December 27, 2018
Billionaire Reid Hoffman, head of Linkedin, has apologized for dirty tactics he funded against Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore.
According to Newser:
Hoffman associates say he donated $750,000 to AET, of which around $100,000 went toward the social media disinformation campaign, the New York Times reports. "I want to be unequivocal: there is absolutely no place in our democracy for manipulating facts or using falsehoods to gain political advantage," Hoffman said in a statement. He said he supported numerous groups, and was "embarrassed" by his failure to monitor AET "more diligently." Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Moore in the Alabama race, has denounced the disinformation tactics and called for a federal investigation. (Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen over his Who Is America appearance.)
What is it that they say? Easier to apologize than ask permission; I find it odd that these left-wing billionaire activist types always find religion after their victory, and never before.
What was done to Roy Moore was a disgrace. His reputation was permanently ruined as a result (and I've never accepted that the woman in question - and there was only one credible accusation against Moore - was telling the truth. She would have come out long, long before she did; Moore was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, for crying out loud. But when he runs for the Senate against a big leftist, the story suddenly breaks. Right.
I don't just condemn the Democrats or the media, either; the GOP, led by Mitch McConnell, worked actively to make Moore fail when they couldn't get their own RiNO candidate (the aptly named Luther Strange). The downfall of Moore was like something out of Greek tragedy, only there was no nobility anywhere to be found and the Furies did not descend on Moore's accusers. It's too bad, but it may well happen yet.
Oh, Hoffman; where does Moore go to get his reputation back?
December 26, 2018
The Navy is eliminating an old traditional punishment. Confinement with reduced rations aka bread and water are now a thing of history.
Yes, the old penalty for misconduct has sailed into the sunset, along with flogging, irons, and such other wonderful maritime traditions.
I suppose they consider us too "civilized" in these modern times to use corporal discipline. And yet dietary manipulation was used on Al Qae4da terrorists at Gitmo to great advantage. Is it perhaps not better to limit a disobedient and surly shipman's caloric intake (sometimes referred to as a diet) than place a mark on his permanent record - as is the modern disciplinary tool? Some people are incorrigible, and do not respond to marks on their record but do respond to restrictions that can be felt and seen.
It's all part of the modern therapeutic culture. I suppose they'll send the unruly swabbies to the ship's counselor to get in touch with their inner child or whatnot.
The purpose of the navy is ultimately to kill people and break things. How does a kinder, gentler navy accomplish that mission? To be a warrior you must think like a warrior. If we want janitors and porters we can just send these people to take the jobs "Americans just won't do". But if we expect them to fight in a war - and with both Russia and China rushing headlong to build massive military engines and saying war with the U.S. is inevitable - we need soldiers and sailors who aren't going to fold at the first deprivation. I think we need more discipline shipside, not less.
A big war will knock this stupidity out of us. Sadly, a lot of people will die in the process.
So say goodbye to this old practice.
I guess they'll have to change the song "put him in the scuppers with a hornpipe on him" to "put him on report and make him sign a demerit card".
Well, well! I've read in other places that the Muslims believe on the Last Day, Jesus will announce that He was wrong and Allah was right. I, for one, am NOT going to bet my immortal soul on that idea!
On Christmas Eve, the government of Iraq announced that Christmas Day — December 25 — would become a national holiday in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. Iraq is roughly 95 percent Muslim and only has an estimated 300,000 Christians.
"The [Iraqi Government]announces Christmas Day to be an official holiday across Iraq. Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world," the official Iraqi government Twitter account announced.
The @IraqiGovt announces Christmas Day to be an official holiday across Iraq. Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world.— Government of Iraq - ??????? ???????? (@IraqiGovt) December 24, 2018
A post on Christmas Day provided a short summary of the Iraqi cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. "The Cabinet votes to amend the national holidays law in order to make 25th December of each year, Christmas Day, an official holiday across Iraq," the cabinet reported. The body also approved "the annual report of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Council."
