Daily Archives: May 13, 2020

Attorney Sol Wisenberg Drops a Bomb on Judge Sullivan’s Corrupt Actions: “If the Government Wants to Dismiss a Case – The District Court Cannot Refuse to Do So!”

Attorney Sol Wisenberg shared with Laura Ingraham on the Ingraham Angle tonight that the actions of Judge Sullivan go against the results of a recent case on the matter in the DC Circuit.  If the DOJ or government wants to dismiss a case they proposed, a judge cannot refuse the government’s right to do so. 

The judge overseeing the General Flynn case, Judge Sullivan, has shown his disdain for the rule of law.  He accused General Flynn of treason during one court hearing. He is clearly a Deep State hack.  Now he wants to bring another judge into the case to determine if it is right for the DOJ to dismiss the case against Flynn.

Sullivan’s court is rumored to also want to indict Flynn for lying to the court when he pleaded guilty to a crime he didn’t commit after being coerced into it by the Mueller gang.  The Mueller gang threatened to indict the General’s son if he didn’t plead guilty.  The entire disgusting case against Flynn is the most corrupt in our lifetime, yet judge Sullivan won’t let it end.

Tonight Sol Weisenberg shared why Sullivan’s actions are against current law:

Under the Fokker Case that just came out 2 years ago, the DC Circuit which governs Judge Sullivan made it very clear if the government wants to dismiss a case you cannot, the District Court cannot refuse to do so because he doesn’t like the government’s theory. Because he thinks the government should continue the case.  And it doesn’t matter if the defendant has pled or not.

Via The Ingraham Angle:
https://www.foxnews.com/category/shows/ingraham-angle

The Fokker case referred to by Weisenberg is discussed in the Harvard Law Review:

Since the Arthur Andersen prosecution in which thousands of innocent workers lost their jobs, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has increasingly turned to deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) to avoid the collateral consequences of a corporate criminal conviction.1. In a DPA, the government agrees to dismiss filed charges if a corporation complies with negotiated conditions that are aimed at punishing the misconduct and allowing the corporation to demonstrate rehabilitation. Traditionally, judicial scrutiny over the DPA’s terms has been “essentially nonexistent.”2. However, three recent district court decisions have attempted to assert a more substantive role for the court — declaring that an Article III judge is not a “potted plant”3. or “rubber stamp”4.when reviewing DPAs. The D.C. Circuit subsequently curtailed these efforts in United States v. Fokker Services B.V.,5. 818 F.3d 733 (D.C. Cir. 2016). in which it held that to preserve “the Executive’s long-settled primacy over charging,”6.Id. at 743. a court is not authorized to reject a DPA based on a finding that the “charging decisions” and “conditions agreed to in the DPA” are inadequate.7. By ostensibly precluding judicial review of a DPA’s negotiated terms, the D.C. Circuit overcorrected and reinforced the executive branch’s unchecked discretion over DPAs by reassuring prosecutors that future courts will rubber stamp such agreements.

The Harvard article continues noting the Judge in the Fokker case stated that:

…as a matter of established law, the judiciary is not to second-guess the Executive’s decisions of “whether to initiate charges, whom to prosecute, which charges to bring, and whether to dismiss charges.”

The ruling states that it is the government’s duty to charge individuals with crimes and to dismiss cases not the court’s decision.  Judge Sullivan’s actions are now putting him in contention in the race for the title of most corrupt judge, followed closely by fellow DC Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

What a group of criminals we have running the government and courts after voting Obama into power!  Will the US ever recover?

— Read on www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/05/attorney-sol-wisenberg-drops-bomb-judge-sullivans-corrupt-actions-government-wants-dismiss-case-district-court-cannot-refuse/

Laura Ingraham torches liberal ‘frauds and tyrants’ for actions during coronavirus shutdowns | Fox News

Laura Ingraham on Wednesday ripped several Democratic officials who she said are acting like “frauds” or “tyrants” while their states suffer from both the coronavirus pandemic and the effect of the ensuing economic shutdowns.

Here Are The Obama Administration Officials Involved In The Unmasking Of General Michael Flynn | American Lookout

The truth is finally starting to come out.

General Michael Flynn was targeted and unmasked by members of the Obama administration.

Now they’re being identified.

Townhall reports:

BREAKING: The List of Obama Administration Officials Who Unmasked General Flynn Has Been Released

The list of Obama administration officials who requested the unmasking of General Michael Flynn during the transition period between the November 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s January 20, 2017 inauguration has been released. Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified the list late last week and it has been published by Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson.

“Today we received a list of individuals who requested the unmasking of Lt. General Michael Flynn and others who received access to that information. The officials listed should confirm whether they reviewed this information, why they asked for it and what they did with it, and answer many other questions that have been raised by recent revelations,” the senators released in a statement.

“We are making this public because the American people have a right to know what happened. We commend Acting DNI Grenell and Attorney General Barr for their transparency and responsiveness. Our investigation of these matters has been ongoing for years, and as information finally comes to light, our focus on these issues is even more important now.”

Here are some notable names on the list:

-Vice President Joe Biden – One request January 12, 2017

-FBI Director James Comey – One request December 15, 2016

-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – Three requests

-CIA Director John Brennan – Two requests – December 14-15, 2016

-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power – Seven requests: November 30, 2016 -December 2, 7, 14, 23, 2016, January 11, 2017

-Obama Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough – One request January 5, 2017

-Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration Michael Dempsey – One request January 7, 2017

-U.S Ambassador to Russia John Tefft – December 16, 2016

-U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ambassador Barr – December 28, 2016

This is huge.

Will anyone be prosecuted?

— Read on americanlookout.com/here-are-the-obama-administration-officials-involved-in-the-unmasking-of-general-michael-flynn/

Lockdown Logic | The American Spectator

How do politicians know the difference between science and “science”?

