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Friday, November 30, 2018

Cohen Lies vs. Dem Crimes with NO Accountability


John R. Houk
© November 30, 2018

The big news on Thursday is President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has pled guilty – WAIT FOR IT – to lying. What prosecutorial team snagged Cohen? Special Persecutor Robert Mueller and his team of Crooked Hillary supporting Prosecutors.


Published on Nov 29, 2018

I don’t watch, listen or read Mainstream Media News so I can only imagine how Cohen’s guilty plea propagandized their sheeple the plea will lead to imminent impeachment of President Trump.

You should really view the more reasoned reporting on the Cohen Guilty plea that suggests Mueller’s indictments and guilty pleas have NOTHING TO DO with an alleged Trump/Russia collusion. It’s been two-years so you may have forgotten Mueller’s Special Counsel appointment was to investigate Trump for colluding with Russia to manipulate the 2016 Election to Trump’s favor.

If you did forget Mueller’s mandate be careful to whom you speak. You might get caught in a perjury trap by making statement dissimilar to anything you said two years ago.

NOW if Robert Mueller was actually serious about a candidate who paid for information to sway the 2016 election that involve a Russian source, he should LOOK to the Crooked Hillary campaign paying for the debunked Steele Dossier which was used by the Obama Administration to spy on the Trump campaign. Oh, I forgot the key point. Christopher Steele claimed his Dossier was sourced by – GASP! – the Russians.

Specifically what is Cohen pleading guilty to? Could it be facilitating Russian spying on Crooked Hillary? Nope. Again the Russia/Election 2016/American campaign axis is closer akin to Crooked Hillary’s agenda. Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump project to build a skyscraper in Moscow. A project, incidentally, Trump the table as his campaign for President began to pick up steam.

…  Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about key details in the negotiations for the Moscow tower, most notably that those talks stretched much deeper into the presidential campaign than previously thought, to June of 2016.

Trump, speaking to reporters Thursday, disputed Cohen’s timeline and suggested his former fixer was telling prosecutors what they wanted to hear to save his own skin. As for why the most recent deal failed, Trump said he made the decision because he was focused on on [sic] running for president.”


But according to Cohen’s new statement to prosecutors, the tower deal remained viable as late as June 2016, after Trump had vanquished his Republican presidential rivals and was mounting his general election campaign against Hillary Clinton.  Cohen said he kept Trump, named as “Individual 1” in the plea, updated about the deal’s progress, and also “briefed family members of Individual 1 within the company about the project.” (Attorney's plea caused by Trump's dream of a Moscow tower; By STEPHEN BRAUN and BERNARD CONDON; Washington Times; 11/30/18)

In May 2016 Trump acquired the amount of delegates needed to win the GOP nomination and the GOP Convention made Trump’s nomination official in July 2016. The Dems and Leftist MSM are telling you that since Trump was still working the Moscow Trump Tower deal in June 2016, he must have been working with the Russians to win the election in November. THE ONLY THING CONFIRMING THAT ANTI-TRUMP THOUGHT IS LEFTIST WISHFUL THINKING!

The timing of securing the GOP nomination by late July led Trump to abandon the Trump Moscow Tower dream. That is a much closer correlation than a failed real estate deal in June 2016.

The irony about the Steele Dossier is the initial intelligence poop was initiated by Never-Trump Republicans. As it became evident Trump would win the nomination, the Never-Trump Republican funded terminated.

THEN the DNC began the funding in April 2016 which then tapped Christopher Steele in which the most egregious AND debunked accusations against Trump emerged as the infamous Steele Dossier. The DNC and the Clinton campaign expect gullible Americans to believe they knew/see nothing (shades of Sgt. Shultz) about where the info came from that they PAID FOR.


The Clinton campaign and the DNC are believed to have taken over the project in April 2016, once Trump became the nominee, and oversaw the compilation and completion of the dossier from there.


Who put it together?

The document was produced by Fusion GPS, a Washington strategic intelligence firm cofounded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson in 2012.

In 2016, the firm hired Steele to dig into any connections between Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, and the Russian government.


But it has attracted particular scrutiny for its work for a U.S. law firm that defended Prevezon Holdings, which until May was locked in a legal battle with the U.S. government over allegations the company’s executives fraudulently obtained a $230 million tax refund from the Russian treasury.

Also working the case defending Prevezon was Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 before which Donald Trump Jr. was offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Veselnitskaya is known for her work lobbying against the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 U.S. law aimed at punishing human rights abusers in Russia.

READ ENTIRETY (Clinton, Trump and the Russia dossier: What you need to know; BY JONATHAN EASLEY, KATIE BO WILLIAMS AND MORGAN CHALFANT; The Hill; 10/28/17 12:31 PM EDT)

Mueller’s perjury trap faulty memory trick is hardly as relevant as the overt lies committed and given a pass by the Obama Administration led FBI and DOJ. I hope Americans wakeup to the injustice of Mueller tactics against all things President Trump and the actual crimes that Obama/Crooked Hillary Dems committed with absolutely zero consequences.