Yet Muslims share more than solidarity with Christians when it comes to Yuletide. While believers in Islam do not accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God (Allah has no son, according to the Quran), they do believe the Nazarene carpenter was born of a virgin. Muslims consider Jesus a prophet of Allah (without any evidence from the time of Jesus to support this view), and His birth a reason to celebrate Christmas. (emphasis mine)
Many Muslims in the United States celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday.
"Jesus (peace be upon him) is one of the highest messengers and prophets, miraculously born to the Virgin Mary, and chosen by God to be the Messiah who will return to establish justice on Earth after it has been filled with injustice," Imam Omar Suleiman, the founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, told The Huffington Post.
Suleiman reaffirmed the virgin birth and explained that Mary "occupies the highest position of any woman in Islam." The Quran describes her as "chosen above the woman of all worlds as an example of perfection, devotion and modesty for men or women." In fact, an entire chapter of the Muslim holy book is named after her.
Loren Copp, a pastor who ran a pizza parlor/karate studio/ kiddie porn ring has been convicted on numerous charges.
According to the St Louis Post-Dispatch:
The 10-day bench trial of Loren "Sensei” Copp on nine felony counts — including production, attempted production and possession of child pornography and the use of interstate facilities to persuade or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity — ended in April. U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig heard the case and announced her verdict of guilty on eight of the nine counts on Wednesday.
He was found not guilty on one of several counts of using interstate facilities to persuade or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
For more background on the story go here.
Writing in the Daily Torch Robert Romano argues Congress cares more about securing Syria than the U.S. border.
From the article:
Congress apparently cares more about securing Syria than securing the U.S. southern border by building the wall.
That’s about all that can be taken away from some of the Congressional outcry against President Donald Trump who has announced the U.S. will be withdrawing troops from Syria — something Congress never authorized in the first place.
And he points out that Congress never authorized this war. If it is so all-fired important, they can actually DECLARE war and thus overrule the President.
Now, all that might be true. But the fact is, the action in Syria should have been debated by Congress and authorized. The U.S. has had 2,000 troops in Syria without any backing under Article I of the Constitution. In fact, U.S. troops have been operating in Syria since Nov. 2015, and airstrikes have been commencing since Sept. 2014 — without any authorization to use force by Congress. A four-year war Congress never cared about.
Yet, under the Constitution, it says, very clearly, under Article I, Section 8, that "The Congress shall have power… to declare war…”
Even under the constitutionally suspect War Powers Resolution, troops could have remained for 60 days, and then given 30 days to withdraw. That’s a 90-day window to have troops on the ground overseas without explicit authorization.
Congress should be willing to get their own hands dirty if it means so much to them. OH, and they funded a wall for Jordan; why can't they fund one for the homeland?
There have been many loud voices decrying Donald Trump's pullout of Syria. We are abandoning the Kurds, we are told, as well as other allies. We are setting the stage for an ISIS comeback just as Obama did when he pulled out of Iraq. We are letting the Russians take control of the Middle East. We are empowering the Iranians and their Chinese benefactors. The list goes on.
On the other hand, this article in Asia Times makes a persuasive case for Syriana interruptus.
From the article: more...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg... Shiksa?
by David Cole
December 25, 2018
Opening in theaters December 25th, On the Basis of Sex tells the story of a plucky young RBG as she risks everything in a quest to become a nationally known feminist hero.
Does she succeed? I've purposely avoided the trailer, as I'm fearful it might give away the ending.
The actress portraying the young Ginsburg is Birmingham-born Felicity Jones, a Brit who is most definitely not Jewish, unlike the brittle SCOTUS scarecrow sheâ€™s portraying. In fact, Jones could not look less Jewish if she tried. This girl is so Aryan, she could give Himmler's corpse a boner. And yet she's portraying a woman who. hmm, how to put this gently?. is the reason Jewish men often date outside the flock. Not since Warren Beatty decided to portray Dick Tracy without facial prosthetics has there been a greater physical disconnect between actor and subject.
