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. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “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
Of the exact order of the events in Galilee, we cannot be sure. Many different incidents of this period are told by the Evangelists; and there is little evidence to establish their chronological succession. Very early in the period, perhaps immediately on His arrival, came His sermon at Nazareth, of which Luke tells.
Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and “stood up for to read.” It was customary for the priest to summon readers from the congregation, so probably Jesus, the townsman of whom all men spake, was thus summoned. He read a passage from Isaiah saying that God had sent one to preach to the poor and rescue the perishing. Then, putting away the book Jesus sat down to discourse, while all men watched Him eagerly. In His very first words He announced Himself: “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” He spake so wondrously, so graciously, that they were amazed. Could this really be the man they had known all their lives? “Is not this Joseph’s son?” they asked. His ascendency over them seemed for the moment complete.
There are plenty of these lame ones, both male and female. You may meet “her that halteth” twenty times in an hour. They are in the right road and exceedingly anxious to run in it with diligence, but they are lame and make a sorry walk of it. On the heavenly road there are many cripples. It may be that they say in their hearts—What will become of us? Sin will overtake us; Satan will throw us down. Ready-to-halt is our name and our nature; the Lord can never make good soldiers of us, nor even nimble messengers to go on His errands. Well, well! He will save us, and that is no small thing. He says, “I will save her that halteth.” In saving us He will greatly glorify Himself. Everybody will ask—How came this lame woman to run the race and win the crown? And then the praise will all be given to almighty grace.
Lord, though I halt in faith, in prayer, in praise, in service, and in patience, save me, I beseech Thee! Only Thou canst save such a cripple as I am. Lord, let me not perish because I am among the hindmost, but gather up by Thy grace the slowest of Thy pilgrims—even me. Behold He hath said it shall be so, and therefore, like Jacob, prevailing in prayer, I go forward though my sinew be shrunk.
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:114
Where can we go to remain secure from the onslaught of bad ideas, evil influences, and false hopes? We can go to God and his Word. While people can be disloyal and misguided, God’s love is proven through history and through Jesus and his truth stands forever.
Almighty God, you alone are trustworthy. You keep your word and fulfill your promises. Forgive me when I trust my own insight and the wisdom of others rather than seeking your will in your Word. Please give me your wisdom as I seek your will in your Word. In the name of Jesus, your ultimate Word, I pray. Amen.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ Philippians 4:6
By night five of sleep deprivation caused by the inability to catch my breath, I knew this wasn’t a typical sinus and chest cold. It was far more sinister, causing panic attacks.
As impaired as my mental state was at that point, I secured transport to a local hospital emergency department. After hours of waiting, a doctor diagnosed me with a viral lung infection that was also affecting my sinuses. He prescribed an inhaler, relaxant and powerful anti-mucus pills. Once home, and coming down from my raging anxiety, I set up a humidifier and sunk into bed.
A few short hours later, the town clinic I lived close to called. I forgot I had left a desperate message the night before to see a doctor, asap. After recounting the previous hours’ horror to the secretary, I secured the remaining appointment of the day to get a second opinion. The diagnosis? A bacterial lung infection. More drugs.
As much as I was comforted by the artillery of pharmaceuticals staring me in the face, I was frustrated, sleep-deprived and hated being sick. My once full-on physical body was at the mercy of worry, breathlessness, and drug names I couldn’t pronounce.
My desperation erupted with pleas to Jesus for sleep, breath, and calm. Even in my worrisome state, I knew he was with me and I needed him more than ever.
A week after my initial diagnoses, I still felt as though things weren’t right. My progress was minimal; I was missing work and growing increasingly impatient and anxious. So, I went to a third doctor whose experience confidently told him my ailment was COVID related, prescribing different drugs. My body’s ‘day-and-night’ response to them told me he may have been right.
It’s now been over five weeks and even though I experience positive gains each day, have returned to work and to a modified exercise program, I’m still not 100% better. However, today’s verse has become a daily mantra I cling to because I can more clearly see that the Lord holds my life and breath. He is always in control, aware of my suffering (as crushing as it has been), and he is restoring me.
This journey has been and is humbling, as I write this still in recovery mode. My appreciation for stellar health has grown exponentially and my dependence on Christ, further deepened. Today, I am not troubled but thank Jesus even more for his presence and help.
