Preferences… or TRUTH?

“We recognize truth, but subordinate it to preference, because
we have sacrificed truth and clarity on the altar of human autonomy.”



This is a great video! It pretty much captures everything that’s “upside-down and backwards” about today’s post-truth, reality-free culture. Then connecting the dots, it points to the solution. Enlightening! ~


I don’t know who this Jason A is, but he’s produced a lot of very interesting videos…

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Saturday Shorts (Sunday edition) – 8-20-17


Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

How Do We Know That Baby is Human? Maybe He Identifies as an Adult Lesbian Hippo ~ Refreshingly logical analysis from John Zmirak at The Stream, makes you wonder how far down the rabbit hole western society will really fall ~

The smarter leftists know that by championing these “victims,” they’re also promoting something else. Namely, highly dubious moral principles, which could and would lead to even crazier outcomes. If you gave us those principles baldly, most people would reject them. So their advocates wrap them in “human interest” sob stories that disarm our rational defenses.

Unlicensed Pet Sitters: The Latest Victim of New York’s Regulatory State ~ As an occasional, neighborhood dog-sitter I found this story of authoritarian bureaucrats rather alarming ~

The New York City Health Department wants to ensure that pet sitters are licensed, and has warned a popular internet-based pet sitter service that its users are in violation of the law […]
Potentially, there is no end in sight for this “solution” that seems to be looking to find a “problem.”


Antifa v. Alt-Right in Charlottesville — and America ~ A comprehensive review of last week’s deadly debacle from Patriot Post ~

“It is the manners and spirit of a people, which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1787)


Blinded by rage protesters desecrate ‘Peace Monument’ mistaken for Confederate memorial ~ Aren’t these little nihilists charming?

Atlanta – Apparently blinded by the need to attack something, the protesters climbed and spray-painted the 1911 sculpture of an angel standing above a Confederate soldier, guiding him to lay down his weapon…

Charlottesville Has Become a Pretext for Letting Antifa Run Wild ~ Here’s a short quiz to determine your understanding of the First Amendment as well as your critical thinking abilities ~

Anarchy protects nobody’s rights, except those of the strongest. Following your moral outrage to the point where you will use violence is a great way to turn the United States into Libya, Syria, or Venezuela. There nobody is protected.


Speaking of our South American neighbor ~ Desperate For Cash, Venezuela Gives Putin Control of Oil Assets ~ The government stole the oil industry from the productive, private sector, mismanaged the hell out of it and ruined Venezuela. Now they’re giving the country away to the Russians. #SocialismSucks

Missouri Democratic state senator says she hopes Trump is assassinated ~ If you don’t follow social media or listen to talk radio you probably missed this latest outrage from an unhinged, elected(!) leftist. Even Dems were calling on Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to step down, but ~

“There is no way in hell that I’m resigning,” she said.

Sticker Shock: Iowa’s only ObamaCare insurer seeks 57 percent rate increase ~ Gotta love that Affordable Care Act ~

In one of the biggest 2018 premium hikes sought to date, Iowa’s only ObamaCare insurer is looking for a 57 percent rate increase – that’s 13 percent more than they asked for just two months earlier.
It’s a troubling trend that’s been spreading across the country as jittery insurers stay stuck in a holding pattern waiting on Congress and the Trump administration to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

It’s never going away folks.

Trump’s FDA Commissioner Transforms the Government’s Policy on E-Cigarettes Some welcome, common sense changes. (Never could figure out why progressives were so opposed to e-cigs anyway? And on the other hand, they’re pushing to legalize pot all over the country…) ~

On July 28, new Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a bold shift in the way the FDA regulates tobacco, e-cigarettes, and nicotine. Dr. Gottlieb should be applauded for endorsing a scientific reality that has been well understood for decades but largely ignored by tobacco-control groups and U.S. policymakers: People smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar and carbon monoxide produced by combustion.[…]
Ensuring that adult smokers and former smokers have access to safer, non-combustible nicotine-delivery products will demonstrate that the FDA is serious about reducing the preventable deaths of almost half a million American smokers from lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and stroke every year.

Case against Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide expands with 4-count indictment ~ Well, well. Will be keeping an eye on this one… (You can bet the mainstream media won’t!)
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect Is a Disgrace to Its Namesake’s Memory ~ What a travesty. This deceitful organization is hijacking history to promote a Leftist agenda. Their Twitter feed purports to speak for a 15 year-old Jewish girl who died in a Nazi death camp ~

On immigration, she supports no ban, no walls, and no raids. On the stubborn issue of North Korea, she favors the Kim regime over the Trumps. She supports transgender soldiers in the U.S. military. She has declared the 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down key portions of the Voting Rights Act “one of the worst in history.” She thinks the Trump administration is waging “vicious wars” against “women, people of color, [and] LGBT people.” And she has bragged about “DESTROYING” (her capitalization, not mine) President Trump.
Of course, Anne Frank had never heard of the Kim regime or transgender soldiers as a schoolgirl in 1940s Amsterdam. Her most precious gift to the world was a deep optimism, summed up by her most famous line: “In spite of everything . . . people are really good at heart.”

