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Shocking: Jim Fetzer turns against Trump in favor of Bernie Sanders because of Soleimani assassination

On January 3, at the direction of President Trump, missiles shot from American drones assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq.

Soleimani was a major general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps  and commander of its Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for military and clandestine operations outside of Iran. He was described by an ex-CIA operative as “the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today” and the principal military strategist and tactician in Iran’s effort to combat Western influence and promote the expansion of Shiite and Iranian influence throughout the Middle East.

The air attack that killed Soleimani and four members of Iraqi militias followed attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on December 31, 2019, by supporters of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia.

The U.S. Defense Department said Soleimani had approved the attacks on the American embassy and was planning further attacks on American diplomats and military personnel. Trump justified the assassination on the grounds that Soleimani posed an “imminent threat” to American lives. But the assassination was not approved by Congress, nor did it have the consent of the Iraqi government, leading to controversy regarding the legality of killing an Iranian military leader over Iraqi airspace.

It is not just Democrats and Hollyweirdos who are in an uproar over President Trump’s greenlighting of the drone assassination. Shockingly, Jim Fetzer has joined the anti-Trumpers, convinced that the Soleimani assassination signifies Trump’s caving in to Israel.

Note: James Fetzer is a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and the author and editor of countless volumes on conspiracies and false flags, including the banned-by-Amazon.com Nobody Died at Sandy Hook: It Was a FEMA Drill to Promote Gun Control, which is available free in PDF format.

On January 4, 2020, Fetzer wrote these comments on his blog:

After having tolerated his previous pro-Israel moves–the Embassy to Jerusalem, Golan Heights to Israel, defunding the UN Palestinian-refugee effort and the expanded definition of “anti-Semitism”–this for me is the last straw. I can no longer support this Netanyahu-stooge for President of the United States. I am going to have to find a more suitable candidate, which will be tough sledding. But I am fed up with the Trump disaster.

On January 5, 2020, Fetzer wrote these comments on his blog:

I am distraught. He [Trump] appears to have gone stark raving mad.

Actually, I believe he has virtually destroyed his prospects for reelection at a single blow. He was supposed to get us out of these wars in the Middle East, not start new ones. And now the Democrats have a bona fide reason to impeach him, which even I would support. I can no longer stand with this gullible sap who should have known better. He allowed himself to be played by [Israeli Prime Minister] Bibi [Netanyahu]. I would rather have a real American president than an Israeli stooge. I can no longer endorse him. Bernie [Sanders], ironically, may be our best bet, especially were he to run with Tulsi, where their foreign policies are virtually indistinguishable and she strengthens him in ways no other running mate could. A stunning 2020 reversal.

Latest reports are that Trump’s poll numbers are UP. I am dismayed but the American people are extremely ignorant of history, even relatively recent history. This is more than embarrassing. I can no longer support him.

In other words, Fetzer no longer supports Trump because he believes Trump is an Israeli stooge. Instead, Fetzer declares his endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the presidency — a socialist Jew who volunteered in an Israeli kibbutz for several months when he was 22, supports gun control, and who will collapse the U.S. economy with his multitrillion-dollars Medicare-for-all and the climate-change Green New Deal.

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~Eowyn

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The Epiphany: The Magi and the Christmas Star

Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”

And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

The Oxford Dictionaries defines “ephiphany” (with a small “e”) as “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and “a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being”. The word “Epiphany” (with a capital “E”) refers to “the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi”.

Today is the great feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the Magi — an event that had been foretold in Isaiah 60:1-6 some 800 years before the birth of Christ.

Isaiah 60:1-6

Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you….
Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you….
Then…the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.

The Magi were wise men — non-Hebrew pagans from the East. Bearing gifts fit for a king — those of gold, frankincense, and myrrh — their coming to Jerusalem to pay homage to “the king of the Jews” shows that they seek in the messianic light of the Christmas star, the one who will be king of all nations.

It is noteworthy that the first creatures to see the newborn Jesus were his human parents, Mary and Joseph; angels on high; humble farm animals; lowly shepherds; and Gentiles — the Magi.

The Epiphany, therefore, signifies the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God and Savior of the world — not just the Old Testament‘s oft-prophesied messiah of the Jews. God is not a tribal deity, exclusive to only the so-called “chosen people”. Jesus the Christ came for Jews and Gentiles. He came for all of us, no matter our race, gender, language, country, or creed.

