Daily Archives: November 9, 2019

November 9 An Absolute Essential

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:36–43

Key Verse: Luke 24:36

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

The disciples were startled by the figure before them. Though they had received reports that Jesus had risen from the dead, seeing Him in the room was almost too much for them to process. Jesus calmed them from the shock—“Peace to you”—understanding that there are some things too difficult for earthbound minds to grasp right away.

Have you ever experienced the Lord working in an amazing, supernatural manner and become frightened? Perhaps God’s provision startled you and you realized your dependence upon Him. That is why God sent the Holy Spirit—to calm you and give you peace.

  1. Paul Hovey writes, “The word ‘Comforter’ as applied to the Holy Spirit needs to be translated by some vigorous term. Literally, it means ‘with strength.’ Jesus promised his followers that ‘The Strengthener’ would be with them forever. This promise is no lullaby for the faint-hearted. It is a blood transfusion for courageous living.”

In the midst of God’s will, you may find yourself astonished, startled, and overwhelmed at what the Lord is doing around you. However, allow Him to speak peace to you through the Holy Spirit, and you will be able to face any situation with strength and maturity.

Holy Spirit, as the transfusion that injects courage into my Christian life, keep me from lacking faith in Your leadings.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 328). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 9 Learning to Listen

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:10–17

Key Verse: Matthew 13:16

Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.

One of the qualities that drew people to Jesus was His ability to listen. He listened with His entire being. That is why we see Him mingling with crowds of people and healing the ones who are sick. Jesus was the greatest communicator the world has ever known. He wasn’t worried about getting equal time in conversations or impressing others. He was interested in building relationships. So He listened.

Jesus could sense the hurts and the frustrations on the faces of the people He met. He gave them freedom to express their deepest needs. Two of man’s basic needs are love and acceptance. That’s how the Savior listens to us, with eyes of love and acceptance.

How do you listen to Him? Do you long to be near Him, to study His Word, and to hear His heart about certain situations? Or do you rush through prayer, afraid of what He might say and require of you?

Until we learn to truly listen, first to God and then to others, we will never know the deeper side of Christ’s love. Only in listening for His voice can we truly experience the intimacy of His presence.

Ask Him to help you become the kind of listener that He is to you. If you will listen, you will hear His voice.

Almighty God, I long to be near You, to study Your Word, to hear Your heart about the situations in my life. Forgive me for rushing through my time with You. Help me learn to listen so that I can experience the intimacy of Your presence.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 328). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Can We Get Meaning and Purpose out of Life by Being a Good Person? — Monergism.com Blog Feed

Those who attempt to get meaning, purpose and satisfaction out of life by being a good person will be sadly disappointed. If we want justice in the world we ought to be careful what we wish for, because more often than not, the injustice is our own. The problem with the world is not simply “out there” but it starts with me. When we discover the truth about ourselves and our moral failures, our first reaction is often to redouble our efforts and pledge to to do better. While this can be good on the surface, the problem runs much deeper than that… a problem in our nature. Because, in the end, we won’t do better. And we all know it.

Let me explain. When we look at the Ten Commandments honestly, we all fail miserably at it. Have I personally ever stole anything, or lied, or lusted, or been angry at my brother, coveted or taken the Lord’s name in vain? For me it is yes to all of the above. Which makes me a lying, blaspheming thief who wants to take more than I give. I am guilty of all of the above. My resolution to do better, while good, is a recipe for failure because deep down, in my own nature, apart from grace, I am depraved. The problem is bigger than myself. Just do a personal inventory/diagnostic by going through the Ten Commandments (and the Sermon on the Mount – Matt.5-7) yourself. Have you broken any of these laws? Can you obey them and love your neighbor as your ought by simply resolving to do so? I have yet to meet anyone who has, or can.

That is why those who spend all their efforts in politics or promoting good laws are only putting a band-aid solution on a problem that is much deeper. There is no utopia here. No amount of laws will bring it about. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud efforts and making just laws. But, by themselves, these fail to recognize that laws and outward resolutions do not solve the problem of corrupt human nature and will only bring us back to where we started from. Why do we need laws to begin with and why do we think it wise to have a balance of power? Because we all know, deep down, that giving any person or group that much power, no matter how good they appear to be, is a recipe for disaster. Humans have developed great technology and improvements to life, but have not improved their own corrupt, unjust nature, even a little.

This is why obeying God’s commands will never be enough to please God. If you want justice and want God to repay you for your deeds, you will be in for a rude surprise when you get it. You do not want justice. No, you want mercy. Jesus did not come to gather those worthy of life, because there is no one who fits that description. No, He came down for sinners, for those who do not deserve it, for corrupt people, like me, who justly deserve His displeasure. If he only loved those who were worthy, we would all be deeply in trouble. But so justice would not fall on us all, God became a human being to bear the burden of sin for all depraved people like me, who trust in Him. He takes ill-deserving people and not only forgives their sins but adopts them into His family and gives them a seat at His table. Praise the Lord.

via Can We Get Meaning and Purpose out of Life by Being a Good Person? — Monergism.com Blog Feed

November 9 The Way of Adversity

Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7–10

Key verse: Romans 8:18

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The way of greatness is also the way of adversity. Anyone wishing to be used greatly of God will face suffering at some point in his lifetime. Suffering is not something that can be counterfeited or manifested to lift one up to a higher spiritual level.

It is a gift that God gives to everyone who longs for a deeper relationship with Him. In times of trial we learn to release self-sufficiency and seek God’s help.

If suffering has found you and you are weary under its load, turn to today’s passage in 2 Corinthians written by the apostle Paul. See within the text the hidden anguish and secret pleading of prayers offered by a man of God who was facing a great physical difficulty. Recall also the fact that opposition waited for him in almost every town he preached.

God has a purpose for your suffering. It is in the difficulties of life that He sharpens you for service and sands away the dross of your life. Because of his elite Jewish background and abiding fellowship with God, Paul fought the temptation to become prideful. God in His mercy allowed Satan to humble His servant through physical suffering, to keep him from exalting himself.

How great is the Father’s love? Too great to allow you to drift away from His abiding care. In trial and heartache, open your eyes to His nail-scarred hands.

Father, in the midst of my trials and heartaches, let me see the imprint of Your nail-scarred hands at work in my life.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 328). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

COUP FAIL: Schiff Star Witness Fiona Hill Obliterates Hillary-Funded Phony Russia Dossier in Testimony — The Gateway Pundit

Fiona Hill arrives on Capitol Hill

Schiff’s star witness Fiona Hill pretty much obliterated the Hillary-funded phony Russia dossier during her October congressional testimony.

Corrupt and Compulsive Liar Adam Schiff is attempting to unseat the President of the United States using characters like Fiona Hill.

The list of her connections to corrupt players in the Deep State is endless.

As we previously mentioned Roger Stone outed Fiona Hill in 2017 as a Deep State spy in the White House under then NSA Advisor General H. R. McMaster.

Fiona Hill is also connected to George Soros. Imagine our shock.

Adam Schiff and the Democrats brought in Fiona Hill, a former White House advisor and expert on Russia who resigned in July, to speak for 11 hours in a recent Deep State interview.

Hill had ZERO knowledge of the call President Trump had with the Ukrainian President, and only heard rumors. Democrats don’t care. They want to impeach Trump on rumors.

What the Deep State traitors weren’t expecting was for Fiona Hill to completely obliterate the phony Russia dossier that Hillary Clinton and her camp paid millions of dollars for in order to spy on Donald Trump.

The FBI also used the phony dossier to obtain a FISA warrant and three FISA renewals on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

Fiona Hill testified in October that former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele was likely a victim of Russian disinformation and that he was desperate to “drum up business.”

“Because if you also think about it, the Russians would have an ax to grind against him [Steele] given the job that he had previously. And if he started going back through his old contacts and asking about, that would be a perfect opportunity for people to feed some kind of misinformation,” Hill told Congress.

“I almost fell over when I discovered that he was doing this report,” Hill said when she found out Steele compiled the Russia dossier from a series of memos.

“Christopher Steele going out and looking for information. He’s obviously out there soliciting information,” she added. “What a great opportunity to, basically, you know, present him with information that he’s looking for that can be couched some truth and some disinformation.”

Read more here.

via COUP FAIL: Schiff Star Witness Fiona Hill Obliterates Hillary-Funded Phony Russia Dossier in Testimony — The Gateway Pundit

Kanye West Tells Black Americans Not to ‘Just Vote Democrat for the Rest of Our Lives’ | The Epoch Times

Kanye West said that black Americans shouldn’t “vote Democrat” in his latest political comments.

“Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power,” West said while speaking at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City.