Perspectives on Cohen Guilty Plea Ignored by Lying MSM:






Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to SSCI…; TheConservativeTreeHouse.com; 11/29/18

Don’t get so caught up debating the granular issues over ‘muh Russia’ that you fail to elevate and see the landscape from the 30,000 ft. level.   The Rosenstein/Mueller move today is all about protecting the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) from President Trump (declassification threats); and it was specifically scheduled, timed, to be launched today as Trump leaves for the G20 to achieve maximum political damage. READ MORE


JRH 11/30/18

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

My Intro Thoughts on WND’s Limbaugh on Perjury Traps


John R. Houk
© November 28, 2018


Special Prosecutor – or is it Counselor or perhaps Deep State Persecutor – Robert Mueller has been using his prosecutorial powers NOT TO INVESTIGATE  a Trump/Russia connection to subvert the 2016 Election. RATHER Mueller has used nearly unlimited power provided by Deep State acolyte Rod Rosenstein to create the delusion of Trump obstruction of justice via totally unconnected to the Special Counsel purpose to manufacture perjury traps.

To date every American indicted by Mueller’s team of Dem/Hillary witch hunters has been tried or plea dealed for undermining the election as agents of Russia, but perjury traps based on faulty memories rather than lies

WORSE! How did Mueller get agreements to plea deals from the accused? Not by evidence of wrong doing, but by taking miniscule differences in under oath interviews results.

Why wouldn’t the accused fight the accusations? Because of the threat of horrendously outrageous legal bills that would bankrupt the accused families. These Prosecutors/Persecutors – win or lose – have no personal financial stake. And so at the end of the day, they go home to their families planning activities, vacations, birthdays, Christmas gatherings, etc. WITHOUT the worry that litigation placed a strain on their budgets.

I have noticed Jerome Corsi is the latest victim of this expensive to defend perjury trap ploy. It appears that Corsi – so far – is not willing to cave to the financial burdens imposed by Mueller with frivolous legal traps to bring down Trump and all who support the President against Democratic Party wickedness.

Below are some details of Corsi’s plight from a WND article.

JRH 11/28/18
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LIMBAUGH: 'NOTHING ANYBODY CAN DO TO STOP THESE PEOPLE'

'I've run out of words to express my anger'

November 28, 2018


Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh became audibly livid Wednesday as he lamented how the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian collusion with Donald Trump continues with no end in sight, ruining the lives of people tangentially connected in the meantime.

“It’s all rooted in the fact that they’ve got nothing!” Limbaugh shouted. “And I’m sorry if I sound mad about this, ’cause I am! I am fit to be tied over it! It has been a hoax. It has been a travesty from the very get-go.”

He blamed what called a “fake, phony, fraudulent dossier” about Trump as the main reason for the ongoing probe, saying it “frosts me to the degree that I’ve run out of words to express my anger.”

“A made up political opposition research document that contains not one element of truth was used to get FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. It’s why [former Trump campaign manager Paul] Manafort’s going to jail. It’s why [author] Jerome Corsi’s being pressured with threatened with going to jail and [former Trump adviser Roger] Stone and all these ancillary players that had nothing to do with anything regarding the 2016 election.



“And there’s nothing anybody can do to stop these people. You’ve got the rest of the Drive-By Media acting as cheerleaders for all of this. It is a travesty. It is an outrage. And all the while we’re being told the people running this investigation have impeccable honor, impeccable integrity. The people we can trust, of all people in Washington. What an absolute crock this is.”

Limbaugh said minor players such as Stone and Corsi in the drama “have as much do with Russian collusion as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.”

“The idea that Jerome Corsi has anything to do with this is literally absurd! But because they think they found a connection between Corsi and Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and the Podesta emails – wait a minute. What happened to Trump colluding with Putin? What happened to the Russians tampering with votes? What happened to the Russians colluding the – what is this about WikiLeaks and all these people supposedly connected to WikiLeaks?”


Limbaugh said the only way to battle what’s taking place is to flood the American people with truth and facts about this:

What really galls me is that we keep hearing and have always heard about the integrity of Robert Mueller. You must be very careful criticizing Robert Mueller. Robert Mueller has served as the director of the FBI, served presidents of both parties. He’s perfectly nonpartisan. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Open our mouths and let them shovel it all in. And we happily chew away, and it’s all a crock!

If there were any integrity – and I mean this from the bottom of my sizable and beating-in-rhythm heart – if there were any integrity in this investigative team, they would have shut this thing down a month after they learned what has never happened and they would have shifted their direction toward the Democrats and the Hillary campaign and all of the fraud that existed in taking a phony document to the FISA court to get warrants to spy on innocent people while the FBI planted spies in the Trump campaign.

People with integrity, the kind of integrity we’re told Mueller has in abundance, would have immediately seen what’s gone on and brought a stop to all this. But no. That’s not what happened. It’s very clear what this is. This is the Washington establishment, the elites, the Deep State, whatever you want to call it, remaining focused and using every ounce of federal power they can amass to continue their efforts to overturn the results of the election of 2016 and to destroy anybody they can who had anything to do with Trump winning.
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My Intro Thoughts on WND’s Limbaugh on Perjury Traps
John R. Houk
© November 28, 2018
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LIMBAUGH: 'NOTHING ANYBODY CAN DO TO STOP THESE PEOPLE'

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Intro to Ungurean Post on ‘CRUSADES: The TRUTH’

John R. Houk, Editor
Posted November 27, 2018


About those Christian Crusaders that loaded their weaponry to RE-TAKE the Holy Land from Muslim invading conquerors. Closer to the truth than lying Multicultural Leftists and Muslim Apologists.

My only criticism I have is Geri Ungurean’s source downplays the Antisemitism of the Crusaders. That’s a bit surprising considering Ms. Ungurean is a Messianic Jew (i.e. a Jew that has accepted Christ as Lord and Savior).

