Daily Archives: October 10, 2019

October 10 A Powerful Relationship

Scripture Reading: John 15:14–16

Key Verse: John 15:15

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

The night before his wedding, Joseph Scriven’s fiancée drowned. Devastated, Scriven moved away from his home to escape the memory of her. He relocated to Canada where he met another lovely young woman named Eliza. Before they could marry, she got sick and passed away.

Joseph Scriven faced these and many other tragedies; however, Christ was his constant comfort. It was Scriven who penned the beautiful poem, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” He wrote, “Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.”

Jesus understands the depth of your suffering too. In John 15:15, Jesus said, “No longer do I call you slaves … but I have called you friends” (nasb). You may perceive Jesus in lofty terms as “Savior,” “King of kings,” and “Almighty,” but He also desires for you to know Him as “Friend.”

Jesus calls you His friend because He loves you. No one could see more deeply into your heart or is more faithful and trustworthy to care for your needs. He promises to comfort you.

Turn to Him to be your closest friend. You will find in Him a powerful relationship.

Lord, You are both my king and my friend, my creator and my ever-present companion. I bring to You every thought and care, just as You have called me to do.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 297). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 10 Praying in a Crisis

Scripture Reading: James 5:13–18

Key Verse: Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Have you ever noticed how squirrels react to oncoming cars? Many times they run to one side of the road only to return to the middle. They teeter back and forth in indecision and often come out on the losing end of the contest.

How do you respond to crises? Are you cool and surefooted, or do you race around, frantically searching for a solution?

God promises to meet your needs regardless of the circumstance. But in doing so, He wants you to come to Him in faith during crises. Through prayer, He brings encouragement, hope, and guidance.

When we pray, God turns His attention toward us. Even though there is never a moment when we are outside His thoughts, prayer brings us into an even closer relationship with Him. He sees our faith and responds in faithfulness.

God knows when you face a crisis, and He goes before you to bring about a solution on your behalf.

The apostle Paul told us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6–7 nasb).

O Lord, I often panic in crises and frantically search for my own solutions, not realizing You have gone before me to make a way. Calm my anxieties, and teach me to trust in You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 297). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 10 In the Presence of God

Scripture reading: Psalm 95:1–7

Key verse: Isaiah 58:11

The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

You live in a fallen world. But as a believer in Christ, you do not have to operate with a fallen attitude. God’s presence in you renews your mind. However, you must make a choice to seek God’s guidance or go your own way. He has given you the Holy Spirit as His representative. And while the Spirit has many roles, one of the most energizing is His role as communicator of God’s love, forgiveness, and truth.

When you speak to Christ in prayer, the Holy Spirit motivates you and encourages you by communicating God’s mind and heart to yours. He enables you to think God’s thoughts, live a godly life, and become the person you are called to be in Christ.

Many overlook God’s will for their lives by thinking that He is not interested in them. The sad truth is that their minds and lives are too full of activity to allow entry by God. They rush from one mental dilemma to another, never realizing that God is standing by, calling to them. In the end, they wonder why God is not speaking, but He does, just as much as He did during Old and New Testament times.

Does God have your attention, or are you drawn away by other things? You can practice His presence anywhere. Know that when you commit yourself to a personal time of devotion, God will meet you there.

Dear Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit who communicates Your love, forgiveness, and truth as I come into Your presence today.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 297). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

EXCLUSIVE: Despite Prior FBI Statements that Seth Rich’s DNC Computer and Emails Were Investigated, FBI Now Claims in FOIA Request that No Related Docs Exist — The Gateway Pundit

Despite Prior FBI Statements that Seth Rich’s DNC Computer and Emails Were Investigated, FBI Now Claims No Related Docs in FOIA Request.  Attorney Requesting Documents Demands Court Step In.

We last reported on September 19th ==>>

that Texas businessman Ed Butowsky filed a lawsuit where he outed reporter Ellen Ratner as his source for information on Seth Rich. The DNC operative was murdered in the summer of 2016 in Washington DC. His murder was never solved. According to the lawsuit Seth Rich provided WikiLeaks the DNC emails before the 2016 election, not Russia.

