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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: One There Is — The Thirsty Theologian

One There Is Above All Others
GODESBERG

imageOne there is, above all others,
well deserves the name of Friend;
His is love beyond a brother’s,
costly, free, and knows no end;
they who once His kindness prove,
find it everlasting love!

Which of all our friends to save us,
could or would have shed their blood?
But our Jesus died to have us
reconciled in Him to God;
this was boundless love indeed!
Jesus is a Friend in need.

Men, when raised to lofty stations,
often know their friends no more;
slight and scorn their poor relations
though they valued them before.
But our Savior always owns
those whom He redeemed with groans.

When He lived on earth abased,
Friend of sinners was His name;
now, above all glory raised,
He rejoices in the same;
still He calls them brethren, friends,
and to all their wants attends.

Could we bear from one another
what He daily bears from us?
Yet this glorious Friend and Brother
loves us though we treat Him thus;
though for good we render ill,
He accounts us brethren still.

O for grace our hearts to soften!
Teach us, Lord, at length to love;
we, alas! forget too often
what a Friend we have above;
but when home our souls are brought,
we will love Thee as we ought.

Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017).

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The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

via In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: One There Is — The Thirsty Theologian

Alan Dershowitz After BuzzFeed Report: Americans Are Victims of ‘Wishful Thinking’ Journalism

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz had some pointed criticism for BuzzFeed News after special counsel Robert Mueller’s office disputed one of its explosive reports.

BuzzFeed News’ report claimed that President Donald Trump directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to investigators — prompting congressional Democrats to bring up impeachment.

It seemed to be the smoking gun they had been waiting for, but according to Dershowitz, the story was more the result of wishful thinking than solid reporting.

“As is typical of the ‘get Trump’ media, wishful thinking took the place of thoughtful analysis and journalistic skepticism,” Dershowitz wrote in a Fox News op-ed.

He added that “the American people are the real victims of ‘wishful thinking’ journalism – the reporting of items journalists wish were true rather than items that pass journalistic standards.”

As IJR previously noted, BuzzFeed News defended its story and the reporters who wrote it.

Our response to CNN’s — and all other reports — questioning the integrity of the reporters behind @BuzzFeedNews‘ latest bombshell investigation: pic.twitter.com/VR4y1Ze0Eo

— BuzzFeed PR (@BuzzFeedPR) January 18, 2019

Dershowitz indicated it was absurd for BuzzFeed News to contradict the special counsel’s office:

Now that Mueller’s office has stated the BuzzFeed report that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress about the negotiations was not accurate, how can the BuzzFeed possibly say the special counsel’s office is wrong?

Do the journalists at BuzzFeed know something the special counsel and his team of prosecutors and investigators don’t know? Do these reporters and editors think the special counsel is not being accurate? Or are they doubling down to avoid the embarrassment of admitting they were wrong?

The Harvard law professor further lamented that the “public has no way of discerning good reporting from wishful reporting.”

In response to BuzzFeed News’ reporting, Trump and others piled onto the outlet through Twitter.

Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited “Dossier,” paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based! A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019

Fake News is truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019

Trump reminded followers of how BuzzFeed News also published the unverified and controversial dossier that contained salacious accusations against him.

Similarly to Dershowitz, Trump portrayed the incident as a blow to journalism in the country.

“A very sad day for journalism,” he tweeted.

Source: Alan Dershowitz After BuzzFeed Report: Americans Are Victims of ‘Wishful Thinking’ Journalism

Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Responding to Bible “Contradictions”

Source: Weekend Apologetics Hit & Misc: Responding to Bible “Contradictions”

Dems Who Pushed BuzzFeed Report Silent After Special Counsel Statement

Democrats who pushed BuzzFeed’s anonymously-sourced report that President Trump had instructed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress were silent Friday evening after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office issued a statement disputing the report.

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Special Counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

Hours before Mueller’s statement, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued a statement, suggesting the president may have committed “subornation of perjury” as well as “obstruction of justice,” and pledging to investigate the allegations.

“Our Committee is determined to get to the bottom of this,” he said.

He also tweeted Thursday: “The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”

The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true. https://t.co/GljBAFqOjh

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 18, 2019

Schiff was silent on Twitter for hours after the Special Counsel’s statement.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tweeted and retweeted tweets on BuzzFeed’s report 15 times, and he went on MSNBC’s Hardball on Friday to discuss the report, just before the Special Counsel released its statement.

After BuzzFeed’s report was published on Thursday, Lieu tweeted in all-caps: “THIS IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.”

Another bombshell story. @realDonaldTrump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

THIS IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. https://t.co/pdVZ5dsFkc

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 18, 2019

His first tweet after the statement was about the shutdown.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) also jumped on BuzzFeed’s report, tweeting Thursday at 11:26 p.m. ET: “MORE evidence of collusion. If @realDonaldTrump directed his lawyer to lie, it was to conceal the underlying allegation from being exposed as true. #TheyColluded.”

MORE evidence of collusion. If @realDonaldTrump directed his lawyer to lie, it was to conceal the underlying allegation from being exposed as true. #TheyColluded https://t.co/2Uvze6vl4B

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 18, 2019

He also appeared on Hardball with Lieu, and retweeted a link to his appearance, but was silent Friday night on the BuzzFeed story after the Special Counsel’s statement.

He did, like Lieu, tweet about the shutdown.

Schiff, Lieu, and Swalwell — all members of the House Intelligence Committee — have been leaders in investigating Trump for potential “collusion” with Russians during his campaign.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) also jumped on the report and pledged to investigate.

