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Nunes Tells Yovanovitch, ‘I Don’t Have Many Questions for You, You Admitted You Don’t Have Firsthand Knowledge’

LifeZette - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 21:00

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Friday questioned why Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, was even called to testify by Democrats during the public House impeachment inquiry.

Said Nunes, “I don’t really have that many questions for you.”

“You admitted in your opening statement that you don’t have any firsthand knowledge of the issues that we’re looking into,” he also said to her.

“I’m not exactly sure what the ambassador is doing here today,” he added.

“This is the House Intelligence Committee — which has now turned into the House Impeachment Committee,” said Nunes.

“This seems more appropriate for the subcommittee on human resources at the Foreign Affairs Committee if there are issues with employment and the administration … instead of an impeachment hearing where the ambassador is not a material fact witness.”

Yovanovitch admitted she had no firsthand knowledge of President Donald Trump’s committing any “high crime or misdemeanors.”

She acknowledged that he had lost confidence in her — but that is not a high crime or misdemeanor.

So why is Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wasting the time of the American people with this nonsense?

Yovanovitch was a willing participant in a campaign of disinformation, as I see it.

She was briefed before her Senate confirmation in 2016 that any questions she received referring to the Bidens and Burisma were to be referred to then-Vice President Joe Biden’s office.

She, no doubt, had been through ethics training and recognized an apparent conflict of interest concerning investigations into Burisma’s payments to Hunter Biden, as I see it.

She did nothing.

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When Biden’s incriminating video demonstrated a coerced quid pro quo to fire the prosecutor who was investigated Burisma, she knew that an investigation of American corruption in Ukraine was coming.

She appeared to be supporting the Democratic Party’s efforts to prevent an investigation from continuing.

I do not doubt she is upset about her career being marred after her unwillingness to report an apparent conflict of interest involving Burisma and the Biden family.

The shoe will be on the other foot, and Schiff is going to be crushed — that’s my prediction.

See the video above via Fox 10.

A version of this piece originally appeared in; this article is used by permission.

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Obama Fires Warning at 2020 Dems: Voters Don’t Want to ‘See Crazy Stuff’

LifeZette - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 15:28

Former President Barack Obama on Friday warned 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls to pay attention to what voters actually think — warning that most of them don’t want to “tear down the system.”

“The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that,” Obama said.

“There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff,” he said.

“They want to see things a little more fair. They want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that, I think, will be important.”

The two-term Democratic president made the remarks at a gathering of the Democracy Alliance, a group of wealthy Democratic donors. He was interviewed by Stacey Abrams, who lost Georgia’s gubernatorial race last year.

Obama has largely stayed on the sidelines on the 2020 Democratic primary, and has not yet backed a candidate — even as former Vice President Joe Biden has invoked his name on numerous occasions.

But Obama has made remarks indicating he is nervous about the drift to the extreme Left on a number of issues by parts of the Democratic Party.

On Friday, he did not mention any candidates by name.

But he did cite immigration and health care reform as examples of where Democrats may be out of sync with the broader electorate.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have both released plans on immigration and Medicare for All respectively in recent weeks.

Warren’s government-led overhaul of the health care system would eventually abolish private insurance and cost $52 trillion ‚ while Sanders’ immigration plan contains radical policies, including welfare for illegal immigrants and a moratorium on all deportations.

“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds,” Obama said.

The comment about Twitter feeds echoes remarks he made last month, when the former president took a swipe at “woke” virtue signaling and cancel culture, telling a Chicago audience to “get over” their obsessions with ideological purity tests.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke, and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” Obama said.

“The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids — and share certain things with you.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and the Associated Press contributed to this Fox News report, which is used by permission.

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Pope May Add Sin ‘Against Ecology,’ for Climate Change, to Catholic Church Teachings

LifeZette - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 13:30

The progressive pope is at it again.

Now, Pope Francis wants to add an “ecology sin” to official Catholic Church teachings.

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In other words — if you use your Webber charcoal BBQ grill or don’t spend your life savings on solar panels, you must atone for your sins, it seems to me.

Excuse me, but this is nonsense.

Pope Francis has made climate change a signature cause of his, which is why he’s strongly considering adding the category of “ecological sin” to the Catholic Church’s official compendium of teachings.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect for what I call the climate cult.

They just called on the pope to do this last month.

So now we have the radical secular Left dictating what the Catholic Church should teach.

All good Catholics must to stand up and rebuke the progressive agenda that is infiltrating the church.

Earth Beat reported on Synod members calling for the Catholic Church to deepen its theology in a way that would help people recognize “ecological sins.”

They claim that an “ecological conversion” is necessary to ensure that Christians understand the “gravity of sin against the environment as a sin against God, against one’s neighbor and against future generations.”

Here’s how Crux Now explained it all in a piece on Friday:

Speaking to a group of lawyers on Friday, Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church is contemplating the introduction of “ecological sin” to the compendium of Church teaching.

“We have to introduce, we are thinking about it, in the catechism of the Catholic Church, the sin against ecology, the sin against our common home, because it’s a duty,” he said.

The pope’s words came just weeks after the conclusion of a bishops’ summit on the Amazon focused on the environmental threat to the region.

Francis was speaking to the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, held in Rome November 13-16, under the scope of “Criminal Justice and Corporate Business.”

He also said that the culture of waste, combined with other widespread phenomena in welfare societies, is showing the “serious tendency to degenerate into a culture of hatred.”

“It is no coincidence that in these times, emblems and actions typical of Nazism reappear, which, with its persecutions against Jews, gypsies and people of homosexual orientation, represents the negative model par excellence of a culture of waste and hatred,” Francis said.

He also said that upon hearing some speeches from certain governments, although he didn’t give any examples, he’s “reminded of Hitler’s speeches in 1934, in 1936, [heard] today.”

“We must be vigilant, both in the civil sphere and the ecclesial context, to avoid any possible compromise – which is assumed to be involuntary – with these degenerations,” he said. (source: Crux Now

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Help a Neighbor, Lend a Hand, Go the Extra Mile — Kindness in a Hard World Can Do Wonders

LifeZette - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 12:00

The little things, done with love, matter.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux reminds us, “Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”

St. Thérèse practiced this kindness in her convent, in small but meaningful ways, all the time.

