If I Were in the House Before the Impeachment Vote …

 

Cross-posted from trevorloudon.com

I would demand time to speak, then stand at the lectern and declare:

My fellow Members of Congress – and specifically, to my brothers and sisters over on the Democrat side of the aisle – as we embark on a vote as to whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump, I bear witness before you this day.

The history of our civilization, over and over, tells us of how individuals find themselves at the juncture of events that will, with time, prove to be of lasting import, to be monumental – the proverbial “one for the history books” moments.

Yet often at that time and place the individuals themselves do not recognize the full gravity of what is transpiring; as humans we are wont to assess based upon the passions of the moment, our individual preferences and goals, or merely taking the momentary path of least resistance or to avoid potential consequences.

I submit to you that this is one of those times of lasting import. Such times, and the conduct resulting, later prove to have been an immortal test of individuals’ character and integrity. We will eventually pass on – but our actions, or inactions, at this time will become our legacy.

Consider: who now do you believe more likely to be in heaven, and who burning in Hell – those who informed the Gestapo about where Jews were hiding, or those who hid them? Those Vichy who collaborated with the Nazis, or those who joined the Resistance to fight evil?

In this chamber we face mere political unpopularity and, perhaps, loss of enriching political power – consequences which pale in comparison to the potential loss of life confronted by those about whom I just referred, those who stalwartly resisted evil.

By this vote, those of us in this chamber are being tested – and many, perhaps even a majority, will be found wanting – by choosing the transitory path of political expediency and party loyalty.

Indeed, is not this the very essence of temptation – the succumb to immediate satisfaction, but at the long-term detriment of our immortal souls?

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Jill Biden: “I know my son’s character. He did nothing wrong.”

 

Wife of Creepy Joe appeared on MSNBC yesterday to proclaim that President Trump is afraid to run against her husband.

Jill also went on to defend her son Hunter saying, “I know my son. I know my son’s character. Hunter did nothing wrong. And that’s the bottom line.

Let’s take a look at Hunter’s “character,” shall we?

Hunter was kicked out of the US Navy Reserves after testing positive for cocaine.
While estranged from his wife and the mother of his children, Hunter began dating his brother’s widow
DNA test reveals Hunter Biden fathered child with woman (stripper) while dating brother’s widow
NY Post reports that Hunter Biden suspected of smoking crack in DC strip club last year
Deadbeat Dad Hunter Biden Blows Off Court Hearing Over Child Support as His Lawyer Abruptly Quits!

I get a momma bear wanting to protect her child but, c’mon. Even the good “doctor” might have to admit that her son’s “character” doesn’t have the best track record.

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Homeless man was just “defending himself” when he threw liquid at woman taking his picture

 

Keep in mind the legal definition of self defense when you read the story below:

“Self-defense is a defense to certain criminal charges as well as to some civil claims. Under both Criminal Law and Tort Law, self-defense is commonly asserted in cases of Homicide, Assault and Battery, and other crimes involving the attempted use of violence against an individual. Statutory and case law governing self-defense is generally the same in tort and criminal law.

A person claiming self-defense must prove at trial that the self-defense was justified. Generally a person may use reasonable force when it appears reasonably necessary to prevent an impending injury. A person using force in self-defense should use only so much force as is required to repel the attack. Nondeadly force can be used to repel either a nondeadly attack or a deadly attack. Deadly Force may be used to fend off an attacker who is using deadly force but may not be used to repel an attacker who is not using deadly force.

Up in Monroe, Washington (just north of Seattle), a woman took at picture of a homeless man. According to MyNorthwest.com, while the woman was in her car the man proceeded to throw a “reddish liquid” from a bottle all over her. She had no idea what the liquid was yet said it was “putrid-smelling.”

She rolled up her car window, called 911 and the homeless man came back at her with “a grapefruit-sized rock” above his head. A rock that big can be considered a deadly weapon.

Monroe Police told the assault victim – who was just taking a picture – that the homeless man had the right to defend himself [from her photography].

UNBELIEVABLE.

Read all the details about the story at MyNorthwest.com (including the illegal activities the perp had committed days prior to his attack on this woman).

