28 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-23-16

  1. I have not been looking here much recently as busy ness prevails, but thought I would throw this out there, though you may have seen this:

    Hopefully this will make anyone thinking about not voting in November think twice.

    Before You Say You Won’t Vote For The Republican Nominee, Consider This

    Some people have brought up the fact that they won’t vote for the Republican nominee if the eventual nominee is not the man they wanted. I just want to put something in perspective.

    Justice Scalia’s seat is vacant.

    Justice Ginsberg is 82 years old.

    Justice Kennedy is 79.

    Justice Breyer is 77.

    Justice Thomas is 67.

    Nowadays, the data shows that the average age of a Supreme Court justice’s retirement or death occurs after the age of 75.

    Listed above are 5 vacancies that will likely come up over the next 4-8 years. The next President will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed in their ideology. Think about that… 7-2.

    If the next President appoints 5 young justices, it will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation. And, 7-2 decisions will hold up much more over time than 5-4 decisions, which are viewed as lacking in mandate.

    Hillary has made it clear she will use the Supreme Court to go after the 2nd Amendment. She has literally said that the Supreme Court was wrong in its Heller decision, stating that the Court should overturn and remove the individual right to keep and bear arms. Period.

    Anyone and Everyone who is saying that they won’t vote for one candidate or the other if he is the GOP nominee, please realize this. Hear this!If Hillary Clinton wins and gets to make these appointments, you likely will never see another conservative victory at the Supreme Court level for the rest of your life. Ever.

    Whoever is the GOP nominee … go VOTE for the GOP Nominee!

    Remember Romney? Three million conservatives who had voted for McCain did not cast a vote for Romney (for whatever reason) …. and the result was four additional years of B.H.O.

    ONE FINAL THOUGHT, Hillary’s already on the record as saying that her buddy, B.H.O. “would make a great Supreme Court Justice.”

    DID YOU JUST READ THAT LAST SENTENCE??????? NOW ARE YOU SCARED????

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  2. The Supreme Court issue does give one serious pause, especially as the left has seen using the court as a way to legislate in recent years. The republic may already be lost, or very close to it. But that could put the lid on it.

    Sigh.

    I’m trying to weigh voting this year with a light touch, per John Piper (in the column posted by michelle yesterday), remembering that while it is important, it’s not “the ONE thing,” not for the Christian.

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  3. It’s not a surprise to God that we were born in this time and this place for His purposes. Government–even bad government– is God’s prescription to deal with (wo)man’s sins on earth.

    You cannot come up with enough laws to protect everyone from everyone else’s sin. The more lawless the governed are, the more (oft times futile) laws that have to be written.

    I’m troubled these days by the traffic scofflaws. If I cannot trust the person barreling down the street in my direction to stop at a red light, or avoid veering in my lane– see India, China– how can I drive or walk with any confidence?

    When (wo)man do only what is right in their own eyes, we are not being governed, we’re being tugged around by someone’s opinion of what is good.

    And what is good for you, may not be good for me. See Venezuela.

    Think how despotic China was– and I’ll come back to this after VBS to talk about what’s happening in China now.

    You need to vote what God indictes to you.

    And be expectant.

    Anything could happen and often does. Make sure you know where your heart is.

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  4. Dez Bryant? Please…… 🙄

    We don’t need another whiner in the WH. He’s a poser, like the current occupant. We don’t need another cry baby. That pretty much eliminates all the Cowboys right there. 😆

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  5. This morning, I was talking with husband about this voting stuff and reminded him that this is not the bigger picture. The bigger pictures is much much more than our country and how this vote goes. Good to see Piper agrees.!

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  6. Nope, no problem here……

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7006105d422740f0b4b8675c90f9a154/emails-key-security-features-disabled-clintons-server

    “State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government’s own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.

    The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s service as the nation’s top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.

    The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton’s private server.

    “This should trump all other activities,” a senior technical official, Ken LaVolpe, told IT employees in a Dec. 17, 2010, email. Another senior State Department official, Thomas W. Lawrence, wrote days later in an email that deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin personally was asking for an update about the repairs. Abedin and Clinton, who both used Clinton’s private server, had complained that emails each sent to State Department employees were not being reliably received.

