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 on: June 15, 2018, 05:52:03 PM 
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However, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, responding to Wray, declared, “The consequences are that your fellow citizens question whether or not they can have confidence in the world’s premier law enforcement agency, and that’s coming from someone who has defended them a lot throughout his career. This was a bitterly disappointing report.”

Unfortunately, rank-and-file FBI line agents and investigators, the vast majority of whom honorably abide by their oaths “to support and defend26” our Constitution, now have the corrupt mud of Comey and a few of his key investigators dumped on their integrity. And an interesting note in the report — most of the agents interviewed in the IG investigation believed they would have been prosecuted for the actions of their superiors.

Notably, Donald Trump cited Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation as a primary reason he fired Comey27. That is now looking more credible than ever.

For his part regarding the clearing of Clinton twice ahead of the election, Comey told IG investigators, “I could see two doors and they were both actions. One was labeled ‘speak’ and the other was labeled ‘conceal.’” But Horowitz skewered Comey, insisting that was a “false dichotomy,” noting, “The two doors were actually labeled ‘follow policy/practice’ and ‘depart from policy/practice.’”

Comey responded to the report in his now apparent chemically induced calm: “I do not agree with all of the inspector general’s conclusions, but I respect the work of his office and salute its professionalism.” Not a hint of any apology or admission of wrongdoing on his part — which might hurt his book sales.

So what did we learn from Horowitz about the bias of Comey’s top investigators?

According to the report, “We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed. [But] the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation. … The suggestion in certain Russia-related text messages in August 2016 that Strzok might be willing to take official action to impact presidential candidate Trump’s electoral prospects caused us to question the earlier Midyear investigative decisions in which Strzok was involved, and whether he took specific actions in the Midyear investigation based on his political views.”

This is a reference to the common denominator in the Clinton email and Trump dossier investigations, Peter Strzok. He was Comey’s lead investigator in the Clinton email investigation and helped Comey write up his exoneration of Clinton before her softball FBI interview28. The original draft noted that “classified information was compromised by unauthorized individuals to include foreign governments or intelligence services via cyber intrusion,” but Strzok and Comey removed that condemnation from their report.

After Trump’s surprise election, Strzok was then positioned by Comey as a top investigator for Robert Mueller’s investigation — until his abject bias was discovered and he was removed.

Both Strzok and and his workplace dalliance, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, reported to corrupt former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe29. Recall that McCabe’s wife received $675,288 from Democrat PACs.

The report notes, “When one senior FBI official, [Peter] Strzok, who was helping to lead the Russia investigation at the time, conveys in a text message to another senior FBI official, [Lisa] Page, that ‘we’ll stop’ candidate Trump from being elected — after other extensive text messages between the two disparaging candidate Trump — it is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects. This is antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice.”

What did Strzok do that the IG found so egregious?

As WaPo summarized it, “Some senior bureau officials, the report found, exhibited a disturbing ‘willingness to take official action’ to hurt Trump’s chances to become president.”

In August 2016, Strzok assured Page, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [McCabe’s] office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40…”

In previously redacted messages between Strzok and Page, Page wrote, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok responded, “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

Again, “It’s like an insurance policy…” and “We’ll stop it.”

National Review’s David French inquires, “Is there a remotely good explanation as to why the ‘We’ll stop it’ text was apparently withheld from congressional investigators? What is the conceivable excuse that the IG had it but Congress didn’t?”

According to the report: “When asked about this text message, Strzok stated that he did not specifically recall sending it, but that he believed that it was intended to reassure Page that Trump would not be elected, not to suggest that he would do something to impact the investigation. Strzok told the OIG that he did not take any steps to try to affect the outcome of the presidential election, in either the Midyear investigation or the Russia investigation. Strzok stated that had he — or the FBI in general — actually wanted to prevent Trump from being elected, they would not have maintained the confidentiality of the investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and members of the Trump campaign in the months before the election.”

The IG concludes, “Our review did not find evidence to connect the political views expressed in these messages to the specific investigative decisions that we reviewed.” But as noted above, there is no smoking gun here — just an avalanche of circumstantial evidence. Strzok certainly was smart enough to avoid clear self-incrimination.

Of course, the prevailing assumption was that Clinton would be the victor. In fact, in July of 2016, some of the FBI interviewers refer to Clinton as “The President.”

