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 on: July 26, 2018, 05:33:18 PM 
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Liberty Not License
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

The fact that we are given perfect liberty in Christ does not mean that we should spend our lives in gratifying our own fleshly desires. Just the opposite is the case. Believers have been delivered from the bondage of childhood and given the liberty of full-grown sons in Christ (Gal. 3:24; 4:1-7), and this advance from infancy to maturity in itself implies the acquisition of a sense of responsibility.

The doctrine of our liberty in Christ does not support, it rather refutes, the false theory that those who are under grace may do anything they please. Paul was “slanderously reported” in this connection (Rom. 3:8), but there were carnal believers then, as there are now, who actually did use their liberty as license to gratify their own desires. To turn from liberty to license in this way is fully as serious an error as to turn from liberty to law.

Many a believer, motivated only by his own fleshly desires and not at all by love for Christ or others, has indulged in pleasures of the flesh and of the world, justifying himself on the ground that he is under grace and has liberty in Christ. Taking others down with him in his spiritual declension he complains of any who would help him, that, “They are trying to put me under the law”.

Such are actually guilty of departing from grace, for “the grace of God…hath appeared”:

    “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world;

    “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

    “Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).

 on: July 26, 2018, 05:31:20 PM 
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The malady--the misery--the shame of our whole race!

(Henry Law, "The Sin Offering")

"He must bring to the Lord a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed." Leviticus 4:3


The sound is brief--but it presents a dark abyss of thought.
No mind can trace its birth--no eye can see its death.
Before the worlds it scaled the heavens, and dragged angels down.
In life's first dawn it entered Eden and slew innocence.
It ends not with the end of time.
It ever rolls on in its ever-deepening course.

Reader, think much of sin!

It is earth's death-blow.
It marred the beauty of a beauteous world, and stripped it of its lovely robe.
It caused the soil to harden, and the leaves to wither and decay.
It turned fertility into weeds, and armed the brier with its bristling thorns.
It made the clouds to blacken, and the storm to rage.
It raised the tempest's roar, and plumed the lightning with its forked wings.
It placed its foot upon a perfect workmanship, and left it a disordered wreck!

Reader, think much of sin!

It is man's ruin.
Its most tremendous blight fell on our inner life.
It drove the soul from peaceful fellowship with God.
It changed the loving child into a hardened rebel.
It robbed the mind of light.
It rendered reason a bewildered maze.
It made the heart . . .
  a nest of unclean birds;
  a spring of impure streams;
  a whirlpool of tumultuous passions;
  a hot-bed of ungodly lusts;
  a den of God-defying schemes!

It is the malady--the misery--the shame of our whole race!
It is the spring of every tear!
Each sigh which rends the bosom;
each frown which ploughs the brow;
each pain which racks the limbs--are cradled in its arms.

It is the mother of that mighty monster--death!
It digs each grave in every grave-yard.
Each widow and each orphan tastes its gall.
It fills each hospital with the sick.
It strews the battlefield with the slain.
It is the core in every grief.
It is the worm which gnaws the root of peace.

Reader, think much of sin!

Its terrible destructions do not die in the grave.
There is a region where its full-blown torments reign.
It built the prison-house of Hell.
It kindled quenchless flames.
It forged the chains which bind lost sinners to their burning beds.
It sharpened the undying sting of an upbraiding conscience.
It arms the jailer--Satan, with his scourge.
It bars the hopeless in that outer darkness, where . . .
  weeping ever weeps,
  and wailing ever wails,
  and teeth forever gnash,
  and all is woe, which knows neither respite nor end.

Reader, think much of sin!

It works this bitter and eternal anguish, because God's curse attends it.
It raised a rebel-hand against His will.
It dared to violate His holy law.
It strove to lay His honor in the dust.
It trampled on the statute-book of heaven.
Therefore God's anger fiercely burns against it.
Hence every misery follows in its succession.
He must be wretched, who has God against him!

Reader, here is a picture in which all horrors meet!
Regard it with an earnest eye.
No fiction colors it.
No power can over-paint the terrible reality.
No artist's skill can represent a flame.
The dreadful truth exceeds description.
The lost writhe out eternity in fully learning the deserts of sin!

Reader, receive the soul-reviving voice: Though sin is death, the sinner need not die.
There is a fortress of escape.
There is a remedy to heal these wounds.
What though your sins are as countless as the sands? They all may disappear.
What though the dye of each sin is double crimson? Each may be washed away.
The filth may all be cleansed.
The debts may be wiped out.
The soul may meet Jehovah's eye without one stain.
There is a way, by which the vilest may stand pure.
God's love decreed a plan.
He willed a ransom, and His Son achieved it.

Let us draw nearer to the amazing sight!

Each sin must bear its merited load of woe.
Each curse must be endured.
Each violation of the holy law must drink the dregs of condemnation.

