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New ‘un-civil’ war is putting bull’s-eye on Christians | WND

Rev. Franklin Graham prays at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 (RNC video screenshot)

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

By Foster Friess
Real Clear Politics

Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Americans united. Al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  Americans united. Democrats and Republicans in Congress sang patriotic songs from the capitol steps. George Floyd dies beneath Derek Chauvin’s knee. Again, Americans unite in universal disgust.

But then Saint Hypocrisy arrived. The media, political class, and educators had correctly championed the belief that we cannot hold all Muslims responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Now, these same elites want us to justify hurling epithets, spit, and bricks at completely innocent police because of “systemic police racism.”

Life in America did not use to be like this. What happened?

The increased divisiveness is more than just tensions between Democrats and Republicans; between progressives and conservatives; capitalists and socialists. It is more profound — it’s Secularists versus Christians.

Democratic President Harry Truman said in 1946, “In this great country of ours has been demonstrated the fundamental unity of democracy and Christianity.”  Harvard, Yale, and Princeton originated as seminaries. Hospitals with names like St. Francis, St. John’s, and Saint Luke dotted the landscape. But these days Secularists have successfully drowned out faith’s role in the founding of our freedom.

The Christian notion that God loves us, created us in His image, and sent His Son to die for us affects the kinds of governments people build. That belief also gives us a sense of worth, of significance, even if we carry bedpans in a nursing home.

Secularists, however, derive their significance from the work of their own hands. From how much power, prestige, status, or influence they attain.  Power is the biggest. They don’t see as fundamentally equal the residents of elite neighborhoods and rural farmers, Big Tech executives and hotel maids, Ivy League professors and disadvantaged dropouts.

Secular totalitarian dictators claimed some 169 million victims in the last century. Still, every day in lesser ways, ordinary people choose short-sighted, this-worldly satisfaction over the love of their fellow man. The results are always the same: broken relationships, civil discord, and violations of justice. The Secularist quest for power fuels our increased divisiveness.

We each choose every day whether to be encouragers or denigrators. To make the right choice, we need to carve in our hearts the fact that God considers us important, loves us, helps us overcome the fear of death, and offsets our weaknesses with His grace.

This truth was first revealed to the human race via Abraham and then continued with the Christians – as summed up by Jesus when he quoted the Hebrew Bible, saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

That’s the man whom true Christians make their role model. He came “not to be served, but to serve.” Our Constitution was built to work with people who believed that to be true. Can it keep working if we cease to have those beliefs? Our Founders didn’t think so.

Thomas Jefferson said,”Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.”

John Adams went further, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

A pastor friend surmised that of the 22 candidates who sought the Democratic nomination, none possessed such a Biblical worldview. The Christians in “holy huddles” and “hymn-singing country clubs” are waking up and finally responding to the Secularists’ war against them. The beheading of three statues of Mary and one of Jesus and the burning of Bibles in Portland is getting their attention.

Let’s each of us choose “servanthood” over “power.”

Forbes in 2018 recognized Foster Friess as one of the 10 most outstanding money managers of this generation. He now promotes a Philippians 4:8 world as “Head Wrangler” of Foster’s Outriders, created to help government stay on the right path, just as outriders kept cattle herds on the right trail.

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

— Read on www.wnd.com/2020/08/new-un-civil-war-putting-bulls-eye-christians/

CNN and Twitter Target President Trump and The Gateway Pundit – Won’t Allow Us to Share the Actual COVID-19 Numbers from the CDC Website that Don’t Fit Their Narrative | The Gateway Pundit

CNN and Twitter are at it again. Today CNN slandered President Trump and the Gateway Pundit and encouraged Twitter to take down a tweet based on CDC data that the President retweeted.  

CNN and Twitter don’t want Americans to know the full truth about COVID-19.

Last night we posted an article about COVID-19 – SHOCK REPORT: This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Different Other Serious Illnesses

The gist of the article is that COVID-19 is not nearly as deadly as first projected by the WHO and then by Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx.  Based on CDC numbers this past week only 6% of all deaths attributed to COVID-19 were instances where the only factor in the individual’s death was due to COVI9-19.

From the CDC website.

For all the other deaths reported by the CDC linked to COVID-19, the individuals who passed away had 2-3 other serious illnesses or co-morbidities.  This comes from actual data from the CDC and was tweeted by Mel Q on Twitter.

Mel Q shared a calculation which showed that 6% of all COVID-19 deaths as reported by the CDC was only 9,201 deaths. 

Only 9,201 people died in the US this year where COVID-19 was their only cause of death.

We used Mel Q’s tweet in our report and the President of the United States retweeted Mel Q’s tweet as well.

But today Twitter took down the tweet.  They notified Mel Q that the tweet that used actual CDC data “violated their policy on misleading information about COVID-19.”  Her account was suspended from posting for 12 hours.

Next CNN wrote an article about this calculation, the President’s retweet and our article entitled – Twitter removes QAnon supporter’s false claim about coronavirus death statistics that Trump had retweeted

They also tweeted out their work:

Of course they never approached us about their garbage post.  Here is what CNN reported:

Twitter on Sunday took down a tweet containing a false claim about coronavirus death statistics that was made by a supporter of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory — a post that President Donald Trump had retweeted earlier in the day.

The tweet — which has been replaced with a message saying, “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules — from “Mel Q,” copied from someone else’s Facebook post, claimed that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “quietly” updated its numbers “to admit that only 6%” of people listed as coronavirus deaths “actually died from Covid,” since “the other 94% had 2-3 other serious illnesses.”
That’s not what the CDC said.
As of Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, Twitter had not removed a second tweet, also retweeted by the President on Sunday, that spread the same false claim. The second tweet, by Trump campaign adviser Jenna Ellis, linked to an article on the right-wing website Gateway Pundit that was based on the QAnon supporter’s tweet.

In CNN’s very first sentence they make a false premise.  CNN claims Mel Q’s tweet was false but that is not true – it’s based on actual CDC data from the CDC website.

CNN then makes another false statement claiming the CDC said something other that what the CDC actually reported.

And in their third paragraph CNN claims our post and tweet about the topic is false as well.

Next CNN uses liberal logic and assumptions as the basis for why Mel Q’s tweet and our post are incorrect.

CNN reported:

The CDC’s latest regular update to a public statistics page on the pandemic — there was nothing especially “quiet” about it — said that for 6% of the deaths included in its statistics, “Covid-19 was the only cause mentioned” on the deceased person’s death certificate.
That is not at all the same thing as saying only 6% of reported Covid-19 deaths “actually died” from Covid-19. It simply means that the other 94% were listed as having at least one additional factor contributing to their death.

