“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. (2 Kings 6:16)
Horses and chariots and a great host shut up the prophet in Dothan. His young servant was alarmed. How could they escape from such a body of armed men? But the prophet had eyes which his servant had not, and he could see a greater host with far superior weapons guarding him from all harm. Horses of fire are mightier than horses of flesh, and chariots of fire are far preferable to chariots of iron.
Even so is it at this hour. The adversaries of truth are many, influential, learned, and crafty; and truth fares ill at their hands; and yet the man of God has no cause for trepidation. Agencies, seen and unseen, of the most potent kind, are on the side of righteousness. God has armies in ambush which will reveal themselves in the hour of need. The forces which are on the side of the good and the true far outweigh the powers of evil. Therefore, let us keep our spirits up, and walk with the gait of men who possess a cheering secret, which has lifted them above all fear. We are on the winning side. The battle may be sharp, but we know how it will end. Faith, having God with her, is in a clear majority: “They that be with us are more than they that be with them.”
After destroying the world with a flood, God begins again with Noah and his descendants. As with the first Adam, God renews His mandate to Noah. He calls him to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” But God now provides an expanded menu. God provides not only green herbs and fruit (Genesis 1:29), but also meat for food. God gives explicit permission for eating meat. “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you… Even as the green herbs” (Genesis 9:3).
The apostle Paul warns Timothy of those who depart from the faith, speaking lies, “commanding people to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” (v.3). What God has made, we may eat, including meat. Nothing is to be refused. But there is one condition: that we receive the food God provides with thanksgiving. It is set apart “by the Word of God and prayer.”
Practically, we may show this by setting apart our meals to God through prayer and reading the Bible. As one writer says, “Every meal is a dialogue with heaven.” There is the saying, “Christ is the head of the home, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.” May our meal practices reflect a life of thanks for God’s abundant grace in Jesus for all who trust in Him for salvation from sin. He sets us free from manmade rules to enjoy what He provides.
Suggestions for prayer
In light of our busy lives and distractions, let us ask God for His grace to take the time to enjoy the food He provides, giving thanks and enjoying table fellowship.
Rev. Tony Zekveld currently serves as missionary-pastor in the Hope Congregation in East Brampton, Ontario, sent by Covenant Christian Church (URCNA) of Wyoming, Ontario. Rev. Zekveld and his wife, Arley-Ann, have five children and, so far, eight grandchildren. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
When you begin to step out into your dynamic future, regret becomes something tied to your static past that no longer serves a purpose. Regret, like guilt, is useful only as a passageway to something better. Regret is good in that it gets us to agree with God over what we have done wrong, but it needs to quickly be eclipsed by God’s forgiveness and hope, counting on the new creation that we are in Christ. You regret something only long enough to change. Any longer and it becomes a bondage to one’s past.
Regret is like a hot potato. Hold onto it for any period of time and it will burn you.
Regret can lock you up in the “would have,” “could have” and “should have’s” of life that lead only to a futile rehearsal of our past mistakes with no hope of change. “If only I had or hadn’t done such and such...” Holding onto regret is like turning a key on the closet of isolation, from the inside, that keeps us locked up in darkness and separation. In a twisted sort of way, we like it in that closet, because then we do not have to engage in the life around us. We can selfishly stay, focused on ourselves, drawing all the attention and licking our wounds – wounds that God wants to heal, if we would just stop tearing at them.
Regret nullifies our possibility for change. It says we would rather feel bad about what we did than to learn from it and move on. Regret says that we want to pay for our own sins rather than accept God’s forgiveness. Regret crucifies Christ over and over again when He only died once and for all. Remember? “It is finished.” Regret says, “No it’s not. I have to pay for this first.” And then it’s never over.
Regret basically leaves God out of the picture. It denies the miracle of forgiveness and the hope of change. It says we have only our poor, sinful, dysfunctional selves to deal with.
Stepping out is scary, and there are lots of options to choose from, but that is where the Spirit is. Leave your regrets to the past because they are tethered there and will not accompany you out into the Spirit. The Spirit of God doesn’t like closets, especially dark ones.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Inability to Discern Doctrinal Differences Proverbs 15:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Inability to distinguish differences in doctrine is spreading far and wide, and so long as the preacher is “clever” and “earnest,” hundreds seem to think it must be all right, and call you dreadfully “narrow and uncharitable” if you hint that he is unsound!
J. C. RYLE*
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Never Seek a Learned Reputation 1 Corinthians 3:18; 8:1–2; 1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:7
If you would profit from it, therefore, read with humility, simplicity, and faith, and never seek a reputation for being learned. Seek willingly and listen attentively to the words of the saints; do not be displeased with the sayings of the ancients, for they were not made without purpose.
THOMAS À KEMPIS*
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Someday, we will be like Him. That’s our hope. But it’s not a hope that we put on the shelf, and it’s not a hope that sends us into a cave. It’s a hope that sends us into the world with confidence. We can be confident in God, confident in His Word, confident in Christ, confident in the gospel, and confident in hope. In the AD 90s, Domitian ruled as emperor over Rome. His cruelty rivaled that of Nero. He insisted that he be worshiped as a god. Christians, of course, could not participate in the rituals of this emperor cult. That left them vulnerable, and that vulnerability led to persecution. It is likely that John’s exile to the island of Patmos directly resulted from Domitian’s edicts. John refused to bow.
John wrote Revelation during this time, many scholars believe. Also around this time, an early church figure named Clement, serving as bishop at Rome, sent a letter to the church at Corinth. Clement opens his letter by referring to “the sudden and successive calamitous events.” Persecution rolled over the church like wave after relentless wave. Clement wrote to comfort them and to exhort them to stand firm. Near the middle of his letter, he simply reminds the believers at Corinth that Christ is our leader and we are His soldiers.