Not deviate too much from this otherwise awesome post, my take is the Crusaders were Antisemites largely because the Church had spent centuries calling Jews Christ-Killers which if you read your Bible is a bit of a stretch. The Pharisee/Sadducee ruling class empowered by the Roman government feared any Jewish movement that might be a threat to their station in life under Roman rule. The Jewish population on the other hand reviled Roman rule; hence many Jewish Messianic and Rebellion Movements (of which as far as Christians concerned was the Messianic Movement of Christian Redemption in Christ).

But as Gentiles became the dominating group over the Jewish Christians, Jew-hatred began to be taught even though pre-Resurrection Jesus was raised under Jewish traditions and every single person among the Twelve Apostles was Jewish.

The Jewish perspective of Jew-hatred Medieval propaganda HERE.

The Christian perspective for Jew-Hatred Medieval propaganda HERE and HERE.

JRH 11/27/18

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The CRUSADES: The TRUTH About Islam and Why Christendom FINALLY Pushed Back


NOVEMBER 27, 2018


The devil is a liar.

We know this because God told us this in His Holy Word.  Satan is the father of lies. He is a master of deception and the author of confusion.

Through the centuries, history has been rewritten with the help of the evil one. If you asked the typical person on the street about the Crusades, most of them would begin to disparage Christianity and speak of  ‘horrors’ committed against Muslims.

Do you remember when Obama spoke of  Christian aggression during the Crusades?


Watch Dinesh Desouza’s comments at the 4:27 mark in this video:


I would encourage the reader to print this article out.  I am using a piece from thenewamerican.com to dispel the lies which have been perpetrated throughout the centuries about the Crusades.

This article is rather long. For those who would rather watch a video concerning truth about the Crusades, I will insert a link for that at the end of this piece.


The year is 732 A.D., and Europe is under assault. Islam, born a mere 110 years earlier, is already in its adolescence, and the Muslim Moors are on the march.

Growing in leaps and bounds, the Caliphate, as the Islamic realm is known, has thus far subdued much of Christendom, conquering the old Christian lands of the Mideast and North Africa in short order. Syria and Iraq fell in 636; Palestine in 638; and Egypt, which was not even an Arab land, fell in 642. North Africa, also not Arab, was under Muslim control by 709. Then came the year 711 and the Moors’ invasion of Europe, as they crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and entered Visigothic Iberia (now Spain and Portugal). And the new continent brought new successes to Islam. Conquering the Iberian Peninsula by 718, the Muslims crossed the Pyrenees Mountains into Gaul (now France) and worked their way northward. And now, in 732, they are approaching Tours, a mere 126 miles from Paris.

The Moorish leader, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, is supremely confident of success. He is in the vanguard of the first Muslim crusade, and his civilization has enjoyed rapidity and scope of conquest heretofore unseen in world history. He is at the head of an enormous army, replete with heavy cavalry, and views the Europeans as mere barbarians. In contrast, the barbarians facing him are all on foot, a tremendous disadvantage. The only thing the Frankish and Burgundian European forces have going for them is their leader, Charles of Herstal, grandfather of Charlemagne. He is a brilliant military tactician who, after losing his very first battle, is enjoying an unbroken 16-year streak of victories.

And this record will remain unblemished. Outnumbered by perhaps as much as 2 to 1 on a battlefield between the cities of Tours and Poitier, Charles routs the Moorish forces, stopping the Muslim advance into Europe cold. It becomes known as the Battle of Tours (or Poitier), and many historians consider it one of the great turning points in world history. By their lights, Charles is a man who saved Western Civilization, a hero who well deserves the moniker the battle earned him: Martellus. We thus now know him as Charles Martel, which translates into Charles the Hammer.

The Gathering Threat in the East

While the Hammer saved Gaul, the Muslims would not stop hammering Christendom — and it would be the better part of four centuries before Europe would again hammer back. This brings us to the late 11th century and perhaps the best-known events of medieval history: the Crusades.

Ah, the Crusades. Along with the Galileo affair and the Spanish Inquisition (both partially to largely misunderstood), they have become a metaphor for Christian “intolerance.” And this characterization figures prominently in the hate-the-West-first crowd’s repertoire and imbues everything, from movies such as 2005’s Kingdom of Heaven to school curricula to politicians’ pronouncements. In fact, it’s sometimes peddled so reflexively that the criticism descends into the ridiculous, such as when Bill Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University and, writes Chair of the History Department at Saint Louis University Thomas Madden, “recounted (and embellished) a massacre of Jews after the Crusader conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 and informed his audience that the episode was still bitterly remembered in the Middle East. (Why Islamist terrorists should be upset about the killing of Jews was not explained.)” Why, indeed. Yet, it is the not-so-ridiculous, the fable accepted as fact, that does the most damage. Madden addresses this in his piece, “The Real History of the Crusades,” writing:

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.

But what does good history tell us? Madden continues:

Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War…. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western [sic] Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.

[The Crusades] were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.

The reality is that in our modern conception — or, really, misconception — of the word, it is the Muslims who had launched “crusades” against Christendom. (In the true sense of the word, the Moors couldn’t be Crusaders, as the term means “those who are marked with a cross,” and the Muslims just wanted to erase the cross.) And like Martel before them, who ejected the Moors from most of southern Gaul, and the Spaniards, who — through what was also a Crusade — would much later wrest back control over Iberia, the Crusades were an attempt to retake conquered Christian lands. So how can we describe the view taken by most academics, entertainers, and politicians? Well, it is the Jihadist view. It is Osama bin Laden’s view. It is a bit like ignoring all history of WWII until December 8, 1941 — and then damning the United States for launching unprovoked attacks on Japan.

