Daily Archives: November 16, 2019

November 16 Pruning the Branches

Scripture Reading: John 15:5–8

Key Verse: John 15:2

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Have you ever felt like God was removing things from your life? As if the trials and circumstances you were experiencing have made it necessary for you to reduce your priorities to a manageable minimum?

In the classic devotional by L. B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert, there is recorded a simple but poignant poem that asks the question, “Why must this lot of life be mine?” The answer: “Because God knows what plans for me shall blossom in eternity.”

God knows what opportunities await you. And He is preparing you so that His glory can truly shine through you. First, however, He must remove what is unnecessary. In John 15:2, He promised, “Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Understand that trials are never evidence that God has abandoned you. On the contrary, they suggest that God is molding you for great things ahead.

He has a place of service that is suited perfectly for you. However, He must first develop your trust in Him. Then you will see a great harvest and experience the joy of having the Lord work through you.

Thank You, Lord, that You have a place of service suited perfectly for me. Develop my trust in You. Prune the branches of my life, and then work through me.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 335). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 16 When the Timing Is Right

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:1–15

Key Verse: Acts 16:9

A vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

Paul spent a lot of time seeking God’s guidance for his missionary journeys. In Acts 16 after revisiting the churches at Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, and Pisidian Antioch, Paul decided to continue westward to Ephesus. However, God stopped him. Scripture tells us he was “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia” (Acts 16:6 nasb).

This change had to be disappointing to Paul, who was prepared to go into a city that was in deep spiritual need. No one knows why God stopped Paul, but thanks to Luke we have a record of what happened next. Rather than becoming sullen, Paul turned northwest to the borders of then Asian territory, hoping to evangelize the cities of Bithynia. However, he was stopped once again. Therefore, Paul passed through the region and turned toward Troas. At any point, Paul could have resisted the Spirit of God and forcibly preached the gospel. However, his message would have been empty and without the power of the Holy Spirit.

In Troas, Paul had a vision that God wanted him to go to Macedonia. Because of his obedience, the gospel spread throughout Europe and later the Western world. Perhaps God is calling you to stop or wait before you make the next move. You think all looks perfect; Paul did too. Only God knows what lies ahead. Refuse to make a move until He says the timing is right.

Father, only You know what lies ahead on this road I travel. I don’t want to make a move until the timing is right. Help me watch for the stop as well as the go signs.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 335). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 16 Strength in Weakness

Scripture reading: Job 23:8–10

Key verse: Psalm 66:12

You have caused men to ride over our heads;

We went through fire and through water;

But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

He knew he was a poor speaker. He always got so nervous standing up before a crowd that his voice quivered, his face flushed red, and he could barely remember what to say. When his manager asked him to give a product demonstration to some potential clients, he was less than thrilled. He was too embarrassed to decline the opportunity, and everyone was counting on him.

The night before his talk, he knelt beside his desk chair to pray and give the problem to God: “Dear Lord, You know that I am weak in this area. Like Moses, I don’t even want to try to speak before important people, but I’m trusting You for the strength and ability. Father, show Your power tomorrow through me. Give me the words. Fill me with Your calm and peace, and guide my every syllable. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

The next morning when he began the presentation, he could feel the Lord answering his prayer. He spoke slowly and distinctly, and his voice didn’t shake once. After it was over, a colleague gave him a slap on the back in approval. The man replied, “Hey, it wasn’t me—God handled this one.”

That is the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:10 in action: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Dear Lord, in my weaknesses today, demonstrate Your strength. Help me remember that when I am weak, You are strong.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 335). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

‘Far-Left’ Turns on Obama Over His Call for Democrats to Be More Moderate, #TooFarLeft Trends on Twitter — The Gateway Pundit

The “far-left” is not too pleased with former President Barack Obama after he called for the party to be more moderate during a fundraising meeting with donors on Friday night.

By Saturday morning, #TooFarLeft was trending in the top spot on Twitter as Democratic Socialists and more progressive members of the party mocked his comment.

“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality,” Obama said at the meeting, according to a report from The New York Times. “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”

Obama cited healthcare and immigration as issues where certain 2020 Democrats may be taking things too far.

Among those who took offense to the comment was former Hillary Clinton aide Peter Daou, who began using the #TooFarLeft hashtag to talk about progressive policies that he supports.

“CONFESSION: I’m #TooFarLeft because I want kids to be safe in school. I’m #TooFarLeft because I want people to live in dignity. I’m #TooFarLeft because I seek justice and equality. I’m #TooFarLeft because I think healthcare and housing are human rights,” Daou tweeted. 

The tweet quickly went semi-viral, with over 3,000 retweets and 10,000 likes in just four hours.

Other Twitter users copied the model and began snarkily tweeting their issues with Obama’s statement.

Republicans also began using the hashtag to talk about how Democrats ARE too far left.

 

via ‘Far-Left’ Turns on Obama Over His Call for Democrats to Be More Moderate, #TooFarLeft Trends on Twitter — The Gateway Pundit

The Free Money Bubble Is About To Burst | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Michael Pento via SafeHaven.com,

Recently, there has been a parade of central bankers along with their lackeys on Wall Street coming on the financial news networks and desperately trying to convince investors that there are no bubbles extant in the world today. Indeed, the Fed sees no economic or market imbalances anywhere that should give perma-bulls cause for concern. You can listen to Jerome Powell’s upbeat assessment of the situation in his own words during the latest FOMC press conference here. The Fed Chair did, however, manage to acknowledge that corporate debt levels are in fact a bit on the high side. But he added that “we have been monitoring it carefully and taken appropriate steps.” By taking appropriate steps to reduce debt levels Powell must mean slashing interest rates and going back into QE. The problem with that strategy being that is exactly what caused the debt binge and overleveraged condition of corporations in the first place.

