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Rand Paul: America Needs ‘Tent Revivals’ To Heal ‘Moral Crisis’ Created By Gay Marriage

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Tea Party Republican Senator Rand Paul revealed his true beliefs in an interview with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting network.

Politicians are often told to know their audience. 

That may have been good advice before the advent of YouTube, but it’s a big mistake in today’s political climate.

Christian conservative politicians tend to be very open and honest when they believe they’re in the company of like-minded religious folks, like, for instance, David Brody, one of the reporters at Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN.

Tea Party Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky sat down Thursday morning at what Brody touts as “a private prayer breakfast” with “pastors and religious leaders.”

What Sen. Paul said may be somewhat shocking for many, especially libertarians who continue to insist – despite all evidence to the contrary – that Rand Paul is one of them.

He’s not.

He’s a Tea Party extremist, and he’s made that perfectly clear, time and time again.

WATCH: Likely 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Rand Paul: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Offends’ Me (Video)

As he did at the CBN private prayer breakfast.

“The First Amendment says keep government out of religion,” Paul told folks at the prayer breakfast. “It doesn’t say keep religion out of government.”

Of course, many constitutional scholars would strongly disagree.

“Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything,” Paul continued, with what he called “free advice.”

“In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”

“We’re the most disconnected city on the planet from the people,” Paul, being a good Republican, noted. “So don’t have a lot of faith in what’s going on up here.”

The Kentucky Senator and likely GOP presidential candidate, however, has a solution, as Right Wing Watch reported.

“We need a revival in the country,” Paul told the pastors and religious leaders, some of whom can be heard agreeing. “We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.”

There have been three or four “Great Awakenings” in America, most or all characterized by large groups of evangelical Christians coming together in large tents and praying, arms waving in the air, being led by a charismatic Christian leader, like Billy Graham, Aimee Semple McPherson, and others whom some might claim to be charlatans.

Rand Paul knows his audience.

But he might not know about YouTube.

 

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Rand Paul Belonged To Fringe Medical Group That Promoted AIDS Denialism

Libertarian Dr. Rand Paul Tries To Out-Crazy Chris Christie On Vaccines

Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage May Cost GOP The White House In 2016, New Poll Says

 

Image: Congregation at Angelus Temple during 14-hour Holy Ghost service led by Aimee Semple McPherson, Los Angeles, Calif., 1942. Photo via Wikimedia.
Hat tip: Salon

 

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Internet Disgusted After Trump Retweets Gross Video of Texas Mayor in Bathroom: ‘I Think You Have Hit a New Low’

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For some reason Donald Trump decided on Saturday to retweet a video of a Texas mayor who was unaware he was still wearing a hot mic when he went to the bathroom, which stunned even Trump’s regular critics on Twitter.

Trump pushed out the tweet with the video that stated, “THIS IS HILARIOUS. Mayor of Georgetown in the US excused himself to go & use the washroom in the middle of a meeting & forgot to switch off his mic on his tie & this is what happened.”

Not everyone agreed, with one commenter pointing out the putative Leader of the Free World “… has too much time on his hands.”

You can see a sampling below:

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Trump Deploying Border Patrol’s Highly-Armed Elite Tactical Agents to Round Up Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities

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Continuing his attacks on his enemies one week after being acquitted on articles of impeachmenmt President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a group of the Border Patrol’s elite tactical agents to deploy in major sanctuary cities to round up and arrest undocumented immigrants, The New York Times reports.

Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tactical Unit, BORTAC, are being sent to sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.

BORTAC “acts essentially as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol.”

These are top border patrol agents, who use stun grenades and other weapons usually reserved for warfare “in the most rugged and swelteringly hot areas of the border.”

BORTAC agents receive “enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification,” and “the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.”

“Their presence could spark new fear in immigrant communities that have been on high alert under the stepped-up deportation and detention policies adopted after Mr. Trump took office,” the Times notes.

Former CBP commissioner Gil Kerlikowske calls the decision a  “significant mistake.”

“If you were a police chief and you were going to make an apprehension for a relatively minor offense, you don’t send the SWAT team. And BORTAC is the SWAT team,” Kerlikowske, a former chief of police in Seattle, told the Times. “They’re trained for much more hazardous missions than this.”

 

Image by Kristoffer Grogan/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Flickr 

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Trump Raged and Swore at Aides Because His Enemies Aren’t Being Prosecuted: Report

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There are two key ways a president can abuse the Justice Department and federal prosecutorial powers: he can protect his friends, and he can go after his enemies.

In recent days and months, especially with developments around the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases, observers have been deeply concerned that President Donald Trump is engaging in the first kind of abuse. But according to a new report from the Washington Post, what Trump really cares about — and what he is really furious hasn’t happened yet — is the prosecution of his enemies.

The report explained:

Behind that public fight, according to people familiar with the discussions, is a deeper tension between Trump and Barr’s Justice Department over the lack of criminal charges against former FBI director James B. Comey and those close to him.

The flare-up over the Stone case comes against a backdrop of growing behind-the-scenes anger from the president toward the Justice Department — more about whom the department has not charged with crimes than about whom it has charged, according to people familiar with the discussions

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred Comey’s handling of the memos to prosecutors for possible criminal prosecution, but lawyers quickly determined it was not a close call and did not seek to build a case.

That sent Trump into a rage, according to people briefed on his comments. He complained so loudly and swore so frequently in the Oval Office that some of his aides discussed it for days, these people said. Trump repeatedly said that Comey deserved to be charged, according to their account.

 

“Can you [expletive] believe they didn’t charge him?” Trump said on the night of the decision, these people said.

It’s not just Comey. The report noted that Trump has also been eager to see charges against Comey’s former deputy, Andrew McCabe. And Trump also reportedly became enraged when the Washington Post reported in January that U.S. Attorney John Huber’s investigation into vague allegations about Hillary Clinton came up dry. (Trump had asked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into Clinton, according to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.)

The Post continued:

Separately, Barr has tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham in Connecticut to investigate whether any crimes were committed by FBI and CIA officials in the pursuit of allegations in 2016 that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump’s campaign.

 

After learning that the Huber investigation is not likely to produce charges, Trump has become more insistent that Durham finish his work soon, according to people familiar with the discussions. Trump, these people said, wants to be able to use whatever Durham finds as a cudgel in his reelection campaign.

 

All of that frustration has fed into the public fight over the Stone case.

What’s not clear from the report is how much Trump has directly expressed this anger and desire for prosecutions to Barr himself. On Thursday, Barr claimed in an interview with ABC News that Trump hasn’t asked him to do anything in a criminal case. It’s not clear if that’s true — but even if Trump hasn’t made his demands explicit to Barr, there’s no doubt the attorney general knows what’s expected of him.

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