrats agreed. Just nine percent of Republicans, and 18 percent of Democrats, said the news they saw was “conservative” or “very conservative.”

Despite their apparent dissatisfaction with social media’s handling of news, the share of US adults who get their news from social media continues to increase year over year, according to Pew. Some 55 percent of respondents “sometimes” or “often” get news from social media, and 52 percent specifically use Facebook to get their news. YouTube is a distant second – just 28 percent get their news there – and Twitter is a far-off third, attracting 17 percent of newshounds.

Also on rt.com

Facebook ‘News’: A bold step toward total control of reality?

Unfortunately for three fifths of the American population, Facebook is poised to take even more control over the news users see, with a ‘News Tab’ to be rolled out in the near future featuring stories from approved news outlets.

Perhaps with that future in mind, many of the biggest mainstream news publishers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, declined to cover Pew’s survey, which polled 5,107 US adults in July for their opinions.

Source: Most Americans think social media has too much control over news, according to poll mainstream media quietly ignored

Stephanopoulos Coaches Pelosi on How to Make Impeachment ‘Airtight’ ‘Inevitable’ | NB Blog

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos touted his exclusive interview with Nancy Pelosi on Thursday’s Good Morning America, which was largely friendly to the Democrat House Speaker. In the lengthy aired interview, Stephanopoulos pushed Pelosi to make her impeachment case “more airtight” and eagerly wondered if impeachment “was inevitable.” The ABC anchor even asked Pelosi if she “heard the fear” in President Trump’s voice, pertaining to impeachment.

Source: Stephanopoulos Coaches Pelosi on How to Make Impeachment ‘Airtight’ ‘Inevitable’

President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  President Trump pauses to hold an impromptu press conference departing the White House for a trip to Florida. [Video and Transcript below]

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via President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Media Warns Excessive Forgiveness Could Set Back Outrage Narrative Hundreds Of Years — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Media outlets are issuing warnings that excessive displays of forgiveness and mercy could wreak havoc on hundreds of years of outrage progress. The warning comes in response to a high-profile case this week in which former police officer Amber Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean, a black man, in his Dallas home. Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Brandt Jean, Botham’s younger brother, made a victim impact statement, saying he forgave her, setting back race progress hundreds of years. Brandt then asked the judge if he could give Guyger a hug. The judge foolishly allowed it, setting back race relations hundreds more years.

“What people have to understand is, if we keep toying around with all this grace and mercy stuff, this whole racial divide could come toppling down,” explained Brad Hunter of CBS News. “Are people really ready to say goodbye to that? I must say that, as a journalist, I, for one, am not.”

“What Brandt Jean did in that courtroom sets black people back hundreds of years. If I had to put a number on it, I’d say it sets us back about 2000 years,” said Janelle Taylor of ABC. “What year does he think this is? 33 AD?”

“This deals a heavy blow to the progress we have made toward peak outrage,” said Jenson Hughs of CNN. ” We have a lot of work to do in the wake of this mess.”

Many reporters say that, while it is true that the Bible calls for forgiveness, there are no scriptures that say black people should ever forgive white people. “I don’t know what Bible they are reading,” said Hannah Corley of the Washington Post. “I’ve searched Bible.com for the term ‘forgive white people’ numerous times and nothing comes up. Sounds like bad Bible-ology to me.”

“We will rebuild,” said Roy Mathis, CEO of the LA Times. “Progress may have taken a hit today, but we’ve recovered from worse. We will survive.”

via Media Warns Excessive Forgiveness Could Set Back Outrage Narrative Hundreds Of Years — The Babylon Bee

McCarthy calls on Pelosi to suspend Trump impeachment inquiry, accuses her of ‘recklessness’ | FOX news

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., sent a letter on Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calling on her to suspend the impeachment inquiry into President Trump until “equitable rules and procedures” are set up.

Source: McCarthy calls on Pelosi to suspend Trump impeachment inquiry, accuses her of ‘recklessness’

October 3 God’s Provision

Scripture reading: 2 Kings 6:8–23

Key verse: Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life;

Of whom shall I be afraid?

Do you remember looking through a microscope for the first time? Your eyes were opened to a teeming world of protozoan life. You had to look at the droplet in a new and different way to perceive another dimension of the physical world.

Elisha’s servant had to learn to look at their circumstances in a new way. Things looked bad for them on the surface. The king of Syria and his men were angry with Elisha because they knew God told Elisha their attack strategies in advance; and of course, Elisha told their plans to the king of Israel.

