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Prophet or profit? Sunday reflection

Hot Air - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 16:46

This morning’s Gospel reading is Mark 1:21–28:

Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Back in my youth, prophecy was a big business. We had no end of apocalyptic visions at the bookstores and at the cinema. Some were strictly secular, such as The Population Bomb in 1968, which assured us that food supplies would soon run out. Others blended secular issues with bad catechesis, particularly Hal Lindsey in Late Great Planet Earth (later also a documentary ‘hosted’ by Orson Wells), which predicted the rise of the Anti-Christ in the 1970s and a Soviet invasion of Israel, neither of which took place. A sequel by Lindsey, The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon, included the prophecy that “the decade of the 1980s could very well be the last decade of history as we know it”. Another book and documentary of that time, Future Shock, hinted at the collapse of civilization due to technological progress. The film also had Orson Wells as its on-screen narrator, suggesting doom was just around the corner.

Going back to watch these now is a bit like discovering a time capsule outside a sanitarium. Their predictions turned out to be nothing short of hysterical, but man, were they popular at the time. One of my middle school teachers showed us Future Shock in an assembly for good citizenship, the irony of which has only struck me as I’m writing this. Needless to say, after Wells’ gloriously theatrical voice warning us of unavoidable doom, we wouldn’t exactly have been motivated to continue our good citizenship.

What does this tell us? Prophecy sells — but the kind that sells rarely if ever turns out to be prophetic at all. It’s better to say that fear sells, especially the kind that reinforces our pre-existing worldview. It doesn’t matter which direction on the religious or political spectrum the prophecy lands — it will get embraced based on how well it resonates with the biases of the population. And when prophecy cuts against those biases, well … prophets can find themselves in a lot of trouble, even if they turn out to be correct.

Our need for prophecy comes from our fallen human nature, and our first reading explains how we got them in the first place. Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt, and until that point, the Lord had communicated directly with an elder leading a community — Abraham, Noah, and Moses himself. During the Exodus, the Lord made himself present among the people in a constant theophany, creating awe and dread over a long period of time. The people of Israel asked to have the Lord remove himself from their company so as to remove from them the imminent fear of death and judgment.

Rather than take offense, God responds kindly and with compassion. The Lord tells Moses that “This was well said,” and promises to speak in the future through members of the community — the prophets. He warns that the Israelites must listen to His words in the mouths of prophets in the same manner to which they listened to Him directly, and further warns the prophets to come of the deadly consequences of abusing their authority or of leading His people into idolatry.

Why use prophets at all? Moses had given the Israelites the law. Shouldn’t that have been enough? The Lord knew better; He knew that humans needed continual guidance, and also yearned to make wise choices. He also knew that some appointed at His messengers would abuse their power as prophets, and others would falsely claim that status for their own ends. And the Lord also knew that we would tend to err in choosing which was which. In the passage immediately following our first reading, Moses gives the Israelites a warning:

And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’—when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.

This brings us to our Gospel reading, which has a curious bookend later in Mark (and also in Luke) in regard to the assessment of prophets. In today’s passage, Jesus comes to Capernaum to teach at the synagogue at the very beginning of His ministry, a place where He is not known to the community, and astonishes them with the authority of his teaching. His presence provokes an evil spirit to attempt to expose the true nature of His divinity before Jesus has prepared disciples to know it, and banishes the spirit immediately. The people at the synagogue at Capernaum judge Jesus on His word and its impact, and hail Him as an authority superceding that of the current temple establishment.

Compare that to the reception Jesus gets in Nazareth after a miraculous healing of a young girl in Galilee later in His ministry (Mark 6). He speaks with the same authority and has testimony of miraculous works already following Him as He travels the region. And yet, in His hometown, the people there pay no attention to His teaching or His works but instead remain stuck on their familiarity with Jesus to dismiss Him as a false prophet. He leaves after healing “a few sick people,” apparently under pressure from the Nazarenes who rejected Him and who want the presumably false prophet far away from them. In the very next chapter of Mark, the Gospel tells of the murder of John the Baptist, the result of his all-too-accurate warnings to the corrupt and dissolute Herod Antipas.

