Saturday November 2nd – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. citizen817 says:

    It’s Caturday!

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    – Berean Bible Society – https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org
    Paul’s Claims
    Posted By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam On August 29, 2011 @ 4:00 am In Two Minutes With the Bible | Comments Disabled

    Paul’s Spirit-inspired claims for the distinctive character of his apostleship leave no room for doubt. Consider a sampling of these.

    Romans 11:13: “For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I AM THE APOSTLE OF THE GENTILES: I MAGNIFY MINE OFFICE”.

    Galatians 1:11,12: “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is NOT AFTER MAN.

    “FOR I NEITHER RECEIVED IT OF MAN, NEITHER WAS I TAUGHT IT, BUT BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.”

    Ephesians 3:1-3: “For this cause, I PAUL, THE PRISONER OF JESUS CHRIST FOR YOU GENTILES,

    “If ye have heard of THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD, WHICH IS GIVEN ME TO YOU-WARD:

    “How that BY REVELATION HE MADE KNOWN UNTO ME THE MYSTERY….”

    Colossians 1:25: “…I am made a minister, according to THE DISPENSATION OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN TO ME FOR YOU, to fulfill [fill full, or complete] the Word of God”.

    I Timothy 2:5-7: “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus;

    “Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

    “WHEREUNTO I AM ORDAINED A PREACH-ER, AND AN APOSTLE (I SPEAK THE TRUTH IN CHRIST, AND LIE NOT); A TEACHER OF THE GENTILES IN FAITH AND VERITY.”

    Titus 1:2,3: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie; promised before the world began;

    “But hath in due times manifested His Word THROUGH PREACHING WHICH IS COMMITTED UNTO ME, according to the commandment of God our Saviour.”

    To the Reader:

    Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:

    “It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles.”

    To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you’ll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.

    Article printed from Berean Bible Society: https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org

    URL to article: https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/pauls-claims/

    Click here to print.

    Copyright © 2012 Berean Bible Society. All rights reserved.

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    • TMonroe says:

      Paul indicated what he was preaching to both Jews and Gentiles:

      Acts 20:20-21 “I did not shrink back from declaring anything that was helpful to you as I taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews and Greeks alike about repentance to God and faith in our Lord Jesus.”

      Acts 26:20 “but both first to those in Damascus and Jerusalem, and all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, I kept declaring to repent and to turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance.”

      Here is further context shared via Paul about “the mystery by revelation” that God made known to him:

      Ephesians 3:2-7 “Surely you have heard of the administration of God’s grace, having been given to me toward you, that He made known to me the mystery by revelation, just as I have written before in brief, which, by reading, you are able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as now it has been revealed in the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets, that the Gentiles are joint-heirs, and a joint-body, and joint-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus, through the gospel, of which I became servant according to the gift of God’s grace, having been given to me according to the working of His power.”

      Who are some of the other “holy apostles and prophets” spoken of “to whom “now it has been revealed in the Spirit” that “the Gentiles are joint-heirs, and a joint-body, and joint-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus, through the gospel”? (And what is an important implication of all of this joint participation?)

      Note how post-ascension and post Pentecost apostle Peter received direct revelation “out of heaven”:

      Acts 11:1-10 “Now the apostles and the brothers being in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. And when Peter went up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision began contending with him, saying, “You went to men having uncircumcision, and ate with them.” Now Peter having begun, set forth to them in order, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, a certain vessel like a great sheet descending, being let down out of heaven by four corners, and it came down as far as me. Having looked intently on it, I was observing it, and I saw the quadrupeds of the earth and the wild beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air. And also I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Having risen up, Peter, kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘In no way, Lord. For nothing ever common or unclean has entered into my mouth.’ But for a second time the voice answered out of heaven, ‘What God has cleansed, you do not call unholy.’ Now this happened on three times, and all was drawn up into heaven again.”

      Note how the Holy Spirit told Peter to go to meet Gentiles, “not having discriminated”. Note how this is in contrast to the notion of his ministry being confined to fellow Jews, and how the Gentiles heard the gospel of grace through faith from Peter (cf. Acts 15:7, 14). Note further emphases by Peter of the sameness of the experience:

      Acts 11:11-18 “And behold, immediately three men having been sent to me from Caesarea stood at the house in which I was. Now the Spirit told me to go with them, not having discriminated. Now these six brothers also went with me, and we entered into the man’s house, and he related to us how he had seen the angel having stood in his house and having said, ‘Send forth to Joppa, and send for Simon who is called Peter, who will speak words to you in which will be saved, you and all your household.’ And in my beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, even as also upon us in the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God has given to them the same gift as also to us having believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, how was I able to forbid God? And having heard these things, they were silent and glorified God, saying, “Then indeed God has given also to the Gentiles repentance unto life.”

