Daily Archives: June 10, 2020

Grenell on Point – The DC Structure Will Never ‘Willingly’ Accept a People’s President… — The Last Refuge

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard “Ric” Grenell appears for a discussion with Lou Dobbs about the echo-chamber within Washington DC and the internecine relationship to the intelligence apparatus.

Ric Grenell makes a really good point when he connects how the DC political resistance would not attend the Trump inauguration, and how that same attitude just continued throughout.  President Trump’s outsider status made him a risk to the interests of the administrative state.  The DC system will not accept a ‘people’s president’, they demand approval authority permitting only one of their UniParty tribe.

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  • When Democrats won the White House in ’92 Republicans helped the transition.
  • When Democrats lost the White House in ’00 they created chaos. They destroyed the telephones and computers, punched holes in the walls, spray painted and cut the furniture, and the Clinton’s even stole the furnishings down to the dishes.
  • When Democrats won the White House in ’08 Republicans helped the transition.
  • When Democrats lost the White House in ’16 they weaponized the intelligence apparatus to destroy the incoming administration. Leaked intelligence to the media; and unmasked incoming officials to create chaos and fabricate lies.

Notice a pattern?

via Grenell on Point – The DC Structure Will Never ‘Willingly’ Accept a People’s President… — The Last Refuge

As Businesses Flee The Violence, Will Major U.S. Cities Be Transformed Into Economic Wastelands? — End Of The American Dream

Urban communities all over the U.S. are now facing the possibility of a mass exodus of businesses, and many local leaders are freaking out because they realize what such a mass exodus will mean for their cities.  In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, peaceful protests were held in more than 300 cities all across America, and a recent CNN poll found that 84 percent of all Americans supported those peaceful protests.  Unfortunately, rioting, looting and violence also erupted in major cities from coast to coast, and very little was done to suppress that violence.  As a result, the core areas of many of our largest cities now resemble war zones, and in the months ahead there will be a constant threat that the violence could flare up again at any time.

Needless to say, many businesses that have been torched or looted are going to be extremely hesitant to rebuild and start over in the same location when the same thing could easily happen again.

For example, one manufacturing company that proudly operated in the heart of Minneapolis for a long time has already made the decision to leave the city for good

The owner of a manufacturing company based in Minneapolis has decided to move his factory after law enforcement was unable to protect the plant from burning during riots.

The plant shut down early in anticipation of the second night of riots and to ensure the safety of employees, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. President and Owner of 7-Sigma Inc. Kris Wyrobek said a production supervisor and maintenance worker who live near the plant kept watch over the business and reported a fire at an apartment complex next door.

And in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is saying that it will require a “Herculean effort” to prevent a mass exodus of businesses from happening…

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it would take a “Herculean effort” to keep businesses open in disadvantaged neighborhoods after looting and damage that occurred during the first weekend of protests following the death of George Floyd.

“I’ve been on calls and text messages with people all day who fought hard to bring economic development to areas of the city, only to see the Walgreens, the CVS, the grocery store, everything vanish in an eye blink,” Lightfoot said on a May 31 call with distraught aldermen. “It’s going to take a Herculean effort on the part of all of us to convince businesses not to disappear, to come back. We’re prepared to fight that fight.”

Perhaps if a “Herculean effort” had been made to prevent the violence from happening in the first place, Chicago and other major cities would not be facing such a crisis today.

And many of the businesses that will remain open in the heart of our major cities will now look a whole lot different than they did before.

In Manhattan, the Saks Fifth Avenue store now closely resembles the U.S. embassy in Baghdad

The Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in Manhattan is now lined with barbed wire fencing and attack dogs amid weeks of social unrest in the city.

Reuters says the luxury retailer hired a third-party security firm to protect the store and associates. Amid these unprecedented times, it was found necessary to line the store with chainlink fencing with barb wire on top and private security guards with attack dogs.

Of course most other stores in New York City did not take such precautions, and many of them got absolutely guttedas a result.

Thankfully, the violence has subsided in recent days, but chaos continues to reign in some of our biggest cities.

For example, a radical group of protesters has literally taken over a large chunk of downtown Seattle and has dubbed it the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”

As protesters around the country demand that cities defund their police departments, one group of demonstrators in Seattle is out to prove they don’t need the law enforcement officers.

On Tuesday night, protesters from what is now known as the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) were joined by other demonstrators as they briefly occupied Seattle’s City Hall. Speakers called for the resignation of Mayor Jenny Durkan and the defunding of the Seattle Police Department before leaving the building about 1 a.m., chanting “defund SPD” as they returned to the zone.

In this “autonomous zone”, demonstrators are passing out free food to everyone and they want to show the world that society actually doesn’t need any police.

I am sure that their “utopia” will be fun for a few days, but soon they will run out of money to feed everyone and it will be very interesting to watch how they handle any serious crimes that start to happen.

Meanwhile, angry protesters all over the nation continue to attack statues, monuments and other political symbols.  In fact, in one part of California there have been several incidents where American flags have been set on fire

Police are investigating a string of arsons, targeting Citrus Heights homes with American flags on display.

At least four homes were targeted in the Sungarden neighborhood early Saturday morning. So far, police say they don’t know the motive.

A charred pole is all that’s left of the American Flag that had been flying outside Marie Nuzzi’s home.

Hopefully things will start to cool down for a while, but everyone knows that another round of senseless violence could be sparked at any moment.

Yes, some businesses will stick it out and risk being torched or looted again, but many others will leave our major cities and never look back.

In the end, this could create a new cycle of crushing inner city poverty all over America, and that is something that none of us should want to see.

via As Businesses Flee The Violence, Will Major U.S. Cities Be Transformed Into Economic Wastelands? — End Of The American Dream

Leftist Hate, Hypocrisy and the Rewriting of History — CultureWatch

Destroying statues, books and art: today’s left is the new Taliban:

Remember how the world was outraged when the Taliban blew up and destroyed two large 1500-year-old Buddha statues in Afghanistan in 2001? ‘What barbarians’ everyone thought. ‘This great cultural, artistic and historical artefact has been destroyed by madmen and lunatics.’

Well, the barbarians are still with us. But now it is not the Taliban but hate-filled leftists who are destroying statues and banning works of art and literature and film that are deemed to be not politically correct. And with that they are working overtime to rewrite history. Just about anything associated with white, Western culture is now being targeted.

Especially after the George Floyd episode, the leftists are screaming racism and are denouncing anything that is part of our Western heritage. These folks are the New Taliban. They have the same fundamental worldview, involving a hatred of the West and a desire to destroy everything that is a part of it.

Examples of this are now legion. Let me begin with Australia. Just one case will suffice. Consider this news item:

Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding the removal of a statue of Australia’s first prime minister, Sir Edmund Barton, from a traditional burial site in NSW. Port Macquarie woman Arlene Mehan, of the Mid North Coast’s Birpai people, is leading the campaign to force Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to move the statue from Town Green park… “As a Birpai woman, I’m looking for something to dismantle in the local community that represents racism and the statue does,” she said. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-11/push-to-remove-statue-of-australias-first-pm/12340492

This has been happening in America for some time now. Here are just two recent examples – both from Virginia:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has both “the authority and the moral obligation” to remove a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said in a court filing Wednesday. Herring will defend the governor’s decision in a lawsuit filed by a Virginia resident and “ensure the removal of this divisive relic,” the filing said, calling the statue a “piece of state property freighted with exclusionary meaning to broad swaths of Virginians.” globalnews.ca/news/7052031/virginia-attorney-general-defend-robert-e-lee-removal/

And this:

The Christopher Columbus statue was torn down by protesters in downtown Richmond Tuesday night. It happened around 9 p.m. at Byrd park, following a peaceful demonstration outside of the statue in honor of indigenous people. Shortly afterward, the statue was ripped from its foundation, spray painted, then set on fire. After that, the statue ended up in the lake. http://www.nbc12.com/2020/06/09/christopher-columbus-statue-torn-down-thrown-lake-by-protesters/

And in the UK things are really getting out of hand. For example, one of the greatest opponents of fascism ever, Winston Churchill, is being targeted by – you guessed it – antifascists:

Winston Churchill’s memorial statue has been desecrated and daubed with the word “racist” during the Black Lives Matter protest in London. The British war hero’s statue in London’s Parliament Square has been defaced with Churchill crossed out with black marker pen and the words “is a racist” underneath. Protesters have also pinned a poster to the memorial with the words “Black Lives Matter”. Shocking pictures also show protestors climbing atop the statue to protest. This is the second day the statue has been defaced after protesters graffitied it with neon green writing during Saturday’s rally. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1292632/Winston-churchill-statue-london-protests-black-lives-matter

And numerous statues also deemed to be racists are now being taken down, or are being targeted for removal:

Black Lives Matter activists are calling for the removal of 60 statues of slave owners and racists across Britain. Top of their target list is the statue of Cecil Rhodes and petitions also exist to remove the statue of slave-trading West India Docks founder Robert Milligan, and the statue of former Home Secretary Henry Dundas who delayed the abolition of slavery and that stands atop a column in Edinburgh. But on a website called Topple The Racists, set up by Black Lives Matter activists, members are invited to propose other statues that should be torn down across Britain. There, a wide range of figures from Britain’s colonial past are being proposed for destruction. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8401857/Racists-heroes-Black-Lives-Matter-want-topple-statues-famous-Britons-slavery-links.html

Also consider this piece:

A statue of 18th century British slave owner Robert Milligan was removed from outside the Museum of London Docklands Tuesday afternoon. The incident came shortly after toppling of a statue of another slave trader, Edward Colston, in Bristol on Sunday.

The move came as the reaction to statues of such individuals who had been involved in the slave trade or owned slaves is mounting parallel with Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the U.S. The Canal and River Trust said earlier that it was working toward removing the statue “as soon as possible.” The action followed a decision by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to review London’s landmarks “to reflect the city’s diversity.”

Tower Hamlets councilor Ehtasham Haque recently put up an online petition for the removal of the statue and received more than 1,000 signatures within the first 24 hours. Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) as the statue was being pulled down, Haque said he was “relieved.” He said the removal of the statue was “our contribution to the campaign for justice to our brother George Floyd … We have removed the statue of a slaver, Robert Milligan, who used to own 526 slaves when he died in 1809.” http://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/another-slave-owner-statue-pulled-down-in-uk

Um, Khan is a Muslim. As such he is devoted to his religious hero Muhammad. Wakey, wakey: Muhammad was a slave owner. As WikiIslam proudly puts it:

Under Islamic laws, slavery is explicitly permitted. As Saudi Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, a member of the Senior Council of Clerics had said in 2003, those who argue that slavery is abolished are “ignorant, not scholars. They are merely writers. Whoever says such things is an infidel.” Muhammad himself was a slaver. He not only owned many male and female slaves, but he also sold, captured, and had sex with his slaves. wikiislam.net/wiki/Islamic_Law#Slavery

Will Khan step down, or will he apologise for his religious beliefs? Will all the outraged protestors be circling his home, screaming for him to get on his knees, or else they will burn his house down? While we may not have statues of Muhammad to pull down and destroy, there are some other options. As Douglas Murray said in a tweet: “Perhaps the Woke mob can insist that anybody named after him just changes their name? That should do it.”

And while we are at it, when will we start tearing down and destroying other statues of leftist icons? For example, eugenicist Margaret Sanger who helped to set up the world’s largest abortion group, Planned Parenthood, was a racist with close ties to groups like the KKK. As she wrote, “Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.” But I won’t hold my breath on seeing her statues smashed by the leftist mobs.

