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January 20 You’ve Got to Have Vision

Where there is no vision, the people perish.
(Proverbs 29:18)

We’re not called to be relevant, we’re called to be prophetic! We’re supposed to meet today’s needs and be ahead of tomorrow’s. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world; a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). The original word for “hidden” is “ignored.” If the world is ignoring us, something’s wrong! Pastor Ray Bevin said that in a recent survey, 70% of the pastors in his part of the country said they were not interested in growing. How can that be? Look at the New Testament church: “They went out and preached everywhere … And the Lord added daily to the church those who were being saved” (Mark 16:20). (See also Acts 2:47.)

God is not against small churches, but He does have trouble with small-minded churches! He condemned the Church of Laodicea because they boasted, “We have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:16–18). Without direction we die! Without vision we decay on the inside. Instead of praying for a move of God, start praying for a move of the Church! God’s already moving; it’s time to get in step with Him. Head for the nearest school or hospital or old folks home and begin to minister, and you’ll see a move of God. When God gives you a vision, you’ll be able to look beyond the hardness and see the harvest.


You won’t just see the ruins, you’ll see the rebuilding, and He will do something else too—He’ll make you part of it![1]


[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 20). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

The Discerning of Spirits, Part 1 | Critical Issues Commentary Radio

The Discerning of Spirits, Part 1, presented by Bob DeWaay and Dick Kuffel. We discuss 1John 4:1-6 which is about testing spirits. Our claim is that the biblical test of spirits is objective rather than subjective. To put this into proper perspective we discuss worldviews that influence one’s view of the spiritual realm… (duration 00:24:59) 
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Is the Reformation Over? | Tabletalk

In this video, Michael Reeves explains why the Reformation is not over.

The Reformation is not over and cannot be over. The first reason it’s not over is because the Roman Catholic Church has not been reformed. Rome, by her own catechism and statements, still repudiates justification by faith alone, and therefore the matter of the Reformation has not been resolved.

Furthermore, those churches that would not call themselves Roman Catholic needed to be ongoingly reformed because reformation is not something that can be settled. Reformation is about the church purifying herself by the Word of God continually. There is never some acceptably pure level.

So, reformation is an ongoing thing. And that means that reformation cannot be over until Christ returns, because reformation is about chasing that purity that Christ wants for His church. And we have not reached that and we will not reach that until He returns.


01/20/20 A House of Prayer for All Nations —

READING: Genesis 28-29, Mark 11

God’s temple was intended to be a place where the nations could come and pray (Isa 56:7). Instead, though, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day had turned it into a “den of thieves” (Mark 11:17) where extortion was common. Moreover, the commercialism and commotion in that area of the temple made it more difficult for Gentiles to come and worship—and Jesus would have none of that. He who was Lord over all would remind the religious leaders that He welcomed worship from all the peoples of the world. For the original readers of the Gospel of Mark—likely, Gentiles—these words would have been significant.

It’s easy to read this passage about the temple, focus on the important call to prayer, and miss the global focus of this text. Moreover, it’s also possible for our churches today to talk about prayer while still failing to pray for the nations and invite them to worship with us. Perhaps you’ve even known churches who prayed, but who also almost dared anyone unlike them to join them. Such self-focused praying and living misses the heart of God.

The work God gives His church to do ultimately touches the world. He is, after all, the Messiah for all nations.

PRAYER: “God, give my church family a heart for the nations of the world.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Genesis 28-29, Psalm 11, Mark 12

via 01/20/20 A House of Prayer for All Nations —

3 Blog Posts about Gossip in the Church —

I wish I could say with integrity that church members don’t gossip, but my experiences won’t let me reach that conclusion. Church folks talk—sometimes in unhealthy ways. Perhaps one of these posts will challenge you today:

9 Reasons Gossip is Destructive to a Church

9 Ways to Tell the Difference between a Prayer Warrior and a Gossip

8 Times When Leaders Need to Bite Their Tongue (Off)

via 3 Blog Posts about Gossip in the Church —

20 Jan 2020 – Rapture Ready News

BREAKING: Democrats conspiring to stage false flag bloodshed on Jan. 20th in Virginia – “Charlottesville 2.0” – in order to ignite a civil war and mass chaos
The stage is being set by Democrats and the complicit left-wing media (CNN) to turn Jan. 20th “Lobby Day” in Richmond, Virginia into a false flag bloodbath that will attempt to frame gun owners as terrorists and provide the justification for state-wide martial law and the confiscation of all firearms from citizens.