Christendom Pushes Back

So now the year is 1095. Just as the Muslims had invaded Europe from the west in the days of Charles the Hammer, now they are pushing toward it from the east. And just as they had taken the Byzantine lands of the Mideast and North Africa in the seventh century, they now have seized Anatolia (most of modern Turkey), thus robbing the Byzantines of the majority of what they had left. The Muslims are now just a few battles away from moving west into Greece itself or north into the Balkans — the “back door” of Europe. Rightfully alarmed and fearing civilizational annihilation, Byzantine emperor Alexius I in Constantinople reaches out to a rival, Pope Urban II, for aid. Inspired to act, in November of 1095 the pope addresses the matter at the Council of Clermont, an event attended by more than 650 clerics and members of European nobility. On its second-to-last day, he gives a rousing sermon in which he appeals to the men of Europe to put aside their differences and rally to the aid of their brothers in the East. Here is an excerpt of the sermon as presented by the chronicler Fulcher of Chartres:

Your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help, and you must hasten to give them the aid which has often been promised them. For, as the most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania [the Greek empire] as far west as the shore of the Mediterranean and the Hellespont, which is called the Arm of St. George. They have occupied more and more of the lands of those Christians, and have overcome them in seven battles. They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impunity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them. On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians.

In addition to this call, the pope articulates a second goal: the liberation of Jerusalem and other Mideast holy sites. The pope’s words are so moving that those in attendance are inspired to shout, it is said, “God wills it! God wills it!” The first crusade is born.

Modernity, the Middle Ages, and Myth

Yet, in modern times, much cynicism would be born. People just can’t believe that these medieval “barbarians” didn’t have ulterior motives. This brings us to the “ambitious pope” and “rapacious knights” bit, the 20th-century myths about 11th-century motivations. Let’s examine these one at a time.

First we have the notion that the Crusaders were imperialists. This is an understandable perspective for the modern mind, as the not-too-distant past has been one of a dominant West colonizing a world of backwaters. Yet this was a recent and relatively short-lived development. Do you remember how Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi considered the eighth-century Europeans barbarians? It was no different in the 11th century; Dar al-Islam was the burgeoning civilization. It was the imperialist force — and this wouldn’t change for another 600 years.

Next we have two myths that contradict each other; although, considered individually, they may seem tenable. One is that, despite the Crusaders’ purported religiosity, they were just seeking riches by the sword. The other myth is, they were so darn religious that they were seeking to convert Muslims by the sword. It seems unlikely that both could be true, and, as it turns out, neither is.

Today we like to say “Follow the money.” Well, if you followed it in the 11th century, it led right back to Europe. The reality is that most Crusader knights were “first sons,” men who had property and wealth — much to lose (including their lives) and little to gain. And just as the United States can drain the public treasury funding Mideast interventions today, medieval warfare was expensive business. Lords were often forced to sell or mortgage their lands to fund their Crusading, and many impoverished themselves. It also doesn’t seem that the average knight entertained visions of becoming “the man who would be king” in a faraway land, either. As Madden said in an October 2004 Zenit interview, “Much like a soldier today, the medieval Crusader was proud to do his duty but longed to return home.”

As for conversion, the Crusaders were warriors, not missionaries. They had no interest in converting Muslims; in fact, I doubt the notion ever entered their minds. They viewed the Muslims as enemies of God and His Church and a threat to Christendom, nothing more, nothing less. Treating this matter in a piece entitled “The Crusades: separating myth from reality,” Zenit cited medieval history expert Dr. Franco Cardini and wrote:

“The Crusades,” says Cardini, “were never ‘religious wars,’ their purpose was not to force conversions or suppress the infidel.” … To describe the Crusade as a “Holy War” against the Moslems is misleading, says Cardini: “The real interest in these expeditions, in service of Christian brethren threatened by Moslems, was the restoration of peace in the East, and the early stirring of the idea of rescue for distant fellow-Christians.”

Yet, whether or not the Crusades were religious wars, they certainly flew on the wings of religious faith. And when the Crusaders sought treasure, it was usually the kind that was stored up in Heaven. As to this sincerity of belief, Madden has pointed out that Europe is peppered with thousands of medieval charters in which knights speak of their deepest motivations, of their desire to do their Christian duty. Then, Professor Rodney Stark, author of the new book God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, tells us that while the knights were serious sinners, they were also serious about becoming more saintly. Anne Godlasky of USA Today quotes him as stating, “These knights did such terrible things that their confessors kept saying, ‘I don’t know how you will ever atone for this — why don’t you try walking to Jerusalem barefoot.’ And they would do it — they took their faith very seriously.” Moreover, when the Crusaders met with failure, Europeans embraced a characteristically religious explanation: They blamed their own sinfulness. Then, seeking to purify themselves, piety movements arose all across their lands. Perhaps this is why Oxford historian Christopher Tyerman has called the Crusades “the ultimate manifestation of conviction politics.
We should also note that the Crusaders didn’t see themselves as “Crusaders”; the word wasn’t even originated till the 18th century. They viewed themselves as pilgrims.

