38 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-27-19

  1. This is an inconvenient truth for many.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/12/christians-being-ethnically-cleansed-from-middle-east-except-in-israel/

    “Christians are being ethnically cleansed from Middle East, except in Israel

    Israel is the only place in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing.”

    “Christians are being ethnically cleansed throughout the Middle East, including areas under Palestinian Authority and Hamas control.

    A report last spring commissioned by then British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt found:

    Pervasive persecution of Christians, sometimes amounting to genocide, is ongoing in parts of the Middle East, and has prompted an exodus in the past two decades, according to a report commissioned by the British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

    Millions of Christians in the region have been uprooted from their homes, and many have been killed, kidnapped, imprisoned and discriminated against, the report finds. It also highlights discrimination across south-east Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and in east Asia – often driven by state authoritarianism.

    “The inconvenient truth,” the report finds, is “that the overwhelming majority (80%) of persecuted religious believers are Christians”.

    The exception is in Israel, where the Christian population is growing:

    The Christian population of Israel currently stands at approximately 177,000 citizens, or 2% of the overall population, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) ahead of Christmas.

    Last year, the population grew by 1.5%, compared to 2.2% in 2017. Over three-quarters (77.5%) of Christians living in Israel are Arabs, the CBS said, representing 7.2% of all Israeli-Arab citizens. The majority of non-Arab Christians living in Israel are citizens who immigrated to Israel since 1990, together with Jewish family members under the Law of Return.

    Some 70.6% of Arab-Christians live in northern Israel today, while 13.3% reside in the coastal city of Haifa and 9.5% live in Jerusalem. The nation’s most populous Christian cities are Nazareth (21,900 inhabitants), Haifa (16,100), Jerusalem (12,700) and the Galilee city of Shfaram (10,300)….

    The average fertility rate among Christians in 2018 was 2.06 children per woman, below the average rate for Muslim women (3.2), Jewish women (3.17) and Druze women (2.16).

    Christians are excelling in the Israeli educational system, including higher ed:

    The Christian population in Israel is slowly growing, and their educational achievements are rivaling those of the majority Jewish population, according to figures released this week by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

    The data revealed that 70.9 percent of Christian high school students in Israel achieve college-entry matriculation grades, which is slightly higher than the figure among Israeli Jews (70.6 percent). Among Israel’s Druze the figure is 63.7 percent, according to the report, while among the Muslim population it is 45.2 percent. Three out of four Christian students who achieve a masters degree, or 74 percent, are women, as are 63 percent of Christian doctoral students.

    By contrast, Christians are being driven out of Palestinian-controlled areas:”

    Contrast these [Israeli] data with the figures in a report published by then-British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt in July. The report found that the number of Christians in the Middle East has dwindled from 20% of the population a century ago to just 5% – most notably in the Palestinian territories, where they have dropped to below 1.5%.

    “We’ve all been asleep on the watch when it comes to the persecution of Christians,” Hunt said.

    The organization Open Doors put “the Palestinian Territories” in 49th place – out of 50 – on its World Watch List, an annual report on the global persecution of Christians. The report cited “Islamic oppression” as the main source of persecution, adding that “Islamic extremist militants are also present in the West Bank, causing Christians to fear being attacked,” and that the persecution is particularly brutal for converts to Christianity.”

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  2. Yes Virginia, this is how revolutions start.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/12/24/virginia-governor-northam-increases-corrections-budget-in-anticipation-of-jailing-gun-owners/

    “Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget In Anticipation Of Jailing Gun Owners”

    “As if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s wholesale attack on law-abiding gun owners wasn’t enough, the disgraced public official and his Michael Bloomberg-bought allies in the General Assembly now want the state’s hard-working taxpayers to foot the bill for their unconstitutional schemes. The budget bill (HB30) includes an appropriation of a quarter million dollars to carry out a host of gun control measures that Northam and his anti-gun allies hope to enact.

    The $250,000 is appropriated to the Corrections Special Reserve Fund in order to provide for the “increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment” of Northam’s gun control measures. Among the enumerated laws that this allocation is meant to fund is a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, the criminalization of private firearms transfers, and gun confiscation orders issued without due process.

