4 recent instances of self-inflicted wounds by Democrats

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Ilhan Omar Is a Game-Changer for Democrats—and Not in a Good Way

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Breitbart shares in a 13 April 2019 article how Ilhan Omar has dragged down Democrat ratings.

My bet is that most Democrats would rather be talking about healthcare than Rep. Ilhan Omar, the by-now-notorious Democrat from Minnesota.

This wager is based on a simple enough axiom: It’s best to fight on your strong issues, not your weak ones. Or, as the ancient Roman military strategist Vegetius wrote of the general who wants to win: “He must consider the field of battle and judge whether the ground is more advantageous for him or his enemy.”

As the 2018 midterm elections showed, the most advantageous ground for the Democrats has been healthcare, and so naturally, they were planning on more such campaigning in the 2020 election.

But not every plan happens. Now, instead, the Democrats are confronted with a much different issue, being fought on much less advantageous terrain—in the form of Omar. This is, of course, the nature of anything in human affairs; be it politics, or warfare—things change. As another famous military strategist, Helmut von Moltke, put it, “No plan survives contact with the enemy.”

The disruption of the Democrats’ happy healthcare plan started on March 23, when Omar delivered a speech to a Council of American-Islamic Relations assembly in Los Angeles in which, bringing up 9/11, she said those words that will live in infamy: “some people did something.”

Actually, Omar’s words didn’t get much attention until they were highlighted by Mohamad Tawhidi, an Australian Muslim cleric who holds decidedly anti-jihad views. As he tweeted on April 8,

(Read more at Breitbart)

Considering the number of times that Ilhan Omar has used anti-Semitic tropes (refer to the first and second video below), laughed about Americans’ fear of Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah (refer to the third video), and dismissed the 11 September 2001 attacks on America as “some people did something” (refer to the fourth video), this woman is a one-person Democrat mine field.

   

Bernie Sanders Defends Being Millionaire: ‘I Didn’t Know It Was a Crime to Write a Good Book’

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Again, we have a case of a politician either being willfully ignorant of the Bolshevik revolution, the Cultural Revolution in China, and other socialist uprisings where the rich (or those accused of formerly being rich) were accused and murdered. So this declared socialist tells us through a 13 April 2019 Breitbart article that he did not know that it was a crime to be rich — maybe he should study the history of socialist uprisings.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Saturday attempted to play down the significance of his millionaire status, quipping dryly that he didn’t imagine lucrative book sales would hurt his chances to win the White House.

Sanders said in his remarks at a community meeting in Gary, Indiana:

I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book which turns out to be a bestseller. My view has always been that we need a progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share of taxes,” he continued. “If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money, that is what I believe. So again, I don’t apologize for writing a book that was number three on the New York Times bestseller, translated into five or six languages and that’s that.

Sanders’ remarks come after revealing in an interview this week that his New York Times best-selling book Where We Go From Here made him a hefty sum of money. “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he told the paper. The 77-year-old Democratic Socialist also confirmed he plans to release his tax returns on Monday.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Mr. Sanders, don’t think that we don’t remember last year’s charge from you that people making over a million should pay 52% in taxes. Don’t think that we don’t expect you to lead by example — we expect you to pay the taxes you have been haranguing us about for years.

For a change, lead by example. Stop trying to change the subject as you did in the sham of a townhall.

Anyone who votes for this idiot is voting for the hope of a government handout before the economy tanks so badly that government programs start getting shut down.

Additionally, despite Mr. Sanders assertion that his wealth comes from his having “written a good book,” he amassed quite a holding in the banks, a set of 3 houses, and an expensive sports car purportedly on the six-figure salary afforded to a member of Congress for over 35 years (16 years in the House and a Senator since 2006).

   

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Melts Down over Criticism of Fake Accent

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Breitbart shows us the shallowness of AOC’s attachment to other minority voters through a 6 April 2019 article.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to criticism for her patronizing use of a fake accent in front of a black audience in the usual manner — crybabying.

The not-terribly-bright socialist was caught on video Friday patronizing the mostly black audience with a fake southern drawl at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

The humiliating video quickly made the rounds on social media, earning the criticism and ridicule it deserved.

The video is as shocking as it is excruciating. All of a sudden, the Westchester socialist, who is famous for her Jerry the Mouse voice, starts talking like a black preacher.

“This is what organizing looks like. This is what building power looks like,” Ocasio-Crazy said with her affected cadence. “This is what changing the country looks like. It’s when we choose to show up and occupy the room and talk about the things that matter most, talking about our future.”

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy,” she continued. “There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work”:

(Read more at Breitbart)

Glad to see that — at least when the heat is turned on — OAC can understand that maybe she should stop emulating Hillary Clinton.

   

Democrats Battle Justice Dept., Citing Nixon and Clinton as They Demand Full Mueller Report

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According to a 4 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article, it seems that some long-time Democrats don’t like the restrictive laws they passed regarding reports from special counsels.

Congressional Democrats are going to battle with the Justice Department, voting to subpoena the full Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. They say Attorney General Bill Barr’s redacted version won’t be enough. They want to see everything.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said, “I frankly believe that we are being both fair and balanced.”

Democrats in the House made it official and partisan, voting 24-17 along party lines to authorize subpoenas, but waiting before firing them off.

“The committee has a right and the responsibility to see the full contents of this report,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said.

Attorney General Barr has already promised to get them a version scrubbed of classified material, secret grand jury testimony, and anything related to ongoing investigations or the personal privacy of third parties.

“The department is wrong to try to withhold that info,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “The Constitution charges Congress with holding the president accountable for alleged official misconduct. That job requires us to evaluate the evidence for ourselves – not the attorney general’s summary – not the substantially redacted substance – but the full report.”

Nadler compared Mueller’s report to the release of the Ken Starr report into President Bill Clinton, holding up boxes of information produced by Starr along with “some of the grand jury material” from the Nixon impeachment process.

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins said those props are like apples and oranges, saying the comparison between the Starr report and the Mueller report “just doesn’t work.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Never mind that some of the same Democrats (i.e., Jerry Nadler) who want Attorney General Barr to break the law by exposing the full content of Special Counsel Mueller’s report were the same lawmakers who changed the law after Special Counsel Starr exposed all sorts of dirty laundry from the Clintons.

If Nadler doesn’t like how he wrote the law, maybe he should look in the mirror and give himself a good lecture for a couple of years.

If you compare the videos of today’s Nadler demanding to see all of the special counsel’s report to 1990’s (really fat) Nadler telling us why the special counsel’s report violates the President’s legal rights, you get the idea that Nadler must have Dissociative identity disorder.

A confluence terrible events against Christians and Christian places of worship

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European Churches: Vandalized, Defecated On, and Torched “Every Day”

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In a 14 April 2019 article by the Gatestone Institute, we find how Europe’s churches have seen much harm recently.

Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.

In France, two churches are desecrated every day on average. According to PI-News, a German news site, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered — meaning that such attacks are only going from bad to worse.

Among some of the recent desecrations in France, the following took place in just February and March:

  • Vandals plundered Notre-Dame des Enfants Church in Nîmes and used human excrement to draw a cross there; consecrated bread was found thrown outside among garbage.
  • The Saint-Nicolas Church in Houilles was vandalized on three separate occasions in February; a 19th century statue of the Virgin Mary, regarded as “
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    ,” was “completely pulverized,” said a clergyman; and a hanging cross was thrown to the floor.
  • Vandals desecrated and smashed crosses and statues at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur, and mangled the arms of a statue of a crucified Christ in a mocking manner. In addition, an altar cloth was burned.
  • Arsonists torched the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris soon after midday mass on Sunday, March 17.

Similar reports are coming out of Germany. Four separate churches were vandalized and/or torched in March alone. “In this country,” PI-News explained, “there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches… and recently also on cemeteries.”

(Read more at the Gatestone Institute)

Note that, for the most part, this story is not reaching the main stream media.

Shep Smith shuts down French commentator suggesting Notre Dame fire wasn’t an accident

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A 15 April 2019 article at The Hill points out a massive failing of Shepherd Smith on his Fox News show.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith abruptly cut off an interview on Monday with a French commentator floating conspiracy theories about the fire burning at Notre Dame.

Smith’s guest was French media analyst and former elected official Philippe Karsenty, who said the blaze burning at the Parisian landmark was “like a 9/11.”

“It’s like a 9/11. It’s a French 9/11. It’s a big shock,” Karsenty said. “The church was there for more than 850 years. Even the Nazis didn’t dare to destroy it.”

He said there have been churches “desecrated each and every week in France, all over France” in recent years.

“So, of course, you will hear the story of the political correctness which will tell you it’s probably an accident,” Karsenty said before Smith interrupted.

“Sir, sir, sir, we’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something which we don’t know,” Smith said. “If you have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.”

Karsenty said that he was warning viewers that they “need to be ready” before Smith cut his guest off again.

“No, sir, we’re not doing that here, not now, not on my watch,” Smith said before ending the interview with Karsenty.

(Read more at The Hill)

Although this may not turn out to have been an intentional act, for Shep Smith to cut off a commentator that has a comment makes Mr. Smith’s show a worthless span of time.

Muslim Militants Slay Missionary Priest in Burkina Faso

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A 17 February 2019 Breitbart article describes the attack on a missionary priest.

A group of Islamic terrorists opened fire on a customs post in southern Burkina Faso Friday, slaying a missionary priest as well as four customs officials, Vatican News reported Saturday.

Father Antonio César Fernandez Fernandez, a Spanish priest of the Salesian order, had been working as a missionary in Africa for the last 37 years and helped to found the first Salesian community in Togo in 1982.

The three men were returning from Lome, Togo, where they had participated in the first session of the provincial chapter of the Salesians of Francophone West Africa.

Clashes between security forces and some jihadist groups have increased in recent months in Burkina Faso, but this is the first attack in this region of the country. Mali and Niger have been facing similar attacks for several years.

Burkina Faso is several hundred miles from Nigeria, where jihadists from the Boko Haram terror group have carried out deadly attacks for the past ten years. Boko Haram has reportedly killed some 30,000 people and forced another two million to flee their homes since the insurgency began in 2009.

(Read more at Breitbart)

As Christians, we must pray for those left behind after such an act of violence. Of course, for the Christian who dies, death just ushers us into the presence of Christ.

300 Nigerian Christians Killed by Muslim Attackers

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The Right Scoop reports 500 Christians killed by Islamic extremists.

In a story that occurred concurrently with the Christchurch attack, at least 300 Christians were killed by 2 Islamic groups according to a report by the Christian Broadcasting Network in mid-March.

The news out of Nigeria is getting progressively worse as it is being reported that more than 300 people were killed in at least seven predominantly Christian villages across Nigeria in February and March this year, according to multiple sources that monitor persecution of Christians.

“Since February 10, there have been at least 270 people killed in Kaduna State alone,” International Christian Concern confirms. “It has been reported that at least 70 Christians have been killed during a 10-week span at the beginning of 2019 across the other Middle Belt states.”

In one early morning attack on the village of Karamai on Feb. 14, sources said 41 people died after 300 gunmen swarmed the village shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired their weapons and ransacked people’s homes, according to Barnabas Fund. It was reported almost all of those killed were women and children along with a few senior residents who were unable to run away.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

This is yet another story rarely mentioned by America’s main stream media. If it were Muslim victims in a Western nation, the coverage would last for weeks after the terrible event. For Christians, there is no mention.

‘Everything is burning’: Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on fire

The Russian Times reported in a 15 April 2019 article that Notre Dame was burning.

A fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France has destroyed most of the roof and collapsed the church’s central spire. Eyewitness videos show smoke and fire engulfing the jewel of Gothic architecture.

The blaze broke out in the scaffolding around the spire on Monday afternoon, Paris firefighters confirmed, adding that a major operation to tackle the fire is underway.

Everything is burning. There won’t be anything left of the wood frame, which dates to the XIX century on one side and the XII century on the other,” Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media. “We’ll have to see if the [stone] vault, which protects the cathedral, will be touched or not.”

I hope that there is definitive proof that this was not the work of an Islamist. However, to declare that the fire resulted from an accident while the firefighters are still putting the fire out is premature.

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#1 – Christians should be aware of cultural trends that weaken the weak

Lesbian Feminist Testifies Against the ‘Equality Act’

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A 2 April 2019 National Review article points to the words of lesbian feminist Julia Beck as she points out many of the things that Christians have regarding the Equality Act. Specifically, she points out many instances where the Equality Act will allow the blurring of lines that protect women.

On Tuesday Julia Beck testified against the Equality Act (H.R. 5) before the House Judiciary Committee. Beck is a lesbian who was booted out of the Baltimore LGBT Commission for describing a male transgender rapist as a male and saying that men can’t be lesbians.

Advocates of the Equality Act characterize it as anti-discrimination for LGBT people and a much-needed extension of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Nearly 300 Democrats (and a few Republicans) support the bill. It is scheduled for hearings later this spring, and a vote this summer. It will likely pass the House, if not yet the Senate.

In her testimony, Beck said the law would mean that,

male rapists will go to women’s prisons and likely assault female inmates as has already happened in the U.K.; female survivors of rape will be unable to contest male presence in women’s shelters; men will dominate women’s sports — girls who would have taken first place will be denied scholastic opportunity; women who use male pronouns to talk about men may be arrested, fined, and banned from social media platforms; girls will stay home from school when they have their periods to avoid harassment by boys in mixed-space toilets; girls and women will no longer have a right to ask for female medical staff or intimate care providers, including elderly or disabled women who are at serious risk of sexual abuse; female security officers will no longer have the right to refuse to perform pat-downs or intimate searches of males who say they’re female and women undergoing security checks will no longer have the right to refuse having those security checks being performed by men claiming a feminine identity.

She pointed out that “everything I just listed is already happening, and it’s only going to get worse if gender identity is recognized in federal law.” And added, “I urge my fellow Democrats to wake up. Please acknowledge biological reality.”

(Read more at National Review)

Now that a recognized leader in the lesbian community has said the same thing that Christians (such as Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association) has been saying, maybe more people in government will start to take note.

Then again, maybe they will just sideline Ms. Beck just like they have sidelined Christians.

Still, with that said, what about the Christians who want to live out their faith despite aggressive attacks from liberal activists? What about Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop? What about the former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa? What about Barronelle Stutzman?

Rep. Nadler says that we cannot hide behind religion when discriminating against transgenders and homosexuals. Can this question be turned around? Have lesbians used their power with liberal states to persecute Christians? Is there equal representation under the law?

#2 – Christians should be aware that government doesn’t want to protect your children

Houston Library continues program after registered sex offender found in Drag Queen Storytime

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The Houston Chronicle tells of Alberto Garza in a 17 March 2010 article, a transgender who was convicted of abusing an 8-year-old boy has now been found participating in the Houston Public Library’s program that has transgenders reading to preschoolers. What can go wrong there?

Houston Public Library officials apologized Friday for failing to conduct a background check on a registered sex offender who read books to children at an event hosted by drag queens.

Albert Garza, a 32-year-old registered sex offender, participated in the program under the name Tatiana Mala-Niña, according to the conservative anti-LGBTQ group, MassResistance.

Library officials acknowledged in a statement Friday that Garza has “a criminal background that should have prevented him from participating” in the Drag Queen Storytime program, in which drag queens read books at the Freed-Montrose library.

Department of Public Safety records show Garza was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old child in 2009, for which he received five years of probation and community supervision.

Mala-Niña did not respond to attempts Saturday to confirm her apparent criminal background.

“We assure you that this participant will not be involved in any future HPL programs,” the library’s statement reads. “…We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.”

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Although many citizens of Houston’s Montrose would not be surprised to find that a transvestite who was reading to children at the public library was a registered sex offender, this is still a breach of the public trust. The sad thing is that it was not the Houston Public Library’s last breach of trust under this program.

Second Child Sex Offender Unmasked at Drag Queen Story Time, Houston Activists Say

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According to a 5 April 2019 article on PJ Media, a second child abuser discovered within the Houston Public Library Drag Queen program.

On Thursday, activist parents with MassResistance unmasked another child sex offender who greeted children at Drag Queen Story Time. According to local MassResistance leader Tracy Shannon, a drag performer with many aliases has sexually assaulted children and publicly recounted his history as a transgender dominatrix and prostitute for hire. His name has been redacted here because he was allegedly convicted for sexual assault against children at age 16, so his record has been sealed.

“We have another big reveal today at our press conference which will take place at 2 PM at the Freed Montrose Library,” Shannon announced in an email. “Due to this individual using multiple aliases and having moved around a lot it was hard to nail down his identity but we finally connected the dots. We found his name a few days ago but trying to find some affirmation and photos was like looking for a needle in a haystack of social media postings.”

“Once we affirmed the identity we ran background checks and found the record. We will reveal all at 2 PM Central time at our press conference,” she added. She also excoriated the Houston Public Library (HPL) system for allowing child sex offenders to greet children.

At the conference, “MassResistance will demand an audit of the entire HPL background checks vs volunteer applications to see how many have experienced an ‘oversight’ and how many sex offenders have been allowed to participate in children’s programming at the libraries in Houston. We will also be demanding a city ordinance that requires background checks for all city-sanctioned programs for children when we have our press conference.”

Shannon sent PJ Media the research document outlining how MassResistance uncovered this second alleged sex offender.

She connected the man to an article at About Online recalling experiences in “sex work” as a “professional dominatrix.” At the beginning, the anonymous author admitted, “I had tried for so many years to alleviate my depression and dysphoria through random sex, I had lost track of how many partners I’ve had.” This eased the transition from “sex work” to becoming a transgender prostitute and porn actor.

(Read more at PJ Media)

Hat tip: Frank and Freeda Blunt, Trigger Reset

Hopefully, this will be the last breach of trust for the Houston Public Library for a while.

We must protect children and others who are incapable of protecting themselves. Allowing preditors, whether in the library or in the church, does not cut it. We need to either stay with them or know those in whom we trust our children.

#3 – Christians should know that most powers want to shut us up

From Baylor to Yale, Free Speech for Christians Is Dying, and Ted Cruz Wants Some Answers

As made evident in a 5 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article, even liberals on Christian campuses are threatened by Christian speakers coming with messages that other crowds of Christians want to hear.

Freedom of speech is under fire now possibly more than ever on college campuses as this fundamental American freedom is being stripped from students, professors, and even public speakers.

Examples of threats to free speech continue to roll in across the nation, especially for Christians and conservatives and their biblical stand on issues.

Even at a Christian university in the Bible belt, free speech is at risk. Some at Baylor University in Texas are trying to stop Matt Walsh, a Christian author and blogger, from speaking on campus.

Walsh was invited by Baylor’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter to give a speech titled, “The War on Reality: Why the Left Has Set out to Redefine Life, Gender, and Marriage.”

It didn’t sit well with some students and so they circulated a petition to stop him from speaking on the topic from a biblical perspective.

The petition accuses Walsh of spreading “harmful hate speech.” Some students even vandalized posters advertising the event.

Walsh took to Twitter saying he simply wants to express a point of view, is trying to have a good sense of humor about the protest, and is asking students to try to have a rational dialogue with him.

Organizers say the event, scheduled for April 9, is now sold out.

A second recent case involves Yale Law School saying students who work for Christian groups supporting biblical teaching on marriage being between one man and one woman will no longer receive school financial support.

The controversy erupted when an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom was invited to speak on campus about Christian baker Jack Phillips who, for religious reasons, declined to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

A number of Yale’s liberal groups, including the LGBTQ advocacy group the “Outlaws” protested the speech and the school’s financial help to conservative students.

Yale responded by pulling the funding for students who follow their biblical beliefs.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is now involved. He sent a letter to the dean of the Yale Law School saying its new policy is “transparently discriminatory” and intended to “blacklist Christian organizations.” Cruz has threatened legal action.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

It would seem that a number of liberals have flocked to the private institutions founded by religious groups (like Baylor, which is currently at least partially funded by the Southern Baptist Convention). Therefore, it seems that Christians have been tolerant of liberals who moved into their halls of learning. However, it also seems that those same liberals cannot be tolerant of Christians.

#4 – Christians should watch for politicians who try to pander to the crowd

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Melts Down over Criticism of Fake Accent

This Breitbart article highlights both the extremes of pandering that the Democrats have fallen to and the degree of pain they feel upon being called out for that pandering.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to criticism for her patronizing use of a fake accent in front of a black audience in the usual manner — crybabying.

The not-terribly-bright socialist was caught on video Friday patronizing the mostly black audience with a fake southern drawl at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

The humiliating video quickly made the rounds on social media, earning the criticism and ridicule it deserved.

The video is as shocking as it is excruciating. All of a sudden, the Westchester socialist, who is famous for her Jerry the Mouse voice, starts talking like a black preacher.

“This is what organizing looks like. This is what building power looks like,” Ocasio-Crazy said with her affected cadence. “This is what changing the country looks like. It’s when we choose to show up and occupy the room and talk about the things that matter most, talking about our future.”

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy,” she continued. “There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work”:

The moment is reminiscent of two-time presidential loser Hillary “Hot Sauce” Clinton’s similar attempt to condescend to a predominantly black audience with her “Ain’t No Ways Tired” remarks in 2007:

(Read more at Breitbart)

#5 – Christians should know that apostasy is growing in the “Church”

The Swedish Church Creates LGBTQ View of the Bible for Children, Identifies Jesus as ‘Queer’

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One 5 April 2019 Christian Broadcasting Network article shows that one diocese of the Church of Sweden has published a guide stating that Christ was homosexual.

The Diocese of Västerås, a division of the Church of Sweden, is now giving away an LGBTQ guide for “Christian queer kids.” Bible-believing Christians may be stunned to hear that this extreme guide describes Jesus as “queer” and Joseph as transvestite.

No, this isn’t just some radical college course about the Bible. This is coming from the actual Church of Sweden.

The church, which identifies as Protestant, has created what it calls a “survival guide” for LGBTQ youth. A Swedish news site, Nya DagBladet, states the church’s guide contains definitions and concepts, a bit about the Bible and LGBTQ, as well as Bible stories that it claims are related to LGBTQ people.

The guide goes on to contradict Scripture by stating the Bible is actually not against homosexuality, implying scriptures dealing with it are actually about exploitation or rape. Click Here to see what the Bible actually says about homosexuality.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

#6 – Christians should know that the groups that spew hate aren’t going away

‘Hate-Filled, Anti-Christian, Anti-Conservative Organization’: Why the SPLC Has Been Given an ‘F’ by Charity Watch

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A 4 April 2019 article at the Christian Broadcasting Network points out the vehemence of the attacks by the SPLC.

More than 25 Christian and conservative leaders have signed a letter to the CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon, urging them to end any working relationships with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The SPLC has notoriously listed Christian and conservative groups as hate groups.

“It is now clear that the SPLC has proven to be a hate-filled, anti-Christian, anti-conservative organization and nothing more than a weapon of the radical Left, whose goal is to bully people into compliance with their ideology,” the letter states. “Fail to comply with their demands, and you will be labeled as a hate group or an extremist.”

The Family Research Council is one group the SPLC has put in that hate group category for its Biblical beliefs and defense of traditional marriage. Others like the Alliance Defending Freedom and Prager University have also been targeted.

And this letter may be just the beginning of the SPLC’s worries. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is calling on the IRS to investigate the non-profit and review its tax exempt status.

“They’ve really become kind of a hate group themselves,” Cotton told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “Serial repeated defamation against what you see as a political opponent is not a tax exempt purpose.”

The SPLC has a reported $500 million in assets with a good chunk of that in offshore accounts.

(Read more at Christian Broadcasting Network)

When you also consider that the leadership of the SPLC left under the cloud of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism, you would not know it from the virtual silence among the mainstream media outlets.

Additionally, you would not know that the current leader of the SPLC (Tina Tchen) has close ties to the Obama administration — including Greg Craig — and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case). What do we here about this? Do we even hear crickets out of the media?

 

A petition to hold Obama administration law breakers to task

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It’s Time to Bring Accountability to Obama Era Government

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Please consider supporting the rule of law by signing a White House petition urging the investigation of law breakers from the Obama administration. Although I did not originate this petition, I wholeheartedly support its goals (which are stated below in the preamble to the petition).

“We the People,” are calling on elected officials, from both parties, to dedicate the same effort, resources and attention to bringing accountability to the Obama Administration, that was used in the Mueller probe and investigations in the House and Senate. We believe, unlike the fake predicate used to justify the Mueller probe, there is actually evidence of law breaking in the previous administration. We also believe the malfeasance ensnares both appointed and elected Democrats. We the people DO NOT WANT TO MOVE ON. Those who worked to divide this country because they lost an election MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

Please help by signing this petition (linked above).

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#1: Connecticut woman says then-Vice President Joe Biden touched her inappropriately at a Greenwich fundraiser in 2009

The Hartford Courant reports in a 2 April 2019 article how a Connecticut woman has charged Joe Biden with unwanted advances.

A Connecticut woman says Joe Biden touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses with her during a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich when he was vice president, drawing further scrutiny to the Democrat and his history of unwanted contact with women as he ponders a presidential run.

“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Amy Lappos told The Courant Monday. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”

Lappos posted about the alleged incident on the Facebook page of Connecticut Women in Politics Sunday in response to a similar account by former Nevada legislator Lucy Flores, which comes as Biden is considering a 2020 run for president. Flores accused Biden of kissing her on the back of her head in 2014, when she was a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Lappos, 43, who is now a freelance worker with nonprofit agencies, said she felt extremely uncomfortable when Biden approached her at the 2009 fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th, where she was volunteering. At the time, Lappos was a congressional aide to Himes, who she said was not in the room when the incident took place.

“I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody,” Lappos said. “There’s absolutely a line of decency. There’s a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”

(Read more at the Hartford Courant)

The weird thing is that, so far, none of these “problems” with Joe Biden are illegal. They’re weird. They’re something that I would not allow him to do to any 14-year-old girl under my care, but they’re not illegal acts.

The thing that has been at work here has been the full-blown identity politics that the Obama regime perfected.

Well, if you like your politician, you can keep your politician.

#2: MeToo Movement Strikes Again: Even MORE Women Accuse Biden of Sexual Harassment

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A 2 April 2019 article on Townhall tells us about more women who have reportedly come forward with tales of impropriety against Joe Biden.

Two more women stepped forward on Tuesday and accused former Vice President Joe Biden (D) of sexual harassment. The women, Caitlyn Caruso and D. J. Hill, told their stories to The New York Times.

Here’s what took place, according to The Hill:

Caruso, 22, told the Times that Biden rested his hand on her thigh even as she attempted to show her discomfort by squirming in her seat during a sexual assault event at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Caruso, who was 19 at the time, added that Biden hugged her “just a little bit too long.”

She told the newspaper that the interaction was uncomfortable because she had just discussed a time she was sexually assaulted and expected Biden to be aware of physical boundaries.

“It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that,” she told the paper. “These are supposed to be people you can trust.”

Hill, 59, told the Times that while taking a photograph with Biden in 2012, the then-vice president placed his hand on her shoulder and began moving it down her back, something she said made her “very uncomfortable.”

“Only he knows his intent,” she added.

(Read more at Townhall)

While I don’t come anywhere near Uncle Joe’s politics, this stupid stuff is not criminal.

Maybe #MeToo (or Bernie Sanders) would like to make it a felony for a short time, but the law now …

#3: More identity politics

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#3: Democrats double down on identity politics with Pete Buttigieg

As pointed out by a 6 April 2019 on SFGate, it seeems that Democrats are intent on doubling down on identity politics. In this case, Pete Buttigieg is counting on riding the label of “gay” into the White House.

Pete Buttigieg sat in the back of a black SUV with a couple of staffers, sipping a still-steeping cup of tea to ease the fatigue from his suddenly frenetic schedule, when he looked out the window and interrupted himself.

“Man,” said Buttigieg, taking in the rainbow-hued signs and colorfully dressed passersby that signaled he had entered West Hollywood, Los Angeles’ de facto gay neighborhood. “It got real gay real quick out there.”

Few Democratic presidential candidates could assess their surroundings so bluntly without seeming painfully out of line. But Buttigieg is not like any other Democratic presidential candidate – in part, if not exclusively, because he is gay.

(Feel free to read more liberal tripe at SFGate)

Although I did not understand the electorate’s support of a moral reprobate like Bill Clinton, I understand a little of their desire to keep government out of private affairs. Considering that, Obama and his NSA scandal should have been a bigger deal (except for the cover provided by the Democrat press).