Having said this, it would be na├»ve to think that all Crusaders’ worldly endeavors were animated by heavenly thoughts. Some say that Pope Urban II might have hoped he could regain control over the Eastern Church after the Great Schism of 1054. It’s also said that Urban and others wanted to give those militant medieval knights someone to fight besides one another. As for those on the ground, the Crusades involved a motley multitude encompassing the regal to the rough-hewn, and it is certain that some among them dreamt of booty and betterment. Yet is this surprising or unusual? People are complex beings. Within a group or even an individual’s mind, there are usually multiple motivations, some noble, some ignoble. Charles the Hammer might have very well relished the glory won on the battlefield, for all we know. But it would be silly to think that was his main motivation for fighting the Moors. Likewise, if the Crusaders were primarily motivated by covetous impulses, it was the most remarkable of coincidences. For those dark urges then manifested themselves just when a Christian emperor appealed for aid, just when Europe again seemed imperiled — and after 400 years of mostly unanswered Muslim conquests.

Into the Mouth of Dar al-Islam

But however great the Europeans’ faith, the first Crusade was a long shot. The soldiers had to travel on foot and horseback 1,500 miles — traversing rivers, valleys, and mountains; braving the elements; dealing with hunger and thirst and whatever unknowns lay ahead — and then defeat entrenched Muslim forces. And the endeavor had gotten off to a rather inauspicious start: An unofficial Crusade comprising peasants and low-ranking knights had already departed — only to be massacred by the Seljuk Turks.

So, now, it is August 15, 1096, and the official Crusader armies depart from France and Italy. Arriving in Anatolia many months later, they lay siege to Muslim-occupied Nicea; however, Emperor Alexius I negotiates with the Turks, has the city delivered to him on June 1, 1097, and then forbids the Crusaders to enter. They then fight other battles against the Muslims on the way to their next objective: the great city of Antioch. It is a must-win scenario; if they do not take it, they cannot move on to Jerusalem. The siege continues for seven and a half months, during which time the Crusaders are hungry, tired, cold, and often discouraged; Antioch’s formidable walls seem an impenetrable barrier. On June 2, 1098, however, they are able to enter the city with the help of a spy. It is theirs.

Yet the Crusaders soon find themselves besieged and trapped in Antioch with the arrival of Muslim relief forces. Nevertheless, they manage a break-out on June 28, defeat the Turks, and, after a delay caused by internecine squabbling, move south to Jerusalem in April 1099. Starving after a long journey, they arrive at the Holy City on June 7 — with only a fraction of their original forces. Despite this, Jerusalem will not pose the problems of Antioch, and they capture it on July 15.

The First Crusade successes give Christendom a foothold in the Mideast for the first time in hundreds of years with the establishment of four outposts known today as “Crusader states.” They are: the County of Edessa and the Principality of Antioch, founded in 1098; the Kingdom of Jerusalem, founded in 1099; and the County of Tripoli, founded in 1104. Perhaps the tide has finally turned in Christendom’s favor.

But it was not to be. It was still a Muslim era, and more Crusades would be launched in the wake of Islamic triumphs. In fact, there was a multitude of Crusades — if we include minor ones — lasting until the end of the 17th century. However, it is customary to identify eight major Crusades, dating from 1096 through 1270, although this does omit many significant campaigns.

Great passion for a second Crusade was sparked when the County of Edessa was overcome by Turks and Kurds in 1144. Led by Kings Louis VII of France and Conrad III of Germany and advocated by St. Bernard, it was an utter failure. Most of the Crusaders were killed before even reaching Jerusalem, the campaign did more harm than good — and Muslim power continued to grow.

Because of this, Madden writes, “Crusading in the late twelfth century … became a total war effort.” All are asked to answer the call, from peasants to patricians, either by devoting blood and treasure to the defense of Christendom or through prayer, fasting, and alms to make her worthy of victory. Yet these are the days of the great Muslim leader Saladin, and in 1187 he destroys the Christian forces and takes one Christian city after another. And, finally, after almost a century of Christian rule, Jerusalem surrenders on October 2.

The loss of the Holy City inspires the Third Crusade. Led by storybook figures such as England’s King Richard the Lionheart, German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, and France’s King Philip II, it is sometimes called the Kings’ Crusade. Yet it is no fairytale affair. Frederick’s army quits the campaign in 1190 after their aged German leader drowns while crossing a river on horseback, and King Philip leaves after retaking the city of Acre, owing to continual friction with Richard. Despite this, the English King is undeterred. Displaying brilliant leadership and tactical skill, he fights his way south, taking on all comers, and eventually recaptures the Holy Land’s entire coast. Yet the crown jewel, Jerusalem, eludes his grasp. Believing he would not be able to hold it (since most Crusaders will be returning home), he must swallow hard and settle for what he can get: an agreement with Saladin to allow unarmed pilgrims unfettered access to the city. Richard then returns home and never sees the Holy Land again, dying from a battle-related wound sustained in Europe in 1199.

While the passion for Crusading remained strong in the 13th century and the Crusades were greater in scope, funding, and organization, they were lesser in accomplishment. There would be no more Richard the Lionhearts. Mideast Christian lands would slowly be overcome. And Jerusalem would never again be in Crusader hands. In fact, by 1291, the Crusader kingdom had been wiped off the map.