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is an appalling sham.

Fleas test positive for the Plague in Coconino, Navajo Counties ~ Muchas gracias Obama, sanctuary cities and open borders. Soon we’ll be a third-world country ~

Arizona – According to Public Health officials with Navajo County, fleas collected in the area of Taylor, a town approximately 16 miles (25.75 km) north of Show Low, tested positive for Yersinia pestis, in tests conducted by the Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University.

General Pershing, Pigs, Philippines and Islamic Terrorism ~ The media is calling Trump a liar over his comment about General Pershing’s method for burying Muslims killed in fighting. Guess who’s right? ~

“These Juramentado attacks were materially reduced in number by a practice that the Mohamedans held in abhorrence. The bodies were publicly buried in the same grave with a dead pig. It was not pleasant to have to take such measures, but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven sometimes deterred the would-be assassins.” ~ Gen. John J. Pershing

Sometimes the Good Guys Win ~ :) The left is always shocked to learn that at least half of America doesn’t agree with it. Leftists tried and failed to prevent conservative author, radio show host – and occasional orchestra conductor – Dennis Prager, from conducting the Santa Monica Symphony last Wednesday night.

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Big Lies of the Left

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come
to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can
shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences
of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of
its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie,
and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

~ Joseph Goebbels (Adolph Hitler’s minister of propaganda – and a fascist)

It’s becoming ever more apparent that the Left has adopted this strategy of Goebbels’ as part of their unofficial playbook; Truth is clearly their mortal enemy.

Watch this interesting discussion between Jamie Glazov and Dinesh D’Souza about D’Souza’s new book “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left”. Describing how the Left attempts to revise history to achieve their nefarious goal of total authoritarian control, D’Souza shows the parallels between their methods and those of the Nazis ~



Merriam-Webster defines “fascism” like this ~

Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition


In his book “Liberal Fascism” Jonah Goldberg elaborates on that ~

Fascism is a religion of the state […]
It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including he economy and religion, must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity is part of the “problem” and therefore defined as the enemy.

Increasingly, the Democrat party is embracing the twisted religion of fascism, its methods, its goals, its lies.
O’Ministration Establishes Official Ministry of Propaganda

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America’s growing lawlessness

LincolndefacedI wrote the post below almost two years ago. The September 27, 2015 lunar eclipse brought to mind the way the rule of law in this country was being eclipsed by lawlessness (- thanks mostly to an administration which seemed to have very little respect for our laws).
Next Monday we’ll be witnessing another heavenly eclipse – this time a solar one. Two years later, although we now have a Republican presidency, things have unfortunately deteriorated even further. We’re facing regular eruptions of anarchy (mob violence), surrounded by unequal applications of law enforcement, and a media that seems to support, even encourage, civil insurrection as a legitimate means of dissent.

We’re reaching a tipping point, and are definitely…

Eclipsing the Rule of Law ~


[Oct. 7, 2015] bloodmooneclipse9-15The image of our moon being temporarily “disappeared” during last week’s lunar eclipse brought to mind a similar eclipse. While the moon was being obscured I was reminded of the way our rule of law – essentially the very foundation of modern western civilization – is currently being blotted out in much the same way. I suppose, like the lunar eclipse, the eclipse of the rule of law may also be temporary. But only if our definition of “temporary” includes several centuries of human strife, suffering and despair.
The thing is, when that foundational principle disappears, freedom disappears; government actions become arbitrary and expedient. When the rule of law is erased, people get erased. Frequently by the millions.

If you’ve been keeping track, you know that the Obama administration has been flouting the rule of law since the first day Barack took office. Just to give a few examples:
• Blatantly ignoring laws at whim (refusing to enforce various drug laws, welfare reform law, DOMA(Defense of Marriage Act) and immigration law
• Appointment of federal “czars” to thwart official confirmation process
• Illegal encroachment in private sector businesses (GM auto dealerships, Boeing factory shutdown, Delphi pension debacle)
• Illegal aliens – not only do we not deport them for being here illegally, when they break additional laws, our chief law enforcement officer releases them from jail
• Judicial activism – unconstitutional decisions on ObamaCare and same-sex “marriage”
• Using the IRS as a political weapon to silence opposition
• Executive orders (EPA, Immigration) that bypass the constitution process
Recess appointments (NLRC)- when Congress wasn’t technically in recess


Over the last few years Senator Ted Cruz has been compiling a handy list of the administrations’ extralegal attempts to expand federal power. As Cruz states in the introduction to the document ~

Rule of law doesn’t simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. No one – and especially not the president – is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to “take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.