      Note how those who did not view the Gentiles as a “joint-body” at first (Acts 11:2-3) appear to have received, after to listening to Peter’s testimony, an important level of “insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as now it has been revealed in the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets, that the Gentiles are joint-heirs, and a joint-body, and joint-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus, through the gospel” (cf. Eph. 3:4-6).

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    HAPPY CATURDAY!

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  4. Lucille says:

    It’s Caturday! Have a great one…

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

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    • GB Bari says:

      Ronstadt delivers that somewhat difficult melody with ease. I loved her early work, and was dismayed at her descent into political weirdness later on.

      This is a brief transport back into the magical innocence of my youth, when Walt Disney ruled American kids’ entertainment world.

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      • Yep. I’m still enthralled with Linda Ronstadt’s voice, but she currently resides over to the left in a heap with the Dixie Chicks, Amber D, and Jimmy Buffett… Why can’t they just sing and leave it at that? When I want political discourse, it won’t come from Natalie Maines…

        Ms. Ronstadt was the first singer to break my political heart.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        She is a wonderfully gifted musician and a person of quite high intelligence. Unfortunately, like many musicians, she isn’t well educated nor is she at all well read. Like many other people, for instance, I don’t think she really understands exactly what state socialism stands for and what it can do to a vibrant society. Her political opinions tend to be exclusively topical. What substance is there is usually pretty thin. She uses her sharp wit and celebrity to hide that pretty obvious fact. Still and all, I love hearing her music

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  6. Lucille says:

    Take a Trip To Venezia…

    Venice Live Channel + Interactive Video Guide of Venice

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  7. Garrison Hall says:

    Happy Caterday, Treepers!! 🙂

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  8. Just back from a month in rural SW China. FYI Last Refuge is one of the few conservative websites I visit that is blocked by China (so you must be doing something right!):

    Blocked:
    WSJ
    Last Refuge
    All Google sites including Blogger

    Not Blocked:
    Power Line
    Gateway Pundit
    Ace of Spades
    Instapundit

    In a way, I find China’s blunt blocking of websites refreshing. At least they’re upfront about it, unlike in the US where conservative sites are shadow banned, or relegated to the dregs of search results by algorithms. While the US pretends to be free of censorship, China has the guts to let you know what they’re doing.

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    • Lucille says:

      Did you see this new terminal?


      Daxing is built around an bright, white core, accessible to domestic and international travelers alike.

      Inside Daxing, Beijing’s Massive New International Airport
      by MARIANNA CERINI – October 29, 2019
      This sprawling new hub in the capital of China is the largest single terminal in the world.
      https://www.cntraveler.com/story/inside-beijing-daxing-international-airport?utm_source

      Btw, “China has the guts to let you know what they’re doing”? The arrogance of a mass-murdering dictatorship isn’t exactly gutsy, is it?

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      • Ray Runge says:

        Touche

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      • No, we were in the sticks, but I’ll probably see it on my next trip. It’s near where my wife’s family lives.

        China may have been a mass-murdering dictatorship 60 years ago, but it is a very different place now. This needs a much longer post, but China has done more to raise humankind out of poverty than any other regime in human history. Of course it’s not all good, but there’s nothing in this world that’s really black and white.

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        • Bob says:

          If our government wasn’t so full of communists trying to bring the CCP agenda and it’s total control to the USA, Perhaps the government could get on doing great things for the people. By the way you are welcome to move to China..then you will see for yourself what would happen if you wrote the same things that bitch about here.

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          • I lived in China for several years, thanks. My point is more subtle – while China might silence dissidents by fiat, the US does it indirectly, by for example platforming Sabo.

            At least China is honest about what it’s doing. I’m very aware of China’s many faults, and Trump is right to combat its unfair practices. But one should see the full picture.

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            • Linda K. says:

              I have to say, Hong Kong is getting an eyeful of China’s generosity right now.. When someone showa you who they are, believe them.

