A Post-Mortem for Mainstream Media Journalism [Video]

Mainstream media, Fake newsWatching the performance “journalism” of the supposed ‘Mainstream’ media during Trump’s presidency often evokes reactions from laughter to rage among supporters of the President. However, this is a significant moment in the history of journalism itself, for we are witnessing the death knell of the MSM, and are on the precipice of an entirely new era of media journalism which is rising to fill the void.

The fall of MSM journalism began in earnest a little more than a half-century ago during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. The event that became the impetus for journalism’s wholesale embrace of Leftist activism was the Vietnam War.

Leftist Journalism and The War in Vietnam

Photo shows soldier lying down in high grass during patrol on Jan. 10, 1966 in Vietnam, soldier is unidentified. (AP Photo)

The Vietnam War was unique in the annals of journalism in that it was the first time journalists could cover a war in close to real-time and deliver that coverage to the entirety of America via video reports on television. Prior to this, most news was disseminated via the newspaper and on the radio or in short news clips that preceded a movie showing at the theater.

This meant that the destruction and horror of war were starting to be beamed into living rooms across the nation and the globe on an almost daily basis. Moreover, the analysis and commentary of media stars such as Walter Cronkite began charting a leftward media course that was instrumental in ignominiously ending the Vietnam War.

The February 1968 assessment by Walter Cronkite, the anchor of the CBS Evening News (known as “the most trusted man in America”), that the conflict was “mired in stalemate” was seen by many as the signal of a sea change in reporting about Vietnam, and it is said to have inspired Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson to state, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

The influence of network journalists on the “big three” alphabet stations, CBS, ABC, and NBC continued to grow and continued to inch ever-leftward through the 1970s. The Watergate hearings in 1974 seemed to permanently place MSM journalism as the news authority and raised the Washington Post to greater fame than ever after reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein broke the story wide open with information obtained by a secret informant known then as ‘Deep Throat.’

However, that dominance was soon to become threatened by the advent of cable television, and the innovative and determined mind of a media mogul named Ted Turner. His creation of a 24-hour news channel was a brand new invention that changed the journalistic landscape forever.

The Emergence of Cable News and the Case of Richard Jewell

The original Cable News Network, CNN, was the brainchild of Ted Turner and came meekly onto the media scene in 1980.

CNN was created by maverick broadcasting executive Ted Turner as part of his Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), allegedly because industry professionals had told him it could not be done. After four years in development, CNN signed on the air June 1, 1980, with a news telecast anchored by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Walker and Lois Hart.

Ted Turner was enamored of Leftist causes throughout his career, most notably as a champion of ‘environmentalism.’ Early hints of other left-wing views like globalism emerged right from the beginning of CNN’s existence.

Endeavouring to accommodate its worldwide audience, CNN adopted a policy of banning such exclusionary words and phrases as “foreign” and “here at home” from its newscasts.

The fledgling news network struggled to gain much of an audience for the first few years after its premiere. CNN began to climb in the ratings when it scooped the networks on the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster in 1986, and especially with its in-country coverage of the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

Richard Jewell, Mainstream mediaThe world got a glimpse of the power of the leftist MSM and how that power can be abused on July 27, 1996, with the bombing at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. A man by the name of Richard Jewell discovered the bomb, notified law enforcement and helped clear the area before the bomb detonated.

However, within two days Jewell went from hero to prime suspect of the FBI, which was reported first in headlines from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 30. The networks and print media began to descend upon Jewell like a pack of ravenous wolves, beginning with Atlanta-based CNN.

For the next few months, Jewell was hounded by reporters from all three national networks as well as CNN and vilified in national newspapers as the likely bomber. In one particularly egregious case of journalistic overreach, an August 1, 1996 column by David Kindred of the AJC linked Jewell to a convicted murderer.

Once upon a terrible time, federal agents came to this town to deal with another suspect who lived with his mother. Like this one, that suspect was drawn to the blue lights and sirens of police work. Like this one, he became famous in the aftermath of murder. His name was Wayne Williams. This one is Richard Jewell. …Richard Jewell sits in the shadows today. Wayne Williams sits in prison forever.

It wasn’t until October 26 that Jewell was officially cleared. Years later the actual bomber was arrested and convicted of the Olympic bombing as well as several other bombings in the area.

The Rise of Social Media

During this same period, another technological breakthrough took place which would change the media universe and bring a host of other players outside the normal circle of journalism into play. That was the ascendance of the internet and the subsequent explosion of ‘social media’ onto the scene.

The development of the internet began in the 1960s as an American military effort to link computers together in the event that a nuclear attack destroyed the telephone-based communications of the time. However, the internet as we know it today came about in 1991.

That year, a computer programmer in Switzerland named Tim Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web: an internet that was not simply a way to send files from one place to another but was itself a “web” of information that anyone on the Internet could retrieve. Berners-Lee created the Internet that we know today.

Six years later the first ‘social media’ network was launched. It was known as “Six Degrees.”

It was officially launched in 1997, and it lasted until about 2001. It’s number of users peaked at around 3.5  million. It was bought out by YouthStream Media Networks in 1999 for $125 million, but it shut down just one year later.

The next social media platform came out in 2002 and was called “Friendster.” It became the first such site to claim over 100 million users but eventually went bust in 2015.

