Daily Archives: February 1, 2021

How Marxists Invaded Evangelical Christianity — Protestia

This presentation from JD Hall was given at the Stand Against Marxism conference, and this is the first time the video has been released.

How Marxists invaded evangelicalism with Critical Theory is explained, along with Marxism’s Satanic roots. Hall discusses “Resolution 9” in the Southern Baptist Convention, the Cominterns of The Gospel Coalition like Tim Keller and Ligon Duncan, the Democrat-takeover of the SBC from Russell Moore, and he traces the historic development of:

* Marxism
* Frankfurt School “Cultural Marxism”
* Critical Theory
* Intersectionality
* Liberation Theory
* Black Liberation Theology


Watch below.

How Marxists Invaded Evangelical Christianity — Protestia

Gallup: Only 39% of Americans Think Pastors Have High Ethical Standards — ChurchLeaders

Americans who see pastors as highly ethical and honest people are in the minority. Only 39 percent of the respondents to Gallup’s latest Honesty and Ethics list ranked clergy members as having “very high”/“high” standards, bringing the category close to its all-time low of 37 percent. 

“This marks the second time since Gallup began surveying Americans about their trust of various occupations that fewer than 2 in 5 gave clergy the highest ratings,” said Lifeway Research’s Aaron Earls.

In contrast, nurses set a record high score with 89 percent in the “very high”/”high” categories. Medical doctors came in second at 77 percent, grade-school teachers were third at 75 percent, and pharmacists were fourth at 71 percent. Police officers made the top five rankings at 52 percent and were therefore among the only five professions in which a majority of Americans expressed confidence. Congress members and car salespeople received the lowest ratings in the “very high”/”high” categories at eight percent. 

Key Findings on American Perceptions of Clergy Ethics

Gallup first introduced its Honesty and Ethics list in 1976 and has conducted this survey annually since 1990. The company changes which professions it asks people about from year to year, but always keeps a few of the same occupations on every list. The most recent Honesty and Ethics list, released December 2020, asked people to assess 15 different occupations by answering the following question: “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields—very high, high, average, low or very low?”

The majority of respondents (41 percent) said that the ethical standards of pastors and clergy members were “average.” Only 10 percent said those standards were “very high,” while 29 percent said they were “high.” Eleven percent said the ethical standards of clergy were “low,” four percent said they were “very low,”  and four percent said they had “no opinion.” More people responded “no opinion” regarding the ethics of clergy members than they did for any other profession. 

The report showed that confidence in the trustworthiness of clergy members has been declining since the early 2000s. In 2004, 56 percent of respondents ranked clergy members as having “very high”/“high” ethical standards. The percentage of people who gave this answer fluctuated in the following years, but stayed below 60 percent. In 2013, the percentage of people who rated the ethical standards of clergy as “very high”/“high” dropped to 47 percent, and respondents’ answers remained below 50 percent until 2018. That year, confidence in the clergy hit an all-time low with only 37 percent of Americans saying they thought the ethical standards of clergy members were “very high”/“high.” Confidence rose slightly in 2019 to 40 percent, but this year’s results show it is down again. 

Among the notable findings on American views of clergy ethics is that more women than men said clergy members had “very high” ethical standards. White people expressed more confidence in the clergy than people of color, older people expressed greater confidence than younger people, and Republicans expressed more confidence than Independents and Democrats. 

Speculations on the Results

Nurses have been the consistent winners on Gallup’s Honesty and Ethics list since the profession was added in 1999. The only time nurses have not been rated the most trustworthy profession was in 2001 (the year of the 9/11terrorist attacks) when firefighters were rated the highest. This year, American confidence in nurses increased by four percentage points compared to 2019, the previous record high for the profession.

Gallup observed that survey respondents rated pharmacists, medical doctors, nurses, and grade-school teachers highly—and with partisan support—in a year that proved to have particular challenges for people in those occupations. The response regarding public confidence in the police did not change significantly compared to 2019’s results. This is an interesting finding given the racial tensions that have been at the forefront of 2020 and the fact that shortly after the death of George Floyd, public opinion about the police was at 48 percent. “Whether this means the public opinion effects of the Floyd event have faded,” said Gallup, “or that police officers as individuals are held less responsible for police violence than the police as an institution, is not clear.”

Gallup did not offer a view as to why public opinion of the clergy has been declining over the past two decades. However, Earls notes that the timing of the decline corresponds to the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic church and pointed out that sexual abuse scandals in other denominationshave also come to light during this timeframe.

Gallup: Only 39% of Americans Think Pastors Have High Ethical Standards — ChurchLeaders

Systemic Contingencies – They All Knew – Lessons From Spygate About Severity of DC Corruption — Christian Research Network

“The legislative branch knew. The judicial branch knew.  The executive branch knew. The FISA court knew… All of the insiders knew the Mueller probe was one big vacuum to suck up all of the evidence that would have exposed a corrupt system to We The People. … They did all of this because the scale of the originating scandal was so severe it would be almost impossible for our nation to cope with the consequences.”  

(The Conservative Tree House)  To expand on the awakening…. and based on a recent call for clarity… here are some brutally obvious points about DC that connect through the stop-Trump operation commonly known as “spygate”.

Robert Mueller had two goals as special counsel.  Goal #1 was to continue the fraudulent DOJ/FBI “Stop Trump” operation initiated by James Comey, Andrew McCabe and their crew technically named Crossfire Hurricane.  Goal #2 was to bury the illegal action; to create the cover-up needed for everything that took place in the “Stop Trump” operation.

It is the second goal that most people never reconciled; however, it is also that second goal that’s the most important.  Everyone in DC knew Mueller’s objective.  Every person in every branch of government and every federal agency knew Mueller’s real purpose. View article →

Systemic Contingencies – They All Knew – Lessons From Spygate About Severity of DC Corruption — Christian Research Network

Biden Pursues Radical Climate Change Agenda — VCY America

Date:  February 1, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Tom DeWeese 
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Tom DeWeese is the president of American Policy Center.  He’s one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education, American sovereignty and independence and protecting our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.  Tom is the author of Sustainable: The War on Free Enterprise, Private Property and Individualsand Erase a political novel.

President Joe Biden declared that he would unify our nation.  The problem is that he took numerous actions within hours of taking the helm that point in the opposite direction.

Tom believes this is not about unifying the nation.  The reason why they were so anti-Trump is because he recognized what these programs are about so he put a stop to them.  

Example: Take a look at the Green New Deal.  It has 4 pillars. Pillar number one is an economic bill of rights.  What does that have to do with the environment?  Nothing.  Why?  It’s about subjugation and control.

Need more proof?  Tom noted information obtained from Reuters News Service talking about Transform USA 2021.  It lays out the corporations taking part such as Ikea, Ben and Jerry’s, GM and Kraft, talking about ways to move away from free enterprise to top-down global control.

From there the information came in rapid-fire fashion as Jim had Tom comment on the following:

  • Remarks from President Biden on ‘Climate Day.’
  • Suspension of new oil and gas leases and permits.
  • Thousands of Keystone XL pipeline jobs eliminated.
  • Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord/Comments from John Kerry.
  • President Biden displays bust of Cesar Chavez.
  • President Biden recommits the U.S. to the World Health Organization

This is just a sample of what Jim and Tom laid out for consideration, and you can hear it all when you review this vital edition of Crosstalk.

More Information

americanpolicy.org

Biden Pursues Radical Climate Change Agenda — VCY America

H.R. 127: A New Bill In Congress Would Literally End Your 2nd Amendment Rights Permanently — End Of The American Dream

If a new bill that has been introduced in Congress eventually becomes law, the 2nd Amendment will still be in the U.S. Constitution, but for all practical purposes the rights that it is supposed to guarantee will be dead and gone.  H.R. 127 was submitted on January 4th, and if you have not read it yet you can find the full text right here.  It contains a lot of technical language, and so in this article I am going to try to break down what it means very simply.  Now that the Democrats control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, there is going to be a major push to ram through some form of gun control legislation.  If it is not this bill, it will be another one, so we need to be diligent.

One of the biggest things that H.R. 127 would do is that it would create a national firearms registration system that would literally be accessible by anyone

HR 127 establishes a federal firearms registration system that will be accessible by federal, state, and local governments, including the military – even the GENERAL PUBLIC! The system will track the make, model, and serial number of all firearms, their owners, the dates they were acquired, and where they are being stored.

So if your neighbor, a co-worker, or someone that just wanted to rob your home wanted to know how you were armed, all they would have to do would be to look it up in the firearms registration system.

This bill would also apply retroactively.

Within three months, you would have to report to the government where you bought all of your guns, when they were purchased, and where they are currently being stored.

Needless to say, if the government knows where all of your guns are being stored, it would make it that much easier to grab them from you at some future date.

H.R. 127 would also require all gun owners to be federally licensed.

That would mean that owning a gun would no longer be a right.  Instead, it would be reduced to a “privilege” that the government could take away at any time.

According to the bill, the licensing procedure would include “a psychological evaluation”

The licensing requirement mandates that the license applicant undergoes a criminal background check, and then submits to a psychological evaluation to determine whether the person is psychologically unsuited to possess a firearm. Successful licensees must show they have an insurance policy which will cost $800.