As St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians 3:6:

[T]he Gentiles are coheirs,
members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise
in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Noteworthy also is the fact that the Magi, as the first Gentiles to find Jesus, were also the first Gentiles to receive His salvific grace. As recounted in Matthew 2:12:

And having been warned in a dream
not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country
by another way.

By the way, astronomers, using software programs reproducing the night sky exactly as it was thousands of years ago, have determined there really was a Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem. David Reneke, news editor of Australia’s Sky and Space Magazine, said: “We found out something startling. It looks like the ‘Christmas star’ really did exist.”

It’s generally accepted by most researchers that Christ was born between 3 BC and 1 AD. On 12 August, 3 BC, Jupiter and Venus appeared very close together just before sunrise, appearing as bright morning stars. It would have been visible in the eastern dawn sky of the Middle East from about 3:45 to 5:20 a.m.

But it didn’t stop there. The crowning touch came ten months later, on 17 June 2 BC, Venus and Jupiter joined up again in the constellation Leo. This time the two planets were so close that, without the use of our modern optical aids, they would have looked like one single, brilliant star.

Venus is known as the planet of love; Jupiter as the planet of kings; and Leo denotes royalty and power.

See these other cases of science confirming Biblical accounts:

May the joy of the Epiphany and the peace and love of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, be with you!

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: The virgin shall conceive and bear a son

Isaiah 7:10-14

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask!  I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.

Today is the fourth (and last) 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 virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.” -Isaiah 7:14

Isaiah 7:14 is only one of numerous instances in the Old Testament foretelling the coming of Jesus Christ as Emmanuel, which means “God is with us”. Below are more:

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

they pierced my hands and my feet.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Psalm 16:10

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

And to those who obdurately deny that Isaiah 7:14’s prophecy did come true, heed this:

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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George Soros banned from 6 countries

Though he is 89 years old, George Soros — through his Open Society Foundations, to which he’s donated more than $32 billion — continues to foment turmoil, unrest and mischief across the world.

In the United States, Soros has/had his hand in the Antifa, the Ferguson race riots, the “caravans” of Central American “migrants,” and the “whistleblower” who ignited the Demonrats’ current efforts to impeach President Trump. In Europe, Soros is behind the flood of “refugees” and “migrants,” Ukraine, “climate change” activist Great Thunberg, and the Brexit chaos.

Some countries, however, have taken steps to expel and ban Soros, his operatives, and his Open Society. In chronological order, the six countries are:

  1. Pakistan
  2. Poland
  3. Turkey
  4. Russia
  5. Hungary
  6. Philippines

While not outright banning him, the Israeli government has said Soros is not welcome there.

The only question is why Soros still has not been banned from the United States.

Since August 2017, there is a “White House petition to declare George Soros a terrorist and seize all of his related organizations’ assets under RICO and NDAA law,” which has been signed by 197,385 people — enough to get a response from the White House. To sign the petition, go here.

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Charges against Muslim man who killed Jewish teacher while chanting verses from the Koran are dropped because he was high

Sarah Halimi

There are so many aspects of this story that are just wrong. Just so wrong.

From Daily Mail: A Muslim man who killed a Jewish kindergarten teacher has had murder charges against him dropped after it was ruled he suffered a psychotic episode by smoking cannabis.

Kobili Traore, 29, is believed to have tortured Sarah Halimi with beatings for hours in her Paris apartment while reciting lines from the Koran on April 4, 2017.

The Mali immigrant then shoved the 65-year-old mother-of-three from the eleventh arrondissement building before reportedly yelling: ‘I’ve killed the Shaitan (devil)!’

Earlier this week (last week when this story was published) he admitted killing her but said he did not recognise when he broke in and claimed he was not aware of his actions.

‘I felt persecuted. When I saw the Torah and a chandelier in her home I felt oppressed. I saw her face transforming,’ he said according to The Jewish Chronicle.

Prosecutors disagreed over how to deal with the killer, with local ones initially calling for him to be tried but the senior procureur général saying he should be put in hospital.

Psychiatric examinations of the defendant, who claims to smoke up to 15 joints per day, found his mental functioning was impaired due to his cannabis intake.

Although three assessments determined Traore’s long-term drug habit had not inflicted him with mental illness, their verdicts differed insofar as his mental capacity during the killing.

A hearing on Wednesday heard Traoré shouted ‘a woman is trying to kill herself’ before he threw her from the balcony.