Jesus’ resurrection and salvation put an end to the need for more prophets by allowing human hearts to give room for the Holy Spirit to speak to them directly. In that transaction, we experience the Lord on a personal basis, although we still need the guidance of Jesus’ church to form us properly to allow for it. But the lessons of the acceptance and rejection of the prophets remain for us in that openness to the Holy Spirit and the teachings and prophecies across the entire arc of salvation.

The human impulse for reinforcement of biases and agendas has not changed much since the days of Moses or of Jesus. Do we embrace all of the prophets, scripture, Gospel, and teachings? Or do we pick and choose our prophets, our Gospel, and our teachings to suit our own biases about the past, present, and future? Do we prioritize the most dire and judgmental passages to support those biases, or to attack those who do not think as we do?

Or do we fall into a different trap: choosing to see only the worst aspects of prophecy as a way to feed our despair and relieve ourselves of the responsibility to work for the Kingdom in the present? Paul wrote of the need to put aside anxieties 2,000 years ago in his first letter to the Corinthians in our second reading today. mostly expressed in terms of advocating for celibacy and the unmarried state. However, that advice came in the context of keeping from getting caught up in the material cares of the world and focusing more on the Lord. At the time, the apostles assumed — much as we did in the 1970s, it seems — that we only had one more generation to go before Jesus’ return, and that further work in community building was not necessary except for the spread of the Gospel.

His advice as it relates to anxiety is still well considered today. Gospel, scripture, and authentic prophecy and teaching will not cause despair nor panic. It instead liberates us, lifts us up, and points us toward the Lord — even above all of our own biases and limitations. Be not afraid, Jesus tells us directly and through all of the teachings, for salvation is at hand if we choose it.

The front-page image is “Study for ‘Jesus in Capernaum'” by Rodolpho Amoêdo, 1885. On display at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, via Wikimedia.

“Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  For previous Green Room entries, click here.

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Will Ferrell's George W. Bush: Remember, "I Was Really Bad. Like Historically Not Good"

RealClear - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 16:18
Former SNL cast member Will Ferrell reprised his role as President George W. Bush on this week's 'Saturday Night Live' cold open. "That's right. ‘Donny Q. Trump' came in and, suddenly, I'm looking pretty sweet by comparison. At this rate, I might even end up on Mt. Rushmore next to Washington, Lincoln and I want to say Kensington? I don't know. But the point is that I'm suddenly popular AF," Ferrell joked. "A lot of people are saying, ‘Man, I wish George W. Bush was our president right about now.' So, I just wanted to address my fellow Americans tonight and remind you guys that I was really bad. Like, historically not good," he continued. "We are both the exact same age," he said about President Trump. "Even though I was president like 40 years ago... We both won the election despite losing the popular vote — though back in my day, we didn't let Russians rig our elections. We used the Supreme Court like Americans."

Gowdy to Chris Wallace: Do You Want To Know The Truth About Whether Steele Dossier Was Used To Get FISA Warrant?

RealClear - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 16:09
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) discussed a classified memo prepared by the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee. Gowdy is pushing for the memo to be released so the public can see what role the Steele Dossier played in the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign. Democrats on the committee oppose releasing the memo. Wallace asked about the memo: "The House Intelligence Committee is expected to vote this week on whether to release this four-page memo that you had a big hand in writing, that alleges abuse and bias inside the FBI and Justice Dept. As I discussed with Marc Short, the Washington Post is reporting this morning that the president wants to have the memo released. Do you agree with that?" "I do, I'm sorry we're at this point," Gowdy replied. "This memo is nothing but a distilling, reducing of thousands of pages of documents provided to us by the [DOJ and FBI]. So there is nothing in this memo that the Bureau is not already aware of." "If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it's ever been vetted. If you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele's relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then yes, you will want the memo to come out." "If you are Adam Schiff, who is consistently wrong when it comes to issues of disclosure. He didn't want us to find out any of this information. He fought -- in fact, Fusion GPS went to court to keep us from finding out that the Democrats paid for the dossier. If you are Adam Schiff, of course, you don't want the information to come out. You didn't want us to find it in the first place." "This memo answers what I think overly legitimate questions and I do think the FBI should look at it before it is released. I have provided that counsel to Chairman Nunes, and I think that he has taken that under advisement," Gowdy said. "I want to play face-off poker. I want the bureau to know everything that's in the memo. I think you will be surprised, it is not a hit piece on the department and the FBI. I would not have participated in it if that's what it was." "Are you interested in whether or not the world's premier law enforcement agency relied on a work product produced and paid for by the Democratic National Committee?" Gowdy asked. "If they relied on [the dossier] half, is that significant enough for the American people to know? If they relied on it at all, would you want to know that? If you're the judge, do you want to know if a third of what you're providing to the court was paid for by a political opponent?" "Whether it was relied upon 80% or 20%, do you want to know that the DNC paid for material that was never vetted, and was included in a court proceeding? Do you want to know whether or not the primary source in these court proceedings had a bias against one candidate? Do you want to know whether he said he'd 'do anything' to keep that candidate from being elected president?"