CNN makes the assumption that we were saying none of the other 94% of deaths classified as COVID-19 deaths were not COVID-19 related deaths.  That is not what we said.  What we did say is that only 9,201 deaths were related only to COVID-19.

CNN then makes that broad statement that 94% of the deaths listed had at least one additional factor.  This is true but the CDC is clear that the average number of other issues (co-morbidities) related to the deaths they counted as COVID-19 deaths is 2.6 – meaning most people who died had closer to three other “conditions or causes” related to their death.

CNN then finishes with this baseless statement:

The CDC told CNN in July that Covid-19 will end up as a Top 10 cause of death for 2020. The final ranking from the CDC will be based on death certificates for the calendar year.

This statement has nothing to do with our article or Mel Q’s tweet and actually supports what we are saying.  If the CDC continues count COVID-19 deaths and then add thousands of  additional deaths to their numbers which they assume were related to COVID-19, then COVID-19 will be one of the top 10 causes of deaths in the US this year.

To be fair, the CDC has done a horrible job with their reporting related to COVID-19.  It would be easy for the CDC to provide data on deaths that could protect identities but provide for a more detailed analysis of results.  But it’s likely the CDC doesn’t want us to know the real implications of COVID-19.

We already know that the CDC sent out directives months ago to include COVID-19 on any deaths where COVID-19 is even suspected as being a cause of death.  We reported in April that states are forced to include probable cases in their COVID-19 mortality counts.  This is really unheard of.

So the overall data on death counts for COVID-19 are questionable at best.  But this is no excuse for CNN to refute our numbers from the CDC website that are accurate.
We can expect much more of this as the November election approaches.  
These far-left Democrat outlets like CNN will do all they can to prevent Americans from knowing the truth about COVID-19.
— Read on www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/cnn-twitter-target-president-trump-gateway-pundit-wont-allow-us-share-actual-covid-19-numbers-cdc-website-dont-fit-narrative/

The Attempt To Overthrow America | Zero Hedge

“Today our nation is facing the most serious threat to establish such a tyranny in our entire history…”

Authored by Guy Millière via The Gatestone Institute,

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 might appear, looking back, as a pretext for mayhem. His reported killing by a white police officer was immediately followed by a wave of riots during which neighborhoods in several major cities were devastated. Stores were looted, buildings were burned and people were murdered as mayors and other local public officials chose to let the rioters run wild, whip up racial conflict and protect the criminals rather than the citizens being brutalized. The riots quickly appeared to have nothing to do with Floyd’s death and everything to do with groups seeking to overthrow America.

In the past, members of the radical organization Antifa had committed acts of violence, but never before had been able to sow terror throughout major cities. This time, they could and they did.

In addition, the Marxist movement Black Lives Matter (BLM), which seemed to have disappeared since the election of President Donald J. Trump — who, incidentally, did more for the black and Hispanic minority communities in three years than anyone had done for decades — suddenly reappeared, well-funded and well-organized, at the heart of the riots. BLM received further support from the mayors of several major cities and gained even more popularity while attacking first the statues of former slave-owners, such as George Washington, and then those of the escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In Washington, DC and New York City, “Black Lives Matter” was painted on avenues in huge yellow letters – in New York by the mayor himself.

This may have been the first time in US history that a Marxist movement received corporate support: Amazon, Microsoft, Nabisco, Gatorade, Deckers and other large American firms donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, now a major beneficiary of US corporate largesse. Many colleges and universities also joined in backing the movement. The trustees of Princeton University decided to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the university’s school of public policy. They said that they had examined the “long and damaging history of racism in America” and that Wilson’s “racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college”. Calls to “#CancelYale” surged across social media, alleging that Yale’s namesake, Elihu Yale, was a slave-owner and slave-trader, and that the university must change its name, as well. Yale University President, Peter Salovey, however, said that would not be done, explaining that Yale was “relatively unexceptional in his own time.”

Also for the first time, mayors of many cities and other local officials have deliberately protected criminals over law-abiding citizens and allowed the destruction to take place. Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan abandoned an entire area of the city, dubbed CHAZ (and later CHOP) to rioters and suggested that the police-free zone would create a “summer of love“, then did nothing while rapesvandalism and murders took place. Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler has allowed for nearly three months an entire district fall prey to rioters. The city councils of New York and Los Angeles, America’s two largest cities, voted to cut the budgets of their police forces drastically. The Minneapolis City Council went even further and voted to disband the city’s police force altogether.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in a seeming surrender to the mob, began referring to the pandemonium in Portland as the “immense power of peaceful protests” and compared federal law enforcement officers trying to defend a federal building against marauding arsonists to Nazi-era “stormtroopers.”

Former President Barack Obama, speaking at the funeral of a civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis, compared President Trump to the segregationist governor of Alabama in the 1960s, George Wallace — who happened to be a Democrat. He spoke of “police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,” distorting the facts. In Minneapolis, a single policeman had knelt on the neck of a single black American, once. The police officer is in jail, awaiting trial, and his abuse has been severely and universally condemned.

The idea that the American police are “racist” has been used to justify riots and destruction. Some police officers may well be racist, but accusing all American police officers of racism does not align with the facts. Statistics show that the vast majority of black people killed by police officers are armed and dangerous. Moreover, the police officers involved are sometimes black. Statistics also show that, on average, 94% of the black people killed each year in the US are killed by other black people. But many people who talk about racism do not seem even slightly concerned about those black lives that have been taken. During the riots — in which people were killed by rioters or by looters who used the riots as cover — the main victims were black people, sometimes children.

Already in 2017, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had worried about the sporadic riots that were breaking out, for instance, when conservative speakers were invited to speak. The United States, he said , “is in the throes of a one-sided cultural civil war…. Surrender or fight – our country is at stake.”

The situation, in fact, had become “worrying” even before the results of the 2016 presidential election were known.

As we now can read in the report by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the senior levels of government during the Obama Administration were colluding to prevent President Trump from winning the election, and then, after it, to frame him in an attempted coup d’état.

On the day after the election, people took to the streets with signs saying, “Not my President”: President Trump’s legitimacy was immediately questioned. On the day of his inauguration, in the downtown area of Washington DC, violent riots and acts of vandalism took place.

During the weeks that followed, President Trump was accused, with no evidence, of “collusion with Russia”. The false charges lasted for more than two years and may well have hampered the management of the country. Former CIA Director John Brennan claimed that President Trump had “worked with Russians” and was “treasonous“. When the accusations turned out to be unfounded, the president’s accusers, in the hope of impeaching him, turned to a telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. President Trump was described as having “endangered the security of the country”. An impeachment procedure, conducted in violation of all of the rules, followed. When law professor Jonathan Turley pointed out that the procedure was violating the rules, he received death threats. Retired Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz said that “For Congress to impeach President Trump for abuse of Congress would be an abuse of power by Congress”. Left-wing members of the House of Representatives went ahead impeaching the president anyway. They failed.