At least that’s the way the founders intended things to work ~
I guess Obama didn’t get the memo.
Just to be clear though, while it’s the Democrats – and President Obama in particular – who are the ones obviously and deliberately circumventing our laws, Republicans are complicit. The GOP shares the blame because they’ve failed to rein in the executive branch as the Constitution not only empowers them to do, but requires them to do.
So it’s basically our entire ruling class that’s subverting the Republic.
This frontal assault on the rule of law is no trifling matter. Western civilization as we have known it for the last few centuries cannot sustain itself without a legal system that is blind and just.
Most of us haven’t bothered to (or simply don’t want to) consider the implications of an eclipse of the rule of law. I’ll leave it to Ann Barnhardt, in her usual unabashed manner, to enlighten us ~
[Note – Barnhardt’s post is in response to recent revelations that seem to indicate, shall we say, serious irregularities in the Catholic Church’s selection of the last pope. The church must subject itself to its own internal rule of law if indeed it wishes to maintain integrity – and legitimacy.]

If there is extensive law written that covers election fraud, but it is impossible to enforce, or if a sufficient number of people agree that So-and-So is the President or Pope despite the law, how does that not utterly, completely destroy the entire notion of the Rule of Law itself? As I have said for years with regards to Obama, if you can’t enforce Article II Section 1 Clause 5 of the Constitution (qualifications for president), what can you enforce? Can you enforce the border? Can you enforce citizenship? Equal protection? Search and seizure? Right to bear arms? Can you enforce the law against treason? Theft? Murder? Trafficking in body parts? Religious persecution? […]


Can the lawlessness get much worse?

I really want to drill this point home. If having the Church and the See of Peter usurped by the Enemies of Christ is NOT sufficient to warrant corrective action and enforcement of Canon Law with regards to not only papal election integrity, but also with regards to heresy, then logically, there is absolutely no circumstance that would warrant any sort of resistance to the schemes of Satan and his minions on earth with regards to the Papacy. None.
The same with the U.S. If having your government usurped and overthrown by an Indonesian National with a Kenyan musloid Marxist biological father and an Indonesian musloid Marxist adoptive father who, along with his Communist handlers, has openly declared his intention to destroy the country from the inside-out for decades, if the eligibility laws do not apply to this situation, then what possible, possible situation could they apply to?

The answer is: none. As I have said from the beginning of this long, strange trip, once you nullify the Rule of Law itself, you’re done. We see this in the U.S. wherein oligarchs and their favored associates commit capital crimes, crimes warranting execution, on a daily basis, and NOTHING is done to stop them, much less punish them.


Now what will eventually happen when America stops running on the inertia created long ago by our now-discarded Judeo-Christian values? When everyone realizes that laws no longer matter? Anarchy? Perhaps, for a while (Cloward-Piven collapse). More likely; totalitarianism. People will be begging for order and stability. And our soul-crushing, leviathan government will be more than happy to oblige, at the mere cost of all our freedom and liberty.
Again, Barnhardt’s primary focus is the Catholic Church, but the parallels with Washington D.C. are clear ~

We are now seeing this in the Church. The September 8th Motu Proprio has, by utterly abrogating the Rule of Law with regards to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony by inverting the presumption to be that every marriage is, in fact, invalid and thus null, law which is the Word of Jesus Christ Himself, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder“, opened the door to an interstitial anarchy, which will then be seized by the Marxist-Sodomites to impose, by pure thuggery, the ratification of adultery and sodomy.
Because remember, as we have discussed previously, anarchy is ALWAYS temporary. The biggest psycho thug mafia uses the engineered anarchy to become the new totalitarian regime. This is why the Peronist-Fascist Bergoglio immediately made his battle cry, “Hagan lio!” Make a mess! Raise hell! They NEED that period of anarchy in order to take total power.



The vacuum created when the rule of law has been completely eclipsed must be filled with some form of despotism – fascism, totalitarianism, call it what you will; a system under which where no personal freedom is possible.