Once Trump was elected, Comey did leak his memos on the investigation to the press, and by his own admission30 he did so in order to hamstring Trump’s presidency with a special counsel. Comey testified, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. … I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

Worked like a charm!

In Gowdy’s reply to the IG report31, he wrote: “I am alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General’s finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI in investigating potential Espionage Act violations by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This is not the FBI I know. This is not the FBI our country needs. This is not the FBI citizens and suspects alike deserve.”

Gowdy concluded: “The report also conclusively shows an alarming and destructive level of animus [against Donald Trump] displayed by top officials at the FBI. Peter Strzok’s manifest bias trending toward animus casts a pall on this investigation. Bias is so pernicious and malignant as to both taint the process, the result, and the ability to have confidence in either. His bias was so persuasive and toxic as to call into question any other investigations he was part of, including his role in the investigation of what Russia did in 2016. His bias impacted his decisions making and he assigned to himself the role of stopping the Trump campaign or ending a Trump Presidency.”

“Alarming and destructive,” indeed.

Stay tuned…

https://patriotpost.us/alexander/56589-the-doj-ig-report-comey-and-his-corrupt-clinton-cronies

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 on: June 15, 2018, 05:51:08 PM 
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THE FOUNDATION

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1789)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Putting the DOJ’s latest report on the Clinton case in proper context.
    The Trump salute controversy was blown way out of proportion.
    Consumer confidence soars despite Democrats’ best efforts.
    The importance of free trade and how that plays with Trump’s tariffs.
    Father’s Day preview: Dads attempt to stay relevant.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The DoJ IG Report: Comey and His Corrupt Clinton Cronies1


Mark Alexander

The first of the Trump Trilogies was released this week — to be followed by another Department of Justice IG report on the Clinton-funded collusion claim2 and finally Robert Mueller’s report about the false Russia collusion claims3 scripted by Hillary Clinton4, with Barack Obama’s5 assist, in order to set up and take down Donald Trump6.

DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama appointee, released his final report on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s4 effort to unlawfully conceal her official communications7 from the public record when she was secretary of state. (You can read the executive summary and full report8 if you have a lot of spare time on your hands.)

Clinton undertook what then-FBI Director James Comey described as a “grossly negligent9” communication subterfuge to protect her 2016 presidential aspirations from any scrutiny regarding the criminal context10 of those communications. Of course, her insecure closet email server was hacked by foreign entities11, including classified information.

Clinton violated federal records laws, as she and her key personnel transmitted classified information through unclassified channels and, when caught, destroyed evidence, including taking hammers to cell phones and erasing computer hard drives. Comey helped by agreeing to destroy laptops of former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson once their interviews were complete.

All the while, Obama was receiving detailed updates12 of the Clinton probe13 and undoubtedly providing her some helpful “feedback.” Recall that in 2014, 47 of the nation’s 73 inspectors general signed a letter of complaint accusing Obama of stonewalling their mission “to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner.”

For context, the origins of the Trump investigation14 are rooted in an endeavor to entrap him. That corrupt effort was orchestrated by Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan15 and Obama’s FBI director, James Comey16 (and his high-ranking co-conspirators17), in collaboration with their candidate, Hillary Clinton and her corrupt campaign18. This cadre of Obama’s deep-state operatives has endeavored to frame Trump for “colluding with Russia” to throw the 2016 election, or to at least create the false impression that his election was illegitimate.

The fate of that investigation, and possibly Trump’s presidency, has for a year been in the hands of Comey’s FBI predecessor, special prosecutor Robert Mueller19, and his team of “hard-core Democrats20.”

So, what did we learn from IG Horowitz about Comey and his corrupt Clintonistas?

According to The Washington Post, “The report is a blistering rebuke of Comey, who has spent recent months on a book tour promoting his brand of ethical leadership.”

The report derides Comey for “deviating from procedure” in the Clinton email investigation, straying “dramatically from FBI and department norms,” making “serious errors of judgment” and being “insubordinate” to his superiors. It chides his decision to close, reopen and close again the Clinton investigation.

As I noted in “Comey’s Layup for Clinton21,” when he announced his re-opening of the Clinton investigation just before the election, but after absentee balloting, he did so in order to be able to, again, clear her of any wrongdoing, which was, by design, to encourage Clinton’s voter constituency.