In the effort to overturn the lawful 2016 election — and to coerce witnesses to “flip” and testify falsely against President Trump — the lives of others were ruined as well.

Evidence now clearly shows that General Michael Flynn, an outstanding four-star general and war hero, was the victim of an entrapment plot that forced him to resign, ruined him financially, and came close to destroying his life. He is now in the throes of an attempt to entrap him again by a politicized judge, Emmett Sullivan, and a politicized judiciary. Although the prosecutor, the Department of Justice, dropped the case after it was disclosed that vast amounts of exculpatory evidence had been withheld — Judge Sullivan decided, illegally and in the finest tradition of the former Soviet Union, that he would be both the judge and the prosecutor, and continue to try the case that he was supposed to be impartially judging. The trial is still ongoing. Carter PageGeorge PapadopoulosRoger Stone and Jerome Corsi were among other innocent citizens who also had their lives upended.

Attorney General William Barr recently said:

“I thought things were partisan and tough 30 years ago — nothing compared to today. Things have fundamentally changed… [the left] represents a revolutionary Rousseauian party that believes in tearing down the system… They’re interested in complete political victory. They’re not interested in compromise. They’re not interested in dialectic, exchange of views… It’s a substitute religion. They view their political opponents… as evil because we stand in the way of their progressive utopia that they’re trying to reach…”

As Barr said recently when testifying at House of Representatives committee: “Since when is it okay to burn down a federal court?”

Thirty years ago, many things were indeed different. Destructive forces, however, were at work. A few authors attempted to sound an alarm, without success.

In a book published in 1992, The Devaluing of America: The Fight for Our Culture and Our Children, former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett quoted prominent Democrat historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.:

“The bonds of national cohesion in the republic are sufficiently fragile already. Public education should aim to strengthen those bonds not to weaken them… The alternative to integration is disintegration”.

The same year, policy analyst Martin Anderson published Impostors in the Temple: American Intellectuals Are Destroying Our Universities and Cheating Our Students of Their Future. “They pretend to teach”, he wrote, “they pretend to do original, important work. They do neither. They are impostors in the temple. And from these impostors most of the educational ills of America flow.”

The same year again, the esteemed economist and social commentator, Thomas Sowell, who happens to be black, wrote in his book, Inside American Education:

“Whether blatant or subtle, brainwashing has become a major, time-consuming activity in American education at all levels”.

There is arguably more at work than brainwashing. There is also the long march of the radicals through American institutions described by Roger Kimball in his book The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America. Now, as those students have graduated, they are now part of the government and large corporations, subverting Western culture from within.

American author David Horowitz, described what has been happening since November 8, 2016 as “sabotage”, and wrote recently:

“On the Rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington is inscribed these words: ‘I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.’ This statement by Thomas Jefferson is the heart of the democracy in whose founding he played so central a role. It is why the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights is the First Amendment and not the Second, or Fourth, or Fifth.

“Today our nation is facing the most serious threat to establish such a tyranny in our entire history.”

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/attempt-overthrow-america

America’s Summer Exodus: Thousands Flee The Cities Every Day Because They Don’t Feel Safe — End Of The American Dream

In modern American history, we have never seen such a sudden mass exodus away from our major cities.  Overall, the U.S. economy is a complete and total disaster in 2020, but moving companies and real estate agents that work in desirable rural and suburban areas are absolutely thriving right now.  Each weekend we are seeing long lines at U-Haul rental facilities, moving companies can’t handle all of the requests that they are getting, and property values are shifting at a pace that is difficult to believe.  Homes in our core urban areas are losing value very rapidly, and at the same time we are seeing bidding wars for some rural and suburban properties that are absolutely insane.

I certainly can’t blame anyone that wants to escape the violence.  If I was living in a major city that was being torn apart by violence, I would want to move too.

At one time we had some of the most beautiful cities in the entire world, but now the word “apocalyptic” is being used to describe them.  The following comes from an article by Victor Davis Hanson

Nine months ago, New York was a thriving, though poorly governed, metropolis. It was coasting on the more or less good governance of its prior two mayors and on its ancestral role as the global nexus of finance and capital.

The city is now something out of a postmodern apocalyptic movie, reeling from the effects of a neutron bomb. Ditto in varying degrees Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco — the anti-broken-windows metropolises of America. Walking in San Francisco today reminds me of visiting Old Cairo in 1973, although the latter lacked the needles and feces of the former.

Chicago is one of the cities that has been the most affected by the violence, and the Chicago Tribune recently posted an article about the mass exodus that the city is now experiencing…

Incidents of widespread looting and soaring homicide figures in Chicago have made national news during an already tumultuous year. As a result, some say residents in affluent neighborhoods downtown, and on the North Side, no longer feel safe in the city’s epicenter and are looking to move away. Aldermen say they see their constituents leaving the city, and it’s a concern echoed by some real estate agents and the head of a sizable property management firm.

Following the horrific looting in Chicago a couple weeks ago, a Tribune reporter visited some of the wealthier parts of the city, and that reporter encountered residents that indicated that they would be leaving “as soon as we can get out”

The day after looting broke out two weeks ago, a Tribune columnist strolled through Gold Coast and Streeterville. Residents of the swanky Near North Side told him they’d be moving “as soon as we can get out.” Others expressed fear of returning downtown in the future.

Of course Chicago is far from alone.  In a previous article, I discussed the fact that the New York Times has reported that hundreds of thousands of people have already left New York City.  After losing so many residents, you would think that the mass exodus would be slowing down, but that does not appear to be happening.  In fact, we are being told that “moving trucks were out in force” on the Upper West Side on Saturday…

Moving trucks were out in force on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Saturday — leaving Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa practically tripping over them.

“The mass evacuation of Upper West Siders from NYC is in full effect,” Sliwa, who lives on W. 87th Street, lamented, blaming the city’s decision this summer to house hundreds of emotionally disturbed homeless and recovering addicts in neighborhood hotels.

And someone filmed a stunningly long line at a U-Haul rental location in New York on Saturday.  In all my years, I don’t think that I have ever seen anything like that at a U-Haul facility.

Of course all of those people need to have somewhere to go, and this is creating massive bidding wars for properties in the suburbs…

Over three days in late July, a three-bedroom house in East Orange, N.J., was listed for sale for $285,000, had 97 showings, received 24 offers and went under contract for 21 percent over that price.

On Long Island, six people made offers on a $499,000 house in Valley Stream without seeing it in person after it was shown on a Facebook Live video. In the Hudson Valley, a nearly three-acre property with a pool listed for $985,000 received four all-cash bids within a day of having 14 showings.