Fear not. God still wins in the end. But it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Judicial Watch – Corruption Chronicles ~ For more examples of government’s lawlessness
(Added: 8-17-17) ~ The Dissolution of the Civil Society

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History haters are rapidly losing touch with reality

The radical Left – increasingly unhinged – is now attacking inanimate objects ~

Fomenting Chaos: Durham, NC Radicals Destroy Confederate Monument
Councilman formally calls for Baltimore’s Confederate monuments to be destroyed
Lincoln memorial vandalized by illiterate goon (Some savage spray-painted “F**K Law” on one of the columns.).
New Orleans Destroys Confederate Monuments—But Partners with Murderous Racist Regime
Destroying Symbols: Where Does It End? ~

Once every Confederate monument in the country is down, what then? How is a statue of an ordinary rebel soldier in Durham, N.C., more offensive than a gorgeous building-sized tribute to slave-owning racist Thomas Jefferson on the Tidal Basin? We are reaching the point where, if the Washington Monument were to be blown up tomorrow, it would be anyone’s guess whether jihadists or the “anti-fascist” Left did it.[…]
If a statue that has been standing in your city for years suddenly sends you into paroxysms of destructive rage, you are really determined to create a problem for yourself, and you’ll create another problem when it’s gone.

These are the angry actions of ignorant, belligerent children, upset perhaps over their own misfortunes; bad luck or bad decisions. But lashing out at something that can’t possibly harm you is irrational to the point of being psychologically crippling. These folks aren’t even capable of rational thought, let alone able to govern themselves. Which of course has been the goal of the lawless left all along; push people over the edge, throw the country into chaos and create a new totalitarian state to govern with an iron fist.

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The politics of racism – setting the record straight

Considering the recent, lamentable craziness in Charlottesville (initially triggered by the town’s plan to revise history by removing a statue of Robert E. Lee) here’s another excellent video from PragerU. Carol Swain shares some important facts from America’s political past, exposing the Left’s Republicans-are-racist myths ~



Confederate revisionism
When the “content of a man’s character” counted

Democrats’ Racist Roots – a reminder

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H.R. McMaster would’ve made a great NSA – for Hillary

Judging from his recent actions, inactions and globalist tendencies, if – God forbid – Hillary Clinton were president, H.R. McMaster could be her national security adviser. Seriously. Based on his performance thus far, the former lieutenant general seems to be working for the progressive globalists – even though he’s on Donald Trump’s payroll.
With regard to America’s international policy, Trump seemed pretty darn clear on a few specific issues during his campaign ~

• The nuclear agreement with Iran was a bad deal; we’re going to reverse it
• Our national interests are paramount. To that end, we need to strengthen our military
• We are at war with Islamic terrorism, let’s not pretend otherwise


Questionable résumé.

Either McMaster wasn’t paying attention last year – or he’s deliberately attempting to undermine Trump’s agenda. I’m going with option #2, especially considering who was paying for his services until a few short months ago: McMaster Served at Group Financed by Multinational Corporations Doing Billions in Iran Business.
In this piece at Breitbart, Aaron Klein explores the funding behind International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the group for which McMaster served as a consulting senior fellow from 2006 until February of this year. Describing itself as a “world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict,” IISS’ sponsors include a number of corporations looking to profit from doing business with our new best buds, the Iranians; Boeing, Airbus, Total SA (a French multi-national oil and gas company) and – oh my, isn’t that interesting – Ploughshares Fund…

… a George Soros-funded nonprofit identified by the Obama White House as central in helping to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public and news media […]
The involvement of Ploughshares in selling the Iran agreement to the public was revealed in an extensive New York Times Magazine profile of Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, titled, “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru.” The article contains interviews with Rhodes and scores of top Obama administration officials.


Questionable judgement.

rice&ObamaThen there’s McMaster’s baffling approval of Susan Rice’s top-level security clearance. This despite the fact that Obama’s former national security advisor was implicated in the “unmasking” of numerous American citizens and is still under investigation by a number of different congressional committees ~

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster let one of his predecessors, Susan Rice, keep her top-level security clearance nearly one month after reports surfaced about Rice’s potential misuse of that clearance […]
A White House official told the Standard that revoking Rice’s clearance would have been unusual and that this practice applies to other high level government officials, such as the secretary of state. The reason is “for the purposes of continuity,” because it would be illegal for government officials to discuss certain sensitive information with a former official unless that official had a continued clearance.

Source: Washington Free Beacon

That may be, but as Richard Pollock from the Daily Caller told Frank Gaffney earlier this month, considering the fact that Rice is under investigation for breaching public trust, why give her carte blanche access to sensitive information? Her clearance should be significantly downgraded or pulled entirely.

Questionable personnel selection.