Afghanistan Mourns 103 Killed In Kabul Car Bombing

Newsy - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 16:03

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Afghanistan declared Sunday a day of mourning after a Taliban car bombing in Kabul left at least 103 people dead and more than 200 others injured.

The explosion happened Saturday near diplomatic and government buildings. It's the second deadly attack carried out by the Taliban in a high-security area of the capital in roughly a week. On Jan. 20, gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel and killed 22 people, including at least four Americans.

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Analysts say the attack shows an escalation in tactics; in a statement, a Taliban spokesman said it had a "clear message" for President Donald Trump.

Last year, Trump's Afghanistan strategy called for upping American forces there to roughly 14,000. He also called for more airstrikes.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared Monday a day off for those in Kabul and said Tuesday would be a national day of prayer.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

DUMB: Multi-Millionaire Jay Z Trashes Trump, Calls Him a “Superbug” – Says Blacks Don’t Care About Making Money (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 16:01

Rapper Jay Z trashed President Trump in a weekend interview with community activist Van Jones on CNN.

Van Jones mentioned to Jay Z that black unemployment is at the lowest rate in generations under President Trump.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics in January reported that the unemployment rate for black workers was 6.8 percent in December, the lowest rate in 45 years.

Jay Z told Jones black folks don’t really care about money. That it’s not important at the end of the day.

Jay Z has not been broke in a while.

Jay Z: It’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. You’re missing the whole point.

According to Forbes Jay Z is worth $810 million.

And he’s lecturing the hood on how money is not important.

Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump’s presidency. And Jay’s answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL !!! … Watch the VIDEO for yourself:

— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 28, 2018

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Is Melania Trump’s marriage like living in the Holocaust?

Hot Air - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 16:01

First Lady Melania Trump chose not to accompany the president to Davos and left-wing social media went deep into crazy town as the timing was too suspicious for them not to do so. The week of the couple’s thirteenth wedding anniversary coincided with stories of The Donald’s  less than stellar past record with monogamy hitting the tabloid world. Stories of Trump and alleged paramour, porn star Stormy Daniels, are everywhere.

Melania stayed in D.C. and went to the Holocaust Museum instead of flying off to hobnob with the world’s rich and famous. This was enough for her critics to deduce that she is so mortified and angry with stories of her husband’s past behavior that she couldn’t possibly face the cameras on the world stage. Saturday marked Holocaust Remembrance Day so she went, without fanfare, to the museum Thursday.

The visit, announced by the White House after it was over, was arranged to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday. In a statement released by the East Wing, Trump said she wanted to pay respect to the 6 million Jews lost in the Holocaust and to the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people whose lives and families were broken by the horrors of the Holocaust,” her statement said. “Yet it is also through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love.  My heart is with you, and we remember.”

Excuse me if I don’t see the conflict here. No American president has attended Davos in previous years, with the exception of Bill Clinton in 2000. There is little to do there other than attend wonky meetings and this First Lady usually devotes her time to visiting hospitals and schools overseas.

Saturday her Twitter account posted about the visit.

We recognize International #HolocaustRemembranceDay so that #WeRemember all the innocent men, women, and children lost. May we continue to educate our children on one of history’s most devastating events and always #AskWhy.