We know that the President has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction. Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime. The @HouseJudiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.

— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) January 18, 2019

A number of other Democrats began reviving impeachment talk after the story, according to The Hill:

Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.), the head of House Democrats’ messaging arm, said on CNN on Friday that the allegations laid out in a Thursday BuzzFeed report, if true, are “the most serious threat to the Trump presidency that we’ve seen so far,” as well as an “impeachable offense.”

At least one House Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a top progressive leader, said the report suggests Trump obstructed justice. “That’s a federal crime,” she said.

And Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), a member of the Intelligence Committee and twin brother of presidential hopeful Julián Castro, said Trump “must resign or be impeached” if the story is accurate.

They were all also silent on BuzzFeed’s report in the hours after the Special Counsel’s statement.

Their accusations and suggestions came despite signs the BuzzFeed report was not accurate.

Breitbart News’s John Nolte published an op-ed earlier on Friday entitled, “Nine Reasons to Be Skeptical of BuzzFeed’s Cohen Report.”

One of the reasons listed was that one of the BuzzFeed report’s authors, Jason Leopold, had admitted on CNN that neigher he nor his co-author had “personally” seen any evidence to back up their “bombshell” report.

“Have you seen any of that corroborating evidence?” the CNN host asked Leopold. “No, not personally,” he responded.

Meanwhile, Nolte noted, the other author told MSNBC that he had seen the documents.

“Nothing juices my confidence in reporting like reporters who cannot keep their story straight,” Nolte wrote.

Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, did find time to tweet after the Special Counsel’s statement.

“Bad day for Fakenews!” he tweeted.

Bad day for Fakenews! https://t.co/e5x74oGoZq

— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) January 19, 2019

Source: Dems Who Pushed BuzzFeed Report Silent After Special Counsel Statement

$3.5 Trillion A Year: America’s Health Care System Has Become One Of The World’s Largest Money Making Scams

If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would have the fifth largest GDP on the entire planet.  At this point only the United States, China, Japan and Germany have a GDP that is larger than the 3.5 trillion dollar U.S. health care market.  If that sounds obscene to you, that is because it is obscene.  We should want people to be attracted to the health care industry because they truly want to help people that are suffering, but instead the primary reason why people are drawn to the health care industry these days is because of the giant mountains of money that are being made.  Like so many other things in our society, the health care industry is all about the pursuit of the almighty dollar, and that is just wrong.

In order to keep this giant money machine rolling, the health care industry has to do an enormous amount of marketing.  If you can believe it, a study that was just published found that at least 30 billion dollars a year is spent on such marketing.

Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to do-it-yourself genetic tests and unapproved stem cell treatments.

Spending on health care marketing nearly doubled from 1997 to 2016, soaring to at least $30 billion a year, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

This marketing takes many different forms, but perhaps the most obnoxious are the television ads that are endlessly hawking various pharmaceutical drugs.  If you watch much television, you certainly can’t miss them.  They always show vibrant, smiling, healthy people participating in various outdoor activities on bright, sunny days, and the inference is that if you want to be like those people you should take their drugs.  And the phrase “ask your doctor” is usually near the end of every ad…

The biggest increase in medical marketing over the past 20 years was in “direct-to-consumer” advertising, including the TV commercials that exhort viewers to “ask your doctor” about a particular drug. Spending on such ads jumped from $2.1 billion in 1997 to nearly $10 billion in 2016, according to the study.

As a result of all those ads, millions of Americans rush out to their doctors to ask about drugs that they do not need for diseases that they do not have.

And on January 1st, dozens of pharmaceutical manufacturers hit Americans with another annual round of massive price increases.

But everyone will just keep taking those drugs, because that is what the doctors are telling them to do.  But what most people never find out is that the pharmaceutical industry goes to great lengths to get those doctors to do what they want.  According to NBC News, the big drug companies are constantly “showering them with free food, drinks and speaking fees, as well as paying for them to travel to conferences”.

It is a legal form of bribery, and it works.

When you go to most doctors, they will only have two solutions to whatever problem you have – drugs or surgery.

And since nobody really likes to get cut open, and since drugs are usually the far less expensive choice, they are usually the preferred option.

Of course if doctors get off the path and start trying to get cute by proposing alternative solutions, they can get in big trouble really fast

Today’s medical doctors are not allowed to give nutritional advice, or the American Medical Association will come shut them down, and even if they were, they don’t know the right things to say, because they weren’t educated that way in medical college. So instead, M.D.s just sling experimental, addictive drugs at symptoms of deeper rooted sicknesses, along with immune-system-destroying antibiotics and carcinogenic vaccines.

That’s why any medicine that wrecks your health is easy to come by, just like junk food in vending machines. The money isn’t made off the “vending” products, the money is made off the sick fools who are repeat offenders and keep going back to the well for more poison – it’s called chronic sick care or symptom management. Fact: Prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in America, even when “taken as directed.”

Switching gears, let’s talk about hospitals for a moment.

When you go to the hospital, it is often during a great time of need.  If you are gravely ill or if an accident has happened and you think you might die, you aren’t thinking about how much your medical care is going to cost.  At that moment you just want help, and that is a perfect opportunity for predators to take advantage of you.

Just consider the example of 24-year-old Nina Dang.  She broke her arm while riding her bicycle in San Francisco, and so she went to the emergency room.

