Daily Archives: November 18, 2019

November 18 Our Christian Growth

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verse: Ephesians 2:1

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.

After planting watermelon seeds, you water and eagerly watch for them to sprout. As they grow, you continue to water, fertilize, and anticipate their fruit. From the moment you accept Christ, you begin growing in your likeness to Him (Ephesians 4:24).

The Christian life is a growing process with several stages essential to spiritual growth:

  • Unbelief. Without Christ we are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1).
  • Salvation. God’s gift of salvation is available to all who believe (Titus 2:11).
  • Service. A natural response after receiving new life in Christ is the desire to share the joy and peace that comes from a personal relationship with God and encourage other believers in their faith (Ephesians 4:11–12).
  • Frustrated inadequacy. God does not want us to become self-centered or satisfied in our relationship with Him or to feel that we can accomplish His work in our own strength.
  • Total dependence on God. Without Christ we are nothing and can do nothing (Galatians 2:20).

By seeking God, you will continue to learn, develop, and grow in Christ—producing spiritual fruit far beyond anything you can imagine (Galatians 5:22–23).

Father, I reject unbelief. Use me in Your service and help me depend totally on You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 337). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 18 Positioned to Hear His Voice

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:22–25

Key Verse: Psalm 62:5

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.

David had just been anointed king over Israel when the Philistines attacked. The first thing he did was to go to God in prayer and inquire: “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt Thou give them into my hand?” (2 Sam. 5:19 nasb). The Lord affirmed the victory to David.

Israel captured the Philistine camp. In desperation, the Philistines attempted another raid. David could have looked at the situation from a human perspective. His army easily won the first victory; what was there to stop them from repeating the same action? Plenty, and David knew it. Joshua failed to seek God at Ai and lost to a much smaller army than the one David faced (Josh. 7:1–12). Making decisions such as that one apart from God invited defeat. David immediately went back to God for the solution.

The Lord told him not to attack the enemy! Instead, he was to wait until he heard the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees. Try to imagine what David felt. He knew the enemy was poised and ready to strike, but he had to wait for God’s timing.

Times of waiting are times of great blessing. When we learn to wait on the Lord, we position ourselves to hear His voice. God’s timing is always perfect. And when you commit yourself to following His lead, you will never be disappointed.

O God, help me wait for Your timing, even when I frantically feel I must do something. I commit myself to follow You. I know I won’t be disappointed.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 337). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

How Do Creeds and Confessions Help Us? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The historic creeds and confessions help to guard us from basing our faith on changing moods and whims. From one of our Ask Ligonier events, Burk Parsons appeals to the usefulness of these time-tested statements of orthodoxy.

Ask your biblical and theological questions live online at Ask.Ligonier.org.

via How Do Creeds and Confessions Help Us? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

November 18 A Twofold Objective

Scripture reading: Philippians 4:5–13

Key verse: Psalm 30:5

His anger is but for a moment,

His favor is for life;

Weeping may endure for a night,

But joy comes in the morning.

When things are going your way, it’s easy to attribute the circumstances to the Lord. It is much more difficult to utter praise when you have suffered hurt or injustice.

Jerry Bridges addresses this inner conflict in his book Trusting God:

Well known theologian J. I. Packer defines providence as, “The unceasing activity of the Creator, whereby, in overflowing bounty and goodwill, He upholds His creatures in ordered existence, guides and governs all events, circumstances, and free acts of angels and men, and directs everything to its appointed goal, for His own glory.”

Clearly there is no concept of stop-and-go, part-time governance on God’s part in this definition … Nothing, not even the smallest virus, escapes His care and control. But note also, the twofold objective of God’s providence: His own glory and the good of His people. These two objectives are never antithetical; they are always in harmony with each other. God never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek our good at the expense of His glory.

What comfort and encouragement this should be to us. If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe that just as certainly as God will allow nothing to subvert His glory, so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us.

Reveal Your glory through me, Father. I know that nothing will spoil the good You are working in and through me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 337). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Barr Routs The ‘Resistance’: “It Is The Left That Is Shredding Norms, Undermining The Rule Of Law” | ZeroHedge News

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Anyone who doubts that the Attorney General is dead serious about cleaning up the goddamned mess of sedition spawned by the Democratic Party, its agents in the permanent Washington bureaucracy, and its public relations arm in the news media, might invest a little time and attention in William Barr’s speech to the Federalist Society Friday evening. (Text of speech here and video here.)

Mr. Barr declared unambiguously and in plain English that “in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of ‘Resistance’ against this Administration, it is the Left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law.”