As believers, we know that suffering will happen in our lives because of who we long to follow. And Christ lived a life of suffering. We will experience unbelievable things this side of heaven, yet God is using them to deepen our relationship with our Saviour. We never need to panic or lose confidence in who Jesus is because he reigns over all; our suffering, misunderstandings, and doubts will vanish as soon as we see him face to face.
Precious Jesus, thank you for all of the things you desire to teach me, even in times of suffering, as part of my growing relationship with you. May you be glorified by it all. In your holy name I pray. Amen.
As you read and reflect on today’s verse, I pray that you would be thankful in your anxious prayers, fully confident in the rescuing power of Jesus, as part of your growing relationship with him
Thus, preaching and teaching as He went, came Jesus home to Galilee. He had left there almost unknown; He came back in a whirl of fame. Many Galileans had been at the passover in Jerusalem and had told their neighbors of the wondrous miracles Jesus had performed, the wondrous words He spake. The whole land was wild to see, to hear, and above all, to be rescued from their infirmities by His miracles. The rumor that He was coming sped ahead of Him along the roads. He had only reached to Cana, the scene of His first miracle, when, from Capernaum, the chief town of the region, still half a day’s journey away, there came to Him one of the leading men of the city, entreating Jesus to save his son who lay dying at home.
Met thus at the very threshold of His own land, Jesus rebuked the man gently; for His mission was not to save the bodies of men, but their souls. Mournfully, He commented, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” Yet when the father persisted, Jesus bade him “Go thy way; thy son liveth.” The man believed the words so calmly spoken, and returned rejoicing to Capernaum, where he found the miracle indeed accomplished; “and himself believed, and his whole house.” Thus began the work of Jesus in Galilee.
Reconciliation is difficult with people and impossible with God. We can build bridges to those previously offended and patch the wounds of those we’ve hurt. But God is perfectly righteous and perfectly just. We are powerless to repair the damage done by our crimes against Him. Put simply, we cannot reconcile with God. We need the One whom we’ve offended to make the initial move.
Rare meteotsunami hits SE Ireland A rare meteotsunami hit the coast of southeast Ireland on June 18, 2022. The phenomenon started during the early morning hours and lasted well into the afternoon. It was reportedly felt as far away as France, England and Wales. While meteotsunamis are known to hit this part of Ireland, they are not as strong as this one and they usually occur in winter.
Russian Success in the Donbas Accelerates When the uber neo-con Institute for the Study of War is conceding, reluctantly, that Russia is carving up the Ukrainians in the Donbas, it is an unmistakable sign that something big is up. Here is the ISW’s spin:
UPDATED full list of food facility fires in the USA from 2020 – 2022 The string of fires that appear to be sabotage operations targeting food processing facilities is surprisingly lengthy. Our research team has meticulously documented the reports and sources for nearly 100 such fires that have been reported across the USA from early 2020 to the present day.
Some very strange signs in the sky… Strange things in the sky… On Sunday morning, June 19th, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral (0427 UT). Within hours, people around the world started seeing strange things in the sky.
Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit temperatures arrive.
Aviation Industry Calls Out ‘HOSTILE’ Environment Vaccine-Injured Pilots Must Endure MAY 31: Two pilots walk through the United Airlines terminal at O’Hare International Airport May 31, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association mechanics union, representing 7,000 members, has accepted a new five-year contract and the 20,000 strong International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has agreed “in principle” to a new contract with United Airlines. The machinists’ union represents customer service personnel, ramp workers and baggage handlers.
The GOP’s “Transgender” Strategy Is Dangerously Off Track A politically damaged, barely viable President Biden has surveyed the political landscape, and, incredibly, chosen transsexualism as his field of battle. With inflation soaring, the economy collapsing, shortages ravaging America, a human invasion tsunami pouring over the border, and repeated international humiliations, Biden and his administration flunkies are declaring an all-out war effort to promote transgenderism in every corner of America.
As pro-lifers celebrate, abortion zealots plot a “Night of Rage” against churches and pregnancy centers.
Sixty-two million. That’s how many children have been killed since the Supreme Court discovered a “right” to abortion in 1973. In what might be the biggest ruling in decades, the Court ruled 6-3 today to overturn Roe v. Wade, the horrendous decision responsible for this half-century atrocity.
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and [Planned Parenthood v.] Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the majority opinion.
If ever there was a moment for us to literally yell “Amen!” through our tears of joy, this is that moment.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was the case at hand, dealing with Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It’s the case we called the most important abortion case in a generation, and it’s the monumental decision that was leaked in May.