When politicians begin slinging around words like “expert” and “science,” any sensible citizen becomes a skeptic. Being elected to public office does not qualify anyone to lecture the public on scientific matters, but this is never pointed out to cable TV viewers tuning in for the daily lectures from Governor Science (D-N.Y.). Andrew Cuomo has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham and a law degree from the University of Albany, and if he has any specialized knowledge about infectious diseases, it’s only because he has presided over the worst COVID-19 pandemic in the world.

On a per-capita basis, nowhere has this virus been more deadly than in New York, yet no one in the media blames this public-health catastrophe on the governor — quite the contrary. America’s press corps treats Cuomo with awestruck reverence (“Saint Andrew of Albany,” April 27) as he speaks of “science” and “experts,” in his role of National Smart Guy, counterpoised against Dumb Republicans, in addressing the question of how to safely end the unprecedented lockdowns. Referring to one of the PowerPoint slides in his lecture Wednesday, Cuomo said:

You see how fast we went up and how much slower the decline was and that’s important. That’s what the national experts are talking about when they say you could have an outbreak that you couldn’t recover from. The increase, the incline is very fast. The virus travels very quickly and then getting control of the outbreak is much slower and much harder and that was the experience we had here in New York. You see how fast it went up and how many days of super effort by New Yorkers it took to get that spread under control and to reduce the rate of new cases.

The Cult of Eternal Lockdown is always willing to seize on anything that looks like “evidence” of their own superior knowledge.

As of Wednesday, New York had more than 27,000 deaths from COVID-19, and many thousands of those deaths were a direct result of Cuomo’s own policies. The governor forced nursing homes to admit patients diagnosed with the disease. Cuomo’s bad policy resulted in the virus spreading among the vulnerable elderly population, so that about 25 percent of all coronavirus deaths in New York occurred in nursing homes. It was not until this week that Governor Science finally rescinded his wrongheaded mandate. Cuomo’s record of deadly policy blunders, however, did not deter him from declaring that it is “too soon” for the rest of America to resume normal business activity:

We heard testimony yesterday from the national experts, Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, who warns of suffering and death if the U.S. reopens too soon. If you reopen the economy too soon, people are not taking the precautions, you have gatherings, the virus will transfer and you will see a spike in hospitalizations and you will see a spike in deaths. What’s the key in that expression? The key is ‘too soon.’ If you open too soon. All right. What does that mean, too soon? Too soon means you’re opening, you’re increasing activity at a rate that the hospital system cannot handle and people are not taking the right precautions. That’s what too soon means.

Who are these people of whom Cuomo speaks, the ones who can’t be trusted to take “the right precautions” and who would inflict “suffering and death” on America? Where do these irresponsible people live? If Cuomo is talking about the people of New York who elected him governor, then certainly they deserve criticism for their poor judgment. Ah, but you see, it’s the rest of America — the ones who don’t live in New York and didn’t elect Cuomo to lecture us about science — whom he accuses of causing “death and suffering” by ignoring “national experts.” Perhaps Cuomo was referring to Florida, Georgia, or Texas as examples of states “increasing activity … too soon.”

All of those states, led by their Republican governors, are already well on their way to resuming normal life, and their “death and suffering” from COVID-19 have been the merest fraction of the disaster Cuomo has presided over in New York. Gov. Brian Kemp’s Georgia has a per-capita coronavirus death rate about 89 percent lower than New York’s, while the rate in Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Florida is 94 percent lower and Gov. Greg Abbott’s Texas has a death rate 97 percent lower than Cuomo’s state. Why is Cuomo on TV lecturing the rest of America about “taking the right precautions,” when these other states have done so much better than New York? The answer to that question, like so many other questions nowadays, can be answered in three simple words: “Orange Man Bad!”

Because the media hate President Trump, he must be blamed for the coronavirus. Since March, the Trump-hating media have been telling us that the president has caused this pandemic because Republicans are anti-science, whereas Cuomo and other Democrats are pro-science. Therefore, anyone who criticizes or opposes Trump’s policies is automatically anointed as an advocate of “science,” whereas anyone who supports or agrees with Trump’s policies is a Dumb Republican. Because the president and his supporters are generally in favor of returning to normal life sooner rather than later, therefore Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are convinced that “science” requires many more months of government-mandated lockdowns.

Because their logic is entirely a function of partisan politics — “Orange Man Bad!” — these self-appointed apostles of “science” cannot be bothered to notice the distance between reality and their own beliefs. The Cult of Eternal Lockdown is always willing to seize on anything that looks like “evidence” of their own superior knowledge, while ignoring every fact that might contradict their worldview. It does not support their argument, for example, to point out that three states (New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts) have a combined 42,326 deaths from COVID-19, which is nearly half of all U.S. deaths from the disease. All three of those states voted for Hillary Clinton by landslide margins, so their disproportionately deadly outbreaks don’t support the Dumb Republicans theory of the pandemic. Nor can any of the Eternal Lockdown cultists explain why Ohio, under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, has a per-capita coronavirus death rate 73 percent lower than the rate in neighboring Michigan, where Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has enforced one of the most draconian lockdown regimes in America.

Whitmer’s latest “scientific” exploit involved revoking the license of a 77-year-old barber who had reopened his shop in violation of her orders. Such authoritarian gestures are perfectly acceptable under the lockdown logic that prevails among Democrats and their media allies. If lockdowns are inherently good, then more is always better; the more stringent the enforcement, and the more severe the punishment of violators, the more your policy will attract media praise as “science.” But does actual science support Whitmer’s punishment of the rebellious barber Karl Manke? If there was any infection risk in allowing Manke to resume his trade, it would only affect customers who visited his shop in Owosso, population 14,484. Owosso is in Shiawassee County which, as of Wednesday, had only 19 coronavirus deaths in a countywide population of 68,192. This is a proverbial drop in the bucket of Michigan’s 4,714 COVID-19 deaths. Nearly 80 percent of Michigan’s deaths from the virus have been in Detroit (1,218) and its suburbs in surrounding Wayne County (938), Oakland County (874) and Macomb County (717). What danger of contagion does Manke’s Owosso barber shop pose to any resident of Shiawassee County, in comparison to the danger from metropolitan Detroit?

