But in truth the racism displayed by Ostroy is actually much worse than the insidious identity politics premise behind it. One reason people like Ostroy think Scott is a “prop” for Republicans is that most blacks in Congress are props for Democrats. There are some exceptions, like Sen. Cory Booker. (Or if you want to look at the state level, California’s Willie Brown was the smartest politician in America in his heyday.)
But is there really anyone in the Democratic caucus who doesn’t know that Maxine Waters is crazy? Or Sheila Jackson Lee? Or Hank Johnson, the Georgia Democrat who worried that Guam would tip over if more U.S. armed forces were based there? Or former Florida Democrat Corrine Brown, recently convicted of corruption and sentenced to prison? Or that John Conyers, cashiered with great reluctance (because he’s a “legend” don’t you know), was effectively senile? The patronization of the Congressional Black Caucus by the Democratic leadership is one of those obvious Washington phenomena that everyone is embarrassed to speak openly about.
In a major win for protecting individual freedom of speech against government infringement, a federal district court ruled Wednesday that government workers cannot be restricted from engaging in free speech during their personal time and that policies requiring government officials to “pre-clear” messages are unconstitutional.
The case is Cochran v. City of Atlanta. Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta’s fire chief from 2010 to 2015, wrote a short Christian devotional book for men on his personal time while in office. Originally published in 2013, the book is titled “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” referencing God’s question to Adam in Genesis 3 and the fall of man. In the book, Cochran writes orthodox Christian views on marriage and sex.
Keeping with the progressive left’s idea of “tolerance,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed suspended Cochran in Nov. 2014 for 30 days and required him to undergo “sensitivity training.” Reed subsequently fired Cochran on the basis of needing to tolerate diverse viewpoints, even though Cochran’s own viewpoint was not being tolerated and an investigation into the matter found him not guilty of discrimination.
When Obama's envoys did exercise that veto, the administration made sure to signal that it agreed with the principal of condemning Israeli settlements, but opposed the venue. Haley's predecessor, Samantha Power, finally did abstain from a resolution that declared East Jerusalem occupied territory a year ago. She did so -- to a standing ovation at the U.N. Security Council -- when Obama had less than a month left in office.
Make no mistake, Power was "joining the jackals," to borrow the title of a famous Commentary Magazine essay by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and former Democratic senator from New York. In that essay, Moynihan documented how the anti-Israel resolutions to which former president Jimmy Carter acquiesced were designed to single out Israel as a rogue state at a time when the Security Council was silent on the predations of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and other regional aggression.
That's not how Carter saw it though. Like Obama, he pursued a policy of avoiding open confrontation with states at the U.N. with whom the U.S. disagreed. Better to press the case in private and appear to be with the majority of member states than to stand in contrast to alleged world opinion. Moynihan summed up the folly of this approach neatly: "In our flight from 'confrontation' did we end not by understanding the perspectives of others, but by adopting them."
This is the ideological context of Haley's recent actions at the U.N. She has made it clear that the U.N. needs America more than America needs the U.N. This is not just because the U.S. hosts the body's headquarters. It's because the U.S. remains the indispensable member of the organization. It contributes 23 percent of the U.N. annual budget. The U.S. provides nearly 30 percent of the budget to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA. That's the agency that runs Palestinian schools and medical facilities and has often turned a blind eye to the participation of outlaws like Hamas. The U.S. provides the logistics for moving troops and material for peace-keeping missions and disaster relief. There is no U.N. without the U.S.
Trump administration on Wednesday approved the sale of lethal arms to Ukraine's government as the country battles pro-Russian separatists in its eastern provinces.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the administration approved the sale of Model M107A1 Sniper Systems and associated equipment to the country at a value of $41.5 million. The administration has not yet moved to approve heavier arms requested by Ukraine's government, including Javelin anti-tank missiles.
Amusing - Germany Fears Tax Cut Will Spur American Growth and Investment
The Democrats in Congress and the press have frantically tried to convince the American people that cutting businesses taxes won’t do any good. This view is delusional, but we hear it so often it almost begins to sound plausible. Here is a contrary view from a different source, German industry: “Germans fear huge loss of jobs from US tax reform.”
German investment in the US is expected to rise by €39 billion because of lower US corporate taxes.
While Americans are anxiously awaiting full details of the tax bill now being finalized in Congress, German economists are warning that the changes sought by President Donald Trump mean that significant amounts of new investment and jobs will shift from Europe to the United States.