Finally, there’s the purge. McMaster is getting rid of Trump national security council staffers who are pro-Israel and take a hard line on Iran and Islamists ~

McMaster last week fired Ezra Cohen-Watnik, the senior intelligence adviser at the NSC. The week before, he fired Derek Harvey, the NSC’s Middle East adviser. In July, he fired Rich Higgins, the director of strategic planning at the NSC.
All three men were brought on board by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and were fired because they were part of the “nationalist” camp that supported the president, versus McMaster’s “globalist” camp, according to a former White House official.


• Cohen-Watnick was a staunch opponent of the Iran nuclear deal and Islamist terrorism, who “wanted to revamp counter-Iran efforts in the Middle East, and sought to reform the intelligence community to rein in the ‘deep state’ of unaccountable bureaucrats with rogue agendas.” Source: Breitbart
• Harvey, who held the Middle East portfolio at the NSC was also was an Iran hawk Source: Breitbart
• Higgins’ crime was exposing the marriage between the radical left and their Muslim Brotherhood allies (sometimes described as the “Red-Green Axis”) and their deep, ongoing influence in the federal government. Source:


Even worse, McMaster is replacing these staffers – who supported the policies we thought Trump stood for – with disloyalists. According to Frank Gaffney ~

“He has been surrounding the president with people who disagree with the president, in some cases, quite vehemently. Former Obama people, holdovers if you will, he refuses to acknowledge that that’s what they are. They agree with McMaster but are not supporting the president’s policies. Some of them, again, brought in, I think, for the purposes of opposing them.
“I think this is nothing short of a coup d’etat, in terms at least of the president’s foreign and defense policies. They have been subverted by his National Security adviser and his minions. It must stop.”


Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review agrees, and wonders why Trump continues to support the man ~

Trump’s continued support for McMaster, in conjunction with Mattis and Tillerson, raises the serious question of whether he even cares about many of the issues he ran on during the campaign.
McMaster has fired all of the pro-Israel staff from the NSC […]
He has brought in Obama’s people for the most important Middle East roles, including Kris Bauman, a Hamas apologists, as the lead advisor on “Palestine,” as he so proudly calls it.
He even worked hard to bring on Linda Weissgold, the woman who drafted the original Benghazi talking points, which fabricated the narrative about the Islam video spawning a spontaneous protest. Plus, Dina Habib-Powell has taken over the deputy role from K.T. McFarland. As Daniel Greenfield reminds us, this is a woman with an affinity for Muslim Brotherhood organizations who once bragged about the levels of immigration from the Middle East.
This is not just a Bush-style Republican opposed by the hardcore grassroots conservatives. McMaster is the “full Obama.” He is the lowest common denominator of the worst elements of the neo-cons and the Obama acolytes. He is obsessive about intervening in every Islamic civil war with no positive outcome or strategic interest for America, but at the same time he is pro-PLO and passionately supportive of the Iran deal […]

The personnel problems explain why McMaster has been such an apologist for the Iran deal and has covered up Iran’s refusal to allow in weapons inspectors to critical sites. McMaster is looking at this crazily backwards: He is obsessed with intervening in Syria to take out Assad but is weak on the problem of Iran, which foments and causes the problems in Syria. McMaster has refused to publicize the 15 side agreements Obama made with Iran.


But hey, just how much commitment to undoing the Iran nuclear agreement can we expect from a guy who until last February was consulting for a bunch of Iranian business pals?
Horowitz continues ~

McMaster is an anathema to every word uttered by Trump on the campaign trail and in the presidential debates: Moving the embassy to Jerusalem, the Iran deal, aimless involvement in Syria, maintaining ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, mass immigration from the Middle East, and the endless war in Afghanistan.




By now you’ve got to be asking, whose side is this dude on? If you’re still not sure consider this stellar endorsement ~

Speaking at a recent event held by Ploughshares Fund, former Secretary of State John Kerry implied that McMaster is the best bet at keeping the nuclear agreement alive, according to a Ploughshares Fund description of the June 5, 2017 event.


Like I said, Hillary would have loved the guy.

Instead of criticizing an attorney general that he perceives as disloyal, Mr. Trump should seriously consider getting rid of someone who actually is!