Does science really justify Whitmer’s policy? No, of course not — it’s purely about politics. The Detroit area that accounts for more than three-quarters of Michigan’s coronavirus deaths is also, perhaps not coincidentally, a Democrat stronghold. Whitmer was elected in 2018with more than 70 percent of the vote in Wayne County, whereas the county where Karl Manke lives is heavily Republican. Trump beat Clinton by nearly 20 points in Shiawassee County in 2016, so shutting down Manke’s business is part of Whitmer’s policy of vindictive reprisal against her enemies. “These executive orders are not a suggestion,” Whitmer said Monday in defense of her lockdown policy. “They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”

Whitmer didn’t even bother to explain whether punishing a small-town barber serves any legitimate public-health purpose. The Cult of Eternal Lockdown does not tolerate heretics, particularly those who make the mistake of voting Republican. To oppose Whitmer is to be anti-science, you see.

When the proponents of lockdown are not too busy punishing small business owners, they can be heard on cable-news programs lecturing about the important of testing and contact tracing. This is a straw-man argument, of course, falsely implying that somewhere there are Dumb Republicans who are against such measures. But public-health officials in GOP-controlled states like Georgia, Texas, and Florida are engaged in testing and contact tracing sufficiently well to keep their COVID-19 case numbers far below the rate in New York or Michigan, contrary to what the lockdown cultists imply. Florida, for example, has tested more than 160,000 people in the past week, of which fewer than 7 percent tested positive. The daily number of new coronavirus cases in Florida has declined roughly 54 percent from the pandemic’s peak about six weeks ago (1,307 on April 3) to an average of about 600 new cases daily in the past week.

Despite Florida’s success story, however, the apostles of “science” in the media don’t offer Gov. DeSantis a daily platform to lecture America about epidemiology, as that pulpit is reserved for Cuomo’s sermons. DeSantis is just another Dumb Republican who is anti-science, according to the media priesthood of the Cult of Eternal Lockdown. While Cuomo is on TV demanding a $61 billion federal bailout for his disease-stricken state, DeSantis is inviting sports teams to come down to Florida for practice in the healthy climate of the Sunshine State. You can probably guess which proposal the media supports.

Lockdown logic is not about science. Rather it is “science,” the quotation marks designating this phony commodity as a bogus political substitute for the real thing. The media devote enormous energy to manufacturing conflicts between Trump and his public-health advisers, including Dr. Fauci. It is predictable that when public-health officials are asked to express their policy preferences, they will respond with an expensive wish-list — their utopian ideal of disease contagion — rather like the child who asks Santa Claus to bring him a pony for Christmas. Trump has his own ideals, however, and an indefinite shutdown of the U.S. economy is not something he’s going to deliver, no matter how much Dr. Fauci hopes to find that pony in his living room on Christmas morning. Tempest, meet teapot.

Americans did not elect Dr. Fauci to be our Official Economic Controller, and this business of pretending that Trump’s policy is “anti-science” because he sometimes overrules his advisers is part of the media’s lockdown logic game which is, of course, all about politics. The same media voices telling us we’re all going to die of coronavirus because of Trump’s policies would have us believe that Joe Biden is even more of a scientific expert than Andrew Cuomo. Biden can seldom speak in coherent sentences, but electing Sleepy Joe will save us from COVID-19. Or so you might believe, if you’re a CNN viewer.

Speaking of CNN, tonight the perennial third-place cable news network will be hosting a “global town hall” entitled, “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears.” Guess which renowned scientific expert they’ve chosen to appear in this event? If you guessed autistic Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, you’re a winner. Try to stop laughing. Science isn’t supposed to be funny, you know.

— Read on spectator.org/lockdown-logic/

Brannon Howse: May 13, 2020 | Worldview Weekend

Guest: Mark Hitchcock. Topic: Mark is the author of the new book: Corona Crisis: Plagues, Pandemics, and the Apocalypse. Topic: Before Brannon interviews Mark he reads from a new article from the Huffington Post in which the author is so apparently lacking in intelligence that she cannot even get the name of Brannon’s organization correct and then goes on to take a quote from Betrand Russell and declare Brannon was attributing it to Bill Gates. Brannon uses this to reveal just how debased, lazy, and frankly flat out stupid so much of the media is today. America is now at a point in which facts no longer matter to the media because their commitment is to lies, distortion, and marginalizing of their political opponents. Topic: Brannon asked Mark Hitchcock to explain how has the Coronavirus is laying the foundation for the future fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Topic: What is the meaning of the various horsemen of the apocalypse in relation to pandemics? Topic: Where is the world headed from here? Topic: We take your calls. 

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States Are Now Wrestling With The Biggest Budget Crisis They Have Faced In All Of U.S. History — The Most Important News

Most U.S. states are seeing tax revenues completely and utterly collapse during this COVID-19 pandemic, and some are already begging the federal government for bailout money.  Because if dramatic intervention does not happen, many states are going to have to start savagely slashing their expenditures, and that could mean unprecedented job losses on the state government level.  Typically, state government bureaucrats make above average salaries and those jobs often come with very nice benefit packages.  Once those jobs have been eliminated, they will not be easy to replace.

The tax revenue numbers that are starting to come in are nothing short of shocking.  Just consider these examples

Georgia is showing a decline of more than $100 million in sales tax, fuel tax and other tax revenue compared with the same period a year ago. Tennessee’s tax revenue is down more than $120 million. Pennsylvania’s is off by more $760 million, and Texas, which also has been hammered by the downturn in oil prices, has seen tax collections plummet by nearly $1 billion.

And New Jersey officials just reported that tax revenue in their state fell a whopping 60 percent during the month of April compared to a year ago.

These are unprecedented figures, and they have created gaping holes in state budgets all over the nation

Colorado faces a gap of nearly a quarter of the state’s general budget. The projected gap in California is more than a fifth of its spending plan and in Oklahoma, a sixth. The governor of Oregon is preparing to cut 17% of her budget. Michigan may have to slash up to a quarter of the money it sends to schools.