(With Tax Reform, AT&T Plans to Increase U.S. Capital Spending $1 Billion and Provide $1,000 Special Bonus to more than 200,000 U.S. Employees)
Once tax reform is signed into law, AT&T* plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018 and pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees — all union-represented, non-management and front-line managers. If the President signs the bill before Christmas, employees will receive the bonus over the holidays.
“Congress, working closely with the President, took a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “This tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees.”
Since 2012, AT&T has invested more in the United States than any other public company. Every $1 billion in capital invested in the telecom industry creates about 7,000 jobs for American workers, research show.
The empty retail space next to a Discount Liquors and Smoker Friendly used to house a Planned Parenthood, but no more.
The Planned Parenthood Express Clinic in Parker, Colorado, is one of the 32 Planned Parenthoodcenters that shut down this year, according to a study released this month by the pro-life American Life League.
Jim Sedlak, executive director of the American Life League, said there is “mounting evidence of Planned Parenthood’s decline” and “renewed optimism that the end of the organization may happen sooner than our most optimistic estimates just two years ago.”
“The evidence is clear: The American people are fed up with Planned Parenthood,” Mr. Sedlak said in a statement. “The revelations about its business model and its callous disregard for the lives of human beings are taking their toll on the organization’s acceptance.”
Man Gives the Shoes Off His Feet to Stranger in Need at Kentucky Chick-fil-A
Hallie Cassady’s family eats at Chick-fil-A in Bowling Green, Kentucky at least once a week. But last week’s visit to their favorite restaurant wasn’t like the others. Chowing down with her loved ones, the 13 year old witnessed a gesture of kindness that will alter her perspective forever.
That day Hallie was one of many customers who noticed an old man in need of some help. "His shoes were being held together with duct tape," the teenager recalled to WBKO.
Another diner noticed the man too, and Hallie says she watched as he looked in him the eye, took off his boots and handed them to him. The good samaritan, who was later identified as Mark Townsend of Scottsville, ate the rest of his meal wearing just his socks, then walked barefoot out into the cold.
Inspired by what she was seeing, Hallie snapped a photo of Townsend’s shoeless feet. Her father, Kyle, shared the photo on Twitter. In no time, the post took off, garnering hundreds of shares and a flood of positive responses.
"There really is still good people in this world if we just look for it. It was just so kind of the man to do it," Hallie told WBKO.
As a parent you always want good examples and role models for your kids," said Kyle. "The irony behind all this is the values and beliefs of the Chick-fil-A corporation, and this act of kindness taking place here in this store in Bowling Green, Kentucky, she got to see something that you don't see everyday.”
Townsend, it turns out, stopped by the Chick-fil-A after taking his granddaughter to an orthodontist appointment. They considered going through the drive-thru, but in the end they decided to go inside—a decision Townsend feels he was destined to make.
Collins, who has been a key vote in the bill’s passage, said the coverage has been “extremely discouraging.”
“I believe that the coverage has been unbelievably sexist, and I cannot believe that the press would have treated another senator with 20 years of experience as they have treated me,” she told reporters.
“They’ve ignored everything that I’ve gotten and written story after story about how I’m duped. How am I duped when all your amendments get accepted?”
Critics of the tax bill had hoped that Collins would vote against it, given that she opposed legislation earlier this year to repeal ObamaCare.
On Sunday, two suicide bombers targeted a Pakistani church during a nativity service celebrating Christmas. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed nine Christians and wounded 59 others.
"When Pak-Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus they are viewed as demons. I fear for them, I pray for them, I will no doubt weep some more for them," Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), said in a statement after the attack.
The ISIS bombers reportedly targeted women and children at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in the town of Quetta in the region of Baluchistan while 400 Christians were celebrating the birth of Jesus by watching a nativity play for the third Sunday in Advent. BPCA placed the number of Christians killed at 8, but a Reuters report said at least 9 had been killed and 53 injured.
Scientists hope to inject robo-cat with AI to help seniors
Imagine a cat that can keep a person company, doesn't need a litter box and can remind an aging relative to take her medicine or help find her eyeglasses.
That's the vision of toymaker Hasbro and scientists at Brown University, who have received a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to find ways to add artificial intelligence to Hasbro's "Joy for All" robotic cat .
The cat, which has been on the market for two years, is aimed at seniors and meant to act as a "companion." It purrs and meows, and even appears to lick its paw and roll over to ask for a belly rub. The Brown-Hasbro project is aimed at developing additional capabilities for the cats to help older adults with simple tasks.