Sad what has become of progressive-run (and voter-approved) areas of Washington State wherein the homeless criminals have more rights than law-abiding citizens.

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Hillary Clinton looks like an ‘evil potato’ after latest cosmetic surgery

 

During the 2016 presidential campaign, I had remarked on the chamaleon-like ever-changing appearance of Hillary Clinton. (See my post of Sept. 3, 2016, “Chameleon Hillary Clinton is back to looking like sh*t — and the return of her medical handler”)

The beast has morphed again.

Daily Mail reports that last Thursday night, Dec. 12, 2019, Hillary Clinton, 72, “looked wonderfully youthful” and “radiant” with “a wrinkle-free complexion and plumped-up cheeks” as she joined Bill Clinton at the “Ain’t Too Proud: The Temptations Musical” on Broadway in New York.

Daily Mail quotes two plastic surgeons (“aesthetic experts”) on Hillary’s new face:

  • Dr. Judy Todd, who runs the Synergy Clinic in Glasgow and London, said: “There also appears to be slightly more volume in the lips which could also be from a filler.”
  • Dr. Ross Perry, founder of www.cosmedics.co.uk, sycophantically said Hillary has been “genetically blessed” with good skin, but her new appearance could also be a result of Botox, injectable dermal fillers and Blepharoplasty, a procedure in which excess skin above the eye is removed. He said: “Hillary Clinton looks fantastic and I would suggest this is down to regular tweakments and procedures over the years, which appears less noticeable than having dramatic work done all in one go. Her forehead looks particularly smooth, which would suggest Botox has been administered in the forehead, frown line and around the eye area, as there appears to be minimal crows feet. For someone of 72, I’d expect to see a more furrowed brow with extensive creasing and lines around the eyes. Around the eye area again looks incredibly youthful, and as we age the skin around our eyes tends to become loose and wrinkled, making the eyes appear tired-looking. I would suspect Hilary may well have had Blepharoplasty which removes crepey, excess skin from above the eye which causes hooding and develops as we age. I would suggest she’s also had this to target the under eye bags and to smooth further wrinkles from the corners of her eyes. I’d say it’s also likely Hillary has had some help with the use of injectable dermal wrinkle injections. These tiny little injections work very simply by adding extra volume into the skin to fill out lines or creases, with the latest generation of deep fillers especially designed for use in larger areas, such as hollows that can appear below the eyes or in the cheek. As we can see in recent pictures, the cheek area looks full and rounded, which gives a more youthful appearance.”

Daily Mail points out that this is not the first time Hillary’s young-looking complexion has come under scrutiny:

  • During her 2016 presidential campaign there was speculation she’d had cosmetic surgery.
  • Journalist Edward Klein claimed in his 2015 book Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary that Bill Clinton “wanted her to get a face-lift. She couldn’t do anything about the calendar — she’d be 69 years old in 2016 — but she could do something about the lines and sagging skin on her face.” Klein wrote that a cosmetic surgeon set up a discreet “mini operating room with the latest equipment” in the Clintons’ Chappaqua home. Hillary had her cheeks lifted, her wrinkles and lines Botoxed, and “work done on her eyes as well as on her neck and forehead.” Klein quoted one of Hillary’s friends: “She took it gradually and didn’t have anything drastic done, because she wanted to evaluate the changes as she proceeded. If it had started to make her look weird, she would have stopped it immediately. It was a pretty big deal and required multiple visits.”

“If it had started to make her look weird, she would have stopped it immediately.”

Clearly, Hillary is now ignoring that rule because she is looking weird after this latest round of “cosmetic” procedures.

More than weird, she is the stuff of nightmares.

See for yourself (you are forewarned!).

Here’s a sample of Daily Mail‘s best-rated readers’ comments:

Seo Young, Vancouver, Canada: “An evil potato.”

Reskammel, Cornwall, UK: “There’s no beauty secret. It’s simply the Embalming chemicals at work.”

RKGMCS, somewhere, United States: “Looks like the wicked witch’s face is melting”

Money for schools, USA: “Her plastic surgeon made Hillary look really weird!”