Is any part of that unclear? The confounded might take in this more detailed lesson in recent history from the speech:

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 available to sabotage the functioning of his administration.  Now, ‘resistance’ is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous — indeed incendiary — notion to import into the politics of a democratic republic.  What it means is that, instead of viewing themselves as the “loyal opposition,” as opposing parties have done in the past, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”

And anyone who takes in the nauseating spectacle of Congressman Adam Schiff’s House Intel Committee impeachment process can see that shredding of norms on full shameless display, where the attempted defense of nakedly absurd charges against the president is thwarted by a chicane of deceitful rules outside any concept of due process, concocted by Mr. Schiff and his task force of Lawfare hustlers — no right to call witnesses, no right of cross-examination, and no right to argue that set of rules cribbed from the Stalin show trials by way of the Spanish Inquisition.

They’re pouring it on this week ahead of a post-Thanksgiving cold water deluge of bad news that will detail charges against the progenitors of RussiaGate. The roll-call may be a long one, including many actors whose turpitudes have been publicly and richly documented for many months – Messers, Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe, Strzok, Halper, Ms. Page, et. al – and, if real justice is on order, not a few figures lurking in the Deep State deep background — John Carlin, Bill Priestap, Dana Boente, Michael Gaeta, Sally Yates, Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, and perhaps even the archangel Barack Obama, just in time for Christmas, too. Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann deserve to be included for what amounted to a blatant, arrantly mendacious malicious prosecution, knowing that they had no case and proceeding anyway for two whole years.

I hope the roundup will extend to the very latest ploys leading to RussiaGate’s successor subterfuge, UkraineGate, namely the exploits of “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella, his handlers and enablers in Mr. Schiff’s office, and the actions of his accomplice, Michael Atkinson, the current Intelligence Community Inspector General, with obvious conflicts of interests as a major player in the previous RuissiaGate dodge — he was legal counsel to Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, who headed the Department of Justice’s National Security Division at the birth of the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” gambit, and before that he was Robert Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI. Anything to see there, ya think? The “whistleblower” himself was, in fact, a CIA spy in the White House. You may recall that the CIA is prohibited from spying on Americans in their own country, and doing that in the White House is arguably the essence and height of lawless sedition.

Obviously, Rep. Adam Schiff will at some point be called to face the atonal music he composed (with a little help from Karlheinz Stockhausen — give a listen) in a court of law, where different rules apply than the ones now on display in his committee. He has a lot to answer for in his campaign to blow smoke up America’s ass for three years running, with deleterious effect on the national project generally and on the honor and dignity of the legislature in particular.

The American public also deserves to know exactly who has been leaking transcripts from Mr. Schiff’s star chamber depositions to the news media – most recently last Friday when the supposedly secret testimony of diplomat David Holmes, lately of the US embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, found its way to CBS News reporter Margaret Brennan. A logical presumption would be that the leaker is someone on Mr. Schiff’s staff. Who else might have access to it? (Well, possibly the NSA and thereby the CIA.) It shouldn’t be too difficult to find out. Perhaps one of the minority members of the House Intel Committee might put the question to Mr. Schiff when the hearings re-open on Wednesday — if Mr. Schiff will allow the question to even be entertained.

Source: Barr Routs The ‘Resistance’: “It Is The Left That Is Shredding Norms, Undermining The Rule Of Law”

Kanye West Defends Joel Osteen to Standing Ovation During Lakewood Service: ‘God Is Not the Negative Part’ — Christian Research Network

Osteen’s message on Sunday again touched on God opening doors and opportunities for His people, advising those listening to make positive confessions over themselves, such as “I am enough,” “I am strong enough” and “I am attractive enough.”

(Heather Clark – Christian News) Rapper turned gospel artist Kanye West, who referred to himself as “the greatest artist that God has ever created,” spoke to the defense of motivational speaker and author Joel Osteen on Sunday, resulting in a standing ovation from many in attendance at Lakewood and Osteen joking that he had “made it” by having West’s support.

“There’s a lot of people in the Christian community that try to give Joel a hard time because when you turn on the radio, he keeps on showing you how good God is,” West said to much applause, with many standing to their feet. “God is not the enemy. God is not the negative part. God is not just the perception of fire and brimstone.”

“God is love, is the greatest, is the glory,” he continued. “God is family. God is friendship. God is prosperity. … Keep your eye on the beauty and the love and the grace of God. The grace that allows us to be here today with all of our sins. We know that when we accept Jesus as our lord and savior, we will be granted eternal life.”