Jesus comes forth to help!
The guiltless One takes the guilty place.
The God-man represents His chosen flock.
He stands as their complete sin-offering.
He pays in anguish and in blood, their every due.
Their wrath is endured.
Their penalties are paid.
Their sufferings are suffered.
Their agonies are agonized.
The saving work requires infinity of woe. Infinity of woe is borne by Him.
His Deity enables--His manhood qualifies.
Thus their sin is fully punished--thus the redeemed are fully saved!

 on: July 26, 2018, 05:29:15 PM 
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So is this merely an innocent algorithm issue? Nope. Vice adds, “Democrats are not being 'shadow banned’ in the same way.”

A Twitter spokesman blamed the discrepancy not on “the content of Tweets” but on “account behavior.” In other words, Twitter aims to crack down on “troll-like behavior10,” which, to these thought police, apparently means expressing conservative viewpoints.

Twitter’s not alone. There is evidence11 that January’s algorithm changes on Facebook’s news feed are also reducing the visibility of and interaction with conservatives and Republicans, while having far less detrimental effect on leftists and Democrats. Facebook explains the effort as being focused on emphasizing friends and family over media organizations, businesses, or politicians. But as we’ve said before12, if we’ve chosen to “like” a page, that means we want to see it. We don’t need or want Facebook determining that for us.

Moreover, in order to post some political ads, Facebook now requires submitting Social Security and driver’s license numbers for an individual on the account. The Patriot Post encountered this roadblock just this week. Given the serious questions about what happens to user data13 on Facebook, why would anyone submit to this scrutiny?

The bottom line remains that social media giants consider Republicans to be racist trolls and conservative news organizations to be “fake news.” And they’re doing whatever they can to silence that side of the debate. Maybe that’s why Facebook stock is dropping like a rock14.


Top Headlines15

GOP lawmakers file resolution to impeach Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein (The Daily Wire16)
Pompeo infuriates senators with brash defense of Trump (Washington Examiner17)
Obama administration knowingly funded a designated al-Qaida affiliate (National Review18)
House votes to delay ObamaCare health insurance tax (The Hill19)
Republicans actually moved a good piece of immigration reform (The Resurgent20)
Budget deficits are only getting bigger under Trump (National Review21)
Don’t be fooled by North Korea’s dismantling of rocket test site (The Daily Signal22)
Bomb detonated outside U.S. embassy in Beijing (Washington Examiner23)
American pastor Andrew Brunson to leave Turkish prison and allowed to return to his home in Turkey (American Center for Law and Justice24)
Humor: Trump admits he has no idea why evangelicals keep supporting him (The Babylon Bee25)
Policy: Trump’s art of the (trade) deal: U.S.-EU trade war averted — for now (Investor’s Business Daily26)
Policy: Why tax reform 2.0 is so important (The Daily Signal27)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report28.



Universal Basic Income: The Nanny State on Steroids34 — There is nothing remotely free about the transfer of costs from one group of Americans to another.
Study: Conservatives Find Life More Meaningful35 — Personal responsibility is empowering to individuals. Victimhood and entitlement are debilitating.
Will the Real Preservationist Please Stand Up?36 — San Francisco’s water supply from the Hetch Hetchy Valley is a contentious issue.
How Big Data Could Affect Your Health Insurance37 — Insurance companies are collecting data on consumers to better calculate health risk.
Humor Video: Stuckey ‘Interviews’ Ocasio-Cortez38 — A little creative editing of these two Millennial women is quite humorous.


Cal Thomas: “I have at least three takeaways from [young Americans’ support for socialism]. The first is that it’s likely most of those who favor socialism have never lived in a country where it is practiced. A few months in Venezuela might be the perfect cure. Second, people who claim to prefer socialism to capitalism are probably reaping capitalism’s benefits. This group of misinformed comrades includes parents who gave their pampered millennials a lifestyle they likely would never have enjoyed under a socialist regime. The third takeaway is that those who favor socialism over capitalism and socialist countries over America are spoiled rotten. They are part of a generation that has never had to serve in the military and, I would venture to guess, do not know anyone who is serving or has served, other than maybe a grandparent, whose values many seem to have rejected. People seduced by socialism have likely not had to sacrifice much for their country. They seem to take it for granted that the freedoms they enjoy, even the freedom to believe in a political and economic system that is anti-freedom, dropped from the sky and were not achieved by the hard work, blood, sweat and tears (which they think is the name of an old rock group) of others.”


