The difference between North and South Korea; a brief history lesson for ignorant progressives

Despite all the evidence that North Korea is a communist hellhole which no sane person would ever want to live in, somehow U.S. Olympic commentators are naively intrigued by the totalitarian regime. Naturally, the South Koreans are baffled by this startling fascination ~ South Koreans Found American Media’s Infatuation With Kim Jong Un’s Sister ‘Mind-Boggling’

A variety of media outlets drew criticism for writing warmly about Kim Yo Jong, a director of propaganda for the rogue country, with several stories noting she smiled a lot as part of a “charm offensive.” She is North Korea’s propaganda and agitation director, playing a key role in the cult of personality around her brother’s dictatorship.
 
Despite this and North Korea’s abysmal human rights record, CNN declared Kim Yo Jong was “stealing the show” at the Olympics, and Reuters penned a piece quoting analysts as saying North Korea was going for a “diplomacy gold medal.” The New Republic‘s Jeet Heer called the North Korean charm offensive “surprisingly successful.”

 

Our mainstreams’ should be ashamed of their ignorance and complete lack of historical perspective. They clearly missed this important chapter in American -and world – history. As historian Victor Davis Hanson asserts in this Prager University video, the Korean War “deserves to be remembered and studied with pride” ~

 

 
Maybe before they embarrass themselves on the international stage again, our progressive mainstream media types should open a world history book.
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Related:
Why It’s Insane To Welcome North Korea To The Olympic Games
Seoul police scuffle with protesters burning Kim Jong-un portraits & N. Korean flags (VIDEO) ~

The activists had gathered in South Korea’s capital on Sunday to voice their discontent about North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Chanting “Let’s tear Kim Jong-un to death!” the crowd ripped up posters of the North Korean leader and burnt images of him, as well as the North Korean flag and posters of a united Korea, until police ran in to put it out.

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Saturday Shorts – 2-17-18

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

 
DOJ backs conservative students in lawsuit against Berkeley ~ Finally – some official push-back against the campus thought-police! ~

• The Department of Justice has filed a statement in support of two conservative student groups that are suing UC-Berkeley for infringing on their First Amendment rights.
• The students allege that administrators used a new “High-Profile Speaker Policy” to stymie their efforts to bring conservative speakers to campus, particularly Ann Coulter.

 
Ben Carson Responds to Atheist Group’s Suit: ‘I Will Not Stop Being a Christian’ ~ The atheists at Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) are whining because some Trump cabinet members meet weekly for Bible study. (Where were they 200 years ago when church services were being held in the U.S. Capitol building?) ~

“I refuse to be intimidated by anti-religious groups into relinquishing my spirituality or religious beliefs. One of the principles of our nation’s founding is freedom of religion. I will not stop being a Christian while in service to this country.” Added (HUD Secretary Ben Carson), “In fact, it is my faith that helps me serve the nation even better.”

Amen.

 
Black Writer: Black Caucus’ Behavior During SOTU Shows They Are ‘Slaves’ to Democratic Party ~

The YouTube star (Candace Owens – @RealCandaceO) also came to the defense of black conservatives who are often ostracized and ridiculed for sociopolitical beliefs that differ from 87% of the black community that politically aligns with the Democratic Party.
 
“For too long, blacks that have been trying to help the black community have been labeled coons, while those that wish to destroy it have been celebrated as heroes,” Owens wrote. “That chapter is coming to an end.

 
‘Sinking’ Pacific Island Actually Getting Bigger Shock ~ According to climatists, Tuvalu was doomed ten years ago ~

There were even dire forecasts of environmental refugees fleeing to Australia and New Zealand.
 
Tuvalu – the Pacific island group often cited by climate alarmists as the nation most immediately at risk from rising sea levels caused by ‘global warming’ – is not sinking after all.

 
Feminists protest over decision to let transgender women use ladies-only pool on Hampstead Heath ~ Because the Left’s reality-free ideology inevitably clashes with itself ~

The City of London Corporation who are responsible for the facility said self-identifying trans women were now welcome to use the pond and the female changing rooms.
 
In a statement, the Corporation said: ‘Over the last year all lifeguards and managers at Hampstead Heath ponds have taken transgender awareness training courses, which have been offered to, and taken by, the ponds’ swimming associations as well […]
 
But Mayday 4 Women have been campaigning against the change and have produced flyers to ‘keep the Hampstead Heath ladies’ pond a sanctuary for women’.
According to the group: ‘Males already have have access to two ponds: the men’s pond and the mixed pond. Why should they have access to three ponds when they already have access to two?’

 
Hong Kong Catholics hold prayer vigil to oppose Vatican capitulation to China ~ The pope may be confused, but these folks aren’t ~

(A)bout 200 Hong Kong Catholics gathered for an all night-vigil to pray and express alarm over the Vatican’s pending capitulation to mainland China’s push for more communist control over the Chinese Catholic Church […]
 
John, an underground priest, told ucanews.com that the Vatican’s plan is “like asking the underground church to take communion with the devil.” The underground church feels abandoned and betrayed, he said.
 
He went on to say that the “Holy See is mistaken if it believes it can achieve unity by supporting the Communist Party-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.”