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            • Magabear says:

              Christians in underground churches get to see that full picture everyday in China……some from inside prison cell.

              The left here only use roundabout ways to silence conservatives because they can’t (yet) do what China does to silence people who don’t tow the party line.

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            • Lucille says:

              Honest? Where to even begin on your leftist blather, Existential Kitty! Comparing U.S. and China as being roughly equal in repression of liberty is ridiculous and you know it. China is a country with incredible potential IF THEY GOT RID OF THEIR COMMUNIST OPPRESSION AND FILTHY PHILOSOPHY. Your acting as an apologist for one of–if no THE–nastiest philosophy ever invented is sad, indeed.

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        • bud says:

          Emmm, so said the Germans about Hitler.

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        • boogywstew says:

          Interesting take? Thug who murders you face to face should have more respect than thug who shoots you in the back and you’re unarmed in both cases. You have unbelievably low standards!

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  9. Linda K. says:


    Morris and Champy

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  10. Dora says:

    Purrfect Union – Cat Hat by Alison Headley

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  11. just stevie says:

    AUTHORITY AND INDEPENDENCE

    “If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments.” John xiv. 15 R.V.

    Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey him out of a oneness of spirit. That is why whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an IF – you do not need to unless you like. “IF any man will be My disciple, let him deny himself,” let him give up his right to himself to Me. Our Lord is not talking of eternal positions, but of being of value to Himself in this order of things, that is why He sounds so stern (cf. Luke xiv. 26). Never interpret these words apart from the One Who uttered them.

    The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standards very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love someone else in competition with Him, vix., myself. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey Him, I must obey Him; and when I do obey Him, I fulfill my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small petty incidents, altogether unnoticeable and mean; but if I obey Jesus Christ in the haphazard circumstances, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God, and when I stand face to face with God I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When once God’s Redemption comes to the point of obedience in a human soul, it always creates. If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God.

    Oswald Chambers
    November 2nd Devotional

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  12. Troublemaker10 says:

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  13. Dora says:

    Ronan Farrow is becoming a pretty good reporter. I am impressed.

    ===

    Ronan Farrow says Bill Clinton was ‘credibly accused of rape,’ calls Juanita Broaddrick’s case ‘overdue for revisiting’
    https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ronan-farrow-bill-clinton-juanita-broaddrick

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  14. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.”
    Psalms 11:7 (KJV)

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  16. billybob says:

    Today is the anniversary of Eva Cassidys death . Some people cover songs and make them their own , this is one of the greatest in my humble opinion.

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  17. Dora says:

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    • Jim in TN says:

      Seems to me that while all is true, that the order seems to be a bit flexible.

      Like persecuting people for wanting to prevent the legalization of boys in girls bathrooms.

      And there are also those who celebrate themselves for their persecutions.

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    • Magabear says:

      Moral relativism led to moral equivalency which led to ammorality which led to immorality which says actual morality is immoral.

      I came up with that all by myself…….not to bad actually. 😊

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  18. Dora says:

    Good Luck To Dov Hikind

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  19. Dora says:

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  20. David Mitchell says:

    When POTUS has Conan at the WH for the ceremony, he should specifically invite, in writing, McConnell, McCarthy, Schumer, and Pelosi. The invitation should make it clear the ceremony is for the entire team that pulled of this incredible raid. Doubt Schumer and Pelosi will attend, so have two empty chairs, center of the front row with their names on them, and during his remarks state he invited them to a ceremony honoring not only Conan, but the troops who risked their lives to rid the world of Baghdadi, but they were too busy to attend. He could take out his phone and from the podium snap a photo of the the 2 empty seats, and Tweet it out after the ceremony, along with the written invitation after the event.

    I am sure there are other ways he can either force them to show some patriotism, and if they do not stick a dagger in them. Veteran’s Day is coming up; have a formal ceremony at the WH honoring all veterans, invite the same crew, and call out Schumer and Pelosi for skipping it…

    I’ve suggested this before and will continue at the risk of being repetitive—the next State of the Union address should start with the National Anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Let’s see who stands and places their hand over their heart…don’t announce it beforehand, startle the left side of the chamber and see what they do.