One of her jobs was to launder handkerchiefs — and one of the sisters continually splashed hot, dirty water in Therese’s face.

St. Thérèse made a huge effort to be kind and not strike back or complain. She also struggled to help Sister St. Pierre, an older and irritable nun, walk from the chapel to the dining area.

This older nun would complain that Thérèse was walking too fast; or she would not want to hold the younger woman’s hand.

This griping continued into the meal, when Thérèse tried to cut up her meat or simply try to be attentive to her needs.

She was going to give Christ’s love to everyone regardless of the cost, and I am sure these words of Jesus inspired her deeply: “Love your enemies and do good to them and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for He himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked” (Luke 6:35).

Without a doubt, St. Mother Teresa — who chose her name after St. Thérèse — was inspired by her selflessness. How often was she seen cleaning wounds, helping the poorest of the poor, cleaning waste, and otherwise tending to others in so many ways.

We can see many examples of this in our everyday lives today.

One evening, while on board the train leaving New York City’s Grand Central Station and heading north, I saw an elderly Chinese couple start shouting desperately to everyone in what sounded like Mandarin.

The man directly in front of me was listening attentively and soon figured out they were asking if the train was going to stop in the town of Port Chester, New York.

He reassured the elderly lady with a lot of kindness that indeed it would, and suddenly a smile lit up on this couple’s faces, and the woman said “thank you” in broken English at least five times.

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My mom once told me a heartwarming story about my older sister, Debbie, who managed a Social Security office in Michigan for many years, from her wheelchair (she has rheumatoid arthritis).

She developed a friendship with one of the cleaning ladies, and over time, noticed the young woman was pregnant.

My sister asked if she was going to have a baby shower with her friends.

The woman blushed and said, “No,” as she and her friends could not afford it. So my sister asked her entire office to throw a surprise baby shower and a lunch for this cleaning woman and her friends.

Such a simple idea — but what an impact that made on the culture of that office. “Whatever you do to the least of these brothers of mine, you do to me” (Matthew 25:40).

Kindness should be a mindset, as Proverb 3:3 reminds us: “Do not let love and fidelity forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Unload the dishwasher when nobody is watching. Prepare the coffee in the morning for the rest of your family or friends. Or write a note of thanks to someone to show appreciation, let another driver turn into a side street during a traffic delay, give up your preferred seat in a restaurant or diner to someone else who needs it more — this list could go on and on.

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It’s also easy, during our busy days, to forget God’s incredible love for us starting with the gift of life and our faith.

He does so many “behind-the-scenes” favors for us and continually showers us with His love and grace, even though at times it may be tough love to get us to a higher level of holiness.

Our lips should repeat with Psalm 117: “Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples! His mercy for us is strong; the faithfulness of the Lord is forever.”

Let’s have an open mind and open heart to see the needs of those around us — and take action. Do it, but do it with love, and try to soften and sweeten the burden of so many hurting hearts.

“Never get tired of doing little things for others — sometimes those little things occupy the bigger part of their hearts,” said St. Thérèse.

Fr. Michael Sliney, a Catholic priest, is an adviser to the Lumen Institute, a professional business group. This article appeared in LifeZette earlier and has been updated. 

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Let God’s Presence Be the Defining Force in Your Life

LifeZette - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 02:46

We all have faith in something — because none of us know everything.

But how do we develop our faith in Almighty God?

Well, it’s by experiencing the power and wisdom of His presence.

But to be in His presence, we must be holy.

Holiness is developed by obedience to His Word.

Disobedience causes us to be distanced from God — and then we are plagued with doubt, instead of being comforted by faith in Him.

Doubting Thomas asked Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (John 14:5)

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Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (vs 6).

In this very intimate conversation with His disciples, Jesus went on to explain exactly how they would be enabled to engage the power and wisdom of His presence: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John‬ ‭14:15-17‬).

Obedience to God places us in His presence — and opens our mind and heart to the reality that the blind world can’t see or comprehend.

When we’ve lived with a strong sense of God’s presence, it’s so compelling we don’t want to disobey Him.

When we do, what we lose is far greater than what we gain.

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Our obedience places us in God’s presence — which enables us to experience His Spirit.

When we live life by looking through the lens of God, His wisdom and power multiply our faith.

Reality dawns brightly and compels us to walk in the light.

God’s presence is the defining force that constantly sways my heart to submit to Him.

His Spirit gives me faith to walk on paths I never dreamed possible.

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Rush Limbaugh Pinpoints the Precise Moment the Dems’ Impeachment Plot Imploded

LifeZette - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 01:15

House Democrats had a plan … and they thought it was a good plan.

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But something happened that messed it all up.

They would use an anonymous whistleblower, painted to be some well-connected White House official privy to secret information, in order to levy a shadowy charge against the president of the United States.

They’d tell the American people that President Donald Trump was abusing his powers behind the scenes — “Watergate-style” — to destroy his political opponents because he was terrified he’d lose the upcoming 2020 race.

The Dems would say there was a “quid pro quo” and all sorts of other scandalous things the lying fake news media would breathlessly report on, day after day and night after night.

And President Trump would be powerless to stop it.

All he would be able to do in order to defend himself against the anonymous “whistleblower” would be to tell the American people about the phone call on July 25 with the president of Ukraine — and say he did nothing wrong.

But, it wouldn’t matter —  the Dems would have the upper hand because of that pesky “whistleblower” who knew everything and was risking life and limb to tell the truth.

That’s how it was supposed to go down.

But as Rush Limbaugh has pointed out, President Trump ruined the Dems’ plan when he released the transcript of the call between himself and the Ukraine president.

And President Trump didn’t even wait for the Dems to get their story out.

He dropped the transcript right away — rendering the entire plan completely useless.

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That, according to Rush Limbaugh, is the exact moment when the Dems’ impeachment plans failed.

Check this out from The Daily Wire:

According to conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, congressional Democrats were banking on President Donald Trump sticking to conventional norms and not releasing the transcript of the phone call between himself and his Ukrainian counterpart.