Social media influenceThen the floodgates began to open. In 2003 it was “MySpace,” followed by “Facebook” in 2004 which grew to the largest social media platform ever with 2.45 billion active monthly users so far in 2019.  “Twitter” came along in 2006 and has now grown to 330 million monthly active users according to figures from the first quarter of 2019.

This explosive growth did more than simply make people like Mark Zuckerburg and Jim Dorsey extremely wealthy. It opened up a brand new media arena for journalism in the digital age and the Leftmedia quickly took full advantage of that.

The fact that the heads of the social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter were also of Leftist persuasions tended to favor a Leftmedia slant toward what has been allowed and what has not on both these platforms. This slant remained relatively unnoticed until the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

The 2016 Election, the Birth of ‘Fake News’, and TDS

Donald Trump became the GOP nominee for President in July of 2016, and the Leftmedia hasn’t stopped howling about him ever since. However, since most of the “experts” gave Trump no chance to defeat Hillary Clinton, that howling was a mere murmur compared to what was to come.

Since the election of Donald Trump, the Leftmedia has earned the label of “fake news” that the President employs with such success. However, the term was not one he invented.

Fake news, Mainstream mediaIn the 2016 campaign for President, the term “fake news” was first used by the Clinton camp speaking about the Wikileaks release of emails from Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta. They claimed these released emails were not authentic and called them “fake news.”

President Trump masterfully appropriated and used this term to reveal bit-by-bit the duplicity of the Leftmedia as a whole for the last three years. Moreover, it likely contributed to the creation and spread of another term used to describe the anti-Trump crowd in society as suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome or TDS.

I have written about the realitydanger, and spread of TDS on several occasions in this journal. Though this pernicious disease is not limited to Leftmedia ‘journalism’, TDS is expressed there more starkly and in more abundance than anywhere else.

The relationship between TDS and “fake news” as one of its symptoms can be demonstrated through a “thread” which I found while sifting through the muck on my Twitter feed. A “thread” is a series of posts from one user concerning the same subject.

Since Twitter has a strict limit on how many characters a person is allowed to put into one post, a “thread” is a way to write a longer story with a series of shorter ‘chapters’, so to speak. These are employed by most who use Twitter, however, this “thread” was unusual for both its length and content.

It consisted of over 100 postings and the content was mainly side-by-side screenshots of headlines from both digital and print Leftmedia ‘news’ stories highlighting the hypocrisy and deception employed by their ilk.

Here is how this posting by user “Incarcerated_ET” begins:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Anons present to you:
THE FAKE NEWS
-their duplicity
-their hypocrisy
-their agenda
-their coordinated efforts
-and out right lies
>>side by side for easy dissemination
>>just like Q asked

A thread!

View image on Twitter

 

This example is a mild introduction beginning with the obvious TDS of Ms. Wellington gushing over the “dream come true” of HRC in a plain white pantsuit and then declaring that Melania’s white dress was equivalent to the GOP being for whites only!

These instructive comparisons continue on and reveal many which seem petty, like the one above, and others that are outright furious and hostile towards the President or anything associated with him.

Here is one item in the same stream from the Leftist site “Slate,” on why the electoral college is a great idea, and then why it is not only terrible but was a racist idea from the beginning.

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Note how Slate’s opinion changed dramatically when it was Obama winning in 2012 versus when Trump won in 2016. Here is another example of the 100+ samples in the thread from dear old reliable CNN.

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CNN begins with the assertion that “paid family leave” is a wonderful concept which should be embraced by everyone. But then, Trump agrees and places it in his budget and viola, “paid family leave” is suddenly a bad thing!

Here is the last piece I will share from the thread demonstrating both TDS and “fake news” on the very same page.

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The “fake news” was the large headline printed directly under the actual truth about the President’s statement which did condemn “white supremacists” and everyone else involved in the violent protests at Charlottesville. Guess which one of these assertions is still being used as ammunition against President Trump even today.

TDS and “fake news” have been the SOP of the Left from the very start of Trump’s presidency, including the failed “Mueller Report,” and has continued into the current phony “impeachment inquiry” in the House of Representatives. Here is a brief video ensemble showing why this is simply another dose of “fake news” and TDS by the Leftmedia.

Erick Erickson

@EWErickson

Dear members of the media, if you want to understand why no one cares about impeachment and minds are not being changed, watch this and understand.

Embedded video

The narrative of the Leftmedia is crumbling under the onslaught brought about by those
who actually pay attention to the Leftist’s diatribes on social media. Moreover, that
number of people is growing by the day and portends the death of Leftmedia
“journalism.

What is also being slowly realized by those same people is that the “media” is no longer what is spoon-fed to us by the elites in the mainstream. We will explore the recent declaration of this new phenomenon by the phrase, “We are the media now,” in part two of this series.

“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:13-18 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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Two ‘Newbies” in the House: A Comparative Assessment [Video]

AOC and Dan Crenshaw

The U.S. Capitol Building at night

The current crop of freshmen Representatives in the U.S. Congress feature some colorful personalities as well as diverse perspectives. Admittedly, the Democratic newbies have gotten the most attention because of radical statements, policy proposals, and controversies.