And it is not just monuments and statues but almost everything that is deemed to be politically incorrect and racist. Now they are banning films like Gone With the Wind: http://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/10/gone-with-the-wind-number-one-best-seller-at-amazon-after-hbo-blacklist/

Classic television shows are also being censored by our New Taliban: http://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-madness-of-censoring-shows-like-little-britain

Brendan O’Neill has recently written about this “neo-Maoist war on the past”. He says this:

Britain is in the throes of a Cultural Revolution. Statues are being tumbled, past art erased, people cancelled. Wide-eyed Woke Guards, heirs to Maoist-style intolerance, are compiling lists of monuments to target and individuals to humiliate. They are remorseless. Nothing old that runs counter to their newthink can be tolerated. Tear it all down.

He concludes:

How did this happen so fast? How did protests over the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis become a PC war on statues, street names, art and people judged to be suffering from wrongthink? Partly, it speaks to the colonisation of public life by the narrow, eccentric concerns of the over-educated middle classes and ostensibly progressive bourgeoisie. That millions of people, white and black, are losing their jobs as a result of the lockdown and yet left-wing debate is dominated by the question of which 200-year-old statue to tear down next is testament to the left’s replacement of class and economic questions by virtue-signalling and an obsession with woke propriety.

More fundamentally, this is all a continuation of what had already been happening. We live in an era of intolerance and unreason. From higher education to the political sphere, from the new media to activist circles, PC censoriousness is rampant. New orthodoxies emerge with extraordinary speed and are enforced with rigour. Say the wrong thing on gender or race and you’re out. Question the gospel of genderfluidity, wonder out loud if ‘white privilege’ is really a thing, deny the truth of the End of Days foretold by climate change – you do all these things at your peril. What we are witnessing right now is something that is actually disgustingly cynical: the exploitation of the anger over George Floyd’s death to bolster the zealous crusade to institutionalise PC orthodoxies that would have been as alien to Floyd as they are to most normal people.

Let’s call it what it is. It’s re-education. The Woke Guards might use more flowery language than the Red Guards, talking about ‘a radical reorientation of our consciousness’ (in the words of much-celebrated author Ibram Kendi). But it amounts to the same enforcement of orthodoxy that we have seen in history. It’s time to stand up to this Cultural Revolution. This isn’t about defending slave traders, which is the latest slur that the enforcers of woke orthodoxy throw at their critics. It’s about defending reason, freedom, the right to dissent, and the pluralism and complexity of the public square. http://www.spiked-online.com/2020/06/10/this-has-become-a-neo-maoist-war-on-the-past/

Quite so. This is a new war on history and on Western Civilisation. And what we have is a New Taliban that is fully behind it all. Today’s leftists are simply emulating their own past heroes – heroes with plenty of statues still around. The main one, Karl Marx, said, this: “The first battlefield is to rewrite history.” And he also said, “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded.”

That is exactly what all this New Taliban cultural cleansing is about.

via Leftist Hate, Hypocrisy and the Rewriting of History — CultureWatch

No, The U.S. Economy Will Definitely Not Be Returning To “Normal”. In Fact, Things Will Soon Get Even Worse. — The Economic Collapse

2020 has been quite a year so far.  It has been one nightmare after another, and yet the economic optimists continue to insist that economic activity will soon snap back to normal levels somehow.  So the economic optimists aren’t really alarmed by the fact that the core areas of our major cities have been torched, gutted and looted by rioters, because they assume that all of this violence is just a temporary phenomenon and that any damage that has been done can be repaired.  And they aren’t really alarmed by the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to escalate again.  In fact, over the last seven days we have seen the number of newly confirmed cases around the globe hit levels that we have never seen before.  They just assume that “the worst is behind us” and that the vast majority of the businesses and jobs that have been lost during this pandemic will be quickly recovered.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they were actually correct?

Sadly, the truth is that economic conditions will not be returning to normal.  Yes, some of the jobs that were lost will be recovered as states start to “reopen” their economies.  But more than 100,000 businesses have already permanently closed during this new economic downturn, and all of those jobs are lost forever.

And yes, the level of economic activity will rise as states end their lockdowns, but it will still be much lower than it was before COVID-19 started spreading like wildfire in the United States.

At this point, even the perpetually optimistic OECD is admitting that global economic activity as a whole will be way down in 2020

If a second outbreak is seen, the OECD forecasts global growth will plunge by 7.6% in 2020, and “remain well short” of its growth activity levels from 2019, suggesting no V-shaped recovery. If a second wave can be avoided, the OECD forecasts the world economy will still contract by 6% this year and again fail to recover to pre-corona levels by the end of 2021.

“Both scenarios are sobering, as the economic activity does not and cannot return to normal under these circumstances,” OECD chief economist Laurence Boone wrote in the report.

A 6 or 7 percent decline in worldwide GDP is definitely not “normal”.

Actually, if this OECD projection turns out to be accurate, we will be talking about a “global depression” by the end of the year.

Here in the U.S., a key measure of consumer optimism just dropped by 5.4 percent even though state economies all over the country are “reopening”…

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, declined by 5.4% in June. The index’s reading of 47.0 is at its lowest mark since September 2016. It also places the index in negative territory for the third consecutive month. For the IBD/TIPP indexes, a reading below 50.0 indicates pessimism.

But all of the optimists keep telling me that things are “getting better”.

In fact, they just keep on insisting that a new golden age for America is right around the corner.

Well, apparently the largest jewelry retailer in the U.S. doesn’t share that optimism, because they just announced that they will be closing at least 150 stores

The world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry says it will not reopen at least 150 of its North America stores that were temporarily shuttered in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Signet Jewelers, which operates 3,172 stores globally primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry and Piercing Pagoda, also plans to close an additional 150 stores by the end of its fiscal year, which ends in February 2021.

Overall, the U.S. retail industry is facing a tsunami of store closings that is unlike anything we have ever seen before

As many as 25,000 U.S. stores could close permanently this year after the coronavirus pandemic devastated an industry where many mall-based retailers were already struggling.

The number would shatter the record set in 2019, when more than 9,800 stores closed their doors for good, according to a report from retail and tech data firm Coresight Research.

That sure doesn’t sound like an “economic recovery” to me.

Meanwhile, the reckless money creation that the Federal Reserve has been engaging in is starting to show up in our food prices.  According to Nielsen, we have seen some startling food inflation over the past three months…

Market-research firm Nielsen said food prices rose 5.8% in the 13 weeks from March 1 to May 30 compared with the year-ago period.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.  The cost of living is going to continue to rise aggressively, and this comes at a time when more than 42 million Americans have already lost their jobs.

Yes, some of those jobs are starting to come back.

But more Americans continue to lose jobs each week as well.

And economic activity will be higher than it was when virtually everything was closed down.

But more businesses are shutting their doors permanently and declaring bankruptcy on a daily basis.

This new chapter in our economic history is just getting started, and a tremendous amount of pain is ahead of us.

Of course Fed Chair Jerome Powell completely disagrees with that assessment, and he is trying really hard to convince all of us that a new economic depression has not begun

Sure, unemployment’s only comparison is the Great Depression. And businesses across the country are closed. And many people are struggling to buy food. But Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell doesn’t see any similarities.

“I don’t think that the Great Depression is a good example or likely outcome for a model of what’s happening here at all, I really don’t,” he said. “There are so many fundamental differences.”

And I would actually concur with Powell that what we are facing will not be very similar to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

In the long run, what we are facing will be far worse.

The “perfect storm” is here, and our economy is being shaken to the core.  Many people continue to be hopeful that the worst is now behind us, but what they don’t realize is that what we have experienced so far is just a warm up act for what is still to come.

via No, The U.S. Economy Will Definitely Not Be Returning To “Normal”. In Fact, Things Will Soon Get Even Worse. — The Economic Collapse

June 10 Handling Temptation

 

When you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
(1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV)

Listen carefully to this essay by Portia Nelson: “I walk down the street. There’s a hole in the sidewalk, and I fall in. I’m lost; it isn’t my fault. It takes me forever to get out. I walk down the street again. There’s a hole in the sidewalk, but I pretend I don’t see it, so I fall again. I can’t believe I’m in the same place; still, it isn’t my fault. I walk down the street again. There’s a hole in the sidewalk. I see it, but I still fall in—it’s a habit. But now my eyes are open, and I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately. I walk down the street. There’s a hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it! Finally, I walk down another street!”

If you’re tired of walking down the same street and falling into the same hole, then God has provided “a way out” for you—another street! That’s why Paul says, “Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out” (Ephesians 6:13–18, TM).

 

Now these are words worthy of your consideration today![1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 161). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

June 10 Like Riding a Bike

 

Psalm 2:12

Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Do you remember learning to ride a bicycle? It was a trust issue—nothing more, nothing less. There came a time when you had to take the training wheels off, place your feet on the pedals, and allow that bike to take flight down the street.

No textbook, no parental word of advice would accomplish the mission. But once you made the leap of faith—you never again lost the aptitude for bike riding. Why? Trust.

To experience the fullness of worship, we must trust the One we worship. And to trust Him, we must know Him. Have you ever felt as if you knew all the facts about God, but your prayers never passed the ceiling? Have you ever sung a hymn without being able to bring the words to life? Have you ever realized that your morning devotions have become a dry Bible study rather than a warm visit with your heavenly Father?

We need truth, and we need sound theology. The right information is essential. But above all else, we need relationship. Once we’ve come into His powerful and loving presence, we’ll never struggle to trust Him again—any more than we’ll have to take a refresher course in bike riding.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 169). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

June 10, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

The Confrontation

And when He had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” (21:23)

It was still Wednesday morning of Passover week. After Jesus and the disciples had passed the fig tree He cursed the day before and found it completely withered (vv. 18–22; cf. Mark 11:20–21), He had come with them into the temple.

The group of chief priests and elders may have included the high priests Caiaphas and Annas, who served concurrently for several years (Luke 3:2). Because of the seriousness of their confrontation of Jesus, it is likely that at least the captain of the Temple, the second highest official, was present. The elders comprised a wide variety of religious leaders, which definitely included Pharisees (Matt. 21:45) and scribes (Luke 20:1), and possibly Sadducees, Herodians, and even some Zealots and Essenes. Although those groups had many differences from each other and were constantly disputing among themselves, they found common ground in opposing Jesus, because He threatened the authority of the entire religious establishment.

Every false religion has the common denominator of works righteousness, of salvation by human achievement, and is by nature offended by and opposed to the gospel of divine accomplishment by God in Christ. Although the religions of the world are divided by vast differences in theology and practice, they find common ground against the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as did the Jewish religionists in the Temple. They may presume to honor Christ as a prophet, a great teacher, or even as one among many gods, but they vehemently oppose the truth that He is the only Savior and that no person can come to God except through the merits of His sacrifice.

As He had the day before, when He so dramatically cleansed the Temple, Jesus now took center stage there again and was teaching as He walked about the courtyard (Mark 11:27). It seems certain that those whom He had driven out for making His Father’s house a den of robbers (Matt. 21:13) had not returned, and the entire spacious Court of the Gentiles was now available for those who came to worship. Many of them had probably followed Jesus there when they saw Him come into the city that morning.

We are not told what Jesus was teaching on this occasion, but He was likely reiterating some of the more important truths He had taught many times before. We can be sure that whatever He said was related to His kingdom, the subject with which His ministry began (Matt. 4:17) and ended (Acts 1:3). In His parallel account, Luke reports that Jesus was “teaching daily in the temple, … preaching the gospel” (Luke 19:47; 20:1), which was sometimes called “the gospel of the kingdom” (Matt. 9:35). Whatever His specific theme, “all the people were hanging upon His words” (Luke 19:48).