    Aside from the insult of forcing law-abiding Virginia taxpayers to pay for the diminution of their rights, the gun control allocation is a severe waste of resources. Northam’s Bloomberg-backed gun control measures will not make Virginia safer.

    In additional to being unconstitutional, a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms will not reduce violent crime.

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  3. Well, well, well……

    No wonder she was so disturbed by Trump and Rudy digging for dirt in Ukraine. It’s because she was in on it. Another of Dems’ “star witnesses” goes poof. She’s just another hack.

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/23/giuliani-says-saint-marie-yovanovitch-quashed-ukraine-probe-into-missing-5-3-billion-in-foreign-aid/

    “Giuliani: ‘Saint Marie Yovanovitch’ Quashed Ukraine Probe Into Missing $5.3 Billion in Foreign Aid”

    “Rudy Giuliani alleged Monday that former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch “quashed” a corruption investigation into the disappearance of foreign aid because the Obama Administration was funneling the money to non-governmental organizations run by left-wing billionaire George Soros.

    Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, recently returned from a fact-finding mission in Ukraine, and discussed his findings in an interview with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk for his podcast.

    The former mayor of New York City told Kirk that in 2017, the Ukrainian Accounting Authority did a study which revealed that $5.3 billion in foreign aid during the Obama/Biden years was not properly accounted for. So the agency started an investigation

    “All of a sudden, members of the U.S. Embassy, under the control of Marie Yovanovitch—I call her Saint Marie Yovanovitch—comes and tells them, ‘there’s no need to do that. We’re okay with the spending. There’s no need to.’”

    Giuliani said the Ukrainian Accounting Authority at first insisted that they had to conduct an investigation, but later, “somehow it came down from the top—don’t investigate.”

    He said the reason the probe was quashed was because instead of giving the money to the government, the U.S. Embassy was giving it to NGOs (nonprofit organizations that operate independently of government) run by left-wing billionaire George Soros and his children.

    “Left-wing, further left-wing, socialist, communist, anarchist—you couldn’t even find a moderate one among them!” he said of the Soros clan.

    “They keep half the money, and if the government is lucky, they keep half the money,” he continued. “A completely corrupt scheme.””

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    Which Biden and his family were in on, and the Obama admin was covering up.

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  4. Has the Heritage Foundation been corrupted by the establishment and Big Tech?

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/25/tucker-carlson-is-right-about-the-heritage-foundation/

    “Tucker Carlson Is Right About the Heritage Foundation

    It’s obvious that the think tank uses its power and influence to defend Big Tech’s interests. The Fox News host was right about its coziness with Big Tech. Heritage is just upset the shoe fits.

    The Heritage Foundation is outraged at Tucker Carlson.

    Last week, the popular Fox News host attacked Heritage and many other conservative nonprofits for colluding with Silicon Valley and Big Tech. Carlson argued that Heritage defends Big Tech’s special privileges and publishes papers that echo the tech lobby’s talking points.

    “As an organization, Heritage no longer represents the interests of conservatives, at least on the question of tech,” Carlson declared.

    That segment drew an irate response from Heritage. “Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson made several false, outrageous, and unfounded accusations against The Heritage Foundation,” Heritage Vice President of Communications Robert Bluey wrote in the think tank’s rebuttal.”

    https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/12/21/tucker-carlsons-false-and-misleading-claims-about-the-heritage-foundation/

    Bluey claimed that Heritage’s paper about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which Tucker singled out for its close resemblance to Big Tech talking points, was not based on a tech lobby’s paper because it contained footnotes. Section 230 is a prized treasure to tech platforms because it protects them from publisher liabilities. One reason tech platforms are granted this privilege is out of the assumption they operate a neutral political forums.

    Heritage supports this protection, even though tech giants abuse it with their censorship and bias against conservatives. The reason: “Heritage supports empowering consumers rather than government.”

    Bluey claims Heritage personnel frequently criticize Big Tech, yet none of their critiques deal with its censorship. The criticism Bluey highlights only covers national security issues.”

