Daily Archives: January 28, 2020

January—28 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

I knew that thou wouldst deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.—Isaiah 48:8.

Humbling as the view is, it is profitable to look back, and trace all the way the Lord our God hath brought us, through many a year in the wilderness, to humble us, and to prove us, and to show us what is in our heart; and this perhaps is the sweetest of all subjects, when the Holy Ghost takes us by the hand, and leads the heart back. Even from the first moment of conversion, to the very moment when taking the review, every step serves to prove what this scripture sets forth, that the Lord knew that his people would deal very treacherously, and be transgressors from the womb. My soul! let thy meditation, this evening, as it concerns thyself, be to this amount: Where wert thou, when in a state of unawakened nature, and as all other carnal persons, intent only upon the best means of fulfilling the desires of the flesh; living without God, and without Christ in the world; a child of wrath, deserving wrath even as others? The Lord, who knew this, and also what undeservings would follow, still was pleased to visit thee with his great salvation. He manifested the riches of his grace in calling thee, justifying thee, adopting thee into his family, and putting thee among his sons; and he gave thee the spirit of his Son into thine heart, whereby thou wert entitled to cry, “Abba, Father.” And what hath it been since, but the same rich display of free and unmerited mercy? Doth he not know, that thou art still a transgressor? Doth he not continually wait to be gracious, when thy unthinking, wandering heart is forgetful of him? Doth Jesus withhold or suspend his grace, and the manifestations of his favour, because thou art forgetful of him? Oh! not so. He deals by thee, as he did by Israel of old: when Israel remembered not the multitude of his mercies, but were disobedient at the sea, yea, even at the Red Sea, nevertheless, it is said, he saved them for his Name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. So doth thy Jesus deal by thee. Though thou art a transgressor from the womb, yet Jesus is Jesus still. The covenant-promises of God the Father are the same; and the efficacy of Jesus’s blood and righteousness the same: therefore Jesus deals by thee, not according to thy deserts, but according to his own free and sovereign grace. His love, and not thy merit, becomes the standard of his dealings with his people. Oh! how blessed is it to trace mercies to their fountain-head, and to behold God in Christ dispensing pardon, love, and favour, from his own free sovereign will and pleasure; and every renewed mercy carrying with it this divine signature: “Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, p. 33). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 28 Streams in the Desert

I am jealous over you with God’s own jealousy.” (2 Cor. 11:2.) (Weymouth.)

HOW an old harper dotes on his harp! How he fondles and caresses it, as a child resting on his bosom! His life is bound up in it. But, see him tuning it. He grasps it firmly, strikes a chord with a sharp, quick blow; and while it quivers as if in pain, he leans over intently to catch the first note that rises. The note, as he feared, is false and harsh. He strains the chord with the torturing thumb-screw; and though it seems ready to snap with the tension, he strikes it again, bending down to listen softly as before, till at length you see a smile on his face as the first true tone trembles upward.

So it may be that God is dealing with you. Loving you better than any harper loves his harp, He finds you a mass of jarring discords. He wrings your heartstrings with some torturing anguish; He bends over you tenderly, striking and listening; and, hearing only a harsh murmur, strikes you again, while His heart bleeds for you, anxiously waiting for that strain—“Not my will, but thine be done”—which is melody sweet to His ear as angels’ songs. Nor will He cease to strike until your chastened soul shall blend with all the pure and infinite harmonies of His own being.—Selected.

“Oh, the sweetness that dwells in a harp of many strings,

While each, all vocal with love in a tuneful harmony rings!

But, oh, the wail and the discord, when one and another is rent,

Tensionless, broken and lost, from the cherished instrument.

“For rapture of love is linked with the pain or fear of loss,

And the hand that takes the crown, must ache with many a cross;

Yet he who hath never a conflict, hath never a victor’s palm,

And only the toilers know the sweetness of rest and calm.

“Only between the storms can the Alpine traveller know

Transcendent glory of clearness, marvels of gleam and glow;

Had he the brightness unbroken of cloudless summer days,

This had been dimmed by the dust and the veil of a brooding haze.

“Who would dare the choice, neither or both to know,

The finest quiver of joy or the agony thrill of woe!

Never the exquisite pain, then never the exquisite bliss,

For the heart that is dull to that can never be strung to this.”[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 31–32). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

CNN Airs Free Commercial For Trump Campaign — The Babylon Bee

ATLANTA, GA—Many people think of Don Lemon and his fellow CNN hosts as elite, out-of-touch snobs. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Take, for instance, Don Lemon’s compassionate act of generosity to the Trump campaign. He just filmed a commercial for Trump’s reelection, entirely free of charge.

CNN said they are trying to smooth things over with Republicans by donating footage to Trump’s reelection effort.

“I just wanted to extend an olive branch by offering the Trump campaign this free footage of a progressive elite mocking the commoners,” Lemon said. “Since we at CNN spend most of our time trying to help out Democrats and parroting progressive talking points, it’s only fair that we even the odds by offering Trump free ammunition to ensure his reelection.”

“You’re welcome!”

Lemon has also offered to send the Trump campaign complimentary footage of himself and the other CNN hosts whacking a Trump supporter using wet pool noodles.

via CNN Airs Free Commercial For Trump Campaign — The Babylon Bee

Fake News CNN Host Don Lemon And Panel Guests Mock Trump Supporters Labeling Them As Uneducated And Illiterate Rubes From The South — Now The End Begins

CNN host Don Lemon and two guests on his show are facing backlash after they mocked President Trump’s supporters and depicted them as uneducated.

CNN on a regular basis, when they are not creating and promoting fake news, likes to take time out and mock not only Donald Trump, but the 63 million plus Deplorables who voted for him as well. They do it because they are smug and secure in the knowledge that they are better than you and I are, and because of that, have the right  to mock and belittle those with whom they disagree. One such incident was captured and tweeted before CNN could destroy the evidence.

This is also why Donald Trump is undergoing impeachment right now, because the Liberal elites cannot and will not accept him as president, duly elected though he may be, and will do anything and everything in their power to prevent his reelection. But know this, they don’t just hate him, they hate me and you as well. Don’t take my word for it, watch the video and see it for yourself.

CNN host Don Lemon and guests mock Trump supporters as uneducated and illiterate

FROM WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Don Lemon was joined by New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali and GOP strategist Rick Wilson during his show Saturday night to discuss the recent feud between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NPR. Following an interview last week, Pompeo yelled at NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly and demanded she locate Ukraine, the topic of the initial disagreement, on an unlabeled map.

Wilson pivoted the conversation to attack Trump supporters, claiming they wouldn’t be able to identify Ukraine.

