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February 8 Evening Quotes of The Day

“Watch for Opportunities of Doing Good”
Galatians 6:10

When the earth is soft, the plough will enter. Take a man when he is under affliction, or in the house of mourning, or newly stirred by some moving sermon, and then set it home, and you may do him good. Christian faithfulness requires us not only to do good when it falls in our way, but to watch for opportunities of doing good.

RICHARD BAXTER

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

The Sweetness of Walking with God
Genesis 5:22, 24; 6:9; Isaiah 43:2; Micah 6:8; John 15:4

There is no kind of life in the world more sweet and more delightful than that of a continual walk with God. Only those who practice and experience it can comprehend it. Yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure that we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from the motive of love, and because God would have us so walk. If I were a preacher, I would preach above all other things the practice of the presence of God. If I were a director, I would advise all the world to it; so necessary do I think it, and so easy.

BROTHER LAWRENCE

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

February 8 Evening Verse of the Day

6:21 Jesus taught that one’s heart truly belongs to what it most treasures. Since a disciple is to love God with all one’s heart (22:37; Dt 6:4), love for material possessions and riches is a subtle form of idolatry (Col 3:5).[1]


6:21 there your heart will be Jews of the time typically perceived the heart as the seat of intelligence and will. Jesus’ teaching reflects this view: People’s choices and actions are shaped by the things they cherish most.[2]


6:21 Throughout Scripture, the heart refers to the center of one’s being, involving one’s emotions, reason, and will.[3]


6:21 — “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

What do you think about most throughout the day? What gets your heart beating fastest and loudest? What do you think you couldn’t live without? Whatever “it” is, it’s your treasure—and nothing but God is worthy of it.[4]


6:21 This radical financial policy is based on the underlying principle that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. If your money is in a safe-deposit box, then your heart and desire are also there. If your treasures are in heaven, your interests will be centered there. This teaching forces us to decide whether Jesus meant what He said. If He did, then we face the question, “What are we going to do with our earthly treasures?” If He didn’t, then we face the question, “What are we going to do with our Bible?”[5]


6:21 “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is significant that the PLURAL PRONOUN which has been used in the previous verses now changes to the SINGULAR. This section teaches the transitoriness of earthly things and the eternality of spiritual things. It also emphasizes that where one puts one’s interest and energy truly reveals one’s priorities. The heart (a Hebrew idiom) is the center of the person. It expresses the totality of one’s self.[6]


21. It is not so much the disciple’s wealth that Jesus is concerned with as his loyalty. As v. 24 will make explicit, materialism is in direct conflict with loyalty to God. And the danger of amassing possessions is that the treasure will command the disciple’s loyalty, that material affluence will breed materialism.[7]


21. Where your treasure shall be. By this statement Christ proves that they are unhappy men who have their treasures laid up on the earth: because their happiness is uncertain and of short duration. Covetous men cannot be prevented from breathing in their hearts a wish for heaven: but Christ lays down an opposite principle, that, wherever men imagine the greatest happiness to be, there they are surrounded and confined. Hence it follows, that they who desire to be happy in the world renounce heaven. We know how carefully the philosophers conducted their inquiries respecting the supreme good.2 It was the chief point on which they bestowed their labour, and justly: for it is the principle on which the regulation of our life entirely depends, and the object to which all our senses are directed. If honour is reckoned the supreme good, the minds of men must be wholly occupied with ambition: if money, covetousness will immediately predominate: if pleasure, it will be impossible to prevent men from sinking into brutal indulgence. We have all a natural desire to pursue happiness; and the consequence is, that false imaginations carry us away in every direction. But if we were honestly and firmly convinced that our happiness is in heaven, it would be easy for us to trample upon the world, to despise earthly blessings, (by the deceitful attractions of which the greater part of men are fascinated,) and to rise towards heaven. For this reason Paul, with the view of exciting believers to look upwards, and of exhorting them to meditate on the heavenly life, (Col. 3:1,) presents to them Christ, in whom alone they ought to seek perfect happiness; thus declaring, that to allow their souls to grovel on the earth would be inconsistent and unworthy of those whose treasure is in heaven.[8]


6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The reference to a person’s treasure and heart being in the same location reflects the understanding of the heart as the seat of allegiance and affection. It is “a term for what is of central importance in a person, what constitutes their true character” (e.g., 15:18–19).[9]


The treasure and the heart (6:21)

‘For [gar] where [hopou] your treasure [ho thēsauros sou] is, there will your heart [hē kardia sou] be also.’ The conjunction gar joins 6:21 to 6:19–20. So does the adverb hopou, which occurs four times in verses 19–20. The noun thēsauros and the personal pronoun sou also provide connections; but the shift from the plurals of 6:19–20 (thēsaurous and hymin) to the singulars of 6:21 is noteworthy. But it is especially the closing phrase—hē kardia sou—that captures our attention. The whole verse is addressed to the individual; but whereas ‘your treasure’ denotes what the disciple has, ‘your heart’ denotes who he is. Moreover, with this latter phrase the paragraph reaches its climax; and whereas other terms in 6:21 have antecedents in 6:19–20, kardia appears here for the first time since 5:28, and for only the third (and last) time in the sermon (see also 5:8).

For storing up treasures in heaven, the condition of the heart is crucial. Heaven is heaven because God dwells there; it is he who explains the durability and security of the heavenly treasure. Obedience to the commands of Matthew 6:19–20 depends on fidelity to that ‘great and first commandment,’ which is to love God with all one’s heart (kardia; 22:37–38). For such a person heaven’s greatest treasure is God himself (5:8); disciples long for heaven because Jesus, their ‘priceless treasure,’ is there (Phil. 1:21–23). Otherwise the promise of heavenly treasures can pose a graver danger than the lure of earthly ones. If, like the rich man of Luke 12, I am centered on myself and my future welfare, I can employ the command of Matthew 6:20 selfishly: ‘I desire to accumulate riches for myself [cf. 6:20, ‘for yourselves’].

Earthly riches are perishable, and heavenly riches are durable; so it is eminently sensible for me to invest in the latter. Who would not choose a stock that both pays a high rate of interest and is risk-free?’ The only sure antidote to preoccupation with things, whether earthly or heavenly, is a heart that loves God, and that longs above all else to obey him and to be fully united with him. Thus, 1 Timothy 6:17–19 exhorts the rich ‘not to fix their hopes on the uncertainty of riches but instead upon God [all’ epi Theō],’ by serving whom they will be ‘storing up for treasures for themselves [apothēsaurizontas heautois] as a good foundation’ for the life to come. This accords with the earlier conclusion that disciples ‘store up treasures’ by obeying Jesus’ teachings and doing his Father’s will.

‘Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also’: thus says the above paragraph. Love of God and therefore of neighbor is the chief motive for obeying Jesus’ commands in this sermon and elsewhere. But here in Matthew 6:21 Jesus puts the matter the other way around: ‘where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’ That is, the disciple discovers—perhaps to his surprise—that his fidelity to those commands causes his love for God and for his neighbor to increase.[10]


21 The singular “you”s and singular “treasure” of this verse suggest a separate origin from vv. 19–20, but the content of the verse could hardly be more appropriate to round off their message: each disciple’s priorities will be determined by his or her comparative valuation of earthly and heavenly benefits. The sequence might suggest that the orientation of the “heart” follows from the determination of where the treasure is to be, but that is to be pedantic; the valuing of the treasure both follows from and reveals the orientation of the heart. For the “heart” as a term for what is of central importance in a person, what constitutes their true character, cf. 5:8; 11:29, and especially 12:34; 15:18–19; 22:37. For the unhelpful effect of wealth on the “heart” cf. Deut 8:17; 17:17.[11]


[1] Stein, R. H. (2017). Differences in the Gospels. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1510). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Mt 6:21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1832). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Mt 6:21). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1225). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 56). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[7] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 142–143). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[8] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 333–334). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[9] Brown, J. K. (2015). Matthew. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (pp. 70–71). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[10] Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 437–438). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[11] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 259–260). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

February 8 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“Christ Is the Morning Star”
Revelation 2:28; 22:16

Christ is the morning star, who promises and reveals to the saints the eternal light of life, when the night of the world is past.

VENERABLE BEDE

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

Living Simply for the Sake of the Poor
Deuteronomy 15:10–11; Luke 3:11; Acts 2:44–46; 4:32–35

It is better to make three middling shirts, with which you may clothe both yourself and the poor of Christ, than if you were to make one of very precious materials for yourself. And it is better to have simple food prepared, by which you may entertain a number of the needy at your table, than if you were to spend a large sum of money on delicious food, and live riotously with your own family, while the poor of Christ were suffering and perishing with cold and nakedness in your presence.