Osteen nodded.  View article →


Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel

via Kanye West Defends Joel Osteen to Standing Ovation During Lakewood Service: ‘God Is Not the Negative Part’ — Christian Research Network

November 18, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Ver. 10.—The reproof is given in the form of questions, in order to rouse the sleeping conscience of the people. Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked? Do the wicked still continue to bring into their houses treasures obtained by wrong? The old versions compare this ill-gotten wealth to a fire which shall consume the homes of its possessors. Septuagint, Μὴ πῦρ καὶ οἶκος ἀνόμου θησαυρίζων θησαυροὺς ἀνόμους; “Is there fire and the house of the wicked treasuring up wicked treasures?” Vulgate, Adhuc ignis in domo impii thesauri iniquitatis? So the Syriac; the Chaldee keeps to the Masoretic reading. The scant measure; literally, the ephah of leanness. The ephah was about three pecks. According to Josephus (‘Ant.,’ xv. 9. 2), it contained one Attic medimnus, which would be nearly a bushel and a half. Fraudulent weights and measures are often denounced (Lev. 19:35, etc.; Deut. 25:14, etc.; Prov. 20:10, 23; Amos 8:5). Vulgate, Mensura minor iræ plena, where the Hebrew has, that is abominable. Such frauds are hateful to God, and are marked with his wrath.

Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Micah (p. 89). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

Ken Starr: Impeachment Inquiry Is a ‘Coup D’etat’ by House Democrats, Not Like Watergate | The Epoch Times

Former independent counsel Ken Starr, who led the prosecution during former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 1990s, blasted the House Democrats’ inquiry into President Donald Trump, describing it as a “coup d’etat.”

He added that the current inquiry is “far removed” from the Watergate scandal that ensnared former President Richard Nixon, ultimately leading to his resignation.

Starr told Fox News that the Democrats’ current investigation has revealed no star witness in the vein of John Dean, the former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon. Dean testified against Nixon in the early 1970s.

“Here’s John Dean testifying dramatically: ‘I’m in the Oval Office and I am participating in a criminal conspiracy with the president of the United States,’” said Starr, who headed the Whitewater probe into former President Clinton.

During the current inquiry into Trump, Democrats “have a witness who does not have a connection to the president … and knows of no crime. So it’s really night and day.”

Former President Richard Nixon talks about his 1974 resignation in a series of interviews conducted by former White House aide Frank Gannon in New York City on June 10, 1983. (Copyright Raiford Communications/AP Photo)

On Friday, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified before the House Intelligence Committee during a televised hearing for about six hours. She told lawmakers that she didn’t have any firsthand information regarding any alleged criminal activity or bribes.

Democrats have alleged Trump withheld military aid and engaged a pressure campaign to force Ukraine to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump has categorically denied the allegations.

“This goes back to the entire process point,” Starr said. “And, I must say, when you depart from tradition you may be doing the right thing, you may be reforming, or you may be really fouling up.”

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (L) and Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) during the first public hearings held by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 13, 2019. (Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) who heads the House Intelligence Committee, is the primary driving force behind the impeachment inquiry.

“And so, the Democrats decided to depart radically from tradition and to make Chairman Schiff the new head of the Judiciary Committee,” he told Fox.

As a result, “there has essentially been a coup d’etat in the House of Representatives. And so, when we look at each procedure, we see some departure from the past,” Starr remarked.

Source: Ken Starr: Impeachment Inquiry Is a ‘Coup D’etat’ by House Democrats, Not Like Watergate

Bannon Wanted Eric Ciaramella Kicked Off National Security Council Amid Concerns Over Leaks | Zero Hedge

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• Zero Hedge – Tyler Durden

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a Friday interview that in 2017, he was involved in an effort to remove alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella from the National Security Council over concerns about leaks.

“When I was in the White House there was a number of people in the National Security Council — the named individual eventually got let go, I believe because people were suspicious, not me, but other people around him were suspicious about his leaking, and that’s why he was let go,” Bannon told VICE in an interview which published Friday.

Bannon served in the White House until August 2017, while Ciaramella – who became former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster’s personal aide in June 2017, was called out as a leaker by journalist Mike Cernovich that same month.

Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away: The Fed’s Bubble Will Burst by Ron Paul

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It’s almost impossible to find a kernel of truth in the Empire of Lies. As is always the case, the outlook from the Federal Reserve is sunshine and rainbows. The President has the same erroneous view. But ignoring the biggest bubble that the Fed has ever created will not make it go away.

If Not-QE Is QE, Then Is Not-A-Blowoff-Top A Blowoff Top? | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Can $300 billion, or $600 billion, or even $1 trillion continue to prop up an increasingly risk-riddled, fragile $330 trillion global bubble in overvalued assets?

When is “Not-QE” QE? When Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell declares QE is not QE. We can constructively recall the story that Abraham Lincoln famously recounted in 1862:

 ‘If I should call a sheep’s tail a leg, how many legs would it have?’


‘No, only four; for my calling the tail a leg would not make it so.’

Calling QE not-QE doesn’t make it different than QE, but it does communicate the Fed’s panicky desire to mask its stupendous injection of financial cocaine into the financial system. The Fed’s level of panic is noteworthy, as is the absurd transparency of its laughable attempt to conceal its panic.