Felicity Jones' nose is what Jewish women are shown in the plastic surgeon's office as an enticement to plunk down ten grand on rhinoplasty.
Read the rest here
I am still laughing at the above quote from the article
A couple in Austin, Texas has decided to use Christmas to make their feelings about President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. A native scene is set up in Katie Naranjo's yard except it's not your traditional nativity scene. Jesus is show in inside of an immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) "detainment box" with Joseph and Mary outside of the cage.
Read the rest at Townhall!
by Monica Showalter
Cash-rich Schumer gets caught exploiting the interns
Has anyone been louder in advocating for a higher minimum wage than New York's Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer?
He's bellowed that minimum wages should be raised to at least $12 an hour, attempting to shame Republicans for opposing him, by calling it, (kid you not), "a moral issue," as he put it. He's pretty much defined the Democratic Party in the minds of voters by his hammerings on the minimum wage. Then he went and put out an ad calling for unpaid interns. According to the New York Post:
WASHINGTON Sen. Schumer listed job openings for unpaid interns â€” but said the posting was "made in error" after Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized members of Congress for seeking free labor.
Talk about exploitation
Read the rest at AT!
Despite the supposed end of "catch and release" ICE has dumped hundeds of invading aliens at an El Paso bus station to disappear into the interior of the United States.
From the article:
Hundreds of immigrants have been dropped off by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a bus station in downtown El Paso and hundreds more may be released in the southwest Texas city in coming days, reports the CBS affiliate there, KDBC-TV. El Paso’s outgoing and incoming representatives in Congress and local charity officials said ICE didn’t give the city and charities time to prepare to handle the migrants.
ICE fired back, blaming Congress for the sudden releases.
I thought this sort of thing was supposed to be over
December 25, 2018
The Word of the Lord:
1"Behold, I will send My messenger, who will prepare the way before Me. Then the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple—the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight—see, He is coming,” says the LORD of Hosts.
2But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire, like a launderer's soap.
3And He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present offerings to the LORD in righteousness.
4Then the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will please the LORD, as in days of old and years gone by.
5"Then I will draw near to you for judgment. And I will be a swift witness against sorcerers and adulterers and perjurers, against oppressors of the widowed and fatherless, and against those who defraud laborers of their wages and deny justice to the foreigner but do not fear Me,” says the LORD of Hosts
1"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble; the day is coming when I will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of Hosts. "Not a root or branch will be left to them.”
2"But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and leap like calves from the stall. 3Then you will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing,” says the LORD of Hosts.
4"Remember the Law of Moses My servant, the statutes and ordinances I commanded him for all Israel at Horeb.
5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the LORD. 6And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
And there was silence from Heaven for four hundred years.
The Gospel according to Luke:
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
The Gospel according to Matthew:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
The Visit of the Wise Men
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men
6 "‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
The Asian stock market plunged after a Wall Street dropoff. According to CNN money:
The declines in Asia followed another brutal day for US stock markets, which fell more than 2% in a shortened trading session. The Dow, which sank 2.9%, and the S&P 500, which lost 2.7%, suffered their biggest Christmas Eve declines ever.
"The market is getting pummeled from every direction," said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading for online broker Oanda.
Dems accused of ‘religious bigotry’ for questioning Trump court pick’s Knights of Columbus ties
Following questions from multiple Democratic senators over the impartiality of Trump judicial nominee Brian Buescher and his ties to the Knights of Columbus, a charitable Roman Catholic organization, Republicans and various religious leaders hit back Monday against "religious bigotry.”
"This isn’t just about the Knights of Columbus or Catholics, this is an ongoing attack from the extremist left of the Democratic Party to silence people of faith and run them out of engaging in public service based on their religious beliefs,” Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America, a Christian women’s activist group, said in a written statement.
