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Pastor of Liberal Church Gets Fired After She Takes Christian Conference Attendees to Buy Toys – at a Sex Shop

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Here’s a Saturday story for ya.

In 2014, a famous liberal Manhattan church found its first female pastor in mid-40’s Amy Butler. Pretty spiffy.

But the spiff didn’t last — Pastor Amy had to recently be let go, following a formal harassment claim against her.

She had a good shot: The non-legalistic church is known for its laid-back attitude toward homosexuality and left-wing political stances on illegal immigration and climate change.

Outside of sporting a MAGA hat, what’s a girl gonna do to get canned?

The divorced mother of three figured it out. She took two fellow ministers and a flock member on a field trip — to a sex shop. While there, she bought one of the Good News-bringers a vibrator. And they didn’t want it.

But oh, what a trip it was: The gang shot over to the Smitten Kitten while in Minneapolis for a religious conference. She reportedly pulled out the church credit card and joked, “Is this a church business expense?”

Nicely done.

Amy bought a blue, $200 bunny-shaped vibrator for her single-mom-of-two collared compadre who was celebrating her 40th birthday — “as well as more pleasure gadgets for the congregant and herself,” as per the New York Post. Ames offered to purchase a sex toy for the other minister as well — a gay man in a committed relationship.

He declined.

Fox News reports:

The sex toy incident was apparently the final straw amid mounting concerns from the Riverside Church Council about Butler’s judgment, as she was seeking a $100,000 raise. She has a $250,000 annual salary and $8,000 monthly housing allowance — on top of other cushy benefits.

Wow — no wonder she went for the 2-Benjamin bunny.

But wait — there’s more. As relayed by Slate, the firing may’ve been for something different entirely:

Supporters told the [New York Times] that the dismissal came after Butler accused a member of the church’s governing council of leaving her inappropriate gifts (including a T-shirt reading “Sweet Bitch”) and making suggestive comments to her and other female ministers. “There is absolutely no doubt that sexism played a role,” one supporter told the Times.

That church has some interesting things going on.

Either way, sometime around July 7th, Interim Senior Minister Michael Livingston announced via the house of worship’s website Ms. Butler’s departure:

“Rev. Dr. Amy Butler and the Riverside Church Council are announcing that after five years of leadership, Pastor Amy will not be renewing her contract as senior minister. The Council thanks Pastor Amy for her leadership and asks all congregants to pray for her continued ministry as a leader in the progressive Christian world.”

Progressive = Buying a blue bunny vibrator for your single-mom pastor friend and offering an anal device for your fellow gay minister while trying to shrug off your “Sweet Bitch” shirt from the church councilman.

Progress sure has changed since I was a kid.

So has — my gosh — so has church trips.

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Not a Great Moment For Kamala Harris As She Explains Her Position on Illegal Border Crossings (VIDEO)

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) just wasn’t her usual calm, cool and collected self during Friday’s appearance on “The View.”

“I’m going to try to make this as quick and dirty as possible. You’re for decriminalizing border crossings, you’re one of the people that raised your hand at the debate. Do you agree with AOC that we should get rid of DHS altogether?,” co-host Megan McCain asked.

Harris responded:

That is not correct. I am not in favor of decriminalizing um, or not having um consequences for, we have to keep, let me just be very clear. We have to have a secure border but I am in favor of saying we are not going to treat people who are undocumented and cross the border as criminals, that is correct.

What we cannot do is have any more policy like we have under this current president that is about inhumane conduct, that is about putting babies in cages, that is about separating children from their parents and we have got to have policy that is about passing comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway toward citizenship.

I would not make it a crime punishable by jail. It should be a civil enforcement issue but not a criminal enforcement issue.

Even though she managed to contradict herself before clarifying her answer, the words themselves were not the problem.  The trouble was in Harris’ delivery of the answer. Gone was the typical self-assured demeanor that we expect from her, similar to the manner in which she questioned then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the senate confirmation hearings last fall.

The exchange with McCain can be seen at 0:50 in the video below.

Harris was one of eight senators who raised their hands at the last Democratic debate indicating her support for decriminalizing illegal border crossers.

Obama’s former Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. opposes this position. He told the Washington Post, “That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open  borders. That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”

Let’s hope Kamala has a few moments like this in the next debate.

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President Trump Wins A Victory Over Sanctuary Cities in the Ninth Circuit

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Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to make his Justice Department budget request, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Will wonders never cease.

One of the most dysfunctional elements in our notoriously dysfunctional immigration system is the ability of municipalities to declare themselves “sanctuary cities.” In essence, this means that cities refuse to cooperate with efforts by ICE to apprehend and deport illegal aliens, even criminals, because OrangeManBad. While I think that this is patently illegal and folks should be indicted for this–name another federal law enforcement issue where anyone puts up with this bullsh**, is there a sanctuary city for automatic weapons?–my bottom line opinion is that if the citizens of those cities want to live in a Third World sh** hole overrun by a criminal population, then they should be allowed to vote to make that happen. Where my line is drawn is when these goons demand that the federal government take my money to support their effort. That was the issue in a case called City of Los Angeles vs. William Barr that was decided yesterday in the Ninth Circuit.

The Justice Department awards several billion dollars in grants each year targeted towards particular outcomes. One of the major ones is via Community Oriented Policing Services. The process works like this. A municipality submits a grant proposal. DOJ scores the grant against criteria published in the grant application. The scores are rank ordered. Projects are funded in rank order until funds are exhausted.

In 2017, Los Angeles applied for a grant, it had received money in just about every year since the program started and thought it was a gimme. In the 2017 application, one of the items scored by DOJ was cooperation with immigration enforcement. Los Angeles, a sanctuary city, got a big, fat goose egg in that area. That loss of points placed LA below the cut line. So they did what any other leftist does when they lose, they went to a friendly judge and filed a lawsuit. And, because this was California, the judge in the case (a Lyndon B. Freakin Johnson appointee) decided that he was Galactic Commander.

A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that the Justice Department cannot withhold grant funding from cities and counties that do not comply with its immigration policies, and imposed a nationwide injunction on the feds’ actions.

Los Angeles officials called the injunction a “complete victory” and a “dagger” in the Trump administration’s tactics to use federal funding as a weapon against cities that do not comply with its immigration policies.

The city says it was denied federal funding for community policing programs because it refuses to let ICE agents into jails to ask detainees about their immigration status. It sued the Justice Department this past September seeking an injunction.

In its complaint, Los Angeles said the Justice Department withheld two grants and called the conditions unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Manuel Real ruled the federal government’s conditions violate the General Welfare Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the state’s rule-making procedures.

Real also granted the nationwide injunction, which blocks the federal government from putting conditions on Justice Department grants and other funds.

This is obvious nonsense. No one has a right to a grant. Moreover, no one has a right to a grant from the Justice Department when it refuses to enforce US law. This judge, in essence, ruled that a grantor agency has zero authority to decide the criteria for awarding grants.

The administration appealed. The ruling came down yesterday.

A federal appeals court on Friday gave President Trump a rare legal victory in his efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, upholding the Justice Department’s decision to give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with immigration authorities.

The 2-to-1 opinion overturned a nationwide injunction issued last year by a federal judge in Los Angeles. The appeals court said awarding extra points in the application process to cities that cooperate was consistent with the goals of the grant program created by Congress.

“The Department is pleased that the Court recognized the lawful authority of the Administration to provide favorable treatment when awarding discretionary law-enforcement grants to jurisdictions that assist in enforcing federal immigration laws,” the Justice Department said in an emailed statement.

The judges in the majority were both Bush appointees, the dissent was a Clinton appointee, for those of you keeping score and believe that Chief Justice Roberts was huffing Lysol when he claimed “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.”

The great thing about this decision, in addition to merely being sane and coming from the Ninth Circuit, is that it lays out a clear road map for the Trump Administration to begin choking off the flow of federal cash to municipalities that are at war with the nation’s immigration policy. You can nearly bet that the 2019 round of grants will be full of these conditions.

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Democrat Representative Accuses Former ICE Director of Racism in Hearing, It Doesn’t Go Well

Earlier this morning, my RedState colleague streiff shared a verbal beatdown by former ICE Director Tom Holman of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet, but once you are finished here, go watch it and enjoy. Trust me, it’s worth the time.

Holman wasn’t done embarrassing know nothing, grandstanding Congressional members though. Rep. Jesus Garcia (D-IL) decided it’d be a good idea to spend his questioning ranting about how Holman doesn’t care about kids that aren’t the same color as him, because charging racism is all these people have.

It didn’t go well.

Garcia rants about internment camps, asks Holman if he has kids, accuses Holman of racism toward children, and then asserts that Holman was purposely harming immigrants because that’s the state of political discourse coming from the Democratic party right now.

Make sure you watch until the end, as Holman is inexplicably shut down by Cummings at first after Garcia was allowed to make his disgusting comments unabated. Funny how Cummings never gets animated or cares about keeping time until it’s someone like Holman trying to respond to the deranged rantings of a Democrat on the Committee.

After a Republican Congressman points out that it’s ridiculous to not be allowed to fully respond to the string of slanderous “questions” pointed at Holman, the former ICE Director unloads again. Here’s the second part of his response.

“I’ve saw many dead bodies coming across this border. And you want to talk about the memo, this memo’s one option to stop death. Not just enforce the law, to stop death. If you want to legalize illegal immigration, good luck with that, because it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse on that border if you say “from now on there will be no consequences, no deterrents, it’s not illegal to come to this country illegally, more families will come, 31% of women will be raped, more children will die. We are a nation of laws. If you don’t like it sir, change it. You’re the legislator, I’m the executive branch and I’ve served my country honorably for 34 years and I will not sit here and have anybody say that I don’t care about children because they’re not the same color as my children.”

Holman is making an argument I’ve made many times on this site. Emotional appeals for open borders are nonsensical. They feel good but they simply put thousands of more people in danger. The more you incentivize illegal border crossings, the richer the cartels get, the more women are raped, and the more children die on the harsh journey. Is that humane? Of course it’s not. It’s irresponsible and harmful. Unintended consequences are not wiped away because a bunch of liberals get good feels from talking about not enforcing immigration laws.

The dishonest garbage that surrounds this debate is sickening. Holman served this country for 34 years as a police officer and at the border. He knows far more about this situation than some grand-standing Representative from Chicago who’s nowhere near the border and has no idea of the challenges they face, nor how to fix them. The accusations of racism have grown tired and no one is buying this anymore.

While Democrats may look at this exchange and think they scored points, voter attitudes on illegal immigration are actually shifting in Trump’s favor. As I wrote recently, a full 67% supported asking about citizenship on the census. When every Democrat endorsed free healthcare for illegal immigrants at the first primary debate, polling showed a majority against them. A majority are also against decriminalizing the border because that’s an obviously illogical, idiotic idea that would cause further chaos.

The President and Republicans need to stay the course here. Not for political reasons alone, but because it’s the right, humane thing to do. Open borders will only lead to more rapes, more deaths, and richer drug cartels. In the meantime, it’s good to see someone like Holman stand up to what was clearly a disingenuous accusation of racism. I have a feeling Cummings won’t be allowing him back to testify.

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Team AOC Takes Some Incoming: House Democratic Caucus ‘Dropped A Nuke On AOC’s Chief Of Staff ‘

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House Democrats are fed up with the “squad” and especially peeved because they chose to play the race card. The caucus has made it clear they stand with Pelosi in this feud and they fire back at AOC’s Chief of Staff in a very amusing way.

The squad includes AOC (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

In the latest skirmish, House Dems responded to a tweet written two weeks ago by AOC’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, about Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS). She is a Native American.

I think the point still stands. I don’t think people have to be personally racist to enable a racist system. And the same could even be said of the Southern Democrats. I don’t believe Sharice is a racist person, but her votes are showing her to enable a racist system.

The House Dems responded by playing the race card, kind of like the fabulous freshman four they played on Nancy Pelosi.

Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color? Her name is Congresswoman Davids, not Sharice. She is a phenomenal new member who flipped a red seat blue. KeepWestlake Legal Group 1f44f-1f3fe Team AOC Takes Some Incoming: House Democratic Caucus ‘Dropped A Nuke On AOC’s Chief Of Staff ‘ racism Front Page Stories Featured Story democrats Congress AOC's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti AOC Allow Media Exception 2020   HerWestlake Legal Group 1f44f-1f3fe Team AOC Takes Some Incoming: House Democratic Caucus ‘Dropped A Nuke On AOC’s Chief Of Staff ‘ racism Front Page Stories Featured Story democrats Congress AOC's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti AOC Allow Media Exception 2020   NameWestlake Legal Group 1f44f-1f3fe Team AOC Takes Some Incoming: House Democratic Caucus ‘Dropped A Nuke On AOC’s Chief Of Staff ‘ racism Front Page Stories Featured Story democrats Congress AOC's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti AOC Allow Media Exception 2020   OutWestlake Legal Group 1f44f-1f3fe Team AOC Takes Some Incoming: House Democratic Caucus ‘Dropped A Nuke On AOC’s Chief Of Staff ‘ racism Front Page Stories Featured Story democrats Congress AOC's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti AOC Allow Media Exception 2020   OfWestlake Legal Group 1f44f-1f3fe Team AOC Takes Some Incoming: House Democratic Caucus ‘Dropped A Nuke On AOC’s Chief Of Staff ‘ racism Front Page Stories Featured Story democrats Congress AOC's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti AOC Allow Media Exception 2020   YourWestlake Legal Group 1f44f-1f3fe Team AOC Takes Some Incoming: House Democratic Caucus ‘Dropped A Nuke On AOC’s Chief Of Staff ‘ racism Front Page Stories Featured Story democrats Congress AOC's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti AOC Allow Media Exception 2020   Mouth.

Conservatives find the ongoing feud to be extremely entertaining and several responded to the tweet.

The Federalist’s Sean Davis responded: “The Twitter account of the House Democrat caucus just dropped a nuke on AOC’s chief of staff. LOL.”

Fox News’ Lisa Boothe: The Democrat Party is officially going nuclear on AOC and it is a thing of beauty.

The Washington Examiner’s T. Beckett Adams: I don’t want this to end.

Other responses:

“You guys really don’t want the oval office huh?”

“Nancy Pelosi: “@HouseDemocrats official account.”

“No, no, no, no, all wrong. You’re supposed to accuse the House Dems of promoting white supremacy. No arguing about the rules. Stay woke.”

“This is fantastic.”

Looks like AOC may have overestimated her import to the Democratic Party this time. Glad to see the House Democrats aren’t listening to Pelosi and are continuing their feud in the public eye. Hope it continues. It is rather sweet.

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AOC Suffers Third Degree Burns Over 90% Of Her Butt After This Encounter With Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan

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Much of the lackluster American intelligensia, or what passes for it, seems to have an inability to distinguish glib from intelligent (that’s how late night comedians became the thought leaders of the Democrat party). This is certainly the case with freshman communist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If any other human had uttered the patent nonsense that has emanated from this person’s mouth, they would have been given the Dan Quayle treatment long ago. But because of the effortless and pseudo-lucid way in which she spouts stunningly stupid statements, people claim she’s smart. (To be frank, much of this is pushed by sexually frustrated hipsters who thing if they White Knight her that she may notice them. Seriously, when was the last time you heard a member of Congress praised for a high school science fair project? Or being called a “scholar” because you have a bachelor’s degree?)

But what happens when she goes up against someone who actually understands the subject matter, who is smart, and who recognizes that AOC compares unfavorably to your random bag of clawhammers? We now have the answer to that.

Former Border Patrol Chief and former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan testified before the House Oversight Committee today. He came loaded for bear. He slammed unnamed members of Congress who had denigrated Border Patrol and ICE agents. And told Congress if they didn’t like the situation that they should fix it. But the real fireworks came when AOC tried to show off her intelligence.

Guys I’m not going to give you a transcript of this because I want you to watch it.

Even Vox.com couldn’t ignore the beat down.

AOC tried to respond with more of her SuperiorKnowledgeTM

But that is bullsh**, too. People seeking asylum remain free to apply for asylum at ports of entry, they simply have to stay in Mexico or Canada while their case is adjudicated.

This woman is profoundly and dangerously stupid. It isn’t because she can’t learn. It is because she has convinced herself, and has had that conviction reinforced by the media and other influencers, that she already possesses a masterly of every subject from immigration policy to economics to climatology. The only lesson she learned from this is that some old white guy didn’t kiss her butt. But I think a lot of other people are learning something very, very different.

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Thousands Without Power As tropical Storm Barry Nears Louisiana Coast

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Satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry. (via the National Weather Service)

Though Tropical Storm Barry hasn’t yet reached Louisiana’s coastline, the people along the coast are already getting a glimpse of what is to come.

Rain and early signs of flooding are already hitting the coast, and there are reports that more than 60,000 residents along the coast are without power. The storm, however, isn’t expected to make landfall until late Saturday morning or early afternoon.

Barry is expected to become a full-fledged hurricane by then, though only right above the 74 mph threshold. Once on land, it’s expected to weaken back to a tropical storm before moving up into the Acadiana region of the state through Saturday afternoon and evening.

The remnants of the storm will hit north Louisiana Sunday before moving northeast.

The storm’s path has shifted several times late this week, which meteorologists say is due to the disorganized nature of the storm. It’s also a slow-moving storm, leading to increased worries of flooding such as was seen during Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

Areas of the state will see several inches of rain, and some areas in the southern part of the state are looking at 15 inches or more by the time the slow-moving system passes through.

Barry is the first storm to make landfall this hurricane season, which began on June 1.

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U.S. Virgin Islands Senator On Epstein: ‘Widespread Corruption In Territory, He Has People On His Payroll’

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U.S. Virgin Islands Senator Oakland Benta (D-St. Croix) spoke to Breitbart News’ Matt Roper on Thursday about billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. At one time, Benta was the island’s Chief of Police. He told Breitbart “there is widespread corruption within the territory that needs to be addressed and looked at with fresh eyes.”

Benta said:

Being an investigator as well, and understanding the dynamics, the police department now needs to work with its federal partners very closely because we have interstate trafficking across state lines of minors. If you move across state lines, that is a trafficking offense. At the end of the day, there are so many souls that have been placed in these positions that don’t have the wherewithal or the assistance and they’re saying ‘please help.’ Now we can actually encourage them to come forward because they know that justice will be served once it is brought to the correct ears here in the territory. Now, there is a belief and a trust that services will be rendered and justice will be served based on who they speak to within the territory.

Benta alleged that Little St. James Island “served as a home base for alleged illicit activities, ran a massive influence operation to get powerful politicians, nonprofit organizations, law enforcement, and government agencies charged with stopping such corruption and criminal activity from focusing on him. He said:

He [Epstein] has people on his payroll. He has [made] campaign contributions. He has donated to a lot of agencies and nonprofits. Maybe part of the reason why they’re not vocal is a lot of the nonprofit organizations have been recipients of contributions from Jeffrey Epstein and a lot of surrounding programs with children.

In a 2012 article, Roper revealed that Cecile de Jongh, the wife of former U.S.V.I. Governor, John de Jongh, had been working for Epstein as his “office manager.”  (At the time, the Governor himself was facing a bribery scandal.) That article can be read here.

According to a Bloomberg News report this week, per his company’s published records, she is still on Epstein’s payroll.

Benta said he is the only official to have addressed the issue so far and calls on his colleagues to “step up and root out the public corruption.” He said:

Yesterday, I made a point of privilege and launched a skirting address to my colleagues that we need to engage in this process of dire concern within our territories because at the end of the day it falls on our shoulders whether we will continue to work under the auspices of a corrupt enterprise which is identified as a white collar crime destination—which under the U.S. jurisdiction we are identified as such—and these sort of behaviors, we are not by ourselves because we have a lot of agencies that are funded federally that are supposed to safeguard this territory from these types of behaviors and crimes against persons most of all our children,” Benta told Breitbart News on Thursday.

I’m the only one—the only elected official in the territory, the only government official in the territory, who has said anything about this issue from the time it has begun until now. It’s everywhere. It needs to be the responsibility of all of us—every single person in the government—we now need to hold every single person within the respected agencies accountable for doing what they are supposed to and if not address it appropriately if they are not doing what they are supposed to. If you know something, say something. Or if you should have known something, that also is a caveat for us to apply justice when it comes to corruption in the other direction.

Bent told Breitbart that law enforcement throughout the territory “have been using kid gloves when combating corruption in the territory.”

The gloves are off. I say that because we love boxing. I for sure have called this to the attention of all my colleagues. Combating this vexing issue, as disturbing as it is, is important to protect our children who we created in order to protect our future.”

Mother justice will serve her purpose. If you use our soil, our region, to perpetrate these acts against our children, we must see justice.

Benta has called on the territory’s Attorney General, Denise George, to open an inquiry.

The attorney general, she is a female—Denise George—and just got seated into the position within the last two weeks, she needs to pay attention to the sex offenders list that falls under her purview and needs to make sure we have an account of all who are in the territory and who comes into contact with our children from elementary through high school and any sports like baseball or softball—any organization that has children being the main caveat to those programs—that we hold each one of those registered pedophiles in the region close to our chests as far as our observation in terms of who they are engaging with in the territory.

