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 The Bookworm Beat 10/31/16 — the scary Halloween illustrated edition 

 Brazil: Rio goes for Republican 

 Hidden Hollywood: Fay Wray, Beauty and the Beasts, Part III 

 Is #Weiner talking about #Dickileaks? And how bad is it? 

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 It Won’t End Until Hillary Does 

 Has the internet made us too dumb to understand #Dickileaks? 

 Guns are to blame? No Thug Culture is 

 The Clinton Crime Family: Well, Duh! 

 Selfie Indulgence

 [VIDEO] “Hillary Clinton is the most anti-Israel candidate in history.”

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Mills ad hits Nolan hard

There’s nothing that hurts liberals more than using other Democrats’ words against them. That’s why Stewart Mills’ latest ad is so devastating. Couple Mills’ ad with Donald Trump’s op-ed in today’s Duluth News Tribune and you’ve definitely got pro-Trump momentum in the Eighth District. Anything that increases pro-Trump turnout is virtually assured to help Stewart […]

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Forum: Is The Conservative Movement Dead?

Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Is The Conservative Movement Dead?

 Stately McDaniel Manor: Is The Conservative Movement Dead? Of course. It died long ago. It’s intellectual successor, the Tea Parties, are essentially moribund, at least for now. The problem is essentially one of definition.

What, exactly, is conservatism? At one time, it was clearly based on limited government, the idea that that government is best which governs least. The government that has little or no consequence in the lives of Americans is the ideal. Government should exist only to accomplish those things we cannot do ourselves, such as raise and maintain a military, etc.

Then came the exceptions. The Moral Majority took conservatism into America’s bedrooms, demanding a say in moral choices that should have been off limits to conservatives. How do we justify the principle that government should not interfere in citizen’s lawful, personal choices when conservatives make exceptions for abortion, for example? Oh, but that’s murder! No it isn’t, or at least it never has been, even in states that seriously restricted or banned it prior to Roe v. Wade.

Oh, but aren’t we going to have people marrying parakeets then? Won’t they force us to let men use the same bathrooms as little girls?

We’ll still be a nation of laws, where the majority rules. We’re now a nation ruled by executive fiat, administrative fiat, and unelected, unaccountable judges. As Sarah Palin would say, “How’s that workin’ out for ya?”

Lest anyone think I’m staking out a position on the abortion issue, think again. I’m merely picking a bit of low-hanging philosophical fruit in the service of pointing out the problem: once conservatism began making exceptions to the principles of strictly limited government, there was no end to exceptions, and they soon became the rule.

Take another example: federal involvement in education. There is nothing inherently conservative about running American’s neighborhood schools out of Washington DC, yet that’s exactly what we now have, and something one can legitimately blame on George W. Bush. “No Child Left Behind,” for example, which imposed mandatory, high stakes testing on the nation, was created in close cooperation with Teddy Kennedy. He was conservative, wasn’t he? Oh, and he loved him some women!

Conservatism can only survive by adopting immutable and simple principles, and sticking to them. They would obviously include: absolute fidelity to the Constitution. If the Constitution doesn’t allow it, it isn’t done. If the Constitution is silent, the Tenth Amendment rules. Strict laws that make it impossible for anyone to become rich as a public servant. Complete reform of the Income Tax code. Complete reform–and strict enforcement of–of immigration law. Complete reform of civil service law to make it easy, while upholding everyone rights, to fire incompetent, criminal federal employees. Laws requiring the imprisonment of anyone in the VA mistreating our veterans. No laws written we’re not willing to enforce. Want to make a statement? Get a blog.

The list goes on, but you get the idea. Conservatives revere the Founders and the inherent goodness and industry of the American people. They believe Americans are more than smart enough to know what is good for them, and government must be as small and non-intrusive as possible.

Oh, and the Federal Bureau of Bedsheet Thread Count doesn’t need a SWAT team and automatic weapons either.

 Don Surber : Let’s see, conservatives own most statehouses and governorships in my lifetime. Rare time they control both houses of Congress. And likely to knock off a Clinton.If that’s dead, I wish we died in 2006.

 Bookworm Room: I agree with Don. I think the Republican party is dead (or, frankly, should be), but I think the conservative movement is alive and well.

JoshuaPundit: Of course it’s dead, no matter how you try and finesse it:

Let’s indeed get on with it.