Still, Democrats are going to have to provide more of a reason for voter support than “Vote for me, I’m gay.”

#4 – #9: The AOC Efforts to kill voter followings

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#4: AOC – You Guys, They Amended the Constitution to Stop FDR From Running Again, or Something

As we see in a 1 April 2019 article on Townhall, AOC has uttered another set of indefensible statements about FDR.

According to her supporters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a singular obsession of the right-wing media. This framing ignores the indisputable reality that she’s a creation of the mainstream and left-wing media, heralded and celebrated as the fresh face of a new generation of hard-charging progressives. She’s also succeeding in yanking her party leftward, as multiple presidential candidates have endorsed her fanatical and fanciful “green new deal” legislation — although they all scurried behind a wall of “present” votes when the moment to support the resolution actually arrived.

Her latest media showcase occurred on MSNBC late last week, during with the freshman Congresswoman made all sorts of attention-grabbing assertions and comparisons — including advancing the notion that “environmental justice” must only be achieved alongside “economic justice,” which certainly won’t hlep dispel many skeptics’ suspicion that programs like the green new deal are less about addressing an urgent crisis, and more about redistributing wealth and amassing governmental control. Among other topics, she explained that the Tea Party is different than her movement because unlike those xenophobic white supremacists, she doesn’t call her opponents names:

Seems legit, and duly noted. She went on to make the following claim about the success of aggressive statism in American politics. FDR’s vast expansion of government was so popular, she averred, that opponents had to amend the constitution to prevent him from winning again:

Her point is correct, except for the fact that (a) President Roosevelt (who ignored the Washington-set precedent of serving a maximum of two consecutive terms) had been dead for roughly two years when the 22nd Amendment was passed by overwhelming and bipartisan Congressional majorities, and approximately six years by the time it was ratified by the states and implemented, and (b) even if it had been directed at FDR while he were still in office, the amendment only applied to future presidents. It’s also worth noting that Republican majorities were only able to introduce this ultimately-successful amendment because they’d won sweeping landslide victories in the 1946 midterm elections, winning control of both legislative chambers. Also, at least two Republican presidents opposed the amendment, with Ronald Reagan going so far as to urge its repeal. Some dutiful media acolytes are performing their own version of Trumpist ‘translations’ in order to ostensibly demonstrate how AOC was actually kind of correct, if you ignore the actual substance of her core claim.

(Read the rest at Townhall)

I don’t care whether or not the Democrats auditioned AOC for her abilities before a crowd, this woman and her faux pas are a gift of God to the Republicans.

#5: Ocasio-Cortez slammed as ‘financially illiterate’ at Sharpton event over Amazon, faces calls to be ousted from office

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According to one 6 April 2019 Fox News article, even members of the socialist branch of the Democrat party have had enough of the idiocy that comes out of AOC.

Hours before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for an “agenda of reparations” at an Al Sharpton-sponsored event in New York on Friday, she was slammed as “financially illiterate” at the same conference for killing the Amazon deal with the state.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke to the crowd at the National Action Network, saying her Green New Deal will consider reparations to black Americans for slavery in addition to the radical overhaul of the economy in a bid to combat climate change.

But at the same conference, hours before Ocasio-Cortez’s speech, an investor ripped those who opposed the Amazon deal with the state that would have generated billions in tax revenue and 25,000 jobs.

“The people campaigning against the Amazon campus are financially illiterate,” said Tracy Maitland, president and chief investment officer of Advent Capital Management during a panel discussion the Black Economic Agenda, according to the New York Post.

{Read more at Fox News)

It’s nice when we can count on these guys to turn on themselves.

#6: Ocasio-Cortez de-listed from board of Justice Democrats after controversy

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According to a 19 March 2019 Fox News article, it seems that a previous group has decided that AOC is a persona non grata.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., reportedly has been de-listed from the board of left-wing activist group Justice Democrats, following legal and ethical questions about her affiliation with the group.

The Daily Caller reported that Ocasio-Cortez, along with chief of staff and former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti, have been removed from the board of the political action committee after previously holding “legal control over the entity” in late 2017 and early 2018.

The Daily Caller had reported earlier this month on Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti’s role with the PAC, noting that the congresswoman never disclosed to the Federal Election Commission that they “controlled the PAC while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign.” Former FEC officials said at the time this could represent violations of campaign finance law.

Well, at least someone is catching on.

#7: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Melts Down over Collapsing Poll Numbers

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Just when good news seems sparce, Breitbart News reports in a 17 March 2019 article how AOC didn’t receive the news of her falling popularity very well.

Earlier this week, Breitbart News reported on Ocasio-Crazy’s awful polling numbers as reported by Gallup. There is just no question that as her national profile has exploded, primarily through gushing coverage from the establishment media, it has backfired bigtime with the public.

The more people know about Ocasio-Crazy, even though the media’s Vaseline-smeared filter, the less they like her.

Although she is much better known than almost all of her counterparts in congress, better known than even Chief Justice John Roberts, a plurality of 41 percent view her unfavorably, a leap of 15 points since September.

Meanwhile, her favorable rating has only jumped seven points, from 24 to 31 percent.

Right now, Ocasio-Crazy is underwater with the public by double digits, by ten full points.

(Read more at Breitbart News)

AOC, you made this bed. You get to lay in it.

#8: Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at unflattering likability poll

#9: Gallup – Negativity toward AOC piling up

OneNewsNow reports in a 17 March 2019 article that Gallup has confirmed that AOC’s falling numbers.

The latest Gallup poll reveals that the public’s opinion of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has plummeted, as the socialist Democrat’s ignorance on issues and shocking ultra-left stances continue to make more and more Americans fearful about the potential damage she can do in Washington.

Before the young “rock star” candidate rocked the world by defeating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) at the ballot box last November, American negativity toward the self-proclaimed socialist was relatively low, but after her numerous controversial gaffs and oblivious comments exposing her inexperience and dangerous worldview, more Americans are becoming wary about the destructive path on which the left-leaning representative could lead America.

Since Americans were surveyed in early September, a shocking upward shift in their negative opinion toward AOC has been discovered, as Gallup’s new poll indicates that the millennial Democrat is scaring off many once-impressed left-leaning sympathizers.

Let’s just hope she keeps it up.

#10: Obama acolyte warns of the unpopularity of socialism

#10: Famously ruthless Dem warns about going Red

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In a 15 March 2019 OneNewsNow article, news of the unpopularity of socialism comes to light (at least on other-than-main-stream press).

A prominent Democrat is warning his party that Donald Trump will exploit their far-left ideas in 2020, and a political analyst says it’s good advice that won’t be heeded.

“Rahm Emanuel warns Democrats in 2020 not to play to ‘socialist’ type,” a USA Today headline states to begin a March 21 story.

Emanuel, the outgoing Chicago mayor, wrote an op-ed for The Atlantic warning fellow Democrats that they are serving up “slow pitches over the plate” to Trump, and he said the Republican president will peel away Democrats over proposals such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

Emanuel, a Bill Clinton advisor who later served as Barack Obama’s chief of staff, is not appealing to Democrats out of niceness: he is known as a ruthless political player who once sent a mob-like dead fish to a pollster he didn’t like, and rattled off a list of political “enemies” as he stabbed a steak knife into a table.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Hush, Rahm.

Let the Democrats make their mistake.

#11 – #14:Thanks to Bush and Obama, Some expect the Islamization of America

#11: Rashida Tlaib’s ties to anti-Semitism run deeper than previously known

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A 28 January 2019 Daily Caller article points to the anti-Semitic ties of Rashida Tlaib.

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s ties to anti-Semitism run deeper than previously known, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.

Tlaib, part of a heralded freshman class of House Democrats, has already come under scrutiny over her positions on Israel and ties to fringe figures. But TheDCNF’s investigation uncovered additional ties to anti-Semitism.

Tlaib is a member of the Facebook group “Palestinian American Congress,” where members often demonize Jews. The group’s founder, Palestinian activist Maher Abdel-qader, was a key fundraiser for Tlaib and organized campaign events for her around the country.

In January 2018, Abdel-qader shared an anti-Semitic video that claimed Jews aren’t actually Jewish, and invented their historical claim to Israel and secretly control the media.

The video, which described Jews as “satanic,” also questioned whether 6 million Jews actually died in the Holocaust.

“Research the truth about the Holocaust, and you’ll definitely start to question what you thought you knew,” the video’s narrator says.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

#12: Ilhan Omar ignites new anti-Semitism controversy with comments on AIPAC

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According to a 10 February 2019 article in Politico, Ilhan Omar decides to use anti-Semitic language to associate Jews and Republicans (when, oddly, many Jews are Democrats).

Freshman Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar ignited a new controversy on Sunday night when she suggested GOP support for Israel is driven by campaign donations from a prominent pro-Israel group.

Omar singled out AIPAC, one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington, as the source of those donations.

Omar’s comments touched upon a long-running, and particularly ugly, thread of the anti-Semitic movement — that Jewish money fuels backing for Israel in the United States and elsewhere. A freshman Democrat, Max Rose of New York, said, “Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”

And the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee is a non-profit that doesn’t donate directly to candidates. AIPAC, however, does relentlessly push a pro-Israeli message on Capitol Hill and inside the executive branch, and its members donate to pro-Israel lawmakers and candidates while seeking to defeat those it considers a threat to U.S.-Israeli relations.

(Read more at Politico)

Although I don’t expect the press to report on her, I expect that this Representative will keep talking the way she always has spoken.

#13: She Said What!? Ilhan Omar Has Anti-Semitism Trouble Again

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As recorded in a 4 March 2019 Townhall article, it seems that Ilhan Omar repeated her anti-Semitic ways.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) just can’t get past the anti-Semitism issue. She has peddled in such trash before, posting tweets that were very…problematic with regards to this issue. And no, they’re not old. They’re not from high school. They’re from last month. And it’s stuff that isn’t new; Jewish Minnesota leaders had to have a sit-down with her because of her remarks. It was when she tweeted “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” back in 2012. Now, after her “all about the Benjamins” fiasco, which once again peddled old anti-Semitic stereotypes about people of the Jewish faith, money, and influence, these local leaders might not treat her with “kid gloves” anymore. The media certainly hasn’t let her off the hook, reporting on her serial stupidity on this front.

So, what’s her latest anti-Semitic trainwreck? Well, she sort of accused people who are pro-Israel of exhibiting dual loyalty. She made such remarks last Wednesday. Even liberal writers can see through her nonsense, noting that she’s peddling the Palestinian cause to smuggle in bigoted talking points (via NYT):

Representative Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, came under scrutiny again this week because of her comments about Israel.

The remarks in question came during a discussion at a Washington bookstore on Wednesday about how critics have repeatedly labeled Ms. Omar’s criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic. She argued that the label is being used in bad faith to shut down debate.

The sentence that garnered the most attention was, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is O.K. for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Ms. Omar questioned why it was acceptable for her to speak critically about the political influence of the National Rifle Association, fossil fuel industries and “big pharma,” but not the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. (After she was widely criticized for a tweet about Aipac last month, she deleted it and apologized.)

In an article for New York magazine about the bookstore event, the writer Jonathan Chait accused Ms. Omar of using the cause of Palestinian rights “to smuggle in ugly stereotypes.”

He added that she was “invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect.”

Some conservative news outlets also posted articles critical of the comments. And Marshall Wittmann, a spokesman for Aipac, said in a statement that the accusation of “dual loyalty” was alarming.

“The charge of dual loyalty not only raises the ominous specter of classic anti-Semitism, but it is also deeply insulting to the millions upon millions of patriotic Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, who stand by our democratic ally, Israel,” Mr. Wittmann said.

(Read more at Townhall)

We have enough bigots without importing them, putting them on a fast track to citizenship, and electing them to represent the nation.

#14: One brave Minnesotan asks “Is Minnesota the First Sharia Law State?”

A Day of Mourning for the Murdered Unborn

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A Day of Mourning for Abortion

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On 6 April 2019, pro-life organizations (including the Activist Mommy, Elizabeth Johnston) call us to a day of mourning for the unborn. Specifically, they call us to fast, pray, and, if you can travel to Richmond, Virginia, join them on the capital steps to of Virginia. At the Facebook page of the Activist Mommy, Elizabeth Johnston, these details are shared:

Richmond, Virginia – where it is a felony to commit animal cruelty, but where the Governor supports cruelty to babies through abortion.😡🙏🏻💔 Richmond is on fire right now! It’s time for revival!! Mourn and repent with us! (2 Chronicles 7:14!!) Visit DayOfMourning.org for your free tickets! #DayOfMourning

To get free tickets to the Richmond, Virgninia event, go to https://www.dayofmourning.org/.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

While Virginia approves of child murder after birth, they pass a law making animal cruelty a felony

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Virginia to enact ‘Tommie’s Law,’ making animal cruelty a felony

As revealed by this 4 April 2019 Fox News article, the radical left has all sorts of compassion for beings (just as long as they are not newly-born humans).

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law on Monday a bill that will make animal cruelty a felony in the commonwealth.

Dubbed “Tommie’s Bill,” the legislation is set to change current law — which, according to WWBT, states that those who abuse animals “can only be charged with a misdemeanor unless the animal dies.”

But after the Democratic governor signed the bill into law, animal cruelty will be considered a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, and up to five years in prison.

The bill was named after Tommie, a male brindle pit bull who was found tied to a pole after being “covered in accelerant and intentionally lit on fire” in February.

(Read more at Fox News)

It is sad that Governor Northam seems to value dogs over babies.

Biased Coverage of Attacks on or by Muslims, Little to None on Attacks on Christians

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The New York Times reported in a 25 March 2019 article on, more or less, 10 days of non-stop reporting on the Christchurch massacre at two mosques.

As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand considered on Monday how her government would investigate the terrorist attack that traumatized the country 10 days ago, she also began returning to normal business, announcing that she would make a long-delayed trip to Beijing next week.

The visit will be “literally 24 hours, and traveling with as little time away as possible,” Ms. Ardern said, adding that the trip had been planned “some weeks ago” and that Chinese officials had been “incredibly accommodating” about her decision to shorten it after the shooting attacks on two Christchurch mosques in which 50 people were killed.

(Read the rest of the tripe at the New York Times)

300 Nigerian Christians Killed by Muslim Attackers

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The Right Scoop reports 500 Christians killed by Islamic extremists.

In a story that occurred concurrently with the Christchurch attack, at least 300 Christians were killed by 2 Islamic groups according to a report by the Christian Broadcasting Network in mid-March.

The news out of Nigeria is getting progressively worse as it is being reported that more than 300 people were killed in at least seven predominantly Christian villages across Nigeria in February and March this year, according to multiple sources that monitor persecution of Christians.

“Since February 10, there have been at least 270 people killed in Kaduna State alone,” International Christian Concern confirms. “It has been reported that at least 70 Christians have been killed during a 10-week span at the beginning of 2019 across the other Middle Belt states.”

In one early morning attack on the village of Karamai on Feb. 14, sources said 41 people died after 300 gunmen swarmed the village shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired their weapons and ransacked people’s homes, according to Barnabas Fund. It was reported almost all of those killed were women and children along with a few senior residents who were unable to run away.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

This takes your breath away.

Dutch Tram Attack May Be Terrorism

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A 19 March 2019 New York Times piece outlines the obvious without pointing fingers at the guilty.

The Dutch police said on Tuesday that they were still considering terrorism as a motive for a deadly shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht based partly on a note they discovered.

The shooting on Monday, which left at least three people dead and seven injured, and an ensuing manhunt prompted heightened security and sent ripples of fear through the Netherlands. A 37-year-old immigrant from Turkey was arrested Monday night.

People who know the suspect, Gokmen Tanis, and family members in Turkey quoted by news organizations there, had said on Monday that they believed the assault grew out of some kind of domestic dispute.

But the police said they had so far found no links between Mr. Tanis and the three people killed on the tram.

(Read more tripe at the New York Times)

Never mind what the attacker yelled, what affiliations he had, or where he came from — we would not want to characterize the guilty, would we?

RedState: Islamists Kill Hundreds of Nigerian Christians Since February and No One Notices

In a 29 March 2019 RedState article, I confirmed the findings of the reporter (since normal searches on Google will put the New York Times right at the top of any search of any news topic. The NYTwits had nothing to say. RedState, on the other hand, had this:

If you want an example of how the media picks and chooses tragedies on the basis of how much of whether they can push their chosen political narrative or not, here you go.

After weeks of coverage, and rightfully so, over the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand by a white supremacist, ask yourself why you’ve haven’t also heard about the consistent slaughter of Christians that’s happening in Nigeria?

Islamic terrorists killed more than 120 Christians and burned dozens of homes in northern Nigeria in a series of attacks they have waged since February.

ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram militants and Muslim Fulani tribesmen have hammered Christian villages in the Kaduna, Benue and Borno state, spurred on partly by Kaduna Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s dubious claims that 133 people, mostly Fulani, were murdered on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential elections. The Nigerian Emergency Management Agency refuted his claim, calling it “a rumor to instigate violence.”

As is often the case, a Muslim leader lied in order to facilitate deadly attacks on other religious groups. This is a pattern that’s repeated itself in Islamic countries for as long as the religion has existed.

(Read more of this informed commentary at RedState)

We most definitely need to pray for our brothers in Nigeria, along with encouraging what help we can provide.

The Jussie Smollett case and all the players to be found

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The Associated Press reports in a 27 March 2019 article how the dismissal of charges has not been well received.

Infuriating Chicago’s mayor and police chief, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the “Empire” actor accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail. But he maintained his innocence and insisted he was attacked.

Prosecutors said they still believe Smollett concocted the assault. They gave no detailed explanation for why they abandoned the case only five weeks after filing the charges and threatening to pursue Smollett for the cost of a monthlong investigation.

The dismissal drew an immediate backlash. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the deal “a whitewash of justice” and lashed out at Smollett for dragging the city’s reputation “through the mud” in a quest to advance his career. At one point he asked, “Is there no decency in this man?”

Smollett’s attorneys said his record was “wiped clean” of the 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was assaulted by two men. The actor, who also agreed to do community service, insisted that he had “been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”

“I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was being accused of,” he told reporters after a court hearing. He thanked the state of Illinois “for attempting to do what’s right.”

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutors’ office said the dismissal came “after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case.” Tandra Simonton called it “a just disposition and appropriate resolution” but said it was not an exoneration.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats said prosecutors “stand behind the investigation and the facts.”

When dropping cases, prosecutors will sometimes insist that the defendant accept at least a measure of responsibility. Outside court, neither Smollett nor his legal team appeared to concede anything about his original report in January.

(Read more at the Apologetic Associated Press)

Chicago politics meets Democrat politics well after the videos showing various incriminating things have been out for quite a while.

Southern Poverty Law Center (where discrimination & sexual discrimination had occurred)

Turmoil roils Southern Poverty Law Center as president Richard Cohen resigns

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In a Washington Times article that most of us never saw, we find out about the departure of Richard Cohen, but not the racist actions and sexual abuse in the SPLC. Insanely, this press outlet continues to praise the SPLC in spite of the hypocritic abuse of minorities and women.

Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen announced his resignation Friday, a stunning departure that eradicates the top leadership of a civil-rights behemoth amid allegations of workplace discrimination and harassment.

Mr. Cohen, who joined the SPLC in 1986 and has served as president since 2003, said he wanted to “take responsibility” for the problems that have roiled the SPLC, culminating last week in the sudden exit of founder Morris Dees.

“Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement obtained by the Montgomery [Alabama] Advertiser.

He also asked the board to “immediately launch a search for an interim president in order to give the organization the best chance to heal.”

The SPLC has hired Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, to conduct an internal review after the March 14 dismissal of Mr. Dees, who founded the group in 1971.

No reason was given for his exit, but the Alabama Political Reporter and Los Angeles Times reported it was spurred by allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

(Read more tripe at the Washington Times

It stretches credulity to its limits to think that Cohen and Dees just decided to give up their racist and sexist ways and CAIR and Ms Tchen just fell into a lucky coincidence.

Watchdog group’s leader steps down after founder’s firing

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This time, it is the Apologetic Associated Press who partially reports on the departure of the founder of the SPLC. Oddly, they don’t mention the sexual oppression or the racial tirades for which Mr. Cohen was known. Neither does it mention the billions of dollars stashed in offshore accounts by Cohen and Dees.

The head of the Southern Poverty Law Center on Friday announced that he is stepping down, the latest high-profile departure from the watchdog organization best known for its work monitoring extremist groups.

Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen sent an email to staff saying that he would be stepping down from his leadership role at the organization. The organization last week fired founder and prominent civil rights attorney Morris Dees for unspecified reasons.

“Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them,” Cohen wrote.

Cohen in October had approached the organization’s board about finding a “new generation” of leadership. He wrote Friday that he was stepping up that timeframe in light of recent events, and asked the organization’s board to immediately begin the search for an interim president “in order to give the organization the best chance to heal.”

He also asked his staff for patience as they bring in an outside party to review the organization’s workplace environment.

The SPLC did not elaborate on the reasons behind Dees’ termination. In a statement about Dees’ departure, Cohen only said the organization is “committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world.”

(Read more at the Apologetic Associated Press)

With a CAIR-friendly woman at the helm of the SPLC, I will bet the organization will keep up its persecution of Christian churches and non-profits.

Organizations Still Discriminated Against by the SPLC

FBI Ties to Leftist Southern Poverty Law Center Casts Cloud over ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’

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In a 31 July 2018 Christian Broadcasting Network article, we are reminded of dubious connections between the SPLC and the FBI.

One day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department is creating a “religious liberty task force,” some are concerned after the FBI admitted to working with the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center.

On Monday, Sessions explained the task force will help the DOJ fully implement the religious liberty guidance it issued last year.

“The task force will ensure all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt, and how we conduct our operations,” he said.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

We were deluded to think that Jeff Sessions would do any part of his job that took standing up against Democrats. Sad.

D. James Kennedy Ministries Sues Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate’ Label

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According to a 24 August 2017 Christian Broadcasting Network article shed light some time ago on the issue of the SPLC along with other powerful groups targeting churches and charitable organizations.

D. James Kennedy Ministries is standing up to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), filing a federal religious discrimination lawsuit against the media powerhouse for calling it a hate group.

The lawsuit says the SPLC “illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM.”

It also contends that the SPLC published false information that has harmed the ministry’s reputation and subjected it to “disgrace, ridicule, odium and contempt in the estimation of the public.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Since I cannot find an article saying which party won, I would be willing to bet that this is languishing in court. Dees was a king of delaying things in court.

Conservatives call for companies to cut ties with ‘discredited’ Southern Poverty Law Center

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Also, the Washington Times reports in a 20 June 2018 article that is only partially slanted in favor of the SPLC that some organizations have stood up the bully SPLC.

A coalition of 45 prominent conservative groups and figures called Wednesday on those partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center to sever their ties, saying the center’s credibility has been further eroded by this week’s defamation settlement.

In a joint statement, organizations targeted by the SPLC as “extremists” or “hate groups” cited the center’s apology and $3.375 million payment to the Quilliam Foundation and founder Maajid Nawaz for including them in a 2016 guide to “anti-Muslim extremists.”

The settlement announced Monday comes as “tangible proof that the SPLC, which amounts to little more than a leftist instrument of political warfare against those with whom it disagrees, fully deserves the infamy which it has lately earned,” said the statement.

“[W]e call on government agencies, journalists, corporations, social media providers and web platforms (i.e., Google, Twitter, YouTube and Amazon) that have relied upon this discredited organization to disassociate themselves from the Southern Poverty Law Center and its ongoing effort to defame and vilify mainstream conservative organizations,” said the statement.

Signers included former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, American Values president Gary Bauer, Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney, New Zealand author Trevor Loudon and ACT for America founder Brigitte Gabriel.

(Read more tripe at the Washington Times)

This may have been published in 2018, but (if it had been on a conservative group’s suppression of a set of liberal groups) we would be hearing about this weekly.

‘Who Is the Real Hate Group Here?’: Franklin Graham Unloads on Southern Poverty Law Center

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We find out through a 31 August 2017 Christian Broadcasting Network article how Franklin Graham views the SPLC and its victims.

Evangelist Franklin Graham is speaking out against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling several Christian groups, like D. James Kennedy Ministries and the Family Research Council, “hate groups.”

“Why? Simply because they hold to the teaching of God’s Word on moral issues such as homosexuality and same-sex marriage,” Graham wrote on Facebook.

D. James Kennedy Ministries has filed a federal religious discrimination lawsuit against SPLC for calling it a hate group.

The son of evangelist Billy Graham also referenced author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali in his rebuke of SPLC.

“They (Southern Poverty Law Center) even speak disparagingly against Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman who was born into a Muslim family in Somalia and bravely speaks out against the dangers and oppression of women in Islam,” Graham wrote.

“Because she dares to speak against what Islam has done to her and other women, she is being accused of hate speech!” he continued.

(Read more at Christian Broadcasting Network)

I agree wholeheartedly with Rev. Graham.

George Soros funds SPLC and CAIR database

Soros Bankrolled Unverified ‘Hate Crime’ Database Used by Major Media Outlets

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Washington Free Beacon shows us in a 27 March 2019 article how Soros bankrolled the “hate crime” database used by most newspapers and tv newsrooms.

Liberal billionaire George Soros bankrolled a massive “hate crime” database that is used by more than 100 media partners—including Google News Labs, New York Times Opinion, and ABC News—to report alleged hate crimes, according to tax documents and interviews.

The database, launched following the election of President Donald Trump, is “unverified” and receives stories of alleged “hate” from the likes of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization currently in upheaval over charges of institutional racism perpetrated by its recently fired co-founder, Morris Dees, and the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group that was previously listed as an unindicted co-conspirator of terrorism.

Media partners involved in the initiative have access to the unverified database, and use it to report stories of hate in the Trump era.

ProPublica, an investigative reporting nonprofit based in New York City, launched the project, known as “Documenting Hate,” in 2017. The New York Times backed the project in January 2017 editorial, “Why We Need a Project to Document Hate Crimes.”

(Read more at Washington Free Beacon)

Too bad most papers will not pick up on this.

Smollett freed? Thank Obama fixer Tina Tchen

OneNewsNow reminds us in a 27 March 2019 article by Michelle Malkin how Democrat fixers work.

Two weeks ago, Chicago Sun-Times reporters discovered that Obama crony pal and deep-pocketed campaign finance mega-bundler Tina Tchen had inserted herself in the investigation.

How did hate crime huckster Jussie Smollett get away with it? All crooked roads in Chicago lead back to the Obamas.

On Tuesday, as part of a sealed deal, the Illinois state attorney’s office dismissed 16 felony charges brought by a grand jury against the Trump-hating actor, who blamed phantom white MAGA supporters for a brutal racist “assault” that left him with a teensy-weensy scratch under his eye. The day before the “attack,” Smollett’s two bodybuilding friends were caught on surveillance tape buying costumery (red hat, ski masks, bandanas, sunglasses and gloves) that just happened to match Smollett’s descriptions of what his still-fugitive assailants were wearing.

But I guess there’s no use crying over spilled bleach.

To atone for the-fakery-that-shall-not-be-named, Smollett performed 18 hours of “community service” with Jesse Jackson’s PUSH Coalition and forfeited his $10,000 bond.

Minority liberal race-hustling has its privileges.

And that brings us to the Democratic operatives behind the scenes. Two weeks ago, Chicago Sun-Times reporters discovered that Obama crony pal and deep-pocketed campaign finance mega-bundler Tina Tchen had inserted herself in the investigation. Tchen texted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx just three days after the incident “on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know” to express “concerns.” She suggested that Foxx lean on Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to yield to the FBI and she shared an unidentified Smollett’s family member’s cellphone number with Foxx.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

We can expect this to be ignored by newspapers everywhere.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Hires Obama’s Senior Advisor Who Fixed Jussie Smollett’s Hate Crime Hoax

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In a 27 March 2019 report at the Geller Report, we find a lot of what went on with the Jussie Smollett case.

The Chicago PD is understandably furious over the announcement today that all charges would be dropped in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax case.

The reasons given why were lame, and as a result the Fraternal Order of Police have amplified their call for the feds to investigate Cook County State’s Attorney General Kim Foxx’s handling of the case (bolded emphasis added):

In renewing the call for a federal investigation into what he called Foxx’s political “interference” on behalf of the Smollett family, [FOP second vice president Martin] Preib argued that the state’s attorney’s office’s decision to drop the charges “only gives more foundation to our claims.”