 
Bermuda Becomes First Country to Repeal Gay Marriage ~ They still recognize domestic partnerships – for benefits, etc., but at least this is an affirmation that marriage is a union between one man and one woman ~

“The act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda, by restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognising and protecting the rights of same-sex couples,” commented (Walton Brown, Minister of Home Affairs), whose ruling Progressive Labour Party (PLP) suggested the repeal.

 

A Racist Con-Man: Obama’s Portrait Artist, Who Hires Cheap Chinese Labor To Paint “His” Work, Says “Kill Whitey” Is A Major Theme ~ Obama’s finally free to show his true colors; cheap, vile racism.

 
Justice Clarence Thomas says he’s ‘worn down’ with victimhood culture ~ During an on-stage interview at the Library of Congress in Washington this week ~

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said in a rare public appearance Thursday he’s exhausted with how everyone seems to consider themselves a victim these days […]
 
“When I was a kid, there were tons of people who were in really bad circumstances,” Thomas said. “My grandfather would not let us wallow in that.”

 
‘You guys are lucky I don’t know how to build a bomb,’ St. Kate’s arson suspect allegedly said ~ Guns aren’t necessarily the weapon of choice for all school terrorists. Although this particular terrorist was Islamic – and a female ~

A former St. Catherine University student charged with setting fires on the college’s St. Paul campus told police she did it because she’d “been reading about the U.S. military destroying schools in Iraq or Afghanistan and she felt that she should do exactly the same thing,” according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.
 
“You guys are lucky that l don’t know how to build a bomb because l would have done that,” Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis allegedly told investigators after being arrested Wednesday afternoon in a campus dorm lounge.

 
Leave Right Now or Arm Yourself to the Teeth: Life in Caracas ~ Conditions in Venezuela just keep going from bad to worse ~

There’s little left now of the rich radio scene of yesteryear. Over the last decade, scores of programs—and entire stations—have been driven off the air by censorship, harassment and the purchase of media outlets by groups close to the socialist government. Those that didn’t come under attack were done in by the economic collapse.

 
Boys play with trucks, girls play with dolls: new study finds gender is biological ~ Who knew? ~

Research revealed in the Infant and Child Development Journal concluded that gender preferences in children are not so much the result of their environment and upbringing as they are intrinsic within the child. These findings contradict prevailing LGBTQQICAPF2K+ belief that gender is both externally directed and fluid.

 
Olympic God Medalist: ‘What captured me was that God loved me.’ ~ Halfpipe rider Kelly Clark became a Christian in 2004 ~

Clark’s coach, Rick Bower, said that he could see the change in her. “[Her faith] helped her focus,” he said. “It gave her some perspective that was beyond just herself. She found a purpose in life.”
 
Others could see the transformation, too. “They knew how much I partied, what kind of lifestyle I had, and how emotionally volatile I was,” Clark said. “After time, by watching me, they were able to come to the conclusion that, ‘Wow, this is a really, really great thing for Kelly.’”

 
Now Clark wants to lead others to Christ. “My ministry, and what God is doing in my life, is really found in my career in the marketplace,” she said. “I’m in an industry where it’s very foreign and it’s very counter-cultural. I get to love these people really well who would never step foot in a church.”

Check out Kelly’s story HERE.

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Recovering from the winter blahs

Wow. What started as a blogging break due to the flu (which BTW, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy!) morphed into a much-needed break from an endless stream of depressing news. A couple weeks away has improved my outlook considerably.
 
The Winter Olympics have definitely been a nice distraction. :) I wanted to share a wonderful feel-good story of inspiring faith from the games that’s helped me put things in perspective, and re-focus on what’s really important; Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim were part of the U.S. figure skating team that won a team bronze medal last week in Pyeongchang ~

‘Glorify God’: Christian Olympic Skaters Credit Their Faith to Overcoming Debilitating Illness ~
 
The Knierim’s have overcome a potentially deadly illness that left Alexa weighing only 80 pounds. Just competing at this year’s Olympics is a victory for the couple. And for that victory, they give all credit to their faith.
 
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In April of 2016 Alexa became ill at a competition. She was diagnosed in August of that year with a serious intestinal illness that required immediate surgery. She would undergo three operations in total.
 
The couple withdrew from all competition for the first half of 2017. “My life, our life, changed drastically in that time period — life was on hold and we weren’t really sure what life would be for the two of us,” Alexa told People […]
 

On Sunday, Alexa and Chris spoke to reporters about how their Christian faith sustained them. “It’s the reason I was able to get back on the ice,” said Alexa.“I stopped worrying and stopped trying to control life, because I couldn’t. In the moment, you know, I was so sick and didn’t really know where things were going to go for me, whether it was skating or life in general. So I finally just threw my hands up and said like, ‘You lead the way,’ and it’s my testimony and I stay true to it.”
 
She said being at the Olympics it isn’t about her. “I have fans out there who know that I am a true believer in the Lord and I’m trying my best to shine his light and let people know that it’s okay to promote him and do things for him, because in the Christian life that’s kind of what we’re supposed to.”
 
Alexa added that being at the Olympics was an opportunity to “glorify God, and my followers know that’s my purpose and it makes me happy. I’m living my dream, and if that’s the way that I have to go about it, I’ll keep doing it.”

