27 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-7-18

  1. Chas may be interested in this sad story. SWBTS probably needs a new president. My choice would be Russell Moore, but I don’t think that will happen.

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  2. I saw a few quick inside-baseball religion news item references to this controversy late last week, probably on Twitter, but didn’t immediately place who Paige Patterson was and didn’t have time to pursue the links.

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  3. I didn’t know Paige Patterson was president of SWBTS. I knew he was at Southeastern, but I haven’t followed the controversy. i was too busy to be involved in that and I couldn’t affect it anyhow. I have been in a church where they thought that a man couldn’t learn anything from a woman. But I don’t think Paul meant for his admonitions to Timothy (I Tim. 2) to become church doctrine. He puts some stringent requirements on this.
    Someday, I’m going to ask Paul what does Adam being created before Eve have to do with SS lessons. And at what point does a female teacher of young boys have to stop?

    My parents once belonged to a Church of God. (Cleveland, Tenn.) They had a female preacher, but she couldn’t attend a business meeting. Interesting how people interpret that passage.

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  4. This is messed up. Why the need to lie?


    “This is big…

    According to a new report out by WLRN in South Florida, the Broward County School District has finally admitted that Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz was assigned to the PROMISE program which attempts to reduce the number of students who are actually arrested for their crimes:”


  5. An interesting read….. and it should help clear up the misconceptions some people have about Trump voters.


    “America’s political experts got it wrong in 2016 — not because they took too few polls, but because they made the false assumption that American elections are immune to societal change.

    They are, in large part, still getting things wrong, not only by failing to understand a new group of voters who put President Donald Trump in the White House but also by ignoring why they voted the way they did.

    When explaining the Trump voter, the media usually offers portraits of isolated, uneducated, working-class rubes who are driven by anger, race and nationalism. To the experts and those who didn’t support Trump, it’s hard for them to see it any other way.

    And while the media obsesses over the future demise of the president, they aren’t pausing to consider the strength and durability of the coalition that swept him into office.

    They aren’t asking why people in the Rust Belt counties who voted for former President Barack Obama twice suddenly switched to Trump.

    But they should. Because Trump was not the cause of this movement, he was the result of it. In order to fully appreciate his rise to the White House, you need focus on the people who put him there.”

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  6. And this should clear up some misconceptions, and some outright lies as well.


    “Two new studies have been published that completely frost the claims made by green justice warriors.

    One of the most cherished tenets of eco-activists is they do more to “save the planet”. However, the first report indicates that it is, in fact, climate change skeptics that are leading the way to a cleaner environment.

    Do our behaviors really reflect our beliefs? New research suggests that, when it comes to climate change, the answer is no. And that goes for both skeptics and believers.

    Participants in a year-long study who doubted the scientific consensus on the issue “opposed policy solutions,” but at the same time, they “were most likely to report engaging in individual-level, pro-environmental behaviors,” writes a research team led by University of Michigan psychologist Michael Hall.

    Conversely, those who expressed the greatest belief in, and concern about, the warming environment “were most supportive of government climate policies, but least likely to report individual-level actions.”

    Actually, this result is not surprising for those of us who believe that personal responsibility and independent actions lead to a better quality of life than nanny-state government mandates. The news is also not shocking for Legal Insurrection readers, who have read the posts on the mountains of garbage left behind after progressive protests.

    Another assertion made by climate change advocates is that the United States is going to pollute the planet with carbon dioxide because it pulled out of the United Nations’ Paris Climate Accord. The real data reveal the opposite is true: European emissions have increased, while America’s has decreased.”


  7. Nope, no bias here. Whatever happened to equal time and access for all candidates? You know, fairness?


    “BuzzFeed partnered closely with multiple Democratic and anti-Trump super PACs in 2016 to target its own users with dozens of political advertisements that were not in accordance with its own policies, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.

    Former BuzzFeed Vice President Rena Shapiro, who led the website’s native political advertising team during the 2016 election, described candidly in a pair of unearthed interviews how she partnered closely with political groups to create ads that harnessed the data BuzzFeed collects on its audience of over 650 million people to solve their “ultimate need, which is to get elected, to get their message out there, or to canvas people together to create impact around a cause.”

    “This is a data monster that we’re working with here at BuzzFeed, and it’s awesome to harness that power to everyone’s advantage in the political space,” Shapiro said in December 2016 on “Digital Politics with Karen Jagoda.”
    But only if they agree with your politics….

    “But as it turns out, only some in the political space were given the opportunity to partner with BuzzFeed’s viral marketing team to create custom political ads that, according to Shapiro, are “based off of mounds and piles and troves of data and information that we have as far as how people are interacting and engaging with content.”

    BuzzFeed raised eyebrows in June 2016 when it announced it had canceled a $1.3 million advertising agreement with the Republican National Committee due to disagreements with then-candidate Donald Trump’s “offensive statements.”

    Doing business with any group that supports Trump, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti said after canceling the RNC ad buy, would be “hazardous to our health.””