Foxx’s initial request that [Chicago Police Supt. Eddie] Johnson transfer the case to the FBI came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, according to emails and text messages provided by Foxx to the Sun-Times in response to a public records request.

(Read more at )

Smollett, as we’ve recently learned, indeed has friends in high places – places much higher than Hollywood:


(Read more at the Geller Report)

Here’s a hat tip to Bunkerville, who got me interested in this topic earlier this week.

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Reuters Reporter Covered Up Damaging Beto Info During Texas Senate Race

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Breitbart reports in a 17 March 2019 article that details how a Reuters reporter has admitted to hiding information that might have damaged the Democrat’s senatorial run in 2018.

A Reuters reporter admits he offered to hide damaging information about Beto O’Rourke during the Democrat’s tight Senate race against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

On Friday morning, Reuters journalist Joseph Menn broke the news that, as a teen, O’Rourke, who is now a freshly-minted 2020 presidential candidate, was part of a secret hacking group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow.

Since publication, Reuters has also been forced to admit their reporter, who was on leave at the time, knew all about O’Rourke’s hacker past during the 2018 Texas Senate race but offered not to reveal it until after the race:

After more than a year of reporting, Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the record. In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018.

“While I was looking into the Cult of the Dead Cow, I found out that they had a member who was sitting in Congress. I didn’t know which one. But I knew that they had a member of Congress.

“And then I figured out which one it was. And the members of the group wouldn’t talk to me about who it was. They wouldn’t confirm that it was this person unless I promised that I wouldn’t write about it until after the November election. That’s because the member of Congress had decided to run for Senate. Beto O’Rourke is who it was.

“I met Beto O’Rourke. I said ‘I’m writing a book about Cult of the Dead Cow, I think it’s really interesting. I know you were in this group. This book is going to publish after November and your Senate race is over. And he said, ‘OK.’

The key sentence there is: “And then I figured out which one it was.”

So, even before he made a deal with O’Rourke to cover up his criminal past (stealing credit card numbers, etc.), Menn knew it was O’Rourke he was looking for. And all throughout the consequential Texas Senate campaign, Menn chose to hide that information from voters.

(Read more at Breitbart)

This is just one more example of how the liberal media (including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Buzzfeed, the New York Times, and much more) covers for Democrats. They act as the communications department of the Democrats, run interference for the Democrats (sometimes by shadow banning on electronic media, sometimes by being aggressive with conservative voices on broadcast media). The crazy thing is that they expect us not to notice it.

AP Headline: O’Rourke says nothing in his past will hinder 2020 run

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An 18 MRCH 2019 Associated Press article tells us that Robert Francis O’Rourke claims that nothing in his past will hinder his 2020 run.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told supporters Sunday that he’s never taken LSD and there’s “nothing” he hasn’t already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office.

The former Texas congressman — who has become known for his propensity for using the “f-word” — also promised again to clean up his language, despite breaking such past vows.

O’Rourke grabbed much attention as he wrapped up his first week of campaigning, but his challengers could be found at events from the Upper Midwest to the South. And looming over them all is the shadow of one prominent Democrat not in but not out, former Vice President Joe Biden. He has yet to announce a decision.

Speaking in front of a large map of Russia inside a coffee shop in Wisconsin’s capital, O’Rourke promised to return often, addressing concerns Democrats raised in 2016 after Hillary Clinton never campaigned in the state after her party’s primary and lost the state to Donald Trump by fewer than 23,000 votes.

“This state is fundamental to any prospect we have of electing a Democrat to the presidency in 2020,” O’Rourke said, adding that he was “really glad” Milwaukee was chosen to host the 2020 Democratic national convention. The city, which O’Rourke was visiting later Sunday, beat out Miami and Houston.

(Read more at Associated Press)

This makes me wonder what (other than his hacking, his fantasies of running over children, his drunken driving, his criminal record as a burglar, and his cross dressing) he has to hide.


O’Rourke: Ban AR-15 Sales in America

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Breitbart reports in a 17 March 2019 article how Robert Francis O’Rourke wants to ban a type of gun.

During a weekend interview presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke said AR-15 sales should be banned in America.

This is a continuation of the anti-Second Amendment campaign O’Rourke conducted in his failed 2018 Senate bid.

For example, in February 2018 interview with CBS News O’Rourke supported banning bump stocks and made clear his belief that AR-15s ought not be sold in America. He said, “I think banning bump stocks makes a lot of sense. … I don’t know that we should raise the age for buying an AR-15 I just don’t think we should be selling AR-15s in this country.” And on October 18, 2018, O’Rourke noted Texas’ proud gun heritage then explained his desire for Texas to lead they way on gun control by adopting the gun laws being pushed for everyone else.>/p>

He is now making gun control a central component of his push for the Democrat presidential nomination

In an interview published by the Hill, O’Rourke said current AR-15 owners ought to be able to keep their firearms, but further sales of the rifles in America ought to be prohibited. In the building up to his call for a ban O’Rourke described the AR-15 as super powerful weapon designed “for the express purpose of killing people as effectively as possible, in as great a number as possible.”

Ironically, Breitbart News took out an AR-15 and a lever action rifle to compare the power of the two weapons. We shot one concrete block four times with an AR-15, and it remains largely intact. We shot an identical block with the lever action and it crumbled in pieces.

(Read more at >Breitbart)

If nothing else, it looks like Robert Francis O’Rourke is continuing BHO’s legacy of being a great gun salesman. Get them while you can.


Whiners Whine about Beto O’Rourke Mugshot Tweet

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In an 18 March 2019 Breitbart article, we hear about the crybaby response to the tweet of O’Rourke’s drunken mugshot.

The usual-usual media stooges for the Democrat Party are crying “racism” over a hilarious St. Patrick’s Day tweet featuring Robert “The Spaz” O’Rourke and his mugshot.

O’Rourke, who calls himself “Beto” in an effort to pretend he’s Hispanic, was arrested for drunk driving in Texas 20 years ago. He was 26 years old at the time, speeding, hit another car, and tried to flee the scene.

After he agreed to some counseling, all the charges were dropped.

No big deal in the scheme of things, but in a political culture where the establishment media’s seething hatred for President Trump has normalized trolling, it only makes sense for the Republican Party to get in on the act, which is why the GOP’s St. Patrick’s Day tweet is so glorious:

In fact, let me count the ways in which this tweet is glorious…

  1. It reminds voters O’Rourke is Irish, not HISPANIC.
  2. It reminds voters that O’Rourke’s “Beto” nickname is an affectation so he can pretend to be Mexican.
  3. It uses O’Rourke’s mugshot, and a mugshot is never a good look for a presidential candidate.
  4. It reminds voters that O’Rourke, while speeding around drunk, caused an accident, jumped the median into oncoming traffic, tried to flee the scene, and then had the charges dropped — which is not how this works for most of us.
  5. Because insecure media simpletons are so easily baited with anything that allows them to signal their own precious virtue, the GOP knew their outrage would spread this tweet far and wide, which is exactly what has happened.
  6. Because it’s again in the news, O’Rourke again has to deal with it, which puts him on defense and knocks him off-message.
  7. This predictable (and hypocritical) outrage is yet another way for the GOP to show the American people just what a bunch of humorless, unattractive, crybaby, stick-up-the-ass prigs the media and Democrats have become, which leads me back to my overall point about the reaction…

I fully support pointing out the difference between O’Rourke’s narrative and the documented truth. Don’t you?

O’Rourke on Third-Trimester Abortions: Should be Decision the Woman Makes

Breitbart reports in a 18 March 2019 article how, when asked whether he approved third trimester abortion, he dodged the question by saying that the matter should be decided by the woman.

Appearing Monday at a campaign stop in Cleveland, Ohio, 2020 Democrat candidate Beto O’Rourke said he believes it’s a woman’s right to decide whether she should undergo a third-trimester abortion, signaling he would not support government intervening to prevent the procedure.

(See the transcript at Breitbart)

To be clear, a baby that has developed to the third trimester can live outside of the womb. That baby has lungs, a heart, skin that feels pain, and eyes.

‘Beto’ O’Rourke Not Sure if He’s ‘Bi-Cultural’

Through another 18 March 2019 Breitbart article, we find “Beto” waffling on whether he has bi-cultural roots.

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke said this weekend that he is not sure if he is “bi-cultural.”

“I live in a bi-cultural community. My folks and their parents and generation that preceded them were from all over Europe so I don’t know if I would consider myself bi-cultural if you’re asking US and Mexico, but I’m very proud to live in a bicultural community,” O’Rourke reportedly told reporters days after formally entering the 2020 presidential race. “And for my kids to be going to a dual language public school where they are learning math in English and Spanish.”

White liberal media reporters have gushed over how O’Rourke can speak Spanish on the stump, signaling to white audiences that he is bilingual, and have written countless profiles about how O’Rourke comes from a “bi-cultural” community in El Paso, Texas.

But as he has done with numerous questions since he launched his candidacy—Medicare for all, impeachment, reparations—O’Rourke gave a non-answer clouded in soaring rhetoric, which already seems to be one of his trademarks on the stump.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Take a hint from Liz Warren. Lying about your heritage may or may not hurt you in the primaries, but it will be a sore thumb during the general.

Believe me, when you are in the general election with Trump, you will not want anything standing out like a sore thumb.


Ruben Navarrette: Unearned ‘Beto’ Moniker like ‘Stolen Valor’

Although it will not be news to listeners of the Chris Salcedo Show, Ruben Navarrette tells Breitbart that “Beto” is no Latino.

One of the country’s top Latino columnists ripped Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke over the weekend for his cultural appropriation, arguing that “Beto” has not “earned” his nickname.

In fact, in a USA Today column, Ruben Navarrette said that the “Beto backlash” among Latinos reminds him “of the idea of stolen valor, the righteous outrage felt by combat veterans when others who didn’t see action claim medals they don’t deserve.”

Navarrette said that numerous Latinos “— unlike the media, which is run by white liberals who are fascinated by other white liberals — refuse to go loco for Beto” because O’Rourke has not been with the community when it mattered on issues like immigration.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Much like AOC (who we find auditioned for the role of representative), O’Rourke comes to us through the Democrat machine (aka George Soros and other money sources).

2020: O’Rourke Raises $6.1 Million in First 24 Hours, Beating Bernie Sanders

Breitbart points out how O’Rourke has bested Bernie’s record for raising funds for a presidential run.

Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke raised a “record-breaking” $6.1 million online in the first 24 hours of his 2020 presidential campaign, topping Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and all other Democrat candidates, his campaign announced Monday.

According to O’Rourke communications director Chris Evans, the haul came “without a dime” from political action committees (PACs), corporations or special interests.

Sanders raised $5.9 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his campaign for the White House in February. Pressed last week on whether he would take in more than Sanders, O’Rourke told reporters, “We’ll see.”

(Read more at Breitbart)


Reuters headline “O’Rourke candidacy asks: Can a moderate white male win the 2020 Democratic primary?”

Reuters tells us in a 17 March 2019 article how they seem to think that O’Rourke falls into the “moderate” range of Democrat contenders.

As he had done at several stops in his first campaign trip as a presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke on Friday climbed atop a counter at a local Iowa business and addressed a small but adoring crowd. People clapped and cheered. Outside, some waited in the cold, hoping to catch a glimpse of him.

By that measure, his tour across eastern Iowa last week was largely a success. But by no means was O’Rourke considered a front-runner. And that underscored the challenge he faces as he competes for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

O’Rourke, a former three-term U.S. congressman from Texas, became a celebrity last year when his longshot bid to unseat U.S. Senator Ted Cruz drew national attention and a torrent of money. But ultimately, his fame was not enough.

That loss led some critics to wonder why someone who couldn’t secure a Senate seat would then think he should run for president.

That is not his only obstacle. O’Rourke, 46, is a wealthy, white man from a conservative-leaning state who is more moderate on several key issues than many of his competitors. Given the energy among progressives in the early stages of the race and the diversity of the Democratic field, O’Rourke would appear to be everything that many in the party say they do not want.

(Read more at Reuters)

If anyone believes that, they have not looked at his voting record.

O’Rourke slams Israeli leader Netanyahu as ally of ‘racists’

In a 20 March 2019 Fox News article, we find that Robert Francis O’Rourke sides with the Palestinians (who have a one-party system and limited elections and who support the families of slain terrorists) over Israel.

Beto O’Rourke is taking aim at embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming the steadfast ally of Republican President Trump “has openly sided with racists.”

The Democratic presidential candidate and former congressman from Texas – on the campaign trail in New Hampshire – also criticized negotiators ostensibly trying to end the generations-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Right now we don’t have the best negotiating partners on either side. We have a prime minister in Israel who has openly sided with racists,” he charged.

O’Rourke has been a critic of Israel’s longtime conservative leader, who is facing a corruption scandal at home, but the comments were some of his most pointed in describing Netanyahu. O’Rourke also jabbed at Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“On the Palestinian side, we have an ineffectual leader. Mahmoud Abbas has not been very effective in bringing his side to the table,” he lamented.

(Read more at Fox News)

Never mind that a political machine oiled by Barack Hussein Obama is charging Netanyahu with unsubstantiated charges (much in the same way Trump has been pursued starting with the Steele dossier). Nonetheless, how does O’Rourke come up with the racist claim?

Another Obama failure

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7 Years Ago Obama Handed Him Over to Iraqis; Now Hezbollah Terrorist With US Blood on His Hands Heads Terror Cell in Syria

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Although Obama promised that the man who executed American troops would face justice in Iraq, Cybercast News Service reports in a 15 March 2019 article that the murderer heads a militia in Syria.

Seven years after the Obama administration controversially handed over to Iraqi custody a veteran Hezbollah terrorist accused of executing Americans – only to see him released a year later – Israel says the wanted man now heads a Syria-based terror cell near its northern border.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces Ali Musa Daqduq, a Lebanese national, heads a terror cell comprised of Syrians, based on the Syrian side of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Israel vowed to prevent Iran and its Hezbollah proxy from operating against Israel from Syrian soil. In New York, its ambassador warned U.N. Security Council members that Israel “will not ignore the conversion of Syria and Lebanon to a military front against us and will act with force against the aggression from Tehran.”

Daqduq, who once served as a bodyguard to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force operation to work with Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighting U.S. troops.

(Read more at CNS)

Here, we learn how the last socialist-leaning president put Islamists back on the battlefield in order to preserve his nuclear deal with Iran.

Now, proclaimed socialists in the Congress want to shut up those who speak against Islam.

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What qualifies Robert Francis O’Rourke?


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Cultural Appropriator O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

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Cultural appropriator O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

On the evening of 13 March 2019, Robert Francis (aka Beto) O’Rourke announced on a local Texas station that he would run for the Democrat nomination for president. Following that announcement, the Associated Press and numerous other Democrat mouthpieces fell over themselves repeating the vacuous statements of the former small town politician.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he’s running for president in 2020.

The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

He wrote: “I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”

O’Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year. He got within 3 percentage points of upsetting Cruz in the nation’s largest red state and shattered national fundraising records while using grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities.

He claims to be proud of what El Paso is doing. What is El Paso doing and why does that qualify this skateboard-riding, lackluster politician for the presidency? Is it that he tried to use his position in government to condemn other people’s property so that his rich father-in-law could build commercial property?

Is it that his judge dad got him out of a DUI and a burglary charge on separate occasions?

What qualifies O’Rourke? Is it that his dad had the political foresight to nickname his kid with a Spanish nickname? If so, why didn’t he make it permanent? Why didn’t “Beto” use the name when he was at college?

What are the Democrats doing to themselves?

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Democrats seem intent on destroying their own party

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After calling her big bill the “Green New Deal,” AOC ridicules FDR

Fox News reports in a 10 March 2019 article how Ocasio-Cortez, at SXSW, blasted FDR, Reagan and capitalism. Additionally, she puts down opposing Democrats by saying political moderates are “meh.”

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed political moderates at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas, calling their views “misplaced” as she defended her progressive politics in a room full of supporters.

“Moderate is not a stance. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” the New York Democrat said Saturday during an interview with Briahna Gray, senior politics editor for the Intercept. “We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when … the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions, and the ‘meh’ is just worshipped now, for what?”

The self-declared Democratic socialist also criticized the treatment of minorities throughout American history, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, which she claimed was racist, to Ronald Reagan’s policies, which she said “pitted” white working class people against minorities in order “to screw over all working-class Americans,” particularly African-Americans and Hispanics.

(Read more at Fox News)

It’s not odd that none of the presidential candidates at SXSW got any airtime. Every time that this political and economic neophyte opens her mouth, the vacuum inside of her head creates such a rush among the left-leaning “journalists” that it must be akin to standing by Niagara Falls.

Nonetheless, in response to her criticisms of FDR, maybe she should look into how President Roosevelt’s policies took America closer to a socialist state before she denigrates him and suggests her socialist program.

Regarding her comment on Reagan, unless she has a quotation source more extensive than EBSCO, JSTOR, and the plethora of other library databases available through my local university — she must be lying again.

Ilhan Omar Is a “Bridge-Destroyer”

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According to a 9 March 2019 Breitbart article covering Thomas Friedman’s statements at CNN, Ilhan Omar is a bridge burner.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman told CNN’s Smerconish on Saturday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) did nothing to build bridges with Jews and Muslims after her recent antisemitic comments about Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Friedman said that while Omar had the opportunity to “build bridges” between the Jewish and Somali-Muslims who reside in her district, she squandered that opportunity by repeatedly pushing forth antisemitic tropes.

“Ilhan Omar represents, I believe, the biggest Jewish community in the whole upper Midwest,” Friedman told CNN in a Saturday interview. “She represents that community. She also represents a Somali immigrant community that’s come to our city since then and added their voices and their richness and their culture.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Thankfully, one person on the left (and Mr. Friedman is a constant critic of Trump and anyone on the right) criticizing the anti-Semitic statements made by Omar.

Furthermore, it is good to differentiate between criticism of Israel (which is a part of the debate over our foreign policy) and anti-Semitic comments (which constitute bigotry and is unacceptable for a representative).

Reuters claims that Democrats are dividing over the anti-Semitic charges against Omar

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Reuters claims in a 7 March 2019 article that the Democrat party has started to divide over the anti-Semitim charges against Rep. Omar.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a broad resolution condemning bigotry on Thursday after remarks by a Democratic member that some viewed as anti-Semitic exposed an ideological and generational rift in the party.

Some Democrats, including several U.S. senators who are seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, warned that party leaders were playing into Republicans’ hands and had stymied legitimate debate over U.S.-Israel policy.

The House, which is controlled by Democrats, approved the resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and other forms of bigotry by a 407-to-23 vote.

The vote came less than a week after Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the two first Muslim women elected to Congress, made statements at a Washington event that were denounced by some as anti-Semitic.

The resolution does not mention Omar by name. But Republicans have seized on Omar’s statements and the resulting intra-party conflict as a sign the Democratic Party is fractured.

Many Democrats, in turn, have said House leaders were cowed by a Republican effort to divert attention from bigotry within their own ranks and that Omar is being held to a different standard.

“Unfortunately, I think the Democratic leadership here has made what I think is a pretty serious mistake in caving to this pressure,” said Democratic strategist Peter Daou, who has advised Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

The disagreement began after Omar, in an appearance at a Washington book store, said she feared that statements she and fellow Representative Rashida Tlaib made about foreign policy and the pro-Israel lobbying group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) would be viewed as anti-Semitic because they are Muslim.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it’s OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA (National Rifle Association), of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?” Omar said.

Omar’s critics denounced the statement as playing into the anti-Semitic trope that Jewish Americans are loyal to Israel over the United States. Omar said opposing the policies of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not synonymous with anti-Semitism.

(Read more at Reuters)

Although I don’t believe that a civil war of sorts could be occurring among the Democrats (rather, I think that this is a Saturday-night-Wrestling-type event being staged by the press to make the Democrats not seem so racist — except to the racist audiences that Democrats are playing to) – I say we ought to let them go at it in full view of the American public. This should be covered in the nightly news and not just on the second or third opinion pages of a conservative-leaning newspaper.

 

Ilhan Omar explodes at a reporter who later releases audio proving the reporter right

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A Daily Mail article reports on an instance where Ilhan Omar yelled at a reporter who quoted her saying that Obama got “away with murder” on drone strikes because he had a “pretty face.” After the outburst, the reporter released audio proving the journalist to be right.

A day after her comments prompted a House vote condemning anti-Semitism, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar landed herself in a new controversy by claiming a reporter misquoted her bashing former President Barack Obama – and then releasing audio of the interview that appears to back him up.

Omar, 37, told Politico Magazine that while she finds some of President Donald Trump’s initiatives objectionable, Obama escaped the consequences of his own ‘bad policies’ because of his ‘pretty face.’

After the news outlet quoted from the interview, Omar tweeted that the result was ‘[e]xhibit A of how reporters distort words. I’m an Obama fan!’

‘I was saying how Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics. This is why I always tape my interviews,’ she added, along with a winking, tongue-out emoji and nearly two minutes of audio.

DailyMail.com reviewed and transcribed the recording, which supports what Politico reporter Tim Alberta wrote.

Alberta fired back at Omar in a tweet: ‘Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said. Your tape…supports what I wrote 100%. So does my longer tape. It’s beyond dispute. Next time, a phone call from your office before the Twitter ambush would be appreciated.’

(Read more at Daily Mail)

First rule of good journalism: have proof of your researched information that does not sit well with the interviewee. Second rule: never pull your punches.

Ocasio-Cortez follows the Hillary Clinton model of political action

Ocasio-Cortez has racked up three major ethics complaints during her first months in Congress

The Daily Caller enumerates in a 8 March 2019 article the accused transgressions of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has racked up several ethics complaints since she began her first congressional term.

She has yet to address one of the most damning reports about her campaign team’s actions during the election.

Two watchdog groups have filed ethics complaints against Ocasio-Cortez for misusing her resources as a congresswoman with the Office of Congressional Ethics, while another group filed a complaint with Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging she and her chief of staff set up a million-dollar private slush fund. Ocasio-Cortez’s term officially began in January.

Ocasio-Cortez “improperly converted U.S. House resources to her non-official, personal use by obtaining an official ‘@mail.house.gov’ e-mail address for her boyfriend, despite the fact he was not employed by her congressional office,” the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation claimed in a complaint Thursday.

She also falsely designated her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, a “staff” member to help secure the address, the group noted. The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation’s website champions itself as a first amendment watchdog group that defends, protects and advances “liberty.”

(Read more at Daily Caller)

I hope that the FBI, the FEC, and all other law enforcement agencies that might normally have a hand in controlling wayward politicians would learn to prosecute liberals the way that they go after conservatives. I would love to see Fox News staked out at AOC’s place in the way CNN was placed for the Roger Stone raid.

House Democrats vote to water down citizens votes

Democrats defend localities that allow illegal aliens to vote

Fox News reports in a 9 March 2019 article on the provisions of Nancy Pelosi’s HR 1.

U.S. House Democrats passed a sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights bill Friday that they said was intended to make voting easier, as well as strengthen ethics rules, while also rejecting a motion to condemn voting by undocumented immigrants.

The legislation, dubbed the “For The People Act” or “H.R.1,” passed 234-193 along party lines.

The proposal — nearly 700 pages — calls for Election Day to be designated a federal holiday, requires all states to offer automatic voter registration, restores voting rights to convicted felons, institutes independent redistricting commissions to weed out gerrymandering and requires nonprofit organizations to disclose the names of donors who contribute more than $10,000 in an effort to rein in dark-money groups.

In the broader debate over voter accessibility, House Democrats also voted Friday to defend localities that allow non-citizens to vote in their elections, the Washington Times reported. The 228-197 vote would have almost no effect as noncitizens are barred from participating in federal elections. The GOP-backed measure would have added language to “H.R.1 stating that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”

(Read more at Fox News)

Take this bill into mind the next time you have to choose between a Democrat and any other candidate.

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Democrat Duplicity on Display

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Democrats’ current top priority: abortion and infanticide

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This is a Democrat pandering to the pro-abortion lobby.
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This is the child during the third trimester.

The New York abortion law was all about gifts to abortion extremists

The New York Post pointed out the brutality of the New York abortion law in an 18 February 2019 article published just days before the law passed.

How it is in women’s best interest to lower the not-very-high safety bar for the elective surgical procedure is anyone’s guess.

It’s also not clear how women will benefit from the elimination of a penal law that makes it a homicide to intentionally cause the death of an unborn child over 24 weeks gestation. The law now adds a felony criminal charge against the perpetrator of a violent attack on a pregnant woman that results in the death of her child. This works to protect women from domestic violence, which has been shown to increase when a woman is pregnant and the father resents the coming child.

New York law calls an unborn child killed by violent means in the third trimester a “person.” The governor’s budget bill amends as follows: “ ‘Person’ when referring to the victim of a homicide, means a human being who has been born and is alive.”

This designation of personhood will make no sense to a bereaved mother whose unborn child dies after a violent attack. It certainly didn’t to Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant when she was attacked with a butcher knife by a woman who lured Wilkins into her home by pretending to sell baby clothes. Though her baby died, her attacker wasn’t charged with murder thanks to Colorado’s laws.

Cuomo’s budget bill also eliminates legal protection for born children — those who have slipped through the abortionist’s fingers and inadvertently survived the procedure.

In second-trimester abortions, which are often performed after a fetus has reached the stage of viability, a fetus sometimes slips out intact through the birth canal before the abortionist has time to stop their heart with an injection. That baby then takes a breath, ready to fight for his or her life.

Instead, Cuomo wants to make the world a little less safe for women driven to abortion, and a lot less safe for babies, both born and unborn.

(Read more at New York Post)

Something tells me that Democrats of the future will want to blame this on Republicans (just as they now want to push Jim Crow laws, their KKK, and Governor George Wallace away from the Democrat party).

As much as abortion (and, before it, slavery) stands central to the current Democrat ideology, why won’t they acknowledge that both of these Democrat-supporting concepts depend on designating a class of humans as non-human?

To those Democrats celebrating Roe-versus-Wade, do you see the connection between this case and Dred Scott-versus-Sandford?

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo

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Rhode Island Democrat Admits He Didn’t Read Bill Allowing Abortions Up to Birth

Life Site News reported in a 1 February 2019 article published just before the signing of Rhode Island’s abortion-up-to-birth law.

Both H 5127 and H 5125 would “eliminate any constitutional restrictions on late-term abortions” and “eliminate any constitutional restrictions on methods of abortion.”

It would also “undermine the authority of the State and the Department of Health from enacting and adopting constitutional restrictions on the performance of abortions at facilities where abortions are performed.” And, it would “require the State to pay for all abortions sought by Medicaid-eligible pregnant women and women covered by the “payer of last Resort” program.”

In addition, H 5127 would “repeal existing constitutional protection for a viable unborn child from criminal assaults on the child’s mother and H 5125 would substantially ‘water down’ the State’s parental consent statute by allowing consent to be obtained from persons who have no constitutional right to give consent (grandparents and adult siblings).”

“Neither H 5127 nor H 5125 could plausibly be regarded as merely ‘codifying’ the principles of Roe v. Wade,” states Rhode Island Right to Life.

(Read more at Life Site News)

Although Democrat Representative Joe Serodio pulled his support for Rhode Island’s third trimester abortion bill (that is, their abortion-up-to-birth bill), it passed. So his little protest had no effect when it came to the wholesale sell-out to Planned Parenthood’s abortion mill.

Vermont ‘right to abortion’ bill goes even further than New York’s

In a 22 February 2019 Washington Examiner article, we get a description of the Vermont abortion law.

Keen to make New York and the racists and rapists in Virginia look good by comparison, the Vermont House just passed a sweeping and abominable abortion law which deems terminating a pregnancy at any stage and for any reason a “fundamental right.”

Unlike the Virginia proposal and New York’s recently passed law, Vermont makes no attempt to guild their law with a facade of women’s health or medical discretion. It’s a celebration of the positive good, not the necessary evil, of murdering a viable, sentient human being for the sheer ideological pleasure of it, or perhaps just the utility.