Global central banks have abrogated the free market and are in the practice of repealing the business cycle and ensuring stocks are in a permanent bull market. Massive and unrelenting money printing is the “tool” that they use. The good old USA had its central bank cut rates to 0 percent by the end of 2008 to combat the Great Recession; and that paved the way for the EU to join the free-money parade by 2016. In fact, the Band of Japan had already been at the zero-bound range years before. This means much of the developed world has been giving money away gratis for the better part of a decade.

And now central banks actually want you to believe that multiple years’ worth of global ZIRP has somehow left asset prices devoid of any significant distortions. All is normal here, or so we are told. So, I thought it would be prudent to shed some light on a few of those glaring imbalances that should be obvious to all except a debased central banker. To be blind to them screams of incompetence or mendacity–or both.

  • Forty percent of Europe’s investment grade corporate debt offers a negative yield and there are at this time $15 trillion worth of sovereign debt globally with a negative yield as well.
  • The valuation of equities in the U.S. is now for the first time ever 1.5 times its phony and free-money-goosed GDP.
  • Yet, at the same time S&P 500 margins and earnings are shrinking.
  • The U.S. has increased its business debt by 60 percent since the Great Recession–it now totals $16 trillion, which is an all-time high in nominal terms and as a percent of GDP.
  • Much of this debt has been used to buy back stock and reduce share counts to boost EPS. Corporate buybacks, which were illegal in the U.S. before 1982, will breach $1 trillion this year. As far as the Fed is concerned, issuing a record amount of debt to buy back stocks at record high valuations is just fine.

According to the BIS, 12 percent of businesses in the developed world have become zombies–having to issue new debt just to pay the interest on existing debt—this figure is also at a record. The average interest rate on the U.S. 10-year Treasury Note prior to the Great Recession was about 7 percent. Today, this rate is a lowly 1.8 percent.

It appears central banks are completely oblivious to the global bond bubble even though they are its very progenitor. For further examples, back in the European debt crisis of 2012, the borrowing costs for the insolvent countries known as the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain) shot up to the thermosphere. The Greek 10-year Note hit a yield of 40 percent and caused the economy to crash under the weight of its mountain of debt and skyrocketing servicing costs. This led to an explicit and partial debt default of its obligations and a humongous European Central Bank bond-buying program that promised “to do whatever it takes” to bring down yields. The Greek 10-year yield is now just 1.6 percent, even though the country’s National debt to GDP ratio has actually increased from 159 percent in 2012, to just under 200 percent today. How can this be? The answer is, Greek debt is once again in a gargantuan bubble, but this time around it is now and forever on the life support of ECB counterfeiting. It is the same story in Portugal. Its 10-year Note yield shot up to an untenable 16 percent in 2012. But through the magic of the printing press it is now just under 0.25 percent. As incredible as that rate is, it exists even though Portugal’s National debt to GDP ratio is still over 120 percent; just about the same level it was back in 2012 when the market caused its rate to skyrocket.

The U.S. deficit increased by 26 percent y/y and is now $1 trillion per annum. The annual deficits are projected by the CBO to be at least $1.2 trillion for the next decade. That is, if everything goes perfectly fine in the economy and rates stay at historic lows–and there is never another recession. For Mr. Powell and company, all this is viewed as being completely normal.

In addition, history has proved throughout the centuries that once an economy has more than a 90 percent total debt to GDP ratio, its economic growth becomes impaired. The total in the U.S. is now 330 percent, in the EU it is 450 percent, and Japan has over 600 percent total debt to GDP. How did the entire developed world become so debt-disabled? The answer is simple: artificial interest rates provided by central banks have incentivized, facilitated and enabled governments to issue massive amounts of debt with impunity. Again, according to central bankers there is nothing to see here.

These are just a  few of the many examples of market distortions arising from central banks artificially pushing yields into the sub-basement of history. Now they have destroyed the market-based pricing of fixed income and equities across the globe. These markets have now become wards of the state forever and ever amen.

The sad truth is that the entire artificial and tenuous construct of markets is predicated on interest rates that perpetually fall and never increase. As long as this baneful dynamic is in place, asset bubbles grow bigger, and debt levels rise. Thus, making the economy increasingly more dependent on lower and lower interest rates. The problem is most central banks have already arrived at the zero-bound range and/or are in various stages of QE. Even the horrific Fed only has one and half percentage points from running out of ammo to reduce borrowing costs and is already printing $60 billion per month in QE. And yes, that is exactly what it should be called. Hence, when (not if) the next economic contraction begins, money markets will once again freeze and the record number of zombie companies will begin laying off millions of employees as a result of being shut out of the credit market. Then, the global bubble in junk corporate debt will crater and cause panic in equity markets like never before in history.

According to the Fed and the deep-state on Wall Street, all is completely normal.

The China stock bubble burst 12 years ago, and the Shanghai exchange is still down 50 percent from that high. Japan’s bubble burst 30 years ago, and investors are still down 40 percent. Global central banks have set the table for a record implosion of markets and the major U.S. averages are by far the most overvalued. This is why it is imperative to model the dynamics in credit markets to ensure you can participate in the upside of stocks while the charade lasts. But most importantly, also avoid getting slaughtered like a passively managed pigeon once interest rates spike and the global credit bubble finally bursts.