The hospital that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donated so much money to definitely fixed her arm, but later they broke her bank account when they hit her with a $24,000 bill

A bystander saw her fall and called an ambulance. She was semi-lucid for that ride, awake but unable to answer basic questions about where she lived. Paramedics took her to the emergency room at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where doctors X-rayed her arm and took a CT scan of her brain and spine. She left with her arm in a splint, on pain medication, and with a recommendation to follow up with an orthopedist.

A few months later, Dang got a bill for $24,074.50. Premera Blue Cross, her health insurer, would only cover $3,830.79 of that — an amount that it thought was fair for the services provided. That left Dang with $20,243.71 to pay, which the hospital threatened to send to collections in mid-December.

Most Americans assume that if they have “good health insurance” that they are covered if something major happens.

But as Dang found out, you can still be hit with crippling hospital bills even if you have insurance.

Today, medical debt is the number one reason why Americans declare bankruptcy.  Because of the way our system is set up, most families are just one major illness away from financial ruin.

And this kind of thing is not just happening in California.  The median charge for a visit to the emergency room nationally is well over a thousand dollars, and you can be billed up to 30 dollars for a single pill of aspirin during a hospital stay.

Our health care system is deeply broken, and it has been designed to squeeze as much money out of all of us as it possibly can.

Unfortunately, we are stuck with this system for now.  The health care industry is certainly not going to reform itself, and the gridlock in Washington is going to make a political solution impossible for the foreseeable future.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.  His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.  From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites.  If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so.  The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

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Judge: Cops Can’t Force You To Unlock iPhone With Finger or Face

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https://www.technocracy.news By Thomas Brewster

A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision.

Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all logins are equal.

The order came from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the denial of a search warrant for an unspecified property in Oakland. The warrant was filed as part of an investigation into a Facebook extortion crime, in which a victim was asked to pay up or have an “embarassing” video of them publicly released. The cops had some suspects in mind and wanted to raid their property. In doing so, the feds also wanted to open up any phone on the premises via facial recognition, a fingerprint or an iris.

CNN And MSNBC Said ‘Impeach’ Nearly 200 Times Over Disputed BuzzFeed Report

CNN and MSNBC collectively used the word “impeach” nearly 200 times on Friday before the Special Counsel’s office disputed a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News.

According to a Daily Caller review of TV clipping service Grabien, personalities on CNN and MSNBC used the words “Impeach,” “Impeachment,” or “Impeachable,” 179 times.

The review included only original Friday programming and ran up until each network learned that BuzzFeed’s report was in dispute — shortly before 8 pm.

CNN mentioned impeachment 82 times while MSNBC mentioned it a whopping 97 times.

While some anchors and pundits hedged that the BuzzFeed story could only lead to impeachment proceedings “if true,” others repeated the story more uncritically and suggested that the president would be forced to resign and might even face obstruction of justice charges.

MSNBC’s Katy Tur, for example, stated at the top of her show that “Donald Trump is facing the most damming report to date for his presidency. A story that could lead to his impeachment.”

Both outlets also interviewed a number of Democratic congresspeople to get their thoughts on the possibility of impeachment of the president. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, for example, spoke to Democratic Rep. Jim Himes about the implications of the BuzzFeed report if it turned out to be verified, while MSNBC host Chris Matthews brought on Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu.

Matthews was perhaps the most eager cable television host to prop up BuzzFeed’s report, even insisting after the Special Counsel’s office’s statement that, “not accurate … it doesn’t mean it’s not true.”

BuzzFeed’s story, dependent on two anonymous sources, alleged that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was directed by President Donald Trump to lie about business deals in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A spokesperson for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team disputed the crux of the report within 24 hours of its publication, stating, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.” (RELATED: Mueller’s Office Disputes BuzzFeed’s Report)

Source: CNN And MSNBC Said ‘Impeach’ Nearly 200 Times Over Disputed BuzzFeed Report

School of the Tares? Midwestern Baptist Seminary Partners with Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church — Pulpit & Pen

A seminary education is both theological and professional. Not only are seminary students taught biblical languages, church history, systematic theology, hermeneutics, and apologetics, they are taught how to run an organization, specifically a local church. That’s why it’s so disturbing to see that Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has partnered with Rick Warren’s megachurch to form what it calls the “Saddleback Track“.

Warren’s brand of seeker-sensitive, growth-oriented church organization is downright secular. The documentary Church of the Tares provides a in-depth examination of Warren’s unbiblical method of church growth. Using management science made popular by Peter Drucker, Warren has blazed trails in American evangelical culture. Like Bill Hybels and Andy Stanley, whom Warren has endorsed, Warren has made popular creating church organizations marketed towards non-Christians. Warren’s preaching is light on biblical exegesis and application and heavy on “felt needs”. He is an ecumenist who embraces the Roman Catholic Church, having even referred to the pontiff as “our pope“. His best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, has been widely criticized for its inconsistent application of scripture.

From Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Chapel

Warren, who is arguably a semi-pelagian, has already been honored in stained glass at the chapel of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Now, another Southern Baptist Seminary is including Warren’s church in professionally training young pastors. The constituents of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary should be concerned to say the least. Seminary president Jason K. Allen and Director of Content Strategy Jared Wilson should be called to account for this partnership with Warren.

via School of the Tares? Midwestern Baptist Seminary Partners with Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church — Pulpit & Pen

The Mother Of All Short Setups?

Via Dana Lyons’ Tumblr,

U.S. stocks are testing perhaps the most important line in the entire market.

If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you know that our favorite equity market index is the Value Line Geometric Composite (VLG). As a refresher, the VLG tracks the median U.S. stock performance among a universe of roughly 1800 stocks. It is our favorite, therefore, as it is a solid measure of the health and direction of the overall market. And, as we have also said many times, it is helpful to track it because research has shown that 70-80% of the determinant of the trend direction of a particular stock is based on the trend of the overall market. It is also especially compelling to us currently, however, due to the proximity of prices now from a historical basis.