The conservative movement or what has passed for it is indeed dead, although many of its ideas survive. The brand name has been totally compromised because of its association with the Republican Party. Conservative Inc. with some honorable exceptions for all intents and purposes became part of the GOP. It conserved nothing and created little except cushy jobs and fat paychecks for those on the inside.

It betrayed its adherents and supporters at every turn,and when forced to appear to move towards conservative principals by the Tea Party and by selfless advocates like Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint, it simply ignored those principles once it got into power and kicked Palin and DeMint out of the party.

It cheerfully refused to defend what were supposed to be its values and betrayed its supporters when it came to education, trade deals, outsourcing, same sex marriage, downsizing our military, separation of powers, illegal migration, fiscal responsibility, and a ruinous ObamaCare bill that cost the country millions, made healthcare far less affordable and converted thousands of jobs from full time to part time.

In a final betrayal, much of Conservative Inc. and the GOP it allied itself with the likes of the Clintons in an attempt to destroy a nominee who was overwhelmingly the voter’s choice, because he pledged to try to fix what was wrong, drain the swamp and threatened to spoil the obscene orgy in DC.

We’re definitely going to need to consolidate a new political movement in this country, one that actually embraces limited government, our Constitution, economic growth and lower taxation, a strong foreign policy and policies that limit the opportunities for crony capitalism, protect domestic manufacturing grow the pie and promote fiscal sanity. Think of it as a sort of combo of what the Tea Party was about and traditional Jacksonian values. But we had best call it something else and purge much of the GOP and Conservative Inc. from it or they will simply corrupt it the same way they corrupted the conservative movement once Reagan left office and the Bushes took over.

Mene mene tekel uparsin. These ‘conservatives’ have been weighed and found wanting. Our Forefathers had the wisdom to purge the Tories in their midst, and we should emulate them when it comes to our own revolution.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : The conservative movement is far from dead, but it is in trouble. The left run mainstream media controls public discourse and relentlessly criticizes, vilifies, and mocks conservatives. They portray conservatives as Bible reading gun clingers; relics of the past whose beliefs and convictions have no place in today’s society. Fortunately with the internet and social media platforms, along with talk radio which has been around for decades, conservatives are communicating their positions on political and cultural issues.

The silent majority has once again awakened and is attempting to restore conservative values and ideals to our government and our culture. We need to work on two fronts. First with government, conservatives must come forward and run for office at every level from local city councils and county school boards and commissions through the state and federal government. Our bigger challenge is with our culture. In order to restore traditional Judeo-Christian values to our country we need to work through the schools and educate our children and teach them the truth, not the America bashing, global warming, globalist indoctrination that has been going on for decades.

Conservatism is not dead. But we have a lot of work to do to restore our government and our culture. We have to understand the work we are doing, the groundwork we are laying, might not benefit us immediately but will lead to a better America for future generations. 
 
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The Foreign Aid Paradox

At the start of the year, I argued that capitalism was the way to get more growth in poor nations. Foreign aid, by contrast, hasn’t worked very well. …there’s a big difference between good intentions and good results. If you examine the evidence, it turns out that redistribution from rich nations to poor nations is […]

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Behind The Smoke And Mirrors -The New Clinton Email Scandal Explained October 31, 2016 JoshuaPundit Politics 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive! “ – Sir Walter Scott The latest bombshell to hit this already explosive campaign season is an announcement by FBI director James Comey that the FBI has opened up a new investigation into the Clinton e-mail scandal…and that Clinton’s special assistant Huma Abedin and her ‘husband’ Anthony Weiner are involved. As usual with Clinton Inc., this is a really tangled web, so let’s examine what’s going on, and of course, what it means. (read more) Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)1Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)1Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related The Clearest (No Spin) Summary of The FBI Report on Hillary’s Email ScandalSeptember 13, 2016In “Hillary Clinton” It Won’t End Until Hillary DoesOctober 30, 2016In “Hillary Clinton” The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council ResultsJuly 8, 2016In “The Council Has Spoken!” #hillaryLied question-marksPrevious Forum: Is The Conservative Movement Dead? Related Articles donald-trump-hillary-clinton-screenshots-hofstra-university-presidential-debate-collage_fotor-compressed Debate Number Three – A Clear Choice 27aca0786f4fb821ca9062b8e5b63c76387272399bbdd8fb49ad78bb874aae9e Hillary Allows Kids To Ask Her Questions — At $2,700 apiece! b950dfa243864c50139bddec928a7b8e Using Trump’s 12 Year Old Tape Shows The Contempt Hillary And Her Media Have For Us Be the first to comment Leave a Reply Logged in as JoshuaPundit. Log out? Comment CommentLuv badge Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Most Recent Posts b950dfa243864c50139bddec928a7b8eBehind The Smoke And Mirrors -The New Clinton Email Scandal Explained

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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive! “ – Sir Walter Scott

The latest bombshell to hit this already explosive campaign season is an announcement by FBI director James Comey that the FBI has opened up a new investigation into the Clinton e-mail scandal…and that Clinton’s special assistant Huma Abedin and her ‘husband’ Anthony Weiner are involved.