And what is truly frightening is that this new economic depression in only a couple of months old.

What will things look like once we get several more months down the road?

Already, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that things are so bad in his state that a 61 billion dollar federal bailout is needed

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state needs $61 billion in federal support “or we will wind up aggravating the situation” by forcing cuts to local governments.

“You know who local governments are? That’s police, firefighters. You want me to cut hospitals? Hospitals are the nurses and the doctors who just got us through this and everyone celebrates as heroes. If you don’t fund the state, that’s who you’re cutting in terms of finances.”

Of course we have entered a time when literally everyone is going to be begging the federal government for money.

And as I discussed yesterday, all of the reckless borrowing and spending the federal government has been doing is going to absolutely wreck the value of our currency.

But most of our politicians are not really concerned about the value of the U.S. dollar at this point.  They just want to to rev up the cash machine and try to patch up our sinking ship.

Another thing to keep a close eye on is the fact that public pension plans all over the country are headed for major problems.  In fact, U.S. public pension plans just had the worst quarter ever recorded

Public pension plans lost a median 13.2% in the three months ended March 31, according to Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service data released Tuesday, slightly more than in the fourth quarter of 2008. March’s stock market plummet led to the biggest one-quarter drop in the 40 years the firm has been tracking.

“It was a horrible quarter for all public funds,” said Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Investment Chief Angela Miller-May.

This was already an emerging crisis even before COVID-19 came along, and now a lot of these plans are going to be in very, very serious trouble.

This is one of the reasons why authorities are so desperate to prop up the stock market.  Pension plans have poured so much money into stocks in recent years, and that worked out just fine during the boom years.

But now that a new economic depression has arrived, it is going to turn out to be a catastrophic strategy.

Meanwhile, we continue to get more bad economic news with each passing day.  On Wednesday, we learned that Steak ‘n Shake will be permanently shutting down more than 50 locations

The restaurant Steak ‘n Shake has announced the decision to permanently close at least 51 of its restaurant locations nationwide. The move comes amid growing worry about the COVID-19 outbreak and its damage on the company’s financial future.

Biglari Holdings Inc. announced in its first quarter report that Steak ‘n Shake’s revenue has drop $59 million compared to the same time last year because of a decrease in demand.

For those keeping score at home, these are more jobs that are never, ever coming back.

But I certainly can’t blame Steak ‘n Shake for shutting down restaurants.  Social distancing restrictions will remain in effect in some areas of the country for many months to come, and fear of the coronavirus will keep many customers away long after all of the restrictions have finally been lifted.

Certain industries are just going to have to accept the fact that we have entered a new economic reality, and business models are going to have to fundamentally change.  For example, the International Air Transport Association is already projecting lower levels of air travel for at least the next five years

Demand for air travel will lag behind pre-coronavirus forecasts for at least five more years, according to the latest projections from the International Air Transport Association.

Global traffic, or the number of passengers carried times the distance flown, will still be about 10% below original estimates in 2025, Brian Pearce, the trade group’s chief economist, said in a media briefing Wednesday.

I was stunned when I first read that.

But this is how fast an economic death spiral can happen.  Fear of the coronavirus has paralyzed economic demand, and this is causing businesses all over America to fail.

As more businesses fail, that creates even more economic fear, and lenders get even tighter with their money.

Hopefully we can break out of this cycle of fear eventually, but of course this “perfect storm” that we are now facing is still only in the very early chapters.

At some point this coronavirus pandemic will fade, but there will be no running away from the consequences of decades of exceedingly foolish decisions.

Those decisions set the stage for the greatest economic crisis in our history, and now we are starting to watch that crisis play out right in front of our eyes on a daily basis.

via States Are Now Wrestling With The Biggest Budget Crisis They Have Faced In All Of U.S. History — The Most Important News

Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

A jogger wears a face mask in New York’s Hudson River Park last month. Many Americans who used to manage their anxiety with exercise are now finding that doesn’t cut it under the stress and the isolation of the coronavirus epidemic. Mark Lennihan/The Associated Press

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Other mental health call and text lines can be found below.  

At Provident Behavioral Health in St. Louis, people who called the helpline at the beginning of the pandemic were fearful, even panicked.

“Nearly everyone expressed fear. Fear of catching the virus, fear of the future, fear of the unknown and fear of not knowing how to cope with their feelings,” said Jessica Vance, who manages the Disaster Distress Helpline at Provident.

Now people’s calls and texts, which have leveled off in the past couple of weeks, are more about their isolation and depression.

Nationwide, mental health call and text centers, the first lines of defense for many people feeling jittery during a crisis, offer an early picture of how Americans are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Many crisis centers are reporting 30% to 40% increases in the number of people seeking help. The helpline at Provident is experiencing a tenfold increase compared with this time last year, when no national disaster was occurring. So far, the nation’s most heavily used helpline, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, has not seen a spike in call volume.

But mental health experts predict an avalanche of mental health needs as the pandemic progresses.

Ultimately, the psychological impact of the pandemic will harm far more people than the virus itself. And the widespread emotional trauma it’s evoking will be long lasting, experts say. Already, more than 4 in 10 Americans say that stress related to the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health, according to an April poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic will be the most psychologically toxic disaster in anyone’s lifetime,” said George Everly, who teaches disaster mental health and human resilience at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“This pandemic is a disaster of uncertainty,” he explained, “and the greater the uncertainty surrounding a disaster, the greater the psychological casualties.”

Based on Americans’ reactions to previous disasters, the emotional phases people can be expected to go through are predictable, Everly said. “But how many weeks or months those phases will last, I can’t tell you.”

For now, starting the third month of the crisis, a sense of shared experience and a felt need to stay strong and fight a common enemy may be keeping many people from emotional collapse and suicide.

But as time wears on, more extreme psychological effects of the pandemic’s widespread trauma can be expected to surface, said Jerry Reed, senior vice president at the Education Development Center and member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

“When the pandemic wanes and most Americans return to work and school, disillusionment, depression and despair will likely arise for some people,” Reed said. “That’s when we could see an increase in suicides.