That’s where their impeachment effort “Plan A” went wrong, Limbaugh argued on Thursday’s show.

“They rolled the dice that Trump would not reveal the transcript of the phone call in order to protect executive privilege, to continue to wage battle between Congress and the executive branch and the separation of powers,” the conservative said. “And they really believed that Trump and his advisers would go to the wall not releasing the transcript.”

If Trump did not release the transcript, the radio host argued, that would have allowed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and his fellow congressional Democrats “to accuse Trump of exactly what got Nixon.”

Democrats, Limbaugh said, would accuse the president of engaging in a “cover-up” and “obstruction.”

“When the president released the transcript,” he said, “it immediately rendered the whistleblower irrelevant.” (source: The Daily Wire)

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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Chris Wallace Claims if People Weren’t ‘Moved’ by Marie Yovanovitch, They Have ‘No Pulse’

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 19:00

It’s official.

Chris Wallace of Fox News has taken over the role of the theatrical and emotional diva Shepard Smith, in my opinion.

Chris Wallace is now “reporting” on the “news” as if it were an episode of “Days of Our Lives.”

During Friday’s impeachment hearing, former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testified about how hurt she was when President Donald Trump fired her from her post.

Uh, we’ve all lost a job.

Suck it up and get over it.

Wallace, who appears to hate President Trump, was once again giving his “opinion” when he should be reporting on the news.

Wallace is supposed to be a “reporter” — and reporters are supposed to report facts, not editorialize and spin the situation to suit an agenda.

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He shares his own opinions all the time, as I see it, and that’s why people can’t take anything he says seriously.

He’s a partisan hack, I feel, disguised as a “neutral” reporter.

In an absolute brazen attempt to paint his agenda, Wallace said, “If you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, you don’t have a pulse.”

I guess I’m writing this from the “other side,” then — because I was not the least bit “moved.”

Wallace went on to say, “This is a woman who has served in seven posts of presidents for both parties for more than 30 years, hardship posts, places like Somalia. She was at an event at the U.S. Embassy to honor an anti-corruption fighter who was later killed because acid was thrown in that woman’s face, and she’s being told by the secretary-general at the State Department, ‘You’re going to have to leave, and you’re going to have to leave on the next plane. We’re worried about your security.'”

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Yes, this is what happens when a new president takes over. People lose their jobs.

The same thing happens when companies merge.

It’s called the “real world.”

You can watch the video below:

@FoxNews #NeverTrump hack #ChrisWallace “If you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovich, you don’t have a pulse.”
NewsFlash:Millions of Americans still alive & well watching #ObamaHoldover, drama queen lie about why she was FIRED #MarieYovanovitch #ImpeachmentHearing

— 100% FED UP! (@100PercFEDUP) November 15, 2019

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CNN’s Toobin: Dem Witnesses Had No Direct Contact with Trump; That’s a Problem for Those Trying to Impeach

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 18:30

Here are some “impeachment network news” moments worth noting.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said the following, in part, about Wednesday’s hearings as the Friday event plays out.

“The one criticism of these two witnesses [on Wednesday], which I think is very much legitimate … It’s not really a criticism, it’s just a factual statement, is that neither of them had direct contact with the [resident.”

Finally, someone with a working brain, in my view.

Hearsay is not permissible in court.

And we all know how distorted the truth can turn out when it’s passed along like a football.

The so-called Steele Dossier springs to mind.

One gigantic lie, in my view — and they wasted two years with over $60 million in taxpayer dollars.

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So excuse me if I don’t feel this impeachment inquiry is the best use of taxpayers’ money or our lawmakers’ time!

Watching tidbits of Wednesday’s impeachment inquiry hearings was a little like listening to the grass grow.

And see the below video.

We had professional career diplomats without any direct knowledge of anything repeating backyard gossip.

What they did make clear was that they had a consensus for Ukraine policy among themselves — and were disgruntled that the president of the United States had the audacity to interfere with their policies.

They seem to forget that foreign policy is the purview of the president with the consent of the Senate.

They work for him.

And it is their responsibility to implement his policies.

If the American people don’t like his policies, then we can vote him out of office in the next election.

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Democrat Counsel Leads the Witness at Friday’s Hearing — and GOP Hits Back

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 17:10

Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) committee counsel Daniel Goldman began, as the second hour of the Friday impeachment inquiry commenced, to question Democrat witness, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Goldman is a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC, where he regularly criticizes President Donald Trump.

Goldman is also a donor to President Trump’s opponents.

He’s given a total of $36,000 to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee), Doug Jones, Beto O’Rourke, and Max Rose, as cited by the Republican National Committee.

Goldman threw Yovanovitch softballs on Friday morning as she drew conclusions completely based on secondhand information.

She stuck to her probably heavily coached and staged narrative of presidential personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s alleged perfidy against her — and her full innocence regarding any charge of any sort made at any time against her by anyone in the U.S., in Ukraine, or in any part of the known physical universe to include multi-dimensional parallel universes.

Noticeable throughout the entire hearing on Friday morning thus far is that Schiff and his counsel went overboard in claiming witness intimidation by President Trump.

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But how could Yovanovitch have felt intimidated if, by her own admission, she didn’t even see the Trump tweet — referenced by Schiff when he interrupted the proceedings to read it — in the alleged intimidation and it wasn’t directed at her?

And as every American knows, Trump tweets frequently and often.

Ranking GOP Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) also remarked early on regarding Schiff’s obsession with keeping the name of the CIA informer a secret.

First of all, everyone in D.C. and most in the country already know the name of the so-called whistleblower.

Second, as Nunes remarked, Schiff claims he doesn’t know the name.

If so, said Nunes, then how would he know which name to keep secret and if indeed that was the name of the informant if it was made public?

As the committee takes a break for a House vote, Ambassador Yovanovitch and her Democrat handlers cannot be too pleased with her performance so far.

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Like her two previous Dem-coached colleagues, she has failed to meet the Democrat hype about her.

Her delivery was solid, if self-aggrandizing and softly passive-aggressive.

But she broke no new ground and mostly related the details of her own firing, a tale already well known in D.C. and to the committee.