The primary question the Jewish leaders now had for Jesus was the same as it had been from the beginning, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” (cf. John 2:18). By these things, they probably meant everything Jesus had been teaching and doing, but they particularly had in mind His abrupt and, in their eyes, utterly presumptuous cleansing of the Temple the day before. Except for His similar act at the beginning of His ministry, He had never done anything that more clearly, forcefully, and publicly devastated the religious establishment. While it was happening, they were powerless to stop Him and apparently were even speechless. But now that they had recovered from the initial shock, they were on the offensive and were demanding an explanation.

Rabbinical candidates originally had been ordained by a leading rabbi whom they respected and under whose teaching they served a kind of apprenticeship. And just as the teachings of the leading rabbis varied greatly, so did their ordinations. Because of widespread abuses, and probably also to centralize rabbinical authority, the Sanhedrin, or high Jewish council, had taken over all responsibility for ordination.

At his ordination a man was declared to be rabbi, elder, and judge, and was given corresponding authority to teach, to express his wisdom, and to make decisions and render verdicts in religious as well as many civil matters. During the service various discourses and readings were given and hymns sung. Once ordained, the man had official recognition as a credentialed teacher of Israel.

Jesus had had no such ordination and therefore had no such recognition. By what authority, then, the leaders asked, did He not only teach and preach but even heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead? Most especially, why had He presumed to take upon Himself—an untrained, unrecognized, self-appointed rabbi—the task of casting the merchants and moneychangers out of the Temple? Although not themselves religious leaders, those men were operating their businesses under the auspices of the Temple authorities. “Who gave You … authority to throw them out?” those authorities asked Jesus.

Although they did not recognize the source and legitimacy of Jesus’ power, they never questioned that He had it. That His authority was unprecedentedly powerful was incontestable. No one had ever healed as many sick people, cast out as many demons, or raised people from the dead as Jesus had done. The miracles were so obvious, numerous, and well attested that the religious leaders never doubted that Jesus performed them, having seen many of them with their own eyes.

Those leaders knew that power such as Jesus displayed had to be of supernatural origin, and they knew He claimed it was from God, whom He repeatedly called His heavenly Father. When He forgave a paralytic’s sins, some of the scribes present “said to themselves, ‘This fellow blasphemes.’ ” Knowing what they were thinking, Jesus accused them of having evil hearts and proceeded to heal the man’s paralysis in order to show His critics that He, the Son of Man, had “authority on earth to forgive sins” (Matt. 9:2–6). The crowd of common people who witnessed what He did made the only sensible response: “They were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men” (v. 8). But the scribes refused to accept the obvious. No amount of evidence could penetrate their confirmed unbelief. And like the Pharisees on an earlier occasion (Matt. 12:24), the Temple authorities who now confronted Jesus no doubt preferred to believe that His power came from Satan rather than God.

The chief priests and elders in the Temple also knew, as the multitudes often acknowledged in amazement, that Jesus taught authoritatively, with a clarity, definitiveness, and certainty that was completely lacking in the pronouncements and interpretations of the scribes (Matt. 7:29; Mark 1:22). As in many liberal church circles today, a key qualification for acceptance was lack of dogmatism. Virtually every doctrine was open to reinterpretation and revision, and absolutes were shunned as presumptuous. Human wisdom had long since replaced divine revelation, and Old Testament Scripture was cited primarily to support their humanly-devised religious traditions. When Scripture conflicted with tradition, tradition prevailed (Matt. 16:6). In the minds of most Jewish religious leaders, there were many authorities but none that was exclusively authoritative, not even Scripture.

Yet Jesus’ ministry was nothing if not authoritative. He demonstrated authority to grant those who believe in Him the right to become children of God (John 1:12). His heavenly Father “gave Him authority to execute judgment” (5:27) and “authority over all mankind” to give eternal life to those His Father has given Him (17:2). He had authority over His own life, “to lay it down,” and over His own resurrection, “to take [His life] up again.” (10:18).

In all the things He said and did, Jesus never sought approval or support from the recognized Jewish authorities. He completely ignored their system for ordaining rabbis and approving doctrines. He did not ask approval for His teachings, His healings, or His casting out of demons, and certainly not for His forgiving sins.

Jesus had both dunamis (power) and exousia (authority). Dunamis refers to ability, and exousia to right. Jesus not only had great power but the right to exercise that power, because both His power and His authority were from His heavenly Father. “Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,” Jesus said, “even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes,” and “just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself” (John 5:21, 26). “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (6:38; cf. v. 44, 57; 7:16, 28; 8:18, 54).

And because Jesus had the Father’s power and authority, He sought no human authority, accreditation, ordination, or credentials. By so doing, He pitted Himself directly against the Jewish religious system and incurred its unrelenting wrath. Its leaders were appalled and scandalized that He not only failed to consult the Sanhedrin and the Temple authorities but had the audacity to condemn them.

In asking Jesus to identify His authority, those leaders probably hoped He would say, as He had many times before, that He worked under the direct power and authority of God, His heavenly Father. That would give them another opportunity to charge Him with blasphemy, and perhaps to succeed in putting Him to death for it, as they had tried to do before without success (John 5:18; 10:31).[1]


23 Jesus’ teaching takes place in the “temple courts,” probably in one of the porticos surrounding the Court of the Gentiles. The chief priests were high temple functionaries, elevated members of the priestly aristocracy who were part of the Sanhedrin (see comments at 2:4); the elders were in this case probably nonpriestly members of the Sanhedrin, heads of the most influential lay families (cf. Jeremias, Jerusalem, 222ff.). In other words, representative members of the Sanhedrin, described in terms of their clerical status rather than their theological positions (e.g., Sadducees and Pharisees), approached Jesus and challenged his authority to do “these things”—namely, the cleansing of the temple, the miraculous healings, and perhaps also his teaching (v. 23). Their first question was not narrowly theological but concerned Jesus’ authority; yet their concern in asking who gave him this authority (cf. Ac 4:7) sprang less from a desire to identify him than from a desire to stifle and perhaps ensnare him.[2]


23 “The temple” (i.e. the Court of the Gentiles; see pp. 770–71) is the scene for all the remaining teaching and action until 24:1. The colonnades around the great courtyard offered ample shaded space for people to gather round a preacher. “As he was teaching” indicates that this was Jesus’ normal practice during these days before the festival, even though Matthew’s record of specific teaching will not begin until v. 28. We are therefore to assume a substantial crowd around Jesus when this official approach is made, so that the following dialogue takes place in public (as v. 26, “we are afraid of the crowd,” confirms).

We have heard of the “chief priests and elders” (together with the scribes) in 16:21 as the body who will bring about Jesus’ death. At this point Mark and Luke again give the full list of the component groups of the Sanhedrin, but Matthew abbreviates by mentioning only the two groups who were to take the “political” lead in responding to the threat Jesus posed to their official status as guardians of the temple and of the community affairs of Jerusalem. In chapters 26 and 27 he will regularly (except for 26:57) single out these two groups as the opponents of Jesus, though in 27:41 all three groups will again be mentioned as mocking him on the cross. Matthew, unlike the other evangelists, often gives the full title “elders of the people” (cf. 26:3, 47; 27:1), perhaps in order to emphasize their role in representing the whole people of God, just as it is only Matthew who in 27:25 will attribute the demand for Jesus’ death to “all the people,” using as here the term laos which spoke especially of the communal privilege of the chosen people.

The challenge as to Jesus’ “authority” is a more explicit expression of the suspicion which led the leaders in Galilee to ask for a “sign” (12:38; 16:1; see comments on 12:38). Jesus’ actions imply a personal authority greater than that of a mere village preacher from Galilee. In particular, his action in the temple implies a claim to authority greater than that of the priests who were responsible for its affairs. They had given him no such authority, so who had?[3]


The Challenge to Jesus (21:23)

As Jesus teaches in the temple, two groups approach him. ‘The chief priests’ (hoi archiereis) were ‘high functionaries of the Temple, former high priests, and members of priestly families—mostly Sadduceean.’ ‘The elders of the people’ (hoi presbyteroi tou laou) came from the lay nobility and were closely aligned with the priests. Mark 11:27 and Luke 20:1 (par. to 21:23) state that scribes (hoi grammateis) were also present. The three groups sat together on the Sanhedrin.

In Matthew 16:21 Jesus prophesied that he would suffer at the hands of the chief priests and the elders (together with the scribes). Yet the chief priests confront Jesus for the first times in 21:15 and 21:23; and the elders do so for the first time in 21:23. That they do so here and now is not in the least surprising. Neither group witnessed Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree (21:18–19). It is his actions in the temple on which they focus—just what chief priests and their lay allies would be expected to do. ‘By what authority are you doing these things [tauta]?’ they ask. The plural tauta suggests that the question encompasses all that Jesus has said and done in the temple: his expulsion of the merchants and money changers (vv. 12–13), his miraculous works (v. 14), his acceptance of the children’s praise (vv. 15–16) and his present teaching (v. 23). ‘And who gave you this authority [tēn exousian tautēn]?’—i.e. authority as exercised in these words and deeds. Verse 15 reported the chief priests’ indignation over Jesus’ marvelous works and the children’s acclaim. In all probability it is especially his action in verses 12–13 that prompts the interrogation of verse 23. The concern most directly voiced in the questions is this: ‘What gives you the right to take such action, and so severely to disrupt the workings of the temple, when you have no priestly credentials?’ Behind the questions is also anxiety over the stability and security of the temple, especially since Jesus takes this action so close to Passover.7 Perhaps the remainder of the passage will bring further concerns to light.[4]


21:23 By what authority are you doing these things? The challenge issued by the chief priests and elders sets the stage for the rest of chapters 21–22. The question of authority is at the heart of the conflict between Jesus and various groups of Jewish leaders that challenge him. But Jesus will confound them and evade their “traps” (22:15, 23, 34). His wisdom amazes those listening (22:22, 33), and his final riddle silences their interrogations (22:46). We can outline this as follows:

  1. Jesus’ authority is challenged by chief priests and elders (21:23–27).
  2. Jesus tells three parables to challenge the Jewish leaders: they will miss out on the kingdom because they reject him (21:28–22:14).
  3. Pharisees and Herodians test Jesus on the imperial tax (22:15–22).
  4. Sadducees test Jesus on resurrection (22:23–33).
  5. Pharisees test Jesus on Torah (22:34–40).
  6. Jesus confounds the Jewish leaders with a riddle (22:41–46).[5]

Ver. 23.—When he was come into the temple. The conversation recorded here belongs to the Tuesday of the Holy Week, and took place in the courts of the temple, at this time filled with pilgrims from all parts of the world, who hung upon Christ’s words, and beheld his doings with wonder and awe. This sight roused to fury the envy and anger of the authorities, and they sent forth sections of their cleverest men to undermine his authority in the eyes of the people, or to force from him statements on which they might found criminal accusation against him. The chief priests and the elders of the people. According to the other evangelists, there were also scribes, teachers of the Law, united with them in this deputation, which thus comprised all the elements of the Sanhedrin. This seems to have been the first time that the council took formal notice of Jesus’ claims and actions, and demanded from him personally an account of himself. They had been quick enough in inquiring into the Baptist’s credentials, when he suddenly appeared on the banks of Jordan (see John 1:19, etc.); but they had studiously, till quite lately, avoided any regular investigation of the pretensions of Jesus. In the face of late proceedings, this could no longer be delayed. A crisis had arrived; their own peculiar province was publicly invaded, and their authority attacked; the opponent must be withstood by the action of the constituted court. As he was teaching. Jesus did not confine himself to beneficent acts; he used the opportunity of the gathering of crowds around him to preach unto them the gospel (Luke 20:1), to teach truths which came with double force from One who had done such marvellous things. By what authority doest thou these things? They refer to the triumphal entry, the reception of the homage offered, the healing of the blind and lame, the teaching as with the authority of a rabbi, and especially to the cleansing of the temple. No one could presume to teach without a proper commission: where was his authorization? They were the guardians and rulers of the temple: what right had he to interfere with their management, and to use the sacred precincts for his own purposes? These and such like questions were in their mind when they addressed him thus. Wilfully ignoring the many proofs they had of Christ’s Divine mission (which one of them, Nicodemus, had long before been constrained to own, John 3:2), they raised the question now as a novel and unanswered one. Who gave thee this authority? They resolve the general inquiry into the personal one—Who was it that conferred upon you this authority which you presume to exercise? Was it some earthly ruler, or was it God himself? Perhaps they mean to insinuate that Satan was the master whose power he wielded—an accusation already often made. They thought thus to place Christ in an embarrassing position, from which he could not emerge without affording the opportunity which they desired. The trap was cleverly set, and, as they deemed, unavoidable. If he was forced to confess that he spoke and acted without any proper authorization, he would be humiliated in the eyes of the people, and might be officially silenced by the strong hand. If he asserted himself to be the Messiah and the bearer of a Divine commission, they would at once bring against him a charge of blasphemy (ch. 26:65).[6]