West and Yeezy designer Steven Smith were discussing how they designed the popular shoe when West said he struggled to break through in the design space.

“As black designers out of America, you can’t have an opinion, you can only be the consumer, you can only be the demographic. And then a board room says, ‘This is the black demographic.’”

“You’re not going to go a whole interview with me without me saying it,” West added. “This is who you supposed to vote on. This is what you’re supposed to buy. This is your Popeye’s chicken sandwich you’re supposed to eat on. But it be exactly that. I have seen the board room in back. And it’s completely a concept of a demographic.”

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West speak onstage during the WSJ. Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA in New York City on Nov. 6, 2019. (Lars Niki/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)

West championed economic opportunities for black Americans, including encouraging them to buy land.

“I say these things out loud so I don’t get killed,” West said. “Last year, I was killed by the press for having a difference—no, not having a difference of opinion, but having an opinion.”

West said there’s one in three African Americans in prison right now, joining the calls to free convicted Texas killer Rodney Reed, who is slated to be executed on Nov. 20.

“For black people, I’ve got to say, don’t just be a demographic. Own your power. Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power, just voting on who they told us to vote on,” he later added.

“The power is when I talk to my lawyer, and Adidas was treating me mean, and I have seven points determination, I put on my trenchcoat and said, ‘We moving our factories to America,’” West said. He said he plans to move all his manufacturing to South and North America in the next two years.

Kanye West performs onstage during his “Jesus Is King” album and film experience at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Oct. 23, 2019. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA)

West, who met with President Donald Trump in Oct. 2018, has made other political comments recently.

West, speaking with radio host Big Boy shortly after his new album “Jesus is King” was released in late October, said: “We’re brainwashed out here, bro. Come on, man. This is a free man talking. Democrats had us voting Democrats with food stamps for years.”

“What are you talking about? Guns in the ’80s, taking the fathers out the home, Plan B, lowering our votes, making us abort our children … Thou shall not kill,” he continued.

When Big Boy wondered whether West’s support of Trump could be considered racist, West responded, “The most racist thing a person can tell me is that I’m supposed to choose something based on my race.”

“I’m not telling nobody not to vote Democrat,” he added. “I love Obama, I love lemonade, I love Wingstop, I love Polos, I love Jordans.”

Source: Kanye West Tells Black Americans Not to ‘Just Vote Democrat for the Rest of Our Lives’

2020 Election: The Obama Administration’s connection to the Southern Baptist Convention — Capstone Report

Russell Moore at George Soros funded National Immigration Forum event with former Obama Faith Outreach leader.

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty chief discusses immigration and polarization during NIF panel.

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is gearing up for the 2020 Election with a continued focus on immigration reform. Highlighting the ERLC’s commitment to this issue is its connection with the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) and the National Immigration Forum (NIF). These groups are George Soros and big business funded tools to shape US immigration policy.

As we reported earlier, the National Immigration Forum is well-known for its connection to liberal icon Soros. Also, “The National Immigration Forum (NIF) was founded by far-left attorney Dale Frederick ‘Rick’ Swartz of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, who opposed tracking and deporting visa overstayers and opposed sanctions against companies that violated immigration laws,” according to Michelle Malkin’s new book Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?.

Moore joined a panel moderated by former President Barack Obama’s faith outreach advisor Michael Wear. Wear has been platformed by The Gospel Coalition and is Chief Strategist for the AndCampaign. Also on the panel was Cherie Harder of The Trinity Forum. The panel examined the perils of polarization to the Republic especially in the area of immigration reform. Tom Littleton first reported on the link between Obama’s campaign worker and evangelicalism on radio and on his website.

Dr. Moore urged evangelicals to participate in political debates, but not to get caught up in the debate. He cautioned making politics the core of one’s identity. He encouraged Christians to avoid tribalism that is problematic to finding solutions to today’s problems.

He also criticized evangelicals who despise immigrants (though who those evangelicals are was left undefined.) Dr. Moore said,

“An evangelical Christian who despises immigrants is an evangelical Christian who is self-defeating and self-loathing because most of the Body of Christ on earth right now not to mention heaven is not white, is not middle class, is not American, doesn’t speak English. And most of the places where God is most at work in the United States of America right now are in first and second generation immigrant communities.

As for the refugee resettlement programs, Dr. Moore suggested that the Christians who understand the political issue best are those who engage in outreach ministries to refugees. He said,

“A lot of secular people are fearful of evangelicals and evangelism, but what I’m saying to you is, that if you look at those places that are the most evangelistic, not the ones who talk the most about evangelism, but the ones actually doing it. You are going to find people who have deep, deep connections to the neighbors with whom they disagree that they do not demonize. So, for instance, if I’m going to find evangelical Christians who Get It when it comes to refugees, I’m going to look to churches that have evangelistic and mercy ministries among refugee communities. Who are the ones who say, when everyone says ‘These people are drains on our society, let’s get them out’, who say ‘No, No. This is my neighbor. These are people I love and who I’ve built a relationship with.’ That is a key component in how evangelicals ought to see it.”

Russell Moore rejected the idea that polarization over immigration is worse today than in the past. He said, the rhetoric of today mirrors earlier American issues with new immigrants. Dr. Moore said,

“I think it was always this way just with bursts of it in American life anyway, so if you hear the sort of language that is used about immigrants right now it is very, very similar to the exact sort of language that would’ve been used about the Italians and the Irish, Southern Europeans of all kinds in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. So, I think this is a persistent theme in American life that has to be persistently countered.”

In contrast, Dr. Moore said the belief that “if immigrants come into the country they are going to fundamentally change the country” is belied by the fears of the very immigrants themselves who worry their offspring will become thoroughly Americanized.

Moore pointed toward early 20th century fears among conservative Protestants that Catholic immigrants from Italy and Ireland would radically shift political power and allow the Pope to directly rule the United States. “That’s not how things turned out,” Dr. Moore said.

One interesting observation was the way coalitions are built in among some Christians, where politics trumps orthodox Christianity. Dr. Moore said,

“When it comes to politics driving faith, because I actually believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I think the Gospel as a means to any end including an end with which I agree makes the Gospel into a different religion. I think this is much of what is happening in American life right now, which is one of the reasons why you can see people who are able to form coalitions where they disagree about the most important things as evangelicals: What the Gospel is for instance, What the Trinity is, those sorts of things. But, excommunicate people who agree with them on all of that but who don’t agree with them on all the particularities of politics. That is a very, very dangerous sort of situation to be in. I say dangerous not just for the Republic. It is dangerous also for the church because it is a moving away, a walking away from the Gospel. That happens on the right. That happens on the Left. That happens in the center.”

Ultimately, Dr. Moore wants Christians to do something more than be civil in politics. He wants kindness.

Dr. Moore said something true—Christians should do better than civility. “I despise the term civility,” Dr. Moore said. “As Christians, I think, we are called to kindness, active kindness and love of neighbor, but if civility is all we can get in a public arena, then I’ll take it.”

via 2020 Election: The Obama Administration’s connection to the Southern Baptist Convention — Capstone Report

380,000 Soviet troops in East Germany were told not to interfere with bringing down the Berlin Wall – Gorbachev | RT World News

The USSR had scores of soldiers deployed in East Germany in 1989 but all of them were ordered to stand down to allow for Berlin’s “wall of mistrust” to fall, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said.

Socialist East Germany, officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR), remained riddled with Soviet bases after the end of WWII.

“There were 380,000 Soviet soldiers stationed in the GDR at the time. They obeyed orders to refrain from intervening,” Gorbachev told Der Spiegel on Friday. “My main responsibility was to rule out the possibility of violence.”

Moscow’s ambassador in GDR, meanwhile, was instructed “not to make any demands” to German politicians on how to handle the situation on the ground.

The wall eventually fell on November 9, 1989, leading to the USSR greenlighting the reunification of Germany a year later. Gorbachev called this event “one of the most important things I’ve ever done.”

We didn’t need the Iron Curtain. We wanted to get rid of the wall of mistrust between East and West – and all other walls, for that matter, between states, groups of people and individuals.

Also on rt.com

West hijacked Cold War victory but never cared how Russians feel about it – Gorbachev

The Cold War ended but, as time went by, “new dividing lines were created and NATO’s eastward expansion shifted these lines to Russia’s border,” Gorbachev said.

Despite the current tensions between Moscow and the West, the former Soviet leader believes there is a better future ahead.

“There are signs that both the West and Russia understand that communication channels must be activated. The rhetoric is gradually changing. Perhaps this is the first step,” he said, adding that there is still “a long way to go” before trust is mutually restored.