“Pompeo also knows deep in his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter ‘U’ and a picture of an actual, physical crane next to it,” he stated, eliciting a laugh from Lemon. “He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world. And so, that’s partly him playing to their base and playing to their audience. You know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.”

Wilson, who has written anti-Trump books, including Everything Trump Touches Dies and Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America From Trump — and Democrats From Themselves, then went on to use a heavy Southern accent to impersonate how he believes a Trump supporter speaks, stating, “‘Donald Trump’s the smart one — and y’all elitists are dumb!’”

“‘You elitists with your geography and your maps — and your spelling!’” Ali chimed in, while his fellow guest added, “‘Your math and your reading! All those lines on the map!’”

Don Lemon, who had to wipe his eyes after laughing so hard that he started to cry, said, “That was a good one. I needed that.” The clip went viral on Monday night after former CNN digital producer Steve Krakauer tweeted it, writing, “The arrogance, the dismissiveness, the smug cackling, the accents. If Donald Trump wins re-election this year, I’ll remember this brief CNN segment late one Saturday night in January as the perfect encapsulation for why it happened.”

Soon after, both Trump and members of his campaign attacked the segment. Trump tweeted that Lemon is “the dumbest man on television” and added that he has “terrible ratings,” both of which are insults he’s thrown at the anchor previously.

“Deplorables. This Deplorable is ready,” Trump 2020 campaign director Brad Parscale tweeted, while Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote, “This is a real segment from an actual program on a cable news network that asks to be taken seriously. Not subtle message to huge parts of America: THEY HATE YOU.” READ MORE

via Fake News CNN Host Don Lemon And Panel Guests Mock Trump Supporters Labeling Them As Uneducated And Illiterate Rubes From The South — Now The End Begins

CNN laugh-fest reveals what ‘elites’ really ‘think of you’ | WND

Don Lemon (CNN screenshot)

A clip of CNN host Don Lemon and two guests mocking Americans who support President Trump has gone viral.

But they may not get the last laugh.

First the video:

The Western Journal, commenting on the segment that aired Saturday night during impeachment trial coverage, said President Trump’s supporters “have known for years that the mainstream media makes a point of mocking half the country on a regular basis.”

“But the disdain is rarely on the kind of open display like it was during a weekend segment of the Cable News Network, where one of its best-known personalities joined his panel in ridiculing the intelligence and education of those who disagree with them politically — the ‘credulous, boomer-rube demo that backs Donald Trump.'”

The video clip of Lemon, New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, and ex-GOP strategist Rick Wilson got little attention until President Trump tweeted it, calling Lemon, “the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!).”

In the exchange on CNN, Wilson said, “Donald Trump’s the smart one – and y’all elitists are dumb!”

Ali, mimicking a Southern accent, said, “You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling.”

Lemon bent over his desk with laughter.

The Daily Caller posted the video on Twitter with the message “America, this is what CNN thinks of you…”

Fox News contributor Brit Hume noted, “Interesting behavior from a network in serious need of viewers.”

The Daily Caller said: “Eighty seconds. That’s how long it took for a CNN panel to show just what they think of President Donald Trump’s supporters.”

A Twitter user wrote, “The only people offended were those at airports,” referring to the network’s exclusive contract.

Richard Berthold said the clip should be shown at the president’s rally in New Jersey.

“How do you think that would go over? 4 more years,” he wrote.

Twitter user Cory Bridgmon said, “I can’t wait to see all 3 of these clowns on Nov 3rd after Trump wins re-election.”

Ken Smith wrote: “They’re fine saying stuff like this because they know only 7 people are watching.”

The Western Journal said the three on CNN “gave away the game when it comes to how the media elites and the Democratic politicians they champion actually feel about fellow Americans.”

“Well, the feeling is more than mutual, and it’s one reason Donald Trump is in the Oval Office today.”

Wilson later wrote on Twitter, “What *really* rattled Trump is that I went on the air and said he couldn’t find Ukraine on a map.”

The president’s daughter Ivanka Trump pointed out to Wilson on Twitter, “You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided.”

Wilson reacted: “Someday, your children will know that their grandfather was a serial bankrupt, was duped by foreign powers, screwed porn stars, insulted war heroes, and went down in history as an impeached, corrupt scumbag.”

Source: CNN laugh-fest reveals what ‘elites’ really ‘think of you’

President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu Remarks on New Peace Proposal – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Earlier today President Trump unveiled a proposal for a new vision, constructing a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  Within the vision proposed by President Trump is a new map presenting a two state solution. [Outlined Here]

After presenting the proposal President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered remarks from the White House. [Video and Transcript Below]

[Transcript]

via President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu Remarks on New Peace Proposal – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

EXCLUSIVE: First Arab reaction. President unveils 181-page peace plan. Calls it “win-win.” Netanyahu raves. Three Arab ambassadors attend ceremony. Lots of controversy ahead. Here’s what you need to know. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

(Jerusalem, Israel) — Historic. Dramatic. Highly controversial. And full of surprises. That’s how I’d characterize the roll out of the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

EXCLUSIVE FIRST ARAB REACTION: Just received a text from a senior Arab Muslim official in the region who was watching the White House event live in his home country.

  • Called it a “very smart introduction to the Deal of the Century.”
  • Liked that President Trump is “mentioning the two states and sending a caring message to the Palestinians.”
  • Said “there is a need to gain the hearts and the minds of the general Palestinian people — they don’t see any future for themselves right now.”

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Okay, some facts, then some analysis:

FACTS:

  1. Here’s the full 181-page plan — including first detailed maps ever released.
  2. President Trump called plan “win-win” with a “realistic” plan and pathway for “two states.” Called Israel a “light to the nations,” referencing Scripture. Said the Palestinian people deserve better than they have.
  3. President said Israel will control the Jordan Valley, keep all its settlements in Judea and Samaria and have “full security.” Said: “All humanity should be able to enjoy the glories of the Holy Land. This part of the world is forever connected to the human soul and the human spirit. These ancient lands should not be symbols of conflict, but eternal symbols of peace.”
  4. Israel gets a lot of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) — but the Palestinians are compensated with large new tracts of territory in the Negev, near Egyptian border. (see map)208E9257-EF14-4C68-8E64-7CD68B25178C
  5. Plan will create a Palestinian state which can be achieved if Palestinians “renounce terror” — won’t allow return to bombings and violence. Wants “very capable” Palestinians to have better lives, because “that’s only fair.”
  6. Jerusalem will be Israel’s undivided capital.
  7. However, President added Palestinians will have capital in East Jerusalem and U.S. will have Embassy there.
  8. President added that Jerusalem is already “liberated.” Said it’s “time for the Muslim world to fix the mistake it made in 1948 when it decided to attack Israel — it’s time.”
  9. U.S. and Arab states ready to invest $50 billion in new Palestinian economy to create jobs and hope.
  10. President worries this may be Palestinians “last chance” for state.
  11. President spoke highly of Jordan’s King Abdullah II — “a very good man” — with whom the U.S. wants to work. Added that U.S. will work to “maintain status quo” to “protect the holy sites,” including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  12. Even while speaking of Israel’s “rich Biblical history,” President Trump gave a warm and very special “thank you” to the ambassadors of Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for coming to the unveiling the White House peace plan ceremony and for all they are doing to advance peace — this was historic for them to be there and very encouraging.
  13. Netanyahu fully endorsed the plan — raved about it, in fact. Said it will keep all Israelis safe. Said he’s ready to begin negotiations with Palestinian.
  14. Netanyahu stopped in mid-speech to give a shout-out to the ambassadors of the Gulf countries of Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — men he clearly knows and has affection for — a dramatic and touching moment.

0DDE21C0-088E-4C65-968E-25B90B1828DBANALYSIS:

  • Excellent roll out event.
  • I was very happy that three Arab Ambassador’s were there — two of whom are dear friends — and that Trump and Bibi gave them very warm and special shout-outs and that they received thunderous applause. Incredibly important.
  • Overall, most grassroots Evangelicals will be very happy because they trust Trump and because Bibi (and Gantz) are so positive about it.
  • However, some Evangelical leaders don’t want any Palestinian state whatsoever — one of them is Pastor John Hagee. Given that there are 6 million members in his Christians United For Israel, he’s a major player. Hagee and others may be very unhappy about Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, as well.
  • However, as I’ve been telling senior White House and State officials for months, these two points are vitally important. Why? Be square there’s no chance Abbas accepts this deal — but the two-state and East Jerusalem capital language makes it much easier for other Arab states to embrace the deal.

That’s enough for now. More later. Please keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem.

via EXCLUSIVE: First Arab reaction. President unveils 181-page peace plan. Calls it “win-win.” Netanyahu raves. Three Arab ambassadors attend ceremony. Lots of controversy ahead. Here’s what you need to know. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

January 28th The D. L. Moody Year Book

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.—Matthew 6:21.

IT does not take long to tell where a man’s treasure is. In fifteen minutes’ conversation with most men you can tell whether their treasures are on earth or in heaven. Talk to a patriot about his country, and you will see his eye light up; you will find he has his heart there. Talk to business men, and tell them where they can make a thousand dollars, and see their interest; their hearts are there. Talk to people who are living just for fashion, of its affairs, and you will see their eyes kindle, they are interested at once; their hearts are there. Talk to a politician about politics, and you see how suddenly he becomes interested. And talk to a child of God, who is really laying up treasures in heaven, about heaven and about his future home, and he responds at once, there are chords in his heart that vibrate at the thought of heaven and home.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 24–25). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Albert Mohler and His ‘Woke’ Seminary Feeling the Heat: Conservative Christians say Mohler No Longer Speaks For Us | Christian Newswire

SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ — In response to the growing threat of political correctness and progressive politics within the conservative evangelical establishment, Peter Lumpkins, Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia, recently stated, “…the little guy in the church” is “standing up against a massive network of big evangelicalism,” which he believes is leaning excessively to both the theological and political left. This is not setting well for the traditional Southern Baptist and he states, “A denomination earthquake is imminent.”

Although Albert Mohler was once considered a credible voice for Christians, due to his move to the left, the tide appears to be changing. Lumpkins posted a chart of internet traffic suggesting the influence of Mohler and his fellow traveler, Russell Moore, president of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, are losing support among conservative internet users. Instead, they are turning to other voices, such as Pulpit & Pen and Reformation Charlotte, who are exposing the activity of cultural Marxists and the politics of the social justice warriors coming from Southern Baptist Seminaries and council members of The Gospel Coalition.

In addition, Reverend Thomas Littleton’s thorough research has played a major role in the distribution of information that has methodically laid out the facts for Christians concerned about the liberal bent in once Christian Conservative bodies. In response to his own findings, Littleton was the first to raise the question in his 2017 article published in SBC Today titled “Is this the Evangelical deep state?” Littleton’s research has also been instrumental in exposing Albert Mohler’s compromise on LGBTQ issues.

Christians outside of the United States are also warning about the extent of Albert Mohler’s error. In November 2019, Dr. E.S. Williams, a member of Charles Spurgeon’s London Metropolitan Tabernacle and author of many books released a video titled “The Stain of Albert Mohler.” This eye-opening documentary proves “False teaching is infiltrating the Southern Baptist Convention in the form of critical race theory, an offshoot of Cultural Marxism.” Williams stated, “At the center of this compromise stands Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.”

Christian conservatives emphasize there are two sides to Albert Mohler, and if he is elected the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention more deception and error is sure to follow.

SOURCE Cathy Mickels

Source: Albert Mohler and His ‘Woke’ Seminary Feeling the Heat: Conservative Christians say Mohler No Longer Speaks For Us

Let’s Not Forget, Paula White was Caught as Benny Hinn’s Mistress — Reformation Charlotte

I like our president. He’s a good politician and stands up to the establishment like none we’ve seen in a long time. While I’m not on board with all of his policies, most of them are certainly better than any of the Democratic alternatives.

With that disclaimer, I have to say that Donald Trump has surrounded himself with some of the worst religious leaders our modern society has ever seen. Almost all of them are either rank heretics or borderline rank heretics. From Paula White, the American goddess of modern prosperity theology to Robert Jeffress, who practically worships the ground Donald Trump walks on, it’s safe to say that not a single one of them is qualified to stand in a pulpit and speak on behalf of God.

So, it’s fitting that Donald Trump’s — who is no stranger to extra-marital affairs — number one Pastrix-in-Chief would be a woman who once had an affair with the Fresh Prince of Prosperity Charlatanism, Benny Hinn would be chosen to lead the God Squad in the White House.

Benny Hinn and Paula White Caught in Fling by National Enquirer

Read more: Let’s Not Forget, Paula White was Caught as Benny Hinn’s Mistress — Reformation Charlotte

“You Cannot Impeach a President on an Un-sourced Allegation” – Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow Takes on Bolton Rumors Head On (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow took on the John Bolton manuscript rumors on Tuesday afternoon.

On Sunday the New York Times published a leak of alleged descriptions of former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton’s upcoming book on his time in the Trump White House.