The report notes a “troubling lack of any direct, substantive communication” between Comey and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose own Clinton bias22 became apparent after her secret meeting23 with Bill Clinton24 was exposed. Notably, that exposure positioned Comey to take assume direct control of the Clinton investigation and the effort to stump Trump.

However, according to the report, “While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice.”

Really? No “political bias”? Actually, the report is full of instances of bias, but no “smoking gun” where somebody actually admits “I am going to take these specific actions to support Clinton and sabotage Trump’s campaign.”

Recall, however, that Comey himself, in his congressional testimony, made clear his political bias toward Clinton. According to Comey: “My wife and girls marched in the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration. My four daughters, probably all five of my kids, wanted Hillary Clinton to be president. I know my amazing spouse did.”

And he also revealed that he lied about leaking the fake Trump dossier25 to the media to set the Trump/Russia collusion trap. “Look, it’s true. … I gave an unclassified memo to my friend and asked him to give it to a reporter. That is entirely appropriate.” Only in Comey’s deluded mind was that “entirely appropriate.”

As for the conclusion that Comey’s “decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,” that is a candidate for understatement of the year!

In his response to the report, current FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “Let’s be clear on the scope of this report. It’s focused on a specific set of events back in 2016, and a small number of FBI employees connected with those events. Nothing in the report impugns the integrity of our workforce as a whole, or the FBI as an institution.”

On this point, he is correct.

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 on: June 15, 2018, 09:16:27 AM 
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Asking in Jesus' Name

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)

In the gospel of John there are at least six promises that if we pray in Jesus’ name, God in Christ will answer our prayer. The first is in our text, which promises that God the Father may be glorified in God the Son. Note also the equivalent promises in John 14:14; 15:16; 16:23-24, 26.

Such promises seem almost too comprehensive and unconditional to be understood literally. The key, however, is the significance of the phrase “in my name.” This obviously means more than simply beginning or ending our prayer with this or some similar phrase.

In the first place, we must recognize that it is only through Jesus Christ our mediator that we dare enter the presence of the omnipotent God at all. “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6), He said. That being true, it also implies that our prayer must be in agreement with what Christ Himself would pray. No Christian should ask for something he knows to be against God’s will. “If we ask any thing according to his will . . . we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

When we come to the Father in Christ’s name, we are in a very real sense representing Him. Therefore, we must come with clean hands and motives worthy of the One in whose name we profess to come. Unconfessed, unrepented sin would surely misrepresent Him, and we could hardly speak in His name in such a case. Finally, acknowledging His power and promise, we must come believing, not doubting His Word.

Then, not only is the Father glorified, as says our text, but we shall rejoice. “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. . . . ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24). HMM

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 on: June 14, 2018, 04:55:02 PM 
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Sunburned Christians
From Timeless Grace Gems
Charles Naylor, 1941



        Did you ever hear of sunburned Christians? Perhaps you never heard of them spoken of in this way. But I am sure you have seen a number of them. I do not mean that their skins were burned by the sun which shines above us. It is something far more serious than that.

        I have seen sunburned Christians. I have seen them in all stages of sunburn. Some did not show it very much, and some showed it very strikingly. How much they showed it depended upon the stage their sunburn had reached.

        Natural sunburn in the tropics often results in death, by bringing on a fatal fever. Spiritual sunburn is very dangerous also. It will produce death too, if proper steps are not taken to cure it before it gets to a fatal stage. So we need to beware of spiritual sunburn. Perhaps some of my readers already have it, and do not know it. Perhaps some of them know that something is wrong with them, and do not know what it is. I will try to tell you about it.

        In Matthew 13:5-6 and Luke 8:6 we read about these sunburned Christians. It was in the Parable of the Sower who went forth to sow that Jesus told us of them. Luke says of the seed, "Some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture." In other words, this class of people seemed to flourish very well for a while, but presently something seems to have happened to them. Their greenness fades. They begin to dry up, and after a while their spiritual appearance is as sunburned as the meadows during a drought.

        You have no doubt seen places in time of drought where the vegetation was all dried up and withered away. Everything was shriveled and brown. There was little to tell of the abundant life that had been there before. So it is with some people in their Christian experience.