The Next Crusades Battle: The History Books

Because the Crusades ultimately failed to achieve their objectives, they are typically viewed as failures. And this brings us to a common Crusades myth. It’s said that those medieval campaigns are partly to blame for anti-Western sentiment in today’s Middle East, but this is nonsense. The reality is, as Madden told Zenit, “If you had asked someone in the Muslim world about the Crusades in the 18th century he or she would have known nothing about them.” This only makes sense. Why would the Crusades have been remembered? From the Muslim perspective, they were just routine victories — like so many others — events that would just naturally fade into the mists of time. What in truth is partly to blame for Islamic anti-Western sentiment is 19th-century pro-Western propaganda. That is to say, when England and France finally started colonizing Arab lands, they wanted to rubber-stamp imperialism. To this end, they taught Muslims in colonial schools that the Crusades were an example of an imperialism that brought civilization to a backward Middle East. And, not surprisingly but tragically, when imperialism was later discredited, the Crusades would be discredited along with it. Muslims would start using the false history against the West.

But there are many Crusade myths. For example, some would characterize the campaigns as anti-Semitic. Yet, while there were two notable massacres of Jews during the Crusades, there is more to the story — as Madden also explained in the Zenit interview:

No pope ever called a Crusade against Jews. During the First Crusade a large band of riffraff, not associated with the main army [the aforementioned “People’s Crusade”], descended on the towns of the Rhineland and decided to rob and kill the Jews they found there…. Pope Urban II and subsequent popes strongly condemned these attacks on Jews. Local bishops and other clergy and laity attempted to defend the Jews, although with limited success. Similarly, during the opening phase of the Second Crusade a group of renegades killed many Jews in Germany before St. Bernard was able to catch up to them and put a stop to it.

This obviously adds perspective. In every war there are rogue forces that commit transgressions. Why, the United States had the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and Abu Ghraib in Iraq. Yet, to echo Madden on this count, it would be unfair to claim that the goal of American forces was to, respectively, murder innocent civilians or commit sexual abuse.

There were other Crusader sins as well. In the Second Crusade, the warriors foolishly attacked Muslim Damascus, which had been an ally of the Christians. Worse still, the Fourth Crusade saw the sacking of Constantinople itself — occupied by the very eastern Christians the Crusades were designed to protect — after the Crusaders helped an imperial claimant gain the Byzantine throne and then were refused the aid he had promised them as a quid pro quo. In response, the pope at the time, Innocent III, condemned the attack (and he had already excommunicated the Crusade). Nevertheless, the damage was done. The act widened the Great Schism of 1054 to perhaps irreparable proportions.

Yet, again, perspective is necessary. Medieval armies didn’t have modern discipline or rules of engagement, and they were, above all, medieval. You could not have put hundreds of thousands of men in the field during the course of centuries in that age without writing some dark chapters. Really, though, you couldn’t do it in the modern age, either.

With all these failures and missteps, we may wonder why Europeans continued Crusading well beyond the 13th century’s close. We may ask, was it worth the blood and treasure? Yet the answer boils down to one word: survival. The threats to Europe mentioned earlier would not remain theoretical. The Muslims would extinguish the Byzantine Empire — and Constantinople would be renamed Istanbul. They would cross into the Balkans, and their descendants would clash with Christians there in the 1990s. The Ottoman Turks would capture the Italian town of Otranto in 1480, prompting the evacuation of Rome. The Ottomans would occupy what is now Hungary for 158 years. And, in 1529 and 1683, they would reach the gates of Vienna.

Yet the tide would finally turn against Dar al-Islam. The Ottomans would lose the Battle of Vienna in 1683, and, more significantly, Europe was blossoming. It would outpace the Muslim world technologically, and in its march toward modernity, the Christian “barbarians” would become the burgeoning civilization. In fact, they would become dominant enough to forget how recent their time in the sun is — and how, perhaps, it almost never was.

So, were the Crusades really a failure? Sure, there was no Charles Martel and Battle of Tours, no Duke of Wellington at Waterloo; there was no history-changing engagement where we could say, ah, that is where we slew the dragon or “this was their finest hour.” And they accomplished none of their stated goals. But the Crusades era might have constituted a “holding action,” a time when Christendom was pushed toward the abyss and, outweighed and wobbling, pushed back. Of course, this isn’t the fashionable view. But it is easy today to characterize those medieval warriors any way we wish; they are no longer around to defend themselves. But had they not defended the West, we might not be troubling over the past at all — because we might not have a present. – source


Brethren, it is important to be able to chronicle the events leading up to the Crusades. We must attempt to shut down revisionist historians who present history from a politically correct vantage point.

Truth is truth!!   Jesus would have us tell the truth about events in history regarding His church.

The Left have made Islam and Muslims into “victims.”  Not all Muslims are war lords or terrorists, but many are.  Their prophet Muhammad was the originally war lord and his fundamental followers continue in his footsteps.

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!
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John R. Houk, Editor
Posted November 27, 2018
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The CRUSADES: The TRUTH About Islam and Why Christendom FINALLY Pushed Back


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Monday, November 26, 2018

End This Madness



In this essay, Justin Smith’s states a determination for the America that has been. The America resulting from the Founding Fathers’ original concept of a Republic that the rule of is accountable to We the People. And that We the People make informed political decisions based on Judeo-Christian Moral Principles and Values.

Any lack in this determination is to align with America’s transformation into a rule of law determined by the principles and values of an elite few dedicated Secular Humanistic Marxist-Socialism.

It’s a choice between godly individualistic Liberty versus a totalitarian collective. Which is best for you and your familial descendants?  