“But that’s only if we fail to prepare. We know that suicide is preventable,” he said. “Let’s take advantage of the time we have now and try to get ahead of the curve rather than waiting.”

Collateral Damage

More than 47,000 people in the United States died by suicide in 2017, making it the 10th-leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The same year, 1.4 million adults attempted suicide and 10.6 million reported seriously considering suicide, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The suicide rate in the United States has risen 30% since 2000, with the highest prevalence among middle-aged white men. At the same time, deaths from drug overdoses and alcohol abuse have risen sharply, resulting in a decrease in American life expectancy for three consecutive years.

This rise in what are called deaths of despair, social scientists say, is caused by worsening economic conditions and social isolation in much of the nation over the past two decades.

Last week, a mental health advocacy nonprofit released an analysis predicting that the massive job losses resulting from the economic shutdown during the pandemic, compounded by increased social isolation, could lead to an even sharper increase in deaths of despair.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed about 79,000 Americans, could lead to another 75,000 deaths from alcohol and drug misuse and suicide, the analysis projected.

National disasters in the past have resulted in higher suicide rates in the months and years after the initial crisis. But it’s too soon to know whether this pandemic already is causing more suicides. National data on the cause of deaths is collected by the CDC from state death certificates and lags two years behind.

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SOURCE: PEW – Christine Vestal

via Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

The WEAPONIZATION of FEAR: Part of the GLOBALIST Agenda — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

FEAR is the driving force which is contolling  most of America.  It has been packaged so well and has been fed to the American people from the mainstream media. The deception is working. The leftwing audiences hang onto every word they hear from CNN and the rest of the Fake News sites.

Two excellent videos from Jamie Glazov:

Fauci, Gates et al are bad actors in this world turned upside down with FEAR. As much as the so-called Covid-19 virus was manipulated in Wuhan, Fear is now being manipulated and cast into the hearts of the people of the world.

Global Warming was a dud. The Russian Collusion was a lie and a dud. This is the biggun – the one that says with such authority “Are YOU going to contribute to the next pandemic (which by the way is inevitable) Are YOU going to be known as an instigator of more pandemics because you would not follow our rules??”

This folks, is Satanic manipulation. Pure EVIL.

Some would ask “Why would Globalists go to such extremes as this?” What is their end game?

It has been said that the only thing standing in the way of Global Governance is a STRONG AMERICA.

Can the reader see this clearly? Do you understand that America’s economy is being pummeled and crushed each day that we are still “Closed for business?”

Can you see that families have been separated and are suffering from depression and a feeling of helplessness?

Do you understand that the powers that be have inflated the number of cases of Covid-19 and definitely the numbers of deaths?

Is the truth of what is happening, finally coming into clear focus?

If I could sum up in one sentence why we find ourselves in this nightmarish predicament, it would be this with globalists speaking:

“We could not allow Trump to have another term because our decades of furiously working toward the NWO will be disrupted.”

Andrew Cuomo

This man who celebrates NY’s law that babies may be murdered on the day of their birth; has now been implicated in 5000 deaths of the elderly in nursing homes who were sent back to these facilities for one reason:  to die.  And they did.

Cuomo is the face of Globalism and Evil.  He bragged about a piece of legislation which he brought about – named after his mother. The law was to make sure that the elderly receive the care they needed during this “pandemic.”

WHAT A PHONY AND LIAR.

This man cares not for the lives of babies nor the elderly. He cares only for himself and his globalist cohorts!  

Despicable!

As Christians, we know that God is in control. He could have stopped this Covid-19 pandemic, but He did not.  He could have stopped Bill Gates and his quest for depopulating the world – but He has not.

We know from the Word of God that in the end days there will be much tribulation and deception.  These things must take place to further fulfill Bible prophecy.

But no matter what happens next (and this will not be easy) we must trust our Lord. We are battling this wretched flesh against our spirits. It is only when we read the Word of God and understand what He has allowed us to know about these times – that we feel the peace that comes not from the world, but only from Him. It is called the Peace that passes all understanding.

This is what I pray for the brethren.  I also have been praying that these uncertain and scary times will cause many to turn to the Lord and be saved. After all, this is the reason that Christians are still here. We are to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost.

God will give you boldness like you have never had before.

Keep looking up for our Blessed Hope. I believe that we are so close!

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!!

via The WEAPONIZATION of FEAR: Part of the GLOBALIST Agenda — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Senator Rand Paul Reacts to Obama Officials Unmasking and Leaking Trump Transition Team Communications… — The Last Refuge

A few points on the unmasking before Rand Paul response.  First, the release today is only what the Obama team did regarding unmasking General Flynn.  As Devin Nunes previously outlined, there are many more Trump transition team members who were unmasked as the Obama team conducted surveillance on the incoming administration.

Second, the NSA “reports” are related to actual transcripts, emails and text messages of communication; not just various intelligence interpretations of those communications.

As Senator Rand Paul shares, the effort of the Obama and Biden administration to unmask their political opposition during the transition; and then use widespread distribution and leaks to the media to push a specific one-sided view; is the weaponization of the intelligence apparatus to target political opposition.  That’s the major issue:

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Again, a reminder, these reports surround only NSA intercepts. Simultaneous to this there was an ongoing FBI counterintelligence operation using FISA surveillance (Carter Page) and non-fisa targeted FBI surveillance of Michael Flynn.

via Senator Rand Paul Reacts to Obama Officials Unmasking and Leaking Trump Transition Team Communications… — The Last Refuge

Devin Nunes Discusses Unmasking: “It’s Much Worse Than This” – The Entire Trump Transition Was Under Surveillance… — The Last Refuge

First things first: ♦Understand Obama’s Surveillance Operation HERE.  ♦Michael Flynn wasn’t under a FISA (Title-1) HERE …. that’s the background.