I know a lot of guys out there that would definitely not want to go through any sort of a “psychological evaluation” by a government-approved psychologist.

And it wouldn’t just be you that would get interviewed.

According to the bill, spouses and other family members would be interviewed as well

For the psychological evaluation, a licensed psychologist will interview individuals’ spouses and at least two other family members or associates to “further determine the state of the mental emotional, and relational stability of the individual in relation to firearms.” Licenses will be denied to individuals hospitalized for issues such as depressive episodes; no duration for license disability is specified, and it does not matter whether the individual sought help voluntarily.

The goal, of course, is to make owning guns as difficult as possible.

Democrats figure that if they can put up as many barriers to gun ownership as possible, a lot less people will end up owning them.

Thirdly, this bill would also greatly restrict the type of ammunition that you can own

Finally, HR 127 also criminalizes the possession of “large-capacity magazines” (those carrying greater than 10 rounds) and “ammunition that is 0.50 caliber or greater.”

I know that all of this sounds utterly ridiculous, but the restrictions in this bill actually sound very, very similar to what Joe Biden has been publicly proposing

During the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden promised a long list of gun control regulations. There is a reason that Michael Bloomberg spent $125 million helping Biden in Florida and something over $600 million nationally in the general election.

The agenda includes: classifying many semi-automatic rifles and magazines holding more than 10 bullets as Class 3 weapons (which can require nine months or more for approval and a $200 fee), national gun licensing, “red flag” laws that let judges take away people’s guns without a hearing, background checks on the private transfer of guns, and bans on some semi-automatic firearms that happen to look like military weapons.

Gun control is very high on the list of things that Joe Biden wants to get accomplished during the next four years.

So like I said, if it isn’t this bill, it will be another one that is similar.

They are coming for your 2nd Amendment, and they aren’t going to stop until they get what they want.

Meanwhile, this is all happening at a time when murder rates all across America are going through the roof

“Homicide rates were higher during every month of 2020 relative to rates from the previous year,” the report states, calling the 30 percent surge “a large and troubling increase that has no modern precedent.”

We have never seen major city murder rates jump by an average of 30 percent in a single year.

Things are getting really crazy out there, and many believe that 2021 will be even worse.

For almost a year, there has been civil unrest in our cities on an almost nightly basis.  As I write this, civil unrest has erupted in Rochester, New York.  We live at a time when rioting, looting, arson and vandalism have become commonplace, and the senseless violence that we have witnessed so far is just the leading edge of the storm.

Millions of Americans can see what is happening to our society and they are quite concerned.  2020 was a record year for gun sales in the United States, and dealers have reported that demand is extremely strong so far in 2021 as well.

The Democrats do not like this one bit, and they are going to do their very best to put a stop to it.

Please let your friends, family and contacts know about H.R. 127, because an all-out attack on the 2nd Amendment is coming, but at this point most people are not even aware that it is about to happen.

H.R. 127: A New Bill In Congress Would Literally End Your 2nd Amendment Rights Permanently — End Of The American Dream

February 1 Evening Quotes of the Day

Pluck Sin When It’s Still Young
Genesis 4:7; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5

The longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree? If you cannot pluck up a tender plant, are you likely to pluck up a sturdy oak?

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Our Only Business Is to Please God
Deuteronomy 10:12; Micah 6:8; Mark 12:33; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–12

Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God; that all besides is perhaps but folly and vanity.

BROTHER LAWRENCE

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

February 1 Evening Verse of the Day

9:1 With all my heart means “sincerely” (86:12; 111:1; 119:10). Wondrous works are unspecified here, but elsewhere the phrase refers to God’s acts of creation (136:4), his works in the natural order (Jb 5:9), or the redemptive acts performed on behalf of his people (Ex 3:20).[1]


9:1 wonderful deeds. The Hebrew word refers to the great acts of God, His intervention in human affairs, as at the Exodus from Egypt.[2]


9:1 all my heart The heart according to Hebrew thought represents the center of people’s character and will (e.g., 1 Sam 2:35). The psalmist expresses his intention to give thanks completely (Deut 6:5).

all your wonderful deeds Praise of Yahweh in Psalms frequently remembers and describes God’s past works (Ps 26:7; 40:5).[3]


9:1 with my whole heart. The biblical ideal is for the whole inner self to be engaged in loving and praising God (cf. Deut. 6:5), whether in private or in public (as here).[4]


1. With a holy resolution the songster begins his hymn; I will praise thee, O Lord. It sometimes needs all our determination to face the foe and bless the Lord in the teeth of his enemies; vowing that whoever else may be silent we will bless his name; here, however, the overthrow of the foe is viewed as complete, and the song flows with sacred fulness of delight. It is our duty to praise the Lord; let us perform it as a privilege. Observe that David’s praise is all given to the Lord. Praise is to be offered to God alone; we may be grateful to the intermediate agent, but our thanks must have long wings and mount aloft to heaven. With my whole heart. Half heart is no heart. I will show forth. There is true praise in the thankful telling forth to others of our heavenly Father’s dealings with us; this is one of the themes upon which the godly should speak often to one another, and it will not be casting pearls before swine if we make even the ungodly hear of the loving-kindness of the Lord to us. All thy marvellous works. Gratitude for one mercy refreshes the memory as to thousands of others. One silver link in the chain draws up a long series of tender remembrances. Here is eternal work for us, for there can be no end to the showing forth of all his deeds of love. If we consider our own sinfulness and nothingness, we must feel that every work of preservation, forgiveness, conversion, deliverance, sanctification, &c., which the Lord has wrought for us, or in us is a marvellous work. Even in heaven, divine loving-kindness will doubtless be as much a theme of surprise as of rapture.[5]


[1] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 824). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 744). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 9:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 949). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 1-26 (Vol. 1, p. 97). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

February 1 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Unite in Necessary Truths
Acts 15:6–29

I would recommend to all my brethren, as the most necessary thing to the Church’s peace, that you unite in necessary truths, and tolerate tolerable failings; and bear with one another in things that may be borne with; and do not make a larger creed and more necessaries than God has done.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Way of Redemption Is Fitting
Genesis 3:1–7; Romans 5:12–19; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22; 1 Timothy 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24

As death came upon the human race by the disobedience of man, it was fitting that by man’s obedience life should be restored. And, as sin, the cause of our condemnation, had its origin from a woman, so ought the author of our righteousness and salvation to be born of a woman. And so also was it proper that the devil, who, being man’s tempter, had conquered him in eating of the tree, should be vanquished by man in the suffering of the tree which man bore.

ANSELM OF CANTERBURY

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Cartoons and Memes · Feb. 1, 2021

Signing

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A Great President

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A Jurassic Achievement

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‘A Dictator’

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Jen Psaki Is Slappin’ the Button

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Message in a Bottle

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Mask Up!

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Whatever

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Totally Safe

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Candace Owens

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Rigged

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Congrats, Cuomo!

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Journalism

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Shutdowns

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About That Bernie Meme…

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Why the Mittens, Bernie?

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The Chromosome Thing

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February 1 Afternoon Verse of the Day

6:41 A “speck” is a small splinter. The illustration is dramatically exaggerated and is typical of the humorous reproof that Jesus frequently uses (18:25; Matt. 23:24). Jesus was able to see humor in life, while simultaneously addressing serious subjects. Jesus requires honest self-evaluation and self-improvement as the prerequisite to helping one’s fellow. Failure to do so is tantamount to hypocrisy.[1]


6:41 why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye In Luke 6:41–42, Jesus uses a ridiculous exaggeration to convey the importance of confronting one’s own sinfulness before God. This teaching also appears in Matt 7:3–5.[2]


6:41 speck … log. The humor of the imagery was no doubt intentional. Christ often employed hyperbole to paint comical images (cf. 18:25; Mt 23:24).[3]


6:41 A speck represents a small fault in another person in contrast to a plank, which represents a large fault in the one making the criticism.[4]


6:41. The teaching and example of the contemporary religious teachers may have already influenced those in the audience—to the effect that they focus on the faults of others (“the speck in your brother’s eye”) while blindly ignoring their own (“the plank in your own” cf. Luke 18:9–14). A focus on others’ faults may betray an effort to ignore a bigger error of one’s own.[5]


6:41 “speck” “Speck” was used by Classical Greek writers for the material that made up a bird’s nest. Therefore, we are talking about bits of plant material and similar insignificant small items.

“do not see the log that is in your own eye” The “log” referred to some large piece of lumber, a building timber or rafter. Jesus often used this literary form of HYPERBOLE to communicate spiritual truths (cf. Matt. 5:29–30; 19:24; 23:24).[6]


6:41 the speck of sawdust … the plank. This playfully exaggerated scenario from the workshop makes essentially the same point as 6:37 (see comments there): do not criticize others when you yourself deserve criticism far more. Those who are aware of their own failings will be less critical of the failings of others. But since the previous two verses were about teaching, this saying may also apply particularly to those who set themselves up as teachers of others when it is they themselves who need to be taught—the blind leading the blind.[7]


[1] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Lk 6:41). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Lk 6:41). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Lk 6:41). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1263). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Gospel according to Luke. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (pp. 255–256). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[6] Utley, R. J. (2004). The Gospel according to Luke (Vol. Volume 3A, Lk 6:41). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[7] France, R. T. (2013). Luke. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 117). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

1 Feb 2021 News Briefing

The Biden administration proudly announced a commitment to public displays of “gay pride” when newly appointed Secretary of State Anthony Blinken lifted a ban on rainbow “gay rights” flags being displayed at US embassies.