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Time to end the “Dreamer” nightmare?

Their parents broke the law – illegally dragging them into our country when they were just minors – and somehow… it’s our fault. They’re innocents, just dreaming of free health care, food stamps and college tuition…
 
Well, except for these guys ➡ 2 DACA recipients arrested over suspicion of human smuggling. And these guys ➡ Five young Americans killed by Dreamers. And these guys ➡ ‘Dreamers’ and demons ~ Democratic platitudes are whitewashing the bloody reality.
 
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Whether most Americans have seen any statistics on illegal alien crimes or not, a majority do want something done about immigration overall and border security. A recent Harvard-Harris poll found that ~

• Most Americans want annual legal immigration capped at 500,000 a year or less — far lower than the current annual rate of 1.3 million.
• More than 60 percent of voters said current border security is inadequate, and 54 percent said they support “building a combination of physical and electronic barriers across the U.S.-Mexico border.”
• Voters agree with President Trumps’ position that skills and ability to assimilate in the U.S. should be weighted over extended family ties, by a 79 percent to 21 percent margin.

 
Unfortunately, the poll also revealed that a majority support legalization for Dreamers by 77 percent to 23 percent margin. I’m convinced that’s because ~

• They’ve been intimidated by the Left into believing they’re horrible people if they don’t support the Dreamers
• They haven’t been directly affected by illegal alien crime
• They’ve never been told that DACA was an illegal executive action to begin with (only Congress has the authority to change immigration law)

 

Even less known is the fact that Obama’s flawed DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has not even been complied with as written since its inception. Hans von Spakovsky pointed out the inconsistencies in a December Daily Signal article ~
 

Educational requirements have been waived ~

DACA required that beneficiaries enroll in school, graduate from high school, obtain a GED certificate, or receive an honorable discharge from the military […]
 
However, the Obama administration appeared to routinely waive the education (or its equivalent) requirement as long as the illegal alien was enrolled in some kind of program. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education—despite the fact that a majority of them are adults.

 

Vetting has been spotty at best ~

(B)ased on documents obtained by Judicial Watch, it is apparent that the Obama administration used a “lean and light” system of background checks in which only a few, randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.
 

And DACA only looked at convictions anyway; arrest records apparently irrelevant ~

(So) even if a Homeland Security background investigation—which apparently was almost never done—produced substantial evidence that an illegal alien might have committed multiple crimes, the alien would still be eligible for DACA unless Homeland Security referred the violation to state or federal prosecutors and the alien was convicted.

 

Fluency in English was never a requirement ~

We were told that these poor kids just want to be part of the American dream – but how can they do that if they don’t even learn our language?

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.” […]
 
In fact, it seems rather that a significant percentage of DACA beneficiaries may have serious limitations in their education, experience, and English fluency that negatively affected their ability to function in American society.
 
Providing amnesty to low-skilled, low-educated aliens with marginal English language ability would impose large fiscal costs on American taxpayers resulting from increased government payouts and benefits, and would be unfair to legal immigrants who obeyed the law to come here.

 
Gee, could it be by design? Because it almost seems like those were DACA’s intended consequences – with little regard for the welfare of regular Americans. And it’s not even a compassionate way to treat the Dreamers; it keeps many of them locked in a perpetual underclass. (Not to mention highly inclined to vote Democrat for more handouts.)

 

And all for the bargain-basement price of just $26 billion ~

 

 

We can’t afford it! On the other hand, here’s an idea that might just work ~

They are trying it all over Europe—paying the migrants to go home!
 
Last spring, Austria announced that it would give 1,000 euros (roughly $1,219 USD) to the first 1,000 refugees who signed up to leave on their own.
 
The program was successful, and the government extended the offer to more refugees. It’s an incentive that’s gaining traction across Europe.

 
Either way, President Trump needs to fulfill his campaign promises, stop trying to make deals with the open borders crowd, and just bring President Obama’s illegal DACA to a screeching halt.

 
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Related:

Another rogue California judge makes stuff up
Illegal Aliens Block Disneyland to Protest for Immigration Deal ~

A small group of 15 to 20 amnesty activists blocked the entrance to the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, on Monday, calling for legislation that would give legal status to millions of illegal aliens.

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Time-travelers – or mind-numbed robots?

A week before President Trump is set to give his first State of the Union address (on Jan 30th), these students already knew what he said. Amazing. Does NYU have a time machine? Or are these kids so prejudiced, unwilling or unable to face reality, that they’ll fall for anything – or just make stuff up – to go along with their warped worldview?

Donald Trump’s State of the Union address is coming up this Tuesday, but some students must have gotten a sneak peek, because they already hated it.

 
Campus Reform interviewed several millennials at NYU ~
 

 
“Crazy” ~ “Offensive” ~ “Racist” ~ “Hateful” ~ “The temperament of a 3 year-old”

 

Poor Trump just can’t catch a break with these astute young people.

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Oops. How do evolutionists explain butterflies living 70 million years without flowers?

