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Lena Dunham Fails to Start Naked Instagram Trend to Support Body Positivity, and Thank the Lord

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Look, I’ll be the first to stand up and say that we have a self-confidence problem in our society. It’s evidenced by the social media obsession with carefully curated lives for onlookers and even exacerbated by it to a degree that even its own creators have deemed wildly unhealthy.

I say this because I want to make it clear that I’m all about feeling good about yourself….but…

There does come a point where it goes too far and we start excusing unhealthy lifestyles and body types in an effort to reinforce the idea that you can be beautiful at any size. With it comes the idea that laziness and bad diets are perfectly okay, and that anyone who promotes a healthy lifestyle and good looking figures are bigots.

Lena Dunham has been on that train for a while, and it’s not looking like she’s getting off it anytime soon. Especially given that she posted an Instagram photo of herself nude in order to promote body positivity. Recently, she attempted to start a trend where people pose nude to show off their bodies. Luckily, the trend didn’t really catch on.

“Any negativity that comes your way is just an excuse to love yourself even more, right?” tweeted Dunham.

She then included that she’ll throw in a dollar for every body positivity comment she gets on her Instagram account, and donate it to a women’s charity called the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, which helps women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

My apologies for the following.

The body positivity movement goes by other names, chief among them is “fat acceptance.” It’s the idea that being overweight is not only healthy — healthy at any size! — but that others should recognize that big is beautiful. The body positivity movement has done some serious damage to people. In the UK, it’s increased health risks to people and costs for the NHS drastically according to the Guardian:

According to the NHS, we’re in the grip of an obesity epidemic, which has led to increased pressure on the struggling health service. The latest figures reveal that weight-related hospital admissions have risen by 18% in the past year, with more than a quarter (26%) of British adults now classified as obese. Another recent study, which measured the metabolic health of more than 17,000 respondents, showed that overweight people who exercise regularly and consider themselves “fat but fit” still had a 28% increased risk of heart disease, compared to their slimmer counterparts. As well as being linked to diabetes, obesity can also be responsible for osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems, high blood pressure and other conditions. While being thin won’t automatically grant you a clean bill of health or a long, smug life of squeaky clean arteries, there’s no denying that health risks are higher for obese people.

That heart disease risk mentioned earlier is also one of the biggest killers of humanity, and it pops up regularly in fat people.

“Obesity is probably the only risk factor that has such a global negative impact on so many risk factors for the heart,” says Barry Franklin, Ph.D., the director of the Cardiac Rehab Program and Exercise Laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

The entire reason Dunham has to create movements like this is that fat isn’t sexy. It’s a sign of un-health and as such is unattractive to people in general. Doctors have been telling us for ages that being fat is a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle. It even affects mental health. People who break away from the lifestyle report more energy and actual positivity.

What Dunham is promoting is essentially is a march toward early death and unhappiness along the way, which is the general feeling you get when watching her shows.

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Andy McCarthy Is Right About Mueller’s Investigation but for All the Wrong Reasons

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It isn’t very often that I’ll say National Review’s Andy McCarthy has missed the boat but this is one of those occasions.

In his Friday post at National Review, The Mueller Investigation Was Always an Impeachment Probe, McCarthy contends that because Mueller’s team was packed to the gills with progressive Democrats hellbent on creating a case for impeachment, and they knew that Barr would never go along with their legal reasoning–the same reason that was repudiated by the Supreme Court in the Enron and Arthur Andersen cases–they had to find a way of getting their evidence before like-minded Democrats.

So . . . Plan B: What if we decline to make any recommendation on obstruction?

Mueller’s staff calculated: If we don’t press the point of indicting the president, the AG and the Justice Department have no reason to dispute our findings, or even take on our analysis of obstruction law. They’ll be so relieved to avoid a fight over obstruction charges, they’ll be willing to let all that slide. And with Congress demanding the report, and the AG having promised maximum transparency in his confirmation hearings, we will achieve our objective: Congress will get our obstruction evidence, with an accompanying legal analysis that tends strongly in favor of finding felony obstruction. That will be the basis for any impeachment proceedings.

This, then, became the plan: Mueller would decide not to decide.

What matters is that Mueller’s shrewd staffers accomplished exactly what they hoped to accomplish: Make sure the report was disclosed to Congress intact, with 200 pages of obstruction evidence, a legal analysis that tends toward a finding of obstruction, and an express assertion by the special counsel that if he had found Trump did not commit a crime, he would have said so.

That is probably as accurate as far as it goes but I think McCarthy loses sight of the fact that there is a much clearer case to be made for saying that Mueller was never, ever interested in anything to do with Russia and was engaged in a hit job on President Trump from the day he was appointed.

To preface this, let me point out that by the time Mueller was appointed on May 17, 2017, the FBI already knew that the Steele dossier was utter fabulist bullsh**. They knew Papadopoulos didn’t have any inside track to the Kremlin because all of his contacts who purported to give him said information were Western intelligence assets. The knew Michael Cohen had never been to Prague. And if even the New York Times had staffers wondering aloud on video of the Steele dossier was actually Russian dezinformatsiya, that quite a few counterintelligence people at the FBI and at the CIA were undoubtedly pursuing the same line of reasoning as the claims that could be investigated were proven false. It was known for a fact that Carter Page was less of a Russian agent than Hillary Clinton. No one ever had any real concerns about Mike Flynn and sandbagging him was just Andrew McCabe getting payback for Flynn supporting an agent McCabe had fired in her sexual discrimination lawsuit against him. The whole Trump Tower meeting was known to have been conducted by Fusion GPS operatives, one of which John Kerry’s State Department had allowed into the the US despite her being banned from entry. No sane person believed the whole bank-server-in-Trump-Tower-talking-to-Moscow story.

In short, were this investigation actually the “counterintelligence” investigation it was purported to be, then all Mueller had to do was review existing investigatory information, sign off on it, and say “nothing here, folks.”

But that isn’t what happened.

What happened was something completely different.

James Comey was fired on May 9. According to Comey, on the Monday after he was fired, May 15, he decided to leak him memos documenting his meetings with Trump in hopes of triggering an independent counsel (on what grounds, one might ask) and on May 16 the first story about the memos appeared. The next day Mueller was appointed.

But from court documents we know that the FBI had opened an obstruction investigation of President Trump between May 9 and May 17:

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Read the whole thread on the origins of the obstruction hoax.

What Mueller walked into was not a counterintelligence investigation but a investigation into obstruction of justice based upon Comey’s recollections as documented in his leaked memos. The structure of Mueller’s appointment doesn’t cite any violation of law associated with “coordination” (I doubt seriously that this “coordination” would be illegal) but does spell out the legal authority for investigating matters beyond the appointment letter.

So on his first day on the job, Mueller had to decide whether to focus on the Russia hoax or push an obstruction case. It is hard to see any honorable reason why he elected to not quickly clear the Trump campaign of “collusion.” The investigatory leg work had been done. It would have been in the best interests of the nation. The only plausible explanation is that Mueller decided that he could severely damage the Trump administration by a lengthy investigation and that if he slung about the specter of obstruction, the media would ignore the nothingburger than he was supposed to be investigating.

This investigation was never, ever concerned with Russian meddling or collusion. From its first day, the Russia angle was nothing more than a subterfuge for an investigation of the President, his family, and his friends with the sole purpose of damaging them politically and financially and, if possible, sending them to prison. McCarthy may be right about the bureaucratic tussle that led to Mueller not making a decision but he loses sight of the fact that Mueller knew this was an obstruction investigation from his first day on the job and joyfully participated.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Recently Wiped Out Red Light Cameras Throughout the State

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With a stroke of his pen and smirk on his face, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a short video of himself proving why he’s one of the most beloved Governors in the nations.

Abbott opened his video by saying that he was at the Texas Capitol in Austin signing bills, and described the one sitting in front of him.

“I’m about to sign this bill than bans red light cameras in Texas,” he said before putting his signature on the paper.

Abbott then held up the now former bill for everyone to see.

“Is now law,” said Abbott with a slight smile.

Red light cameras have been a lucrative way for cities to garner extra cash from traffic violations. From 2007 to 20010, Texas cities accrued $100 million from 1.2 million camera tickets. However, red light cameras have two major problems.

For one, they’re unconstitutional. Upon receiving a citation from an officer, you are given the opportunity to fight it in court. The city or county has to prove your guilt. If it can’t, the ticket is thrown out. Red light cameras don’t work that way. If you get a ticket, you’re expected to pay it, due process be damned. It puts the onus on the driver to prove he’s innocent, not the authority to prove a citizen’s guilt.

But secondly, and most importantly, the safety reasons for these cameras to supposedly exist don’t even keep drivers safe. In fact, according to the Star-Telegram, they actually make intersections more dangerous:

As for the only legitimate argument in favor of the cameras — safety — a 12-year study released in 2018 by Case Western Reserve University in Ohio concludes there is “no evidence of a reduction in total accidents or injuries” attributable to red light cameras in Texas. In fact, the study says, by training motorists to “stop even when it would be safer to continue through the intersection,” red light cameras have actually increased rear-end collisions at such intersections: up 28 percent combined in Dallas and Houston.

“Intersections with cameras are likely to be among the most dangerous intersections,” the study says.

Abbott signing this bill into law is a no-brainer, and I appreciate his attentiveness to logic. It’s rare in this day and age.

But more importantly than my appreciation for that, is Abbott’s rare ability to treat citizens in his state like adults. Red-light cameras are essentially nanny cams for adults, making sure that people are following the rules. It’s insulting, and every time I see a flash from the camera go off, I’m angered by the idea that a city thinks it needs to keep a technological eye on its citizens. It’s as infantilizing as it is Orwellian.

This is why I love Abbott. His attitude revolves around the idea that we’re grown adults, and we can make grown adult decisions about what we do.

We need more like him.

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He Persisted: Dan Crenshaw Is Owning Liz Warren on Twitter and I’m Just Here to Share the Popcorn

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As he’s demonstrated in the past, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) is unafraid to take on the Democratic party’s far left wing, whether it be in liberal dens like “The View”, during House Committee hearings, or on social media.

The latest examples of this from Crenshaw are his tweets countering claims from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the 20+ Democratic candidates running for president. Even though Warren was one of the first candidates to declare her intentions to run, her poll numbers have consistently lagged. As a result, she’s moved even further to the left over the last few months in a desperate attempt to win over primary voters.

Over the weekend, Warren appeared at the California Democratic Convention and made a speech that took veiled shots at Democratic front runner Joe Biden. Here’s what she said:

Crenshaw, in turn, responded with some truth balm:

A little over a week ago, Warren boasted on Twitter about signing the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge:

Crenshaw called out her hypocrisy and virtue signaling:

In mid-May, Warren announced she would not do town hall debates on Fox News, citing an alleged “hate for profit” business model:

Reading between the lines, Crenshaw zeroed in on what the real issue was – and let her know it:

I should note for the record that Crenshaw has also tackled claims made by 2020 candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over the last couple of months:

But his countering of Warren’s narratives is especially noteworthy because they come at a time when Democratic women are trying to silence criticisms from Republican men by playing the “incitement” and “women of color” cards.

Crenshaw continues to show that he will not be intimidated, which is only fitting when you consider that he put his life on the line to protect the right for American citizens like Warren and Sanders to make bogus, hypocritical, and self-serving political claims.

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Steven Crowder Hasn’t Done Anything Wrong

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Right now, Steven Crowder’s YouTube channel is being investigated for racist and anti-LGBT speech due to complaints being made by Vox’s Carlos Maza, popular for the “Strikethrough” video series.

Maza is upset over the fact that Crowder makes fun of his ideas and attacks him during the course of response videos Crowder makes that debunk Maza’s claims in his videos. Maza tweeted at YouTube, saying he has a thick skin, but that he’s bothered by Crowder’s attacks toward him.

YouTube responded by publically telling Maza that they’re looking into it and that they sent him a direct message over Twitter.

In response, Crowder warned his viewers that this isn’t just about YouTube attempting to shut down a channel for supposed hate speech, it’s a multi-million dollar corporation attempting to silence its loudest critics.

This is the long and short version of the story, but this short tale actually opens the door to a much larger conversation that needs to be had. This conversation can easily be started with a simple question: “What is hate speech?”

Crowder did, in fact, call Maza a “lispy queer,” and a “gay Mexican.” In today’s politically correct world this is enough to send clutching hands to the nearest pearls. However, as Crowder said in his update video about the attacks on him by Vox to silence him, these are a combination of both friendly ribbings — something he does with his own co-hosts — and accurate descriptors that Maza himself has used to craft his identity.

In short, Maza is upset that Crowder is describing him accurately, it’s just that Crowder is using from the position of an intellectual adversary.

So it’s not a slur. Crowder hasn’t called for the actual destruction of anyone in the LGBT community and has made it clear that bringing anyone to physical harm is not something he’s okay with at all. He also hasn’t used LGBT terminology that Maza hasn’t used to describe himself. In truth, Maza doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

We as a society have to draw a true line as to where and what we can consider hate speech because, at this time, that goal post seems to be moving by the hour.

For instance, Maza can suggest that Fox New’s Tucker Carlson is in line with White Supremacists because his content generates racist sympathies and suggests that Carlson himself isn’t concerned with things like immigration policies, but concerned with people are “different.” However, since Maza never calls Carlson any fun names, suggesting that Carlson is guilty of racism isn’t hate speech.

However, videos like Maza’s generate a dangerous narrative that Carlson is a dangerous racist promoting hate and violence. It’s a narrative that some have taken very seriously, and they wind up at Carlson’s doorstep threatening him with physical injury and attempting to gain access into his home while his wife and daughters hide in a closet.

At this time, I haven’t seen or heard Maza denounce this kind of treatment of the right as I have seen Crowder denounce that kind of behavior toward the left. If I’m wrong, then by all means, please let me know and I’ll make the correction. At this time, all I have is Maza promoting the idea of assaulting people because he doesn’t like their politics, so my faith in his goodness is a bit shaky.

Yet, Crowder can deconstruct Maza’s arguments with actual points that don’t accuse a person of horrid behavior with the exception of dishonest journalism. It’s only hate speech because Crowder referred to him in ways Maza refers to himself.

Hate speech, at least as I understood it, is a malicious attack on a certain race, group, or religion with unfounded accusations and calls, or suggestions, for violence. We popularly associate hate speech with ideals given by the Nazi party and verbalized by Hitler. We still hear it today, only it doesn’t come from the right.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) suggested: “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Celebrated feminist activist Linda Sarsour said that the flagging popularity of the Democrat party is due to the “Jewish media.” Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said she gets a “calming feeling” when she speaks about the Holocaust and made the false claim that Islamic countries were trying to help Jewish people.

These are awful things to say, and yet the media and fellow Democrats work overtime to run defense for it all. What’s more, it doesn’t just stop at speech against Jewish people. White males are consistently targeted by politicians, activists, and the media. In fact, YouTube itself is fine with videos from the likes of Buzzfeed, MTV, and Huffington post that blanket-blame white people for every problem under the sun, while also stereotyping them.

Crowder is known to do this too, only Crowder is doing it for comedic purposes and isn’t at all hateful toward the people he lampoons. MTV, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post are deadly serious.

Not only is this hypocritical, it shows us the left’s cards. It’s unofficial motto is “it’s okay when we do it.” Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo says as much during his defense of Antifa’s violence…twice. The left’s mentality is that they can say and do whatever they want because they feel their racism, sexism, bigotry, and even violence is for the greater good. Crowder’s verbal jabs, however, are an avenue to evil.

But more importantly, Crowder is usually right in his rebuttals and criticism. This pulling back the curtain is dangerous to an ideological group whose messages and narratives really only thrive in a vacuum. That, beyond anything else, has to be silenced.

Crowder has done absolutely nothing wrong, especially by the standards set by the left. In truth, his crime is saying they’re wrong and proving it.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Trashed the NRA, Then They Produced a Letter From Her and Things Got Awkward

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Kirsten Gillibrand has currently earned the votes of her immediate family (we think) and sits at 0% in all the latest polling. It doesn’t appear she’s even going to make the cutoff for the first Democrat primary debate. To say her campaign has fallen flat is a bit of an understatement but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to fight the good fight.

After relentlessly trashing Fox News previously, she decided to do a town hall on the network and let’s just say that it didn’t go well. She’s basically Hillary Clinton but even more inauthentic. Figure that one out.

Take this clip of Gillibrand trying to explain why she flip-flopped on gun rights the moment she was no longer representing a more conservative Congressional district.

(The clips are short, I recommend you watch them for their comedic value alone.)

Anyone else just get a headache? Even past the fact that she’s lying, her delivery is just terrible and she comes across as flailing about wildly.

On her points, the NRA doesn’t sell guns and is a non-profit. They aren’t worried about profits from gun sale as she says. Her quip about the terror watch list is also dishonest tripe. The problem with allowing the government to place people on a secret list with no due process is that it’s third world, dictatorial nonsense. We don’t strip rights from people in this country just because some government bureaucrat decides to put them on a list. You’d think every politician could at least agree on that, but I guess not.

One thing she says in the clip is the the NRA is “the worst organization in the country.”

While that’s not groundbreaking when it comes to Democrat pandering these days, it is note worthy here because the NRA happened to dig up a letter from Gillibrand in response to her comments.

My word, that’s awkward.

In the letter, she’s writing to the executive director of the NRA (at the time) and her position on guns is nearly the polar opposite of what she espoused to Chris Wallace. She reaffirms her support for the 2nd amendment and even trashes the idea of meaningless, feel good laws that don’t actually help reduce gun violence. I agree Sen. Gillibrand.

Even more hilariously, she brags about her support for the Heller decision that she now opposes, which codified the 2nd amendment as protecting the individual right to bear arms.

She ends with this glowing language toward the NRA.

I appreciate the work that the NRA does to protect gun owners rights and I look forward to working with you for many years in Congress.

That sounds quite a bit different than calling them the worst organization in the country. It’s not like the NRA is any different today than it was in 2008. Their missions is exactly the same. The difference then was that Gillibrand represented a rural district and had to pander to those voters. Once she got to the Senate, she immediately became a hardcore liberal on gun rights because her voter base was no overwhelmingly Democrat. There are no principles at work here, only opportunism.

Gillibrand is a hypocrite. She shifts with the winds as bad as any politician in recent memory. Her in-authenticity and awkwardness are why she’s polling at 0% and can’t get any traction. You’d think she’d take the hint and just quit at this point. Instead, she’s sticking around for more and we’ll be her to laugh at all of it along the way.

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Pastor Issues Statement After Trump Visits His Church

We Christians turn to the Bible for guidance and, while we sometimes have to pray that it will speak to us, at other times it is as clear as day. One of those things that is really clear to Christians is that we should pray for our leaders, even if we don’t particularly like them. That’s why it seems pretty strange that David Platt,  the Pastor-Teacher of McLean Bible Church issued what is basically an apology for praying for President Trump after his visit to the church yesterday.

On Sunday afternoon, the president made an unannounced visit to the megachurch where he stayed for a few minutes and the pastor prayed for him. Nothing controversial happened.

Pastor David’s statement was very carefully crated to avoid using the words “sorry,” “apology,” “regret,” or any other words that would clearly identify it as an apology, but it is still very much an apology. For hurting his parishioners’ feelings for praying for the president.

Let’s take a look.

 

Dear MBC Family,

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming, and we’re faced with a decision in a moment when we don’t have the liberty of deliberation, so we do our best to glorify God. Today, I found myself in one of those situations.

At the end of my sermon at the 1:00 worship gathering, I stepped to the side for what I thought would be a couple of moments in quiet reflection as we prepared to take the Lord’s Supper. But I was immediately called backstage and told that the President of the United States was on his way to the church, would be there in a matter of minutes, and would like for us to pray for him. I immediately thought about my longing to guard the integrity of the gospel in our church. As I said in the sermon today, Christ alone unites us. I love that we have over 100 nations represented in our church family, including all kinds of people with varied personal histories and political opinions from varied socioeconomic situations. It’s clear in our church that the only reason we’re together is because we have the same King we adore, worship, fear, and follow with supreme love and absolute loyalty, and His name is Jesus.

What exactly was the decision he had to make here? Why would a pastor have to hesitate for a second when any person asked for prayer? That person could be a prisoner on death row or a volunteer who spends every spare minute working to feed the hungry, and it shouldn’t matter. If a person asks for prayer, a Christian is honored and humbled to be asked, and prays for that person.

If that person is the president, there is Biblical direction to pray for him. This is one of those “clear as day” moments I wrote about. The pastor knows about one of these verses, and writes it the next section of his letter.

That’s why, as soon as I heard this request backstage, the passage from God’s Word that came to my mind was 1 Timothy 2:1-6:

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

Based on this text, I know that it is good, and pleasing in the sight of God, to pray for the president. So in that moment, I decided to take this unique opportunity for us as a church to pray over him together. My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party, but to obey God’s command to pray for our president and other leaders to govern in the way this passage portrays.

This should be obvious to any thinking person. If it needed to be said, this could have been the entire letter but, alas, it wasn’t. He goes on to say that he went back on stage to lead the Lord’s Supper, then offstage again to speak to the president. He respects the president’s privacy and doesn’t reveal their discussion, but says that he spoke the gospel in a way that he prays was “clear,  forthright, and compassionate.”

 Then I walked back out on stage, read 1 Timothy 2:1-6, and sought to pray the Word of God over the president, other leaders, and our country. (If you would like to see the full context of my comments and prayer, I have included the video below.) After I prayed, the president walked off stage without comment, and we closed our gathering by celebrating heroes among us, a couple who has spent the last 48 years spreading the gospel in remote places where it had never gone before they came. We then recited the Great Commission as we always do, sending one another out into the city for the glory of our King.

As it happens, you actually can’t see the video. They changed the privacy settings so that you would need a password to see it. Heaven forbid we be able to see a man of the cloth praying for the president of the United States.

Here’s where the apology starts.

 I wanted to share all of this with you in part because I know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision. This weighs heavy on my heart. I love every member of this church, and I only want to lead us with God’s Word in a way that transcends political party and position, heals the hurts of racial division and injustice, and honors every man and woman made in the image of God. So while I am thankful that we had an opportunity to obey 1 Timothy 2 in a unique way today, I don’t want to purposely ever do anything that undermines the unity we have in Christ.

No Christian should think there was any decision to be made, and this pastor should be giving them a stern talking-to for thinking for one second that they might not pray for someone seeking prayer. Instead, he is accepting that they think there was a decision to be made and that some think he made the wrong one.

Maybe he should also share Matthew 5:43-45, Luke 6:27-28 or, if he wanted to go old school, Leviticus 19:18. The Bible tells us to love our actual enemies. The people who have done the worst things to us. So, whether you just disagree with Trump’s policies or these parishioners know him personally and he dug his key into the side of their pretty little souped-up four wheel drive, we have been commanded to pray for him. This is not up for debate.

Pastor David who, apparently, has never seen the Bible or heard even the most basic tenets therein, closed with this.

 In the end, would you pray with me for gospel seed that was sown today to bear fruit in the president’s heart? Would you also pray with me that God will help us to guard the gospel in every way as we spread the gospel everywhere? And finally, I’m guessing that all of us will face other decisions this week where we don’t have time to deliberate on what to do. I’m praying now for grace and wisdom for all of us to do exactly what we talked about in the Word today: aim for God’s glory, align with God’s purpose, and yield to God’s sovereignty.

I love you, church.

Your Pastor,

David

Maybe that’s the problem. I don’t doubt that he loves the church, but wonder if that has led him from his perspective of loving the Gospel, the Bible, and living as Christ taught us to live. It’s not always easy. It’s not always popular. It’s not always clear. In this case, it was clear as day, and I’m struggling to understand how a pastor doesn’t see that.

 

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Fired New Yorker Fact Checker and Failed NYU Journalism Prof Lashes out at Freedom of Speech

Remember Talia Levin, the woman who was fired as a fact checker for New Yorker for claiming that a disabled vet who worked for ICE had a Nazi tattoo? The woman who was fired from Media Matters…imagine how batsh** crazy you have to be to get fired from that dung heap. The woman who was fired from her NYU Journalism School gig (class title: “Reporting on the Far Right”) because no one enrolled? Now that she’s safely unemployed she’s opened up about her distrubing personal habits and given some insight on a) how she seems to be pretty typical of reporters and b) why they should never be allowed to write anything for public consumption.

First, the personal habits. Lavin seemed to think that a person who has made a career of being an irresponsible jerk and trying to get other people fired went passive-aggressive in a huge way when The Wrap’s Jon Levine reported she’d been turfed out of her comfy, no-work job at NYU:

It’s true: only 2 students signed up for my class.
Here’s some other hot news for Jon and his editors:
Once I threw a VERY elaborate theme party in college and no one came.
In high school, a bunch of boys stole my journal & read my sex fantasies about my English teacher aloud. 1/
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Another time in high school, a boy stole my shoes while I was taking a nap and hid them in a light fixture. I am very short.

I recently asked a guy I went on a date with if he wanted to kiss me and he responded, “I don’t know what to say.” 2/

I was doing a public reading earlier this year and had a panic attack onstage so bad I almost fell over and couldn’t finish reading.

Every time I eat, food is like, magnetically attracted to my breasts and often clings there unnoticed. Disastrous for a tuna bagel enjoyer. 3/

One time I confused the words for “boat” and “spoon” in Russian and told a friend she could get over her sadness “like the people rowing in spoons over the Dnieper during the battle of Kiev.”

I always try to do Kate Bush songs in karaoke and fail. 4/

One time my shoes broke mid workday. I worked at the World Trade Center at the time so I limped over to the nearest store and wound up wearing souvenir NYPD flip-flops for an entire day.

I have pretty strong natural body odor and have to work to counteract it at all times. 5/

The pimple on my nose won’t go away. It’s been months. Months!

Hope this helped you meet your story quota!!!!
xoxo
Talia

P.S. I’m not ashamed ICE lied about me that I’d started a rumor about one of their agents. I said a cross tat looked like an iron cross well after others had noticed, then deleted it after 15 min w/correx. I never used the word “Nazi.” or the guy’s name. ICE did.

Also I have hidradentis suppurativa and once forgot a coffee cup in my room for so long it grew a mold-bloom blue as oxidized copper.

This has been your news update for today.

This simply confirms some things I could probably have guessed about her. Amusing…actually it would be sad if it were someone who’d ever demonstrated she had empathy for someone else. Then she swung for the left field bleachers.

lots of people claim to champion “free speech.” most of them are liars: what they want is to be able to spread hate unchallenged, and they cheerfully crush their opponents, via harassment, abuse, slander and mass reporting. it’s not hypocrisy, it’s strategy.

i want social media where people can be queer or black or jewish or NBPOC or oppose the current government without fear of abuse, harassment or slander. i don’t think racism and homophobia and misogyny are sacred. i think they are forces to defeat. and i’m honest about it.

when hatemongers have the “freedom” they desire, it forces other people into hiding, to self-censor, to endure abuse in the vilest of ways. i don’t support that. it’s not freedom of speech. just freedom to intimidate. and it’s trash.

i know the playbook by now. i’ve watched them target marginalized people for political expression over and over, with violence on their tongues and in their hearts. make no mistake. they want the freedom to punish and to silence. i say fuck that.

seriously, the entire complex of “free speech defenders” are the squad who wants to say the n word and tell you jews control the world, and worse. they don’t hide the goal of crushing their enemies and wallowing in malice. stop falling for it and fight back.

the “intellectual dark web” guys who pitch fits when their race science chats get cancelled support anti-BDS laws; patron saint bari weiss tried to get an @elivalley talk cancelled. their imitators just want to push for a white ethnostate and run anyone else into the ground.
QED

This, oddly enough, seems to be a very widely held view among people who mewl and bleat about the First Amendment whenever they don’t get the access the demand. Consider the case of the black forklift operator who was tracked down by some moron at The Daily Beast for making a funny video about Nancy Pelosi. Tracked down, we might add, with the assistance of Facebook staff. That is very much in line of the noxious and probably malodorous Andrew Kaczynski who similarly doxxed a guy for making a gif of President Trump bodyslamming CNN and demanded an apology from him as the condition of not revealing his name to the world.

Her list of people who she thinks should be silenced are my reason for supporting the First Amendment. Because unless we allow offensive, even vile, speech we effectively have no free speech because then the limits of what can and can’t be said is controlled by people who probably won’t like something you have to say. Just last week, Erick Erickson, who is just about as mild-mannered a conservative as you will find these days, was suspended from Twitter for making a joke about Elizabeth Warren’s lying about having Indian heritage to further her career.

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No one ever forces you to read or listen to anything you don’t want to. You have the ability to leave the room, the ability to verbally challenge the offender, and the ability on social media to block or mute douchebags. The only reason you put up with abuse is because you are too weak-willed to do anything or because you are gathering evidence for your jihad to make people who don’t agree with you to shut up.

With a little bit of luck, this Lavin woman will reach her true potential slinging lattes at a Starbucks. What is very obvious is that she is hostile to the very idea of a pluralistic society in addition to the First Amendment and she should never be allowed to work in anything that pretends to be journalism again.

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HERE WE GO: Jerry Nadler Orders Hearings On The Mueller Report

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We knew this was coming and now we have a date of Monday, June 10th when it begins.

According to Axios

The House Judiciary Committee announced Monday that it would hold a series of hearings on the Mueller report beginning on June 10, with a session focused on “President Trump’s most overt acts of obstruction,” according to Chairman Jerry Nadler.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on Sunday that he believes impeachment proceedings will begin at some point, but that Democrats must first “do what’s necessary to educate the public” on Trump’s alleged corruption.

Oh yes, let the education begin.

As I have written here just the past couple of days here at Red State, Nancy Pelosi has had the heat being turned up to give the green light on impeachment hearings to begin and Nadler is one of the 50 or so Democrats who are adding logs to the fire.

Who Was The Biggest Loser In The Mueller Presser? Nancy Pelosi.

Democrats Hope The Month Of June Will Break Pelosi On Accepting Impeachment

They are going to have to come up with better names than “President Trump’s most overt acts of obstruction,” to gain any steam though.

That the Democrats have invited Watergate washout and former White House counsel John Dean to be the featured guest on the opening day of this indicates they are going to try and draw a direct line between Trump and Nixon. Yet no one, not even Justin Amash has clearly spelled out what is the impeachable offense. Impeachment is a political process that the crime can vary depending on the times of the hearings. I still have not heard what is the smoking gun.

Neither have you I bet.

Trump is unlike any President we have had in the modern era and does not hold back and let surrogates do the trash talking. Mostly because he rather enjoys doing it and is not half bad at it. That does not mean he should be impeached though. Being a jerk to friends and foes alike is not what the founders meant when they said High Crimes And Misdemeanors as the threshold. If they did than John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton along with Aaron Burr and Sam Adams would have gone to the pokey during the founding days.

Nadler is betting that these hearings will bring up something that they can hold onto and bring Trump down. The Mueller report and non-Russian collusion didn’t do it so let’s see if they can pull something out of nothing here.

I doubt it.

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Key Mueller Witness Charged with Transporting Child Pornography

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A key witness in the Mueller investigation has been charged with transporting child pornography in 2018 according to court documents.

According to the Washington Post, Middle East advisor and businessman, George Nader, was caught with pictures of underage males performing sexual acts on one another in January 2018. He was arrested at JFK International airport on Monday morning:

Officials said Nader, 60, was charged by criminal complaint over material he was traveling with when he arrived at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Jan. 17, 2018, from Dubai. At the time, he was carrying a cellphone containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, officials said. The charges were unsealed after his arrest Monday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The Washington Post reported that Nader had helped arrange a meeting with Trump supporter Erik Prince and a Russian official Kirill Dmitriev  the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund:

He helped arrange a meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 between Erik Prince, a Trump supporter who founded the private security firm Blackwater, and a Russian official close to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. The purpose of the meeting was of particular interest to Mueller’s investigators, and some questions about it remain unanswered, even after Mueller issued a 448-page report on his findings.

Nader had been working as an advisor to the United Arab Emirates for some time and swore that the meeting was complete chance due to his location.

This isn’t the first time Nader had been caught with child pornography. Nader was also convicted 28 years ago for carrying around underage pornography but received a reduced sentence due to government officials considering him a valuable part of negotiations in a hostage situation in Lebanon.

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