Eruption at Shishaldin volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Alaska
Starting at about 09:30 UTC (00:30 AKST) on January 19, 2020, the eruption at Shishaldin volcano in Alaska intensified, and about 13:30 UTC began generating a more ash-rich volcanic plume. The aviation color code was raised to RED and the volcano alert level to WARNING at 17:28 UTC.

Police: Pennsylvania Woman Drives Into Path Of Oncoming Vehicle While Waiting For Calling From God
A Luzerne County woman drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle as a way to test her faith, then exhibited no concern about the people who were injured in the crash, state police said. Bail was revoked this week for Nadejda Reilly, 31, of Drums, who is charged with aggravated assault and other offenses over allegations she purposely caused the wreck on Route 93 near Weatherly on Jan. 7.

Planned Parenthood launches $45 million campaign for 2020: ‘Matter of life and death’
The political fundraising arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider will spend $45 million in the 2020 elections as it pushes back against what many conservatives are calling the most pro-life administration in history.

Virginia State Senator warns pro-2A demonstrators being set up for staged terrorism event on Monday, “Lobby Day” in Virginia… “KILL ZONE” trap constructed by Dems
According to numerous media reports, all cited here, treasonous Democrats and the radical left-wing terrorism group Antifa are conspiring to stage violence during the Monday “Lobby Day” event in Richmond, Virginia. The goal of the staged violence is to falsely depict gun owners and Trump supporters as violent, lawless terrorists.

A Courageous Group Of College Students In Australia Interrupt Drag Queen Story Hour Chanting ‘Drag Queens Are Not For Kids!’
College students in Australia showed how you deal with an encroaching evil like Drag Queen Story Hour, or Storytime as they call it down under, you confront it head on and call it out for what it is. You stand up for the children and you defend and protect them, that’s how it should be done. This whole Laodicean business of ‘who am I to judge?‘ comes from the very pit of Hell itself and out of the mouth of the Devil. If you are not standing for the Lord, you are standing against Him, plain and simple.

Will Electromagnetic Mood-Altering Technologies Turn the Virginia Anti-Gun Rally Into a Blood Bath?
Several weeks ago, I was contacted by a group of intelligence agents who were concerned about the composition of the Space Command and who, or what, was actually in charge. In response to my recent article in which reported that the government is imposing a GPS block during the planned anti-gun confiscation protests in Virginia in which the potential is extremely high. I have maintained that this gun confiscation activity by the Governor of Virginia is merely a means to an end. He is assisting the Deep-State in starting a civil war over the controversy.

The Awakening to Human Truth – Powerful new video forces Leftists to face the depths of their own anti-human EVIL
We’ve now posted a powerful new mini-documentary called, “The Awakening to Human Truth.” Just ten minutes in duration, the documentary forces pro-abortion Leftists to face the depths of their own evil as they call for the destruction of the very same kind of conscious human existence that once defined their own lives as unborn human babies.

$6.4 Trillion And Counting – How The Military-Industrial Complex Hijacked The War On Terror
Ike was right!

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Trump immigration policies showing results, with illegal border crossings plummeting | Fox News

Illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border plummeted after the Trump administration required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for court hearings in the U.S., according to a report.

If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32 (NASB) 

Legalism is something that is not as easy to define as we first think it is. Many definitions talk about a system of laws that must be obeyed in place of simply belief in order to have salvation or eternal life. However, I contend that there is a form of legalism that most of us are guilty of committing in our interrelationships with other believers. That legalism is that we try to force others to submit to us in one-way or another. We become a law unto ourselves. If we take this to an extreme then we will find ourselves using threats or even extortion…

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New Trump Lawyer Trolls Pelosi, Makes Case For Why Impeachment Is ‘Illegitimate’ | The Daily Wire

On Sunday, new Trump defense attorney Robert Ray, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News that House Democrats’ efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office through impeachment is illegitimate because it was a partisan event that saw no support from the opposition.

“I think the president’s principal defense – and you saw it in the answer that was interposed over the weekend – is very simple. This is an entirely partisan and, therefore, illegitimate effort by House Democrats to remove a president from office,” Ray said.