ATTO OF VERCELLI

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

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February 8 Afternoon Verse of the Day

2:11 Paul was not a universalist, believing that all people go to heaven. Rather, God’s grace is for all the kinds of people discussed in vv. 1–10 (young and old, men and women, slaves and masters). See note on 1Tm 4:10.[1]


2:11 This verse has sometimes been misunderstood as saying that all people will be saved. However, such a reading is not made necessary by the words here, and it flatly contradicts other portions of Scripture. The force of all people is to emphasize the universal offer of the gospel. The offer of salvation is proclaimed not just to one group but to all peoples.[2]


2:11 the grace of God. The unmerited compassion of God.

has appeared. That is, in Jesus Christ (3:4, 6; 2 Tim. 1:10).

bringing salvation. God’s purpose in extending grace to sinners is their salvation (3:4–7; 2 Tim. 1:9).

all people. All types of people, regardless of gender, age, or social class are in view (vv. 2–10; 1 Tim. 2:1–6).[3]


2:11 grace of God A reference to Christ’s appearance on earth—including His life, death, and resurrection—which manifested God’s grace and made possible salvation.[4]


2:11 Bringing salvation for all people is sometimes misunderstood as meaning that all people will be saved. However, such a reading is not necessary here and flatly contradicts other Scripture (see note on 1 Tim. 2:4). It means, rather, that salvation has been offered to all people (including all ethnic groups), not just to some.[5]


2:11 grace of God. Not simply the divine attribute of grace, but Jesus Christ Himself, grace incarnate, God’s supremely gracious gift to fallen mankind. Cf. Jn 1:14. all men. This does not teach universal salvation. “Mankind” (3:4) refers to humanity in general, as a category, not to every individual. See notes on 2Co 5:19; 2Pe 3:9. Jesus Christ made a sufficient sacrifice to cover every sin of every one who believes (Jn 3:16–18; 1Ti 2:5, 6; 4:10; 1Jn 2:2). Paul makes clear in the opening words of this letter to Titus that salvation becomes effective only through “the faith of those chosen of God” (1:1). See note on 3:2. Out of all humanity, only those who believe will be saved (Jn 1:12; 3:16; 5:24, 38, 40; 6:40; 10:9; Ro 10:9–17).[6]


2:11, 12 — For the grace of God … has appeared … , teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly .…

Just as we laid hold of salvation by grace through faith, so we lay hold of sanctification by grace through faith. By the power of grace we daily crucify our flesh in order to live for God.[7]


2:11 appeared: Twice in this context Paul speaks of Christ’s appearance in history. The first time Christ came in grace to save people from their sins; the second time He will come in glory (v. 13) to reign.[8]


2:11. The salvation here is the cleansing associated with regeneration and not regeneration as such (cf. 3:5). The expression the grace of God is tricky. While it surely includes Jesus and His incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection, it probably includes much more. With the coming of Christ, God has favored all men in many ways, including the sending of the Spirit, the birth of the Church, the forgiveness of sins, and so forth. Paul does not mean that all men have heard the message about God’s grace. But it and the truths that grow from it are available to all people.[9]


2:11 The next four verses form a beautiful vignette of our salvation. But in admiring this literary gem, we must not divorce it from its setting. Paul has been urging consistent behavior on all members of the family of God. Now he shows that one of the great purposes of our salvation is to produce lives of unadulterated holiness.

For the grace of God … has appeared. Here the grace of God is virtually synonymous with the Son of God. God’s grace appeared when the Lord Jesus visited our planet and especially when He gave Himself for our sins. He appeared for the salvation of all men. His substitutionary work is sufficient for the redemption of all. A bona fide offer of pardon and forgiveness is made to all. But only those who truly receive Him as Lord and Savior are saved. There is no suggestion here or elsewhere in the Bible that everyone will be saved at last. Universal salvation is a lie of the devil.[10]


2:11. Paul did not leave the Christian with a list of duties to perform. He called us to a noble purpose, a higher life. He showed us that it is God’s grace—past, present, future—which strengthens and motivates us to live beyond the call of society, embracing obedience to God.

Paul followed up his instructions by proclaiming that the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. Grace has appeared, “epiphanied.” It is the same word used in 2 Timothy 1:10 when Paul wrote of the “appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus.” The word connects us to Christ’s incarnation, his unveiling. The grace of God did not evolve in history; it came forth from concealment, became visible, made its appearance.

Grace breaks upon our moral darkness like the rising sun. This is the incarnation and atonement, the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). This grace brings salvation that God offers to everyone, though not every person responds to his goodness.

Salvation refers to deliverance or preservation. Salvation brings deliverance from our enslavement to our natural, selfish desires. It frees us from the process of degeneration which leads to the death of the body and soul. In salvation we enter into the redemption of God. The process begins immediately and finds fulfillment in eternity when our soul finds completion in Christ’s righteousness and our body changes from decay to wholeness. Christ saves us from the destruction that estrangement from God brings. He restores us to our Creator and recreates a new person and existence for those who believe.[11]


2:11 “For” Verses 11–14 are linked to 1–10, and give the theological basis for godly living.

© “the grace of God has appeared” This refers to the incarnation of Jesus (cf. 2 Tim. 1:10; Titus 3:4–7). The life, teaching, and death of Jesus fully revealed the Father’s love, mercy and grace. When we see Jesus, we see God (cf. John 1:1–14; 14:8–11; Col. 1:15–19; Heb. 1:1–3). The term epiphany (appearing) is used in v. 13 for Christ’s Second Coming (cf. 2:11, 13; 3:4; 2 Thess. 2:8; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 1:10; 4:1, 8). See Special Topic at 2:13.

© “bringing salvation to all men” God sent Christ to die for all humans, but they must personally respond by repentance, faith, obedience, and perseverance. The following passages reflect the universal scope of Christ’s work: (1) “for the world” (John 1:29; 3:16; 6:33, 51; 2 Cor. 5:19; 1 John 2:2) and (2) “all men” (Rom. 5:18; 1 Cor. 15:22; 1 Tim. 2:4–6; Heb. 2:9; 2 Pet. 3:9).

God made humans in His image (cf. Gen. 1:26–27). In Gen. 3:15 He promised to redeem all humans. He specifically mentions His worldwide agenda even in His call of Abraham (cf. Gen. 12:3) and of Israel (cf. Exod. 19:5). The OT promises to Israel (Jew vs. Gentile) have now been universalized to believer and unbeliever (cf. Eph. 2:11–3:13). God’s invitation to salvation is worldwide, individually focused, and Spirit- energized.[12]


1. verse 11

 

The Grace of God in Christ is

 

 

 

the Great Penetrator, Dispelling the

 

 

 

Darkness for All and Bringing Salvation to All.

 

Says Paul, For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.

God’s grace is his active favor bestowing the greatest gift upon those who have deserved the greatest punishment. (For a word-study of the concept grace see N.T.C. on 1 Thess. 1:1.) This grace has penetrated our moral and spiritual darkness. It “has appeared.” The verb used in the original is related to the noun epiphany, that is, appearing or manifestation (for example, of the sun at sunrise). Upon those sitting in the darkness and in the shadow of death the grace of God had suddenly dawned (see also Mal. 4:2; Luke 1:79; Acts 27:20; and Titus 3:4). It had arisen when Jesus was born, when words of life and beauty issued from his lips, when he healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, cast out demons, raised the dead, suffered for man’s sins, and laid down his life for the sheep in order to take it again on resurrection-morning. Thus, grace had “shed on the world Christ’s holy light” and had “chased the dark night of sin away.” The sun of righteousness had arisen “with healing in its wings.” The grace of God had appeared “saving (σωτήριος) for all men.” Everywhere else in the New Testament this word saving, when preceded by the article and used as a noun, means salvation (Luke 2:30; 3:6; Acts 28:28; Eph. 6:17), in the spiritual sense of the term. Hence, also here in Titus 2:11 the meaning is: God’s grace made its appearance “salvation-bringing.” Grace came to rescue man from the greatest possible evil, namely, the curse of God upon sin; and to bestow upon him the greatest possible boon, namely, the blessing of God for soul and body throughout all eternity. (For a word-study of the concept salvation see on 1 Tim. 1:15.)

It brought this salvation to “all men.” For a detailed explanation of this expression see on 1 Tim. 2:1. Here in Titus 2:11 the context makes the meaning very clear. Male or female, old or young, rich or poor: all are guilty before God, and from them all God gathers his people. Aged men, aged women, young women, young(er) men, and even slaves (see verses 1–10) should live consecrated lives, for the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to men of all these various groups or classes. “All men” here in verse 11 = “us” in verse 12. Grace did not bypass the aged because they are aged, nor women because they are women, nor slaves because they are merely slaves, etc. It dawned upon all, regardless of age, sex, or social standing. Hence, no one can derive, from the particular group or caste to which he belongs, a reason for not living a Christian life.[13]


11. The connecting particle for proves that this verse leads directly from the last. The mention of God our Saviour leads the thought to salvation and results in a concise statement explaining both the incarnation and the atonement. The expression the grace of God may fairly be said to be the key word of Paul’s theology, and there is no reason for denying here its most characteristic Pauline sense. He cannot think of Christian salvation apart from the grace of God (cf. Eph. 2:8), and when he dwells on the divine intervention in human life he can find no more adequate term than this, expressive as it is of God’s free favour in Christ in dealing with man’s sin. It is this which gives the incarnation its significance.

When Paul says that the grace of God has appeared, he uses a verb (epiphainō) which apart from Titus is used only twice elsewhere in the New Testament (Luke 1:79, a striking parallel to the present use, and Acts 27:20). When it is used in 3:4 in a similar sense as here, it is applied to the kindness and benevolence of God. The cognate noun (epiphaneia) is in the Pastorals a characteristic description of the second coming.

It is doubtful whether the words to all men should be attached to the verb has appeared, which implies the universality of the manifestation. This, if taken literally, presents a difficulty in view of the fact that many people have still not heard. It has been pointed out that the noun sōtērios (salvation) followed by the dative is a classical expression meaning ‘bringing deliverance to’ (Simpson) and the words to all men therefore naturally belong to the noun and demonstrate the universal scope of Christian salvation. An alternative interpretation understands ‘all’ in the sense of ‘all classes of men’.[14]


2:11 / An explanatory for opens the paragraph and thus closely ties verses 11–14 to 2–10. It proceeds to explain why God’s people should live as exhorted in 2–10 (so that the message from God will not be maligned [v. 5] but instead will be attractive [v. 10]): because the grace of God that brings salvation to all people has appeared.