Domitian’s edict and the persecution that followed served to press an urgent question to the church. This question was there at the very beginning. It was there at the events surrounding the incarnation when Herod ruled. It was there when the soldier drew his sword in the garden of Gethsemane, and it was there all along the excruciating and agonizing road to the cross. The question never left the early decades of the church or even the early centuries of the church. The question was this: Caesar or Christ?
Domitian’s edict made that question palpable, even visceral. Statues of him were sent all over the empire. On appointed days, feasts were held, and all of the populace had to pass before the cast image of Domitian and bow before him as god. It was very clear: Caesar or Christ?
The truth is that question is always there. It is always before us, before the church in every age of the past. The question is before us in our time today, and it will be in front of the church in the ages to come. Who is Lord? When the Apostles and the believers in the pages of the New Testament answered that Christ is Lord and Caesar is not, ramifications followed. That decision had consequences. They did not let the temporal consequences overshadow the eternal ones. The author of Hebrews reminds the believers that they had “endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated” (Heb. 10:32–33).
Then he declares in 10:35: “Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.”
When the question is put to us, Caesar or Christ, may we be among those who don’t shrink back. May we take our stand alongside the first-century church and the church through the centuries. May we not throw away our confidence.
From this singular point of the lordship of Christ came the church’s confidence. And also from this point came the church’s convictions. Chris Larson, my colleague at Ligonier Ministries, recently made the statement, “The future belongs to Christians of conviction.”
This is a time for conviction. This is a time for confidence.
But a damning report on the governor’s serial sexual harassment of state employees is only part of the reason.
Now that even our nation’s lying, hair-sniffing, sexually harassing president is calling for Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, we wonder: What’s this guy waiting for, the Pope?
“I think he should resign,” said Joe Biden, finally, at a White House news conference yesterday.
By now, even the hardiest, most resolute of rats has abandoned The Bad Ship Cuomo, and the New York governor is all but alone in thinking he should keep his job. (When you’re the Democrat governor of a northeastern state, and you’ve lost your neighboring fellow Democrat governors, your time is pretty much up.)
Perhaps a tiny fraction of Cuomo’s detractors still hope he’ll stick it out (so to speak) like fellow New York pol Anthony Weiner, just because they love good theater. But that’s a poor excuse for him to continue to occupy the governor’s mansion, and to continue to afflict and embarrass the citizens of the Empire State.
The things Governor Cuomo is accused of are serious stuff, and they’re a bed of his own making, given the abundance of highly credible allegations against him, and given his professed support for female victims of precisely the sort of behavior he’s accused of. Remember: This is the same sleazebag who once tweeted, “There should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment & must send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated.”
We wonder: What part of “zero tolerance” doesn’t this guy understand?
New York Attorney General Letitia James (herself a fellow Democrat, and reportedly a gubernatorial aspirant) issued a 165-page report on Tuesday, and its contents are plenty damning — “devastating,” in the words of former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy. The executive summary reads:
We, the investigators appointed to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, conclude that the Governor engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law. Specifically, we find that the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women. Our investigation revealed that the Governor’s sexually harassing behavior was not limited to members of his own staff, but extended to other State employees, including a State Trooper on his protective detail and members of the public. We also conclude that the Executive Chamber’s culture — one filled with fear and intimidation, while at the same time normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtations and gender-based comments — contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist. That culture also influenced the improper and inadequate ways in which the Executive Chamber has responded to allegations of harassment.
Among the newly released allegations are those of a New York State Trooper whom Cuomo allegedly harassed. As The Daily Signal reports: “Cuomo sexually harassed the female New York state trooper ‘on a number of occasions,’ the report said, including by ‘running his hand across her stomach, from her belly button to her right hip, while she held a door open for him at an event,’ by ‘running his finger down her back, from the top of her neck down her spine to the middle of her back, saying “hey, you,” while she was standing in front of him in an elevator,’ and by ‘kissing her (and only her) on the cheek in front of another Trooper and asking to kiss her on another occasion, which she deflected.’“
We should also note that Cuomo’s signature on a document attesting to his having taken the state’s mandatory sexual harassment training course was fabricated by an underling.
This should not just be about sexual harassment, though. It should be about death and dying. And Democrats local, statewide, and national have been conspicuously and disgracefully silent about it.
We’ve been over this ground before, but Cuomo’s actions as governor likely caused the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of his state’s senior citizens. The facts are stubborn, and they make clear that Cuomo shoved his state’s coronavirus-positive elderly folks back into nursing homes, where COVID-19 could spread unchecked among its most vulnerable population. And if we’re to believe his top aide, Cuomo then tried to cover up the true death toll — all while cashing in on his book about leadership during a crisis.
Andrew Cuomo is among the most contemptible of politicians — an arrogant, entitled, narcissistic bully. His videotaped message about the harassment investigation does little to change this. Recall that this is the same Emmy Award-winning governor who’d been yukking it up on CNN with his brother Chris all throughout the pandemic, and doing tone-deaf victory laps, and showing off his cartoonish mountain-of-death poster, and promoting his so-called leadership book.
Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell was perhaps prescient many months ago when she said: “Monster, sociopath, human emetic, take your pick. My guess is that his political career is over. Maybe his bro can get him a job on TV.”
Let’s hope that, for the sake of decency, McDowell proves right — except for the “TV” part. We’ve already seen way too much of Andrew Cuomo.