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End This Madness 

By Justin O. Smith
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It is a bit of an alienating experience for one to see the nation of his birth and the principles of our ancestors under constant assault, from foreigners and people born here who are amerikkans rather than Americans. I refer to those Muslims who desire Sharia law, the Black Muslims who simply hate America, La Raza with its Hispanic communists and conquerors who want to reclaim the Southwest for Mexico, the communist Democrat Party that seeks the eradication of our Founding Principles and the destruction of our Constitution and Republic, and those communist proletarians, the TAKERS, who seek their upkeep and livelihood at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.

But I am not powerless, even in my moments of weakness when I feel a bit lonely in the realization that far too many Americans are not concerned, as much as they should be over these developments. Although I may still suffer over the suffering of others, I know a better way than the “fundamental transformation” [Blog Editor: Essays of interest on Obama fundamental transformationHERE and HERE] of America and "Democratic" Socialism exists for Us all; having things has never been so important to me as having Quality of Life and Liberty, and I intend to fight 'til my last dying gasp to keep this America, I love so well, on a path towards the greatest Freedom and Liberty for All.

And as I stand firm against the rising tide of statists and globalists, I do not doubt my convictions and my rightness in this war for the heart and soul of America.

I have not lost my sense of duty and dignity, and I am not for sale, no matter how much the Leftists of America try to isolate me from the public square, through their politically correct Commie castigation and censorship. I remain the same man I have always been -- Free and Unashamed to be an American for ANY reason. I will never be coerced or forced to abandon the TRUTH and bow at the altar of the Super State, the Leviathan.

You are not powerless either. All of You out there ... All of You Fine American Patriots ... have it within You to effect the changes You wish to see, in the manner in which We are all governed.

If You Love Freedom, Independence and Liberty, surely You have the clarity of a normal mind that finds joy in a life lived well and free, unlike the insane hive of the collectivists and communists and those anti-American proponents of Big Government, government intrusions, overregulation, Open Borders and tyranny. Rather than hope these sick Evil individuals will cure themselves or try to find compromises where none exist, or, worse yet, try to adapt Yourself to a failed system, FIGHT for greater INDEPENDENCE and True LIBERTY for All Americans, and FIGHT for America's Original Founding Principles, Her Traditions and Her Heritage.

I long to see the insanity within our society end. For too long now, we have allowed those who call evil "good" to control the direction of America. For myself, I will never validate or accept their depravity, seen in abortion, and perversion, flaunted in “Gay Pride” parades, homosexual marriage and child pornography, as the "new normal". I will never accept their Open Borders and their intent to destroy the United States' Sovereignty.

It is time to end this madness, that is allowing the enemies of America to rip apart the fabric of society and Her Founding and destroy everything good and decent about Her. End it now, however You must.

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.

de Oppresso Liber ___ Voire Dei

On My Honor and On My Life

~ Justin O Smith
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© Justin O. Smith


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Consider This!

John R. Houk
© November 24, 2018

Consider this relatively recent development in European rule of law:

 The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) passed a verdict last Thursday that insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed would be a punishable offense and will not be protected as ‘free speech’.


Court Case

A panel of seven-judges decided that defaming or demeaning the Prophet Mohammed goes ‘beyond permissible limits of an objective debate.  And it could cause prejudice in the society and will risk religious peace’.

The court case was about a lecturer who would talk about Mohammed being a pedophile. The court said READ ENTIRETY (European Court Makes it Illegal to Criticize Mohammed. Free Speech Does NOT Apply; By Avi Abelow; Israel Unwired; 11/14/18)

I’ve always been flabbergasted by Leftist Multiculturalist support for adherents of Islam to practice their Anti-West, Anti-Christian, Jew-Hating faith unrestrained by Western principles and the Western rule of law.

My astonishment is based on the fact evidenced by Islam in history, that whenever Islam attains political supremacy either by conquest (via Jihad) or by gradual conversion; Islamic Supremacism ALWAYS takes over forcing non-Muslims into a discriminated (often abused) second class citizen whereby acts of humiliation are exacted further securing a socio-politico stranglehold on ALL THINGS cultural.

That would include the Multicultural Left whose political hubris of expecting gratefulness from such a counter-culture as Islam would ever coexist peacefully amidst non-Islamic cultures or lifestyles. That hubris if perpetuated will lead to the complete destruction of all things Western that has evolved from Graeco-Roman-Judeo-Christian thought.

This Multiculturalist support to ensure Muslims practice their faith according to the tenets of their theo-political religion enforced by Islamic Sharia Law makes Western tenets of Liberty subservient to the dictates of Islam. MEANING telling historical truths about Islam and its founder is considered insulting under Sharia. In Sharia shining the light on Muslim practices in history – including the nefarious acts of Muhammad – can be penalized up to and including death.

An EU Court ergo, has criminalized anything that Sharia would list as insulting.

THE HYPOCRISY: Yet Muslims in adherence to their revered writings (Quran, Hadith and Sunna [Sira]) can insult the Godhood and Sonship of Jesus as well as call for the death of Jews (Quran, Hadith & Sira [PDF pg. 37 document pg. 29]) without ANY legal penalty whatsoever in European Courts.


AND NOW, even after ECHR says criticizing a religion – Islam – is now a criminal offense in Europe (Thank God the USA still stands with the Bill of Rights). It appears the ECHR ruling is only a one-way street. BECAUSE  Muslim Imams all over Europe are calling for the death Jews. The implication is Islam can criticize ANY religion, even call for the murder of the members of any non-Islamic religion and there is European Judicial outrage.