This totally destroys the FBI and Mueller’s claims that Russians hacked the DNC to obtain these emails.

Butowsky claims in his lawsuit:

Ms. Rattner said Mr. Assange told her that Seth Rich and his brother, Aaron, were responsible for releasing the DNC emails to Wikileaks. Ms. Rattner said Mr. Assange wanted the information relayed to Seth’s parents, as it might explain the motive for Seth’s murder.

On November 9 2016 Ellen Ratner admitted publicly that she met with Julian Assange for three hours the Saturday before the 2016 election. According to Ratner, Julian Assange told her the leaks were not from the Russians, they were from an internal source from the Hillary Campaign.

We later reported that Butowsky and his attorney, Ty Clevenger, requested and obtained documents from the FBI related to their case which we were able to analyze.

According to the duo, they obtained the transcript from former FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki where he states that the Obama White House was the entity that was pushing the Russia conspiracy as early as October 2016 –

Rybicki was corrupt cop James Comey’s Chief of staff –

Clevenger stated in a post online that –

Newly released documents from the FBI suggest that the Obama White House pushed intelligence agencies to publicly blame the Russians for email leaks from the Democratic National Committee to Wikileaks.

This afternoon I received an undated (and heavily redacted) transcript of an interview of James Rybicki, former chief of staff to former FBI Director James Comey, that includes this excerpt: “So we understand that at some point in October of 2016, there was, I guess, a desire by the White House to make some kind of statement about Russia’s…” and then the next page is omitted.

The comment is made by an unidentified prosecutor from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel or “OSC,” not to be confused with the office of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller (the OSC is a permanent office that investigates Hatch Act violations, and Mr. Comey was under investigation for trying to influence the 2016 Presidential election).

Roger Stone’s Indictment

Trump friend Roger Stone is facing charges from the Mueller gang that are based on this key question – who provided the DNC and Podesta emails to WikiLeaks?

The corrupt FBI and Mueller team claim the emails were hacked but neither entity inspected the DNC server which was supposedly hacked. They have provided no proof of this.

The DNC instead hired a firm Crowdstrike, with connections to Mueller and former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who provided a redacted report to the FBI and Mueller stating the emails were hacked by Russia.

Former NSA whistleblower Bill Binney claims he has evidence the DNC emails were not hacked but copied most likely on to a flashdrive or something similar.

Bill Binney, is more than an expert, he is “A Good American”. Binney developed a system for the NSA that would have identified the 9-11 terrorist attack before it occurred, but the NSA shut down his project. This is all documented in Oliver Stone’s “A Good American”. We encourage you to watch this video about Binney’s work with the NSA and their subsequent follow up after 9-11 below –

We also reported –

When Ty Clevenger requested documents from the FBI related to any investigation into the death of Seth Rich, they replied that they never investigated Seth Rich and they don’t even have any records on him –

But when documents were requested from the NSA, they replied that they won’t release their records regarding Seth Rich because it’s a matter of national security –

USC 552(b)(1) states: This section does not apply to matters that are—

(A) specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy and (B) are in fact properly classified pursuant to such Executive order;

So the FBI never investigated the Seth Rich murder even though the NSA said the case was a matter of national security?

Attorney Ty Clevenger requested documents again from the FBI related to any communications related to the death of Seth Rich –

Clevenger claims that the FBI did not perform its search in good faith after first declaring that they did not have to perform the search. Clevenger also claims that his client, Ed Butowsky, has information that the Seth Rich’s devices were inspected and he wants the results of those investigations –

Clevenger wants the FBI to continue their search and not cover things up because their first review for documents related to Seth Rich was inadequate.