However, there is one Republican rookie who has been turning heads, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw. It might be illuminating to assess this GOP rising star in comparison with the Left’s most meteoric House member, N.Y. Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Their Resumes

What do we know about AOC and Crenshaw before they came to Congress? What might serve as a hypothetical resume for each of them?

Inset.Image.1.3.8.2019Let’s start with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. She grew up in the Bronx, New York City as the daughter of a father of Puerto Rican descent who was born in America, and a mother who was born in Puerto Rico.

Her involvement with politics began while she was attending college at Boston University. She became an intern in the immigration office of Senator Ted Kennedy during his final year in the Senate.

What AOC says about that time is illustrative.

I was the only Spanish speaker, and as a result, as basically a kid—a 19-, 20-year-old kid—whenever a frantic call would come into the office because someone is looking for their husband because they have been snatched off the street by ICE, I was the one that had to pick up that phone, …I was the one that had to help that person navigate that system.

AOC graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a degree in international relations and economics. She went back to her home in the Bronx to help support her mother, as her father had passed in 2008.

Her next foray into politics came as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She was inspired to run for office during her work traveling the country for Sanders.

AOC’s campaign and election resembled something straight out of a Hollywood script, especially her victory in the Democratic primary. While working as a bartender, she managed to defeat a 10-time incumbent Democrat who had a huge advantage in funding.

What about Representative Crenshaw? His ‘resume’ is slightly different. First off, he is five years older than AOC, having been born in 1984.

Dan CrenshawCrenshaw grew up in Katy, Texas. His mother died when he was a child, and afterward, he lived with his father who worked in the oil industry.

Since his father traveled and lived for long periods of time overseas, Crenshaw spent time living in Ecuador and Columbia as a youth. He became proficient in Spanish during those years, which is perhaps the only characteristic he and AOC share.

Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University in 2006. During his time at Tufts, he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps [ROTC] and became a commissioned officer in the Navy after graduation.

He became a Navy SEAL and served 10 years which included three tours of duty overseas. In 2012 while serving in Afghanistan, he was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device [IED] and lost his right eye as a result.

As a Navy SEAL, he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor. He medically retired from military service in 2016

After military service, he went on to obtain a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2018. During that time he also worked as a legislative assistant for Texas Congressman Pete Sessions.

Crenshaw began his campaign in November of 2017 and had to survive a contentious runoff election in the Republican primary. However, the most interesting incident of the campaign happened just prior to the general election in November of 2018.

Comedian Pete Davidson made a mocking remark about Crenshaw as a joke on the November 3, 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live. The public disapproval of that joke has been credited by some as helping Crenshaw secure victory in the election the following Tuesday.

However, what happened the following Saturday on SNL was remarkable.

Davidson’s sincere apology for his remarks the week before and Crenshaw’s good-natured acceptance of the apology was a refreshing look at the character of both. Moreover, it was an impressive first appearance on the national scene for the newly-elected Representative.

Political Positions

The political positions of AOC and Crenshaw could hardly be farther apart. Ocasio-Cortez is extreme Left-wing Socialist, while Crenshaw is a solidly Conservative Republican.

AOCThe greatest example of AOC’s political aspirations is the now infamous Green New Deal. Her surprising influence in less than 3 months has gathered support for the GND from every declared Democrat candidate for President in 2020.

The most recent estimated cost of that Socialist nightmare was 93 trillion dollars! However, the inconceivable amount has not deterred AOC or her minions.

AOC is also a proponent of abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and basically an open borders status for America.

As might be expected, Crenshaw opposes the ‘Green Dream.’ He has ably stated the reasonable objections to it in many forums.

However, there are some far less publicized positions that Dan Crenshaw has put forth which deserve attention for a fair comparison between the Texas Republican and AOC.

Crenshaw was joined by two other Representatives back in January of this year in proposing a bill to withhold the salaries of Congress, the Vice President, and the President in the event of a government shutdown. Crenshaw stated at the time,

Federal employees should never have to carry the burden caused by a dysfunctional government, …We should have to feel the very real effects of a shutdown, just as our fellow federal employees are forced to do.

Concerning that same issue, Crenshaw also revealed something the Mainstream media, umm… had skipped over.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw reported on Twitter that Republicans had a plan to pay federal workers during the shutdown. But that proposal did not pass because all but 6 Democrats voted against it.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw

@RepDanCrenshaw

Big deal that never got reported:

Last week, House GOP voted to pay federal employees their 1st paycheck of 2019, despite shutdown. Only 6 Dems voted with us. It failed.

Dem priority is not paying workers or opening gov’t. It is opposing Trump. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll043.xml 

59.9K people are talking about this

Border wallThis was while the shutdown was happening. Employees could have received pay during the shutdown itself if this had passed. It will be interesting to see at election time if federal workers remember which party had their backs during the shutdown, and which did not.

Rep. Crenshaw is also a vocal supporter of border security, including a physical barrier aka a ‘border wall,’ and an advocate of President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration.

Public Presence

One factor remains to conclude this assessment. That is the factor of public presence.

Presence refers to the public persona of each person. As national public officials, a large portion of their lives is now subject to media scrutiny. In today’s society, this means the scrutiny of social media, as well as TV and radio coverage.