Source: 380,000 Soviet troops in East Germany were told not to interfere with bringing down the Berlin Wall – Gorbachev

IT BEGINS: Now Facebook Is Threatening to Delete Accounts that Publish Trump Campaign Rallies — Saying It’s “Clickbait” — The Gateway Pundit

As we reported on Thursday…

Democrats are using an anonymous anti-Trump CIA operative in their latest attempt to impeach US President Donald Trump.

It has widely been reported in the past week that Eric Ciaramella is the name of the anti-Trump CIA whistleblower.

Donald Trump Jr. even tweeted out the Ciaramella’s name.

Democrats know if Eric Ciaramella’s far left associations and background is disseminated their chances to impeach President Trump are widely diminished.

PLEASE REVIEW: The Complete List of DNC “Whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella’s Ties to Top Democrats WILL SHOCK YOU!

Democrats, their fake news media outlets and the social media giants do not want Eric Ciaramella’s name released.

On Wednesday night The Gateway Pundit received several warnings from Facebook that we violated community standards and our account is “at risk of being unpublished.”

In 2016 The Gateway Pundit was the 4th most influential conservative publisher in the US during the presidential election.

We were also notified from our readers that anyone who reposted our articles were ALSO THREATENED to be unpublished.

And we are not alone.
On Thursday morning David J Harris Jr. also reported that his Facebook page was being threatened.

David described it as a “modern day lynching.”

His account has since been taken down.  Facebook was threatened by this African-American Trump supporter.

And Sean Adl-Tabatabai wrote The Gateway Pundit and said his Facebook page is ALSO UNDER THREAT of being removed for posting Eric Ciaramella’s name.

For the record– It is NOT against the law to publish the name of the anti-Trump whistleblower… That is a lie pushed by the liberal media.

Another TGP reader –Lisa Renee Wood – wrote in to tell us her Facebook page was suspended for posting a whistleblower meme!

 

UPDATE—  On Friday Facebook ADMITTED they were deleting any mention of the anti-Trump CIA whistleblower.

Facebook admitted to preventing Americans from seeing the truth.

Facebook admitted to working with the DNC.

Via CNN’s Oliver Darcy—–

Now this…
Facebeook is also threatening users who post video of President Trump’s campaign rallies.
Facebook says this is “clickbait” a new excuse they are using to ban conservatives.

Via John Colaw and Conservative Newsroom:

Reporting on Trump rallies is now considered “clickbait!”

It is now clear that the Democrat Party, the far left news media and now social media giants are working in unison against this president.
They are banning anyone who names the anti-Trump whistleblower and blocking reports on his massive rallies

PLEASE PASS THIS ON!
We cannot allow these far left institutions to eliminate free press and freedom of speech in America.

via IT BEGINS: Now Facebook Is Threatening to Delete Accounts that Publish Trump Campaign Rallies — Saying It’s “Clickbait” — The Gateway Pundit

Visitor Logs Reveal ‘Whistleblower’ And DNC Contractor Visited Obama White House Multiple Times | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Sara Carter via SaraACarter.com,

A controversial whistleblower who allegedly reported second-hand on President Donald Trump’s private conversation with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Obama White House on numerous occasions, according to Obama era visitor logs obtained by Judicial Watch.

Last week Real Clear Investigation’s first reported the whistleblower’s name. It is allegedly CIA officer Eric Ciaramella. His name, however, has been floating around Washington D.C. since the leak of Trump’s phone call. It was considered an ‘open secret’ until reporter Paul Sperry published his article. Ciaramella has never openly stated that he is the whistleblower and most news outlets are not reporting his name publicly.

He was detailed to the National Security Counsel during the Obama Administration in 2015 and was allegedly sent back to the CIA in 2017, after a number of people within the Trump White House suspected him of leaking information to the press, according to several sources that spoke with SaraACarter.com.

Further, the detailed visitor logs reveal that a Ukrainian expert Alexandra Chalupa, a contractor that was hired by the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election, visited the White House 27 times.

Chalupa allegedly coordinated with the Ukrainians to investigate then candidate Trump and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Manafort was forced out of his short tenure as campaign manager for Trump when stories circulated regarding business dealings with Ukrainian officials. Manafort was later investigated and convicted by a jury on much lesser charges then originally set forth by Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation. He was given 47 months in prison for basically failing to pay appropriate taxes and committing bank fraud.

Both Ciaramella and Chalupa are of interest to Republican’s investigating the what some conservatives have described as the second Trump ‘witch-hunt.’ And many have called for the whistleblower to testify to Congress.

They are absolutely correct and within the law. There is so much information and evidence that reveals that this was no ordinary whistleblower complaint but one that may have been based on highly partisan actions targeting Trump.

Here’s just one example: Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes said its impossible to have a fair impeachment inquiry without the testimony of the alleged whistleblower because he is a ‘fact foundational witness’ who had met with Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-CA, previously. Schiff had originally denied that he had any contact with his committee and then had to walk back his statements when it was revealed that the whistleblower had met with the Democrats prior to filing his complaint to the Intelligence Inspector General about the President.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, said the visitor logs reveal that there is much lawmakers or the American public don’t know about what happened during the 2016 presidential elections and moreover it raises very significant questions about the apparent partisan nature of the whistleblower.

“Judicial Watch’s analysis of Obama White House visitor logs raises additional questions about the Obama administration, Ukraine and the related impeachment scheme targeting President Trump,” said Fitton, in a press release Friday.

“Both Mr. Ciaramella and Ms. Chalupa should be questioned about the meetings documented in these visitor logs.”

Read Below From Judicial Watch

The White House visitor logs revealed the following individuals met with Eric Ciaramella while he was detailed to the Obama White House:

  • Daria Kaleniuk: Co-founder and executive director of the Soros-funded Anticorruption Action Center (AntAC) in Ukraine. She visited on December 9, 2015

The Hill reported that in April 2016, during the U.S. presidential race, the U.S. Embassy under Obama in Kiev, “took the rare step of trying to press the Ukrainian government to back off its investigation of both the U.S. aid and (AntAC).”

  • Gina Lentine: Now a senior program officer at Freedom House, she was formerly the Eurasia program coordinator at Soros funded Open Society Foundations. She visited on March 16, 2016.
  • Rachel Goldbrenner: Now an NYU law professor, she was at that time an advisor to then-Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. She visited on both January 15, 2016 and August 8, 2016.
  • Orly Keiner: A foreign affairs officer at the State Department who is a Russia specialist. She is also the wife of State Department Legal Advisor James P. Bair. She visited on both March 4, 2016 and June 20, 2015.
  • Nazar Kholodnitzky: The lead anti-corruption prosecutor in Ukraine. He visited on January 19, 2016.

On March 7, 2019, The Associated Press reported that the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch called for him to be fired.

  • Michael Kimmage: Professor of History at Catholic University of America, at the time was with the State Department’s policy planning staff where specialized in Russia and Ukraine issues. He is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund. He was also one of the signatories to the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group Statement of Principles. He visited on October 26, 2015.
  • James Melville: Then-recently confirmed as Obama’s Ambassador to Estonia, visited on September 9, 2015.

On June 29, 2018, Foreign Policy reported that Melville resigned in protest of Trump.

  • Victoria Nuland: who at the time was assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs met with Ciaramella on June 17, 2016.

(Judicial Watch has previously uncovered documents revealing Nuland had an extensive involvement with Clinton-funded dossier. Judicial Watch also released documents revealing that Nuland was involved in the Obama State Department’s “urgent” gathering of classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Trump taking office.)

  • Artem Sytnyk: the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Bureau director visited on January 19, 2016.

On October 7, 2019, the Daily Wire reported leaked tapes show Sytnyk confirming that the Ukrainians helped the Clinton campaign.

The White House visitor logs revealed the following individuals met with Alexandra Chalupa, then a DNC contractor:

  • Charles Kupchan: From 2014 to 2017, Kupchan served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) in the Barack Obama administration. That meeting was on November 9, 2015.
  • Alexandra Sopko: who at the time was a special assistant and policy advisor to the director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, which was run by Valerie Jarrett. Also listed for that meeting is Alexa Kissinger, a special assistant to Jarrett. That meeting was on June 2, 2015.
  • Asher Mayerson: who at the time was a policy advisor to the Office of Public Engagement under Jarrett had five visits with Chalupa including December 18, 2015, January 11, 2016, February 22, 2016, May 13, 2016, and June 14, 2016.

Mayerson was previously an intern at the Center for American Progress. After leaving the Obama administration, he went to work for the City of Chicago Treasurer’s office.

Mayerson met with Chalupa and Amanda Stone, who was the White House deputy director of technology, on January 11, 2016.