Ohio Republicans Propose Designating June 14 as ‘President Donald J. Trump Day’
Two Ohio state lawmakers suggested designating June 14 as President Donald J. Trump Day to honor the former president.

Israeli Lawmaker Foresees the Downfall of ‘False Messiahs’
In a recent interview, a rookie Knesset member made an astonishing vow to destroy the “false messiahs” of the left-wing.

1 dead, 5 missing after Tropical Cyclone Ana battered Fiji
After developing into a tropical cyclone early Friday morning, local time, Ana continued to drift south toward Fiji. By Sunday, the storm strengthened into a Category 2 tropical cyclone on the Fiji intensity scale as it passed near the Yasawa Islands and made landfall over Viti Levu. The storm was packing wind gusts of up to 87 mph (140 km/h) as it tracked over Fiji.

Biden’s phony ‘National Terrorism Alert’
Joe Biden is the not the commander in chief of the United States; he’s the scaremonger in chief. After nine days at the helm, he seems content to make in everything in the country “illegal by proclamation” – while we worry, locked-down in our homes. We’ve never had a worse president – and that fact stands even if he doesn’t make one more decree.

Bed, Bath & Beyond stock collapses by 36% after Mike Lindell canceled
Amid a boycott in response to its politically motivated decision to drop Mike Lindell’s MyPillow products, shares of Bed Bath & Beyond plunged 36.4% at the close of trading Thursday.

Biden Refuses to condemn BDS
At the press conference on Thursday, Psaki was asked about Greenfield’s statements. With such a clear anti-BDS campaign policy statement, the question should have been easy to answer, making Psaki’s waffling perplexing. “I don’t have anything more for you on our position,” Psaki replied, in what is becoming a characteristic non-answer.

India: Bomb blast in New Delhi as Terrorists try to Blow up Israeli embassy
A small explosion occurred near Israel’s Embassy in New Delhi, India, which Israeli officials said is being investigated as a terrorism incident. According to New Delhi police, the explosion was caused by a “very low intensity improvised device” that damaged nearby windows of parked cars, though did not cause any injuries or major damage.

Israel’s battle against the LGBT Agenda gets a Boost
As Israel’s elections get underway, the far-right Otzma Yehudi (Jewish Power) party has agreed to merge with the anti-LGBT party Noam to run on a joint ticket for Israel’s 24th Knesset.

Biden Refuses to Speak with Netanyahu
Though the new administration in the newly inaugurated US president has spoken with the Israeli Prime Minister, communication has been notably lacking, hinting at a challenging future for Israel. A report in Al Jarida, a Kuwaiti media, claimed that President Biden has not yet spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and actually rebuffed a calling attempt from Israel.

Rare: Rainbow over Temple Mount, A ‘Reminder of God’s Covenant’
At first glance, the photo of the rainbow over the Temple Mount is aesthetically pleasing, but a quick look at the story behind the photo brings out the deeper beauty.

Iranian Ayatollah: I want Peace With Israel, to Pray with them at Western Wall
Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a prominent cleric, was already considered an iconoclast in Iran but he broke several major taboos this week, leading to the official removal of his title. In the interview, he called for peace with Israel, telling other Ayatollahs to “stop inventing enemies that do not exist.”

Experimental planetary radar captures incredible high-res Moon images
Astronomers have captured stunning new high-resolution radar images of the Moon, using an experimental instrument mounted on a ground-based telescope. This proof of concept test paves the way for a more powerful radar telescope that could see as far as Neptune.

Israel stops Jordanian Wakf from renovating on Temple Mount
Head of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s development committee Bassam al-Halak, is accusing Israel of placing hurdles on Saturday in the path of renovations in the interior and exterior of the al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They claim that Israel is trying to impose its control over the site …..

This Is Not Normal – The Booming Transgender Accessories Industry Shows Us Why
Trans kids are so trendy these days that the hapless Elizabeth Warren promised she’d have one approve her Education Secretary, and President Joe Biden torched female athletics with a radical executive order that should jolt any of those gullible innocents who were sure he’d be a “moderate Democrat,” a long-extinct species hunted to death by zealous progressives.

Defense Ministry, Rafael, complete tests of new Iron Dome version
In yet another step to improve Israel’s air defense system, the Defense Ministry announced on Monday that it successfully completed a series of test in the upgraded Iron Dome weapon system. The test was conducted by Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in the Directorate for Defense R&D of the Israel’s Defense Ministry, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Drones from Iranian-backed groups continue to threaten Saudi Arabia
On January 30, Saudi Arabia air defense reported destroying an armed Houthi drone that was flying in Yemen’s airspace. The drone was judged to be a threat to Saudi Arabia and its forces, which are fighting against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. Over the years, Iran has helped the Houthi rebels in Yemen build up a drone army.

Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control
Myanmar’s military has seized power after detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party. All authority has been given to the top army commander and a one-year state of emergency has been declared, a statement on military TV said. The coup follows a landslide win by Ms Suu Kyi’s party in an election which the army claims was marred by fraud.

Navalny: Thousands join fresh protests across Russia
Thousands of Russians have been taking part in unauthorised protests to demand the release of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. More than 5,000 people have been detained, a monitoring group says. In Moscow police closed metro stations and blocked off the city centre. Mr Navalny was jailed on his return to Russia after recovering from an attempt to kill him with a nerve agent.

Israel, Kosovo to establish diplomatic ties in online ceremony
Israel and Kosovo will sign an agreement to establish diplomatic relations in a virtual ceremony on Monday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in September the two countries agreed to establish diplomatic ties, with the Muslim-majority nation apparently planning to open its embassy in Jerusalem in a deal brokered by the Trump administration.

Egypt to launch satellite at end of 2021
Mohammed El-Qousi, head of the Egyptian Space Agency, said that Egypt is preparing to launch a satellite in December 2021, in addition to other projects to establish space science in the country. He said that Egypt had an ambitious plan to build space systems and infrastructure, as well as strengthen international space relations, explore space and establish Egyptian space law, according to the Al-Youm Al-Sabea newspaper.

Earthquake swarm under Cumbre Vieja volcano, Canary Islands
A new earthquake swarm started under the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island, Spain’s Canary Islands on January 31, 2021. This is the second swarm of earthquakes in this area since December 23, 2020, and 8th since 2017. Of the numerous seismic events detected since the swarm started at 04:11 UTC on January 31 to 17:59 UTC on the same day, 96 of them have been located by the Canary Island Seismic Network in La Palma.

America’s Trust In The Mainstream Media Hits An All-Time-Low (And “Journalists” Are Shocked)
Given the 24/7 hysterical propaganda coming from mainstream media, it is easy to see how Americans are clueless about current events’ true nature, whether it be politics, COVID, or foreign policy… But, there is some good news.

27 church leaders sue Scottish gov’t for criminalizing in-person worship
More than two dozen church leaders in Scotland have joined legal proceedings against the Scottish government, demanding a judicial review of tighter pandemic lockdown measures that have closed churches for in-person services and “criminalize[ed] public worship.”

Some pastors fear their churches won’t survive the pandemic
Finances and moving church online are just some of the areas that have added to the stresses of being a pastor during the pandemic, a new report has found.The report, ‘Something Other Than a Building’, is based on interviews with 32 church ministers from across the island of Ireland and the spectrum of Christian denominations.

Major nor’easter impacts the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through early next week
A major nor’easter will impact the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through early next week. Widespread heavy snow accumulating to 200 mm (8 inches) is expected, with isolated totals of more than 460 mm (18 inches) possible. Freezing rain is also likely in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY Muslim teaching assistant admits to lowering ‘zionist’ students’ grades
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has launched a probe into allegations against a university MUSLIM teaching assistant for “alleged anti-Semitism and potential abuse of authority in the discharge of academic responsibilities on our campus.”

Winter storm wallops Washington D.C., Northeast
The first significant snowfall to hit the D.C. area in two years was expected to affect transportation into Tuesday by slickening roads in sheets of ice and sleet.

Reprorts: Military Stages Coup in Myanmar, Suu Kyi Detained
A military coup was taking place in Myanmar early Monday and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi was detained under house arrest, reports said, as communications were cut to the capital.

Twitter Axes Group for Hate Speech About HHS Official’s Biological Sex
A Christian organization has been suspended from the Twitter social media platform for stating Dr. Rachel Levine’s, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), biological sex.

The Stock Market, Fatally Wounded By The Truth, Will Stumble And Crash
It didn’t have to be this way, but this is the reality we must now face: truth is fatal to fraud, and our entire financial-political system is a fraud.