It’s no surprise that the Syrians wanted to do away with Elisha. So one night, the king of Syria sent horses and chariots and an army to surround the city where Elisha was staying. At first sight, Elisha’s attendant went outside and saw the army circled to attack.

He ran to Elisha and cried, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” But Elisha wasn’t panicked. He said, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:15–16). The attendant must have been mightily confused. The only people he saw were the ones with weapons pointed at them.

Then Elisha prayed for God to open his eyes, and the attendant saw an angelic host with horses and chariots of fire surrounding them. God had already arranged for their protection, but the attendant had to learn to see His provision.

Father, I thank You that You have already arranged for my protection. Open my eyes to Your provision.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 290). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Andy McCarthy: ‘There is no impeachment inquiry’ | WND

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, at a hearing March 28, 2019 (Video screenshot)

What House Democrats describe as an “impeachment inquiry” is noting of the sort, and no “subpoenas” have been issued, contends former assistant U.S. attorney Andrew C. McCarthy.

“You are not to be faulted if you think a formal inquest is under way and that legal process has been issued,” he writes in a column for The Hill.

Pointing out that the House has not voted as a body to authorize an impeachment inquiry, as required by the Constitution, he says the Democrats are conducting a “made-for-cable-TV political soap opera” designed to help them win the 2020 election.

A “haughty” Sept. 27 letter from House Democrats directing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cooperate in their demands to depose State Department officials and review various records “is nothing more than an informal request for voluntary cooperation,” he says.

“Legally, it has no compulsive power. If anything, it is rife with legal deficiencies.”

He points out that the standing committees conducting the investigation of President Trump — Intelligence, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Reform, Financial Services, and Ways and Means — indeed have subpoena power.

So why don’t they use it?

“Well, because subpoenas get litigated in court when the people or agencies on the receiving end object,” McCarthy writes.

“Democrats want to have an impeachment show — um, inquiry — on television; they do not want to defend its bona fides in court.”

The “impeachment inquiry” is focused on the allegation of an anonymous whistleblower who, citing secondhand information, alleges President Trump forced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate allegations of corruption against Joe Biden and his son Hunter with the threat of withholding U.S. aid. Zelensky insists he didn’t feel pressured, and the Justice Department concluded Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky did not violate any laws.

Framers created high standard

He argues that resisting an information request is not evidence of obstruction.

“It is evidence that the recipient of the demand believes he or she has a legal privilege that excuses compliance. The recipient can be wrong about that without being guilty of obstruction,” McCarthy writes.

“Congressional Democrats know this, of course — many of them are lawyers. They are issuing partisan letters that pose legally offensive threats, rather than subpoenas, because this is a show, not an impeachment inquiry.”

The Framers of the Constitution worried that impeachment could be politicized, which is why they adopted the burdensome standard of high crimes and misdemeanors, in addition to treason and bribery, he explains.

Then they erected the even higher bar of requiring a two-thirds supermajority for conviction in the Senate.

“All this was to ensure that the electoral will of the people must never be overturned in the absence of misconduct so severe that it results in a broad consensus that the nation’s well-being requires removing the president from power,” writes McCarthy.

He says “any reasonable judge asked to weigh the demands for information presented to Pompeo would not give them the time of day.”

“They do not reflect the judgment of the House. They are reflective, instead, of partisan House leadership that realizes it does not have impeachable offenses — so much so that Pelosi & Co. fear the wrath of voters if Democrats in districts friendly to President Trump are put to the test of voting to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry.”

Every presidential impeachment inquiry, from Andrew Johnson through Bill Clinton, has been the subject of bipartisan consultation and debate, he points out.

“Not this one. This one is a misadventure in exactly the bare-knuckles partisanship the Framers feared.”

McCarthy argues Democrats wouldn’t be in such a rush if they truly though they had a case, allowing time to study it.

“But they don’t have a case, so instead they’re giving us a show.”

Source: Andy McCarthy: ‘There is no impeachment inquiry’

Hillary Clinton, Almost Three Years Later, Is Still Complaining About Losing the 2016 Election | LifeZette

Hillary Clinton is still whining about losing the last presidential election nearly three years ago — and she’s offering advice to President Donald Trump and any other candidates for the White House.

“I’m a serious person … But I think I probably came across as too serious [during the campaign] … I may have overcorrected a little bit,” Clinton said on ABC’s “The View” this week.