Marsali, East coast, United States: “Hillary looks crazy.”

Jojayboy, Bradenton, United States: “All I see is her looking more crazy than ever.”

brodydalle, Denver, United States: “She looks scary. Like she’d try to lure a child into a sewer with a red balloon.”

Sassy_Susie, Missouri, United States: “Not only are the Dems trying to fool everyone with this impeachment craziness. They are now trying to convince us that wrinkles just disappear with age.”

And my favorite:

actionazimuth, Colorado Springs, United States: “Still not POTUS.”

~Eowyn

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Judge blocks enforcement of LA contract law that takes aim at businesses with ties to NRA

 

Another example of why it is good that President Trump has been on a roll with appointing judges.

From the AP (via SF Gate): A federal judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of a Los Angeles law requiring businesses that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the National Rifle Association.

The NRA’s request for a preliminary injunction was granted by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson (appointed by Reagan) in Los Angeles. It temporarily prohibits enforcement of the measure while the case unfolds. The next step could be an appeal by the city or an NRA request to make the injunction permanent.

The judge also threw out part of the lawsuit on technical grounds and removed the city clerk and Mayor Eric Garcetti as defendants but he refused to entirely dismiss the lawsuit.

The ordinance that took effect in April was passed in response to mass shootings around the country, including a November 2018 attack that killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, northwest of L.A. It requires those wanting city contracts to disclose whether they have contracts or sponsorship from the gun-rights group.

“Public funds provided to such contractors undermines the city’s efforts to legislate and promote gun safety,” the law said.

The NRA argued that the measure violates the constitutional First Amendment right to free speech and association and the 14th Amendment right to equal protection. NRA attorney Chuck Michel called it “modern-day McCarthyism” that would force NRA supporters to drop their memberships for fear of losing their livelihoods.

In his ruling, the judge said the city contends that granting contracts to those “with business ties to the NRA invariably creates more NRA membership, which leads to more pro-gun advocacy, laxer gun laws, and inevitably more mass shootings.”

“Even if this chain of logic was supported by fact, the city is not permitted to restrict political speech as a means of achieving its goal of safer cities,” Wilson ruled.

Messages seeking comment from an NRA spokesperson and attorneys for the city were not immediately returned.

The NRA has been battling a number of challenges to its operations in recent months, including an investigation by the attorney general in New York, where its charter was formed, and the attorney general in Washington, D.C., where authorities are questioning whether its operations are in violation of its nonprofit status. Several corporations also have cut ties to the group.

The NRA sued the city of San Francisco earlier this year over a September resolution by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that declared the group a “domestic terrorist organization.” The NRA alleged the resolution, which had no legal weight, violated the group’s free speech rights. However, it withdrew the suit in November.

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Sunday Devotional: Are you the one who is to come?

 

Today is the third Sunday of Advent — a season observed by Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the incarnation and birth of the Second Person of the Triune Godhead.

The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. And so, this season of Advent is also about a second advent or second coming — His return at the end of all things.

And how do we know that He is the One?

Having created us with the ability to reason, God fully expects us to use our minds — to good purpose.

Did you know that even John the Baptist did not believe blindly, but used his rational faculty to sift through the available empirical evidence and determined that Jesus indeed was whom he was awaiting — “the one who is to come”.

Matthew 11:2-6

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
“Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

So, on this third Sunday of Advent, do not be disheartened by the darkness of our culture, polity and society, but take comfort in these words from the Epistle of James.

James 5:7-10

Be patient, brothers and sisters,
until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient with it
until it receives the early and the late rains.
You too must be patient.
Make your hearts firm,
because the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,
that you may not be judged.
Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.
Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters,
the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

May the peace of love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

Washington State governor and AG want to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee was urging the passage of bills enforcing safe gun storage and enhanced background checks when buying or selling assault weapons. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ORG XMIT: WATW110

This past Thursday, Washington State AG Bob Ferguson made an announcement, along with support from Governor Jay Inslee, that they will seek to ban assault weapons. They also want to propose limits to magazine capacity in order to combat mass shootings.