        Jesus interprets his parable thus: "Those on the rock are they, who, when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away." What a contrast this is to the kind of Christian God expects us to be and the kind that he provides grace for us to be!

        Did you know that God had so provided for us an abundance of grace that there never has been need that there should be a single backslider in all the ages since the gospel was first preached? There has been no necessity, I say, of there being a single backslider through all these ages. The gospel teaches the way of salvation plainly enough. The grace of God is free enough and abundant enough so that every soul may serve God acceptably, live victoriously, go on his way triumphant and rejoicing from the time he is saved until he lands safely in Heaven.

        The trouble with the seed in the parable, was not that it lacked vitality; for it sprang up. It was not that some animal came along and ate off its sprout. It was not that someone dug it up by the roots. It was not that there was lack of fertility. The only trouble was that it was on a rock. It had not much depth of earth. Moisture could not be brought up by capillary action from the depths beneath, and so when the moisture in the soil was dried out by the heat of the sun—the plant withered, lost its beauty, and became utterly sunburned.

        But this is not the way that God intends us to do. He pictures something very different for us in his Word. Listen to what he says of the righteous: "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." (Psalm 1:3). Again we read, "The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." (Isaiah 58:11).

        "They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—the grain, the new wine and the oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more." (Jeremiah 31:12). Note that last statement, "They will sorrow no more." That does not mean that they shall not have the usual sorrows of earth, but that they shall not sorrow about their own heart's experience. They shall not say, "Oh, my lack of grace!" "Oh, my weakness!" "Oh, my leanness!" No, they shall not sorrow any more at all, for they shall be "fat and flourishing, to show that the Lord is upright."

        Some Christians never get sunburned. Temptation and persecution do not hinder their growth and development. Let the sun shine ever so hot, they only thrive in it. But others get sunburned, wither up, and die. It is the same sun that shines on both. We are told that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord. These difficulties that are encountered by the Christian, are only manifestations of God's love towards him. They are intended to promote his growth, to make him stronger in grace, to make him richer in good fruit; and if they are rightly met, they have just this effect. But some cannot meet such things this way. They may try their very best. They will get sunburned in spite of themselves. Why is it? It is because they are upon a rock. They have not much depth of earth.

        A rock is a good thing as a foundation for a building, and so we are told to build our house upon a rock; but on a rock is a poor place to raise grain. So if we will bring forth fruit for God—then we must not be on rocky ground. We must remove the stones; we must get the soil of our hearts in condition to produce well for God.

        The experience of some people is no better than it is because they are superficial in their preparation for service to God. They do not go deep enough, and so, although they seem to prosper for a little while, they soon begin to lose their zeal, their earnestness, their spirituality—and in a little while they are gone. Reader, if you feel yourself getting sunburned, begin to explore the soil under you. Begin to examine where your roots are going. You will no doubt find stones in the way.

        One stone very common to such people is the love of their own way. They yielded to God to quite an extent under the power of conviction, but not enough really to get crucified to self to the extent that they were truly dead to self, or if they died in the beginning, another stone has formed under them and now they like their own way, and they have their own way more or less. They know what God's way is, but they consciously come a little short of it. They do not measure up to the fullness of what they know they ought. They are not so dead to the world as they should be.

        There is another stone that makes some people wither. It is a lack of full submission. They have submitted to God to a considerable extent, but there is a little something held in reserve. Perhaps they are largely unconscious of it, but it is there nevertheless. They have not thrown themselves wholly on the will of God. They are not completely cut loose from self and the world, and so we see the process of sunburning going on in their cases.

        Others have not measured up to the promises they made to God. When they were seeking him, they made promises that they would obey him, that they would make their wrongs right—that they would do thus and so; but now they have drawn back. They have put off obedience from time to time. They have missed opportunities to fulfill their promise. No wonder they are withering away. No wonder they have a sunburned experience. Some made a full consecration to God, but as time has passed they have withdrawn it to some extent. Their consecration is not now so complete as it was, and stone is forming under them. They will soon dry up and die.

        There are so many who were once flourishing who are now dried up. They got started all right. They grew well for a season. But alas, new stones formed beneath their roots. The moisture was dried up, and they have withered away.