The spreading of crime and COVID are just some of the results of his policy of open borders.
Joe Biden’s border crisis has reached critical levels, as demonstrated by the ever-increasing numbers of illegal aliens flowing over the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents encountered a 21-year high of 210,000 illegal border crossers in July, and a new monthly record was set for the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended (over 19,000). Oh, and there’s a spiking number of COVID-positive illegal migrants (up over 900%).
The situation has gotten so bad that a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower recently contacted Republican lawmakers detailing the Biden administration’s attempts to circumvent U.S. law. In a letter, GOP House Members Jim Jordan (OH), Tom McClintock (CA), and Matt Rosendale (MT) allege, “We have learned recently from a frontline whistleblower that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ignoring COVID-19 protocols to facilitate the surge of illegal aliens into the country.”
The lawmakers’ letter asserts, “The whistleblower explained that ‘numerous aliens with standing prior orders of removal are being released from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody … in direct violation of 8 USC 1231(a)(5),’ the federal law that requires an alien’s final order of removal to be reinstated.” They further add: “The whistleblower explained that CBP is turning over only about 25 percent of illegal aliens to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for detention, and that most have been released for absurd reasons including high body mass index. The whistleblower said that illegal aliens are literally eating themselves to obesity in order to be released.”
In other words, Biden’s DHS is looking for almost any excuse to avoid deporting illegal aliens, instead releasing them into the American population.
The result of such a lax and effectively criminal enforcement policy was recently brought home with a recent report from the Texas Rangers. It was recorded that from June of 2011 to June of 2021, more than 344,000 criminal aliens were arrested for crimes including 1,245 homicides, 66,924 assaults, 17,456 burglaries, 7,076 sexual assaults, and 980 kidnappings to name a few. And this was just in the state of Texas. As the Texas Department of Public Safety pointedly observed, the report “identifies thousands of crimes that should not have occurred and thousands of victims that should not have been victimized because the perpetrator should not be here.” Indeed, several hundred people would still be alive.
It comes as no surprise that there are now calls for Biden’s impeachment. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) on Monday called for the impeachment of both Biden and his DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, stating, “Over the past several months, President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have blatantly and consistently refused to do their constitutional duty to take care that the immigration laws be faithfully executed, as required by Article II, endangering countless American and foreign lives in the process.”
While attempting to couch their border policy as “humane,” Biden administration “do-gooders” are engaged in doing the exact opposite. Border Patrol facilities for housing illegals are overcrowded and bursting at the seams. If kids in cages were supposedly terrible during Donald Trump’s tenure, they’ve only gotten exponentially worse under Biden. And on top of this, there’s the rampant spread of COVID.
Aside from the plight faced by illegal migrants, there’s the shameful spreading of crime and disease via the Biden administration’s catch-and-release policy. Rather than seeking to secure the border first in order to better handle the illegal immigration problem, Biden insists on propping the gate wide open. His administration ridiculously asserts that the key to stopping the migrant flow and solving the “root cause” is found in sending billions of taxpayer dollars to corrupt Central American governments. Therefore, not only is Biden turning a blind eye to what should be his first priority — the plight of everyday American citizens who are experiencing higher levels of crime due to his open-borders policy — but he’s robbing American taxpayers to essentially reward corrupt governments for their failed economic policies. Biden should be held to account for his willful dereliction of duty.
It was a hot summer, 42 years ago, when Jimmy Carter delivered what became know as “The Great Malaise Speech.” At the time, the nation was besieged with “stagflation,” a stagnant economy with high inflation. Energy prices soared. Carter had demonstrated he was wholly inept in domestic and foreign policy matters.
Carter used the speech to list complaints he had heard from “business and labor, teachers and preachers, governors, mayors, and private citizens” at a Camp David summit, followed by a national town hall tour. He read a long list of complaints he received, starting with this: “Mr. President, you are not leading this nation — you’re just managing the government.” Actually, he was not leading or managing. He followed the list of complaints with a lecture on what the complainants needed to do in order to resolve our national problems — starting with the “restoration of American values.”
Arguably, he was correct about the degradation of our values, but his message conveyed, “It is your problem, not my problem.”
Whatever ground he intended to gain with his national address was overshadowed weeks later by the Iran hostage crisis — the takeover of our embassy in Tehran, where 66 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. They were wisely released moments after Ronald Reagan was sworn into office in 1981.
Having spent time with Jimmy Carter on several occasions during the Reagan years, I found him to be a person of good character who suffered a dearth of leadership skills and was completely ill-equipped to lead the nation out of its domestic and foreign woes.
Carter’s speech was a long time ago, but to put it into perspective, Joe Biden had already finished his first term as a senator before Carter took office.
Now, little more than six months into Biden’s first term, he is challenging Carter’s record for ineffective leadership, as another Great Malaise is on our horizon.
To be fair, Carter was a Naval Academy graduate who was on the forefront of our nuclear submarine development, and he was a business manager and governor before he entered the White House at age 52.
Biden, on the other hand, avoided military service with five student deferments through college and law school, where, despite plagiarizing the work of others, he graduated near the bottom of his class. He then avoided military service with a “medical deferment” so he could get his political career underway. Five decades later, Biden entered the White House almost an octogenarian, having accomplished little of legislative merit in all those years, and, demonstrably, non compos mentis.
It appears that Biden’s socialist Democrat Party surge since entering office is losing some appeal beyond his most vociferous partisan leftists.
Thus, it is no surprise that approval ratings for Biden and his puppeteer, Kamala Harris, have plummeted across multiple reputable polls.