Matthew 21:23. By what authority doest thou these things? As the other schemes and open attempts to attack Christ had not succeeded, the priests and scribes now attempt, by indirect methods, if they may possibly cause him to desist from the practice of teaching. They do not debate with him as to the doctrine itself, whether it was true or not—for already had they often enough attacked him in vain on that question—but they raise a dispute as to his calling and commission. And, indeed, there were plausible grounds; for since a man ought not, of his own accord, to intermeddle either with the honour of priesthood, or with the prophetical office, but ought to wait for the calling of God, much less would any man be at liberty to claim for himself the title of Messiah, unless it were evident that he had been chosen by God; for he must have been appointed, not only by the voice of God, but likewise by an oath, as it is written, (Psalm 110:4; Heb. 7:21.)

But when the divine majesty of Christ had been attested by so many miracles, they act maliciously and wickedly in inquiring whence he came, as if they had been ignorant of all that he had done. For what could be more unreasonable than that, after seeing the hand of God openly displayed in curing the lame and blind, they should doubt if he were a private individual who had rashly assumed this authority? Besides, more than enough of evidence had been already laid before them, that Christ was sent from heaven, so that nothing was farther from their wish than to approve of the performances of Christ, after having learned that God was the Author of them. They therefore insist on this, that he is not a lawful minister of God, because he had not been chosen by their votes, as if the power had dwelt solely with them. But though they had been the lawful guardians of the Church, still it was monstrous to rise up against God. We now understand why Christ did not make a direct reply to them. It was because they wickedly and shamelessly interrogated him about a matter which was well known.[7]


23. The chief priests and elders together with the scribes made up the Sanhedrin, which was responsible for maintaining order in civil and religious affairs. This was, then, a high-level deputation. These things are presumably Jesus’ actions in vv. 1–13, but underlying the question are the ummistakable claims which those actions involved, which had led to the explicitly Messianic reaction of the crowd (vv. 9, 15) to which they had already objected.[8]


21:23 “the chief priests and elders of the people” Notice in verse 15 they are called “chief priests” and “scribes.” These three groups made up the Sanhedrin. Whether they were an official or unofficial delegation is uncertain, but they represented the Jewish leadership.

“while He was teaching” Jesus taught under Solomon’s portico in the Court of the Gentiles within the Temple area. He was still trying to reach the Jewish leadership.

“ ‘By what authority are You doing these things’ ” This was the central question! “These things” could refer to the cleansing of the Temple (cf. vv. 12–16), Jesus’ rejection of oral tradition, or His public miracles. They could not deny the miraculous acts, so they attacked the source of His authority. Apparently the religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought Jesus was an extremely powerful demon possessed person (cf. 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15; Jn. 7:20; 8:48, 52; 10:20–21).[9]


23. Now when he had entered the temple and was teaching there, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him with the question, By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority? Jesus was teaching, no doubt, in one of the “porches,” “porticos” or “halls” of the temple. These porches were beautiful and huge. They were covered colonnades that ran all around the inside of the wall of the vast temple complex. Or, to put it differently, these halls were bounded on the outside by the temple wall, on the inside by the Court of the Gentiles. Most splendid and widest of them all was “the Royal Porch” (Stoa Basilica)—built where according to tradition the palace of Solomon used to be—consisting of four rows of columns, 162 in all, forming three vast halls, on the south side of the temple complex. Famous also was Solomon’s Porch on the east side (John 10:23: Acts 3:11; 5:12).

While Jesus was teaching and “preaching the gospel” (Luke 20:1) in one of these places, “the chief priests and elders” (thus Matthew), “the chief priests and the scribes and the elders” (Mark 11:27; cf. Luke 20:1), came up to Jesus. See on 2:4 and 16:21 for a description of these three groups. Again, as in 21:15, it is impossible to say definitely whether these groups were acting on their own initiative or as a delegation sent by the Sanhedrin, though in the present instance—because they ask Jesus about his authority—the latter seems probable. Their question is clear. They want to know by what authority Jesus was doing these things, that is, who had given him this right. They were saying, “Show us your credentials!” It was an attempt to embarrass Jesus. If he admitted that he had no credentials the people could be expected to lose respect for him. On the other hand, if he considered himself authorized to do the things he had been doing, was he not arrogating to himself rights that belonged only to God? Could he not then be accused of being guilty of blasphemous behavior? By not assaulting him directly, for example by having him arrested, they reveal that they are afraid of him because of his following.

But what do they mean by “these things”? They must have been referring to recent or present activities, that is, to things he had done on Sunday or on Monday, or to what he was doing on this Tuesday. Among commentators there is general agreement that the cleansing of the temple was included in “these things.” This opinion is undoubtedly correct (cf. John 2:18). But was this the only thing to which these enemies of Jesus referred? There is a wide difference of opinion among commentators. Some would include Sunday’s royal entry into Jerusalem. Others say, “No,” for the ovation he received at that time was not his own doing. Over against this stands the fact that he did not at all oppose the hosannas of his disciples and of the children (see 20:16; Luke 19:39). The royal entry may therefore have been included in “these things.” And if we bear in mind the fact that Christ’s enemies ascribed his miracles to the power of Beelzebub operative within him, even the deeds of kindness to the blind and the lame may have been included. However, the context in Luke would seem to indicate that it was especially the teaching in the temple and the preaching of the gospel there that must have irked the Jewish leaders. To say, with some, that the chief priests, elders, etc., could not have had this in mind because “any rabbi had a right to teach” misses the point: these Jewish dignitaries certainly did not want “the gospel” preached there![10]


21:23. Jesus returned to the temple since this was the place in Jerusalem where people came to hear the Scriptures taught. And teach he did. But Jesus also returned to do battle, knowing that his opponents were waiting for him.

The chief priests and the elders of the people interrupted his teaching to challenge his authority. Both groups belonged to the Sanhedrin, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Jewish government. These things that Jesus was doing included his purging of the temple on the previous day, but they may also have included other events (the triumphal entry, his acceptance of praise as the “Son of David,” his teaching in the temple, and his miraculous healings). They asked him to state the authority by which he did these things and the source of his authority (who gave you this authority?).[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 3, pp. 284–287). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 504). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 797–798). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[4] Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 1030–1031). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[5] Brown, J. K. (2015). Matthew. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (pp. 250–251). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 320–321). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 21–22). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 308–309). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[9] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 176). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 776–777). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[11] Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 343–344). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

June—10 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter, and they that were with him, said, Master, the multitude throng thee, and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me; for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.—Luke 8:45, 46.

What a most interesting passage is here! What an evidence does it afford of the clear knowledge of the Lord Jesus; and, by an undeniable conclusion from such a proof of his omniscience, what a testimony it brings with it of the Godhead of Christ! Pause, my soul, over the portion, and mark it well. Next pass on to another sweet improvement of it, and duly consider what a beautiful distinction is here drawn between the violent pressure of the throng, and the gentle touch of faith. Multitudes crowd to churches, and they hear of Jesus; but the personal knowledge and enjoyment of the Lord Jesus, is this touching him. Oh! for grace to have this right discrimination! It is very easy to attend the means of grace, to hear or read the holy scriptures; nay, to have a clear head-knowledge of divine things, and even to press after information concerning Christ; but all these may be, and perhaps often are, void of that life-giving, life-imparting knowledge and enjoyment of Christ in the soul, which is really touching Christ by faith, and believing in him to the salvation of the soul. Once more, remark yet farther, the knowledge Jesus hath of all the individual cases of his afflicted people. He saw this poor woman amidst the whole crowd. He knew her case, knew all that had passed. In the greatest throng, Jesus’s eye is upon each and upon all. He knoweth what the needy require, and what the secret sighs of his poor people express; and it is Jesus, that communicates virtue, grace, strength, comfort, and help, in all their vast varieties. What a sweet thought is it then, my soul, for thee to go in the greatest throng, as well as in the most secret retirement! Jesus encourageth thy faith, bids thee come and touch the hem of his garment, and, depend upon it, as in the instance of this poor woman, however unobserved or unknown by others, his eye is upon thee for good. The language of Jesus to every one of this description is son, daughter, “be of good cheer, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace!”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 178–179). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

June 10th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Wilt thou not tell.—Ezekiel 24:19.

WE may not be able to do any great thing; but if each of us will do something, however small it may be, a good deal will be accomplished for God. For many years I have made it a rule not to let any day pass without speaking to some one about eternal things. I commenced it away back years ago, and if I live the life allotted to man, there will be more than eighteen thousand persons who will have been spoken to personally by me. How often we as Christians meet with people, when we might turn the conversation into a channel that will lead them up to Christ.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 100). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Cancel Culture Rages Out of Control: Elmer Fudd, Live PD, LEGO, Gone With the Wind and More Targeted for Being Offensive — Faithwire

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The movement to delete elements from society because people either disagree with or are offended, familiarly referred to as “cancel culture” has officially kicked into high gear.

From LEGO to your favorite cartoons and hit TV shows like Cops and Live PD, and classic movies such as Gone With the Wind, it seems nothing is safe.

Here’s a quick look at a few of the more eye-opening staples under fire from cancel culture.

According to Deadline, the popular and long-running TV series Cops has been cancelled:

Cops‘ six-year run on Paramount Network and its predecessor has come to an end. Pulled last week in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the series will not be coming back.

“Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a Paramount Network spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.

Perhaps more confusingly A&E’s decision to suspend their hit TV series Live PD while they consider whether or not to return it at all.

A&E on June 5 pulled last weekend’s episodes of its hit docuseries Live PD amid continued nationwide protests over Floyd’s death. The network still is evaluating the right time to bring it back, though a return this weekend appears unlikely at the moment.

It’s confusing because Live PD features police doing their work in real time. There is no editing or “copaganda” (pro-police TV propaganda — yes, that’s an actual phrase) resulting in an unfiltered, real look at how police operate. If anything, anti-police protesters would want more of this type of programming because it shines a brighter light on policing and helps people understand what is happening. If police are “hunting” any particular type of person on a day to day basis, we should see this play out on the screen.

LEGO also announced it will be pulling certain playsets from the shelves, including police sets and the White House.

This week, LEGO announced it would stop advertising certain playsets and is asking its retailers to do the same. According to Toy Book, a letter from Rakuten Linkshare on behalf of LEGO stated, “In light of recent events, LEGO has requested the below products to be removed from sites and any marketing ASAP,” listing 31 sets that depicted scenes with police, firefighters, and the White House.

Looney Tunes are also seeing some major changes as Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam will no longer carry guns.

Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam are sporting different looks in the “Looney Tunes Cartoons” that launched on the new streaming service HBO Max.While their outfits remain the same, both will no longer be carrying guns.The cartoons will still have plenty of sticks of Acme dynamite and cartoon violence, but Fudd will no longer carry his oversized hunting rifle and Sam won’t have his pistols.”We’re not doing guns,” executive producer and showrunner Peter Browngardt said in an interview with The New York Times.

Merriam Webster, after receiving a letter from a 22-year-old student, has decided to change the definition of racism:

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Alumna Kennedy Mitchum knew there was more to racism than what appeared in @MerriamWebster‘s dictionary.

“It’s not just disliking someone because of their race,” she said.

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Because of the letter, the definition will now be updated to include “systemic oppression” in addition to the standard definition.

“I basically told them that they need to include that there’s a systematic oppression upon a group of people. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I don’t like someone.”

After sending an email expressing her concerns, Ms Mitchum engaged in a back and forth conversation with Merriam-Webster, before being informed that the entry would be revised.

The classic movie Gone With the Wind was removed from HBO Max:

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HBO Max removed “Gone With the Wind” from its platform amid growing concerns about racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd (corrects typo) https://on.wsj.com/3cNAho2 

HBO Max Pulls ‘Gone With the Wind,’ While ‘Cops’ Gets Canceled

HBO Max Pulls ‘Gone With the Wind,’ While ‘Cops’ Gets Canceled

“Gone with the Wind” was pulled from HBO Max while the long-running TV show “Cops” was outright canceled, a sign that entertainment companies are reexamining the content they offer in the wake of…

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According to the New York Times, any TV depiction of police as goofy, lovable or in any way positive has been described as “copaganda” and activists will seek to have it canceled, edited out, deleted, or otherwise censored and removed.

That includes Paw Patrol. From the Times, responding to several tweets semi-mockingly calling for it to end:

It’s a joke, but it’s also not. As the protests against racist police violence enter their third week, the charges are mounting against fictional cops, too. Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs — or maybe especially big-hearted cartoon police dogs — are on notice.

They went on to explain “copaganda”:

Cops are not just television stars; they are television’s biggest stars. Crime shows are TV’s most popular genre, now making up more than 60 percent of prime-time programming on the big four broadcast networks. The tropes of the genre are so predictable that a whole workplace sitcom, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” is layered atop them. “A police station was a shortcut,” Dan Goor, the show’s co-creator, has said, “because people are very aware of how police television works. You know instantly who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.”

That shortcut now feels like a cheat: After images of a very special episode where Terry Crews is racially profiled were passed around as evidence of responsible police TV, others marked the show as “copaganda.”

Even on television, the good guys are not always so good. In a recent report, the racial justice organization Color of Change assessed depictions of the police across television and found that modern cop shows “make heroes out of people who violate our rights.” Many of them, it argued, show the good guys committing more violations than the bad guys, making police misbehavior feel “relatable, forgivable, acceptable and ultimately good.”

It’s a troubling time in our society when anything and anyone can be “canceled” at any moment. There is no room for grace, no room for mercy, no room for any kind of solidarity whatsoever. It’s agree or be cancelled.

Be praying for our country as it navigates this highly divisive time!

via Cancel Culture Rages Out of Control: Elmer Fudd, Live PD, LEGO, Gone With the Wind and More Targeted for Being Offensive — Faithwire

Kayleigh McEnany White House Press Briefing – 2:00pm ET Livestream… — The Last Refuge

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing in the Brady room. Anticipated start time 2:00pm EDT.  [Livestream Links Below]

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Two Reasons I’m a Christian Identifying as Baptist — Istoria Ministries Blog

In the year 1644, nearly 400 years ago, several Baptist pastors and churches came together in London, England to issue a Confession of Faith.

A confession of faith is a written document that declares what a particular sect of Christianity believes.

These 17th-century London Baptists wished to disassociate themselves from the continental Anabaptists, desiring the British Anglican establishment of church and state to know that London Baptists were not continental Anabaptists.

In the title of their confession, a confession which became known as the 1644 London Confession of Faith (also called The First London Confession) these Baptists write:

 “(we) are those CHURCHES which are  commonly (though falsely)  called ANABAPTISTS.” 

The belief that 21st century Baptists in America are the spiritual descendants of continental Anabaptists (e.g. Quakers, Mennonites, Amish, etc.)  is refuted by the source documents, no matter how much modern Anabaptists try to tie Baptists with them. Anabaptists pledge allegiance only to Christ’s government and refuse to bear arms in defense of civil government and protest wars in general, preferring to become captives via foreign conquerors than to take the life of other human beings during wars.

In 1644, Baptists in London wanted the leaders of the new English Commonwealth government to know that London Baptists would fight to defend the Commonwealth, though they were not Presbyterian in faith like Oliver Cromwell and his army. Cromwell, who had led his army to overthrow the British Crown government during the English Civil War (1640), distrusted Baptists because he wrongly deemed them to be Anabaptists. Baptists, Cromwell thought, would not fight to defend the Commonwealth.

It is important to note that the 1644 London Baptists wrote their confession two years prior to the infamous Presbyterian Westminster Confession.  If one wishes to see how Baptists historically differ from Presbyterians, one only has to compare and contrast the 1644 London Baptist Confession with the1646 London Presbyterian Confession (Westminster).

Historian Henry C. Vedder called the 1644 London Confession “one of the chief landmarks of Baptist history.”

Baptists, unlike Anabaptists, are able to distinguish between “church and state” and live in both worlds easily. Baptists see no conflict defending the state while serving Christ personally. What a Christian does in defense of the state is not the same thing as what a Christian will do daily in his private life. Yes, there’s a dichotomy, but it’s a division of responsibility taught in the New Testament.

The government, according to the Bible, is appointed by God and “does not bear the sword in vain” (Romans 13). Christians lay down their swords. The government picks it up. If a Christian is in support of the government, the sword is borne in its defense. The government’s role is to punish criminals, protect borders, and to promote the common good of its citizens.

Baptists understand this, and that’s the first reason moral reason why I’m a Christian who identifies as Baptists.

But there’s another theological reason. Baptists have historically believed it is unnecessary to use the Law in the conversion of sinners.

The 17th century London Baptists were clear that it was absolutely unnecessary to use “The Law” (meaning the 10 commandments or anything else associated with the Mosaic Law) as prefatory to sharing the gospel. Listen to what they wrote in Article 25:

“The tenders of the Gospel to the conversion of sinners are absolutely free, no way requiring, as absolutely necessary, any qualifications, preparations, terrors of the Law, or preceding Ministry of the Law, but only and alone the naked soul, as a sinner and ungodly to receive Christ, as crucified, dead, and buried, and risen again, being made a Prince and a Savior for such sinners.”

Someone might ask, “But how does a person know he or she is a ‘sinner’ without the Law?”

Answer: Mankind’s refusal to reflect the image of his Creator predates the giving of the Mosaic Law, and as such, it is unnecessary for the Law to press on a sinner’s conscience his or her spiritual condition.

Truth be known, people are spiritually “dead” in through trespasses and sins, not through God’s fault, but by their free choice. Their consciences have been seared by their repeated selfish behaviors, and their soul is dead to God.

Therefore, what is needed is not for a good man to be convinced of his sin, but for a dead man to be raised to spiritual life. A sinner must die to self by experiencing a new birth. Article 24 of the First London Confession states:

“That faith is ordinarily begot by the preaching of the Gospel, or word of Christ, without respect to any power or capacity in the creature, but it (the creature or hearer) is wholly passive, being dead in sins and trespasses, does believe, and is converted by no less power, then that which raised Christ from the dead.”

Here is the important takeaway from this first historic Baptist Confession.

The 17th century London Baptists believed that people should love the ungodly (for Christ died for the ungodly), preach Jesus Christ indiscriminately (for it is the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation), and refrain from using “the Law” as a preparatory work of the gospel.

Christ saves. We love. Christ transforms. We proclaim. Christ judges. We embrace.

When an evangelical gets those things reversed, we try to save people from their sins (and can’t), we try to transform behaviors (through rules and laws, and only fail), and we wind up judging people because of their sins (and that’s not our job).

Established Protestant denominations (Anglicans, Presbyterians, etc..) have historically believed opposite of Baptists regarding the Law. They’ve taught that the Mosaic Law to be absolutely essential to the conversion of sinners, and without condemning sinners for their sins, there will never be any salvation.

The Presbyterians write in Chapter 19 of the Westminster Confession:

“The moral law doth forever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof; and that not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator who gave it. Neither doth Christ in the gospel any way dissolve, but much strengthen, this obligation. Although true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned; yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that, as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly”

Thus, two of the major differences between Christian denominations and Baptists are:

1. The Christian denominations emphasize the union of church and state while Baptists separate them, and,

2. The Christian denominations impress the Moral Law as an instrument of conversion while Baptists simply love the sinner and tell them about Christ.

For example, Christian denominations have historically believed and taught that Christians are obligated to observe a Sunday “Sabbath.” They emphasize the ‘authority’ of pastors/elders to hold people accountable to the Law, similar to the manner in which Old Covenant priests had ‘authority’ over the laypeople of Israel. The modern church (building) is similar to the historic Temple in Jerusalem. The Mosaic Law is Christianized in most Christian denominations because it is seen as the eternal law of God.

Baptists, on the other hand, see the Law as pointing to Jesus Christ, the Fulfiller of it.

The Law of Moses is a schoolmaster that takes us by the hand and leads us to Christ, our Teacher. Jesus the Messiah fulfilled every portion of the Law (i.e. ‘every jot and tittle’) and then caused it to ‘disappear’ in order to establish a ‘new and better covenant‘ with a new and better law (Hebrews 8:13).  That law, called The Royal Law, is “to love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:35).

The New Covenant promises us eternal blessings because of the obedience of Another. We are declared ‘righteous’ by God because we abide in Christ by faith, receiving righteousness that is not our own by any obedience to Law, but “a righteousness that comes from God and is found by faith.”

Therefore, we Baptists exalt Christ and live lives of love that image Him.

Though Christ is ‘foolishness’ to the Greeks and a ‘stumbling block’ to the Jews, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life for us. When we come to know the Truth, the Truth set us free.

The reason I am a follower of Jesus Christ who identifies as ‘Baptist’ is because of historic Baptist theology.

The state should be the state and not act like the church. The state protects borders, promotes the common good, and punishes criminals.

The church of Jesus Christ should be the church and not the state. The church feeds the poor, houses the homeless, loves the prisoners and criminals, and proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The reason we live in a convoluted political climate in the USA is that political liberals want the state to act like the church and political conservatives want the church to act like the state. In Baptist theology, the church and the state are two different entities, and the two should never encroach on each others’ borders.

Unfortunately, the historic moral, philosophical, theological, and biblical viewpoint of Baptists is in the minority in America. And that’s a shame since Baptists played a huge role in the Founding of the United States. 

via Two Reasons I’m a Christian Identifying as Baptist — Istoria Ministries Blog

Americans Seek Answers as ‘Crisis Fatigue’ Continues — David Fiorazo

The current news cycle has been chaotic and frantic, bad news seems to be unrelenting, and many of us need a break.

Debates and discussions about key issues will continue, and they’re often politicized, of course. But these conversations need to take place while many of us seek facts and truth as we try to weed through the messages put out by an agenda-driven media. As the left works to divide Americans and push us to the point of ‘crisis fatigue,’ let’s remember to treat others with love, be patient, and when necessary, respectfully agree to disagree. Then move on. Be informed and pray, but it’s not worth the toll this is taking on too many good people.

First, how can we address race, division, and rioting in the most balanced, compassionate, and sensible way? What changes need to be made to improve law enforcement? And how do we sift through the lies and talking points to get accurate information so people can look at this with clarity?