Insight: “The only kind of freedom that the mob can imagine is freedom to annoy and oppress its betters, and that is precisely the kind that we mainly have.” —H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

For the record: “By the way, the United States is responsible for almost none of the plastic in the ocean. 60 percent comes from Southeast Asia. 95 percent comes from Asia and Africa combined. That leaves 5 percent split between every western country. Your straw is not a problem.” —Matt Walsh

Braying Jenny: “You’ve gotta know that I’m here to do the work that I was sent to do, and as [the] pastor said to me when I came in this morning, when God sends you to do something, you just do it!” —Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

The BIG Lie: “I think that’s an exaggeration. The Democratic party is not a socialist party.” —Maxine Waters

Non Compos Mentis: “A conservative news outlet spliced together a ‘satirical’ interview38 with Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, published it on Facebook without noting it was satire, and racked up over a million views in less than 24 hours — many from people who appear convinced it’s real. The video is fake, and for the people who are taking it seriously, it’s news. But it’s not ‘fake news,’ and it shows just how confounding talking about misinformation has gotten.” —The Verge

And last… “So liberals think calling Ivanka Trump a feckless c—t is ‘hilarious comedy’ but think Allie Stuckey’s hilarious satire of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is fake news & should be banned from Facebook. I don’t think funny means what the left thinks it means.” —Liz Wheeler


Join our editors and staff in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher

 on: July 26, 2018, 05:28:15 PM 
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“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.” —George Washington (1796)


Trump gets results on trade, as EU makes concessions.
The other Russian hacking — the electrical grid.
New revelations of Twitter, Facebook censoring conservatives.
Universal basic income is the nanny state on steroids.
A new study says conservatives find life more meaningful.
An environmental battle in California highlights who the real preservationists are.
How Big Data could affect your health insurance.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

Trump Is Getting Desired Results From Tariffs1

Thomas Gallatin

Wednesday saw an example of what is widely touted as President Donald Trump’s greatest strength — negotiating a good deal. Following his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his top trade official, Cecilia Malmström, Trump announced an agreement that effectively avoids a trade war. “This was a very big day for free and fair trade,” Trump stated. “Over the years, the United States has lost hundreds of billions of dollars to the European Union and we just want it to be a level playing field for our farmers, our manufacturers, [and] for everybody.”

Juncker also expressed a positive conciliatory note after previously having threatened retaliatory measures for Trump’s proposed 25% automobile tariff on all European imports. He noted, “We are close partners — allies, not enemies. We have to work together.”

News of the agreement sent the markets jumping in relief.

Trump’s repeated talk of zero tariffs and fair trade seems to have encouraged good-faith negotiations and the recognition that the current state of trade is not the level playing field it needs to be. With this initial agreement, the EU will import more U.S. soybeans and liquid natural gas. It’s important to note that the deal on natural gas directly challenges Vladimir Putin by reducing Europe’s reliance on Russian energy2.

Juncker also agreed to pursue badly needed reforms at the World Trade Organization, as Trump has long argued that WTO judges are biased against the U.S. Further, the EU will work to align its regulatory standards to allow for a better and fairer market within Europe for U.S. medical devices. And finally, both Trump and Juncker made a commitment to work toward an eventual zero-tariff trade deal. “The United States and the European Union together count more than 830 million citizens and more than 50 percent of global GDP,” a joint statement noted. “If we team up, we can make our planet a better, more secure, and more prosperous place.”

Through this latest deal, Trump has deftly set pieces in place and strengthened his hand, effectively ratcheting up pressure on China to come to the negotiation table. There are also positive signs coming out of Mexico as the newly elected president’s chief trade negotiator, Jesus Seade, indicated on Tuesday that Mexico is open to a new deal: “What I see … to be a very feasible expectation is that we’ll be concluding negotiation in the next two months if possible, or in the next few months a bit further down the road.” He added, “President Trump has a very personal style. He likes to appear chaotic. But the last thing he is is chaotic. I think he’s a very intelligent man.”

Clearly, Trump’s tariff gamble3 is paying off, and despite wide criticism from both sides of the political aisle, he has steadily maintained the course and is starting to get the results he has been after the whole time — a fair and level playing field for American workers and businesses. Trump’s moves to achieve fair and free trade are actually reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s strategy to force the Soviet Union to the negotiation table via a nuclear arms race — seemingly counterintuitive but effective.


The Other Russian Hacking — the Electrical Grid4
Jordan Candler

It goes without saying that election meddling is hardly the only threat posed by Russian operatives. According to a new Wall Street Journal report5, “Hackers working for Russia claimed ‘hundreds of victims’ last year in a giant and long-running campaign that put them inside the control rooms of U.S. electric utilities where they could have caused blackouts, federal officials said. They said the campaign likely is continuing.”

The hackers were members of a group known as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, which is backed by the Kremlin. The Journal explains that the group “broke into supposedly secure, ‘air-gapped’ or isolated networks owned by utilities with relative ease by first penetrating the networks of key vendors who had trusted relationships with the power companies, said officials at the Department of Homeland Security.” One DHS official even stated that the hackers “got to the point where they could have thrown switches.” Translation: Portions of our nation’s utilities — which were previously flagged for inadequate security measures6 — were effectively in the hands of foreign enemies.