Many Americans no doubt worried that the leak would have its intended effect: intimidating one or more justices to change their opinion. That did not happen — unless, ironically, Chief Justice John Roberts was so angered by the unprecedented and damaging leak that he actually joined the majority, albeit with a concurring opinion.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” wrote Alito. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
“We end this opinion where we began,” Alito also wrote. “Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.” That is exactly where such authority belongs.
And despite their insistence that abortion is so popular, that is exactly where leftists do not want this authority to reside. That’s why radicals protested outside the Court and even illegally at the justices’ homes. That’s why a lunatic tried to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It’s why abortion zealots have attacked churches and pro-life pregnancy centers across the country.
They hate preborn life that much. And they’re not done, evidently planning what the Department of Homeland Security is calling a “Night of Rage” in vengeance and retribution for this ruling. The riots over George Floyd’s death may serve as the template.
As commentator Matt Walsh aptly noted, “It’s a good thing the Supreme Court affirmed our right to conceal carry right before this ‘night of rage’ you guys are planning.”
Make no mistake: The six justices in the majority are now in very real danger.
“This is the most coordinated & aggressive domestic terrorism in our nation today,” argued Live Action founder Lila Rose. “All because extremists are angry that they may not get to kill children in the womb, on demand, without limit.”
Fortunately, the Biden administration finally had something right to say. “Violence and destruction of property have no place in our country under any circumstance,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Wednesday. “And the president denounces this action.” Unfortunately, the Justice Department has been less than interested in prosecuting left-wing violence, preferring to dedicate time and resources to the nation’s 17 white supremacists and only lately arousing itself to investigate threats and violence against pro-lifers.
And we wouldn’t be surprised if, by the time the day is out, Joe Biden is once again talking about packing the Court.
On a much happier note, this ruling is the fruit of decades of unwavering work on the part of faithful women and men on behalf of the most defenseless among us, preborn babies. Their love and dedication to saving one life at a time and loving women in crisis will become even more important in the days and years ahead. Prayers and support will be needed.
We think especially of our friends at Choices Pregnancy Resource Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Patricia Lindley, its longtime former director, has written on these pages of her love for women and their children, both in the womb and out of it. “I am rejoicing with countless others who have been involved in pro-life efforts since the 1970s,” she told us this morning. “Abortion on demand brought only death and destruction to the American culture. The Dobbs decision reopens the opportunity for truth to prevail and for the ministry of pregnancy centers to be the beacon of hope that affirms life.”
Other leaders weighed in, as well. “The United States Supreme Court just announced one of the most significant rulings in my lifetime,” said Reverend Franklin Graham. “My prayer is that every state will enact protections for children in the womb, and that our nation will value life and recognize the rights of our most vulnerable.”
Finally, for decades, we have solemnly marked Sanctity of Life Day each January 22, the anniversary of Roe. Henceforth, June 24 will be a day worth celebrating.
Clarence Thomas, on his birthday, delivered a present to us all by defending our Second Amendment rights.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” —Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution
The Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling yesterday that the Second Amendment still means what it says, and it still applies — via the operative word “bear” — even when you walk out the door of your home. It’s one of the most important rulings on our First Civil Right in the Court’s history. Contrary to false media claims, it did not “expand” gun rights; it upheld existing gun rights by striking down unconstitutional restrictions on those rights.
Lo and behold, the Senate then passed legislation last night infringing on that and other rights. Such is the always raging battle for Liberty.
At issue before the Supreme Court in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen was New York’s “may issue” concealed carry permit regime, under which authorities could deny an application for a permit simply because they didn’t think the applicant showed sufficient cause. Instead, should New York instead follow the lead of 43 other states with “shall issue” permits?
Yes, the Court concluded, which will obviously have implications not only in New York but in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia as well. A combined one-quarter of Americans live under such Second Amendment-restricting regimes.
Justice Clarence Thomas authored the ruling — issued on his birthday, no less — and he even worked in his oft-repeated statement: “The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.’”
After the Court’s 2010 District of Columbia v. Heller ruling held that the Second Amendment has always been an individual right, and after its 2014 McDonald v. City of Chicago decision held that the Fourteenth Amendment means it “is fully applicable to the States,” many states and cities nonetheless continued to chip away wherever they thought they could get away with it. Lower-court judges too often let them.
This included restrictions on carrying guns outside of your own home. Yet, as Thomas explained, “To confine the right to ‘bear’ arms to the home would nullify half of the Second Amendment’s operative protections.”
