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Did Prostitution Really Exist in the Temples of Antiquity?

By Matthias Schulz


 

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"Holy harlots" in Jerusalem, temple sex in the service of Aphrodite? Many ancient authors describe sacred prostitution in drastic terms. Are the accounts nothing but legends? Historians are searching for the kernel of truth behind the reports.

The "ugliest custom" in Babylon, the historian Herodotus wrote (who is believed to have lived between circa 490 to 425 B.C.), was the widespread practice of prostitution in the Temple of Ishtar. Once in their lifetimes, all women in the country were required to sit in the temple and "expose themselves to a stranger" in return for money.

 

"Rich and haughty" women, the ancient Greek historian railed, arrived in "covered chariots."

The Persians on the Black Sea were apparently involved in similarly nefarious activities. According to the Greek geographer Strabo, "virgin daughters," hardly 12 years old, were dedicated to cult prostitution. "They treat their lovers with such friendliness that they even entertain them."

There are many such reports from classical antiquity. Tribes from Sicily to Thebes are believed to have indulged in perverse religious customs.

The Jews were also involved in such practices. There are about a dozen passages in the Old Testament that revolve around "Qadeshes," a word for female and male cult practitioners. The Bible calls them "lemans" and "catamites." In the Fifth Book of Moses, male prostitutes are prohibited from donating their "dogs' money" to the House of Yahweh.

Twentieth-century researchers eagerly seized on the references, which were often mysterious. Soon it was considered a fact that priests in the Eastern World performed forced defloration. It was said that there was "dowry prostitution" and "sexual copulation at the cult site."

Temple sex, according to the "Encyclopedia of Theology and the Church," was a "moral and hygienic plague spot on the body of the people."

But is this true? More and more academics are now questioning the erotic fables of the ancients.

Were Erotic Tales Exaggerated?

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The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

There’s no mistaking the elaborate tattoos that cover Tyrone Lamont Allen’s forehead and right cheek.

But when Portland police suspected Allen was involved in four bank and credit union heists, and none of the tellers reported seeing tattoos on the face of the man who robbed them, police digitally altered Allen’s mugshot.

They covered up every one of his tattoos using Photoshop.

“I basically painted over the tattoos,’’ police forensic criminalist Mark Weber testified. “Almost like applying electronic makeup.’’

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also read: Fake Faces: These People DO NOT EXIST...  Could you be charged with a crime you didn't do, convicted by a video that is fake? 


My View- Gun Control Laws Kill

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By Bob Barney

It's about time Americans face up to the real cause of mass killings in America, and who is really responsible for the deaths in Aurora, Newtown, and San Bernardino, and now Virginia Beach- it's politicians, and the liberals who brought us gun control. We have been lied to by those who themselves are protected by people carrying guns. Does Chuck Schumer have armed body guards? How about nancy Pelosi, or President Obama? You know the answer.

 

The fact is that the same people taking away your constitutional right to bare arms, are protected by guns themselves. There are over 20,000 gun laws and regulations on the books in the USA. If those laws haven't made America safe by now, why should we think that one or two new laws would work?

 

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How The Army Tried To Avoid Telling The Truth About Women In Ranger Training

The Plain Truth is that PC and lying will not make women stay alive in a real war, and this attitude will not allow America to win another war like World War II. We are being set up to fail, as the Bible prophesies. 

The impetus for Susan Katz Keating’s bombshell story in People diagramming the concerns from Ranger Instructors (RIs) about watering down of course requirements for women was a letter sent by a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma, to Army Secretary John McHugh. 

Russell was a highly-decorated infantry lieutenant colonel and Ranger School graduate who had a distinguished career of more than twenty years in the Army (including commanding a battalion that played a central role in capturing Saddam Hussein) before retiring and becoming a member of Congress. Russell’s letter asked the Army to provide all internal Ranger School documents related to the female candidates’ training and assessment, including “test scores, evaluations, injuries, pre-training and more.” 

Russell had spoken to several RIs who told him one story—that standards had been lowered and senior Ranger Training Brigade officials had unduly influenced the outcome of the course—while the Army was telling him another—that everything was the same as always. “The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense,” Russell wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh. “In order to ensure that the Army retains its ability to defend the nation, we must ensure that our readiness is not sacrificed.”  (It’s worth noting that Russell also went out of his way to emphasize in his public statements that he did not, and would not, question the abilities or records of any of the individual candidates themselves. His concern was solely about the possibility that officials with their own agendas had improperly influenced the course and about the effects their actions would have on the Army.).  MORE


TV personality Jessi Combs, dies trying to break land speed record in jet car...