Daily tracking at Rasmussen Reports now indicates at least half of likely voters disapprove of Biden’s record as president.
An ABC News/Ipsos poll finds the nation’s optimism on the direction of the country has dropped 20 points since May. More than 55% of the public say they are pessimistic about our country’s direction — up from 36% in May.
All notwithstanding, as reported from the leftist echo chambers, The New York Times declared, “President Biden enjoys widespread job approval, as Americans’ optimism about the future continues to climb…” Or as CNN puts it, “Joe Biden’s approval rating simply hasn’t moved in six months.”
Actually, given the relentless Leftmedia propaganda in Biden’s favor, it is remarkable that the “Pollaganda Effect” — media polls reflecting nothing more than what the MSM tells people — has not sustained Biden/Harris ratings. But what Americans are actually experiencing in their daily lives is defying Leftmedia puffery.
Of course, the polling trends may not last if the Biden/Harris great malaise does not set in. But the indicators are not good for Democrats retaining the House and Senate after the 2022 midterm elections. Therefore, the Left has put Biden’s agenda into high gear. As political analyst Byron York notes: “Biden’s decline in support among independents will encourage more independence [for centrist Demos]. That is why you see so many Democrats urging Biden to hurry up and push his agenda through Congress as quickly as possible, before his ratings decline more. The president is politically weaker today than he was three months ago, and he will likely be weaker still three months from now.”
Finally, I note a related poll — one on race relations. Thanks to the Demo hate-hustlers, according to Gallup’s “Ratings of Black-White Relations,” “U.S. adults’ positive ratings of relations between Black and White Americans are at their lowest point in more than two decades of measurement.” Meanwhile, “Majorities of Americans rate relations between Hispanic and White people, Black and Hispanic people, Asian and White people, and Black and Asian people as good.” Of course, Demo partisans thrive on Americans hating each other.
The real reasons for AFT’s hesitation? This is a hostage situation.
In our home state of Tennessee, parents and teachers alike just took part in the time-honored ritual of getting back-to-school supplies over the tax-free weekend. After a year of hybrid learning, everyone is ready for school to go back to normal.
That’s assuming schools will be allowed to reopen. This actually remains a question across the country, especially after the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, stated recently that due to the COVID Delta variant, lack of herd immunity, and the fact that students under 12 years of age can’t get vaccinated, she cannot guarantee that school will indeed reopen.
The reasoning is ludicrous. Public school teachers were some of the first to be allowed to get the vaccine. The teachers who were concerned got the vaccine. The vaccine has proven to be helpful in fighting the Delta variant. Available evidence shows that though there may be breakthrough cases, there is an extremely low chance that the infection would cause hospitalization or death.
Children under 12 are not super-spreaders. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as of July 29, children account for 14.3% of all COVID cases. Furthermore, “The available data indicate that COVID-19-associated hospitalization and death is uncommon in children.” That’s an understatement. Keep in mind that a few states even count as children those up to the age of 20, potentially skewing the data.
The real reasons for AFT’s hesitation? This is a hostage situation.
The teachers unions have every reason to hold the threat of school closures over the heads of parents. Most of these reasons come in the form of political power and stacks of cash.
In terms of money, they demanded that the federal government give them millions of dollars toward updating filtration in schools, and this they received.
In terms of power, it is no secret that the teachers unions wield an immense amount of sway in the Democrat Party. In April of this year, Weingarten stated regarding the 2022 elections that it “will be a vitally important cycle, and that’s why the AFT moved earlier than usual, mindful of the challenges posed by the pandemic, to ensure our long-term allies could establish a footprint.” That movement she’s referring to is monetary donations to congressional candidates and committees through AFT’s PAC.
You don’t hear the teachers in these unions saying much. The fact is that the average public school teacher saw a rise in salary of 3% even though most were not teaching in person until the spring — if at all. The unions have greased the pockets of teachers and politicians alike and will likely continue to do the bidding of the federal government in the process.
President Joe Biden stated two weeks ago that the Centers for Disease Control is going to recommend that students under 12 are masked at school. And this week, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins stated: “The recommendations are for kids under 12, that they avoid being in places where they might get infected, which means recommendations of mask-wearing in schools.” (Bafflingly, he recommended masks at home as well, but we digress.)
Again, this is an unnecessary measure that does not align with science.
It will be interesting to see if this eventually plays a part in AFT’s decision to reopen schools this fall. It will certainly unmask any doubts that the teachers unions and the current government administration are in cahoots to control parents through threatening their children’s education.
Democrat legislation aims to bolster union and party interests at the expense of working Americans.
With the Senate scheduled to pause for a month next week and the priority being placed on spending trillions of borrowed dollars for “infrastructure,” the fate of many bills may be that of waiting until later this fall. One of those caught in the waiting game was introduced early on in this session of the Democrat-controlled 117th Congress, and the Big Labor-backed PRO (short for Protecting the Right to Organize) Act has already managed to narrowly clear the House on a nearly party-line 225-206 vote. It had an initial Senate hearing last week.
As described by its Congress.gov entry, the PRO Act is a wish list for Big Labor, in particular rewriting the definitions of employee, supervisor, and employer, allowing for so-called “secondary” strikes, and — most importantly — overriding the right-to-work protections that 27 states currently grant their workers. Perhaps that’s why union workers protested in favor of the bill outside their Republican senators’ offices in right-to-work states like North Dakota and West Virginia, among others.