In the same fashion, the financial media is loudly declaring the current blowoff top in stocks is not a blowoff top. The delicious irony here is these denials are reliable markers of blowoff tops: the louder the denials, the greater the odds that this is in fact the blowoff top that many pundits have been expecting for some time, but always in the future.

Garsh darn it, maybe the future has arrived. The financial media denied the Q4 1999 – Q1 2000 blowoff top was a blowoff top, and it repeated its denial of a blowoff top in housing in 2006-2007. The pundits of 1929 also denied the Q3 blowoff top in stocks was a blowoff top.

If you want a reliable signal that the blowoff top has peaked, listen to the screechy adamance of the deniers. The list of reasons why blowoff tops can’t be blowoff tops is practically endless: sentiment isn’t bullish enough, there’s a Wall of Worry for stocks to climb (overlooking the inconvenient reality that there is always a Wall of Worry), the consumer is still looking good, corporate earnings will rebound, the soft patch is behind us, the Internet will grow for decades to come, they’re not making any more land, capital flows favor higher asset prices, we owe it to ourselves (paging Paul Krugman–the Keynesian Cargo Cult is about to dance the humba-humba around the campfire and you’re needed…), debt doesn’t matter (it never matters until it does), price-earning ratios have plenty of room to move higher, and everyone’s favorite, don’t fight the all-powerful Fed (and we command you not to look behind the curtain while we worship false gods and wave dead chickens).

But nonetheless, blowoff tops in asset bubbles remain a feature of asset overvaluation, which by the way has once again reached historic extremes (GDP to equity valuation, etc.)

This introduces the other reliable indicator of blowoff tops: this time it’s different. It’s always different at blowoff tops, but not in the way that proponents of eternally rising asset valuations imagine.

Even geniuses misread blowoff tops. Popular culture has it that Isaac Newton made money in the South Sea Company bubble, sold for a handsome profit and then re-entered at a much higher price, losing a fortune when the blowoff top collapsed. Some historians have argued that this account is not accurate, but new research verifies that Newton did miscalculate and lose a fortune: Newton’s financial misadventures in the South Sea Bubble:

This paper presents extensive new evidence that while Newton was a successful investor before this event, the folk tale about his making large gains but then being drawn back into that mania and suffering large losses is almost certainly correct. It probably even understates the extent of his financial miscalculations.

Which brings us to the present blowoff top that is widely presented as not-a-blowoff-top because of XYZ, with XYZ boiling down to the omnipotence and omniscience of the Federal Reserve. The implicit belief currently holding sway (just as various implicit beliefs enabled the South Sea Bubble in 1720 and the bubbles in 1929, 2000 and 2008, to name but a few of a rogue’s gallery of blowoff tops) is the Fed has complete control of interest rates and the stock and bond markets, and the evidence for this belief is the Fed’s unparalleled success in inflating asset bubbles in stocks, bonds and real estate for a decade, a managerial feat now in its 11th year.

The possibilities that the Fed’s manipulation–oops, management–of markets might suffer from diminishing returns, or that markets might still be prone to nonlinear events generated by emergent properties of complex systems are dismissed as so unlikely that there’s no point in even discussing them.

All of which brings us to the Fed’s painfully obvious panic and pathetic attempt to conceal their panic, factors that are illustrated on this chart of the Fed balance sheet, which has suddenly exploded higher by $300 billion.

If everything’s just peachy in global banking and the U.S. economy, why the sudden mainlining of $300 billion of financial cocaine into the collapsing veins of the financial system?

Just for context, that $300 billion is more than the entire GDP of Chile and a host of other nations. While the Fed’s $4 trillion balance sheet (up from a mere $800 billion prior to the Global Financial Meltdown in 2008) has jaded us to large numbers, $300 billion is still a monumental sum of “money” (i.e. currency created out of thin air by the Fed to distribute to banks, financiers, the super-wealthy and corporations.)

We might want to recall here that the global asset bubble the Fed is attempting to keep inflating is several orders of magnitude larger: well north of $300 trillion in 2018. (It’s also worth recalling here that the Fed is not just the central bank of the USA, it’s also the central bank of last resort for the entire global economy. Much of the $23 trillion in loans, guarantees and backstops the Fed issued in 2008-2009 propped up non-U.S. banks and institutions.)

Can $300 billion, or $600 billion, or even $1 trillion continue to prop up an increasingly risk-riddled, fragile $330 trillion global bubble in overvalued assets? Just as a matter of scale, the answer is “not likely.” The key variable here the belief of participants in the omnipotence and omniscience of the Fed.