Source: The Free Money Bubble Is About To Burst

November 16, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

19:5 obey me fully and keep my covenant … you will be my treasured possession. By describing the covenant as “my covenant,” God indicates that he alone determines the conditions. This is not, as some scholars suggest, a reference to a previously existing covenant. After reminding the Israelites of what he has already done for them, God graciously invites them to become his “treasured possession.” The Hebrew term for “treasured possession” is used elsewhere in the Old Testament to describe treasure prized by a king (1 Chron. 29:3; Eccles. 2:8). Unlike Pharaoh, God does not impose his authority on the Israelites against their wishes. The people are at liberty to reject God’s invitation, for it requires exclusive loyalty; they must be prepared to obey God fully. While this is a demanding requirement, these former slaves are promised a wonderful prospect.[1]


19:5 — “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.”

What an amazing thing to be called the “special treasure” of God! Obedience always brings blessing, and far more than we can imagine.[2]


19:5 a treasured possession The Hebrew term used here, segullah, refers to both inanimate objects and servants as personal property (Eccl 2:8; 1 Chr 29:3). In ancient Near Eastern covenant-legal literature, the term used here sometimes describes those in covenant with a deity—a context reflected here.

all the earth is mine Though all the earth and its nations belong to Yahweh, Gen 11:1–9 describes God disinheriting the nations of the world. After the Babel event, God turned the nations over to lesser gods (Deut 32:8–9; compare Deut 4:19–20). In the next divine act recorded in the ot, He called Abram and promised him a line of descendants that culminated in the sons of Jacob—the 12 tribes of Israel—who now stand before Him at Sinai.[3]


19:5 obey my voice and keep my covenant. Terms summarizing the proper human response to God’s gracious covenant (Gen. 17:2 note). The latter phrase (Gen. 17:9, 10; 1 Kin. 11:11; Ps. 78:10; 103:18; 132:12; Ezek. 17:14) always refers to fidelity to a previously revealed covenant. Since 6:4 has referred to the Exodus as the fulfillment of the patriarchal covenant, the revelation at Sinai must also be seen as an extension of the Abrahamic covenant.

treasured possession. As the following clause shows, God means that Israel will be His personal treasure within what is more generally owned (1 Chr. 29:3). Israel is separated by God’s election from the world that belongs to Him.[4]


19:5 The Lord wanted Israel to be known by what he had done as well as by what they would do. My own possession uses a word that is sometimes translated “treasure.” David used it to speak of his “personal treasures of gold and silver” that he had set aside for building the Lord’s temple (1Ch 29:3). In extrabiblical literature a king sometimes used a closely related word to speak positively of a vassal with whom he had a good relationship and where a king advertised himself on his royal seal as the treasured possession of a certain god.[5]


5. Now, therefore. God declares that He will ever be the same, and will constantly persevere (in blessing them), provided the Israelites do not degenerate, but remain devoted to their Deliverer; at the same time, He reminds them also, wherefore He has been so bountiful to them, viz., that they may continually aspire unto the end of their calling; for He had not willed to perform toward them a single act of liberality, but to purchase them as His peculiar, people. This privilege he sets before them in the word סגלה, segullah, which means all things most precious, whatever, in fact, is deposited in a treasury; although the word “peculium,” a peculiar possession, by which the old interpreter has rendered it, is not unsuitable to the passage; because it is plain from the immediate context, that it denotes the separation of this people from all others; since these words directly follow: “for,” or, although “all the earth is mine;” the particle כי, ki, being often taken adversatively, and there is no doubt but that God would more exalt His grace, by comparing this one nation with the whole world, as it is said in the song of Moses, “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel; for the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” (Deut. 32:8.) The sum then is, that whilst the whole earth is in God’s dominion, yet the race of Israel has been chosen by Him to excel all nations. Whence it is evident, that whereas the condition of all is alike, some are not distinguished from others by nature, but by gratuitous adoption; but, in order that they should abide in the possession of so great a blessing, fidelity towards God is required on their part. And, first, they are commanded to listen to his voice, (since no sacrifice is more pleasing to him than obedience, 1 Sam. 15:22;) and then a definition of obedience is added, viz., to keep His covenant.[6]


Ver. 5.—Now therefore. Instead of asking the simple question—“Will ye promise to obey me and keep my covenant?”—God graciously entices the Israelites to their own advantage by a most loving promise. If they will agree to obey his voice, and accept and keep his covenant, then they shall be to him a peculiar treasure (segullah)—a precious possession to be esteemed highly and carefully guarded from all that might injure it. (Compare Ps. 135:4; and see also Is. 43:1–4.) And this preciousness they shall not share with others on equal terms, but enjoy exclusively—it shall be theirs above all people. No other nation on the earth shall hold the position which they shall hold, or be equally precious in God’s sight. All the earth is his; and so all nations are his in a certain sense. But this shall not interfere with the special Israelite prerogative—they alone shall be his “peculiar people” (Deut. 14:2).[7]


[1] Alexander, T. D. (2016). Exodus. (J. H. Walton, Ed.) (pp. 96–97). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ex 19:5). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ex 19:5). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 120). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[5] Coover-Cox, D. G. (2017). Exodus. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 119). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[6] Calvin, J., & Bingham, C. W. (2010). Commentaries on the Four Last Books of Moses Arranged in the Form of a Harmony (Vol. 1, pp. 318–319). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Exodus (Vol. 2, p. 107). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

Obama Left An Ambassador to Die, But We’re Supposed to be Outraged Over Trump’s Yovanovitch Tweet? — Christian Research Network

But what really gets me is how it’s been almost seven years since Barack Obama left one of his ambassadors to die in a terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate, and the same people who defended the Obama administration endlessly over that, are feigning outrage over Trump’s tweet expressing his opinion. Democrats have been crying “impeach!” over everything for years, and now every time Trump expresses an opinion, we’re hearing “intimidation.”

