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Rod Rosenstein orders investigation into FBI Trump campaign ‘infiltration’

May 20, 2018

  Well that did not take long: I just finished writing a post about Donald Trump demanding the Department of Justice investigate whether or not the FBI had a mole in the Trump campaign and how I would not expect to see one forthcoming and then I go back online and find out, according to this story, that Rod Rosenstein has ordered the investigation.

  Here is more:

The Justice Department asked its watchdog to look into any alleged “impropriety or political motivation” in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the DOJ said Sunday night — hours after President Trump ordered a review looking into whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes.

“The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Fox News.

She also released a response from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”

  So at least the process has been put in motion but again I remain skeptical.

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Donald Trump demands the Department of Justice investigate if the FBI had a spy in the Trump campaign

May 20, 2018

Back on May 11th it was reported that the FBI placed a spy within the Trump campaign and today the President let it be know that tomorrow he would demand an investigation into the Obama era Department of Justice over this story.

This, of course, is not the first accusation made against the Obama administration’s use of surveillance during and after the campaign: there was also the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the transition and  the abuse of FISA warrants during the campaign. We have yet to see an investigation by Jeff Sessions Department of Justice into either of these issues so if I were Donald Trump I would not be holding my breath.

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Unintentional hiatus

May 18, 2018

  Some of you probably realized I had  not been on the internet lately. It was due a sudden health issue on my part which led me to the Emergency Room on Wednesday evening with a heart problem.  I am hoping to be dismissed tomorrow but I don’t have  the strength to blog right now.

 Next week I will meeting with a cardiologist about valve replacement and I am prepared “because he loves me” says the Lord, “I will rescue him: “I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. with long life I will satisfy him and show me his salvation.’ Psalms 91:14-16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Donald Trump

May 15, 2018

  Well is looks like a monkey wrench has been thrown into the mix with the scheduled talks with North Korea. Things were going too swimmingly but of course we have all been leery of Kim Jong Un’s intentions.

  According to this story Kim Jong Un is threatening to cancel the summit with Donald Trump over scheduled war games between South Korea and the United States.

North Korea’s government says it is considering calling off a planned nuclear summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Kim’s regime said through state-run news agency KCNA that ongoing ‘Max Thunder’ joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea are actually a ‘rehearsal for invasion’ of the North. 

‘The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities,’ KCNA said.

  The United States has made great strides with North Korea over the last few weeks and I would hate to see them jeopardized by these scheduled war drills. In the interest of peace talks with North Korea I would not have a problem with Donald Trump backing down on the war drills.

  We have come too far to let it fall apart now but the question is, will Donald Trump see backing down as a sign of weakness? Will his ego allow him to back down? To date the United States has not given anything up and this is one concession I would not have a problem with in the interest of a denuclearized North Korea.

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US Embassy officially opens in Jerusalem

May 14, 2018

  Today was an historic day because the United States officially opened our embassy in Jerusalem. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel but for decades United States Presidents–while promising to do so–were too afraid to recognize  the obvious.

  That changed when Donald Trump became the President because he kept his campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced the United States would move the embassy to the Israeli capital.

  This was met with condemnation by the mainstream media, the Democrats, and some Republican establishment elitists who claimed this would make us less safe. It was also met with condemnation by many countries in the Middle East but that was to be expected.

  Here is part of what Benjamin Netanyahu had to say:

“What a glorious day,” Netanyahu said. “Remember this moment.”

“This is history,” Netanyahu said. “President Trump, by recognizing history you have made history.”

“All of us are deeply moved,” Netanyahu said. “All of us are deeply grateful.”

“Today the embassy of the most powerful nation on earth; our greatest ally — the United States of America,” Netanyahu said. “Today its embassy opened here.”

“Thank you, President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises,” Netanyahu said.