Silver Futures Soar 8%, Rise Above $29 As Reddit Hordes Pile In
“…this is a red pill moment for many, and it’s beautiful.”

Covid vaccines: Rollout in disarray in U.S. and abroad
The global rollout of coronavirus vaccines was never going to be easy. But it quickly descended into frustration at home and nationalistic acrimony abroad as countries around the world deal with a maelstrom of logistical and political challenges.

Report Reveals Iran’s Years-Long Effort to Infiltrate Israel, Recruit Spies and Sow Terror
Iran has been engaged in a years-long effort to infiltrate Israel, set up terror cells within its borders and in the Palestinian territories, and carry out terror atrocities against Israeli civilians and infrastructure, Israeli news site Walla reported on Sunday.

Persecuted evangelicals in Mexico help Traditionalist Catholics break free from pagan idolatry
Most Americans presume that Mexico is a Christian country, unaware that many Mexicans who identify as Catholic regularly practice a form of pagan idolatry, according to Universidad Cristiana de Mexico President Jaime Castro.

Myanmar military retakes control of country, detains leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling party have been detained in an early morning raid, the spokesman for the governing National League for Democracy said on Monday.

Source: 1 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/1/2021

Qatar raises annual aid to Gaza to $360 million

Mossad head says IDF chief ‘irresponsible’ for panning US on Iran policy: report

Biden presidency ‘may herald new start for Saudi-Iranian relations’

At least 13 killed in car bombs, shooting in Syria’s north

Over 5,100 arrested at pro-Navalny protests across Russia

Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Others Detained by Military

Kim Jong Un cannot denuclearize, former North Korean diplomat says

Taiwan breaks norms to note US military activity in defense zone

Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

David Bossie: Biden and the impeachment charade – it’s time for president to step up in name of unity

Donald Trump’s entire legal team quits week before impeachment trial: Sources

After other attorneys leave, Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment defense team

‘Petty,’ ‘Vindictive’ and ‘Jealous’: Lou Dobbs Roasts Republicans Who’ve Turned on Trump After Accepting His Endorsement

GOP Sen. Hawley: Dems Lie on Voter Fraud to Seize Power

Schumer: We Have to Address Issues Like D.C. Statehood, Automatic Voter Registration, We’ll Get ‘Big, Bold Change’ ‘No Matter What’

Microsoft seeks to fill void if Google exits Australia: reports

GOP protesters ‘Re-Occupy Wall Street’ over GameStop stock controversy

Melvin Capital, hedge fund that bet against GameStop, lost more than 50% in January

Silver Coin Sites Grind to a Halt as Buying Frenzy Takes Hold

“Everyone Is Afraid Ahead Of The Open” – Reddit-Raiders Spark Nationwide Physical Silver Shortage

Elizabeth Warren Urges More Regulation to Prevent ‘Dramatic Swings’ in Stocks Like GameStop

Markets Look Like They’re in a Bubble. What Do Investors Do Now?

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Lethem, Guyana

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Mariana Islands region

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

1 dead, 5 missing after Tropical Cyclone Ana battered Fiji

NYC under state of emergency as Northeast braces for monster snowstorm

Worst snowstorm in five years, 22 inches predicted for NYC

Outcry, arrests in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

Popular Fertility App Sued Over Allegedly Sharing Personal Data With Chinese Firms

Pro-Life Senator Shows Powerful Photos of the Unborn Babies Who are Killed in Abortion

Baptist Minister Thanks Joe Biden for Funding Planned Parenthood, Calls Abortion a “Sacred Decision”

Next Epidemic Could Be a Potentially Deadly Fungus

Thousands attend funeral for ultra-Orthodox rabbi killed by COVID-19

Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules

Police say they were helpless to stop funeral of rabbi that drew 10,000

Stefanik: Cuomo should resign if investigation proves ‘criminal coverup’ of nursing home deaths

Biden administration can’t account for as many as 20 million vaccine doses that were sent to states

Anti-vaccine protesters temporarily shut down vaccine site

Infectious disease expert warns double-masking ‘can do more harm’

Covid-19 Pandemic Pushes More Parents to Go All-In for Home Schooling

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)


Apostasy Watch Monday 2-1-21

Daniel Mann – How to Capture a Once Great Nation

OPINION: The Master’s Seminary—COVID-19 Denial, Dishonesty, and Deception

Hillsong Church hit with $20M in lawsuits for damages, ‘immoral’ acts

Todd Bentley Is Back! Reveals New 25-Year Ministry Mandate After Being Visited By Angels

Twitter suspends Christian magazine for saying Biden’s trans nominee is a man, not a woman

Canada: Police Fine 47 Congregants $880 EACH for Attending Church Service

9Marks Director: Little White Boys in the Suburbs Are All Racist and So Are You

Museum of the Bible returns some 5,000 disputed biblical objects to Egypt

Majority of Americans Favor ‘Significant Restrictions’ on Abortions, Survey Finds

Joe Biden Calls Himself a “Savior Around the World” for Forcing Americans to Fund Planned Parenthood

Investigation of 50 states reveals horrific conditions in abortion clinics

Persecuted evangelicals in Mexico help Traditionalist Catholics break free from pagan idolatry

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 1, 2021

THE FOUNDATION

“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” —James Madison (1792)

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A Deeply Dubious Peace Prize Nomination

Douglas Andrews

There are no doubt plenty of hurt feelings in Portland today, where antifa thugs learned that they’ve been snubbed once again by the Nobel Peace Prize committee. That their fellow thugs at Black Lives Matter have been nominated for the, ahem, prestigious award only added insult to injury.

As for the rest of us, we’re wondering how the Nobel committee could, like CNN and the rest of the mainstream media, simply ignore all the violence done by these hoodlums and all the destruction they left in their wake. Or are those “mostly peaceful” infernos there in the background?

As The Guardian uncritically reports, “In his nomination papers, the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the US to grapple with racism within their own societies. ‘I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,’ Eide said. ‘Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice. They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.’”

To anyone paying attention, the roots of the Black Lives Matter movement are red. And scrubbing its Marxist heritage from the BLM website doesn’t make it any less so.

As our Arnold Ahlert wrote back in July, “Despite all the media-orchestrated lies about Black Lives Matter being a spontaneous grassroots uprising — amply abetted by power-hungry Democrats, cowardly Republicans, morally bankrupt academics, and contemptible corporate virtue signalers — BLM is actually a front for a web of well-funded communist/socialist organizations that have agitated against America for decades.”

Perhaps this is a fitting tribute to the mob and perfectly in keeping with the Nobel award’s steady downward spiral into obsolescence. After all, Barack Obama won a Peace Prize participation trophy back in 2009, just days after having taken office — an award that even the cheerleading New York Times called “a stunning surprise.” And there was Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat, who won it in 1994 despite never having renounced his bloodthirsty ways. And Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the award, a woman who once told a Kenyan newspaper that the HIV virus was originally developed by Western scientists in order to depopulate Africa. And there was FDR Secretary of State Cordell Hull, who won the award in 1945 for his efforts to establish the United Nations, yet who in 1939 had denied entry to our shores a ship full of Jewish refugees and thereby sentenced many of them to die in Nazi concentration camps.

“Political satire,” said leftist singer-songwriter-essayist Tom Lehrer many years ago, “became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.” If nothing else, this news about BLM’s nomination makes clear that Lehrer was wrong. There are still a few good satirists out there — working for the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

In addition, there are a few others working for The Babylon Bee. “The Nobel Committee has announced they have nominated Black Lives Matter for the brand new Nobel ‘Mostly Peaceful’ Prize,” the Bee reported, “for its hard work bringing attention to racism by burning down cities around the world.”

“No one has done more to contribute to the cause of ‘mostly peace’ than Black Lives Matter,” the Bee fictionally quoted Norwegian MP Petter Eide as saying. “They brought attention to racism, and they did it while mostly not being criminal terrorists!” The Bee added, “MP Eide then demanded the interviewer raise his fist while shouting ‘Black Lives Matter’ before knocking him over with a brick.”

Congratulations, then, to the “mostly peaceful” thugs of Black Lives Matter.

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Maxine Waters Switcheroo Exposes Leftist Hypocrisy

Nate Jackson

Not long ago, we were “fact-checked” on social media for “missing context” in a meme merely quoting several Democrats calling for violence or threats of intimidation. As our Andrew Culper explained, “missing context” is the last-resort catch-all for these lying checkers of facts. We quoted the Democrats accurately. Leftists with an agenda didn’t like that, so it got hit with a “fact-check” for “missing context.”

 One of those Democrats we quoted was Maxine Waters, the unhinged congresswoman from California. She said in the summer of 2018, “If you see anybody from that Trump cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd! And you push back on them! And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

A Twitter account called “Cuomo Watch” had a little fun at the New York governor’s expense by swapping out “Trump cabinet” for “Cuomo administration” just to see how people would react.

It was as predictable as it was hypocritical.

Leftists galore rushed to the fainting couch, complaining that the account was inciting violence against Andrew Cuomo and his staff. It wasn’t just your average Internet dupe, either; numerous elected Democrats must have gotten a talking points memo to universally denounce this uncivil rhetoric.