John Bolton accused Trump of wanting to tie aid to Ukraine last year with investigations into the Democrats and the Bidens by Ukraine. Trump has denied the accusations made in the leak of the book.

This was a stunning leak by a disgruntled former Trump confidante.

On Tuesday Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow took on the Bolton rumors head on during his opening arguments.

Jay Sekulow: “You cannot impeach a president on an un-sourced allegation.  But if Professor Dershowitz is right and if everything in there was true, it constitutionally doesn’t rise to that level… In regard to what John Bolton has said which referenced a number of individuals, we’ll start with the President. Here is what the president has said in response to that New York Times piece. “I never told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations on Democrats including the Bidens. In fact he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this it was only to sell a book.” The Department of Justice, “While the Department of Justice has not reviewed John Bolton’s book, the New York Times grossly mischaracterizes what the Attorney General and Mr. Bolton discussed. There was no discussion of personal favors or undue influence on investigations.” The Vice President’s chief of staff issued a statement, “In every conversation with the president and vice-president in preparation to our trip to Poland… The president consistently expressed his frustration that the United States was baring the lion’s share of the responsibility for aid to Ukraine.”

via “You Cannot Impeach a President on an Un-sourced Allegation” – Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow Takes on Bolton Rumors Head On (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0 | RT – Daily news

Democrats hoping their party learned from its 2016 failure have been horrified to discover many of those behind Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign – including John Podesta of hacked email fame – have major Convention posts.

Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has unveiled a 2020 Democratic Convention lousy with Clinton loyalists – Podesta merely the most notorious among them – alongside former Obama administration officials and corporate lobbyists. Democrats hoping the centrist old guard had relinquished its death-grip on the party are livid, and at least one campaign is pushing back.

If the DNC believes it’s going to get away in 2020 with what it did in 2016, it has another thing coming,” Bernie Sanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner told progressive YouTube channel Status Coup on Monday. The appointments, she said, were “a slap in the face.

The DNC should be ashamed of itself.

A petition launched by Sanders supporters to have Podesta, the 2016 Clinton campaign director who infamously said in one leaked email that he agreed Sanders should be “ground to a pulp,” removed from all convention committees had gathered 1,400 signatures by Tuesday morning. Podesta has served as a lightning rod for progressive rage thanks to his high profile as ground zero for WikiLeaks’ disclosures of the DNC’s corruption. However, he’s far from the only one threatening to turn the 2020 convention into a repeat of 2016. The DNC’s appointments include a slate of figures cartoonishly hostile to the party’s progressive wing, from insurance industry lobbyists to a former ambassador to Israel.

The Platform Committee, which, as its name suggests, sets the platform the eventual Democratic nominee will campaign on, is co-chaired by Jake Sullivan, a former senior policy adviser for both of Clinton’s failed presidential campaigns who served as a national security adviser to establishment-favorite candidate Joe Biden when the latter was Obama’s vice president. Also on the committee is Bakari Sellers, a 2016 Clinton campaign surrogate who served in the same role for California Senator Kamala Harris in her failed 2020 presidential run. Sellers, a proud member of Israeli lobbying behemoth AIPAC, once snarked of Sanders, “I don’t have a problem with Bernie getting in the race – when is he getting out is probably a better question.” Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel, is also on the committee, along with a host of other lobbyists and Clinton affiliates.

Also on rt.com

Podesta 36: WikiLeaks published 300 more emails from Clinton’s campaign chief

The Rules Committee boasts its own rogues’ gallery of centrist hardliners including, but not limited to, Podesta. Barney Frank, the former Massachusetts congressman whom Sanders slammed as an “aggressive attack surrogate” for Clinton when he headed the Rules Committee in 2016 is back as co-chair of the committee for 2020. Co-chairing is Maria Cardona, a healthcare industry lobbyist who penned an anti-Sanders editorial for Univision in 2016 and has repeatedly likened progressive reforms to “turning the US into Venezuela.” Vice-chair Alexandra Gallardo-Rooker endorsed Clinton in 2016 and serves as an adviser to former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 campaign. Former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who has written editorials opposing Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and the idea of taxing the rich, is also on the committee. A former Clinton campaign chief administrative officer, a World Bank executive, and a sprinkling of former 2016 superdelegates, Obama officials, and lobbyists virulently opposed to the policies favored by the party’s progressive wing round out the Rules Committee.

Democrats were mystified by the tone-deafness of Perez’s picks.

Even Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate who faced off against Clinton and Trump in 2016, called the party out for “stacking the DNC committees with Never-Bernie corporate Dem elites.”

Superdelegates,” who can pledge to whichever candidate they please regardless of voters’ picks, were barred from the first round of convention voting after the 2016 primary debacle. However, with the Democratic field still crowded, the vote is likely to go to a second round, at which point superdelegates reenter the picture – and, progressive Democrats fear, 2020 becomes a repeat of 2016.

Also on rt.com

DNC argues it had the right to rig 2016 democratic primary

Source: DNC chair names John Podesta & other Clinton loyalists to Convention Committee, triggering revolt from voters fearing 2016 2.0

Lindsey Graham: Trump’s Defense Team Made a Damning Indictment so There Will Likely be 51 GOP Votes to Call in Bidens and Whistleblower (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday said Trump’s defense team “made a damning indictment of what Hunter and Joe Biden allowed to happen” in Ukraine with Burisma and he believes GOP senators will likely vote to call in the Bidens, Eric Ciaramella and other witnesses.

President Trump’s defense went scorched earth on the Biden crime family on Monday on day two of the Senate impeachment trial.

Pam Bondi and Eric Herschmann both exposed Hunter Biden and his pay-to-play schemes in Ukraine and China.

Bondi clearly and concisely showed how Hunter Biden was sitting on the board of a very corrupt Ukrainian natural gas company whilst his father then-Vice President Joe Biden was tasked with handling Ukrainian relations.

The Senators got to see for the first time all of the bank statements proving Hunter Biden was paid over $3 million in a 17-month time span for sitting on the board of Burisma, despite having zero experience in oil and gas.

Mr. Herschmann said on Monday there has never been an investigation into the Biden-Burisma scandal.

“There’s not a scintilla of evidence that the Bidens’ connection to the Ukraine was inappropriate, there’s a tsunami of evidence,” Graham said. “The defense team yesterday made a damning indictment of what Hunter and Joe Biden allowed to happen…”

“I’ll make a prediction; they’ll be 51 Republican votes to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, the whistleblower and the DNC staffer at a very minimum,” Graham said.