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  21. David Mitchell says:

    Since the Democrats don’t seem to be interested in getting anything constructive done, time for an end run. Everybody loves infrastructure investment and we need it badly. POTUS should send a letter to every Governor asking them for their top 5 infrastructure projects. Some will respond, some will not. Take the responses and have the Republicans in the House craft a simple one page bill with the projects’ names and estimated costs. It then gets submitted to Pelosi for action.

    She does something with it—that is great and points out the governors who did not bother to try and improve the conditions in their state.

    She does nothing with it—call her out for ignoring pressing infrastructure needs since she is too busy with the impeachment charade.

    We all know the democrats are unwilling to work with POTUS to get anything done, some concrete examples of things that need to get done that they are unwilling to address to prove the point would be good.

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  22. LizzieinTexas says:

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  23. arze says:

    Where is the FBI Clinton Foundation Investigation Dossier? [We’ve seen the Mueller Dossier but not CF Dossier]

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Hillary, no matter what she did, and however contorted explanations are of Clinton Foundation crimes-related to her and Bill, nothing will be done of substance. [But there is a silver lining of sorts, as it were.]

    Hillary is safe because there, apparently, is a rule, that is still secret, to the effect that a president AND his or her spouse are exempt from prosecution, no matter what — absent, of course House Impeachment and Senate Trial.

    Documents released yesterday by DOJ — in a motion to dismiss claims in former FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s wrongful termination lawsuit [and for summary judgement on rest], that names current AG Bill Barr defendant, reveal Clinton Foundation [CF] was under investigation during 2016 presidential race.

    McCabe confirmed this to WSJournal in a story that ran exactly three years + 2 days ago. The government confirms it, CF investigation by FBI — on Friday in their filings that include a hundred pages of exhibits. [as a side note, this is more bad news for the government’s case against Gen. Flynn]

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E7FmvSY0oDnTR_Ud9k6hURwr665Va4-m/view

    Apparently CF probe did not result in indictments/Grand Jury/ Prosecution. There should be a large amount of documents sort of like the Mueller report, more or less.

    The CF report of course should not be public if no one was charged; the Mueller report, ditto, yet it was.

    Be that as it may, the point is that both these reports likely had all sorts of insinuations [as we know from reading Mueller report, though we don’t have evidence if this happened in CF, though it’s reasonable to believe that had all sorts of dirt, too]–yet, at the end of the day: nothing to show crimes.

    The DOJ court filings on Friday, viz. McCabe case show McCabe irate that WSJ had ran story [in 2016] insinuating he had a conflict of interest involving his wife’s run for Congress, having gotten half-million+ or so dollars from Terry McAuliffe. [and he was irate about an alleged “stand down” order on CF investigation attributed to McCabe]

    So McCabe, via Lisa Page, told WSJ that he had pushed back against Sally Yates and by extension then-AG Lynch [through Yates’ lackey, principal associate deputy attorney general, Matthew Axelrod, who quit when she was fired Jan. 30 2016].

    As the story goes, McCabe through Page told WSJ about an August 2016 phone call when Axelrod was furious McCabe was still investigating CF.

    The Oct. 30 2016 WSJ story recounts this of McCabe telling Axelrod if he is telling FBI to shut down a predicated CF investigation and Axelrod — he has no choice but to say: no.

    The DOJ documents released Friday make clear McCabe was fired, as any FBI agent would be, for lying; that is policy, no if ands or buts.

    By this standard, Mark Felt, aka Deep Throat, was supposed to be fired.

    Felt lied to his boss, outright. He was never investigated at the time. And that was not a crime WAPO was interested in, as they are, now, not interested in McCabe’s crimes.

    As far as I’m concerned, what ever I think of McCabe [viz. his handling of Gen. Flynn investigation, I have no respect for what McCabe did on this, and McCabe must pay dearly for this sedition], he did a public service to verify CF was under investigation, albeit only a week prior to the election.

    So, why did then FBI Dir. James Comey disclose Clinton email investigation — but not confirm the much more serious CF investigation — that likely involved millions and millions of dollars in, let’s call it what it was: access, ransom money, the state department was for sale, America, for sale to highest bidder–just pay the CF for access?

    So now we know why Trump pushed for Mueller Dossier to be publicly released.

    And now we know why the House Impeachment-Inquiry will remain a partisan political narrative to smear Trump–but never Impeach him.

    Simply because Trump will rightly demand that the CF Dossier the FBI compiled would also be released. And it would be forthwith.