Thomas wrote that New York’s restrictions violate the Second Amendment and that “authorities must issue concealed-carry licenses whenever applicants satisfy certain threshold requirements, without granting licensing officials discretion to deny licenses based on a perceived lack of need or suitability.”
“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need,” the Court ruled. “That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”
Ultimately, he concluded: “The Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
Thomas also took care to clarify some of the loose ends from earlier cases. “Since Heller and McDonald,” he wrote, “the Courts of Appeals have developed a ‘two-step’ framework for analyzing Second Amendment challenges that combines history with means-end scrutiny. The Court rejects that two-part approach as having one step too many.” In other words, lower courts must stop muddying the waters.
Again, the Second Amendment means what it says. This shouldn’t be news to anyone, though leftists continue stubbornly insisting just the opposite — that somehow it’s the only one of the Bill of Rights that affirms rights for the government instead of individuals, or that governments can impose whatever restrictions can be justified with the all-purpose excuse of “saving lives.”
To that point, Justice Stephen Breyer spent much of his dissent arguing that the ends justify the means for gun control because, for example, “In 2020, 45,222 Americans were killed by firearms.” No, those people were killed by other people, and that happens to be a great reason why many Americans want to carry a firearm outside the home.
“This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all,” Joe Biden declared. “I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.” His sidekick Kamala Harris reiterated the “common sense and the Constitution” canard.
We rate their claims false.
The same goes for New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who rushed to the podium to decry a ruling she says is “frightful in its scope.” She called a special legislative session to restrict guns in a long list of “sensitive locations.” She insisted, “We are not powerless to respond to this.”
The Second Amendment says otherwise.
She also snidely huffed: “I would like to point out to the Supreme Court justices that the only weapons at that time were muskets. I’m prepared to go back to muskets.” We look forward to seeing her security detail with muskets, and we expect she’s also ready to go back to quills and parchment just to be consistent.
Speaking of gun legislation, as we mentioned above, the Senate passed its compromise bill last night, with 15 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will take it up today, and Biden promises to sign it pronto. There’s little doubt this was all timed to coincide with the Supreme Court’s ruling.
There’s also little doubt it won’t do much to reduce the number of murders. In fact, argues gun researcher John Lott, it may end up increasing suicides. “Absent such [red flag] laws, a person contemplating suicide might speak to a friend or family member and be dissuaded from that tragic course of action,” he says. “With these laws in place, individuals may fear that confiding in someone will result in a report to the authorities, possibly leading to the loss of their ability to defend themselves or their loved ones.” He added that his own past research “found these laws slightly increase suicide rates.”
In short, even the most well-meaning attempts at regulating gun rights either fail to actually save lives or end up costing lives. And when we say “well-meaning,” we’re giving a huge benefit of the doubt because normal Americans who are misinformed by the media often don’t fully understand the implications of gun control. On the other hand, tyrannical politicians who want only to disarm their subjects know exactly what they’re doing.
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The tyranny of the few has overpowered the will of the parents — for now.
President Joe Biden (or whoever is pulling his puppet strings) likes to think of himself as the great cultural reformer. Even on the campaign trail, Biden was advocating for radical Queer Marxism and child sex-reassignment. This agenda is being promoted so much that it is rare to find a school not teaching it.
These radical ideas are mostly rooted in junk science. They include Critical Race Theory, Gender Theory (also known as Queer Marxism), and the overarching notion that kids belong to the state, not their parents. It’s already having devastating real-world consequences.
The suicide rate among our children is drastically higher. Families are being torn apart because schools are keeping pertinent information from parents (such as a child deciding to “transition”). And instead of addressing the gaping hole in academics thanks to bad pandemic policy, school administrators are pushing social emotional curriculum that teaches minority kids that they are oppressed.
This is precisely what Biden and his administration would like to see happen. It is by design. Here is how we know this for a fact.
Biden’s parents council was supposed to be a conduit for mothers’ and fathers’ voices to be heard in Washington, DC, but it’s actually a conglomeration of organizations that will continue to push the radical social agenda that parents do not want. The 14 council members are made up of organizations like National Action Network (Al Sharpton’s group that promotes everything from CRT to LGBTQ+ Alliance), Girls Inc. (for people who identify as girls and support abortion), and UnidosUS (advocates for open borders and other radical left-wing causes). These council members represent only leftist ideas and voices. These are the types of people who would brand protesting parents as domestic terrorists.