DHS began alerting utility executives to the hazards posed by these specific Russian hackers four years ago. By 2016, the Russian incursion on U.S. utilities was underway, though Russia refuses to admit culpability — which is just as believable as that nation’s pleading innocence on election meddling. Investor’s Business Daily suggests7 “it’s clear the U.S. needs to increase its focus on this threat.” The risk isn’t hyperbole, after all. As IBD goes on to note: “Those who think it can’t happen here need to think again. In December 2015, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine’s power grid that led to electricity outages for hundreds of thousands of people.”

Yes, election meddling is serious business and requires a forceful response. But hacking into America’s utility companies is an even more pressing and far-reaching concern — particularly when, as IBD points out, “there is no indication that [Russian meddling] had a significant impact on any election here in 2016.” Some Democrats will no doubt remain unconvinced, so in an effort to persuade them, remind them that they won’t be able to keep spewing “Russia stole the election” nonsense on national television if those same Russians end up causing blackouts. That’ll get ‘em moving.


New Revelations of Twitter, Facebook Censoring8
Nate Jackson

The leftist bias of social media giants isn’t news. But here and there we do find more evidence to support the charge. Both Twitter and Facebook are themselves news this week for more of the same.

Twitter is reportedly “shadow-banning” prominent Republicans. In this case, a shadow ban is hiding someone from autofill search lists. According to9 Vice News, no conservative ally to be sure, “Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen [including Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, and Matt Gaetz], and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter. … It’s a shift that diminishes their reach on the platform — and it’s the same one being deployed against prominent racists to limit their visibility. The profiles continue to appear when conducting a full search, but not in the more convenient and visible drop-down bar.”

 on: July 26, 2018, 01:37:06 AM 
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Spiritual Arithmetic

Charles Naylor, 1918

Spiritual arithmetic is an important branch of study for the Christian. He who is not able to count properly in the spiritual life, may come to some very wrong conclusions. It is important, therefore, that he give his attention to learning how to count accurately. If we do not learn to do this, we may fail in some critical moment, or at least we may view things from our own standpoint and have wrong ideas concerning them.

James gives us a problem in this spiritual arithmetic and tells us how to solve it. He says, "My brethren, count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds" (James 1:2). Many people have tried to solve this problem in their lives, and have found that it did not work out according to the rule here enunciated. When they fell into trials of many kinds—they could not figure it out any way so as to make it come out joyful. The answer was something else always.

I have seen people in such difficulties and have heard some say to them, "Oh, count it all joy, brother! Count it all joy!" They tried to do so, but for some reason they could find no joy at all. It felt more like sorrow and grief and disappointment and things of that nature. I have heard others in like situations say resignedly, "Oh, I am counting it all joy," and their countenances at the same time were witnesses against them, for these showed that their owners had no joy in it at all.

When James said, "Count it all joy," he did not mean that we should simply pretend that it was joy—but that it should really be joy. If we get the correct answer, it will be joy. There is a way in which we can work out these problems so that they will come out joy. The reason that James could get joy for an answer is shown in the third verse: "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience." He looked at the outcome, not at the trial itself.

Paul expressed the idea when he said, "If so be that we suffer with him—that we may be also glorified together" (Romans 8:17). The reason why he could count it joy was that he looked beyond the present, and saw the glorifying together at the end. He continued, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us" (verse 18). This is one thing that we must learn if we are going to find real joy as the answer in working out these problems. If we leave out that which is coming as a result of them, we shall certainly miss finding any good or glorying in them.

Paul said, "No chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous." He knew that the joy was not in the trial or in the chastening, but he further said, "Afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness" (Hebrews 12:11). It was "afterward" to which he looked. It is the "afterward" to which you and I must look if we are to get the joy.

There is one more thing that we must know if we are to get the right answer, and that is that there are three things which we must add to every trial in order to make the answer come out joy. If we fail to add any one of these, the answer will not be what we desire. They are submission, obedience, and faith. Add these to anything that comes upon you, and the result is bound to be joy.

The first thing is to SUBMIT yourself to God's will in the matter. Let him have his way fully with you. Be willing to endure whatever is his will that you shall endure. Let him burn out the dross, if the fire must be hot. Let him work out his pleasure, for that is always "good pleasure."

In whatever comes, OBEY him. If we disobey for any cause whatever; if we turn our back on his commandments and the things that we know he would have us do, we cannot "count it all joy." There will be nothing joyful in it, no matter how hard we try to count it so.

Then, as we obey and submit, we must BELIEVE—believe that he will take us through victoriously; believe that he is working out his purpose; believe that he will be true to us. Believing thus, trusting thus, we can have the victory through it, and there will be joy indeed for our hearts. We shall not have to count it joy and feel it something else, for God will make our feelings correspond with the fact, and it will be joy to us.

The joy may not come until the end of the chastening; it may not come when we are overcoming the temptation; but joy will come in the end, and we shall see that the problem is worked out in a satisfactory manner, and we shall not have to count and make believe that we have the answer desired, but we shall have it in the satisfaction of our own hearts.