For example, AOC was recently questioned about real concerns with probable ethics violations and ‘laundering’ or ‘funneling’ money to her boyfriend, through her campaign manager. The violation involved her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, using a Political Action Committee’s funds to pay AOC’s boyfriend thousands of dollars.

The campaign manager and AOC herself said the boyfriend was not on staff [even though her office had listed him as staff] and the payments were not unethical. However, it was found that the boyfriend also was given a House e-mail account, which the rules state is wrong unless he is actually part of the staff. 

AOC and Ben CrenshawAOC’s excuse was that her boyfriend needed a house.gov email account to have access to her Congressional calendar. Hmm …guess she forgot how to text him about her schedule.

Moreover, she seems to want to be excused from media attention towards her personal life.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired off a tweet suggesting that the media unfairly target her family and love life in their reporting – and I can’t stop laughing. Here’s the tweet:

You know, when I got to DC I was told that it’s considered “off limits” to report on a member’s family, love life, etc. Unsure why that consideration is suspended for me. (Also for those who ask how I learned to handle pressure, try being the only daughter in a Latino household) https://t.co/M2lgHITz1B

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019

AOC has apparently not been paying attention to media coverage of late. Especially the mainstream media’s metaphoric ‘body-cavity search’ and automatic condemnation of any family member of President Trump’s household, including his young son, Barron.

How does Rep. Crenshaw present himself in light of media attention? We have already seen the very classy way he responded to Saturday Night Live’s mockery.

Here is another reaction by Crenshaw decrying the Leftmedia, but not for anything targeting him. Instead, he speaks out about the anti-Christian bias of the MSM.

Dan Crenshaw

@DanCrenshawTX

Media blunders this week:
-hardly any coverage of #MarchforLife
-Buzzfeed lies about Cohen case
-slandering Covington Catholic students over false narrative
-slandering Karen Pence for working at Christian school

3 out of 4 are fundamentally anti-Christian. Just last 7 days.

20.9K people are talking about this

The Texas Congressman recently appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and calmly dismantled the hyperbole of the media attacks on President Trump. In response to the leftist claim that Trump is attacking freedom of the press, Crenshaw replied,

How has he done that? The Obama administration had many press members under investigation, Trump has not, so what is the difference here?

Crenshaw is 100% correct about Obama. He actually tried squashing freedom of the press with everything from seizing records to covert surveillance of reporters he didn’t like.

All Trump has done is briefly expel an obnoxious reporter who hogged the microphone from the privileged seat at the White House press briefings. Oh yeah, and he has called the Leftmedia names.

Much remains to be seen concerning both AOC and Crenshaw and their performance as ‘newbies’ in the House. Moreover, since they are both considered rising stars in their respective political circles, they will also be targeted, fairly or not, as defining the policies of their Party.

This analysis is not definitive by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, it can be instructive as to which person is best suited to the role of U.S. Representative that both are occupying now.

In that light, my hope is that we will see more of the likes of Rep. Crenshaw and far less of the likes of AOC in Congress. However, I am not making that prediction, and I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

I also hope and pray that all who would govern would desire the same as Solomon did from God when he became the King of Israel.

Give your servant, therefore, an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people? 1 Kings 3:9 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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Trump Confounds the Left and They Just Don’t Get It [Video]

Trump vs. Antifa

In the first half of President Trump’s first term, political and cultural turmoil has seemed the norm. The consensus of opinion is that America is a ‘divided country.’ One can read that phrase in every news outlet from Left to Right these days.

However, far fewer would agree about the reason for the hostilities. The conservative would say the Left’s juvenile and violent behavior is the reason.

The Left would blame, surprise, (sarc) President Trump. In a manner, both of them are correct.

Blame could be assigned to the president because he has chosen to resist the mantra of the Left. He doesn’t fall into line as Republican Presidents have before.

In that manner, Trump is guilty of confounding the Left and motivating them to stir division and hatred, all the while blaming him for their actions.

Trump Confounds the Left

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President Donald John Trump truly confounds the Leftist Political establishment. That’s because he is unlike any politician they have yet dealt with, in three particular ways.

 

 

  1. Trump doesn’t need the job. He can afford to brush aside Leftist critics because he can be independent.
  2. Trump isn’t docile. Unlike previous presidents, he will hit back when he feels criticism is unwarranted.
  3. Trump taps into the people directly. He is masterful at circumventing the Leftmedia through social media and the internet.

These factors combined with the President’s boundless drive and the dedication of his base make him an enigma to leftists. An enigma they are not equipped to solve.

The Left is sent into apoplectic shock when trying to deal with Trump. They have thrown all the vitriol they can at this president to no apparent avail.

The Leftmedia, in particular, are extreme in their hatred for everything about President Trump. They are so absolutely sure that they are in the right that ordinary rules of decorum should not apply to them.

Here is a recent example from CNN’s Jim Acosta. He thinks he is so important that he can ignore rules everyone else has to obey.

This is but the latest of Acosta’s grandstanding and making the story about him. He was justly rewarded for his vanity and bullying by having his White House press credentials revoked.

The Left Will Never Understand

Inset.image.2.11.9.2018The idealogical Left will never understand Trump and his supporters. They are not emotionally equipped to do so.