"It is pure and simple religious bigotry,” Nance added.
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, recently raised concerns about Buescher's membership as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's review of his nomination by President Trump to sit on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska.
The Catholic News Agency (CNA) first reported news of their concerns.
In a series of questions sent to Buescher, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases "fairly and impartially” and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the organization.
"The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono said in the questionnaire. "For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”
Harris meantime, in her questions to the nominee, called the Knights of Columbus "an all-male society” and asked the Nebraska lawyer if he was aware that the group was anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage when he joined. The California senator also referenced Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson’s statement that abortion amounted to "the killing of the innocent on a massive scale” and asked Buescher if he agreed with the statement.
"The Knights of Columbus does not have the authority to take personal political positions on behalf of all of its approximately two million members,” Buescher wrote in reply to the queries. "If confirmed, I will apply all provisions of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges regarding recusal and disqualification.”
You sort of have to wonder why they ask those questions, because they know how the judge will respond. Well, I suppose they have to ask those questions to satisfy "their base." But it's nothing more than a dance where everybody knows the steps beforehand.
I'm sure the judge would love to say something on the order of "you're darn right I knew what it was all about, and of course I agree with them, that's why I joined them; I support their position, and as a judge I will be looking for every loophole in the law that supports it. And I'll be darned if I'll recuse myself. So there."
Jack Kemp helps out:
I am not qualified to comment deeply on Christian thought but I am qualified to do some editing and chosing quoted excerpts from an article, having done it for years. And perhaps my being a bit removed from the author's Christian viewpoint but not his moral viewpoint helps me to edit.
The best quotes from this article are:
Politics is always divisive. Christians try to unify around Jesus.
Politics demands party loyalty. Christians give their ultimate loyalty to the Lord, not a party.
Politics is filled with compromise and mixture. Christians are called to avoid both.
Politics is sure to disappoint. Christians are accustomed to look to One who never disappoints.
Of course, there's always the question of whether we have a God-given responsibility to vote and be involved.
December 24, 2018
Missouri Governor Mike Parsons wants to overturn a recently passed Constitutional amendment that changed the way the state of Missouri does redistricting.
The amendment, which I like to call the Democrat Renewal Act, fundamentally transformed the way Missouri does redistricting, emphasizing "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness". Missouri has been steadily transforming from a purple to a red state, and the GOP congress has been in control of redistricting, making the Democrats less and less competitive. The amendment, which was quite convoluted in wording and emphasized on the ballot it would prevent gerrymandering, was passed by voters who did not understand it.
Dubbed the "Clean Missouri" initiative, the measure takes redistricting out of the hands of the legislature and puts it into a "bipartisan" committee, which would be ultimately chosen by and responsible to the State Auditor. That position - elected in off years - has generally been held by Democrats, and they will pull out all stops to keep control of it during redistricting periods. Democrats are always much better at crunch-time politics than Republicans, and no doubt they will control redistricting for the forseeable future if this measure takes effect.
The measure also limited lobbyist gifts and other forms of legalized graft, which was a big part of the appeal to voters. Most voters did not understand the redistricting portion, and that was why this was put forward as a single bill.
Among the provisions of this law are "balanced" districts, meaning minorities must be represented in most districts. Since outstate Missouri, the rural portions, are quite homogenous, this will require serpentine districts stretching tens of miles into big cities. And, of course, this will dilute the power of rural Republicans and their voters. That was the whole idea.
Even the AP admitted this will greatly increase Democrats viability in statewide races.
The Governor is right to try to repeal or at least water this measure down. Democrats should not be able to win by trickery and diluting the votes of rural Missourians. That is the same dirty trick they want to use across the nation, demanding pure democracy - something the Founding Fathers loathed and feared. America was never intended to be a tyranny of a majority. And of course even if they are not in a majority the Democrats will try to judiciously use their authority to win elections. If nothing else, the minorities in these districts will split votes.
We are a Republic, not a democracy.