She also was quite happy to slam the president.

“First, I do think that he knows that he’s an illegitimate president,” she also said on “The View.”

“And because of that, he’s very insecure about it. Look what he’s trying to do now. Part of the Ukraine scandal that is slowly coming to light is he’s trying to figure out how to say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t the Russians,’ even though our intelligence community and everyone who has looked at this [and] said, ‘Yeah, it was the Russians.’ He’s trying to say, ‘No, somehow it was Obama, Hillary, whoever.’”

“So he’s obsessed with the fact that he was helped a lot in unprecedented ways,” she added.

“His ego can’t handle it,” co-host Joy Behar put in — another person all too ready to slam the president on live television, with little or no pushback.

In addition, Hillary Clinton apparently feels comfortable dishing out actual advice for Trump — on Twitter, in interviews, wherever.

“Someone should inform the president that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning.

See her tweet on Thursday and the video she retweeted:

And see this tweet and video as well — as the two Clinton women pushed their latest project:

Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter, also mocked Trump on “The View,” saying the president’s “whole life has been a scam.”

And last week, the younger Clinton responded to a tweet by the president in which he declared the latest impeachment effort by Democrats to be “the greatest scam in the history of politics.”

“Yes, you are,” Chelsea Clinton responded.

While discussing Trump with the ladies of “The View,” Chelsea Clinton expanded on the idea that Trump’s life is one big “scam” on the American people.

“He’s the greatest scam in American political history,” she declared. “I think his whole life has been a scam and I think unfortunately people are suffering every day because his scam has thus far kind of succeeded at the highest level.”

Related: Hillary Clinton Will Run Again in 2020

So the daughter of this Clinton family “is accusing somebody else of being a scammer” — as the team at The Political Insider pointed out this week.

And declaring somebody else to be a scam when her biggest accomplishment to date is using her name to land some high-profile positions at consulting firms, NBC News, and the Clinton Foundation — rather than earning such roles through her own hard work — is “rather rich.”

The two Clinton women are currently making the media rounds to promote “The Book of Gutsy Women.”

On this book tour, Hillary Clinton has been saying her greatest achievement in life has been standing by her husband — despite numerous affairs on his part and allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

The left-leaning media, of course, constantly portrayed (and still do portray) her as the most “qualified” presidential candidate in the history of American politics.

The Clintons are expected to launch a film and television production company focused on women’s issues.

Chelsea Clinton frequently takes potshots at President Trump; this one is the latest example. She has previously suggested Trump “degrade[s] what it means to be an American” — and has blasted his supporters as racists, misogynists, and hateful people.

See some other thoughts below — and share yours.

Source: Hillary Clinton, Almost Three Years Later, Is Still Complaining About Losing the 2016 Election

Pelosi Flat-Out Lies; Claims Schiff Used ‘Trump’s Own Words’ In Fabricated Ukraine Call ‘Parody’ | ZeroHedge News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lied on Wednesday when she told ABC News‘s George Stephanopoulos that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) “was using the president’s own words” when he read a fabricated account of a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky during a hearing last week with the acting director of national intelligence.

Stephanopoulos pushed back, telling Pelosi “Well those weren’t the president’s words, it was an interpretation of the president’s words. They’re saying he made this up,” to which Pelosi replied “He did not make it up.”

To be clear, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t appear to have a full grasp on what she’s impeaching Trump over.

Schiff compared Trump’s call with Zelensky as a “classic organized crime shakedown” in his opening remarks last week. “Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates,” Schiff added, before launching into his fabricated ‘parody’ of the call.

Schiff’s fabrication:

We’ve been very good to your country, very good,” Schiff says, doing a terrible impression of Trump. “No other country has done as much as we have, but you know what? I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want, I have a favor I want from you, though, and I’m gonna say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it.

In response, President Trump called Schiff a “lowlife” who should “resign and be investigated.”

Trump expanded on Schiff during Wednesday comments:

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) introduced a resolution censuring Schiff for his remarks, saying in a Twitter video that the California Democrat “read a statement that was blatantly false, had no corresponding evidence, nor relationship to the actual transcript of President Trump’s conversation,” adding “What the chairman did is he read something that was made-up, totally false, and later had to excuse it by saying it was a parody.”

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, tweeted “Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years. Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call.”