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 27, 2018

Nothing was stopping HBO show host Bill Maher, however, as he invoked the Holocaust into his schtick attacking the First Lady Friday night. Melania Trump is Slovenian, so this is particularly disgusting. Judaism in Slovenia has a long history, including with, you know, the actual Holocaust. But, never mind. Maher counsels Melania to join the #Resistance. (Daily Beast)

 “Oh, Melania,” uttered Maher. “Melania, baby, you gotta knit yourself a pussy hat, I’m tellin’ ya! This is how bad it’s gotten: instead of going to Davos with her husband, Melania went to the Holocaust Museum to cheer up. She signed the guest book: ‘I know the feeling.’ And she lit a candle to mourn the dark day two weeks ago when Trump’s doctor said he was in good health. Then it was off to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Trophy Wife.

When they go low…, oh, forget it. This seems like the bottom of the barrel to me. I’ve read the assumptions in lots of stories and heard the Hollywood elitist women tsk-tsk that Melania is silently suffering as Mrs. Donald Trump. I’m not privy to their lives but it sure doesn’t look like she’s suffering to me. And comparing her marriage to the Holocaust is beyond the pale.

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Dennis Prager: I Was Wrong, Donald Trump Is A Great President

RealClear - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 15:15
On his Thursday radio show, Dennis Prager said Donald Trump "turned out to be a great president with big communication flaws." "My opposition to Donald Trump was wrong," Prager said. "People are packages. What a president does is more important to me than a president's demeanor. He is so much better a president than Mitt Romney would've made." "Mitt Romney would've awakened every day to read The New York Times editorial page to see how he's covered," Prager also said. "[Trump] doesn't give a damn about what the press says about him. That is the only way to govern. It is the only way to advance the principles of conservatism in the United States is to not give a damn." Via Breitbart: DENNIS PRAGER: Would I like Donald Trump to have Mitt Romney's temperament, or for that matter Barack Obama's temperament? Yeah. So what? I would like a whole host of things. People are packages. What a president does is more important to me than a president's demeanor. He is so much better a president than Mitt Romney would've made. Mitt Romney would've awakened every day to read The New York Times editorial page to see how he's covered. Mitt Romney gave us Romneycare in Massachusetts. I campaigned for Mitt Romney, he would've been a better president [than Barack Obama]. Any Republican is better than any Democrat, that's just the way it is. Having said that, Romney would've been a tepid president. Nothing comparably conservative compared to Donald Trump. The Heritage Foundation has just come out with a statement, a report, that he is more conservative than Ronald Reagan in the way he has conducted the first year of his presidency, which is accurate, something I have said on many occasions. He has turned out to be a great president with big communication flaws, in the way he tweets and some of the things he says and his temperament. It is fine, that is the way he is. My temperament is the opposite. I love dignity. I love understatement. Okay, so be it. So what? I'm not sure I'd be as good a president as he. How do you like that? That's how good he's been. The fact that he doesn't give a damn. I was wrong. My opposition to Donald Trump was wrong, in retrospect. I was wrong. I had friends who supported him, and I didn't understand them. I said, "Are you not aware of what he said about John McCain? Isn't that enough to disqualify the guy?" They perceived in him what I did not perceive in him, that these over-the-top statements – as objectionable as the statements themselves may be, and none of them defended the statements – nevertheless, what they perceived was accurate: a man who doesn't give a damn about what the press says about him. That is the only way to govern. It is the only way to advance the principles of conservatism in the United States is to not give a damn.

Marco Rubio Fires Chief Of Staff After 'Improper Conduct' Complaint

Newsy - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 15:10

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio fired his chief of staff Saturday following "allegations of improper conduct."

Rubio released a statement saying he had evidence that chief of staff Clint Reed "violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates." He said "this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits."

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The statement said no further details on the incident would be released, "pursuant to the wishes" of those affected by Reed's alleged behavior.

The statement also said Reed's termination was "effective immediately." 

 Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Breaking: White House Is Pressing for Release of Explosive FISA Memo – Early This Week, Possibly Monday! (VIDEO)

GatewayPundit - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 14:34

Sara Carter joined FOX and Friends Weekend on Sunday to discuss the secret explosive FISA Memo.