Isn’t that crazy?

But this is what happens when vast hordes of wealthy people are trying to relocate all at once.

On the west coast we are seeing similar things happen.  Property values in rural and suburban communities are being driven up, and meanwhile prices in core urban areas are falling very quickly.  For example, just check out what is taking place in San Francisco

San Francisco has seen a greater increase in price drops than any other U.S. metro, with the share of sellers slashing prices more than doubling from a year ago as the COVID-19 related panic drives homebuyers out of the Bay Area, reports Redfin.

A quarter (24.5%) of San Francisco-area home sellers cut their list prices during the four weeks ending Aug. 16, the highest share since at least 2015, when Redfin began recording this data. That’s more than double the rate from a year earlier, marking the largest annual increase in the share of active listings with price drops among the 50 most populous U.S. metro areas.

Some Californians are choosing to relocate within the state, but of course many others are fleeing the state entirely.

One of the places many of them are heading to is Arizona, and one recent Yahoo News article commented on the “surge in California license plates” in the state…

Driving across Arizona, it’s hard not to notice a surge in California license plates. The reason for this is becoming more apparent every day. California is a failed state.

If you currently live in an urban area and you are still thinking about relocating, I would make a decision rapidly.  Summer is almost over, economic conditions are going to continue to deteriorate, and much more civil unrest is coming.

In an interview that I just did with Greg Hunter, I explained why I am so concerned about the times that we are moving into.

And countless other Americans also seem to be deeply alarmed about the near future, because we have never seen a mass exodus of this magnitude in modern American history.

The times, they are a-changin’, and life in our country will never be quite the same again.

America’s Summer Exodus: Thousands Flee The Cities Every Day Because They Don’t Feel Safe — End Of The American Dream

RETALIATION: LA County evicts John MacArthur’s Church from land lease — Capstone Report

Jenna Ellis: ‘This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable.’

In the fight between Los Angeles County and Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church over religious liberty, the county went petty. Los Angeles County notified Grace Community Church via letter that on October 1 it is being evicted from a parcel of land it uses as a parking lot. The church has held a lease on this land for 45 years.

Is this retaliation for fighting Los Angeles County’s ban on indoor church worship services? Lawyers for John MacArthur and Grace Community Church think so.

Los Angeles County is retaliating against Grace Community Church for simply exercising their constitutionally protected right to hold church and challenging an unreasonable, unlawful health order,” said Jenna Ellis, Special Counsel to Thomas More Society: “In America, we have a judicial system to ensure that the executive branch does not abuse its power, and Grace Community Church has every right to be heard without fear of reprisal. The Democrats’ message to Americans is clear–if you don’t bow to every whim of tyranny, the government will come after you. The Church has peacefully held this lease for 45 years and the only reason the County is attempting eviction is because John MacArthur stood up to their unconstitutional power grab. This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable.

This eviction is for a large area of the parking lot utilized by the church—and has been leased since 1975. The land is in the flood control area and unsuitable for most uses.

The dispute between MacArthur, Grace Community Church and Los Angeles County began when the church decided it would hold indoor worship services despite the county and California bans on indoor church services. The county has taken MacArthur and the church into court at least four times in the last several weeks seeking judgment against the church.

RETALIATION: LA County evicts John MacArthur’s Church from land lease — Capstone Report

August 30 The Untamed Tongue

 

James 3:7–8

Every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue.

James says we are able to control every kind of beast and animal, yet we have not learned how to control the tongue. After God created man, he was to rule over the fish, birds, cattle, and every creeping thing (Genesis 1:26). When Noah came out of the ark, God reiterated His purpose: “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand” (Genesis 9:2).

Today, the nature of the animal has been tamed by the nature of man. We have dancing bears, trained seals, talking dolphins, acrobatic birds, charmed snakes, dogs jumping through hoops, and lions with their mouths open wide and the trainer’s head inside. We have elephants that march in line behind one another with riders perched on top. All of these creatures have been tamed, but the tongue is untamed and untamable without God’s help.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 253). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

CDC Now Says 94% of COVID Deaths Had an Underlying Condition | Western Journal

A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 94 percent of the cases of those who died from COVID-19, another disease was also at work on the victim.

“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned,” the CDC stated in its report, under the heading “Comoborbities.”

“For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death,” the report continued.

The report showed that in 18,116 of 42,587 deaths in the 75-84 age group, the individual who died also had the flu or pneumonia, while in 15,100 cases the underlying condition was respiratory failure.

Overall, of the 161, 392 deaths covered by the report, 42 percent (68,004) of those who died also had the flu or pneumonia while 34 percent (54,803) had an underlying condition of respiratory failure.

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Diabetes was an underlying condition in 16 percent of the deaths (25,936 people) while various heart-related conditions including cardiac arrest, ischemic heart disease (also known as hardening of the arteries), cardiac arrhythmia and heart disease (58,687 people) were found in 36 percent of those who died.

In June, the CDC listed as high-risk individuals for COVID-19 those who had chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); obesity (BMI of 30 or higher); immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant; serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; sickle cell disease; Type 2 diabetes.

Does this change your understanding of the disease?

Although the CDC’s initial guidance suggested those over 65 were at high risk, the CDC later revised that to note than risk increases with age and that there is no single age at which risk suddenly rises.

In comments released at the time, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said risk “is a continuum.”

“Based on what we’ve learned, we now understand that as you get older, your risk for severe disease, hospitalization, and death increases.  We also updated the list of underlying health conditions that can put you at higher risk for severe disease, hospitalization, and death, based on the latest review of scientific evidence to date,” he said.

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“A key point is that we want to make sure that people know that as your numbers of underlying medical conditions increase, your risk of severe illness from COVID also increases,” he said.

As of Sunday afternoon, the coronavirus had infected almost 6 million Americans, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, and roughly 25 million worldwide.

As of Sunday, 843,826 people had been reported as killed by the virus, with 182,909 of those being Americans.

Spread of the disease resulted in mass lockdowns across the country.

Risk is one of the factors that will go into distributing COVID-19 vaccines once those that are now in trials are ready for the market, according to CNBC.

“At first, there will likely be a limited supply of one or more of the Covid-19 vaccines, because limited doses will be available,” Redfield said Friday, CNBC reported. “It’s important that the early vaccines are distributed in a fair, ethical and transparent way.”

The list of those to be vaccinated will include health care workers, those considered essential workers at the time a vaccine is ready for distribution, and those considered at high risk due to age and underlying health conditions, according to the CDC.

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New CDC report says 94% of COVID deaths had underlying conditions, only 6% died from COVID alone | Disrn

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new reportdetailing how many COVID-19 deaths in America also involved other underlying health conditions.