On May 4, 2016, Chalupa emailed DNC official Luis Miranda to inform him that she had spoken to investigative journalists about Paul Manafort in Ukraine.

Source: Visitor Logs Reveal ‘Whistleblower’ And DNC Contractor Visited Obama White House Multiple Times

GOP puts Schiff in impeachment checkmate with 8-person witness request | WND

In the impeachment inquiry that’s shaping up to be more of an anti-Donald Trump chess game, it appears as though Republicans are homing in on the coveted “checkmate.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has sent a letter to committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff requesting that nine different witnesses testify “in an open setting.”

After a scathing opening that completely dismantles the “sham impeachment process,” Nunes makes his witness requests in an attempt to bring truth to an otherwise “opaque and unfair” inquiry.

The letter pulls out the big guns immediately after, calling for both Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, former board members of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, to speak in front of lawmakers.

Archer, a longtime business partner of Hunter Biden (who’s the son of former Vice President Joe Biden), was requested in the hopes that he could explain the depth of the corruption in Burisma.

Nunes cites Archer’s “firsthand experiences” with the company as justification for bringing him into the public eye.

With a better understanding of the corruption surrounding Burisma, the truth surrounding President Donald Trump’s skeptical dealings with the country will become abundantly clear.

Hunter Biden, who was kicked out of the United States Navy for cocaine use before nailing a $50,000-per-month gig at Burisma, was also requested for his insight into corruption at the notorious Ukrainian company.

Both of these individuals’ testimony would help make it clear that Trump’s hesitations about Burisma and Ukraine were well-founded.

Ex-Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa is next on the list.

Because of her work with the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C., and her subsequent confirmation that she provided anti-Trump information to both the DNC and Hillary Clinton, Chalupa is an important witness.

It’s hoped that Chalupa’s testimony will shed light on the extent of Ukraine’s alleged anti-Trump meddling in the 2016 election.

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale is also identified as an important witness.

Although Hale previously testified as part of the impeachment inquiry, his knowledge of foreign assistance reviews is going to be crucial for Republicans.

A request for former National Security Council official Tim Morrison to appear alongside Army Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman (if Vindman testifies) is also vitally important for Republicans.

Morrison listened in on the July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that sparked the entire Ukraine “scandal,” and should be able to confirm or deny Vindman’s testimony.

Nellie Ohr, a key player in the Fusion GPS controversy, is also on the list.

This may come as a surprise to some, but her potential testimony would reveal to what extent Fusion GPS secured information from Ukrainian sources.

Since Fusion GPS assisted with much of the notorious (and disproven) anti-Trump Steele dossier, this has a direct impact on allegations of foreign interference in the 2016 election.

Ambassador Kurt Volker, called as a witness for his “firsthand knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Ukraine,” would be an important witness for Republicans to question in front of the American people.

Finally, Nunes requests that the anonymous whistleblower, along with anyone who helped him or her draft their original complaint, testify as well.

The whistleblower’s ties to Joe Biden and Schiff, as well as their alleged anti-Trump bias, present plenty of questions that the American people deserve the answers to.

Schiff, whose office had contact with the whistleblower before his complaint went public, was called to testify by Nunes on Friday.

Thanks to new rules voted in by House Democrats, Schiff and his cronies have the ultimate say over which witnesses are approved in this shamelessly partisan impeachment process.

Nunes has Schiff between a rock and a hard place.

If he agrees to these requests, America will get a firsthand look at the corruption Trump has been trying to fight and the origins of the impeachment sham.

Any denial of these requests will only confirm that Democrats want the president booted by any means necessary.

It remains to be seen if any of Nunes’ requests are honored.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Source: GOP puts Schiff in impeachment checkmate with 8-person witness request

November 9, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Peace of Christ

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (3:15)

Eirēnē (peace) includes both the concept of an agreement, pact, treaty, or bond, and that of an attitude of rest or security. Both aspects are in view here. Objectively, believers are at peace with God: “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). The war between the believer and God is over, and the treaty was paid for by the blood of Christ. Because of that, believers are at rest, and secure. Paul told the Philippians that the “peace of God … shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). Here he calls it the peace of Christ because it is the peace He brings (cf. John 14:27; Eph. 2:14).

Rule is from brabeuō, a word used only here in the New Testament (although a compound form appears in Col. 2:18). It was used to describe the activity of an umpire in deciding the outcome of an athletic contest. The peace of Christ guides believers in making decisions. When faced with a choice, the believer should consider two factors. First, is it consistent with the fact that he and Christ are now at peace and thus on the same side? Does it perpetuate that oneness with the Lord that is the believer’s possession? First Corinthians 6:17–18 provides an excellent illustration of this point: “The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality.” It is our union with the Lord that compels us to purity. Second, will it leave him with a deep and abiding peace in his heart? These two factors are also the two greatest deterrents to sin in the believer’s life. Sin offends Christ, with whom he is at peace, and thereby shatters the rest and security in his heart.

Peace is not only objective and subjective, but also relational. Believers were called to live in peace in one body. Individuals who have peace with Christ and in their own hearts will live in unity and harmony with each other.

To maintain a peaceful heart one has to be thankful. Thankfulness is a constant theme in Colossians (cf. 1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:15, 16, 17; 4:2). Gratitude comes naturally to believers in response to all God has done (Eph. 5:20; Phil. 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:18; Heb. 13:15), whereas ingratitude marks unbelievers (Rom. 1:21). A spirit of humble gratitude toward God will inevitably affect our relations with others. Peace and gratitude are thus closely linked.[1]


15 Having called the Colossians to put on love, the grace that undergirds the congregation and brings it to completion, Paul enjoins them here to “let the peace of Christ rule in [their] hearts.” Even though Paul typically pairs “grace” with “peace” (cf. 1:2), he does occasionally conjoin “love” and “peace” as he does here (cf. 2 Co 13:11; Eph 6:23; “joy and peace,” Ro 15:13). Paul regarded God as a God of peace (Ro 15:33; 16:20; 1 Co 14:33; Php 4:9; 1 Th 5:23; cf. 2 Th 3:16). Furthermore, Paul conceived of God’s kingdom as one of peace (Ro 14:17) and believed that those who had peace with God through Christ (1:20; cf. Ro 5:1) should know the peace of God (Php 4:7) and pursue peaceful relations with other Christians (Ro 14:19; 1 Th 5:13) and, to the extent that they are able, with all people (Ro 12:18). Peace is a spiritual fruit that ought to be present in believers’ lives (Gal 5:22).

Paul encourages the Colossians to allow the peace of Christ to act as umpire, judge, or arbiter (brabeuō, GK 1093) in their hearts. The phrase “peace of Christ” does not appear elsewhere in the NT, which probably explains why some scribes sought to change this phrase to the more common “peace of God.” If we take the “of Christ” here as a subjective genitive, which seems best, then the meaning of the phrase “peace of Christ” would be something akin to “the peace that Christ gives” or “the peace brought by Christ” (so Harris, 165; Moule, 124; see Eph 2:14; cf. Jn 14:27). The “philosophers” wanted to exclude the Colossians through their asceticism and visions (cf. 2:18 for the related verb katabrabeuō, GK 2857; NIV, “disqualify for the prize”). Paul assures the church that Christ will—if they will be willing and obedient—encompass them and enable them to live in unity and harmony. Indeed, the Colossians were called by God (3:12) to live peaceably in one body (cf. 1 Co 7:15). “It is the very nature of [the Christian] calling to maintain [the church’s] harmonious welfare” (Caird, 207). The Colossians, “[though] many, [were to be] one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Ro 12:5 NASB).

Furthermore, Paul iterates at the close of v. 15 the need for the assembly to be continually thankful. He will reiterate this call to thankfulness in vv. 16–17 (cf. 1:12; 2:7). “Thankfulness is a key response to the gospel in this letter” (Lincoln, 648), and it serves as “the strongest motive for the preservation of the peace to which they were called” (Abbott, 290). In fact, the whole of Christian behavior may be instructively viewed “as the response of gratitude to the grace of God [in Christ]” (Bruce, 157).[2]


15  From love the apostle moves to peace. It is noteworthy that in Eph. 4:3 peace itself is the bond in which the unity of the Spirit is maintained. This is one of the incidental indications that the two letters are the product of the same mind around the same time. If, in the author’s mind, the general idea of love and peace was linked with the idea of a unifying bond uniting believers in one common life, manifesting itself in the Christian graces, this would sufficiently account for the similar, if divergent, modes of expression.