Lindsey Graham was referring to Alexandra Chalupa, a DNC staffer who met with Ukrainians at the Ukrainian embassy during the 2016 election to get ‘dirt’ on Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort.

WATCH:

GOP Senator Josh Hawley has readied subpoenas to call in all of these witnesses to testify.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) drafted motions to subpoena impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, ICIG Michael Atkinson, Eric Ciaramella, Hunter Biden and Joe Biden to testify.

“If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week,” Hawley said.

Politico reported that Hawley will also seek communications between the whistleblower (Eric Ciaramella) and Schiff’s staffers as well as ICIG Michael Atkinson’s testimony which is still under seal.

via Lindsey Graham: Trump’s Defense Team Made a Damning Indictment so There Will Likely be 51 GOP Votes to Call in Bidens and Whistleblower (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer

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  • All cancers are a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA.
  • But the many reasons individual cancer cases pop up in people are complex. Some are genetic and passed down from one generation to the next, and others are a result of things in our environment that we inhale, eat, or use.

Cancer is the second-most-common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease.

It fundamentally affects the way our cells grow and divide, changing them in perverse ways. All cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. The debilitating class of diseases spreads through a body like an invading army as toxic cells grow relentlessly into unruly tumors.

Some cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects and predispositions passed down from one generation to the next, or spurred by genetic changes we undergo through our lifetimes.

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With Netanyahu By His Side, President Trump Unveils His ‘Deal Of The Century’ Plan For Peace With Jerusalem As Undivided Capital Of Israel — Now The End Begins

President Trump says peace plan endorses two-state solution, includes $50 billion in funding for a Palestinian state

Well, I have to admit, Trump’s Peace Plan is actually pretty good, all things considered. It was strong, it stands for Israel while at the same time acknowledging the Palestinian reality. It even retains all of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. Amazingly, PM Netanyahu agreed to return to the negotiation table with the Palestinians and reopen peace talks with the Palestinians. That by itself is a huge step.

“And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.” 1 Kings 11:36 (KJB)

Now we wait to see what the official reaction from the Palestinians will be. The peace plan may be slanted in favor of Israel, but by no means disparages the Palestinians, in fact, it gives them a much brighter future than the one they currently have at the moment. But we all know that it is Jerusalem that holds the key, it is Jerusalem that causes all the problems, and it is Jerusalem that both sides claim.
Trump peace plan: Palestinian state, Jerusalem and settlements under Israeli control
US President Donald Trump unveiled his “Deal of the Century” together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House on Tuesday.

The peace plan, which Trump said was already supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival Blue and White head Benny Gantz, would give Israel full control of the settlements and its undivided capital in Jerusalem.

He said that the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over any land that “my vision provides to to be part of the State of Israel.”

Deal of Century establishes Palestinian state, Jewish control of Jerusalem

As part of the plan, Trump will reveal a map delineating Israeli and Palestinian state borders. He said the map will make clear the “territorial sacrifices that Israel is willing to make for peace.”

Netanyahu says Trump is “puncturing the big lie” that Israel is illegally occupying territory of its forefathers. “You are recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over all the Jewish communities, large and small alike.” He says past plans failed because they “tried to pressure Israel to withdraw from vital territory like the Jordan Valley.” But Trump “recognized that Israeli must have sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and other strategic areas in Judea and Samaria.” READ MORE

Trump said the plan will “more than double Palestinian territory… No Palestinians will be uprooted from their homes.” Moreover, he said that although Israel will maintain control of Jerusalem, Israel will work with Jordan to ensure that all Muslims who want to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque will be able to do so. The president said that if the Palestinians choose to accept the plan, some $50 billion will be infused into this new Palestinian state.

“There are many countries that want to partake in this,” he said. “The Palestinian poverty rate will be cut in half and their GDP will double and triple.” He then called for “peace and prosperity for the Palestinian people.” READ MORE

President Trump Peace Plan Gives Israel An Undivided Jerusalem

President Trump delivers joint remarks with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Trump said the plan will “more than double Palestinian territory… No Palestinians will be uprooted from their homes.” Moreover, he said that although Israel will maintain control of Jerusalem, the status quo will remain on the Temple Mount and Israel will work with Jordan to ensure that all Muslims who want to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque will be able to do so.

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January 28, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

4 Unable to resolve his problem, the psalmist turns to the Lord for instruction. The purpose of knowing life’s end is not that he may plan for every day of his life. He does not ask to know all that will happen but only what is the purpose of life. In the greater awareness of the brevity of life, he hopes that the Lord will guide him in an understanding and acceptance of this brevity. Notice the threefold mention of the brevity of life: “my life’s end,” “the number of my days,” and “how fleeting is my life” (cf. Ps 90; Job 11:7–9; Ecc 2:3).

Prayer is God’s means of instruction. In the quietness of prayer, the psalmist returns to the revealed insights pertaining to his life and to life in general. Because the question was personal, his first insight is personal. But the sage in him is not content until he has generalized it to be applicable to humankind.[1]


Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life (v. 4). The word ‘end’ is never used of geographical limits but always of either God’s judgments, or, as here, of the end of life. The psalmist wants divine instruction regarding the nature of human life. It is only temporary, and short-lived, and he prays that he may understand this. This section is very similar in idea to Psalm 90:1–12, where the counting of days is not just numerical but rather an understanding of human life and its frailty.[2]


39:4 Show me, Lord, my life’s end. His concern, interestingly enough, is not about sin but about the brevity of life. He wants to know when he will die, not so much to mark the calendar but to understand better the brevity and frailty of life.[3]


Ver. 4. My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.A sense of our frailty a subject for prayer:

Bishop Horsley says that David, moved by a godly contrition, pours forth this prayer, that he might know his end and the measure of his days.