        Let us beware of the stones. Let us see to it that we get them all out when we start to serve God and that we keep them out through life. Then we shall flourish, and the sunshine, the very thing intended to promote growth, will promote it instead of hindering it and destroying the plant. God will send the rain and the sunshine; and though the sun may beat fiercely upon us sometimes, and though we may have many obstacles, and things may seem to be against us—still, if we trust in God, if we keep all the stones out from beneath us, we shall have plenty of moisture and the hot sun will be a blessing to us. And we shall grow and increase in the Lord, and backsliding will be far from us. But as surely as we let stones rest beneath us, as surely as our consecration does not reach to a proper depth and our life does not measure up to all the truth that we know—we are certain to become sunburned Christians.

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by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


    “I’m a little foggy on the meaning of this passage. ‘That in everything ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you’ (I Cor. 1:5,6).”

The key to understanding this passage is to remember that Paul was writing to the Corinthians during the transition period. The apostle was showing them how they had been enriched by the Lord when He imparted to them the supernatural gift of tongues (utterance) to communicate Paul’s gospel, and the gift of knowledge that they might more fully understand the will of God (I Cor. 12:4-11). This is confirmed for us in the very next verse where Paul said to them, “So that ye come behind in no gift” (I Cor. 1:7). These miraculous gifts were the “testimony of Christ” that was confirmed in them. This was a demonstration that God was now working among the Gentiles. Thus we are introduced by the Apostle Paul to a new creation, which is the Church, the Body of Christ.

Once the Body of Christ was established in the faith, and the Word of God was completed by Paul (i.e., the Mystery), the supernatural sign gifts of the Acts period ceased (I Cor. 13:8-11 cf. Col. 1:25,26). God has replaced these gifts with something infinitely better: faith, hope, and love (I Cor. 13:13). Subsequently, if you want to know the will of God for this present age you must turn to Paul’s epistles for guidance. This is also true as you live for Him day by day.

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 on: June 14, 2018, 04:50:32 PM 
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Upon that short time, eternity depends!

(Jeremy Taylor)

"You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning--though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered." Psalm 90:5-6

"The length of our days is seventy years--or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." Psalm 90:10

God has given to man a short time here on earth--and yet upon that short time, eternity depends!

"So teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

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 on: June 14, 2018, 04:47:32 PM 
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No human can exist without purpose, meaning or hope. The hope from outside of us must shine brighter than the darkness within us. That hope is found in God. Our culture needs this vision for life. We need duty as our metric for success: duty to our families, to our friends and to our God.

The Pilgrims came to this country amidst grave danger, uncertainty and difficulties. Many died on the Mayflower and half died the first winter. They knew that coming to America would not make their lives easier or happier, but rather it would give freedom to their children and grandchildren. They saw their lives as “stepping stones” to the next generation. If we embrace this generational perspective for our lives, it will refocus our vision away from ourselves and toward planting seeds for the future — seeds that we may never personally harvest. Yet in doing so, we will live sacrificial lives that honor our Creator and leave a legacy for those who follow us. We will give hope to a culture drowning in darkness.

If you or someone you love is struggling with suicide, please reach out for help to the National Suicide Hotline31.

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Flag Day and U.S. Army Birthday33 — Celebrating Liberty in more than one way — honor the flag and wish the Army a happy 243rd!
    Amnesty vs. America First34 — Congressional Republicans face a stark choice with upcoming immigration legislation.
    Pelosi and Corker — Which Side Are You On?35 — Both Beltway politicos made statements this week that will have implications for the 2018 midterms.
    The AMA Moves Left on Guns and Suicide36 — It now supports an “assault weapons” ban and refuses to condemn physician-assisted suicide.
    Video: Everyone Should Stand for the National Anthem37 — Because the anthem and the flag represent America, and America is a free nation.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Victor Davis Hanson: “Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators. … Under former attorneys general Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, the findings of dozens of IGs were snubbed. That raises the question: What good are inspectors general if a president ignores any illegality and impropriety that they have uncovered? Answer: not much good at all — unless an incoming administration is of a different political party than the outgoing administration. Once that happens in our politicized system, there is a rare interest in not covering up or ignoring a damning IG report but in acting on it. We may now be experiencing one of those unusual occasions. Soon, various inspector general reports may appear concerning FISA court abuse and improper behavior at the Department of Justice, FBI, CIA and National Security Council during the 2016 campaign cycle. The investigators are, for the most part, Obama appointees, not Trump appointees. At some point, the idea of toothless inspectors general needs to be revisited. Something is terribly wrong when dozens of IGs found wrongdoing, only to object that their efforts were being thwarted by an Obama administration that had appointed most of them — and claimed to be scandal-free. Finding government abuse and doing nothing about it is worse than not finding any at all.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of ‘em are stupider than that.” —George Carlin (1937-2008.)