In the Greek text all of verses 11–14 form a single sentence, of which the grace of God stands as the grammatical subject. But contrary to the niv (and kjv), Paul does not say that this grace appeared to all men; rather, as almost all other translations have it, and as both Paul’s word order and the usage in 1 Timothy 2:3–6 demand it, what has appeared (see disc. on 1 Tim. 6:14; epiphaneia) is grace from God that offers salvation to all people.

Paul does not indicate here the reference point for this revelation of God’s grace. Most likely he is thinking of the historical revelation effected in the saving event of Christ (v. 14; cf. 2 Tim. 1:9–10), but it could also refer existentially to the time in Crete when Paul and Titus preached the gospel and the Cretans understood and accepted its message (cf. 1:3 and 3:3–4). That at least is when the educative dimension of grace, emphasized in verse 12, took place.[15]


11 The theological rationale (“for”; gar) for the new life begins with a novel reference to the gospel message. “The grace of God that offers salvation” (TNIV) is a roundabout way of referring to the contents of the gospel message. We know from the verb “appeared” that “grace” (see on 1 Tim 1:2) here means the saving act itself as that which gave full expression to “the grace of God.” Paul is fond of the phrase “the grace of God,” and often uses it to denote some experience of God’s benevolence. Here the further definition, “offering salvation” (or “with saving power”)7 establishes what Paul means by the phrase by locating it in the salvation associated with the Christ-event. Now two major points about the gospel are stressed.

First, the language of epiphany (here in the verb “appeared”; 3:4) depicts the event (still to be described in the context) as a divine appearance of helping intervention (cf. 2:13). The pluriform background of the epiphany language prepared it for use for Paul. It figured significantly in Hellenistic and especially Imperial religious and political discourse—of gods, heroes and especially of the Emperor—and was descriptive of YHWH’s acts in the LXX. Such connections allowed Paul to access and combine the ideas of pre-existence, divine manifestation to save and royal visitation. All of this gives to the Christ event the character of a massive incursion of the invisible, divine into visible human history. Moreover, it is not simply a reference to the appearance of a person but rather of the whole saving event revolving around that person.

Secondly, the event bringing salvation is universal in scope: “to all people.” It is not immediately clear why this stress is added;11 if it was not intended to address a tinge of elitism in the opponents’ doctrines or outlook, then it underlines the vastness of the salvation produced by God’s grace. It is in any case typical of the presentation of God’s salvific will in these letters to coworkers (3:2; 1 Tim 2:1–6; 2 Tim 2:19; 4:17) and accords well with Paul’s emphasis on the universality of access to God’s grace throughout his letters.

But why does he reflect on the Christ event in this allusive, theocentric way? We began above to consider the intentions of this language, arriving at the suggestion that Paul sought for a way to engage the local, Cretan story of a man-become-god, and specifically to turn this story around by using the same language to make a bold claim about the God of the covenant. In this verse the thrust and parry begins with references to “grace,” “God,” “salvation” and “epiphany.” While all of this would be equally suitable as a response to the specific claims of the Emperor cult (see on 1 Tim 6:14), the evidence that Paul has been dialoguing with Cretans all along suggests he may have been thinking here more pointedly of the still narrower Cretan adaptation of this lexicon in crafting its peculiar “lie.” (Yet for Cretan culture the Roman Imperial story would have overlapped with the Cretan mythology.)

In any case, the signal that we were entering into this particular discourse came in the reference to God as “savior” in 2:10. The language of benefaction and divine prerogative were applied to Crete’s Zeus (as also to the Emperor), so that his “appearances” among his people (in victory or to bring aid in some way) were marked by “grace” gifts and salvation benefits all of which demonstrated his virtue to the people. They in turn made a man into a god. What Paul contends in his application of the language and concepts is that the divine appearance offering salvation, the coming of God’s grace among people, was a “from the top down” affair. The ascription of divine glory to the benefactor (not deity in my view, see below) was not, as in Crete and the Empire, conditioned upon benefaction. Rather, God is the initiator: benefaction (the grace of God offering salvation) is the mercy shown by God to humankind. But the indirect presentation of what soon will become concrete is determined by the further description of the character of this event. In the end, the christological implications in Paul’s use of the language and concepts will show that Paul has conceived of the salvation drama—grace, epiphany, benefaction, benefactor, salvation—in both theocentric and christocentric terms at once.[16]


11 Paul now elaborates (gar, “for”) the phrase “God our Savior” (v. 10), naming two major incentives for faithful service: the saving grace of God (v. 11) and the return of Christ (v. 13; see further 3:3–8). Apart from 3:7, the term “grace” (charis, GK 5921) is as infrequent in the PE (cf. 1 Ti 1:14; 2 Ti 1:9; 2:1) as it is common in Paul’s other writings (e.g., Ro 6:15; 1 Co 1:4; 3:10; 2 Co 6:1). This is the only instance of sōtērios, GK 5403 (“saving, bringing salvation”), in the NT (cf. Thucydides, Hist. 7.64.2). Paul affirms that God’s saving grace in Christ was revealed to all kinds of people at Jesus’ first coming. “Appeared” (epiphainō, GK 2210; see esp. 3:4; see also Lk 1:79; cf. Isa 9:2) is emphasized in the original (see Marshall, 287–96).[17]


[1] Quarles, C. L. (2017). Titus. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 1518). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Van Neste, R. (2017). Titus. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1937). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1771). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Tt 2:11). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2350). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Tt 2:11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Tt 2:11–12). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1626). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] Wilkin, R. N. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Titus. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 1019). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[10] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2141). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[11] Larson, K. (2000). I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Vol. 9, p. 365). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[12] Utley, R. J. (2000). Paul’s Fourth Missionary Journey: I Timothy, Titus, II Timothy (Vol. Volume 9, p. 111). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[13] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Pastoral Epistles (Vol. 4, pp. 370–371). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[14] Guthrie, D. (1990). Pastoral Epistles: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 14, pp. 219–220). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[15] Fee, G. D. (2011). 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus (p. 194). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[16] Towner, P. H. (2006). The Letters to Timothy and Titus (pp. 745–747). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[17] Köstenberger, A. (2006). Titus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 618). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

8 Feb 2021 News Briefing

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake – Mindanao, Philippines, on Sunday, 7 February 2021
Significant 6.0 quake hits near Digos, Davao del Sur, Davao, Philippines. The tremor was recorded around noon on Sunday 7 February 2021 at 12:22 pm local time, at a shallow depth of 10 km below the surface. Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been felt by everybody in the area of the epicenter. In those areas, dangerous ground shaking occurred with the potential to inflict moderate to heavy damage to buildings and other infrastructure.

COVID Detainment Facilities Go From ‘Conspiracy Theory’ To Official Govt Policy
“The answer is no, we’re not building containment or internment camps,” the Health Minister spokesperson said in a statement. That was in October and, over the months, the government has moved the goal post on how travelers are treated. Now, even travelers with negative tests will be forced to quarantine at their home under government surveillance. While this is only for those engaging in international travel, as we’ve seen, the goal post moves. “Those with negative test results will then be able to quarantine at home under significantly increased surveillance and enforcement,” Trudeau said in a press conference last week. In regards to the “increased surveillance,” this will include home visits from private covid security personnel. But it gets worse for those who test positive.

Army Research Develops ‘Living Material’ that Interacts with its Environment
“Syn-SCOBY” is a living material capable of detecting and defending itself from threats in its environment. “This is important to the Army as this can lead to new materials with potential applications in microbial fuel cells, sense and respond systems, and self-reporting and self-repairing materials,” Army Research Office program manager Dr. Dawanne Poree said in a statement.

According to the Satellites, Earth has Cooled Rapidly during the past 2 Months
The global lower atmosphere of our planet –the area that sustains all life– is colder TODAY than it was during much of the 2010s, the 2000s, large portions of the 1990s, as well as late-1987–and cooling! Climate alarmists, pray tell how this is possible…

“Rare” Snowfall Hits Maui for Fourth Year in a row
The summit district of Haleakalā National Park, Maui was closed on Feb. 3 and 4 due to rare wintry conditions and inches of snow, reports mauinow.com. Rangers urged the public not to travel to the park, and closed both the road and entrance gate — locals were not permitted to see the snow or ice.

Mob Threatens Arson During ‘F*ck The Police’ March In DC
Anti-police, BLM activists marched through the streets of Washington DC Saturday night, where they yelled at police and harassed outdoor diners while chanting various slogans such as “Black lives, they matter here,” and “if we don’t get it, burn it down.” DC police did virtually nothing to control or stop the march as the group confronted locals.

Does a pontifical foundation use Pope Francis to spread gender ideology?
Since 2015, sporting the Scholas Occurrentes emblem, the collection of books “Con Francisco a mi lado” (“With Francis by my Side”) has been published in association with secular newspapers in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. The collection, nevertheless, includes material that is not only in contradiction with Catholic teaching on identity and human sexuality, but specifically against the teachings of Pope Francis regarding “gender theory.”

Bill Gates Blames Social Media for Negative Stories About Him and His Projects
In a video interview with Reuters published on Jan. 27, Gates said he was surprised that he emerged as a nefarious character linked to the spread of the virus, often in the company of current White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. such theories include allegations that Gates and Fauci created the virus to control others and that one of their hidden goals in the vaccination effort was to “insert trackable microchips into people.”