If the Fed can no longer keep the global bubbles inflating, then the bubble-sustaining belief that the Fed is in effect a new god will lose its self-predictive feedback loop: stocks go up because we believe the Fed will push them higher, so we buy stocks and our buying pushes stocks higher, doing the Fed’s work for it.

Blowoff tops are rarely identified in the present. Even geniuses get fooled. But if we look at one simple indicator–the number of financial types denying this is a blowoff top and the number calling this the blowoff top of the entire 11-year Fed-induced frenzy of over-valuation– we have to conclude that the odds favor this being the blowoff top nobody expected until some far-off moment in the future. Well just maybe the future has arrived, but nobody noticed.

Source: If Not-QE Is QE, Then Is Not-A-Blowoff-Top A Blowoff Top?

Barr: Left Projecting Their Hatred Of Law, Self-Government Onto Trump

Barr recounted numerous significant instances in which a coalition of primarily unelected bureaucrats have obstructed Trump’s use of presidential powers to an extent they never have for any other president.

Source: Barr: Left Projecting Their Hatred Of Law, Self-Government Onto Trump

Rubino: “I Don’t See How We Can Go On Much Longer” | Zero Hedge

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Via Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com,

Financial writer and book author John Rubino says he can see the end of the economic expansion fueled by massive debt creation.

Rubino explains, “Every sector of the U.S. economy is so over indebted I don’t see how we go on much longer…”

“The Fed is desperately trying to prolong this thing. We are running trillion dollar deficits now, and what that is for is to keep the system from falling apart. We are 11 years into an expansion, a record. This is the longest bull market in history, and this is the longest economic expansion in history…

These guys don’t know exactly what’s going to happen in the next recession, but they are afraid that the system is so highly leveraged that even a garden variety three quarters of a percent of negative growth and a garden variety of 20 % drop in stock prices might be fatal. 

The system might not be able to handle that because it would cause so much damage and there are so many different places that can blow up that the system would spin out of control. We would get 2008-2009 again but on steroids because the numbers are so much bigger this time around. So, they want to avoid that at all costs.”

Rubino points out, “Fear is the enemy in a fiat currency system…”

“Everything is based on our assumption that the guys in charge know what they are doing and that the confidence in them is good. You take that away, and they let us see them sweat, and it’s over. There is no real bottom for the dollar, euro or the yen. Their intrinsic value is zero. When the economic players out there in the global financial system realize that the central banks of the world are out of ammo, and nothing these guys do is going to fix our problem, then all hell breaks loose…

What worries me about today’s world is that everything falls apart all at once, and there is no way to fix what went wrong…

We have a lot of examples of governments doing crazy things when everything falls apart.”

HUGE: Schifty Schiff’s Next Witness, Molly Montgomery, is Deep State Plant Under VP Pence with Connections to Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella and George Soros — The Gateway Pundit

Of course the whole Shifty Schiff Sham is based on lies and misinformation from numerous Deep State plants.  Lying Schiff’s Tuesday witness, Molly Montgomery, is another Deep State plant who was removed from the White House with ties to whistleblower Eric Ciaramella and George Soros.

Deep State member Molly Montgomery was on CNN a few days ago where she claimed that morale at the State Department was at historic lows.  This apparently was due to budget cuts.  CNN was more than happy to promote this.  Montgomery said (which she later posted on her Twitter account):

Well, morale is at a historic low at the State department and this is because Secretary Tillerson and now Secretary Pompeo have championed budget cuts. Their staff have engaged in politically motivated harassment and retaliation and abusive behavior and they failed to fill key positions. And so the State Department really, far from having swagger, is limping along at the moment.

Montgomery next beamed on Twitter of an event at a DC Jazz Club where fellow Deep Stater and former Ambassador in the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, was cheered upon entering the club after her testimony on Friday in front of the Schiff Sham:

Montgomery left the White House in 2018 after she worked for VP Mike Pence for a year. 

She then landed at the far left Brookings Institution where she proudly displays her time spent with VP Pence:

Molly Montgomery is a nonresident fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, where her work focuses on Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, and trans-Atlantic security. Montgomery is also a vice president in the Europe practice at Albright Stonebridge Group.

A veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Montgomery served most recently in the White House, where she advised the vice president on strategy, policy development, and engagement toward Europe. Her other assignments included U.S. Embassies Riga, Sarajevo, and Kabul and U.S. Consulate General Dubai. At the State Department, she served in the Office of the Secretary and the Office of Eastern European Affairs.

But this was no doubt before the VP learned who she really was – a Deep State plant.

In May 2016, whistleblower Eric Ciaramella sent a confidential email to his colleagues at the State Department rated with high importance.  Ciaramella included a number of individuals in the highly redacted email, including Molly Montgomery, Kathleen Kavalec, Victoria Nuland, Charles Kupchan and Elisabeth Zentos.