Update Today October 10, 2019 ==>>

Clevenger has requested that the US Department of Justice provide him documents he is requesting based on some new information and also is asking the court to allow him to compel the FBI
to produce Mr. Hardy (the individual at the FBI who has not provided documents requested) and the chief of CART as witnesses at an evidentiary hearing –

Clevenger is making his request based on some new information that he obtained related to actions the FBI took related to Seth Rich.  According to Deep State reported Michael Isikoff formerly with Newsweek and now with Yahoo (yes, the same individual involved in the Russia collusion hoax) the FBI had numerous activities related to Seth Rich.  On page two of Clevenger’s motion, Clevenger notes the following discussion that can be heard on Isikoff’s podcast

So according to Deep State hack Isikoff –

1 The FBI had been contacted by the DOJ about Seth Rich
2 The FBI had been examining Seth Rich’s computer
3 The FBI was looking into Seth Rich’s gmail account
4 The FBI investigated an attempt to hack into Seth Rich’s computer
5 And, finally, confirmed liar Andrew McCabe from the FBI said there was nothing to the stories regarding Seth Rich!

Hmmm, it sure sounds like the FBI is trying to hide something.

Americans demand the truth!

Hat tip D. Manny

via EXCLUSIVE: Despite Prior FBI Statements that Seth Rich’s DNC Computer and Emails Were Investigated, FBI Now Claims in FOIA Request that No Related Docs Exist — The Gateway Pundit

Who Are the Kurds and Why Should America Care? — Istoria Ministries Blog

The Kurdish people are under attack by the erratic President Erdogan of Turkey, the modern-day equivalent of Adolph Hitler.

For the sake of Kurdistan and the lives of the Kurds, I can not understand why President Trump is siding with President Erdogan.

Who are the Kurdish people?

They are the Medes in the Bible. They are the descendants of Madai, one of the sixteen grandsons of Noah (see Genesis 10:2).

The Medes settled in Amida, a city that carried their name (a-madai). Amida was renamed Diyarbakur by the conquering Muslim Arabs during the 7th century AD Muslim conquests of Persia.  The Arabs began calling the ethnic Medes who lived in the Zagros Mountains by the Arabic name Kurds. The Arabs had found the land of the highly intelligent and industrial Medes dotted with cities surrounded by beautiful black asphalt walls and copper resources. Divarbakir is an Arabic name which means “land of bakr (Kurd) people.” The ethnic Medes (Kurds) fell under Arab Muslim domination.

Today Divarbakir (or ancient Amida) is the largest city in southeastern Turkey and it has an overwhelming majority of ethnic Medes (Kurds) that populate the city and region.  Ancient Amida (or Divarbakir) is the unofficial capital of Kurdistan, the name for the region that encompasses portions of four countries (Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran) where the Kurdish people live. The ethnic Kurds number 35 million strong and compose the world’s largest stateless nation. Kurdistan is only a geographical region; but according to an October 9, 2019 statement from Ayelet Shaked, the former Israel Justice Minister, Kurdistan should be its own nation.

The Muslim Arabs (Sunnis and Shias) of Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have always struggled with what to do with the Kurds. Why?

The Medes (Kurds) of southeast Turkey, northern Syria, northwestern Iran, and northern Iraq are different ethnically, culturally, and historically from the conquering Sunni Muslim Arabs in Turkey and Iraq and from the conquering Shia Muslim Arabs in Syria and Iran.

A Kurdish (Mede) woman, her baby, and son fleeing the Turks

The Kurds are the descendants of the ancient Medes and are not ethnically and culturally Arabic.

What we have going on during this October 2019 Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is an ethnic cleansing. It’s a holocaust. President Trump should know better than to allow it to happen.

Close family members to the Medes (or modern Kurds) are the Persians in Iran. The descendants of Medai began to multiply and move east from the Zagros Mountains, the mountain range where Noah’s ark settled. As the Medes moved south and east, they eventually built cities in modern day Iran where they became known as the Persian people.

The Medes and the Persians come from the same ancestral stock. If you look at the language of today’s Medes (Kurds) in Turkey and Syria (a language called Kurmanj or sometimes Kurdish) and compare it to the language of today’s Persians in Iran (a language called Farsi), you will see how similar they are when you count from one (yak) to ten (da).