The Left cannot tolerate discent because they believe they are the educated elite among us. Therefore, they think they are more enlightened than the rest of us and we should listen to them.

This attitude results in a narcissitic view of life. Scratch a true leftist and a grandiose self-importance lies beneath.

This has been evident to anyone who has tracked the speeches of former President Obama both in and out of office. He exemplifies the narcissism of the political Left.

In a mesmerizing video, Grabien highlights all the times Obama referenced himself in his speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday. The total tally: a stunning 119 times. …those 119 self-references surpass the 76 times he referenced himself in his 33-minute gun control speech on Jan 5, 2016, the 28 times he brought himself up in a 12-minute speech following a mass shooting Oct 1, 2015, and just barely edges the incredible 118 times he talked about ol’ Barry in a 33-minute speech in India on Jan. 27, 2015.

In fact, Obama used the first-person singular 199 times in a speech on the economy in Austin, TX. The 2014 remarks were 5,500 words long and,

In President Obama’s speech, he used a first person singular, on average, every 12 seconds.

The most recent exhibition of the former president’s sense of self-importance came during the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. He decided to continue an unprecedented series of public critiques of the current holder of the presidency.

Bill Whittle gives an excellent analysis of this in a video recorded on 11/5/2018, the day before the election.

Leftist Self-Importance Leads to Fascism

Inset.image.3.11.9.2018One of the latest screeds from the Left is that President Trump is constantly ‘attacking’ the media and the First Amendment. They don’t like that he has called them “fake news,” and “the enemy of the people.”

While name-calling may not be nice, it can hardly be called an attack on freedom of the press. The “fake news” people haven’t been ordered by Trump to stop airing or printing stories, no matter how false.

CNN and their allies may call the yanking of Acosta’s credentials an attack on a free press. In reality it was preventing a showboat from monopolizing the microphone so that others in the press could exercise their rights.

Conversely, the Left has engaged in acts to supress press freedom. Back in 2013, Obama’s Department of Justice illegally spied on reporters, seized records from reporters, and even invaded the home of a journalist.

a federal SWAT raid on a reporter’s home, which resulted in the seizure of her private notes and the likely unmasking of whistleblowers within government. Following revelations about lawless spying on reporters and even charges against a journalist of being a “conspirator” by the Justice Department, the explosive story about the raid unveiled last week is causing a fresh wave of outrage — and deep concern.

The “wave of outrage” and “concern” was short-lived in the Leftmedia of that time. The story was gently pushed aside after a short period of obligatory reporting.

Inset.image.4.11.9.2018Obama was never called a “fascist” after engaging in this clearly fascistic behavior. Trump is called a fascist non-stop by every left-wing journalist, politician, and activist.

Since Trump became president, real fascism has become a common tactic of the Left. One of the leading organizations participating in this is the misnamed ‘Antifa,’ short for ‘anti-fascists.’

The cowardly thugs of Antifa are now infamous for their Gestapo-like tactics at their “protests.” People are routinely bullied, and beaten, and harassed if they express any doubt or defiance of the Left’s storm troopers known as Antifa.

One of Antifa’s satellite organizations known as “Smash Racism DC” recently protested outside in a mob outside the home of FOX News personality Tucker Carlson. He was preparing for his show but his wife was there alone fearing the screeching fascists who almost broke down Carlson’s door.

Shortly before Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson was set to begin Wednesday’s edition of his show, a mob of Antifa protestors descended on his Washington, D.C. area home to threaten him and his family with violence.

Resisting the Left’s “Resistance”

A symbolic title the radical Left has given itself is the “resistance.” This is another misnomer for these miscreants based on their phony labeling of Trump and his supporters as Nazi’s.

They have borrowed the term from the French “Resistance” against Nazi occupation in WWII. The Left uses such a term as they use most words, to bolster their own self-righteous actions.

Inset.image.5.11.9.2018Why do they continue in this hateful direction? It is because they simply cannot admit their own error.

They remind me of a line from the mini-series Nuremberg, spoken by the character of Hermann Goering to a group of fellow prisoners. One former Nazi general blurts out that Hitler should not have committed suicide.

He states that, instead, Hitler should be facing the judgment alongside them. Goering explodes opposing that view because it would mean something intolerable.

It would mean they would be giving the world license to denounce Hitler and Nazism wholesale. It would mean they would have to say, “We were wrong,” and that cannot be abided.

The Left has the same mindset as the brainwashed minions of Hitler. They would rather do or say anything rather than admit, “we were wrong.”

There are two tactics I suggest briefly to aid in resisting the ‘resistance’ movement. First off, engage in patience with prayer, followed by persistence with purpose.

Patience and prayer were presented in more detail in my last piece. Persistence with a purpose must be framed in terms of what the purpose is.

The purpose of resisting the unholy leftist ‘resistance’ is to advance toward a more free republic in a righteous manner. This requires a fully rational, reasonable and peaceful response to political and personal attacks.

It also requires a level of self-knowledge and humility which will admit that help from the LORD is necessary to succeed. Invite God to become the decision-guide for our lives and for a righteous response to the malevolent Left.

These are the best places to start as individuals and to continue with as like-minded groups. Pray, plan, and persist with patience and God’s purpose, the best purpose will prevail.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7 [ESV]

D.T.  Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001.