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As we know, Darwinism is an ever-evolving theory, so its devotees will undoubtedly manage to come up with another convoluted corollary for this recent discovery ~

New fossil evidence puts the squeeze on Darwinians, making butterflies appear suddenly, with complex mouth parts, before there were any flowers to pollinate […]
 
Moths and butterflies existed during Jurassic era, millions of years before flowering plants, team reports (Science Daily). “A team of scientists report on new evidence that primitive moths and butterflies existed during the Jurassic period, approximately 50 million years earlier than the first flowering plants, shedding new light on one of the most confounding cases of co-evolution.” It wasn’t co-evolution, though, if butterflies lived just fine for 50 million Darwin Years before the plants they were supposed to co-evolve with first appeared.
 
The Oldest Butterflies on Earth Had No Flowers to Feed On (Live Science). “Some of the fossils share features with modern moths in the suborder Glossata, which have a straw-like proboscis that can suck up fluids like nectar,” writes Darwinist reporter Laura Geggel. “Given their complexity, and the time it would’ve taken to evolve to have such complex features, these fossils push the calculated age of glossatan moths back by about 70 million years to the Late Triassic ‘refuting ancestral association of the group with flowering plants,’ the researchers wrote in the study.”

 
So according to the Darwinists, these fully-evolved, modern-looking butterflies appeared 200 million years ago (millions of years before there were any flowering plants) – and no transitional versions of these insects have ever been discovered. Hmmm…

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Saturday Shorts – 1-27-18

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

 
Feds Spend $167,045 to Fight Fat Shaming ~ Another critically important use of our tax dollars ~

The project claims that weight-based stigma, or negative attitudes toward obese people, causes obese people to continue to be obese.

Um… how did they get that way in the first place?

 
California Police Bust Illegal Dispensary Posing As Church ~ Hey man, they were just focusing on higher things ~

The Laguna Beach Police Department posted an account of their Jan. 12 investigation to its Facebook page Monday, reporting that they seized $3,000 and “enough marijuana to cover a Cypress Hill concert” from a dispensary posing as Divine Church of Gardens, according to the Los Angeles Times.

 
TRANS-AGE: Pedophile Charged With Abusing 3 Girls Says He’s A 9-Year-Old Trapped In Man’s Body ~ Just the latest assault on reality. I predict in a year or two this will just be another thing we’re not allowed to “judge,” and trans-age discrimination will be a crime ~

A Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting two six-year-olds and an eight-year-old on repeated occasions, told police officers that he’s really “a 9-year-old trapped in an adult’s body,” prosecutors revealed on Wednesday.

 
A quick list of Justin Trudeau’s tyrannical acts against life, family, and Christians ~ Sure glad my French-Canadian great-grandfather emigrated when he did! What a contrast with our pro-life, Christian-friendly president. The prime minister’s latest edict ~

The Trudeau government plans to announce that employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs Program must sign an “attestation” that they support abortion and transgenderism. The decision effectively bars not only pro-life and pro-family groups from the program, but all employers who hold such views including faith-based institutions.

 
Setback to Out-of-Africa Theory of Human Origins ~ Prompting Revision #2,893 to Darwinism ~

Evolutionists now have to face evidence that modern humans left Africa for the Middle East at least 57,000 years earlier than they thought.

 
US installs Sam Brownback as religious freedom ambassador ~ Good news :)

Brownback is the first ambassador under the US’s revised International Religious Freedom Act, which affirms a commitment to international religious freedom as a foreign relations policy.
 
(He) ran for president in 2008 and has been serving as the Republican Governor of Kansas. While in Congress he campaigned against human trafficking, pushed for the declaration of genocide during the Darfur crisis in Sudan, and introduced legislation on human rights violations in North Korea. A convert from Methodism to Roman Catholicism, Brownback served as Catholic advisor to the Trump campaign.

 
Satanic Temple Finds Reason to Fight the Abortion Laws in Missouri ~ The very fact that a court would even consider this case, much less pass it on to a superior court, illustrates just how far from our Judeo-Christian roots we have strayed. Since when do we let satanists determine when life begins? ~

Missouri’s Solicitor General D. John Sauer declared Wednesday that ultrasounds are not required to obtain an abortion in the state, according to a press release from The Satanic Temple […]
 
The group’s attorney argued in court that the ultrasound was medically unnecessary and a violation of religious freedom because according to Satanism, life does not begin at conception.

 
Betsy DeVos: ‘Common Core is Dead’ ~ Sounds great Betsy. We’re gonna hold you to that ~

DeVos has made school choice and reducing the role of the federal government in education two of her priorities as the Trump administration’s education chief. She also is working toward fulfilling President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign promise to end Common Core — the education initiative that outlines what students should know in math and language arts at the end of each year of K-12 schooling.

 
Owner of ‘Obama Gas Station’ in South Carolina faces tax evasion charges ~ No comment :roll: ~

The owner of a South Carolina gas station named in honor of former President Barack Obama was arrested and charged Tuesday with tax evasion.
 
Murad A. Alhanik, 39, the owner of the Obama Store and gas station in Columbia, S.C., was charged with “four counts of sales tax evasion,” WISTV reported.

 
Mother refused to abort her child and he became an Italian singing superstar ~ Every life is a unique blessing ~

ITALY, January 23, 2018 ~ Once upon a time, a frightened young bride was told that she was pregnant with a blind child and that she should abort him. She refused, and the boy grew up to become a musical superstar.
 