Those who are in the “gig” economy have reason to worry as well. The PRO Act borrows heavily from California’s AB5, which when passed decimated the freelance industry in that state by requiring companies to classify independent contractors as full-time workers. That California bill has since been amended with certain carveouts, much to the chagrin of Uber drivers who pulled a one-day nationwide wildcat strike last week to show support for the PRO Act.
Other entrepreneurs, though, stand opposed because they see franchising as a way to build generational wealth, and that becomes much more difficult if the PRO Act passes. “If you want to be about equal opportunity, it’s going to cause a lot of people not to participate in that wealth creation,” said businesswoman Carolyn Thurston regarding the PRO Act. “It will prevent that — especially people who are women or black. They will now have more things that they have to overcome.”
But PR executive Richard Berman truly hit the nail on the head when it came to the purpose of the PRO Act. “The real issue for unions is the American workforce understanding that promised benefits of union membership are not worth the price of the excess baggage that comes with signing on. Unions are spending member dues in increasingly partisan ways that generally don’t directly benefit workers,” writes Berman. “The priority is no longer wages and working conditions. It’s getting Democrats elected to office, despite member political preferences or opinion on whether their dues should be spent on politics. Beyond supplying campaigns with paid foot soldiers, over the past 10 years, unions have spent more than $1.6 billion in dues to benefit left-wing special interests.”
And as unions strive to attract a different sort of worker than the lunchpail factory worker of old, their pet issues have “evolved” as well. A RealClearInvestigations piece by Bill McMorris revealed that Big Labor is spending as much (if not more) of its efforts in organizing white-collar and non-traditional workers, attracting them with advocacy on “woke” social issues. When the head of the AFL-CIO is putting out a statement entitled, “The AFL-CIO Must Fight for Trans Lives Inside and Outside the Labor Movement,” it’s clear that union priorities are changing and alliances are shifting. Just ask the union workers locked out in the cold by Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline how they feel about trans rights.
But while the progress of the PRO Act seems to have stalled, the deviousness of Democrats has no end. Given the vastness of a 2,700-page infrastructure bill that few have had time to read — not to mention other massive omnibus spending measures that may come down the pike — we may wake up one day and find out the PRO Act was adopted as part of some other “must pass” bill or enacted by a stroke of the feeble-minded Joe Biden’s pen as an executive order. Either way, it will be a day where the dreams of millions who want to use their abilities and hard work to make something of themselves will be dashed by the pursuit of one party for raw political power.
Over 500 people have been invited to celebrate Obama’s 60th birthday at his Martha’s Vineyard home.
No one ever accused Barack Obama of practicing principled consistency. The man is a Democrat, after all, and double standards are seemingly the party’s modus operandi. The latest example comes courtesy of Obama’s planned 60th birthday party, an apparently lavish affair at his opulent mansion on Martha’s Vineyard where more than 500 VIPs have been invited.
However, what in times past would have hardly raised an eyebrow is provoking objections. And those objections have everything to do with the hypocrisy of Obama and his fellow Democrat COVID fearmongers.
Few have been more condemning of Republican concerns for protecting individual freedom while advocating government authoritarian control over Americans than have Democrats. Lockdowns, masks, and social distancing have been a near religion with Democrats, and championed by Obama — yet when it comes to freely living their own lives, they can’t be bothered with their own dubious rules.
As Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) observed: “Democrats are imposing unscientific mask mandates while contemplating more lockdowns. Meanwhile, President Obama is hosting over 500 elites at his Marthas Vineyard mansion. If you or I did that it would be called a super-spreader event by the Democrats.”
Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) echoed her colleague, arguing: “Just like President Obama, every American should have the right to celebrate their milestones without arbitrary government mandates and interference. We all know if this was President Trump the left would be screaming.”
When the White House was questioned if Obama was setting a bad example, Jen Psaki deflected, “I would note first that former President Obama has been a huge advocate of individuals getting vaccinated.” She then sought to dismiss any semblance of hypocrisy, stating: “This event, according to all the public reporting, is outdoors and in a moderate zone. But in addition, there is testing requirements and other steps they are taking. which I’m sure they can outline for you in more detail.”
When pressed by a reporter regarding the obviously contradictory optics of such a party given the Biden administration’s floating a mandatory mask and vaccination mandate, Psaki simply repeated the party line. “Well, we certainly advise everyone to follow public health guidelines,” she huffed, “which I know the former president, who is a huge advocate of getting vaccinated, of following the guidance of public health experts, would certainly advocate for himself as well.”
Like so many Democrats before him, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, they see themselves as above even their own rules. Well, at least one big-wig Democrat won’t be attending, as Joe Biden has elected to avoid the potential COVID super-spreader event.
Of course, after mounting blowback, Obama has decided to “scale back” the party, conveniently citing the COVID Delta variant.
The gun-grabbing mayor of Rochester, New York, faces firearms charges.
Leftist gun grabbers have a long history of exploiting children to push for gun control. Now we can add child endangerment to their résumé.
In a little-noticed story last month, the Associated Press reports: “Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren pleaded not guilty … to charges stemming from a police raid that allegedly turned up a rifle and pistol, and her 10-year-old daughter alone, in the home she shares with her husband. A grand jury indicted Warren and her husband Timothy Granison … on a felony count of criminal possession of a firearm, as well as misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and having unsecured guns in a home.”
This isn’t a story about actually endangering a child by having guns in the home. It is a story about leftist hypocrisy.
Warren is one of the mayors involved with Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
MAIG demands leftist policies like “universal” background checks, red flag laws, and storage requirements. And in Warren’s case, New York requires registration of pistols, and Rochester requires locked gun storage. The mayor violated both of those laws.