The Medes and the Persians have had their own separate culture, religion, and history from that of the Arabs. When the Arab Muslims moved north from the Arabian Peninsula and conquered the Medes and the Persians during the early Arab Muslim invasions, the Arabs forced Islam on the Medes and Persians. But there has always been hostility between the native ethnic Kurds and Persians and their conquering leaders.

The Arab Muslim fundamentalist Shia government in Iran no more likes the ethnic Persians in their country than the Arab Muslim fundamentalist Sunni government of Turkey likes the ethnic Medes (Kurds) who form the majority of the population in the southeastern portion of their country (Turkey) as well as northern Syria and northern Iraq.

The Mede prophet Balaam prophesying the Messiah’s coming

Let me give you some insight into a few people you might know from your readings of the Bible who are of Mede and Persian descent. It’s interesting to note that the Bible speaks of the Medes and Persians as one people.

The Medes/Persians gave us the prophet Balaam who in 1500 B.C. announced:

“I see Him… I behold Him… “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out Israel…One out of Jacob shall rule.” (Numbers 24:17)

The oracle from this ancient Mede is considered the first Messianic prophecy of Jesus to come from a foreigner, or one not a Hebrew. Balaam was what people today call a Kurd.

During the 10th century BC, the Hebrews who lived in the northern Kingdom of Israel were captured by an Assyrian king and taken “to the towns of the Medes”  (II Kings 18:11), towns and locations that are today in northern Syria, northern Iraq, and southeastern Turkey. The 10 northern tribes of Israel settled in this region of the Zagros mountains called Kurdistan (see map at the top of this blog).

Over time, the Hebrews of the 10 northern tribes of Israel in the Bible INTERMARRIED with the Medes.

Map from Christopher Crossan’s book Children of the Magi. 

In 2001, The American Journal of Human Genetics issued a report entitled “The Y Chromosome Pool of Jews as Part of the Genetic Landscape of the Middle East.” The article states:

“Jews are more closely related to groups in the north of the Fertile Crescent (i.e. Kurds) than to their Arab neighbors.

In other words, the Kurds are more Jewish than Arab. For more information on this migration of Jews to Kurdistan, see Christopher Crossan’s superb book entitled Children of the Magi.

The Medes/Persians gave us King Cyrus, whom the prophet Isaiah calls “The Messiah of the Jews” (see Isaiah chapters 44 and 45). King Cyrus freed the Jews of Judea from Babylonian captivity in 539 BC. Even Jews living  today revere the ancient Mede/Persian King Cyrus.

The prophet Daniel settled among the Medes and the Persians in 605 BC. He founded a “School of the Magi,” where he trained the Medes and the Persians in the art of knowing the One true God. Daniel is buried in modern Iran.

The Medes/Persians gave us the Wise Men from the East who came looking for the newborn “King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:1-12).  They’d read Daniel’s scroll and had been trained in the Mede/Persian School of the Magi (founded by Daniel). These Wise Men are what we’d call modern Kurds. They knew Daniel understood that a great Messiah, the star from Jacob mentioned by the Mede prophet Balaam, would be born at a specific time (see Daniel 11).

The gospel of Jesus Christ spread rapidly among the areas of the Medes and the Persians during the days of the Parthian Empire (until AD 224) and the Sasinian Empire (until 651 AD). The Medes and Persians (Kurds) came to faith in Jesus Christ because their ancient religion, Zoroastrianism, shared a few similar teachings to the Christian faith, including a Supreme God, a final judgment, and doing good for your fellow man.

But then came the Arab Muslim conquest.  Soon, the Medes (e.g. Kurds) and the Persians were forced to submit to Islam (Islam means “submission”).

Yet, the Medes and the Persians (now called “the Kurds” by the Arabs),  would often rebel against their Arab masters and side with western countries during times of world conflict.