Ray continued, “And the remedy for that is the United States Senate, as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. In order to overturn the will of the electorate in the 2016 election, and particularly given the fact that we are now in the middle of a presidential campaign for 2020, ultimately, that will can only be overturned with a bipartisan effort and overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate, with a two-thirds majority, in order to remove a president and overturn the will of that electorate.”

Toward the end of the interview, Ray took a shot at House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has repeatedly said that Trump is “impeached forever,” by noting that by the time the Senate is done with its trial, Trump will be “acquitted forever.”



MARIA BARTIROMO, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: With opening statements in President Trump’s impeachment trial set for this Tuesday, he’s added several high-profile names to his defense team, including Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, not a full-time fledged member of the team, but he will present constitutional arguments against impeachment.

Former federal prosecutor Robert Ray is a new full-fledged member of the team. And he joins me right now on set.

Good to see you, Robert. Thanks so much for being here.

ROBERT RAY, MEMBER OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DEFENSE TEAM: Thanks. Thanks for emphasizing that.

And, on a personal note, thank you very much for all the appearances going back now many, many months. I’m not sure — if not for you, I don’t know that I would have come to the president’s attention.

BARTIROMO: Thank you.

RAY: So, I very much appreciate it.

BARTIROMO: Well, congratulations. This is a big deal.

Tell me what the president..

RAY: Of course it is.

BARTIROMO: What the defense is.

RAY: Well, it’s a big deal because, ultimately, in the eyes of history, we are all going to be judged about whether or not we acted in the best interests of the country.

I think the president’s principal defense — and you saw it in the answer that was interposed over the weekend — is very simple. This is an entirely partisan and, therefore, illegitimate effort by House Democrats to remove a president from office.

And the remedy for that is the United States Senate, as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. In order to overturn the will of the electorate in the 2016 election, and particularly given the fact that we are now in the middle of a presidential campaign for 2020, ultimately, that will can only be overturned with a bipartisan effort and overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate, with a two-thirds majority, in order to remove a president and overturn the will of that electorate.

It’s very simple.

BARTIROMO: Do you expect any Republicans to vote for impeachment?

RAY: I don’t, no.

BARTIROMO: Well, let’s look at the letter that the White House, your team, sent last night, because the conclusion of that letter from the White House, says: “The articles of impeachment violate the Constitution. They are defective in their entirety. They are a product of invalid proceedings that flagrantly deny the president any due process.”

Ted Cruz just said the first 48 hours will determine a lot. What are you expecting?

RAY: Well, I think he’s right about that.

But I think you have also saw from the speaker, Pelosi, about essentially celebrating the notion that the stain of impeachment exists and exists forever. And the only rejoinder to that — and that’s the rejoinder that it is my job, and together with the rest of the defense team, to place before the United States Senate for their consideration — is the question about the rejoinder being that there will be an acquittal forever as well.

And that’s what we expect. That’s the — that’s the task ahead during the next several weeks.

BARTIROMO: Do you think you would like to see witnesses? I mean, witnesses can go either way. I know that.

But they could also open up this can of worms around Hunter Biden, which seems to have been forgotten at this point.

RAY: Well, that’s a — that’s a relevant issue to consider, obviously, because, if you get into the question, as the Democrats have alleged, that anything having to do with the Bidens was completely, in their words, a sham, obviously, your views about that are affected by whether or not you think there was merit to a Biden investigation.

But before we ever get to that, I think the core issue — and Senator Cruz alluded to this — well-founded — and I have said this many times — many times on your show — well-founded articles of impeachment both allege that crimes were committed and that those are the type of crimes that constitute abuse of the public trust.

Abuse of power alone — and history has shown this — similar to also obstruction of Congress, those types of articles of impeachment have been tried on for size before, but they have not fared well.

The core of the impeachment parameters allege that crimes have been committed, treason, bribery, and things like that, in other words, other high crimes and misdemeanors.

BARTIROMO: Right. Unbelievable.

Robert, thanks very much.

RAY: Thanks very much.

BARTIROMO: Robert Ray.