(Matt Margolis – PJ Media)  On Friday, as former Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch was testifying, President Trump made a series of tweets criticizing her performance as ambassador, which got Democrats so triggered, his tweets were read soon after they were made, and the narrative presented was that the tweet was witness intimidation.

“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,” Trump tweeted. “She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.”

“They call it ‘serving at the pleasure of the President,’” Trump continued. “The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First!” Trump also noted that he’s done far more for Ukraine than his predecessor than Obama. View article →

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via Obama Left An Ambassador to Die, But We’re Supposed to be Outraged Over Trump’s Yovanovitch Tweet? — Christian Research Network

Assad likens ‘suicide’ of White Helmets founder to EPSTEIN & other high-profile mystery deaths | RT World News

Syrian President Bashar Assad has scorned the official story of wealthy sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, suggesting that people like him, or the late White Helmets founder, knew too much for the rich and powerful.

Epstein “was killed because he knew a lot of vital secrets connected with very important people in the British and American regimes, and possibly in other countries as well,” Assad told Russian channel Rossiya-24 in an interview Thursday.

Assad suggested that the convicted sex offender’s death was analogous to the unusual demise earlier this week of White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier, who allegedly jumped out of a window at his home in Turkey. Turkish police are treating Le Mesurier’s death as suicide.

They turned into a burden once they had played out their roles. A dire need to do away with them surfaced after they had fulfilled their roles.

Also on rt.com

‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’ is a FASCIST recruiting tool, establishment cries after meme goes mainstream in Congress

Assad was referring not just to Epstein and Le Mesurier, but also to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden – originally trained by the CIA to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who spent time in American custody in the notorious Camp Bucca and Abu Ghraib prisons in Iraq. All these “had been killed chiefly because they knew major secrets,” the Syrian leader argued.

While Epstein’s death was officially declared a suicide, celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden threw a wrench into the machine when he declared that the deceased pedophile’s broken hyoid bones likely came from strangulation. Le Mesurier’s death, tentatively ruled a suicide, proved too suspicious for Assad, who believes it is the “work of the secret services.”

Possibly, the founder of the White Helmets had been working on his memoirs and on the biography of his life, and this was unacceptable. This is an assumption, but a very serious one, since other options don’t sound convincing to me at the moment.

Also on rt.com

Leaked OPCW memo casts doubt on watchdog’s Douma ‘chemical attack’ conclusions

Le Mesurier was tagged as a “former agent of MI6” by the Russian Foreign Ministry just three days before his death, with “connections to terrorist groups” in Kosovo. His White Helmets group, Assad said, “are naturally part of Al-Qaeda” and have been caught staging “gas attacks” such as the phony event in Douma, used by the US as rationale for a strike on Damascus.

READ MORE: White Helmets plotting to stage new chemical weapons incidents in Syria – Russian Foreign Ministry

Epstein’s own links with intelligence agencies have been subject to much speculation, especially after Alex Acosta, the former Florida prosecutor who sentenced Epstein to an open-door prison sentence of just 13 months despite allegations he’d trafficked and abused dozens of girls, said he was told to “leave it alone” because Epstein “belonged to intelligence.” Former Israeli military intel officer Ari Ben-Menashe has claimed Epstein worked with Israeli intelligence as well, introduced to the business through his “girlfriend” Ghislaine Maxwell’s father Robert – a known Mossad agent.

Source: Assad likens ‘suicide’ of White Helmets founder to EPSTEIN & other high-profile mystery deaths

Self-described ‘moderate Republican’ Obama tells Democrats not to wade TOO FAR LEFT, or else… | RT USA News

Who’s that guy telling the Democratic Party to be conservative about what they wish for from their next president? Wait, isn’t that Barack ‘Yes, we can’ Obama, the media darling that led the country before Trump ‘ruined it all?’

The cold shower poured on Friday by the former US president in front of a room full of wealthy donors in Washington was obviously directed at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the progressive contenders in the Democratic primary race. The two senators have proposed a number of policies to radically change the way America functions economically and politically – for the benefit of the common people.

But according to Obama, Democratic voters don’t really want a candidate that would “completely tear down the system and remake it.”

There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important.

Yep, the guy who got elected on a message of hope that America could achieve its dreams is now telling it to be rooted in reality. The bold vision that the party nominee should offer to the divided nation should presumably involve “a little less bankruptcies over medical bills, a little fewer ICE raids on immigrants and a lot less concerns from the corporate elites about their sustained profits in the foreseeable future.” Yes, we can!

Of course, the hope for change that Obama evoked on the campaign trail was in contrast to his actual policies. And frankly, the gauge that shows how left would be too far left in modern America is quite off. The president himself admitted that in the 1980s he would be considered a moderate Republican.

It’s no surprise that his advice to a moderate-right party that pretends to be left is to play center. After all, they both have the same constituency to answer to, and don’t mistake it for the regular voters. Democrats may put forward a candidate that cannot always remember Obama’s name or which state he is currently speaking in. Or a latecomer billionaire with a habit of flip-flopping between parties. Even a top-tier candidate” with single digits in the polls will do.

Also on rt.com

‘Arrogance of billionaires’: Bernie Sanders slams Michael Bloomberg’s potential run without campaigning in key states

But a candidate supported by a genuine public movement who dares to threaten the super-rich is a no-go, regardless of how electable he or she actually is. Even Donald Trump’s second term would apparently be deemed better by the blue establishment.

By Alexandre Antonov, RT 

Source: Self-described ‘moderate Republican’ Obama tells Democrats not to wade TOO FAR LEFT, or else…

The REAL Reason For the Impeachment Proceedings: BECAUSE TRUMP WON IN 2016

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Ever since the night of November 8th, 2016 – the Left has been in melt down mode over Trump’s victorious run for the presidency.