“Let the peace of Christ be arbiter in your hearts,” he says. When hostile forces have to be kept at bay, the peace of God garrisons141 the believer’s heart, as in Phil. 4:7. But here the common life of fellow-members of the body of Christ is in view; when differences threaten to spring up among them, the peace of Christ must be accepted as arbitrator. If the members are subject to Christ, the peace which he imparts must regulate their relations with one another. It was not to strife but to peace that God called them in the unity of the body of Christ. Peace in this sense figures prominently in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). In a healthy body harmony prevails among the various parts. Christians, having been reconciled to God, enjoying peace with him through Christ,145 should naturally live at peace with one another. Strife inevitably results when men and women are out of touch with him who is the one source of true peace; but there is no reason why those who have received the peace which Christ established by his death on the cross should have any other than peaceful relations among themselves.

“And be thankful,” he adds, for Christian behavior (to repeat what has been said before) can be viewed as the response of gratitude to the grace of God. One of the counts in Paul’s indictment of the pagan world in his letter to the Romans is that, “although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him” (Rom. 1:21). If thanksgiving is God’s due from all humanity for his gifts of creation and providence, how much more is it his due from those who have received the surpassing gift of his grace?[3]


15 The direction of this verse moves beyond “one body” to “peace”: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”146 The “of Christ” with the first mention of peace could possibly mean a Christ kind of peace, but more likely it describes a peace that comes from Christ (genitive of source) or the peace that Christ himself gives (subjective genitive).

Peace is at the heart of ethics for Paul in Colossians. This peace is something connected to Christ, and as such, peace emphasizes divine initiative and peace as a model for life (see 2 Thess 3:16). Peace in Pauline theology is a divinely wrought (Gal 5:22; 1 Thess 5:23; Rom 14:17; 15:33) redemptive blessing in relation to God (Rom 5:1; Phil 4:7; also in Col 1:20) that also generates peace toward others (2 Cor 13:11; Rom 14:17, 19; Eph 2:14–15, 17; 4:3). Peace is at the heart of Paul’s missional theology and ecclesiology. It is hard to avoid an echo here of the imperial slogan running throughout the Roman Empire: “The pax Christiana is to prevail in the church, as the pax Romana did in the world of Paul’s day.” But it is not so much countering Rome as it is transcending Rome’s way; that is, this pax is more supra-imperial than anti-imperial. There is more to be considered with Paul’s mention of peace, which follows love (Gal 5:22; 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 4:2–3). It exhorts the Colossians to more than the peacemaking ways of Jesus (Matt 5:9) and presses them to realize cosmic reconciliation through the death and resurrection of Jesus (Col 1:20) so that it takes root in Colossae (3:11). Peace describes the unity of Greeks and Jews in the one body of Christ (Eph 2:14)—notice where this text heads in the next few words: “members of one body.” As such, it undercuts or at least provides a radical alternative to the status systems of divisions at work in the Roman Empire. The location of peace’s transformation is internal first and then external, as it is to begin “in your hearts.”152

The Colossians are to let this peace “rule.” Scholars nuance what this means: does it mean let the peace of Christ judge/umpire or rule? The term and its cognates describe awards given as a prize in competitions and so evokes, as BDAG phrases it, “control of someone’s activity by making a decision” about that person or activity. Hence, the idea is that of the umpire who renders judgment. This sense of the term for the NIV’s “rule” leads to nuance: the Colossians are to render decisions regarding behaviors on the basis of what furthers the peace of the “one body.” Peace as a method of discernment has been consistently ignored in the history of the church. So, we need to say it again by using Harris’s paraphrase: “in making your decisions, in choosing between alternatives, in settling conflicts of will, a concern to preserve the inward and communal peace that Christ gave and gives should be your controlling principle.” As God is a God of peace (1 Cor 14:33), so the Colossians are to pursue what leads to peace in the fellowship and with everyone (Rom 12:18; 14:19). In passing, the words “peace” and “rule” might be a subtle response to the “peace” that supposedly rules in the Roman Empire.

Peace that is the umpire of the “one body” is their communal and moral calling, a calling that may well have evoked the yearning of the prophets for peace (e.g., Isa 8:19–9:7; 26:3, 12; 66:12; Mic 5:4). The expression “as members of one body” might be rendered “because you are one body,” or “by/in being one body and not two or three or more,” which is similar to “conducting yourselves as one body.” But this last explanation might suggest the entire phrase is an added thought not tightly connected to the verb. The “one body” here is the universal body of Christ, the church, expressed in a local setting but not tied to one local church, and the sacred space in which unity is to be found (3:11).

Verse 15 ends with a common note Paul strikes, even if it makes a sudden appearance of the “vertical correlate”: “And be thankful.” Paul probably does not have in mind a cheery disposition or positive thinking but a steadfast orientation to God in confidence that God rules supreme through the death, resurrection, and exaltation of the Son and that history is headed for that cosmic, reconciled lordship—and to live inside this vision enables one to be thankful (see 1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:17; 4:2). One can infer in context as well that Paul wants the Colossians to be thankful for the mystery of expanding the gospel to include all (3:11).[4]


3:15 / The peace of Christ has a twofold application. Since it comes from him, it provides an inner peace for each believer; it is to rule (lit., brabyein means “to arbitrate,” “to control”), to guide in the decisions that he or she makes. Those at peace with themselves will be at peace with others; it enables individuals to be united into a single body. The “grievances” (3:13) that members have against each other are settled when Christ’s peace rules in their midst. In the context of the indicative and the imperative, the meaning of Paul’s admonition could be stated this way: By virtue of being reconciled to God by Christ you are at peace (the indicative; cf. Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:14; Col. 1:20); now live out that peace (the imperative) in your personal and corporate life.

And be thankful: Thanksgiving (cf. 1:12; 2:7), which is basically a response to the grace of God, is mentioned three times in verses 15–17. Thus, rather than a final admonition in the preceding list of virtues, it serves as a summons to articulate that response in corporate worship and everyday living.[5]


15. Paul continues, And let the peace of Christ, for which you were called in one body, rule in your hearts. This peace is the condition of rest and contentment in the hearts of those who know that their Redeemer lives. It is the conviction that the sins of the past have been forgiven, that the present is being overruled for good, and that the future cannot bring about separation between Christ and his own. Concerning this peace the apostle says in Phil. 4:7, “And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will keep guard over your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” It is the peace of Christ because it was merited for believers by Christ, is through his Spirit bestowed upon them, and is fostered by this same Lord and Savior (John 14:27; 16:33; 20:19, 21, 26). It is, moreover, patterned after the peace that dwells in the Savior’s own heart.

Now this peace also has its social aspect, on which the emphasis falls in the present passage (cf. Eph. 4:3, 4), as is evident from the phrase “for which you were called in one body.” When men were called out of the darkness into the light they, as seen by God, were not drawn out of their sinful environment as pebbles are picked up from the beach. On the contrary, they were called as a body, for from eternity they had been viewed as a corporate entity “in Christ.” In time they were “called” in order that they might promote this spiritual oneness in every way. Now this purpose can be accomplished only when the peace of Christ rules in each heart. Let each individual, therefore, constantly ask himself, “Will I have peace within if I do this or do that?” Let him be sure to be at peace with God, for only then can he expect to live in true harmony with his brothers (cf. James 4:1).

Paul adds, and be thankful. It is worthy of note how frequently in this brief epistle the apostle refers to the privilege and duty of being thankful (1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:15, 16, 17; 4:2). Gratitude makes for peace and excellent public relations. When a person is overpowered by the feeling of warm and deep appreciation for benefits received from God he will hardly be able to grudge someone else his wealth or superior talents. Hence, this admonition fits splendidly into the immediate context. Gratitude promotes peace. The exhortation also suits the broader context which mentions some of the blessings believers have received. They are “hid with Christ in God,” have received the forgiveness of sins, and are experiencing daily spiritual renewal. Moreover, the apostle is about to mention the further blessings of the indwelling word and of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. For all these favors thanksgiving is in order. Though all men should give thanks, the Christian can be expected to do so. Ingratitude marks paganism (Rom. 1:21). In all probability it also marked the fearfilled alarmists who were vexing the addressees (Col. 2:16–23). Having therefore been rescued from paganism let the Colossians also turn their backs upon these so-called “philosophers.” Let them in newness of spirit be joyful and praise the Lord every day. Thus they will be truly and serenely blessed, and in turn will be a blessing to others.[6]


3:15. To maintain perfect unity (v. 14) believers are to let the peace of Christ rule in [their] hearts. Rule literally means “to act as umpire.” The Colossians were told earlier not to allow false teachers to “act as umpire against” them (2:18). However, when disputes arise, the believer is to let the peace of Christ make the call. Whatever will lead to peace must be the deciding factor so that peace will be preserved.[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1992). Colossians (pp. 158–159). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Still, T. D. (2006). Colossians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 333). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Bruce, F. F. (1984). The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (pp. 156–157). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] McKnight, S. (2018). The Letter to the Colossians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (pp. 326–328). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[5] Patzia, A. G. (2011). Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (pp. 79–80). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Colossians and Philemon (Vol. 6, pp. 159–160). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] Anders, M. (1999). Galatians-Colossians (Vol. 8, p. 331). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

9 Nov 2019 – Rapture Ready News

World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly opens with call to Christians to finish the Great Commission
Evangelicals from over 90 countries have gathered near Jakarta, Indonesia, for the World Evangelical Alliance’s General Assembly.

From ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to ‘Batwoman,’ LGBTQ characters on U.S. TV are at an all-time high
For the fourth consecutive year, broadcast television has featured a record percentage of LGBTQ characters, according to a report released Thursday by the media advocacy group GLAAD.

New Pro-Abortion Campaign Calls Killing Babies an “Act of Love and Compassion”
Anything to disguise the true nature of abortion. The National Women’s Law Center launched a new PR campaign this month claiming that abortions “actually” are an act of love and compassion. The “Abortion Actually” campaign uses flowery images and virtuous language to hide the ugliness, the violence of killing a baby in the womb.

Orangutan granted ‘personhood’ settles into new Florida home
…Judge Elena Liberatori’s landmark ruling in 2015 declared that Sandra is legally not an animal, but a non-human person, thus entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by people, and better living conditions.

Drought ravages southern Africa, officials say 45 million at risk of hunger
Sub-Saharan Africa is facing its worst drought in decades, leaving 45 million people threatened with hunger, according to United Nations estimates. Emergency food deliveries are planned for regions of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other nations hit with a deadly combination of low rainfall and high temperatures.

‘Sacrificing a Chicken to Moloch’ — The Clinton-Podesta Email Scandal is All About SATANISM
…Although, to be fair to those researchers studying the dark underbelly of the New World Order conspiracy, it is more revealing than astonishing, since we have known for some time that the inner echelon of the New World Order is heavily into pedophilia and Satanism.

Unprecedented bushfires rage across New South Wales, Australia
A series of unprecedented bushfires are burning across New South Wales, southeastern Australia on Friday, November 8, 2019. Over 1 000 firefighters have been battling more than 90 blazes, 17 of which are emergency-level, and strong winds.

Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Iran, at least 5 killed, 350 injured, 500 houses damaged
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS and Iran Seismological Center (ISC) as M5.9 hit Iran’s East Azarbaijan province at 22:47 UTC on November 7, 2019. The ISC is reporting a depth of 8 km (5 miles). Aftershocks ranging from M4.1 to 4.8 were reported.

Americans Will Soon be Forced Into a Guerrilla War of Survival-Can America Win Against the Globalist Occupation Forces?
How many of you believe that this country is plunging head-first into a state of revolution? How many of you believe that a planned currency collapse coupled with the implementation of a brutal martial law and gun confiscation will be the trigger events which will incite the coming revolution?

ВRЕAKING NEWS: Тrump Removеѕ Мuslim Fеderal Јudge Fоr Тrying Тo Implеment Ѕharia Lаw In Аmeriсa
22nd Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Hansam al Alallawalahi-Smith stood out as truly newsworthy this week when he upset a decision out of Dearborn, Michigan. The decision permitted two basic and fierce principles of Sharia Law to be rehearsed here in the United States.

Nobel Prize Winner Suggests Blasting Nuclear Waste With Lasers
Many have made strong arguments for the potential of nuclear power to be the clean energy solution of the future. As the need to curb carbon emissions grows more dire, the ultra-efficient, zero-emissions energy provided by nuclear looks like a more and more obvious solution.

Nine Chinese Fentanyl Traffickers Sentenced After Bringing Drugs To U.S
China sentenced nine individuals Thursday who were directly linked to a fentanyl trafficking ring, according to the Associated Press. Chinese officials worked alongside U.S. law enforcement to end the operation.

Turn The Page or Lose Your Children to Indoctrination
The education system is supposed to engage children to open their minds and expand their knowledge. Unfortunately, the “system” is one of indoctrination rather than education. Schools all across the country, and the world for that matter, have been teaching children social and political agendas to raise them with beliefs that are unfounded, oftentimes fear mongering and completely distorted from truth, while breaking down the family unit.

Source: 9 Nov 2019

Nunes Demands Schiff Testify After Lying; Also Wants Whistleblower And Hunter Biden To Appear | ZeroHedge News

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) made a formal request that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) testify in a closed-door session as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

“Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place,” reads a Friday letter from Nunes to Schiff.

“As the American public is now aware, in August 2019 you and/or your staff met with or talked to the whistleblower who raised an issue with President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. Although you publicly claim nothing inappropriate was discussed, the three committees deserve to hear directly from you the substance and circumstances surrounding any discussions conducted with the whistleblower, and any instructions you issued regarding those discussions.

Given that you have reneged on your public commitment to let the committees interview the whistleblower directly, you are the only individual who can provide clarity as to these conversations,” the letter reads.

Schiff lied about his office’s contacts with the whistleblower – initially claiming “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” when in fact the whistleblower, now known as CIA officer Eric Ciaramella, reached out to a committee aide who directed him to Democratic attorney Mark Zaid (who proudly obtained government security clearances for pedophiles and enjoys walking around children’s theme parks alone).

That said, Schiff maintains he hasn’t personally spoken with Ciaramella, and that his committee was only given vague information as to the nature of the complaint.

Republicans, meanwhile, are gearing up for the public hearings by assembling a list of proposed witnesses – although Democrats have the final say over who can appear.

Nunes’ and Republicans’ effort to devise a strategy going forward comes after the House approved rules for the impeachment inquiry process last week. While Republicans opposed the resolution and complained the rules were unfair, Democrats still gave GOP lawmakers the ability to subpoena witnesses with the concurrence of Democratic committee chairs. If the chair does not consent, the minority can appeal to the full committee.

This process still gives Democrats final say over witnesses. A GOP source told Fox News this week that it’s unlikely Democrats would go along with the efforts to call Schiff — who is essentially leading the impeachment probe. –Fox News

On Saturday, Nunes wrote another letter to Schiff with a list of witnesses the GOP would like to call, including Joe Biden’s son Hunter and Ciaramella.

“Americans see through this sham impeachment process, despite the Democrats’ efforts to retroactively legitimize it last week,” wrote Nunes. “To provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process, and after consultation with [House Oversight Committee] Ranking Member Jim Jordan and [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Ranking Member Michael McCaul, the American people deserve to hear from the following witnesses in an open setting.”

While requesting testimony from the whistleblower, Nunes wrote that “Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers,” particularly over what he claims are “discrepancies” between the whistleblower’s complaint and witnesses’ closed-door testimony.

It is imperative that the American people hear definitively how the whistleblower developed his or her information, and who else the whistleblower may have fed the information he or she gathered and how that treatment of classified information may have led to the false narrative being perpetrated by the Democrats during this process,” Nunes wrote.

In addition to the anonymous whistleblower, whose complaint about Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine is at the center of the impeachment inquiry, Republicans also plan to call Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Devon Archer.

Hunter Biden worked on the board of a natural gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch while his father served as vice president. Joe Biden pushed in 2016 for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been accused of overlooking corruption in his own office, threatening to withhold money if the prosecutor was not fired. –The Hill

Last Sunday on CBS‘ “Face the Nation,” House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that Schiff is the “fist person” who should be brought in, along with his staff.

“Come to the Judiciary Committee” said Collins, following the passage of Democrats’ impeachment guidelines. “Be the first witness and take every question asked of you. Starting with your own involvement [with] the whistleblower.”

Source: Nunes Demands Schiff Testify After Lying; Also Wants Whistleblower And Hunter Biden To Appear

Nikki Haley on Impeachment Efforts: ‘You’re Going to Impeach a President for Asking for a Favor That Didn’t Happen?’ | The Epoch Times

Nikki Haley said that she doesn’t think President Donald Trump will be impeached and removed from office.

“On what? You’re going to impeach a president for asking for a favor that didn’t happen and—and giving money and it wasn’t withheld? I don’t know what you would impeach him on. And look, Norah, impeachment is, like, the death penalty for a public official. When you look at the transcript, there’s nothing in that transcript that warrants the death penalty for the president,” Haley said during an interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell.

The host interrupted Haley, saying: “To be clear, it was not a complete transcript. There are still things that are missing from it. And in it, he does say, ‘I would like you to do us a favor,’ though.”