Dear God in Heaven! Islam is not even the majority religion in Europe yet the religion’s adherents can execute Islamic Supremacy!


AMERICANS CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN HERE!

I first became aware of this tolerance of Islamic Jew-Hatred via a Facebook Group post at New English Review by Jerry Gordon. Gordon pointed out an Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) post by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld.

I’m going to begin with Gordon’s Facebook post which is a cross post of the Gerstenfeld About Page, followed by Gerstenfeld’s post.

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Read chaver [For those pro-Israel Christians as myself – chaver defined] Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld's chilling Arutz Sheva - Israel National News report on European Imam's calling for the murder of Jews. Dr. Gerstenfeld is a noted Israeli expert on European and Global Antisemitism and Emeritus Chairman of the Jewish Center for Public Affairs.

Outright calls to murder Jews have become a pattern among European Muslim clergy, but western politicians are bent on hiding it. They know why.

About Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld

The writer has been a long-term adviser on strategy issues to the boards of several major multinational corporations in Europe and North America. He is board member and former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and recipient of the LIfetime Achievement Award (2012) of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism.
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European Imams call for murder of Jews
Outright calls to murder Jews have become a pattern among European Muslim clergy, but western politicians are bent on hiding it. They know why.

By Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld 
November 21, 2018 07:40 updated: 06:20

The massive immigration of Muslims into Western European countries has also brought with it major whitewashing efforts to keep resulting problems hidden. The main whitewashers are western politicians as well as media and Muslim leaders. There are also many others. A central reason for the strong whitewashing efforts is that publishing the details of the criminality, incitement and other serious problems that segments of the Muslim immigrants and their descendants have brought with them would be a huge accusation against European governments. They have let millions of people in without adequate screening.
  
Other issues are distorted as well. Many pseudo-progressives falsely assert that all cultures are equal, a claim simple to deconstruct. Furthermore, mainly as a result of the evils of colonialism, the misbelief that only white people can be racists has been promoted.

This collection of fallacies is particularly problematic for Jews. There is a disproportionately large number of antisemites among Muslim immigrants and their descendants. Jews have therefore become a preferred target of several of them. Some Muslims commit violence, and a few more extreme ones are even murderers. All Jews who have been murdered for ideological reasons in the new century in Western Europe have been killed by Muslims.

Due to the physical aggressions, violent attacks and even murder, verbal violence against Jews is studied with much less attention. Yet, many of the most extreme expressions of antisemitic hate mongering come from Muslims, including religious leaders. Explicit calls for the murder of Jews have been made by imams in several countries.

In July 2018, a Danish prosecutor charged Imam Mundhir Abdallah with calling for killing of Jews. This religious figure preaches at the Masjid Al Faruq mosque in Copenhagen. In Facebook and YouTube video posts in March 2018 Abdallah quoted a hadith, a classic religious narrative saying; "Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them," In May 2017 Denmark published a list of six foreigners accused of preaching hatred. Five of them were Muslims and one was an evangelical preacher. They were banned for at least two years.

In December 2017, Mohamed Tatai, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Toulouse, France, quoted the full hadith which is attributed to the prophet Mohammed about the final and decisive battle: ‘Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, and the stones and the trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him – except for the Gharqad tree, which is one of the trees of the Jews.’” This extreme antisemitic inciter was a member of an interfaith dialogue group with Jews.

In August 2014, Italy expelled Raoudi Albdelbar, a Moroccan imam who preached against Jews in a mosque near Venice: "Oh Allah, count them one by one and kill them to the very last one." This came to public knowledge in a video released by the Washington based media monitoring group, MEMRI.
  
In 2001, the El Tawheed mosque in Amsterdam was forced by the authorities to remove several statements from its website, including the following: “The Jews possess the weapons industry and, on the other hand, they are the ones who make the wars.” In 2018, it became known that the Amsterdam El Tawheed mosque was frequently visited by people who joined armed Jihad and terrorists.

Jews are not the only target of Muslim hate preachers. In December 2016, in the Dittsbury mosque in Manchester, imam Mustafa Graf, called for armed jihad. One of the regular attendees there was Salman Abedi. Six months later he would detonate a suicide bomb that killed 22 people at a concert given by singer Arianne Grande in that town.

In 2016, Belgium expelled the Dutch Moroccan imam El-Alami Amaouch. Since then he preaches in the Netherlands. Yet another hate preacher in the Netherlands is Imam Fawas Jneid. Once, in Arabic he verbally attacked Rotterdam mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, an orthodox Muslim, calling him an apostate Muslim and an enemy of real Islam. Dutch Minister of Justice, Fred Grapperhaus, informed parliamentarians that this preaching was within the borders of the law. The Dutch imams’ association told a newspaper that it would not publish an official statement on Jneid’s comments. ‘There are so many people saying crazy things,’ a spokesman observed.

Muslim hate preachers can also be found in Canada and the United States. In the latter country the problematic First Amendment of the Constitution is a severe handicap in acting against extreme inciters. In the Arab world and in some Muslim countries religious and other leaders calling for the murder of Jews are common. For many years the “murder hadith” was part of the Hamas charter.
  
All the above is only the tip of the iceberg. Muslim organizations in Europe frequently claim that mosques have nothing to do with antisemitism. If the European Union was serious in its fight against anti-Jewish hate mongering it would see to it that in all member countries, police services investigate the preaching of hate in mosques and by Muslim religious leaders wherever they may be. Then the information obtained should be made public.
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Consider This!
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© November 24, 2018
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