Let us look away from the toil, to the reaping; and when at last we come with the reapers to that great harvest-home, we shall bring our sheaves with rejoicing, and we shall enter into the joy of the Lord, there to abide and to share in the pleasures that are at his right hand forevermore.

Let us think more about the glory that shall be revealed in us. When our life on earth is over—we shall forget about the toils, the hardships, and the disappointments along the way; and we shall join with the ransomed in the song of rejoicing and surround God's throne, and through the ages of eternity we shall thank God that he brought us by that rugged way that led upward and onward to the world eternal. We shall then never repine for the thorns that were along our way. We shall then rejoice that he counted us worthy to suffer for him. We shall then rejoice in him with "joy unspeakable and full of glory." Let us therefore press on. Let us not hesitate.

Let us, therefore, press on with courage to the goal of life's race, where the heavenly hosts with harps attuned will greet our coming with anthems sweeter than any that ever fell on mortal ear, and where our glorious Redeemer will place upon each victor's brow a glittering diadem and will welcome him to life eternal in those mansions of resplendent beauty, where he may dwell content through ages without end.

 on: July 26, 2018, 01:35:15 AM 
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The Word Of Truth
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

In Eph. 1:13 the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and believing “the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.” This declaration is substantiated by many other passages of Scripture. Our Lord said: “He that heareth… and believeth… hath everlasting life” (John 5:24). This at a time when sacrifices and baptism were still required for the remission of sins. Even then men had to hear and believe to be saved, for “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17).

Now, however, salvation is received by hearing and believing alone. Works for salvation are not merely unnecessary; they are forbidden. Today salvation is “to him that worketh not, but believeth” (Rom. 4:5). “For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8,9).

God has changed His dealings with men from time to time down through the ages, teaching one lesson at a time. This is why it is so important to note the dispensational distinctions in Scripture, “rightly dividing the Word of truth.”

Once the works of the Law were required for salvation: “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested” (Rom. 3:21) and men are saved solely by faith in Christ, “being justified freely by [God’s] grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24). We are saved, then, as we hear and believe what Paul calls, “the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Eph. 1:13), and we are established in the faith as we obey II Tim. 2:15: “rightly dividing the Word of truth.”

 on: July 26, 2018, 01:33:08 AM 
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Oh! Wonder of wonders!

(Charles Spurgeon, "His Name, Wonderful")   

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. The government will be upon His shoulder--and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!" Isaiah 9:6

Oh! what is that I see?

Oh! world of wonders--what is that I see?

The Eternal of ages, whose hair is white like wool, as white as snow--becomes an infant!

Can it be?

You angels, are you not astonished?

He becomes an infant, hangs at a virgin's bosom, and draws his nourishment from the woman!

Oh! Wonder of wonders!

Manger of Bethlehem, you have miracles poured into you.

This is a sight which surpasses all others!

Talk of the sun, moon, and stars; consider the heavens, the work of God's fingers, the moon and the stars that He has ordained--but all the wonders of the universe shrink into nothing, when we come to the mystery of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ!

I do believe that the very angels have never wondered but once, and that has been incessantly ever since they first beheld it! They never cease to tell the astonishing story, and to tell it with increasing astonishment too--that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born of a Virgin, and became a man!

Is He not rightly called Wonderful?

Infinite--and an infant!

Eternal--and yet born of a woman!

Almighty--and yet hanging on a woman's bosom!

Supporting the universe--and yet needing to be carried in a mother s arms!

King of angels--and yet the carpenter's despised son!

 on: July 26, 2018, 01:30:12 AM 
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“We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence,” Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain wrote in Young v. Hawaii. “But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.” The court should have avoided the politically motivated term “gun violence,” and the “for worse” caveat is largely because gang members selling drugs don’t abide by any laws and commit the lion’s share of crime using guns. But yes, the Second Amendment is indeed clear. The ruling went further: “While many respectable scholars and activists might find virtue in a firearms-carry regime that restricts the right to a privileged few, ‘the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.’”

Ironically, this is the same court that in 2016 ruled7 in Peruta v. City of San Diego that “there is no Second Amendment right for members of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”

The difference hinges on concealed vs. open carry. We in our humble shop tend to think open carry isn’t ideal in part because it’s unnecessarily provocative, but that isn’t to say citizens don’t have the right to do so. Now the question is whether the full Ninth Circuit will overturn this ruling en banc, as it did in the aforementioned Peruta decision, and, if so, whether the Supreme Court — with a clearer five-vote conservative majority — will then take up the case. The Supremes, much to the dismay of Justice Clarence Thomas8, have not taken a Second Amendment case of any kind since 2010, despite numerous conflicting rulings on various elements in lower courts. In fact, the High Court specifically declined to take up9 Peruta. Perhaps the addition of Brett Kavanaugh10 will change that pattern.