According to the report, only 6% of the COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. list COVID-19 as the only cause of death. 94% of COVID-19 deaths involved at least one other underlying health condition, and on average involved “2.6 additional conditions or causes of death.”

The new report on the CDC’s website states:

Comorbidities

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups.

The CDC gives the following data in Table 3 on the same page:

The CDC listed the top underlying medical conditions linked to coronavirus deaths as:

  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Hypertensive disease
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular and unspecified dementia
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Heart failure
  • Renal failure
  • Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events
  • Other medical conditions

According to the CDC, 9,683 people have died in the United States having only COVID-19 listed on their death certificate as cause of death. At the time the CDC report was released, 161,392 deaths had been attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S.

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LA County Loses Court Battle with Grace Community Church — So County Sends Eviction Notice to the Church on Sunday | The Gateway Pundit

On August 12th Los Angeles County filed charges prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding religious services. But a local judge decided in favor of Grace Community Church to allow religious service if congregants wore face coverings and practiced social distancing.

Pastor John MacArthur said at the time that the church was meeting indoors because it was their constitutional right and that it was commanded by God for his people to come together in worship.

Factories, pot shots, liquor stores and department stores are allowed to stay open but not houses of worship.

County officials were outraged at the judge’s decision this week telling the LA Times, “It is deeply disappointing that the Court decided not to grant the County’s request for a temporary restraining order prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding indoor services.  We look forward to a favorable ruling when a full hearing is heard on the matter.”

County officials did not sit back after losing last week’s ruling.

On Sunday Los Angeles County sent a letter of eviction to Grace Community Church.

Los Angeles officials gave church officials 30 days to evacuate the premises.

The county broke their agreement that was in affect since at least 2001

 

 

Constitutional Law Attorney Jenna Ellis, Special Counsel to Thomas More Society,  released this statement on the eviction notice.

This is government tyranny.

“Los Angeles County is retaliating against Grace Community Church for simply exercising their constitutionally protected right to hold church and challenging an unreasonable, unlawful health order. In America, we have a judicial system to ensure that the executive branch does not abuse its power, and Grace Community Church has every right to be heard without fear of reprisal. The Democrats’ message to Americans is clear–if you do not bow to every whim of tyranny, the government will come after you. The Church has peacefully held this lease for 45 years and the only reason the County is attempting eviction is because John MacArthur stood up to their unconstitutional power grab. This is harassment, abusive, and unconscionable.”

As Attorney Ellis said, this is nothing more than harassment and abuse!

Here is the full eviction notice plus the contracts with the church that date back to 2001.

Los Angeles County Serves Eviction Notice to Grace Community Churchby Jim Hoft on Scribd

— Read on www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/la-county-loses-court-battle-grace-community-church-county-sends-eviction-notice-sunday/

August 30th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Think not that I am came to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.—Matthew 5:17, 18.

JESUS never condemned the law and the prophets, but He did condemn those who did not obey them. Because He gave new commandments it does not follow that He abolished the old. Christ’s explanation of them made them all the more searching. In His Sermon on the Mount He carried the principles of the commandments beyond the mere letter. He unfolded them and showed that they embraced more, that they are positive as well as prohibitive. The Old Testament closes with these words:

“Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Does that look as if the law of Moses was becoming obsolete?[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.) (pp. 151–152). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

August 30, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

2 Jonah describes himself as being in the “belly of Sheol” (“depths of the grave,” NIV), thus drawing an interesting illustration: from the belly of Sheol to the belly of the fish. The term “Sheol” can be used in several different ways. In Israelite thought the term referred to a place to which the dead went (Isa 14:9). Sheol can be used as an expression for being close to death or can be synonymous with the grave, since the grave was seen as the portal to the netherworld (Ge 37:35; 42:38; 44:29, 31; Pss 18:5[6]; 30:3; 49:14; 116:3; Isa 28:15, 18). Jonah uses the term figuratively to describe the fact that he is at the brink of death.[1]


Ver. 2.—He introduces the prayer with the fact that he cried to God in distress and was heard. By reason of mine affliction; better, out of my affliction. This may be a reminiscence of Ps. 120:1 or Ps. 18:6; but from such coincidences nothing can be established concerning the date of the book. Like circumstances call forth like expressions; and the writers may have composed them quite independently of one another. Hell (Sheol). The unseen world (Ezek. 32:21). He was as though dead when thus engulfed (comp. Ps. 18:5). Cried I (Ps 28:1, 2). Thou heardest my voice (Ps. 130:1, 2).[2]


2. At the very start of his song of thanksgiving Jonah refers to an earlier prayer which he uttered soon after being hurled into the water. As is typical in Hebrew poetry the same set of actions are expressed in two slightly differing ways: Jonah cried for help and God answered. This initial verse summarizes the reason for Jonah’s gratitude. In verses 3–7 the details of what took place are outlined more fully.

From the depths of Sheol (see niv mg.). The term translated depths is beṭen, ‘womb’, ‘belly’. Some commentators have taken this to refer to the stomach of the great fish. However, in verse 1 (Heb., v. 2) a different term mĕ‘ê, ‘inner parts’, denotes the inside of the fish. The precise connotation of the term Sheol is disputed. However, it probably designates the place where the wicked remain until their final judgment. It is not annihilation in death that Jonah fears here, but rather the prospect of being abandoned in Sheol, and consequently separated thereafter from God. However, although Jonah is on the verge of entering into Sheol, the Lord hears his cry and delivers him. The theme of God answering a cry for help is a common element in the Psalter (cf. Pss 18:6; 118:5; 120:1). The switch from third person (he answered) to second person (you listened) need not be viewed as reflecting an inconsistency in composition. The same kind of change even occurs in some modern prayers.[3]


Ver. 2. I cried by reason of mine affliction.—Troubles and deliverance:

  1. The fact of trouble. Jonah is at one with all men in a common experience of trouble. No child of God is born to a heritage of unmitigated grief. Some compensating mercy is sure to throw its mellow light over the angriest storm. Some specimens of trouble. So many hampered lives; so many obstacles to goodness; so many and so powerful temptations; so many apparent contradictions to the truth of an infinite goodness. Jonah’s trouble was his being thrust off into a conscious distance from God.
  2. Deliverance from trouble. The steps toward such deliverance are stated in our Scripture.
  3. Jonah remembered God. Submissive memory of God is the first step.
  4. Prayer is the next step.
  5. A thankful trust is the next. (Wayland Hoyt, D.D.)[4]