Last week, we pointed out the fact peaceful protesters rightly concerned about the police handling of George Floyd’s arrest and homicide have now been hijacked by Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and many other radical groups. Their agendas range from general chaos and disorder to communism, anti-capitalism, and the take down our entire system of government.

And did you hear about this? After more than $55 million dollars of damage in Minneapolis St. Paul alone and hundreds of buildings damaged or destroyed, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and other Democrat leaders want federal assistance. Um, no.

Then there’s the ironic and senseless vandalism to a monument of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, an all-black squad of Union Civil War soldiers that bravely attacked Confederate forces at Fort Wagner. The Shaw Memorial honors the first all-volunteer black regiment who bravely fought for their nation, including Sgt. William Harvey Carney who carried the American flag through the entire battle and was the first black American to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for action.

The Memorial was defaced by rioters apparently demanding “justice” for African-Americans.

In an interview about his brand new book, The United States of Socialism, Dinesh D’Souza explained Antifa and these leftist groups need a show of force and intimidation, using a paramilitary because their socialist ideas cannot win on their own merits. He said they now combine Marxism with “racial” or “gender” grievance:

“I call it identity socialism because it’s a weird and sick marriage between classic socialism and identity politics. And Antifa, the white guys fighting for racial justice, they are an expression of this kind of identity socialism.”

This brings us to the problematic push to defund the police. The Nancy Pelosi-led Democrats unveiled a bill Monday proposing a sweeping overhaul in what critics say is a far-reaching legislative response to the protests. After decades of inaction, the Democrat leaders only offer knee-jerk reactions.

Celebrities including John Legend, Natalie Portman, Megan Rapinoe, and of course, Jane Fonda have signed a letter calling to defund the police. Actor and now a police officer, Dean Cain says that’s the wrong answer and will lead to more anarchy and to vigilantism. He called out the hypocrisy of celebrities who want to defund the police but hire former officers in their personal security details.

If there’s this much civil unrest and violence now, imagine less security and law enforcement. In the last two weeks there have been at least TEN black lives lost so far. Where’s the outrage? And if you really care about all black lives, defund Planned Parenthood and the murder of black babies.

The hypocrisy of the complicit media, Hollywood elites, and Democrat leaders is again being exposed. But that won’t stop them. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti wants to take $150 million from public safety, Portland $7 million, and who knows what those in Minneapolis St. Paul will do.

This past weekend, 21 people were shot and six died in Democrat-controlled St. Louis. And last week, Chicago recorded the single most violent day in its history according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. There were 18 killed as police resources were already thin because of protests, riots, and looting. One report said 250 people were shot in this time.

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and Alderman Raymond Lopez squared off on a profanity-laced phone call Sunday which was leaked to the media, arguing over the weak response to rioting and looting in Chicago.

Liberal Reverend, Michael Pfleger, a longtime crusader against gun violence said it was “open season” last weekend in his neighborhood and others on the South and West sides.

“On Saturday and particularly Sunday, I heard people saying all over, ‘Hey, there’s no police anywhere, police ain’t doing nothing,’” “I sat and watched a store looted for over an hour,” he added. “No police came. I got in my car and drove around to some other places getting looted [and] didn’t see police anywhere.”

And BLM wants to defund and take control of cities. What could go wrong?

Finally most of us have seen recent videos of individuals kneeling, bowing or laying face down in humiliation as they apparently submit to new authorities, apologize for white privilege, centuries of injustice, and for the sins of others. If you think I’m making this up just look up a few of these videos but I warn you in advance of second-hand embarrassment.

Forced submission, guilt projecting, shaming, virtue signaling. But most people get it and are respectfully refusing to go along with the charade being promoted by the left. Georgia State Trooper, O’Neal Saddler was asked to kneel at a Black Lives Matter Protest. He simply said he only bows to God. Watch.

One more quote from a friend in Christ, abortion survivor, Gianna Jessen:

i will listen.

but i will not bow and kneel in humiliation for injustice i am not guilty of. i will not apologize for the color of my skin. i will not be ashamed of the founding of this country.

i will kneel before only One. i will bow before Jesus Christ. along with my brothers and sisters of all tribes, color and nations. we will magnify His Name together.

i will not kneel to agree with manipulation and control. i will not bow before the accuser of the brethren.

i will stand, in Triumph, before the Lord of Hosts, who alone, weighs justly the Hearts of men.

She’s spot on! The truth is that one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).

We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an answer for what we did while on earth. The foundation of His throne is righteousness, justice, and truth (Psalm 89:14). A good God would be just and punish evil. He will not let sin go unpunished.

Those rightfully demanding justice will be begging for mercy one day if they do not confess their sins to the only living God and change their ways. The good news is by His sacrifice on the cross over two thousand years ago, Jesus satisfied divine justice for your sins and mine. Those who believe and call on His name will be saved.

We were created in the image of a holy God, and as for the truth about the human race, Luke records the Apostle Paul saying:

The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; (emphasis mine)

Jesus said in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33), but He has overcome. And though the world offers many counterfeits, true peace is found only in Him. Let not your heart be troubled, fear not, and believe!

 

 

Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media

via Americans Seek Answers as ‘Crisis Fatigue’ Continues — David Fiorazo

June 10, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 10, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

A Worthy Martyr?

George Floyd’s funeral occurred yesterday, but there are men more worthy of the accolades.


Wise Words From an Accomplished Black Leader

Air Force General Charles Q. Brown Jr. shares thoughts on his own experience.


Poor Minorities Hurt Most by Violent Protests and Looting

Access to food is going to be harder for many black Americans in the coming months.


Time for Bipartisan Policing Reform?

Both parties bow to loud demands to end “policing injustice.”


A Not-So-Peachy Election in Georgia

The disaster at polling places in Atlanta Tuesday was largely the fault of local Democrats.


J.K. Rowling Blasted by ‘Trans’ Activists

“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe apologizes for Rowling’s rejection of “transgender” claims.


Political Illusionists

Illusionist: A person who performs tricks that deceive the eye; a magician.


Video: Media’s Double Standard on Protests

Lockdown objectors are “dangerous” and “extreme” but police haters are “beautiful” and “heartwarming.”


Video: Leftists Try to Cancel Author J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been canceled for making a “transphobic” comment.


John Stossel Video: Vaccine Sooner!

Promising COVID-19 vaccines are being tested, but how long will it be before we can get them?



TODAY’S OPINION

STAR PARKER
Don’t Confuse Moral Bankruptcy With Racism
WALTER E. WILLIAMS
The True Plight of Black Americans
BEN SHAPIRO
Woke Chaos and Naked Power
GARY BAUER
The Kente Cloth Crisis
BETSY MCCAUGHEY
Left-Wing Lockdown
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Wednesday News Executive Summary

Messy Georgia primary, police reform, George Floyd funeral, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Condoleezza Rice, Marco Rubio, Spike Lee, and more.



TODAY’S MEME

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

TODAY’S CARTOON

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

“The Patriot Post” (https://patriotpost.us)


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Somalia: Over 500 People Killed By Cholera in Somalia Since January-UN
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Hong Kong police arrest 53 pro-democracy activists, more rallies planned
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German FM warns Israel against West Bank annexation plans
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The aftermath of catastrophic Edenville Dam collapse, Michigan
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The WHO just obliterated every argument for mandatory vaccines or contact tracing by declaring asymptomatic carriers don’t spread COVID-19
Today the WHO declared that COVID-19 almost never spreads through asymptomatic carriers, all at once wiping out the entire justification for mandatory vaccines and contact tracing. As CNBC.com reported:

L.A. Teachers’ Union Calls for Elimination of School Police Force
The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), representing teachers and support staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), called Monday for the elimination of the 400-member police force protecting schools in the district.

Most Voters Think The US Is Spiraling Out Of Control
It has been a turbulent year for the United States…


Headlines – 6/10/2020

Palestinian PM Vows to Declare Independence if Israel Follows Through With Annexation

Palestinian PM: We will declare state on 1967 lines if Israel annexes W. Bank

PA submits ‘counter-proposal’ to US plan, providing for demilitarized Palestine

Staring down annexation, Palestinian Authority weighs ending civil services

Palestinian official warns Abbas willing ‘to let PA collapse’ to foil Israel’s sovereignty bid

Court voids law aimed at legalizing settler homes built on Palestinian land

Israel’s High Court Strikes Down West Bank Land-grab Law as ‘Unconstitutional’

Right fumes as court overturns outpost law, but some pin hopes on annexation

Retired IDF general raises concerns over West Bank annexation

Hamas Warns Israel Will Have ‘Hell to Pay’ if Annexation Proceeds

Full annexation would cost Israel $15 billion per year, study says

Minister: Gantz backs Jordan Valley annexation if supported by US, Arab states

Settler leaders say Gantz warned them not to get too greedy on annexation

High Court says it will hear petition against Gantz’s post of alternate PM

Erdogan says will not let Syria’s Idlib become conflict zone again

Turkey Orders Arrest of More Than 400 People in Further Crackdown on Alleged Coup Organizers

Iran Close to Nuclear Weapons Breakout

Russia rejects US push for permanent Iran arms embargo

Russia, China build case at U.N. to protect Iran from U.S. sanctions threat

Amid U.S. Tension, Iran Builds Fake Aircraft Carrier to Attack

Canada doubles weapons sales to Saudi Arabia despite moratorium

Burundi says president dead of heart attack; media says he had COVID-19

North Korea Says It Will Sever Contact With South Korea And Will Treat It As ‘Enemy’

The border spat between India and China is turning into an all-out media war

Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan Strait after US flyover

Obama used national security to spy on Americans opposed to Islamic terrorists

George Floyd, whose death energized a movement, to be buried

George Floyd killing triggers wave of activism around the world

‘Movement of Unity’: Christians Wash the Feet of Peaceful Black Protestors

Trump Claims Injured, Elderly Protester ‘Could Be ANTIFA,’ ‘A Set Up’

Trump Wanted to Fire Esper Over Troops Dispute

Cops TV series canceled after 31 years in wake of protests

Lawmakers Want To Know Why DHS Used Drones To Surveil Protestors

IBM quits facial recognition, joins call for police reforms

Report: Decades of Lax Oversight Allow Chinese Telecoms to Conduct Espionage in U.S.

Justice Is Coming: ‘As Many as 16-17’ Obamagate Criminal Referrals Headed to DOJ

Barr says FBI was ‘spring-loaded’ to investigate Trump campaign, ignored ‘exculpatory evidence’

Nasdaq hits 10,000 for the first time ever, closes at record high as Apple and Amazon soar

Signs Stock Rally is Doomed to End After $21 Trillion Rebound

A Crash in the Dollar Is Coming

Bracing for the next phase of the coronavirus recession: Bankruptcies

As Many as 25,000 U.S. Stores May Close in 2020, Mostly in Malls

Eclipse season 2020 has arrived! Catch 2 lunar eclipses and a ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse this summer

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Mohr, Iran

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Ambon, Indonesia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Mohr, Iran

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Cristobal could merge with new system to form ‘large cyclone’ after lashing South, forecasters say

Tropical Depression Cristobal Could Make Historic Lake Superior Landfall

Snowplows deployed to the canyons in a rare June snowstorm in Utah

Methane from natural gas boosts annual global warming gases by 8% – study

22-Week Abortion Ban Lands on Colorado Ballot Thanks to Pro-Life Signature Drive

Amsterdam to Clean Up Sex-and-Drugs Tourism in Post-Virus Reboot

More Food Shortages Loom With Outbreaks at 60 U.S Plants

Lawsuit Accuses Nation’s Top Meatpackers Of Conspiring To Boost The Price Of Beef

Coronavirus Situation ‘Worsening’ Worldwide, Says WHO as it Records Highest Daily Tally of New Cases

WHO walks back comments on asymptomatic coronavirus spread, says much is still unknown

Harvard professor indicted for allegedly making false statements about secret work in Wuhan

Satellite images of Chinese hospital parking suggests outbreak began in August

China Forcibly Removes Crosses from 250 Churches in a Single Province


Wednesday 6-10-20

Jeff Nyquist – To the Americans Who Are on Their Knees

The Left’s Normalization Of Collective Guilt Is Ripping America Apart

Wokeness is a New Religion and Christians Are Converting En Masse

Televangelist Jim Bakker Suing Several Agencies Over Demand of Records

Beth Moore Likes Tweet Calling on Christians to Forsake Faith and Join Pro-Gay Anti-Police Hate Groups

Militant Religious Group Executed Member Who Turned On ‘False Prophet’ Leader

Seattle protesters declare ‘cop free zone’ after police leave precinct


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“A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or a council without it…” – Martin Luther

Doug Collins on Barr’s Fox News interview: We were right about FBI wanting to ‘get’ Trump

Republicans were right about Obama-era members of the FBI wanting to “get” President Trump and his the-incoming administration, Georgia Republican Congressman Doug Collins stated Wednesday.

