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Why Is It Called Easter?
by Christopher Hunt
Will Trump’s “Tax Returns” Issue 
Turn Out To Be dirty cop-Mueller 2.0?
by Bob Adelmann } ~ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sees this is a blatant prevarication: “The implications of Neal’s demands are way beyond … a congressional oversight issue... The issue is that … the IRS does not become weaponized like it was under the Nixon administration.” Trump lawyer William Consovoy saw through Neal’s smokescreen as well. In writing to the General Counsel at the Treasury Department, Consovoy said: I write to explain why Chairman Neal cannot legally request – and the IRS cannot legally divulge – this information…. Chairman Neal’s request flouts … fundamental constitutional constraints. The Ways and Means Committee has no legitimate committee purpose for requesting the President’s tax returns or return information. While the committee has jurisdiction over taxes, it has no power to conduct its own examination of individual taxpayers’ [returns]….Even if Ways and Means had a legitimate committee purpose for requesting the President’s tax returns and return information, that purpose is not driving Chairman Neal’s request. His request is a transparent effort by one political party to harass an official from the other party because they dislike his politics and speech. Chairman Neal wants the President’s tax returns and return information because his party recently gained control of the House, the President 1s their political opponent, and they want to use the information to damage him politically. It is no secret that a vocal wing of the Chairman’s party has been clamoring for the President’s tax returns since before the 2016 election. And it is no coincidence that Chairman Neal made his request just days after prominent Democratic constituencies began publicly criticizing the House for its failure to go after the President…. If Chairman Neal genuinely wants to review how the IRS audits Presidents, why is he seeking tax returns and return information covering the four years before President Trump took office? Why is he not requesting information about the audits of previous Presidents. And if he’s so upset about the president claiming, “I would love to give them but I’m not going to do it while I’m under audit,” why doesn’t Neal himself reveal his own tax returns? Wrote Consovoy: “After all, nearly 90% of House Democrats requesting Trump’s personal and business tax returns have insisted on keeping their own tax returns private, including Speaker Pulosi, Senator scumbag-Schumer, Representative Nadler, Representative scumbag-Schiff, and Representative Neal himself.”...  
Next Israeli Government Could Soon 
Face New Iranian Terrorist Challenges
by Yaakov Lappin } ~ In Saturday's early hours, when the attention of most Israelis was focused on politics and elections-related matters, enormous blasts rocked a suspected Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory on the outskirts of the town of Masyaf in northwest Syria... Satellite imagery showed that an entire complex had been destroyed in the bombing. International media reports attributed the attack to the Israel Air Force, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking a day afterwards, stated that "We are continuing to operate on all fronts, including the northern one." He added, "We are not prepared to allow someone to entrench themselves in a way that endangers Israel." Netanyahu has pursued a policy of ordering preventative military action to stop Iran's military build-up in Syria. The incident is a reminder that Iran and its radical terrorist axis are continuing to try and build up their military-terrorist attack capabilities against Israel in Syria, just as they are in other areas. Assuming Israel was indeed behind the Masyaf attack, it likely responded to urgent intelligence of threatening activity at the site – possibly the conversion of rockets into precision ballistic missiles – a threat Israel has declared repeatedly that it would not tolerate. It is also possible that Iran's Islamic Republic Guards Corps (IRGC) tried to take advantage of the fact that Israel is in between governments, testing Jerusalem's ability to order decisive military preventative strikes during a sensitive political time in the country...
Massive fire breaks out 
in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris
by Lucia I. Suarez Sang } ~ A massive fire engulfed the roof at the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday afternoon, collapsing the main spire in the blaze... The intense flames leaped out from two of its bell towers minutes before the spire collapsed. A church spokesman told French media that all of Notre Dame cathedral's frame is burning after the spire collapsed. Dramatic video showed black smoke billowing out from the top of the cathedral as firefighters furiously worked to contain the flames. The sight stopped pedestrians in their tracks along the Seine River, which passes under the cathedral. A woman who only identifies herself as "Sun" online tweeted a 15-second clip of the blaze, claiming she was around the scene when the fire first started. "Omg it keeps getting bigger and bigger so fast, i'm leaving now but in case it catches up to the crowd um hi at least my last moments were in paris," she wrote in a Twitter thread...
Horrific Honor Killings in Phoenix
by Meira Svirsky } ~ A Muslim man in Arizona was arrested for four honor killings — his wife, two daughters and the man with whom he believed his wife was having an affair... According to Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson, “Austin Smith said that the reason he shot these individuals is because in God’s eyes, it was all right for him to deal with someone in this manner who had been involved in adultery, extramarital affairs.” Smith also told police he killed his seven-year-old daughter because she was “weeping for the wicked.” According to court documents, he said spared his three-year old who was found hiding under a bed because she reminded him of himself. As in many cases of honor crimes, some will protest this was merely a case of domestic violence not withstanding the horrific nature of the crime. And in truth, what is the difference? Quite simply, even though we don’t know Smith’s psychological profile, we can surmise someone capable of killing his children in cold blood – not to mention his wife and her suspected lover – has to be deranged on a certain level. Yet, when we look at the underlying ideology that drove his behavior, we also have to conclude that believing that such actions are sanctioned by God is quite motivating. While Smith may be a convert to Islam, those steeped from birth in the honor culture indicative of many Muslim countries have taken in this ideology in a rational way – and when circumstances presented themselves, many have seen fit to act on it... Honor killing is not justifiable in the USA. He is not deranged and he knew what he was doing.   