For the record: “The reason great dealmakers do not OPENLY celebrate a deal, especially one that is not complete, is that it shows weakness to the other side.” —Donald Trump … in 2013

This isn’t love; it’s Trump Derangement Syndrome: “If this country hasn’t broken your heart, you don’t love her enough. If you’re not deeply disturbed by what’s coming, you got to check your own love.” —Sen. Cory Booker

Yes, this is the Demo agenda: “Folks are trying to divide us and cut us up, pin us against each other — poor white folks against poor black folks, poor brown folks against poor black folks.” —Cory Booker

Hyper hypocrisy: “It’s a real lesson to any country; if you’re going to negotiate with Donald Trump it pays to have a nuclear bomb in your pocket.” —Nancy Pelosi, who still defends Barack Obama’s Iran deal

Wait — what about “my body, my choice”? “If you care about queer people ― or you yourself are queer ― you have absolutely no business eating at Chick-fil-A. Ever. It’s really that straightforward. … Yeah, I know, I know ― it sucks that we can’t have waffle fries. But you know what sucks even more? Not having equal rights and contributing to the profits of a company that wants to ensure you never do because it believes you’re fundamentally disordered or unnatural or sinful or some delightful combination of all three. … It’s time to choose where your loyalties lie ― with your community or with your stomach.” —The Huffington Post’s Noah Michelson

And last… “The Left has been having a tantrum over Chick-fil-A for years now. Chick-fil-A has just ignored them and made no effort to apologize or change its ways for the sake of the whining bullies. This is a model we all can follow.” —Matt Walsh

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56556-thursday-short-cuts

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Top Headlines8

    Two Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize (The Hill9)
    U.S. preparing to proceed with tariffs on Chinese goods (Fox Business10)
    What to look for in the inspector general’s report about DOJ and FBI election interference (The Federalist11)
    Could Hillary Clinton still face charges over her emails? (Washington Examiner12)
    Never mind the Clinton Foundation: New York files suit against President Trump, alleging his charity engaged in “illegal conduct” (The Washington Post13)
    Fed lifts interest rates and aims for another pair of increases later this year (MarketWatch14)
    Backdoor to illegal immigration closing: U.S. clears more asylum cases than it receives in May (The Washington Times15)
    Irish prime minister: Catholic hospitals must perform abortions to keep government funding (National Review16)
    With no White House invite from Trump, Democrats invite Golden State Warriors to Capitol (ABC News17)
    Humor: Gay man bravely comes out as fan of Chick-fil-A (The Babylon Bee18.)
    Policy: Suicide rates rise in almost every state. What’s going on? (Independent Women’s Forum19)
    Policy: Faith-based adoption agencies are too valuable to shut down (Independent Women’s Forum20)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report21.

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The Email You Didn’t Get

Today we launch The Patriot Post’s Independence Day Campaign7 to fund our daily mission and operations through the third quarter. In prior years you would have received a separate email in your inbox announcing this, but a few weeks ago our team decided to cut back on the number of appeals requesting your support.

It’s a risky decision, but we are going to try to make budget with fewer appeals.

As you probably know, The Patriot Post is supported 100% by its readers — avoiding the influence advertisers and special interest groups impose on other publications. We run three fundraising campaigns each year to keep the lights on, and we must raise $275,000 by July 4th to meet our tight budget.

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Philosophical Trends in Our Suicidal Culture25


Caroline C. Lewis

While the recent string of celebrity suicides26 brings media attention, the greater concern is that the suicidal epidemic has affected the culture at large. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports27 that suicides across the nation have increased 30% since 1999 in half of the U.S. states. More than half27 (54%) of those who died by suicide had no known mental health condition. Perhaps the group that is worst off is veterans — roughly 20 veterans28 commit suicide every day. And the overall situation is so bad that the U.S. may have just experienced a third straight year of decline in life expectancy29.

So what’s happening?