    After technical staffers turned off some security features, Lawrence cautioned in an email, “We view this as a Band-Aid and fear it’s not 100 percent fully effective.””
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    And the IT expert Clinton employed got immunity, but he ain’t talkin’. Probably worried about getting Vince Fostered.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/22/clinton-it-specialist-invokes-5th-more-than-125-times-in-deposition.html

    “Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano invoked the Fifth more than 125 times during a 90-minute, closed-door deposition Wednesday with the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, a source with the group told Fox News.

    The official said Pagliano was working off an index card and read the same crafted statement each time.

    “It was a sad day for government transparency,” the Judicial Watch official said, adding they asked all their questions and Pagliano invoked the Fifth Amendment right not to answer them.

    Pagliano was a central figure in the set-up and management of Clinton’s personal server she used exclusively for government business while secretary of state. The State Department inspector general found Clinton violated government rules with that arrangement.

    He was deposed as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeking Clinton emails and other records. A federal judge granted discovery, in turn allowing the depositions, which is highly unusual in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The judge cited “reasonable suspicion” Clinton and her aides were trying to avoid federal records law. “

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  7. Huh. And yet missing from the list are all the attacks from evil, right wing, Christian, white guys that Barry, his FBI and DHS keep warning us about. You know, the ones all their training material is geared towards.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/22/anatomy-terror-threat-files-show-hundreds-us-plots-refugee-connection.html

    “Newly obtained congressional data shows hundreds of terror plots have been stopped in the U.S. since 9/11 – mostly involving foreign-born suspects, including dozens of refugees.

    The files are sure to inflame the debate over the Obama administration’s push to admit thousands more refugees from Syria and elsewhere, a proposal Donald Trump has vehemently opposed on the 2016 campaign trail.

    “[T]hese data make clear that the United States not only lacks the ability to properly screen individuals prior to their arrival, but also that our nation has an unprecedented assimilation problem,” Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told President Obama in a June 14 letter, obtained by FoxNews.com.

    The files also give fresh insight into the true scope of the terror threat and cover a wide range of cases, including:

    A Seattle man plotting to attack a U.S. military facility
    An Atlantic City man using his “Revolution Muslim” site to encourage confrontations with U.S. Jewish leaders “at their homes”
    An Iraq refugee arrested in January, accused of traveling to Syria to “take up arms” with terror groups
    While the June 12 massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub marked the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since 2001, the data shows America has been facing a steady stream of plots. For the period September 2001 through 2014, data shows the U.S. successfully prosecuted 580 individuals for terrorism and terror-related cases. Further, since early 2014, at least 131 individuals were identified as being implicated in terror.

    Across both those groups, the senators reported that at least 40 people initially admitted to the U.S. as refugees later were convicted or implicated in terror cases.

    Among the 580 convicted, they said, at least 380 were foreign-born. The top countries of origin were Pakistan, Lebanon and Somalia, as well as the Palestinian territories.”

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  8. Here’s the deal. Because of the biography I’m writing, I’ve been reading stories of missionaries in CHina circa 1930-1945. We watched Chariots of Fire the other night and talked about Eric Liddel, who of course died in a Chinese camp at the end of WWII.

    Many of them out in remote villages saw little in the way of converts over the years of their hard word in difficult circumstances. Many of them died not knowing if their lives were worthwhile in giving them up for the Gospel.

    Today, they estimate perhaps as many as a third of the Chinese populace are Christians. Doing business in China, my husband has seen a difference in the last ten years as more Christians have swelled the population.

    Where once human rights were of no importance, now they do care. Where once they would have checked on poison gas in a pit by sending a worker into it (happened with my husband’s company), now they’re interested in monitoring health and safety.

    The pressure on the Chinese government has been high which is now why the government is cracking down on Christians.

    But there are so many, they are changing the culture.

    Looked impossible 100, 60, 50, 30, 10 years ago, but is true now.

    Our country has chosen to walk away from God with a vengeance. He will act as He will act. Think how Iraq was not governable once Hussein was ousted. A lawless, rebellious people are impossible for even the most despotic leaders to govern.

    Think of what President Obama said about the the financial meltdown a few years ago orchestrated by WAll STreet and the banks. “What they did was not illegal, even if it was immoral.”

    Government couldn’t control that, even when it wanted to.

    So, how will I vote?

    I’ll wait to see what God tells me. I’ve got a pretty good idea right now.

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  9. I agree with Michelle. The American people are no longer governable. We have become greedy, foolish and lazy. We always want to blame others. Trump, as offensive as he is, is a good representative of modern America. Hillary is too, in a less flamboyant manner. Whoever wins in November, things are going to get steadily worse until there is a spiritual revival or until we are conquered or divided.