Source: Pelosi Flat-Out Lies; Claims Schiff Used ‘Trump’s Own Words’ In Fabricated Ukraine Call ‘Parody’

It’s Not A Crime For Trump To Ask China And Ukraine To Investigate Biden — The Federalist

Today the president reiterated that he wants Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden. Democrats have not made clear why that is a crime.

President Trump threw a glass of cold water over the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives today by essentially stipulating to the main allegation being made against him. In fact, he doubled down on it.

Asked about what he wants Ukrainian President Volomydyr Zelensky to do about Hunter Biden’s business dealings there Trump said, “I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens.” He also suggested that China should open a similar investigation. But what Trump was mostly saying is that he is the president and there is nothing wrong with saying such things to foreign leaders.

The issue of whether the president may urge foreign leaders to conduct investigations of American citizens running for office has now become the crux of the impeachment inquiry. Long gone now are allegations of any quid pro quo with Zelensky. That ship sailed when the transcript of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian leader offered no evidence that the president was offering military aid as a carrot, which was the initial allegation.

Now Democrats insist that no quid pro quo is needed to prove a high crime or misdemeanor occurred during the phone call. Instead, they insist, this is a question of an illegal campaign contribution. They seem to be suggesting that Trump was asking the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on his political rival Joe Biden, rather than asking them to root out corruption that allegedly involved his son Hunter Biden, and potentially the former vice president himself.

But is that a high crime or misdemeanor? We know that Hunter Biden took an extremely lucrative job from a Ukrainian energy concern for which he had no relevant experience. Is it really so strange for Americans to want to know if what he was really offering was access to the vice president?

Likewise we know that Hunter Biden traveled to China with his father on Air Force Two in 2013, and that during that trip he met with a Chinese banker, and 10 days after the trip the Chinese granted a license for a new fund on which Hunter was a board member.

Perhaps these are just coincidences. Perhaps Hunter Biden possesses some vast expertise in business that he honed while snorting cocaine during his time in the Navy. But it does not seem completely unreasonable to imagine his proximity to the White House might have played a role in his hiring.

That brings us back to President Trump. Trump clearly feels that something untoward and perhaps illegal occurred regarding Hunter Biden in Ukraine and China. In regard to the former, he received information from attorney Rudy Giuliani raising questions about the firing of a prosecutor investigating the company where the younger Biden worked. So the question is, is it illegal for Trump to ask foreign leaders to look into it?

via It’s Not A Crime For Trump To Ask China And Ukraine To Investigate Biden — The Federalist

Oops! Crooked Hillary Slams Trump for Calling on China to Investigate Bidens… Forgets She Called on China to Release His Tax Returns in May (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Thursday President Trump defied the fake news media mob and told reporters China and Ukraine should investigate Joe Biden and son Hunter.

Democrats believe this is an impeachable offense to demand investigations on criminal activity of Democratic candidates.

Hillary Clinton jumped in on the controversy with a poll-tested tweet.

Crooked: Someone should inform the president that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count.

Obviously, Hillary Clinton already forgot that she did the same thing back in May.

Just four months ago Hillary called on China to steal and release President Trump’s tax returns.

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary… Will you never learn?

The post Oops! Crooked Hillary Slams Trump for Calling on Chi

via Oops! Crooked Hillary Slams Trump for Calling on China to Investigate Bidens… Forgets She Called on China to Release His Tax Returns in May (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

‘Give Your Life to Christ’: Botham Jean’s Brother Forgives, Embraces Ex-Dallas Cop Who Killed His Brother — Christian Research Network

“Judge Kem told him he could [give her a hug] and Brandt and Gyger stood up, then met in front of the bench and hugged each other while Guyger cried.”

(Steve Warren – Faithwire)  Brandt Jean, the brother of a black man who was shot dead by Amber Guyger, a white Dallas Police officer who said she mistook the victim’s apartment for her own, forgave his brother’s killer and hugged her in front of the courtroom Wednesday.

As some people outside of the courtroom reacted angrily to the 10-year sentence given to Amber Guyger, 31, for killing Botham Jean in his own apartment, believing the sentence too lenient, Jean’s brother was allowed by Judge Tammy Kem to address her directly from the witness stand. 

Brandt Jean told Guyger that he thinks his brother would have wanted her to turn her life over to Christ and that if she can ask God for forgiveness, she will get it.

“I want the best for you,” he said. “That’s exactly what Botham would want you to do, and the best would be to give your life to Christ.”