Do you remember watching the reactions from CNN and other Leftist fake news websites?  Shock is not even strong enough a word.

But soon, shock morphed into rage. And then rage became determination to smash our president with false allegations.  How long did we endure the “Russian collusion” mantra?

It became a “throw anything against the wall and see what sticks” circus. And guess what?  NOTHING stuck.

The Practice Run for Impeachment was the Attempted take down of Kavanaugh

The Left brought in Liars to try to smear Brett Kavanaugh. The testimonies of the take-down team fell apart – as most lies do. It was a despicable display of the moral degeneracy of the Marxist/Socialist Democratic Party.

From nationalreview.com

Ten Reasons Impeachment Is Illegitimate

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Democrats’ Game-Plan: Brainwash Americans Into Hating Trump, Stage Coup Against Him | Paul Craig Roberts

The fake “whistleblower’s name – Eric Ciamerella – has been known for a long time, but not officially. Now it is official. Senator Rand Paul has released his name. Funny, isn’t it, that only the Republicans want Ciamerella to testify. The Democrats won’t hear of it. 

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If the American people are paying attention, the Democrats are in trouble. When Russiagate fizzled out on them, Adam Schiff (D,CA) orchestrated a fake “whistleblower” who the Democrats cannot risk putting on the stand to testify. The Democrats’ focus shifted to sleazy State Department types who could offer nothing but second or third hand hearsay followed by a hearsay second telephone call that cannot be confirmed.

Why are the Democrats out on a limb like this? They can rely on the presstitutes to cover up for them in every respect and to continue to repeat endlessly without any verification their charges against Trump, but after going through the hoax of Russiagate are the American people stupid enough to fall for the replacement hoax?

Some analysts believe that the House Democrats are using the so-called impeachment not to produce any evidence, as they have none, but to gin up hatred of Trump especially among the youth who are known to want to be included in whatever is cool. The Democrats’ project is to make hating Trump cool and to convince young people to base their vote on being cool and hating Trump.

I recently asked where are Attorney General Barr’s indictments of Obama regime officials for the attempted Russiagate coup against Trump. Some Republicans explained that Barr is waiting until closer to the election in order to get maximum impact on the voting public. If so, this is a mistake. The longer Barr waits, the longer the presstitutes and Democrats have to discredit the indictments in advance as Trump’s effort to produce a countervailing news story. The longer Barr waits, the more of Trump’s presidency is given up to the impeachment circus. The longer Barr waits, the longer Republicans have to become demoralized by the complete absence of integrity among the American media and House Democrats. It is really very disgusting for anyone not caught up in the emotion of hating Trump at all costs. Honest people with integrity don’t want to be associated with such dirty business.

There actually are a lot of Americans who have been conditioned to hate Trump so completely that they would accept his removal by a coup. They are so emotional that they are unable to think about the consequences for democracy of a coup. This is the slippery slope the Romans went down. Once an emperor was removed by a coup, every emperor could be, and often was, removed by a coup. The subsequent internal disorder contributed greatly to the fall of Rome.

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There are many issues on which Democrats could legitimately challenge Trump in the forthcoming presidential election that would resonate with many honest Americans. Democrats could challenge Trump for the coup against Bolivian President Morales. They could challenge Trump for dismantling environmental protections and for permitting mining and energy companies to loot national monuments and wildlife refuges. They could challenge Trump for persecuting Julian Assange for practicing traditional journalism. They could challenge Trump for serving Israeli instead of American foreign policy interests. These and other issues would make a real campaign, one worthy of a democracy. Instead, we get hoax scandals.

What this tells us is that there is not enough integrity in the Democratic Party and American media for democracy to survive. When the political process consists of nothing but lies and hatred, democracy is not possible.

Why are the House Democrats and the American media destroying democracy?

Source: Democrats’ Game-Plan: Brainwash Americans Into Hating Trump, Stage Coup Against Him

Guilty by Reason of Insanity with David Limbaugh — Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers

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How do you get informed as to what is going on in our crazy political discourse right now?  I can’t keep up with it all.  I not only can’t keep up with it all, but I also forget what happened politically last week, and last month, and last year.  I need someone to document it all for me so I can make informed decisions as we enter an election year.  New York Times best-selling author, David Limbaugh, has done so with his new, exquisitely researched book, Guilty by Reason of Insanity.   David covers a wide range of topics—racism, gender, intersectionality, socialism, capitalism, abortion, immigration, religious freedom, etc.—that should be important to all people, especially Christians.  No matter what you believe politically right now, you should read David’s book and listen to this interview!

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Is The Fed Directly Monetizing US Debt? | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Chris Martenson via PeakProsperity.com,

The Federal Reserve is now directly monetizing US federal debt.

Sure, it’s not admitting to this. And it’s using several technical jinks and jives to offer a pretense that things are otherwise.

But it’s not terribly difficult to predict what’s going to happen next: the Federal Reserve will drop the secrecy and start buying US debt openly.

At a time, mind you, when US fiscal deficits are exploding and foreign buyers are heading for the exits.

How It’s Supposed to Work

Here’s how it’s supposed to work when the US government issues new debt:

  1. If the US Treasury needs to raise new funds, it announces an upcoming auction of US Treasury bills/notes/bonds.
  2. A date for the auction is set.
  3. Various participants bid for those bills/notes/bonds (including ‘regular folks’ like you and me if we’re using the government’s Treasury Direct program).
  4. At a later date, the Fed can buy those US Treasury bills/notes/bonds. The various holders of that debt submit offers to sell, and the Fed (presumably) selects the best offers on the best terms.