Excerpts from his announcement:

“In addition to renewing calls to ban the sale of these dangerous weapons and limits to magazine capacity, Ferguson is also proposing legislation to add background checks on ammunition sales after federal rules are changed, in addition to other safety measures to keep ammunition out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

“This is the time to take action on common sense measures that will save lives. We should be making it harder for those who want to inflict mass violence and destruction upon innocent people,” Inslee said. “By limiting magazine capacity and banning assault weapons, we can work toward a day where no one in Washington state loses a friend or family members to senseless gun violence.”

Ferguson and Inslee are proposing joint-request legislation to limit the capacity of magazines sold in Washington to 10-rounds.

The bill’s definition to assault weapons is similar to the definition used by the seven other states that have banned the sale of assault weapons — semi-automatic weapons that contain at least one military-style feature. Those laws have survived legal challenge.”

There’s also this stupid part of his proposal: “The bill makes it illegal for violent felons not legally allowed to buy guns to buy ammo, and prohibits firearms dealers from knowingly selling ammo to the or anyone else not legally allowed to buy a gun.”

Such a vague description of what a “military-style feature” is in this announcement. My guess is this feature:

Because we all know what the end goal is of gun-grabbers: Take away your guns.

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When demorats are in charge: Oakland raked in $9M in new fees for affordable housing; ZERO units broken ground

 

People often compare the government to the Mafia in that the mobs make a profit. I’d add that the Mafia actually accomplish REAL goals.

In April 2016 the Oakland City Council approved a new affordable housing impact fee to address rapidly rising rents in the city.

KQED reported at the time that, “The new ordinance permits the city to charge developers who want to build market-rate housing a one-time fee intended to help fund subsidized affordable housing. Though the impact fee is the first action the council has taken to directly address the city’s affordable housing shortage, the city administrator’s office expects it will only fund about 600 new affordable units over the next 10 years.”

Fast forward to 2019 and guess how many “affordable units” have been built?

The answer: A BIG FAT ZERO!

From SF Gate:

“In 2016, Oakland passed a fee on new residential developments that was supposed to raise $65 million over 10 years for affordable housing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. However, three years later, just under $9 million in fees have been collected — and zero new affordable housing units funded by the fees have broken ground.

Some officials estimate that the city should have collected close to $20 million into its impact fee fund by now. So where is all the money? The city recently hired an auditor to investigate.

“We have been asking these questions for a year and not getting answers — so we don’t know if it is a failure to collect, being expended improperly or if the fund(s) are sitting somewhere, but not being tracked,” Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told the Chronicle.

Mayor Libby Schaaf set a goal in 2016 to build 17,000 new homes, both affordable and market rate, by 2024 — with about 28 percent being affordable. By the end of last year, only about 8 percent of new units built were affordable.

As of now, Oakland has distributed about $4.8 million of the funds from the 2016 program to three affordable housing projects. Construction has yet to begin on any of these projects.

This is no surprise considering that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (a demorat) works harder to ensure that criminal illegal aliens have more protections and representation than citizens.

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Pope Francis compares President Trump to homicidal tyrant King Herod, and anti-LGBT to Hitler

 

I thought the Catholic Church, like other religions, have tax-exempt status so long as the clergy refrain from politics and making political pronouncements.

Not only do some priests and deacons violate that rule, Pope Francis clearly exempts himself from that rule as well.

Not only has Jorge Bergoglio, his real name, made comments that are political in nature, he calls people who are critical of homosexuals “Hitler”. Pope Francis also compares President Trump to the homicidal tyrant King Herod who, in an attempt to kill baby Jesus, gave orders to kill all 2-year-old and younger male babies in Bethlehem and its vicinity (the Massacre of the Innocents in the New Testament). But Bergoglio doesn’t have the integrity or guts to actually name Trump, although it is obvious his target is Trump.

According to BreakingIsraelNews, La Civilta Cattolica reported on Dec. 6, 2019 that while visiting Thailand, in an oblique reference to President Trump’s policies on the southern border, Pope Francis compared the policy of building border walls and refugee detention centers to the acts of King Herod. The pope said: “In other parts, there are walls that even separate children from parents. Herod comes to mind. Yet for drugs, there’s no wall to keep them out.”