Perhaps Warren’s daughter was endangered by those unlocked guns. Bloomberg’s buddies at the Brady Campaign certainly want us to think that. Or perhaps the girl was actually endangered by Granison’s cocaine trafficking.
Either way, Warren serves as the poster child of hypocrisy, which surely played a role in her June primary defeat. As she nears the end of her term and faces criminal charges, here’s hoping a few more Americans take heed of her story to promote good gun safety practices, such as those thought in the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program. Warren’s daughter and millions of other kids would benefit from knowing what to do should they encounter a firearm. And Democrats would benefit from abandoning their “do as I say, not as I do” philosophy.
Insight: “It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.” —Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Upright: “I started out like most young, black men in the country where default is being liberal. Default is being a Democrat. … When I became a police officer, I was still a liberal. I voted for Barack Obama. Thank you, Barack Obama, because Barack Obama is what really made me leave … what I call the plantation. I paid taxes for the first time, significant amount of taxes when I was a cop. … It made me feel like I need to know what’s going on. Then Barack Obama started talking real bad about police, and that really turned me off. I opened my eyes in understanding to the other side.” —former Tucson, Arizona, police officer Brandon Tatum
Spin doctors: “As best I recall, the sequence of statements coming from the government and ‘experts’ since the beginning of COVID-19 has gone something like this: You don’t need to wear a mask and it’s no more serious than the flu; you do need to wear a mask, though the virus is so small it can penetrate all but the N95 brand, so you should wear two masks; a vaccine will protect you from catching the virus and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you won’t have to wear a mask if fully vaccinated; you must still wear a mask even if fully vaccinated because of the Delta variant; if you have been fully vaccinated it is unlikely you will catch the Delta variant, but wear a mask anyway just in case; kids may or may not return to school and if they do return, they may or may not be forced to wear masks, even though young children appear to be less affected by the virus. Is that clear? I didn’t think so.” —Cal Thomas
Friendly fire I: “Imagine for a moment that Donald Trump was throwing a massive birthday party for himself and 475 conservative friends in Martha’s Vineyard next weekend? What do you think the reaction would be from liberals, given that America is currently in the grip of a very dangerous new phase of the coronavirus pandemic with the Delta variant of COVID that has seen infections rise 148% in the past two weeks and hospitalizations by 73%? … I think we all know what Trump’s liberal critics would say: that it’s shamefully selfish, incredibly reckless, and a former President of the United States should be setting a better example to the American people at such a perilous time for the country. And they would be right. But it’s not President Trump who is having the party, it’s President Barack Obama.” —Piers Morgan
Friendly fire II: “Why do we allow the people who just want to [complain] always win? … This is called a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia. How bad does this atmosphere we’re living in have to get before the people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is in fact an insanity that is swallowing up the world?” —Bill Maher
Non compos mentis: “The recommendations are for kids under 12, that they avoid being in places where they might get infected, which means recommendations of mask-wearing in schools and at home. Parents of unvaccinated kids should be thoughtful about this, and the recommendation is to wear masks there as well. I know that’s uncomfortable. I know it seems weird. But it is the best way to protect your kids.” —NIH Director Francis Collins
Braying jenny: “It’s wrong to hope [Senator Lindsey Graham] dies from Covid right? Asking for a friend.” —Rhode Island Democratic Party chief strategist Kate Coyne-McCoy
And last… “If America is not strong, the world will be at the mercy of tyrants and enter an era we dare not imagine.” —Mike Pompeo
War room: Missiles Fired From Lebanon Into Israel, IDF Responds With Artillery Fire The IDF responded with artillery fire targeting Hezbollah military targets inside Lebanon. The Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar television station reported that the IDF fired six shells toward areas surrounding the town of Khiam. Media reports citing IDF officials suggested that Palestinian factions inside Lebanon may have been responsible for the rocket fire.
Google to build two submarine internet cables through Israel, expanding its already vast empire The internet giant Google will be expanding its empire with two more undersea internet cables that will connect the Middle East and Europe through Israel, the company announced last week. The project was made possible – and more cost effective – by the Abraham Accords, the normalization agreement between Israel and two Gulf states signed in September. One of Google’s cables will be routed across the Middle East, under the Red Sea and into Israel, making it the company’s longest running cable. The two new cables – expected to go online in 2024 …
Australia deploys helicopters, hundreds of troops to keep people at home in strict new lockdowns in Sydney Around 300 Australian Defence Force (ADF) soldiers were deployed alongside police over the weekend in New South Wales to help police enforce strict new coronavirus lockdowns. Police helicopters have also been seen in the area, ordering residents to comply with lockdown restrictions. Australian broadcaster ABC reported the soldiers arrived in the city of Sydney over the weekend and underwent training and would begin going door to door in Sydney by Monday to check that residents are complying with the lockdown orders.
Northwest pattern change to offer relief, but raise new risks Thanks to an unfolding shift in the jet stream, heat is forecast to ease and there may be opportunities for sporadic rainfall in the coming days over the parched northwestern United States and British Columbia. However, AccuWeather meteorologists warn the changes in the weather conditions will not all be good news for the battle against raging wildfires.
Israeli Ambassador demands UN action against Iran Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, on Tuesday wrote a letter of complaint to the Security Council in the wake of the serious incident in which Iran attacked an Israeli-managed ship with an unmanned aerial vehicle, killing a British citizen and a Romanian citizen. In his letter, the Ambassador demanded sharp condemnation from the Security Council against the Iranian regime, which has committed war crimes and other murderous acts in the Middle East and around the world.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, investigators say A five-month investigation has found that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law, creating a “climate of fear” within his office, state Attorney General Letitia James said on Tuesday. The independent inquiry showed that Cuomo engaged in unwanted groping, kissing and hugging, with the White House calling the allegations abhorrent.