Top Headlines11

Trump says U.S., EU must cut all tariffs ahead of key talks (Bloomberg12)
House Republicans ready new tax-cut package, aim to advance it ahead of midterms (News Times13)
Dems offer watered-down Trump economic agenda after “listening” to America (Investor’s Business Daily14)
Finally: House unanimously passes response to Kelo (Hot Air15)
Over half of the federal government’s spending data is wrong (The Washington Free Beacon16)
HHS report: 22 of 103 alien children not reunited with “parents” because of criminal history (CNS News17)
Justice Department reportedly tells attorneys “illegal alien” is correct term, not “undocumented” (The Washington Times18)
22% of U.S. population does not speak English at home (Washington Examiner19)
Trump’s EPA outpaces Obama in cleaning up hazardous waste sites (The Daily Signal20)
Humor: Ocasio-Cortez criticized for not clearly labeling political platform as satire (The Babylon Bee21)
Policy: Five reasons giving aid money to farmers hurt by tariffs is a bad idea (The Daily Signal22)
Policy: The Curbelo carbon tax as wealth redistribution (National Review23)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report24.



A Republican Carbon Tax?28 — Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced legislation and conservatives are rallying against it.
Voters View Democrats as ‘Out of Step’29 — If we were Democrats, we’d be really worried about this trend.
‘Stand Your Ground’ Case in Florida: Self-Defense, or Murder?30 — Despite the Leftmedia narrative, one questionable incident doesn’t undermine the law itself.
Video: Ocasio-Cortez Is the Flaky Future of the Democrat Party31 — A supercut of all the really crazy and wrong things the Millennial socialist has already said.


Marc A. Thiessen: “For decades, while the Soviet Union sowed tyranny across the globe, sent millions to rot in the Gulag, and threatened America with nuclear annihilation, Democrats were for detente and peaceful coexistence. Even as Putin continued Russia’s pattern authoritarian aggression, undermining democracy at home and invading his neighbors, they advocated a ‘reset’ of relations. It was only when Russia invaded John Podesta’s privacy that Democrats were finally — finally! — outraged. But before Republicans gloat over the Democrats’ hypocrisy, they need to be careful and not to mirror the Democrats’ Russia transformation by becoming Kremlin apologists. The fact that Democrats are suddenly channeling their inner Reagan is no excuse for those on the right to start channeling their inner Kennedy. Conservatives don’t have to take the Democrats’ belated Russia outrage seriously. But they do need to take Russia seriously. As for Democrats, let’s hope their newfound antipathy for Russia is not just a convenient way to get President Trump. Russia is a threat not just because it interfered in the 2016 election. Russia is a threat because it assassinates Putin’s critics with chemical weapons, shoots down civilian airliners, arms the Taliban, supports Iran, violates its treaty obligations, targets NATO allies with nuclear missiles and annexes the territory of its neighbors. That threat will still be there when Trump is gone. The question is: Will the Democrats still be Russia hawks then?”


Coming around? “While I do not agree with torching the flag as a form of protest, I understand the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to this form of free expression. However, physical violence, or even the perceived threat of violence, is not an acceptable way to protest injustice today and can never be tolerated.” —Maxine Waters, seemingly backpedaling from her harassment rhetoric32 of last month

Alpha Jackass: “This administration is on a crusade against people who they do not consider original Americans. … What they’ve done at the border is an example of it. … They are on a jihad to deport as many people as they can who they believe are not in the United States legally.” —New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Braying Jackass: “I’m here to call on folks to understand that in a moral moment there is no neutral. In a moral moment there is [sic] no bystanders. You are either complicit in the evil, you are either contributing to the wrong, or you are fighting against it.” —Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on opposing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh33

Big plans: “So when we flip the House and flip the Senate, I think the first thing we should do is deal with the children who have been separated from their families at the border. I think we should get rid of ICE.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

The lady doth protest too much: “I am a capitalist. Come on! I believe in markets.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Yep — definitely a capitalist: “I really want to see [tax cuts] rolled back. … The values of the Republican Party that passed those tax cuts are to give $1.5 trillion away to the richest Americans and the biggest corporations, and let everybody else pick up the crumbs.” —Elizabeth Warren

Non Compos Mentis: “Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?” —Toronto Mayor John Tory

And last… “So secret recordings of Trump are ok with the left, but secret recordings inside Planned Parenthood exposing lawbreaking activity are taboo? Okaaaaay.” —Liz Wheeler


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“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” —Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley (1774)


Trump’s farmer bailout wasn’t because he was surprised by tariff impact.
Huge savings for Americans from the GOP tax cuts.
The Ninth Circuit saves the Second Amendment — again.
A Republican carbon tax? One GOPer thinks it’s a good idea.
Voters view Democrats as “out of step.”
Florida’s latest case involving the “stand your ground” law.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

Trump Seeks to Mitigate Impact of Tariffs1

Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he would be giving American farmers $12 billion to offset the cost of tariffs. The Leftmedia pounced, framing the announcement as Trump responding to a problem that just dawned on him. Wrong. This was part of a larger and longer strategy.