The Fake News Claim That Israeli Government Officials Back McMaster
Uh-oh: Look who’s supporting McMaster now ~ Hint: an unindicted co-conspirator in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Holy Land trial
Walks Like a Globalist, Talks Like a Globalist, Thinks Like a Globalist: McMaster is a Globalist
The revealing effort to discredit the #FireMcMaster movement
Susan Rice’s White House Unmasking: A Watergate-style Scandal ~

President Obama’s national-security adviser, confidant, and chief dissembler, called for the “unmasking” of Trump campaign and transition officials whose identities and communications were captured in the collection of U.S. intelligence on foreign targets […]
At a high level, officials like Susan Rice had names unmasked that would not ordinarily be unmasked. That information was then being pushed widely throughout the intelligence community in unmasked form . . . particularly after Obama, toward the end of his presidency, suddenly — and seemingly apropos of nothing — changed the rules so that all of the intelligence agencies (not just the collecting agencies) could have access to raw intelligence information.

Updated: 8-15-17 -Added ~
McMaster blocked Ayaan Hirsi Ali from speaking to NSC and meeting Trump: “Islamophobic” ~

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was schedule to present a paper on radical Islamic terror at the National Security Counsel before being blocked by H.R. McMaster and his recently appointed Senior Director of Counter-Terrorism, Mustafa Javed Ali […]
McMaster appears to be doing all he can to make sure that the truth about Islam and jihad is not discussed at the NSC or the White House. He must go. He must go soon.

Is this America – or the Middle East?!

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Despite the DPRK menace, God is still in control

As Kim Jong Un ratchets up his nuclear threats, escalating tensions around the globe, Dr. Michael Brown reminds us in this timely and encouraging article who’s ultimately in charge of the North Korean situation (and everything else :) ) ~

It’s easy to forget that we humans are not the only ones calling the shots. In the midst of the choices we make for good or evil, a sovereign King is carrying out His plan. In the words of Daniel, it is God who “removes kings and sets up kings.” (Dan 2:21) Yes, “all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. And no one can stay His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” (Dan 4:35)
Should we imagine that this same God is sitting by passively, waiting to see what decisions His earthly creation will make? Or, worse still, should we imagine that He is wringing His hands in despair, worried about what Kim Jong Un and others will do?
Hardly. Instead, He’s at work, be it overtly and covertly, and He has made His plans as well.


We can’t guess at those specific plans but there are some comforting assumptions we can make based on what the Bible tells us about God’s nature and previous interventions with His creation ~

… God cares about the souls of lost men and women (Ezek 18:32); that He desires all to come to repentance and know Him (2 Pet 3:9; 1 Tim 2:1-4); and that He hurts when His children are persecuted for the faith (Acts 9:4). This tells me that, whatever else may be going on, the Lord wants to penetrate the darkness of N. Korea so that His light can shine in.
Many of you have seen the satellite image of N. Korea at night, the whole nation in virtual darkness while the surrounding countries are lit up. Well, as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. N. Korea is consistently cited as the most dangerous country in the world for a Christian to live.

On the other hand, since the Korean War ended, Christianity in the Republic of Korea (South) has grown exponentially. Only 2% of the population in 1945, Christians now represent about 30%. Dr. Brown discusses his experiences in that country over the last several years ~

I’ve ministered in Asia on more than 40 different occasions, including 12 trips to S. Korea. Last year, I participated in a worship and prayer service held right on the DMZ border. It was a unique experience.
Naturally, S. Koreans know the danger that lurks to the north, with all its military prowess. That’s one reason that S. Korean Christians pray with such fervor every day. Their lives could literally depend on it.

As the North Korean tyrant seems to grow more belligerent by the day we certainly need to pray for a peaceful outcome to the pending crisis. But let’s also pray for a miracle for the poor beleaguered citizens of that country. May God choose this time to bring them out of darkness to the light of His salvation.


“With men this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”
Jesus Christ
~ Matthew 19:26 ~

Escape from Hermit Kingdom Hell

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Saturday Shorts – 8-12-17


Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

Climate changers lately have been frantically warning about about upcoming phantom weather extremes. And yet – it’s been 4,300 Days Since Last U.S. Major Hurricane Strike ~

The last major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Wilma striking Florida on October 24, 2005, one of several strong hurricanes to hit the U.S. that year. The unusual hurricane activity in 2005 was a central focus of Al Gore’s 2006 movie, An Inconvenient Truth, in which Mr. Gore suggested 2005 was going to be the new normal. As you might recall, Gore went on to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for helping to raise awareness of the severe weather dangers from global warming.
Instead, the bottom dropped out of Atlantic hurricane activity after 2005.

MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen: Believing CO2 controls the climate ‘is pretty close to believing in magic’ ~ Professor of atmospheric sciences does an excellent job of debunking the fact-challenged alarmism of the science settlers
And it looks like the Trump administration is paying attention ~ USDA puts a chill on “climate change” policies ~

(Sonny) Perdue is refocusing his agency back to its core mission that consists of food safety and rural community support. This new approach has led to a request by the USDA to its employees, instructing them to avoid using language that directly references climate change.