The significance of these events leads to a deeper analysis our culture, our communities and our prospects for the future. Many factors lead to each individual suicide, including depression, drugs or a loss of meaning and purpose. Each lost life is due to its own unique challenges. But some philosophical concepts have undoubtedly invaded the modern mind. Men and women of the past faced harrowing wars, hunger and loss, yet they possessed a resilience that eludes our modern culture. Why? There are no simple answers, but at least part of it is that our ancestors believed in a duty to their families and to God while our modern culture has rejected these concepts in favor of extreme individualism and materialism.

According to the philosophy of individualism, personal interests supersede moral responsibilities to family or God. This philosophy has produced a narcissistic culture30 that prioritizes self-focus above any other communal value.

Consider modern psychology’s chief questions:
“How does that make you feel?”
“Is this decision helping you become your best self?”
“How is this achieving your goals?”

Or the theme of the vast majority of advertisements:
“You deserve it.”

Individualistic thinking limits our perspective by considering only the personal effects of our decisions. It does not consider the communal effects of our decisions. Rather than ending personal pain in silence, a suicide magnifies that pain to others. While suicide feels like a solitary act that only affects the person committing it, in reality, it is a communal act that affects everyone else.

Additionally, in a constantly changing world, individualism seeks power and control. Post-modern individualists argue, “I didn’t choose to be born. I didn’t choose my gender. I didn’t choose my parents. I didn’t choose my health issues. I am a result of millions of years of accidents, so why does my life matter? Why do I have to suffer through all this?” And the ultimate act of power and selfish control is taking your own life.

The other philosophy, materialism, believes that the material world (only the things you can see, touch and feel) exists as the only reality. It denies an afterlife or judgement, believing instead that humans, like all of nature, simply go back to the dust.

Yet in a philosophy without God, morality or consequences, life’s only purpose remains to amass fame, fortune and pleasure exemplified by the phrase, “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.” Consider the unrestricted pursuit of experiential pleasure in our culture, from sexual experimentation, drugs and alcohol to other experiences like eating Tide pods, Netflix binging and bunny yoga. While some of these experiences certainly qualify as more harmful than others, the point remains that materialism prizes the excess of pleasure. It’s not good enough to sleep with your spouse, you must sleep with many different people. It’s not good enough to just watch a movie, you must watch 10 movies in a row. It’s not good enough to just have a glass of wine, you must have all kinds of beverages and be carted home by a benevolent friend for an “experience” you won’t even remember. It’s not good enough to simply exercise, you must exercise with animals crawling on you for a “new experience.”

When a society can no longer find happiness with the simple things of life, but instead requires lavish entertainment, parties and pleasures to distract and sustain itself, it’s called “decadence.” Yet decadence ultimately proves itself to be empty. When a person has reached the end of the individualist and materialist pursuits, what’s left? Nothing but disillusionment. And that’s the problem.

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THE FOUNDATION

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump has a strategy with all of his hyperbole about North Korea.
    Yes, the Leftmedia often are the enemies of American Liberty.
    Philosophical trends in our suicidal culture.
    The GOP faces a stark choice as Congress considers immigration bills.
    Today is both Flag Day and the U.S. Army’s birthday.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

What Did Trump Say? What Did He Mean?1


Thomas Gallatin

As that old adage states, “Actions speak louder than words.” But the truth is that words can obscure actions, especially when those words lack context. Such has often been the case with President Donald Trump. There is no question that Trump is prone to bloviating and hyperbole. He uses these verbal techniques to convey either his emotion or his understanding of the significance of an issue. And while there’s much to criticize in what he has said, as has been previously observed, if one genuinely desires to understand and interpret Trump, then take what he says seriously but not literally. Admittedly, this is not always easy to do.

Two of Trump’s recent comments provide a teachable moment. First, in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier on Air Force One following the Singapore summit2, Baier questioned Trump’s complimentary comments on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, noting that Kim “has done some really bad things.” Trump responded, “Yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done.”

Was Trump suggesting that the horrendous human rights abuses perpetrated by Kim’s brutal regime against his own people are simply to be overlooked? That’s exactly the perspective the mainstream media has taken. But in context, what was Trump trying to accomplish? Put another way, how does needlessly offending an admittedly bad guy — which everyone, Trump included, recognizes is the case — do anything to build diplomatic trust and common ground? Trump’s previous “stick” approach pushed Kim to the negotiation table; now he’s offering a “carrot.” Remember, Trump’s primary objective here is North Korean denuclearization, preferably through diplomatic means rather than military force. Trump is not interested here in merely saying the right things; he’s focused on getting the deal done.