  1. Why should contrition lead to such a prayer? David speaks not of forgiveness, though that is what the contrite heart first asks for. But he does not here pray even for this. Apparently he does not, but really he does. For the prayer to be taught how frail we are, is virtually a prayer that we may be made holier, more averse from sin, and more devoted to the great end of our being. That it is this is shown—
  2. By the fact that the interval between the evil work and the execution of the sentence against it causes the hearts of men to be steadfastly set in them to do evil. If penalty followed immediately on crime, men would not dare to sin as now they fearlessly do. They trust themselves to the hope that delay in punishment ever inspires. There is a sort of unacknowledged idea that what is protracted and indefinite will never take effect. A thousand things may intervene to prevent execution.
  3. Or there is at work another, and not wholly different feeling. It is confessed that sin must be repented and forsaken, seeing that otherwise there will come a fearful retribution hereafter; but it is imagined that life will yet afford many opportunities, so that it is safe, or at least not imminently dangerous, to persist a while longer in criminal indulgence, which keeps up the sinner in this his procrastination. If you could practically overthrow this his theory, and substitute for it the persuasion, that “in the midst of life he is in death,” he would be almost compelled, by his felt exposure to danger, to make provision for the coming eternity, on the threshold of which he may be at any moment standing, and which may be upon him, in its awfulness and unchangeableness, ere he draw another breath. How many still believe the ancient lie with which the tempter deceived Eve, “Ye shall not surely die.” How few live “as strangers and pilgrims” here on earth. Instead of that there is a great settling themselves down, as if earth were their home; a slackness in religious duties, as if there were no great cause for diligence; a deferring of many sacrifices and performances, as though the case were not urgent; and this, too, where the parties not only avouch themselves careful for the soul, but are clearly to be distinguished from the great mass around them, by a general endeavour to do the will of their God. And what should we say is needed, in order to the correcting these errors and inconsistencies? What, at least, would be a mighty engine in producing greater steadfastness in the righteous, greater abstraction from earth, greater devotedness to religion? We reply without hesitation—a deep conviction of the uncertainty of life. Had men such conviction they could not live, as now they do, so entangled in the world, so eager in its service. It would warn him back from the inordinate pursuit of earthly things.
  4. But note the petition itself. What a curious fact it is that such a petition should be offered unto God. Its terms are explicit enough, at least there can be little doubt as to its drift. He does not mean that God should show him the exact measure of his days and the precise number of them he had yet to live. Such a petition would be unlawful, for it would be an intrusion into those “secret things” which “belong only unto God.” But that which the psalmist seeks to know is, the frailty of his life. This is the drift and scope of the petition, that he may have an abiding sense of the shortness and uncertainty of life. Now, is it not strange that such a prayer should be offered? I do not ask God to make me know that such and such substances are poisonous when all example testifies that they are; or that the weather is variable, when I have such continual proof of it. I do not pray to know anything, which I know indubitably from books, or testimony, or observation. Why, then, pray to be made to know how frail I am? It seems like praying to be made to know that the sun rises and sets; that storms may suddenly overcast the sky, or that any other thing may happen which we already know is wont to happen. And yet David, who was as little likely as we are to shut his eyes to well-known truths—he offers up this prayer, “Lord, make me to know mine end,” etc. I cannot but draw a lesson from this for one’s own ministerial guidance in the discharge of the ministerial office. If there is one thing more than another I would desire to have impressed on all classes of my hearers, it is the simple, self-evident, universally confessed truth, that they are frail beings liable at any moment to death, and certain at no very distant time to be removed to another, even to an invisible world. I have already shown you that there is little needed, beyond the abiding consciousness of this truth, to produce in those who have hitherto neglected religion, an earnest heedfulness to the things of eternity; and in others, who have devoted themselves to God, an increased and increasing diligence in the culture of personal holiness. So that it will naturally be one great aim of the minister to gain power for the truth of the uncertainty of life; to withdraw it from the mass of facts, which are acknowledged rather than felt, and to place it amongst those which influence the conduct. How is he to proceed in the accomplishment of this aim? You know very well what is ordinarily tried; and if reason sit in judgment on the matter, it might possibly pronounce it best fitted to succeed. There are arrayed all the affecting evidences that can be gathered together of human frailty. But, however fair and admirable in theory, is this course practically effective when the fact of which we desire to produce conviction is the uncertainty of life? Alas! no. The universal testimony from ministerial experience, is that a well wrought sermon on the frailty of life is commonly ineffectual to the making men on the watch for the approaches of death. Here it is that our text comes in with a great lesson. It does but echo this result of ministerial experience. The psalmist prays to be made to know his frailty; as though quite aware that meditation and observation would never bring it home to him, notwithstanding that it seemed impossible for him to shut his eyes to the fact. And if it be a thing for prayer, it is evident enough that all meditations amongst the tombs, and all musings over the dead, will be practically of no avail, except as they bring men to their knees. Here, then, is the great lesson which, as a minister, I gather from the text. I wish to impress on you your frailty, and entreat you to let this be part of your daily prayer to the Almighty—“Make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” (Henry Melvill, B.D.)

Reflections for the New Year:

  1. That human life must terminate. The knowledge and belief that our times are in God’s hand have a powerful influence in making us humble, self-denied, watchful and holy. The return of day and night, the revolution of the heavenly bodies, the beating of our hearts, the circulation of the blood, every clock in our chamber, and every watch we carry, all proclaim the affecting truth, that our days are hastening to an end.
  2. That the measure of our days is determined by God. The sovereignty of the Most High is eminently discovered in the various admeasurements of human life.

III. That the knowledge of our end, and of the measure, of our days is of great practical utility in the Christian life. “That I may know how frail I am.”

  1. That God alone can teach us the end, the measure, and the value of the present life. “Lord, make me to know mine end,” etc. This is a lesson which the wisdom of men cannot teach. We hear, we confess the general truth that all must die; but we act as if it were not true, as if it never were to be interpreted of ourselves! But when God teaches us our end, He inspires us with other views. No person can be indifferent to death and mortality when God is his teacher. (Christian Magazine.)

“Make me to know mine end”:

From this prayer it would appear that men are prone to forget their end. Why do men forget their last end?

  1. Negatively.
  2. Not because there can be any doubt as to its importance. What a momentous event is death! The termination of our earthly connection, and our introduction into a state, mysterious, retributive, probably unalterable.
  3. Not because men have no reminders of it. If you see a painting, the artist is in his grave—a book, the author is no more—a portrait, the subject is gone to dust.
  4. Not because there is the slightest hope of avoiding it. “It is appointed unto all men once to die.”
  5. Positively.
  6. An instinctive repugnance to it. All men dread it.
  7. 2. The difficulty of realizing it. We cannot possibly know what it is to die. It is a knowledge that can only be got by experience.
  8. The commonness of the occurrence. If only a few in a whole country died in the course of a year, and one or two in our neighbourhood, the strangeness might affect us.
  9. The general hope of longevity.
  10. The soul engrossing power of worldly things. “What shall we eat, what shall we drink, wherewithal shall we be clothed?” This is the all absorbing question. But why should men consider their latter end?

(1) To moderate their attachment to earthly things.

(2) To stimulate preparation for a higher state.

(3) To enable us to welcome it when it comes. (Homilist.)