Biden has also decided to use the threat of withholding federal funding from schools if they don’t adhere to his demands on the issue of gender identity and letting boys use the girls’ bathroom and vice versa. It’s a classic bullying tactic. As our Nate Jackson put it, “The money at stake over Biden’s Rainbow Mafia agenda is for the lunches provided to lower-income kids, which doesn’t seem to match the usual Democrat talking points about ‘fair share.’”
It was all done in the name of Title IX, which itself has become a springboard for this administration’s education radicalism. Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Title IX being signed into law. President Biden had this to say to mark the occasion: “There is more work to do. As we look to the next fifty years, I am committed to protecting this progress and working to achieve full equality, inclusion, and dignity for women and girls, LGBTQI+ Americans, all students, and all Americans. My Administration will continue to fight tirelessly to realize the promise of Title IX — that every person deserves an opportunity to pursue their education free from discrimination and realize their full potential.” In other words, he’s going to continue to exploit a piece of legislation that was meant to help women and use it to further the LGBTQ+ agenda.
In pursuit of ideology, the Left has once again sacrificed our children on the altar of liberalism. The purpose of education, according to Biden, is to create woke robots who add nothing to society and are constantly feeling sorry for themselves and are encouraged to be immature humans in perpetuity. These brainwashed children hate their families and country and generally make the world a worse place. It would be better if the federal government were excised from educational decisions altogether rather than permitting this atrocity.
Texas DPS chief blasts Uvalde law enforcement, upcoming SCOTUS rulings, Biden’s student loan forgiveness end-run, and more.
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Texas DPS chief blasts Uvalde law enforcement response to school attack: The police response to the Uvalde school massacre reveals a degree of ineptitude and confusion that is, put simply, unacceptable and deplorable. Earlier this week, Col. Steve McCraw — the director of the state’s Department of Public Safety — gave testimony before the Texas Senate regarding his investigation into the police response to the school attack. He called it an “abject failure,” adding, “I don’t care if you have on flip-flops and Bermuda shorts, you go in.” McCraw further observed: “I have great reasons to believe [the door to the class the attacker entered] was never secured. How about trying the door and seeing if it’s locked?” McCraw placed the lion’s share of the blame squarely upon Uvalde’s district police chief, Pete Arredondo, contending: “The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was the obscene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children. … Obviously, not enough training was done in this situation, plain and simple. Because terrible decisions were made by the on-site commander.” McCraw also explained that in an active school shooter situation, “You don’t wait for a SWAT team. You have one officer, that’s enough.” The decision to wait some 70 minutes before engaging “in an active shooter environment [is] intolerable,” he noted. “This set our profession back a decade. That’s what it did.” McCraw’s most damning observation was that within the first three minutes of the attacker infiltrating the school, three officers, two with rifles, entered and could have immediately engaged the assailant.
Upcoming SCOTUS rulings: This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade. Following an unprecedented leak of the Court’s likely decision weeks ago, pro-abortion activists launched a harassment campaign against the conservative jurists, which resulted in a failed assassination attempt against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It had many wondering if the leak intimidated members of the Court into changing their initial ruling. Thankfully, it did not. Other Court decisions soon to be delivered include Biden v. Texas (whether Biden’s Department of Homeland Security can end Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy); Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (whether a public high school violated a football coach’s rights after it restricted him from praying on the field after games); and West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (whether a state has the legal right to challenge the EPA’s regulatory authority).
Biden’s student loan forgiveness end-run: The Biden administration recently reached a settlement with 200,000 students who claimed they were defrauded by for-profit colleges. The settlement amounts to a de facto student loan cancellation, as the administration has agreed to cancel some $6 billion in student loans. This settlement follows a similar one earlier this month in which the Biden administration forgave $5.8 billion in outstanding loans for some 560,000 students who had attended the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. Essentially, the Biden administration is engaged in an end-run method for student loan “forgiveness” — i.e., students file lawsuits, and Biden’s secretary of education settles. For-profit colleges have become an easy target for the administration to demonize in its efforts to move forward on the Left’s bigger agenda — promoting collective student loan forgiveness ahead of the midterm elections.
In a desperate attempt to remain in office, Wyoming’s lone congressional representative has sunk to a new low.
It’s official: Liz Cheney is a threat to our democracy.