2. I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me—“by reason of,” rather ‘out of affliction (which came) to me.’ His prayer is partly descriptive and promissory, partly eucharistical. In the first mercy Jonah saw the earnest of the rest, and so, instead of looking at his peril still remaining, thanks God for his deliverance as a certain fact. So Hannah is said to have “prayed,” but her song is all one thanksgiving without one petition. Having once felt himself safe in the fish’s belly, in strong faith he takes for granted his deliverance as an accomplished fact in God’s time. So he thanks God for it as such; and whilst so doing is actually delivered. Jonah incorporates with his own language inspired utterances familiar to the Church long before, in v. 2, Ps. 120:1; in v. 3, Ps. 42:7, “All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me;” in v. 4, Ps. 31:22; in v. 5, Ps. 69:1; in v. 7, Ps. 142:3, and 18:6; in v. 8, Ps. 31:6; in v. 9, Ps. 116:17, 18, and 3:8. Jonah, an inspired man, thus attests both the antiquity and inspiration of the Psalms. It marks the spirit of faith, that Jonah identifies himself with the saints of old, appropriating their experiences as recorded in the Word of God (Ps. 119:50). Affliction opens up the mine of Scripture, before seen only on the surface. out of the belly of hellSheol, the unseen world, which the belly of the fish resembled. So Ps. 18:5, “The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;” and Ps. 30:3, “O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” cried I … thou heardest. The Hebrew words vary only by a similar letter, Shivvati; Shama ’ta [שִׁוַּעְתִּי שָׁמַעְתָּ]. The real cry of prayer and God’s hearing are, according to the mind of God, one.[5]


2:2 [3] I cried out … I called to you. Jonah began his prayer with a verb that can refer to prayer (qaraʾ [7121, 7924]), which has appeared earlier in the narrative (see Introduction). As Baldwin (1993:569) observes, the parallel verb shawaʿ [7768, 8775] (“called” cf. Ps 30:2) is one of several verbs in the OT for addressing a deity (cf. zaʿaq [2199, 2410], “shouted,” 1:5).

Jonah’s prayer contains several elements typical of thanksgiving psalms and may be conveniently outlined as follows:

  1. The psalmist is cast into the sea (2:2–4)
  2. Statement of thanksgiving (2:2)
  3. Note of personal crisis (2:3)
  4. The psalmist’s response (2:4)
  5. The psalmist is delivered from the sea (2:5–9)
  6. The psalmist’s desperate situation, with testimony to his God-given rescue (2:5–6)
  7. Closing note of commitment to God (2:7–9)

It may be noted that each stanza is closed by a strophe containing the phrase waʾani [2050.1/589, 2256/638] (but as for me) and a reference to the Lord and his holy Temple and that Jonah’s prayer is filled with phraseology drawn from the biblical psalms. For Jonah’s psalm as a psalm of thanksgiving, together with biblical parallels, see the excellent discussion in Limburg 1993:63–66.

land of the dead. Lit., “the belly of Sheol.” Jonah’s situation was seemingly hopeless—he was as good as dead. “Sheol” is used at times as a synonym for death (cf. Pss 6:5; 18:5). (For a thorough discussion of ancient Near Eastern concepts of death and the afterlife, see Heidel 1963:137–223.)

answered … heard. The call-answer motif here is reminiscent of Pss 31:22; 120:1. see commentary on Hab 1:2–4.[6]


2:2 I cried … I cried: These terms come from two different verbs. The first is a more general term meaning “to call aloud,” with a wide range of usage in the Bible. The second is a term that means a “cry for help,” particularly as a scream to God (Pss. 5:2; 18:6, 41; 22:24; 28:1; 30:2; 31:22; 88:13; 119:146). Jonah was terrified. Out of the belly of Sheol: When the sailors threw Jonah into the sea, he seemed to be “as good as dead.” Thus for Jonah, the sea became like Sheol, the place of death (Gen. 37:35; Pss. 16:10; 88:4, 5; Prov. 9:18; Is. 28:15).[7] † 2:2 — “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me.”

God will never turn away from a truly repentant heart, even if that heart beats in a man who tried to run away from Him. The Lord often uses affliction, not to punish us, but to bring us back to Him.[8]

 

[1] Walton, J. H. (2008). Jonah. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, p. 476). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Jonah (p. 43). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[3] Wiseman, D. J., Alexander, T. D., & Waltke, B. K. (1988). Obadiah, Jonah and Micah: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 26, p. 125). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[4] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: The Minor Prophets (Vol. 5, p. 35). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[5] Fausset, A. R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Jeremiah–Malachi (Vol. IV, p. 576). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

[6] Patterson, R. D., & Hill, A. E. (2008). Cornerstone biblical commentary, Vol 10: Minor Prophets, Hosea–Malachi (pp. 265–266). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 1067–1068). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Jon 2:2). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

August—30 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

Return, return, O Shulamite, return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies?—Song 6:13.

It is the Church that is here called upon to return, and most likely by the daughters of Jerusalem. Some have thought the Church is so called, as being of Salem or Shulem, the shortened word for Jeru-salem. And some have thought that Salem is the same with Solomon, as the feminine of Solomon, the wife. And others have supposed, that as Jerusalem means peace, the Church is called so on account of her loveliness. And no doubt in each sense, the Church may well be called so, being married to Christ—being of the “Jerusalem that is above, which is the mother of us all; and being beautiful, peaceful, and lovely in Jesus, as Jerusalem is the praise of the whole earth.” (Psalm 48:2.) But wherefore is the Shulamite called upon to return, to be looked upon, and with such earnestness as to cause the request to be so often repeated? The answer is very plain. If it be the inquiry immediately on a soul’s conversion, the change from death to life, from sin to salvation, is so great, that every one may be supposed anxious to behold. If it be the return of the poor believer, after a state of backsliding, the blushing face of a poor soul might also be well considered as a grateful sight to all that love to behold the blessed fruits of the Holy Ghost. And if it be in the after-stages of a life of grace, when a believer, from long knowing Jesus, and long living upon him, is become most beautiful and comely in his profession, no object upon earth can be an equal object of delight, or more worthy universal attention. So that in either sense, the earnest and repeated call for her return, to be looked upon, may be well accounted for. And the Church’s answer is equally engaging. What would you see in me? As if she had said, In my best and highest attainment, I am but a poor creature in myself. All my beauty is derived from Jesus. I am indeed comely in him; and he is my glory, and the lifter-up of my head. But in myself I am no other but as one contending with two armies. I feel corruption rising continually against grace; and “when I would do good, evil is present with me.” My soul! is not this thy very state? Art thou not perpetually exercised in this struggle? Precious Lord Jesus! let this view of thy Church comfort me in a consciousness of a family likeness. And oh, Lord! while I thus groan under indwelling corruption give me to see that they are but remains. Jesus will at length, by little and little, drive these Canaanites out of the land.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 256–257). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Herschel Walker: If Professional Sports REALLY Want Change They’ll Bring in Both Parties – Not Just One (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Herschel Walker was on FOX and Friends Weekend this morning and he shared his thoughts on the recent moves in professional sports related to Black Lives Matter. 