The ambassador’s staged performance for the press and public will not go so smoothly in her upcoming questioning at the hands of GOP Intel Committee Counsel Steve Castor and bulldog questioner Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Inconsistencies in her past statements will likely be brought up, as will the statements of her colleagues that no quid pro quo ever existed in any Trump administration dealings with President Volodymr Zelensky of Ukraine.

See these tweets — and share your thoughts:

Last time I checked, ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the president.

And we don’t impeach presidents based on hurt feelings.

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 15, 2019

Did Amb Yovanvitch tell Ukraine official to drop investigation into Soros-connected group?

— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 15, 2019

'Some Kind Of Strange Cult': @RepDevinNunes Slams Democrats' Closed-Door #Impeachment Probe

— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) November 15, 2019

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Democrat Chair Stops GOP Members from Speaking Before Yovanovitch’s Testimony

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:55

The second day of the televised hearings of the House Dems’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump started out with House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) quashing legitimate GOP parliamentary points of order — and leading former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in questions that targeted presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani and, indirectly, President Trump.

After Schiff’s opening statement during which he put out partisan Dem talking points against the president, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) responded by pointing out that all the testimony so far, and the testimony expected from Ambassador Yovanovitch, was secondhand and hearsay.

Nunes also stated that the entire impeachment inquiry was designed by the Dems to distract attention from their own corruption and efforts by Ukraine officials to work against the Trump campaign of 2016.

Nunes then read from a released White House transcript of the first phone call between President Trump and then-newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.

During that call, according to the transcript, there was no mention at all of military aid, a quid pro quo — or Hunter Biden.

As Schiff then began to issue his edicts for the conduct of the hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called for a parliamentary point of order.

So did Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).

Points of order are customarily always answered.

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Schiff ruled them out of order — and refused to recognize either Jordan or Stefanik in clear violation of House rules and procedures.

No doubt after the damage Schiff and Dem witnesses took from GOP cross-examination this past Wednesday, Schiff has been advised to go harder and more ruthlessly against GOP questioning.

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch then took the stand — and recited her background and resume.

She was not modest in her self-estimation. She repeatedly accused “foreign corrupt interests” of working in a “smear campaign” with Rudy Giuliani to remove her from office. She did not, however, reference any firsthand knowledge of the supposed campaign against her.

This is a continuation of the Dem strategy of Wednesday to hit the president through his lawyer.

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She denied what she called “baseless allegations” against her. Specifically, she denied telling fellow diplomats “to ignore” the president “because he is going to be impeached.”

She also denied that she issued a “do not prosecute list” to Ukrainian law enforcement in an effort to protect Hunter Biden and his Ukrainian associates.

Yovanovitch went on to criticize State Department leadership and compare the U.S. military unfavorably with the State Department, awkwardly calling the State Department “the pointy end of the spear.”

The former ambassador, likely heavily coached by Dem Intel Committee staffers, concluded her opening statement by ironically invoking the name of murdered U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

Stevens and fellow U.S. personnel in Libya were killed in 2012 when the Democratic Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to deploy security forces to rescue them from an attack by Islamist radical terrorists.

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10 Striking Reactions from Everyday Americans to House Dems’ Impeachment Hearings

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:33

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday proceeded with its second day of public and televised hearings connected to its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

It’s an effort the group first said was due to a “quid pro quo” the president had allegedly conducted with the president of Ukraine connected to a potential Joe Biden and Hunter Biden investigation and military aid — and which the group is now saying is due to “bribery” on the part of the U.S. president.

Everyday Americans — readers, commenters, online posters and more — have been sharing their reactions in emails, comments, on social media and elsewhere to all of this.

LifeZette shares a selection here from readers as Marie Yovanovitch, former ambassador to Ukraine, testified to the committee.

Related: Jeff Sessions on Dems’ Impeachment Push: ‘It’s a Show Trial’

And feel free to share your own thoughts as well.

1.) “I base my decisions on facts and reality, not on opinions and hearsay! I have better things to do with my time and I only wish I had some of my tax dollars that are being wasted on this farce!”

2.) “I won’t be watching these hearings. I just wish [Congress] would get back to work.”

3.) “I watched the intro [on Friday], but when [Adam] Schiff opened his mouth with his eyes, I knew I needed to get on my knees and pray.”

4.) “Soooo, no one with a brain is allowed to ask a grown woman, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, any ‘difficult’ questions cause she might cry? Go, women.”

5.) “Never been this bored in my life.”

6.) “Fakery, flop, fiasco.”

7.) “Will there be any punishment for [Adam] Schiff or [Nancy] Pelosi for this sham?”

8.) “Don’t watch any of it on TV, no matter your choice of networks. Don’t provide any ratings for this Democrat sham.”

9.) “[People] need to understand the definition of impeachment. Then, they need to understand that the Senate isn’t going to impeach. This charade is a dog-and-pony show. Nothing is going to happen, including the people’s work!”

10.) “Most epic tantrum in history.”

Bonus reaction: “She [Yovanovitch] didn’t hear the call! Why she is there is beyond me! Waste of time and money!”

Please share any of your own thoughts below.

This article has been updated.

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Liberals Stumped When Asked to Name Anything Trump Did That’s ‘Impeachable’

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:50

Liberals — in my opinion — are not the most politically savvy bunch.

They’re not known for having a deep well of knowledge on politics or government.

After all, these are the people who actually believe the Statue of Liberty is our “immigration policy.”

Liberals tend to go off “emotions” and “feelings” — not facts.

This is why they’re so easily duped by propaganda news.

They often don’t want to go deeply into an issue and learn about different layers and how everything works.

Their feelings are hurting now — and they need a fix.

It’s that simplistic, as I see it.

“I hurt. Tell me why. Make it stop.”

This is why selling the Russia hoax was so easy.

Related: 25 Most Incredible Reactions to Mueller’s Appearance Before Congress

Here we have all of these people still reeling in pain over the 2016 election loss.

They’ve needed to justify their pain and excuse the loss.

They needed a place to lash out and say, “Russia and Trump ruined my life” — not, “I supported a terrible and unelectable candidate” (meaning Democrat Hillary Clinton, of course).