Devin Nunes appears with Lou Dobbs to discuss the recent list of Obama-era officials who unmasked NSA intercepts of Michael Flynn talking to foreign government officials.  Rep. Nunes reminds the audience that Flynn is only one person within a much larger group of Trump transition team members who were under surveillance by Team Obama.

March 27, 2017, then House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, held a brief press conference and stated he was provided intelligence reports brought to him by unnamed sources including ‘significant information’ about President-Elect Trump and his transition team.

These reports included unmaskings of President Trump campaign officials; and included Donald Trump himself…. You know what that means:

1.) …”On numerous occasions the [Obama] intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.”

2.) “Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration; details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.”

3.) “Third, I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition members were unmasked.”

4.) “Fourth and finally, I want to be clear; none of this surveillance was related to Russia, or the investigation of Russian activities, or of the Trump team.

“The House Intelligence Committee will thoroughly investigate surveillance and its subsequent dissemination, to determine a few things here that I want to read off:”

  • “Who was aware of it?”
  • “Why it was not disclosed to congress?”
  • “Who requested and authorized the additional unmasking?”
  • “Whether anyone directed the intelligence community to focus on Trump associates?”
  • “And whether any laws, regulations or procedures were violated?”

“I have asked the Directors of the FBI, NSA and CIA to expeditiously comply with my March 15th letter -that you all received a couple of weeks ago- and to provide a full account of these surveillance activities.”


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Devin Nunes Discusses Unmasking: “It’s Much Worse Than This” – The Entire Trump Transition Was Under Surveillance… — The Last Refuge

May 13 Life-Changing Moments With God

Pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

As a true worshiper, I will worship You, Father God, in spirit and truth; for You are seeking such to worship You. You are Spirit, and those of us who worship You must worship in spirit and truth. When I call … and when I cry, You will say, “Here I am.” Whenever I stand praying, if I have anything against anyone, I will forgive him.

Without faith it is impossible to please You, Lord God, for I who come to You must believe that You are, and that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You. So I ask in faith, with no doubting, for if I doubt I am like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let me not then suppose that I will receive anything from You, Lord.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, You, Lord, will not hear me. These things were written to me, that I may not sin. And if I sin, I have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for my sins.

Lord God, to You I cry, keep me from sin and doubt.

1 Timothy 2:8; John 4:23–24; Isaiah 58:9; Mark 11:25; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:6–7; Psalm 66:18; 1 John 2:1–2[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 148). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May—13 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.—Song 2:3.

My soul! hear what the Church saith concerning her Lord, in those early and distant ages, before thy Redeemer became incarnate, and mark the strength of her faith and love. Did Old Testament saints thus sit down with a recumbency on the person, work, and finished salvation of Jesus, as those determined to rise no more, when they beheld Christ only through “the shadow of good things to come;” and shall not thy rest in Christ, and thy enjoyment of Christ, be equal, and even greater than theirs? For shame, my soul! let it never be said, that their views of Jesus, who was then yet to come, and had all the vast work of redemption to perform, were as lively as thine, or their delight in those fruits of his salvation, which they partook of by anticipation, sweeter to the taste, than they are now enjoyed by thee. Thou hast lived to see the whole completed, and canst, and dost look up, and behold thy Jesus returned to glory, having “finished transgression, made an end of sin,” and now for ever seated at the right hand of God. Oh, thou dear Redeemer! give me to sit down under the sweet revelations of thy word, and in the gospel ordinances of thy Church, and here by faith realize and substantiate all the blessings contained in the glories of thy person, the infinite and eternal merit and worth of thy righteousness, blood, and salvation; and have my whole soul, and body, and spirit, continually feasted with the rich fellowship and communion which there is to be enjoyed with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And surely, Lord, thou art all, and infinitely more than is here said of thee by the Church. Thou art a shade for protection from every thing which can assault a poor weather-beaten soul harassed by sin, by sorrow, and temptation. Well might the prophet describe thee as “the man that is as an hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, and as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” (Isaiah 32:2.) I find thee necessary as an hiding-place to shelter me from the wrath to come. I have sinned, and am justly exposed to the wrath of God. I find the accusations of conscience, the arrests of God’s law, the temptations of Satan, the alarms of justice; and, under all these, what but thy blood and righteousness can screen my poor soul, or make me secure in an hour of visitation? But sheltered by thee, and justified by thy great salvation, I find everything I need to protect and secure me from the storm, “when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” But, my soul, this sweet scripture doth not only set before thee thy God and Saviour as a shadow to sit under for protection, but as affording fruit also, to refresh thee in thy want of sustenance. Like some rich, luxuriant, and generous tree, which not only shelters the traveller from the scorching heat, but holds forth on its branches delicious fruit to regale and satisfy for food, so Jesus, by his person, work, and righteousness, protects his people from all evil; and, by the fruits of his blood and redemption, supplies them with all good. Yes! blessed, bountiful Lord, thou art here again all these, and infinitely more; for the fruits of thy life, death, resurrection, ascension, and glory, give to thy redeemed, mercy, pardon, and peace, with all the fulness of covenant-blessings in this life, and everlasting happiness in the life to come. O Lord! grant me, then, day by day, and from night to morn, to sit down under thy shadow, that I may “revive as the corn, and grow as the vine.” Yea, Lord, I would so sit down, as one that had determined to rise no more; and having found thee, and, in thee, all I need, to bid adieu to all the world holds dear; and, like Paul, “count all things else but dung and dross, that I might win Christ, and be found in thee, the Lord my righteousness.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 148–149). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Grenell releases list of officials who sought to ‘unmask’ Flynn: Biden, Comey, Obama intel chiefs among them

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has released a list of names of Obama administration officials who purportedly requested to “unmask” the identity of Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period.

Source: Grenell releases list of officials who sought to ‘unmask’ Flynn: Biden, Comey, Obama intel chiefs among them

Unmasking The Unmaskers: Biden, Brennan, Clapper, & Powers Named In DNI Just-Released List | ZeroHedge News

A list of Obama administration officials who participated in the ‘unmasking’ of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been released by Sens. Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley. The names include former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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The revelation comes after Biden was caught trying to lie about his knowledge of the Flynn investigation during a Tuesday morning interview – changing course after host George Stephanopoulos pointed out his documented attendance at a January 5 Oval Office meeting in which key members of the Obama administration discussed the ongoing investigation into Flynn’s intercepted contacts with the Russian ambassador.