For example, the Sunni Arabs in Turkey founded the Ottoman Empire  during the 14th century and attempted to rule the world. World War I broke up the Ottoman Empire, and because of the help the Medes (Kurds) gave to the west during World War I, the Kurds were promised a land of their own (Kurdistan) by their western allies. The west broke their promise to the Kurds. Kurdistan was never formed, but Turkey, modern Iraq, Syria, and Iran were given their current borders by western powers.

Fast forward to World War II.  Turkey signed a Non-Aggression Pact with Nazi Germany in 1941. Turkey didn’t declare war on the Reich until 1945. Meanwhile,  the ancient Medes (the Kurdish people) were largely living under Allied Forces due to the French mandate in Syria and the British mandate in Iraq. The Kurds assisted the Allies in the fight against the Nazis. President Trump recently confused Turkey’s unwillingness to fight the Nazis with the Kurds. Somebody needs to give our President a history lesson.

Because of their assistance, the Kurds (Medes) were again promised a country of their own by western powers. But once again, the United States and western allies turned its back on the descendants of Medai (the Kurds), and refused to give them Kurdistan. The decision to not create Kurdistan and back out on our promise probably had to do with not wanting to offend the post-World War II Arabic governments of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

During the Gulf War, President Bush promised a country to the Kurds if they helped the United States throw off the government of Saddam Hussein. The Kurds delivered. The United States once again backed out on its promise.

The Battle Against ISIS

Medes (Kurds) in Syria fleeing from the invading Turks

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a radical Sunni Muslim group responsible for terror around the world, including the World Trade Center bombings.

Guess who has helped us fight ISIS?

The Medes of Kurdistan. They’ve lost 11,000 men fighting side by side with United States soldiers against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Now the United States is abandoning our allies.

But don’t count the Kurds out. The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria is called a terrorist organization by President Erdogan of Turkey. Come on President Trump. Get your facts straight. Don’t believe a dictator who has jailed more journalists than any other world leader during each of the last three years, and whose bodyguards savagely beat protesters at the door of your own White House. Why would you side with a radical Muslim dictator (Erdogan) and abandon a Democratic Christian ally?

Like the ancient Jews, Turkey may find out that the people they call terrorists (Kurds) are actually smart, civilized, and battle-hardened. They are in an existential war for their survival.

And like their cousin the Jews, when it is an existential battle, woe be to the army that invades.

Pray for the modern Medes as they fight against an erratic Muslim leader named Erdogan.

Please, President Trump, do not abandon the Syrian Christians that need our help more than ever.

Kurdish Democratic Christian soldiers in Syria (source: Christianity Today)

via Who Are the Kurds and Why Should America Care? — Istoria Ministries Blog

Doug Collins: “Impeachment Inquiry Will Backfire”…. — The Last Refuge

If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t have the media pushing her narrative the impeachment effort would have already failed.    In this interview Judiciary committee ranking member Doug Collins states the un-American inquiry is likely to backfire.

via Doug Collins: “Impeachment Inquiry Will Backfire”…. — The Last Refuge

Have Democrats Forgotten Who Rudy Giuliani Is? | LifeZette

One of the first things you do in a political fight is your homework.

The Democrats seem to have neglected this basic rule of thumb in taking stock of Republican Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and a former federal prosecutor.

Today, along with former Rep.Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Giuliani is running the president’s legal defense against baseless charges of a Ukrainian quid pro quo, which the Dems hope will lead to the president’s removal from office.

You would think it would be an easy defense — as the charges against President Donald Trump are patently absurd.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said essentially the same thing, as reported by the Fox News Channel, at a media event in Kiev on Thursday.

But Dems like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) are hoping the very absurdity of the claims make them immune from successful counter-attack, as it is difficult to fight hysterical hyperbole with facts.

However, Rudy Giuliani is used to tough fights.

We all came to respect and look to him for leadership as mayor of New York City in the perilous days immediately after the 9/11 attacks on our country.

Related: On 9/11 Anniversary, Giuliani Reveals What He Said to George W. Bush

Before that, Giuliani was also a tough-as-nails federal prosecutor responsible for breaking the back of organized crime in New York.