The New York law, unconditionally legalizing abortion through 24 weeks, past the early point of fetal viability and likely fetal pain, and authorizing physicians to sign off on an abortion up until the point of labor due to the mother’s “health,” may have seemed like a fluke. But between New York’s success in passing the law, allegedly “blue” Virginia seriously entertaining its own incarnation of the law, and now Vermont on the cusp of its own unrestrained abortion-on-demand law, one thing has become abundantly clear: The abortion lobby has abandoned its pursuit of public opinion. It is now putting all efforts into fortifying state laws against the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

The Democratic Party abandoned “safe, legal, and rare” long ago, but the average American has not and shows no signs of doing so. The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that first-trimester abortions should be legal in some capacity, especially for victims of rape or cases of deformity. But the statistics are clear: Americans absolutely do not view abortion as a positive good, but rather as a necessary evil, as a last resort they would happily restrict but would hesitate to make legally impossible early in a pregnancy.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Looks like the mask is off of Vermont Democrats.

No wonder the Democrat-enabling media has done nothing to cover this issue.

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All Senate Democrats (and some Republicans) join hands to defeat a bill that would protect anyone born after a failed abortion

Senate blocks bill on medical care for children born alive after attempted abortion

In a 25 February 2019 article by the Washington Post, we find the details of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act that Democrats felt must be suppressed.

The Senate voted Monday to block consideration of a measure that would punish any doctor who fails to provide medical care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion.

All but three Democrats voted against a procedural motion on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, denying it the necessary 60 votes to proceed. The final vote count was 53 in favor and 44 opposed.

The bill would require a health-care practitioner to “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child” as he or she would to “any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” The bill includes criminal penalties, a right of civil action for an affected mother and a mandatory reporting requirement for other health providers.

Opponents of the bill argued that it represented an unjustified attack on abortion rights, preventing doctors from exercising their best medical judgment and exposing them to possible lawsuits or prosecution.

(Read more at Washington Post)

Members of the Senate justified their vote with appeals to women’s health. However, I cannot understand how, once the child is born, the matter remains a matter of that woman’s health (unless one contends that allowing the baby to live would drive the woman insane).

If after-birth killing is permitted based on that person’s continued life will drive someone else insane and if we cannot discriminate on the basis of gender, then who will be safe from abortion?

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Democrat Del. Tran explains that her bill would allow abortion up to birth.

Democrats lined up behind the Virginia abortion bill until the draconian measures in it were published

Virginia governor under fire for comments on late-term abortion bill that almost passed

As lightly covered by one 31 January 2019 CBS News article, it seems there was sufficient pushback from Governor Northam’s comments regarding the statements he made regarding the disposal of an infant.

A new bill proposed in the Virginia legislature would loosen restrictions on abortions during the third trimester of pregnancy, and allow abortions during the second trimester to take place outside hospitals. Virginia’s governor, Democrat Ralph Northam, stirred controversy on Wednesday when he suggested how such a late-term procedure could occur.

Under current Virginia law, abortions during the third trimester require a determination by a doctor and two consulting physicians that continuing the pregnancy would likely result in the woman’s death or “substantially and irremediably” impair her mental or physical health.

The bill, proposed in the Virginia House of Delegates by Democrat Kathy Tran, would require only one doctor to make the determination that the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life or health. The proposed legislation would also eliminate the requirement that abortions during the second trimester be performed in a state-licensed hospital.

Republicans narrowly control the House of Delegates, so the bill is unlikely to pass anytime soon. A subcommittee voted to table the bill in a 5-3 vote Monday.
Proponents of the Virginia legislation argue the bill, which is similar to a law recently passed in New York, is needed to protect women’s health. But opponents argue late-term abortions are rarely medically necessary, and the Virginia bill has provoked a swift backlash from conservatives. But that response was compounded by comments Northam made on WTOP radio Wednesday when asked about the bill.

“When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way,” Northam said. “And it’s done in cases where there amy be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion.”

(Read more at Washington Examiner)

I fully believe that the revelations of Northam’s blackface indiscretions would never come to light had he never mentioned the tenets of this Virginia bill. To say it another way, the revelation of Northam having worn blackface was nothing but a smoke screen to deflect attention from the atrocious abortion bill.

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Pelosi surrounded with children during her swearing-in ceremony in 2007.

Former Democrat top priority: doing it “for the children”

Surrounding herself with children, Nancy Pelosi tried to set a theme

In a 4 January 2007 New York Times article, Nancy’s focus on children became evident.

Most of the time, Congress looks as if it’s run by children.

But today, it actually was. Republicans brought at least 41 children and Democrats brought more than 75 little ones — children and grandchildren of the members — into the House chamber to witness Nancy Pelosi’s ascent to speaker. Mrs. Pelosi herself was buried under five grandchildren for most of the event, with Representative Rahm Emanuel’s three kids in seats nearby.

“For my grandchildren and all the children around the world,” Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York said as she cast her vote for Mrs. Pelosi.

A few moments later, when Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts shouted out the new speaker’s name for his vote, his small children echoed: “Pelosi!”

(Read more at the New York Times)

Although this can be seen as little more a trope used in debates to sway the audience when other facts did not support your argument, at least it gave a nod to children and their importance to our future.

It looks like today’s Democrat has figured out that a child will not vote for the next 15 or so years; therefore, why not just kill the kid and let Planned Parenthood sell the parts?

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Democrats decried the separation of illegal alien adults from the children with them

Our National Public Radio reports the Democrat party line in a 19 June 2018 article when they write about the separation of criminal aliens from the children who accompanied them.

Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order reversing his policy of separating families — and replacing it with a policy of detaining entire families together, including children, but ignoring legal time limits on the detention of minors.

(Read more at National Public Radio)

Therefore, Democrats care if someone who criminally entered the nation is separated from the children who are with them; however, they do not care if a doctor kills a baby who has been born during a botched abortion.

Be certain. There are many people who have survived abortions.

Obama administration separation of families

Just to be fair, USA Today documented the Obama administration separation of families in a 23 June 2018 article.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a June 18 press briefing: “The Obama administration, the Bush administration all separated families. … They did — their rate was less than ours, but they absolutely did do this. This is not new.”

Nielsen went on to explain that there is indeed something new, as we wrote in another article on this topic. Under a “zero tolerance policy” on illegal immigration announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early April, the administration is now referring all illegal border crossings for criminal prosecution. By doing that, parents have been separated from their children, because children can’t be held in detention facilities for adults.

(Read more at USA Today)

Still, what could we expect from our Democrat-complicit media, reporting factually in real time on President Obama?

Current Democrat secondary priorities: racism, bigotry, & anti-Semitism

Rep. Tlaib calls a Black woman a “prop” and then accuses a senator with a bi-racial family of racism

Fox News documents through a 27 February 2019 article that exposes Tlaib’s racism.

Accusations of racism swirled Wednesday during Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony, after a Democratic House freshman, Rashida Tlaib, appeared to accuse fellow lawmaker Mark Meadows of being racist.

Tlaib, D- Mich., was addressing the chamber when she turned her remarks to a Trump employee who’d been invited to the hearing by Meadows, R-N.C.

“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them, does not mean they aren’t racist and it is insensitive that some would even say, the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”

An emotional Meadows fired back, saying Lynne Patton, a Trump aide and official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wanted to be present in support of President Trump. He asked that Tlaib’s remarks be stricken from the record.

“My nieces and nephews are people of color. Not many people know that. You know that, Mr. Chairman. And to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family, who has worked for him, who knows this particular individual (motioning to Cohen), that she’s coming in to be a prop — it’s racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason.”

(Read more at Fox News)

Take in mind that Ms. Tlaib’s race and religion had everything to do with her election. Nobody should be surprised that Tlaib will view everything through a racial and religious prism and will not bother to do any homework (like researching the background of her “opponent” to find that he has people of color in his family. But those are just unimportant details to her when she is on the giving end of racial discrimination.

Rep. Omar makes multiple anti-Semitic remarks

USA Today reported in a 3 March 2019 article on some of the more recent anti-Semitic comments offered by the representative.

Freshman Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar is once again facing criticism and charges of anti-Semitism from her own party’s leadership for comments about the political influence of Israel.

On Friday, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., called on Omar to apologize for “a vile, anti-Semitic slur” she made at a town hall event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday where she suggested Israel demands “allegiance” from American lawmakers.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” the congresswoman from Minnesota said in a video of the event shared on Facebook.

She was joined at the event by Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.; and Mark Pocan, D-Wis.

Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar said she was concerned that because of their religion, “a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, (think) that everything we say about Israel (is) anti-Semitic because we are Muslim.”

She said the charge of anti-Semitism is “designed to end the debate” about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Omar said she was “sensitive to” and “pained by” accusations of intolerance. But she added that “it’s almost as if every single time we say something, regardless of what it is we say,” she and Tlaib are “labeled.” And “that ends the discussion because we end up defending that and nobody ever gets to have the proper debate of what is happening with Palestine.”

Critics said Omar’s remarks played into old doubts about the loyalty of American Jews.

“The charge of dual loyalty not only raises the ominous specter of classic anti-Semitism, but it is also deeply insulting to the millions upon millions of patriotic Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, who stand by our democratic ally, Israel,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said in a statement.

Engel said it was “unacceptable and deeply offensive to question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the Israel-U.S. relationship,” in a statement on Friday. “Worse, Representative Omar’s comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur.

“This episode is especially disappointing following so closely on another instance of Ms. Omar seeming to invoke an anti-Semitic stereotype,” Engel said, referring to her controversial statement last month that money from AIPAC was used to buy support for Israel.

“Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives,” he said.

(Read more at USA Today)

Because Ms. Omar came from a district dominated by Somali immigrants, her view of Islam (and, therefore, of how Jews and Christians should be treated) probably falls in the mainstream of that district.

AOC re-enters the religious bigotry fray by lying about Jerry Falwell, Jr and Liberty University

As reported in one TownHall article, it seems that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes felt that Falwell’s attendance at the CPAC was reason enough to lie about him by editing Dr. Falwell’s comments.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest falsehood was exposed on Monday when she tweeted several lies regarding previous statements given by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell.

AOC, as she is nicknamed, tweeted only part of a statement given in the past by President Falwell. AOC tweeted Falwell as saying, “I always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they (unintelligible)…” What AOC left out was the part at the end of his sentence where Falwell said “before they walk in and kill us.” Falwell made the statement in the wake of the ISIS inspired 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA and was urging his students to train to learn to how properly carry weapons so that Liberty students would not be a future target after yet another Radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States. As is said, half the truth is often a great lie but Cortez was not done.

AOC also said Falwell made those comments at CPAC this past weekend but, as noted above, Falwell made those comments at Liberty University and in the context of adult age students exercising their God-given Second Amendment rights.

What AOC could have reported on was that Liberty University served as satellite location for this year’s CPAC and it likely will not be the last. Speakers included Donald Trump, Jr., Charlie Kirk, Gary Sinise, Sean Spicer and many others. Thousands of students showed up during their time away from classes, and military veterans were given a place of recognition and honor.

(Read more at TownHall)

There are no glory days for Democrats regarding bigotry — not then and not now

Prior to the Civil War, Democrats were the pro-slavery party that opposed Lincoln’s Republican Party. From the 1900’s through the 1960’s, Democrats were the party of Jim Crow laws in the South. It was Democrat Governor George Wallace that opposed the integration of schools in Alabama. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia who not only served in the senate, but was also a grand dragon in the KKK.

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Senator Robert Byrd

Now, the Democrats will have to own anti-Semites like Ms. Omar, Ms. Tlaib, and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

Democrats return to their racist roots by refusing to sanction Rep Omar over multiple anti-Semitic comments

According to a Washington Post article, Democrats have refused to sanction Ms. Omar for her repeated anti-Semitic comments.

House Democrats argued acrimoniously Wednesday over whether to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar for alleged anti-Semitic remarks, forcing party leaders to confront a growing rift over race and religion that threatened to hamstring the newfound majority.

Omar (D-Minn.) suggested last week that Israel’s supporters have an “allegiance to a foreign country,” remarks that angered some Democrats who saw them as hateful tropes and pushed to condemn the freshman lawmaker. Her defenders argued that leadership was applying a double standard in singling out one of the two Muslim women in Congress.

In a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday morning, lawmakers debated whether to vote on an anti-hate measure in response to Omar. The session quickly became rancorous, reflecting splinters over wider issues such as America’s long-standing support for Israel, the appropriate response to racial and religious grievances, and a new generation’s reliance on social media. Plans for a quick vote appeared to fade amid the uproar.

Democratic leaders openly fretted that the divisions would overshadow their legislative agenda, especially a planned Friday vote on a major campaign and ethics reform bill, just days after they launched a sweeping investigation focused on the president. Meanwhile, President Trump and Republicans sought to capitalize politically, eager to position their party as the more reliable ally of Israel — and the more appealing choice for Jewish voters who have long trended Democratic — ahead of the 2020 election.

(Read more at the Washington Post)

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Soldiers unleash tear gas amid tension on Venezuela’s border

The Associated Press tells us through a 23 February 2019 article how Venezuelan soldiers shot tear gas at the border

A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured.

Throughout the turbulent day, as police and protesters squared off on two bridges connecting Venezuela to Colombia, opposition leader Juan Guaido made repeated calls for the military to join him in the fight against Maduro’s “dictatorship.” Colombian authorities said more than 60 soldiers answered his call, deserting their posts in often-gripping fashion, though most were lower in rank and didn’t appear to dent the higher command’s continued loyalty to Maduro’s socialist government.

In one dramatic high point, a group of activists led by exiled lawmakers managed to escort three flatbed trucks of aid past the halfway point into Venezuela when they were repelled by security forces. In a flash the cargo caught fire, with some eyewitnesses claiming the National Guardsmen doused a tarp covering the boxes with gas before setting it on fire. As a black cloud rose above, the activists — protecting their faces from the fumes with vinegar-soaked cloths — unloaded the boxes by hand in a human chain stretching back to the Colombian side of the bridge.

“They burned the aid and fired on their own people,” said 39-year-old David Hernandez, who was hit in the forehead with a tear gas canister that left a bloody wound and growing welt. “That’s the definition of dictatorship.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

When the socialist leader of Venezuela will not allow starving citizens to get to food and medicine, that shows him to be a dictator.

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Venezuelan troops abandon posts amid violent clashes with protesters at Colombian border

Fox News reports in a 23 February 2019 article how Venezuelan troops have abandoned their posts in the middle of clashes with protesters.

At least five Venezuelan troops have abandoned their posts at the country’s border with Colombia as confrontations with protesters over incoming humanitarian aid grow more violent by the day.

The soldiers abandoned their watch on Saturday near the Simon Bolivar International Bridge at the Venezuela-Colombian border and reportedly requested assistance from Colombian immigration officials. In nearby Urena, the Venezuelan National Guard fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters attempting to cross the border in order to work, BBC reports. Protesters were seen throwing rocks at troops and attacking buses.

At the country’s other border in Brazil, four people have been killed as of Friday, and an additional 18 have been injured by colectivos — armed gang members who support President Nicolas Maduro, according to Alfredo Romero, the director and president of the Venezuelan human rights association Foro Penal.

Rising tensions have erupted amid opposition leader and self-declared President Juan Guaido’s decision to lead a caravan with thousands of volunteers to the Colombian border to collect at least 200 tons of humanitarian aid, primarily food and medicine. On Saturday, Guaido announced that the first shipment of aid had crossed the border from Brazil, calling it a “great achievement.” That statement, however, has been refuted by news that two trucks carrying aid from Brazil are stuck at the Venezuelan border.

(Read more at Fox News)

It is heartening to hear that at least some of the soldiers had compassion on the starving citizens and abandoned their posts. While it is understandable (since Maduro’s military holds the families of the soldiers), it is sad that some soldiers would fire on civilians trying to reach food and medicine.

Venezuela humanitarian aid met with tear gas and gunfire on borders

Venezuela humanitarian aid met with tear gas and gunfire on borders

Reuters reports in a 23 February 2019 article how Maduro deals with protestors.

Troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro turned back foreign aid convoys from Venezuela’s border using tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday, killing two protestors and putting his socialist government on a collision course with Washington.

Trucks laden with U.S. food and medicine for Venezuela returned to warehouses in Colombia after opposition supporters failed to break through lines of troops, who fired rubber rounds to disperse them, injuring dozens of people.

Angered by the Colombian government’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaido, Maduro said he was breaking diplomatic relations with Bogota and gave its diplomatic staff 24 hours to leave the country.

Guaido, who most Western nations recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, had given a personal send-off to Saturday’s convoy carrying aid from the Colombian city of Cucuta.

The opposition had hoped Venezuelan soldiers would baulk at turning back supplies desperately needed in the country, where a growing number of its 30 million people suffer from malnutrition and treatable diseases.

(Read more at Reuters)

Two killed and 12 injured in clash at border with Brazil

Two people killed in Venezuelan town near Brazil in clashes over aid

Reuters reports in a 23 February 2019 news release how Maduro deals with those who try to get aid.

Two people were killed on Saturday in the Venezuelan town of Santa Elena de Uairen in clashes with security forces over the opposition’s plan to bring in aid from nearby Brazil, a doctor at the hospital where they were taken said.

We must all pray for the families of those who were shot.

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AP News reports from a 15 February 2019 interview how Maduro has been meeting with a US envoy.

A month into Venezuela’s high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. He also predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation.

While harshly criticizing President Donald Trump’s confrontational stance toward his socialist government, Maduro said Thursday that he holds out hope of meeting the U.S. president soon to resolve a crisis triggered by America’s recognition of his opponent, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela’s rightful leader.

Maduro said that during two meetings in New York, his foreign minister invited the Washington-based special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, to visit “privately, publicly or secretly.”

“If he wants to meet, just tell me when, where and how and I’ll be there,” Maduro said without providing more details. He said both New York meetings lasted several hours.

U.S. officials have not denied Maduro’s claim of talks.

A senior administration official in Washington who was not authorized to speak publicly said U.S. officials were willing to meet with “former Venezuela officials, including Maduro himself, to discuss their exit plans.”

(Read more at >AP News)

Since we are to pray for our leaders, we should pray for the work of this envoy and the Venezuelan diplomats. Hopefully, Maduro will allow a regime change in what was once the most prosperous country of South America.

Russia's Gazprombank freezes PDVSA accounts

Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA

We read in a 17 February 2019 Reueters article that Russian bank Gazprombank froze Venezuela’s PDVSA.

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.

While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest supporters.

“PDVSA’s accounts are currently frozen. As you’ll understand, operations cannot be carried out,” the source said. Gazprombank did not reply to a Reuters request for a comment.

PDVSA brandished the story as “fake news” on its Twitter account in capital red letters, but did not reply to a request for comment.

(Read more at Reueters)

Like the saying goes, “There is no free lunch.” Someone will pay in the end.

It is just too bad that Venezuela’s banks have been emptied, its riches made near worthless, and its peoples starved all while Maduro gets fatter.

Colombia leader urges China to back Maduro foes

Colombia leader urges China to back Maduro foes

Seeking a more stable neighbor, Columbia has urged China to support the foes of Maduro — as reported in a 14 February 2019 Associated Press article

The president of Colombia says China’s role in Latin America would be stronger if the Asian country recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president instead of backing President Nicolas Maduro.

Speaking during a visit to Washington, Ivan Duque said Thursday: “I really would advise China to make that decision.”

China is one of 16 countries that have publicly supported Maduro during the recent resurgence of Venezuela’s political crisis. The United States, Canada, most Latin American nations and many European countries are siding with Guaido.

The Colombian leader is also urging the international community to cooperate so humanitarian aid can be taken into Venezuela on Feb. 23 as Guaido is planning. Venezuelans have been suffering with severe shortages of food and medicine amid their country’s economic collapse.

Duque says that “February 23 has to be the day in which everybody mobilizes and tells the dictatorship: ‘That’s it. Allow the humanitarian aid.’”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank

Venezuela shifts oil ventures’ accounts to Russian bank

Reuters reports in a 9 February 2019 article how Venezuela has shifted their monies to a Russian bank.

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in an account recently opened at Russia’s Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters on Saturday.

PDVSA’s move comes after the United States imposed tough, new financial sanctions on Jan. 28 aimed at blocking Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s access to the country’s oil revenue.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido said recently that a fund would be established to accept proceeds from sales of Venezuelan oil.

The United States and dozens of other countries have recognized Guaido as the nation’s legitimate head of state. Maduro has denounced Guaido as a U.S. puppet seeking to foment a coup.

(Read more at Reuters)

Oil workers flee Venezuela's crisis for a better life

Oil workers flee Venezuela’s crisis for a better life

According to one Associated Press article dated 8 February 2019, Venezuelan oil workers have been fleeing the regime as they seek a better life.

Nieves Ribullen, a Venezuelan oil worker sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart, is betting it all on Iraq’s far-away Kurdish region to give his family a better life.

Over the years he’s watched dozens of co-workers abandon poverty wages and dangerous working conditions at the rundown complex of refineries in Punto Fijo on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast for jobs in far-flung places like Kuwait, Angola and Chile.

Now it’s his turn. Leaving his wife and three children behind, he’ll soon ship out to Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region, where he expects to earn more than $3,500 a month — a fortune compared to the less than $20 he brings home monthly in increasingly unstable Venezuela.

“I only earn enough to buy a kilo (2 pounds) of meat and one chicken each month,” Ribullen said. “We’re in chaos.”

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has rallied support from distraught Venezuelans and roughly 40 countries that now recognize him as Venezuela’s rightful president.

But the accelerating exodus of oil workers means that Venezuela’s crude production — already at a seven-decade low — is unlikely to rebound anytime soon, even if recently-imposed U.S. sanctions are lifted and a business-friendly government replaces the increasingly wobbly President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela was once one of the world’s top five oil exporters, pumping 3.5 million barrels a day in 1998 when President Hugo Chavez was elected and launched Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution. Today, the state-run oil company PDVSA produces less than a third of that. Critics blame corruption and years of mismanagement by the socialist government.

Even worse, production is about to sink even further due to fresh sanctions by the Trump administration targeting PDVSA that have essentially cut off Venezuela from its Houston-based cash-cow, Citgo, with the aim of depriving Maduro of more than $11 billion in exports this year.

Despite the short-term pain they will bring Venezuela, Guaido said the sanctions are a critical part of stopping Maduro from consolidating power in what he calls a “dictatorship.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

As for myself, I work for a oil-industry company. If the government of my country had changed to the extent that it threatened my family’s life and my life, I would take the action taken by these workers.

‘I Am Just Another Soldier’: Maduro Trains to Fight U.S. Troops

A 7 February 2019 Breitbart article shows how a coward Venezuelan who lost the election now pretends to be a common man and a protector.

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro once again posted videos of himself Wednesday appearing to train with his armed forces to prepare for an allegedly incoming U.S. invasion, this time participating in what appear to be cardiovascular exercises and training with the national air force.

Maduro has managed to retain control of much of the military since the nation’s legislature, the National Assembly, deposed him and replaced him with current President Juan Guaidó, as mandated by the Venezuelan constitution. The Air Force, however, has been among the least loyal. Last week, one of the highest ranking soldiers to defect to Guaidó, Air Force General Francisco Esteban Yánez Rodríguez posted a video on social media claiming “90 percent of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces are not with the dictator” and urging more to defect.

Maduro’s visit to air force training appears to be an attempt to dispel the perception of abandonment that Yánez’s video created.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Yeah. Maduro is “just another soldier.” Only thing is that his family is not starving, he is twice as fat as any soldier, and he has about 200 Russian mercenaries around him. But otherwise …

How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold

According to a 10 February 2019 Reuters article, Maduro has found another way to extract money out of a bankrupt society where people eat pets.

Venezuela’s most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches.

With the country’s economy in meltdown, an estimated 300,000 fortune hunters have descended on this mineral-rich jungle area to earn a living pulling gold-flecked earth from makeshift mines.

Their picks and shovels are helping to prop up the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Since 2016, his administration has purchased 17 tonnes of the metal worth around $650 million from so-called artisan miners, according to the most recent data from the nation’s central bank.

Paid with the country’s near-worthless bank notes, these amateurs in turn supply the government with hard currency to purchase badly needed imports of food and hygiene products. This gold trade is a blip on international markets. Still, the United States is using sanctions and intimidation in an effort to stop Maduro from using his nation’s gold to stay afloat.

The Trump administration is pressuring the United Kingdom not to release $1.2 billion in gold reserves Venezuela has stored in the Bank of England. U.S. officials recently castigated an Abu Dhabi-based investment firm for its Venezuela gold purchases, and have warned other potential foreign buyers to back off.

The existence of Maduro’s gold program is well-known. How it functions is not.

To get a glimpse inside, Reuters tracked Venezuela’s gold from steamy jungle mines, through the central bank in the capital of Caracas to gold refineries and food exporters abroad, speaking with more than 30 people with knowledge of the trade. They included miners, intermediaries, merchants, academic researchers, diplomats and government officials. Almost all requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, or because they feared retribution from Venezuelan or U.S. authorities.

(Read more at Reuters)

If you look at how the rich in Venezuela have taken the near-worthless notes and turned them into gold, think about the poor Venezuelans under the boot of socialism. Think about how they have been starving. Think about how their money has been made worthless. Think about how they have been bartering for what they need for years.

US emergency aid for Venezuela arrives at Colombian border

US emergency aid for Venezuela arrives at Colombian border

An Associated Press article dated 8 February 2019 tells us that US aid for the citizens of Venezuela arrived at the Columbian border.

Trucks carrying U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela arrived Thursday at the Colombian border, where opposition leaders vowed to bring them into their troubled nation despite objections from embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Two semi-trailers loaded with boxed emergency food and medicine rolled into the Colombian border city of Cucuta, which is just across the river from Venezuela.

“The United States is prepositioning relief items — including food, nutritional supplements, hygiene kits and medical supplies — in Colombia so they are available to reach those most in need in Venezuela, as soon as possible,” said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

The focus of Venezuela’s political fight now hinges on whether Maduro will allow the aid to enter the country, a move anticipated in coming days.

Maduro denies a humanitarian crisis exists and says Venezuela is not a country of beggars. The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge between the two nations with a tanker and two cargo trailers in an apparent attempt to block the aid.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who requested the international assistance, said it is necessary in a country racked by shortages of food and medicines.

Guaido, who has the backing of some 40 countries, including the United States, is seeking to oust Maduro following a 2018 election that many have denounced as a sham. Long-time allies Russia and China and several other countries continue to support Maduro.

About a dozen human rights activists stood at the gated entrance to the Tienditas International Bridge on Colombia’s side, demanding Maduro allow the emergency aid to cross into Venezuela. They waved flags while Colombian police trucks carrying armed officers and other authorities drove by throughout the day.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

So America gives to the Venezuelan people and Maduro has his troops set the trucks on fire. The only vehicles that survive are those that stay out of Venezuela.

Could women in white sway soldiers who block aid?

Could women in white sway Venezuelan soldiers blocking aid

In a 8 February 2019 Associated Press article, we are told how the women in white might sway the soldiers.

The soldiers blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela look unlikely to give any ground, but Maria Acevedo thinks she knows how to make them let the shipments through.

Acevedo, 26, wants to join together with fellow Venezuelan women and escort the food and medicine across the border from Colombia.

Her bet is that a group of hungry and suffering mothers, sisters and daughters can convince the soldiers to break with President Nicolas Maduro and let the US aid shipments pass.

Maduro, who is locked in a power struggle with opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, refuses to let the aid through. He calls it a “show” and says Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis has been manufactured by Washington to justify a “coup.”

What happens to the sea of shiny white plastic bags filled with vital supplies — and to Venezuela itself — now hinges on the military, which has so far stood by Maduro.

But Acevedo, who has three children, thinks she and her fellow Venezuelan women can change that.

She should know — she comes from a family of soldiers.

“I come from a military family, too. And my family is against this, against the army blocking humanitarian aid.

“But my family can’t do anything. Only the top brass,” Acevedo told AFP in Cucuta, on the Colombian side of the border.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

The answer is, “No.”

Internet censors hit the Venezuelan opposition

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

The Associated Press reports in a 3 February 2019 article that Maduro’s opposition has experienced targeting by Internet censors.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.

Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say Guaido’s efforts to reach citizens via the internet have been hindered by the dominant provider — state-run CANTV — in a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled.

Since Jan. 23, when Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and when protests against Maduro’s rule broke out, CANTV has blocked access to social media sites at least four times, according to the monitoring groups.

Those disruptions have coincided with politically significant events, including a rally attended by thousands of people last week and a Jan. 27 night speech that Guaido livestreamed on Periscope to call for a new round of protests and urge members of the military to defect.