Why Is It Called Easter?

by Christopher Hunt

{} ~ Easter is the name of the most important Christian holiday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead after his crucifixion... The resurrection of Jesus resides at the very heart of the gospel: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). But, why is this holiday called Easter? Where did the name Easter come from? Let’s shed some light on those questions.

Easter is an English word

The etymology of the English word Easter indicates that it descends from the Old German—likely from root words for dawn, east, and sunrise. English is a western Germanic language named for the Angles who, along with the Saxons (another Germanic tribe), settled Britain in the 5th century. In fact, the Old German for Easter was Oster (Ostern in the modern). English and German speakers have been using variations of the term Easter for over a millennium. However, most of the countries surrounding Britain and the German principalities of Europe have long used variants of the Latin Pascha (from the Greek for Passover, a transliteration of the Hebrew pesach) as the name of the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Today, in many non-English speaking countries, Easter is still called by a name derived from the term Pashca. A number of other languages use a term that means Resurrection Feast or Great Day. Only English and German speaking countries use the terms Easter or Ostern.

Does the name Easter have pagan roots?

Does the name Easter really have pagan roots? That’s a common question. Modern etymologies do trace easter to the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn, called Eostre. An English monk known as Venerable Bede (d. 735 AD) recorded the name of this goddess in his book The Reckoning of Time. Bede described a relationship between the name Eostre and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, which provides the strongest evidence that the name Easter may have pagan roots:

“Eosturmanath [April] has a name which is now translated ‘Paschal month,’ and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.”

Historians consider Bede a reliable primary source in Anglo-Saxon history. However, Bede’s mention of Eostre is the single instance of that name in the entire written record. Some have wondered if Bede was mistaken about the goddess. German historian, Jacob Grimm, writing in 1835 about German mythology, seemed to confirm Eostre of the Anglo-Saxons by linking her to an even older Germanic goddess named Ostra—for whom there existed even less direct evidence than Eostre—whose mythology he was trying to linguistically reconstruct:

Ostarmânoth [April] is found as early as...[c. 800]. The great christian festival...bears in the oldest of [Old High German] remains [of] the name ôstarâ...This Ostrâ, like the [Anglo Saxon] Eâstre, must in the heathen religion have denoted a higher being, whose worship was so firmly rooted, that the christian teachers tolerated the name, and applied it to one of their own grandest anniversaries.”

In any case, if we assume Eostre and Ostra are the same mythological goddess, as Grimm suggested, she was ultimately named by a human. (Only the one, true God named himself; see Exodus 3:14.) So what came first, her name or the root words for her name? It is most likely that the root words for dawn, east, and sunrise existed before the name Eostre did, since it would be people, who possessed language, who would give the goddess a name and attribute to her the phenomena of the dawn and sunrise in the east. Interestingly, we mostly remember the name Eostre today primarily because of its apparent association with Easter. Yet, the name Easter has come to overwhelmingly signify the most important annual celebration of the Christian faith.

Perhaps there is a more elemental explanation for the English word, Easter. A scholar named Christian F. Cruse (1794-1865), best known for his translation of Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, which contains perhaps the earliest known reference to a Christian celebration of the resurrection, argued that Easter has etymological roots in the German word for resurrection. In a note concerning Easter, he wrote: “Our word Easter is of Saxon origin, and of precisely the same import with its German cognate Ostern. The latter is derived from the old Teutonic form of auferstehnAuferstehung, i. e. Resurrection.”

Easter in early German and English Bible translations

How did the early Church handle the word Easter? Scholar Roger Patterson notes how early Bible translators like Martin Luther and William Tyndale went about translating Pascha (passover) into German and English, using forms of oster and ester respectively, most likely because of a root meaning of resurrection, just as Cruse noted. In his New Testament, Tyndale translated Luke 2:41 ester for passover, “And his father and mother went to Hierusalem every yeare at the feeste of ester.” Luther did likewise when he translated Luke 2:41 into German; he used the word “Osterfest.” Similarly, Tyndale translated passover lamb in a portion of 1 Corinthians 5:7: “For Christ oure esterlambe is offered up for us.” Luther used “Osterlamm.” Patterson observes, “It would seem from the translations of Luther and Tyndale that by 1500, the word oster/ester simply referred to the time of the Passover feast...Even if the word had an origin in [the name Eostre], the usage had changed to such a degree that Luther was comfortable referring to Christ as the Osterlamm.” It’s interesting to note that the English ester by 1611 had gained an a: the King James used the word Easter in Acts 12:4 to describe Passover after the resurrection of Christ. What’s clear is that these usages of the word ester/oster/Easter perceived no connection to pagan worship.

Our English word Easter possibly descends from the name of a pagan goddess. It is also quite possible that Easter evolved from Germanic words meaning dawn, east, and sunrise: words that may have had their own roots in the Old German word for resurrection. Luther’s and Tyndale’s use of Easter reinforce a long established affiliation of the term, not with pagan practices, but with the resurrection of Jesus, as our Passover lamb. Some Christians today feel more comfortable giving the holiday a different name, such as Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday. They are completely free to do that, just as others are free to go on calling the day Easter. What truly matters is that on that most significant of days, we celebrate that Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!  

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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