As a result of his tenure as U.S. attorney, the magic Teflon around much of the five crime families of New York was scraped clean. What was left due to his office was a rancid coating of underworld thugs all too willing to cut deals to save their own skins.

The Dems are up against the man who broke the Mafia.

Interestingly enough, two of his associates now have been arrested at Dulles Airport outside of D.C. on campaign finance charges.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are represented by Giuliani on a separate civil matter, though they also aided him on his Ukrainian investigations.

These arrests, allegedly related to donations in U.S. elections, are fishy.

Given the timing, this is likely another attempt, as we’ve seen in the past, to muddy the waters when Dems sense bad news is coming their way. They well know what the primary edict of crisis management is: to change the subject.

So we’ll see a lot of press play on this for the obvious goal of stacking up spurious charges until the perception, by the very volume of allegations, is that the president and/or Giuliani had to have done something wrong — or why all the bad reports?

But the former mayor has had tougher challenges than this guilt-by-association set-up job run by the media, the Dems, and the lawyers out for headlines.

As hard as they will try, it won’t stick to Giuliani.

The man is also a keen political analyst. I found this out in person as I was entering Holt’s Cigars on Walnut Street in Philadelphia during the 2016 Democratic convention.

A friend and I were taking in the wacky political circus, as one would review the reptile house at a zoo. I lived in the city at the time, so that made it easy.

As we were coming into Holt’s to smoke cigars in a first-floor lounge, I noticed there was someone else coming in right behind us — three people, actually. As I chose my cigar and went to the counter to pay, standing next to me was Giuliani and two associates. I was dumbstruck.

I have been in and around pols of all stripes and levels of office since I worked my first election as a volunteer when I was nine years old in 1970. (Yes, I’m that much of a political geek.) I pride myself on a properly cynical and blasé attitude when it comes to pols.

I see them, at least those who were my clients when I was a political consultant, as products, nothing more.

But Rudy had me acting like a fan of Tiger Beat magazine.

He put out his hand, introduced himself, and asked me what kind of cigar I was smoking. I croaked out a response and introduced myself. That started a short conversation, probably not more than five minutes, about the upcoming general election. He nailed it.

Months before anybody, including me, thought Donald Trump could pull it off, he told me, “Watch the Upper Midwest. Watch Wisconsin. And Pennsylvania? It’s ours.”

He then graciously took a picture with us and left with his group.

The not-so-brilliant legal minds of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) are up against this guy.

This is reminiscent of actor Jason Isaacs’ hilarious portrayal of Marshall Zhukov — playing him like a British gangster — in the brilliant 2017 film “The Death of Stalin.”

When asked by Khrushchev, played by Steve Buscemi, if he and his Red Army can take on the Soviet secret police chief, Isaacs-as-Zhukov responds, “I took Germany. I think I can take a flesh lump in a waistcoat.”

When Giuliani gets to testify on the Hill — and much more so during cross examination in a Senate trial if it comes to that — we’re going to see Dem “flesh lumps” have their game turned full around on them.

Serves them right for not doing their homework.

This article has been updated.

Source: Have Democrats Forgotten Who Rudy Giuliani Is?

State Dept Witness Testifies Hillary Clinton Was Fully Informed of Federal Records Management, Including Email Records on Six Occasions — The Gateway Pundit

Graphic via Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch is fighting in court to depose Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton’s lawyers pushed back on Judicial Watch last month and argued that Hillary has already answered all the questions about her private server and Benghazi.

Judicial Watch rejected their argument and said Hillary’s answers about the use of her private server actually raised more questions.

Judicial Watch should be permitted to directly question Secretary Clinton about her motives, thoughts, and efforts regarding the “convenience” she relies upon in justifying her use of a secret, private server and email address in direct violation of federal records laws and State Department policies.

A State Department witness testified that Hillary Clinton was fully informed of federal records management on at least six occasions.