So what is so significant about the current VLG level? We have written about it several times recently, even naming it our Chart Of The Year for last year. Let’s recap.

In 1998, the VLG topped out at an all-time high level around 510. 9 years later, in 2007, the index again topped out ~510. Fast forward 7 years and we see the index (briefly) top out there one more time in 2014. At the market top in mid-2015, the VLG was finally able to exceed the 510 level — temporarily. After a false breakout, the VLG sold off hard in the subsequent correction. Finally, in 2017, the VLG was able to sustainably (or so it seemed) break out above the 510 level. Here was our post and chart at the time.

After about 12 months of solid follow-through to up near the 600 level, the VLG pulled back sharply last quarter along with the rest of the market. In the initial selloff, the index did attempt to hold that 510 level, which we termed “the mother of all support levels” in late October.

However, after 6 weeks of trying to hold on, the 510 level gave way. Now, instead of the immensely positive multi-decade triple top breakout that we witnessed in 2017, we were left with an equally meaningful negative false breakout – i.e., our  2018 Chart Of The Y(B)ear.

The VLG did manage to find subsequent support at our “Once A Decade” support levels, along with the rest of the market in late December. And after bottoming around 445, the index has soared back some 15% over the past 3 weeks. That bounce has brought the VLG back to – guess what level? Yep, 510, as of yesterday’s close.

So will this 510 level on the Value Line Geometric Composite continue to display the generational relevance that it has for more than 20 years now?  Importantly, this morning’s action has taken the index up to the 516 level – does that mean that the index, and maybe the overall market, is out of the woods now? Or will this move prove fleeting and result in the index quickly losing the 510 level again? In that case, this critical level could well end up repelling this monster bounce in the market, send prices hurtling back down and confirm the multi-decade false breakout.

IF it is the latter, considering the decades of price relevance here, this may be the mother of all short setups.

Source: The Mother Of All Short Setups?

Nolte: Lying Media Shell-Shocked by Robert Mueller’s Fact Check

Just when the media believed they had finally invented the perfect lie no one could ever disprove, no less than Robert Mueller runs a fact check on them.

Everyone in the establishment media knew BuzzFeed’s report about President Trump suborning perjury from his then-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was a lie. What they did not expect was special counsel Robert Mueller dropping a fact check on them.

They all knew it was a lie.

How could they not?

To begin with, BuzzFeed admitted it could not verify its own story. Secondly, the story made absolutely no sense.

There were two huge tells proving the BuzzFeed story a lie. 1) It made no sense that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., testified accurately about the very thing Trump reportedly told his lawyer to lie about. 2) BuzzFeed made even less sense with the claim that the special counsel had emails and texts proving the president’s wrongdoing when we all know the president is famous for refusing to use email and texts. And only emails and texts from Trump himself would rise to the level of a smoking gun.

There are seven other reasons everyone knew this story was a lie, including the lead reporter, Jason Leopold’s, history as a liar and fabulist.

How else do we know the media knew it was a lie…?

Well, after the Mueller bomb dropped, here is Jake Tapper suddenly admitting CNN was “quite skeptical” of the story — but only admitting this after the far-left outlet spent all day blasting a story it was “quite skeptical” about to scream IMPEACHMENT.

And here is Meet the Press moderator Chuck –If It’s True — Todd admitting that neither he nor NBC News had any idea if the story was true. Nevertheless, MSNBC spent every minute of the day screaming IMPEACHMENT.

To make matters worse, who did Todd bring on his daily MSNBC show to discuss the veracity of BuzzFeed’s report? Proven liar Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen’s disgraced lawyer, the man who lied to CNN in another one of more than a dozen of those fake Russia collusion stories that blew up in the media’s face.

The Never Trump outlet, National Review, ran wild with the story. David French went so far as to play Super Sleuth to connect the dots — even though it was  a “big if.”

Remarkably, even after — even after —  BuzzFeed’s left-wing reporters changed their story, the media continued to run amok. A legitimate media, a media interested in truth and dignity, certainly would have paused after one BuzzFeed reporter said he had not seen documents proving his story true when the other one said he had.

But there was no pause, no caution, no moving on to the other news of the day… Because the walls were closing in on Drumpf fer real this time.

Basically, what happened is this…

Everyone in the media knew they were lying, spreading a lie, but had no reason to believe they would ever get caught.

BuzzFeed’s sources — even if they do exist — are anonymous. So there is no way anyone could double-back and check on the story. This left Trump and his supporters in an impossible predicament — of having to prove a negative, of having to prove the president did not do something — which is impossible to do in this case.

The troll factor also excited the media. They knew they were lying. They knew Trump knew they were lying. But there was nothing Trump could do other than sit and stew in the box this lie had dropped him into.

Like malicious cartoon characters running around drunk on their own hate, the media intended to spend a week gleefully hitting Trump on the head with this polo mallet, knowing he was helpless to fight back.

And then the last the media expected to happen happened…

The sphinx himself fact-checked their lying asses.

The last thing Robert Mueller needs are unexpected expectations around the report he will someday release about the Russia collusion hoax, so he and his team of Democrat lawyers must have watched in abject horror as the media way-way-way over-promised on what would deliver — which is a slam-dunk impeachment case.

Make no mistake, Mueller is a dirty cop out to see Trump impeached. But he can’t overturn the 2016 election. He can’t meet that goal if his report is so over-hyped it lands with a thud.