So, take that logic and apply it to impeachment.

These liberals don’t know “why” — factually — Trump needs to be impeached.

They just know that they hate him and he makes them feel badly — and for them, that’s good enough.

Case in point: Conservative pundit Benny Johnson hit the streets and asked liberals what President Donald Trump has done that’s an “impeachable offense.”

The responses are hilarious (and pathetic), but just what you’d expect.

You can watch the video below:

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Second Day of Impeachment Hearings on Capitol Hill: Fireworks or Forget It?

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:41

Many in the nation’s capitol are anxious to see today’s main event, the testimony of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in front of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) House Intel Committee.

Related: Trump on Dems: We ‘Did Nothing Wrong — They’re Doing Nothing’

Will she hold up under questioning with Democrat support — or will GOP members like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) eviscerate her as he did the two previous Dem witnesses on Wednesday?

We’ll bring you ongoing coverage to keep you informed throughout the day.

Let’s roll.

Marie Yovanovitch and her Democratic handlers contend she was fired due to political machinations by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

She will try to appear as a victim of such.

Yovanovitch is a career diplomat and has served in the State Department for over 30 years.

She will use that background to cast herself as an innocent civil servant targeted for an unfair dismissal.

Dems may play the feminist card as well and accuse the GOP and the president of gender bias against her — and may go as far as saying the president disdains her because she is an immigrant.

GOP members of the Intel Committee will portray her as a partisan player and point out discrepancies in her earlier statements to undermine her general credibility.

Related: Adam Schiff Had Fun Mugging for the Cameras

We can look deeper.

The Dems and the former ambassador claim that Rudy Giuliani was instrumental in getting her out of the way so he could exert pressure on the administration of Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president, and the Dem-admitted corrupt firm Burisma Holdings.

As before, all their evidence is hearsay and secondhand.

Marie Yovanovitch is Canadian-born. Her parents are Russian and German émigrés.

She is a Princeton graduate with a degree in history and Russian studies and speaks fluent Russian.

Yovanovitch has served extensively in Eastern Europe and other areas with duty in nations such as Russia, Armenia, and Somalia. She was appointed ambassador to Ukraine by then-President Barack Obama in 2016.

She was fired in May of 2019 by the Trump administration.

The GOP is ready for this day.

Said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Thursday night on “Hannity” about what the Democrats are planning for Friday’s hearing: “Here we have got the third witness now that’s coming in, Sean. And what I have found is none of those witnesses have ever met Donald Trump. And so when you have a real conversation with them, you start to say, Well, golly, you know, why are they actually the star witnesses? Now, [Friday], it’s even better than that the ambassador who is coming in wasn’t there during the phone call. Wasn’t there when the aid was suspended. Do you know where she was? She was at Georgetown.”

Related: Jeff Sessions: These Impeachment Hearings Are ‘a Show Trial’

“And so we’ve got Nancy Pelosi talking about bribery,” Meadows added. “The only bribery that’s going to take place is where she has to bribe the American people to believe the story that they’re spinning.”

Stay tuned to find out the news of the day on this and other topics.

And please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or at

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Trump at Rally About Democrats: ‘We Did Nothing Wrong — and They’re Doing Nothing’

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 03:28

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally at a packed venue in Louisiana on Thursday night — and shared a new political attack line against Democrats in the House who are pushing an impeachment inquiry against him.

He said during the rally to supporters, “We did nothing wrong — and they’re doing nothing.”

This was mere hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused the president of “bribery” during a press conference.

When a reporter asked her what she meant by that, she declared that Trump allegedly was “threatening to withhold military aid” during the July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine — in exchange for an “investigation into his political rival.”

This completely flies in the face of the facts of the phone call — a transcript of which the president released some time ago now.

Pelosi’s statement on Thursday appeared to indicate Democrats in the House are preparing now to go full-throttle on their impeachment efforts against the president.

Public hearings will again occur on Friday, as held by the House Intelligence Committee and run by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

Related: Jim Jordan Reveals Problematic Testimony of Wednesday’s Two Witnesses

The Washington Post had reported that Democrats were retiring the “quid pro quo” language in exchange for “bribery” following an internal study showing the word “bribery” resonated more in battleground states — as Fox News reported on Thursday night.

“Although the Louisiana rally ostensibly was an effort to oust the state’s governor, a Democrat, in this weekend’s election, Trump almost immediately turned his attention to the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry earlier in the week, reading from an article from The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra,” as Fox News reported.

The state election cycle for this year will close out on November 16.

That’s when Louisiana conservative Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards faces a gubernatorial runoff against GOP businessman and gubernatorial nominee Eddie Rispone, whom Trump has rallied for now more than once.

Read more on this story here — and share your thoughts.

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‘Dive Deep into God’s Word and Allow It to Transform Every Corner of Your Heart’

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 02:19

God’s Word will never be deeply engrained into our hearts if we limit ourselves to only reading or hearing it.

We must also do what’s in it to develop habits of the soul.

Think about it.

If you’re learning to cook and you just read (or even memorize) a recipe book — can you say you know how to cook?

No. You don’t learn to cook until you’ve been in the kitchen.

Life is our kitchen.

And the Bible has all of the best recipes for soul food.

The book of James says: “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (James‬ ‭1:22-25‬).

Related: ‘We Are So Much Better Off with God Than Without Him’

When God’s Word works itself deep into our hearts, we’re feasting on soul food.

If the Bible never permeates our lifestyle, then we are “deceived” and we have forgotten — or, perhaps never even discovered — who God made us to be.

God gives us our true identity.

Related: ‘God’s Love Is the Greatest Source of Confidence, Power and Wisdom’

And when we live in the guidance of His Word, it feeds, grows, and transforms our life.

Think about it.

We have the ability to know the Creator of all things. So, of course, His Word gives us everything we need to develop the amazing and beautiful soul He gave us!

Do you want to know your divine purpose?

Then dive deep into God’s Word — and allow it to transform every corner of your heart.

Then, when you look in the mirror, you’ll never forget who you are.

God has a mighty plan for you.