Clinton also suggests that her emails would have been captured by State Department records systems, which is contradicted by Tasha Thian, a retired senior State records official, recently questioned by Judicial Watch:

According to Ms. Thian’s testimony, there are at least six occasions Secretary Clinton was or should have been fully informed of federal records management, including email records, and compliance responsibilities. Yet Secretary Clinton’s actual understanding of her obligations with respect to official State Department records is completely absent from the record.

Thian implied that it was inconceivable that Clinton was not aware of her obligations regarding federal records and email management:

I don’t understand why she would come up with this statements that she was allowed – or how she would save record email by emailing another employee’s account. She had resources there aplenty. So it just doesn’t make sense to me.

[Even before taking office, Secretary Clinton] knew we had a process.

Recall, it was Judicial Watch in 2015 who blew the story wide open about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while she was the head of the Department of State.

Hillary Clinton panicked and used BleachBit to destroy 33,000 emails and her aides took hammers to her BlackBerrys (all under congressional subpoena) in order to hide her Clinton Foundation pay-to-play scheme.

Judicial Watch has been fighting to get Hillary Clinton’s ‘missing’ emails ever since. Through FOIA lawsuits, Judicial Watch has obtained thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails which proved she transmitted classified information over her private server and even outed the name of clandestine CIA officer.

Hillary Clinton is still freely walking around — meanwhile two of Rudy Giuliani’s associates were arrested Thursday for ‘campaign finance violations.’

“Hillary Clinton is now joking about her emails even as she seeks to avoid being questioned on this serious scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The court has found that this email use and cover-up are no joking matter.”

You can support Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch by clicking here.

via State Dept Witness Testifies Hillary Clinton Was Fully Informed of Federal Records Management, Including Email Records on Six Occasions — The Gateway Pundit

Why Fox’s ‘51% want impeachment’ poll is probably wrong | WND

Nancy Pelosi

Remember the 2016 presidential election polls just before the vote?

The American Association for Public Opinion Research concluded Hillary Clinton’s “likelihood of winning the presidency was about 90 percent, with estimates ranging from 71 to over 99 percent.”

Now, President Trump is recalling that failed forecast in his response to a Fox News poll that finds a new high of 51 percent wants Trump impeached and removed from office.

“From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll,” he wrote Thursday on Twitter. “Whoever their Pollster is, they suck. But @FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days.”

Fox News said that “since July, support for impeachment increased among voters of all stripes: up 11 points among Democrats, 5 points among Republicans and 3 among independents.”

“Support also went up among some of Trump’s key constituencies, including white evangelical Christians (+5 points), white men without a college degree (+8), and rural whites (+10).”

The report, which was the top headline on the popular Drudge Report, said that “among voters in swing counties (where Hillary Clinton and Trump were within 10 points in 2016), support for impeachment increased to 52 percent, up from 42 percent in July.”

Fox pointed out that “a lot has happened” on impeachment, with House Democrats ramping up their “impeachment inquiry.”

But just a day earlier, a Zogby poll found that in most of the nation’s demographic groups, a plurality expects President Trump to be re-elected in 2020.

“Nearly half of voters (47%) think President Trump will win re-election in 2020, while 41% say no, and it’s not just his base!” the report said.

Men by a 55% to 29% percent margin say so. So do young Millennials by 43% to 38%. And Gen X by 49% to 30%. And older voters 47% to 32%. Independents by 36% to 29%. Suburban voters, 42% to 34%. Large city voters, 51% to 32%. Union voters, 58% to 23%. Middle income, 56% to 32%. Upper income voters, 59% to 26%.

“Even in the demographic groups in which he’s not winning — women, Hispanics and moderates — the differential was no more than a single percentage point,” the report said.

“The public’s sentiment toward Trump is a mixed bag. Although, a plurality might support impeachment of Trump, his approval numbers are still very high. We currently have Trump’s job approval at 50% approve and 48% disapprove-October 3, 2019,” the report said.