Lawyers for Ms. Halimi’s family claimed this proved he was mounting a defence from the beginning.

The defendant’s lawyer Thomas Bidnic said: ‘This is Sarah Halimi’s tragedy, her family’s tragedy and this boy’s tragedy, although I’m not comparing the two. Sending him to hospital is not ideal nor sending him to prison.

He admitted Traoré is ‘still a threat’ while he remains in a hospital getting limited medication.

A ruling on if he should face trial will be decided on December 19.

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Lesbian Episcopal priest is new head of National Abortion Federation

Abortion is the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn human being. In the United States and countless countries across the world, in the name of a woman’s “right” over her body, that killing is given legitimacy by law and vehemently defended by “feminists”.

The pro-abortion movement is nothing less than a demonic death cult. In recent years, the unremitting corruption of the United States has even led to Christian and Jewish clergy “blessing” abortion clinics. See, for example:

Now, a lesbian Episcopal priest, the “very reverend” Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, takes the abomination further by becoming the president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) — a multinational organization of abortion providers and practitioners in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and many Eurpean countries. According to the NAF, its members “perform” half of all abortions in North America.

Ragsdale is the president and professor of theology of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In a speech at a Jan. 24, 2010 event organized by the Jane Fund, a Massachusetts-based group that raises funds for abortions, Ragsdale called abortion “a blessing” and said she was “angry and fed up” at people who had spoken out again her sexuality and her radical stance on abortion.

Claire Chretien reports for LifeSiteNews, Nov. 5, 2019, that the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has announced that its new president and CEO is Katherine Ragsdale, a lesbian Episcopal “priest” and longtime abortion activist.

When the news was announced, Ragsdale, who had been NAF’s interim president and CEO since September 2018, extolled abortion providers as “some of my personal heroes and modern-day saints.”

NAF’s previous CEO and president, Vicki Saporta, was paid a salary of $392,018 in 2017, according to the organization’s publicly available tax records.

In 2011, Ragsdale married another female Episcopal priest named Mally Lloyd. at the Anglican Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. Bishop M. Thomas Shaw performed the ceremony. It is unclear if Ragsdale and Lloyd are still together, as Ragsdale’s bio on NAF’s website makes no mention of Lloyd.

In an April 2019 speech at a Kentucky Reproductive Freedom Fund fundraiser, Ragsdale claimed that the Bible says nothing about abortion and that it’s dishonest and manipulative to call the human person in the womb a “baby.” Her audience laughed when Ragsdale mocked pro-life advocates who oppose partial-birth abortion by saying: “‘One inch from life,’ they say while showing a picture of a Gerber baby. Apart from ‘one inch from life’ being a lie, the Gerber baby image is a lie. And actually, using the word ‘baby’ is a manipulative lie.”

Comments by NAF-affiliated abortionists, however, paint a different picture. Undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a prolife organization founded by journalist David Daleidan, taken at a NAF conference shows abortionists admitting that the work they do is “killing,” complaining how “difficult” it is to tear apart a fetus, and lamenting that they’re not given a place to discuss the “heads that get stuck that we can’t get out.”

See also “S.F. jury awards Planned Parenthood $2.2M in damages against pro-life journalist David Daleidan

Notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, at least eight of whose “patients” had a “medical emergency” in the course of their abortion, also admitted to a BBC reporter, “I think that it is a baby, and I use [the word] with patients.” When the reporter hesitantly asked, “And you don’t have a problem…with…killing a baby?,” Carhart said without flinching, “I have no problem if it’s in the mother’s uterus.”

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, told LifeSiteNews:

“For decades, Katherine Ragsdale, a false prophet, has been trying to put religious vestments on child-killing. She led the ‘Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights’ (now the ‘Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’), which actually provides rites of blessing for parents about to kill their children, and for the facilities in which the blood is shed…[and also provides] Scripture studies that attempt to say exactly the opposite of what Scripture says about what God thinks of the shedding of innocent blood.”

Fr. Pavone said it’s not surprising that NAF chose Ragsdale to lead it:

“It actually reveals one of the greatest weaknesses of the abortion industry: science is not on their side, logic is not on their side, and history is not on their side. They ran out of arguments a long time ago to try to justify abortion. So now, all they have left is to disguise it in ‘spirituality.’ They try in vain to take the stigma out of abortion — but that effort continues, and that is what this new development represents.