Brief life is here our portion:

Some see a kind of pettishness in this verse, the fruit of impatience under the chastening hand of God. But it is not for us to upbraid the psalmist, for what is his impatience compared to ours? David prays, “Make me to know mine end.” But was his frailty a secret that he could not discover? We may be sure that he knew it in part, but he wanted to know it after a more perfect way; with that spiritual enlightenment which God alone could communicate. Thus he would know—

  1. His end. Do we know this?
  2. Its certainty. I must die. There is no discharge in that war. Is that fact realized by us?
  3. It will be our end. Not a halt, but a finale. Mine end for all things beneath the sun—sin, sorrow, service, opportunity for doing and getting good. Think of the accompaniments of our end, the last scenes here in which we shall take part. Picture it all to your minds so far as you can. Rehearse it so far as you may. And think of its results. Then it is that though we end here, we enter on the most solemn part of our existence. Whither wilt thou go? To be with Christ, or amongst the lost—which? We need to be made to know our end, made to believe in it firmly, realize it vividly, so as to be prepared for it whenever it comes.
  4. The measure of his days. It is only the days of God that cannot be counted. Ours can, “as poor men count their sheep,” because they are so few. But the fact that man is sinful makes it blessed that his days should be few. Would we have a Voltaire for ever stalking about this world, or such as he? Let us measure our days so as not to waste them.

III. His frailty. We are like travellers on a road across which there is a deep gulf. Some know it, but most forget it. Those in the front ranks fall into it, and the others will, but as yet they think not of it. So we all go on until we come to that fatal step which will plunge us into eternity. (C. H. Spurgeon.)[4]


4. “Lord.” It is well that the vent of his soul was Godward and not towards man. Oh! if my swelling heart must speak, Lord let it speak with thee; even if there be too much of natural heat in what I say, thou wilt be more patient with me than man, and upon thy purity it can cast no stain; whereas if I speak to my fellows, they may harshly rebuke me or else learn evil from my petulance. “Make me to know my end.” Did he mean the same as Elias in his agony, “Let me die, I am no better than my fathers?” Perhaps so. At any rate, he rashly and petulantly desired to know the end of his wretched life, that he might begin to reckon the days till death should put a finis to his woe. Impatience would pry between the folded leaves. As if there were no other comfort to be had, unbelief would fain hide itself in the grave and sleep itself into oblivion. David was neither the first nor the last who had spoken unadvisedly in prayer. Yet, there is a better meaning: the Psalmist would know more of the shortness of life, that he might better bear its transient ills, and herein we may safely kneel with him, uttering the same petition. That there is no end to its misery is the hell of hell; that there is an end to life’s sorrow is the hope of all who have a hope beyond the grave. God is the best teacher of the divine philosophy which looks for an expected end. They who see death through the Lord’s glass, see a fair sight, which makes them forget the evil of life in foreseeing the end of life. “And the measure of my days.” David would fain be assured that his days would be soon over and his trials with them; he would be taught anew that life is measured out to us by wisdom, and is not a matter of chance. As the trader measures his cloth by inches, and ells, and yards, so with scrupulous accuracy is life measured out to man. “That I may know how frail I am,” or when I shall cease to be. Alas! poor human nature, dear as life is, man quarrels with God at such a rate that he would sooner cease to be than bear the Lord’s appointment. Such pettishness in a saint! Let us wait till we are in a like position, and we shall do no better. The ship on the stocks wonders that the barque springs a leak, but when it has tried the high seas, it marvels that its timbers hold together in such storms. David’s case is not recorded for our imitation, but for our learning.[5]


[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 360). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, pp. 330–331). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[3] Bullock, C. H. (2015). Psalms 1–72. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 1, p. 299). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 2, pp. 288–290). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[5] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 27-57 (Vol. 2, pp. 215–216). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

January 28, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Donald Trump’s lawyers will wrap up their arguments on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of the Republican president after attacking Democrat Joe Biden but shrugging off disclosures from a former top White House adviser.

The United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of individuals from a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan and was in the process of confirming their identities, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

French police clashed on Tuesday with firefighters protesting in Paris against their working conditions and demanding more pay.

President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China was sure of defeating a “devil” coronavirus that has killed 106 people, spread across the world and rattled financial markets.

Germany has declared its first confirmed case of the coronavirus after a 33-year-old man contracted it from a colleague visiting his workplace from Shanghai, in one of the first cases of person-to-person transmission outside China.

Britain will allow Chinese telecoms giant Huawei a limited role in building its 5G networks, the government said on Tuesday. High-risk vendors would be excluded from the sensitive core of networks, and there would a 35% cap on their involvement in the non-sensitive parts.

A Hungarian security officer fired three warning shots early on Tuesday after about 60 migrants tried to force their way through a checkpoint on the EU member state’s southern border with Serbia, police said.

Airbus faces billions of dollars of fines after agreeing in principle to a settlement with French, British and U.S. authorities following a crippling three-year investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption.

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Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans who illegally crossed over from Guatemala with a caravan heading to the United States.

Japanese authorities said Tuesday a man with no recent travel to China has contracted the novel strain of coronavirus — apparently after driving tourists visiting from Wuhan, where a deadly outbreak began.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Israelis were not welcome to visit the kingdom after Israel decreed that Israeli citizens could visit Saudi Arabia under certain circumstances, CNN reported on Monday.

PG&E Corp. and other electric utilities could face hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties for shutting off power to prevent wildfires under a bill passed by the California state senate. The measure, approved 25 to 2, would also require power companies to compensate residents, businesses and local governments for costs resulting from intentional blackouts. It now faces a vote in the state assembly.

Bombs planted underwater off Syria’s coast exploded Monday, damaging oil facilities used to pump oil into one of Syria’s two petroleum refineries, state media and the oil minister said.

The masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes — proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia’s Aceh province.

Roena Cheryl Mills, 43, of Rural Retreat, Virginia, was sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole for her December conviction on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Bo White, 29, of Lenore. White’s body was found at his home in April 2018 while his head was found in nearby woods.

Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, a government minister said on Monday, highlighting a program the United States says is a cover for ballistic missile development.

Officials in the UK have confirmed they are looking into reports that a British man has died while in the custody of US immigration authorities.

BBC

India’s top court has said cheetahs can be reintroduced in the country, 70 years after they were wiped out.

A rare species of frog with translucent skin, so-called “glass frogs”, has been seen in Bolivia for the first time in 18 years.

Hong Kong has announced plans to slash cross-border travel between the city and mainland China as the new coronavirus continues to spread.

WND

As an increasing number of American college students embrace socialism, two young Venezuelans who witnessed the destruction of their country through Hugo Chavez’s “revolution” are visiting U.S. campuses with a message of warning. “I definitely see America committing a lot of the same mistakes Venezuela committed.” “No one else can know what happened in Venezuela but a Venezuelan, and we are experts on that.”