The analysts at FiveThirtyEight suggested Trump might have some grounds for complaint, arguing the media focus on the impeachment drive itself could throw off polls.

“The impeachment story is blowing up. It’s a high-stakes moment — for President Trump, for Democrats and for pollsters. It’s also a scary moment for polling. Yes, people who follow politics are now intensely interested in whether the latest developments might shift public opinion about Trump and impeachment. But when news is exceptionally big, a growing body of evidence suggests it can throw off the accuracy of polling itself,” FiveThirtyEight said.

“The problem comes from what pollsters call ‘differential nonresponse bias.’ The idea behind this complex-sounding term is fairly straightforward: If partisans on one side of a political question respond to a survey more readily than partisans on the other side, you can get a polling error. The results in your poll won’t match the real-world opinion you’re trying to measure — instead, the poll will be skewed by how willing some people are to respond to a survey.”

The site pointed out that pollsters try to correct for such issues but aren’t always successful.

Especially, when it comes to “the highest of high-profile news events.”

“We have evidence of several brief episodes of nonresponse error, and all three came in the wake of big news stories near the conclusion of an election — in 2012, 2016 and 2018.”

In 2012, what appeared to be challenger Mitt Romney “chipping away” at President Barack Obama’s poll lead was “caused by a change in what kinds of people were responding to surveys,” it said.

Then in 2016, it was discovered Trump’s supporters “were less likely than Hillary Clinton supporters to participate in panel reinterviews conducted just after the release of the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape,” the report said.

In 2018, following the nationally televised congressional hearing in which Christine Blasey Ford leveled accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, “the survey completion rate jumped 3 percentage points among those who expressed approval of Trump while remaining essentially flat among those who expressed disapproval,” the report said.

The composition of the sampled groups changed, even after demographic weighting.

“What do these phantom trends have in common? Each came about a month before a national election, which may speak to the power of election campaigns in heightening awareness of political news. But more importantly, each involved the kind of story that FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver recently described, in the context of handling ‘outlier’ polls, as ‘spectacular, blockbuster news events that dominate the news cycle for a week or more,’ the sort of story that happens only once or twice in an election cycle,” FiveThirtyEight said.

When polls suddenly show significant shifts on an issue such as impeachment, FiveThirtyEight asked, “will it be because Americans are genuinely warming to the idea or simply because Democrats are becoming more likely to take surveys than Republicans?”

The AAPOR defending its work in 2016, claiming that “national polls were generally correct by historical standards.”

They showed Clinton with a 3 percentage point lead, and she won the “popular vote by 2 percentage points.” However, the nation doesn’t elect by popular vote, but by the Electoral College, where Trump was a huge winner.

The pollsters blamed “state-level polls” that “showed a competitive, uncertain contest.”

The state polls showed Trump was one state away from winning the election.

In Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, however, the polls forecast a seventh consecutive win for the Democratic candidate.

The pollsters said 13% of voters in those states decided in the last week. And pollsters failed to adjust for an overrepresentation in of voters with “higher education levels” who were “more likely to support Clinton.”

And there simply were many voters who “did not reveal themselves as Trump voters until after the election and they outnumbered late-revealing Clinton voters.”

The reported explained: “About those predictions that Clinton was 90 percent likely to win. … However well-intentioned these predictions may have been, they helped crystalize the belief that Clinton was a shoo-in for president, with unknown consequences for turnout. While a similar criticism can be leveled against polls – i.e., they can indicate an election is uncompetitive, perhaps reducing some people’s motivation to vote – polls and forecasting models are not one and the same. As the late pollster Andrew Kohut once noted (2006), ‘I’m not a handicapper, I’m a measurer. There’s a difference.’ Pollsters and astute poll reporters are often careful to describe their findings as a snapshot in time, measuring public opinion when they are fielded … Forecasting models do something different – they attempt to predict a future event. As the 2016 election proved, that can be a fraught exercise, and the net benefit to the country is unclear.”

Source: Why Fox’s ‘51% want impeachment’ poll is probably wrong