Biden’s drive to war in the Middle East
Notably, the Zuljanah test exposed the strategic insanity at the heart of the deal, which was conceived, advanced and concluded by then-President Barack Obama and his senior advisers. The main strategic assumption that guided Obama and his advisers was that Iran was a status-quo, responsible power and should be viewed as part of the solution—or “the solution” …

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: This is pure anti-Semitism
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday responded to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to investigate Israel for alleged “war crimes.” In a statement, Netanyahu said: “When the ICC investigates Israel for fake war crimes – this is pure anti-Semitism. The court established to prevent atrocities like the Nazi Holocaust against the Jewish people is now targeting the one state of the Jewish people.”

Yemen: Biden Retreats from Iranian forces, Abandons Saudi Arabia, Potentially Israel
In a move that endears his administration even more to the Iranian Islamist regime, President Biden announced Thursday the United States was cutting off support the Saudi Arabian military effort against the Houthis, an Iranian proxy whose five-year civil war against the government in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis. The move fulfills a campaign promise but its ramifications will be felt outside of the US, and perhaps even in Israel.

Hague Green-Lights Prosecution of Israel: ‘Zechariah’s Prophecy coming to Fruition’
In a move that was clearly timed to coincide with President Trump’s White House departure, the ICC released a “judgment” declaring their intent to try Israel for war crimes while at the same time establishing “Palestine” as a legitimate nation. A former member of the Sanhedrin emphasized that in doing so, the organization was serving idolatry and lies, thereby cancelling any legitimacy they may have had.

Trump Lawyers to Use Videos of Democrats Allegedly Inciting Violence During Impeachment Defense
President Donald Trump’s lead impeachment defense attorney Bruce Castor said he will use video clips of top Democrats allegedly inciting violence during the forthcoming trial in the Senate.

New bill allows state to ignore Joe Biden’s executive orders
Lawmakers in North Dakota — where consumers can sue Big Tech and a judge recently exempted religious physicians from doing Obamacare “sex change” operations — are proposing a law allowing the state to ignore presidential executive orders if they don’t meet constitutional muster.

IAI unveils groundbreaking aerial surveillance system – watch
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its new WASP surveillance system on Monday. The new system provides a high-resolution situational awareness picture of moving targets day and night and within a wide-area of interest…WASP’s coverage area and resolution changes according to its platform and operating altitude.

US to rejoin UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump’s withdrawal
US President Joe Biden’s administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former President Donald Trump withdrew over what his administration called bias against Israel and a lack of reform. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce on Monday that the United States will return to the Geneva-based council as an observer, a senior State Department official said on Sunday.

Storm Darcy: Netherlands hit by ‘first major snowstorm in decade’
The Netherlands has been hit by its first major snowstorm in a decade, forecasters say, as cold weather pushes through much of northern Europe. Dutch authorities have closed all coronavirus testing centres because of the extreme weather. Transport has been disrupted and rail connections with Germany, where northern areas have also been blanketed by snow, have been suspended.

Israeli settlements may face new scrutiny by ICC
Israel’s ongoing building of settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem would likely be more vulnerable to prosecution than its military actions against Palestinians – if the International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor decides to open a war crimes investigation…the ICC moved a step closer…when it cleared the way for prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open a war crimes probe against Israel and Palestinian militants.

Pope seeks ‘Copernican revolution’ for post-COVID economy
Pope Francis urged governments on Monday to use the coronavirus crisis as a revolutionary opportunity to create a world that is more economically and environmentally just — and where basic health care is guaranteed for all. Francis made the appeal in his annual foreign policy address to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See…

Catastrophic rock and ice avalanche hits Uttarakhand, leaving more than 150 people missing, India
A catastrophic rock and ice avalanche took place in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand at around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, February 7, 2021. The event took place around 500 km (310 miles) N of New Delhi, leaving more than 150 people dead or missing.

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by PHIVOLCS as M6.1 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 04:22 UTC (12:22 LT) on February 7, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 15 km (9 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 15.6 km (9.7 miles); EMSC M6.0 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles).

Two struggling supermarkets in Long Beach shut down as city council orders coronavirus pandemic pay hike
A corporation has decided to close down two of it’s supermarkets in Southern California after a local ordinance ordered the company to pay grocery workers hazard pay for providing essential services during the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Lincoln Project is harboring pervert pedophiles
The truth is finally coming out about John Weaver, the shamed Lincoln Project co-founder who was caught soliciting underage boys for sex while co-conspirators at the organization, as well as their mainstream media allies, completely ignored the scandal.

TIME magazine ADMITS the election was rigged against President Trump; when does Biden’s impeachment begin?
For months after the November elections, advocates and attorneys for now-former President Donald Trump argued that the contest was rigged against him.

National Guard And Razor Wire Everywhere: DC Gets Dystopian As Impeachment Trial Kicks Off
Next week, the country will gather round to watch Democrats argue why former President Trump should be convicted for inciting the Jan. 6 ‘Capitol Riot,’ after the House impeached him on one count of “incitement of insurrection.”

Biden to De-list Houthi Rebels as Terrorists; Cotton: ‘Appeasing Iran’
President Joe Biden is de-listing the Houthi rebels of Yemen as a terrorist organization, despite the fact that the group attacks civilians, considers the U.S. an enemy, and is armed and funded by Iran.

Angelus runs story praising pro-abortion L.A. poet
Poet Amanda Gorman made a splash with her performance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. But less than two years earlier, she performed a strongly pro-abortion poem that championed abortion access as necessary to secure equality, to escape from poverty, and to achieve the freedom to determine family size.

Joe Biden’s ‘Catch and Release’ Policy Opens the Southern Border
President Joe Biden’s deputies are trying not to detain the rapidly rising inflow of economic migrants who are coming across Americans’ Southern border in search of blue-collar jobs, homes, and the Democrats’ dangled prize of American citizenship.

Scores feared dead as glacier causes dams to burst in north India
About 140 people are feared dead in northern India after a Himalayan glacier broke off and caused a high velocity surge of water down a river, sweeping away one dam in its path and damaging another.

Abortionist Jen Gunter: ‘The unborn are zombies’ and a human embryo is ‘not a human’
Abortionist Jen Gunter, known for freely expressing her pro-abortion opinions on Twitter, recently posted more tweets ignoring the scientific reality of fetal development. In one tweet, Gunter sneered at pro-lifers who frequently refer to children in the womb as “unborn” by claiming that “unborn” refers to “zombies.”

Democrats Silent As Domestic Terror Groups Black Lives Matter And ANTIFA Storm Through Streets Of Washington DC Shouting ‘Burn It Down!!’
For the past month, Democrats in Washington DC have talked about virtually nothing else other than the ‘domestic terror attack on the Capitol’ that took place on January 6th. To hear them tell it, it was worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11 put together, and has left them ‘permanently scarred’ and afraid of the future of America. In the meantime, just yesterday the ‘future of America’.

PURE EVIL: THE BOYS AND GIRLS BEING SOLD FOR SEX DURING COVID-19 AND THE SUPER BOWL
Even in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no stopping this year’s Super Bowl LV showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the winner of the Vince Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs, we already know the biggest losers: the hundreds of young girls and boys—some as young as 9 years old—who will be bought and sold for sex, as many as 20 times per day, during the course of the big game.

“This Is The Wildest Market I’ve Ever Seen”: Druckenmiller’s Must-See Goldman Interview
“The Central Bank has bastardized the most important price in the world which is the cost of money. We have crony capitalism as you know.”

South Africa stops using OXFORD-ASTRAZENCA vaccine after researchers report ‘minimal’ protection against variant
South Africa will suspend use of the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca after researchers found that it provided “minimal protection” against mild to moderate coronavirus infections caused by the new variant first detected in that country.

Source: 8 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/8/2021

Khanna: Biden Will ‘Radically Reset Relations’ with Israel, They’ll ‘Have to Recognize Palestinian Statehood’

GOP Senator Urges Biden to Confirm That US Embassy Will Remain in Jerusalem

Thousands protest wave of violence in Israel’s Arab sector

Russia’s military police in Syria train to repel attacks

Iran’s supreme leader: ‘The post-US era has started’

Iran’s Khamenei: US must lift sanctions before we return to nuclear deal

Biden says US won’t lift sanctions before Iran stops uranium enrichment

IAEA inspectors in Iran said to find evidence of possible nuclear weapons work

Attempted coup foiled in Haiti: justice minister

Haiti government denounces plot to oust president, arrests over 20

Haiti Braces for Unrest as President Refuses to Step Down

Internet access restored as Myanmar coup protests grow

Tens of Thousands Protest Burma Coup Despite Internet Ban

U.S. and China top diplomats talk tough on Myanmar and Taiwan in tense first call since Biden took office

Biden says there will be ‘extreme competition’ with China, but won’t take Trump approach

Republican Party ‘Has Never Been More United’ Against Socialism: Freshman GOP Rep.