The Democrat-led House is set next week to vote on legislation to override the 27 states that have given workers a right to work without being forced to join a union or to give it a cut of their paycheck.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 28, 2020

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Trump to reveal ‘Deal of the Century’ map on Tuesday

Trump to tell Israelis they have 6 weeks to get peace plan moving – report

Trump peace plan could boost embattled Israeli leader

Gantz hails Trump’s peace plan, says he’ll work to implement it after elections

Interior minister claims officials already prepping West Bank annexation

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Trump upbeat on peace plan despite Palestinian rejection

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Palestinian Authority PM calls on world to boycott Trump peace plan

PA urges Arabs to boycott peace plan launch, but Gulf states may vaguely back it

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Saudi Foreign Minister: Israelis cannot visit the kingdom

On Remembrance Day, US House overwhelmingly passes Holocaust education bill

Survivors, world leaders at Auschwitz mark 75 years since its liberation

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Islamic State announces ‘new phase’ of attacks: Mainly targeting Israel

Iran Prepares Site for Satellite Launch That U.S. Links to Ballistic Missiles

Iran says preparing site for satellite launch; US deems a cover up

IRGC chief threatens attacks on American and Israeli commanders

Iranian general warns of retaliation against Israel if US threats continue

Rouhani says Iran’s ‘democracy’ threatened after thousands of candidates barred

Pompeo urges Iraq to uphold sovereignty after ‘assaults by Iran’ on US targets

Iraq PM in call with Pompeo stresses need for de-escalation

Advanced U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Taliban-controlled Area of Afghanistan

Taliban says it shot down plane carrying high-ranking US military personnel

Pentagon confirms airplane crash in Afghanistan; denies Taliban shoot-down

Lebanese Protesters Hurl Stones at Police Near Parliament

News of Bolton book sends jolt through impeachment trial

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Republicans call Bolton leak Kavanaugh ‘2.0,’ as publisher denies coordination

Republicans in Trump impeachment trial face new pressure over Bolton book

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Trump counsel Starr says time to bring an end to ‘age of impeachment’

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Government privacy watchdog under pressure to recommend facial recognition ban

Homesteaders, catastrophists run for the hills to flee U.S. uncertainty

‘X-files’ of UFO sightings over United Kingdom to be released for the first time

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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Nemuro, Japan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kazerun, Iran

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits East of Severnaya Zemlya

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Amatignak Island, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Dozens killed in Brazil after worst rain event in more than 100 years triggers flooding, landslides

Madagascar declares national emergency as massive floods claim 31 lives and inundate more than 10,000 homes

State Of Emergency Declared In Kazakh Capital Amid Winter Storm

WHO: Global risk of China virus is ‘high’

China virus death toll passes 100 as US, Canada issue travel warning

Coronavirus: Hospital workers ‘wearing adult diapers because they do not have time to go to the bathroom’

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Faith Healing – A new push against religious medical neglect

New medical research finding unborn babies may feel pain as early as 13 weeks….

Powerful New Ad Features Abortion Survivors: “Can You Look Me in the Eye & Tell Me That I Shouldn’t Exist?”

President Trump Tells March for Life: “Every Child Born and Unborn is a Sacred Gift From God”

Pete Buttigieg Tells Pro-Life Democrat He Supports Party’s Position: Pro-Lifers ‘Don’t Belong’

DNC leaders angry at Betsy Devos for comparing ending slavery to ending abortion

ISIS child soldier executes Nigerian Christian student, declares ‘we will not stop’

China Kicks Christian Persecution Into Overdrive, Attacks on Faithful Skyrocket


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

How Examining the Claims of Christianity is Similar to Investigating Cold Cases (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Haden Clark from Help Me Believe interviews J. Warner Wallace for the Help Me Believe YouTube Channel. Why would anyone be interested in a detective’s view of Christianity or the resurrection of Jesus? What value does a detective’s approach bring to this study? Be sure to subscribe to Hayden’s channel.

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For First Time Ever, Drag Queens Will Be Featured In Super Bowl LIV Ad, Marking The Ongoing Relentless Push By Global Elites To Normalize Perversion — Now The End Begins

Drag queens, for the first time, will appear in a Super Bowl advertisement. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Kim Chi and Miz Cracker will make history in a commercial for hummus brand Sabra during the football championship game Feb. 2, when the Kansas City Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers.

Bit by bit, the rising tide of end times darkness is wearing down the opposition in its quest to normalize that which is not normal, to promote the perverse to a culture that is increasingly unable to discern right from wrong. In addition from being repulsive to look at, drag queens are not normal, but the LGBTQ+P for Pedophile Movement will not rest until you accept them reading books to your kids, and selling you products on television. Where is the outcry from the professing Christian church, am I standing alone here?

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20,21 (KJB)

Maybe you plan on keeping your mouth shut, but I sure don’t. I will resist this garbage to my dying day, no matter what it costs, and not resist it quietly in private, either. I will post this article not only to Facebook, but to my LinkedIn where potential employers and clients can see it. (majority of professing Christians just ran screaming for the door). How about you? If you don’t you’re part of the problem, case closed.

Drag queens to make historical debut — during Super Bowl LIV

FROM NBC NEWS: In the teaser for the ad campaign, which the New York-based company posted on its YouTube channel last week, Miz Cracker clumsily attempts to put a football helmet on over her sizable wig.

“I hope this doesn’t give me helmet hair,” she says, while Kim Chi looks on skeptically.

The Sabra campaign will also feature rapper T-Pain and another reality television duo: former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” rivals Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice, according to AdWeek.

Bob Witeck, a longtime marketing strategist who specializes in reaching LGBTQ audiences, called Sabra’s drag ad “revolutionary.”

“For queer audiences, it is an art form and an ‘outsiders’ language,” Witek said of drag. “Reaching the Super Bowl means taking our language into every home in the nation and millions around the world.”

Witeck said the Sabra ad, which could reach around 100 million viewers during the Super Bowl, is indicative of a sea change in the public perception of drag, which he said has been normalized in the mainstream for many years, thanks in large part to the success of the award-winning reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“The Super Bowl is the ultimate test, when you can take chances like this and realize that the fear of drag is nothing people imagined it to be,” he said. “It’s us telling our own joke about ourselves, with a sense of humor and authenticity … with luck, everyone laughs with us.”

In addition to the first drag queen-filled ad, Super Bowl LIV will also have the annual game’s first female and openly gay coach: Katie Sowers of the 49ers. READ MORE

Drag Queens In Sabra Hummus Super Bowl LIV Commercial

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