 Here is some of what Donald Trump had to say in a pre-recorded message:

“Exactly 70 years ago, the United States under President Harry Truman became the first nation to recognize the state of Israel. Today we officially open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. Congratulations! It’s been a long time coming,” Trump said in pre-taped remarks that were broadcast at the U.S. embassy’s opening ceremony.

“Today Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government. It is the home of the Israeli Legislature and the Israeli Supreme Court and Israel’s prime minister and president. Israel is a sovereign nation with a right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Yet, for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality, that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” he said.

“On December 6, 2017 at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem, and we’re opening it many, many years ahead of schedule,” the president said. “As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace.”

  The day was marked with violence, as expected, but with the exception of the United States embassy now being located in Jerusalem nothing else has really changed because, as I stated above, Jerusalem was already the capital of Jerusalem for all intents and purposes. We just were not supposed to admit it.

  As regular readers of America’s Watchtower know, (and this has cost me readership) I am not a person who blindly follows Donald Trump and everything he does or says, and I do not agree with him on every issue, but on this issue I back him 100%!

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quid est veritas?

May 13, 2018

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  Those three words were uttered by Pontius Pilate to Jesus in a mocking manner just before he washed his hands and condemned Jesus to death while knowing there was no basis for the conviction. The Latin translates to “what is truth” and he uttered those words to the man who claimed to be the truth. That last statement is not quite right–Pilate uttered those words to the Truth.

  In his book “Jesus Shock” Dr. Peter Kreeft summed it up like this: “Pilate’s skeptical sneer “What is truth?” was addressed to Truth Himself, standing there right in front of his face. The world’s stupidest question was three words; God’s profoundest answer was one Word.” 

  I love that quote, it is concise and straight to the point.

  There is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes) Pilate questioned truth thousands of years ago and today we live in a world where subjective truth and subjective relativism seem to rule the lands. People are still asking the same question.

  Subjective truth simply means that whatever is true to one person may not be true to another, there is no universal truth because everybody has their own version of the truth, while subjective relativism means any action is moral if a person approves of the action.

  This is simply not true: first of all the statement that nothing is universally true is a paradox because that statement itself could then not be true. But the fact is there is only one truth (and this goes for all issues) and there are universally accepted morals which all people are expected to follow. 

  People who do not accept these truths are afraid to accept them because they want to believe the highest authority is man and they do not want to consider the possibility that they might have to answer to a higher power.

  In their most extreme form subjective truth and subjective relativism would lead to anarchy. These philosophies will eventually lead us into a free for all where anything goes, chaos, so there has to be a steadying force.

  Some would say that governments are that steadying force but governments are instituted by man and are subject to the same folly of man which got us to this point in the first place, therefor there has to be more.

  This brings me back to quid est veritas: While Pontius Pilate was mocking Jesus I think it is a question which everybody should ask if they have not already. Instead of accepting the truth as you believe it to be, search for the truth as it is. 

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)

  Many people are unhappy in this world because they are missing something, and I think many people understand they are missing something in their lives but they do not know what it is. They try to fill this emptiness with earthly treasures but still find life empty. To them I say knock on that door and see where it takes you, you might be surprised at the fulfillment you receive.

  Some people are afraid to knock on that door because they just might discover truth is not what they thought it was (or wanted it to be) but I would say to them, do not be afraid (I read somewhere that “do not be afraid” is mentioned 365 times in the Bible, making it a daily verse to live by) because you just might find the “rest in your soul”  you have been seeking (See Matthew 11:29)

  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  (Lao Tzu)

  Take that step, knock on the door, because Jesus gave us the answer: “I am the way, the truth, and the light.”  And when you accept this “the truth shall make you free.” (john 8:32 KJV)

Sunday, May 13th open thread:

May 13, 2018

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, May 13th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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  Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and especially to my Mom Janet, I love you!

  In keeping with an America’s Watchtower tradition of the last couple of years here is Johnny Cash performing “There’s a Mother Always Waiting at Home.”

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