BURNS, Ore. -- Television personality and professional driver Jessi Combs died Tuesday in Oregon trying to break a land speed record in a jet car, according to local authorities. She was 39.

The Harney County Sheriff's Office said it was called to a scene of a fatal crash in the Alvord Desert about 90 miles south of Burns, Oregon, around 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Combs, of Long Beach, California, was identified as the sole fatality connected to the accident.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. According to Combs' family, the fatal crash occurred in a dry lake bed in the North American Eagle jet car. Jet cars are race cars propelled by jet engines.

Combs was widely known in the niche sport of jet-car racing and was attempting to break the Women's Land Speed Record of 512 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil when she died. Combs wrote on Instagram on Sunday: "People say I'm crazy. I say thank you."

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NUKE SUBS FOR N KOREA?

Satellite photos show North Korea may be building a new submarine

Images of the Sinpo South Shipyard suggest circumstantial evidence of the construction of a new ballistic missile submarine, according to the report on Wednesday. The evidence supports claims last month in North Korean state media, which said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had inspected a newly built submarine at an undisclosed location. North Korea is thought to have one Sinpo-class submarine in operation, which launched what is believed to be a KN-11 ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan in 2016.


Amazon Fires – A Big, Fat Nothingburger of a #FakeNews Scare Story

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All this week, the mainstream media have been trying to scare you with heartrending tales of burning Amazonia — a conflagration the like of which we have never seen before. Supposedly…

A Washington Post story headlined ‘Bolsonaro, Trump, and the nationalists ignoring climate disaster’ quotes Vitor Gomes, an environmental scientist at the Federal University of Para:

“I cannot remember any other big fire episode like this one.”

According to the BBC:

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, new space agency data suggests.

The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 84% increase on the same period in 2018.

According to NPR:  "Disaster Looms!"

But almost everything you have read or heard about the Amazon fires in the mainstream media is #FakeNews.

Like so many of the environmental scare stories which grip the world’s media periodically, it is a panic which has been deliberately and cynically stoked by left-leaning eco-activist groups for a number of purposes:

  1. To generate public hysteria in order to precipitate expensive and unnecessary government action which no sober cost benefit analysis could ever justify
  2. To raise ‘awareness’ — and, by extension, money — for the green cause
  3. To discredit conservatives, especially those who are properly sceptical of the green agenda, such as President Trump and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro
  4. To reinforce in the popular imagination the notion that economic growth and expressions of national sovereignty — in this case the interests of Brazilian farmers — are intrinsically bad for the environment
  5. To promulgate the common received idea that the Amazon is the ‘lungs of the planet’ and therefore sacrosanct and inviolable in much the same manner as polar bears, glaciers, Pacific islands, the Great Barrier Reef, etc.
  6. To lend false credibility to the global left’s claim that the planet is experiencing a #ClimateEmergency
  7. To invoke the spectre of the Green New Deal and, by extension, to rain on the parade of Trump 2020
  8. To exploit the mainstream media’s insatiable demand for environmental scare stories, especially in the August “silly season” when there’s a shortage of real news

Here is the truth about the Amazon fires:   Read the story here

UPDATE: Brazil to France on Amazon Fire: ‘Colonialist’ Macron Couldn’t Even Save Notre Dame


The Lie About Life Expectancy

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By Bob Barney

One of the things that I try to do with The Plain Truth is educate our readers in the tenants of propaganda. We are surrounded by “lies, damn lies and statistics,” as Mark Twain once said, which those who try and control us twist these lies into “facts” in order to change our behavior, tax us, and ultimately control us. I proved this with the argument concerning smoking. We are lied to about the effects of smoking, not because smoking is really bad for us, but rather because our government and elite to control our behavior and TAX us!

 

So today’s topic is life expectancy. How often have we read or heard an “expert say,“Of course people didn’t live long … the average life expectancy was 40 years?” It’s a lie. A complete lie, a lie that again is propaganda used to control you.Go to a cemetery and look at the grave stones and you might be a bit surprised. Look at a list of our Presidents:

Geo Washington - 67

John Adams - 90

Thomas Jefferson - 83

James Madison - 85

James Monroe - 73

John Quincy Adams - 80

Andrew Jackson - 78

 

Are you a little shocked? The Plain Truth that is when experts use "average life expectancy" numbers, they are so low because they include the number of babies who die at or just after birth (infant mortality) and the number of children who die very early in their lives (before 5). Infant and early childhood mortality was much higher in earlier centuries and millennia for all races and ethnicities than today for all types of obvious reasons. Also, because of the miracles of modern TRAUMA CARE, accident victims live today when even 25 years ago, those patients would die! The only miracle in medicine really isn’t modern drugs, but rather modern trauma care! We see this in the Iraqi war. The deaths were 5X’s lower than VietNam, but injuries of those who may have died in Vietnam, but through modern trauma care survival rates reached 35,000 by 2010! So potentially, if this war was fought in 1865, 45,000 may have died young in this same war!