  8. The curious case of Mike Flynn, and why he may/should withdraw his guilty plea.


    “The Mystery of Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea
    He pleaded guilty to a crime FBI agents said he didn’t commit.”

    “One of the stranger moments of Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe is Michael Flynn’s Dec. 1, 2017 guilty plea for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The former White House national security adviser pleaded guilty to a single count of making false statements, even though then FBI director James Comey had told Congress in March that the two FBI agents who interviewed Mr. Flynn believed he hadn’t lied.”


    “A funny thing happened on the way to impeaching Donald Trump. After two-years of investigations by a highly politicized FBI and a Special Counsel stacked with Clinton supporters, Robert Mueller’s probe has resulted in the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the arrests of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and the indictment of 13 Russian nationals on allegations of hacking the 2016 election – along with the raid of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

    The nation has been on the edge of insanity waiting for that much-promised and long awaited link tying President Trump to Vladimir Putin we were all promised, only to find out that there is no link, the deck appears to have been heavily stacked against Donald Trump by bad actors operating at the highest levels of the FBI, DOJ, Obama admin and Clinton camp, and the real Russian conspiracy in the 2016 election was the participation of high level Kremlin sources used in the anti-Trump dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for.

    Now, as the out-of-control investigation moves from the headlines and into court, the all-encompassing “witch hunt,” as Trump calls it, may be in serious jeopardy.

    As of Friday, three separate Judges have rendered harsh setbacks to the Mueller investigation – demanding, if you can believe it, facts and evidence to back up the Special Counsel’s claims – in unredacted format as one Judge demands, or risk having the cases tossed out altogether. ”



  9. He appears to have plead guilty just to end the probe which was taking his family broke, and even threatened his son with prosecution if Flynn didn’t plead guilty.

    Mueller’s a real scumbag.



  10. Perhaps scumbag was too harsh.

    How about pettifogger?

    noun archaic
    an inferior legal practitioner, especially one who deals with petty cases or employs dubious practices.



  11. https://religionnews.com/2018/05/04/the-splainer-paige-patterson-and-the-sbcs-stance-on-wifely-submission/


    (RNS) — An audio recording recently surfaced in which a prominent Southern Baptist leader said abused wives should focus on praying, “be submissive in every way that you can” and not seek divorce.

    The recording, which dates back to the year 2000, is of Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a leading figure in the Southern Baptist Convention. Many credit him with orchestrating the conservative resurgence of the denomination beginning in 1979.

    Not surprisingly, Patterson’s comments touched off a flurry of condemnation and calls for him to step down. Commentators mostly objected to the implication that he condoned domestic violence, which he has denied. But the Southern Baptist Convention has had a long history of conservative stances on women that it maintains are based on Scripture.

    So what’s the back story on the SBC’s position on the role of women, and wives in particular? Let us ‘Splain: …

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  12. HRW, I don’t blame you. The mountains west of Calgary should be as pretty as the mountains west of Denver and Vancouver is as picturesque as Seattle. However, I don’t know if y’all have anything like Monument Valley. Fortunately, the folks in Utah are pretty friendly.


  13. The NRA has a new president.


    “Lt. Col. Oliver North is set to become the president of the National Rifle Association of America, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated Monday, the group announced.

    North will be retiring from his role at Fox News effective immediately. He will be taking over the position occupied by Pete Brownell, who did not seek a second term as NRA president.

    “I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said in a news release. “I appreciate the board initiating a process that affords me a few weeks to set my affairs in order, and I am eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA President.”

    NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre called North a “legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader.” LaPierre called the North announcement “the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association.””


  14. The multiple addresses and variations on the name she used clearly show her intent was to get around those pesky campaign finance laws, and every single Democrat accepted her donations despite her being over the well known $2700 dollar limit.


    “Alabama Sen. Doug Jones disclosed $4,700 from O’Donnell in his special general election bid last year against former GOP judge and accused child molester Roy Moore, his campaign filings show. Jones’ office didn’t return messages seeking comment.

    Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb reported $3,600 from O’Donnell for the special general election he won in a March upset, his filings show. He’s now running for a full two-year term in a different congressional district in November, and O’Donnell put up another $1,000 for that bid.

    Lamb’s campaign manager said they will notify O’Donnell of her error and inform her that the extra $900 can be refunded or put toward the primary.

    Filings show O’Donnell gave a combined $5,400 in contributions over the limit to the five candidates, and used five different New York addresses and four variations of her name.

    O’Donnell donated $2,950 to California Rep. Adam Schiff, a 17-year veteran of the House, for his primary, according to his campaign filings. His campaign didn’t return messages seeking comment.

    Lauren Underwood, an Illinois congressional candidate, reported $4,200 from O’Donnell for her primary, filings show. Her campaign didn’t return a message.

    And Omar Vaid, a little-known congressional candidate in Staten Island and Brooklyn, reported $3,450 in primary donations from O’Donnell, filings show. Vaid’s finance director said the campaign “inadvertently designated” some of the money to the “wrong election” and would amend its filings.”


  15. Which produced this:

    Erickson’s theory also explains 2016.


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