“I love you as a person. I don’t wish anything bad on you,” he said to Guyger, before adding, “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?”  View article →

via ‘Give Your Life to Christ’: Botham Jean’s Brother Forgives, Embraces Ex-Dallas Cop Who Killed His Brother — Christian Research Network

Former CIA Analyst Fred Fleitz: Schiff ‘Seriously Violated’ Committee Rules and Should ‘At Minimum’ Recuse Himself From Impeachment Inquiry — The Gateway Pundit

Adam Schiff

Former CIA analyst and NSC Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz on Wednesday said House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff ‘seriously violated House Committee rules’ and therefore should ‘at minimum’ recuse himself from the impeachment investigation into President Trump.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Adam Schiff learned about the Deep State CIA spy’s accusations against Trump over his phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky several days before the officer filed a whistleblower complaint.

“Schiff knew about the CIA whistleblower in advance — way in advance. Before he even filed the complaint. This is a much bigger scandal that (sic) people realize. At minimum, Schiff should recuse himself from this impeachment inquiry,” Fleitz tweeted.

Fleitz argued that Schiff broke committee rules because he didn’t share the classified info with Minority members of the House Intel Committee (such as Devin Nunes).

“Under House Intel Committee rules, any classified info brought to the committee from outside sources MUST BE SHARED WITH BOTH SIDES. Schiff broke committee rules by not telling committee GOP members about this,” Fleitz added.

“This is a very serious violation of House Intel Committee rules,” Fleitz said.

Mr. Flietz previously stated the whistleblower complaint was certainly not written by a CIA officer because it was too polished and sounded like something written by congressional staffers.

“This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff,” Fleitz said last week.

President Trump asserted on Wednesday that Adam Schiff is a “fraud” and helped write the whistleblower complaint.

Schiff went into panic mode Wednesday afternoon and claimed he has never met with or spoken to the whistleblower — in fact, Schiff claimed he doesn’t even know the identity of the whistleblower!

via Former CIA Analyst Fred Fleitz: Schiff ‘Seriously Violated’ Committee Rules and Should ‘At Minimum’ Recuse Himself From Impeachment Inquiry — The Gateway Pundit

Reminder: Jimmy Carter Is Our Worst Ex-President — The Federalist

No ex-president of the United States has undermined freedom around the world more than Jimmy Carter. And it’s not even close.

At the age of 95, Jimmy Carter is now the longest-living U.S. president in history. “Great men are a dime a dozen,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough noted on the former president’s birthday. “Jimmy Carter has always been something far greater than that. He has lived his life as a good man. And that is exactly what America needs right now.”

Now, I realize the Trump-obsessed Scarborough is attempting to juxtapose the former president with the present one. But the canonization of Carter has always been transparent revisionism. Habitat for Humanity or not, the world would have been a far better place had Carter retired from the world stage after his presidency. Carter’s post-presidency is a stark reminder, in fact, that “good” personal decorum doesn’t necessarily translate into “good” political actions.

“Great men” do not, as Carter has his entire post-presidential life, use freelance diplomacy abroad to undermine elected American governments. They do not coddle and legitimize tyrants and murderers around the world. They do not undercut liberalism by allowing despots to use them as props. It is one thing to meet with detestable characters as president — diplomacy and American interests often dictate it — but it is quite another to ally yourself with them as a free man. Yet, that’s what Carter has done for 40 years.

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GOP Lawmakers SLAM Democrats After Ukraine Envoy Kurt Volker’s Testimony to Congress IS A BUST … (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Former Ukrainian envoy Kurt Volker testified Thursday morning before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees.

Volker resigned from his post last week.

Kurt Volker’s name appeared in a partisan CIA “whistleblower’s” complaint against President Donald Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told reporters that Volker had encouraged him to speak to Ukrainian officials. Rudy offered saved text messages as proof of his conversations with Volker.

On Thursday during a break several Republicans told reporters that Ambassdor Volker has said nothing that coincides with the Democrat Party’s latest impeachment accusations.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told reporters during a break in Ambassador Kurt Volker’s testimony has been very impressive. And that his testimony conflicts with the accusations of Democrat leaders on Ukraine.

Rep. Jim Jordan: Ambassador Volker has been very impressive and as I said, has said NOTHING, nothing that coincides with what Democrats are saying with their whole impeachment narrative.

via GOP Lawmakers SLAM Democrats After Ukraine Envoy Kurt Volker’s Testimony to Congress IS A BUST … (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit