A Crown Jewel of Christendom Burns


Notre Dame Cathedral before 4/15/19 fire

On April 15 Notre Dame Cathedral was torched by accident or by arson. French officials lean to the former but the observation of a spate of French and European Church arsons lead to the valid speculation of arson. Many of the Church arsons have been linked to Islamic Supremacists who disdain the Christian faith. Could the Holy Week that includes Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday be a nefarious message to Christians?

 

Justin Smith sent his thoughts a couple of days ago trying to sift through fact, speculation and conspiracy over the Notre Dame Cathedral blaze.

 

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A Crown Jewel of Christendom Burns  

Notre Dame Cathedral Burns

 

Notre Dame Cathedral France billowing smoke & fire 4/15/19 — Reuters – Charles Platiau

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 4/17/2019 9:30 PM

 

Should that subduing talisman, the cross, be shattered the frenzied madness of the ancient warriors, that insane Berserk rage of which Nordic bards have spoken and sung so often, will once more burst into flame.” ~ Heinrich Heine 1834

 

Flames danced and leaped across the rooftop of Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15th 2019, and the world stood aghast and watched helplessly and somber from along the banks of the Seine River, singing hymns, weeping, embracing each other and praying. Onlookers gasped in horror, as they watched the fire ravage the 859 year old historic cathedral in catastrophic fashion, and they cried out as the 295 foot tall spire of this iconic symbol of Western Christendom plummeted and slid into the flames and centuries of history were burned to ash.

 

Nobody really knows what happened, although the major news sources were falling all over themselves to make certain not one single person was allowed to ask if there was an Islamic terrorism connection. Shepherd Smith and Neil Cavuto, Fox News hosts, both cut guests off for raising the question. They immediately called it “an accident” related to renovation work.

 

Well … as Notre Dame Cathedral burned, I couldn’t help but immediately think the Muslims had finally succeeded in bringing it down, especially since they have already tried so many times in the past, most recently in 2016. There was even an apparent Muslim seen on the scaffolding near where the fire started not long before it started. And that’s what makes Shepherd Smith’s refusal to even listen to one of his guest’s comments regarding the arson of hundreds of churches in France so maddening.

 

Phillipe Karsenty began, “For the past years, we’ve had churches desecrated each and every week all over France.”

 

Smith immediately reprimanded, “Sir, sir, sir, we’re not going to speculate of the cause of something that we don’t know! If You have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.” When Karsenty tried to respond, Smith ended the entire interview.

 

Wasn’t Karsenty’s statement on the desecration of Christian churches in France an “observation” and a statement based on “[knowing] something”?

 

The scaffold was the first time in ages that any access was available to the roof area and its 5,000 oak timbers. I can’t say for sure it was a Muslim who committed arson, or even that it was arson, but to immediately dismiss arson and call it an accident before ANY investigation whatsoever has been fully conducted and completed is the height of sheer idiocy and weepy liberal foolery and cowardice.

 

To so casually dismiss any suggestion of Islamic terrorism, when April 15th is the date that Mohammed started compiling the Koran and coincides with many other Islamic historic events — not to mention the Boston Bombing — is a slap in the face of all Frenchmen and the entire Christian world, especially in light of the fact, that according to Raymond Ibrahim and Judith Friedman of the Gatestone Institute, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches, statues and crucifixes were registered in France in 2018, and 878 similar attacks were registered in 2017. Muslim terrorist attacks on Christians in France rose by 38 percent between 2015 and 2016, from 273 attacks to 376 attacks against churches and other places of worship.

 

On April 2nd, The Washington Post reported: “Among attacks on churches in February, a cross of human excrement was found in the southern city of Nimes, a statue of Mary was smashed in a Paris suburb and a statue of Jesus was decapitated …”.

 

On March 17th, Saint-Sulpice, the second largest church in France erupted in flames, and the police determined it was arson, no accident. The fire damaged doors and stained glass windows on Saint-Sulpice’s exterior. And St. Sulpice was just one of a dozen such desecrated churches over one seven day stretch in March, in egregious acts of anti-Christian vandalism and arson.

 

The cause of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral may be found later, depending on how much effort the authorities actually exert; however, the significance of its eruption on the first day of Holy Week has not gone unnoticed. If this fire was purposefully set, the arsonist picked the perfect time. The results are devastating and will be long-lasting.

 

However, the leaders of France, especially President Macron, have become such cowards and so politically correct that they would prefer allowing the Islamic terrorists a few successes here and there, such as the scores of Muslim “no go zones” across France. The French government bends over at the waist to keep from pouring oil on the fire of Muslim rage, so the obvious truth regarding anti-Christian furor and its Islamic origin is permanently and intentionally obscured. The Muslim miscreants are not properly scrutinized, and yet those who dare to associate the desecration of Christian symbols to these Muslims are ostracized, de-platformed and accused of racism, hatred and hate speech.

 

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The Church and Christianity are under attack from every part of the Western secular humanist, atheistic and Islamic world one wants to mention. Far too many seek to maliciously portray Christianity as bigoted, close-minded and hard-hearted, but it is far from any such thing. Christianity has facilitated and inspired the most beautiful works of art in history, and it encouraged freedom and science, after the Reformation. Christianity has been the epitome of self-sacrifice, charity and love of man and God across the ages.

 

During a period when most people of France were illiterate the beautiful wall carvings and stained glass of Notre Dame Cathedral, now so badly damaged, taught the lessons of the Bible and reinforced the doctrines that are the foundations of the Christian faith. The craftsmanship and artistry of the Cathedral instructed the people and instilled them with a spirit-filled and holy awe and wonder.

 

Hot righteous anger coursed through my entire body, as I saw videos of men of Arabic ethnicity, obviously Muslims, smiling and laughing as Notre Dame burned. The Muslims lit up social media with comments like “Allah est Grand” and “It’s time to say good-bye to your oratory polytheism” — referencing Christian belief in the Trinity. Not one person nor millions of contrarians will ever convince me that Muslims want to assimilate and coexist with the people of Western Civilization. They hate us and they arrive as invaders, and that’s why they laugh, rejoice and celebrate at each tragedy that befalls us or each act of terror that one of their brethren — dastardly anti-American, anti- West, anti-Christian and Jew Sons of Allah successfully carry out; tell me again about all the “good” Muslims, and I’ll tell you there aren’t any and call “b*llsh*t”.

 

If this doesn’t convince the majority of Americans to halt all Muslim immigration into America, especially after 9/11, the Boston Bombing and all the evil Islam brings with it, I don’t know what will. Perhaps America too will fall the way of Europe.

 

The French, and most of Europe too, have allowed Islam, antithetical to Western principles, to infiltrate their culture, infrastructure and government, as they also destroy their own liberty through communism too, another ideology opposed to Western principles. Having long abandoned distinct Christian virtues to the immoral and intellectually dishonest multiculturalism nonsense, they assumed the Muslims too would embrace tolerance of others and a multicultural society, however, in their arrogance, oh how they were wrong. As I write this, the Islamists around the globe seek the end of France, Christianity and the West.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral is a world treasure and a crown jewel of Christianity that has been much loved and revered by millions, since its completion in 1345 A.D. It has served in countless celebrations and processions proclaiming the glory of God to all of France. It survived the French Revolution and attempts to melt its tower’s bells. It’s the site of Napoleon’s coronation as emperor. It survived two world wars with little damage, and it is where General Charles de Gaulle attended mass amid rifle fire to give thanks for the liberation of Paris in 1944.

 

Built over a pagan temple, Notre Dame Cathedral was the work of generations and spanned two hundred years, during which its craftsmen and laborers beat considerable architectural and logistic challenges. Thousands of tons of stone was cut by small armies of stone cutters and was transported from outside of Paris, one cart at a time, while its tall ceilings and walls were supported by the architectural innovations of the rib vault and flying buttress. [See Also National Geographic]

 

Communism, socialism, nihilism and Islam have all targeted Notre Dame Cathedral over the centuries, and what they couldn’t achieve, a yet to be explained brief moment brought much of it tumbling down, whether it was Islamic arson or the Hand of God Himself.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron exclaimed: “Notre Dame is aflame … Great emotion for the whole nation. Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French people. Like my fellow citizens, I am sad to see this part of us burn tonight.”

 

Night fell in Paris and the fire roared on, moving the crowds of the Faithful to come together in their heartbreak and disbelief, raising their voices in a chorus of “Ave Maria”, that rose above the flames. The poignant images were shared millions of times across social media networks by that Monday evening, with many calling the scene in Paris both “powerful” and “moving”.

 

In less than nine hours, we saw fifty-two acres of oak timbers consumed by the flames, as Priests rushed to save the many pieces of priceless artwork and statues and the Cathedral’s treasury, and we saw nearly 500 firefighters fight to save the Two Towers and the stained glass windows that depicted stories from the Bible and the doctrinal truth associated with them. The flames did their work all too well; and in the process, the inferno took the heart of France and much of the world.

 

Fortunately, the relic of the Crown of Thorns was saved, and this alone is a mercy to celebrate, even as we weep for what has been lost.

 

Relic of the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus

 

By Justin O Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Source links and text embraced by brackets are by the Editor.

Earlier versions of this post do appear in other online publications and blogs. The title chosen is from various choices provided by Justin Smith yet selected by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

Southwest vs Justin Smith


Two Likeable Guys that Disagree

 

John R. Houk

© April 18, 2019

Below is a relatively even-handed criticism of Justin Smith and my thoughts on Julian Assange being more a scoundrel than a hero. The Commenter goes by the pseudonym “Southwest” and the comments are derived from Groups on the USA Life Social Platform (incidentally to those interested, USA Life is extremely similar to Facebook yet so far – without the Left-Wing censorship used so wickedly on Facebook).

 

So for some full disclosure. I am quite the fan of Justin Smith. Also I was developing into a fan of Southwest. Unfortunately Southwest is a bit harsh (though respectful) of Justin’s perspective. AND knowing Justin, I suspect he’d be critical of many of Southwest’s assertions. The irony is, it is my sense the two are formed from the same metal of conviction and probably have more in common than not. The two just happen to disagree on some particulars.

 

Just for the sake of summary, Justin’s position (and to a large extent – my position) is Julian Assange’s indiscriminate publication of transgendered Manning’s purloined Classified data – mixing together both information that needed exposed along with information that risked exposing individuals to physical harm – makes Assange a scoundrel.

 

Southwest’s stand is a publisher has a right to publish comparable to say the questionable content of the New York Times. At this point I concur with Southwest UNLESS in some fashion Julian Assange was actively involved in the purloining of Classified data as in the now infamous word – collusion to commit a crime. AND either way – simple publisher or colluding criminal – Assange is a scoundrel for grouping people placed in harm’s way with infamous potentially war crime actions.

 

On the issue of DNC/Podesta email hack, if the data was dropped in his lap he should not be prosecuted for those publications exposing at the infamous character of Crooked Hillary and her Dem operatives.

 

It is my suspicion Justin and Southwest disagree on how Assange acquired the DNC/Podesta emails. It seems the majority opinion is the Russians did a hack and provided the data to Assange. I know that Assange vehemently denies a Russian connection.

 

Southwest makes a strong case that the DNC data came from a combination of Gucifer 2 and Seth Rich. Rich was murdered under suspicious circumstances with all the markings of a coverup. Adding to the mystery is Assange offered a reward for info on Rich’s murder adding to the suspicion Rich acted as a whistleblower by providing purloined emails to Assange. BUT to my knowledge, Assange has never confirmed a Seth Rich connection.

 

On a personal level, I lean to Seth Rich purloining DNC data and being murdered for it. I think but cannot say for certainty, that Justin Smith does not accept the Seth Rich connection to the exposed DNC/Podesta emails.

 

Whoever is correct, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. My interests lay with the obvious culprits in the Dem Party – in and out of government authority – be investigated or re-investigated for crimes against Donald Trump prior AND after the 2016 election.

 

IF ASSANGE has anything to do with inspiring or speeding along that investigation, scoundrel though he is in my book, needs either immunity or a pardon or both for potential crimes he committed within the U.S. jurisdiction of law.

 

YOU ARE GOING TO WANT TO READ Southwest’s position below. I’ll let you the reader corroborate or disprove his (or could it be her?) assertions – I have decided to not get in the middle of two bloggers whom I tend to both like. And Justin, don’t get to cranky with Southwest harshness. Like I said, it is my sense you guys are stamped from the same metal.

 

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Southwest Comment to ‘Thanks to Justin Smith, More Thoughts on Assange’ 

 

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Posted 4/17/19

 

John Houk I do respect the fact that you are an honest seeker and because of that I’ll comment on the post. I took the time to read it in its entirety.

 

It is not that Water Gate papers and tapes did not compromise security, the fact is that it exposed the party that was not in favor of the deep state.

 

That is point number one which applies to all of the ‘leaks’ and publications the author refers to and

 

2) When the government becomes the enemy of the people , it needs to be exposed. No national security concept should cover up to the fact that NSA has been paid millions if not billions of dollars –and this is indisputably and proven– to Google and had set up an scheme during the Obama administration–just look at the records of their visit to the Obama White House and remember that Obama was a scammer and didn’t even record all the visits–it is staggering- to spy on people and to help to remove the president of the US without due process but through slander and fake news media and democrat operatives working in the shadow.

 

3) All publishers should be protected …no one endangered national security more than the New York times but they were working for the shadow government and it was okay.

 

4) The crimes reported by Seth Rich via Hillary/Podesta emails need to be brought to light. To this day the so called ‘elite’ drink the blood of children they kill (this is another article that I don’t have time to explore here but this is proven fact the substance they get during the torturing of children that sips in their blood is what prolong their lives notice that they live to be over 100 years old?

 

Please save this post John. When people start splitting words for content and this is what Justin Smith does and it is very appealing for people like me and you because it forces your mind to reason and we may be addicted to reasoning the problem with that is that the main point is lost.

 

FREEDOM OF SPEECH HAS TO REMAIN FREE! If we split words to justify Assange imprisonment, then we will go down the path Hitler used to stop people from telling the truth.

 

Mueller and NSA cohorts and Google needs to go to prison, not Assange for telling on them. Noticed that no one is talking about the killing of children after molesting them and drinking their blood? Does it sound like legal or normal or decent? No, they talk about Assange who ONLY PUBLISHED what Seth Rich did And no one is talking about the hit job done by Hillary through the FBI to kill Seth Rich who went to the FBI to ask protection from Hillary and got killed by a weapon from the FBI who says that the weapon was stolen from their car when they went to meet Seth Rich.

 

Does it look like a set up to you? Does the FBI need to be investigated or Julian Assange? To be honest, no one can receive wisdom except from God. Intelligence is not enough, power to be argumentative is not enough and Justin Smith is lacking this wisdom that comes from God.

 

His articles are interesting but without wisdom he is a blind man leading the blind. I won’t read any article from this man again because I know where he is coming from, he is trying to sort things out by rational without having a moral compass and that doesn’t work.

 

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Southwest on The Watchers Society

4/16/19

 

John Houk – We are supportive because we know who placed the Gucifer 2, NSA and FBI. And we know who leaked the emails: Seth Rich. How do we know? I hope I’m not repeating this too much–this was a fat file and the forensics can determine and has determined that, meaning it was a physical transfer such as a USB or drive, so there was no break into the DNC computer.

 

Afraid of Hillary, Seth Rich contacted the FBI, as you may know Washington pays residents of certain areas to have a camera. Let me say this more accurately, Washington reimburses people who install cameras. Consequently everybody has a camera in that area and often two.

 

The camera that filmed the shooting of Seth Rich was removed, clean[ed] up. [An or The] Attorney sued the police to get a copy, to no avail. The FBI got some weapon stolen from the car … the same weapon that killed Seth Rich. The story doesn’t end there. It is long and I’ll leave it for another time.

 

Just one more thing: the internist that took care of the shot behind Seth Rich’s neck said it was not lethal and he would survive. He posted on Facebook that something strange had happened, a bunch of FBI agents came over and told the internist to leave the room and not to come back until he was told. So, he obeyed, not knowing who Seth Rich was, he posted the story Facebook that when he came back the man was dead.

 

When he found out the man worked for the DNC he removed the post, which other people have photographed. Nowadays the connection with DNC and Democrats may be a death sentence, unless you do as they please … You remember what happened with the Judge against illegal immigration? His body washed on the shore and many other Bill and Hillary assassinations. But not everybody in the FBI is corrupted, just the Elite on the 7th floor.

 

And no one can blame Assange for that. Why they don’t prosecute the New York Times because it is doing their bidding and because it is against our laws to sue publishers.

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Southwest vs Justin Smith

Two Likeable Guys that Disagree

 

John R. Houk

© April 18, 2019

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Southwest Comment to ‘Thanks to Justin Smith, More Thoughts on Assange’ 

 

Edited by John R. Houk

 

BDS Propagandizing Documentary ‘1948’


John R. Houk

© April 17, 2019

I continue to be amazed on the number of Left-Wing Jews joining pseudo-Palestinians to rail against Israel’s existence by being supportive of the Jew-hatred motivated movement called Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) of all things Israel. I use the preface “pseudo” before the word “Palestinian” because a Palestinian people has never existed prior to Arab nations labeling Arab-Muslim citizens residing in the British Mandate for Palestine to provide a lame excuse to prevent the Jewish people to return and govern themselves to the Land of Jewish heritage.

 

Surrounding Arab nations used the excuse of protecting Arab Muslims to invade the newly declared (1948) Independent nation of Israel to NOT create a Palestinian State, but rather to absorb conquered land to be divided among the bordering Arab nations.

 

SURPRISE! The underfunded and under-armed Jewish military actually defeated FIVE invading armies of which some actually had air forces. The Arab League of nations began calling the Arabs that were encouraged by Arab nations to flee to avoid harm Palestinians.

 

Truth be told there were atrocities committed by both sides in Israel’s war of Independence. But the reality any atrocities committed by Jews against Arabs were exacted in response to Arab atrocities against Jews. AND atrocities blamed on Jews were simply the era’s version of Fake News to use as a propaganda tool against the new Jewish State of Israel.

 

A BDS sponsored movie called “1948:  Creation and Catastrophe”, was shown in West Hollywood on April 16 that told a story of Israel’s Independence largely from Fake News Pseudo-Palestinian perspective. Left-Wing Jews had a major part in sponsoring the movie that utilizes the largely discredited information from Jewish revisionist historians such as Ilian Pappé and Benny Morris.

 

What makes this Pseudo-Palestinian Jew-Hatred documentary “1948” a travesty pertaining to its showing in West Hollywood, is the significant Jewish population that was subjected to this hate-propaganda. The documentary did become a bit of a controversy in which the West Hollywood City Council was lobbied to not show the Anti-Israel documentary, but alas Left-thinking Jews and Pseudo-Palestinian activists prevailed as the City Council gave the green light to the showing.

 

A Panel was put together evidently for a post-screening discussion of the documentary. Unsurprisingly the Panel was constructed of individuals favoring the propaganda as this news release indicates from Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) shown below. ICAN illustrates the “Zionophobic” nature of the Panel by the refusal of beheaded Daniel Pearl’s father Dr. Judea Pearl refusing to be a Panel participant.

 

Dr. Judea Pearl

 

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Dr. Judea Pearl Refuses to Sit on Zionophobic Panel

 

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Ca. — April 15, 2019 — Dr. Judea Pearl, president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, Chancellor’s professor, University of California, Los Angeles, and father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl has declined to appear on a panel set to promote a highly controversial anti-Israel movie shown in the city of West Hollywood, April 16.

As part of its Human Rights Speakers and Film Series, the City of West Hollywood will be showing a movie claiming to be documentary (relying, inter alia, on Holocaust Deniers and anti-Israel “experts”) regarding the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948.

The movie producers and promoters are BDS activists playing the role of victims and attempting to dehumanize the people of Israel as a means to delegitimize their state.

The City Council, after listening to more than 60 speakers and reviewing more than 600 written correspondences, decided 3/2 to allow the movie screening claiming freedom of speech trumps historical inaccuracies, agenda-driven propaganda and hateful assault on the identity of many city residents.

Thus, the City of West Hollywood, despite having an anti-BDS resolution and an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Israel, is sponsoring an anti-Israel propaganda movie.

As an eyewitness to the creation of Israel in 1948 and the genocidal Arab assault on the emerging state, Prof. Pearl was asked whether he would be willing to join the panel set to discuss the movie after the screening. But he declined categorically.

“After examining the composition of the panel, my answer is ‘absolutely not!’ I will not sit on the same panel with promoters of a racist movement called BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel) who, posing as historians, attempt to bestow credibility onto an a-historic movie while, at the same time, advocate the destruction of a people’s homeland. I cannot confer moral symmetry onto “scholars”  who commit six and a half million human beings, refugees and descendants of refugees, to eternal statelessness at the hands of genocidal neighbors,” Pearl added.

Prof. Pearl offered to provide a separate eyewitness testimony to residents of West Hollywood and neighboring cities, “and convey to them an accurate personal account of what the foiled Arab genocide of 1948 meant to us, its human targets, and what scars it has left on my generation, survivors of the Arab assault of 1947-1948.”

Pearl said airing the movie in West Hollywood is not a free speech issue. “It is a public deception issue. As a president of an organization dedicated to interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural understanding, I do not question for a moment the right of the producers to air their product in a place of their choice.”

Prof. Pearl said what he does question is the appropriateness of selecting a propaganda film as part of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series, “despite its glaring distortions and omissions pointed out by many members of the community, and despite the obvious agenda of the movie promoters to delegitimize Israel’s birth so as to undermine her existence at the present.”

Pearl went on to say that the destruction of Israel is a human-rights issue, for Israel protects the life and dignity of eight million human beings, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bahai, Druze and numerous other minorities, straight and gay, women and men. “Deniers of those rights need be shunned, not welcome by any city that has written human rights on its banner.”

The City of West Hollywood is the first government entity at any level to sponsor this movie, thus encouraging hostilities against Jews and other supporters of co-existence in the Middle East.

Efforts by a local coalition including the Jewish, Christian, Persian, Russian, Israeli and Gay communities failed to dissuade the City from proceeding with the showing.

Students Supporting Israel is planning a 250-strong demonstration outside the Council Chambers in West Hollywood where the screening is slated to take place.

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BDS Propagandizing Documentary ‘1948’

John R. Houk

© April 17, 2019

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Dr. Judea Pearl Refuses to Sit on Zionophobic Panel

 

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Thanks to Justin Smith, More Thoughts on Assange


John R. Houk

© April 15, 2019

I am amazed at the number of Conservatives that are wholly supportive of Julian Assange as a hero in an age of corrupt government. In full disclosure, I am extremely grateful the old self-serving cad exposed the wickedness of the Crooked Hillary campaign for President. There were plenty of DNC secrets BUT there were ZERO Classified State secrets/documents that would harm Military or Intelligence personnel in their duties for the U.S. government.

 

When I posted Justin Smith’s “Julian Assange — A Good End to America’s Enemy,” (SlantRight 2.0 & NCCR) the majority of the Social Media Conservative comments were quite hostile for condemning the nefarious side of Julian Assange.

 

From those comments I was persuaded that the “Pentagon Papers” defense could apply to Julian Assange as much as SCOTUS sided with Daniel Ellsberg. At first reading the comments applying the Pentagon Papers/Ellsberg was compelling to me. Then I ran into an article by Harry Melkonian in 2013 in relation to Wikileaks and transgendered Bradley Manning which provides scope that obliterates the Assange/Pentagon Papers argument:

 

“Much has been made of the parallels between Manning’s situation and the plight of Daniel Ellsberg, a US military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.

 

But there is a major difference: Ellsberg released classified information and he faced criminal charges for that act. However, the documents released by Ellsberg were only historical and could not seriously be thought to compromise the interests of the United States.

 

The Pentagon Papers revealed a lack of candor by Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration concerning the Vietnam War and subjected the US to ridicule, but it did not jeopardise security. The papers were released during the Nixon presidency but none of the documents related to events that occurred during the Nixon administration.

 

Ellsberg may have done something unlawful but no-one could claim that it compromised ongoing military operations. This point is clearly revealed by the Nixon tapes, in which the president and his aides were initially rather pleased by the leaking of documents that embarrassed Johnson. In fact, the Supreme Court refused to stop publication of the Pentagon Papers because they found that nothing in the documents could possibly be considered a military secret. The charges against Ellsberg were ultimately dismissed because of the misbehavior of Nixon’s infamous plumbers unit.

 

But Manning is charged with releasing many thousands of government documents and not just historical records. The US government contends that this distinguishes Manning from Ellsberg’s situation – Ellsberg simply released documents that he was not authorised to release, and there was not a serious claim that his conduct put any American interest at risk.” (WikiLeaks and aiding the enemy: the court martial of Bradley Manning; By Harry Melkonian; The Conversation; 6/5/13 4.42pm EDT)

 

Assange and Manning did expose potential war crimes committed by the USA:

 

“… The publication provided explosive evidence of human rights abuses in Iraq and Pakistani cooperation with the Taliban in Afghanistan — among many other revelations …

 

 

… A brief experiment with automatic redactions was aborted. The journalist-led redactions were abandoned too after Assange’s relationship with the London press corps turned toxic. By 2013 WikiLeaks had written off the redaction efforts as a wrong move.

 

 

Three Saudi cables published by WikiLeaks identified domestic workers who’d been tortured or sexually abused by their employers, giving the women’s full names and passport numbers. One cable named a male teenager who was raped by a man while abroad; a second identified another male teenager who was so violently raped his legs were broken; a third outlined the details of a Saudi man detained for “sexual deviation” — a derogatory term for homosexuality.

 

Scott Long, an LGBT rights activist who has worked in the Middle East, said the names of rape victims were off-limits. And he worried that releasing the names of people persecuted for their sexuality only risked magnifying the harm caused by oppressive officials.” (Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets; By RAPHAEL SATTER and MAGGIE MICHAEL; AP News; 8/23/16)

 

To date there have been no public revelations of people who died resulting from the Wikileaks/Manning document dump, BUT lives were endangered according to the National Review:

 

“… Among the documents Manning turned over to Assange were war logs that contained the names of hundreds of civilians who cooperated with U.S. forces. Assange simply published those logs en masse, without redacting the names of civilians involved, placing those fighting for freedom in their countries in great peril.” (Chelsea Manning Is Not a Whistleblower; By KYLE SMITH; National Review; 5/19/17 6:26 PM)

 

The DOJ is asserting that Manning did not act on his/her own volition in the once sealed indictment against Julian Assange. Evidently the DOJ believes it can prove criminal conspiracy with Manning rather Manning acting alone and dumping Classified material into Assange’s lap:

 

“In an indictment revealed Thursday morning, U.S. authorities say Assange conspired with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal and publish huge troves of classified documents. Prosecutors said Assange at one point tried to help Manning crack a password to access military computers where the information was stored.

 

Over four months in 2010, Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of secret reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as State Department cables and information about detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Manning turned the records over to WikiLeaks, which passed them to journalists and published them on the internet.

 

Prosecutors said it was one of the most extensive leaks of classified secrets in U.S. history.

 

Assange is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. The charge, delivered by a federal grand jury in March 2018 but kept secret until Thursday, carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.” (Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, faces US hacking conspiracy charge; By Bart JansenSean RossmanDoug Stanglin and Kevin Johnson; USA Today; Published 5:50 a.m. ET 4/11/19 – Updated 12:29 p.m. ET 4/12/19)

 

Assange Indictment (PDF on Google Documents date-stamped 3/6/18

 

 

In fairness to Assange, he does have his supporters that pooh-pooh everything I just disclosed. For example Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network interviewed Daniel Ellsberg in correlation to Assange’s recent arrest. However Peries is a Leftist and her past association with Hugo Chavez may suggest she has a Marxist orientation. Which brings me to the mantra – Leftists lie.

 

This is what began these thoughts on, “Is Assange a criminal or hero,” is a submission by Justin Smith taking a stand that Julian Assange is an enemy of America and not a hero.

 

I’d like to think Justin’s submission resulted from a Facebook Messenger text I sent him yesterday about the pushback I was receiving from his earlier Julian Assange submission. As of this writing I have not gone back to Facebook to read my messages, but it’s at logical I’m not the only relaying feedback about his earlier submission (which Justin certainly submitted to other blogs and websites for publication as well).

 

In honesty I don’t like to share contributor’s post unless I can validate the info within the submission. As I began that process with Justin I ended up just adding my own response. I sense most of what I sourced in my thoughts corroborates Justin’s submission; ergo this is a rare time that I will not be adding corroborating sources. It may interest the reader that Justin provides a list of titles for me to choose from. I get to choose the title that I sense best fits. Enjoy and if you are in the camp Conservative that Assange is a hero, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. If your politics are Left-Wing, I could care less about any hateful vitriol in defense of Assange.

 

JRH 4/15/19

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Assange — An Enemy to America Our Republic

Assange Is No Hero

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 4/14/2019 10:54 PM

 

FOREWORD ___ No matter how beneficial one may have found Assange’s information dump to be to Conservative America overall, he still cost American lives in the Middle Eastern theater and the lives of many who were working with our nation.

Of late, my tolerance for people who advocate for actions that subvert “the rule of law” and by those actions the republic has slipped to zero. Some things are just pretty black and white to me. No matter how one wishes to frame the picture, Assange is no friend to America.

Julian Assange was a hero for much of the American Left when he was undermining American national security and putting Americans and allies in jeopardy, but a villain when he helped Vladimir Putin damage Hillary Clinton. But hold on. Assange became a hero for many on the right for the very same reasons. He was a villain for working with then–Bradley Manning for a lot of people. But that was all forgiven when he helped Putin damage Hillary Clinton.

 

If it’s your view that Assange was noble for undermining the U.S. war effort or national security but evil for undermining the DNC or Hillary Clinton, then your standard for such things is entirely team-based. And if it’s your view that Assange was evil for undermining the U.S. war effort or national security but noble for undermining the DNC or Hillary Clinton, your standards are also entirely team-based.

 

What Assange did wasn’t “journalism”. If he had filtered the information that he helped steal and simply focused on the Bad Guys and actual misdeeds and corruption found, I might have been more forgiving, but he Lumped the Good Guys in with the mix and released ALL Their Information for all to see, DESPITE PLEAS FROM HUMAN RIGHTS organizations [Some of which actually funded by George Soros] for him to redact that info.

Assange is an enemy of democracy not just for publishing stolen political gossip, but for aiding and enabling Manning’s espionage against the United States, in what far too many call an act of a “whistleblower”; Manning helped Assange publish far more sensitive, far more important, indeed life-endangering material.

 

Among the documents Manning turned over to Assange were war logs that contained the names of hundreds of civilians who cooperated with U.S. forces. Assange threw all caution to the wind and indiscriminately published those logs en masse, without redacting the names of civilians involved, placing those fighting for freedom in their countries in great peril.

Many CIA operatives and many covert assets working in country in Afghanistan and Iraq were subsequently outed and murdered as a direct result of this info dump. The embeds who weren’t killed, including several U.S. SOF personnel, report that the Taliban and Al Qaeda regularly poured over the information, sorting and sifting, to learn of U.S. tactics, strategic plans underway, and personnel strength and positions as well as armaments on hand.

The “benefit” from this information could have been achieved without the indiscriminate dumping of information.

If Assange thought there was criminal activity underway in the U.S. government, he should have simply released that criminal related information alone. His intention was to harm America, since the manner of his release didn’t focus on the Bad Guys; and he released the UNREDACTED NAMES, addresses, phone numbers and everything else related to ALL the other Good and Decent Young Men and Women in Our Armed Forces WHO HAD DONE NO WRONG — placing their information in the hands of the enemy, endangering them and their families.

Anyway one wants to look at it, if one is intellectually honest and views his actions through the prism of “the rule of law”, Assange is absolutely an enemy to America and a criminal GUILTY of ESPIONAGE, who should be under a U.S. prison, if not executed — the sooner the better.

~ Justin O Smith

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Forgive me if I think You are in error to take Assange’s side in this. That some benefit came from his crime of espionage doesn’t absolve him of the crime and all the real world harm that came from it.

 

Julian Assange’s arrest and indictment should provide us with a moment of reflection. He is an awful man. He dumped American military secrets into the public domain without any regard for human life. He conspired with an American soldier to crack American security systems in the effort to deliver more secrets to the world public.

 

His co-conspirator, Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning, wasn’t a “whistleblower” — and neither was Assange. Manning didn’t carefully extract evidence of alleged wrongdoing from classified files and go to the press (a defensible, though still illegal, act). He just dumped hundreds of thousands of pages of classified files into Assange’s hands, and Assange posted them, en masse, on the Internet.

 

Any jihadist or enemy with Internet access could read the documents and not just learn about the identities of American allies on the ground (placing them at immediate, mortal risk) but also gain extraordinary insight into American military tactics and plans — including learning exactly how effective (or ineffective) their own weapons and tactics were.

 

Manning committed treason. Assange helped him. And there were Americans who celebrated both men.

 

The First Amendment doesn’t protect criminal acts and what Assange did wasn’t journalism. He didn’t write any story that focused on the Bad Guys and any of the wrongdoing in government. All he did was steal info that he later sold to the highest bidder; it’s not remotely in the same ballpark as reporters reporting it in the NYTs and WaPo afterwards. You seem not to care that he dumped Good and Decent Americans UNREDACTED Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers along with the Bad Guys, and HE COST AMERICAN LIVES in the aftermath.

In 2010, everyone on both sides of the aisle saw Assange as an enemy to America. The Obama administration condemned him, conservatives called him a traitor, and Donald Trump said WikiLeaks was “disgraceful,” adding that there should be the “death penalty or something” for its actions. Fast-forward to 2016, and WikiLeaks enjoyed a reputational renaissance on the right. Why? Well, WikiLeaks was the same organization, but its target had changed. Rather than taking on alleged American imperialism, it was the conduit for an alleged Russian hack that was systematically embarrassing Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party in the middle of a hotly contested presidential election. “I love WikiLeaks,” Trump declared to rousing cheers at a rally. Sean Hannity defended him during the election and even referred to Assange to advance his absurd Seth Rich conspiracy theory. Even worse, the special counsel’s office has alleged that a “senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information [WikiLeaks] had regarding the Clinton Campaign.” Trump “loved” Wikileaks, and his campaign allegedly endeavored to get information from WikiLeaks — the same organization that had just a few years before conspired with a traitor to place American soldiers and American allies in mortal danger.

HYPOCRITES ABOUND — Julian Assange intentionally and deliberately works against American interests. Yet there are Americans who will intentionally and deliberately share WikiLeaks information, wield it as a weapon against their political opponents. There is no virtue in Assange. Those who celebrated his “transparency” in the Manning document dumps forget that responsible reporters who gain access to classified material carefully vet that material to make sure that their disclosures do not needlessly endanger innocent Americans, and they carefully weigh the value of the disclosure against the gravity of the harm.

 

Assange and Manning did not seem to care about the men and women they betrayed. Those who celebrated Assange’s role in the DNC and Podesta hacks forget that he was playing a willing and even eager role in a foreign plan to disrupt an election and divide our nation — a plan that worked beautifully in large part because of the very celebration of the hacks themselves.

 

In “Flight 93 elections,” I suppose, advancing Russian interests is a small price to pay for a news cycle or two that humiliates Hillary. And, by the way, if one is going to rightly denigrate the role that Russian hacking had in swaying the American election, how can one also then claim that advancing Russian interests and magnifying Assange was somehow important enough to be worth the costs?

Julian Assange is an enemy of the United States. Just because he is the enemy of our enemies as seen in the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, and you now consider the enemy Assange to be your friend, that doesn’t make your “friend” Assange any less the actual entity trying to undermine American security, divide American society, and even threaten American lives.

I have no problem whatsoever with TRUE Whistleblowers who take precise aim at SPECIFIC WRONGS and SPECIFIC Crimes they have found within the U.S. government. But even then, there are proven and viable methods within our government for just such cases, and Manning never made the first attempt to take his concerns to his superiors and the proper chain of military command, as outlined in the Uniform Military Code of Justice, and Assange never cared one way or another who got hurt by his actions; all he saw was dollar signs and fame, but what is anyone to expect from a narcissist and a rapist like Assange.

There is so much that stinks around this entire episode in our nation’s recent events. Assange actually sought temporary relief and cover in Russia and regularly bashed America on his TV program ‘Russia Today’.

One of his first guests was the High Cleric and Hezbollah terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Assange’s motives were far from pure or noble. He’s no “hero”.

 

Julian Assange is an anti-American LEFTIST, and an ENEMY to America.

And, to tell the truth, I’d probably drop a hammer on him if I ever had him in my sights.

 

God Bless You All and God Bless Our Beloved America. May He Keep Her Free For All Eternity and Damn Her Enemies Both Foreign and Domestic to the Hell They Have Earned and So Richly Deserve.

 

Your Friend Always ~ Justin

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Thanks to Justin Smith, More Thoughts on Assange

John R. Houk

© April 15, 2019

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Assange — An Enemy to America Our Republic

 

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Israel’s Moral History – Pay Attention USA


John R. Houk

© April 14, 2019

America is a great nation struggling to maintain its greatness largely due a stark ideological divide between Left-Wing and Conservative visions.

 

History illustrates many great nations and (gasp) empires lost their greatness due to moral depreciation. One could probably write a book illustrating the rise and fall of nations related to a people’s declining moral values. Saying it with a large dose of un-academic slang, “I ain’t gonna write that book.”

 

Yet due to the nature of my faith one historical nation/kingdom that should get America’s attention is Israel and later the divided lower half – Judah.

 

Biblically a group of Hebrew slaves found deliverance from Egypt then journeyed to a land Promised to their Hebrew ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (rechristened Israel). After a period of a sort of confederated Judgeships, the Hebrew tribes united under one King who was Saul. Saul had some moral issues in obedience to God losing his crown which came upon David son of Jesse. David then his son Solomon maintained a unified Israel while alive.

 

David had a moral failure with another man’s wife that resulted in that wife becoming pregnant by David. That led David to set the husband up for a military suicide mission which was essentially murder by proxy. David married the slain husband’s wife Bathsheba. The child conceived in adultery and further tainted by murder was allowed by God to die. David and Bathsheba’s next son would eventually succeed his father David. David looked the other way as some of his older sons entered sinful avenues I won’t go into. BUT for clarity, David always owned up to his choices which God Almighty honored by calling David a man after His own heart.

 

Solomon turned into a ladies’ man by having a thousand wives and concubines of which many were foreign women who maintained their pagan religion violating Commandment number one: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” One might argue Solomon reigned with wisdom yet his marital choices undoubtedly planted the seeds of his descendants drawing away from God rather than near.

 

After Solomon’s death bad character training of the next king in Rehoboam led to Israel dividing into two kingdoms. The ten northern Hebrew tribes became Israel and descended into ungodly paganism to the point God allowed Assyria to conquer and depopulate the ten Hebrew tribes (between the years 734 BC – 724 BC). Often called the lost tribes of Israel now deemed with legends and myths about their lot in history.

 

The two southern Hebrew tribes of Judah and Benjamin formed the Kingdom of Judah that retained the royal lineage of David and Solomon. These descended Kings rippled back and forth kings supporting pagan religions and the faith Jewish heritage which eventually became today’s Judaism. With each pagan king Judah more and reflected what Biblical standards would expose as the moral depravity of the religious practices of pagan religions. God allows the Babylonian captivity (circa 586 BC) of most of Judah’s population especially those that might be called the intelligentsia. There have always been a Jewish people in the Holy Land but only as a remnant after deportations and repatriations. The Babylonian repatriation was a relatively short period after the Captivity. The Jewish repatriation after the Roman expulsion roughly between 70 AD and 135 AD did not occur until after the 1900s AD which accelerated after the WWI and WWII Allied victories resulting in the restoration of the nation of Israel in 1948 AD.

 

America’s history compared to the history of the Jewish people is like an American drip in a Jewish ocean. Nevertheless, the lessons the Jews learned the rough way is an example voting Americans – ESPECIALLY CHRISTIAN AMERICANS – should think deeply about.

 

Inspiring some of that deep thought is Greg Holt looking at how spiritual darkness is creeping over America if not reversed by some light, could lead to destruction for America’s greatness and Christianity’s Liberty.

 

JRH 4/14/19

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America is at a Crossroads, What Choice Will You Make?

 

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APRIL 14, 2019

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Spiritual Darkness Destroying America & Church – Book-cover

 

From my forthcoming book:

 

Spiritual Darkness is Destroying America and the Church

 

Colossians 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (KJV)

 

The American people as a nation are at an important crossroads with equally important decisions to make.  The decisions that we make as a nation from here on out will have significant and irrevocable consequences.  This writer hopes that people will wake up from their slumber, and that other people will turn aside from their apathy and indifference.  The decisions made will affect all the people of this nation as a whole, and that includes those who are innocent.

 

We the People have increasingly turned away from our Father, and God is not pleased with this decision.  Without necessary changes to our national attitudes and actions, God will soon abandon us to our own devices and the result will not be pretty.  America is at an historical point, the point where the nation of the United States could literally come to an end, as in cease to exist.  I imagine some will read my words here and immediately dismiss them as ridiculous, reaching the conclusion that I am exaggerating – let me assure the reader, I am not.

 

If one is at all a student of history, one will see that when any and all societies reached the point of godlessness, when immorality ruled the day, when corruption was the norm not the exception, and good people were treated like criminals – this is the point where every single kingdom ever known fell, and was replaced by another.  It happened to the Romans, the Babylonians, the Medes, the Persians, and even to Israel.  The U.S. will be no different.

 

Time is running out for this once great nation.  In some ways we are still great, but in the ways that really matter, well we are not.  If that statement offends you, well you need a large dose of reality.  The U.S. has become a cesspool of immorality and is rapidly becoming strongly anti-God and anti-Christian.  These comments will no doubt upset some of you, and that’s fine, you don’t have to agree with me.  There are still great people in this country, good people that do good things.  However, collectively as a nation we are deeply corrupted and immoral – and most of us have no use for God.

 

Even the churches in this country have become seriously corrupted.  So many have lost their way, straying from the Word of God and embracing ungodly things like homosexuality.  If these churches are not willfully embracing the LGBT agenda, they are at the very least looking the other way and not teaching that it is a serious sin against God either.

 

Please don’t misunderstand what is being said here, these people (LGBT) are not to be mistreated or hated, but rather they should be welcomed into the church and loved by those of us who believe and follow Jesus.  This writer knows that this is a tall order and can be hard to do, but if those (all those) who do not know Christ are not exposed to those who do – how can they be expected to change?  How can they be saved?  At the same time, these people are not to be allowed into any position of authority within the Church until such time as they have repented of their ways and have given themselves fully and completely to Jesus Christ.

 

Far too many do not understand that it is of paramount importance – the Gospel message of Jesus Christ must not be changed, it must not be cheapened and added on to, or taken away from.  What the Bible proclaimed 2000 years ago, we need to proudly stand and proclaim that very same message today.  The Gospel is not a cheap suit to be taken off and exchanged with another one at will.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and always – and so is His Gospel message.  It is unalterable, and unchanging, and its message remains the same.

 

This cannot be stressed enough, the Gospel of Jesus Christ absolutely must not be changed.  If the Words of Christ offend you, change your opinion.  If you think the Gospel must be changed for the times, you are deluded.  If your thought is that the Gospel must be watered down in order to be more attractive to unbelievers, you are an idiot.  We are here talking about the very words of God!  Not the mere inconsequential words of man who is here today and gone tomorrow.  There will be a swift and severe penalty for those that change the Word of Christ.

 

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.(KJV)

 

All of those in the Church must make a decision and make it soon, to follow the true and Living God, or to follow their own interpretation of God – which is no god at all.  There is only One God, and He is the God of the Bible, not the fake god so many churches of today worship in vain.  Just as all Scripture was given by divine inspiration – so too our perception of, and belief in God must be defined by the Word of God, and not by any man’s liberal interpretation of the Bible.

 

There is of course resistance to the idea (even within the Church) that the Bible absolutely must drive our beliefs and our values, meaning that our worldview is determined by the Bible and its teachings.  Some say that the Bible was written by men (this includes people in the Church) without divine inspiration and is therefore fallible.  Others will say that the Bible is outdated to our present time period. Yet others will say that there is no way to know which version of the Bible is authentic.