Sara told FOX News the White House is pressing for the release of the explosive memo.

Sara Carter told the FOX anchors, “This is really going to be big!”

FOX and Friends host Pete Hegseth said the release may be on Monday.

Sara Carter: We know that probably within the week, now I’m not guessing tomorrow. I’ve been hearing different things. The House Intelligence Committee will go to a vote on this first. This is what has to happen first. We know that the president right now, according to my sources, is not going to object to the release of the memo and I think that’s what’s most important here.

Via FOX and Friends:

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One of our richest liberals is predicting the downfall of Facebook, Google

Hot Air - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 14:31

What does billionaire liberal icon George Soros have in common with your average, rank and file conservative? On most days your answer would likely be limited to something along the lines of the number of limbs they have or similar chromosomal structures. But this week, following some remarks he delivered in Davos, Soros is sounding the alarm against a perceived threat which conservatives have been targeting for a while now… tech giants such as Google and Facebook. (Washington Post)

Billionaire philanthropist and leading donor to liberal causes George Soros predicted Thursday that regulation and taxation will soon dethrone Facebook and Google, describing the tech industry’s major players as powerful monopolies that harm individuals, market innovation and democracy.

In a wide-ranging, scathing speech delivered at a dinner event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros applauded the European Union’s heightened enforcement aimed at Web giants. He also called for greater regulation of the tech companies, seizing on a growing backlash against Silicon Valley.

“Facebook and Google have grown into ever more powerful monopolies, they have become obstacles to innovation, and they have caused a variety of problems of which we are only now beginning to become aware,” he said, according to a transcript of the speech.

Just from that brief introduction, you can see that while there may be some brief intersection of interests between Soros and conservatives, the reasons for the complaints and the suggested solutions will still be miles apart ideologically. Facebook and Google have done themselves no favors if they wanted to be seen as impartial actors, with too many incidents showing up where they both seemed to want to censor conservatives and promote liberal causes. This is obviously not going to be a problem that George Soros will be going to the mat for.

Soros is more interested in monopoly busting here, and his proposed solutions will be familiar to his left-leaning fans. Call in the government and have them regulate and tax the web giants into submission. That’s going to leave a bad taste in the mouths of small government conservatives right off the bat, but faced with the reality of this particular market space we may be running out of other options.

It would be nice if everyone who didn’t approve of the antics of Facebook and Google could simply vote with their wallets and take their business elsewhere. In a truly free market, that would be all that’s required. But these two giants in particular got out to a huge lead early and have pretty much squelched the competition. It’s not that there aren’t other offerings out there delivering all of the services we get from those two providers, but the public has participated in their accumulation of power. So many people that most of us know, both personally and professionally, are so locked into Facebook and Google that we’d be cutting off our own nose to spite our face if we went off those grids.

And just to play Devil’s Advocate here, perhaps we do need to ask if either of those companies has engaged in behavior which crosses the line in terms of monopolies. You can look at the laundry list of companies Google has bought over the years. Some they incorporated into their own offerings, while others seem to have been simply discarded, sweeping them off the field of battle. Facebook has been a bit less active in the purchasing department, but in their own niche, they still dominate by virtue of sheer momentum.

We have no way of knowing if anything will actually come of this or if Soros is just shouting at the sea. But look at it this way. Next time somebody asks, you might finally be able to say you have something in common with George Soros!

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IKEA's Founder Has Died At 91

Newsy - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 14:24

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Ingvar Kamprad died Saturday at the age of 91.

He was the founder of the world's largest furniture retailer, IKEA.

Kamprad started the business in Sweden in 1943, when he was just 17. His empire has since grown to 412 stores, and he was a part of the company's operations until 1988.

He died at home surrounded by family after a short illness, according to a press release from the company on Sunday.

IKEA's CEO and president said in a statement, "His legacy will be admired for many years to come and his vision — to create a better everyday life for the many people — will continue to guide and inspire us."