Trump’s first year is starting to look like a big win
Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an afterthought.
Republicans took a constitutional fight against ObamaCare’s individual mandate to the Supreme Court in 2012, and lost. They targeted it in their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill earlier this year, and lost. They tried again with a last-ditch “skinny repeal” bill, and lost yet again. Repeal of the individual mandate is also included in the Republican tax bill.
As the year ends, President Trump is compiling a solid record of accomplishment. Much of it is unilateral, dependent on extensive executive actions rolling back President Barack Obama’s regulations, impressive judicial appointments and the successful fight against ISIS overseas. The tax bill is the significant legislative achievement that heretofore has been missing.
What are the odds of Franken actually leaving the Senate?
I’m not sure what the odds are, but I do think that with the defeat of Roy Moore (remember him?), they’ve become a great deal less than they were before.
Franken’s resignation always seemed to be motivated by the need to get Moore—to make him less likely to be elected, and/or to make him easier to censure or toss if elected. If Moore had won, Franken would have had to be sacrificed for the Cause.
There are a number of questions that have puzzled mankind, and the Body of Christ, for many years. Why do bad things have to good people? Why is evil allowed to roam the Earth. And since 1945, the question that has haunted theologians is, “If there is a kind and loving God, why was there a Holocaust?”
Which is a very good question. It has been asked by almost every, if not every, unbeliever. Many people are atheists today because, to them, the Holocaust was proof that there is no God, at least not a kind and loving God.
The Holocaust question has also probably been asked by every believer, except those who perhaps have just shut their minds to it because they don’t want to deal with it. The response by members in the Body of Christ has usually been “I don’t know.” That’s better than trying to answer it using human reasoning, or worse yet, religious tradition. But the end times, saying ‘I don’t know’ is not good enough. There is revelation being released in the church that will answer the most difficult theological question of the 20th and now the 21st century.
The answer to that question is where we find all the answers – the Word of God. It doesn’t come thorough human reasoning or religious tradition.
The key – and the answer to the Holocaust question - is in the Lord’s Prayer.
First we need to remember the line of Psalm 103:19: The Lord has established his throne in heaven and His Kingdom rules over all.” His throne is in heaven but His Kingdom rules over all. This is spiritual law. Spiritual law, as we are going to find out, is as immutable – more immutable – than natural law. The law of gravity is an example of natural law. It works. Get on the wrong side of it, and it’s dangerous.
This Kingdom is vitally important and it is mentioned prominently in the most important prayer in the New Testament, the Lord’s Prayer.
Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have. It can change the lives of people and change the destiny of nations. In Luke 11:2,disciples are asking Jesus how to most effectively use the most powerful weapon we have. So the revelation of his prayer will be crucial to the Body of Christ.
In 1980, things did not look good for the United States. Inflation was 12 percent, unemployment was 10 percent plus, interest rates were 20 percent. We looked weak domestically and internationally. The Soviet Union had moved into Africa and Central America. In 1979 Lord showed Kenneth Hagin a vision of American cities burning, on fire. It was similar to the riots in the sixties where many cities went up in flames. The Lord said ‘This is what the enemy has planned for theUnited States. If my people pray, I can defeat it and turn it.” His people prayed. In 10 years, the economy was sound and the Soviet Union was in ashes.
Prayer is the most powerful force on both sides of the supernatural line – both the divine and the demonic. Evangelist and teacher C. Peter Wagner was on a plane one time and he observed another passenger who looked very studious, even pious. When the plane landed, he went over and said ‘You looked so dedicated. Are you a minister?’ Give him credit for honesty, the man said, “No, I’m a Satanist. I’ve been praying for the destruction of churches in the northeast.” That was some time ago, but looking at the northeast, the man had some success in his prayers. Let’s hope we do as good in redeeming the region.
There’s another story about when Benny Hinn had his church in Orlando. One of members got a Satanist saved. He had attended satanic sessions around and in Orlando and the Satanists were praying to destroy Hinn’s ministry. In one session, the devil himself materialized. His order to the coven about Benny Hinn was “Pray he doesn’t plead the blood so much.” Pray he doesn’t plea the blood so much. Another example that prayer is vital on both sides of the spiritual line
In Matthew 6:10, the apostles came to Jesus and basically asked, “What is the most effective way to use the most powerful weapon we have.”
So Jesus’ answer and the revelation of it will be crucial to the Body of Christ. This is at Matthew 6:10. Jesus begins with praise to the Father
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
Then he says, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done. On Earth, as it is in heaven.”