 

By averaging in a much higher infant and early childhood mortality rate, along with those who died in childbirth (much lower today) and war and accidents, we end up with a much lower 'average life expectancy.'

 

The truth is that if you lived to age 5 in Roman times, and were a man, you didn’t die in a battle somewhere, you probably would live to age 75! If a women, and didn’t die in childbirth, your average life was about 79! I know this isn’t what you have been told, but again, what you are often told is a LIE!

 

Here are some articles on the facts on life expectancy from other sources:

 

 

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President Trump's Oil Sanctions Driving the Iranian Regime's Collapse

President Trump's Oil Sanctions Driving the Iranian Regime's Collapse

Members of Iran's Assembly of Experts attend a session to appoint a new chairman on March 10, 2015, in Tehran. The Assembly of Experts, the clerics who appoint and can dismiss the country's supreme leader, picked the ultraconservative Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi as their new chairman in a surprise appointment. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

By Amir Fakhravar and G. William Heiser    |   Monday, 26 August 2019 11:07 AM

 

Especially noteworthy is the ongoing battle between Ayatollah Yazdi and Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani, two former Chief Justices and two of the six top ayatollahs on the Supreme Leader’s Guardian Council, who have presented persuasive evidence of one another’s corruption in these public disputes.

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Why Is The Middle East Always Going To Be In YOUR Future

ArmageddonFirst Published Dec 14 2008 Editor's note: This article was the very first one ever published on The Plain Truth back on December 14th 2007! By Bob Barney


Satellites are starting to watch your every move

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Satellites deserve a closer look. 

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The dramatic advances in satellite imaging technology in the last 10 years have privacy advocates worried about 24-hour surveillance. Right now, US federal regulations help keep things in check, so that while commercial satellite imagery is powerful enough, for instance, to see a car, it's not detailed enough to identify the make and model, according to a report from the MIT Technology Review. 

Satellite companies say they keep a person's data separate from any identifying characteristics, but Peter Martinez of the Secure World Foundation said that doesn't matter.

"The risks arise not only from the satellite images themselves but the fusion of Earth observation data with other sources of data," Martinez said in an email.    MORE


Metformin used to treat cancer- More effective than Chemo?

Could cheap drugs (up to a century old) be the new way to tackle cancer?

As a GP, Lisa McGrath had always considered herself healthy, but then, at 42, she found a lump in her breast, and was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. It was, as Lisa recalls seven years later, a complete shock. 'I have never smoked and hardly drink,' she says. 'I run regularly and the most overweight I've ever been is by 7-10lb. I have had four babies, all breastfed, and I have no family history of breast cancer.' The cancer had spread into her left armpit and into most of the lymph nodes. 'It had grown in a sheet rather than a tight ball - a type of tumour that's harder to detect and is often bigger when it's found,' she says.


For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will lead many astray

Matthew 24 a series of commentaries....


By Bob Barney-The Plain Truth

Matthew24a    In Matthew 24 Jesus told His disciples of specific warnings pointing the way to His second coming, the end of the age of man, and the establishment of His kingdom on earth. He said to them: “Do you see all these buildings? Truly I say to you, they will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another!” As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Be careful that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will lead many astray.” (Mathew 24: 3-5 in The Plain Truth Red Letter “Original Order” Bible by Bob Barney.)
 
              When Jesus said this, He was speaking not only as prophet, knowing what the future would be, but GOD in the flesh.  He understood that not only would false messiah's appear on the world stage and false religions, like Islam, He here was speaking of a time when many would come using His name, saying Jesus is the Christ and deceive many.    This is false Christianity, and not false pagan religions that He is speaking of here.   Unfortunately, most Christians mistakenly assume that Jesus was predicting the arrival of impostors, claiming to be Him, as the Antichrist will.   THIS IS NOT the warning here!   He is warning us and His disciples about FALSE CHRISTIANITY masquerading as the real thing!