Navarro: DOJ Slow-Walked Trump’s Executive Orders While Fast-Tracking Biden’s

Sen. Cassidy likens Trump impeachment vote to Soviet ‘show trial’

House Democrats Threaten to Trash Constitution ‘To Ensure Conviction’ of Trump: Jonathan Turley

Trump Impeachment Trial Has ‘Zero’ Chance of Conviction: Sen. Rand Paul

Rand Paul turns the tables on Chuck Schumer, demands his impeachment by applying standard Dems use against Trump

Trump impeachment is ‘partisan farce,’ Schumer would deserve to be impeached too: Rand Paul

Cheney says she will not resign despite call from state GOP, stands by Trump impeachment vote

Sen. Sasse Faces Mounting Opposition by Nebraska Republicans for Anti-Trump Statements

After canceling Sen. Josh Hawley’s book, Simon & Schuster announces new memoir from Hunter Biden

Trump Won Two-Thirds of Election Lawsuits Where Merits Considered

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is ‘begging to be sued,’ Dominion says

YouTube, Vimeo Pull Down Mike Lindell Election Video

‘Never Warned Me’: Twitter Suspends Conservative Radio Host Wayne Allyn Root

Twitter Blacklists Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft

Sebastian Gorka: Democrats Working on Amendment for NSA, CIA to Target Americans as Terrorists

NYT report: FBI and Capitol Police were aware of violent threats days before Capitol riots, were warned about ‘looming war’

Antifa members threaten to ‘burn’ down DC during Black Lives Matter march

Ingraham: Big Tech, Big Business and BLM exposed as ‘unholy trinity’ behind Biden win

UAE’s Mars probe ‘Hope’ to be 1st Arab space mission, 5th to reach Red Planet

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bansalan, Philippines

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Pondaguitan, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesis erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Catastrophic rock and ice avalanche hits Uttarakhand, leaving more than 150 people missing, India

About 130 feared dead as glacier causes dams to burst in north India

French court finds France failed to meet its own Paris Agreement climate commitments

Biden opens major push for LGBTIQ rights abroad

One Million Moms boycotts American Girl’s ‘Girl of the Year’ doll over LGBT storyline

Bill requiring sex education to begin with kindergarten to be filed in Illinois Legislature

Human Trafficking Operation Rescues 6 Adults, 2 Children in Missouri

Greece’s #MeToo movement leads to calls for reckoning on incest

Abortionist Jen Gunter: ‘The unborn are zombies’ and a human embryo is ‘not a human’

Pope Francis Urges Italians to End the ‘Demographic Winter’ by Having Kids

With Lunar New Year Approaching, China Tightens Travel Restrictions Due to CCP Virus

Fears of a ‘twindemic’ are over: The US has seen a 98% drop in flu hospitalizations, likely due to COVID-19 measures

Doctor calls COVID-19 vaccines an “experiment”

Vaccine drive slowed by 50%, official laments, blaming online ‘fake news’

New Utah bill: Government could not force you to get COVID-19 vaccine

South Africa suspends Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rollout after researchers report ‘minimal’ protection against variant

UK Won’t Introduce CCP Virus ‘Vaccine Passports,’ Minister Says

Daily coronavirus briefing: Denmark to roll out vaccine passports for citizens

Virtual reality tourism ready for takeoff as travellers remain grounded

The pandemic is replacing people with tech – threatening the jobs rebound

Commentary: How ‘Flatten the Curve’ Became Flatten America

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


Apostasy Watch Monday 2-8-21

The Church Outlasted Nero and It Will Outlast Anyone Who Seeks To Outlaw Its Teachings

Supreme Court allows California churches to hold indoor services at limited capacity

Denmark Seeking to Force Churches to Submit Sermons to Government

Tom Hill – False Prophets are Masters of Disguise

Director of John MacArthur’s Broadcast Ministry Doxes Julie Roys & Defends It

Perry Stone openly endorses William Branham, the great false teacher /prophet

Hillsong’s Bobbie Houston Apologizes for ‘R*****’ Slur During Spicy Sex Talk

4 More NAMB Church Plants Revealed to Have Female Pastors on Staff

Bill Maher: Megachurches Play QAnon Videos, and Trumpism is a Christian Cult

Tory MP lists prayer alongside rape in proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

43,000+ Teacher Association Leader Is “Revolutionary Socialist” Following Mao’s Teachings….

The US Catholic church may be the largest recipient of federal coronavirus aid, with as much as $3.5 billion…

Persecution of Christians ‘Steadily Worsening’ in India as Pastors Are Charged with ‘Forced Conversion’

Texas Pregnancy Center Celebrates Saving 90,000 Babies From Abortion

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 8, 2021

THE FOUNDATION

“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” —George Washington (1796)

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Trump Legal Team to Expose Dubious ‘Incitement’ Charge

Thomas Gallatin

On the eve of the Senate’s second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, here’s a look at his legal team’s defense.

The first and most important point Trump’s lawyers are expected to argue is the unprecedented and unconstitutional nature of the Democrats’ impeachment gambit. Trump’s legal team asserts, “The Senate of the United States lacks jurisdiction over the 45th President because he holds no public office from which he can be removed, and the Constitution limits the authority of the Senate in cases of impeachment to removal from office as the prerequisite active remedy allowed the Senate under our Constitution.” Call it the “By what authority?” defense.

Responding to the Democrats’ claims that the Senate still has constitutional authority to try a non-sitting president, Trump’s defense points to Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution. It states, “Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy an office of honor.”

The Democrats’ primary charge is that Trump is guilty of “incitement of insurrection” against the United States for his remarks ahead of the Capitol riot and for the two post-election months in which he refused to concede defeat while contending the existence of massive voter fraud. They claim that means he should therefore be forbidden from “hold[ing] any office … under the United States” according the the 14th Amendment. Trump’s legal team denies that the president is guilty of any such charge.

Pointing both to Trump’s actual rhetoric and his First Amendment right to express his views regarding the outcome of the 2020 election, the defense states, “Like all Americans, the 45th President is protected by the First Amendment. Indeed, he believes, and therefore avers, that the United States is unique on Earth in that its governing documents, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, specifically and intentionally protect unpopular speech from government retaliation. If the First Amendment protected only speech the government deemed popular in current American culture, it would be no protection at all.”

The Democrats’ “incitement of insurrection” charge is yet another classic example of stretching definitions beyond their clear, original, and legal meanings to suit the Left’s own politically expedient purposes. As “evidence” to support their “incitement” charge against Trump, the Democrats note his statement at the January 6 rally: “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Of course, the Democrats conveniently ignore the fact that Trump also said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard today.”

Regarding the dubious “incitement” charge, Mollie Hemingway cogently recalls Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) just last year speaking to a mob of protesters outside the Supreme Court building and saying, “I want to tell you, [Neil] Gorsuch, I want to tell you, [Brett] Kavanaugh: You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” She notes that just 17 months prior at Justice Kavanaugh’s swearing ceremony, “hordes of protesters broke through a police barricade and attempted to beat down the 13-ton bronze doors of the court.” Moreover, “Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, who attended Kavanaugh’s immediate swearing in, were hit with water bottles and tomatoes when their car left the court afterward. Some 164 people were arrested in that protest.”

In fact, Schumer is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Democrat hypocrisy on “violent” political rhetoric, and Trump’s legal team as well as Senate Republicans plan to hammer this point hard. Senator Rand Paul (KY) said on Sunday, “I think if we are going to criminalize speech and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Oh, go fight to hear your voices heard,’ really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then.” Pointing to other Democrats, Paul continued, “If people want to hold President Trump accountable for language, there has to be a consistent standard, and to my mind it’s a partisan farce because they’re not doing anything to Chuck Schumer, not doing anything to [Ilhan] Omar, not doing anything to Maxine Waters.”

This week’s trial, of course, will prove to be little other than political theater, as there is little legal or constitutional support for the Democrats’ vindictive actions. But, for them, the theater is the point.

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Friend of Donald Trump Wins 7th Super Bowl

Douglas Andrews

We know what you’re thinking: Screw the NFL and every other repulsively woke professional sports league. And we can’t disagree. But for a moment, can we agree to set all that aside and celebrate Tom Brady, a singular American athlete, the likes of whom we will never see again?

Would it help if we told you he was a supporter of Donald Trump?

Okay, then. Last night, the 43-year-old Brady, who until this year had played his entire NFL career with one team, the New England Patriots, took a 7-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team and willed them to a 15-5 record, an eight-game winning streak including three straight road playoff wins, and a 31-9 win in the 55th Super Bowl over the favored Kansas City Chiefs — a win that, as luck would have it, was played at home in Tampa Bay.

There, in front of 25,000 football fans and 30,000 ridiculous COVID cutouts, the old man who many thought represented the NFL’s past squared off against a 25-year-old quarterback, KC’s Patrick Mahomes, who everyone agrees is the NFL’s future. And the old man won, resoundingly, and earned his seventh Super Bowl ring and his fifth Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Before Brady arrived, the Buccaneers were perennial losers. But for a short-lived shining moment when they won the 2003 Super Bowl, the Bucs had amassed the worst career winning percentage among professional sports teams. Brady, for his part, is the individual athlete with the best winning percentage in team sports.

Obviously, something had to give. And it wasn’t Brady. His teammates bought in to Brady’s will, his work ethic, and his culture of excellence. This is how we win, Brady seemed to say. And he made it so.

For a sense of what Brady achieved last night, consider this: One of his teammates, Antonio Winfield Jr., is the son of a former NLFer who Brady competed against both in college and as a pro. Or consider this: Mahomes, the quarterback he beat, was just six years old when Brady won his first Super Bowl, and Mahomes’s dad is just seven years older than Brady. Or this: Brady’s offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich, began his NFL quarterbacking career three years after Brady did, played nine years in the league, and still retired nearly a decade before Brady will one day hang ‘em up.

As for the record books, Brady has pushed all the meaningful numbers beyond reach. For example, only two other quarterbacks — Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers — have even four Super Bowl rings. Indeed, Brady the individual has won more Super Bowls than any other NFL team, and has won more Super Bowls than 18 NFL teams COMBINED.

Brady’s individual stats are every bit as eye-popping, even if they’ve never been what drives him. What drives him is winning, and no one in team sports — with the possible exception of the Boston Celtics’ great center, Bill Russell, who played in an NBA league with far fewer teams and therefore a far greater chance of winning championships — has ever done it better than Brady.