The prayer tells us that when His Kingdom comes, His will can also be done and fulfilled on the Earth. But if His Kingdom does not come, then His will is not done. When His Kingdom is prevented or hindered from coming, His perfect will can’t be completed.
So for the Father’s dream to become real, for His Will to be done on the Earth, His Kingdom must first come. Does this mean nothing much good will happen until Jesus comes back and establishes his reign? No. We have to understand the scriptural meaning of Kingdom, which is a bit different than the secular meaning.
We tend to think of a kingdom as a geographic piece of ground. We have the King James Bible. King James was real person, he was King of England. Englandwas his kingdom. A specific piece of ground.
But the Biblical definition of Kingdom is not mere territory.
In Matthew 12:25. Jesus has driven out some demons and he is accused of doing so via Beelzebub. He says nonsense. “If Satan drives out Satan, then how can his kingdom stand?
“But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of Godhas come upon you.”
So the Kingdom o fGodis not primarily real estate. It is the manifestation of the power and glory of the Spirit of God, That’s the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom rules over all. Rules over demons and sickness and anything that’s not of the Kingdom. Since Kingdom of God rules over all, when it is operation then sickness or disease or depression is eliminated and demons are driven out. Also notice that Jesus mentions another kingdom. The kingdom of darkness or Satan’s Kingdom. He tells you that Satan has a kingdom too.
Later in Luke 10:9, He sends out his disciples and tells them heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.” Tell them, the Kingdom of Heavenis near.”
In the second case, why did the Kingdom of God only get close to them? It only got near to them. It did not come upon them.
And as dramatic as that was – healing the sick, raising the dead, driving out demons, that was not the fulfillment of God’s perfect will. The Kingdom only got near to them.
There is a rather significant difference in being near you and coming upon you. If we are out in the parking lot and there is a heavy rain across the road, it is near you. If it moves swiftly and drenches you before you get inside, it has come upon you
Think about that for a minute as we go to Acts 19:13. This scene, although at first glance very different, has some bearing on the topic. “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,” The seven brothers were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest. And they said to a demon-possessed man. “We exorcise you in the name of Jesus who Paul preaches.”
Th end of the story is dramatic. The man beats the stuffings out of the seven and sends them running for their lives. A casual reading of this story is going to give you the wrong impression of these seven brothers. In fact, in this situation, they look like the three stooges, or the seven stooges as the case may be.
Actually, these brothers were very intelligent, well educated, compassionate, and were very courageous men. They were intelligent, courageous men who made a mistake.
The Holy Spirit wants us to know they were sons of a Jewish chief, or high priest. The sons of the high priests were bound to be educated men. High priests put a high priority on education. They would have been trained in spiritual law, the Torah and Jewish traditions and customs
The scripture says these were Jewish exorcists. What are exorcists? They cast demons out of people. Scripture doesn’t say they claimed to be exorcists or pretended to be exorcists, it states they were exorcists. Some translations say they were Jews who went around driving demons out of people. How did they do that? You will notice the name of Jesus did not work for them.
If you don’t have the name of Jesus, as the incident in Acts shows, trying to cast out demons is a dangerous activity. Yet they went ahead, which should tell us they had compassion. They were trying to help folks. So how did they cast out demons without the name of Jesus?
They know how to use spiritual law. The scriptures tell us that there is Law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus and the Law of sin and death. But the Kingdom of Godalso works by spiritual law. The Kingdom has dominion over all. The brothers knew the laws of what we might call the occult. Through rituals or incantations they knew how to use those laws to cast out demons.
Benny Hinn tells a story about a family experiencing depression and oppression. There was a picture of a Native American in the house. Benny went the house and realized the picture was somehow connected to the occult. He told the family to get rid of it. After they did, they used the name of Jesus to cast out the depression and oppression. But when they took that picture into their house, they were in effect giving Satan the right to attack them. With that picture in the house, according to spiritual law, the demons had a right to be there, They had to close that door legally and they did.
The Kingdom of God also operates on spiritual laws. You need the power, which the Holy Spirit has, and the authority, to establish the Kingdom
Spiritual law is the reason the seven brothers could not use the name of Jesus with any power. God obviously wanted that man delivered. He didn’t want to see anyone under the control of the devil. But the brothers had no legal right to the name of Jesus. It’s possible the demon spoke to them on the basis of that authority. He knew about Paul and Jesus. Since these were exorcists and had worked in the area for a while, chances are he knew who they were. But he was speaking from a position of authority, “Who are you? You have no legal right to cast me out.”