It may sound like a fairytale, but it’s true. During an episode of Italy’s Sunday talk show “Domenica in” last week, Edi Alighieri, mother of Andrea Bocelli, described the dramatic circumstances under which she found out she was pregnant.

 

After Secret Picture of Obama and Farrakhan Is Leaked, Photo of Trump Resurfaces on Twitter ~

The image of Obama and (Nation of Islam leader and virulent anti-Semite) Louis Farrakhan was reportedly captured in 2005 by journalist Askia Muhammad during a Congressional Black Caucus meeting.
 
As for allegations that the 2005 photo of Obama was suppressed for political purposes, Muhammad acknowledged that he initially agreed to keep it secret because of its possible impact on Obama’s presidential ambitions as well as out of fear of retaliation by individuals he said did not want the photo to be released.

Good heavens! Mustn’t let the truth get out!

[The Trump photo the article refers to is one taken during a 1986 ceremony at which Trump, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali were among the 80 Americans awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.]

 
Here’s my favorite tweet of the week, our “racist” president :)

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Pope sides with the Chi-coms

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While the Catholic Church has certainly had its share of bad popes over the centuries, the present pontiff may soon top the list of heretics as his perplexing actions become less and less defensible. The latest ➡ Pope Francis Ditches Underground Catholic Church, Makes Deal With Communist Government ~

The Holy See has reportedly asked two Chinese bishops to stand aside to make way for illicitly ordained, Chinese government-backed counterparts.
 
A Vatican delegation asked Bishop Peter Zhuang of Shantou and Bishop Jospeh Guo Xijin of Mindong to retire or accept demotion in order to smooth relations with the Chinese government.

Source: The Catholic Herald

 

As Steve Skojec at One Peter Five reports, Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has long been concerned that Rome was getting a little too cozy with the Chinese communists, a totalitarian regime which manages all aspects of its citizens’ lives, including religion. As Zen wrote in August 2016 ~

We know that in China the atheist regime has always wanted to totally control the religions. Until now large groups of Catholics, both underground and in officialdom, making great sacrifices, remain faithful to the Church founded by Jesus on Peter and the Apostles. But today a specter appears in the horizon, of a statement coming right from the authority of the Church, that tells them to change course. What was declared as opposed to the doctrine and discipline of the Church will become legitimate and normal; everyone will have to submit to the Government that manages the Church; everyone will have to obey to bishops who until today are illegitimate and even excommunicated. So, they have been wrong for decades these poor “confrontationists”?

 

According to Open Doors, persecution of Christians in China has been increasing in recent months ~

While it’s legal to be a Christian in China, the government keeps a close watch on religious activities, and many Christian communities and leaders have been increasingly targeted. Most of China’s estimated 97 million Christians worship in private, hoping to avoid interference by the Communist Party.

 
Just a couple weeks ago the regime blew up a megachurch; Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen ~
 
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As of Tuesday, Jan. 9, the well-known megachurch, which reportedly was built with nearly $3 million in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions, was a pile of dust and rubble after Chinese paramilitary forces reportedly used excavators and dynamite to destroy the church, and with it, the hopes and dreams of many believers in the area […]
 
Many churches, like Golden Lampstand, do not register with the government, and many have been destroyed. Just last month, the government demolished a Catholic church in Xi’an, one of China’s historic cities, bringing protests from more than 100 church members.

 

So the pope is now officially siding with these church destroyers? (Next he’ll be expressing support for ISIS – they like to blow up churches too.) Earlier in 2016 the courageous Cardinal Zen spoke about the Vatican’s unfortunate fondness for the Chi-coms ~

On the day that an agreement is signed with China there will be peace and joy, but do not expect me to participate in the celebrations of the beginning of this new Church. I disappear, I will start a monastic life to pray and do penance. I will ask the forgiveness of Pope Benedict for not being able to do what he was hoping that I could do. I will ask Pope Francis to forgive this old Cardinal from the peripheries for disturbing him with so many inappropriate letters.
 
The innocent children were killed, the angel told Joseph to take Mary and the Child and flee to safety. But today would our diplomats advise Joseph to go and humbly beg for dialogue with Herod!?

 

Pope Francis doesn’t quite seem to understand that God demands much better from those to whom He entrusts His flock ~
 

“What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people–the shepherds of my sheep–for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,” says the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 23:1 (New Living Translation)

 

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

 
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Related:
Vatican Finally Capitulates to Beijing, Demands Bishops Step Down for Communist-Appointed Replacements
Pope Francis Appeases Chinese Regime, Depriving Persecuted Underground Catholics of Their Bishops ~ Bishops of underground Catholic churches removed in favor of the regime’s officials
Rejected by the West, appears that the Holy Spirit has moved to China

Pope embraces false AGW doctrine
ChinaAid ~ An international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China.

Signs of Increasing Religious Intolerance in China ~ November and January updates from Open Doors:

1. China’s passage of new religious regulations
2. The increased cult of personality around Xi Jinping
3. The positioning of Xi Jinping and the Communist Party against Jesus and His Church
4. Christmas celebrations were banned in some parts of the country
5. Articles posted on the internet and on Chinese social media (most likely by authorities) to promote strong Communist ideology. Christianity is seen as a kind of overseas infiltration.