At about this time, Ciaramella was busy obtaining USAID in the Ukraine.  He also found time to meet George Soros lackey Olga Bielkova, in DC, along with Zentos in April 2016.  Bielkova met John McCain’s assistant David Kramer on the same day.

Liz Zentos and Eric Ciaramella were also part of the “Committee on Loan Guarantee to Ukraine”. The series of emails regarding the loan guarantee to the Ukraine were sent on May 27, 2016, one day after Eric Ciaramella’s email above sent to the State Department confidants including Molly Montgomery.

Since then Montgomery has actively worked to undermine the Trump Administration.  Last week she further trashed the Trump Administration –

Marco Werman: Molly, you’ve been listening today to Marie Yovanovitch. Like a lot of people, what’s jumped out at you?

Molly Montgomery: Absolutely. Well, first off, let me just say that Ambassador Yovanovitch is a profile in courage, as are George Kent and Bill Taylor, who testified yesterday. And I think what comes across so clearly in her testimony today is just what the United States is missing out on by sidelining its career officials.

What do you think the long-term consequences are for US diplomacy of her testimony?

Well, it certainly has made clear to the American people and to the world that our foreign policy and the State Department are in shambles. And I don’t think you have to look any further than the way she has been treated and others in the State Department have been treated to understand why. I fully agree with her characterization that the department has been hollowed out. And unfortunately, diplomacy is a craft that takes years, if not decades, to learn. And so that expertise will not be able to be replaced quickly or easily. It’s a real loss to us.

“Well, it certainly has made clear to the American people and to the world that our foreign policy and the State Department are in shambles.”

These Deep State hacks like Ciaramella, Nuland and Montgomery are really disgusting people.

People of integrity would never say the things that Montgomery said about the current President and his team.  It’s clear these people are far left spies working to destroy the current administration.

Hat Tip D. Manny

via HUGE: Schifty Schiff’s Next Witness, Molly Montgomery, is Deep State Plant Under VP Pence with Connections to Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella and George Soros — The Gateway Pundit

HORRIBLE NEWS for Shifty Schiff – MAJORITY OF AMERICANS Don’t Want Impeachment, 76% Don’t Trust Dems and Believe Media is Pushing the Sham — The Gateway Pundit

No One in American Wants Impeachment except the Far-left Socialist Democrats and their Corrupt Media.   They hate President Trump because he is a winner.  He beat them and he’s making America great again as he said he would.

The Democrats and their corrupt media are totally blinded by their rage and they don’t realize that no one is in favor of impeachment.

We reported a week ago that FOX News released a poll where they stated 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 showed that only 30% of Americans are in favor of Trump’s Impeachment and they’re all Democrats.

Next, a few days ago we reported on another poll that was consistent with the results of our 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 –

Today another poll was released with similar results. 

Most Americans believe that the corrupt media is trying to help get President Trump impeached.  Three-quarter of Republicans, half of independents and even a third of Democrats believe this to be the case.  No one trusts Schifty Shiff or the corrupt media pushing his impeachment sham.

This is perhaps the worst gaffe in modern political history.

This Schiff Show does not have a happy ending for the Democrats.  Even with the support of the entire corrupt fake news media, it’s a total sham and everyone knows it!

via HORRIBLE NEWS for Shifty Schiff – MAJORITY OF AMERICANS Don’t Want Impeachment, 76% Don’t Trust Dems and Believe Media is Pushing the Sham — The Gateway Pundit

Trump Pastor Paula White Tells Followers To Give $229 For ‘Prophetic Instruction’ On How To Defeat Their Enemies — Christian Research Network

People who cannot pay $229 are invited to instead pay $31, a number reached by adding the numbers of the verse in the Bible—22 and 9.  “But I believe that God was very clear when I received this word that the $229 seed given in faith can break any chains,” the email adds, again urging people to pay the full $229.

(Tufayel Ahmed – Newsweek)  President Donald Trump’s personal pastor and spiritual adviser Paula White is asking followers to give her $229 in order to receive “prophetic instruction” on how to defeat the enemies in their lives this November.

In an email to her newsletter subscribers Thursday, White said she has “prayerfully focused on November as a month for a victory over enemies” and said dark spiritual forces are stopping her believers from achieving a “complete breakthrough in every area of your life.”

The request for money in exchange for this so-called prophetic instruction comes just two weeks after the Trump administration appointed White to head up the White House’s new Faith & Opportunity Initiative, which was founded by executive order last year.

“I decree a prophetic instruction for a SUDDEN DEFEAT OVER YOUR ENEMIES! Victory is yours,” said the email sent to White’s followers on Thursday.  View article →


Paula White

Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel

via Trump Pastor Paula White Tells Followers To Give $229 For ‘Prophetic Instruction’ On How To Defeat Their Enemies — Christian Research Network

November 18, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Monday said he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry “even though I did nothing wrong,” although House Democrats leading the investigation have not publicly called him as a witness.