As usual with Clinton Inc., this is a really tangled web, so let’s examine what’s going on, and of course, what it means.

First, let’s quickly review:

As you know, Hillary Clinton went through what passed for an investigation into the felonies she committed as Secretary of State with her illegal, unprotected private servers and her careless handling of classified materials in violation of the Official Records Act. She has said repeatedly that she told the FBI that she had turned over all her e-mails. We certainly don’t know if she actually did, because she deleted 32,000 of them without turning them over and than used a software called Bleachbit to destroy any possibility of recovering them. Since the FBI didn’t even record her interview or make a transcript, that’s where that stands.

Moreover, the FBI gave Clinton aide Cheryl Mills immunity while allowing her attorney client privilege (unheard of in these circumstances where someone being interviewed is a possible target) in exchange for her turning over her laptop…which they destroyed even though it had been subpoenaed by congress as evidence.

Basically the fix was in and Bill Clinton’s little 45 minute meeting with AG Loretta Lynch aboard her private plane – just by chance, of course – was obviously to work out the details and and reaffirm Mrs. Clinton wasn’t going to be charged because the Obama Department of Justice would tell FBI Director James Comey they weren’t going to prosecute. And as the Wall Street Journal reveals, that Lynch and her DOJ goons would make sure there wasn’t going to be any investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

So one day later, having gotten his orders from Lynch and the DOJ, Comey went to the unusual extent of calling a press conference, went over all the reasons Hillary Clinton should have been charged and then finessed it by saying that he would recommend no charges be filed.

While that caused a firestorm at the time in many quarters, Democrats acted as though Comey deserved the Medal of Honor. They lauded his ethics, praised him to the hilt and the Media rejoiced.

Then last week, FBI Director Comey suddenly announced that the FBI was opening a new investigation on the Clinton e-mails.

You see, Clinton shadow Huma Abedin has told the FBI that she had turned over all of her e-mails and all of her devices. Apparently she didn’t, and a new batch of 650,000 emails were found on a laptop belonging to – wait for it – Abedin’s hubby, none other than the infamous Anthony Weiner!

 

Here’s the New York Times bewailing the sad news but unable to avoid reporting it, because everyone else was:

Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that the new emails uncovered in the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server were discovered after the F.B.I. seized electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. The bureau told Congress on Friday that it had uncovered new emails related to the Clinton case — one federal official said they numbered in the thousands — potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election.

Comey’s letter to Chaffetz said:

“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

Aiyeee! I have a feeling that Weiner, with nothing left to lose told the FBI what he had and cut a deal.

Of course, no sooner had Comey announced this then he went from being a Democrat hero to someone who was a law breaker, who was ‘endangering the election process,’ ‘unethical.’ and a disgrace. Apparently, Comey announced this even though he was ordered not to by the Obama department of Justice and Loretta Lynch.

I have to admit to a nasty laugh or three as I watch the same people who applauded Comey when he interfered in an election by getting Clinton off the hook now want him burnt at the stake:

 Trey Gowdy a distinguished ex-prosecutor is entirely correct, of course. Hillary Clinton made the decisions that led to this state of affairs, and for her or her creatures to blame anyone else is just ridiculous, just an attempt at the old shell game to get people’s attention diverted.

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So why did Comey do this? And why now?

Since the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and the Clinton Foundation were deliberately stonewalled and set aside by the Obama Justice Department , there’s been a major morale problem at the Bureau according to various sources. Comey understandably had lost the respect of many of the agents, there are quite a few resignation letters on his desk and it’s at the point where, reportedly, a number of people won’t even return his greetings and limit their interaction with him as much as possible. Reportedly, even his wife was disappointed in him and kept urging him to admit he was wrong when he said Hillary shouldn’t be charged.

