Three Things You Need to Know – October 30, 2017

Washington Must Go

First, they came for the statues. Now, they’ve moved onto plaques.

A plaque honoring George Washington at the church he attended for more than two decades — Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia — is being removed after complaints.

According to the church, the George Washington plaque along with a Robert E. Lee plaque, are being removed because “the plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome. Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”

Ok, so how does a plaque make someone feel unsafe? It’s like an index card size piece of metal! Most people probably never even noticed them!

If people are really offended by these plaques, they shouldn’t step foot in Christ Church at all.

Both Washington and Lee attended this church for much of their lives. Hence the whole reason for the plaques indicating where they used to sit.

But the church leaders decided to cave to the gospel of political correctness.

They, I quote, “unanimously decided that the plaques create a distraction in our worship space and may create an obstacle to our identity as a welcoming church, and an impediment to our growth and to full community with our neighbors.”

Christ Church, do you really need parishioners who can’t focus on what they came to church to do? You’re supposed to be there praising God, not thinking about how much you hate certain historical figures.

I think worshippers should actually feel more welcome by the plaques. They represent men who were both deeply religious. But they were also men who had their flaws. They sinned just like everyone else. These powerful men weren’t above seeking counsel from God. That’s the beauty of Christianity.

We are human therefore we sin, but we can also be forgiven and try again.

Why Paul Manafort Was indicted

The rumors began circulating earlier this weekend: Indictments in Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation were coming.

About 30 minutes ago, we found out exactly what happened. Here’s the scoop of all scoops. Pull over to the side of the road, because, whoa, you’re going to find this one hard to believe. Paul Manafort is a shady guy.

Yeah, I know. I know. Hard to wrap your head around. Paul Manafort and one of his former business associates were told to surrender to federal authorities this morning.

So here’s what they nailed him on: Manafort allegedly set up companies in Cyprus to receive payments from politicians and businesspeople in eastern Europe. Since 2006, Manafort has been known for working with working with wealthy oligarchs in Russia, as well as the now deposed former president in the Ukraine.

The FBI has reportedly been on Manafort’s trail since 2014, and it appears they may now have a solid case for tax evasion, money laundering, and failing to disclose his foreign lobbying.

The reason this is no surprise is pretty simple: We knew go before he even joined the Trump campaign. This is what he did for a living. He, along with people like Roger Stone, have been lobbying and consulting for foreign individuals and governments for decades. It is one of the reasons why we warned you that Donald Trump could be impeached and Manafort would be at the center of it, before he was even elected.

Some of these people, like the former Ukrainian president, are a little less than reputable, shall we say.

This is almost literally the tax evasion against Al Capone. There’s probably a lot more guilt to be found, but this is what we’re getting. And they are sending signals that they’re going to go after him with absolutely everything, which to me signals they’re looking to flip him.

Why on earth the Trump campaign decided to hire a man with this much baggage to run, you know, the campaign, boggles the mind. But there is something missing from this first indictment: collusion. Get ready for a lot more of this to come.

The Knock Out Game

The woman was not moving.

She lay unconscious; her body splayed out on the cold sidewalk.

Four young men approached her.

They immediately took out their phones.

No, not to call the police. To take pictures of their latest victim.

Moments earlier, the woman was simply walking down the street when a man rushed up to her, kicked her in the stomach and sucker punched her in the face.

It’s what’s known as “The Knockout Game” and it is happening in our major cities. Just last week, incidents occurred in New York City, Brooklyn, and Pittsburgh.

The goal is to slug a stranger on the street into unconsciousness. It is usually played by groups of roving teenagers with nothing better to do with their lives.

Teenagers who lack a future, parental guidance, moral values, and basic human decency.

This is what the deterioration of morality looks like in America and it’s going to get worse if we don’t do something about it.

How do we stop it?

It starts with the family. Remember that you are your child’s primary educator. Teach them the value of life. How to treat others as they would want to be treated. To surround themselves with friends who make them better people. There will always be terrible people and needless violence in the world, but we can take preventative action against this behavior.

Education starts at home. Caring and attentive parents are the first defense against the knockout game.

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