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Leftist Abuse of the First Amendment, Part 2 [Video]

First Amendment

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was crafted to help ensure five different fundamental freedoms, religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly, and to petition the government.

This is the text of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, or to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Left of recent years has engaged in abuse of at least four of those rights. Last time we examined the abuse of the freedoms of religion and speech. Here we will survey the leftist abuse of the freedom of the press and the freedom to peaceably assemble.

Abuse of the Freedom of the Press

Image.article.8.25.2018The ‘press’ of today encompasses the news/media complex of print media, radio, broadcast networks, cable news, and the fast-growing internet world including social and anti-social media.

This may be the easiest freedom to abuse because it can be hidden under a veneer of professionalism and ethics. It also happens to be an easy way to leverage influence and power toward a personal or corporate agenda.

The agenda of the Leftmedia is an active promotion of socialism. Since the election of Donald Trump, this has been tethered to an incessant and hostile denigration of him and his administration.

Examples of this kind of conduct are legion. I have covered many of them in past articles. This is a persistent theme seen in response to every action the president takes or proposal he makes. This hostility extends to anyone in his administration and even his family and friends.

One of the more recent demonstrations of abusing freedom of the press came in response to Education Secretary Nancy DeVoss’ suggestion for perhaps arming some teachers in the classroom. Here is a portion of that response.

PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor… claims she has spoken with advocates who believe any programs that arm teachers will pose a threat to minority students. “If you start arming teachers, there are black and brown students … who are being disciplined more than their white counterparts, you could then start seeing statistics where potentially black students are getting shot or in accidents when their teachers are trying to shoot or do gun safety measures,” Alcindor claimed.

The suggestion that arming teachers will be a threat to minority students is both ridiculous and racist. It is an incendiary comment meant to stir up racial tensions and demean a member of Trump’s cabinet.

As far as the Left is concerned, the fact that a blow can be aimed at the Second Amendment is a bonus benefit. This is a terrible abuse of the freedom of the press to spread false innuendo and rumor devoid of fact.

Abuse of the Freedom to Peaceably Assemble

Image2.article.8.25.2018This freedom is the keystone of the ability to protest against or show support for causes in a public forum. Peaceful assemblies of even large groups of people cannot be prohibited within certain limitations for public safety and venue capacity.

Leftist abuse of this freedom has been increasing since the middle of the Obama administration with the violent protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter. There were pertinent examples of abusing lawful assembly such as one from April of 2015 where protesters blocked an interstate in the San Francisco area.

Officers detained six people here. Authorities tell KTVU all six were taken to the city jail and booked for unlawful assembly and being a public nuisance.

However, some of the most egregious abuses of the freedom to assemble were carried out during the presidential campaign at rallies for candidate Donald Trump. These involve the inciting of violence by Clinton and DNC supporters planted at the rallies.

The following video contains graphic language. It is raw footage and viewer discretion is strongly advised.

This kind of conduct is a deliberate abuse of the right to assemble peacefully at a public event. It is also abusing the freedom of speech in order to disrupt those who are exercising their freedom to assemble.

It is abuse solely for political gain, and it should be unacceptable as well as prosecutable. As of this writing, the leader of these efforts, Bob Creamer, has stepped down from his position, but there have been no attempts at prosecution.

Moreover, the Wisconsin Attorney General has refused to even investigate the organization, Democracy Partners, which Creamer led. Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe responded to this non-action by the AG.

Project Veritas Action has released a written and video response to Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel’s memorandum regarding Project Veritas Action’s Democracy Partners video investigation. …However, according to Schimel, “Based on all the available facts I do not believe there is any basis to conclude that the videos demonstrate or suggest violations of Wisconsin criminal laws.” Project Veritas Action and its legal team strongly disagree.

Unhindered Abuse Will Result in Loss of Freedom

The U.S. Constitution delineates our various individual rights on paper. Those rights are built on the foundation laid out in the Declaration of Independence.

Image3.8.25.2018.articleThe Declaration itself clarifies a very important point. Individual rights are not granted by the government. They are given inherently by God to human beings.

When any part of these constitutional rights is abused, the entire structure of the document is threatened.  It is impossible to violate just one portion of the Constitution without bringing down all of it.

In practical terms, if such leftist abuse of the First Amendment is unchallenged and unhindered the entire gambit of liberty enjoyed by Americans is at risk. The process is already beginning impelled by the Democratic socialist machine, funded by leftist operatives such as George Soros.

The United States Constitution is a testimony to human freedom on earth. It is also a plea for the people of the nation to value our freedom as a precious gift from God.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1

If freedom is properly valued then its beneficiaries will ‘stand firm’ in that freedom. That is true for the liberty of a nation, and the freedom of the soul.

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles 2001
The Constitution of the United States, National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2009, 2012

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How true. Only In Him We Can Find True Rest-Joy And Peace, But! …. We Miss It ALL?

LIL GIRL SKIPING IN RAIN

That’s me in my Father’s sight! A little 5 yrs. old skipping in the rain clad in a frilly dress with shoes & parasol to match. Your little girl skipping in the rain. Free from all the cares of this insanity ridden world. Clad with the attire of her childhood dream The attire of her childhood dream? Same as the destiny You have arranged for her. All perfect in the perfect center of Your will for me. 🙂

Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …

Friday, March 30, 2018 at 10:06 pm.