CANTV accounts for about 70 percent of Venezuela’s fixed internet connections and 50 percent of mobile, and Netblocks, a non-government group based in Europe that monitors internet censorship, found that the government provider blocked Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube during 12 of the 13 minutes that Guaido’s speech lasted, so the stream could only be seen without interruptions by people using privately run internet providers.

The organization runs tests from its headquarters with software that captures evidence of connection failures. It also has designed a scanner app that volunteers in affected countries can use to run tests from their own phones or computers.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

You can always count on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and tech companies to be on the side of tyranny.

Chavez-era ex-officials turn backs on Venezuela’s Maduro

A 2 February 2019 France24 article points out how the old guard Socialists in Venezuela have started to abandon Maduro.

They embraced the socialist revolution of late leader Hugo Chavez along with millions of other Venezuelans, but four former officials have now been left disillusioned by Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

These officials from the Chavez era consider Maduro “illegitimate,” but they are torn between supporting self-proclaimed president-elect Juan Guaido and looking for another way out of the political crisis.

Maduro, with the backing of the powerful military, is desperately trying to hold onto power in the face of opposition leader Guaido’s audacious challenge, supported by the United States.

Twenty years after Chavez came to power, the country is in the grip of economic and political crises, and the four “Chavistas” have turned their back on his hand-picked successor.

(Read more at France24)

Mutiny Breaks Out At Venezuela’s Central Bank

According to a 2 February 2019 blog post at Zero Hedge, Venezuela’s central bank has started to revolt.

While the world obsesses how much longer Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro can remain in power before he loses the support of the local military or the US deploys yet another “humanitarian mission” to depose him, forcing the embattled dictator to place several tons of the country’s dwindling gold on a cargo plane to a non-extradition destination as he takes one final trip abroad, the ongoing “soft coup” is also playing out within the halls of the central bank, where in addition to a lot of currency printing in recent years, Bloomberg reports that staffers are waging a small mutiny and refusing to sign-off on key bank transactions.

(Read more at Zero Hedge)

Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

The Guardian reports in a 25 January 2019 article that Maduro does not trust Venezuelan troops enough to use them in his protection detail.

Russian private security contractors have travelled to Venezuela to provide security to the embattled president Nicolás Maduro, the Reuters news agency has reported.

Citing three sources, the news agency said that the mercenaries are linked to the Wagner group, which has carried out missions in Ukraine and Syria and is now reportedly active in countries in Africa, too.

If it is confirmed that contractors from the group traveled to Venezuela, this would be their first known deployment in the western hemisphere.

“The order came down on Monday to form a group to go to Venezuela. They are there to protect those at the highest levels of the government,” Yevgeny Shabaev, a Cossack leader with ties to military contractors, told the Guardian by telephone.

Shabaev, one of the sources cited by Reuters, is a campaigner for the rights of veterans, a group that overlaps heavily with those who join mercenary groups in Russia. He said he had been told about the trip by the relatives of the military contractors. A government spokesman did not immediately respond for comment about the report, although he had earlier told Reuters that the Kremlin had “no such information”.

(Read more at the Guardian)

Let’s see, Russian mercenaries protect Venezuelan President Maduro and Senators Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders are adamant about keeping American troops out of Venezuela. If there are Russian mercenary companies there, does anyone suppose that they have no connection to the Russian military?

Are the American socialists opposing any intervention in Venezuela because they don’t want to have both the Russian socialists and Venezuelan socialists bested?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Venezuelans stalking open seas as economy collapses

Britian’s Telegraph reports in a 30 December 2019 article that Venezuelans have started acting as pirates.

With rich Caribbean fishing grounds on their doorstep, the villagers of Cedros in Trinidad are never short of fishermen’s tales to tell.

The latest stories to do the rounds though, are not about record-breaking hauls of kingfish. Today the fishermen themselves have become the catch.

“I was out picking up my nets late one afternoon when a boatload of armed men came at me at full speed,” said Brian Austin, 54. “From about 200 metres away they started firing shots around my boat – it was terrifying. Luckily, I have a high-powered engine, so I managed to speed off, but they took my nets and all the fish in them.”

(Read more at the Telegraph)

Venezuela & Russia are setting up a nuclear bomber base on idyllic Caribbean island

According to a 26 December 2018 article in The Sun, there is a cooperation between Venezuelan and Russian forces on a certain Caribbean island.

Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolas Maduro did not object to the proposals, according to Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

The deployment will represent the one of the largest postings of the Russian military in the region since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Under Venezuelan law, military bases cannot be established by foreign nations in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible.

Maduro and his left-wing administration has an acrimonious relationship with Washington.

(Read more at The Sun)

Oil output goes AWOL in Venezuela as soldiers run PDVSA

Reuters reports in a 26 December 2018 article that tells us how the Venezuelan military has taken over the oil industry of the country.

Last July 6, Major General Manuel Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil workers in prayer in a conference room at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.

The career military officer, who for the past year has been boss at the troubled state-owned oil company, was at no ordinary mass. The gathering, rather, was a ceremony at which he and other senior oil ministry officials asked God to boost oil output.

“This place of peace and spirituality,” read a release by the Oil Ministry that was later scrubbed from its web site, “was the site of prayer by workers for the recovery of production of the industry.”

President Nicolas Maduro turned heads in November 2017 when he named a National Guard general with no oil experience to lead PDVSA [PDVSA.UL]. Quevedo’s actions since have raised even more doubts that he and the other military brass now running the company have a viable plan to rescue it from crushing debt, an exodus of workers and withering production now at its lowest in almost seven decades.

(Read more at Reuters)

Russian/Venezuelan cooperation in the Caribbean

A 14 December 2018 post at Tsarizm claims that Russia is in the process of setting up a military post on a Venezuelan island.

Russia has decided to develop a long-term military presence in the Caribbean in conjunction with the socialist nation of Venezuela, on one of its islands in the Caribbean Sea. The move seems to be a response to the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The recent flights of Russian Tu-160 long-range nuclear bombers are part of this effort.

“According to military envoys, Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. Ten years ago, Russian experts and Armed Forces commanders had already visited the island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas. Venezuelan laws prohibit the setup of military bases in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible,” reported Russian state news agency TASS.

(Read more at Tsarizm)

German Media Suggests Venezuela Might Become Russia’s ‘New Cuba in US Backyard’

A 15 December 2018 post at Sputnik News points out that Venezuela has lined up to become Russia’s “new Cuba.”

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine has alleged that the disturbance in US government circles, which was incited by the visit of Russian Tu-160s to Venezuela, is caused by the fact that while the US grip on the region weakens, especially on Venezuela itself, Russia is continuing to cement its positions in the Latin American country. The newspaper even suggested that Venezuela might become a “new Cuba in the US backyard” for Russia.

(Read more at Sputnik News)

Fleeing Venezuela, migrants flood Colombia amid region’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades

USA Today reports in a 19 November 2018 article how Venezuelans flooded the Columbian border rather than starve.

Lis Torrealba, a teenage mother from Venezuela, is perched on the edge of a milling street in downtown Medellin, Colombia, the same way she came to the country: alone, with her one-year-old daughter swaddled in the crook of her arm.

Once a student, Torrealba fled across the Venezuelan border three months ago with no prospects of a visa, a job or a future in Colombia.

“The money in our country, I couldn’t even buy candy if I wanted to,” she said. “I can’t buy anything, if there’s something you need. You would need a stack of money to even pay for a tomato. You would need a big stack of money.”

Now, Torrealba is among more than 1 million Venezuelans who crossed into Colombia fleeing widespread food and medicine shortages, rampant hyperinflation and violence by the regime of President Nicolás Maduro.

United Nations refugee officials said last week that the number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have fled their South American homeland has topped 3 million people. More than 1 million are in Colombia and almost 500,000 are in Peru, while the rest are in Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Venezuela is home to about 32 million people.

(Read more at USA Today)

Venezuelan firefighters jailed for mocking Maduro

Reuters reports in a 26 September 2018 article how Venezuelan firefighters have been jailed for mocking Maduro.

Two Venezuelan firefighters were detained by military officers this week as suspects behind the making of a viral video that mocked unpopular President Nicolas Maduro by likening him to a donkey touring a fire station, two rights groups said on Friday.

Government critics, who say former bus driver and union leader Maduro is to blame for oil-rich Venezuela’s brutal five-year recession, have long nicknamed him “Maburro,” a play on the Spanish word for donkey, “burro.”

The video showed a man using a rope to lead a donkey through a fire station in the Andean state of Merida. A narrator feigns guiding the president on an official visit in a style that seemed to make fun of fawning coverage on state television.

“Good evening comrades, as you can see we are receiving the visit of President Maduro. He is doing an inspection,” the man filming says in the video, as the donkey slowly walks through a dimly lit, spartan fire station.

As the donkey chews on a verdant patch overlooking a valley, the narrator says, “He is checking whether the grass is in a good state or not.”

(Read more at Reuters)

AOC Shows Her Far-Left Credentials

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AOC steps away from her own Green New Deal

Ocasio-Cortez Delivers ‘Inaugural Address’: ‘Right to Migrate’ Not Negotiable

Breitbart tells us through a 16 February 2019 article how far-left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can be.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) delivered an “inaugural address” in her Congressional District on Saturday afternoon, declaring that issues like the “right to migrate” will not be negotiable.

Addressing hundreds of supporters in the Bronx, the freshman lawmaker even had a swearing-in ceremony before uttering mostly platitudes.

Defending the Green New Deal after she and her office botched the rollout to much ridicule this week, the Democratic-Socialist claimed that the “Green New Deal is the legislation of indigenous communities in the United states” and many others.

“The Green New Deal is the legislation of the residents of Flynt. The Green New Deal belongs to the people of Puerto Rico. The Green New Deal belongs to the coal miners in West Virginia,” she continued. “It belongs to the victims of wildfires in California.”

She accused President Donald Trump of holding Americans “hostage” during the government shutdown and took pride in helping defeat his plans to get full funding for his border wall. Though she did not yell like former NBA player Kevin Garnett, Ocasio-Cortez said that “anything is possible” when “we center our communities and allow them to lead.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who voted against keeping the government open because the spending bill gave additional funds to the Department of Homeland Security, said the “dignity of immigrants, a living wage, an economic and ecological future” are “not up for negotiation.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

So AOC has gone from her initial claim that Republicans took her Green New Deal site down to now blaming the ownership on Puerto Rico and coal miners in West Virginia? As unbelievable as AOC has always been, this is really unbelievable.

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At least someone in New York City knows AOC

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed over anti-Amazon push in New York City billboard: ‘Thanks for nothing’

Fox News reports in a 29 February 2019 article that Job Creators Network in New York City has put up a billboard criticizing AOC for her fight against Amazon.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting some negative reviews in her home city.

Fresh off helping drive Amazon’s planned headquarters out of New York City, the rising Democratic star has inspired a billboard in Times Square.

“Amazon Pullout, Thanks for Nothing, AOC,” the billboard, located on 42nd street near 8th Avenue, reads.

The high-visibility blast is funded by the Job Creators Network and will be up for all to see until next Wednesday.

“The Amazon pullout is a perfect example of what we’ve been saying: socialism takes and capitalism creates,” Alfredo Ortiz, JCN president and CEO said in a release on Wednesday.

“The economic consequences of the HQ2 termination gives America a small taste of the harm that is to come if Ocasio-Cortez’s anti-business canon comes to fruition and is made federal policy.”

(Read more at Fox News)

In the land of Bloomberg 7mdash; where they want to legislate away your gun rights and your ability to drink large soft drinks — this is almost fitting that they would have jobs taken away by someone who wants to give money away to those unwilling to work.

Then again, nothing would be fitting for these people considering what they have legalized for infants and the preborn.

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Ellen Page

Democrats can’t live and let live — they just force compliance

Ellen Page slams Chris Pratt for attending ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ’ church

We see in a 10 February 2019 Fox News article that Chris Pratt was slammed for attending an “anti-LGBTQ” church.

Ellen Page slammed Chris Pratt for attending a church she claimed is “infamously anti-LGBTQ” and doubled down on her comments on Saturday.

Page’s criticism came after Pratt appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and talked about being religious and completing a 21-day fast inspired by the Biblical Prophet Daniel. “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” actor frequently attends Zoe Church, which is modeled after Hillsong Church, a megachurch founded in Australia but which has locations in New York City and Los Angeles, the New York Times previously reported. Variety stated Pratt was also a Hillsong church attendee.

Following Pratt’s appearance on the late-night show, Page took to Twitter to criticize Pratt for attending the church, which she did not name.

“Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?” She tweeted along with a Hollywood Reporter article about Pratt’s interview.

(Read more at Fox News)

Do you remember when the Gay-Straight Alliance groups were starting in the late 1990’s? The claim then was that they just wanted acceptance by the society. Now, they want to push out anyone who associates with anyone else who judges them.

All the time, they accuse Christians of being brown shirts.

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ (John 15: 18-25 NASB)

Patrick Hope's tweet before he exposed his Democrat misgivings

Because being a Democrat means never having to say you’re sorry

Democrat delegate backs down on Justin Fairfax impeachment push

Patrick Hope will not impeach another Democrat

A 11 February 2019 Fox News article points out how Democrats have decided to treat one of their own with kid gloves (even though he has two recent accusations of sexual assault).

A Virginia delegate who threatened to introduce articles of impeachment against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax amid sexual assault allegations has hit pause, saying in a tweet that “additional conversation” is needed before anything is filed.

Patrick Hope, a fellow Democrat and member of the Virginia House of Delegates, announced Friday that he intended to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax unless he resigned by Monday. This prompted the two women who have accused Fairfax of assault to say they’d be willing to testify in any impeachment proceedings.

But Hope on Monday morning tweeted that he’s decided to wait after receiving “sincere and thoughtful feedback” on a draft he sent to his fellow delegates.

“Yesterday I sent draft language to my colleagues on the first step of an impeachment action regarding the Lt. Governor,” Hope tweeted. “There has been an enormous amount of sincere and thoughtful feedback which has led to additional conversations that need to take place before anything is filed.”

(Read more at Fox News)

Who in their right mind ever expected a Democrat to do the right thing when it meant handing power over to a Republican?

How many Minnesotans voted for Keith Ellison even after the pictures of both his victims were made public?

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Karen Monahan without bruises, Keith Ellison, and Karen Monahan with bruises

Another Judiciary Committee member joins the Democrat presidential money grab

Amy Klobuchar's snow storm as she rails against global warming

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins 2020 Dem race

In a snowstorm and in 15-degree weather, another Democrat joined those making a presidential bid while decrying “global warming,” as we find in a 11 February 2019 Fox News article.

President Trump poked fun at Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sunday for vowing to tackle climate change as she kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign in a snowy, freezing Minneapolis park.

“Well, it happened again,” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday evening. “Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”

(Read more at Fox News)

When we consider that Ms. Klocuchar, Ms. Harris, and Mr. Booker sat on the Judiciary Committee and voted against Justice Kavanaugh even though none of the witnesses named by Ms. Ford corroborated her testimony and, now, they will likely raise millions on that notoriety — it turns the stomach.

To those who respond to this with “I stand with Christine,” do you also stand with the accusers of Keith Ellison and Justin Fairfax? Keith Ellison’s accusers had photos, doctors’ reports, and police reports. The only things that have been denied about the words of Justin Fairfax’s accusers has been whether the encounters have been consensual.

Reality stinks for Kamala Harris

Willie Brown -- Kamala Harris cannot beat Donald Trump

Willie Brown Throws Shade at Ex-Girlfriend Kamala Harris: Can’t Beat Trump

10 February 2019 Breitbart article points out some words that Kamala Harris likely will not want to hear.

Former San Francisco mayor and California State Assembly speaker Willie Brown threw shade at his ex-girlfriend, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and the other contenders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020, writing Saturday that none of them can beat President Donald Trump.

In his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown wrote:

Make no mistake, President Trump’s State of the Union address was the kickoff for his 2020 re-election campaign, and so far I’ve yet to see a Democrat who can beat him.

[T]he overnight polling after the speech showed that once again, he connected with voters, at least enough voters to make him a 2020 favorite.

You can’t say the same for the Democratic contenders. They all have impressive credentials, winning personalities and positive messages, but none displays the “people personality” that our media-savvy president has mastered.

Let’s just hope Democrats can figure out that we need to go beyond the left and motivate voters across the board, just as midterm congressional campaigns did under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Although there may be a segment of the population who want handouts from the government (probably the same population that was never educated on the failure of socialist programs like the Mayflower compact), both conservatives and independent voters will not vote for the radical leftist programs promoted by the likes of Kamala Harris. That leaves her with a voting base of about 30% of the population — not a winning majority.

Democrats don’t want to admit how socialist their programs tend

The ash heap of history

Ocasio-Cortez adviser admits he falsely claimed Green New Deal didn’t promise security for those ‘unwilling’ to work’

Tucker Carlson gets Ocasio-Cortez adviser Robert Hockett to admit to his lying

A 10 February 2019 Fox News article points out an embarrassing moment for an AOC apologist.

A top adviser to New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has admitted that an official “Green New Deal” document posted by Ocasio-Cortez’s office contained a guarantee of economic security even for those “unwilling to work” — but not before he went viral in progressive circles for claiming the exact opposite, repeatedly, in an interview with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett, who counsels Ocasio-Cortez on environmental initiatives, challenged host Tucker Carlson when he quoted from an outline and list of “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) that had been posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s official website. A similar version of the FAQ was also shared with NPR.

The FAQ and background materials from Ocasio-Cortez’s website stated that the Green New Deal will provide “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” and the FAQ sent to NPR also noted, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s office removed the documents from her website amid an online backlash. A version of the FAQ that referred to “farting cows” is still available on NPR’s website, and a similar version that was posted to Ocasio-Cortez’s website is currently viewable on an Internet archiving service. Both versions of the documents describe providing economic security for those “unwilling to work,” and state, “This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline” at a “scale not seen since World War 2.”

Carlson asked Hockett at the outset of the interview: “Why would we ever pay people who are ‘unwilling to work’?”

In a head-turning moment heard around the Internet, Hockett replied flatly, “Uh, we never would, right? And AOC has never said anything like that, right? I think you’re referring to some sort of document — I think some doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating. … She’s actually tweeted it out to laugh at it, if you look at her latest tweets. It seems apparently, some Republicans have put it out there. I don’t know the details.”

(Read more at Fox News)

When the terms of a proposal are so extreme that the back-up team has to lie about it, you know that it is a bad proposal. If put into law, this Green New Deal would:

  • Make all private cars illegal (bye-bye, Ford Mustang & Toyota Prius)
  • Require the refit of all buildings in the US with green technology
  • Make airplane use illegal (except for government officials)
  • Close down the oil, nuclear, and coal energy sectors
  • Pay those who are unwilling to work
  • Eliminate the US cattle population (bye-bye, steaks, burgers, milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, …)
  • And a few other outlandish proposals

The mysterious case of AOC’s scrubbed ‘Green New Deal’ details

Democrats incredulously claim Republicans scrubbed AOC’s web page according to a 9 February 2019 Washington Examiner article.

On Feb. 5, the congressional office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a new blog entry under “energy issues” detailing her “Green New Deal” proposal and answering “frequently asked questions.”

The page, announcing an 8:30 a.m. launch on Feb. 7, is now gone, and a top adviser suggested Friday it was actually authored and distributed by the GOP.

By the afternoon of Feb. 7, Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., removed the document from her website without explanation but following backlash and even ridicule over the radical plans outlined within it, including a call to “eliminate emissions from cows or air travel” — which would functionally ban the latter — and to provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

The document vanished just hours after Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., formally unveiled a “Green New Deal” resolution that has so far attracted 67 Democratic co-sponsors in the House. It’s a nonbinding measure that is less detailed than the now-deleted FAQ document but calls for a complete and speedy overhaul of the nation’s energy, transportation, and farming sectors in order to eliminate carbon emissions in the coming decades.

The communications staff has so far not responded to an inquiry about the now-missing blog post.

But on Saturday morning, chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted that the FAQ page was indeed posted by the Ocasio-Cortez staff but was done so in error. He called the page “an early draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND resolution got published to the website by mistake (idea was to wait for launch, monitor q’s, and rewrite that FAQ before publishing).”

Do you think that (possibly) they were fixing their own document and it had to come down during that time?

He Stabbed His Girlfriend’s Stomach to Kill Her Baby, Won’t be Charged Because of New York’s Abortion Law

He Stabbed His Girlfriend’s Stomach to Kill Her Baby

According to a 11 February 2019 Life News article, a murderer is having his charges reduced due to New York’s ungodly abortion laws.

A week ago yesterday, a New Yorker from Queens, Anthony Hobson, beat and dragged his girlfriend, Jennifer Irigoyen, down a flight of stairs and then stabbed her in the neck, abdomen and torso. He stabbed her in the stomach because he wanted to kill the baby he fathered (some news stories say she was 14 weeks pregnant and others put the figure at 20 weeks). The pregnant woman shouted, “He’s got a knife. He’s going to kill the baby!”

Hobson killed both the woman and her baby. He was immediately charged with two crimes, but the charge for killing her baby was subsequently dropped: it was noted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new abortion law provides no penalties for the killing of unborn children; abortion was removed from the criminal code and inserted into the public health law. Cuomo has not commented on what he has wrought.

The Albany lawmaker who sponsored the bill that Cuomo lobbied for, State Sen. Liz Krueger, and her colleague in the senate, Anna Kaplan, authored an article in the Times Union that disagrees with the Queens prosecutor’s interpretation of the law. They say there is nothing in the law that prevents any prosecutor from charging someone like Hobson for a crime. They say Hobson could be prosecuted for first-degree assault, a sentence that is harsher than the previous sentence for “unlawful abortion.”

(Read more at 11 February 2019 Life News article)

This does not show the full depravity of the New York law, but it comes close.

End of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign? New claim of ‘American Indian’ heritage

As we see in a 7 February 2019 USA Today article, it seems that the main stream media has turned against the false native American.

In her own handwriting, Elizabeth Warren claimed Native American heritage. It’s hard to imagine what she was doing if it wasn’t to advance her career.

Another week, another apology from Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her phony claims of Native American heritage. But the latest evidence against her should spell the end of her presidential ambitions.

Sen. Warren’s discredited story of Indian ancestry has made her an object of ridicule coming from President Donald Trump, who dubbed her “Pocahontas,” and conservatives generally who prefer the more pointed “Fauxcahontas.” Liberals seem to have been willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, seemingly accepting each new explanation for her shifting story of how and why she was mistaken for a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Warren’s 1986 registration card for the State Bar of Texas could put an end to all that. The Washington Post obtained a copy of the signed document in which she wrote that her race was “American Indian.” This supports the two critical charges against her: that she knowingly and personally claimed Native American heritage, and that she did so for the purpose of career advancement.

Lie-a-watha. Faux-a-hontas.

Elizabeth Warren Identified as American Indian in Texas Bar Registration

A 6 February 2019 article in Slate showed how Elizabeth Warren claimed Native American heritage on a form to the State bar of Texas.

Elizabeth Warren, who is on the verge of formally announcing a presidential bid, apologized on Tuesday for ever having identified as American Indian.

“I can’t go back,” Warren said in an interview with the Washington Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”

At the same time, the Post discovered unequivocal proof that the senator had formally identified as Native American in paperwork decades ago, as she had written, by hand, “American Indian” in the “Race” field in a 1986 form for the State Bar of Texas. The form reads: “The following information is for statistical purposes only and will not be disclosed to any person or organization without the express written consent of the attorney.”

(Read more at Slate)

This woman has no ethical leg to stand on when accusing others of infractions.

Pope to Muslims: “Faith in God unifies, not divides”

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Pope says to Muslims, “Faith in God unifies, not divides, bringing people closer even with their differences”

According to a 4 February 2019 Nigeria Circle article, the Pope has claimed a common faith in God between Christians and Muslims.

The visit marks an effort to boost the Vatican’s outreach to Islam.

Pope Francis, who has made strengthening ties between the two largest religions a cornerstone of his papacy, is expected to have talks with the UAE’s crown prince on Monday and hold an open-air mass for 135,000 worshipers on Tuesday.

Pope Francis on Sunday called for urgent “respect” for a ceasefire accord in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid through in the conflict-weary country.

“The population is exhausted by the long conflict and many, many children are suffering from hunger but they are not able to get to food deposits. The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God,” he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square during his regular Sunday address.

“I appeal to all sides involved and to the international community to urgently press for respect of the agreements that have been reached, to guarantee the distribution of food, and work for the good of the population.”

“There are children who are hungry, they are thirsty, they don’t have medicine,” he added.

“I am following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great concern,” he added.

The UAE has played a leading role in the Saudi-led military coalition waging a nearly four-year war against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen in a conflict which has pushed the poorest country on the peninsula to the brink of famine.

The Gulf state currently has about 800,000 Catholics but few of them are citizens, they’re mostly temporary migrant workers from South and South East Asia.

“Dear people of the United Arab Emirates, Salam aleikum, peace be upon you. Faith in God unifies, not divides, bringing people closer even with their differences, while keeping them away from hostilities and aversion,” Pope Francis said in a video message.

Freedom of religion in the UAE is limited. It’s illegal for a Muslim to renounce their religion.

(Read more at Nigeria Circle)

My first reaction had me wondering whether this pope was declaring “another gospel” (in seeming to suggest that Muslims and Christians hold a common faith in God).

For the uninitiated, the problem with anyone declaring “another gospel” is that, in changing the central message of Christ, you are really abandoning Christ (as explained in Galatians 1: 6-9):

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

However, in light of the fact that Islam recently has shown significant hostility toward Christians with its lands AND there are 800,000 foreign Catholics (and various other denominations of Christians) in the UAE — there seems to be a need for a gentle response.

Because the Pope leads a the largest portion of proclaimed Christians on Earth, we must pray for him as a leader. Even while we may cringe at the Pope embracing an Islamist who calls for the killing of Christians, we have to realize that the strength of the Catholic Church will color non-Christian’s views of Christians. To that extent, we need to pray that the Lord directs the Pope’s steps.

Finally, on my part, I need to realize that I was not in the UAE, standing across from those who had preached the killing of Christians. Likewise, I am not in a religious environment where I might stand face-to-face with those who would kill my fellow Christians due to words I have said.

Border news that works against Nancy Pelosi

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How a enforced border keeps us healthy

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The Washington Examiner reports in a 27 January 2019 article how the Border Patrol has started to feel overwhelmed by sick illegal aliens.

Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours since October driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations, according to newly released Department of Homeland Security data.

Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas between border crossings, has “seen an increase in the numbers of apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance.”

A total of 2,224 migrants, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, have been hospitalized due to health issues that could not be treated on site in the last month alone, according to a CBP statement.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

With a small (but significant) minority of our population not trusting vaccinations, we don’t need the added burden of a sick population coming into the nation. In the past, America quarantined sick immigrants.

With flesh-eating bacteria and Ebola causing problems in certain sectors of the globe, is there a reason to open up a portion of our border by not having a barrier?

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Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles

According to a 31 January 2019 article from the local affiliate of NBC, a typhus epidemic has worsened.

A veteran Los Angeles City Hall official is one of the latest victims of an epidemic of the infectious disease typhus that continues to worsen across LA County.

For months, LA County public health officials have said typhus is mainly hitting the homeless population.

But Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood, a veteran prosecutor, tells NBC4 she was diagnosed with typhus in November, after experiencing high fevers and excruciating headaches.

“It felt like somebody was driving railroad stakes through my eyes and out the back of my neck,” Greenwood told the I-Team. “Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash.”

(Read more at NBC)

Admittedly, the typhus epidemic in LA likely stems from the weather, drug use, and cleanliness issues of the homeless community.

Still, do we need to make this worse by keeping our Southern border open?

Migrant with flesh-eating bacteria detained at US border

Migrant with flesh-eating bacteria detained at US border

We read in a 25 January 2019 Associated Press article that an illegal alien with flesh-eating bacteria has been turned over by Border Patrol to a US hospital.

A man among a group of migrants detained in a desolate part of New Mexico near the border with Mexico has been diagnosed as infected with flesh-eating bacteria, the U.S. Border Patrol said Friday.

The man was taken to a hospital in recent days after telling a federal agent that he had a growing rash on his leg, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Antunez said.

Flesh-eating bacteria are a rare condition called necrotizing fasciitis that spreads quickly and can be fatal. The bacteria usually gets into the body through a minor cut or scrape and can cause a serious infection that can destroy muscle, skin and other tissue.