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Another FBI fumble; the botched Bundy affair

It’s now emerging that the FBI not only pretended that Hillary Clinton didn’t mishandle classified information (deliberately and repeatedly), Democrats likely attempted to swing our presidential election against Donald Trump and then continued to undermine the new administration after they had won with illegitimate claims of Russian collusion orchestrated by sleazy political lowlifes.
 
Shocked? Me neither.
 
This abuse of authority is not simply a one-off by an otherwise highly-principled, trustworthy government agency, it’s part of a very disturbing trend. The FBI’s most recent rogue behavior is far from the first time that they’ve gone KGB on us.
 
Remember Cliven Bundy and sons and the armed showdown in Nevada? As the Free Range Report explained, that fiasco was ~
 
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… the product of a longstanding confrontation between ranchers and environmental groups over the nature and security of federal grazing rights in the United States […]
 
(G)razing conflicts such as Bundy’s are born out of a federal grazing system that encourages conflict, not negotiation.

 

Briefly, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive, back in 2014 ~

Cliven Bundy, his two sons and Ryan Payne (a Montana militiaman who came to help) them were accused of rallying militia members and other supporters to thwart the court-ordered impoundment of the family’s cattle on federal public land after years of Bundy’s failure to renew a grazing permit or pay resulting fees and fines. Federal officers, outnumbered, retreated.
 

(The Bundys and Payne) faced multiple charges, including federal conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threat or force, assault on federal officers and extortion.

 
In a development that exposes the Stalinist tendencies of some federal authorities, last month U.S. District Court Judge Gloria M. Navarro declared a mistrial in this high-profile case because the government failed to provide the defendants with their evidence. Ironically, the lead prosecutor told the jury in his opening statement that the case centered on the need to respect the rule of law. Oops ~

(Navarro) methodically listed the prosecution’s six separate violations of the Brady law, which requires turning over evidence potentially favorable to the defense. The judge further ruled that each violation was willful […]
 
Navarro said the evidence withheld was “material” to the defense case and that each of the prosecution’s six “willful” violations resulted in due process violations. The documents confirmed a live-feed camera was aimed at the Bundy Ranch, and armed federal agents were watching the family home before the standoff, which the government had negated. About 3,300 pages of documents were turned over to the defense too late, the judge said.

 

Spying and lying. Who’s disrespecting the rule of law now? Even the left-leaning OPB had to concede ~

Among other items, prosecutors failed to share evidence about the presence of a surveillance camera overlooking the Bundy family ranch, Bureau of Land Management snipers placed just outside the ranch and threat assessments done by federal officials that suggested the Bundys were not dangerous or capable of violence.

 

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Viewed by many as an irrational rebellion by an isolated bunch of anti-government wackos, the Bundy standoff gains a whole lot of credibility in light of previous FBI abuses, most notably, as from James Bouvard points out, the deadly 1992 debacle at Ruby Ridge ~ Government’s Misconduct In Cliven Bundy Case Stems From Ruby Ridge.
 
During the Bundy standoff, FBI snipers surrounded their ranch. The feds originally claimed that wasn’t the case, but evidence in this recent trial proved otherwise.
 
Now, according to Bouvard, “many of the heavily-armed activists who flocked to the scene feared that the FBI snipers had a license to kill the Bundys.” And where would they get such a notion? ~

Their reaction cannot be understood without considering a landmark 1990s case that continues to shape millions of Americans’ attitude towards Washington: the federal killings and coverups at Ruby Ridge.

 
Flashback to 1992 – if you think the FBI was acting within the law when they fatally shot a 14-year old boy in the back, and killed a young mother holding her 10-month old baby in the doorway of her cabin, you need to read this full account of the tragedy. Ultimately ~

(T)he feds paid the Weaver family $3.1 million to settle their wrongful-death lawsuit. A top FBI official was sent to prison for destroying key evidence.

 

Faced with a federal law-enforcement agency that actually seems to be conspiring against a sitting president, various pundits have opined that most of the rank-and-file FBI agents are conscientious, trustworthy civil servants. But if the head of the body is rotten how soon before the rest begins to decay? How long can the honest agents withstand the corrupt influence of the tyranny at the top?
 
Roger L Simon is 100% correct in his assessment of this scofflaw bureaucracy ~

The inside of the FBI, particularly at the higher reaches, seems to have been filled with a band of smug, self-righteous ideologues who would do anything, erase or rephrase anything, to get their way. And then lie about it. Either that or quote scripture. Or form “secret societies.” […]
 

Critics of the FBI often acknowledge, seemingly paying obeisance, that there are many good people at the heart of the organization. Can we assume that to be accurate? Undoubtedly there are a significant number, but how do we determine who is who in an organization so adept at, and wedded to, stonewalling?
 
Moreover, we can assume that the perpetrators at the top will be backed up and supported — some of the time anyway — by leaders of other investigative and intelligence branches, notably the CIA and the NSA, that have been similarly infiltrated over the years.