The Federal Reserve, under no conditions, buys Treasury paper directly.  The Federal Reserve’s own website still maintains that this is the case:

(Source)

There are two important claims plus one assertion I’ve highlighted in there, each in a different color:

  1. Yellow: Treasury securities may “only be bought and sold in the open market.”
  2. Blue: doing otherwise might compromise the independence of the Fed.
  3. Purple: the Fed mostly buys “old” securities.

So according to the Fed: it’s independent, it follows the rules set forth in the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, and it mostly buys “old” Treasury paper that the market has already properly priced in a free and fair system.

But that’s not really what’s going on…

What’s Actually Happening

It’s now clear that something spooked the Fed badly in September.

We still don’t know what exactly went on, but the Repo market blew up. While this was a clear sign that something big was amiss, the Fed has not yet explained what the cause was, who needed to be bailed out, or why.

And it’s not going to anytime soon. It recently announced that its records on the matter are going to be sealed for at least two years.

While the Fed is ostensibly a public institution, and yes transparency should be extremely important — at least to maintain the appearance that it’s being careful with public monies — the Fed is prioritizing secrecy here.

Whatever’s going on has been serious enough for the Fed to openly lie. And not just in regards to the repo market.

“It’s not QE!” Fed chair Jerome Powell recently declared upon relaunching an asset purchase program that has already expanded the Fed’s balance sheet by hundreds of billion of dollars.

Given all the secrecy, obfuscation and lies, the Fed is now in clear violation of the spirit of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

Recall from above that the Fed “only buys Treasury securities in the open market”, meaning from other banks and financial institutions.  That’s how the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 is written:

(Source – the Fed)

Let’s walk through an example that connects the dots here.

Just know that this is but a single example out of many.

Read more: Is The Fed Directly Monetizing US Debt?

“The Bubble’s Already Popped”: Peter Schiff Warns “Ignore What The Fed Says, Look At What They Do” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Financial expert Peter Schiff says that people should ditch the dollar. And not just the dollar; all fiat currencies.  Instead, he says people should be buying gold, a “real safe haven” asset.

The real driver behind the rise of gold prices is the world’s central banks’ buying spree, says Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital.

“All of this is very bullish for gold and so rather than simply selling bonds people should be buying gold because they need to get out of the dollar,” says Schiff. 

“In fact, they need to get out of the fiat currencies in general and seek a real safe haven – and that’s gold,” he adds.

Back at the end of October, Schiff has also said that the stock market bubble had already popped, according to RT. (fwd to 18:20)

The Federal Reserve planned to inject $60 billion per month into the U.S. economy which is showing signs of a slowdown.

“Just ignore what they say and look at what they do,” Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital tells Boom Bust.

“They are trying desperately to keep the air from coming out of this bubble but it’s not going to work,” he said, explaining that “The bubble has already popped.”

According to Schiff,

 “the only question is how fast is that air going to come out and when the market is going to figure out that the game is over, understand what the Fed has been doing, and the true nature of this bubble economy…”

What Could Pop The Everything Bubble?

Schiff also added that the most recent interest rate cut is a “desperate attempt to keep the air from coming out of the bubble, to maintain false consumer confidence.” Consumers are confident the economy is a disaster, he says, adding that they don’t have any money, they have lousy jobs, no savings, and are loaded down with debt.

“But, as long as they keep on borrowing money to buy stuff that they can’t afford with money they don’t have, for some reason they remain optimistic…” The Fed plays into this, Schiff says.

Source: “The Bubble’s Already Popped”: Peter Schiff Warns “Ignore What The Fed Says, Look At What They Do”

In Shock To $3.5 Trillion Healthcare Industry, Trump Admin Will Force Hospitals To Disclose “Secret” Insurance Rates | ZeroHedge News

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In a move that will send shockwaves across the $3.5 trillion US healthcare industry, on Friday the Trump administration unveiled a plan that would – for the first time – force hospitals and insurers to disclose their secret negotiated rates, the WSJ reported.

In hopes of bringing some transparency and openness to a pathologically opaque industry, one which many have blamed for being behind the explosion in US underfunded liabilities to more than $100 trillion, administration officials said the final rule will compel hospitals in 2021 to publicize the rates they negotiate with individual insurers for all services, including drugs, supplies, facility fees and care by doctors who work for the facility. The White House would also propose extending the disclosure requirement to the $670 billion health-insurance industry. Insurance companies and group health plans that cover employees would have to disclose negotiated rates, as well as previously paid rates for out-of-network treatment, in computer-searchable file formats.

As the WSJ notes, the proposal covering insurers is the newest part of the price-disclosure initiative, and would include the private-employer market, where about 158 million people get their health insurance. Insurers and group health plans would have to put the negotiated rates into a file that third-party developers could incorporate into shopping tools. As with hospitals, insurers will have to create a web-based tool for beneficiaries that discloses the list price, the negotiated rate, cost sharing, and the amount left on a plan deductible, as well as allowable out-of-network rates.

The requirements, which are more far-reaching than industry leaders had expected, could upend commercial health-care markets, which are rife with purposefully complex systems of hidden charges and secret discounts which enable the fleecing of either end users or chronically  underfunded government healthcare programs. The price-disclosure initiative has become a cornerstone of the president’s 2020 re-election health strategy, despite threats of legal action from industry.

“Right now there is too much arbitrage in the system,” a senior administration official said in an interview Thursday with The Wall Street Journal. “There are a ton of vested interests who will oppose this. We expect to get sued. We’re really goring people’s oxes.”