Another 300 migrants, mostly Central Americans, were detained Thursday south of Lordsburg near an official U.S.-Mexico border crossing, Antunez said. Some had illnesses and injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The sparsely populated, desert area has experienced a significant influx of large migrant groups recently.

Nearly 10,000 migrants have been detained at New Mexico’s three Border Patrol stations since Oct. 1, officials said.
There were 12,800 detentions at the three stations from October 2017 through September 2018.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

Since this bacteria generally comes from open wounds contacting sewage in warm water, this might underscore the magnitude of the numbers coming to the US. Shouldn’t we be securing our Southern border?

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls

The importance of a border shown in elections

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls; 58,000 have voted

According to a 26 January 2019 Fox News article, over 58,000 fraudulent voters have been identified in Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that the state has discovered 95,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls going back to 1996, 58,000 of whom have voted in at least one Texas election — an announcement likely to raise fresh concerns about the prospect of voter fraud.

Texas has some of the toughest voter ID laws in the nation and has been one of the main battlegrounds in the Republican-led fight against alleged voter fraud. The office, in a statement, said that 33 people were prosecuted for voter fraud last year, and 97 were prosecuted between 2005-17. There are 16 million people in Texas registered to vote.

“Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice,” Paxton said in a statement.

The New York Times reported that the findings were a result of of an 11-month investigation into records at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Gov. Greg Abbott praised the findings and hinted at future legislation to crack down on voter fraud.

(Read more at Fox News)

If we do not secure our voting, then we do not have verifiable elections. This needs to be fixed.

We need to prosecute those who voted illegally. Additionally, we need to take steps to ensure this does not happen again. That includes building a wall.

Migrant Caravan Swells to 12,000

Migrant Caravan Swells to 12,000 at Mexico’s Southern Border

Breitbart tells us in a 26 January 2019 article how another 12,000 potential illegal aliens have aimed at the the US Southern border.

The ranks of a new Central American migrant caravan reportedly grew in size to more than 12,000 as of Friday. The caravan is now heading to Mexico’s southern border.

Mexican immigration officials in the city of Ciudad Hidalgo, which borders Guatemala, are establishing procedures to expedite the process in which to approve one-year humanitarian visas for members of the Central American migrant caravan who are arriving daily. The one-year humanitarian visas, promised by Mexico’s new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is a newly adopted policy which allows migrants to legally travel and work during their stay in Mexico.

The new policy of handing out humanitarian visas began on January 17 in response to the new caravan of primarily Honduran migrants who left their home country and headed towards the Mexican border on January 15. Officials originally estimated the caravan’s size at about 2,000. Mexico now claims the caravan’s population swelled to over 12,000 migrants, according to local media and Breitbart Texas sources.

Officials put the new visa policy from President López Obrador in place to deal with caravan migrants as an attempt to prevent them from traveling unaccounted for throughout Mexico. Officials say it will also prevent the caravan members from having to illegally enter Mexico from Guatemala by crossing the Suchiate river.

(Read more at Breitbart)

As long as there is a better economy in the US than in Central America, it looks like this will keep up. One news source even said that one country was paying caravan members to come to the US. For this reason alone, we need a wall.

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Mortality on the border: it’s a dangerous trek

Nearly 400 Migrants Died Crossing Unsecured U.S. Border in 2018

In a 1 January 2019 Breitbart article, the deadliness of the trek to America comes into focus.

Nearly 400 migrants lost their lives while or shortly after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. More than half died in Texas.

In 2018, at least 376 died while crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. or shortly thereafter, according to the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrant Project. Due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, the organization has not updated the numbers since December 21.

The organization reported the deaths of 214 men, 20 women, and four children. In addition, 138 sets of remains could not be identified by age or sex.

Of the reported 376 migrant deaths, more than 230 occurred in Texas, Breitbart News reported. Forty-eight of those occurred in Brooks County alone, which is located about 80 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border.

An exact number of migrant deaths is not known because many deceased migrants are never found.

With the exception of the two Guatemalan children who died recently after crossing the border into New Mexico, the deaths of the other 374 migrants drew little attention from U.S. media.

(Read more at Breitbart)

In order to prevent people from attempting this deadly trek, we need a wall.

Democrats provide ammunition against themselves

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Democrats Offer Plan to Release All Child Traffickers at Border into U.S.

Brietbart reports in a 3 February 2019 article how Democrats have plans to release child traffickers at the US border.

The House Democrats’ first offer to President Trump in negotiations to fund his proposed United States-Mexico border wall includes a provision that would end all immigration enforcement for migrants trafficking children across the southern border.

The draft budget provides the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency with $7.4 billion, nearly $850 million less than requested by the Trump administration, and funds only 1,250 beds for adults and migrant children coming across the border this year, a decrease in detention space.

Attached to that funding, though, is an immigration enforcement ban first introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and supported by every Senate Democrat. The Democrats’ offer demands that all immigration enforcement end for any adult crossing the border with a child by the end of Fiscal Year 2019.

Rather than being held in detention for a period of time, those adults and the migrant children they trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border would be released immediately into the interior of the country.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) previously called the plan the “Child Trafficking Encouragement Act” as it ensures that adults bringing children to the southern border would gain immediate access into the U.S. without fear of being deported or turned away.

(Read more at Brietbart)

Add this to the abortion-up-to-birth in New York and Virginia and tell me that Democrats care for children.

News on Venezuela and socialism that never hit the nightly reports

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Venezuelan military attache breaks with Maduro

Considering that the Associated Press reported in a 27 January 2019 article that a socialist was having problems with his military, things in Venezuela are likely significantly worse than reported.

8:05 pm
A man identifying himself as Venezuela’s military attache in Washington has broken with Nicolas Maduro and says he now will report to an opposition leader trying to wrest control of the government.

In a video published Saturday, Col. Jose Luis Silva called on other members of the military to join him in defecting from Maduro’s government, saying they need to avoid “attacking” protesters whose only aim is to feed themselves.

“The armed forces have a fundamental role to play in the restoration of democracy,” Silva said in the video which he said was shot at his office in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, sitting in front of the nation’s red, blue and yellow flag.

Venezuela’s top commanders have pledged loyalty to Maduro’s government in the days since National Assembly President Juan Guaido declared himself interim leader with the aim of calling new elections in accordance with the constitution.

But support for Maduro’s rule is weaker among the rank and file, whose households are suffering from widespread shortages and hyperinflation like their civilian counterparts. Last week, a small National Guard unit stole a stockpile of weapons in what it said was an attempt to oust Maduro. The uprising was quelled and 25 guardsmen arrested.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

If and when the press prints anything uncomplimentary of a Socialist or Democrat, you know that the story has been vetted several times (unless, of course, the story has been edited to reflect negatively on a conservative). Therefore, since this story reflects very poorly on Socialist leader Maduro and since the story does not tear down Trump or any other conservative, it looks like a trustworthy story. Who knew the AP could still both write and abide those?

Internal to Venezuela, support falls for Maduro

Signs of fraying in military support for Venezuela president

We find a decline in support for Maduro documented in the following 21 January 2019 Associated Press article.

As Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launches his second term challenged by a re-energized opposition movement, experts say his hold on power relies more than ever on military backing.

Maduro has granted bonuses to rank-and-file soldiers and placed generals in key government posts, including at the helm of the state-run oil company, seeking to cement their support.

But with Venezuela sliding into economic collapse, there have been signs in recent years of fraying in military support:

On Monday, authorities reported detaining a small group of National Guard soldiers who stormed a police station in the capital of Caracas before dawn. The soldiers captured a captain and used two vehicles to steal a cache of weapons from another outpost, officials said.

The heavily armed national guardsmen posted videos on social media saying they no longer recognized Maduro’s legitimacy as president.

(Read it for yourself at the Associated Press</a)

Venezuela’s Maduro denounces election call but says ready to talk

While nobody would expect a dictator to acknowledge his defeat in a crooked election, Maduro has been reported in a 27 January 2019 Reuters article to have denounced the Venezuelan elections and called on the Trump administration to talk.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro oversaw a display of the army’s Russian hardware on Sunday, with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hillside to show military force and loyalty in the face of an international ultimatum for new elections.

Maduro, 56, is confronting an unprecedented challenge to his authority after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, citing a fraudulent election. Guaido has won wide international support and offers amnesty to soldiers who join him.

(Read more on Reuters)

Since this reflects well on Trump, this will never see the upper fold or the front half of the New York Times.

Still, with such lack of reporting, how else would we have started calling the writers of that paper the NYTwits?

No matter how evil a government has been, it will have supporters around the world

Russia says any military intervention in Venezuela should be avoided

Reuters shares in a 26 January 2019 article how Russia has pushed to protect its comrade, Venezuela.

The United States considering all options in relation to Venezuela is dangerous and any potential military intervention there should be avoided at any cost, Russia’s ambassador to United Nations said on Saturday.

“(The) U.S. has now stated all options are on the table which is … dangerous,” Vassily Nebenzia told reporters on the sidelines of a U.N. Security Council meeting. “If it evolves into something more military that is even more regretful. We think it should be avoided at any cost,” he said.

Washington has recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president and called for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down. Russia opposes the move.

(Read this Reuters account here)

It is odd that “news” organizations that once fawned over Gorbachev, recently overlooked Hillary’s Uranium One deal, and have for two years vilified everything remotely associated with Trump and Russia (even the bombing of ISIS) — now are twisting as they try to decide how to report the Russian opposition to American/EU intervention in Venezuela.

U.S. calls on world to ‘pick a side’ on Venezuela; Europeans set to recognize Guaido

A 27 January 2019 Reuters article points out how Trump has drawn a line in the sand.

The United States on Saturday called on the world to “pick a side” on Venezuela and urged countries to financially disconnect from Nicolas Maduro’s government, while European powers signaled they were set to follow Washington in recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader.

In heated back-and-forth exchanges at a United Nations Security Council meeting, the opposing camp led by Venezuela and Russia, which has invested heavily in Venezuela’s oil industry, accused Washington of attempting a coup, and lambasted Europeans’ demand that elections be called within eight days.

Guaido, who took the helm of the National Assembly on Jan. 5, proclaimed himself interim president on Wednesday. The United States, Canada and a string of Latin American countries recognized the young leader in quick succession. Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013 and has the support of the armed forces, has refused to stand down.

But on Saturday Guaido, 35, gained support from a key military official. Venezuela’s defense attache to Washington, Colonel Jose Luis Silva, told Reuters that he has broken with the Maduro government and recognized Guaido as interim president.

(Read more at Reuters)

America stands against a dictator

US calls to ‘stand with freedom’ in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

The French news agency AFP reports in a 26 January 2019 article how America has called for nations to stand for freedom.

The United States pressed all nations Saturday to “stand with the forces of freedom” in Venezuela, encouraged by a tougher European line as Russia stood in the minority in backing embattled leader Nicolas Maduro.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a forceful case at a special session of the United Nations Security Council, where he described Maduro as part of an “illegitimate mafia state” responsible for Venezuela’s economic collapse.

With mounting protests over Venezuela’s crisis in which more than two million have fled shortages of basic food and medicine, Pompeo asked all nations to follow the US in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president.

“Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem,” Pompeo said.

He also urged all countries to end financial transactions with Maduro’s government, which has struggled to pay bills despite the country’s oil wealth.
Pompeo denounced Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro, saying that they were “propping up a failed regime in the hopes of recovering billions of dollars in ill-considered investments and assistance made over the years.”

(Read more at AFP)

Odd that this comes to us through a French news organization and not one of the many “news” organizations in America. Go figure.

American and other pressure on Venezuela has an effect

Venezuela’s Maduro Requests Direct Talks with President Trump

In a 28 January 2019 Sean Hannity article, we are told Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro signaled Monday that he’d seek direct talks with President Trump over his nation’s escalating political crisis; asking to speak with the Commander-in-Chief after the White House issued strict new economic penalties against his regime.

Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro signaled Monday that he’d seek direct talks with President Trump over his nation’s escalating political crisis; asking to speak with the Commander-in-Chief after the White House issued strict new economic penalties against his regime.

The Trump administration unveiled a new round of crippling sanctions against Venezuela’s government-owned oil industry this week; “blocking” $7 billion in energy assets as the local economy crumbles.

(Read more at Sean Hannity)

Many students don’t know of socialism’s failure in Venezuela because they are not taught of it

Home Depot Co-Founder: Socialism’s Support ‘Comes Right Out of the Universities’

One sterling reason so many college kids support socialism stems from the fact that they are never taught that it does not work — a problem explained in a 26 January 2019 Breitbart article covering the views of Home Depot founder, Bernie Marcus.

Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus said support for socialism “comes right out of the universities” on Friday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.

Marcus said, “We have a group of people in Washington today, new representatives especially, that look at socialism as the way to go…it comes right out of the universities. You see students graduating today, and…almost 50% of students coming out of universities today believe that socialism is the answer. That’s frightening to me.”

(See the video at Breitbart)

No need to declare an emergency

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No need for Nancy’s approval for funds

10 U.S.C. § 284 allows the military to build walls and roads

I have included a transcript of the words exchanged between Representative Mo Brooks (R) and Under Secretary John Rood.

Speaker Testimony
Rep. Brooks: I want to direct your attention to 10 United States Code § 284 which authorizes President Trump to deploy the United States military to the southern border to build fences and to do a lot of other things, and for clarity, if you look it up in the dictionary the word fence includes the word barrier and the word barrier includes walls made of a wide variety of different materials. So that having been said, it seems to me that 10 U.S. Code § 284 can be used by the President of the United States to direct the United States military to build a wall. Now as of today, you’ve mentioned military forces along the southern border, have any of them been deployed pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 284?
Under Sec. Rood: Congressman, I don’t believe any of our forces have been deployed pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 284. You are correct, however, that that use of authority would authorize the secretary of defense to erect barriers, roads, fencing, those types of materials to disrupt drug smuggling.
Rep. Brooks: Does 10 U.S.C. § 284 as you understand it, require the declaration of a national emergency before it is implemented?
Under Sec. Rood: No.
Rep. Brooks: It does not?
Under Sec. Rood: No.
Rep. Brooks: Has President Trump, to your knowledge, ever used 10 U.S.C § 284 to direct the military to build the wall that is necessary for border security?
Under Sec. Rood: No, not to my knowledge, Congressman.
Rep. Brooks: If President Trump were to direct the Pentagon and the United States military pursuant to 10 U.S.C § 284 to build such barriers as are necessary to secure our southern border from drug trafficking and international crime cartels would the United States military obey that order?
Under Sec. Rood: If we judge it to be a lawful order, yes sir. And I assume it would be.

Where Islam and Christianity intersect

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Dubai Evangelical Church

UAE allows non-Islamic worship — as long as the Buddhists, Christians, & Jews hide

As shown through the ever-more-liberal filter of the Wall Street Journal, it seems that liberals expect Christians to forget the violent and oppressive past of Islam.

Every Friday, on the fourth floor of a hotel conference center in this Arab business hub, several thousand Christians arrive to worship in two-hour shifts at what may be the world’s best-hidden megachurch.

There is no sign outside the center to guide people to Fellowship. The Protestant congregation sprang up roughly a decade ago in a place where Islam is the official religion, non-Muslim practice has long been closely monitored and sanctioned church buildings are limited and regulated.

(Read more at Wall Street Journal)

If you have to hide your presence, how free are you?

Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule

Christians know “Muslim self-rule” means “Sharia” and suppression of religious rights for non-Muslims

Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule Puts Christians on Edge

In a 21 January 2019 article in the Wall Street Journal, the fear of Christians comes into focus.

A Muslim-majority region in the Philippines voted on a proposal for greater self-determination, a pivotal attempt at peace that tests the fragile relationship between Muslims and a Roman Catholic minority concerned about creeping Islamic authority.

To most of the four million people in the Muslim areas of the southern island of Mindanao, the vote offers a hopeful end to decades of conflict between armed groups and the government in this overwhelmingly Catholic country of 100 million people.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

Since there have been two attacks in the Philippines in January 2019 and 14 in the Philippines in 2018 according to The Religion of Peace, I can understand these Christians’ reluctance to trust the benevolence of Muslims.

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Two reports on the bombings of a church in an area taken over by Islam

Philippines vows to crush 'terrorists' after church bombs

Philippines vows to crush ‘terrorists’ after church bombs kill 20

According to a 26 January 2019 Reuters article, the Philippine government will strike back against Islamists who bombed a church.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said.

“The enemies of the state have boldly challenged the capability of the government to secure the safety of the citizenry in that region,” said Salvador Panelo, spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

(Read more at Reuters)

Pray for the government of the Philippines as they seek to apply justice to the situation. Pray that they find the perpetrators of this heinous act. At the same time, pray that they do not over-reach and punish people who did not act in this bombing or support the people who did.

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Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17

Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17, wound 42: military

Reuters told us in a 26 January 2019 article the first news of the Islamist bombing of the church in the Philippines.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

The attack wounded more than 100 people and was one of the deadliest in recent years in a region long plagued by instability. It came amid hope and excitement about the ratification of a devolution plan that aims to bring development, jobs and peace to one of Asia’s poorest and most volatile places.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said.

(Read more at Reuters)

Keep these Catholic Christians in your prayers.

US approved thousands of child bride requests

America has changed with Obama’s uptick of importation of Islam

US approved thousands of child bride requests

The Associated Press reports in a 11 January 2019 article how the US has approved thousands of applications for child brides in 2018.

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that person’s spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.

And in weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee’s home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2017 and compiled into a report. The approval is the first of a two-step visa process, and USCIS said it has taken steps to better flag and vet the petitions.

Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions.

(Read more at the Associated Press

As Christians, we must stand for those who have no voice. In particular, we need to support shelters where those who want to escape child marriage/sexual slavery.

As Americans, we need to stand and say that these are not our values.

The best summary of the Covington Catholic kids situation

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Glenn Beck provides the most succinct summary of the confrontation surrounding the Covington Catholic High School kids

In a video posted at YouTube (https://youtu.be/da1Wy4O2shc), Glenn Beck of TheBlaze provided the most informative and least offensive summary of the event surrounding the Covington Catholic High School kids. Since he provided such a good summary, I felt that I should do my part to put the story in black-and-white media.

The following is a transcript of his video (as well as I could piece it together).

Beck:
A group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, were finishing up after a long day. They attended the March for Life and they were given permission to do a little sightseeing before meeting up at the Lincoln Memorial to depart.

They arrived and they saw a pair of dueling demonstrations. There were two demonstrations when they arrived. A group of Native Americans had gathered as part of the Indigenous Peoples’ March (which the Indigenous Peoples’ March was about indigenous peoples, stolen land, and borders without any walls).

Then there was another group: the African-American street preachers. These guys — and I say this because I saw then daily for a long time in New York — they are truly violent, vile people. A very small group called the Black Hebrew Israelites.

So the boys stood there for a second and watch this show, really. They watched and they listened.

And the Black Hebrew Israelites screamed, not at the boys, but at the Native Americans — telling the Native Americans that they were evil for practicing their cultural beliefs.

It got so bad that some of the Native Americans walked up and pleaded with them to stop interrupting their gathering.

Here’s the videotape. Listen.

Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) 1:
You are the children of Israel. Before you started worshiping totem poles, you were worshipping the true Living God.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
Before you became an idol worshiper, you was worshipping the true and Living God. And this is the reason why this land was taken away from you, because you worship everything except the Most High. You worship everything in creation except the creator.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
And that’s what we are here to tell you to do. We are here to tell you to wake up to the four corners of the earth. This is the truth of the Holy Bible.
(Talking to a pair of Native Americans)
We don’t have a microphone, brother. This is a part of the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.

Beck:
These are two Native Americans who walk up peacefully and say, “Please stop.” They turn around and walk away.

BHI 1:
… your religious philosophies and doctrines and start worshiping the True and Living Power, which His name is YaHaWa. That’s who’s the Most High God.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
The Most High God. His name is YaHaWa. You’re not supposed to worship eagles, buffaloes, …

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
… rams, all types of animals …

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
… the reason why the Lord took away your land.

Beck:
Ok. Now, I want to make sure that you have that. If you don’t — if you’re not watching us on BlazeTV, let me describe the scene.

It’s very different than the scene you will see in just a few minutes later, because the Covington boys are not around. It’s very sparsely populated. You’re seeing a lot of the Native Americans there and they are trying to be kind, but it doesn’t get any less insulting than this. He calls them idol worshipers, totem pole, eagle, and buffalo worshipers until a Native American man was forced to come over and kindly plead with them to stop, which they didn’t.

The Black Hebrew Israelites then go on with their insults directed directly at the Native Americans.

Now, it is right about this time that the Israelites decided that they would then direct hostility over to another growing group. A group of boys who were from Covington that were standing close by, just watching and listening to these two groups.

Here it is.

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
We wouldn’t …

BHI 2:
That’s right.

BHI 1:
… you corny-assed Billy Bob. Yeah. Go talk to them with your Make America Great Again hats on. Unbelievable.

Tell them to come over here in the lion’s den instead of mocking over there. You lurid, dirty-ass crackers, your day coming. Your day coming. Your day coming. Cause your little dusty-asses wouldn’t walk down the street in a Black neighborhood and go walk up on nobody playin no games like that. Yeah. I will stick my foot in your little ass.

Beck:
Ok. If you all saw the videos, which will all be available on BlazeTV and Blaze.com, you see the video. There’s only about (maybe it looks like 10), but in the first part of the video, you only see about four of them. Only one is wearing a Make America Great Again hat. Only one of them seems to be wearing it in the video that we are showing you. They’re still gathering, so there’s very few people there. But you’ll notice what the Black Israelites did. They were arguing with the Native Americans and then said, “Why are you arguing with us? You should be going after those little bastards over there wearing the Make America Great Again hats. Little corny-assed Billy Bob. Go talk to them dirty-ass crackers.

When the Black Israelites start to address them, you also see on the video — the boys do nothing.

They have their hands in their pockets. They are just watching from a distance. They all turn around and start to walk away.

Now, this is a fight between the attendees of an indigenous peoples’ march and their hecklers — the Black Hebrew Israelites.

Now it begins to get out of hand here, because the Native Americans have been kind. That’s where things really go awry. We’re not including this on air, because it is absolutely uneditable and unairable. It is full of profanity, so it would be just one giant bleep. But we will tweet this scene out to you.

This is when some of the Native Americans had had enough and they get into what looks like is going to become a street brawl between the two. And as it begins to get completely out of hand with several Native Americans returning shouts and profanity of their own, the Street Preachers result to saying, “Why are you attacking us?”

They redirect their racial insults and they point again to the Covington High School students to get them out of this jam with the Native Americans.

Here it is.

BHI 1:
… always talking out they ass. Always talking out they ass. But you won’t say that to this peckerwood wearing the Make America Great Again hat.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
Idolaters.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
Why don’t you practice …

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
You don’t speak to him like that.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

BHI 1:
Cause you’re an Uncle Tomahawk.

BHI 2:
That’s right. That’s right.

Beck:
I just want to make sure you understand what he was saying to the Native American. “Why aren’t you talking to the peckerwood wearing the Make America Great Again hat? You’re an Uncle Tomahawk. You’re all a bunch of Uncle Tomahawks. Why don’t you crack the head of that peckerwood with the Make America Great Again hat?

The media has completely dismissed this. Why, I wonder? This goes back and forth for over an hour with the Black Hebrew Israelites even resorting to calling other African Americans in the area the “n” word, because they don’t agree with them.

Now, it is about this time that the boys from Covington High School all began gathering in large numbers waiting for their ride home.

We’re going to play a small portion of what ensued next, because it leads directly to the incident that would immediately go viral, but keep it in mind for later (because I’m gonna come back to this clip — this specific line of insults toward the Covington again directly followed another instance where the Black Israelites were being confronted for their racism and bigotry.

Listen.

BHI 1:
… look all these dusty-ass crackers with that racist garbage on. Look at these dirty-ass crap. Can’t stand in the sun for five minutes.

BHI 2:
Build that wall. Build that wall. Why don’t you build that dam wall? Ya’ll going to build that wall for Mexico!

Beck:
Now, remember this clip — because I have to come back to it. By now, they boys from Covington were not only getting annoyed, but the entire area in a 300 meter radius was trying to get the Black Israelites to shut up. There was disunion and disharmony with everyone they touched.

The high school kids, in order to drown out the racism and bigotry decided that a pep rally would be louder than the hate coming from the Street Preachers. Now, this is something they do every year. They have done this for 10 years. Every year, they meet at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and they shout their pep rally shouts.

This time, it worked also to help drown out the hate directed mainly towards Native Americans.

Here’s what happened.

[Applause and cheering.]

Beck:
This is their prep. They had nothing to do with anything. They’ve done it for 10 years and it did drown out the hatred. Now, it’s a kid thing to do, but — honestly — if I were there, I would have said, “Thank God. Look at these kids.” It’s much better than listening to the bigotry coming from the mouths Black Israelite and some Native Americans who just lost their temper.

But right as this is going on, one of the Native American attendees of the indigenous peoples’ approaches the Covington group.

He walks away from the area that the Native American demonstration had gathered and walks right past the Black Israelites, directly into the middle of high schooler’s. Now he stops right in front of a 17-year-old, banging a drum a couple of inches from his face. This is the moment where it began.

Watch and listen.

BHI 1:
Here comes Gad! Here comes Gad!

Look at their Make America Great Again hat. Look at they hat. Look at they hat. We not take it. That’s right Gad!

Beck:
Notice the drum beats with the chants. The kids are doing their chants. They don’t know who this Native American is. They know that the Native Americans have been hassled by the Black Israelites. That they have watched and seen. So when the Native American comes over, they think that he’s on their side — trying to drown out the Black Israelites.

But did you notice what the Black Israelites were calling the Native American with a drum? They called him, “Gad.” They said, “Here comes Gad. Here comes Gad.”

“Gad?” Who the hell is “Gad?” You have to go to Isaiah, chapter 65. The Black Israelites still are continuing to insult the Native Americans. This is the name of a false god. When he says, “Oh, here comes Gad” he is mocking the Native Americans.

Again, the totem pole worshiper. Oh now here comes their false god with the drum.

Nobody in the media said anything about this. Nobody in the media had a problem with any of this. The Black Israelites continued to insult the Native Americans, but not a mention of any of it.

Now the Native American — his name is Nathan Phillips. He is a 30-year, left-wing activist and he marches right up to one of the students and gets right directly in his face.

Now the media left all of the priest’s stuff out. So you have no idea that these kids are actually helping the Native American.

How betrayed they must have felt.

So as Nathan Philips, the Native American, walks over with the drum, the Black Israelites are still calling them names. Calling Nathan Phillips “Gad,” the name of a false god. And they continue to insult them, but not a peep in the media.

Now, Nathan Philips initially told the Washington Post that the boys surrounded him as he was just preparing to leave.

There is zero evidence of this. In fact, our video shows the exact opposite.

He later contradicted this in an interview with the Detroit Free Press, admitting that it was he — no they — that initiated the contact.

He also stated that he did this because the Covington kids were attacking the Black Israelites.

This is clearly not what happened. Clearly, if you’ve watched the video, it is painfully obvious this is not what happened. The white boys stayed way away from the confrontation. It was a confrontation between the Black Israelites and the Native Americans. And it was the Black Israelites who are known by reporters in New York to be vile, despicable street thugs.

Now Phillip’s actions seem completely at odds with every other Native American present at the rally that day. There was only a handful that were nasty. The vast majority were either debating or getting confrontational with the Black Israelites. None of them were at odds with the high school kids.

Not a single Native American — not one.

One of the reasons for why some say Phillips decided to do what he did was due to the claim that the boys were saying, “Build that wall” and he felt insulted by that. Now remember Nathan Phillips is part of a group that is against the border wall, “No borders, no wall.” Ok.

That’s why he was protesting. He was protesting the border wall. So, of course, someone wearing a MAGA hat has to be for the border wall. That’s why he targeted that boy.

Now, in interview after interview, he said that they were chanting, “Build that wall.”

In zero instances that we have found on videotape (and we have watched it all) — zero times have the boys said, “Build that wall.” But we did find it and I played it for you earlier. The organizer of the indigenous peoples’ march claims I heard that. The New York Times was quick to point out “that was ‘Build that wall.’ It’s a rallying cry of supporters of Mr. Trump.” Which brings me back to the video I told you to remember. Listen to it, but this time, listen to the Black Israelite leader and what he’s saying in the background to the Native Americans.

BHI 1:
… look all these dusty-ass crackers with that racist garbage on. Look at these dirty-ass crap. Can’t stand in the sun for five minutes.