The seeds of greatness were there to be seen back in the 2000 Orange Bowl when, as a senior quarterback at Michigan, he twice brought the Wolverines back from 14-point deficits to beat an excellent Alabama team. Still, nobody in the NFL wanted Tom Brady. Really. Tom Brady, the guy who is arguably the greatest athlete in the history of American team sports, wasn’t the first quarterback picked in the 2000 NFL Draft. Nor the second. Nor the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth. Tom Brady was the seventh QB and the 199th player picked in that draft. (“The Brady 6” is a superb sports documentary and a fascinating glimpse into what makes Brady who he is. If you’re in a big hurry, skip ahead to the 40-minute mark and watch the next two minutes.)

Brady has taken some shots during his career, perhaps none of them cheaper than the one thrown around regularly by hate-filled leftists and mainstream media types. These tiny folks can’t seem to accept the fact that Tom Brady is a friend of former President Donald Trump, and he has been since around 2002. When Trump first campaigned in 2016, Brady was seen with a MAGA hat in his locker, and the intolerant Left has never let him forget it.

Those who admire both Brady and Trump must’ve taken special satisfaction at the way last night’s event played out.

When asked last Monday about whether “being white” had given him a pass for the offense of being a friend of Trump, Brady said, “I’m not sure how to respond to [a] hypothetical like that. I hope everyone can — we’re in this position like I am to, again, try to be the best I can be every day as an athlete, as a player, as a person in my community, for my team and so forth, so yeah, I’m not sure what else.”

It reminds one of the thoughtfulness with which he answered a question many years ago about his relative physical limitations — his lack of strength, his lack of foot speed, his poor vertical jump, and his average arm strength. Back then, Brady said, matter-of-factly, “It’s not really what my skill set is, but fortunately for me, that’s not what quarterbacking is about either.”

Clearly, it isn’t. But Tom Brady is as mentally tough as any athlete ever. Let’s celebrate his unparalleled greatness while we can.

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Farewell, Professor Shultz

Mark Alexander

George P. Shultz retired, permanently, on February 6 — the day we celebrate the birth of his former boss and friend, Ronald Reagan. In no way do I mean any disrespect by referring to his death as “retirement.” It’s just that over the course of his 100 years, he was unstoppable.

While proper protocol would be to refer to George Shultz as “Secretary” given his remarkable service as President Reagan’s secretary of state, on the few occasions I crossed paths with Secretary Shultz in the Reagan years (the last being in 1987 after our Moscow embassy was compromised), I found myself more like a student in awe of his quiet and unassuming yet extraordinarily powerful intellect. I always thought of him as “Professor.”

Shultz was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey, and he was all American. He was a graduate of Princeton and earned a PhD from MIT. His education was interrupted by his service as a Marine in World War II as an artillery officer in the Pacific theater. He taught economics at MIT, served in Dwight Eisenhower’s administration, and was the dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he sharpened his free market economy views as shaped by Milton Friedman. He went on to serve as Richard Nixon’s secretary of labor, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and then as treasury secretary in 1972.

In the wake of disastrous foreign policy decisions by Jimmy Carter’s administration, Shultz accepted President Reagan’s call as secretary of state, serving from 1982 to the end of Reagan’s second term in 1989. He masterfully crafted Reagan’s relationship with Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev and our overall policy with the USSR — leading to the implosion of the Soviet Union in George H.W. Bush’s first year in office.

In an interview 20 years later, Shultz noted: “Détente said, ‘We’re here, you’re here, that’s life, the name of the game is peaceful coexistence.’ Reagan said, ‘No, they have a very unstable system, and it’s not going to last. It’s going to change.’” Indeed it did for the better of all mankind. Shultz memoir, Turmoil and Triumph, is a primary resource on the end of the old Cold War and how Reagan won the Cold War.

Shultz went on to serve as an adviser to George W. Bush, crafting his doctrine of using preemptive and overwhelming force after the 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation, the result of Bill Clinton having largely ignored the emerging Jihadistan threat over the previous eight years.

Shultz mentored Bush’s second-term secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, but the only secretary of state who has approached his impressive foreign policy record was our most recent, Mike Pompeo, who also relied on his wisdom.

Shultz was one of only two men to have held four presidential cabinet positions. He spent his last years as an active intellectual force with several think tanks — primarily as a distinguished fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution — but he was also an influencer with the Institute for International Economics and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He will be missed, especially by those who knew him more casually at Bohemian Grove’s Mandalay Camp.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote of Shultz in his own memoirs, noting: “I met no one in public life for whom I developed greater respect and affection. Highly analytical, calm, and unselfish, Shultz made up in integrity and judgment for his lack of the flamboyance by which some of his more insecure colleagues attempted to make their mark.” Kissinger concluded, “If I could choose one American to whom I would entrust the nation’s fate in a crisis, it would be George Shultz.”

Farewell, Professor.

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‘Going Postal’ to Undermine Election Integrity

Arnold Ahlert

What does one get when one combines a U.S. Postal Service in self-admitted chaos with a record number of mail-in votes? A nation where millions of American no longer have confidence in the integrity of the election process.

A red banner at the top of the USPS website says it all: “USPS is experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience.”

Remarkably — or is that predictably? — the media make irreconcilable claims about the agency teetering on the brink of bankruptcy for nearly a decade. On one hand, we’re told that people are receiving utility bills and bills for mortgage payments that are already past due, while sent packages are piling up and being delivered weeks late — if they’re delivered at all. Moreover, chaos ostensibly reigns because of 664,000 postal service workers nationwide, 39,383 have tested positive for COVID, and as of January 22, as many as 14,500 postal employees were in quarantine.

Nonetheless, the same NPR that states the postal system has been battered by the impacts of COVID-19 “for much of the past year” assures us the very same reality didn’t affect mail-in voting. “By all accounts, the Postal Service made good on delivering ballots in a timely fashion,” it states.

By all accounts, the USPS is an agency that is being eviscerated by far more competent competition such as UPS, FedEx, and Amazon. Furthermore, millions of Americans have turned to email and other electronic transfers of information that negate the need for traditional mail. Yet despite the fact that revenue is down 9.4% from the previous fiscal year to the current one, and that it lost another $9.2 billion, the agency is, as MSM Microsoft puts it, “immensely overstaffed” with 496,934 career employees and 136,174 non-career employees who manage 31,322 retail post offices in the United States, many of which are in “small towns and rural areas and handle very little mail at all.”

And despite being one of the worst-run agencies in the nation, former Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan made $291,650 in 2019, and current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reportedly pulled in $303,460 the following year.

Last August, the USPS warned 46 states and the District of Columbia that their absentee voting rules were “incongruous” with the agency’s delivery standards and could result in uncounted ballots. Ironically, Postal Service General Counsel Thomas Marshall was especially concerned about Pennsylvania and Michigan, due to their short deadlines (one week and four days, respectively) between requesting absentee ballots and having them show up in time to be counted. “As a result,” he wrote, “to the extent that the mail is used to transmit ballots to and from voters, there is a significant risk that, at least in certain circumstances, ballots may be requested in a manner that is consistent with your election rules and returned promptly, and yet not be returned in time to be counted.”

DeJoy was called to testify before Congress, where he was accused of deliberately sabotaging USPS operations ahead of the election. This was likely because DeJoy was reportedly a “Trump ally” and thus could not be trusted to do his job.

Despite that concern, the election proceeded and voters cast a record-setting 65 million ballots by mail, or approximately 41% of the total vote.

Democrats, under the guise of eliminating voter “suppression,” would like to make mass mail-in voting a permanent part of the electoral landscape. “The For the People Act of 2021” is a well-strategized effort to make a complete mockery of anything resembling election integrity. It requires states to permit voters to register on the day of a federal election, or during early voting, and limits their authority to remove registrants from official lists of eligible voters based on interstate crosschecks of voter registration. It also prohibits the use of returned, non-forwardable mail as the basis for removing registered voters from the rolls, eliminates rules requiring witness signatures, and prohibits states from imposing restrictions on an individual’s ability to vote by mail. It also requires states to allow voters to sign sworn affidavits to vote — in lieu of presenting photo ID.

That the bill would supersede states’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to set their own election laws? For far too many Democrats, the Constitution is not a guideline for American government and society. It is instead an “impediment” used to enshrine “systemic racism.”

And when Republicans fight back? “Although most legislative sessions are just getting underway, the Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy institute, has already tallied more than 100 bills in 28 states meant to restrict voting access,” the AP reports. “More than a third of those proposals are aimed at limiting mail voting, while other bills seek to strengthen voter ID requirements and registration processes, as well as allow for more aggressive means to remove people from voter rolls.”

Decent Americans might ask themselves a simple question: What’s wrong with any of those proposals? As our Mark Alexander reminds us, “Democrats are not interested in election integrity. The only way to ensure the integrity of our election process is to require in-person voting, requiring the voter to present proper identification, and perhaps resorting to paper balloting.”

Ironically, even dedicated leftists know it. Despite the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post championing mail-in voting, Jeff Bezos-owned Amazon is less enchanted with using mail-in voting to determine whether or not the retail giant will be unionized. “We believe that the best approach to a valid, fair and successful election is one that is conducted manually, in-person, making it easy for associates to verify and cast their vote in close proximity to their workplace,” the company said in statement.

The most daunting part of this transparent disconnect? Our ruling class elites no longer feel even mildly compelled to hide their rank hypocrisy. We have reached a perilous point where wholesale corruption is justified by a media that automatically labels any calls for voter integrity as “racist” — even though there’s nothing more racist than automatically assuming that minority Americans are somehow fundamentally incapable of procuring the very same voter ID everyone else is capable of procuring. (Those very same minorities, by the way, have procured ID necessary to board planes, visit a doctor’s office, apply for a mortgage, etc.)