For decades, Fr. Pavone has helped helps former abortionists and their staff “deal with the wounds abortion inflicts on them.” He said:

“A big part of their healing is to dig themselves out of the many layers of lies that they told themselves to justify the killing they carried out. Those lies take many forms: rationalization; intellectualization; and here, in the example of False Prophet Ragsdale’s leadership, ‘spiritualization.’ And the lies by which spiritual and biblical language attempt to justify murder are among the most damaging to those who fall captive to them.”

See also:

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George Soros admits he’s impeded by Trump to turn U.S. socialist

A week ago, on Oct. 26, 2019, 89-year-old billionaire George Soros, who has spent his fortune promoting open borders and leftwing politicians, media, and organizations, said he has been impeded by opponents, including President Trump, in his lifelong quest to transform the United States into socialism, which he calls “open society”.

Soros said that in an interview on Michel Martin’s  All Things Considered on National Public Radio (NPR). Although NPR is funded by U.S. taxpayers, Soros’ Open Society Foundations, to which he had given more than $32 billion, is a financial supporter of NPR — as much as $1.8 million in 2011.

Between the election of President Trump and Britain’s ongoing debate over Brexit, Soros recognizes that populism is on the rise and that his brand of liberal democracy is faltering. He said:

“When I got involved in what I call political philanthropy some 40 years ago, the open society idea was on the ascendant — closed societies were opening up. And now, open societies are on the defensive and dictatorships are on the rise. I have to admit that the tide has turned against me, but I don’t think that I have failed. If you really have principles that you believe in, then you have to fight for them — win or lose.”

Soros said his priority now is fighting President Trump’s reelection — that’s some “promotion of democracy”!. Stopping short of endorsing her, Soros said Sen. Fauxcohontas Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the favored candidate of the Demonrat Party elites, is “the clear-cut person to beat.”

Penny Starr of Breitbart points out that NPR portrays Soros as a benign philanthropist who only wants to “promote democracy” in some 120 countries across the world. That “promotion of democracy” included a $25,100 donation to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Suggesting that any criticism of Soros is motivated by rank anti-Semitism, never mind the fact that Soros had admitted helping Nazis to confiscate property from Jews, NPR states that “Soros, who is Jewish and a survivor of the Nazi occupation of Hungary, has also been a frequent target of conspiracy theorists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis.”

Here is the 1998 60 Minutes interview that YouTube repeatedly took down, in which Soros admitted he had helped Nazis against Jews. Below is my transcription:

Steve Croft (“60 Minutes” interviewer: “My understanding is that you went out with this [Nazi] protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson…and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.”

Soros, knodding his head in the affirmative: “Yes.”

Croft: “That sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?”

Soros, shaking his head: “No. Not at all, not at all.”

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California Congresswoman Katie Hill had sex with female and male staffers in violation of House Resolution 6

On January 9, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 6 on the rules governing the 116th House. Among other rules, H. Res. 6 specifically bans sexual relationships between House members — Congressman and Congresswomen — and their staff.

Katherine Lauren “Katie” Hill, 32, is a freshman, openly bisexual (but married to a man named Kenny Heslep) Congresswoman (D-California) who defeated incumbent Republican Steve Knight in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Note: Most of the $6.3 million raised by Katie Hill came from the online Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue, which has funds from donors such as one of Soros’s sons, Jonathan. Hill has received $25,633 from J Street and $5.1 million from former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC. Katie Hill’s Republican opponent, Steve Knight, raised $1.3 million, none of which came from the major Jewish or pro-Israel donors. (Source: the algemeiner)

Before she was elected to Congress, Hill was executive director of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), a statewide “non-profit” organization working to end homelessness throughout California. Since homelessness is getting only worse in California, but Hill nevertheless was rewarded with a “promotion” to Congress, she is a perfect example of the Peter Principle.

In office for less than ten months, since January 3, 2019, Hill has already made a stinky name for herself by violating H. Res. 6, engaging in threesome and lesbian sex with her staffers.

Hill is denying the sexual allegations. The only problem is the inconvenient fact that RedState has photographs and text messages showing Hill involved in a long-term sexual relationship with a younger, female campaign staffer, as well as an adulterous relationship with a male staffer. The woman, 22, whose name is not being released, was hired by Hill in late 2017 and quickly became involved in a “throuple” relationship with Hill and her now-estranged husband who is seeking a divorce.