Truthbomb Apologetics: Worldview and Apologetics in the News

Denying communion to Joe Biden was ‘right and just,’ Cardinal says

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Introducing Christianity Today’s New Editor in Chief

Christian Film Based on Real-Life Miracle Receives Oscar Nomination

Golden Globe Awards Speech Defends Abortion

Rethinking origins: The evolution of a young earth creationist

‘Not Afraid of Burning in Hell’: Ron Reagan’s ‘Unabashedly’ Atheist Ad Runs During Democratic Debate

The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

BioLogos and the Search for Truth

Alister McGrath | Journey of Science, Story of Faith 

Courage and Godspeed,


Tell No Tales: The ties to Jeffery Epstein – YouTube

Details surrounding convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein may never be made public after a judge ordered them to be sealed. The documents could shed light on Epstein’s alleged victims and the role of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. On this week’s News Views Hughes, Scottie talks to investigative journalist Dylan Howard about his research and what is believed to be in these documents.

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NY Post: ‘Profiles in Corruption’ Reveals How ‘Biden Five’ Made Millions Off Ex-VP’s Connections

Five family members of former Vice President Joe Biden have scored “sweetheart deals” and “favorable access” thanks to their connection to the 2020 Democrat White House candidate, reveals the forthcoming investigative book “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite” by five-time New York Times bestselling author and Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer.

GOP senator doubles down after CNN anchor demands apology for calling reporter ‘liberal hack’ – WND

A Republican senator who understands what real combat is all about derided the ruffled feathers over at CNN caused by a pair of words for which she refuses to apologize.

The Beltway brouhaha began when CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju lobbed a question at fast-walking Republican Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona, who as an Air Force fighter pilot was the first woman to lead a squadron into combat.

“You’re a liberal hack, I’m not talking to you,” McSally fired back “You’re a liberal hack.”

The retort led to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer demanding an apology

“It was disgusting, it was awful, she should know better,” Blitzer told Raju on Thursday. “If they did the right thing, she would personally call you and say ‘I’m sorry.'”

But during an appearance later that same day on the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle,” McSally stood by her words.

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“Senator, do you regret what you said?” host Laura Ingraham asked.

“No Laura, I do not,” McSally replied after laughing at a clip Ingraham played of the outrage CNN shared over the bit of byplay. “And I said it again actually as I went in, I said, ‘You’re a liberal hack, buddy.’”

McSally said the bias she cited is real.

“These CNN reporters, but many of them around the Capitol, they are so biased,” she said.

“They are so in cahoots with the Democrats. They so can’t stand the president, and they run around, trying to chase … Republicans and ask trapping questions,” she said.

According to McSally, she only speaks the truth.

“I’m a fighter pilot. I called it like it is, and that’s what we see out of the mainstream media, and especially CNN, every single day. So obviously I’m gonna tell the truth, and I did it today, and it’s laughable how they’ve responded,” she said.

Ingraham noted that critics claimed McSally has gone “full Trump.”

“Well, they’ve also said that it was ‘unbecoming a senator’ and I ‘lashed out,'” McSally said. “The Democratic senators walk by and they say, ‘Hi how are you today?’ and then they chase after the Republicans. It’s honestly ridiculous as you know.”

The media is anti-Republican, McSally said.

“They’re cheerleading Democrats. They hate the president,” she said.

The Arizona Republican said she has nothing for which to apologize.

“I speak the truth, I’m gonna continue to do it. I’ve done it my whole life,” she said.

“They have a lot of apologizing to do and they should probably be filing FEC reports with the DNC — in-kind contributions,” she said.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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$6.4 Trillion And Counting – How The Military-Industrial Complex Hijacked The War On Terror | Zero Hedge

Authored by Eric Margolis,

Ike Was Right!

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.”

General Dwight D Eisenhower
Farewell address 1961

Congress just passed a near trillion dollar military budget at a time when the United States faces no evident state threats at home or abroad. Ike was right.

Illustrating Ike’s prescient warning, Brown University’s respected Watson Institute just released a major study which found that the so-called ‘wars on terror’ in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan have cost US taxpayers $6.4 trillion since they began in 2001.

The extensive study found that over 800,000 people have died as a result of these military operations, a third of them civilians. An additional 21 million civilians have been displaced by US military operations. According to the Pentagon, these US wars have so far cost each American taxpayer $7,623 – and that’s a very conservative estimate.

Most of this money has been quietly added to the US national debt of over $23 trillion. Wars on credit hide the true cost and pain from the public.