Source: Doug Collins on Barr’s Fox News interview: We were right about FBI wanting to ‘get’ Trump

In Fox News Interview, Attorney General Bill Barr Promises Accountability For Russian Collusion Hoaxers — The Federalist

‘For the first time in American history, police organizations and the National Security organizations were used to spy on a campaign,’ Barr said.

In Fox News Interview, Attorney General Bill Barr Promises Accountability For Russian Collusion Hoaxers

Attorney General William Barr said U.S. Attorney John Durham’s team investigating the origins of the Russia hoax have continued to work “very aggressively” in recent months despite the judiciary being shut down over the pandemic and accountability to those who launched a deep-state coup.

For months, Barr’s handpicked Connecticut prosecutor has been investigating the roots of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, where the nation’s top security officials abused their power to conduct illegal surveillance on American citizens to undermine the Trump campaign and eventually, his entire presidency.

“For the first time in American history, police organizations and the National Security organizations were used to spy on a campaign, and there was no basis for it. And the media largely drove that and all kinds of sensational claims were being made about the president that could have affected the election,” Barr said on Fox News’ “Special Report” with Bret Baier. “And then later on in his administration, there were actions taken that really appear to be efforts to sabotage his campaign, and that has to be looked at, and if people want to say that I’m political because I am looking at those potential abuses of power, so be it. But that’s the job of the attorney general.”

Barr didn’t say whether Durham’s team had found crimes committed, but said it would likely be “eye opening for Americans.”

“I’m very troubled by what has been called to my attention so far but I’m not going to characterize it,” said Barr.

When it came to the Obama administration’s highly unusual unmasking of American citizens federal officials were spying on, Barr said they were indicative of malintent on part of the deep-state operations. Last month, then-acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a list of names who sought to unmask from the National Security Agency (NSA) former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn based on conversations with the Russian ambassador. Those names, released to the public by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin include former CIA Director John Brennan, former DNI Director James Clapper, former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Unmasking is not by itself, illegal. But the patterns of unmasking can tell us something at any given point of time,” Barr said. “For example, let’s say suppose for a period in the spring [2016], there was a lot of heavy unmasking done on people involved with the Trump campaign. That would be very relevant as what people were thinking at that time and what their motivations were.”

Barr also charged U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of being a “shadow prosecutor” by refusing to drop the federal charges against Flynn after prosecutors moved to dismiss the case.

“It’s always been understood that decisions whether to pursue an individual through the prosecution process and we’re holding them criminally accountable is vested in the executive branch and not the courts,” Barr said.

Other areas that Barr discussed in the ongoing probe into Crossfire Hurricane included whether FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who fabricated evidence against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, still worked at the bureau.

Barr confirmed he did not, but would not offer any further details such as whether there were charges.

“The wheels of justice grind slow,” Barr said. “They do grind slow because we have due process and we follow the process but people should not draw from the fact that no action has been taken.”

Barr also told Fox News the administration was seeking ways to peel back liability protections for social media companies under Section 230 of Communications Decency Act. Last week, Trump signed an executive order targeting the 26-word passage to curb its power in shielding online publishers from illegal third party content.

via In Fox News Interview, Attorney General Bill Barr Promises Accountability For Russian Collusion Hoaxers — The Federalist

The UK’s Former Head of MI6 Is Two Months Behind the Gateway Pundit, Now Agrees China Coronavirus Created in Chinese Lab — The Gateway Pundit

 

Sir Richard Dearlove, the former Head of the MI6 in the UK has finally caught up to speed with the Gateway Pundit.  Sir Richard reportedly agreed that the China coronavirus was created in a lab, something reported here two months ago.

We reported on April 9, 2020, nearly two months ago, that Chinese Doctor Shi Zhengli was part of a team that was working on a coronavirus project jointly with US doctors in 2014 before it was shut down by the DHS for being too risky.  Dr. Shi Zhengli then moved the project to Wuhan, China.  

Then on the 10th we reported that the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where Dr. Shi worked, was busy experimenting on live animals.  We located a picture of Dr. Shi at the Wuhan Institute of Virology working in the lab:
Via Yaacov Apelbaum

In addition, we’ve identified lab workers experimenting with live animals!

Then on April 12th, 2020, we reported as late as February it was being reported in China that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was where the coronavirus originated.  The Wuhan Market claimed to be the source by other reports in the media, doesn’t even sell bats.

In early January in China, the Director-General of the Wuhan Institute of Virology sent out a message that ordered her staff not to discuss the çoronavirus or release any materials about it (below).

A month later the Chairman of Duoyi, wrote that the Wuhan Institute was suspected of manufacturing and leaking the coronavirus. He stated that the virus could not leap from bats to humans but had to go through monkeys or mice.

In early February it was reported that Shi Zhengli’s carelessness and lax laboratory safety procedures led to the virus being leaked out of the Wuhan Institute. A few days later China’s top biological and chemical weapons commander took over management of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

We’ve also found evidence that Dr. Shi’s work from the Wuhan Institute was also used in testing at the Wuhan hospital (below).

Another Gateway Pundit contributor, Dr. Lawrence Sellin, shared with us this weekend:

Norwegian and British vaccine scientists have published unequivocal evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is man-made.

The authors state two conclusions: (1) the mutations that would normally be seen in the course of animal to human transmission have not occurred in SARS-CoV-2, indicating that it was fully “pre-adapted” for human infection and (2) SARS-CoV-2 has insertions in its protein sequence that have never been detected in nature and contribute to its infectivity and pathogenicity.

A week ago, Sir Richard Dearlove, the former Head of the MI6, whose also involved in the Trump – Russia collusion scam, was interviewed by the Telegraph and he confirmed what we shared two months ago:

In an interview with The Telegraph, Sir Richard Dearlove said he had seen an “important” new scientific report suggesting the virus did not emerge naturally but was man-made by Chinese scientists.

The apparent discovery will raise the prospect of China paying “reparations” for the death and economic catastrophe wreaked upon the world, the former intelligence chief said. It comes as Beijing faces growing pressure to explain precisely how coronavirus first began to spread late last year.

Another source commented on Dearlove’s comments during the podcast he held online:

In the podcast, Sir Richard suggested scientists may have been experimenting on bat coronaviruses when Covid-19 escaped. He also raised the prospect of China potentially paying for the global damage caused by the pandemic and said the study is a ‘very important contribution to a debate’ on how the virus spread across the world.

Once again we were right and we were way before the Mainstream Media – tomorrow’s news today – the Gateway Pundit.

via The UK’s Former Head of MI6 Is Two Months Behind the Gateway Pundit, Now Agrees China Coronavirus Created in Chinese Lab — The Gateway Pundit

Update on coronavirus and its global effects — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

A waiter wearing protective face shield to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus delivers dishes to customers at a seafood restaurant on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. As Indonesia’s overall virus caseload continues to rise, Jakarta has moved to restore normalcy by lifting some restrictions this week, saying that the spread of the virus in the city of 11 million has slowed after peaking in mid-April. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Virus pummels global economy, jobs – even without 2nd wave

— In Pakistan, COVID-19 is just the latest epidemic in areas struck by chronic poverty, malnutrition and violence

— Easing restrictions in Indonesia’s capital triggers concerns

— It’s an issue that’s been argued about for months, both by experts and by people strolling through parks all over the world: Can people who don’t feel sick spread the coronavirus, and if so should we all be wearing masks to stop it? Even the World Health Organization can’t seem to get it straight. On Tuesday the U.N. health agency scrambled to explain seemingly contradictory comments it has made in recent days about the two related issues.

— Moscow emerged from a strict lockdown with the city government citing a slowdown in the coronavirus outbreak and critics expressing concerns over the potential for a new wave of infections in the Russian capital. It comes weeks before a nationwide vote on the constitutional reform that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 and was condemned by Kremlin opponents as politically motivated.

— Experts worry that a further surge of the coronavirus in under-developed regions with shaky health systems could undermine efforts to halt the pandemic. Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India and Pakistan are among the countries easing lockdown restrictions before their outbreaks have peaked and without detailed surveillance and testing systems in place.

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY:

BERLIN — Germany is prolonging its travel warning for more than 160 countries outside Europe until the end of August.

The government agreed Wednesday to extend the guidance introduced on March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic to almost all non-EU countries, with the exception of some that have successfully contained the outbreak.

Last week, Germany downgraded its travel warning for the rest of the 27-nation EU, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Britain.

Also Wednesday, the government announced the end of border controls for EU citizens coming to Germany. Almost all German states require travelers arriving from countries that have 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days to quarantine for two weeks. This is currently the case for fellow EU member state Sweden.

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JOHANNESBURG — Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 200,000.

That’s according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 54-nation continent has 202,782 cases and 5,516 deaths.

While Africa still represents a tiny percentage of the world’s total COVID-19 cases, well under 5%, officials in South Africa and elsewhere have expressed concern because the number of infections continues to climb.

South Africa leads the continent with 52,991 cases, with almost two-thirds of them in the Western Cape province centered on the city of Cape Town.

Egypt has 36,829 cases and Nigeria has 13,464.

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s coronavirus infections soared past 5,000 as the World Health Organization urged the government to impose a two-week lockdown to stem the relentless spike in new cases.

Pakistan has recorded 113,702 confirmed cases and 2,255 deaths.

Until now, Pakistan’s daily testing rate has hovered around 25,000, but the WHO says it should be double that.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under criticism from political opponents and health professionals for easing lockdowns despite soaring numbers and no progress in tracking COVID-19 outbreaks.

Khan, who has reprimanded Pakistanis for not wearing masks and keeping social distance, says the economy cannot survive a total lockdown and the poorest in Pakistan would be the hardest hit.

Pakistan was slow to rein in radical religious leaders who were initially allowed to invite Islamic missionaries to attend a massive gathering in mid-March, which was blamed for spreading infection as far as the Gaza Strip.

Khan also refused to shut down mosques during Ramadan and eased restrictions ahead of the Eid-al Fitr holiday. Since then the number of cases has continued to rise and medical workers worry the weak health system that has barely 3,000 ICU beds for a population of 220 million will be overwhelmed.

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MOSCOW — It will take the Russian capital about two months to lift all coronavirus restrictions, Moscow’s mayor said Wednesday.

The situation in Moscow is improving, but the outbreak hasn’t been completely eradicated, Sergei Sobyanin said at a government meeting. “We still have restrictions related to mass events -– attending theaters, cinemas, concert halls and sporting events. Decisions (to lift these restrictions) will mostly likely be made in the beginning of July,” Sobyanin said.