The second example felt eerily similar to George W. Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” statement. After arriving back in the U.S., Trump triumphantly declared, “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”

In fairness, there’s plenty to legitimately criticize in this statement, as North Korea is still far from being denuclearized and still remains a significant threat. And while the Singapore summit was indeed a good first step, as another adage warns, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” Clearly, Trump is upbeat about the progress thus far with North Korea, and he is communicating his confidence that things are going in the right direction. Secondly, he may be responding to all the negative second-guessing and hand-wringing expressed by much of the MSM (and plenty of conservative media) following the summit. As leader of the free world, Trump desires for Americans to feel optimistic about the future, and that appears to be the heart of his message here. Does anyone not believe that Trump wouldn’t quickly swivel and blast Kim if he begins acting in bad faith?

Finally, despite all the MSM3 bluster over Trump’s historic summit4, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a bottom-line summary: “Let me assure you that the ‘complete’ [denuclearization] encompasses ‘verifiable’ in the minds of everyone concerned. I am confident that [Kim] understands what we’re prepared to do, a handful of things we’re likely not prepared to do. I am equally confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification. We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in the next two and a half years, something like that. We’re hopeful we get it done. There’s a lot of work left to do.”

In short, Trump is surely guilty of hyperbolic bluster, but what he’s doing is far more important than how he says it.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56555-what-did-trump-say-what-did-he-mean

The Media Enemies of Liberty5

Nate Jackson

President Donald Trump’s comments on North Korea6 aren’t the only thing spinning Leftmedia heads. Wednesday, Trump declared, “So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have ‘begged’ for this deal — looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!”

CNN host Wolf Blitzer protested quite a lot. “It’s one thing not to like the media,” he complained. “Everybody’s always criticizing us and not happy with our coverage. … But it’s another thing to say, ‘It’s not North Korea, it’s not Iran, it’s not Russia, it’s not China; it’s journalists … who are the enemy of the American people.’”

Worse, Blitzer whined, “A lot of his supporters believe that we are ‘the enemy of the American people.’ And that is really, really an awful situation. We are not the enemy of the American people. We love the American people.”

CNN has a funny way of showing it.

The Patriot Post exists because Mark Alexander saw a need to counter the Leftmedia monopoly on public opinion and, in 1996, founded this publication to lead the countercharge. We still eschew any advertising, opting to remain solely dependent on the support of our readers7 — grassroots Patriots who want news analysis that doesn’t parrot Beltway groupthink and that isn’t dictated by corporate advertisers. In other words, the defenders of Liberty have a voice against its opponents.

Trump’s point about “Fake News” being our country’s “biggest enemy” is broadly true. And CNN is among the worst offenders. Promoting themselves as objective news, CNN and other Leftmedia outlets instead push the leftist agenda, regularly distorting the truth to do it. So yes, when the mainstream media is nothing more than a propaganda arm3 of one party — a party that wants to “fundamentally transform” our nation into a socialist welfare state — that media has become the enemy of American Liberty.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56554-the-media-enemies-of-liberty

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The Opened Prison

“The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1)

The Lord Jesus appropriated this beautiful verse of the prophet Isaiah to Himself, preaching from it one day in the Nazareth synagogue and proclaiming: “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21). Note that He came to preach the gospel to the meek, not the arrogant, and to bind up the brokenhearted, not the hardhearted.

He also came to set the captives free. This was not, however, to deliver the Jews from Roman bondage as many had hoped, but a far greater deliverance. In the Hebrew, the phrase “opening of the prison” is only one word (a doubled word), and it occurs only this one time in the Old Testament. When Christ quoted it in the synagogue, He actually expanded and interpreted it as follows: “recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).

The “prison” that Christ came to open is evidently a spiritual prison, a binding of the soul, a blinding of the mind. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36)—free from the bondage of sin, translated “out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

There was also another prison, a very real prison, deep in the heart of the earth to which He came. While His body slept in the tomb, His spirit descended into Hades where the spirits of all who had died in faith were awaiting Him, and “when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and . . . ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things” (Ephesians 4:8, 10). HMM

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