As we have previously noted, “unmasking” is a term used when the identity of a U.S. citizen or lawful resident is revealed in classified intelligence reports. Normally, when government officials receive intelligence reports, the names of American citizens are redacted to protect their privacy. But officials can request that names, listed as “U.S. Person 1,” for example, be unmasked internally in order to give context about the potential value of the intelligence. Unmasking is justified for national security reasons but is governed by strict rules across the U.S. intelligence apparatus that make it illegal to pursue for political reasons or to leak classified information generated by the process.

Grenell visited the Justice Department last week to give them the list of unmaskers, which the DOJ effectively said was up to him to release, according to a Fox Newsreport.

After Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice was outed as the ringleader of an unmasking campaign, the Wall Street Journal reported that she wasn’t the only administration official to participate in Flynn’s unmasking.

The new disclosure comes after the FBI was revealed to have attempted to ensnare Flynn in a perjury trap, despite the agency’s own DC field office

Source: Unmasking The Unmaskers: Biden, Brennan, Clapper, & Powers Named In DNI Just-Released List

May 13 Streams in the Desert

We know not what we should pray for as we ought.”

(Rom. 8:26)

MUCH that perplexes us in our Christian experience is but the answer to our prayers. We pray for patience, and our Father sends those who tax us to the utmost; for “tribulation worketh patience.”

We pray for submission, and God sends sufferings; for “we learn obedience by the things we suffer.”

We pray for unselfishness, and God gives us opportunities to sacrifice ourselves by thinking on the things of others, and by laying down our lives for the brethren.

We pray for strength and humility, and some messenger of Satan torments us until we lie in the dust crying for its removal.

We pray, “Lord, increase our faith,” and money takes wings; or the children are alarmingly ill; or a servant comes who is careless, extravagant, untidy or slow, or some hitherto unknown trial calls for an increase of faith along a line where we have not needed to exercise much faith before.

We pray for the Lamb-life, and are given a portion of lowly service, or we are injured and must seek no redress; for “he was led as a lamb to the slaughter and … opened not his mouth.”

We pray for gentleness, and there comes a perfect storm of temptation to harshness and irritability. We pray for quietness, and every nerve is strung to the utmost tension, so that looking to Him we may learn that when He giveth quietness, no one can make trouble.

We pray for love, and God sends peculiar suffering and puts us with apparently unlovely people, and lets them say things which rasp the nerves and lacerate the heart; for love suffereth long and is kind, love is not impolite, love is not provoked. Love beareth all things, believeth, hopeth and endureth, love never faileth. We pray for likeness to Jesus, and the answer is, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” “Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong?” “Are ye able?”

The way to peace and victory is to accept every circumstance, every trial, straight from the hand of a loving Father; and to live up in the heavenly places, above the clouds, in the very presence of the Throne, and to look down from the Glory upon our environment as lovingly and divinely appointed.—Selected.

I prayed for strength, and then I lost awhile

All sense of nearness, human and divine;

The love I leaned on failed and pierced my heart,

The hands I clung to loosed themselves from mine;

But while I swayed, weak, trembling, and alone,

The everlasting arms upheld my own.

I prayed for light; the sun went down in clouds,

The moon was darkened by a misty doubt,

The stars of heaven were dimmed by earthly fears,

And all my little candle flames burned out;

But while I sat in shadow, wrapped in night,

The face of Christ made all the darkness bright.

I prayed for peace, and dreamed of restful ease,

A slumber drugged from pain, a hushed repose;

Above my head the skies were black with storm,

And fiercer grew the onslaught of my foes;

But while the battle raged, and wild winds blew,

I heard His voice and perfect peace I knew.

I thank Thee, Lord, Thou wert too wise to heed.

My feeble prayers, and answer as I sought,

Since these rich gifts Thy bounty has bestowed

Have brought me more than all I asked or thought;

Giver of good, so answer each request

With Thine own giving, better than my best.

Annie Johnson Flint.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 145–146). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

May 13 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

May 13.—Morning. [Or September 22.]
“There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

2 Samuel 9

AND David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?

Good men are grateful men. Jonathan had shown David great kindness, and therefore David sought to return it to his descendants. He who is not faithful in friendship gives no evidence that he is sincere in religion.

2, 3 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.

And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. (He was living in the country in great retirement, perhaps in fear that David might seek his life. We are often afraid of the very men who will turn out to be our best friends.)

¶ Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.

Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. (He was both awed by the splendour of the court, and alarmed lest the king should injure him, but David soon comforted him in the kindest manner.) And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.

And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

9, 10 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. (And therefore he would be able to equip Mephibosheth with a suitable attendance becoming his royal rank.)

11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.

12, 13 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

From this story we learn to remember past kindnesses. If in his prosperity any man has been good to us, let us deal well with him if we ever see either him or his children in want. Never let it be said that a child of God is ungrateful to his fellow-men. If we are to do kindness to those who have treated us ill, much more are we bound to repay the favours of those who have been our friends. A further lesson may be found in the fact that David and Jonathan had made a covenant, and that David was faithful to it, even though Jonathan’s son was both obscure in his abode, poor in his estate, and deformed in his person. The Lord also is true to his covenant; he will not forsake those who put their trust in him. Though many of his people are, spiritually, as lame as Mephibosheth, yet he remembers them, and even deigns to invite them to sit at his table in familiar intercourse with him. The Lord is not ashamed of the poor; feeble friends of Jesus, but out of love to their well-beloved Lord and Master he will grant to them to eat continually at the king’s table, even though they be lame on both their feet.

Poor, weak, and worthless, though I am,

I have a rich almighty Friend;

Jesus, the Saviour, is His name:

He freely loves, and without end.