 

Oh – well that’s encouraging. Mychal Massie summed this crisis of confidence up quite well, shortly after the Bundy case mistrial was announced ~

We seem to be in an age when, if a government bureaucrat has a vendetta against someone, he or she has the power and ability to create hell for that person. It doesn’t matter who is right, government wants to prove to all that it is SOVEREIGN OVER YOU IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER. Wow, reminds me of the Declaratory Act that Parliament sent to the colonists in 1765. It is no exaggeration to say that this is an issue over which we fought a revolutionary war.

 

It shouldn’t matter where you are on the political spectrum, whether you side with the Bundys or not, love Hillary, hate Trump… whatever. One day you might be on the receiving end of a politicized IRS, vindictive prosecutors, NSA privacy intrusions or FBI partisan intimidation. Every American who cherishes their First Amendement rights should be outraged by these blatant abuses of power.
 
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Related:
Cliven Bundy-FBI debacle: Another example of why the feds need to be leashed Excellent analysis from James Bovard ~

In the Bundy case, Judge Navarro slammed the FBI for withholding key evidence. Unfortunately, this seems to be standard procedure for the FBI — including in their investigations of both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns as well as the Las Vegas shooter who slaughtered concert goers last October. FBI officials have also been caught routinely twisting the truth to burnish prosecutions. False FBI trial testimony may have helped sentence 32 innocent people to death, as the Washington Post reported in 2015. How many other innocent people have been put behind bars because of federal misconduct?
 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering a formal investigation into how the Justice Department went awry in Nevada. Until the feds cease wrongfully abusing their targets, there will be no rebound in trust in Washington. If the Trump administration cannot rein in renegade federal prosecutors, the president should cease-and-desist any and all claptrap about “draining the swamp.”

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I’m pleasantly astonished by Trump’s transformation!

Given his past history as a brash, thrice-married, wheeler-dealer billionaire, who could have imagined Donald Trump would have turned about to be not only the most pro-life president ever, but such a staunch proponent of the dignity of every human life. Two years ago – one year ago – I never would have believed we would hear him issue the following statement about such an important truth ~
 

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day
 
Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity. Much of the greatest suffering in our Nation’s history — and, indeed, our planet’s history — has been the result of disgracefully misguided attempts to dehumanize whole classes of people based on these immutable characteristics. We cannot let this shameful history repeat itself in new forms, and we must be particularly vigilant to safeguard the most vulnerable lives among us. This is why we observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day: to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as “non-human.”
 
Reverence for every human life, one of the values for which our Founding Fathers fought, defines the character of our Nation. Today, it moves us to promote the health of pregnant mothers and their unborn children. It animates our concern for single moms; the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled; and orphan and foster children. It compels us to address the opioid epidemic and to bring aid to those who struggle with mental illness. It gives us the courage to stand up for the weak and the powerless. And it dispels the notion that our worth depends on the extent to which we are planned for or wanted.
 
Science continues to support and build the case for life. Medical technologies allow us to see images of the unborn children moving their newly formed fingers and toes, yawning, and even smiling. Those images present us with irrefutable evidence that babies are growing within their mothers’ wombs — precious, unique lives, each deserving a future filled with promise and hope. We can also now operate on babies in utero to stave off life-threatening diseases. These important medical advances give us an even greater appreciation for the humanity of the unborn…

[Read the entire proclamation HERE.]
 
Dare I say it might even be a miracle… :)

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No, Joshua never conquered “Palestine”

Whoa. When even Bible publishers get sucked into the Palestine myth you know we’re in trouble. Apparently the New American Standard Bible (NASB) has made a bit of a chronological error, inserting the name of a geopolitical state into the Old Testament centuries before it actually existed. It seems several editions of the NASB include the word “Palestine” in various section headings, i.e., “Joshua’s Conquest of Southern Palestine” – even though there was no such place as Palestine during Joshua’s time. 😯
 
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Dr. Michael Brown explains how the name actually came to be applied to an area that the Bible originally referenced as Canaan (in Joshua’s day), and later Judea ~

The origins of the name Palestine are totally negative. That’s why Tsafrir Ronen posted an article titled, “The Invention of Palestine as a Psychological Weapon for Conquering Eretz Yisrael [the Land of Israel]” on the Think Israel website.
 
As Ronen explains,

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Roman Emperor Hadrian cursed the Jewish People and decreed that Judea should be henceforth called “Palestine” after the Philistines, an ancient enemy of Israel that had disappeared from the world’s stage more than 600 years earlier. It was his final twist of the knife and legacy after wars, massacres, persecutions, and exiles that had largely extinguished the Jewish presence from Judea.

 
Hadrian’s intention was to eradicate memory of the Jewish people whom the Romans exiled from their homeland as punishment for having rebelled against them in 130 AD […]
 
It is true that the Jewish people reclaimed the word “Palestinian” for themselves earlier last century. So the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was originally the Palestine Symphony Orchestra (founded in 1936). And the original name for the Jerusalem Post was the Palestine Post (founded in 1932).
 
Ironically, this underscores the fact that the Arabs and others living in Palestine before 1948 did not think of themselves as Palestinians. This was never part of their corporate or individual identity until after 1967.

