Fake News – CIA Edition

Newly declassified CIA documents  show that the CIA was paying journalists and media companies to plant stories or suppress others. Among them, the New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.

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But that was way back in the 1950’s – 1970’s. Nothing like that happens today.

Of course a coordinated political hit must take place against AG Jeff Sessions before he rolls up all of the previous President’s DOJ officials or investigates any money laundering schemes (involving this guy who just suicided himself).

Fake News

As a primer on Fake News, here’s what you need to know:

Fake News is a powerful rhetorical shiv when applied correctly. It’s a term that’s so broad and all-encompassing you’ll often see it invoked by anyone of any political leaning.  But, it’s most effective when wielded with a marked truth about the dishonesty of the news-faker. This is why the use of Fake News now belongs exclusively to the right. So much so, that the Washington Post has called for an end to the term’s use, because it was so quickly, and viciously, and accurately applied to the mainstream media (MSM).

Per this Google trend chart below, you’ll see the explosion of the term “fake news” at the climax of the 2016 US presidential election. Many would have you believe that purposely false news stories made their rounds on social media during that time and may have swung the election results. But I’m here to help you set the record straight.

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The real intent of the political left’s (and their foot soldiers in the MSM) use of the term “fake news” (before it was turned around on them) was to discredit real and legitimate stories and scandals. Nothing exemplifies this better than a November 6th tweet by Hillary Clinton communications person, Jennifer Palmieri.

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It’s Official

Donald J. Trump is finally the President of the United States.  You may have thought it was a foregone conclusion since election day on November 8th, or even when the electoral college finalized it on December 19th. Or maybe you thought it was a done-deal on January 20th, 2017 when Mr. Trump was inaugurated – but you were way wrong!

Mark the day, February 28th, 2016 is the dayuntitled2 Van Jones has officially declared President Trump to have become the President of the United States. He took immediate flak for it on Twitter too.

In last night’s joint address to congress, President Trump did a number of things that I think even Van Jones can concede will unite common Americans. Among them, he re-affirmed to keep his campaign promises regarding fairer trade, responsible immigration policies, and investing in the American people and infrastructure.

Most importantly, he re-affirmed his role and responsibilities to the American people and not to abrogate that responsibility by being more concerned with the issues and problems faced by others across the globe.

Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people –- and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict — not more.

Official Transcript:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains.

Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice –- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.

That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.

A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning.

A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.

And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.

What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit.

Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.

All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.

In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.

It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.

But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?

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Leadership – An Invitation to Inspire

I stumbled on blog post today about Women Leaders in the Church.  To put it mildly, this was an immature rant, rambling almost incoherently without saying much other than accusing men of being violent, prone to crime, and emotionally insecure, and unfairly holding back women from leadership in the church; all while society at large is rapidly promoting women in business, politics, education, etc. (because you know we really should be following the world’s lead here…). Oh, and that Jesus founded the Women’s Liberation Movement (I kid you not!).  Check it out.

There’s much to be said about the post itself.  But one thing appears to be clear: the spirit of feminism that has taken hold in certain christian circles is insidious.  Continue reading

Build Yourself Up… to help & save others

I was reminded of a scripture today that I used very often in the past for debates on gifts of the Holy Spirit and in speaking in tongues:

…But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, … Jude 20

I argued, “You see, praying in the Holy Spirit is praying in tongues, and that’s how you can build your faith”, never taking in the full context of the verse.  The fuller context is like this:

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.  These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,…  
Jude 16-23

God reminded me today why we must build ourselves up; to keep

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“but others save with fear, pulling them from the fire..”

ourselves in His love, despite a world around us that is going to sh*t.  And to actively look to have compassion on others so we might save them from their impending destruction.

Stop Self-Deprecating

Stop it.  It’s not funny.  It endears you to no one.

The lame, and very much overused, attempts at humor many men use at 1918117cdthat-awkward-moment-when-you-make-a-self-deprecating-comment-and-no-one-disagrees-b1319their own expense very often work against many of their own stated (or dreamed) goals and aspirations.  For men who wish to be all that God has called them to be, it’s an everyday challenge to be bold, decisive, confident, witty, and fun; especially when you don’t feel or act that way naturally.  Why do you continue to say things about yourself, even if true, that are contrary to the way you want to be?

Recently, I had an encounter at work with a soft-spoken, soft-bellied, middle-aged man who approached me at the coffee machine:

Self-Deprecator: “Hey. How are you doing?”

Me: “Oh. Hi [self-deprecator].  What’s up?”

SD: “What’s up?  Oh, I don’t know. No one gave me the memo.”

Me: “No one gave you the memo? Surely, you don’t need…”

SD: “… well, except my wife. She gives me a memo all time – mostly about all the stuff I’m doing wrong… ahahah.  amirite?”

Oof!  Wrong. You could see the very last of his soul just crackling with each word.  I felt bad for him.  Like a beaten dog, you could see he wanted more in life, but had just endured so much disappointment for so long. Continue reading

Christian Militias Take Arms to ISIS

From Walid Shoebat:

Iraq’s first Christian-only brigade of regular forces graduated Thursday to help retake the community’s towns and villages from the Islamic State group while they put the mark of God — the Holy Cross — on their foreheads, before marching to battle against ISIS. Christians are reviving a biblical custom from Ezekiel’s time in which God demanded to mark the foreheads of the followers of the true God….  Most of Iraq’s Christians lived in the Nineveh plain, an area between the main IS hub of Mosul and the Kurdish capital of Arbil, before IS fighters swept in seven months ago….“Around 600 peshmerga from our Christian brothers in the Nineveh

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plain joined this course, which focused on physical training, military lectures and shooting exercises,” said Abu Bakr Ismail, the commander of the training academy.“All the participants are volunteers… and want to liberate their land from IS and then protect it,” the Kurdish special forces major general said… Several other Christian groups have formed in recent months in northern Iraq. They do not fall under the peshmerga’s command but are hosted and supported by Kurdistan.There are also Americans joining the Christian militia, two of whom are Tim Locks and Bret, two courageous men Shoebat.com has written on before.

Please comment below:

  • What do you think of the concept of a Christian militia? One that is not bound by allegiance to any state or nation, but rather to the church?
  • Do you think the church should be actively supporting such groups and activities, with finances, weapons, ammunition, food & supplies, prayer, etc?
  • Do you think that such a militia will one day be needed to defend the church/Christians in the West, especially the US?
… that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding ~ Colossians 1:9