Most people have been counseled from a young age to accept the fact that life isn’t fair. But for Trump, this reality seems only to have propelled him into action rather than merely stewing in hopeless resignation. One of the biggest problems Trump is working to address is the long-running trade imbalance the U.S. has experienced with various nations, but specifically with China and the European Union. From the very beginning of his campaign, Trump railed against the raw deal the U.S. was getting with many of its biggest trade partners. For one thing, he pointed to increasing trade deficits that he argued hurt American workers in the manufacturing sector.

Trump’s focus on imbalanced trade deals may have been the primary factor for Rust Belt voters to swing these longtime Democrat strongholds into Trump’s column. He promised to bring jobs back and to make these Rust Belt manufacturing states great again.

The president’s agenda of deregulation and tax cuts has certainly jump-started the process. The economy is clearly speeding into action after eight years of stagnation. But for Trump, the problem is more than just over regulation and high taxes; he sees unfair trade deals as a major economic problem for the country — a problem he feels compelled to address. And for Trump, this is a problem worth going to war over — a trade war, that is.

Here is where many conservatives and Republicans part ways with Trump. He’s practicing economics like a Democrat, using the power of the state to pick winners and losers. He’s not acting like a free-market advocate but a protectionist who’s more than willing to intervene in the economy to suit his own agenda. And indeed much of that criticism is legitimate.

However, the question remains: Is the issue of growing trade imbalances a significant enough problem that it demands addressing? In other words, is doing something better than doing nothing? This is where the legitimate criticisms over Trump’s actions start to get fuzzy. How does one go about addressing and solving the real problem of American workers losing out to foreign trade deals that are intentionally stacked against them?

On Tuesday, prior to today’s scheduled meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, Trump stated, “I have an idea for them both. Both the U.S. and the EU drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be called Free Market and Fair Trade! Hope they do it, we are ready — but they won’t!” He was right to call them out.

Why won’t EU leaders agree to actual free trade? Because European nations, to varying degrees, are socialist states where the government provides increasing amounts of welfare for the citizenry. Much of the EU’s economy is fundamentally tied up by income redistribution, and heavy regulations are designed to create an environment where residents are dependent upon the state for their livelihoods.

Similarly, the Chinese economy uses some capitalist principles but is still ultimately controlled by the communist government. That government has long engaged in currency manipulation, intellectual property theft, and other nefarious economic practices in order to tilt the trade landscape in its own favor. Trump’s tariffs are designed to combat these abuses of the American worker and American business. Unfortunately, the consequence — which was not a surprise to Trump — is the inevitable retaliation by China and the EU, which are loathe to give up abusive practices. The Chinese are politically targeting American goods that most hit Trump’s base in an effort to weaken Trump. And one of the biggest Chinese targets is American agriculture.

Which brings us back to that $12 billion. To mitigate some of the consequences of this battle over trade, Trump announced $12 billion in government aid to American farmers. In so doing, Trump has invited the criticism not just of the Leftmedia but of many conservatives, who rightly view it as welfare and a band-aid for a self-inflicted wound. Yet he is also signaling to both China and the EU that he is serious about getting a level playing field. As Rabobank analyst Michael Every noted, “Trump is making clear with the subsidy that he isn’t going to back off. Rather, he’s settling in for a slug-fest economic war of attrition until he gets the deal he wants.”

Will Trump’s determination to balance the trade field pay off in the end? The answer to that question may determine his political future come 2020, if not sooner.


Huge Savings for Americans From GOP Tax Cut2

The Heritage Foundation just released its analysis3 on the probable impact the Republicans’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on Americans’ take-home pay. The analysis found that all 435 congressional districts will see benefits from the tax cuts. The report notes,“ Over the next 10 years, because of a larger economy driven by tax cuts and the tax cuts themselves, the typical American household will benefit from more than $26,000 more in take-home pay, or $44,697 for a family of four.”

The analysts also write, “We find that the average household and the average married couple with two kids in every congressional district in every state benefit from the tax cut, both in 2018 and over the next 10 years. Nationally, average households will save $1,400, and married couples with two children will save $2,918 in 2018.”

This is indeed excellent news that President Donald Trump and Republicans need to be touting non-stop. And they need to remind voters that not a single Democrat voted for these tax cuts. To recap, ObamaCare, which not a single Republican voted for, has been steadily costing Americans more and more of their hard-earned income, while Republican tax reform, which not a single Democrat voted for, is proving to save Americans across the country thousands of dollars. That’s something to remember come November.


The Ninth Saves the Second — Again4
Nate Jackson

For the second time5 in a week, the leftist Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California sided with gun rights. A three-judge panel of the court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms outside the home, striking down Hawaii’s “may issue” gun-permit regime, which effectively limits gun possession to inside the home.