No, she’s not a fake threat like the kind the Democrats shriek about every time the Republicans try to uphold the rule of law or secure our elections, but a real threat of the kind that calls into question the legitimacy of our elections. How else to describe a politician who begs her political opponents to change their party affiliation solely for the purpose of voting for her in a primary election that she’s poised to lose in a landslide? As the Washington Examiner reports:
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is sending mailers to Wyoming Democrats with instructions on how to switch their political parties ahead of the state’s primary in August. News of the mailers comes as Cheney faces a tough primary challenge by Harriet Hageman, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, while the incumbent helps lead a summer slate of hearings held by the Jan. 6 committee.
The instructions, which are also available on Cheney’s campaign website, provide answers to two questions: “How do I change my party affiliation to register as a Republican so I can vote for Liz?” and “How can I get an absentee ballot and when does it need to be returned?”
“HOW DO I CHANGE MY PARTY AFFILIATION TO REGISTER AS A REPUBLICAN SO I CAN VOTE FOR LIZ?” blares that disgraceful section of her website. But it’s even worse than that: Her campaign is actually sending mailers to Wyoming Democrats with instructions on how to switch political parties ahead of the primary vote in August.
It seems odd to say that Wyoming, long one of the reddest of the red states and more recently one of the Trumpiest of the Trump states, is now represented by a Trump-deranged turncoat. It’d have been one thing if Cheney had maintained her partly principled but mostly personal opposition to Donald Trump and simply made that case to her constituents. Instead, she went full Pelosi, joining the Democrats’ ridiculously rigged January 6 Committee to serve as a “Republican” stooge after the House speaker had taken the unprecedented — yes, unprecedented in our nation’s history — step of denying the minority party its chosen representation on the committee.
We take no pleasure in saying it, but if ever a Republican deserved the title “useful idiot,” it’s Liz Cheney.
These days, she isn’t even voting like a conservative. As Florida Republican Matt Gaetz put it on Wednesday: “When Liz Cheney isn’t betraying Wyoming voters with her J6 spectacle, she is betraying our troops. Liz has no problem sending them to die in wars for her donors. Tonight, she’s voting with Dems in favor of military vax mandates and against considerations for Natural Immunity.”
That’s a shameful vote, an inexcusable vote, a disqualifying vote.
We should note that an attack from Gaetz is an interesting one, given that he too will have to face his constituents. He’s been accused by his political enemies of having had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paying for sex, charges that he denies. One thing Gaetz hasn’t done, though, is turn on his party and its standard-bearer. Indeed, he’s the polar opposite of Cheney: He’s a diehard Trump supporter.
As for Cheney, this is a desperate ploy, a last-ditch effort to save her political skin. But to what end? She’s loathed by her Republican constituents back home, and she’s of no use to the Democrats beyond her politically convenient Trump hatred. Recent polling has her trailing primary challenger Harriet Hageman 56-28, and an astounding 71% of Wyoming Republicans say they’ll vote against her.
“Liz Cheney promised she wouldn’t encourage Democrats to raid the Republican primary,” said Hageman’s campaign manager, Carly Miller, “but then again, she also swore to faithfully represent Wyoming and she broke that promise too.”
Leftmedia talkingheads contend that neutrality in news reporting is a threat to democracy.
As the old adage states, there are two sides to every story. Yet according to Leftmedia talkingheads, such thinking is antiquated and indeed represents an existential threat to democracy. Over the past few years, “journalists” working for some of the nation’s most noted legacy media outlets, like The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as cable news and mainstream TV network news, have not only questioned that old bedrock journalistic principle of impartial/objective reporting but have increasingly argued against it.
Back in 2016, in the lead-up to Donald Trump’s surprising election victory, the New York Times’s Jim Rutenberg wrote the now infamous article titled “Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism.” In the think piece, Rutenberg declared Trump to be a demagogue who was “potentially dangerous” before rhetorically asking if “normal [journalistic] standards apply.” He immediately followed that question with an arguably even more disconcerting question: “And if they don’t, what should take their place?” At least Rutenberg was being logically coherent in recognizing that if one standard is removed, it will leave a vacuum something else must fill.
However, in raising the question in the first place, Rutenberg tacitly admitted that he never really believed in the normal journalistic standard. And if he never really believed in it, did he ever really adhere to it?
For many conservatives who have long observed and bemoaned the blatant bias within the MSM — we started this humble little operation in 1996 for that very reason — the answer is an obvious “No.” What Rutenberg did was simply say the quiet part out loud, ironically acknowledging the charge of media bias as true despite years of MSM talkingheads blasting the notion of media bias as some right-wing conspiracy theory.