Major forest fire cuts off Jerusalem from Tel Aviv Police forces are continuing their activities and assisting the firefighters who are operating a raging brushfire near the town of Shoresh. Evacuation efforts have been made for local residents and businesses in the Shoresh district.
Why is this weird, metallic star hurtling out of the Milky Way? “This star is moving so fast that it’s almost certainly leaving the galaxy…[it’s] moving almost two million miles an hour,” says JJ Hermes, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of astronomy. But why is this flying object speeding out of the Milky Way? Because it’s a piece of shrapnel from a past explosion — a cosmic event known as a supernova — that’s still being propelled forward. the researchers and their collaborators found that LP 40?365 is not only being hurled out of the galaxy, but based on the brightness patterns in the data, is also rotating on its way out. “These are very weird stars,”
Right before Shmitah: Fire at entrance of Jerusalem endangering two towns; suspected arson A large forest fire broke out near the entrance to Jerusalem, closing Highway 1 and forcing the evacuation of 60 families from the towns of Shoresh and Shoevah. The fire covered over 24 acres of woodland, coming within 330 meters of the communities. A summer camp housing 850 teens, a gas station, and a shopping center were also evacuated. The fire comes as Israel is experiencing an intense heatwave.
Covid Vaccine Protests Spread Through Europe Covid Vaccine protests spread through Europe to rally against Covid Vaccines and Mandates. Rallies against Covid Vaccine restrictions and mandates continue in France, Germany, Italy and the UK.
World Bank Planning The End Of The Pandemic In 2025: Wh Reinstated Funds To Wuhan Institute For Gofr Until 2024 “What have these monsters got in store for us? and what do you think would be left of our nations and their sovereignty if we are placed under restrictions until 2025? And now, ask yourselves if this ‘pandemic’ is natural or engineered? And if the latter, to what end? Try and plan a future for yourself and your kids in the face of this and tell me this isn’t about the Great Reset, (that Nopes and Wikipedia say is Conspiracy Theory), to implement a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT AND FINANCIAL SYSTEM.”
Is a third temple imminent in Jerusalem?Posted: 04 Aug 2021 06:19 AM PDT(OPINION) WND – I have always been a strong supporter of Israel. This is not because I always agree with its secular leadership, which is often as corrupt as America’s on seminal biblical issues like child-killing and sodomy, but because the Bible makes clear that Israel is an intact nation-state at the time of Christ’s return.Jesus said in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) that we would know the season of His return by the revival of the fig tree – the primary biblical symbol of the House of Judah per Jeremiah 24 and many other passages.Continue reading Is a third temple imminent in Jerusalem? at End Time Headlines.
Former baseball analyst and Retired Army Intelligence Captain Seth Keshel has announced his 2020 Election audit, the Gateway Pundit reports. The results are staggering.
The well-respected data expert reports that there were 8.1 million excess, invalid votes in the 2020 election. His findings are extracted from a wide array of data, analytics, fraud evidence, and voter behavior. Keshel’s conclusion is that Trump actually won Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Minnesota.
He also suggests that many very liberal states, especially on the west coast, were actually much closer than anyone thought. Those areas include Oregon, California, and Connecticut, amongst others.
Here is Keshel’s post from Monday:
Here is a tale of the tape for Excess Biden Votes based on trend analysis in the modern political era, considering population growth/decline, recent voter history, and registration information, including registration by party
My estimates are always lenient, and do not account for cyber flipping of votes.
Trump won: PA, MI, WI, NV, AZ, GA, MN Likely/Possible Trump if cyber flipping occurring: NM, VA, CO, NJ, NH
Closer than you thought: WA, OR, RI, CT, HI
Here is rough data uncovered by Keshel:
THIS map shows the extent to which fraud was committed or carried out in each United States county:
While most mainstream media sources claim the election was 100% valid, evidence continues to mount that suggests otherwise. Whether or not the extent of fraud would change the outcome, many Americans are looking for their elected officials to audit the 2020 Election.
The mood of the nation has dramatically changed. Survey after survey has shown that Americans are much less optimistic than they were during the first half of 2021, and that could have enormous implications for the economy as we roll through the second half of this calendar year. When consumers are pessimistic about the future, they tend to hold on to their money more tightly, and they also tend to allocate money to different priorities. Earlier this year, so many pundits were telling us that a new golden era of prosperity was ahead because the worst of the pandemic was behind us and Joe Biden was now in the White House. But now the Delta variant is causing another wave of mass panic, and an increasing number of Americans are losing faith in the Biden administration. Needless to say, the honeymoon is over, and Americans are not pleased with what they see as they peer into a very bleak future.
Let me start by discussing the Gallup survey that just came out. In June, Americans overwhelmingly thought that the worst of the pandemic was in the past, but now the numbers have completely changed…
In a dramatic shift from last month, more Americans now say the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is getting worse (45%) rather than better (40%). In June, a record 89% said the situation was getting better, while only 3% said it was getting worse.
I can’t remember the last time I saw poll numbers move that much in such a short period of time.
The Gallup survey also found that a whopping 42 percent of all Americans anticipate that “societal disruptions related to COVID-19” will continue to be around beyond the beginning of the new year…
Americans now expect societal disruptions related to COVID-19 to persist at least through the end of the year, or longer. Whereas in June, nearly half of Americans expected COVID-related disruptions in society to last only a few more weeks or months, now just 17% believe they will end by then.
