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Is McMaster anti-Israel and anti-Trump, or is he being targeted by Bannon and Kushner? Or both?

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Depending on your preferred sources for news, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is either an anti-Israel, anti-Trump mole who has infiltrated the White House to push a pro-Iran agenda or he’s the victim of an attempted purge by someone in the White House, most likely Steve Bannon and/or Jared Kushner. It’s also very possible that both are true.

All the ire against McMaster has been building quietly for some time, but the removal of Ezra Cohen-Watnick from the NSC seems to be the last straw. Cohen-Watnick is a Trump loyalist who was one of the sources of the leaked intelligence reports claiming Trump and his associates were being wiretapped by the Obama administration.

To add fuel to the fire, McMaster seems to be siding with Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice, claiming that she did nothing wrong in the recent unmasking scandal and can keep her security clearance. President Trump was reportedly unaware of McMaster’s action.

He knows now.

Reactions from conservative media have been mixed. Some passionately support his removal from the post:

“The only option President Trump has is to clean house at the National Security Council, starting at the top with General McMaster,” said Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning. “The threat posed to the country by the National Security Council leaking requires immediate and swift action.”

Predictably, alt-right news outlets Breitbart and Gateway Pundit are up in arms. Not-so-predictably, Trump supporter and rabble-rouser-extraordinaire Matt Drudge has nothing posted about McMaster on his site as of the time of this writing.

Others are coming to his defense, including a group of national security analysts at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

In national security adviser H.R. McMaster, the president has a leader of the National Security Council who has made a career of fighting for national security interests that involve very real sacrifice.

McMaster is someone who can make the tough calls. He is the right leader for a tough, determined president who only wants the best for the American people.

Ian Tuttle at National Review calls claims that McMaster is an “Islamist” are absurd:

H. R. McMaster is far from perfect. His preference for keeping the Iran deal in place seems to this observer a significant mistake, for example. However, for those who have consecrated themselves to the priestly rites of Donald Trump’s cult of personality, McMaster’s staffing changes constitute nothing short of blasphemy.

Here’s what we know for certain. McMaster is not like his short-term predecessor Michael Flynn. That means that he’s not a blind supporter of the President. That also means that the people Flynn brought on board, including Cohen-Watnick, are at risk if they don’t toe the line that McMaster is setting. The President and the alt-right might not approve, but it’s likely better for America to have someone in the role who isn’t afraid to go against the President from time to time.

What’s not certain is the source of the attacks. It’s easy to see when a narrative is being trumpeted by Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, or both. One need only follow the alt-right Twitter buzz and the associated publications. When they put on a full-court press, it’s very likely that the puppetmasters in the White House made some calls. In most cases, this is a very bad thing. It’s part of the “fake news” cycle that the President often discusses, though from the opposite end of the spectrum. From Pizzagate to Seth Rich to Ted Cruz’s dad killed JFK, these stories are usually barely more than propaganda. With McMaster, they may actually be on the right side of the fence. Why? Israel.

Reports that McMaster is truly unsympathetic of Israel are more striking than the Rice situation or the recent firings. Allegations that McMaster called Israel “illegitimate” and an “occupying power” are greatly disturbing.

“McMaster constantly refers to the existence of a Palestinian state before 1947,” a senior West Wing official tells CR (there was never an independent Palestinian state), adding that McMaster describes Israel as an “illegitimate,” “occupying power.”

We’ve had eight years of an administration bent on the weakening of Israel and America’s relationship with the Jewish state. President Trump has been off-and-on regarding Israel, sometimes voicing full support and sometimes failing to do as promised. We can ill-afford any voices whispering more negatives in his ear about the only free democracy and true American ally in the Middle East.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity, not seeking the truth

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity not seeking the truth

The press shouldn’t be part of the news. It happens from time to time based upon proximity; because they have to be close to situations, they occasionally get drawn in. What a good journalist should never do is intentionally insert himself into the news, but that seems to be exactly what CNN’s Jim Acosta is doing.

He doesn’t care about reporting. It’s as if he now enjoys being the news. That’s the only logical conclusion one can come up with when viewing his actions over the past several months. Once an obscure media figure during the Obama era, Acosta has found true celebrity status by going after the President and his staff.

He tasted blood and he liked it. Now, it seems he’s addicted to it.

The latest “outburst” against him came from the President himself. It happened during an event with the President of Kazakhstan in which Acosta asked an unrelated question:

‘OUT!’ Trump orders CNN star Jim Acosta to leave Oval Office after reporter’s newest outburst

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/16/out-trump-orders-cnn-star-jim-acosta-to-leave-oval-office-after-reporter-s-newest-outburst.html“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.

“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.

That’s all acceptable, albeit slightly inappropriate considering the reason for the event. Acosta took it up several notches with his followup question:

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color.”

This was intended to insert himself into the news once again. It’s a ridiculous question to ask and embarrassed the President and the nation on an international stage. “Journalists” like Acosta are willing to harm the country and its people as long as they can harm the President at the same time.

I’ve treated the President fairly since he was elected. When he pushes a big-government agenda, I voice my concerns. When he does well, I give praise. I would never attempt to shame him (and the nation as a result) with petulant outbursts of absurd questions. Jim Acosta apparently doesn’t hold such standards.

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Culture and Religion

The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Is the Republican Party racist?

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Is the Republican Party racist

Racism isn’t broken down by party lines. There are racists in every political party in America. Some are more public than others, but generally speaking it’s clear there are racists everywhere. Thankfully, there are fewer of them today than in the past. A good part of the reason for this is cultural, but politically it’s been the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, that has championed the cause of equal rights.

Unfortunately, there are two things that are changing the way history is perceived by many Americans. The first is a false narrative created by both mainstream media and liberal activists who paint the GOP as racists. The second is the reality of conservative values. While the fight for smaller government and more freedom is a righteous one, it’s also a fight that is more appealing to racists than the liberal ideologies of more government and less freedom.

Historically, the evidence is clearly on the side of the GOP, as this PragerU video demonstrates.

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