This was perhaps a way of trying to recover a little self respect and mollify folks he works with by actually pursuing an investigation. Certainly he’s not doing it to win friends and influence people having alienated most of DC.

Another reason is that having seen the reeking criminality of the Clintons up close, he might actually have had some pang of conscience over what her becoming president might actually mean for America. People who work in law and law enforcement have, typically, an inordinate respect for the law, what it means, how it works and what it does. The idea of seeing an unrepentant criminal like Hillary Clinton become president might have been just too much for James Comey to stomach.

So what effect is all this going to have? What’s likely to happen?

In spite of what the media is saying, Hillary Clinton’s huge drop in the polls was already a fact before this came out. Like James Comey, apparently a lot of people are doing some serious thinking about whether they really want Hillary Clinton in the White House with all that entails. This latest revelation won’t help, of course, but the Wikileaks releases, Mrs. Clinton’s conduct during the campaign, total disgust at the ridiculously partisan media and a desire for real change have all had an effect. This last item just cements what was already apparent.

Comey could be fired by President Obama, but at this point that might almost be a relief for him. Like Anthony Weiner,James Comey has nothing left to lose. It would also give even more credence to Mrs. Clinton’s having a lot to hide if it appeared he were being punished merely for doing his job. The metrics wouldn’t look good. But don’t be surprised if Comey ‘resigns’ after the election during Obama’s lame duck period..an dif I were him, I would seriously watch my six. These are ruthless and very vindictive people he’s dealing with here.

That said, don’t expect anything serious to come of this. It’s already a known fact that President Obama lied openly about not knowing about Mrs. Clinton’s illegal e-mail setup and even sent her e-mails on it, which is exactly why he invoked executive privilege on any emails using the alias he created. But if Mrs. Clinton looks like she’s going to be convicted of anything, she knows where a lot of bodies are buried, can cut a deal and implicate him.

If he’s elected, President Trump might very well decide to walk back his pledge to investigate Hillary completely since he has to know where that’s going to end up leading. While both these vampires rate a stake in the heart, perhaps just getting them off America’s neck and concentrating on fixing the massive damage they did might be more constructive than putting them in orange jump suits as guests of the Federal government, as justified as that would be.

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Koenen’s insincere gesture

Now that it’s reached crisis stage, Sen. Lyle Koenen is insisting that there be a special session called to fix Minnesota’s health insurance crisis. Koenen “has joined the list of legislators calling for a special session to address rising health insurance premiums in the individual market.” Think of that list of legislators as people who […]

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Something Different

I had a wild hair yesterday and suddenly wondered if one could still sail on a regularly scheduled ocean liner across the Atlantic. Turns out you can, on Cunard’s Queen Mary II. From what I read, I suspect it would be competitive with first class airfare, and lots more comfortable. But I found something else, […]

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‘Straight No Chaser’ In H-Town

My wife and I saw this awesome music concert in Houston on Sunday afternoon at the Revention Music Center in downtown H-Town.  It was this amazing A Capella singing group which began in Indiana University about 20 years ago called “Straight No Cha…

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Temptation Trail

What are you aiming to get or longing for in your life? Are you pursing it on the Righteous Road or are you on the Temptation Trail? Just remember, you’ll likely get there either way, but the outcome and fulfillment may be dramatically different.

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When Karma Bites Your Ass – Hillary Clinton Edition

It appears with the Clinton’s I can have a When Karma Bites Your Ass Running Series . Perhaps at the end of all of the …

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Planned Parenthood, eugenics, and murdering Down’s babies

Eugenics is a movement aimed at improving the genetic composition of the human race. The use of the word–it means “well-born”–originated in 1883 by Sir Francis Galton, a British scholar and the cousin of Charles Darwin, and it was Galton’s…

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Dorholt’s thin, unimpressive resume

Kirsti Marohn’s article offers insight into how Zach Dorholt is trying to defeat Jim Knoblach. One thing he’s doing is he’s overinflating his professional resume while de-emphasizing his partisan resume. When he said “I get to see how the system, the health care system, the social system, the economic system, helps them get up and […]

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Bill Clinton pollster drops bomb

To say that Doug Schoen dropped a bombshell during Sunday night’s segment of the Political Insiders is understatement. After Schoen, who is usually a faithful supporter of the Clintons, said that he’s reassessing his support for Mrs. Clinton, host Harris Faulkner could be heard loudly saying “Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. You are not going […]

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Clintons: the original Alinskyites