Hospitals and insurers typically treat specific prices for medical services as closely held secrets, with contracts between the insurers and hospital systems generally bound by confidentiality agreements. Policy makers, employers and patients are often unable to see clearly which hospital systems and doctor practices are driving high costs.

Ironically just a few days ago we showed why “US Healthcare Costs Are Exploding“, and the primary culprit was soaring insurance and medical care service fees. If there is one thing that could potentially put a dent in this exponential surge, it is the elimination of all the various secret price deals and arrangements.

Why is transaprency good? Because as studies have shown, consumers are often required to pay more out of pocket when they don’t have the price information they need to comparison shop. Employer health-plan deductibles are outpacing wage growth and have risen to an average $1,655 for a single plan, according to a September survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Workers on average pay $6,015 toward the cost of their coverage.

Taken together, the WSJ notes, “the price-disclosure initiatives could reshape the $3.5 trillion health-care industry.”

The good news: the much needed transparency finally may bring some – literal – price discovery to what has traditionally been the most opaque, and lucrative, sector for the aging and chronically obese US population. The bad news: as Trump is going against trillions in vested interests, expect even more “whistleblowers” to emerge from the sector that has chronically been the biggest lobbyist of Washington…

… doing their best to bring the president down.

Meanwhile, as Americans lament soaring prices of, well, everything, after shelter and rent costs, the second biggest drain of US household income and savings is insurance premiums.

Vladimir Putin Sums Up The New World Order In 5 Words | ZeroHedge News

Vladimir Putin Sums Up The New World Order In 5 Words

Russian President Vladimir Putin succinctly summarized the shifting tectonic plates of geopolitics.

First he explained the status quo…

“The Dollar enjoyed great trust around the world. But, for some reason, it is now being used as a political weapon to  impose restrictions.”

Then Putin explained the consequences…

“Many countries are now turning away from the Dollar as a Reserve Currency.”

And ultimately what happens…

“US Dollar will collapse soon.”

And just like that, it was gone. Remember “nothing lasts forever”…

As Bloomberg reports, Russia’s central bank has been the largest buyer of gold in the past few years.

Source: Bloomberg

Of course, Putin is not the first (and won’t be the last) to suggest the end is nigh for the dollar…

The World Bank’s former chief economist wants to replace the US dollar with a single global super-currency, saying it will create a more stable global financial system.

“The dominance of the greenback is the root cause of global financial and economic crises,” Justin Yifu Lin told Bruegel, a Brussels-based policy-research think tank. “The solution to this is to replace the national currency with a global currency.”

Warren Buffett once explained that “for 240 years it’s been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start.”

We don’t mean to rain on his parade too much, but the following charts suggest time is ticking, as the world transitions from dollars to non-fiat reserves…

Source: Bloomberg

Source: Vladimir Putin Sums Up The New World Order In 5 Words

AG Barr Defends President Trump, Says Democrats Are “Using Every Tool and Maneuver to Sabotage the Functioning of the Executive Branch” — The Gateway Pundit

AG Barr stood up for President Trump and the Executive Branch stating that Democrats are “using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the Executive Branch”.

At the 28:00 mark of the video below, AG Barr shared this –

As I said the framers fully expected intense pulling between Congress and the Executive.  Unfortunately just in the past few years we’ve seen these conflicts take on an entirely new character.  Immediately after President Trump won election opponents inaugurated what they called ‘the resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the Executive Branch and his administration.  The language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power.  It obviously connotes, it obviously connotes, that the government is not legitimate.  This is a very dangerous and indeed incendiary notion to import into the politics of a democratic republic.

The Hill shared this part of the AG’s speech –

Here are some more highlights from the speech –

16:15  – discussion on Executive powers

16:50 – AG Barr goes “Booo” to liberals –

18:15 – Executive theory

30:30 – Democrats in the Senate preventing President Trump from building his government – under the Trump Presidency, the Senate has needed to invoke cloture 236 times – only 17 in 8 years under Obama and only 4 in Bushes first term.

36:00 – Trump was up front in his campaign and the people voted him in

37:20 – Democrats are shredding the rule of law and constitutional norms

45:50 – Courts as well are increasing judicial reviews and getting themselves into national security and foreign affairs which are Executive Branch activities – travel ban is an example

51:00 – Nationwide injunctions are also increasing with over 40 under President Trump and only 2 under Obama

52:00 – Every major policy under President Trump has been subject to immediate freezing by the courts

AG Barr again shows his brilliance and confirms his support for the Executive Branch and President Trump.

via AG Barr Defends President Trump, Says Democrats Are “Using Every Tool and Maneuver to Sabotage the Functioning of the Executive Branch” — The Gateway Pundit

HUGE! Dems Went All-In on Schiff Impeachment and Now It’s a SCHIFF SHOW – Unconstitutional, No Crimes and 73% of Americans DON’T TRUST DEMOCRATS! — The Gateway Pundit

Uh-Oh – The Democrats are in real big trouble. Pelosi and gang went all-in on the Schifty Schiff and his sham impeachment inquiry and it is quickly turning into a Schiff Show.

Speaker Pelosi and her band of socialist Democrats went ‘all-in’ on an impeachment of President Trump. They’ve wanted this since before the 2017 Inauguration. However, in their rage they forgot and are missing a couple of key points – one, there must be high crimes, misdemeanors, treason or bribery – and two, there must be public support. Unfortunately for the Dems, they have neither.

The Schiff Sham is unconstitutional, that is why it is so insane!

The Democrats created an impeachment process where the individual leading the process was involved in creating it with a CIA spy who leaked information from a Presidential call. The same CIA spy was kicked out of the White House in 2017 for leaking.