Reporting for RedState, Jennifer Van Laar presents the following evidence of Rep. Hill’s illicit sexual involvement with two of her staffers:

(1) Intimate photos of Hill and the lesbian staffer, such as the photo below, taken in Alaska. The trio took multiple vacations together, including to Alaska.

(2) Even more “intimate” photographs of Hill and the female staffer, which RedState has in possession but chooses not to publish.

(3) Text messages between Hill and the female staffer. A source “close to the staffer” told RedState the throuple agreed to continue their committed relationship when Hill moved to Washington, D.C. in January 2019, but that Heslep and the staffer quickly noticed a difference in Hill’s demeanor. By late May, Hill broke off her relationships with both Heslep and the staffer, claiming she wants “to be entirely focused on this work that…is so important,” and that she just wants “to be alone” and “accountable” to no one else.

In text messages to Hill (see the message below), the staffer was distraught and trying to figure out how to move on with her life.

(4) RedState also has text messages of Hill being involved in a year-long sexual relationship with Graham Kelly, Hill’s former finance director who is now her legislative director. On his now-deleted Facebook account, Hill’s cuckolded husband, Heslep, posted a screenshot of a text message between himself and a friend of the couple in which the friend admits that he knows about the Hill/Kelly affair. Heslep asked the friend:

I’m just going to ask you this plainly bc I respect you. Did you know about Graham and Katie?

The reply:

I do know, yes, but I didn’t know until recently.

Heslep promptly filed for divorce after he found out about the affair between Hill and Kelly. So a threesome of two-women-one-man is okay, but his wife being sexually involved with another man is not okay. Katie Hill and Kenny Heslep are both skanks.

In June 2018, just a year before Heslep filed for divorce, Katie Hill had called Heslep “the love of my life” on Instagram. (Heavy.com)

But what is at issue isn’t “just” Hill’s violation of H. Res 6, there is also the matter of national security. As RedState‘s Van Laar points out:

In addition to the legal and ethical issues raised by allegations of a congresswoman having not one, but two extramarital affairs with people on her staff, concurrently, there are issues of national security. Hill serves on two influential committees in that regard: Oversight and Reform and Armed Services. She has access to extremely sensitive national security information. If people who don’t have our nation’s best interests at heart had access to the photographs, text messages, and other information provided to RedState, Rep. Hill would be an easy blackmail target.

Matthew Boyle of Breitbart highlights the Katie Hill scandal being of potential benefit to Trump and the GOP:

Hill represents California’s 25th congressional district, a true battleground district that Republicans lost to her in the 2018 midterm. Its Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI), published by the Cook Political Report, which rates how solidly Republican or Democrat each congressional district is nationwide, rates the district as EVEN–meaning it could break towards a Republican or a Democrat at any time. If Hill ends up in serious political trouble as a result of this story, it could be a boon for Republicans given the fact that this district is not one of the 31 districts currently represented by a Democrat in which Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton in his 2016 victory. Of those 31, 13 of them are districts that Trump won by six percent or more–and Republicans only need to take back a net 19 seats to retake the House majority. Losing districts outside of that core 31, as Hill’s battleground in the 25th is for Democrats, would endanger Democrat chances of holding the majority even more than they already are.

On October 23, 2019, the Demonrat-dominant House Ethics Committee announced it would conduct an investigation into the allegations against Hill.

Update:

Yesterday, October 27, 2019, the disgraced and disgusting Katie Hill resigned from the House of Representatives. In a statement, she moaned she was resigning “with a broken heart” and that it was “the hardest thing I have ever had to do.” (LifeZette)

~Eowyn

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Because of Trump, American Federation of Teachers union lost 76,000 members and $18M in dues revenue

Founded in Chicago in 1916, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is the second largest teacher’s labor union in America, the largest being the National Education Association (NEA). 

Members’ dues underwrite much of AFT’s political activities.

Since 1980, AFT and the NEA have contributed nearly $57.4 million to federal campaigns, an amount that is about 30% higher than any single corporation or other union. About 95% of political donations from teachers unions have gone to Democrats:

  • In 2008, AFT donated $1,997,375.00 to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, and $1,784,808.59 to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
  • The AFT endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race — Hillary and AFT president Randi Weingarten are longtime friends. Some AFT members felt the endorsement did not reflect the wishes of rank-and-file AFT members because they supported socialist Bernie Sanders.