Football great Herschel Walker gave an incredible presentation this past week at the RNC.  He supports President Trump and let people know he doesn’t agree with or appreciate people who call President Trump racist.

Today Walker discussed the recent efforts in sports to support the radical liberal point of view and BLM.  Walker shared when asked what should be done:

Well, I think first of all what the NFL should do is do both sides.  I hope this is not slanted only to support the Democratic side because if you want social justice, if anything, is to bring both parties together.

You know, one thing I have noticed and I continue to cry out and I’m going to shout from the roof top is if you want to make changes, you gotta have the Democrat and the Republican people to come together.  And I go back to Senator Scott.  You know the Democrat didn’t even want to meet.

And then you go to right now and the only time the Democrat has decided to denounce the violence in the street is when they found out they were starting to lose in the polls. And now the NFL I hope, hope, hope and I pray you bring both sides together.  This President and this Administration has reached out to say come meet, let’s meet, let’s talk and no one has decided to do it so I am praying that that’s what they’re going to do.

Via FOX and Friends Weekend:

Herschel Walker: If Professional Sports REALLY Want Change They’ll Bring in Both Parties – Not Just One (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Five trends that contribute to the spirit of anti-intellectualism — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

For those of us that have spent our lives attempting to bring apologetics into the local churches and public square, there has always been an issue with a spirit of anti-intellectualism in both of these places. There is progress being made. However, most recently I was reading an essay in the book above in which the author  believes there are at least five trends that contribute to a spirit of anti-intellectualism:

1. Pragmatism: In today’s world, the first question about any idea is not “Is it true or right?” but “Does it work?” Pragmatism rules over both values and thought. Result-oriented social activists are often supporters of a cause without always inquiring too closely whether their cause has a good end or whether their action is the best means to pursue it.

2. Focus on Results: We have become an impatient generation. Students quickly become bored if there is not a lot of action. “Don’t talk about it—just do it” seems to be the byword. They want to get it done, get results the instant way, or give up on it if it requires extensive thought.

3. Preoccupation with Feelings: We have also become a feeling generation. Feeling triumphs over reason in our decision-making. “If it feels good, do it” is too often the principal criterion for behavior. A subjective experience becomes more important than revealed truth or absolutes in what has been described as our post-secular university thinking. We are admonished to get in touch with our feelings. This is good, especially for males, but requires that a balance with reason also be struck.

4. Ritualism: Ritualistic attitudes have encumbered our intellectual imagination and creativity. In the church it has become an escape route to avoid our God-given responsibility to use the minds that God has given us. In educational circles, it can be identified with rote learning, learning from the professor merely to pass the exam or to be politically correct. The danger of ritualism is that it is mere performance in which ceremony has become an end in itself, a meaningless substitute for intelligent consideration.

5. Intellectual Isolationism: Profound thinkers are being increasingly isolated from the mainstream of human activity. I was once introduced to a very prolific writer who had written several dozen books. He spent all his time thinking about what the world should be like. He sought to inspire others through his writings, but he was so out of touch with where his readers were in the real world that there were few readers to inspire. As a foreign policy planner, I found it relatively easy to write policy; the critical issue was the test of relevance in the light of current events. If the intellect is left on its own, it may become dry and humorless, leading to an academic intellectualism that is devoid of emotion, drive, and meaningful action.- taken from Donald Page, “Developing the Characteristics of a Christian Mind” adapted from Christian Worldview and the Academic Disciplines: Crossing the Academy (McMaster Ministry Studies Series Book 1)
Deane E. D. Downey and Stanley E. Porter.

Five trends that contribute to the spirit of anti-intellectualism — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

Biden to Leave Basement This Week for Mystery Campaign Stop to Blame Riots on President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden will reportedly make a campaign appearance Monday at an as yet secret location to make remarks blaming President Trump for the riots roiling the nation, the New York Times reported Saturday night. Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield confirmed on Fox News Sunday that Biden would travel this week but did not provide specifics. Bedingfield also accused Trump of inciting violence.


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Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday to tour the riot scenes and meet with local law enforcement. Trump also meet with the family of Jacob, Blake, the Black man whose shooting by police while resisting arrest last Sunday set off deadly riots in Kenosha.

Excerpt from The Times:

“Mr. Biden, who has been a firm supporter of peaceful protests, is expected to travel on Monday to condemn violence, and to note that chaos has unfolded on Mr. Trump’s watch, according to someone familiar with his plans. He is also expected to charge more broadly that the president is seeking to change the subject from the coronavirus and economic challenges the country faces. Details of his Monday plans weren’t immediately clear.”

In an interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, Bedingfield commented on Biden’s travel plans while accusing Trump of inciting violence.

WALLACE: Now that we know that President Trump is going to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, there are reports that Vice President Biden will be making a campaign trip tomorrow. Can you tell us where he’s going and what the message will be?

BEDINGFIELD…So, yes, what I can say is, you will absolutely hear Joe Biden out this week addressing this moment in the country. We will have details to share on the location shortly. But what I can tell you is that he’s going to do what he’s been doing across the course of this summer, which is calling together people, uniting the country, leading, encouraging people to take on this moment with a sense of purpose.

WALLACE: OK.

BEDINGFIELD: He’s been doing that. He’s been leading. It’s exactly the opposite of what we’ve seen seeing from Trump, who’s been trying to incite violence this entire summer.

WALLACE: Well, just wait a second. Well, I’ll get to violence in a second. No, I — I’m thinking in real time.

The president is inciting violence?

BEDINGFIELD: You saw Donald Trump go to New Hampshire on Friday and say, you know, protestors my ass. He’s had every opportunity to speak as a leader to this nation that is hurting, to speak to people who are struggling, who are trying to rightly seek justice in this moment, but also who are looking around and who are afraid, who see chaos, who see an incredibly unsettled time. And —

WALLACE: OK, but answer my question, you said incite violence.

BEDINGFIELD: Absolutely. He has. He has encouraged his supporters to go out, to be aggressive. You heard — you were just discussing with Lara Trump, Kellyanne Conway said it unapologetically, it is better for this president if there is more anarchy, more violence, more chaos. He has, at every opportunity, tried to fan the flames here and we are — and that is the reason we are living in Donald Trump’s America.

You know, he is trying to make this argument —

WALLACE: OK.

BEDINGFIELD: About Joe Biden’s America, pointing to things that are happening in Donald Trump’s America.