             History informs us that many did come in His name claiming to represent Him, and making the claim that Jesus was the Christ and that He rose from the dead. These were false Christians, not part of the true church of God that deceived many in that very first century!    Soon after Christ's ascension to heaven and the founding of the church in AD 31, another gospel began to be preached by false Christians, claiming to be from God, but were actually from Satan!   In Galatians 1:6-7, we see they were already preaching a different gospel than Jesus' gospel of the kingdom of God. The apostle Paul also spoke of these false prophets preaching a different gospel in II Corinthians, the 11th chapter.   To the church in the very first century, he wrote: “I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For you happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
 
            Do you understand what Paul is saying here? Already in his day, a false Christian church had arose, claiming that Jesus was the Messiah PREACHING A FALSE GOSPEL! Jesus, like Paul, was warning that we are to be on the lookout for false Christians preaching a false gospel in Jesus' name! John tells us “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Jesus Himself makes the same claim that people can worship Christ, LOVE HIM and believe on Him, and yet be of the Devil! It is right here in Matthew 7

Fallen-church-icon             Again from “The Plain Truth Red Letter Bible”:
Matthew 7:21-27: Not everyone who says to me, 'LORD, LORD,' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will tell Me in that day, 'LORD, LORD, didn't we prophesy by Your Name, by Your Name cast out demons, and by Your Name do many mighty works?' Then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who work iniquity (who practice lawlessness).' Therefore, everyone who hears what I say and obeys it will be like a wise person who built a house on rock. Rain poured, and floods came. Winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not collapse, because its foundation was on rock. Everyone who hears My words, and doesn't do them is like like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell -- and great was its fall.”


            This is a very tough line by Jesus Himself!  Notice that confessing on Jesus, and saying that you 'believe on Him' means NOTHING for your salvation!  Jesus goes on to say that many who do miracles and 'love the Lord' will be sent away from Jesus during the first judgment day! Notice that churches do not teach this verse very often, because Jesus plainly states that one must believe and OBEY!  Obeying means to follow the Law of God, mainly summed up in the Ten Commandments, which includes the obligatory following of the Sabbath Day.

            The true Church of God, the one that Jesus founded upon Himself, follows the Laws of God.... The Ten Commandments, including the Sabbath Day, and rejects Sunday worship, and the false gospel that Jesus came away to take away the Law (lawlessness). He did nothing of the sort!

            Friends, these are quotes from the Bible. Yes, they are in my translated words, but look up the same verses in your Bibles and see if my modern english translation varies much from what all experts agree are the words Jesus and the New Testament writers wrote down in the first century. It is time that you begin to read the words ON THE PAGE and not listen to the words from some theologian or minister – they could be the same ones Jesus was warning you about in Matthew 24!

 

Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor: Europe's Amazing Rise Foretold in Bible Prophecy

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Bible prophecy clearly shows that Jesus Christ will return to establish the Kingdom of God, a literal world-ruling kingdom, on earth. This hope is so fundamental that Jesus instructed Christians to regularly pray, “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2). Prophecies throughout the Bible give many details about Christ’s return and conditions in the world leading up to that event.

The rise of this final world superpower is foretold primarily in the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation. We’ll begin with what God revealed to the prophet Daniel in Old Testament times.

After years of decline, the Roman Empire indeed received a “deadly wound” in A.D. 476 when Rome’s Emperor Romulus Augustulus was deposed by Germanic tribes led by Odoacer. But that was not the end of the Roman Empire. As we will see, that “wound” was indeed healed and the empire would rise again—and again and again through history.

 

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Lincoln was a War Criminal: it’s a FACT!

Sometimes when one 's life is cut short (MLK, JFK, etc) we tend to make them into Gods.... They are not. Often they are quite terrible human beings... On our message board, several months ago, we published an article on Lincoln's Crimes. Today we are following up with another history lesson on the subject...

Consider a few rarely spoken facts:

  • -Northern General U.S. Grant continued to hold a slave for nearly a year after the war. In fact, it took an act of Congress to finally free the man from Grant’s possession.
  • -Northern General Tecumseh Sherman was arrested many times for brutally abusing several of his slaves.
  • Conversely, Confederate General Robert E. Lee freed all of his slaves prior to the start of the war. That act by the military leader of the South truly displays that for the Confederacy, the war was only about states’ rights and a just rebellion against tyranny–not about slavery!

Lincoln PortraitPresident Lincoln, who is considered by most historians (or at least the politically correct ones) to be the best and certainly the most important U.S. President, wielded power in a fashion never seen before nor since. The fact that he died as a martyr is why history has viewed him in such a kind albeit sanitized light.