Earlier, on Nov. 15, 2019 at the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Criminal Law in Rome, Pope Francis called “goverment leaders” who oppose homosexuality Hitler-like.

Calvin Freiburger reports for LifeSiteNews that Pope Francis said (the Vatican has published the original Italian here):

“It is not coincidental that at times there is a resurgence of symbols typical of Nazism. And I must confess to you that when I hear a speech (by) someone responsible for order or for a government, I think of speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936. With the persecution of Jews, gypsies, and people with homosexual tendencies, today these actions are typical (and) represent ‘par excellence’ a culture of waste and hate. That is what was done in those days and today it is happening again.”

Although the Pope made his remarks in his “typically ambiguous” way “without specifying any particular politicians, movements, or regions,” the news media understood those remarks as a broad criticism of politicians who oppose the homosexual agenda. As an example, Reuters ran the headline, “Pope compares politicians who rage against gays to Hitler,” and cites as an example Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who told an interviewer he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.

LifeSiteNews‘ Freiburger points out that “While left-wing activists often compare conservatives and Christians to Nazis for their views on issues such as homosexuality, the Nazi regime in fact sought to supplant Christianity, and its persecution of homosexuals came from its views on Aryan population growth, not out of any Christian understanding of the nature of sex and sin.”

Freiburger also notes that “given the pope’s broader record on LGBT issues, his remarks may extend to world leaders who merely express disapproval of homosexuality and oppose the LGBT agenda.” Freiburger cites the following as pointing to Pope Francis’ partiality toward homosexuals:

  • He met with various LGBT individuals and pro-LGBT groups, including the notorious Jesuit priest James Martin, who has touted the meeting as an endorsement of his “ministering with LGBT Catholics.”
  • This summer, Pope Francis appointed Newark archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who has vocally dissented from Catholic teaching on homosexuality, to the Congregation for Catholic Education.
  • The pope has sent mixed messages on the permissibility of same-sex relationships. In an interview six months into his pontificate that began in 2013, he recommended that the Church pull back from her perceived emphasis on “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” saying it is “not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

H/t John Molloy

Speaking of tyrants, see “Vatican threatens to excommunicate priest for criticizing Pope Francis”, “Catholic Church under Pope Francis: Critics censored, threatened with excommunication” and “Cardinal Müller: ‘Pervading sense of fear’ in Pope Francis’ Curia”.

See also:

~Eowyn

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You can’t make this up: Seattle creates website to track their progress and “success”

 

When liberals’ policies and practices fail their citizens, the best way to cover their butts is to create some propaganda!

Want to know how much of a “success” Seattle is? See the following examples:

Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart
Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Prostitutes flooding the streets due to lack of law enforcement
Lawless in Seattle: Police take over an hour to respond to burglary in progress
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release
Scared in Seattle: Citizens terrorized by the homeless & sidewalks turned into toilets

To somehow convince themselves that they are really successful demorats, the city Seattle has created a “information dashboard” where Seattle residents can see what their City is doing to make their lives better.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Excerpts from Mayor Jenny Durkan’s exciting announcement:

“We are showing how we are improving access to frequent transit, building affordable housing, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, meeting targets in our delivery of basic City services, and increasing people’s access to critical services and supports. My commitment is to share with Seattle’s residents where we are meeting our goals and where we need to lean in and innovate.”

The Performance Seattle dashboard tracks the City’s success meeting aggressive performance metrics, helping departments meet critical service delivery goals – like Seattle Police Department’s goal of responding to 100% of Priority 1 calls within seven minutes.

Seattle’s leadership is committed to governing with data and evidence.”

Read the mayor’s full announcement here.

How long did Seattle’s leaders work on this information dashboard? “Performance Seattle is a product of months of work by the Seattle Innovation & Performance team, and was developed in collaboration with over 150 City staff.”

Here’s a link to the new “Performance Seattle” website where residents can obtain a “deeper understanding of how well the City of Seattle is meeting key on-going service targets.”

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