The Holy Spirit could not – not would not, but could not – back up their request to deliver the man because they had no legal authority to use the name of Jesus,
Christians, thankfully, do have the legal right to use the name of Jesus.
This brings us back to the Kingdom of God. Who has authority in a Kingdom, and why did the apostles – even in producing great signs and wonders – tell the people the kingdom of God was near them, it had not come upon them yet.
Who has authority in a Kingdom? In the Kingdom of God, it’s a King. You need to be a King to legally established the Kingdom of God.
Revelation 1:6 says For He has made us Kings and Priests. Made us kings to serve in the Kingdom. Some translations say He has made us a Kingdom. If we are kings then our job is to establish the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom rules over all.
How do we serve him as Kings. By doing his will on the Earth. By bringing the Kingdom to the Earth. By establishing His Kingdom because without the Kingdom, His will can’t be done. Whenever Revelation 1:6 is said in church, the implication is God did it simply because it’s a nice thing to do. Maybe but it was also a very pragmatic and practical decision.
For His Will to be done on Earth, God needed to establish the His Kingdom and to establish His Kingdom, he had to have kings.
Don’t be sin conscious. That has run through the church for hundreds of years. If we had been taught Kingdom consciousness, we never would have heard the phrase “I’m an old sinner, save by grace.” If you are sin conscious it will hinder you from establishing the Kingdom, and that’s your primary job.
Back to the Holocaust question. Jesus has told us there are two kingdoms. If the Kingdom of God is established, then the Earth will be changed and transformed to look more like heaven. If Satan’s Kingdom is established, then Satan’s will is going to be done and the Earth will look more and more like Hell.Germany, 1943. What has always been one of Satan’s primary goals – the extermination of the Jews. When Satan established his kingdom in Germany, then Satan’s will was done and Jews began to be killed.
Was God in control in Germanyduring World War II? No, His Kingdom wasn’t established. Satan’s kingdom was established.
It has been preached that God allowed the Jews to be killed because He was ticked off that they hadn’t accepted Jesus. Or simply allowed them to die for some nebulous reason. Both teachings are appalling. And blasphemous. It puts God and Jesus on a par with the devil.
God didn’t interfere couldn't interfere - because His Kingdom had not been established, so His will could not be done.
John Wesley said once that God seems unable to do much on the Earth without his people praying. There a great deal of truth in that statement. God cannot move without his people believing His Word and establishing His Kingom. When a believe believes and speaks the Word of God, God will back him and move. And establish His Kingdom.
But his people, such as the Apostles, have to speak his Word and tell every thing of the Kingdom of Darkness to get under their feet.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics( BLS), the unemployment rate for black Americans is the lowest it has been since the year 2000, 17 years ago. In November, the national unemployment rate for black Americans, ages 16 and over, was 7.3%.
The last time it was 7.3% was in the year 2000, during the months September, October and November.
During the Bush and Obama years (2001 -2016), the black unemployment rate fluctuated between 7.7% and a high of 16.8%.
The disorder that has long dominated the streets of Portland, Oregon reached a new low earlier this month, when Columbia Sportswear, a major retailer headquartered just outside of nearby Beaverton, had to close its flagship store downtown for a day after protestors blocked shoppers from entering. The protestors were reacting to an op-ed by Tim Boyle, Columbia’s CEO, in which he confessed that relocating his company to downtown Portland may have been a mistake, citing the crimes and indecencies his employees have endured, including “daily defecation” by transients in the store’s lobby. Certain repeat offenders of the city’s vagrant population, along with other agitators, have issued death threats and broken into cars; one Columbia employee had to run into moving traffic after a stranger followed her and threatened to kill her.
The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook
The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.
Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies.
They followed cocaine shipments, some from Latin America to West Africa and on to Europe and the Middle East, and others through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa. And with the help of some key cooperating witnesses, the agents traced the conspiracy, they believed, to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.
But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.
The Rebellion Awakens: Fan Backlash Mounts Against The Last Jedi'
At best, audience reaction to The Last Jedi on Rotten Tomatoes and across social media can be described as lukewarm, but from many quarters it has been colder than the freezing facility on Bespin that Darth Vader used to trap Han Solo in a block of carbonite. The Rian Johnson-directed picture’s Audience Score of 57 on Rotten Tomatoes is truly dismal, tied with the widely reviled George Lucas prequel Star Wars II: The Attack of the Clones as worst among all of the franchise’s nine live-action features.