The Vatican said on Monday the head of its financial regulator would leave, weeks after unprecedented police raids on his organization and another key arm of the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy.

Hong Kong police used tear gas and water cannon on Monday against protesters who tried to break through cordons and reach a university at the centre of a week-long standoff between demonstrators and law enforcement.

Protesters blocked entry to Iraq’s main commodities port again on Monday while schools and government offices in many southern cities were shut in response to calls for a general strike.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards warned anti-government protesters on Monday of “decisive” action if unrest over gasoline price hikes do not cease, state media said, in a hint that a harsh security crackdown could be on the cards.

Iran has breached another limit of its nuclear deal with major powers by accumulating more than 130 tonnes of heavy water, a moderator used in a type of reactor Iran is developing, a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

Samsung’s plan to outsource a fifth of its smartphone production to China next year may help it compete with low-cost rivals such as Huawei and Xiaomi but it’s a strategy fraught with risks, people with familiar with the move said.

AP Top Stories

Pope Francis called for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online.

Don’t get too excited about hypersonic weapons, one prominent U.S. defense journalist advised. According to him, we still don’t know for sure whether the Mach-5-plus munitions actually work.

Russia’s TASS Agency reported that Vice Admiral Oleg Burtsev announced Russia’s intention to take two of its decommissioned Typhoon-class ballistic submarines and pack them full of hundreds of cruise missiles. “The dimensions of these submarines allow arming each of them with at least 200 cruise missiles [each],” he said.

Japan on Nov. 6, 2019 launched a submarine with a new kind of battery that could allow the boats to sail farther while underwater.

Two leading Muslim groups said Sunday they will file petitions in India’s top court challenging its decision to award Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked deadly inter-religious violence.

Protests over gasoline prices have swept across some 100 cities and towns in Iran, turning violent faster than widespread economic protests in 2017 and rallies over the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election.

The United States has the world’s highest rate of children in detention, including more than 100,000 in immigration-related custody that violates international law, the author of a United Nations study said on Monday.

The deaths of three separate families within ten days have shocked Turkey as the country struggles with mass unemployment and a financial crisis.

Child abuse victims should be given new rights to sue pedophiles caught viewing or sharing indecent images of them, Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CCCIS) have said.

A purported street gang leader from Chicago who allegedly became radicalized in prison faces federal charges accusing him of seeking to provide money to Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Pete Buttigieg has surged into the lead in Iowa, surpassing Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren by a large margin in the state that holds the first presidential nominating contest, according to an influential poll released Saturday.

The number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges and universities continued to fall last year, according to a new report, but the Trump administration says the drop should be blamed on high tuition costs and not students’ concerns over the nation’s political atmosphere.


At least 12 people have been killed in Iran since protests against fuel price rises erupted three days ago, officials have said, although reports suggest the number of dead is far higher.

Comic book film Joker passed the $1bn mark in global ticket sales this weekend, becoming the first R-rated movie to do so.

Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest increased by 29.5% in 12 months, the highest rate since 2008, the country’s space agency reports.

A Kenyan government agency that gives loans to university students says it will publish the names and photos of 85,000 defaulters if they do not pay up within 30 days.

Airbus has won $30bn worth of orders for 170 aircraft in another sign of the continued expansion of Middle East airlines.


A school in Kansas has determined that bringing a real gun to class in a backpack is just a misdemeanor. But folding your hand and making the image of a “finger gun”? That’s a felony.

A jury in federal court in California has awarded $870,000 in punitive damages to Planned Parenthood in its lawsuit against undercover journalists who exposed the abortion industry’s profiting from the sale of baby body parts.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 18, 2019

The Foundation

“Equal laws protecting equal rights; the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.” —James Madison (1820)

‘Schiff Show’ Roundup: Yovanovitch, Intimidation, Guilty Until…

Disputes over the takeaway from the testimony of the former ambassador to Ukraine.

Planned Parenthood Whistleblower Guilty of Whistleblowing

Activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were found guilty — for exposing crimes.

Google Secretly Accessed Americans’ Health Data

The search giant vacuumed up the health history of roughly 50 million Americans.

Shock — Some Women Still Choose Motherhood

Women who take paid leave often end up choosing to be stay-at-home moms.

Wealthy Warren and Sanders Attack Wealthy

Socialist candidates arrogantly claim government is responsible for people’s wealth.

The Disappearing Masculine Black Man

Why does our society refuse to accept men for who God made them to be?

Video: Parents of Sandy Hook May Sue Remington

The Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit over AR-15 marketing to proceed.