As General Eisenhower warned, military spending has engulfed the nation.

A trillion annual military budget represents just about half the world’s military expenditures. The Pentagon, which I’ve visited numerous times, is bustling with activity as if the nation was on a permanent war footing.

The combined US intelligence budget of some $80 billion is larger than Russia’s total military budget of $63 billion. US troops, warplanes and naval vessels are stationed around the globe, including, most lately, across Africa. And yet every day the media trumpets new ‘threats’ to the US. Trump is sending more troops to the Mideast while claiming he wants to reduce America’s powerful military footprint there. Our military is always in search of new missions. These operations generate promotions and pay raises, new equipment and a reason for being.

Back in the day, the Republican Party of General Eisenhower was a centrist conservative’s party with a broad world view, dedicated to lower taxes and somewhat smaller government. It was led by the Rockefellers and educated Easterners with a broad world view and respect for tradition.

Today’s Republican Party is a collection of rural interests from flyover country, handmaidens of the military industrial complex and, most important, militant evangelical Christians who see the world through the spectrum of the Old Testament. Israel’s far right has come to dominate American evangelists by selling them a bill of goods about the End of Days and the Messiah’s return. Many of these rubes see Trump as a quasi-religious figure.

Mix the religious cultists – about 25% of the US population – with the farm and Israel lobbies and the mighty military industrial complex and no wonder the United States has veered off into the deep waters of irrationality and crusading ardor. The US can still afford such bizarre behavior thanks to its riches, magic green dollar, endless supply of credit and a poorly educated, apathetic public too besotted by sports and TV sitcoms to understand what’s going on abroad.

All the war party needs is a steady supply of foreign villains (preferably Muslims) who can be occasionally bombed back to the early Islamic age. Americans have largely forgotten George W. Bush’s lurid claims that Iraqi drones of death were poised to shower poisons on the sleeping nation. Even the Soviets never ventured so deep into the sea of absurdity.

The military industrial complex does not care to endanger its gold-plated F-35 stealth aircraft and $13 billion apiece aircraft carriers in a real war against real powers. Instead, the war party likes little wars against weak opponents who can barely shoot back. State-run TV networks thrill to such minor scraps with fancy headlines and martial music. Think of the glorious little wars against Panama, Grenada, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya. Iran looks next.

The more I listen to his words, the more I like Ike.

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January 20 The Poor Man’s Morning Portion

20.—What shall be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour?—Esther 6:6.

Nay, my soul, ask thine own heart what shall be done to the God-man whom Jehovah, the King of kings, delighteth to honour? Oh! for the view of what John saw, and to hear what John heard, when he beheld heaven opened, and heard the innumerable multitude chanting Salvation to God and the Lamb! Lord, I would say, let every knee bow before him, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. And oh! most gracious Father, dost thou take delight that Jesus should be honoured? Is it thine honour when Jesus is honoured; thy glory when Jesus is glorified? Oh! what wonderful encouragement is this to the faith and belief of a poor sinner; that I not only praise my adorable Redeemer when I come to him for all things, and trust him for all things; but these exercises of grace are as acceptable to God my Father, as they are honourable to God the Son. And this is the only way, and a blessed way it is indeed, by which a poor sinner can give glory to the Father, in believing the record which he hath given of his Son. Here, then, my soul, do thou daily be found in honouring the Glory-man, the God-man Christ Jesus, whom God the Father delighteth to honour.[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Morning Portion (p. 17). New York; Pittsburg: Robert Carter.

The Military And State Can’t Handle The Trump Truth | Zero Hedge

This excerpt in the Washington Post tells the reader more about the corruption of the Deep State and their mindset than it does about Trump’s so-called mental state.

Authored by Larry Johnson via Sic Semper Tyrannis blog,

An excerpt from a soon to be released book, “A Very Stable Genius” (which appeared in Saturday’s edition of the Washington Post) apparently was written with the intent of presenting Donald Trump as a crazed, unstable individual.

The authors of this hit job (two Washington Post reporters) clearly relied on Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn and Jim Mattis as primary sources. But rather than expose Trump as mentally unfit to be President, the authors unwittingly expose their own extreme bias and highlight how the men Trump named to key positions in his administration–Tillerson at State, Cohn at the White House and Mattis at DOD–tried to undermine the President and drug their feet in carrying out Trump’s directives.