The spy met with Adam Schiff and his team before filing his complaint under the Whistleblower statute although this didn’t meet the standards for such a complaint. Whistleblower complaints are only legitimate in the Intel Community if related to a member of the Intel community. The President was the subject of the complaint and he is not a member of the Intel community.

The whistleblower form in the Intel community was updated to allow for second hand information. This was not allowed before this complaint.

Schiff and his team flew to the Ukraine before the complaint and met with some of the individuals who testified in Schiff’s court held in the basement of the US capital. The Republicans are not allowed to call in witnesses. The witnesses were coached by Schiff.  The Republicans’ questions are constantly interrupted by the likes of ‘President’ Swalwell, a failed Democrat candidate for President, and other Democrats.

The President and his team is not allowed to interview the witnesses. The witnesses are basing their testimonies in some cases on 4th hand information.

Schiff is in charge of the impeachment hearings set up based on the CIA spy’s complaint. Schiff is the same individual who created the incident that the impeachment is based on. All rules and guidelines are created by him alone. He decides who interviews and when and what they are allowed to say. He tells witnesses whether they are allowed to answer questions or not from the Republicans on the Committee.

The number of unconstitutional actions taken by Schiff is too numerous to count. Nowhere in our constitution does it provide for an accuser to be a witness, a prosecutor, the judge, the jury and the ruler over who is heard and what is said in a trial! And to think they are doing this not in a traffic court, but to remove the President of the United States from office!

President Trump committed no crimes

The whole SHAM is based on the President requesting the new President from the Ukraine to look into the 2016 campaign. The President asked that the Ukraine leader see if he could find anything on Hillary’s server, which some people believe may be in the Ukraine, as well as Crowdstrike, the Ukrainian owned firm that the FBI and DNC relied upon in 2016 when it claimed that Russians hacked Hillary’s emails. Crowdstrike’s claim to this day is the only information used by the FBI, DOJ and Mueller gang as evidence that the Russians hacked Hillary’s emails.

The US has a treaty with the Ukraine that allows for the US and the Ukraine to assist each other with criminal investigations. Based on a Mutual Legal Assistant Treaty with the Ukraine, the President had every right and even a duty to dig into criminal activities in the Ukraine that involve Americans.

The President of the Ukraine asked on the call whether he should look into the Bidens’ actions in the Ukraine. A video where former Vice President Biden bragged about having a Ukrainian prosecutor removed from a case where he was investigating his son, Hunter Biden, was shared all over the Internet. The judge was removed in a quid pro quo arrangement. The Ukrainians removed the prosecutor and then they received $1 billion from the US under Obama.

Biden’s son Hunter, was placed on the Board of Burisma Holdings in the Ukraine and he and Devon Archer, who’s connected to former Secretary of State, John Kerry, who was also on the Burisma Board, made at least $50,000 a month, each in spite of knowing nothing about Burisma’s business.

Based on this Schiff and company believed they could impeach President Trump for a quid-pro-quo – like what Biden did – I’ll give you money if you remove the prosecutor in the Ukraine who is investigating my son and the company he is a Board member of, Burisma Holdings. But this is not what President Trump did. Joe Biden is guilty of quid-pro-quo. The Democrats are projecting again!

Of course, Schifty Schiff is also reportedly considering bringing back the obstruction actions from the Mueller case to impeach the President but Mueller himself did not have the evidence to claim any of these actions were crimes because they weren’t.

Democrat attorney Alan Dershowitz agreed last week that President Trump committed no crimes –

No One in American Wants Impeachment except the Far-left Socialist Dems

Finally, the Democrats are totally blinded by their rage and they don’t realize that nobody is in favor of impeachment.

As we reported, FOX News released a poll where they state that 49% of Americans were for Trump Impeachment. But their polling was flawed. The real extrapolated results of the poll using an accurate proportion of Republicans, Democrats and Independents shows that only 30% are in favor of Trump’s Impeachment and they’re all Democrats.

Today another poll was released consistent with the results of the extrapolated FOX News poll.

Nearly three quarters of all Americans have little or no trust in the way that Schifty Schiff is running the impeachment process –

This is perhaps the worst gaffe in modern political history.  This Schiff Show does not have a happy ending for the Democrats.

via HUGE! Dems Went All-In on Schiff Impeachment and Now It’s a SCHIFF SHOW – Unconstitutional, No Crimes and 73% of Americans DON’T TRUST DEMOCRATS! — The Gateway Pundit

DEMOCRAT DISASTER: 53% of Black Voters, 60% of Other Minorities Say Liberal Media Trying to Help Democrats Impeach Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Thanks to President Donald Trump ALL Americans now know the mainstream fake-news media is an extension of the Democrat Party.

In a recent poll a majority of black voters and minority voters say the media is trying to help Democrats impeach President Trump.
And half of FOX News too, by the way.

CNS News reported:

Both black voters and other minority voters are more convinced than white voters that most reporters are trying to help impeach President Donald Trump, rather than report the news fairly – with a majority of each of the three groups holding that view – a new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals.

In the national voter survey, conducted November 12-13, 53% of all voters said most reporters are trying to help impeach Trump:

“When they write or talk about the impeachment effort, are most reporters trying to help impeach President Trump or block his impeachment? Or are most reporters simply interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner?”:

“Help impeach President Trump”: 53%
“Block his impeachment”: 8%
Report “news in an unbiased an unbiased manner”: 32%
But, 53% of black voters and 60% of other minorities, compared to 51% of whites, said reporters are trying to get Trump rather than report the news fairly.

via DEMOCRAT DISASTER: 53% of Black Voters, 60% of Other Minorities Say Liberal Media Trying to Help Democrats Impeach Trump — The Gateway Pundit