This is the 15th or 20th Russia collusion “bombshell” that proved to be a lie.

In fact, not a single one, not even one Russia collusion “bombshell” has proved to be true — not the one about Trump Jr. colluding with WikiLeaks or the one about Mueller subpoenaing Trump’s bank or the one about then-Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci being under investigation or the one about then-candidate Flynn telling Trump to meet with the Russians or the wiretaps on Cohen or Cohen going to Prague or…or…or…

Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies… And just when the media believed they had finally invented the perfect lie no one could ever disprove, no less than Robert Mueller runs a fact check on them.

And now the media are shell-shocked. Just watch this clip from the far-left CNN last night… Try to ignore Brian Stelter ogling Jeffrey Toobin like he’s a bacon double cheeseburger and enjoy the stunned faces of those caught red-handed lying to the entire world.

The good news is that the media will learn nothing from this.

Hate makes you stupid, so there is a lot more fun to come.   

Source: Nolte: Lying Media Shell-Shocked by Robert Mueller’s Fact Check

Searing Fox Nation Documentary Exposes Dan Rather’s Fraud in ‘The Birth of Fake News’

Sketchy, unreliable, and downright fake news predates the 2016 presidential election. And now, one of the most infamous examples is fully exposed in a Fox Nation streaming documentary. Black Eye: Dan Rather and the Birth of Fake News is a 93 minute investigation of the former CBS News host and his 2004 quest to take down George W. Bush with fake documents relating to the Republican’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War.

On Wednesday, September 8, 2004, during a heated presidential election campaign 60 Minutes II aired a report, hosted by Rather, accusing Bush of trying to get out of Guard service. Rather claimed, “Tonight, we have new documents and new information on the president’s military service.”

Except, as many now know, those documents weren’t vetted by Dan Rather, producer Mary Mapes, or the executives at CBS. The shifting and unreliable stories of where the documents came from — and whether they were forgeries —  would ultimately take down Rather.

Narrator Marc Menchaca explained how a Free Republic blogger began to unravel CBS’s faulty story:

MARC MENCHACA (Narrator): But as the CBS 60 Minutes II team celebrated the airing of the story, they were unaware of a fuse waiting to be lit hundreds of miles away. In Atlanta, Georgia, a blogger with the pen name Buckhead logged onto the Free Republic web page hoping to catch up on the news.

HARRY W. MACDOUGALD (“Buckhead”): Down in the comments, someone posted a link to PDFs of the National Guard memos from the CBS website. And so I clicked on that and looked at the documents and the minute I saw the first document, I recognized that it was in a proportionally spaced font and therefor was almost certainly a fake. In 1972, an office memo to file would have been prepared on a typewriter and not type setting equipment and therefore would have been in a monspaced font rather than a proportionally spaced font. Almost immediately on Free Republic, other comments noticed and agreed with the premise of my comment that the fonts meant the documents had to be fake.

Soon, the story would blow up in the faces of CBS journalists as the claims behind them becoming more and more unreliable. The documentary shows the chaos behind the scenes as CBS attempted to vet the documents after the story aired.

MARC MENCHACA (Narrator): Behind closed doors, CBS executives were demanding answers from their confidential source of the document, Bill Burkett…. The conference call with Burkett was then set up when the story took the strangest turn yet…. Burkett told those huddling around the phone that he’d received a phone call from a woman named Lucy Ramirez, who then arranged for Burkett to receive the documents at a Houston livestock show in March of 2004. After copying the documents, Burkett then said he burned the originals to hide the source of the papers. To the CBS team, it was like a punch to the gut.

HOWARD KURTZ (Fox News): CBS relied on Bill Burkett without knowing where he got these supposed documents and that was a fatal mistake.

At the last second, just prior to CBS airing the report, Rather failed to take part in a key interview. Stating that a thunderstorm stopped him, the anchor handed off the responsibility of getting the Bush administration’s response to then-CBS journalist John Roberts.

As the days passed, more and more outlets piled on CBS for its shoddy reporting. Media Research Center President Brent Bozell recounted how the facts didn’t match the claims in the “documents.”

BRENT BOZELL: The Dallas Morning News, ABC News, the L.A. Times, each one of them within a day, two days, was breaking a new story, a new element. Reporting stories such as the general who supposedly pressured someone to give a whitewash of George Bush had actually retired 18 months before…. The generally who had supposedly authenticated and said that the contents were true in fact had never seen the document.

For those who remember CBS and Dan Rather’s attempt at a political hit against George W. Bush in the middle of a presidential election, this documentary will make you angry all over again. For those too young to recall it, Black Eye: Dan Rather and the Birth of Fake News will reveal the danger of fake news.

The full documentary can currently be seen on the Fox Nation streaming service. Considering that CNN has repeatedly aired the liberal documentary RBG on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one hopes that Fox News itself will broadcast this excellent film.

The trailer can be viewed here.

Source: Searing Fox Nation Documentary Exposes Dan Rather’s Fraud in ‘The Birth of Fake News’

Confronting toxic femininity

Women shave, too.

Gillette may think it’s “the best a man can get,” but it would be sexist and misogynistic for a men’s care brand to make a video condemning the caricatures of men without giving women the opportunity to have a video, too.  Men already earn more in Hollywood, so it’s important women are not left out.  America awaits a women’s hygiene brand to step up to the plate of caricatured gender stereotypes.

Cue opening: Women sitting on couches and chairs, gathered to watch The Bachelor.