Carl Heastie, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, wrote, “This is appalling and dangerous. Encouraging violence must never be tolerated. Shame on whoever is behind this kind of garbage.” New York State Senator Diane Savino likewise condemned the tweet and insisted, “Twitter should ban this dude now!” Gale Brewer, the borough president of Manhattan, warned, “I will be alerting appropriate authorities.” Even New York Congressman Ritchie Torres weighed in, hysterically asserting, “As a Congressman who lived through the insurrection against the US Congress, I am appalled by the tweet below, which is an invitation to violence against public officials.”

Torres serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, which is chaired by — wait for it — Maxine Waters.

When confronted with their hypocrisy, these Democrats either deleted their tweets or explained, Shut up!

“I see what they did,” wrote Savino, “but that was then and this is now, and 4 years of Trump has led to words becoming weapons. We can’t just ignore them anymore, people take them as a call to violent actions.”

For his part, Governor Cuomo just blanket-blamed the Right: “When you see the ugliness being fomented for selfish political reasons, everyone should condemn it. … We all know who spreads the ugliness on the Internet.”

Would that be ugliness like claiming he “would’ve decked” President Donald Trump? Yep, that was none other than Andrew Cuomo, who already has enough to answer for with his horrendous handling of the coronavirus pandemic in his state. Maybe he should worry about that instead of selectively condemning certain rhetoric.

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Trump Shakes Up His Impeachment Defense Team

Thomas Gallatin

Mere days away from the Democrat-initiated second impeachment charade, er, trial of Donald Trump, the former president pulled a rather surprising move — he canned his entire defense team. Peter Heck reports, “Butch Bowers, Deborah Barbier, Josh Howard, Johnny Gasser, and Greg Harris had all been members of the Trump defense team before the abrupt announcement Saturday that all were out.” The decision was said to be mutual, but it seems to be clear that Trump instigated it.

The apparent reason behind the sudden exodus had to do with a sharp disagreement over the direction of the defense. Trump evidently wants to continue to litigate the “stolen election” claim, while the now-former defense team wanted to focus on challenging the constitutionality of impeaching a president who is out of office. The former defense team did not want to touch any of the controversy surrounding the election itself, as it would only distract from the issue of the dubious legality of post-office impeachment.

For Trump, however, since 45 Senate Republicans have already voted against proceeding with an impeachment trial, the question was moot, as there simply aren’t enough votes for the Democrats to get a conviction. As GOP strategist Janet Mullins Grissom observed on social media, “If you’re Trump this is rather a no brainer. With Senate [Republicans] aka the jury on record that impeaching former president is unconstitutional why spend money on lawyers?”

However, sensing the political opportunity, Trump acted quickly and by Sunday had assembled a new legal team that will follow his desire to focus legal strategy on alleging massive election fraud. At its best, this may present an opportunity for Republicans to push forward on confronting the Democrats’ efforts to further weaken protections against election fraud, i.e. massive mail-in voting.

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Wall Street Is Part of the Swamp

Arnold Ahlert

“Folks, it’s not just political now. The elites are bent out of shape that a bunch of average, ordinary users have figured out how to make themselves billionaires. … Whatever you think is going on in politics, Washington establishment, the deep state, what have you, it’s the same thing in finance.” —radio host Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh is spot on. Putting aside the somewhat complicated mechanism surrounding short sales, what Americans of every political persuasion have learned is that what is promoted as “free market capitalism” is an utter sham. Americans got their first taste of that sham in 2008, when our self-anointed Masters of the Universe brought the entire financial system to its knees, only to be bailed out by the American taxpayer, who got more than a decade of Federal Reserve-engendered zero interest rates, decimating their savings, as a “reward” for doing so.

In short, “too big to fail” institutions that routinely privatized their profits had their losses socialized.

That debacle also involved massive amounts of “short selling,” a concept that confuses the average American. A short seller borrows shares of stock from a broker and then sells them. If the price falls, the investor buys them back again at the lower price and returns them to the broker, making a handsome profit. If the price goes up? As opposed to a bottom limit of a stock price reaching zero, there is no limit to that same stock’s price rise, meaning there is no limit on the amount of money a short seller can lose as a result.

Last week, a group of small investors in a Reddit forum known as WallStreetBets decided to work together and drive up the stock price of a video game retailer called GameStop. The group was enormously successful, and the price soared from $6 four months ago to a high of $469. Short-selling hedge funds were crushed. One them, Melvin Capital, lost nearly $3 billion closing out its position.

In short order, Americans discovered some short selling is “more equal” than others. “Wall Street is losing its mind and Wall Street now wants to change the rules of the game because a bunch of people with accounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 are taking down the billionaires,” Fox Business host Charles Payne explained.

In even shorter order, the rules were changed. Robinhood Markets, a company that sold itself as a brokerage platform for the “little guy,” promptly screwed those little guys by curbing trades in GameStop and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., whose price had also been driven into the stratosphere using the same strategy. Robinhood was joined by Interactive Brokers Group Inc., Morgan Stanley’s E*Trade, and Charles Schwab Corp.‘s TD Ameritrade, which also put trading curbs on the stocks.

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy explains the utter corruption of such efforts. “[They’re] saying, ‘Hey, hedge funds are getting smoked, billionaires are getting smoked,’” he explains. “‘So we are no longer going to let you trade on certain stocks GME, AMC — we are just shutting them off. You can’t buy those stocks anymore, you can only sell them, we are going to craft those stocks so all our hedge fund billionaire friends can get out and not get killed.’ It is one of the most remarkable, illegal, shocking robberies in plain sight. No closed-door meetings, nothing behind, just right in your face putting a gun in your mouth and saying, ‘Give us all your money.’”

The orchestrated pushback promptly united the political class from both ends of the ideological spectrum. “People on Wall Street only care about the rules when they’re the ones getting hurt,” said Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the incoming chair of the Banking Committee.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) concurred. “This is unacceptable,” she tweeted. “We now need to know more about @RobinhoodApp’s decision to block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit.”

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) were also on board. “Let the people trade,” he stated. She echoed, “Free the traders on @RobinhoodApp.”

According to the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, the acting head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was “monitoring” the developments. Nonetheless, the paper quoted Georgetown finance professor James Angel, who raised the possibility the Reddit traders engaged in what is known on Wall Street as a “pump and dump scheme,” but added that regulators need to prove traders engaged in “an intentional act to push a price away from its fundamental value to seek a profit.”

Columnist Matt Taibbi put such orchestrated vapors in the proper perspective. “The only thing ‘dangerous’ about a gang of Reddit investors blowing up hedge funds is that some of us reading about it might die of laughter,” he writes. “That bit about investigating this as a ‘pump and dump scheme’ to push prices away from their ‘fundamental value’ is particularly hilarious. What does the Washington Post think the entire stock market is, in the bailout age?”

There’s far more to it than that. As columnist Glenn Greenwald notes, Americans never talk about how powerful Wall Street hedge funders at the top of the financial food chain “get to be multibillionaires, without really producing anything of value, just leaching off the American economy, taking huge amounts of money in exchange for nothing.”

He also illuminates the closed loop that facilitates it. “What we have is a totally rigged system where the government constantly intervenes in the economy but not to help people who are in need, but to help the richest and most powerful.” The only people that support it, he adds, “are establishment centrists in both wings of the parties” who see ordinary Americans united against them as a threat, thus they are “desperate to reimpose a wedge between us so that we can’t unite anymore.”

In other words, while Americans are purposefully distracted with the canards of “systemic racism,” “domestic terrorism,” or “climate change”; while they are besieged with lockdowns and mask mandates; and while they had millions of their businesses and jobs crushed by a Chinese pandemic, Wall Street rolls on.

Until last Thursday and Friday, when fear gripped the markets — because a bunch of little guys fought back. Fear that revealed America is a de facto oligarchy that brooks no challenge to its contemptible status quo. And perhaps there was no better indication of that status quo than Press Secretary Jen Psaki refusing to say if Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen would recuse herself from advising the president on GameStop — because she received approximately $810,000 in speaking fees from Citadel, a hedge fund that helped bail out big loser Melvin Capital.

That incestuousness speaks volumes — about unprecedented levels of corruption.

And don’t think our ruling class doesn’t know it, which is why those who despise border walls have turned Washington, DC, into an armed camp, replete with razor-wire fencing and thousands of troops.

What are they protecting? The aforementioned status quo where “too big to fail” — and “too little to succeed” — remain immutable concepts.

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Biden’s War on Women

Robin Smith

One of the most ubiquitous refrains from those on the political Left is to “follow the science.” This is why the hashtag #BidenErasedWomen was trending on social media right after President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Day One requiring no distinction be made of biological sex relative to “access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports.”

In his pledge to keep his promises to a very small group of individuals who identify as “transgender,” Biden — with the tacit approval of Vice President Kamala Harris, no less — has mobilized federal agencies, such as the Department of Education and the Justice Department, to prohibit biological sex as a point of “discrimination.” No individual should be mistreated or segregated from equal opportunity, education, employment, or other essential services based on any immutable trait or state of being. However, biology matters, and it impacts not just performance in sports but other inherent differences and distinctions.