During the Civil War, Lincoln continuously circumvented the law and in many cases suspended the Constitution altogether. In doing so, Lincoln denied the rights of citizens he was sworn to protect. He suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus, closed courts by force, and arrested citizens and elected officials without cause. Lincoln also raised troops without the consent of Congress, closed-down newspapers whose writers displayed any dissent to U.S. policy.

Lincoln’s troops razed the South and doomed to poverty–generations of Southerners for many years to come. General Sherman‘s “March to the Sea” was nothing more than a marauding rampage filled with robbery, rape, and murder. These men were less soldiers on a military mission and more common thugs on a crime spree. Northern armies brought war to women, children, and privately held property as a matter of official policy (rather than as so-called “collateral damage”).

Lincoln ordered the arrest of Baltimore police chief George P. Kane, police commissioner Charles Howard, as well as fellow commissioners: William H. Gatchell, John W. Davis, and Charles D. Hinks. Baltimore Mayor George W. Brown was arrested and sent to Fort McHenry. The men were incarcerated because they dared to publicly disagree with Lincoln and refused to carry-out the President’s tyrannical orders.

 

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How Dodd-Frank Made It Legal for Banks to Confiscate Your Money! HONEST!

Should another financial crisis befall us, rendering a number of Too-Big-To-Fail banks insolvent, the good news is that taxpayers will no longer be forced to bail them out.

The bad news is that these large Wall Street banks can now legally bail themselves out internally (referred to as “bail-ins’) using depositor funds.

Thanks to Dodd-Frank, if you happen to hold your money in a savings or checking account at a bank, and if that bank collapses, it can legally freeze and confiscate your funds for purposes of maintaining its solvency.

So instead of relying on government funds (taxpayer money) to save itself from going bankrupt, a bank can simply dip into your deposit accounts to stabilize itself.

To compensate you, the bank will exchange your money for its equivalent value in company shares.

In other words, if a bank fails, it takes your money and hands you an equivalent amount of shares in its failing operation. Ethical? No. Legal? Yes.

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Trump Tweets Quote Saying Jews ‘Love’ Him Like ‘The King Of Israel’

I don't know, but to a Christian JESUS is the King of the Jews!

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President Donald Trump thanked Newsmax TV host Wayne Allyn Root Wednesday for saying he is “the greatest President for Jews,” who love him like “the King of Israel.”

Root’s comments came from a Tuesday broadcast of Newsmax during when he also said “75[%] of all Jews vote Democrat.”   MORE


Trump launches into Fox News: ‘I’m not happy with it’

President Donald Trump addressing the nation about border security on Jan. 8, 2019 (video screenshot)

President Trump on Sunday unloaded a scathing attack against the Fox News Channel, saying “something is going on” at the network and he’s “not happy with it.”

“Fox is a lot different than it used to be. I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters, as he singled out two prominent personalities on Fox News.

“Juan Williams, then they have the wonderful woman that gave Hillary Clinton the questions. That was a terrible thing. And all of a sudden, she’s working for Fox. What’s she doing working for Fox?”

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Jr Speaks about Plane Crash

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr breaks his silence after family escaped fiery plane crash

NEW Dale Earnhardt Jr released a statement on Monday, four days after his private plane went up in flames and careened off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The racer, his wife Amy and their one-year-old daughter Ilsa were hospitalized with minor injuries. Earnhardt said the family would not be speculating about the cause of the crash, which is now under investigation.


No. 1 suspect in Epstein’s death: The Clintons

image from thenypost.files.wordpress.comThe apparent murder of Jeffrey Epstein last weekend – a felon who sexually abused and exploited underage girls – came as no surprise. Likely murdered in a federal prison, when he was supposed to be on “suicide watch,” can only be explained by realizing that this was likely a “Mafia hit.”

The No. 1 user and abuser of Epstein’s evil was of course former President Bill Clinton, who it is known traveled on Epstein’s private plane with underage girls at least 23 times.

Clinton is known for his obsessive, unhinged and perverted sexual abuse of women, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal is just one small example. I know personally because I represented the women who were sexually and otherwise abused by “Slick Willy” during the Clinton years. And who was the person who sought to harm and did harm these women? You guessed it – Hillary Clinton, who had the IRS sicced on them, sent private investigators to threaten their children and did other felonious deeds to keep their mouths shut, especially during the impeachment proceedings, which I as the founder of Judicial Watch helped start.   MORE