Moderator: Women, do you complain about how unfaithful and stupid the men in your life are?  But here you sit, watching a television show that showcases women competing against each other for a man they don’t even know so they can win an archaic marriage and ceremony.

Scene 2: Woman shopping at the mall with her daughter.

Moderator: Mom, did you really tell your daughter you both have to hurry home to hide the clothes you bought so her father wouldn’t find out?

Scene 3: Man writing checks to his lawyer.

Moderator: Ex-wife, do you really use your kids as leverage for more child support money?  Your ex-husband has already spent $30,000 in lawyer’s fees so he can see his kids whom you have kept from him for two years.  Yet every time he gets close to joint custody, you go to a different county and file the same child molestation charges against him to start the investigation all over.  All so you won’t lose a day of child support money.

Scene 4: Grade school classroom.

Teacher, is your go-to solution when you have a rambunctious boy in your classroom to recommend that he be checked for ADHD and placed on medication?

Scene 5: Abortion clinic.

Miss, did you really murder your unborn child, even after your boyfriend begged you to keep the baby and insisted that he would raise the child by himself?

Scene 6: Group of women at upscale bar in SoHo.

Ladies, do you complain about men catcalling you, yet when good men around you start to call them out, you stop them and say, “I can handle this myself?”  Think about that.

Scene 7: Women wearing pussy hats.

Freedom-fighters, do you complain about toxic masculinity poisoning America’s youth when, statistically, over half of boys grow up with no male role model or mentorship either at home or school?  That means that the majority of “toxic masculinity” is learned through living in matriarchal homes…

Scene 8: Battered man with two black eyes.

Ladies, do you know that domestic violence is not solely initiated by men?  In fact, one out of every four domestic violence issues is initiated by women.

Scene 9: Man crying in courtroom.

Miss, it was evil for you to accuse a man of rape that he did not commit.  He was just released today after ten years of imprisonment.  The strange and convenient thing for you is that no judge will send you to prison for lying before the court ten years ago.

Final scene: Women watching The Bachelor.

Women, are you still confused why there are no good men in your life?

Hopefully a feminine hygiene brand can remember that evil is evil.  Bad men exist in the world and effect less than desirable outcomes in raising their children.  Nevertheless, being a bad person is a universal problem that is not confined to a single sex.  As an American society, let us link and lock arms to call out bad or evil behavior – not caricature a sex in order to appear like a socially conscious brand.

Source: Confronting toxic femininity

The Mythical Trump/Russia Connection

When repeated ad nauseam, Big Lies take on a life of their own -drowning out hard truths.

Managed news misinformation and disinformation do the most damage, getting most people to believe pure rubbish.

Trump’s unforgivable offenses were defeating media darling Hillary and wanting improved relations with Russia.

Most US establishment media want him delegitimized for the wrong reasons and irreparably undermined – the NYT and neocon/CIA-connected Washington Post leading the print media campaign against him.

No evidence suggests an improper or illegal Trump/Russia connection. He and Putin met formally for summit talks in Helsinki, Finland last July, on the sidelines of the July 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, and at the November 2017 APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam.

Last November, they met briefly briefly in Paris during the 100th anniversary commemoration of WW I’s end. A November 2018 meeting between both leaders at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires was cancelled. They’ve spoken a number of times by phone.

Trump’s relationship with Putin has been much the same as with other world leaders. He’s met many abroad and at the White House.

He earlier said developing a friendly relationship with Putin and Russia is good for both countries. Clearly it would be good for world peace, what Moscow seeks, what Washington rejects.

In their private face-to-face meetings, it’s highly unlikely that anything out of the ordinary, improper, or illegal was discussed.

The media uproar suggesting otherwise continues, notably by the self-styled newspaper of record NYT.

In an editorial headlined “Donald Trump: The Russia File,” sounding more like a Hollywood thriller than an opinion piece, the Times criticized what it called “Trump’s bizarre pattern of behavior toward a (nation) that the Republican Party quite recently regarded as America’s chief rival,” adding:

“(I)t’s unnerving that more people — particularly in the leadership of the Republican Party — aren’t alarmed by Mr. Trump’s secretive communications with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and reliance on his word over the conclusions of American intelligence agencies.”

The above remarks combine much ado about nothing with perpetuating the Big Lie about Russian US election interference.

On Monday, Trump was asked by reporters if he ever worked for Russia. The Times and WaPo suggested he’s been a Russian agent or asset – despite no evidence proving it.

I deplore most everything about Trump, including his bombast, bravado, and serial lying. Not this time, denouncing the suggestion, saying: “Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it’s a disgrace that you even asked that question, because it’s a whole big fat hoax.”

I agree. Accusations without credible evidence backing them are groundless. Nothing suggests an improper or illegal Trump connection to Russia.

There’s plenty about him to criticize. I’ve slammed his deplorable domestic and geopolitical policies numerous times. I’ve said he exceeds the worst of his predecessors.

The Times falsely claimed “a long list of suspicious incidents and connections between Mr. Trump and the Russian government.”

It turned truth on its head, falsely claiming Kremlin meddling in the US political process “to get Trump elected.” Saying it’s what “America’s intelligence community agrees on,” what Mueller “is examining” is promoting the Big Lie the Times and other major media won’t let die.

Its editors slammed his troop pullout from Syria announcement, ignoring their illegal presence in the country, saying it’s “something that the Russians have long called for.”

“The Russians” are on the right side of history, supporting world peace and stability over endless wars of aggression, chaos and human misery.

Whatever polling data Paul Manafort may have shared “with an associate linked to Russian intelligence” was easily available public information.