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Trump Rallies in Louisiana on Thursday Night: Watch This Livestream

LifeZette - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 01:21

The president addresses a group of supporters at a packed rally on Thursday night in Bossier City, Louisiana.

He’s scheduled to speak just after 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The state election cycle for this year will close out on November 16.

That’s when Louisiana conservative Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards faces a gubernatorial runoff against GOP businessman and gubernatorial nominee Eddie Rispone.

President Donald Trump is holding the event during a week in which House Democrats are holding their televised hearings in their efforts to impeach him, connected to a phone call he had with the president of Ukraine on July 25 of this year in which they claim he insisted on a quid pro quo regarding a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for military aid.

Related: Jeff Sessions Calls the House Dems’ Impeachment Push a ‘Show Trial’

The president has said no such thing happened and released the transcript of the call months ago now.

His focus has been corruption in Ukraine.

“Trump [is] hoping to turn the tide in Louisiana’s razor-thin race for governor,” noted USA Today on Thursday of the rally this evening.

The president thus far has not scheduled other rallies for the remainder of the year, though that could change.

“Trump retooled his campaign message this fall to focus on the impeachment investigation, which he has described as a ‘hoax,'” USA Today noted.

“The Bossier City, Louisiana, rally is the first time he will meet with supporters since public hearings in that inquiry began Wednesday.”

Watch the livestream here:

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Influx of Illegal Immigrants Is Partly What’s Driving Some Californians to Flee to Idaho

LifeZette - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 23:34

With some parts of California spiraling into socialism and public health nightmares, it is only natural that many smart citizens are leaving in droves.

One of the destinations of these folks is Idaho, a conservative state whose politics are in stark contrast with those of California.

That’s why it’s become a mecca for those leaving California for a less extreme social and political climate.

LifeZette talked to one person who is leaving Southern California for Meridian, Idaho.

“You run into daily interactions with people around my small hometown in Southern California who are in the process of looking for a home in Idaho,” this person told LifeZette.

“They don’t feel comfortable anymore in California because of failing schools, loss of medical services, and high taxes, all at least partially due to of the influx of illegal aliens.”

Related: San Francisco Finds Itself in Even More Trouble

What has been the reception in Idaho?

“People have been so nice here — even just knowing we were there visiting to look for a home to buy. It’s only been kindness.”

But not everyone is happy about the march of Californians to the Gem State.

Some in Idaho want to stop ‘plague’ of Californians moving in

— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) November 12, 2019

One mayoral candidate in Boise, Idaho, is dead-set against the whole idea.

See this tweet with more on that:

In Boise, one mayoral candidate — an auto body tech/ yard sale pro/ Lyft driver — campaigned on stopping the California invasion.@marialaganga on what Californians moving to Idaho are bringing with them: Income inequality.

— Marisa Gerber (@marisagerber) November 11, 2019

Wayne Richey was a mayoral candidate in a municipal election last week.

He garnered only 2 percent of the vote on an anti-growth and long-time resident-friendly property tax proposal.

He came in fifth.

However, he is far from alone in thinking Idaho is not served well by the number of Californians moving there.

Over 70 percent of Idahoans surveyed in a 2018 poll conducted by Boise State University said the region was growing at an alarming rate.

In 2016, the number of those answering that way was only 50 percent.

Some of the concern is purely political.

Idahoans feel Californians will just export the socialistic mess they left behind.

Related: California Now Permits Illegal Immigrants to Serve on Government Boards

They look at other states such as Colorado and Nevada that used to be solidly red states — until Californians who moved there made them purple and leaning blue.

Some of it is cultural, of course, a natural feeling on the part of Idahoans that anyone who moves there should embrace the state and its traditional lifestyle.

Otherwise, why would they want to live there in the first place?

Rev. Bill Roscoe, a California transplant himself who lives in Boise, put it this way to The Los Angeles Times: “If you come here and love it, everything’s fine. If you come here and fly that California flag in your driveway and have stickers on your car that say, ‘Santa Cruz,’ there’s going to be some hard feelings.”

It is unlikely the California exodus will abate any time soon, given the extreme left-wing policies that have become predominant in many cities in the Golden State.

Idahoans really have no choice but to live with it — and hope against hope that California’s overwhelming and increasingly intrinsic problems stay in California.

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Four Reasons Bevin’s Loss in Kentucky Is Not Trump’s Loss

LifeZette - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 22:20

GOP incumbent Matt Bevin conceded defeat more than a week after he lost to Democrat Andy Beshear in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race.

Bevin said at a news conference on Thursday at the state capitol in Frankfort that he wanted to do “what is best for Kentucky.”

He wished his successor well.

His loss will be seen as an indirect loss, of course, for President Donald Trump — who campaigned heavily for Bevin.

There are those who will say it will hurt the president in November 2020 in the state.

Related: Republicans Have a Lot to Be Happy About After This November’s Elections, with Some Caveats

And the Dems and the media will make much of that perception.

See this tweet about the news on Thursday:

BREAKING: Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he won’t contest results showing Democratic opponent winning Kentucky governor’s race.

— The Associated Press (@AP) November 14, 2019

But on closer examination, that analysis can be seen as flawed for several reasons.

Here are four reasons that reasoning is flawed.

1.) Bevin was his own worst enemy. It was not so much his actions, as Kentucky is a conservative state — but his tone that alienated enough of his own base to lose the race.

Bevin especially lost support with suburban female voters because he picked fights that, due to his harsh demeanor, seemed arbitrary and reckless.

Among his targets were state pension programs and public school teachers, both with significant support in the state.

2.) Others on the state GOP ticket ran tens of thousands of votes above Bevin and won their races. That includes GOP rising star and Kentucky’s first black attorney general, Daniel Cameron, who won with 70,000 votes and 57.8 percent.

That is a better gage of the president’s popularity and the strength of the GOP base than is Bevin’s election result.

President Donald Trump also fought hard for Cameron.

3.) Trump was obviously not on the ballot — and the presidential race is almost a year away. But the president won the state by 30 points in 2016 and there is no discernible reason he should lose it in 2020.