He cheers my heart, my wants supplies,

And says that I shall shortly be

Enthroned with him above the skies:

Oh! what a friend is Christ to me!

God is gone up with shouts of joy,

And angels harping round;

Our Lord is welcomed to the sky

With trumpet’s joyful sound.

Open, ye heavenly gates, to let

The King of glory in;

The Lord of hosts, of saying might,

Who vanquished death and sin.

And shall not mortals join their songs,

Though poor their notes may be?

The lisping of believing tongues,

Makes heavenly minstrelsy.

 

Jesus, where’er thy people meet,

There they behold thy mercy-seat:

Where’er they seek thee, thou art found

And every place is hallow’d ground.

For thou within no walls confined,

Inhabitest the humble mind;

Such ever bring thee where they come,

And going, take thee to their home.

Behold, to thee we pour our vow,

Our daily dwelling place art thou!

And whilst the light of life we see,

Our happy souls shall rest in thee.

Jesus, with thy salvation blest,

We yield the glory to thy name:

Fix’d in thy strength our banners rest,

With joy thy vict’ry we proclaim.

Let men the rattling chariot trust,

Or the swift steed, with courage stored.

In thee our confidence we boast,

Jesus, Messiah, conquering Lord!

Safe shall we stand, nor yield to fear,

When sinners with their hopes shall fall:

Save, Lord, O King Messiah, hear!

Hear, mighty Saviour, when we call.

 

The head that once was crown’d with thorns

Is crown’d with glory now;

A royal diadem adorns

The mighty victor’s brow.

The highest place that heaven affords

Is his, is his by right,

The King of kings, the Lord of lords,

And heaven’s eternal light.

To him let every tongue be praise,

And every heart be love:

All grateful honours paid on earth,

And nobler songs above.

Lead me not, for flesh is frail,

Where fierce trials would assail;

Leave me not, in darken’d hour,

To withstand the tempter’s power.

Save me from the tempter’s wiles,

Keep my heart when pleasure smiles;

On my watch tower may I be,

Lest I should dishonour thee.

While I am a pilgrim here,

Let thy love my spirit cheer:

As my guide, my guard, my friend,

Lead me to my journey’s end.

May 13.—Evening. [Or September 23.]
“Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

WE now come to that mournful occurrence in David’s life, which changed his whole career from prosperity to sorrow.

2 Samuel 11:1–3; 6–10; 12–17; 26, 27

And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

Perhaps he had begun to indulge himself in ease, and therefore left the battles of his country to be fought by others. If so, we are hereby taught that indolence is the nurse of vice.

And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: (Did he not rise from his bed till so late in the day? Had he grown self-indulgent? If so, who wonders that he fell?) and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? (David at once sent for her and took her to himself, thus committing the grossest sin. Alas! Alas! how were the mighty fallen!

In a short time David found that his sin would be discovered, and therefore he sent for Uriah to come home, that his shameful conduct might be concealed.)

6, 7 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.

But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.

10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? (To this, Uriah answered that he would not go home to sleep at ease while the ark and his fellow-soldiers were in tents, or encamped in the open field. Here we find a common soldier austere and self-denying, while the renowned psalmist had become luxurious and wanton.)

12, 13 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. (What wickedness was this on David’s part to lead honest Uriah into drunkenness! One sin draws on another as links of a chain. With all his cunning, David did not succeed in concealing his crime, and therefore, he went further still, and became guilty of murder to screen himself. “How art thou fallen from heaven, thou beautiful star of the morning!” “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”)

14, 15 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.

16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.

17 And the men of the city went out; and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. (The man after God’s own heart had fallen so low as to be both an adulterer and a murderer! Other princes in those days did such things commonly, and their people dared not complain, but this was a chosen servant of God, and in him it was foul iniquity.)

26, 27 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. (Though the sinner may have dreamed that he had cleverly hidden his crime, this last sentence was the death knell of his security. If our conduct displeases the Lord, nothing is well with us.)[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 279–281). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Top Wall Street firms are getting increasingly worried corporate stock buybacks are drying up just when the market needs them most (SPY) | Business Insider

Goldman Sachs

  • Corporate share buyback programs are declining at a rapid rate as companies look to build up cash and strengthen their balance sheets amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Analyst notes from Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan point to a significant drop in estimated buybacks for 2020, just when the market needs them most. 
  • Since 2009, the only net buyer of stocks has been corporations, one analyst noted.
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Corporate stock buyback programs are drying up just when the market needs them most.

Since 2009, corporations have been the only net buyer of stocks, repurchasing more than $4 trillion worth of shares, according to a note from Canaccord Genuity’s Tony Dwyer published last month.

Those corporate buyback flows have undoubtedly helped equity prices rise over the past decade, underscoring their importance in the market as the S&P 500 indextrades down more than 11% year-to-date.

Now, as companies scramble to raise cash and strengthen their balance sheets amid the economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, buyback programs are evaporating.

Announced buybacks for S&P 500 companies year-to-date are tracking more than 50% below its prior year levels at just under $100 billion, according to a JPMorgan analyst note published on May 4.

And worse than the announced buyback figures are the actual buyback numbers.

In Bank of America note published Wednesday morning, the bank said:

“Buybacks remained extremely anemic, with QTD buybacks tracking just over $1 billion – on pace for a record low ~$2 billion quarter in our data history. YTD, cumulative buybacks are tracking 35% below 2019 levels at this time …”

The bank tracks its own clients’ buyback activity, which has tracked relatively well to overall stock buyback data. Its clients’ stock buyback activity is down more than 90% according to this chart.

Bank of America

Driving the drop in buybacks is this: 164 S&P 500 companies have either suspended their buyback programs or cut their dividends, according to a Goldman Sachs note published on Tuesday.

Don’t expect stock buyback programs to come back anytime soon. Goldman Sachs estimated that first quarter 2021 stock buybacks will still be down 40%.

Source: Top Wall Street firms are getting increasingly worried corporate stock buybacks are drying up just when the market needs them most (SPY)