This article reminded me of something I’d hoped I’d forgotten forever. The article reminded me that the Clintons are the original Alinskyite administration. Seriously, long before Tony Rezko had corrupted the Obamas, the Clintons were painting their political opponents as political boogeymen. Newt Gingrich was the Clinton’s first boogeyman. Dick Armey was the Clintons next […]

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COMEY CONUNDRUM

At 935 Pennsylvania Ave, just down the street from the White House, there is a massive, block long, government building, housing 2,800,876 square feet of offices. It is the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It is the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

J. Edgar Hoover was employed at the Department of Justice in 1917, during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. In 1924, Hoover was named Director of Investigations in the Department. That office was reorganized in 1935 as the Federal Bureau of Investigation with Hoover as its founding Director. Hoover served under 10 Presidents,  Democrats Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Johnson and Republicans Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower, and Nixon. He died in 1972 after 55 years in the Department of Justice.

Hoover was an institution in America. His name was synonymous with truth, integrity and justice. He was the poster boy for law and order.

True to the old adage about the corrupting nature of power, Hoover extended the reach of the FBI into politics.

Harry Truman had this to say about the Director, “We want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him.” 

Hoover had a penchant for cloak and dagger politics. Under his direction the Bureau maintained extensive files on a number of people who were never implicated in any criminal activity. Martin Luther King comes immediately to mind.

In the 41 years between the death of J. Edgar Hoover and the appointment of James Comey, eleven men served as the Director of the FBI, with tenure ranging from 8 days to 12 years.

The appointment of James Comey by President Obama was hailed as a landmark. Comey’s reputation for integrity, non partisanship, and professionalism was spotless, and there was more than a little speculation that his tenure as Director would mean a new and long lasting revival of the Hooverian prestige and influence of the Bureau both in the nation’s capital and around the country.

That expectation was undercut on July 5, 2016, just five days after former President Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, when Director Comey made a public statement to the effect that ‘no responsible Attorney General would seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton’ despite a recitation of her many careless and questionable email practices.
Twenty days later, Mrs. Clinton was nominated for the office of President by the Democratic Party.

No surprise, the Republicans howled. Comey was summoned by Congress and grilled about his decision. He stood his ground, despite conceding that Mrs. Clinton had lied to the FBI on several points.

As Summer wore on, rumors circulated that there was discontent at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue. The workhorse agents who read emails, interviewed witnesses and asked questions were reputed to have been uncomfortable with their boss’s public statements.

Then the other shoe was dropped. Director Comey wrote members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees informing them that emails uncovered in an investigation of former Congressman Anthony Weiner may bear on the closed Clinton investigation.

As so the FBI is taking another look.

In the blink of an eye, FBI Director Comey’s image among Democrats has morphed from hero to goat. And among Republicans, just the opposite.

My homely analogy compares Director Comey’s switcharoo to a basketball referee whose call against the Home team results in a chorus of boos and cat calls. Within minutes he whistles down a foul by the Visitors. It’s known as compensatory refereeing.

It’s a fault particularly noticeable in officials who are proud of their impartiality and sensitive to criticism. 

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Wallonia Threatens to Veto the E.U.-Canada Trade Treaty: Complicating State Sovereignty in the E.U.

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Dayton-DFL rebates aren’t solution

I don’t dispute the fact that Gov. Dayton’s proposed rebates for a suspected 123,000 Minnesotans will shrink the sticker shock of these Minnesotans’ premium increases. I’ll even give Gov. Dayton credit for his sleight-of-hand trickery that’s made the ACA’s other problems disappear. This Our View editorial helped remind me of Gov. Dayton’s and the DFL’s […]

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First Entrepreneur by Edward G. Lengel

Edward Lengel portrays a side of Washington that is frequently referenced in other books, but not explored to degree of the First Entrepreneur. Continue reading First Entrepreneur by Edward G. Lengel . . . → Read More: First Entrepreneur by Edward G. Lengel

Bonhoeffer’s Dirty Hands and the 2016 Presidential Election by Dr Mark DeVine

[Our guest essayist, Dr. Mark DeVine, is associate professor of history and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of Bonhoeffer Speaks Today: …

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Reformation Sunday

Today,  499 years ago, a priest (and a monk) by the name of Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Slosskirche in Wittenberg, All Saints Church. Some say this started the Reformation, and in a way it did. But these were things he thought the church should discuss, and this was the normal […]

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