However, the Beshear win could act as a mirage of a victory to a gullible Democrat nominee.

That individual could put much time and money there, much like Hillary Clinton did in Arizona in 2016 — and still have no chance of winning.

4.) If Trump is impeached and acquitted in the Senate — the current probable scenario — his base will be hopping mad. And Trump turnout in deep red states like Kentucky will go through the roof.

Nevertheless, the message for the Trump campaign is clear: Moderate your tone on certain issues, or risk losing the so-called suburban female “kindergarten teacher” vote.

The recent label is the latest version of the “soccer mom” vote sought by so many candidates of both parties for decades.

This group is economically conservative, though culturally it inhabits the wide middle ground.

These voters reject invective and prefer at least the pretense of civility.

They may be waiting a long time for it in 2020.

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Deval Patrick Tosses His Hat in the 2020 Democratic Ring: Is He Too Late?

LifeZette - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 21:24

As if there weren’t enough Democratic contenders vying to topple President Donald Trump in November 2020, another entered the race on Thursday morning.

Related: Katie Hill Won’t Give Up the Spotlight, While Deval Patrick Joins the 2020 Race

Former two-term Democrat governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick declared his candidacy.

Patrick joins a crowded field that has narrowed down to four top-tier paladins: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

In recent days, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has filed for the Democrat primary in Alabama — while the failed 2016 Dem presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, said that “many, many, many” people are urging her to run for the White House again.

Check out Patrick’s Thursday announcement about his entry into the 2020 contest.

In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for everyone:

I am today announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.

— Deval Patrick (@DevalPatrick) November 14, 2019

The Northeast seems to be overly represented in the group of people running on the Dems’ side, which displays the limited geographic appeal of the Democratic Party to that region, urban centers, and the west coast.

It’s enough, though, to have won them the popular vote in every presidential race, except 2004, since 1992.

But not all Dems are happy with Deval Patrick.

Here, one from the very hard socialist Left expresses his indignation at both Bloomberg and Patrick.

(No doubt Patrick’s job at Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital might make a socialist a bit peeved.)

The billionaire class sends in two relief pitchers in the late innings – @MikeBloomberg and now @DevalPatrick. Was Bloomberg a little too on the nose? Patrick will be a more sophisticated way of trying to protect the upper class. Not. Going. To. Work.

— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) November 14, 2019

The reason Patrick is getting in is that he likely thinks he can make enough of a splash to take him out of relative obscurity — and into a VP or Cabinet slot.

He cannot be foolish enough to think he stands a chance for the nomination.

This could be a dry run for a later campaign, of course.

But, just to be on the safe side, as of today Patrick’s bio page at Bain has been wiped clean.

Former gov @DevalPatrick’s bio page at Bain Capital just turned into 403 error page… I’ve reached out to Bain for explanation

— Evie Fordham (@eviefordham) November 14, 2019

That anyone would be considering getting into the Democrat primary at this late date is a testament to the fluidity of the race and the field.

With Warren believed to be too leftist, especially on her health care plan; Sanders too leftist in general; Biden too old and moderate; Buttigieg too new to the national game; Harris not ready for prime time; and all of the others not competitive across the country — there may be room for another big player.

Bloomberg would hurt Biden and attract moderate votes.

Patrick hopes for a miracle.

And if Hillary Clinton winds up getting in, all bets are off.

She would be a game changer in the Dem field and the pressure would be heavy on other female candidates to drop out.

But they won’t.

They know, as does the rest of America, that Hillary is yesterday’s news.

For Patrick, on the other hand, this could just be a recon mission.

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Letter to a Young Gamer, from All Other Humans

LifeZette - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 20:54


Your time is running out.

I’m writing this letter to you on behalf of your parents, your future family — and when it comes right down to it, from the rest of us, too.

Your parents didn’t exactly ask me to write to you, but without a doubt, they wish someone would. They would tell you themselves and probably have tried dozens of times in one way or another, but you don’t want to hear it anyway and they know it.

They don’t want to have to deal with the attitude you’d give them if they let you know how they feel, so instead, they put up with the low-level tension you create and try not to set you off.

Who could blame them?

How does that make you feel?

You are a grown man, after all. Maybe not in the eyes of the world, but the arbitrary age the culture sets is only as high as it is because immature guys have made the world afraid to treat you like one.

But if you are above the age of 13, you are perfectly capable of stepping up and doing man things.

Once you pass age 16, you have absolutely no excuse. You just haven’t chosen to do so yet.

That’s on you — nobody else.

It’s time for you to put down the game controller and make the jump to manhood.

Don’t get me wrong.

You’re a good kid. You have the potential to be a very good man if only you’d choose to be.

God has a mission for you to accomplish with your life — and the time is ticking away for you to get it done.

I don’t know exactly what you were created to do, but I can tell you with certainty what it’s not:

  • It’s not spending four hours a day on the couch fiddling with a game controller.
  • It’s not sitting in your room watching porn.
  • It’s not binge-watching the latest series on Netflix.
  • It’s not posting witty comebacks or stupid videos on social media.
  • It’s not impressing your buddies with your sick skills on a skateboard, surfboard or bike.
  • It’s not plugging in your headphones and memorizing the explicit lyrics to the latest songs. Your kids will laugh at those songs.
  • It’s not slouching around with your underwear hanging out trying to look “cool.”

You aren’t fooling anyone, you know.

I was in Syria during that country’s civil war. I documented the carnage as tens of thousands of civilians tried to flee from the last stronghold of ISIS.

As they made their escape, ISIS fighters lit them up with machine guns. They fired rockets and mortars at them — and killed as many as they could.

I was about one kilometer from the fighting, part of a group of aid workers who had come to give medical care, food and water to these poor souls.

For weeks, we watched as hundreds and then thousands came out of the war zone every day. I saw some of the most gruesome injuries a human body can sustain.

I saw men with arms blown off. Women with gunshot wounds, burns, and shrapnel. Babies dying in my arms.

These poor souls arrived exhausted, emaciated and sick. They had lost everything, escaping with only what they could carry.

Nobody was there to help them.

Where were you?