This week the mayor announced the ending of the strict lockdown in the city that has been in place since late March. Starting from Tuesday, Moscow residents are no longer required to stay at home or obtain electronic passes for traveling around the city. All restrictions on taking walks, using public transportation or driving have been lifted as well. Beauty parlors also reopened Tuesday. Outdoor terraces of cafes and restaurants, as well as museums and dental clinics, are to open on June 16. Kindergartens, gyms and indoor spaces at cafes and restaurants will be allowed to operate starting June 23.

In recent weeks, the officially reported daily number of new coronavirus infections in Moscow has dropped from over 6,000 to under 2,000. On Wednesday, health officials in the city reported a record low of 1,195 new infections. In total, Moscow has registered 199,785 confirmed cases, 40% of Russia’s caseload of over 493,000 contagions.

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TIRANA, Albania — Albanian authorities on Wednesday reported 42 new coronavirus cases, the highest number ever, more than two weeks after the country relaxed its total lockdown.

Authorities called on the people to avoid mass gatherings, but a new virus cluster reported Wednesday involved people participating in a funeral ceremony.

Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said the number of cases has increased due to “community transmission” of the virus.

Very few people continue to wear masks in the streets. Sports are being held without fans and no concerts or other cultural activities are allowed. Public transportation will resume on Monday.

As of Wednesday, Albania has had 34 confirmed deaths and 1,341 confirmed cases.

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VIENNA — Austria on Wednesday announced the opening of its borders to all European neighbors from June 16 with the exceptions of Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Britain.

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg also said that the border with Italy to the south would be open without conditions but that a travel warning for Austrian citizens is in place for Lombardy.

The northern Italian region is the epicenter of Italy’s epidemic which has been showing triple-digit growth in daily infections while much of the rest of the country counts a handful or fewer.

While Italy opened its borders on June 3, Austria’s reluctance to open their shared border has been a sore spot between the neighbors, especially as the tourism season gets under way. Austria’s opening means that visitors from a total of 31 countries no longer are required to undergo a two-week quarantine.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s health officials say places of worship that have remained closed for the past three months can reopen starting Friday subject to social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Director General of Health Services Anil Jasinghe said Wednesday that up to 50 people can congregate at any place of worship but must keep their distance from others both indoors and outdoors.

If there is no space to accommodate 50 people, such places of worship can admit half their normal capacity, he said.

Sri Lanka has reported not cases outside known clusters for the past month. The country has confirmed 1,859 patients with 11 deaths.

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NEW DELHI — India reported a new rise of nearly 10,000 coronavirus infections Wednesday, with a total caseload of 276,583, the fifth highest in the world.

The Health Ministry confirmed 9,985 new cases and 274 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total fatalities have reached 7,745.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi are the worst-hit states.

The spike comes as the government reopened restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship in most of India after a more than 2-month-old lockdown. Subways, hotels and schools remain closed.

India has so far tested more than 4.9 million people with a daily capacity crossing 140,000.

The number of new cases has soared since the government began relaxing restrictions. There has also been a surge in infections in rural India following the return of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who lost their jobs during the lockdown.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 as officials begin requiring nightclubs, karaoke rooms and gyms to register their customers with smartphone QR codes so they could be easily located when needed.

The figures from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday brought national totals to 11,902 cases and 276 deaths. At least 41 of the cases were reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have struggled to trace transmissions linked to entertainment venues, church gatherings and low-income workers who couldn’t afford to stay home.

Since late May, the country has been reporting around 30 to 50 new cases per day, a resurgence that has threatened to erase some of the hard-won gains against the virus as people begin to ease on distancing.

The nationwide requirement of QR codes at “high-risk” venues come after a trial run in the cities of Seoul, Incheon and Daejeon, where some 300 businesses used an app developed by internet company Naver to collect the information of some 6,000 customers. The government is also encouraging churches, libraries, hospitals and movie theaters to voluntarily adopt the technology.

South Korea has aggressively mobilized technological tools to trace contacts and enforce quarantines.

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Source: Associated Press

via Update on coronavirus and its global effects — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

S&P 500 Tests Monthly Highs, As Dumb Money Confidence Is Very High! — Kimble Charting Solutions

The stock market rally has taken the S&P 500 Index all the way back to an important price point on the “monthly” chart.

And how the index closes during the summer months may provide further direction to investors, starting with June.

As you can see in today’s chart, the S&P 500 is testing the December 2019 and January 2020 monthly closing levels at (1).

Dumb money confidence is now nearing the highs reached in January, right before stocks peaked. The confidence by dumb money and the S&P testing the December and January monthly closing highs, makes this breakout test fairly important!

It will be important what the S&P 500 does at these monthly closing prices! The S&P’s next move could go a long way toward providing some direction.

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To see the original post, CLICK HERE.

via S&P 500 Tests Monthly Highs, As Dumb Money Confidence Is Very High! — Kimble Charting Solutions

WOKE TALIBAN: As America Falls Under Mob Rule, We Shall Soon Find Out That Giving Into ANTIFA And BLM Terrorist Demands Is Societal Suicide — Now The End Begins

 

No content is safe anymore because no content can meet the Woke Taliban’s list of demands, which is by design, to rewrite history in their image.

I am a Yankee, and my ancestors fought for the Union Army, we won fair and square and that’s just fine with me. I have absolutely zero love for the Confederate flag, it’s not only a flag of slavery it’s also the flag of the losers. But to have it now ripped from society and from the pages of history because an angry mob of domestic terrorists demands it, should send a cold chill down the spine of anyone with a functioning brain. A society that allows that will soon find themselves on their knees to that mob, and indeed the kneeling has already begun.

“And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.” Ezekiel 16:39,40 (KJB)

As you read this, the mob rule of ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter, hereafter referred to as the Woke Taliban, has America so spooked that a massive purge of art, music, movies and history is underway in the hopes of pacifying their blood lust. It will not, terrorists are never pacificed by receiving their stated demands, it only makes them demand more. One only need to go back and watch videos of ISIS demanding Christians recant their faith in order to be spared death, they were never spared death.

For the past 48 hours, I have read myriad headlines of things being cancelled to appease ANTIFA and BLM terrorists, a list that grows by the hour. The television show ‘COPS‘, on the air for 30 years, gone. Confederate statues in deep south Jacksonville, Florida? Removed under cover of darkness by a pusillanimous mayor and city council. The NFL is now not only kneeling, they are literally begging Black Lives Matter to forgive them for defending the American flag, and law and order. Insanity has become the new rationale, tragedy can be the only ending in this twisted and perverse scenario.

ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter are not smart people, they are angry thugs. So angry that they are destroying the history of the accomplishments of black Americans like Hattie Daniel. She starred in the now-cancelled ‘Gone With The Wind‘, and was so good in that role she won an Oscar for her performance. First black ever to win an Oscar, huge deal. But now her movie has been cancelled because it doesn’t fit the agenda of the Woke Taliban. Her accomplishment thrown on the trash heap of revisionist history. Is that a victory, or a stunning failure? You tell me.

Welcome to the book burning, Hitler would be so very proud of what’s happening right now.

HBO Max Blacklists ‘Gone With the Wind’

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The Woke Taliban have won. HBO Max announced on Tuesday it is blacklisting of Gone With the Wind (1939), and with it, Hattie Daniel’s performance for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar of 1940. McDaniel was not only the first black actor or actress to win an Oscar, she was the first black person ever to win an Oscar of any kind, and the first black person to even be nominated. Other than Merle Oberon, who was both Asian and Polynesian, McDaniel was the first racial minority ever nominated for any category.

Anyway…Toldjaso. Come on, I did tell you… I told you so last week, I told you so years ago, and this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

The Woke Taliban are literally toppling statues, literally rewriting history, literally creating their own caliphate, literally renaming streets, literally forcing people to their knees, so of course the destruction and desecration of art is part and parcel.

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right. ― George Orwell, 1984

First Gone With the Wind, which is still the most popular and financially successful movie ever made, will be blacklisted by HBO. Then the network promises its return, but only after it’s been desecrated:

“’Gone With The Wind’ is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society. These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible,” an HBO Max spokesperson told Variety. “These depictions are certainly counter to WarnerMedia’s values, so when we return the film to HBO Max, it will return with a  discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but will be presented as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed. If we are to create a more just, equitable and inclusive future, we must first acknowledge and understand our history.”

So Gone With the Wind will return after it’s been vandalized with a filmed introduction of the “correct” people instructing us on how to “correctly” view, experience, and interpret this piece of art. And let me assure you HBO Max will not allow you to fast-forward through this tutorial on how to interpret art. Like those commercials you cannot skip over, you will be forced to sit through it.

In other words, when HBO Max says the movie will be “presented as it was originally created,” and that’s a lie. It now will be presented with a tutorial telling you how to feel (guilt, shame, anger) about what you’re about to watch.

The bad news is this is only the beginning…This good news is that this too shall pass

Need I remind you this all began with Oscar-winner screenwriter John Ridley’s list of demands. It was his L.A. Times editorial that blackmailed HBO Max into blacklisting a classic 73 percent of black people love. Here’s his list of his deliberately vague blackmail demands… [emphasis added]

all content providers look at their libraries and make a good-faith effort to separate programming that might be lacking in its representation from that which is blatant in its demonization.

He adds: It doesn’t just “fall short” with regard to representation. It is a film that glorifies the antebellum south. It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color.

  • Goodbye Casablanca (1942). We can’t have Ilsa referring to Sam as “Boy.”
  • Goodbye Holiday Inn (1942). We can’t have Bing Crosby singing in blackface.
  • Goodbye High Sierra (1941). We can’t have Willie Best doing the minstrel.
  • Goodbye Animal House (1978). We can’t have the black bar scene (that Richard Pryor personally approved of).
  • Goodbye Lenny Bruce and George Carlin and M*A*S*H and  You Only Live Twice and Big Trouble In Little China and Silver Streak and Cotton Comes to Harlem and Car Wash and Pulp Fiction and Billy Madison and Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Driving Miss Daisy and Black Hawk Down and True Lies and The Green Mile and Blazing Saddles, Scarface, Sixteen Candles, Soul Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Good Earth, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Loony TunesSeinfeld, The Jeffersons, Married With Children, Sanford and Son, Soap, All In the Family, and every one of Woody Allen’s films

And let’s not forget Cops, which has already been blacklisted, along with Song of the South.

Buy hard copies of the art you love — books, movies, TV, music — because it is all about to quietly and not-so-quietly disappear. Purchasing a digital copy is not enough. Fascists like Amazon will either delete entirely or desecrate your digital copies with censorship.

No content is safe because no content can meet the Woke Taliban’s list of demands, which is by design…You see, it’s all about terrorizing us with Kafka-esque rules, which means there are no rules, which means we’re always terrorized and therefore timid. This is not a drill. READ MORE

No, All Lives Don’t Really Matter To The Woke Taliban

This video is designed to produce an emotional response from the viewer, while at the same time ignoring the fact that 25 blacks were killed by blacks just days before this video propaganda message was produced. The real message here is that no, all lives don’t matter unless their demands are satisfied. 

Pelosi And Democrats Kneel Before Black Lives Matter, Must Be An Election Year

Krystal and Saagar discuss Democrat’s moment of silence for George Floyd and Biden’s response to the defund the police movement.

Watch Drew Brees Grovel Before The Woke Taliban

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via WOKE TALIBAN: As America Falls Under Mob Rule, We Shall Soon Find Out That Giving Into ANTIFA And BLM Terrorist Demands Is Societal Suicide — Now The End Begins