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Columbus' Secret

Not everybody in Europe liked Christopher Columbus. The year before his voyage across the Atlantic, he was nothing more than a poor geographer with a hunch --- and a strange confidence inspired by God. Upon his return, he was a hero.

Following his epic voyage, Columbus went directly to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who waited for him on their throne, outdoors under a golden canopy. Less than a year after setting sail as a nobody, the king and queen of Spain rose from their thrones to greet him. Motioning for Christopher to join them on their platform, on their level, he humbly obliged. The king and queen of Spain then knelt before him in unprecedented fashion. Columbus had become the most celebrated man in the world.

Sadly, great success often comes with a few enemies. When the king and queen honored Christopher at a feast, nobility and great men and women came together around one table. One guest, a man jealous of Columbus, asked him sneeringly, "Do you really believe that if you were not born, nobody would have discovered the Indies?"

Christopher Columbus was humble, and he was not afraid to let this man think what he would. Indeed, there were many great and brilliant men in Spain that could have made this voyage. At the same time, Christopher knew it was his calling, and he took pride in that.

So he said nothing, but took a fresh egg from a basket and handed it to the man. "Sir, would you please stand this on its end?" Columbus inquired.

The man tried for several minutes. Most at the table tried for a while then set the egg down without success.

Christopher Columbus lifted the egg again from the basket, tapped it gently on the table, barely denting the blunt end. He tipped it on that end and took his hand away. The egg stood on the table, to which the men replied, "I could have done that."

"Yes," Christopher Columbus replied. "You could have, but only after you had been shown."

He looked at the men and the women at the table again and said, "It was the Lord who put this journey into my mind."

And so it was. Christopher never spoke too highly of himself, nor did he speak too lowly. He was simply honest and inspiring.

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?