BHI 2:
Build that wall. Build that wall. Why don’t you build that dam wall? Ya’ll going to build that wall for Mexico!

Beck:
He’s saying to the indigenous people, “Build that wall! Build that wall! Why don’t you build that wall? They’re so worried about the people from Mexico.”

So it was said, but it was said by the Black Israelites, not one of the Covington kids. Out of all of the video evidence — from the entire event — the only time “Build that wall” was ever heard was when it was said by the leader of the Black Israelites.

The media never did any of this work. They never looked at the entire body of evidence to find out what really happened. They saw young, white boys from a Christian school wearing a MAGA hat and they instantly handed out a verdict of guilty.

Did Nathan Phillips do this as an activist looking for exposure? Well, I will tell you about that old man who cried on TV. Here’s what he said in an interview. Now that you have the video and you’ve seen it with your own eyes — exactly what happened — now let me repeat what Nathan Phillips said happened. He told the Washington Post and then the Detroit Free Press:

Phillips words, read by Beck:
… They (the Covington boys) witnessed these individuals (the Black Hebrew Israelites group) on their soapbox about what they had to say. Well, they didn’t agree with it and they got offended. They were in were in the process of attacking these four black individuals. I was there. I witnessed all of this and it kept going on and on and escalating.

It just got to a point where you have to do something or you’ll walk away, you know? You see something that’s wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong and that is the moment that I knew I had to put myself between beasts and prey. These young men were beastly to these old Black individuals and that was their prey. I stood between them and so they needed their pound of flesh and they were looking at me for my pound of flesh.

It was ugly what these kids were involved in. It was racism. It was hatred. It was scary.

I mean, if you go back and look at the lynchings that were done in America, you’d see the faces on those people. The glee and the hatred on their faces. That’s what these faces looked like. The Black Israelites were saying some harsh things, but some of it was true.

These young, white American kids who were being taught in their Catholic school, their doctrine, their truth, and when they found out there’s more truth out there than what they’re being taught. They were offended, they were insulted, they were scared, and that’s how they responded. One thing that I was taught in my Marine Corp training is that a scared man will kill you. And that’s what these boys were. They were scared. I’m still scared. I’m still feeling vulnerable, but I will not back down.

Beck:
This man is despicable.

Democrats break rank

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Democrats in the House of Representatives stand up

Democrat Elaine Luria proposes end to shutdown

Congress agitates to end relentless shutdown

Certain Democrats may be working around the senseless leadership in the House according to a 22 January 2019 story in Politico.

A group of centrist House Democrats, sick of political posturing, is pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to counter Trump’s immigration proposal with her own potential compromise. The group, led by freshman Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, is asking the California Democrat to offer Trump a vote on his border wall or some sort of negotiated security package in February if he first signs a bill reopening the federal government, according to a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO.

(Read more at Politico)

As of the writing of this blog post, Trump has offered:

  1. A three-year reprieve from deportation for DACA program recipients,
  2. A similar protection for TPS program recipients,
  3. A reduction to 100 miles of wall built under this bill,
  4. $800 million for humanitarian assistance along the border,
  5. $805 million for drug detection technology, and
  6. 2,750 border agents, more law enforcement officials, and teams of immigration judges.

In response, Pelosi:

  1. Complained that the three-year reprieve for DACA and TPS is not permanent.

    (She should note that it would get anyone who played their cards right into the next presidential term — but she seems to be a nearsighted idiot.)

  2. Passed a continuing resolution that would re-open the departments of government supportive of the Democrats

    (Never mind that this had no prayer of being signed because Trump announced during the summer of 2018 that he would not sign another continuing resolution.)

  3. Passed bills that would open agencies supportive of the Democrats

Still, with this one-sided conversation, most of the media coverage has focused on putting Trump and the Republicans in charge of the shutdown. I guess if your educational system is built of a model of teaching kids to repeat stupid lines back rather than thinking for themselves, this should be expected.

Senator Joe Donnelly pledges to consider both sides

Moderate Democrats want Nancy Pelosi to make counteroffer to stop shutdown

This breaking of ranks may have been in the works for a little while according to a 11 January 2019 Washington Post

Some of the most influential senators in the new Congress are neither in the majority nor among the longest-serving. They don’t show up on the Sunday-morning talk shows, and they aren’t talking about running for president in 2016.

Instead, they’re a pack of Democrats from mostly smaller, rural states who are inclined to work with Republicans on legislation President Obama doesn’t support. They may even be willing to help the GOP override his vetoes.

Some of them support building the Keystone XL oil pipeline and are expected to be active as the Senate begins to debate the issue this week. Others want Congress to pass tougher sanctions against Iran, and all are open to making changes to Obama’s health-care law. All three issues have drawn veto threats from the White House in recent days.

One of the biggest unanswered questions about the week-old Congress is whether the new Republican majority will be able to overcome Capitol Hill’s culture of stifling partisanship and cultivate enough Democratic support to challenge Obama.

These moderate Democrats say they will cooperate if Republicans don’t use the Senate floor to score political points — as Democrats have done over the past several years. They have big expectations for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will need to keep his larger conference unified while sustaining his promise to allow a more open and nonpartisan debate process.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who is firmly planted in the middle of both parties, said he’ll support bills “that both Republicans and Democrats who sit down and talk to each other think will make things better for us. I think you’ll see that extreme legislation — whether right or left — is going to go nowhere.”

(Read more at Washington Post)

While I put a lot of the blame for the lack of border wall funding on Pelosi, I also blame McConnell for not using the nuclear option the Democrats used to force through Obamacare.

But what do you expect from Democrats? Do you expect them to compromise after 8 years of the no-compromise Obama?

Democrats in the media stand up

Tom Brokaw says Democrats as much to blame as Republicans

Tom Brokaw says Democrats as much to blame as Republicans as shutdown drags on| Senate may vote Thursday on Trump’s offer

Even one of the mainstays of the main stream media has given San Fran Nan the old heave-ho according to a 22 January 2019 article in Market Watch.

As shutdown drags on, Tom Brokaw says Democrats as much to blame as Republicans: The ongoing partial government shutdown has now lasted a record 32 days, and veteran newsman Tom Brokaw is wagging his finger at all of Washington.

“I think the Democrats are as much to blame right now as the Republicans are,” Brokaw said Tuesday in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “They’ve got control of the House, but they’re mostly just ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re not going to do you want to do.’ I haven’t seen a grand plan.”

Recent polls of voters show President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans getting blamed for the shutdown more than Democratic lawmakers. Some “Morning Joe” viewers were quick to criticize Brokaw, with tweets along the lines of “Tom Brokaw piling on the both sides — absolutely NOT. This is the Republicans.”

Brokaw on Tuesday also blasted Democratic newcomers to Congress, without naming names. He said: “You’ve got the young people running through the halls who are the new members of Congress — who are conducting pep rallies every day, instead of getting together with the more moderate people. … They’re being driven hard by the left, so it’s a time of great chaos.” The longtime NBC anchor said people around the country are asking him when Democrats and Republicans will “get together and talk to each other.”

Of course, a Twitter personality jumped up to defend Pelosi against the observation of Tom Brokaw. (At about 10:00 a.m. on 22 January 2019, I was certain I had seen vile comments against the Covington Catholic School kids on this account; however, by noon, there was no tweet regarding the high school kids on her account. In retrospect, I hope that the tweet against the high school kids was never there; however, if it was posted and then removed, I wholeheartedly support the concepts of repentance and redemption. If it was never there, I hope all will forgive my mistake.)

Considering the January 2019 Rasmussen poll saying that 53% of likely US voters want border security, the AFA poll showing strong support for the wall, and the June 2018 Harvard/Harris poll showing 65% approval of the border wall, you would think that the Democrats might start to come around.

Three things local news hasn’t reported about the wall

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Mexican forensic workers bury unclaimed victims in a mass grave

1: The local news doesn’t report the need for the wall

Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record

Reuters reports in a 21 January 2019 article that murders rose in Mexico by 33%.

Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to information from the Interior Ministry published on Sunday.

Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting

(Read more at Reuters)

Never mind the opioid crisis made possible by the cartels sending illegal drugs across the border, Nancy. Never mind the lives destroyed by the illegals who kill our mothers, sisters, brothers, and fathers — all the while you refuse to meet with grieving angel moms, Nancy.

Nancy, since you don’t recognize facts brought to you that you don’t like — why didn’t you live by your own words. If walls are immoral and keeping people out is not what Americans do, why don’t you open your doors to Laura Loomer and the friends she brought you?

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2: The local press doesn’t report the desire for the wall

Most voters want secure border and say wall not immoral

OneNewsNow reports in a 15 January 2019 article how a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports contradicts the Democrat message.

In the face of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) charge that building a secure wall at the United States-Mexico border is immoral, most American voters (53 percent) disagree, while less than four in 10 embrace the pro-immigration Democrat’s advocacy of open borders.

“Fifty-three (53) percent of likely U.S. voters think it is better for the United States to tightly control who comes into the country,” Rasmussen Reports announced Monday from its latest phone and online survey conducted on 1,000 likely American voters from Jan. 10–13. “Thirty-nine (39) percent disagree and say it is better to open our borders to anyone who wants to come here – as long as they are not a terrorist or a criminal.”

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

One insane point that comes out by reading the OneNewsNow article seems to be how closely those self-identified Democrats in the poll fashion their opinions so closely to the talking points of the Democrat leadership (as opposed to the talking points of the Democrat leadership in 2008).

American Family Association Survey Finds Support for Wall Funding

The AFA publication The Stand reports in a 15 January 2019 article how their poll also supports the President’s message on the wall.

American Family Association (AFA) conducted a new survey on border security. The purpose of the survey was to identify the interest of AFA supporters on the issue of border security and to gauge the level of support they had for President Donald Trump’s plan for constructing a wall on the southern border. In the first few hours, nearly 20,000 people responded! In all, 34,514 respondents weighed in for the three-question survey that ended Friday afternoon.

First, nearly all respondents (96%) said they support President Trump’s plan for a physical barrier at the southern border. A very small number of respondents (3%) opposed the president’s plan. Respondents having no opinion on the president’s plan were few (1%).

The most startling statistic of the survey is that an overwhelming majority (90%) of AFA supporters want President Trump to continue the partial government shutdown to force Congress to fund construction for the border wall.

Building a wall on the U.S. southern border was a signature campaign promise of then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. His strong stance on border security was one of the main reasons he was catapulted into the presidency.

Despite a partial government shutdown, President Trump is maintaining a firm resolve to secure government funding to build the wall. Democrats in Congress seem determined in their resolve to obstruct the very agenda that put the president in the White House and are refusing to allocate funds for a border wall. Congressional Republicans are standing with the president.

(Read more at The Stand)

Take in mind that most of these respondents hold a Christian faith. According to the main stream media, that disqualifies us.

Angel moms try to meet with Nancy Pelosi

3: The local press will not show the Democrats when they refuse to listen to American victims of illegal alien crime

Angel Moms Show Nancy Pelosi’s Office Walls Kept Them Out

Breitbart reveals through a 16 January 2019 article how Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dodged a meeting with the mothers of victims of illegal aliens.

Angel families stormed Pelosi’s office Tuesday asking for the Speaker to meet with them and hear their pleas for a wall and border security.

“It’s nice walls in here, all the way, four walls in here,” said angel mom Sabine Durden. Her son Dominic Durden was killed by an illegal alien. Durden asked the staff if she was to go through the secondary office door, would she be arrested. A Pelosi staffer simply told Durden she would ask her not to go through.

Durden then told the staff, “We asked my son’s killer not to and he still did.” – a reference to the foreign national who illegally crossed the U.S. southern border before killing her son. “And Pelosi doesn’t care about that.”

Read more at Breitbart)

But, of course, nobody ever accused San Fran Nan of being broad minded. Or open. Or fair.

I only wish that local angel moms (like Pasadena, Texas resident Mary Ann Mendoza) would get a response from local Democrats — especially those [like Lizzie Fletcher] who promised they would not be under the thumb of Nancy Pelosi).

A first for Jesus

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Jesus performs his first miracle at a wedding in Cana —
John 2:1-11

1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.”
 

Since this wedding was in Cana, Jesus had grown up just miles away. Now Jesus and his first five disciples found themselves at the wedding of family or a close friend. Sadly, whoever invited them now was about to suffer a great embarrassment.
 
Previous to the miracle described below, Jesus had performed no miracles. By performing this miracle, Jesus began to claim his role as Messiah. By fulfilling the request of his mother, He honored the family (the first institution God created for humans on Earth).
 

5His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. 9When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, 10and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

Jesus performed this miracle not to quench his own thirst, but to satisfy the needs of others (like his anxious mother, the conquered Israelites of Cana, and two families who would have been embarrassed had the wine run out). And this wasn’t a watery wine. Not to repeat the words of the headwaiter too much, but this was the good stuff. In fact, it was probably the best wine this side of heaven.
 
By turning this water into wine, Jesus took his first steps toward the cross. When He lifted the cup of this wine, did He taste the blood flowing from His scourging?
 

11This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

His disciples believed — and hopefully you will also.
 

A sad day for many American Christians

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The Shocking Speech Wheaton College Doesn’t Want You to Hear

In a 11 January 2019 Black Community News article, Ryan Bomberger provides perspectives on two speakers at Wheaton College.

This is the tale of two lectures at Wheaton College, a Christian evangelical college in the suburbs of Chicago. One was given in September 2017 and the other in November 2018. Though only a year apart, the responses to the two presentations were universes apart. The reaction is very telling and tragic for those who believe that a Christian education is different than a secular one.

The first speech was given by Dr. George Yancy, a philosophy professor at Emory University (huge thanks to Jamie Dean at World Magazine for excellent article on this and uncovering actual audio recording). It was sponsored by Wheaton’s Philosophy department and held in the esteemed Billy Graham Center on campus. It was entitled: “A Post-Racial America? White Gazes and Black Bodies”. It can only be described as an expletive-laced, pornographic, racist, anti-biblical screed. His theme? “To be white is to be racist.” Listen to these shocking excerpts from that speech here.

There was no backlash from Wheaton’s leadership. There were no letters sent out by any staff or student government leaders denouncing him or raising concerns about the hostile, f-bomb-laden speech. There was only internal praise by the school’s own Wheaton Record.

Then there’s that second speech. Wheaton College Republicans courageously invited me to speak about abortion and race. Keep in mind, there’s never been anyone—ever—to address racism and the abortion industry at Wheaton. In fact, no one has addressed the issue of abortion at their thrice weekly chapels but once (briefly) in many years. Wheaton, founded by slavery abolitionists, doesn’t lead whatsoever on the abolition of abortion. One would think a school that (sort of) espouses a prolife worldview, at least in text on its website (“followers of Jesus Christ will uphold the dignity of human beings, from conception until death…”), would encourage students to put that into action by attending the March for Life Chicago or volunteering at a local pregnancy resource center.

Needless to say, I did not speak in the center named after the school’s most famous alum. But I did speak to a standing-room only audience in another Wheaton lecture hall. My multimedia talk was entitled “Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb”; it was an expletive-free, fact-based, statistics-driven, Biblically-rooted, deeply personal and grace-filled discussion on the systemic racism of the abortion industry and the hypocrisy of the pro-abortion #BlackLivesMatter movement. As an adoptee and adoptive father who was conceived in rape, I challenged students to see the most vulnerable, the most marginalized, and the most powerless among us as having equal intrinsic worth and God-given Purpose.

Six days later, I was severely denounced by a campus-wide email sent out by two Wheaton staff members and signed by three student government leaders. My entire message was branded as “offensive rhetoric” that made “many students, staff and faculty of color” feel “unsafe” on their campus. And now, the school has cancelled the College Republicans’ next event, because leadership claims their speaker approval process needs to change so Wheaton students aren’t exposed to such factivism (aka truth) again.

(Read more at Black Community News)

While this shows that at least one Christian college has gone full-bore liberal instead of full-bore Christian, this will not be the first time a faithful Christian and pro-lifer has been discriminated against. For examples, refer to my blog posts in

Since Wheaton College so flagrantly contradicted the examples of the Old Testament and the commands of the New Testament, maybe a review of how Christians must not discriminate racially and must not discriminate among Christians is in order.

Galatians 3:28 tells us that “(t)here is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In other words, there are no divisions between Christians (no matter the gender, race, or financial status) due to the uniting properties of Jesus Christ. Let me be more clear: Christ makes all Christians into one body. We must not discriminate against the other parts of our own body any more than the mouth should denounce the nose.

In the Old Testament, we receive the example of a leader who did not consider skin tone and a God who stood by his prophet. In Numbers 12:1, we find …”Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married” … In verses 9 and 10, God shows his backing for Moses when we see …”the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departed. But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow.” From this, we see that God stood against Miriam’s bigoted disapproval of Moses’ black wife. Not only that — God punished Miriam for her bigotry.

Additionally, Christians are commanded to “(b)e devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.” We should love other Christians like brothers and put the needs of other Christians over our own. Similar commands can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:11; John 13:34; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2 and 32; 1 Peter 4:8; and 1 John 4:7.

An Old Testament example of a man who was devoted to his fellow believers comes to us through Joseph, who — when presented with a chance to get back at people who sold him into slavery and thereby caused him to go to prison — said “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20).

More offerings from Bible Lens in 2018

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Psalms 121:8 — The Lord will guard

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.
Psalms 121:8 NASB

I compiled this image using Bible Lens during March 2018.

Hebrews 11:10 — the city which has foundations

for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Hebrews 11:10 NASB

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I compiled this image using Bible Lens during June 2018.

Galatians 5:22-23 — The fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

I compiled this image using Bible Lens during January 2018.

So who is being racist and who is color blind?

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Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee stands by remarks suggesting Jazmine Barnes’ killing may have been a ‘hate crime’

As you can see for yourself in the video segment where a Houston reporter for CBS affiliate KHOU asks Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee about her comments, Rep. Jackson Lee does not back down from having called the murder of Jazmine Barnes a “hate crime” in an article by Fox News.

A Texas Democratic Congresswoman is defending her earlier comments suggesting the drive-by shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes may have been a hate crime, even though both suspects in the case turned out to be black – and not a white individual as police and members of the public initially believed.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, when asked Sunday by a reporter about some of the comments made in the aftermath of the young girl’s death in Houston on Dec. 30, said it was “absolutely not” irresponsible to make that suggestion.

Barnes was shot and killed while sitting in the backseat of her mother’s car. Witness descriptions of a white man in his forties at the scene of the shooting – and a sketch put out by police – prompted widespread speculation a hate crime had happened.

“I believe – and having written hate crime legislation, knowing the criteria, I believe that this should be looked at as a hate crime,” Lee said during a press conference Friday, in a video posted to the Congresswoman’s Facebook page. “We don’t want to have on the street someone who is willing to kill children and possibly kill them in the name of hate.”

The next day, at a rally calling for justice for Barnes, Lee said “do not be afraid to call this what it seems to be — a hate crime,” according to several news organizations.

Prior to the arrests, Barnes’ family lawyer, Lee Merritt, also said “we do believe that it [the murder] was racially motivated in part because our nation at this moment is highly racially charged.”

(Read more at Fox News)

After a fashion, I think that Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee is correct and wrong. She is correct that a murderer of children deserves the most complete and severe punishment. However, she is wrong in initially crafting “hate crime” laws to punish criminals on the basis of their purported hate (or on the basis of race — and assuming that infers hate). I can tell you without wavering that almost no crimes are committed out of love for the victim.

So, if there is no case here for applying “hate crime” law against the perpetrators of a heinous murder of a little girl, why not just fully prosecute every crime? Why give certain groups postmortem advantages due to the density of melatonin in their skin or their choice of lifestyle?

As a Christian, I rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15 NASB). However, I think the “hate crime” model steps beyond empathy with the victim and steps into trying to assume and assign the unseen (that is, trying to guess motives, emotions, and other unquantifiable variables).

Family of man wrongfully accused by activist Shaun King in Jazmine Barnes’ shooting speaks out

In a 7 January 2019 article by ABC affiliate KTRK, the family of a wrongly-accused man pleads for the death threats to stop.

The family of a man whose photo went viral on social media as a possible suspect in the murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes is telling everyone to “back off.”

Hailey Cantrell says despite the arrests of two suspects in the murder case, as recent as Monday, there have been threatening comments on her Facebook page regarding her uncle, Robert Cantrell.

“I hear, ‘Someone is going to rape, torture and murder the women and children in your family,” Hailey read from one comment.

Photos of her uncle were widely circulated starting last Friday. In a now-deleted Twitter post, activist Shaun King, who has one million followers, posted Cantrell’s mugshot and wrote, “We’ve had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent (expletive) and always has been. Just tell me everything you know.”

As a white man with blue eyes, he resembles the sketch the Harris County Sheriff’s Office released last week. Even his niece was afraid it was him.

“I’m not going to lie, I teared up,” said Cantrell.

The sheriff’s office now believes the sketch is of a witness that Jazmine’s sisters remembered and has said all evidence shows the little girl and her family were innocent victims.

Eric Black, 20, is charged with capital murder. Larry Woodruffe, 24, is in jail on an unrelated charge, but believed to be the shooter, according to ABC13 sources. Both are African American.

(Read more at ABC)

It would be nice if we could get back to the standards of “one crime, one punishment” and “assumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Robert Cantrell may have had a history that put him far from purity. However, if he currently resides in jail and two other men have been identified by numerous other sources as the murderers, then nobody should be threatening this man or his family.

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Community remembers “Princess Jazmine” at her funeral service

An 8 January 2019 Houston Chronicle article lays out some of the events of the Jazmine Barnes funeral (but only the events that don’t reflect badly on local Democrats).

The pint-sized casket was adorned with purple and white flowers, with the words “Princess Jazmine” sewn into the fabric.

Hundreds of mourners wore purple — Jazmine Barnes’ favorite color.

And the pews were filled at The Community Faith Church Tuesday as family, friends, dignitaries and perfect strangers turned out to remember a young life cut short by a gunman who apparently mistook her family for someone else.

Her mother, LaPorsha Washington, her voice raw from tears, read a missive she said was 7-year-old Jazmine speaking from Heaven.

“There are no more tears, pain and sadness, just eternal love,” Washington told the congregation. “Do not be unhappy just because I am not by your side.”

In a case that sparked international outrage, Jazmine was gunned down in her mother’s car about 7 a.m. on Dec. 30 as they drove with her three sisters in northeast Harris County. The dogged manhunt began with a description of a white man seen in a red pickup truck amid growing tensions that the shooting had been racially motivated.

But by the time the funeral began Tuesday, two black men — including one suspected gang member — had been charged with capital murder in the shooting. Investigators said the men apparently thought they were aiming at a group with whom they had an altercation hours earlier.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Thank Heaven that Christ’s church reached out to the suffering mother of this murdered girl.

Likewise, thank God also for the widespread financial contributions that went toward the funeral expenses of Jazmine Barnes — including dollars provided by Shaquille O’Neal, Officer Kenneth Miles, Deandre Hopkins, and others.

However, one of a number of things this article does not mention was the stump speeches offered by Sheila Jackson-Lee, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and Mayor Sylvester Turner. Admittedly, campaigning at funerals has been a Democrat mainstay well before the Wellstone memorial; however, until the performances of Jackson-Lee, Gonzalez, and Turner, I did not know how much of an art form it was.

Shaq sends best wishes to Marine impaled in freak accident

Shaquille O’Neal has been reported by the Houston ABC affiliate to have sent an encouraging video to a Houston-area Marine who was recently impaled during a freak accident.

A Marine still in the hospital after being impaled in a freak accident around Christmastime got a much needed boost in the form of basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal.

“Shaq,” who is a friend to one of Fernando Dominguez’s friends, posted a video wishing him a speedy recovery.

“Fernando, it’s Shaq. Get well soon, brother. Everything will be alright. Drink that water. Start working out. Everything will be fine,” the Lakers legend said.

According to Dominguez’s mother, the message brightened his spirits.

The Marine, who suffered his injury on Highway 225 near Scarborough in Pasadena, underwent his sixth surgery since the freak accident occurred in late December.

(Read more at ABC)

While this bit of support has seen less air play, it seems to demonstrate Mr. O’Neal’s giving heart that he would send a supportive message to an injured Marine. Maybe it’s little — but if it gives hope and brightens the Marine’s spirits, it may be more valuable than many medicines.

6 things to know about the new Democrat House

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1. By reviewing the Ocasio-Cortez initial announcement on the “Green New Deal,” we can see her blind spots and her focus

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Suggests Super Wealthy be Taxed Up to 70% to Fund ‘Green New Deal’

In a 4 January 2019 Mediaite article, the basic information on the Anderson Cooper interview of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in which she first unveils the Green New Deal appears in print.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat with Anderson Cooper for an upcoming 60 Minutes interview set to air this Sunday, a portion of which has been released as a promotion. In the released segment, Ocasio-Cortez reveals how exactly she suggests paying for the environmental agenda known as the “Green New Deal” — with remarkably higher tax rates for the super wealthy.

Ocasio-Cortez suggests in the clip that in her esteem, people should be doing more to pay their “fair share.” When Cooper pressed on how she could possibly pay for the deal, she pointed to the progressive tax rate system in the 1960s, explaining that if you earn 0 to $75,000 a year, you would only pay 10% or 15% in income tax.

She continued:

“But once you get to the tippie tops, on your $10 millionth, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60% or 70%. That doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate. But it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more.”

(Read more at Mediaite)

From reading this, we can glean:

  • Regarding her view of salaries and rich people
    1. Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t seem to understand that if income (or another reward) is removed, people will likely not produce at the same level
    2. The people earning $10 million are company owners that — when they scale back — may cause many people to lose their jobs. It seems she didn’t learn anything from Obama’s “The Great Recession” or Solyndra.
    3. She objectifies rich people as miniature banks for funding her pie-in-the-sky programs (not as people capable of compassion, mercy, or other laudable traits).
    4. She wants to divide us (the noble “green” voters) from the “rich” (who, according to her, do not pay their “fair share”).
  • Regarding her elevated view of “green” projects
    1. She assumes that “green” projects are so noble that they will escape strong questions by the press
    2. When she does get the muted criticism that this is “radical,” she glosses over the undercurrent of association with the failed states of the USSR, Cuba, Venezuela, and many other broken states by glorying in the title.

Democrats are dangerous to business

2. By reviewing the details of her “Green New Deal,” we can see how it will explode costs and kill jobs

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is more dangerous than you think

The 3 January 2019 Washington Examiner opinion piece that describes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed “Green New Deal” should be reviewed by all (along with the linked draft resolution).

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., hasn’t officially started her first term in office, but she’s already pushing a massive, far-left proposal that would fundamentally transform much of the economy and push the country closer than ever to socialism.

For several weeks, you might have heard Ocasio-Cortez reference the creation of a “Green New Deal,” but until recently, few people knew what would be included in the plan. In a draft resolution to form a select committee in the House that would help develop legislation to put her plan in action, Ocasio-Cortez finally outlined numerous proposals that she says should be part of future Green New Deal legislation. Taken together, the many ideas included in Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal would be the most radical policy shift in modern U.S. history, dramatically increasing the size and power of government and running up the national debt by trillions of dollars.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the Green New Deal, which has been endorsed by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and at least 40 House Democrats, would eliminate nearly all fossil fuels from the electric grid and force everyone in the country to buy from power companies selling only renewable energy.

This policy alone would create widespread economic chaos. Without government subsidies, renewable energy costs significantly more than many forms of traditional energy generation. My colleagues at the Heartland Institute found that electricity prices are, on average, increasing by 50 percent faster in those states that have created renewable power mandates compared to those that have rejected these economically destructive policies. This is especially troubling news for working-class and lower-income Americans, who spend much larger shares of their income on energy than wealthier families.

Not only is Ocasio-Cortez proposing to eliminate the hundreds of thousands of jobs in the fossil fuel industry in the United States, even though America recently became a net-energy exporter, she’s demanding this transition occur in just 10 years, from 2020 to 2030. This mandate would be virtually impossible to achieve because wind and solar energy sources still rely on back-up generation from fossil-fuel-powered energy when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal doesn’t merely advocate for a gigantic shift in the U.S. energy industry. Her draft resolution says one of the proposed House committee’s priorities would be “upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety.” Taken literally, this mandate would cost trillions of dollars. There were about 136 million housing units in the United States in 2017, not including any businesses. Even if it would cost just $10,000 to “upgrade” every home and apartment, an extremely low estimate, this one relatively small part of her plan would cost more than $1.3 trillion.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

As much as people have enjoyed the sudden renaissance of jobs caused by Trump’s deregulation, Ocasio-Cortez’s turn towards the bureaucracy of socialism must be resisted. Not only does it abandon our resources of oil, gas, and coal — it cannot do anything to regulate the biggest polluters (China, India, and third world countries).

Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed bill plays loosely with tax dollars being collected and handed out. In fact, it is wrong on so many levels, because:

  1. The quickest way to raise the price of a commodity (like electrical power) is to mandate that the public buy that commodity from a monopoly (the green power producers)
  2. The best way to ensure a service (like the installation of green power conduits) is inordinately high-priced involves requiring everyone install them under penalty of law
  3. Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed bill eliminates the use of natural resources (that — through gasoline formulation technology and scrubbing technology — have become increasingly cleaner)
  4. Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed bill eliminates currently good-paying jobs in a time window too short to allow a workable transition

3. If the above issues are not enough, Ocasio-Cortez doubles down on forcing entrepreneurs from New York

Ocasio-Cortez Tax Plan Creates 82.7% Top Income Tax Rate for New Yorkers

If we go to a 4 January 2019 article by Americans for Tax Reform, we find a bleaker picture painted for the job creators of New York.

In an upcoming 60 Minutes interview, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will call for federal income tax rates of up to 70 percent as part of a proposal to create vast new government spending programs.

The current top federal income tax rate is 37 percent, so the Ocasio-Cortez plan will nearly double the tax rate for the top bracket.

New York State has a top income tax rate of 8.82 percent while New York City has a top rate of 3.876 percent. So under this proposal, her constituents would pay a top combined income tax rate of 82.7 percent:

Federal income tax rate: 70.0%
NY state income tax rate: 8.82%
NYC income tax rate: 3.876%
TOTAL: 82.696%

New Yorkers would not be the only ones suffering under the Ocasio-Cortez plan. California taxpayers would pay a top rate of 83.3 percent (70 percent plus the California rate of 13.30 percent).

(Read more at Americans for Tax Reform)

If this is not a formula for speeding the exodus of businesses from New York, I don’t know what is.

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4. For those concerned with border security, the new House Democrats have nothing. But they do have a nice gift for the dictators of Central America.

Democrat Spending Bill Offers $12 Billion More for Foreign Aid, $0 for Border Wall

A 3 January 2019 Breitbart article outlines the excesses the Democrats have taken to advance socialism and abortion internationally.

The spending bills proposed by House Democrats to end the partial government shutdown offer no funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but provide over $12 billion more in foreign aid than the Trump administration requested, according to a statement on Thursday from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The statement warned the new House Democrat majority of President Trump’s intention to veto the bills, noting that the administration “cannot accept legislation that provides unnecessary funding for wasteful programs while ignoring the Nation’s urgent border security needs.”

The statement reiterated President Trump’s request for “at least $5 billion for border security” and asserted that the Democrats’ proposal “does not come close to providing these necessary investments and authorities.”
The White House then highlighted the billions in funding the Democrats are offering for “unnecessary programs at excessive levels” beyond what the Trump administration requested, including:

  • $12 billion more for “international affairs programs,” including $2.9 billion more “for economic and development assistance, including funding for the West Bank/Gaza, Syria, and Pakistan, where our foreign aid is either frozen or under review.”
  • $700 million more than requested for the United Nations, including restored funding for the United Nation’s Population Fund, which would undermine the administration’s Mexico City Policy that bars the use of taxpayer dollars for foreign organizations that “promote or perform abortions.”
  • Approximately $2 billion more than requested for the Environmental Protection Agency
  • $7.1 billion more than the administration requested for Housing and Urban Development programs

(Read more at Breitbart)

Of course, these Democrats have to know that these measures will not pass the Republican Senate and will not be signed into law by President Trump.

Still, forget reality. These are the Democrats.

5. Democrats know from commercial sources that America wants Border Security

Americans want border security, and the numbers show it

A 5 January 2019 Fox News article on a recent Gallup poll shows that most Americans value border security.

President Trump is far from alone in his determination to secure our borders — according to a recent Gallup poll, Americans view immigration as the second-biggest problem facing the country today.

That’s bad news for the Democrat Party, which is hellbent on opposing the president’s efforts to fix our broken immigration system, especially the border wall he needs in order to get illegal immigration under control.

The Democrats have a very simple, two-part strategy on immigration: first and foremost, they want to keep President Trump from fulfilling his promises to the American people; second, they want to make it even easier for foreigners to enter this country illegally.

With Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives, it’s no surprise that Americans are deeply troubled by the immigration crisis.

Over the past several decades, millions of illegal immigrants have successfully evaded our efforts to enforce immigration laws, putting local economies and welfare programs under tremendous pressure to cope with the massive influx of undocumented workers and their families, most of whom receive at least one form of government welfare.

In fact, illegal immigration costs taxpayers a staggering $134.9 billion a year while contributing only $19 billion in state, federal, and local taxes. At the federal level, medical costs make up the lion’s share of government expenditures on illegal immigrants, while education is the largest single expense that illegal immigration imposes on state and local governments.

(Read more at Fox News)

Although it is the Democrats who seem hellbent on denying border security to America, I have to admit that the Republicans have had ample chances to fix the problem over the past two years.

6. If you don’t live in a major population center, the Democrats do not care about you.

Nolte: Tyrannical Democrats Introduce Bill to Kill Electoral College

According to a 4 January 2019 Breitbart article, the Democrats would like to silence the fly-over states between New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Desperate to bring the Tyranny of the Majority to our representative democracy, on the first day Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) submitted a bill to kill the electoral college.

“In two presidential elections since 2000, including the most recent one in which Hillary Clinton won 2.8 million more votes than her opponent, the winner of the popular vote did not win the election because of the distorting effect of the outdated Electoral College,” Cohen said in a press release. “Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office. More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”

Democrat frustration over losing the presidency when they won the most votes is certainly justified. But it is also their own fault. If these triggered snowflakes would get over their Red State prejudices and dare to live amongst us, that influence might flip enough states. But they refuse to. These snobby bigots find Middle America icky, so they cower together in coastal and big city bubbles.

If you will pardon a small digression… never forget that those who claim to believe in Global Warming also choose to stubbornly live on the very same coasts that are supposed to be underwater already.

Anyway, eliminating the electoral college is the road to tyranny — which is why Democrats and the media desperately want it eliminated.

Trust me, the last place any free person wants to live is in a country where 51 percent of the population can strip the rights away from the 49 percent.

Imagine a country where the only way to get elected president is to appeal to the left-wing extremists who live in large population centers, which is exactly what would happen. In fact this would be the only way to win the presidency because it would be the easiest — the cheapest as far as ad buys, getting out the vote, and that most precious commodity of all: time. Campaigns are going to go to where the most votes are.

(Read more at Breitbart)

While the Democrats know that getting rid of the electoral college would require an amendment to the constitution, I have read elsewhere that Democrats are doing an end-run on the electoral college by getting individual fly-over states to voluntarily give their delegates to the popular winner of the overall presidential election.

Signs the AP is full of liberal sh**

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The Associated Press lede: Signs of GOP unease over shutdown ahead of White House talks

According to a 4 January 2019 Associated Press article, the President should immediately cave on his demand to fund the border wall.

For the second time in three days, congressional leaders arrived at the White House Friday for talks with President Donald Trump amid signs of growing Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown.

The meeting on the 14th day of the shutdown came after House Democrats muscled through legislation to fund the government but not Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. As the impasse over border funding dragged on, some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 voiced discomfort.

But Trump dug in ahead of the meeting, writing in a letter to Congress, “Walls work. That’s why rich, powerful and successful people build them around their homes.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said even though the new Congress has convened since the last session at the White House, “the basic steps that are needed to end this unfortunate standoff really haven’t changed at all.”

McConnell has said measures approved by the House are non-starters on his side of the Capitol without the president’s support.

“Any viable compromise will need to carry the endorsement of the president before it receives a vote,” he said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is close to Trump, said he spoke to the president Thursday about a potential compromise package that would include border wall money and some way to provide legal standing for the young immigrants here illegally but working or attending school under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“He’s open-minded to this,” Graham said in an interview, but he added the president “hasn’t committed.”

Pelosi has already said she opposes trading DACA for the wall, and it’s unclear if other Democrats and Republicans would be willing to engage in immigration negotiations. But Graham called such a compromise the best way out of the shutdown.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

As for myself, all this article does is make me want to use AP srticles as examples of liberal bias.

Conversely, considering

  1. The American deaths that have occurred at the hands of illegal aliens,
  2. The incivility of the opposition,
  3. And the invasion of diseases across our southern border,

The President does not need to back down.

Central tweets to November

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Tweets important to November

30 November – Luke 6:37

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.

28 November – Psalms 87:4

Delight yourself in the Lord ; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

27 November – Jeremiah 33:3

”Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

26 November – Psalms 100:5

For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

25 November – 1 Corinthians 6:20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

23 November – Romans 15:5-6

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:5-6 NASB

22 November – Psalms 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

21 November – Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.

21 November – Isaiah 25:1

O Lord , You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

19 November – Psalm 3:3

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

18 November – Psalm 9:1

But You, O Lord , are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

17 November – 1 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

14 November – 2 Corinthians 12:9

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

13 November – Acts 20:24

But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

12 November – 1 John 3:1

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

11 November – Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

11 November – 3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

10 November – Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

8 November – 2 Corinthians 7:1

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

7 November – Hebrews 9:28

so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

6 November – John 1:14

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

5 November – James 1:2-3

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

4 November – Ecclesiastes 11:5

Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

3 November – Proverbs 13:20

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

1 November – Pslam 42:11

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

My most important tweets of December 2018

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December tweets on the verse of the day from the YouVersion app and the Bible Eye app

As I prepare to study my Bible, I generally review the verse of the day (that usually has up to 6 illustrating images) by the YouVersion app. When I find it moving (which is most of the time), I tweet the verse along with the image that most moves me.

At other times, I see a scene that makes me think of a particular Bible verse. Now that the Bible Eye app has been modified to allow the user to pair an image with a verse, I have started doing that.

31 December – James 1:5

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

This is one of several images created through the Bible Eye app.

31 December – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

This, like most of the verse-of-the-day images, came from the YouVersion Bible.

30 December – 1 John 4:15

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

29 December – Luke 6:35-36

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

29 December – 1 John 2:6

the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

27 December – Matthew 4:4

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘ man shall not live on bread alone , but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God .'”

27 December – Colossians 1:16

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him.

25 December – Isaiah 9:6

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

24 December – Luke 2:14

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

22 December – Matthew 1:21

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 December – 1 John 4:9

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

22 December – John 3:17

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

19 December – Isaiah 26:9

At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

19 December – Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

16 December – Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

15 December – Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

14 December – Matthew 5:17

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

13 December – John 4:20

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

12 December – Mark 8:34

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

10 December – Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

9 December – Proverbs 5:21

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord , And He watches all his paths.

9 December – Proverbs 13:6

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord , And He watches all his paths.

6 December – 1 Corinthians 16:14

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

4 December – 1 Corinthians 13:2

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

2 December – Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

1 December – Romans 8:37

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

5 reasons to support building the wall

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Call the bluff of the liberals

Reason 1: To call the liberals’ bluff

The liberals (including the press, as demonstrated by the article below) have put together a mesh-mash that reflects poorly on the Trump administration. That mesh-mash includes accusations against President Trump, stories reflecting well on the illegal aliens, and favorably quoting sources from the aliens’ countries of origin. Without making outright statements of “this is wrong and that is right,” the articles push an open-borders, free-healthcare perspective.

Therefore, the first reason to push toward building the wall is to call the liberals’ bluff and start an honest conversation on the topics surrounding immigration, national sovereignty, and law beyond our national boundaries.

Too bad liberals don’t seem to aspire to those goals.

Trump widens demands in wall standoff, threatens Mexico border closure

A 28 December 2018 Reuters article does its best to lay the blame on Trump (starting with the heading [quoted above] and proceeding to quotes from the incoming Mexican President [not included in the blockquote below]).

President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to close the southern U.S. border with Mexico unless he gets the money he wants for a wall, raising the stakes in a standoff that will present an immediate test next week for the new U.S. Congress.

When Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, they plan to quickly approve a spending measure meant to end a partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22, triggered by Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall.

Democrats have made clear that the House measure, which would then have to go to the Republican-controlled Senate, will not include $5 billion Trump says is needed for the wall, a central part of his tougher positions on immigration than his predecessors.

“Democrats are united against the president’s immoral, ineffective and expensive wall … that he specifically promised that Mexico would pay for,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement, referring to a Trump 2016 presidential campaign pledge.

(Read more at Reuters)

One of the reasons that I voted for President Trump rests firmly in the fact that Trump takes no guff. This is one instance where it would greatly benefit the Trump administration if he were to remain true to this trait.

Anyway, considering the fact that few of the average Americans seem to be even marginally effected by the shutdown, maybe some government savings are in order.

Pueblo sin Fronteras of Chicago leads the invasion

Reason 2: To expose the liberal organizations in their tactics and motivations

Another reason to push for a border wall is that, in doing so, we might expose the tactics of the liberal organizations that oppose the wall.

As with the article used to illustrate the previous point, the liberal perspective central to its writing suggests some fuzzy anti-Trump and pro-liberal ideas.

Although the following article does start with a statement of fact that exonerates Trump and his Border Patrol, the rest of the article seems to suggest a number of liberal talking points that most Americans will not support.

Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody had the flu: state officials

In light of the wailing by liberals regarding the second death of an underage illegal alien brought by a parent invading from Guatemala, we have to wonder whether liberals want us to:

  1. Sue the organizations that obviously have been trolling through communities and suggesting that a child is a ticket for access to Easy Street in the US or
  2. Provide health care to any potential invader to the US

Otherwise, it would seem that their complaints about our protecting our sovereignty are all just proofs that liberalism is a mental disease.

Nonetheless, the account of the death of the Guatemalan boy and accompanying statements by the Guatemalan and “advocacy organizations” found their ways to a 28 December 2018 Reuters article.

The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in the custody of U.S. border agents this week had the flu before he passed away but the cause of his death is still unknown, state officials said on Friday.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo was the second Guatemalan child to die this month while being held by U.S. authorities, sparking outrage from immigration advocates.

In the wake of the deaths, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was traveling to the border to observe medical screenings and conditions at Border Patrol stations while Democrats in the House of Representatives and Senate have called for a full investigation.

Gomez fell ill after being detained near the U.S. border with Mexico with his father. The two had traveled to the United States from their remote village of Yalambojoch in Guatemala.

New Mexico’s Medical Investigator’s office said in a statement that nasal and lung swabs during an autopsy found Gomez had influenza B, but said “determining an accurate cause of death requires further evaluation.”

(Read more at Reuters)

Any American who has had a young child knows the trips to the hospital that we experience (even with the multitude of vaccines available). Since early-childhood sickness is a common evil for parents even in affluent America, what would tempt a parent of a more-susceptible Central American family to take a young child on a stressful trip and expose that child to many sources of infection?

Let me suggest that these groups that advocate for “immigrant rights” (meaning “illegal alien rights”) have traveled to Central America and are telling people, “Increase your chances of getting in and remaining in America by bringing a young child.” Why else would these parents bring 6 and 7-year-old children on a 3,000 mile walk in the cold part of the year? When does the flu normally come to the Americas? Do they not know this?

If proof comes forward that these “immigrant rights” advocates have pushed susceptible young parents into making this trip with children, they should be held accountable.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga arrested

Reason 3: To protect America

A third reason to push for a border wall becomes evident through examination of any of a number of articles describing the murder of Americans by illegal aliens.

Although these articles rarely accuse President Trump of wrongdoing. Nonetheless, these articles (especially those covering the death of a law enforcement official) drive home the need to protect our citizens from illegal alien lawbreakers.

Police arrest illegal immigrant suspected in California officer’s killing

One 28 December 2018 Reuters article presents the bare facts on the death of an officer and the apprehension of an illegal alien suspect.

A suspected illegal immigrant accused of shooting to death a California police officer was arrested on Friday after a two-day manhunt that President Donald Trump cited in his push for building a wall on the border with Mexico, officials said.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, a Mexican national, was arrested in Bakersfield, a city less than 200 miles (320 km) south of Newman where the officer was shot on Wednesday, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said at a news conference.

The shooting and manhunt in California’s agricultural Central Valley entered the national debate over immigration, after Trump tweeted about it in his advocacy for a border wall and Christianson criticized California’s sanctuary law for immigrants.

Arriaga is accused of shooting to death Newman police corporal Sonil Singh after Singh pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The suspect, who exchanged fire with Singh, has claimed to be involved with a criminal gang called the Sureños and was trying to escape to Mexico, Christianson said.

On Friday, heavily armed police officers surrounded the Bakersfield home where they believed Arriaga was hiding and he walked out with his hands up, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters.

(Read more at Reuters)

I have to ask this: if we could build a structure that would discourage (even turn back) one or two people who feel entitled to kill our police, why wouldn’t we?

America's collective pocket is being picked

Reason 4: To show even more that we will not be the continued object of financial abuse

One last reason listed in this post for supporting our building the border wall could be expanded into infinity — our need to rein in our habit of throwing cash at everything. In this case, America needs to stop throwing money at regimes that do nothing to further our interests.

In other words, we need to stop sending millions of dollars to countries that support our enemies or send their criminals or otherwise try to confound our systems.

Of course, if we are going to eliminate our international largess, why not pare down our bureaucratic waste? Why not eliminate federal departments that have not improved the overall performance of fields that they duplicate state and local efforts?

Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

According to a 28 December 2018 article in The Hill, talks about how Trump “threatened to cut foreign aid” (as if these funds were guaranteed and owed in perpetuity the American people to these foreign nations).

President Trump on Friday threatened to cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, accusing the Central American countries of “doing nothing for the United States but taking our money.”

“Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money,” Trump tweeted.

“Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries – taking advantage of U.S. for years!”

This is not the first time that Trump has threatened stop providing foreign aid to countries he says are not doing enough to stop migrant caravans from forming. In October he said that “no more money or aid will be given to Honduras” if a migrant caravan was not stopped.

I want your ideas

Reason 5: To put flesh to other conservative ideas

Since I don’t pretend to have a monopoly on conservative thought, I am open to hearing from other conservative thinkers.

Please either post your ideas on why we should support the building of the wall in the comments or put a link in the comments to your post on the same topic.

Liberal hyperbole

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Bob Woodward hyperventilates

Liberal hyperbole on the wall

Woodward: We’re in a ‘Governing Crisis’ — ‘This Is Not Just Another Government Shutdown’

Bob Woodward again feels a need to broadcast his anti-Trump views through CNN, as reported by Breitbart in a 26 December 2018 article.

During Wednesday’s “New Day” on CNN, journalist Bob Woodward commented on the ongoing partial government shutdown along with Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis’ departure, calling what is going on right now in the White House a “governing crisis.”

“It’s a governing crisis,” Woodward stated. “[W]e better face the reality. This is a dangerous time. This is not just another government shutdown or another example of this impasse. It is something people better think about.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Are we really in a governing crisis? Sometimes I wonder whether we are in a reporting crisis. That is, with the drop in the market over the 22 and 24th followed by the surges on the 26th and 27th, I wonder about the power of the media to both shape and withhold information. I think of the second year of over 90% negative coverage of Trump while they continue to suck up to the head of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, and too many other scandals to list here.

What would happen if we did not have a partisan press?

tweet straightening out Alexandria

Liberal hyperbole as they try to take advantage of things they oppose

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Jesus was a ‘refugee’ in Christmas tweet

Despite the fact that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez unconditionally supports “a woman’s freedom of choice,” belongs to the party that booed God at its last convention, and makes sport of subverting Christians’ religious rights, she now wants to glom onto the sympathy for the Christ Child as she has been reported by Houston Fox affiliate in a 26 December 2018 article to have claimed the manger-ridden Jesus to be a refugee.

U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., wished her Twitter followers a Merry Christmas Tuesday by referring to the newborn Jesus as a “refugee.”

“Joy to the World!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)”

Mary and Joseph are not depicted as refugees in the Nativity story. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph brings the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem so that he may enroll in a census ordered by the Roman emperor Augustus. The couple are forced to take shelter in the stable where Jesus is born due to a lack of room at the inn.

However, in the Gospel of Matthew, Mary and Joseph flee into Egypt with the infant Jesus after King Herod of Judea orders the murder of every boy aged two and under in Bethlehem after the Magi ask him where to find the newborn “King of the Jews.” The Holy Family escape the slaughter and are told by an angel to return to Israel once Herod is dead.

(Read more at Fox)

I can pray for this leader and show love to her; however, I cannot be quiet, because she has been (1) just making political points using the name of Jesus and (2) acting as a vocal opponent to Christian causes like the fight for life and the struggle for religious rights within our society. To remain quiet would mean denying my Christian brothers and sisters.

Liberal hyperbole on a lie

Newsweek falsely reports on Trump visit to troops

Reporters at Newsweek falsely reported in a 26 December 2018 article that President Trump had not visited the troops at the front lines.

Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to not visit troops over the Christmas holiday since 2002. On Tuesday morning, Trump continued the presidential tradition of telephoning military personnel, using the occasion to address the partial government shutdown over funding for his long- promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But did not visit with any troops in person.

His actions stood in contrast with last year’s, when Trump spoke with wounded veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 21, bestowing the Purple Heart on one injured soldier and praising military personnel as “some of the bravest people anywhere in the world.”

But this year he sidestepped that tradition. Between 2009 and 2016, President Barack Obama visited with troops stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, every year over Christmas, NBC reported, while President George W. Bush visited Walter Reed every Christmas between 2003 and 2008, passing on the opportunity in 2002 and 2001.

In yesterday’s call with U.S. troops stationed abroad, Trump used the time to reassert his position that the government shutdown would not end until he received $5 billion for his long-promised border wall.

(Read more at Newsweek)

Sometimes, I wish they would try to check their information instead of just publishing things that help Democrats and hurt conservative Republicans.

President Trump visits the troops

Donald and Melania Trump make surprise visit to US troops in Iraq

In a New York Post article published on the same day, Mark Moore and Nikki Schwab correctly reported that the President and First Lady visited troops in Iraq.

President Trump, who has been criticized for not visiting US troops during the holidays, slipped off to an air base in Iraq on Wednesday.

Trump, wearing a dark suit and red tie, and first lady Melania Trump met with military personnel on Wednesday at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq just west of Baghdad – his first visit with military members in a war zone since he entered the White House almost two years ago.

He told the gathered servicemen and women, many of whom were wearing fatigues, that he has “no plans at all” to pull them out of the country, where they’ve been helping Iraq forces battle Islamic State terrorists.

The commander-in-chief also defended his controversial decision to withdraw the 2,000 US troops in Syria that are leading a global coalition against the terror group.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Thanks to those outlets who do correctly report the news.

Liberals let the truth out

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Mika insults the homosexaul community in an argument against Pompeo

Mika Brzezinski uses an anti-gay slur to challenge Mike Pompeo into attacking the Sauds

In a 13 December 2018 Washington Post article, we find that Mika thinks so little of the gay lifestyle that she can use it as a slur against those with whom she debates. Specifically, the article quotes her in the following way:

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski is facing growing backlash — including criticism from President Trump — after calling Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “wannabe dictator’s butt boy” Wednesday during a segment of the show “Morning Joe.”

The homophobic and vulgar remark was triggered by a less-than-impassioned response from Pompeo about the murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo had ducked questions in a “Fox & Friends” interview about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the killing.

(Read more at the Washington Post>)

Several things come to mind:

  1. Although Mika likely outwardly adheres to the liberal orthodoxy concerning the importance of paying holmage to homosexuality; however, inwardly she thinks so little of it that she uses it as a curse word.
  2. Rather than arguing for her point, she strikes out with name calling. Therefore, it seems as though she has no argument that will stand against Mr. Pompeo.
  3. Over the years, liberals have lectured Americans that we cannot impose our morality on other societies (or so they argued while we fought wards in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq). However, now that we are talking about Mr. Khashoggi, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (and a vocal critic of the current leadership), now they want to apply Western values to the kingdom.
  4. Even though Ms. Brzezinski has purportedly offered a heart-felt apology to the LGBT community, I would question its sincerity. If it took her three days to formulate it, it probably was not from the heart (but from the pocket book).

 

A set of Alec Baldwin tweets using anti-gay slurs

Yeah, Alec Baldwin Really Is a Bigot

In keeping with his on-screen, tough-guy persona (but in contradiction to his off-screen, ultra-left activist persona), the New York Daily News reports in a 3 November 2018 article on a 2018 attack over a parking spot.

Actor and President Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin was arrested for allegedly sucker-punching another man in a fight over a Greenwich Village parking spot, cops said

Baldwin was charged with third-degree assault, misdemeanour harassment and physical contact, officials said.

(Read more at the New York Daily News)

Odd thing is that, while one or two early-published articles mentioned the language used by Baldwin, none of them stayed up. In fact, very few articles on the 2018 confrontation remain. Most articles that turn up from a Google search of “Alec Baldwin, photographer, sucker” return links that cover a 2013 brawl Baldwin forced on a photographer.

For example, one 2013 article in The Atlantic offers a defense of Baldwin’s anti-gay rants.

Responding to Andrew Sullivan’s argument, and my own, that Alec Baldwin is—in fact—kind of a bigot, Wes Alwan offers the following defense:

For calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag” in a blowup caught on video, and another journalist a “fucking little bitch” and “toxic queen” on twitter, Baldwin has been roundly condemned as a “bigot” and “homophobe,” despite the fact that he has been a vocal supporter of gay rights. …

These condemnations are grounded in a number of highly implausible theses that amount to a very flimsy moral psychology. The first is the extremely inhumane idea that we ought to make global judgments about people’s characters based on their worst moments, when they are least in control of themselves: that what people do or say when they’re most angry or incited reveals a kind of essential truth about them. The second is that we are to condemn human beings merely for having certain impulses, regardless of their behaviors and beliefs. The third is that people’s darkest and most irrational thoughts and feelings trump their considered beliefs: Baldwin can’t possibly really believe in gay rights, according to Coates, if he has any negative feelings about homosexuality whatsoever. The fourth, implied premise here – one that comes out in the comical comments section following Coates’ post – is that we are to take no account whatsoever of the possibility of psychological conflict. We refuse to allow ourselves to imagine that a single human being might have a whole host of conflicted thoughts and feelings about homosexuality: that they might be both attracted to it and repelled by it. …

(Read more at The Atlantic)

It just contradicts logic that liberals will circle the wagons around someone who continually abuses others by using anti-gay slurs.

Dim bulb Colbert

Colbert’s Gay Trump Joke Went Too Far

One 3 May 2017 article in Time at least carried a title (“Colbert’s Gay Trump Joke Went Too Far“) that suggested this media outlet recognized Colbert had taken a step too far. However, when you read the body of the article (and especially the next two paragraphs), you will see that no such recognization came to Time.

Which brings us to Colbert’s recent, controversial monologue in which he directed a homophobic slur at the President, suggesting sarcastically that he engages in penetrative sex acts with Vladimir Putin. What’s most striking about the monologue, which aired Monday night, is how remarkably unmotivated it feels. Notionally angry at Trump for having treated CBS’s Face the Nation host John Dickerson unfairly, Colbert builds up a head of steam in an instant. It’s just as ginned-up as Fallon’s enthusiasm for the lip-syncing abilities of every one of his guests. “You’re not the POTUS, you’re the Bloatus!” Colbert intones, the umbrage in his voice rising. “You’re the glutton with the button. You’re a regular Gorge Washington!”

It’s not hard to see why Colbert ended up defaulting to a joke that presumes the worst thing you can call a man is gay—the rest of his material wouldn’t get him booked as a guest on The Late Show. The show, like all late-night shows, is structured to privilege Colbert’s sensibility and his wit abone all. But Colbert has little to say beyond broad, bland puns about Trump’s physique, intelligence, and relative popularity.

(Read more at Time)

By the time that Colbert made his “c**k holster” comment in 2017, I had been ignoring his show for a year. Now, I make a point of turning to the Travel channel if I get a hint that his show is about to hit the air.

Since the mainstay of comedy comes through the capacity to laugh at one’s self — not the capacity to crassly bash the “other.”

Although Trump has held the place of “other,” the LGBT community might look to the history of his humor to know that they are not being used.