 

Over time, disgruntled Arabs have done such a thorough job of re-writing the history of the region that even Bible publishers get confused sometimes. As Dr. Brown pointed out, the “Palestinians” didn’t even start calling themselves that until the 1960s. Here’s brief recap of region’s last 100 years ~
 

 
It’s the surrounding Arab states who are ultimately responsible for any Palestinian refugees. They have refused to take any of these people into their countries, and have spurned deals that would have given the Palestinians their own state. Peace has never been the goal. These refugees are much more valuable as pawns in the ongoing jihad against Israel. The latest chapter in Palestinian grievance-mongering began earlier this month at a meeting of the PLO Central Council.
 

Palestinians: Abbas’s Big Bluff – Again ~ Ever since the Trump Administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been shaking his fist at the United States. Our mainstreams haven’t bothered to cover most of his angry rhetoric and hate speech against the Jewish state ~

In a speech before the PLO Central Council session, Abbas mocked Trump and hurled abuses at him. Abbas said he hoped God would “destroy” Trump’s house. The Arabic Yakhrab baytu means “May his house be destroyed”. According to The Guardian, Abbas “did not literally mean the White House or Trump Tower. But its wider sense is unmissable.”
 
Abbas’s speech also contained anti-Semitic remarks in which he claimed that Israel was a colonialist project that had nothing to do with Judaism.

 
Bassam Tawil at the Gatestone Institute adds ~

Abbas and the Palestinians miss the days of the Obama administration, which they felt was hostile to Israel and constantly sided with them. Abbas must have gotten quite used to sympathetic comments directed toward the Palestinians from the Obama administration. For Abbas and the Palestinians, each time the Obama administration condemned Israel over “settlement construction,” those were the good old days – which now seem to have vanished with the arrival of a new president at the White House.
 
Abbas, in his desperation, hurls abuse — and in all directions. He has resorted — again — to his old strategy of warning us that if his demands are not met, World War III will break out. Abbas would like us to believe that the Palestinian issue should remain at the center of the world’s attention – otherwise, there will be bloodshed and violence on the streets of most countries.
 
Should anyone take Abbas’s threats seriously? The answer is simple: No.

 

With Donald Trump leading the way with his strong pro-Israel stance, perhaps the rest of the West will finally get tired of the Palestinian refugee myth and call Abbas’ bluff as Tawil advises – and stop sending them hundreds of millions in aid (that mostly just goes to reward terrorists).
 

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In another positive development, it seems now that NASB had already been made aware of the historical errors, and they do plan to correct subsequent editions. Let’s hope so. As the book of Proverbs says about God’s Word ~
 

Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
~ Proverbs 30:6

 
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Related:

How the Palestinian Authority Promotes Hatred and Violence Against Israel ~ Video from The Watchman exposes the shocking truth about the virulent anti-Semitism with which Palestinians are inculcated at a very young age
Why Wright is Wrong on Palestine – and Jesus

Obama’s audacious anti-Semitism
Palestine – the Reality
Why Are There Still Palestinian Refugees? ~ A short, enlightening video from PragerU ~

It’s been seven decades since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and yet there are still an estimated 4 million Palestinian refugees…and zero Jewish refugees. With so many nearby Arab allies of the Palestinians, how did this happen? What does it say about Israel? What does it say about its Arab neighbors? Dumisani Washington, Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel, explains.

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MSM in a foul mood over Trump’s excellent health

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If we needed any further evidence of the mainstream media’s universal bias against the president we only have to observe their reaction to the news of his clean bill of mental and physical health last week ~ Diagnosis: President Fit, Media Has Fits ~

The President’s in excellent health, particularly for a man his age. His cholesterol is a bit high and the 239-pounder admits he needs to lose 10-15 pounds. Trump, because of all the blabber about his mental health, requested a cognitive test. He nailed it 30 for 30. He doesn’t need much sleep, is blessed with great genetics and when aides are collapsing from exhaustion on foreign trips, he’s still raring to go.
 
However, the press hammered Jackson for an hour with questions that were variations on a theme: “You’re lying. When is the crazy SOB just going to die already?!”
 
A major focus was on Alzheimer’s. ABC’s Cecelia Vega led the charge: “Are you ruling out things like early onset Alzheimer’s? Are you looking at dementia-like symptoms?” The question spread like the flu. Just to name two: Margaret Brennan wondered if Jackson missed Trump’s (obvious to her) Alzheimers, given Trump’s age and Ronald Reagan. Sanjay Gupta also asked about “early stages of dementia.” (Ironically, one reporter suggested that repeating things was a sign of mental issues. If true, that whole room needs to get checked out STAT.) […]
 

“Do you know his life expectancy span?” (We really do want to know when he’s going to die.)
 
“Can you explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald’s and KFC and drinks all those diet cokes and never exercises is in as good a shape as you say he’s in?” (Jackson: “It’s called genetics.”) […]
 
It grew even more absurd: “Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now?” “What’s his waist measurement?” “Does he wear dentures?” “Do you worry about how much TV he watches?” “Are you concerned about his Twitter use”?

 
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To paraphrase Al Perrotta, writing at The Stream, it’s pretty clear that any sickness in the White House isn’t in the Oval Office, it’s in the press room.
 
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Related:
10 Of The Dumbest Questions Reporters Asked During Trump’s Health Press Conference

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