Hawaii resident George Young sued when he was twice denied a permit required to carry openly in public. In fact, according to6 The Washington Free Beacon, “Hawaii did not issue a single gun-carry permit to any civilians in 2017. The same was true in 2016.”

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And on the hot topic of immigration, the following war cry was central to Cortez’s platform: “It’s time to abolish ICE32. We must abolish ICE.” In fact, Democrat leaders don’t care about immigrant children33 unless they can be used as political fodder.

Apparently, Cortez isn’t aware that 74% of those arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year had prior criminal records, or that only 25% of registered voters support abolishing ICE.

Walking back her absurd assertion that Israel is the occupier of Palestine34, Cortez confessed, “I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue.”

That was a colossal understatement. In fact, Cortez is not an “expert” on anything — except perhaps rallying the leftist mob.

That notwithstanding, could she be the “the future of the Democrat Party”? Unfortunately, given the party’s leftward transformation under Obama, the answer may be yes. Economic illiteracy has never deterred most Democrat voters.

Notably, several other Demo primary results were equally stunning. Voters in Maryland selected Bernie Sanders-backed former NAACP leader Ben Jealous to take on popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. And the California Democrat Party spurned long-time party stalwart Sen. Dianne Feinstein, instead endorsing hard-leftist Kevin de León35 by a whopping 65% to Feinstein’s 7%. (Feinstein nonetheless won her state’s “jungle primary” and will appear as usual on November’s ballot.)

All may not yet be lost, however. There are still a few voices of reason in the Demo wilderness.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) insisted, “The reality is that if we are going to be a majority party — if we are actually going to win in November — we’ve got to have a diversity of views and I think that’s one of the things that’s made our party strong in the past. But if we become narrower — if we become more divided — then we can do that as Democrats. We are just not going to win.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said, “If we as a Democratic Party are going to move from a minority at every level that is dedicated to resistance to a majority that is capable of governing, we have got to move from grievance to optimism. And we’ve got to abandon a politics of anxiety that is characterized by wild-eyed proposals and instead deliver ideas and practical solutions.”

Former Connecticut Senator and Demo veep candidate Joe Lieberman asked, “What is the Democratic party going to be? I am still a Democrat and when I see somebody that really says she is a socialist… If you look at the policies, those are not policies that will be supported very many places across America. If her win makes her into what [DNC chairman Perez] calls ‘the new face of the Democratic Party,’ the Democratic Party will not have a bright future. … [She talks] from the Democratic-Socialist organization policy book.”

Another of the Left’s temporary darlings, disgraced former FBI Director James Comey36, got roasted by social media37 for his appeal to sanity: “Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left. This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership.”

Even Obama’s former secretary of state, leftist John Kerry38 (D-MA), insists, “We have got to get away from this constant effort to destroy a presidency, whoever’s it is. It is tearing our country apart, and I think it is very, very dangerous for our democracy.”

By way of trying to explain the recent emergence of Democrat socialists, political analyst Dennis Prager surmised that this is the result of leftist hysterics39: “If you vote Democrat this November, you are voting for hysteria, lies, socialism, and even the cheapening of the Holocaust. But more than anything, a vote for Democrats in November is a vote for hysteria — the greatest and darkest in American history.”

But Democrats have always capitalized on hysteria, betting that the majority of their constituents (women voters) are emotional incontinent dupes40. Conversely, conservative female voters demonstrate the courage to think for themselves41 rather than being swept up by the groupthink of emotive masses.

The Democrat Party has long passed its expiration date. The high-water mark for reasonable and rational Democrats was in 2005, when Sen. Zell Miller42 (D-GA) retired. In his 2003 book, A National Party No More, Miller wrote, “In the eyes of Middle America, the Democrat Party has become a value-neutral party. … Today our national Democrat leaders look south and say, ‘I see one-third of a Nation and it can go to hell.’ Either the party is not a national party or the candidates were not national candidates. … There was a time when the leaders of the Democrat Party understood both the policy and political value of cutting taxes.”

If the Sanders/Cortez road show reflects a core directional shift for the Democrat Party, the volume of “impressionables” they compel to vote may be offset by those who are disenchanted with the “new face” of the party and are now walking away43.

A recent reputable year-over-year poll sponsored by NBC/Wall Street Journal44 indicates some significant shifts in loyalty to the Demo Brand. Notably, polls tend to be lagging indicators, and the recent socialist uprising and calls to abolish ICE probably aren’t fully reflected in this survey.

There are a lot of metaphors that could rightly describe what’s going on with Democrats, but my preference would be the inimitable words of Forrest Gump45: “Stupid is as stupid does.” In The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “Handsome is as handsome does,” meaning that true handsomeness is a matter of deeds, not appearances. In the context of Forrest Gump, it means that true stupidity is a matter of deeds, not appearances.

Bottom line: If this surge of socialist sentiment plays out in deeds rather than appearances, that may be costly for Democrat midterm hopefuls, but it most assuredly will be bad for the future of American Liberty46.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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