Democrat Fingers in the Vatican Pie: Did Obama Force Benedict’s Abdication? ~ Hmmm…Writing at OnePeterFive, Alessandro Rico explores a very plausible theory which considers several reasons Obama and the Dems may have had to push for a more progressive pope, including ~

(T)he Obama administration was likely to be frightened by Pope Benedict’s conservative stance on the liturgy, morals, and politics. A conservative pope, in a moment when the Church’s aid was no more required to fight communism in the Soviet Union – and Russia was becoming a conservative nation – could mean an undesired, and politically dangerous, rightist breakthrough for American Catholics and an unseen convergence between religious conservatives in the U.S. and Russia […]
That the Catholic vote was at stake in the Obama administration’s conspiracy against Benedict XVI is also proved by WikiLeaks’ revelations on Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man, John Podesta. His leaked emails showed that he was planning to foster a “Catholic spring,” a revolution intended to supplant conservative sections of the Church and make progressives take over.

Will Obama’s legacy haunt us forever? ~ Obama administration knew about North Korea’s miniaturized nukes ~

Tuesday’s bombshell Washington Post story that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has determined North Korea is capable of constructing miniaturized nuclear weapons that could be used as warheads for missiles – possibly ICBMs – left out a crucial fact: DIA actually concluded this in 2013. The Post also failed to mention that the Obama administration tried to downplay and discredit this report at the time.

In Celebration of Cult of Diversity, Google Sacrifices Employee ~ William M Briggs at The Stream reflects on Google’s reality-free workplace ~

George Orwell said, “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” This is why cultists insulate themselves and punish and purge from their dark shelters and “safe spaces” any who remind them of Reality.

490 Earthquakes Reported In Turkey In Just 24 Hours Including A Boom In Murder And Suicide Amongst Muslims (1.4 Million In A Single Year) ~ Interesting post at Curious coincidences? Or signs of the end times…?
Israeli institute trains Palestinian avocado growers ~ Sort of disrupts the “evil Israelis” narrative eh? ~

This July was a month full of depressing news regarding diplomacy among Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.
And yet, far from the headlines, cooperation across these populations was thriving at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) in Nahalal, a city in northern Israel.
During July alone, GIMI gave a training course to Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli olive-oil producers, taught farmers from Palestinian Authority territories to grow avocados for export, and began planning a tele-course for Gazan computer engineers meant to lead to remote employment at Israeli companies.
“This is nothing new for us,” says GIMI President Joseph “Yossie” Shevel. “We’ve been cooperating with the Palestinians for the last 30 years.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, from the Religion-of-Peace ~ Palestinians Release Hebrew-Language Music Video Urging Muslims to ‘Tear’ Apart, Stab Jews ~

It is not uncommon for Hamas television to praise violence against Jews, endorse suicide bombings and indoctrinate children to become “martyrs.” However, this music video is unusual because it is sung in Hebrew instead of Arabic.
The video includes footage of terrorists carrying out stabbings and ramming their cars into Israelis.

Muslim takeover of Europe is ‘biggest story of our time’ and nobody knows it ~ Because the mainstream media -on both sides of the Atlantic – pretends it’s not happening ~

Western Europe is already in the death throes of “demographic suicide” because couples are no longer having enough children […]
“A post-Christian Europe doesn’t really have any faith and it doesn’t have any families either. They are fading into the past. They have essentially broken the compact of human societies.” – Mark Steyn

Former transgender: ‘I bought into the lies of Satan’ ~ A wonderful testimony to God’s truth and the healing power of the Holy Spirit
Check out Synchronized cops :) Too cute!

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Meanwhile, in another part of the world…


While global attention is currently focused on North Korea and that chubby, lunatic Kim Jong Un – rightly so(!) – this is happening in Afghanistan ➡ ISIS And The Taliban Team Up In Afghanistan.
Last weekend these two savage tribes joined forces to murder dozens ~

Taliban and Islamic State militants jointly attacked an Afghan unit in the northern part of the country Saturday (8-5-17), government officials told The New York Times.
The attack killed nearly 50 Afghan local police, militia-men loyal to the government, and surrounding civilians. The militants reportedly beheaded some of the victims, but the Taliban denied cooperation with ISIS in the attack, declaring in a statement to CNN that “it is completely wrong, it is propaganda of our enemy, ISIS is our enemy.”
Officials, however, noted to The New York Times that interactions between the rival terrorist groups are increasingly complex. ISIS and Taliban militants have repeatedly clashed in the eastern part of the country which serves as ISIS’s headquarters in the region, but have may found common ground in the less contentious parts of the country.
“It was a joint [ISIS] and Taliban operation,” the Afghan official in charge of administering the attacked region declared with certainty to reporters after the attack.