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  5. They’ll never learn their lesson if they aren’t held responsible.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/26/if-the-fbis-contempt-for-the-law-is-not-reined-in-its-abuses-will-get-worse/

    “If The FBI’s Contempt For The Law Is Not Reined In, Its Abuses Will Get Worse

    The former CIA and FBI director’s article is a symptom of how the establishment media has become the propaganda arm of an increasingly robust U.S. authoritarian movement.”

    “In 2018, the U.S. government filed 1,117 final applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court for authority for the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance and physical searches. One application was withdrawn. One other was denied. The remaining 1,115 were granted.

    Hours before the FISA court issued a December 17 order openly declaring that it could no longer trust any of the sworn statements the FBI had submitted to justify spying on Americans, The New York Times published an opinion article by William Webster, a former director of both the FBI and the CIA. Webster wrote, “Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order is, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to protect them.”

    Gone are the days The New York Times worked to expose government abuse of power. The New York Times now defends power from truth.

    No More ‘Dissent Is Patriotism’

    Setting aside the very dubious propositions that the FBI and the CIA should be protected from criticism, let’s plumb the depths of the Webster/NYT argument. Who, according to Webster, has the job of protecting the FBI and the CIA? Webster explains exactly who he means: “I am deeply disturbed by the assertion of President Trump that our ‘current director’ — as he refers to the man he selected for the job of running the F.B.I. — cannot fix what the president calls a broken agency.”

    Webster goes on to suggest that the FBI should operate as an independent agency and that he is outraged by the “president’s thinly veiled suggestion that the director, Christopher Wray, like his banished predecessor, James Comey, could be on the chopping block.” He adds, “The independence of both the F.B.I. and its director is critical and should be fiercely protected by each branch of government.” Webster goes on to make it clear that the “rule of law” is threatened by the president criticizing the FBI.

    The article is a symptom of how the establishment media has become the propaganda arm of an increasingly robust authoritarian movement in the United States. This movement inverts constitutional principles so that it becomes the president’s job to protect the FBI from criticism and his threat to fire an FBI chief is a threat to the Constitution. This is the kind of thing that Vladimir Putin might have told Tass to publish as he sought to seize power from Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.”

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    Especially those in charge of such un-American operations. More dirt on Mr. Squeaky Clean.

    “The IG report concluded that several of Comey’s statements were inconsistent with statements from other federal officials,”

    (Also known as lying)

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/20/ig-report-hints-james-comey-was-in-on-fbis-fisa-misconduct/

    “IG Report Hints James Comey Was In On FBI’s FISA Misconduct

    The IG report concluded that several of Comey’s statements were inconsistent with statements from other federal officials, as well as evidence gathered as part of the FISA investigation.”

    When the Department of Justice inspector general released his report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse, coverage focused on the top-line findings contained in the executive summary. Then the news cycle whizzed by, leaving many details discussed throughout the 480-page tome unexplored.

    One significant gap in media coverage concerns the potential complicity of former FBI Director James Comey in the FISA abuse—a possibility the IG report hints at in several spots. The first suggestion that something was amiss with Comey’s conduct came early in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, when the IG’s office spoke of the methodology underlying the FISA investigation.

    “Certain former FBI employees who agreed to interviews, including Comey and Baker, chose not to request that their security clearances be reinstated for their OIG interviews,” read the IG report. “Therefore, we were unable to provide classified information or documents to them during their interviews to develop their testimony, or to assist their recollections of relevant events.”

    Taken alone, this perfunctory comment might have meant little, but the IG report would stress this point several more times throughout its 400-plus-page analysis of FBI misconduct.”

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    They don’t have to risk being caught in a lie, or the truth being exposed if you can’t ask the right questions.

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  6. Same goes for these folks.

    They need to own what they did. THEY were the fake news.

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  7. And this, which has aged like the fine garbage it was.

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  8. The ‘Exile Chic’ of Leftist P.C. Evangelicals

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/12/22/the-exile-chic-of-leftist-pc-evangelicals/

    “Putting aside for a moment the idea that anything published by Christianity Today could sway more than a small fraction of practicing Christians in the world, it’s worth asking just what is the agenda here. Why such Trump hate, and why now?”

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    “A left-wing evangelical camp now appears to run the former flagship magazine of evangelical Christianity, Christianity Today, would say that’s impossible. But there does not appear to be any conservatives remaining at the magazine, which has capitulated to the politically correct crowd and our hyper-liberal CNN culture.