These men, in my view, are bureaucratic cowards. They should have resigned if they felt so strongly about Trump’s violations. But they wanted to hang on to their little pieces of turf.

The piece is introduced with this telling paragraph:

So on July 20, 2017, Mattis invited Trump to the Tank for what he, Tillerson, and Cohn had carefully organized as a tailored tutorial. What happened inside the Tank that day crystallized the commander in chief’s berating, derisive and dismissive manner, foreshadowing decisions such as the one earlier this month that brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran. The Tank meeting was a turning point in Trump’s presidency. Rather than getting him to appreciate America’s traditional role and alliances, Trump began to tune out and eventually push away the experts who believed their duty was to protect the country by restraining his more dangerous impulses.

Yep. Trump’s a bad, crazy, deranged individual because he did not want to continue the failed policies of the last 20 years. That’s the complaint of these Deep Staters in a nutshell. And Donald Trump, unlike the serpentine politicians that infest Washington, did not speak praise to the faces of these clowns and then backstab them in the press and to other members of his Administration. Nope. He called them out to their face. Can’t have that. Telling people off to their faces is just so uncouth. Always better, according to the Swamp creatures, to say one thing to a person’s face and then trash the hell out of them when they are not around.

Let’s look at the key issues discussed in this brief that put the reporters panties in a knot.

“The post-war international rules-based order is the greatest gift of the greatest generation.” Mattis then gave a 20-minute briefing on the power of the NATO alliance to stabilize Europe and keep the United States safe.

Trump’s response should not have surprised these guys if they had paid attention to the campaign:

We should make money off of everything.

Trump proceeded to explain that NATO, too, was worthless. U.S. generals were letting the allied member countries get away with murder, he said, and they owed the United States a lot of money after not living up to their promise of paying their dues.

“They’re in arrears,” Trump said, reverting to the language of real estate. He lifted both his arms at his sides in frustration. Then he scolded top officials for the untold millions of dollars he believed they had let slip through their fingers by allowing allies to avoid their obligations.“

Trump was exactly right with regards to NATO. It is an anachronism. The equivalent of maintaining the horse cavalry in the U.S. Army on the eve of World War II. But there is a lot of money and high paying jobs for senior officers to be had. Cannot let that sugar tit dry up.

The men at around the table also tried to thwart Trump on Iran:

He wanted out of the Iran nuclear deal that President Obama had struck in 2015, which called for Iran to reduce its uranium stockpile and cut its nuclear program.

It’s the worst deal in history!” Trump declared.

“Well, actually . . .,” Tillerson interjected.

“I don’t want to hear it,” Trump said, cutting off the secretary of state before he could explain some of the benefits of the agreement.

“They’re cheating. They’re building. We’re getting out of it. I keep telling you, I keep giving you time, and you keep delaying me. I want out of it.”

Here again Trump never hid his intent with respect to Obama’s Iran deal. So why the surprise on the part of Mattis and Tillerson?

Next up, Afghanistan:

Trump erupted to revive another frequent complaint: the war in Afghanistan, which was now America’s longest war. He demanded an explanation for why the United States hadn’t won in Afghanistan yet, now 16 years after the nation began fighting there in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trump unleashed his disdain, calling Afghanistan a “loser war.” 

That phrase hung in the air and disgusted not only the military leaders at the table but also the men and women in uniform sitting along the back wall behind their principals. They all were sworn to obey their commander in chief’s commands, and here he was calling the war they had been fighting a loser war.

“You’re all losers,” Trump said. “You don’t know how to win anymore.”

You may not like the tone, but Trump’s position was not new nor should it have been unexpected. To his credit he called out the Generals to their face. And he was factually correct. We defeated the Japanese and German armies in four years. Here we are entering our 19th year of a meaningless war in Afghanistan and all we have to show are losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and the deaths and maiming of thousands of U.S. military personnel. Damn straight Mr. President. We’ve been pouring U.S. taxpayer dollars down an open sewer that masquerades as a country. For what purpose?

Then we get this “pity party”:

They stunned nearly everyone in the room, and some vowed that they would never repeat them. Indeed, they have not been reported until now.

“I wouldn’t go to war with you people,” Trump told the assembled brass.