O’Donnell was referring to the transcript of the July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky being a “rough transcript,” though multiple witnesses have told congressional investigators that the transcript accurately captured the conversation.

The transcript “accurately and completely reflects the substance of the call,” Timothy Morrison, former National Security Council official, told House lawmakers on Oct. 31.

The “favor” was Trump asking Zelensky “to find out what happened with the whole situation with Ukraine” interfering in American affairs.

President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley in the Oval Office in Washington on Oct. 9, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/File)

“They say CrowdStrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it,” Trump said. He soon added that “a lot of” the information that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigated “started with Ukraine.”

The president later asked Zelensky to “look into” allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden, who in 2016 threatened Ukraine’s president at the time with the withholding of $1 billion in aid unless Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor probing Biden’s son’s employer Burisma, was ousted.

Haley responded to O’Donnell, saying: “The Ukrainians never did the investigation. And the president released the funds. I mean, when you look at those, there’s just nothing impeachable there.”

“And more than that, I think the biggest thing that bothers me is the American people should decide this,” the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations added, referring to the upcoming 2020 presidential election. “Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making this decision?”

Haley, 47, left the Trump administration at the end of 2018. Haley said that the ambassador position had been the honor of a lifetime, but felt like she needed to step aside after serving six years as the governor of South Carolina and almost two years as the U.N. ambassador.

Haley was nominated to the board of directors of Boeing in February and elected on April 29. According to a list of invitations reviewed by The State, she’s in high demand for speaking engagements and a variety of events, and has done some of them.

Source: Nikki Haley on Impeachment Efforts: ‘You’re Going to Impeach a President for Asking for a Favor That Didn’t Happen?’

Welcome to Culture War 2.0: The Great Realignment | Sovereign Nations

For six decades or more, America’s political history has been driven by cultural warfare. This is usually traced to the social revolutions of the 1960s, but it began earlier. Culture War 1.0 began in the 1950s as religious enthusiasts sought to win hearts, minds, and souls for Christ in a society that was rapidly liberalizing and secularizing. That is the war that drifted to a whimpering end as recently as 2013, when the Supreme Court handed down culturally significant rulings bolstering the case for same-sex marriage. In 2015, the Court gave same-sex marriage its full endorsement, ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that restrictions on same-sex marriages were unconstitutional. By this point, Culture War 1.0 was over.

This first culture war was mostly fought over issues of religious faith and morality, such as whether creationism was a viable alternative to the theory of biological evolution and whether limits should be placed on institutionalizing Christian values in the public sphere. In Culture War 2.0, the supernatural, metaphysics, and even religion more broadly have become irrelevant. The demands of Christian faith and morality have been replaced by something far more threatening to a society founded on Enlightenment principles.

Culture War 2.0 rotates around three axes: 1) the new rules of engagement, 2) the correspondence theory of truth, and 3) the role intersectionality ought to play in everyone’s worldview. Let’s examine each of these features to see how Culture War 2.0 has made allies out of former ideological enemies. Call this The Great Realignment.

Rules of Engagement

The rules of engagement relate to how we deal with our disagreements. In Culture War 1.0, if an evolutionary biologist gave a public lecture about the age of the Earth based on geological dating techniques, creationist detractors would issue a response, insist that such dating techniques are biased, challenge him to a debate, and ask pointed—if unfairly loaded—questions during the Q&A session.

In Culture War 2.0, disagreements with a speaker are sometimes met with attempts at de-platforming: rowdy campaigns for the invitation to be rescinded before the speech can be delivered. If this is unsuccessful, critics may resort to disrupting the speaker by screaming and shouting, engaging noise makers, pulling the fire alarm, or ripping out the speaker wires. The goal is not to counter the speaker with better arguments or even to insist on an alternative view, but to prevent the speaker from airing her views at all.

Today’s left-wing culture warriors are not roused to action only by speakers whose views run afoul of the new moral orthodoxy. They combat “problematic” ideas anywhere they’re found, including peer-reviewed academic journals. In 2017, Portland State University Political Science Professor Bruce Gilley published a peer-reviewed article titled “The Case for Colonialism” in Third World Quarterly. Many academicians were enraged, but rather than write a rebuttal or challenge Gilley to a public debate (as they might have done in the era of Culture War 1.0), they circulated a popular petition demanding that Portland State rescind his tenure, fire him, and even take away his Ph.D. “The Case for Colonialism” was eventually withdrawn after the journal editor “received serious and credible threats of personal violence.”

Christian organizations have a long history of censorship, and this has continued to some extent even in recent decades. All the same, such an attempt to suppress an academic article would have been almost unthinkable during Culture War 1.0. There were some analogous attempts on the part of Christians during precursors of this culture war, as for example in the incidents surrounding Tennessee’s Butler Act of 1925 and the subsequent “Scopes Monkey Trial.” And religious would-be censors during Culture War 1.0 did occasionally make attempts on novels and movies interpreted as blasphemous or obscene, such as The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). But for the most part, Creationists in the first Culture War didn’t want evolutionary biologists to lose their tenure and their doctorates. They wanted to debate and prove them wrong.

One common theme running throughout Culture War 2.0 is the idea, endorsed by many well-meaning activists, that speech is violence. And if speech is violence, the thinking goes, then we must combat speech with the same vigor we use to combat physical violence. This entails that we cannot engage supposedly violent speech, sometimes referred to indiscriminately as “hate speech,” merely with words. If someone is being punched in the face, it’s futile to say, “Would you kindly stop?” or “This is not an ethical way to behave.” You need to take action. The rules of engagement change if speech cannot be met with speech—with written rebuttals, debates, and Q&A sessions. If speech is violence, it must either be prevented or stopped with something beyond speech, such as punching Nazisthrowing milkshakes, or using institutional mechanisms to smother unwanted discourse.

Correspondence Theory of Truth

The correspondence theory of truth basically states that objective truth exists and we can know something about it through evidence and reason. That is, there are objective truths to be known, and we gain reliable knowledge about them when our beliefs align with reality. It’s termed “the correspondence theory of truth” because a statement is considered true when it corresponds with reality and false when it does not.

In Culture War 1.0, the correspondence theory of truth was a given on all sides. In 2014, even as Culture War 1.0 was ending, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” debated Ken Ham from “Answers in Genesis” over the age of the Earth, with Nye arguing the evidence demonstrated Earth was considerably older than Ham claimed. Despite their differences, both believed there was a truth “out there” and that we could know it through science, reason, and, in Ham’s case, faith and Scripture. And, as was common in Culture War 1.0, Nye and Ham also agreed on the rules of engagement—structured debate, which they entered with respect for the process.

In Culture War 2.0 the correspondence theory of truth—with its commitment to the idea that there are better and worse ways to come to knowledge about an objectively knowable world—is no longer common ground. For those on one side of this latest fight, the correspondence theory of truth has been replaced with more subjective ways of knowing. But this is not merely a turn away from objectivity to subjectivity. Culture War 2.0 is marked by one side’s turn toward understanding knowledge as determined by identity markers like race, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation. And—so the theory goes—the more “oppression variables” comprise one’s identity, the clearer one’s understanding of reality becomes.

Think about it like this: cis-hetero white males see the world in grayscale. Every oppression characteristic gives one access to an additional color. So cis-hetero black males see the world in grayscale and blue. Cis-lesbian black females see the world in grayscale, blue, and orange. Trans non-binary disabled uneducated black immigrants see the world in a panoply of colors and thus are positioned to have a more accurate view of reality. In Culture War 2.0, correspondence theories of truth aren’t just dead: truth itself is inaccessible to people who do not possess the right identity characteristics.

Intersectionality

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles, defined and popularized the term intersectionality. In essence, intersectionality is the idea that seemingly separate identities like black and gay and female overlap and compound one’s experience of oppression. For example, black women are oppressed in ways recognizably different from those applying to white women or black men. According to intersectionalists, this is the indispensable insight needed to understand social and political reality. It is the best way to understand how various identity characteristics inform public perceptions and confer unearned advantages or “privilege” on some groups (notably white heterosexual men) while others remain oppressed.

Acceptance or rejection of an intersectional mindset is a fault line in Culture War 2.0. Specifically, the dividing line defining sides in this culture war arises along one’s answers to what role intersectionality should play in how we understand reality and how we design legal, economic, and educational systems. For intersectionalists, an intersectional understanding of the world is imperative for social justice, equity, and remediating past and ongoing injustices like racism and homophobia. Why? Because reliable knowledge is tied to identity. For others, ideas such as Crenshaw’s might be helpful tools to understand how a person could experience specific forms of oppression, but it ends there. There’s no moral or epistemological imperative to use an ideologically interpretive intersectional lens—rather than a traditionally liberal one emphasizing individuality and universal principles—to refashion society and its systems.