Humor Video: Think Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself?

JP Sears gives a lot of solid reasons to believe you’re definitely wrong! Or not.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
Day Two, Nothing New
Hans von Spakovsky
Trump Impeachment Not Justified by Evidence and Testimony Made Public So Far
Jeff Jacoby
Are Hate Crimes Up or Down? The Government Has No Idea
Tony Perkins
‘It’s Their Fear’: Hong Kong Protesters Persevere
Kathryn Jean Lopez
A Surprisingly Hopeful Trip to the Capital

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Trump invited to testify, Louisiana election results, Warren’s wealth tax, and more.

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Steve Berman, Bill Barr, Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Kirk, and more.

Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

Apostasy Watch

Elizabeth Prata – The Unspeakable Pride of False Teachers

Todd White Says Jesus Didn’t Defeat Satan as God But as a Man, This Puts Us on Par With Jesus

Self-proclaimed minister accused of child sex abuse

Southern Baptist and Evangelical Leaders Have Launched Concerted Attack on Conservatives

David Daleiden’s Attorneys: We Will Fight the Verdict Forcing Him to Pay Planned Parenthood

Turkish President Erdogan: “Our God commands us to be violent to the kuffar”

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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

Headlines – 11/18/2019

Joint List says Netanyahu inciting death threats against party leaders

Assailing Gantz coalition efforts, PM says Arab MKs ‘want to destroy’ Israel

Liberman says any minority government would be a ‘disaster’

Rivlin urges Blue and White, Likud ‘to get a grip’ and form government

Netanyahu, Liberman hold ‘positive’ meeting as coalition deadline nears

Blue and White may call Knesset vote on gov’t without a coalition

Police said to complete review of problematic evidence in Netanyahu graft case

Faroe Islands will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

154 U.N. nations call Temple Mount solely by Muslim name Haram al-Sharif

UK Prime Minister Johnson Vows to Expand Efforts to Confront Britain’s Antisemitism Problem

Pompeo: Iran behind Islamic Jihad rocket attacks against Israel

Rocket hits Baghdad Green Zone, no casualties reported: police, diplomats

Erdogan: “Our God commands us to be violent to the kuffar (infidels)”

36 killed, 1,000 detained in Iran’s protests in two days

Iran Rocked by Protests as Images of Khamenei Set on Fire and Banks Burned

Iran petrol price hike: Supreme Leader condemns ‘hooligan’ protesters

Iran supreme leader denounces ‘thugs’ behind protests, backs hike in gas prices

Iran’s Enemies Are to Blame for ‘Sabotage’ in Gasoline Price Protests, Khamenei Says

Rouhani says protest-hit Iran cannot allow ‘insecurity’

US State Department: Iranian regime scared of its own people

‘The US is with you’: Pompeo reaffirms US support for Iranian protesters

White House condemns Iran for ‘lethal force’ against protesters

US to apply economic pressure until Iran stops behavior: White House official

US ambassador to Germany: We have the ability to turn on internet in Iran

Egypt officials: 3 security forces killed in Sinai blast

Campaigning starts in protest-hit Algeria for presidential vote

Back-to-back blasts hit Afghan capital, at least 4 wounded

Gas explosion kills seven and blows walls off building on busy street in Bangladeshi city of Chittagong

Tens of thousands gather in Tbilisi to demand snap elections in Georgia

US, S.Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N.Korea

Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets if ‘rioters’ use lethal weapons

Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters as fires rage

Four more deaths in Bolivia protests: Rights commission

Venezuelans March in Biggest Anti-Maduro Protest in Months

Maduro says ‘thank God’ for dollarization in Venezuela

British government and army accused of covering up war crimes

US exec says heartbroken by UK’s Johnson after being cast aside like a ‘gremlin’

U.S. stock market at record but farm bankruptcies at highest since 2011

Pelosi warns Trump not to intimidate whistleblower: ‘You’re in my wheelhouse’

Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry

Bannon says he wanted alleged whistleblower booted from NSC over leak concerns

Ratcliffe: Democrats ‘racing’ to beat disclosure that ‘damages the Obama-Biden administration’

Democratic Governor in Louisiana Wins Reelection, Deals Huge Blow to Trump

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Yigo Mayor’s Office, Guam

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amersid, Morocco

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Mid-Indian Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port Blair, India

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Venice flooding closes St. Mark’s Square as city faces another ‘tough day’ of exceptional high tides

57,000 people affected by severe flooding in Central African Republic

South Korean river turns red after being polluted with pigs’ blood

Scalpers are selling tickets to a free event with Kanye West and Joel Osteen

‘This is a mission, not a show’ – Kanye West visits Harris County Jail ahead of Sunday’s Lakewood appearance

9 shot, some fatally, as family gathered to watch football game