In the years since Rutenberg let the mask slip, it has been effectively removed entirely. Last year, NBC News anchor Lester Holt declared that “fairness is overrated,” and his explanation clarified what he meant — that the old journalistic standard of neutrality in reporting was no good. “The idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in,” Holt opined. “That the sun sets in the west is a fact. Any contrary view does not deserve our time and attention.” He then argued that journalists should deny “platforms for misinformation” and not let just “anyone to come say whatever they want.”
How does seeking to be unbiased in one’s reporting equate to the spreading of misinformation? A journalist who doesn’t seek to get the full story but instead only gives attention to the “right” sources is not a journalist. Rather, such reporters are engaged in propaganda, pushing narrative as news, all because they supposedly know better. Holt’s explanation was downright insulting to any good journalist worth his salt, which was why it was controversial.
And yet, rather than correcting themselves and recommitting to best journalistic practices, many of these MSM talkingheads have only doubled down in rejecting the age-old standard. Recently, MSNBC host Joy Reid repeated her oft-voiced refrain that Republicans are endangering democracy, and she argued that the MSM was being too neutral in its coverage of the two political parties. She suggested that journalists need to “tell voters” that Republicans are a “threat to freedom.”
CNN’s Don Lemon also shot down the idea of equal time and equal coverage of the two political parties, stating: “We cannot have a false sense of equivalency about what is happening when it comes to politics in our country. There is one party, right now, that is not operating in fact, that has been misleading the American people, and that is the Republican Party, sadly, which I used to be a member of … years ago.” Last December, fellow CNN host Brian Stelter pushed the same talking point when he highlighted an article in the Los Angeles Times by columnist Jackie Calmes in which she eschewed “both-siderism.” Stelter asked: “Is it that we’re treating Democrats and Republicans equally and ignoring GOP radicalism? Is that the heart of the problem?”
The truth is that leftist journalists are finally “coming out” against doing, well, journalism. They are one-sided propagandists trying to convince the American public that doing “good journalism” means taking a side. They are pushing for the acceptance of a narrative as well as the silencing of any contrary information and perspectives. Even more profoundly, they are indirectly attacking the First Amendment by asserting that the Framers got it wrong when they sought to ensure the right to freedom of the press was protected.
Limiting people to hearing only one side of the story leads to greater ignorance and bigotry, the exact opposite of how a healthy democratic republic functions. Indeed, it’s how democracies die in darkness.
Brian Mark Weber: Beware the Confucius Institute Rebrand — Having been shown the door by the Trump administration, Red China’s propagandists are back under a new name with the Biden administration.
Douglas Andrews: Floridians Dodged a Bullet — But for a handful of votes in the 2018 governor’s race, Sunshine Staters would be living in a radically different place than the prosperous one they enjoy today.
“Among the media’s favorite ‘rising stars’ of the last few years: Stacey Abrams, who lied that she was cheated out of her gubernatorial election; Beto O’Rourke, who is running out of both elections to lose and New Mexican dirt to eat; and Andrew Gillum, who is under indictment.” —Ben Shapiro
“It’s clear that the ‘Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’ was written in a rush by politicians far more interested in ‘doing something’ about guns than proposing any well-considered ideas. … ‘Since the shooting, my office has received tens of thousands of calls, letters, and emails with a singular message: Do something,’ John Cornyn, the Republicans’ lead negotiator, said… ‘Not do nothing. But do something. I think we’ve found some areas where there is some space for compromise.’ Cornyn spent more time bragging about the things he rejected than championing the useful ideas he brought to the bill, because it is almost surely the case that he brought none. This bill exists so that Republicans can say they did something. Not nothing. Something.” —David Harsanyi
“We cannot lecture our way out of the trouble we were entertained into.” —Bill Whittle
Bidenflation: Circling the Wagons
“The president has been working for the past several months on doing everything that he can to give relief. We have to remember how we got here, what is the cause. You know, Putin’s war — we call it Putin’s tax hike — has caused gas prices to go up $2 per gallon.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
“There’s a great deal of Americans where it is uncomfortable that they’re spending more, but they’re not going to go under. You know, you got to stop complaining. … So I’m going to need you to calm down and back off. … Overall, many Americans are not suffering as much as they think they are.” —Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary
“Voters should think carefully about what they’ll get if they cast their ballot based on gas prices. … Forty years ago, political backlash against inflation helped elect Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. As my colleague E.J. Dionne recently observed, inflation today could empower far more radical and sinister forces, in the form of politicians actively seeking to undermine democracy.” —Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell
“Come this November, will voters be more concerned with saving money than saving democracy?” —MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross
“The Supreme Court struck down a New York law that limits who can carry concealed weapons. … We do not need people entering our subways, our restaurants, our movie theaters with concealed weapons. We don’t need more guns on our streets. … I would like to point out to the Supreme Court justices that the only weapons [in 1788] were muskets. I’m prepared to go back to muskets.” —New York Governor Kathy Hochul (“She can have eight armed guards. You? On your own…” —James Woods)
“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling. … This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all. … As the late Justice Scalia recognized, the Second Amendment is not absolute. … I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.” —President Joe Biden
“Many of us are deeply concerned and troubled by the Supreme Court’s ruling today. It, I believe, defies common sense and the Constitution of the United States.” —Vice President Kamala Harris
“[The Supreme Court] is out of touch with America & faces a legitimacy crisis. The radical majority makes the NRA’s arguments for more guns on the street for ‘self-defense.’ Meanwhile, parents are trying to protect kids from being shot in school. A national tragedy.” —Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (“It is not SCOTUS’s job to be ‘in touch’ with America. It is their job to apply the constitution.” —Allie Beth Stuckey)
“Sometimes mass shooters wear robes and don’t have a gun.” —Democrat strategist Adam Parkhomenko
“It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States. The first step is for a state the ‘court’ has now forced guns upon, to ignore this ruling. … Also, f*** Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and the paralegal Coney Barrett.” —Keith Olbermann
“America’s response to its recent mass shootings is to make it even easier for Americans to use guns.” —Piers Morgan (“That’s not a response to mass shootings, it’s called reading the Constitution. We don’t interpret the Constitution ‘in response’ to current events, or if we do, we’re doing it totally wrong.” —Ben Shapiro)
“The latest Supreme Court decision on firearms neglects to say the one thing that they actually meant to say; for whites only.” —actor Ron Perlman (“[Clarence] Thomas, a descendant of slaves, has a section in there on how gun control laws historically aimed their restrictions at minorities. You should read it!” —David Harsanyi)
“The Constitution was not written for the times, it was written to stand the test of times.” —Charlie Kirk
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Homeland Security has raised the level of its National Protest Advisory System (NPAS) from “Mostly Peaceful” to “Somewhat Peaceful” in response to swelling crowds outside the Supreme Court Building.
D.C. Police are on full alert with riot gear to hold back the somewhat peaceful protesters to prevent them from entering the Supreme Court Building with somewhat peaceful intent. The building itself is surrounded by oppressive barricades and the justices have reportedly been issued whistles to report somewhat peaceful touching on their person in the event of a somewhat peacefully bludgeoning.
“We advise everyone to stay away from the somewhat peaceful protests currently going on outside the Supreme Court Building,” said D.C. Police Chief Frank Turtletaub. “The peaceful fire burns mightily. Several individuals are already somewhat incapacitated.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in an effort to quell the protest’s fervor when she said, “[…] the radical supreme court is eviscerating America’s rights and endangering its health and safety […] the harm is endless.”
“It’s a slap in the face to women,” she added.
Curiously, her statements have been unable to prevent somewhat peaceful property damage.
At publishing time, the NPAS alert level was upgraded again from “somewhat peaceful” to “kind of peaceful.” The mayor is currently considering evacuation orders.
Judges at a school spelling bee are stumped and infuriated when a child dares to ask them for a definition of the word “woman.”
“This is the “woke” house of cards. After traumatizing children with offensive drag performances, drenching them in “born that way” and “transition” advocacy, surveying them repeatedly about “orientation,” offering them homo-obscenity disguised as literature, and conspiring with them to conceal their magic potion identities from parents, experts pretend to be shocked that the most vulnerable kids are sent over the edge.”
(Linda Harvey – Mission: America) Children embody our future hopes and dreams. But some parents are willing to deal with the devil, betting tomorrow’s dreams against today’s comfort.
The bargain is suicide prevention, or so they are told. “Would you rather have a dead son or a living daughter?” asks the indoctrinated gender clinic psychologist….
After all, “everyone knows” that if mom and dad say “no” to their child’s immediate cross-sex mutilation (chemical or surgical), suicide is the guaranteed outcome.
As with many flimsy progressive ideologies, this one also turns out to have no skeleton. But powerful forces have a vested interest in feeding and nurturing this fable, so it flourishes. View article →