    According to their thesis, in this secular, constantly challenging world, “exiles” are what Christians in this 21st century are called to be. They expect us to be literal Jeremiahs, living in Babylon and voting only for progressives.

    I take issue with the idea that we should flee from the very civilization that we made—and I include Christians in the “we”—and the civilization that we are called to renew.

    The hype of the evangelical Left predicts they will “forever change the way Christians view and talk about their role in the modern world.” This failed editor (whose magazine’s circulation has dropped to 130,000 from a peak of around 200,000) refers to moralistic platitudes but appears to forget or relegate biblical truths.

    But faith is not about oneself; it is about the worship of God and His ways. In the new evangelical Left, the Bible is put to the side and the newspaper becomes the gauge of action. Culture comes first and conformity to the progressive worldview is essential because you want to be “relevant.”

    Putting aside for a moment the idea that anything published by Christianity Today could sway more than a small fraction of practicing Christians in the world, I have to wonder just what is the agenda here. Why such Trump hate, and why now? There are more than 30 million evangelicals in America and 90 percent of them support the president. Those are overwhelming numbers.”

    Most of these leftist evangelicals grew up fundamentalist, attended evangelical colleges, became countercultural, and took degrees in subjects like sociology. Patrons of cigar bars everywhere know to fear the zeal of the smoker who quits. “

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  9. Due diligence is required.

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/26/dont-assume-because-a-college-is-christian-its-a-safe-place-for-your-kid/

    “Don’t Assume Because A College Is Christian It’s A Safe Place For Your Kid

    Christian higher education, like many other parts of Christian culture and church life, follows broader cultural trends. And those trends are distinctly anti-Christian.”

    “In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, several Christian colleges were founded as a response to the leftward drift of the American liberal arts colleges. These new institutions sought to provide a uniquely Christian and conservative higher education.

    Most of these schools were founded as Bible or training institutes (e.g., Moody Bible Institute, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Missionary Training Institute in New York). Their curriculum was different: more focused on the Bible and less on professional training or aristocratic grooming. Their goals were different: rather than developing standard degree programs and academic accreditation, they focused on training a generation of missionaries, pastors, and Sunday school teachers to spread the gospel message.

    Yet during the 20th century, those Bible institutes turned into Bible colleges, which then turned into Universities. For example, The Bible Institute of Los Angeles became Biola University. Nearly all of them are now regionally accredited, the gold standard of academic higher accreditation, and offer a slew of liberal-arts and vocational majors similar to their secular counterparts.

    One hundred years later, how distinctively Christian and evangelical are these schools? In many ways, unfortunately, perhaps not as distinctive as one would think. They’re still very religious, with all the trappings of evangelicalism, but in some areas traditional Christianity is in the crosshairs, especially in matters of sexuality and politics.

    Opposition to Pence Because He’s Not Woke

    Concrete examples risk unfair tarnishing, but for one example consider Taylor University, a fairly representative evangelical college and a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. They’re conventional enough that they chose the most prominent national evangelical politician to be their 2019 graduation speaker: Vice President Mike Pence, former congressman and governor of Taylor’s home state of Indiana.

    Pence is an outspoken evangelical both in public and private life. Long before he was Donald Trump’s vice president, he was the Indiana evangelical. That’s what he’s been known for since he entered politics in 2000. So the pick was conventional and in many ways a coup. How many small, Christian schools could nab the country’s vice president for their graduation speaker?

    What a surprise, then, that the Pence invitation stirred up a backlash. Students loudly complained that his visit would make them feel “unsafe,” that Pence did not represent the values of the institution, that he was too closely associated with President Trump.”

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  10. Don’t look now, but Durham has just expanded his investigations. 🙂

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/john-durham-interviewing-former-nsa-leader-who-told-court-about-other-fisa-abuses

    “Durham interviewing former NSA leader who alerted court of other FISA abuses”

    “The former director of the National Security Agency is the latest to sit down with U.S. Attorney John Durham in the widening inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation.