 

To this utter nonsense I will reply:

 

Does anyone who has any belief in God truly think that God was and is not perfectly capable of preserving His Word to us no matter how long ago it was written?  The very idea that the God who created the entire universe and created man out of the dust of the Earth – that this God is not capable of preserving His Words to us, is entirely laughable.  This is not a god I would follow, if this supposed god can’t even preserve his own written words to us – how is this god going to follow through on the rest of what he promised, such as eternal life with him in Heaven?  No, the God I follow has preserved His Word and He keeps His promises – guaranteed.

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Israel’s Moral History – Pay Attention USA

John R. Houk

© April 14, 2019

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Do You Know My King?


Intro to ‘Do You Know My King?’

Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

April 13, 2019

By Justin O. Smith

Sunday April 14th is Palm Sunday. That day is one week before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Easter Sunday. On Palm Sunday Jesus rides a donkey colt into Jerusalem – the City of David – as a triumphant King:

 

11 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to [a]Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”

 

So they went their way, and found [b]the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”

 

And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees [Blog Editor: For clarity on the “branches” see John 12: 13 NKJV] and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

 

“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes [c]in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”
(Mark 11: 1-10 NKJV)

 

Justin Smith finds his keyboard pulpit and delivers an excellent Easter message about the Redemptive work of the Risen Savior, Jesus the Christ.

 

By Jon McNaughton

 

JRH 4/13/19

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Do You Know My King?

 

By Justin O. Smith
Sent 4/12/2019 6:23 PM

 

My Dear God, how hard life is, how easy life is, how great life is for Us, sinners one and all. Our blessings great and small come to us by Your hand, and our punishments too. You are great and we are small.

 

Men, women and children all revel in the wonders that abound in this magnificent creation of Yours, and we rejoice in the miracle of our salvation that we have received through the Blood of the Lamb and the sacrifice Jesus performed upon the Cross.

 

The holy time of Easter Sunday is here once more, and millions of Christians worldwide are preparing to celebrate the most significant part of our faith and God’s promise of “Life everlasting” for those who profess their faith in Jesus, as the Son of God, God come to earth in the flesh, and his death upon the Cross and his resurrection three days later. Upon our deaths we will be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

Let’s also recall that Easter coincides with the Jewish Passover holiday. The Last Supper was essentially a Passover feast. However, it has been given new significance by the New Testament and Jesus’s sharing his “body”, the bread, and his “blood”, the wine, in a symbolic ritual that marked the sacrifice Jesus was about to make through His death: This has become a bedrock of the Christian faith.

 

Just as the Apostle Paul so clearly states in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, there would be no salvation from our sins without the resurrection of Jesus:

 

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins … And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day … that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: … he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. … that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” 

 

As many around the globe prepare for the Easter Vigil, let us all rejoice and celebrate in the love and happiness we have found through our own individual faith and personal relationship with our God. Remember the joy of Jesus’s followers as he entered Jerusalem and they greeted him with palm leaves laid across the road.

 

To quote one of the best preachers I’ve ever heard, during a sermon in 1976 in Detroit, Dr. Shadrach Meshach Lockridge observed that Jesus isthe King of the Jews … the King of Israel … the King of Righteousness … the King of the Ages … the King of Heaven … the King of Glory … the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords … Now that’s my King“. And then he asked, “Well, I wonder if you know Him. Do You know Him?

 

No barriers can prevent Him from delivering His blessings to us all. Our God — the One True God — is enduringly strong, completely sincere, eternally steadfast, immortally graceful, imperially powerful and impartially merciful.

 

In a strong and certain voice, Dr Lockridge declares unequivocally:

 

[God] supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. … He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. … He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.”

 

Will You be prepared when the Man [God] comes around “takin’ names … [deciding] who to free and who to blame”, as my dear Ol’ Friend Johnny Cash used to ask by way of song?

 

Just as all men’s days are numbered here on Earth, so too are the days numbered until the Last days, the Final Confrontation between Good and Evil and Armageddon.

 

Revelations 6:7-8 tells us: “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed him. And power was given unto them over the part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

 

There’s a clear division between those who are saved and those who are not. Nicodemus was afraid and ashamed to be seen with Jesus; and during a conversation, found in John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily [truthfully], I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 

In its madness the world opposes and harasses the righteous, because the atheistic, secular humanist world seems to hate us. The world resists us and resents us revealing its sins against His teachings. The Righteous condemn the evil of the world. Merely to watch the ungodly and heathens is a hardship; their own wickedness betrays them, and so they cannot hear the hidden counsels of God.

 

Daniel 5:27 tells us, “…Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”

 

St.  Augustine left this truth: “… our hearts are restless until they rest on God.”

 

The Pharisees hated Jesus, but they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate found no fault in Him. The false witnesses were obviously false. Herod couldn’t kill Him. The grave opened its doors to Him and Death couldn’t hold Him.

 

Do You know my King?

 

If one wants Life Everlasting, do not embrace the potter’s ground [Matthew 27:3-8] when the Man comes around. See not “the terror in each sip and in each sup” [and] “partake of that last offered cup“.  “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

 

Say it with me. Oh God, Thine is the kingdom the power and the glory. All the power belongs to my King. People can speak of black power, red power, yellow power and white power, but there’s only power through Our God and His power. Thine is the power; Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

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Justice being served on Obama officials?


BHO Spying Nixonian Lying Crook toon

In a hopefully tip-of-the-iceberg moment, it has been disclosed publicly that Obama former White House counsel Gregory Craig is to be indicted for crooked connection to the Ukraine in 2012. The hope is all the Obama Administration and Crooked Hillary Campaign staffers that actually broke the law will finally have to pay the piper for illegal activities.

 

With that in mind, the blog Ares and Athena posted a story that begins with Gregory Craig info but then leads into speculation of more indictments. Adding to the speculation is the public Congressional testimony by AG William Barr that the DOJ is looking into the Obama Administration spying on the Trump Campaign.

 

JRH 4/12/19

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Are More Indictments of Obama Officials Coming?

Yesterday we learned that Gregory Craig, the former White House counsel for Barack Obama, expects to be indicted on criminal charges for lobbying he did for the Ukrainian government back in 2012. The case against Craig originated from the Mueller investigation. Craig was not White House Counsel at the time, but between this and Attorney General William Barr’s revelation that he believes the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign and that it is being investigated, it’s hard not feel as though the tide is turning, and we might start seeing Obama officials finally get put under the microscope for various acts of corruption.

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