Courage Boys: Wearing Armor

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Wearing Armor

Imagine the look on French soldiers' faces when their new general rode into camp — and he turned out to be a 12-year-old girl. Her armor perfectly fit her little body. Her name was Joan.

The soldiers gathered and listened because the prince had said so — and they were about to lose the war. A little girl that claimed a visit from angels seemed as logical as anything else they'd tried.

Speaking to them from horseback, young Joan urged the soldiers to turn to the Lord. She also ordered away the women of the street who gave comfort to the men after battle. "They must go," she said. She then led the men to confession.

Under Joan's leadership, the army quickly gained power and men, too. All the men loved their little shepherdess. She always rode in front to battle and never carried a weapon. Eventually, her army broke the English back. All was well, and she was about to return home to her mom and dad.

But then, the English captured Joan, who was a now a teenager. They put her in a men's prison under the care of the most vile guards. The guards in prison tried to take from her, the one thing that she held dearest: Her virtue and her innocence. Now Joan would fight violently, alone, with her perfectly fit armor protecting her.

Finally, she was taken to stand trial, overseen by the church. They tried to charge her with heresy. After all, she had claimed to see angels. But even with a corrupt court, the prosecutor couldn't get her convicted of heresy. So they finally convicted her of breaking a law that she had indeed broken: Cross-dressing, dressing like a boy, which was also heresy.

She dressed like a boy to protect her body not from arrows or rocks, but from the evil men. The court decreed that to avoid death, she must change to a dress. And so she did. In a dress, they threw her back in the same prison. Again, they tried to violate young Joan and she fought them off. After several unsuccessful attempts and attacks, they threw her armor back into her cell. She put it on, not realizing what that meant.

As if planned, the prosecutor entered the prison, accused her of disobeying the order of the court and the church. So they dragged her back into court with her armor where, this time, she was sentenced to death.

As they tied to Joan a stake to be burned, English guards began to shed tears, many begging it to stop. But, no man stood for her right to be virtuous, and she died in flames at the stake.

The English, so weakened by their guilt, were driven completely from the territory by France. Nearly 500 years later, during World War I, the Pope proclaimed her a saint — St. Joan of Arc. Her name and her virtue now live forever, and the men who did not honor it are long forgotten.

Christmas has arrived early for mainstream media. They have their first sentencing of a major player in President Trump's inner circle. Yesterday, Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced by a federal judge in Manhattan. How did it come to this and how did Cohen explain himself to the judge? We start there next…

President Trump's former attorney, 52-year-old Michael Cohen, is going to jail. Well, it will probably be one of those federal prison camps with a dorm that's more like a college campus. But he's going to be locked up. A federal judge sentenced him to three years in prison for financial crimes, and two months for lying to Congress. He also ordered Cohen to pay $2 million in financial penalties. The judge called Cohen's misdeeds a "veritable smorgasbord of criminal conduct."

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The judge said:

As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better. While Mr. Cohen is taking steps to mitigate his criminal conduct by pleading guilty and volunteering useful information to prosecutors, that does not wipe the slate clean.

Cohen pled guilty in August to eight criminal charges in two different cases. One brought by special counsel Robert Muller for Cohen's lying to Congress about a potential Trump Tower project in Moscow. The second was for bank-fraud, tax, and campaign finance violations brought by federal prosecutors in New York.

President Trump said recently that Cohen has simply been lying to get a reduced sentence for crimes that have nothing to do with him. Cohen was very emotional as he apologized to the judge, saying:

It was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light. Time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass.

The left thinks that Cohen's sentencing marks the beginning of the end for Trump's presidency. They may be ultimately disappointed in that regard. But this does intensify the long national nightmare of the Muller investigation that seems to have no end in sight.

How long until we follow in Europe's footsteps?

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Christmas should be a time of happiness and celebration the world over. But in Europe, it is now the season of terror. The sounds at Europe's famous Christmas Markets of "Merry Christmas!" and laughter are rapidly being replaced with the sounds of "Allahu Ackbar!" and gunfire. Two years ago ISIS attacked a Christmas Market in Berlin, killing twelve and injuring another forty-eight. And tragically, the sound of automatic gunfire and the chant of "Allahu Ackbar!" was heard at another Christmas Market in Europe yesterday afternoon… this time in France.

Two people are dead and thirteen are battling for their lives right now in Strasbourg, France. The attacker walked into the city's Christmas Market shortly after 8pm, shouted "Allahu Ackbar" and began shooting indiscriminately. He then proceeded to battle the police in four separate locations while he fled the scene. As of this moment, he still hasn't been caught. The city of Strasbourg is on full lockdown, and France's terror level has been elevated.

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A man of Middle Eastern descent has been identified as the suspect. He was already on a terror watchlist and had been deported from Germany recently with twenty criminal convictions. He's well known in Islamist circles and was reportedly radicalized after spending time in prison. Apparently he was too radical for the Germans… but not for France.

What is it going to take for progressive governments like France to wake up to their failed policies? Nearly 300 people have been killed in terror attacks in France over the past three years. 300 in three years! But despite that, the French government refuses to address immigration, they continue their open border policy and - more importantly - they refuse to listen to their people when they try and tell them that they're scared to death over this issue. Instead they get a lecture on Islamophobia… "that's the real problem."

Outrage has replaced baseball as our national pastime.

This is one of the reasons why the Yellow Vests are tearing the country apart. The government refuses to listen to their fears on terrorism, unchecked immigration, open borders, the failing economy, high taxes and out of control spending. Wow... do these issues sound at all familiar? How many years behind France are we? Just listen to ourselves.

Outrage has replaced baseball as our national pastime. People have lost the ability to engage in peaceful protest. Street demonstrations have turned into street brawls. Have you seen the images from places like Portland lately? European governments are losing the social contract with their people. After years of broken promises and outright lies from Washington, how long before that happens here?