The Times turned truth on its head, claiming it’s “the most direct evidence to date that the campaign may have tried to coordinate with Russia” – an absurd remark, along with falsely saying Trump aims to weaken “Western unity,” claiming Russia seeks the same thing, including a bald-faced lie that Putin “doesn’t have America’s best interests at heart,” adding:

“What’s no laughing matter is the unwillingness of the Republican Party to cast a critical eye upon a sitting president who has so flouted accepted practice for dealing with any foreign leader — not to mention one as adversarial as Vladimir Putin.”

As usual, Times Big Lies drown out hard truths. The self-styled newspaper of record is a national disgrace!

Source: The Mythical Trump/Russia Connection

One in Every Six Christians in Africa Experience High Persecution

01/19/2019 Africa (International Christian Concern) – According to a recent report released by Open Doors USA, one in every six Christians in Africa experiences high persecution. The data represents a significant increase on that gathered in the previous year which found that one in every eight African Christians experienced high persecution.

A press release from Open Doors USA reported, “More than 631 [million] Africans consider themselves to be Christians. Overall, Open Doors World Watch List estimates that over 245 million Christians now experience high, very high or extreme persecution.

Open Doors USA ranked Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, the 12th most dangerous country to be a Christian in the world. In Nigeria, Christians living in the country’s northern and middle belt regions face increasing threats from extremist groups such as Boko Haram and militant Fulani herdsmen.

According to Open Doors USA, “Nigeria’s score for violence has stayed as high as possible, primarily due to the increased attacks on Christian communities by Hausa-Fulani Islamic militant herdsmen. Additionally, in parts of northern Nigeria, Christians are treated as second-class citizens with Christians from Muslim backgrounds facing persecution from their own families.

Source: One in Every Six Christians in Africa Experience High Persecution

Debunking BuzzFeed and the Wages of Investigative Secrecy — National Review

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It is long past time that the public was told exactly what the president is alleged to have done.

BuzzFeed published an explosive allegation that the president of the United States ordered his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Specifically, in a news story sourced to two anonymous law-enforcement officials said to be “involved in an investigation of the matter,” the site reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had learned, though multiple witnesses and documents, of President Trump’s alleged instruction to Cohen; subsequently, upon being confronted by prosecutors, Cohen had supposedly admitted that Trump gave the order.

As a rule, Mueller does not comment on press reports about his probe. Yet, in a highly unusual move Friday night, the prosecutor refuted the story by reporters Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier. Through a spokesman, Mueller asserted:

BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are not accurate.

Clearly, Mueller did the right thing. The reporting had triggered a frenzy of commentary by Trump critics that impeachment was imminent, and even many chagrined Trump supporters conceded that, if the report was true, the presidency was in grave peril. Had Mueller stood idly by, the administration, and thus the governance of the nation, would have been engulfed in a ruinous storm of suspicion. It is not the special counsel’s job to correct bad reporting, but it would have been irresponsible to stay mum in these circumstances if the story was false.

Nevertheless, this incident highlights how investigative secrecy has wrongly been given pride of place. In the Mueller probe, the desire of prosecutors to go about their business in stealth — to attempt to build a case on undisclosed crimes based on unknown evidence; to prevent witnesses from gaming their testimony and evidence from being tampered with — has been prioritized over the president’s ability to govern the country.

Even in the rare situation when they are actually necessary, special-prosecutor investigations against a president are bad for the country. When the president is the subject of a criminal investigation, when the specter of impeachment hovers, it wounds the executive branch. The political bleeding makes it difficult for the president to deal with Congress, foreign governments, and myriad challenges of governance. The administration finds it ever harder to recruit talented people for jobs in which we desperately need talented people — no worthy person wants to leave safe, professionally rewarding, and financially lucrative opportunities in the private sector to come serve the country if it may mean having to hire lawyers and go through the anxiety of investigations.

The president is not above the law. Consequently, we must tolerate these challenges when there is evidence of a president’s involvement in a serious crime. But that’s why we should be told exactly what the serious crime is and what evidence allegedly implicates the president.

We’re constantly told, however, that such information cannot be disclosed because it will compromise the integrity of the investigation. That is absurd, especially after over two years.

In most cases — those not involving the president of the United States — investigative secrecy will be the most critical concern. Usually, when a serious crime has been committed, vindicating the rule of law is the most significant public interest. Moreover, secrecy is required to protect the reputations of Americans who are presumed innocent and who, though actually innocent, would be tainted if they were known to be under law-enforcement scrutiny.

When the president is the subject of an investigation, however, the public-interest balance is different. Law-enforcement scrutiny of a duly elected president harms the capacity of the country to govern itself. Again, we must accept this fact and navigate through the fallout if there are strong indications that the president may have committed a serious crime. But that is why we need to understand exactly what the charges and evidence are: The public must be able to weigh whether the investigation is worth pursuing — whether there really is a serious crime, whether there is real evidence of the president’s guilt — in light of the harm that the probe necessarily does to the country.

In this instance involving Cohen’s false testimony to Congress (for which he pled guilty in November), an apparently incorrect story about the president’s complicity was damning — so much so that many Democrats and pundits had the president on the verge of being removed from office. The president was in a position of dealing with this profound political damage while trying to address a border-security emergency; a government shutdown; the status of American forces in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan; and various other vital matters.

If you don’t like Trump, of course your first impulse is to scoff, “Too damn bad for him.” But the point is: It is bad for America. It is not a question of whether we agree politically with the president; it is a matter of having a government that is capable of functioning, regardless of who is president. It is a matter of not undermining the republic unless we are certain there is a compelling reason to do so.

