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Which narrative will stick: Michael Cohen’s a liar, or Michael Cohen’s telling the truth this time?

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Today, Michael Cohen begins his tour through Congress testifying against President Trump. Cohen is a liar, so much so that he has been convicted for lying before Congress. That’s bad. It’s the best point Republicans can make against anything Cohen says, and frankly, it’s effective.

The question that will be answered in coming days, and possibly during the 2020 campaigns, is whether or not the words of Michael Cohen, the President’s former “fixer,” will have any weight over voters.

There are three types of voters as it pertains to Cohen:

  1. Presidential lovers and haters: If Cohen had video evidence of the President ordering payments to his former mistresses, most in the MAGA crowd would be unaffected. Conversely, if Cohen said the President had no involvement whatsoever with Russia, his detractors would still be crying “collusion!” In other words, the 20% of the population that adores the President and the opposite 20% that absolutely hate him will not be swayed regardless of Cohen’s testimony.
  2. The disinterested half: Around 50% of Americans will be unaffected by Michael Cohen’s testimony because they either don’t know he’s testifying, don’t care that he’s testifying, or don’t even know who he is. I’d love for this number to be lower, but unfortunately I believe the disinterested “half” may actually be more than half of America. Oh well.
  3. The target audience: Somewhere around 10% of people who are either watching the testimony or who will listen to the snippets and reactions from their favorite news channel will adjust or justify their perspectives. That’s not to say they’re “up for grabs” per se, but they’re open to be convinced one way or another. At least for now.

There have already been zingers and there will be more zingers to come. Some of them can affect voters if they believe them. Should they be believed? Yes and no.

Michael Cohen is not a credible person. He’s admitted to lying and living in the lowest levels of deceit where few lawyers are willing to go. That’s the Republican narrative, but there’s a problem. If he has gone as low as possible, he did so for President Trump. That’s their Catch-22. How do they paint Cohen as a bad person without having that stink stick to his former client as well?

Democrats are in a slightly better situation. Yes, he’s a liar, but they’ve done a nice job of painting him as a man without an agenda. That means that this liar was only lying for the sake of President Trump, at least that’s what they hope people hear.

Trump’s fans will focus on Cohen being a liar. Trump’s foes will say Cohen lied before for Trump but is now telling the truth. The people will hear what they want to hear. The only certainty is that this is a giant mess for the nation.

 


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Democrats hang all hope on a public release and a bad interpretation of Mueller report

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Republicans are dancing in the virtual streets of social media today after Attorney General William Barr released a letter summarizing the report he received from special counsel Robert Mueller on his 2-year Russian election interference investigation.

Despite the President’s Tweet, Democrats are pointing out a single line in the document. While there was no collusion, Mueller’s report states that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the obstruction of justice issue.

But, as House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows pointed out, exoneration is not the responsibility of the investigator.

Now, Democrats are ramping up their calls to release the entire report to the public. Their hope is that Barr’s letter does not properly characterize what the Mueller investigation found. If it has enough evidence to point to collusion or obstruction of justice in the eyes of the general public, that would be nearly as good as actual indictments.

Their two roadblocks, of course, would be the public release of the government, which the President has called for, and evidence that can be pinpointed and spun in a way that makes it appear as if Mueller was either close to having enough evidence or chose to ignore the evidence in his decision to not recommend indictments.

It’s unclear whether the report will actually be released despite the Democrats’ calls and the President’s Tweet. It’s up to Barr, which most assume means it’s up to the President himself. If there’s evidence in there that can paint him in a negative light, it’s very possible the Attorney General will hold back on releasing it.

A third option, which has already been floated, is for Democrats to subpoena Mueller to testify about the investigation before Congress. This would given him an opportunity to describe the evidence they found in the investigation without the report itself being released. It would be one of the most well-watched testimonies in history, even bigger than Michael Cohen’s testimony last month, because most people have never heard Mueller say anything. He has been very reticent throughout the investigation and has condemned the handful of leaks that hit the press from his team.

For now, the Trump administration and his supporters can breath a sigh of relief. How long that lasts will depend on what’s in the report itself. If there’s not enough to publicly demonize the President or those close to him, then we’ll likely see a release. If there’s more fodder for controversy and ammunition that can be used in the 2020 election, Barr’s summary may be all we ever see.