    Adm. Mike Rogers, who retired in 2018 after four years as NSA chief and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, has met with Durham, who is working at the behest of Attorney General William Barr, multiple times and is cooperating voluntarily in Durham’s deep dive into the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation related to the Trump campaign and the Russian government, according to the Intercept. Rogers is likely being talked to because of his key intelligence perch, experiences uncovering Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act violations, and his role in the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference.

    The December report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on FISA abuses by the DOJ and the FBI criticized the bureau’s reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s unverified dossier in pursuing electronic surveillance against Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

    In 2016, Rogers helped expose FISA flaws of a different kind by the NSA and the FBI. That October, as the bureau received its first Page surveillance warrant, Rogers notified the FISA Court of an NSA inspector general report that found the agency was pulling data directly from the internet and improperly searching it for information related to Americans in violation of FISA laws dealing with foreigners outside the United States targeted by U.S. intelligence agencies.”

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  11. McCain, the Democrats favorite useful idiot. They could always rely on old John to carry their water and help spread their lies.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/26/ig-report-reveals-steele-funneled-claims-through-john-mccain-after-fbi-dropped-him/

    “IG Report Reveals Steele Funneled Claims Through John McCain After FBI Dropped Him”

    “Late Senator John McCain provided disgraced former FBI chief James Comey with five separate reports from Christopher Steele that the FBI didn’t previously possess related to unsubstantiated allegations of collusion between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign, the Justice Department’s recent Inspector General report revealed.

    There have long been questions about why it was necessary for McCain to pass Steele’s anti-Trump dossier to Comey on December 9, 2016, several weeks after the November 2016 presidential election. By then, Steele had already met numerous times with FBI agents to provide them with his controversial reports. Steele, however, was terminated as an FBI source in the fall of 2016 because he spoke to the news media.

    The IG report discloses that McCain gave five new Steele reports to Comey that the FBI did not previously possess, showing that McCain served as a conduit for Steele’s information to reach the FBI even after the British ex-spy was formally cut off as an FBI source.

    It is not clear whether McCain knew at the time that Steele had previously been terminated as an FBI source.

    The IG report also verifies that a McCain aid obtained the Steele reports directly from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, meaning that when McCain transferred the anti-Trump charges to Comey he had to have known that the material originated with a firm that specializes in controversial opposition tactics.

    Fusion GPS was paid for its anti-Trump work by Trump’s primary political opponents, namely Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) via the Perkins Coie law firm.

    States the IG report:

    Several weeks later, on December 9, 2016, Senator John McCain provided Comney with a collection of 16 Steele election reports, 5 of which Steele had not given the FBI. McCain had obtained these reports from a staff member at the McCain Institute. The McCain Institute staff member had met with Steele and later acquired the reports from Simpson.”

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  12. The FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court should be abolished immediately. Both the court and the agencies that utilize it have apparently forgotten the meaning of the word “Foreign” in their pursuit of their agendas. I seriously doubt that FISA is essential to our national security, particularly as it has been around since 1978 and didn’t manage to prevent the worst terrorist attack in US history. There cannot be 2 different constitutions and sets of constitutional rights: one for the common citizen, and another for bureaucrats. And that’s why whoever signed those FISA warrants needs to do jail time.

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  13. I don’t watch the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but I do see little preview blurbs for his show fairly regularly. They always show him doing his latest Trump joke or impression.

    So is that all he does on his show, every night? Doesn’t that get old for, like, everyone? Why are people so obsessed?

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  14. I was watching Fox news at some point last week (while I was doing other things around the house) but all they had on was Christmas silliness and merriment among the staff. Cute, but after a while, like maybe 1 minute?, boring and stupid.

    I wanted to catch up on some (real) news.

    So I turned to CNN (yes, I still watch it though I always wind up lamenting what they’ve become, they used to be a solid news outlet).

    It was Anderson Cooper interviewing someone, in-depth, about how awful and horrible Trump is. Ugh. Really?

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  15. People or sources who are against Trump are “left-wing”. People or sources who are pro-Trump are “right-wing”. I am sick of this crap, sick of people totally dismissing and smearing those with whom they disagree.

    That article about the Christianity Today editorial is quite an exaggeration.