Related: Hot Zone: Let’s Talk Post-Traumatic Stress

Scenes like this play out across the world every single day. There is so much need in the world.

And you spend your time playing games. Congratulations. You’ve made yourself useless.

The world desperately needs men to go out and conquer, build, and stand in the gap for those in need.

People are dying for lack of water, whole countries are being overrun by evil — and meanwhile, you are worried about leveling up in a digital universe that will be obsolete in six months or less.

What you are doing is worse than worthless. It’s harmful to the whole of society. That’s why you need to stop.

Stop playing games like a child.

Stop amusing yourself while your parents work to provide you with opportunities that billions around the world could only dream of.

Stop spending a third of your waking life engaged in absolutely meaningless and even harmful activity.

That is a problem.

Dude, it’s time to get up and become the man you were created to be.

Do you ever think about the debt you owe your parents?

Oh, you owe them big-time.

They’ve sacrificed for you all your life, and you happily consume their electricity, their appliances, and their food while you sit there day after day — a young man playing boys’ games.

The next time you walk by a mirror, look yourself in the eye and try to make yourself believe you aren’t disrespecting them every time you fire up that console.

Good luck with that.

If the way you are living doesn’t bother you on some level, then nothing I say will get through.

Go back to the meaninglessness of being a surly lump on the couch.

Go back to letting mommy do your laundry and clean up after you.

Go back to mooching a few bucks off your dad when you want to go out.

Go back to being afraid to move out and make it on your own.

Go back to your games while your sister gets into college.

Go back to your virtual girlfriends while the flesh-and-blood woman who could be your wife chooses another man — one who will provide for her.

But if you are convicted by this letter — then get up, turn off the device, and go outside.

The graphics are better out there anyway.

Go for a long walk — and ask God to show you why He put you on planet earth.

He will if you learn to listen.

Your time is running out.

The Bible verse 2 Timothy 1 starts out with the apostle Paul reminding Timothy of the debt he owes to his mother and grandmother. The faith he has was passed down to him from those two godly women.

It doesn’t mention Timothy’s father — maybe he had died or left the family, as all too many men do. But Paul doesn’t dwell on that.

He just says, “For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”

You’ve also been gifted by God. But right now you aren’t using those gifts as you could.

Instead, all your passive activity is putting out the fire.

Related: Video Game Addiction: What You Must Know

You’re taking something very precious and valuable and leaving it to rot. How disrespectful. You should be ashamed.

The decisions you make right now will be magnified over time, and every little investment you make in yourself and others will pay off big-time down the road.

Every month you waste now puts you a year behind the power curve later in life.

So do something right now, today, to make yourself a little better.

Go for a run. Read a book. Join the Marines. Get involved in your community. Start a journal. Start a business. Mow the lawn.

Develop your prowess.

Be a man.

A woman wants a man who is fearless. You can be that man. You can be the man who isn’t afraid to leave the protective cocoon of his parents’ pocketbook and go out and conquer the world.

Do you realize what you are wasting as you sit there fiddling with your game controller? You are giving up your chance to make a difference.

You are giving up your chance to make a living.

What are you waiting for? Age 18? 21? 30? Why?

No matter how much you win in the digital realm, you are still losing. Do you know that?

The average Joe spends four hours per day wasting his time like this. Count the cost. Four hours a day is a fourth of your waking life.

It’s three months out of a year.

Four hours a day adds up.

Dedicate yourself to constructive activity instead of play — and you could accomplish any of the following:

  • In a day, you could write a magazine article that pays $300-$500.
  • In four days, you could learn to code basic web pages.
  • In a week, you could read two books. In a year’s time, imagine what you could learn.
  • In two weeks, you could teach yourself to be a video editor, a graphic artist, or to build computers. (YouYube has all the tutorials you could ever need.)
  • In three weeks, you could be coding mobile apps.
  • In six weeks, you could be in the best shape of your life.
  • In two months of self-study, you could pass the stockbroker exam.
  • In just over six months, you could be functionally fluent in Spanish or French.
  • In three months, you could be pretty good on the guitar.
  • In 12 months or less, you could publish your first book.

Nothing in the above list looks interesting, you say?

There are literally thousands of options not on this list, just waiting to be found.

There is no way you can convince me there isn’t one out there that lights your fire.

But you aren’t finding it. Know why? Because you are drowning the creative spark in your life.

In jungle warfare training, young warriors are taught to survive in the wild. They are shown how to construct traps to catch wildlife for food, find water, and make fire from whatever is on hand.

They collect dry, flammable material and make a tiny nest; then, after preparing their kindling, they throw a little spark right into that bed of tinder. Then they carefully, patiently nurse that smoldering bundle until it bursts into flame.

In the wild, fire is life.

The Bible, in 2 Timothy 1:6, says, “Fan into flame the gift of God that was given to you by my hand.”

It’s the old warrior, Paul, motivating his young protege Timothy to get after it. Claim his prowess.

He puts it that way for a reason. The gifts you have been given were intended to drive you into purposeful living.

But those gifts have to be nurtured, fed and fanned into flame.

All your passive activity is nothing but cold water on that spark, drowning your passion. And it’s why you can’t think of anything constructive that interests you.

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You’ve been given gifts, too. They are there inside you, waiting to become a blazing fire.

These gifts are precious because they are the medium God uses to drive you toward the purpose for which you were created.

If someone gives you a valuable gift and you never do anything with it, you are disrespecting the one who gave it to you. All that passive activity isn’t harmless fun. It destroys your ability to think deep thoughts, feel deep emotion, and experience deep meaning.

It makes you the closest thing to a real-life zombie.

But feed that gift, nurture it through purposeful work — and before long it will become an all-consuming passion that drives you toward a life worth living.

Nobody ever built a monument to a video game wizard. At the end of your days, do you want to look back and say, “At least I beat [fill in the blank]!”

Or do you want to look back on a better world, on noble accomplishments, a loving family and the respect of honorable men?

You can. It’s what you were made for, really.

Better get busy, though.

You don’t have as much time as you think.

And in real life, there are no do-overs.



This article is excerpted with permission from the just-published “Prowess: The Man You Were Meant To Be” by Chuck Holton.  

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