TKO! Dana Loesch DRAGS Kirsten Gillibrand for MADDENING tweet claiming ALL women support infanticide

Twitchy - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 14:04

As Twitchy readers know, Kirsten Gillibrand was flapping her gums about how if Congress was made up of 51% of women that there would be no talk of a ban on abortions over 20 weeks.

If women made up 51% of Congress, do you think we would still be fighting to protect a woman’s right to choose? Do you think that the Senate would be voting on a dangerous 20-week abortion ban?

Absolutely not.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 27, 2018

You know, because women as a whole support the slaughter of the unborn, regardless of how far along they are in the womb, and would totally be against the idea of banning abortion at ANY point.

*eye roll*

Apparently, we’re still fighting to be recognized as individuals, not as one giant homogenized group that supports infanticide. #ChoiceBeforeConception

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 28, 2018


The issue with women like Kirsten (besides her really bad haircut) is she assumes all women believe in the same things she does, and it’s just not so. As a whole, Americans in GENERAL support stricter guidelines around late-term abortion (something like 80%), and the last time we checked women were more than just 20% of the population.

So no, her tweet is stupid.

And quite honestly very insulting to women.

Myth: All women think the same way as liberal women.

Fact: conservative women are strong independent thinking individuals who have their own voice.

— Corey W (@realCoreyW) January 28, 2018

What he said.

To whom is a 20-week abortion ban dangerous? Certainly not the baby.

— Jeff Seely (@InJeffable) January 28, 2018

Do you think ALL women are pro-abortion, Senator? Yes, you would still be fighting for your pro-abortion platform. That battle will rage until abortion is no longer legal…and I think that day is quickly coming.

— EcksFile (@EcksFile) January 28, 2018

You can feel the winds shifting, right?

I would fully support Congress of being 51% women……if they were like @DLoesch

— G. Marchetti (@GinoDMarchetti2) January 28, 2018

Gosh, we would totally support that too.

Go figure.


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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand seems to assume all women support late-term abortion

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It’s Official=> President Trump Decreases the Debt to GDP Ratio in His First Year in Office – First Time in More than 50 Years!

GatewayPundit - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 14:00

Guest post by Joe Hoft

The higher a country’s debt to GDP ratio, the less healthy the country’s economy.  With the GDP numbers released yesterday, President Trump’s policies have officially decreased the Debt to GDP ratio by 1.2% in the President’s first year in office.

In contrast, President Obama increased the US Debt to GDP ratio his first year in office by 14.5%.  Obama increased the rate a total of 37% over his 8 years in office.

Since his inauguration President Trump has focused his efforts on the security of the country and on the prosperity of its economy. The results of his actions are taking shape.

The US GDP has increased each quarter in 2017 with the 4th Quarter GDP increasing to $19.739 trillion – the highest GDP for any country in world history.

On the other hand, the President has curtailed US spending. The result is that the US Debt to GDP ratio decreased in 2017 from 105% to 104%.

No President in more than 50 years has decreased the Debt to GDP ratio in his first year in office by more than 1%. The last President to do so was Nixon in 1969. Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush decreased the Debt to GDP ratio in their first years in office but by less than 1%.

President Trump has the stock market at all time highs, jobs at all time highs and the debt to GDP ratio decreasing.  As a result America is moving in the right direction for the first time in at least a decade.


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Larwyn's Linx: Dueling House Intelligence memos could be released as early as next week

DougRoss - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 13:04
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Dueling House Intelligence memos could be released as early as next week: Kelly Cohen
Justice Department withholds majority of FBI texts: Byron York
FBI's Secret, Anti-American Society: Douglas V. Gibbs

Justice Department withholds majority of FBI texts: Byron York
This Former Obama DOJ Lawyer Says Trump Won’t Get Indicted: Rusty Weiss
Wynn resigns as RNC finance chair amid reports of sexual misconduct: Fox

Trump broke with Justice Dept, called for release of memo: report: John Bowden
The Schumer Shutdown, ‘Dreamers,’ 2 Marches, and California’s Tax Grab: Ken McIntyre
The Art of the Choke: Mark Krikorian

This Civil War - My South Carolina Tea Party Convention Speech: Daniel Greenfield
President Coach: The Z Man
Koch brothers pledge $400 million for Republicans in midterm elections: David M. Drucker