In 2001, the Institute of Medicine published Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health, which the NCBI website describes with these words: “It’s obvious why only men develop prostate cancer and why only women get ovarian cancer. But it is not obvious why women are more likely to recover language ability after a stroke than men or why women are more apt to develop autoimmune diseases such as lupus.” This book “discusses basic biochemical differences in the cells of males and females and health variability between the sexes from conception throughout life” and varies in topics ranging from the variant immune responses to reproductive organs to heart disease to cognition.

Somehow, though, that’s not the science the public is supposed to follow. According to Biden, this science must be labeled as discriminatory and then erased and forgotten.

Critics of this executive move to force women to be spectators in their own sports were not limited to conservatives, Christians, or the center-right more broadly. Dr. Jane Clare Jones, founder of the Institute of Feminist Thought, tweeted, “Unilaterally imposing trans ideology on a nation with no thought for women’s rights is not how you create unity.”

“Finished. Done.” Those were the words of Olympic track-and-field coach Linda Blade, who expanded on her frustration: “The leadership skills, all the benefits society gets from letting girls have their protected category so that competition can be fair, all the advances of women’s rights — that’s going to be diminished.” The women’s coach observed with wisdom that “parents of teen girls are generally uninterested in watching their daughters demoralized by the blatant unfairness of a rigged competition.”

In contests where speed, strength, and musculoskeletal physics and structure are relevant, a distinction must be made, especially once the changes of puberty commence. The presence of testosterone offers increased production of hemoglobin — the protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues — and red blood cells, a normal state in males. The normal increase in testosterone in adolescents enhances muscle size and strength as well as bone development, structure, and strength. These yield enhanced performance.

Looking at the effect of time and hormone replacement therapy in so-called “transwomen” (biological males who “identify” as or even make changes toward becoming female), The Daily Wire reports, “Even two years after hormone therapy had been used, trans women were 12% faster on the 1.5 mile-run than women they were competing against.”

Bringing this from research to application, let’s look at the lawsuit filed by three Connecticut female runners suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The suit notes that one of the world’s fastest female sprinters, Allyson Felix, finished a 400-meter run in 49.26 seconds, but Felix would be beaten by almost 300 American high school boys, based on 2018 data.

Though it’s clear that male and female humans are different and have distinct strengths and weaknesses, President Biden and the political Left are erasing women’s opportunities and rights to compete. Sports will not be the only practice where opportunities change for women. Make no mistake, when dealing with brains and not just brawn, women hold their own — they compete and excel. But is it really fair to create a construct where brawn is overlooked for the sake of politics and those who dare point out the authentic differences are bullied into silence?

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Biden Carpet Bombs America With Executive Orders

Nate Jackson

“If you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” —Joe Biden in October

That was then; this is now. Acting like a dictator is now a virtue. Under the cover of the Capitol riot and impeachment redux, Democrats are enacting their radical leftist agenda through the pen of President Joe Biden. Members of Congress prefer this because they don’t have to take tough votes or worry about GOP opposition.

He has blown away the previous record for executive actions in the opening days of his presidency. He signed a whopping 17 executive orders and actions in his first few hours and has followed that up with even more in his first 10 days — the total is close to 40, including at least 25 executive orders. The Dispatch reports, “Over the same timeframe, Donald Trump and Barack Obama had both signed 20, George W. Bush five, and Bill Clinton 11.” We fully expect Biden is only just getting started playing the role of dictator, and whenever Kamala Harris takes over she’ll do likewise. (And on that note, Mark Alexander says, “It is my estimation that Biden’s massive EO dump is an effort to hurriedly establish his presidential legacy as it will be short-lived.”)

But even The New York Times is telling Joe to “ease up on the executive actions.” While cheering on the substance of his actions, the Gray Lady’s editorial board lightly chastises, “This is no way to make law.”

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield slammed the Times editorial on social media: “As the NYT ed board criticizes President Biden this am for taking swift executive action to reverse the most egregious actions of the Trump Admin, I can’t help but recall that during the primary they encouraged voters to consider what a president could accomplish through exec Action.”

Most presidents resort to executive orders when they cannot get a measure through Congress. But last time we checked, Biden was a Democrat and the House and Senate are both controlled by Democrats.

What has Scranton Joe done to rule your life? Plenty. What follows is a list of his executive orders so far and their significance:

  • Systemic racism is now the policy of the federal government. Executive Order 13985 disguises this as direction to “pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all,” but in practice this will mean counting by race in everything the federal government does. Biden’s order also rescinds President Donald Trump’s September order banning racist “diversity” training (known as critical race theory) in federal agencies. Furthermore, our Douglas Andrews explained why equity isn’t equality, and our Lewis Morris recounted Biden’s related dismissal of the 1776 Commission.
  • If not racism, fighting climate change will henceforth dictate Biden administration policy. Executive Order 13990 makes it official policy to pursue “environmental justice.” This “justice” includes killing hundreds of thousands of jobs by rescinding oil drilling in federal areas, axing the Keystone XL pipeline, and undoing a slew of Trump’s energy-related deregulation. Moreover, Biden’s order will “restore science” to its rightful place as the state religion. Just don’t tell the girls competing against boys after the aforementioned order or Biden’s “transgender” HHS pick.
  • Executive Order 14008 likewise is about “tackling the climate crisis at home and abroad.” Primarily, this means “putting the climate crisis at the center of … foreign policy and national security.” Specifically, it means advancing a plan to “rejoin the Paris Agreement.”
  • And because Science™ is so important to these mad political scientists, Executive Order 14007 establishes the “President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.”
  • It’s fair to say the term “China virus” is now effectively banned for federal agencies and public health documents, per a presidential memorandum. “China virus” was, of course, President Donald Trump’s favorite label because, well, the virus came from China. While Biden doesn’t specifically use the words “China virus,” his directive does say that the federal government shouldn’t continue advancing “xenophobic sentiments” by referring to COVID “by the geographic location of its origin.” Moreover, he says without evidence, “Such statements … have contributed to increasing rates of bullying, harassment, and hate crimes” against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Executive Order 13987 is about “organizing and mobilizing” the U.S. government to effectively combat the China virus. Oops — we forgot the other directive. Biden’s plan is primarily to plagiarize Trump’s plan, but the Leftmedia will dutifully treat his work with awe and wonder. The main difference is to reengage with and “strengthen” the World Health Organization, which Trump exited because of its Chinese puppet strings. Strangely, Biden’s new order does not include the word “mask.” Maybe that’s because he forgot to wear one on federal property
  • Speaking of which, Executive Order 13991 mandates masks on federal property.
  • Not done with COVID, Executive Order 13994 proclaims that the federal government will now enact a “data-driven response.” Brand new concept, we’re sure.
  • Still not done with COVID, Executive Order 13995 requires “an equitable pandemic response.” Based on the Biden administration’s policy of counting by race and gender (“identity”), we’re pretty sure that violates his order on the response being “data-driven.”
  • Okay, he’s really not done with COVID. Executive Order 13996 establishes a “pandemic testing board” for increased and politically charged testing, as well as ensures a “sustainable public health workforce,” whatever that means.
  • We give up. Here’s another COVID one, and another hypocritical one at that: Executive Order 13997 is aimed at “improving and expanding access to care and treatments for COVID-19,” including an effort to “accelerate the development of novel therapies.” Remember when Trump tried to do that? He was mercilessly mocked by Democrats. Now his policy is their policy.
  • Executive Order 13998 enacts mask mandates and xenophobic travel restrictions to combat COVID. Just kidding. When Biden does it, it’s not xenophobic.
  • Protecting workers from COVID is the goal of Executive Order 13999. We’ve read it and we’re still not sure exactly how it changes anything.
  • It’s time to reopen schools, says Executive Order 14000. The Chicago Teachers Union didn’t get the memo.
  • Executive Order 14001 calls for “a sustainable public health supply chain.” Nowhere does the order mention China or its dominance of the supply chain.
  • Economic relief related to the pandemic is the goal of Executive Order 14002. Translation: The government will redistribute even more of your great grandchildren’s money to fix the government-caused economic crisis blamed on the pandemic. Trillions have already been spent, with trillions more on the way.
  • Executive Order 13988 ostensibly prevents and combats “discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.” In reality, it turns the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on its ear, putting boys in girls’ locker rooms and endangering women’s sports entirely.
  • In a similar vein, Executive Order 14004 removes restrictions on “gender identity” and “transgender” individuals serving in the U.S. military. This has nothing to do with enhancing military readiness. Quite the contrary, it’s about making the Armed Forces a petri dish for social engineering.
  • Executive Order 13989 calls on “every appointee in every executive agency” to take an ethics pledge, which says in part, “I commit to decision-making on the merits and exclusively in the public interest, without regard to private gain or personal benefit.” Take a moment to marvel that the hypocrite issuing this order is the father of Hunter Biden — the “Big Guy” himself.
  • Executive Order 14003 is all about “protecting the federal workforce” … from the accountability orders enacted by President Trump.
  • Executive Order 13992 continues the work of undoing Trump’s deregulation by revoking several of his orders. Biden’s goal is to restore “robust regulatory action.” Translation: Big Government.
  • The census question regarding citizenship was revoked by Executive Order 13986. Biden calls this “ensuring a lawful and accurate enumeration” of people.
  • Executive Order 13993 “revises” immigration enforcement by rescinding Trump’s order to ensure things like … enforcing immigration law. Fling the border open wide, says Biden. In fact, Biden even hopes to remove the word “alien” from U.S. code.
  • “Make it in America again” might as well be the title of Executive Order 14005, which aims to have more stuff “made in all of America by all of America’s workers.” Don’t question Joe’s patriotism.
  • Donald Trump worked across the aisle to undo the damage done to minorities by Joe Biden’s 1990s crime bill, but Biden didn’t leave that untouched either. Executive Order 14006 eliminates the use of “privately operated criminal detention facilities.” Because Democrat-run government has a way better track record on race.
  • Ostensibly to “strengthen” healthcare, especially for women, Biden signed an executive order restoring U.S. taxpayer funding for international abortions. That doesn’t help women, and at least half of the babies terminated before birth are girls. Ironically, there’s unity on this issue — three-quarters of Americans oppose Biden’s order. The order is also for “strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.” That basically means more regulation of healthcare. And beware the Democrats’ real strategy of pushing the nation toward Medicare for All.