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Kanye West Professes His ‘Radical Obedience’ to Jesus Christ

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FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo. Kanye West appears at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. West responded to critical tweets from his former protege Kid Cudi by telling the fellow rapper never to mention him during a show in Tampa, Fla., on Sept, 14, 2016. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

 

 

This may come as a surprise to some of you. It certainly did to me.

In an interview for the August issue of Forbes, rapper Kanye West opened up about how his mental health was saved by his faith in — and “radical obedience” to — Jesus Christ:

Rewind to three years ago, when West claimed to be $53 million in debt, just before canceling the back of a lucrative arena tour and checking into a Los Angeles hospital for over a week with symptoms of sleep deprivation and temporary psychosis. West credits his turnaround to religious beliefs (“being in service to Christ, the radical obedience”) —and, on occasion, to being bipolar. Call him creative, call him chaotic—just don’t call him crazy. Like some entrepreneurs with conditions like ADHD and Asperger’s, he sees his diagnosis not as a hindrance but as a “superpower” that unlocks his imagination.

Kanye is…well…an usual kind of fella. A while back, he tweeted to Mark Zuckerberg while $53 million in debt. The occasion: a request for $1 billion to fund his artistic endeavors.

Hey! I’d like one of those, too. I’ve been wantin’ to make something with poster board, Elmer’s, pipe cleaner, and glitter. $1 bil should do nicely.

As reported by The Daily Wire, Kanye’s touting a public Christian faith for a while. In fact, he’s created Sunday Service events consisting of gospel music for the sake of a “healing experience.”

Anticipating the rapper’s Service at Coachella in April, Wife Kim spoke to Elle:

“[T]his will be my first time ever going to Coachella, and I’m so excited to be a part of it for the first time. And [the church], it’s honestly more like a healing experience for my husband. It’s just music; there’s no sermon. It’s definitely something he believes in—Jesus—and there’s a Christian vibe. But there’s no preaching. It’s just a very spiritual Christian experience.”

From TDW:

Following the success of the song “Jesus Walks,” Kanye has maintained he believes in God and Jesus Christ. In 2014, while performing at a show in Australia, he proclaimed himself to be a “married, Christian man.”

“I’m not judging but I’m just going to tell you who I am. I’m a married, Christian man,” he told the crowd.

My gosh — he’s the far Left’s worse nightmare: a famous black artist who loves President Trump and — say it ain’t so — this:

EGAD!

-ALEX

 

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Federal Investigation Into Michael Cohen’s Allegations Seems Set to Close Without Anyone But Cohen In Prison

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Shortly after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen went off for his three-year sabbatical, he provided information to federal prosecutors that seemed to show impropriety on the part of some members of the Trump Organization. This is how the New York Times gleefully reported the issue at the time:

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, offering information about possible irregularities within the president’s family business and about a donor to the inaugural committee, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Cohen, who worked at the Trump Organization for a decade, spoke with the prosecutors about insurance claims the company had filed over the years, said the people, who did not elaborate on the nature of the possible irregularities.

While it was not clear whether the prosecutors found Mr. Cohen’s information credible and whether they intended to pursue it, the meeting suggests that they are interested in broader aspects of the Trump Organization, beyond their investigation into the company’s role in the hush money payments made before the 2016 election to women claiming to have had affairs with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty last summer to arranging those payments.

Now the investigation is reported to have fizzled out:

A federal investigation into whether Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws appears to be wrapping up without charges being filed, according to people familiar with the matter.

For months, federal prosecutors in New York have examined whether company officials broke the law, including in their effort to reimburse Michael Cohen for hush-money payments he made to women alleging affairs with his former boss, President Donald Trump.

In recent weeks, however, their investigation has quieted, the people familiar with the inquiry said, and prosecutors now don’t appear poised to charge any Trump Organization executives in the probe that stemmed from the case against Cohen.

If so, this will rate with the many soul-sapping disappointments of the Democrats/NeverTrump (and now we know they are exactly the same thing) as they have tried to use a sympathetic Justice Department to do what they were unable to do at the ballot box in 2016…and may be unable to do in 2020.

It seems like every couple of months we have some new person who will “flip” on Trump and bring him down. Michael Cohen was supposed to be one of those. Tonight Donald Trump is still president of the United States. The Trump Organization is still in business. And Michael Cohen is still fetching sammiches from the prison canteen for his celly.

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