Addressing the room, the commander in chief barked, “You’re a bunch of dopes and babies.”

For a president known for verbiage he euphemistically called “locker room talk,” this was the gravest insult he could have delivered to these people, in this sacred space. The flag officers in the room were shocked. Some staff began looking down at their papers, rearranging folders, almost wishing themselves out of the room. A few considered walking out. They tried not to reveal their revulsion on their faces, but questions raced through their minds.

“How does the commander in chief say that?” one thought. “What would our worst adversaries think if they knew he said this?”

Grab the damn fainting couch. Trump told the assembled military leaders who had presided over a military stalemate in Afghanistan and the rise of ISIS as “losers.” Not a one of them had the balls to stand up, tell him to his face he was wrong and offer their resignation. Nope. 

They preferred to endure such abuse in order to keep their jobs. Pathetic.

This excerpt in the Washington Post tells the reader more about the corruption of the Deep State and their mindset than it does about Trump’s so-called mental state. Trump acted no differently in front of these senior officers and diplomats than he did on the campaign trail.

He was honest. That is something the liars in Washington cannot stomach.

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The Ugly Truth About How Much Americans Have Been Spied On By The Gov’t Since 2001 | Zero Hedge

As our intelligence agencies face what may be their biggest scrutiny in decades, we examine how we got here…

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We’ve all heard about at least some of this before.  Thanks to Full Measure for producing this new segment reminding us about why this should tick us off. Independent journalist Sharyl Attkisson also provides an update about her own computer intrusion by the U.S. government in this video.

We begin with an examination of one of the worst abuses of government power that could happen in our society – Illegal spying on U.S. citizens. 

Amid findings about egregious violations by our intelligence community, there’s a criminal investigation. And the court that approves surveillance on U.S. citizens has instructed the FBI to implement new safeguards as of this week. As our intelligence agencies face what may be their biggest scrutiny in decades, we examine how we got here.

Our examination of government surveillance controversies begins in 2001. Under FBI Director Robert Mueller, new rules were imposed to address FBI abuses.

FBI Agents had repeatedly gotten caught submitting false information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to justify wiretapping or spying on U.S. citizens.

Unfortunately, increasing surveillance on non-consenting Americans by a variety of entities seems to be the new norm thanks to new and unsafe technology being forcibly installed throughout our communities (see 1234567) and even on our homes

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Rapidly spreading: Chinese authorities confirm 136 NEW cases of deadly virus in 2 days — RT World News

Health officials in Wuhan, China have revealed that 136 new cases of a mysterious new strain of the coronavirus have been diagnosed over just two days, bringing the total in the city to 198.

In a statement detailing the latest escalation in figures for the major viral outbreak, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said a third person has died from the illness, while two more are in critical condition. A further 33 cases among the newly diagnosed patients are classified as “severe.” All of the patients are being kept in isolation.

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Passengers at 3 major US airports to be screened for deadly Chinese VIRUS

“The first symptoms were mostly fever, cough or chest tightness, and shortness of breath,” the agency said, advising anyone coughing or sneezing to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of germs.

“Pay close attention to symptoms such as fever and cough,” they added. “Seek immediate medical attention when such symptoms occur.”

Health officials said they’ve been carrying out medical observations on hundreds of people who came into close contact with those diagnosed to date, and no human-to-human transmission has been found. So far, the outbreak appears to be centered on Wuhan, but a small number of cases have been reported outside of China – two in Thailand and one in Japan. 

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India issues travel advisory out of ‘abundant caution’ as new coronavirus takes hold in China

Infectious disease experts at Imperial College London have calculated that the number of cases in Wuhan alone is approaching 1,700.

On Saturday, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention denied claims that the new outbreak is actually Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome), an outbreak of which killed more than 700 people around the world in 2002 and 2003, after cases were first reported in southern China.

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President Trump Convention Speech to American Farm Bureau – Video and Transcript… — The Last Refuge

Sunday evening President Donald Trump delivered a key-note speech during the American Farm Bureau National Convention.  [Video and Transcript Below]



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Farmers still love Trump as president hits highest approval rate ever in ag poll – MarketWatch

America’s farmers remain solidly in President Trump’s corner, a new poll from the Farm Journal shows, with 83% of those in the agriculture business expressing approval of his job performance.