Remember: With one exception, the above list is just the executive orders. We didn’t list the other actions and memorandums from the Oval Office, or even scratch the surface of all the edicts being pumped out of his cabinet offices and other bureaucracies. The clear goal is to erase as much of the last four years as quickly as possible. That may be good for Democrats, but it’s absolutely terrible for America.

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A Focused Resistance

Douglas Andrews

A historian may one day revisit Joe Biden’s inaugural speech to catalog its many lies, but we needn’t wait to know which of its whoppers was the biggest. When our 46th president said, straight-faced, “I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did,” we knew it would tower Everest-like above all others.

Had we a gulp of coffee in our mouth when we heard it, we’d still be cleaning our keyboard.

The proof of this falsehood isn’t hard to find, and it mounts with each passing day. As our Nate Jackson noted, “[Biden] signed a whopping 17 executive orders and actions in his first few hours and has followed that up with even more in his first 10 days — the total is close to 40, including at least 25 executive orders.”

Does anyone here believe that this unprecedented onslaught of executive orders works as hard for those who didn’t vote for Joe Biden as it does for those who did? Didn’t think so.

So, what to do? Resist, dagnabbit, resist!

No, we don’t mean taking to the streets like antifa or BLM, and we don’t mean mobbing up and harassing Biden administration officials like Maxine Waters encouraged her fellow Democrats to do to Donald Trump’s cabinet members. We all know in our gut that those kinds of tactics, that sort of scumbaggery, is beneath us.

What we mean is, we can arm ourselves intellectually, especially in one-to-one and small-group conversations. We can be better informed than the opposition and better able to argue why their policies are so ruinous. And if we don’t have the time or energy to soak up and spit out the details of specific policies, we can focus on a single existential matter — that of free speech. We can announce at every turn that the First Amendment to the Constitution is first for a reason, and we can commit its 45 words to memory and recite them on command just as we can our favorite Scripture.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Resistance, like everything else, is most effective when it’s focused. Rather than reciting a laundry list of complaints, we can continually demand the redress of a single grievance: that of the right to speak freely.

We can and should use the First Amendment as a rhetorical truncheon.

We can remind others that there is shame in censorship. And cowardice in cancelation. And tyranny in both. And, if we’re bold enough, we can venture into town hall meetings and school board meetings and neighborhood association meetings, and we can challenge those in our communities with one simple mic-dropping truth: If they weren’t afraid of losing the argument, they wouldn’t need to censor us.

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Biden to Resurrect Obama’s Racist Suburb Regulation

Thomas Gallatin

The Biden administration announced last week that it will examine the effects of the Trump administration’s actions on ending the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH), the Obama-era Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule secretively created to further the leftist social-engineering scheme designed to effect greater federal control over American suburbs.

In ending the AFFH last July, Donald Trump’s secretary of HUD, Ben Carson, asserted, “The best run communities are the ones run locally. Today, we are tearing down the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was an overreach of unelected Washington bureaucrats into local communities.”

In announcing its own intended reversal, the Biden administration referenced the typical Democrat identity-politics tropes of systemic racism and discrimination as the rationale for its action.

Peter Kirsanow, arguing against the AFFH back in 2017, noted that race was its primary and essentially sole category of measurement. For HUD, fairness is supposed to be addressed via race-neutral means. The AFFH does the opposite by elevating and emphasizing race in determining housing policy.

Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff wrote in July, “[The AFFH] enables the federal government to order more than 1,200 cities and counties that accept any part of annual community development block grants to rezone neighborhoods along income and racial criteria. It thus allows unaccountable federal bureaucrats to dictate who lives where, in order to create racially and economically balanced neighborhoods. It effectively abolishes self-government in the suburbs.”

No wonder the Biden administration is looking to resurrect this dangerous and Liberty-threatening rule. And all in the name of “equity.”

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The Great Payback: Is Black America Only Worth a $20 Harriet?

Patrick Hampton

In 2020, President Donald Trump introduced the “Black Economic Empowerment Platinum Plan,” a proposal that would provide economic leverage to black Americans seeking business opportunities in their communities. Within it, Trump would have made Juneteenth a federal holiday, as well as labeled both the Ku Klux Klan and antifa organizations as terrorists. The four pillars of Trump’s plan would provide security to ensure our streets are safer, prosperity through the funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, fairness through the investment into disenfranchised communities, and opportunities to achieve the American Dream. This monumental move would have infused nearly $500 billion in access to capital for black Americans, carrying a far greater impact than any proposal from any Democrat yet.

But it was all a dream, as Americans everywhere woke up to the reality that Joe Biden would assume the 46th presidency. Within a week, President Biden would undo several accomplishments of his predecessor. He would also reintroduce a bill that seems like a mockery to many minorities.

The new administration said it would “speed up” the debut of some $20 bills to feature Harriet Tubman. This would replace President Andrew Jackson, as progressives voice their condemnation of the seventh president’s support for both slavery and the Trail of Tears. But is this money move a good one? For starters, it’s a slap in the face to many black families who want more for their vote.

I always give new voters and those who are new to politics this bit of advice: Your vote costs. It is currency and you want to make a wise investment based on campaign positions and thorough research about the candidate. Sadly, black America’s overwhelming investment into Biden’s campaign resulted in a bust. Instead of looking at more cash and opportunity, the face of a black abolitionist will be staring back at the economically disadvantaged who often make hard and desperate decisions about where their money is best spent.

Is this how black folks deserve to be paid back? America needed real solutions in a reelected President Trump but cashed out on woke imagery to appease elites riddled with white guilt. So when you see that $20 Harriet in your bank withdrawal envelope, remember that this is the best Democrats can do to help you.

So far, no executive orders have been issued by the Biden administration to address black America’s issues. Meanwhile, the Black Lives Matter organization still awaits a seat at the table to make its demands. And by the day, more prolific progressive black voices are echoing what we conservatives have said all along — that the Democrat Party owes much but has given little. It’s bittersweet to see the black community uniting the voices but under disappointment and reservation. What we progressives and conservatives are starting to agree on is that black America was paid off by a bank note.

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Take that! Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith receives probation, not prison (which he deserved), for altering email about Carter Page (Daily Caller)
  • GOP stimulus proposal would cost $600 billion, include more direct checks (Fox News) | Biden invites Republican senators to talk coronavirus relief package (Examiner) | In any event, Democrats are ready to go it alone (Examiner)
  • Righting wrongs: Republicans across the country are pushing for stricter voting rules (Examiner)
  • “Biden Lied” trends on Twitter as critics demand the $2,000 stimulus checks he promised (Daily Wire)

As the article explains, “The complaints came after the Democratic Party posted a tweet outlining Biden’s new plan to distribute $1,400 stimulus checks to American families. That would come on top of the $600 checks that were approved earlier this month. That equals $2,000.” Semantics aside, people shamefully expect handouts and vote in favor of government doling out checks like candy.