UPDATE: Citing two sources familiar with Biden’s travel discussions, Politico reports Biden is not traveling to Kenosha Monday:

…The thinking, according to these people, is that Trump’s trip to Kenosha could backfire on him, given Biden’s continued messaging that the unrest in the city is an outgrowth of the president’s rhetoric that inflames racial tensions.

Biden to Leave Basement This Week for Mystery Campaign Stop to Blame Riots on President Trump — The Gateway Pundit

Disputes from mail-in ballots could make naming winner impossible by Jan. 20 | WND

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 (RNC video screenshot)

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

By Peter J. Wallison
Real Clear Politics

In a speech last week, President Trump said this about mail-in ballots for the coming election: “This will be the greatest catastrophe. One of the greatest catastrophes in the history of our country, that’s how serious it is.”

Although this president is often given to exaggerations, this is not one of them. The disputes that will inevitably grow out of the widespread use of mail-in ballots could make it impossible to know who is elected president on Nov. 3 — or even by Jan. 20, when the newly elected president is to take office. Although many assume that Trump is talking about fraud in mail-in balloting – and mail-in ballots will make fraud easier — the real danger is extreme delay in gathering and reporting the election results. Disputes over ballot validity will descend on state and federal courts, all of it eventually reaching the Supreme Court. The 2000 fight over the Florida results was finally decided by the court on Dec. 12, 2000, and this was one dispute about one county in one state.

So the answer to the question about what could go wrong with mail-in ballots is this: plenty. Just in the recent primary election in New York, results in one race could not be reported until six weeks after the balloting as the representatives of rival candidates fought over the validity of mail-in ballots. As the Washington Post reported,

At the center of this mess is a massive influx of mail-in ballots — 403,000 returned ballots in the city this cycle vs. 23,000 that were returned and determined valid during the 2016 primary — and a system wholly unprepared to process them. It’s not just delayed results that are at issue: In the 12th District and in the primaries across the country, tens of thousands of mail-in ballots were invalidated for technicalities like a missing signature or a missing postmark on the envelope.

In New Jersey, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, 9.6% of ballots were not counted, because of deficiencies such as late delivery and lack of signatures. These controversies will not be settled by goodwill on both sides. They will eventually make it into the courts, and the inevitable delays in litigation may mean that the new Congress will convene on Jan. 3 without all the seats filled in both the House and Senate.

Infinitely worse will be the controversy over the presidency, as tedious ballot counts produce challenges to the validity of signatures, ballot delivery dates and whether a voter is truly a resident of the state in which the vote was cast. Several weeks ago, for example, the Wall Street Journal published an article by a voter who was once a resident of Washington state but is now a resident of Texas. A ballot was sent to his Washington home and dutifully forwarded by the post office to his Texas address. Clearly, he could easily vote in two states. How many partisans will resist this temptation? Imagine the fights that will occur over whether a particular voter is validly entitled to vote in Texas or Washington. Will the residency of every voter have to be verified?

In a tight presidential race, every ballot disqualified in every state could be significant, inducing legal fights and differing legal judgments by state and federal courts throughout the nation. If these controversies extend beyond Jan. 20, the constitutionally settled day for the presidential inauguration, there will also be controversies about who is the president. This will be extraordinarily dangerous in a world in which many nations have nuclear weapons or designs on the territory of neighboring states. This is what anyone might call an impending catastrophe.

The applicable provision of the Constitution is the 20th Amendment, adopted in 1933. This provides that the president in office on Jan. 20 of the year after a presidential election will leave office at noon on that date and the newly elected president will be inaugurated.

But what happens if — because of reporting delays and court disputes in key states — there is no duly elected president on Jan. 20? The 20th Amendment might seem to apply here. It says that if, on that date, a “President-elect” has not “qualified” under the Constitution’s rules for age or birthplace, Congress may provide by law “who shall then act as President until the President-elect” has qualified.  But because the amendment applies only to the case where there is a known president-elect (just not one who has qualified), it would not apply when no candidate has a settled Electoral College majority by Jan. 20. Accordingly, Congress will not have the authority to elect a temporary president as contemplated by the 20th Amendment.

Because the 20th Amendment specifies that the current president must leave office at noon on Jan. 20, that could mean the United States will not have a president on that date. Here, the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 could come into effect. That act applies when the current president is unable to serve, which would include the end of President Trump’s term on Jan. 20.  The act then provides that the presidency temporarily devolves on the speaker of the House, followed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, followed by the members of the Cabinet.

However, if too many races have not been settled because of mail-in ballot problems, we may not know, by that date, who is the speaker of the House or the president pro tem of the Senate. In any event, in order to assume the temporary presidency that would then be open, each of these people must resign his or her current office, including — for the speaker of the House — both the speakership and membership in the House.

It could be, of course, that voting in states that do not adopt widespread mail-in balloting will provide an undisputed winner in the Electoral College before Jan. 20, but if not, a widespread system of mail-in ballots in the coming election could create exactly the constitutional catastrophe Donald Trump has been predicting.

Peter J. Wallison is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He was White House counsel in the Reagan administration.

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

Source: Disputes from mail-in ballots could make naming winner impossible by Jan. 20

August 30 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

The king held out … the golden scepter … Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.

Mighty God, when I cry to You, Lord God, You will hear, for You are gracious.

I have known and believed the love that You have for me. You are love, and when I abide in love I abide in You, and You in me. Love has been perfected in this: that I may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as You are, so am I in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But if I fear I have not been made perfect in love. I love You, God, because You first loved me.

I draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having my heart sprinkled from an evil conscience and my body washed with pure water. Through Jesus I have access by one Spirit to You, my heavenly Father. I have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Jesus. I therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that I may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The earthly king extended temporary access. You, my heavenly King, extend eternal access to Your throne.

Esther 5:2; Exodus 22:27; 1 John 4:16–19; Hebrews 10:22; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 261). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Pollster: Biden denounces Kenosha violence after campaign ‘”misjudged how important it was to the American people’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden finally condemned the ongoing violence in Kenosha, Wis. and cities across the country after his campaign initially “misjudged how important it was to the American people.”

Source: Pollster: Biden denounces Kenosha violence after campaign ‘”misjudged how important it was to the American people’

Fact Check: Trump’s And Biden’s Records On Criminal Justice – NPR

  1. Fact Check: Trump’s And Biden’s Records On Criminal Justice  NPR
  2. Trump continues to break the polling  CNN
  3. Painting the nation: Which vision of America spoke to you?  The Hill
  4. Laura Fink: Battle for women swing voters – these facts counter Republican fear, fictions  Fox News
  5. Why Democrats and their liberal media minions are running scared: Goodwin  New York Post
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Source: Fact Check: Trump’s And Biden’s Records On Criminal Justice – NPR