But! ….? We Miss It ALL …. ?

It goes right over the head of our human comprehension and emotional make up. It’s impossible for us human beings to find our Father/Creator by our own efforts to find Him.

It’s still, Friday, March 30, 2018 at 10:06 pm. Early today? Roxana inquired about my health. She shared with me she had prayed for me all night while she slept. One miracle after next, and?

I can’t Shake this Neglected Feeling of Resentment …. ?

You know all about it. You know I do not want this awful feeling, but! You have a reason for it. I wait on You. I’m going to bed. I need to rest. I am still not feeling well, but! I am much better than what I was last night. Thanks for Your provisions. I hope for the best in Your will not mine.

Cry unto You. That’s what I’ll do! … ?

Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8:10 am.

I slept on and off through the night. This is the worst attack to my body in a long time. Every inch of my body hurt. The coughing, sniffing, and nose running is vigorous!

My mind? Spiraling down with a multitude of evil thoughts. Anger & resentment are knocking at my door. What to do? Cry unto You! That’s what I’ll do.

Indeed! Save me! Deliver me! I do not want any of this evil harassing me. I refuse to let any of the vileness coming in!

I live in Your Secret Place. I rest underneath Your everlasting arms. Though one thousand come against me in my left hand. Though ten thousand do so in my right hand?

The evil shall not come or affect me in any way shape or form. Your power no foe can withstand. You are my Shield and my Buckler.

What Do You Have In Mind For Me On This 7th Day Of Rest, My Father?…

Again, What Do You Have In Mind For Me On This 7th Day Of Rest, My Father? No doubt. On this 7th Day of Rest, Your mind is made up for me to REST!

Rest? How Am I To Rest Under These Conditions, My Father?

“O thiaBasilia—O Child Of My Heart? With you it’s impossible to do so, but! With Me? All things are possible.

  • I am aware of your pain.
  • I am aware of the battle going on in your mind.
  • Take heart.
  • It is all for the best.
  • Don’t give up in the brink of the greatest miracle you have yet to experience.
  • Hold on to My hand.
  • You are secured.
  • I will not let you go.
  • Forever resting in My Presence, resting underneath My everlasting arms?
  • You shall remain no matter what is happening in this insanity ridden world.
  • Go on!

O thiaBasilia—O Child Of My Heart? Go on, joyfully walking and leaping and set on Me! Go on! By My Power Of Love & Wisdom From On High, go on!

It Never Fails. It Always Avails! It will always avail you in the worst and the best times. Now? You are ready for My required rest on this 7th day of the week.”

Indeed! Ready I am!

Now, ready I am. I will see about eating and drinking with a glad heart whatever You have supplied for me.  All angry and resentful evil thoughts? Gone! To be found no more. You have flung it all to the depth of the oceans of cleansing waters. Thanks my Father. In silence I worship You.

Sitting under the morning warm the tears flow. Tears?

It’s  now, 10:01 am. Thanks, my Father for the sunny day. Sitting under the morning warm the tears flow. Tears? Yes! Tears. Tears of joy and gratitude.

To think of the fearful miserable and domineering creature I used to be? Brings me to the thiaBasilia, child of Your heart that I am now. Your little girl skipping in the rain. Free from all the cares of this insanity ridden world. Clad with the attire of her childhood dream

The attire of her childhood dream? To think of it all?

Same as the destiny You have arranged for her. All perfect in the perfect center of Your will for me. To think of it all? Brings tears of joy and gratitude. No more fear. No more doubt. No more anything of that fearful creature that I used to be. I am free. Forever free to be!

Don’t know when I’ll post again whatever I need to proclaim …. ?

Dear Reader, don’t know when I’ll get to post about, Positive Direction From On High. I Have Not Known How To Approach The Matter Of Self-Love Without Offending Or Alienating Anyone.

Perhaps the timing is off yet. Father leads all the way. Thus, the post of today to continue expanding the previous post—to show the Creator’s continuing work in my life.

May it all bless you, dear Reader. Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia. 🙂

 

HONEST TO GOODNESS I AM NOT A WACKO …. ?

 

Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:03 am.

Hysterical? Somebody Must Have Pushed My Button….?

O dear, dear Readers, I’m hysterical. Here I am, seriously putting pieces together to give you all the best information of what is happening in my life. Whatever for?

Simple. I Am An Angel—A Messenger, But!

It took my Heavenly Father a long time to show me such amazing fact about myself. All my life people had me to believe I was mentally disturbed.

My mental history it’s a mile long, maybe longer, but! There was not any mental disability at all.

I Am Gifted. Seriously Called To Be A Messenger, But!

That’s the ways of the Father/Creator believe it or not. He let us experience evil, sometimes I think longer than necessary, but! What do I know? Regardless my thinking? Father Yah knows better than me, for sure!

Okay? Why Am Hysterical …?

O well. Maybe I do have problems that I don’t know about it, but! I am a busy one learning how to handle SiteOrigin PageBuilder.

I am guessing millions of people are well familiar with PageBuilder. Me? I just now finding out about it. Anyhow?