Special Counsel Mueller was thus right to shoot down the BuzzFeed report. Did he do it because he believed the story was damaging to the country? I’d like to think so. Unfortunately, there have been many sensational allegations that have not been shot down in the last two years, based on fabricated evidence and deceptively selective intelligence leaks. We still do not know for sure whether the president is the subject of a criminal investigation, the crimes alleged, and what if any evidence implicates him. That has gone on for a very long time.

To his credit, and notwithstanding the president’s unseemly “witch hunt” riffs, the special counsel has never said a word, or written a single sentence in the many charges he has filed, that hints at criminal culpability on the part of the president. But the specter of prosecution and impeachment has hovered every day.

As a result, I can’t conclude that the special counsel is especially worried about the damage that inaccurate and politically damaging reporting does to the Trump administration. Rather, the BuzzFeed story was different because Mueller’s own reputation was at stake. Because of the way the report was framed, many readers naturally believed Mueller’s own investigators were the source of the leaked — and apparently incorrect — allegations that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress. Mueller thus corrected the story.

Of course, it is not the special counsel’s job to police the media. But he is in that position only because secrecy has been given too wide a berth in the probe. It is long past time that the public was told exactly what the president is alleged to have done, and how strong the evidence is that he has done it.

via Debunking BuzzFeed and the Wages of Investigative Secrecy — National Review

LifeWay Quietly Drops TD Jakes — Pulpit & Pen

For years Pulpit & Pen has been warning its readers about the dangerous and unbiblical material sold for a profit at LifeWay Christian bookstores, the retail arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Despite its unhealthy and wicked dedication to serving mammon, LifeWay has engaged in a secretive practice of banning the most controversial heretical authors: most notably liberal biblical scholars (such as Clark Pinnock), name-it-and-claim-it preachers (such Joel Osteen), and writers who affirm homosexuality (such as Jenn Hatmaker). I first reported the existence of a LifeWay blacklist in April of 2015. At that time, I lamented that the blacklist didn’t include such dangerous, deceptive, and egregious heretics as Sarah Young and TD Jakes.

That LifeWay continued to carry and promote the products of Jakes, an anti-trinitarian Oneness Pentecostal prosperity preacher was especially offensive and alarming. Despite warnings about him, LifeWay unashamedly marketed materials authored by this dangerous wolf.

Prominent SBC Pastor Mark Dever asked this question on Twitter two years ago and was quickly shown links to LifeWay’s offerings of TD Jakes’ books.

This week, Pulpit & Pen reported on the upcoming closure of several unprofitable LifeWay locations. The author of that article took the opportunity to, once again, point out that a “Christian” bookstore was selling the books of someone as nefarious as TD Jakes. To my surprise, someone claiming to be a LifeWay employee responded in the article’s comment section stating that LifeWay did not sell books by Jakes. Further investigation revealed that all of TD Jakes’ materials have been removed from the LifeWay website. No announcement has been made by LifeWay regarding a blacklisting of Jakes but the action of removing his materials seems to have taken place fairly recently. Google searches still produce the remnants of LifeWay web pages dedicated to Jakes.

The fact that LifeWay has removed Jakes’ materials from its shelves is a step in the right direction. The inconspicuous way it was done is not. LifeWay and its management, specifically it’s outgoing President Thom Rainer, owes a public apology to everyone that has purchased a TD Jakes book at LifeWay bookstores. The public sin of LifeWay’s employees and trustees calls for public repentance. Instead LifeWay has quietly removed Jakes’ products and hasn’t explained why. Jakes’ is a heretic and LifeWay has known this all along. Until now, it chose to profit from promoting him.

via LifeWay Quietly Drops TD Jakes — Pulpit & Pen

“Social Justice” = Slavery

Reading about all the young ignorant, uneducated, “millennials” who proudly label themselves “socialists” or “social justice warriors” (same thing) reminded me of a question posed by my old friend Professor Walter E. Williams in a speech he gave at my university several years ago. The question is: What would you call a system that used force, violence, coercion, and intimidation to compel one person to work for the benefit of another person or persons? Whenever I ask this of one of my undergraduate classes it usually takes about five seconds for someone to blurt out, “slavery!” Exactly. The class then becomes very uncomfortable and unhappy looking when I ask if there is any different between this and the welfare state or the “social justice” that so many of them have been indoctrinated into celebrating.

Source: “Social Justice” = Slavery

Where’s the Investigation into Senator Feinstein’s Chinese Spy?

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https://www.ammoland.com, by Newt Gingrich

The media’s glee over news that a group of anti-Trump bureaucrats took it upon themselves to investigate President Trump as a traitor when he fired their friend Jim Comey in May 2017 has only served to clarify the establishment and media hostility toward the President.

With no evidence – save some absurd and unsubstantiated opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats – Obama-era FBI officials decided to covertly investigate the newly-elected president for treason. This inquisition was apparently in addition to the counterintelligence investigation over supposed (and undefined) collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

In 2013, when Feinstein led the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI officials politely approached her to inform her that her staffer had been covertly sharing information with the San Francisco Chinese consulate – which Feinstein helped open when she was mayor – for roughly a decade. Feinstein was briefed. She apparently allowed the man to retire. No charges of espionage or acting as an unregistered foreign agent were ever brought against him. He wasn’t placed in solitary confinement or threatened with prosecution unless he cooperated with special investigators. Presumably, American taxpayers were required to pay for the Chinese spy’s retirement (for which the Chinese government was undoubtedly grateful).