    Hell will freeze over before this happens, and thus, hell will freeze over before President Trump is Impeached.

    End of Story.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fired-fbi-deputy-director-andrew-mccabe-rips-loretta-lynch-sally-yates-in-new-memoir

    PS
    For those who appreciate dark humor, file this under “what the hell”

    The WSJ story [confirming FBI investigation of Clinton Foundation] is in print Monday morning Oct. 31, 2016 [posted online Oct. 30], and Comey calls a meeting, and, according to Lisa Page notes, Comey states:
    “Need to figure out how to get our folks to understand why leaks hurt our organization”

    HA HA HA

    This is from the page 5 of the March 7, 2018 Candace M. Will, Assistant Director, Office of Professional Responsibility report to justify McCabe’s firing, since lying is absolute grounds to fire any FBI agent — when they lie to each other, that is.

    The Will report states:
    “In his statement to OIG (Horowitz), the Director (Comey) advised that he remembered reading the October 30, 2016 WSJ article and thinking, ‘what the hell. . .I was very concerned about it. . .this was going to poison our relationship with the Department of Justice’. . .”

    Comey, who was fired six months later for usurping the DOJ function on deciding whether a case is prosecuted, or not — in this case, the Clinton and email thing — worried about poisoning relations. [I am still waiting for an explanation from Obama and Lynch on why Comey was not fired right on the spot for this gross insubordination during the summer of 2016]

    My thoughts on the Will report are as follows:

    Why wasn’t McCabe asked about this Oct. 31 2016 Comey meeting, and why wasn’t McCabe’s version of events on this meeting absent in Will report?

    Why is Comey, another proven liar, why is his word used as gospel as credible evidence against McCabe?

    Why wasn’t Axelrod interviewed for the Will report, and why wasn’t Yates, and Lynch interviewed [and what did Obama know and when did he know it]?

    If the CF investigation’s confirmation was the big sin of McCabe, why was DOJ at the time not interviewed about why it was a sin? Why wasn’t Obama, wasn’t he “in charge?”

    Democracy Dies in fragmented, incomplete, and propaganda DOJ/FBI reports of which this is another example.

    Even though it has some fine information, it is biased for its intentional incompleteness.

    The structure of propaganda is to construct a narrative that includes actual facts, and to intentionally leave out important facts, and thus weave a tale that is intended to mislead, on purpose.

    McCabe is a bad man, but bad men, like all men, deserve equal justice under the law, period.

    Lastly, and not to defend McCAbe — that is for his attorney, Michael Bromwich, to do.

    In his defense of McCabe, Bromwich, in a rebuttal to decision to fire his client, wrote to Scott Schools, Associate Deputy Attorney General on March 16, 2018 [which is contained in the DOJ’s motion on Friday, as Exhibit 5]

    Bromwich cites three case/examples of FBI agents who lied, to argue that McCabe is being held to a different standard.

    The DOJ completely redacted all information about those three cases in the court filing of Nov. 1, 2019.

    I would like to see information on those three cases, including who they are and what they lied about.

    This is exactly why the DOJ has yet to decide whether to indict McCabe [–because they don’t always fire agents for lying, if Bromwich is to be believed].

    They are still dithering on that.

    United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu, do your job, make a decision.
    -30-

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    • Jim in TN says:

      A basic tenet of our government is that no one is above the law, and that the law is administered fairly and equally. Above and beyond this is the tenet that We The People decide what our government will be. Or as Lincoln put it, ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People.’

      Slowly, and unconstitutionally, we have replaced the process where each President staffs the government with a civil service, and we have delegated to these so-called ‘servants’, legislative, executive and judicial powers, violating another fundamental principle, that of separation of powers.

      Currently, we are faced with blatant usurpation of power by these now arrogant elitists over the politicians whom we elect and over us the people. Government of the people, by the arrogant self-proclaimed elite, for the arrogant self-proclaimed elite.

      At the core of this arrogant abrogation of power seems to be an inner cabal of the elected politicians. Politicians that have no real challenges to reelection and essentially hold lifetime seats. These insiders set rules that force newcomers to play along, or not be supported for reelection. They use their power to build up and support these elitists.

      Just think about how impotent Obama was in changing the Bush policies. The only changes he could make had to have the complete buy in of this corrupt secret power structure. Syria, Ukraine, Libya.