Instead, 41% expect the COVID-19 disruptions to persist through the end of the year, and 42% — up from 17% in June — believe they will stretch into 2022.
Joe Biden’s job approval rating is also shifting quite rapidly.
President Biden and Congress’s job approval are taking a hit amid a resurgence of the coronavirus.
A Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey released Monday found Biden’s approval dropping to 52 percent. He may still be above water — only 43 percent of respondents disapprove of the job he’s doing in the Oval Office — but he’s down 10 points from where he was in June, when his approval was at 62 percent.
Without a doubt, this has not been a good summer for the Biden administration.
If Biden keeps fumbling the football over and over, it won’t be too long before his net approval rating turns negative.
A third survey that I wanted to mention recently found that the percentage of Americans that are “pessimistic about the direction of the country” has risen by 19 points since May 2nd…
As President Joe Biden completed 100 days in office, the country was optimistic about the coming year, but now, just after hitting the six-month mark, Americans’ optimism about the direction of the country has plummeted nearly 20 points, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.
A majority — 55% — of the public say they are pessimistic about the direction of the country, a marked change from the roughly one-third (36%) that said the same in an ABC News/Ipsos poll published May 2.
That is a 19 percent shift in just 3 months!
Have we ever seen a “direction of the country” poll move that much in three months?
I don’t know, but this certainly is not good news for the Democrats. When Americans are in a bad mood, they tend to gravitate toward the party that is currently out of power.
Of course one of the biggest reasons why Americans are in such a sour mood these days is all of the new restrictions that are currently being implemented around the nation.
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards has temporarily reinstated Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate indoors for all people age five and older as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across Louisiana, threatening the ability of Louisiana’s hospitals to deliver care during this fourth surge of COVID. Louisiana is currently in the worst surge of the COVID-19 pandemic so far in terms of case growth rate, percent positivity and hospitalizations.
In recent days, our corporate news outlets have been packed full of stories about the Delta variant. On Monday, the country was shocked by news that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has tested positive even though he has been “fully vaccinated”…
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, even though he was fully vaccinated.
“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” he said.
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
And it turns out that lots of “fully vaccinated” people have been catching the virus lately…
Fourteen of 24 vaccinated friends who visited the Cape Cod town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, in July caught COVID-19, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.
Millions of people raced out to get vaccines because they were promised immunity, but now the CDC is releasing new numbers that are deeply upsetting lots of Americans…
In a study released on Friday, the CDC tracked 469 cases among Massachusetts residents who visited the town.
They found that 74% of those were fully vaccinated. An overwhelming majority of the cases were caused by the Delta variant, the study reported.
Let us hope that the number of new cases starts to fade, because this latest wave of the pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of fear and panic right now.
And the more fear and panic that we see, the less optimistic Americans are going to be about the road ahead.
Of course even if this pandemic disappeared tomorrow, there would still be a great deal for Americans to be concerned about as we roll into the next stages of “the perfect storm”.
I know that most Americans just want life to “return to normal”, but the truth is that the past couple of years have changed the U.S. and nations all over the globe on a permanent basis.
The troubles of 2020 and 2021 should have brought us together, but instead they just keep tearing us apart.
Meanwhile, we continue to see national governments around the planet move in an authoritarian direction, and that is a deeply, deeply alarming trend.
We don’t have to accept the mandates, lockdowns, and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and feckless bureaucrats. We can simply say no, not again.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi — you will not arrest or stop me or anyone on my staff from doing our jobs. We have all either had COVID, had the vaccine, or been offered the vaccine. We will make our own health choices. We will not show you a passport, we will not wear a mask, we will not be forced into random screening and testing so you can continue your drunk with power rein over the Capitol.
President Biden — we will not accept your agencies’ mandates or your reported moves toward a lockdown. No one should follow the CDC’s anti-science mask mandates. And if you want to shutdown federal agencies again — some of which aren’t even back to work fully — I will stop every bill coming through the Senate with an amendment to cut their funding if they don’t come to work.
Local bureaucrats and union bosses — we will not allow you to do more harm to our children again this year. Children are not at any more risk from COVID than they are for the seasonal flu. Every adult who works in schools has either had the vaccine or had their chance to. There is no reason for mask mandates, part time schools, or any lockdown measures.
Children are falling behind in school, and are being harmed physically and psychologically by the tactics you have used to keep them from the classroom last year. We won’t allow it again.
If a school system attempts to keep the children from full-time, in-person school, I will hold up every bill with two amendments. One to defund them, and another to allow parents the choice of where the money goes for their child’s education.
Do I sound fed up to you? That’s because I am.
I’m not a career politician. I’ve practiced medicine for 33 years. I graduated from Duke Medical School, worked in emergency rooms, studied immunology and virology, and ultimately chose to become a surgeon.
I have been telling everyone for a year now that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other public health officials were NOT following science, and I’ve been proven right time and time again.
But I’m not the only one who is fed up. I can’t go anywhere these days — from work, to events, to airports and Ubers, restaurants and stores, without people coming up to me thanking me for standing up for them.
There are growing indications Donald Trump will indeed make a third run for the presidency in 2024. The former president remains the most favored potential primary candidate within the GOP. But what about the Republican Party leadership – are they on board?
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American pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna are reportedly hiking their prices for Covid-19 vaccines in the EU. Some find this move controversial, as it comes when health passes are becoming obligatory in some EU member states.
Heritage Visiting Fellow Chad Wolf joined Fox Business, Tuesday, August 3, to talk about the Biden border crisis, how the crisis is overwhelming our Border Patrol, and the crisis’ effect on the COVID crisis in the country.