This is just another dirty tactic of the Democrats. Like bringing in illegal aliens to vote, or enfranchising felons, or keeping polls open late in Democrat districts, or busing in college kids across state lines, we've seen this sort of dirty tricksterism before. It's time it stopped.
The Republicans made a terrible mistake in not vigorously opposing this bill. But then, the RINO class - including "Saint John" Danforth - supported it. They would rather lose the state but keep authority in "their" party than win.
Why Christmas indeed? Non-Christians have a very difficult time understanding the religious implications of Christmas, and why it is so important to the Christian faith. Atheists scoff at Christmas in the religious sense because they think it nothing more than a co-opting of the old Roman Saturnalia, which was a pagan festival celebrating the winter solstice. I remember a few years ago atheists were saying "happy solstice!" in a vain attempt to de-sacralize Christmas. There has been a big push to eliminate Christmas, a war being waged on it, just as the Left (largely successfully) waged war on Easter; when I was a boy Easter was a big holiday, with everyone participating. Now it is primarily "spring break" and only in the churches is it even remembered that it is Easter (which to Christians is an even bigger holy day than Christmas.)
The forces of darkness have pressed heavily on the culture to disown Christ from His birth to His death and Resurrection. more...
He has been described as a great moral leader who was "candid, fair and honest…no one was afraid of him and everybody trusted him.” He was "leading his people down new and unfamiliar avenues…His brown eye was exceedingly wise and gentle. A child would like to sit on his lap and a dog would sidle up to him.” He had a tremendous "capacity for feeling” and was a "good natured man of principle” and "kindly geniality.”
As Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times wrote, the authors of such tributes included writer H.G. Wells; Hewlett Johnson, the Dean of Canterbury; an American ambassador, Joseph El Davis; Emil Ludwig, the famous biographer; physicist J.D. Bernal and the Chilean writer Pablo Neruda.
The man receiving the unctuous accolades was the tyrant Joseph Stalin. more...
Politics has replaced traditional religion, but still borrows heavily from it.
Case in point is the hagiography being created by the Left even at this moment for Saint Ruth (Bader Ginsberg). Her miraculous longevity in face of the daunting odds; her complete and fiercely devoted commitment to the doctrines of the Left, so much so that even from what could potentially be her death bed, she still has enough divine energy to write yet another holy SCOTUS script for dispensation to true believers; the many devotees wishing and hoping (the equivalent of praying) she will live forever while sending her recipes for kale, the equivalent of miraculous wafers; and the doubtlessly interminable plaudits--even from conservatives--that will accompany her death, funeral and internment. All of which will be vehicles for the savaging of the conservative heresy and the very devil Donald Trump; all of which we can expect will outdo even John McCain's endless farewell.
Then, after either her death (or resignation), there will be a staged Senate hearing for her replacement, during which the evocation of St. Ruth's name and hallowed deeds will be a constant.
Physician Dr. Brian Joondeph wrote a blog piece today at American Thinker detailing his evaluation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health. In it, he discusses two previous cancers that she had recovered from but the presence of more than one cancer indicates a possible metasticizing (spreading from one part of the body to another) of cancer cells. I particulary like his reply to a journalist who said he couldn't keep up with Ruth Bader Ginsburg's exercise routinne:
You can read Dr Joondeph's article here at https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/justice_ginsburgs_failing_health.html
This got me to thinking moreso about the recent reporting of Ginsburg's previous cancers and what they have meant, in significant part, for the Democratic Party. I posted the comment below at Amer. Thinker in reply to this article, expanding on an idea that I previously wrote about at the Aviary.
Notice few in the liberal media are talking about how she gambled on the 2016 Presidential Election - and lost. With Ruth Ginsburg's ego, it is a suprise that she didn't campaign for the starring role in the Wonder Woman movie with the demand that they only film her scenes when the Supreme Court was not in session. There are some liberals that would have agreed to those demands.
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