    For one thing, isn’t it true that we believers are supposed to be at least somewhat like “exiles”? Maybe that is not the word used in the Bible, but we are referred to as pilgrims, as we are just passing through. We may pray for, and do what we believe is best for whatever country we live in, but our true home is not here. (I can’t remember the verse that talks about that.)

    And this: “They expect us to be literal Jeremiahs, living in Babylon and voting only for progressives.” That was nowhere said nor implied. It is a false dichotomy that to be against Trump means we must be for the Democrats.

    Then this dig: “This failed editor (whose magazine’s circulation has dropped to 130,000 from a peak of around 200,000). . .” Has this writer not noticed that all publications have taken a hit in circulation in the past several years?

    The writer of that article also accuses CT of pushing the Bible to the side. The CT articles that I have read online are often on biblical matters, and articles on social matters do bring scripture into the matter.

    I wish we could get rid of this simplistic notion that any source that does not toe the conservative line 100% is left-wing, or that any person or source that does not toe the liberal/progressive line 100% is right-wing. There seems to be no room for nuance or for differing of opinion within a group, and definitely no room for anyone who may be “moderate”.

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  16. Ah! Hebrews 11:13 is the verse I was thinking of (this is the NKJV):

    “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

    The word “strangers” is interpreted as “exiles” in other versions.

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  17. So I would assume you feel the same way about the Christianity Today hit piece on Trump as well Kizzie?

    You know, to be consistent, and after all, this is all in response to CT’s editors hit piece which the coward made on his way out.

    None of the mean stuff would be being said, had he kept his ego in check and kept his mouth shut to begin with. But Orange Man Bad, and he had to speak up, right?

    Please. He’s getting what he gave. It shouldn’t be shocking at all.

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  18. Kizzie,

    When one side keeps spouting untruths and falsehoods as news, and the other it always turns out has been truthful, then yes, one side will be trusted more than the other. Why trust a side that intentionally misleads you and their readers? It’s just common sense not to.

    I noticed in the Facebook discussion with MiM and others this same nonsense. When one side has been honest, and the other clearly not as the evidence has shown, one side has credibility, the other doesn’t. Yet people can’t seem to grasp this simple concept because they dislike Trump and his methods. This isn’t as hard as you make it sound to decide when it comes to discussions on who you should believe.

    There’s plenty of evidence right above you. The garbage, and yes, it is, put forth by Chuck Todd and The New Yorker are just 2 among millions of examples in the last 3 plus years.

    These people haven’t earned the public trust. Quite the contrary.

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  19. No one said that Kizzie, merely that it was to be expected in today’s world. The days of rolling over for trash like the CT piece are over.

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  20. I just went back to re-read Galli’s editorial. Yes, it is strongly worded in places, but he also included these portions:

    “We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders (as well as ordinary citizens) on both sides of the political aisle.

    Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings. And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.”

    “We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now. Some have criticized us for our reserve. But when it comes to condemning the behavior of another, patient charity must come first. So we have done our best to give evangelical Trump supporters their due, to try to understand their point of view, to see the prudential nature of so many political decisions they have made regarding Mr. Trump.”

    The article you shared earlier, as well as some other pieces I’ve seen, have tar-and-feathered the whole magazine, not only Galli himself.

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  21. AJ – The editorial and its critics aside, the point I mostly wanted to make was my annoyance over people and/or sources being dismissed or smeared for not being 100% along an ideological line.

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  22. I agree with that Kizzie.

    Here’s a perfect example. Ideology wise, the WaPo is a leftist publication. But that doesn’t make them wrong in this example of their work. This is accurate. But a whole lot of their work hasn’t been.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/26/rachel-maddow-rooted-steele-dossier-be-true-then-it-fell-apart/

    “Rachel Maddow rooted for the Steele dossier to be true. Then it fell apart.”

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  23. Broken clocks and all…. 🙂

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  24. You’ve probably heard about the trouble Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has gotten herself into by defending a woman fired for saying that there are two sexes, and they are immutable.

    There are feminists who point out that some of the accommodations made for “trans women” are unfair to “real women”. They (as well as Rowling now) are referred to as TERFs – trans exclusionary radical feminists. The feminists who advocate including trans women in women’s sports and in women’s shelters, etc., say that the TERFs are not really feminists because they don’t stand for all women if they don’t stand for trans women, too.

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