    On the flip side, it is very encouraging to see what is happening with the church all over Asia.

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  10. One of our elders is going to China this summer, we’ve been supporting part of the underground church there for the past several years (our pastor and another elder spent time there forging the relationship).

    It is exciting to see the faith grow, though disheartening to see it at best marginalized (at worst virtually trashed and slandered) here.

    The wind blows where it will.

    I’m not sure how I’ll vote either, but am still thinking i will do so understanding that it’s all being used somehow in a much, much bigger picture.

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  11. Because I have told you many times that in the South pollaticks (politics) is for entertainment purposes only I had to share this latest list of Have To Speak Alabama:

    Fixin to = about to do something
    Down yonder = over there
    Mash = push
    Liar = politician (I have told you this many times)
    Liar AND Cheater = Governor HAH!!!! He is a disgusting ol’ coot.

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  12. The reason we have Obama is because some people refused to vote for Romney.
    Romney may not have been good, but he wouldn’t have been as bad.

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  13. Some good news.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/obama-decries-supreme-court-decision/ar-AAhxImK?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U142DHP

    “President Obama on Thursday decried a Supreme Court deadlock that effectively killed his landmark executive actions on immigration.

    In a statement from the White House, he defended the sweeping actions as necessary to help fix the country’s immigration system in the face of congressional inaction.

    “The fact the Supreme Court wasn’t able to issue a decision today doesn’t just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be,” he said.

    Obama sought to act unilaterally to protect millions of parents of U.S. citizen and permanent-resident children from deportation and expand a similar program that applied to young undocumented immigrants.

    But the high court tied 4-4, leaving in place a lower court ruling that blocked the programs from taking effect.”
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    And a stark reminder of why this election is important. 1 justice can swing things here and now, 3 could decide the court’s leanings for decades.

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  14. The last time I heard Trump speak, he said that we are going to put ‘great’ people on the Supreme Court. That statement doesn’t exactly instill a lot of confidence…

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  15. I’m pretty sure Clinton’s picks would be worse (and they are very predictable).

    Trump’s still a wild card but even moderates compared to liberals would be better.

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  16. You know, that “5 to 7 justices will retire in the next 4 to 8 years” has been the line for how many election cycles now? And when was the last time a president appointed more than two (maybe three), even if he served two terms? I don’t keep track of these numbers, but that particular scare tactic is a yawner for me, since I’ve heard it so many times and it’s hyperbole.

    And I just don’t trust Trump. He might be a bit better than Hillary. He likely is. But he might not be–I don’t trust him one iota, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s actually worse. Furthermore, if we get Hillary (1) the election backlash next cycle will be against the Democrats, not against the Republicans. If we get Trump, it may sour an electorate for the next generation. (2) the FBI is likely to catch up to her. What that means legally, I have no idea.

    I suspect Hillary will get elected. My one vote won’t matter. But I don’t want to vote for a man who is nowhere close to qualified, morally or in any other way, just because of the remote possibility he is 5% better than the other guy’s candidate.

    It’s in God’s hands, not in mine. I suspect that whoever we get, we’re in for a rough ride. So my trust is in God, not in either of these morally and professionally unqualified individuals–or in their Supreme Court appointments.

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  17. But the Supreme Court really is (this time) in that place (with already one conservative gone). It’s always something of a factor so it naturally comes up every 4 years. But this cycle really is going to be a turning point and both sides, I think, realize it.

    Today’s 4-4 tie certainly has motivated the left anew to focus on electing a liberal.

    Interesting development in the UK — the markets won’t like it much.

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  18. The U.K. Vote could actually bode well for Trump — turning everything upside down politically. Something in the air …

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  19. Back to the Supreme Court, I guess the big difference this year is:

    1/ There already is a vacancy — with the significant recent loss of what was probably the strongest conservative voices on the panel; whoever is appointed to that spot will sway the court one way or the other.

    2/ With the growing polarization in the nation, the court appointments (more than the currently vacant one will be likely coming), the battle more and more, good or bad, moves to those appointments.

    So while the ages of the justices — and the importance of the court overall — is always an issue in national elections, this year is different, I believe, for those reasons.

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  20. As for trusting Trump, I frankly don’t really “trust” any politician, so that’s something of a wash (although he does present unique difficulties).

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