      Now look what they are trying to do to President Trump, because he insists on uprooting their power grabs and corrupt fiefdoms.

      We need a major overhaul of our government system. I don’t know what would be best. Take the vote from government workers. Compulsory government service for all. Term limits for all government workers. Term limits for Congress. (Needs Amendment which will die in Congress.) Repeal of the amendments that make Senators common politicians instead of ambassadors from their state governments, that enable big government via income taxes, etc.

      Lots of possibilities, but we will need major buy in.

      I would like to separate the judicial powers of agencies and expand the judiciary to handle these cases. I would also make it so that all federal regulations require Congressional approval and automatically sunset, requiring preapproval every two years. (Congressional term. 4 would be okay too.) Particularly bad regs would be overruled. And it wouldn’t hurt to make Congress do some work.

      I would also prevent appointees from taking jobs in government for two years after leaving the appointment.

      Stuff like that. What do you think?

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      • arze says:

        The US Governing structure is quite good and may survive the wrecking ball blasts all over the place.

        What has happened is the checks and balances, as they used to be called, between and among executive, judicial, and legislative — this tripartite back and forth of each branch jealously guarding their function, and acting for the interests, and public interest, of what that branch’s core function, has faded.

        Instead of legislative checking judicial, for example, or both checking executive, and executive checking judicial, and judicial checking executive, and so on and so forth — each holding the other branches accountable — which is what framers of constitution had in mind, something else is happening.

        The two major political parties, Democrat, Republican, each has become a “check” on the other party — at least, that is how I’d explain it.

        This is not how our republic was designed to operate.

        Of course, this way of Democrat/Republican “checking”, or rather faux-checking each other is a disservice to us all. The way the system was designed was for members of one branch to Work Together and to hold those in another branch accountable, and so on and so forth.

        For example, since Congress can no longer work together, it is by definition dysfunctional, and thus is incapable of performing any meaningful over sight — and that which it attempts, is also, by definition, both flawed and warped and at times unconstutional.

        The wreckage Obama left in the DOJ, FBI, CIA, etc, Trump is still trying to clean that mess, and the State Dept. too….

        And look at many federal judges, look at FISA, it is bad.

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    • arze says:

      Correction: [[Why wasn’t McCabe asked about this Oct. 31 2016 Comey meeting, and why wasn’t McCabe’s version of events on this meeting absent in Will report?]]

      Should instead state:
      Was McCabe asked about this Oct. 31 2016 Comey meeting, and, if so, why WAS McCabe’s version of events on this meeting absent in Will report?

      And, if McCabe was not asked about it, then, why not? The Will report says Lisa Page, who at the time was McCabe’s “Special Counsel”, attended this Oct. 31, 2016 meeting that Comey convened.

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  24. Troublemaker10 says:

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  25. Dora says:

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  26. TheLastDemocrat says:

    New topic.

    From this AirBNB shooting near SF that apparently was a one-day rental for a Halloween party, a fifth person has died. So, that makes this event a “mass shooting,” right?

    Why aren’t the media jumping on this mass shooting? Bueller? Bueller?

    https://www.news965.com/news/national/police-respond-multiple-shooting-california-neighborhood/D9EUBFoRoElVPrFoAUW8wO/

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    • mandy says:

      The definition of a “mass shooting” is one where four or more people are SHOT – not DIED, just SHOT. FBI definition, uniform crime statistics…

      Basically, we have mass shootings in major cities in this country just about every weekend….

      As to WHY these mass shootings don’t get coverage…. well …. hmmmm.

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  27. Lucille says:

    “EXTENSIVE CHEATING” BY THE CHINESE TEAM LEADS TO EMBARRASSING EXIT
    Defense Updates

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  28. Shrike says:

    Here’s a video of Adam Schiff doing normal human things,

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  29. Ivehadit says:

    Are we pulling for the Gators today??

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  30. Sobriquet4 says:

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  31. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the Lord’s wonderful appearing to the Apostle Ananias and to Saul (Acts 9):

    1. How the Lord appeared to Ananias and sent him to Saul in the street called Straight.

    2. How Saul, at that same moment, saw Ananias in a vision, putting his hands on him and restoring his sight.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau) for today – October 20th – on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church.

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  32. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  33. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  34. muskea says:

    “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in Heaven” Psalm 119:89

    Revelation 22:8

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