Last week, in a Time Magazine article, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” columnist Molly Ball crowed about how Big Tech, BLM, organized labor, and big business colluded to “save” America from a Donald Trump reelection. “Mail in voting was a critical component of their strategy,” she writes. “In the end, nearly half the electorate cast ballots by mail in 2020, practically a revolution in how people vote.”

It is a revolution Democrats wish to make permanent — just like their grip on power. Republicans can either wise up and fight back or face a simple reality: People who have no faith in the system will not participle in it.

For the GOP, that means de facto extinction. Even worse? That extinction will be self-administered.

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The Elites Try to Control Reality

Robin Smith

If you’re an American who prefers independent thought, and if your thoughts, speech, and behavior stray from the edicts of the governing elite, prepare to be publicly shamed, marginalized, canceled, and, in some cases, unemployed, silenced, and essentially ground to powder. Let’s look at a few examples of these elite asserting their power.

In a Tennessee middle school, a black female principal sent a school newsletter to parents announcing the theme of Black History Month. Christy Caldwell Drake is the daughter of Dr. Virgil Caldwell, the late pastor and prolific author serving at a prominent African American Church in the Brainerd Community of Chattanooga. She hoped to increase the participation in the month-long commemoration but instead lit the fire of controversy — even in a county public school system where 35% of the students are black, 27% are white, and 36% are Hispanic. Ms. Caldwell Drake, inspired by a mural in the school’s entrance that read, “Where Every Child Matters,” thought to lead her incredibly diverse middle school to greater unity by announcing February’s theme to be “All Lives Matter.” For that she has been written up in the regional printed paper, featured on area TV news outlets, discussed on talk radio, and forced to apologize and return to the “Black Lives Matter” declaration.

For another example, look at Wall Street’s anger from the well-heeled investment funds after the Reddit group, WallStreetBets, reversed the fortune of the GameStop stock, causing a halt in trading to stem the losses of the Big Firms. NBC News distills it down to be a financial power struggle between a major hedge fund and a group of amateur stock traders who air grievances on the Internet. This group seriously messed with several companies — GameStop, Bed Bath & Beyond, and AMC Theaters — but the establishment media doesn’t seem as interested in the underlying question: Who gets to influence the financial markets in America? Is it so surprising to see the average amateur grow tired of the mistreatment?

Finally, making a statement of fact has ended as expected for a Christian news website on Twitter. Daily Citizen, operating under the umbrella of Focus on the Family — whose mission statement is to have “redeemed families, communities, and societies worldwide through Christ” — had its social media account suspended for acknowledging that the nominee of President Joe Biden to serve as the assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health & Human Services is a biological male. The Daily Citizen (@FocusCitizen) tweeted on January 19: “On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden announced that he had chosen Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of HHS. Dr. Levine is a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.” Deemed “hateful” rhetoric, this comment caused the offending Christian site to be canceled and silenced for posting a photo of a biological male (born Richard Levine) dressed in women’s attire, using what appears to be facial cosmetics. According to FactFiles.com, Levine attended a boys’ prep school, graduated medical school as a male, and identified as such until his “transition” in 2011, followed by the divorce of his wife and mother of their two children in 2013.

Dr. Thomas Sowell, brilliant conservative author and the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, in his book The Vision of the Anointed spoke of “the mindset of many of the people in academia, among the media elite, and in politics.” This elitist mindset is prevalent “particularly among those who think that various solutions should be imposed from the top down on the way people live their lives.” Why? Well, he explains, “They think they’re just so much smarter than other people.” Dr. Sowell notes that the anointed elite view those who disagree with them as civilly, even morally, wrong, assuming the moral high ground each time.

In 2021, scientific fact, social standards, and moral decisions are all in the hands of the “anointed,” holding power for the purpose of eliminating competition, silencing the little guy and gal, and reconstructing the world of facts as we know and need it. Beware!

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NYU Study’s Ludicrous Claim: No Bias Here

Douglas Andrews

The title itself tells us it must’ve come from either The Onion or The Babylon Bee: “False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim that Social Media Companies Censor Conservatives.”

Except it came directly from neither satirical source. Instead, it came from the NYU Stern School of Business. But why would an ostensibly respectable business school — a school ranked fourth worldwide in one recent survey of MBA programs — defile itself with a claim that on its face is thoroughly ridiculous?

Search us. Maybe for the money? Because NYU certainly can’t be arguing — at least not with a straight face — that the industry that colluded to block the sharing of a bombshell influence-peddling story about Joe Biden’s son just days before the election, and then colluded to silence a sitting U.S. president shortly after the election, isn’t guilty of censorship bias.

Please, NYU, tell us you don’t think your audience is that stupid.

As Fox News’s Tucker Carlson rightly noted, “[The paper] almost reads like a press release from Silicon Valley, and that’s because it is. This so-called academic study was, in fact, paid for by Big Tech. It was funded by a man called Craig Newmark [founder of the online marketplace Craigslist], one of the many Silicon Valley billionaires who paid for the Joe Biden for President campaign. Now he’s paying for this.”

The study’s lead author is Paul Barrett, the deputy director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights — an entity whose very name ought to arouse suspicion among those paying big bucks to learn about business at NYU. “In September,” as Carlson points out, “Barrett released another study on why we should be very nice to Big Tech, as well as deeply respectful and always obedient. That study was also funded by Craig Newmark as well as by George Soros.”

Of course, it’s merely a coincidence that these studies, both funded by Big Tech, arrive at conclusions favorable to Big Tech.

To read the 24-page paper is to be force-fed the word “disinformation,” which appears 14 times in the document. Each time, it’s accompanied by a stylistic sneer, like this one: “The false bias narrative is an example of political disinformation, meaning an untrue assertion that is spread to deceive. In this instance, the deception whips up part of the conservative base, much of which already bitterly distrusts the mainstream media. To call the bias claim disinformation does not, of course, rule out that millions of everyday people sincerely believe it.”

Going forward, those of us who rail against the censorship of Big Tech and Big Media can expect to see the word “disinformation” used against us almost reflexively. After all, who could possibly be against reducing the amount of disinformation out there?

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley points to a passage that exposes the paper’s folly: “The question of whether social media companies harbor an anti-conservative bias,” the authors write, “can’t be answered conclusively because the data available to academic and civil society researchers aren’t sufficiently detailed. Existing periodic enforcement disclosures by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are helpful but not granular enough to allow for thorough analysis by outsiders.”

Ah, so buried on page 20 of the paper, under the header of “Conclusions and Recommendations,” the authors call on Big Tech to “release more data for researchers.” And yet despite this dearth of data, the paper’s authors have nonetheless concluded that the claim by conservatives of censorship bias is without merit.

As Turley concludes, “This study is neither conclusive or particularly compelling. It read more like an extended, 20-page opinion editorial. It does seem itself to have a pronounced bias, particularly in declaring allegations of bias as ‘false’ and ‘disinformation’ while quietly noting that it cannot conclusively say whether there is bias.”

It’s not for nothing that, since 1996, we’ve been labeling the propaganda produced by the mainstream media — and now social media — as the real dezinformatsiya.

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Republicans Get Democrats on Record With Vote-a-Rama

Thomas Gallatin

In the wee hours of Friday morning, the Senate finally adopted the Democrats’ budget resolution on a strict party-line vote, 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tiebreaking vote. That allows them to push through their COVID relief bill without needing 60 votes. Given the completely unrelated pork stuffed into it, it’s no wonder they needed that resolution.

Earlier on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led Republicans in a “vote-a-rama,” a marathon voting session that effectively forced Democrats to go on the record on a variety of issues that have little to do with COVID relief but serve to expose where senators stand. The approved resolution is not the final bill, though the House likewise passed a resolution Friday setting up the final bill.

Of most immediate interest, however, is where various Democrat senators landed on several of the amendments Republicans proposed. The Republicans filed 749 amendments, of which just 41 were voted on.

Some amendments passed easily. For example, passing with a 97-3 margin was the amendment to support keeping the U.S. embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, and an amendment that opposed defunding the police passed unanimously, 100-0. Good. Those should be easy.

However, many of the amendments failed on a strict party line. Those included support for the border wall, prohibiting infringement on religious freedom, opposing stimulus checks for people in prison, opposing Joe Biden’s moves against the oil and gas industry (specifically the Keystone pipeline), opposing ending the “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy, opposing a federal carbon tax, supporting funding for border security and enforcement of all immigration laws, and, tellingly, an amendment against packing the Supreme Court. The vote result on that last amendment may be a troubling indicator that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is wavering on his commitment to stand against packing the court.

Republicans were successful in getting the $15 minimum wage boondoggle removed from the legislation. Senator Joni Ernst stated, “I got the entire Senate — Democrats and Republicans — to agree not to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour during a global pandemic, which would kill jobs and destroy small businesses.”

Notwithstanding the strong-arm majority tactics, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was quick to slap the “bipartisan” label onto the Democrats’ massive spending bill. “Many bipartisan amendments were adopted,” he declared, “so this was a bipartisan activity.” Of course, he’s unlikely to see any Republicans vote in favor of the final “bipartisan” legislation, and the coming days will show if Schumer actually has all Democrats on board.

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Black Mystery Month

Willie Richardson

If you want to understand what makes black people do the things you see in mainstream America, look no further than our souls. Black people are a soulful people. A people full of passionate energy. On the surface, this sounds innocent at best, and it can be. However, if you look a bit deeper, you see that when we’re driven by soulful emotions, oftentimes exploitation is around the corner. In any game, you exploit the weaknesses of your opponent. It’s so easy to use black people moved by soulful attitudes. Easier than taking candy from a baby. According to Webster, soulful means “full of or expressing feeling or emotion.” The mystery of black people is deeper than the history. I will explore religion, sports, and politics. Follow me.