The role intersectionality ought to play in forming one’s understanding of the world and in creating systems is causing schisms throughout society—from knitting clubs to clinical medicine and even within the Southern Baptist Convention. Intersectionality is currently dividing Christendom: many younger Millennial Christians believe one must examine scripture through an intersectional lens, while other older, Baby Boomer Christians categorically reject the need for any additional lens to interpret the Bible.

The Great Realignment

This is where it gets bizarre.

Those people who accept the correspondence theory of truth (even though they may not know it by name) agree on the traditional rules of engagement (discourse, debate, dialogue) and do not view intersectionality as a necessary model for getting to the truth. Academicians in this group often adopt some variation of standpoint theory. These individuals are on one side of Culture War 2.0, and they include many liberal atheists and conservative Christians.

Those on the other side of 2.0 do not subscribe to the correspondence theory of truth, believe speech should be shut down if it’s hurtful or potentially harmful, and think intersectional, transformative approaches are necessary to refashion systems. These people are also predominantly atheists and Christians: intersectional “woke” atheists and intersectional “woke” Christians.

As a point of contact, I am a non-intersectional, liberal atheist. If a conservative Christian believes Jesus walked on water—and believes this either is or is not true for everyone regardless of race or gender—and if she values discourse and adheres to basic rules of engagement, then she is closer to my worldview than an atheist who believes race and gender play a role in determining objective truth and that her opponents should not be allowed to air what she considers harmful views.

Many conservative Christians understand this intuitively. So do many liberal atheists. And that’s what makes this Great Realignment of Culture War 2.0 so bizarre. It’s no longer liberals and atheists versus conservatives and Christians. It’s some atheists aligning with some Christians and other atheists aligning with other Christians. And each, in turn, believes that what’s at stake is no less than the future of Western Civilization. How this will play out depends on who wins Culture War 2.0.

A Final Thought

It may be that there is more to this picture than we are yet able to see. Though this article captures my current thinking on the topic, it may still be incomplete because it takes for the whole what will turn out to be only a part. Ultimately, the current culture war could hinge on the conflict between those trying to preserve cognitive liberty, along with the practices and institutions designed to support or strengthen it, and those who are trying to shut it down, or at least passively accepting its decline. At this stage, however, it may be too early to tell—and anyway, it is a subject for another day.

via American Mind

Source: Welcome to Culture War 2.0: The Great Realignment

House Republicans Plan to Call Hunter Biden and Ukraine Whistleblower as Witnesses | LifeZette

Public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump are set to begin this coming Wednesday.

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And now comes exclusive news from Fox News that House Republicans plan to call Hunter Biden (shown above) — the son of former Vice President Joe Biden — plus the Ukraine whistleblower and a range of other witnesses — to testify in those public hearings, according to a witness list obtained exclusively by Fox News.

There are potential roadblocks, however.

“It is unclear, at this point, how many of the Republicans’ proposed witnesses will be approved by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the Democrats, because the newly-approved resolution governing the impeachment inquiry gives the approval power to the chairman and the members of the majority,” said the outlet.

“Americans see through this sham impeachment process, despite the Democrats’ efforts to retroactively legitimize it last week,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) wrote in a letter to Rep. Schiff (D-Calif.) on Saturday, referencing the impeachment rules, as Fox News reported.

“To provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process, and after consultation with [House Oversight Committee] Ranking Member Jim Jordan and [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Ranking Member Michael McCaul, the American people deserve to hear from the following witnesses in an open setting,” he continued.

Speaking recently about his role on the board of Burisma Holdings and other related issues, Hunter Biden told ABC News, “In retrospect, look, I think that it was poor judgment on my part,” he told ABC News interviewer Amy Robach, as Breitbart News noted in its piece about it.

“I think that it was poor judgment because I don’t believe now when I look back on it — I know that there was — did nothing wrong at all. However, was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in — in — in many ways? Yeah,” he said.

“So I take full responsibility for that,” the younger Biden continued.

Hunter Biden has emerged as a key figure because of his Ukraine business dealings.

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PRAGER: The Left-Right Divide Is About Reality Itself | The Daily Wire by Dennis Prager

The left-right divide in America is, unfortunately, unbridgeable.

There are three reasons.

First, we are divided by our vision of what we want America to be.

The right believes the founders’ vision was brilliant and moral, that bourgeois middle-class values are superior to alternative value systems; that rights come from God, not man; and that the state must be as small as possible. The left (not liberals) shares none of those values.

Second, we are divided by the means we use to achieve our vision. Given their different ends, left and right obviously differ on what means to use to achieve their ends.

Third, and perhaps most troubling, there is a reality-perception divide.

Left and right have different perceptions of reality.

I have been aware of this for many years, but it was dramatically brought home last week when I was a guest on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Given that the other two guests on the panel and more or less the entire studio audience were on the left, their reactions to what I said proved my point.

For example, I said that though there are, of course, racists in the United States, America is the least racist multiethnic and multiracial country in the world.

I was booed.

I said the United States military has brought so much liberty to the world it deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

I was booed.

Clearly, there is an unbridgeable divide in the way we perceive the reality of the American military’s role in the world.

I said that it turned out the Russia-Trump campaign collusion never happened.

I was booed.

There is an unbridgeable divide in the way left and right perceive this reality.

I said the Trump-Ukrainian president phone transcript did not show a quid pro quo.

I was booed, and one of the other panelists said it actually showed “extortion.”

This, too, constitutes an unbridgeable divide between the way left and right view reality.

I said John Brennan, the former CIA director, has voted communist. (He has admitted that he voted for the Communist Party USA presidential candidate Gus Hall in 1976.) I was dismissed as having made something up. Bill Maher sarcastically responded that he didn’t recall Mao having been on any ballot.

And I said that people on the left say men can menstruate.

For that, I was not merely booed; I was laughed at by the panel, Maher and the audience.

Anyone can Google this and learn that I was entirely right. Just type “can men menstruate.” One of the first results will be from the popular left-wing website The Daily Beast: “Yes, Men Can Have Periods and We Need to Talk About Them,” reads one of its headlines. “How is this possible?” you might ask. Well, if a woman declares herself to be a man, then “a man” can have a period. In fact, last month, Procter & Gamble announced that it will remove the female Venus symbol from its Always line of menstrual products. After all, not only women menstruate.

The irony is that as soon as most progressives become aware that LGBTQ groups say that men menstruate, they will say that men menstruate. And that will be another differing perception of reality.

On each of these issues — all the issues for which I was booed — right and left have different perceptions of reality. That — even more so than differing values — makes the left-right divide unbridgeable. When you cannot agree on what is real, there is no possible bridging of the gulf.

The left believes the president colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. The reality is that there was no collusion. This is the conclusion of the Mueller report, but still, the left doesn’t accept it.

The left is certain President Trump said the neo-Nazis are “very fine people” when referring to the protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The right is certain the president didn’t say there are good neo-Nazis any more than he said there are good “antifa” members. When he said there were “very fine people on both sides,” he was referring to those demonstrating on behalf of keeping Confederate statues and those opposed. See “The Charlottesville Lie” by CNN analyst Steve Cortes.

The left believes socialism is economically superior to capitalism. But the reality is that only capitalism has lifted billions of people out of poverty. This is, therefore, not an opinion divide — “You prefer capitalism. I prefer socialism” — but a reality divide.

The reason this is so frightening is that it means one side has lost its grip on reality. If half of this country cannot distinguish truth from falsehood, that is not a good sign for the nation’s future. On that point, ironically, left and right can agree.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” comes to theaters fall 2019. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.

Source: PRAGER: The Left-Right Divide Is About Reality Itself

YouTube Blocks Judicial Watch Video on Alleged Whistleblower E*** CIA******* — The Gateway Pundit

YouTube has blocked a Judicial Watch video posted Friday about the alleged whistleblower behind the Trump-Ukraine impeachment investigation. The video detailed public White House records listing visitors to CIA employee Eric Ciamarella when he was assigned to the Obama White House. The censorship by YouTube follows similar actions against accounts on Facebook removing content that reports the name of Ciaramella. Contrary to liberal-enforced rules, the alleged whistleblower is not legally entitled to blanket anonymity.

The page for the video now reads, “This video is private.”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reported the censorship by YouTube via Twitter Saturday, “.@Youtube
has censored our @JudicialWatch video on the alleged “whistleblower” and the factual material about who he met with at Obama White House!”

Text of the press release by Judicial Watch on the White House visitors to Eric Ciamarella that the video was based on (press release at the source link has embedded links as well as a database spreadsheet of the visitor logs at the end):

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