As Newsweek reported Monday ~

ISIS has slowly developed its presence in the country, particularly in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where Afghan forces, backed by U.S. drone strikes, have been battling the group.

Afghanistan is such a mess. U.S. involvement in this civil war, any further investment of American blood and treasure, should be seriously curtailed.
Thanks to the corrosive effect of Islam, the country has devolved so rapidly in the last 50 years, it’s difficult to imagine this 14th century nation ever rejoining the rest of us in the 21st.


Terrorism in Afghanistan and the Dangers It Poses ~ June update from the Center for Security Policy ~

Presently, the Afghan government has lost control over a third of the country to insurgent groups, primarily the Taliban. Moreover, Afghanistan holds the largest concentration of US recognized terrorist groups than anywhere else in the world. These groups are well organized and pose a large threat to the government, including the Taliban. In 2015, the Taliban controlled a recorded 1/5 of the country and likely had influence over half of it. This number has only increased with time […]
As these insurgencies grow stronger, the government’s capacity to fight back grows weaker. The struggles of the military, such as their deep-seated corruption and NATO related combat operations, to fight insurgents as well as the Afghan government’s waning influence leaves the state vulnerable. It is clear that if the Afghan government wishes to win back control of Afghanistan, they must re-strategize their approach.

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The gruesome truth about Planned Parenthood

Last Monday, Fox’s Tucker Carlson spoke with former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson who revealed some inconvenient – and stomach-churning – facts about progressives favorite abortion mill ~
• PP’s business is ABORTION. (No pre-natal care, no mammograms)
• Every facility has a monthly quota to meet (Johnson’s performed 75 abortions/day!)
• Fetuses’ bodies are sold for $200 each
Pure evil.


Watch quickly before YouTube censors it for offensive content
(Seems they’re becoming increasing fascistic)


For the last few years, David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress have been exposing the disgusting facts about the abortion giant; their callous attitudes and the sale of baby body parts. Abby Johnson pretty much confirms everything that he’s reported. Yet Daleiden has been harassed, persecuted and even arrested – for trying to put an end to this barbaric practice.
Franklin Graham Slams Planned Parenthood: “Abortion is Murdering an Unborn Child. What Kind of Parenting is That?” ~ Graham was responding to PP’s latest propaganda campaign ~

The abortion business Planned Parenthood now is targeting the youngest school children of all with its sex agenda and part of Graham’s reasoning for posting had to do with that […]
Responding to that, Graham said: “Planned Parenthood’s true colors are showing. They’re in the news this time because their website gives ‘guidelines’ that instruct parents to teach their children, even preschoolers, that ‘your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.’”

Medical waste disposal company stops doing business with ‘many Planned Parenthood’ clinics ~ A victory for life :)

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Scotland finds tourists aren’t particularly fond of ugly wind-farm vistas

Can you believe the Scots actually allowed this visual assault on their picturesque countryside? :(


This is Stirling Castle, which was home to Mary, Queen of Scots,
one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland


Any wonder these unsightly behemoths are having a negative impact on their tourist industry? ~

More than half of tourists to Scotland would rather not visit scenic areas dominated by man-made structures such as wind farms, a YouGov poll suggests.
A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries.
Just 3% said they were “more likely” to visit such areas, while 26% said such large-scale developments would make “no difference”.
The poll has rekindled calls for Scottish ministers to increase protection for wild and scenic areas that, it is argued, will protect rural tourism businesses.

Donald Trump weighed in on the eyesores when he visited Scotland last November ~

Donald Trump urged Nigel Farage to campaign against wind farms in Scotland because he believes they “sully” the country’s beauty, it has been claimed.
The president-elect, who fought against an offshore wind project near his Aberdeenshire golf resort, met Mr Farage in New York last week […]
Last December the (UK) Supreme Court rejected Mr Trump’s challenge to the offshore wind farm project near his Menie golf resort.
His company the Trump Organisation previously lost two legal bids in the Scottish courts after ministers approved proposals for an 11-turbine scheme which Mr Trump said would spoil the view from his course.


In their November 22, 2016 story, the BBC captioned the below photo with this: “Mr Trump believes wind turbines “sully” the Scottish landscape”

Which begs the question – does the BBC thinks these ugly monsters somehow enhance the view?


These hideous turbines have already proven themselves to be an inefficient and prohibitively expense alternative energy source – not to mention hazardous to humans and other life forms. But clearly they should be banned on a purely ascetic basis.
Powerless in the wind

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