Who, Whom? — Population Replacement Edition: WRSA
Ginsburg will not attend Trump’s first State of the Union: TruePundit
Culture of Hate: Instapundit


Did Bureau of Economic Analysis Sandbag Report on 4th Qtr U.S. GDP?: CTH
Visualizing Real Inflation - A Decade Of Grocery Prices For 30 Common Items: ZH
Seattle Tax Killing local Business so Let’s Make it Statewide!: DTG

Scandal Central

Investigate Obama’s and Kerry’s Unlawful Deals with Iran: Rachel Ehrenfeld
Senators Press Podesta And Other Democrats About Dossier-Related Contacts: Chuck Ross
Texts: Comey Chief Of Staff “Clearly” Believed McCabe Should Be Recused From Clinton Probe: GotNews


What Is Fake News?: Andrew Klavan
CNN Still Hasn’t Corrected False Story On James Comey’s Classified Memo Leaks: Sean Davis
CNN’s Acosta Calls Davos Head ‘Pitiful’ for Acknowledging Media Bias Against Trump: MenRec

Trump should give Mueller an hour: Don Surber
Oops: Corney O'Brien
The Follower Factory: NYT


Dear Hypocritical World #NeverForget #InternationalHolocaustDay: Kay Wilson
POTUS Wins 'Medal of Life' From Human Rights Group (Media Blacks It Out): Humberto Fontova
How the Trump Turnaround Took Davos by Storm By Putting America First: Lawrence Kudlow

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Sean Hannity’s Twitter Account Hacked — With Death Threat to President Trump!: Jim Hoft
Meet the newest bartenders at Hard Rock Casino -- they're robots: Nola
Smart cities must do more to deliver value for citizens: Damien D’Souza


Hillary Clinton Thanks Activist Bitches: Stuart Schneiderman
The abandoned homes of Detroit's Grand Meyer neighborhood: Marathon
Sundance 2018: “Awful and Boring”: MOTUS

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“God didn’t create borders.”

-Vicente Fox

“And I will set your BORDER from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.”

-Exodus 23:31

— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) January 27, 2018

Sunday morning talking heads

Hot Air - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 13:01

This morning’s lead topic on the Sunday shows is the approach of Shutdown Standoff 2.0 and the politics of immigration that will define it, which means it’s time to check in on the on-again off-again bromance between the president and Lindsey Graham. Two weeks ago Graham was sitting across from POTUS when he made his “sh*thole” comment and informed Graham and Dick Durbin that their compromise plan for DREAMers was far too weak on enforcement. A mopey Graham whined to the media afterward:

“(At a previous meeting) Tuesday, we had a president that I was proud to golf with, call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan, you had to have border security as essential, you have border security with a wall, but he also understood the idea that we had to do it with compassion. I don’t know where that guy went. I want him back.”

Three days ago Graham got him back. Trump shocked the right by putting a generous amnesty on the table that would include all DACA enrollees *plus* anyone who was eligible to enroll in the program but didn’t. Suddenly Graham was wearing his MAGA hat again:

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 25, 2018

This morning, then, may be a rare instance in which Graham sides with Trump against Democrats on immigration, an issue on which he’s usually allied with Team Blue. Schumer has rejected Trump’s offer due to the limits it would eventually place on chain migration. Is that too far left on open borders even for Graham? He’ll be on “This Week” to talk it over.

Marc Short, Trump’s legislative director, will also appear this morning to talk immigration and the shutdown, sitting down with “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday.” If you’re bored with shutdown shenanigans, though, and would rather zero in on the Devin Nunes memo about FBI abuses instead, you’re in luck: Trey Gowdy, who I believe is the only House Republican to have reviewed the intelligence on which the memo is based, will be on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss its upcoming publication. Gowdy has been outspoken in claiming that what he’s seen is troubling and that the memo will make clear why. He’ll be pressed for details by host Chris Wallace, who seems to think the story is overhyped.

Oh, and Tammy Duckworth will guest on “Face the Nation” as well to discuss what it’s like to be America’s first-ever pregnant senator and to call Trump “Cadet Bone Spurs” again, probably. The full line-up is at the AP.

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