According to Department of Labor filings, Weingarten, 61, earned nearly $560,000 in total compensation during the 2013-2014 school year.

On June 27, 2018, in a landmark but narrow 5:4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court ruled that public sector union dues violate the First Amendment by compelling nonmembers to “subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern”. Unions will, subsequently, need to gain the affirmative consent of individual teachers before enrolling them in the AFT and NEA.

The Supreme Court’s Janus ruling led directly to the cancellation of membership by a substantial portion of teachers in the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Sean Higgins reports for Washington Examiner, Oct. 9, 2019, on the effects of the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME ruling in the year since:

  • AFT lost 76,000 members and $18 million in dues revenue.
  • AFT membership declined 4% to 1.7 million members, and would have declined even more if AFT had not made a grassroots outreach to build up its membership by adding 8,000 full-time teachers and 8,000 retiree members.
  • In a recent Labor Department filing, AFT reported having lost some  82,000 “agency fee” payers — from more than 85,000 the previous year to just 3,000. Agency fee payers are people who are not members of a union but are covered by a collective bargaining contract which requires them to pay a union a regular fee. The Supreme Court’s Janus ruling, however, means agency fee payers no longer are required to pay a fee to the AFT. The remaining agency fee payers are all at private-sector schools, because the Janus ruling doesn’t cover private-sector employment.

Conservatives must remember this when you find yourself unhappy with President Trump:

The narrow majority of five justices are Alito, Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, and Gorsuch.

The landmark Janus v. AFSCME ruling and the American Federation of Teachers’ loss of members and $18 million in revenue were made possible entirely because of President Trump’s nomination and the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, who replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia, joined the four justices (Alito, Roberts, Kennedy and Thomas) in the majority ruling.

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Only a few will be saved

Luke 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

The Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study found that:

  • More than 7-in-10 (72%) Americans believed in heaven — defined as “where people who have led good lives are eternally rewarded” — only 2% fewer than in 2007.
  • A larger majority (82%) of religiously-affiliated Americans believed in heaven:
    • 85% of Christians in 2017, 2% more than in 2007:
      • 84% of Protestants
      • 82% of Catholics
      • 74% of Orthodox Christians
    • Among non-Christian religions, 95% of Mormons, 85% of Muslims, 51% of Hindus, 38% of Jews, and 36% of Buddhists believed in heaven.
  • In contrast, 37% of Americans who were religiously-unaffiliated or “nones” believed in heaven. Of those, only 5% of atheists and 14% of agnostics believed.

Note: The 2014 Pew survey also found that religious “nones” outnumbered Christians among Democrats and Democratic-leaning adults, and that although the “nones” had increased among Republicans, they were still outnumbered by Christians, especially by evangelicals.

According to a 2016 LifeWay Research survey of 3,000 U.S. adults with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ±2%, a majority (60%) said everyone eventually goes to heaven, including 64% of evangelical Christians. Indeed, a 2005 ABC News poll had found that among the 89% of Americans who believed in Heaven, 85% thought they would personally go there, such is our preening narcissism.

Today’s Gospel reading from Luke 13, however, is a sober reminder that we flatter ourselves when we imagine we are destined for Heaven, for our Lord Jesus Christ said the gate is “narrow” and many “will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”

Recall that although we read and hear about near-death experiences (NDE) of what appears to be Heaven, there are NDE accounts of being in a dark place, full of demons. As an example, during his 2004 quadruple bypass surgery, Bill Clinton had a frightening NDE in which he found himself in a dark hellish place. As he recounted in an interview on ABC’s Primetime Live:

“I saw, like, dark masks crushing, like, death masks being crushed, in series, and then I’d see these great circles of light and then, like, Hillary’s picture or Chelsea’s face would appear on the light, and then they’d fly off into the dark.”

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The road to Heaven is a rigorous and demanding one. Afterall, Jesus did say “I have come to set the earth on fire” (Luke 12:49). So we are to look upon our life on this mortal coil as a trial by fire, wherein we must rid “ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us” (Hebrews 12:1).

Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters,
You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons.
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

Only the holy go to Heaven.

I want to be holy, and I want you all to be holy. So let’s help each other trod that hard and “narrow” path of goodness, no matter the slings and arrows, the trials and tribulations. And at all times, “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1, 2), and tell Him you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

Rejoice that we have lived to see another glorious Sunday!

And may the love and peace and joy and goodness of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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