For the Record

  • The real inciter? Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claims he funded the rally that led to Capitol chaos (NY Post)
  • Biden pick for commerce secretary ran state ranked one of the worst to start a business (Disrn)
  • Twenty-one men now accuse Lincoln Project cofounder of sexual harassment, including solicitation of 14-year-old boy (Post Millennial)

Health

  • Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine somewhat less effective than others but offers one-shot solution (Roll Call)
  • Gitmo prisoners will be offered vaccines this week — ahead of most Americans (Blaze Media)
  • CDC issues sweeping public transportation mask mandate for travelers (NPR)
  • What could possibly go wrong? Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize cocaine, heroin, meth, and other illicit drugs (UPI)

Education

  • Strike forthcoming? Chicago mayor orders teachers to return to classroom as tug-of-war with union intensifies (Fox News)
  • Mississippi looks to withhold funds from schools teaching the odious 1619 Project (Disrn)

National Security

  • Two Proud Boys face federal conspiracy charges in Capitol riot (Politico)
  • Islamic State senior leader in Iraq killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrike (Military Times)
  • Russia has developed a “super-electromagnetic pulse” (EMP) weapon, with China close behind (Disrn)
  • U.S. expresses “grave concern” over reports of military coup in Burma, “will take action” (Fox News)

Business & Economy

  • Puerto Rico’s effective minimum wage would be $68/hour under Biden plan (FEE)
  • Gretchen “Grinch” Whitmer’s Michigan was #1 in jobs lost last month (Not the Bee)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Twitter suspends Christian magazine for calling Biden’s biologically male nominee a man (Disrn)
  • Homeless activists occupy Olympia, Washington, hotel in apparent takeover attempt (Fox News)
  • Coca-Cola requiring even affiliated law firms to meet intersectional diversity quotas (Not the Bee)

Odds & Ends

  • Non compos mentis: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio moves to ban hookups of relatively clean natural gas (Examiner)
  • Russia arrests 4,500 during protests backing dissident Alexei Navalny (Time)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Three unintended consequences of student loan “forgiveness” (FEE)
  • Policy: Reforms to make all of Medicare financially sound (AEI)
  • Humor: AOC claims Starbucks tried to kill her by misspelling her name on her to-go coffee (Genesius Times)

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VIDEOS

The $9 Trillion Climate Gorilla — Blackrock pushes big business toward carbon-neutral future.

Funniest Wall Street Prank Ever — Ben Shapiro explains how a Reddit group is attempting to stick it to hedge fund companies.

Humor: Pickup Truck Owners in Real Life — “Heavy-duty, wide-body suspension … perfect for the Panera drive-thru.” John Crist imagines what pickup truck owners are like in real life.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery.” —Georges Bernanos (1888-1948)

Re: The Left: “One way politicians have convinced many Americans to accept [the abortion] agenda is to repeat the lie that the life in the womb isn’t a life at all. It is merely a ‘clump of cells.’ That kind of dehumanization against whole classes of people is what made slavery and the Jim Crow era possible, along with a long list of other human atrocities throughout the world’s history.” —Kay C. James

Inquisitive minds want to know: “Can you imagine how loudly [Rachel] Maddow, Chuck Todd and the hypocritical civil libertarians at the New York Times editorial page would have howled if Trump had brought 15,000 armed troops into D.C. for any reason — including a parade? He sent a few busloads of soldiers to protect a federal courthouse in Seattle from being torched by rioters last year and he was called Hitler Junior.” —Michael Reagan

For the record: “An administration that wanted to pursue unity might observe that 77% of Americans — including a majority of Democrats and 85% of independents — don’t want taxpayer dollars to fund foreign abortions.” —Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Observations: “James Madison thought the legislature would be insatiable, steadily accumulating power. Instead, it is the least self-respecting branch, led by people who identify with the interests of presidents and their own parties over and above the interests of their own institution. … [Chuck] Schumer has urged Biden to declare a national climate emergency because it would allow him to do things ‘without legislation.’ This would be like Chief Justice John Roberts giving Biden advice on how to pack the Supreme Court — except it’s unimaginable that a Supreme Court justice would be so openly disdainful of the legitimacy and prerogatives of his or her own institution.” —Rich Lowry

Friendly fire: “This kind of broad, inflammatory rhetoric is like throwing a match into the tinderbox.” —Tulsi Gabbard regarding Nancy Pelosi’s “the enemy is within the House of Representatives” drivel

Demo-gogue: “We have one goal: big, bold change in America. … [There are] three huge issues we have to do: climate … racial and economic inequality … and improving our democracy. Making DC a state, automatic voter registration, getting rid of Citizens United, all the things embodied in HR 1.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Non compos mentis I: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. [Long pause.] Undervisible. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. [Long pause.] For which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” —Los Angeles councilman Kevin “30-Magazine Clip in Half a Second” de Leόn

Non compos mentis II: “I always feel like if aliens ever really exist and they come and attack us, it’s because we destroyed the planet. That would be our punishment.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

Uh, yeah, it is: “Sending kids back to school this year is so fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. Why not just have everyone repeat the year? Is that such a far out idea?” —Joy Behar

Village idiot: “I’ll never forgive the people that voted for [Trump], ever. I have an angry place inside of me now. I hope it doesn’t kill me.” —Nancy Sinatra

And last… “I don’t get capitalism bashing. Every once in a while a pipe bursts, but usually people aren’t dumb enough to then use that as a call to end indoor plumbing.” —Frank J. Fleming

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The Rapture will occur before the Tribulation

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

Believers of the Church Age will not go through the Tribulation. Let’s define the Tribulation period and the word wrath to help understand what this unique event and time period is for. Here are the verses:

The Tribulation’s purpose is stated in Daniel 9:24. God’s purpose for the Tribulation is to accomplish 6 things. It is actually a decree:

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Twitter Locks Focus on the Family Account Over ‘Hateful’ Content — Faithwire

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Photo by Alexander Shatov/Unsplash

Twitter locked an account associated with Focus on the Family last week, claiming the page posted “hateful” content about President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health.

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly explained in recent a blog post that Twitter locked the account for The Daily Citizen, an arm of the well-known Christian organization, after deleting a Jan. 19 tweet that described Dr. Rachel Levine, currently serving as Pennsylvania’s health secretary, as “a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”

The offending tweet came the same day Biden officially nominated Levine, who, if confirmed, will become the first transgender person to serve in a presidential administration.

Daly argued it is now apparently “hateful” to simply note biological facts.

“There appears to be no room for convictional disagreement,” he wrote. “You will comply — or be silenced. The ‘cancel culture’ is barreling down the track like a runaway train on a mountain pass, threatening to run over anyone in its path.”

The Focus on the Family executive explained that he appealed the decision by Twitter, noting leaders at the faith-based company were “deeply puzzled as to why we’re not permitted to simply acknowledge the definition of what transgender women are — those born male who believe they are a woman.”

“We’ve asked Twitter to explain what was wrong with our wording and even asked them how we might describe Dr. Levine to their liking,” Daly wrote. “As of this writing, we haven’t heard back.”

The employees at Twitter ultimately denied Daly’s appeal.

Daly noted a slew of other counter-narrative voices who have been silenced in recent weeks and months, including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowlingformer President Donald Trump, and baseball star Curt Schilling.

“Please be in prayer for us as we navigate this cultural maelstrom,” wrote Daly. “In reality, this tension over free speech and religious liberty have [sic] existed from the earliest days of the country — but it’s exacerbated and magnified in this post-Christian era.”

“The left will grasp for power,” he continued. “Our job is to clasp our hands together in prayer as we work to be a loving and attractive — and faithful — witness to the power and love of Jesus Christ.”

Twitter Locks Focus on the Family Account Over ‘Hateful’ Content — Faithwire

The Gospel Coalition Says Suffering Adults Need Children’s Books to Heal — Reformation Charlotte

Children’s Books

We’ve been arguing for years that The Gospel Coalition (TGC) has abandoned the gospel — but it’s usually in favor of some form of social justice activism. This time, TGC invites suffering adults to abandon the specific knowledge and revelation of God in favor of “children’s books” that can bring healing.

No, this is not satire.

The Gospel Coalition Says Suffering Adults Need Children’s Books to Heal — Reformation Charlotte

Discernment, ‘Evil Suspicions,’ and Beth Moore — Christian Research Network

“False teaching brought by false teachers is serious! We don’t coddle these people. We don’t give grace to these people. I will give you a recent example of an evil suspicion Paul talks about in the 1 Timothy 6:4 verse. Beth Moore. She is the best at casting evil suspicions. Doing so is yet another nail in the proof coffin that Beth Moore is a false teacher.”

(Elizabeth Prata – The End Times)  Over the last two days I have posted something about Founders Baptist Church in Houston’s Love In Truth conference, where the theme was “Discernment, Faith, and Fidelity to the Truth.”….

I learned so much and enjoyed the quality of the lectures and sermons. The organization posted the videos for free on Youtube. Here is the channel with all the lectures and sermons.

I was especially interested in something Ken Ramey said in his sermon: The Discerning Listener (1 Timothy 1:3–11) | Truth In Love 2021 | Session 3. Paul is saying in 1 Tim 6:4 about a different doctrine and people who do not agree with sound doctrine… View article →

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Discernment

Discernment, ‘Evil Suspicions,’ and Beth Moore — Christian Research Network

February 1 Morning Quotes of the Day

The Difference Between Just and Unjust Suffering
1 Peter 4:12–19

Consider where you are; see what you have done; see why you are suffering; and then you see what you are suffering. Right and wrong are contraries. Right is what is just. Not all that is called “right” is right. What if a man lay down for you unjust right? Nor indeed is it to be called right, if it is unjust. That is true right, which is also just. Consider what you have done, not what you are suffering. If you have done right, you are suffering wrong; if you have done wrong, you are suffering right.

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

A Biography of Great Men
Ecclesiastes 3:9–11; Philippians 4:13

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

THOMAS CARLYLE

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.