Democrats are latching onto anything they can in order to justify their loud accusations and false conclusions they made before the report deflated them. Watching mainstream media and Hollywood cry may be the most enjoyable part of all this.

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Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science

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Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science

What does an ancient human skull found in a cave in Israel tell us about the past? It all depends on which perspective you take and whether you want to follow sound scientific practices or manipulated conclusions from circular reasoning.

Modern science can give us a tremendous view of the past. With nearly every discovery, we can see God’s work at play in molding the planets and the stars, the oceans and the lands, the people and the other wonderful creatures. Unfortunately, scientists often distort the findings to fit in with their secular worldview. A clear case of this comes to us from a study published four years ago in the scientific journal, Nature, titled Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans, that is still being erroneously taught today.

First, watch the way that it is being reported. Then, let’s discuss the conclusions.

This is an important discovery, one that clearly points to a Biblical worldview of the roots of man from the garden of Eden working its way from what is now Africa into what is now the Middle East. It jibes with the story of the great flood, stories from the life of Adam through Joshua, and a centralized end point of ancient man in the region along the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa up through modern day Turkey.

Of course, that’s not what the scientists doing the research concluded.

“The is the first evidence that shows that, indeed, there was a large wave of African migrants coming out of East Africa and inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region,” said Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University.

One of the biggest problems with modern science is that our society blindly accepts their conclusions. They know, right?

Proper scientific method that we all learn in high school tells us the conclusions of the research are completely unscientific. We know a few things that are truly observable:

  • Humans very likely started in Africa and Neanderthals were in the Middle East.
  • Humans and Neanderthals interbred to form the basis for Europeans. Today, everyone other than purely African people have at least a little Neanderthal DNA.
  • A human skull fragment was found in Israel.

Given this information, it is obtuse to draw the conclusion that this represents a large wave of African migrants inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region. One skull fragment does not tell us that there was a large migration. One skull fragment does not tell us that it was a migration at all. Modern science must establish hypotheses based upon observable facts, but it almost always extrapolates too much.

This wouldn’t be a bad thing if it extrapolated based upon the Bible. We are told the general story of everything that happened from creation through the rise of the Greeks within the Old Testament. Every scientific and archaeological discovery in the region supports this general story, but a culture that utilizes far more distant time frames to explain the discoveries has generated the faulty conclusions that scientists present to us today.

The evidence tells two different stories depending on the observer’s worldview. It’s unfortunate that most have pushed aside the obvious and verifiable conclusions in order to perpetuate the paradigm of secularism.

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With fall of the Islamic State’s last stronghold, the real war against them begins

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With fall of the Islamic States last stronghold the real war against them begins

The Islamic State was always destined to fall in the way that it has. If they ever got big enough to demand a more direct response from the military forces of the world, that would have happened. Instead, they were only able to become a regional power that caused widespread chaos and despair before the various forces pitted against them were able to back them into the final corner.

That corner just fell.

Now the real war against them begins.

What most Americans don’t know is that the Islamic State was never really about military conquest for land. That was the focus for most, including many within the ranks of the failed militant organization, but those in the know have realized for years the real threat they pose is on the ideological front. While it’s a great thing that they’ve been eliminated militarily according to most reports, there’s an unfortunate effect this will have. The final stronghold falling will inspire the expansion of their other fronts, most notably the terrorist activities of the various groups loosely affiliated with the Islamic State around the world.

Cyberterrorism, physical terrorism, and persecution against non-Muslims in Islamic majority regions will increase. This has been anticipated for over a year now by members of law enforcement in the United States and possibly in other nations. Now that the end is finally here for their direct military wing, the other factions, groups, and lone wolves are suddenly much more dangerous.

I’m keeping this short to get to the point before losing too many people. Now is not the time for much celebration. Let’s pat each other on the back and then move on to the next phase of the battle, one that has been raging for some time but has been overshadowed by the military successes and recent failures. Now, they’ll become top priority. Lest we forget, most of the top leaders of the Islamic State are still out there and active.

Don’t let your guard down for a moment. Remain diligent. Look for signs, such as those that preceded the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Be mindful that with the ISIS military gone, other threats are only going to be elevated.

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