I am making progress, but! I have not had time to post. No problem. Really, my Father leads me all the way, so? He led me to this graphic that has caused my hysteria. Why?

Well, I Don’t Know Exactly Why, But …?

I sense some people might think I am really out there on the left field. I sense perhaps I am losing credibility, why?

Because what I see coming to pass sooner than we think is really outlandish, but! Those things will come to pass. That’s all I know. How and when? That’s not for me to know.

That’s really the reason I have not been posting lately. Been waiting for Father to dispel this sense that something is amidst.

Father At Work With My Dilemmas …?

What better way to dispel this sense than letting you all know the truth about me. I just look and act like a wacko, but! So did all the greater workers of ancient times. I’m in good company.

Doubts. Fears. Sensing Reality? No Problem. My Task. My Mast.

Anyhow? I been up since before midnight yesterday. Hard at works I been. Looking for a file in the myriad of folders I have created. Not an easy task, but!

Father always have a reason for my looking. The graphic I found today? It served to cheer me up. I know it’ll cheer you up as well. So? I decided to share my good moments with ye all.

Back To Work….? Maybe, If I Don’t Fall Asleep!

But I got to get back to my folders to get graphics I have created a long time ago. They come in handy now. I hope you enjoyed this wacky write up even when I am not a wacko.

BTW When we look at others with critical eyes? We are looking in a mirror. Oo, but that just came to me. ???

One more thing: Take a look at my progress with my personal blog. Eat your heart out! No one has a blog like mine! Hahaha! HalleluYah. https://www.thia-basilia.com/

I’m so proud of my progress, OOO! There I go with that ‘MY’—can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but! Father knows all about this old dog. He knows I’m just being fictitious.

I’m well aware of my deficiencies as a designer. All the honor goes to the good support techs in the Net/SiteOrigin/Great Software/And? The techs unending patience with me.

Of course, the techs? They don’t have the heart to tell me I have a long way to go to be as good as I make out to be. No problem. Father knows all about it. I am going on!

Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia.

Everybody gets to rejoice with me now, No exceptions! No more the grumpy face of the last few days. Even my gout is rejoicing with me!


Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm

What Is It With The Push To ‘Love Ourselves’?

No it’s nothing wrong with loving ourselves. In fact we are supposed to do so. Why now the passionate ‘push? Maybe we are swimming in reverse.

We been swimming in the seas of hate for ourselves plus the fuss so long, so long. Now we are swimming in the seas of love and peace and all beautiful as it is to belong

Do we realize why we swim at all?

Why we swim the turbulent waters as well as the peaceful ones? Why we do what we do one way or the other?

Sure! Many have figured out such a puzzle, but!

Not many I hear tell what it should be told. As a whole is not a matter of love or hate. That’s only the buds of the root with no debate.

The root? No debate?

There is hate. Yes, the core of all our doings with no exception. With much perception. Indeed! The root of all our universal problems is ANGER, but not just anger in the general sense of the word. NAY!

What is ANGER   ?

Anger is the killer of all our good and noble intentions as well as the killer of the most depraved and corrupted ones, but!

What specifically kind of anger has come to my knowledge only recently?

  • We are ANGRY at two beings in our lives.
  1. The Mighty Being Who created us.
  2. The woman that gave birth to us.

Preposterous! No way! We love and take care of mom. We bless her. We go out of our way to show our love to our moms. Indeed we do!

And the Creator? For goodness sake! Don’t I see the most fantastic demonstrations of worship?

The music. The great sacrifices. The offerings. Wow! How can we be angry with a deity we claim to be ‘love’?

Ah! But we are. I never saw this before as I am seeing it now. Think about it dear reader, why all this amazing demonstrations of love for those two beings in our lives?

Granted, some mothers are well deserving of such love as we see fit, but whether the mother deserves it or not we feel compelled to love her. We go out of the way to show such love.

And we are angry with mother? And the Creator? Don’t we even sacrificed our lives to serve and honor Him? But! We are angry with both of them.

How can that be? How can we be angry with such Beings?

That’s what the Father/Creator has been driving at by letting us stew in our anger until we cry ‘uncle!’ Until we hit bottom just like any addicted one would do to overcome the addiction.

What is ANGER?

Anger is an addiction that no human being can really conquer. You’ll see. How long shall take for you to see? That’s the question and the answer I have no business meddling with.

The question and the answer I have no business meddling with. …?

I have greater matters in my way—gout pain? Much greater than meddling with somebody’s else’s gout! I am going on! Victory at last! Even my gout is rejoicing with me!

I been totally frustrated with my designing skills, but! Just now? I accomplished close to what I want to accomplish! Hahaha! HalleluYah! Take a look: https://www.thia-basilia.com/

Everybody gets to rejoice with me now, NO EXCEPTIONS! No more the grumpy face of the last few days. Even my gout is rejoicing with me! How ’bout you? And? How you been my dear Reader?

How is about a comment not just an awesome?

Even a couple of lines insulting me will come in handy. Hahaha! I’m a bundle of contradictions. Honestly.

One moment I am hassling the complementors like Ngobese. The next moment? I’m relishing his compliments. The next moment? I rather be insulted than complimented!

O dear! There is a time and a place to accommodate all my contradictions, and? A time and a place for yours as well.

Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia. 🙂 🙂 🙂