Analyze how black people worship in church. Much soul, but much over-exaggerating. Powerful preaching, but also embellishing. Mighty voices, but also overdoing. The thing about black people is we are going to do the most regardless. Take my words in this article, for example. I am telling the most and doing the most. Why? Because in order to match the elaboration of the general black community, I must match the hype with “hype.” The hype in my words, however, is meant to bring reasoning and critical thinking. My words have a sobering agenda and I know it.

Furthermore, examine how black people play sports. Total domination, but much bragging. Athletically inclined, but much swagger and swank. Physical prowess in basketball, football, or track and field, but much showboating. Conversely, my favorite black athletes were known by their game, not their flame. Michael Jordan, Barry Sanders, and Carl Lewis were all the best at their craft. (Side note: Jordan still is.) These three athletes knew how to crush you with a straight face. Sanders would take it to another level. He would leave you in the dust, shake and break your ankles, and score a touchdown like nothing happened. Afterwards, he would literally avoid celebrating and give the referee the football and walk off the football field. As a kid watching him, I was in awe. I would look at my dad in amazement and ask, “Did you just see what he did?” Are you still following the mystery?

I am the first one to admit that I express soul in my laughter, my facial expressions, and my personality. If you haven’t been under a rock and read my articles, you feel my soulful words. I want to tap into your soul as you read. I am not being controlled by my passions, but they do influence who I am, as they should.

However, black people focus everything on the soul. Even politics. Look at the last election, or the past 50 years of elections for that matter. Republicans don’t appeal to the soul of black people because, to them, politics really isn’t about emotions. The Republican Party was originated to abolish slavery and was successful. What’s cool about that? The Emancipation Proclamation is boring, right? Frederick Douglass, a former slave, advising four presidents just doesn’t “do it” for most black people.

Regardless, the liberals got it down pat. For starters, that’s why Democrats use black athletes, preachers, and rappers to further their agenda. All that soul comes together in a political party of an emotionally driven voter base.

Make black people feel like you like them, support them, or finance their soulful ideas and you’ve got them. Black people in general do everything that moves their moods. Soul food is yummy yet not healthy for the tummy. Soul music feels good but typically sells debauchery. It doesn’t matter, because whatever touches our SOUL usually gets our attention. Liberals touch black folks’ souls (emotions) by making them feel like victims in need of rescue, help, and sympathy. Black people ironically love the feeling of victimhood because it erases any responsibility to face the man in the mirror since problems are everybody else’s fault.

My sister from another color, Romesa Edwards, recently posted: “The problem isn’t racism. The problem is telling whites that they are ‘racist but they just don’t know it and can’t help it.’ They were born white, so they are racist and need to feel guilty about it. The problem is telling blacks that they are victims, oppressed, and suffer under an invisible obstacle that keeps them from succeeding. Keep repeating ‘the white man is to blame’ and you can guarantee no accountability or personal responsibility for one’s bad choices.”

This is the mystery of black history. Racism is being attached to the souls of black people. It’s a distraction from reality. The history is being misrepresented, creating the mystery and misery of black people. Do you now understand the Black Mystery?

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Remedial Science for Democrats

Patrick Hampton

President Joe Biden is steadily flicking the pen as he drafts dozens of executive orders, including a transgender policy that would create further division among the American people. The new administration recently made its move to advance the “LGBT+” agenda with a policy that would permit “transgender” girls (read: biological boys) to participate in girls’ sports. Democrats — the same party that demands that we all “trust the science” — are in full, unanimous support of this motion. As if they received the same memo, each progressive liberal I meet echoes the same words: “Transgender women are women.”

Not only do these people never cite a single study suggesting this notion to be true, but they act completely oblivious to what we all learned about human biology. Everyone — and I mean everyone — learned that sexual beings are those possessing only two genders, male and female. (Perhaps some folks fell asleep in science class?) But because the TV and mainstream media say “transgender women are women,” otherwise rational adults are willing to throw actual biology out the window — all in the name of inclusivity, of course. It matters more to them that people who feel like women are recognized as such, just like I feel like a millionaire and expect a check in the mail very soon.

One woman in an open forum on my social media claimed that women and men are the same and that being “transgender” shouldn’t matter. If that were true, then why would a man or woman feel the need to change at all? The very fact that a biological male would feel a type of dysphoria about his own body would suggest that he feels something should be different about him, that something does not match. This logic alone reinforces the fundamental fact that men and women are different. The operation is called a “sex change,” after all.

If that isn’t enough, then let’s envision a scenario. Meet my eldest son. At 16 years of age, this athlete has hit over 50 home runs and set a record of nine touchdowns in a single game. He squats 350 lbs. Few, if any, actual full adult women can achieve what my son can, and he has much more growing to do. They may try, but the majority will fail. So to introduce a male athlete possessing the same stats as my son does to a team of girls with a fraction of the strength and endurance would be asking for injuries like we’ve never seen before. Parents, cover your eyes. Because you will not want to see your daughter get dunked on, tripped up, or tackled by a “transgender” female basketball player.

This isn’t to mention the competitive losses and the scholarship awards that would be snatched from girls who thought they were playing a fair game. Did the feminist movement bring this upon itself? Did it mean for women to be disenfranchised by men? Do they who claim to have an unfair shot in society stack more odds against them? What exactly are we trying to prove?

This social experiment has gone too far. For a policy supporting this trend to reach the White House means the very end of girls’ sports as we know it. It could spell the end of other achievements for women, too. “Transgender” women in music, film, fashion, and beyond could further push real women out of the picture. Female empowerment is close to turning into female embarrassment as society watches this gender take a back seat. We’ll have regressed instead of progressed. Perhaps that’s what some people want to see.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Better late than never: SCOTUS blocks enforcement of some prejudiced COVID rules for California churches (USA Today)

Government & Politics

  • Joe Manchin and Jon Tester curiously flip-flop on Keystone pipeline, thwarting GOP bid to save it (Daily Signal)
  • Top Democrats pushing massive tax credits in stimulus plan; some want them to be permanent (Fox News) | On the other hand, Joe Biden casts doubt on $15 minimum wage hike in relief package (Politico)
  • Maxine Waters disingenuously tries walking back violent rhetoric against Trump (Fox News)
  • Death-obsessed Senate Democrats defeat bid to protect abortion survivors (Free Beacon)
  • Fox News, sued for $2.7 billion by Smartmatic, cancels highly rated “Lou Dobbs Tonight” (NBC News)
  • Liz Cheney becomes latest GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump to get censured in home state (Examiner)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Daily COVID cases fall below 100,000 for first time in three months (Daily Mail)
  • What you need to know about side effects and risks of the vaccines (Examiner)

National Security

  • Implicit threat of insurrection? BLM and antifa threaten to “burn down” Washington (Blaze Media)
  • We’re shocked — shocked! UN finds “evidence of undeclared nuclear activities” in Iran (Disrn) | But hey, at least the U.S. won’t lift sanctions until Iran halts uranium enrichment (CBS News)
  • Antony Blinken revokes Mike Pompeo’s terror label on Yemen’s Houthis (Politico)

Business & Economy

  • Amazon loses effort to halt Alabama union drive; voting begins today (CNBC)
  • U.S. goods and services trade deficit increased to $679 billion in 2020 — highest since 2008 (Politico)

Double Standards

  • Nancy Pelosi will not be fined for violating her own security rules (Disrn)
  • Biden flies home for Super Bowl weekend despite his administration’s warning against travel (Disrn)
  • Same publishing company that axed Senator Josh Hawley will publish Hunter Biden book (Disrn)

Around the World

  • Myanmar police warn tens of thousands of protesters to disperse or face force (Reuters)
  • “The goal of these people was to make an attempt on my life”: Attempted coup foiled in Haiti (AFP)
  • 95-year-old German woman charged with complicity in over 10,000 murders in WWII (Disrn)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Jill Biden says in Super Bowl ad that you owe it to your dog to wear a mask, “even when walking” them

And she would know — she’s a “doctor”!

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The case for boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in China (Reason)
  • Policy: In age of “reality czar,” preserving religious freedom more important than ever (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: First female Super Bowl referee throws flag on play but won’t say what’s wrong (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Black History Myths Promoted by the Left — Thomas Sowell exposes revisionist black history perpetuated by people on the left.

Wealth Flight — States with high taxes and regulation are losing rich folks to low-burden states.

Leftmedia Attacks Tom Brady Over His Friendship With Trump — Sports journalist Clay Travis blasts USA Today’s garbage opinion piece excoriating Tom Brady for his “white privilege.”

Standing Up to the Mob? Count the Cost! — Baylor University professor Dr. Christina Crenshaw has come out against the Rainbow Mafia.

Antifa Unmasked: Inside America’s Anarchy — Andy Ngo is a journalist who has been on the front line exposing just what antifa is.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “A man’s admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.” —Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Political futures: “If it feels now as though the post-Trump GOP will never arrive, American politics moves quickly. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, leaving the GOP in utter disarray — and yet Reagan won a landslide six years later. The Tea Party sprang to life from nowhere in 2009 and had disappeared by 2016, subsumed into the Trump phenomenon. … The temptation to splinter from the GOP might be alluring to elements of both the populists and the Republican traditionalists, but this a dead end. The Republican Party is the only plausible electoral vehicle for any sort of right-of-center politics in America. It is worth fighting over, and it will be. That struggle is sure to be toxic and unpredictable — except for the fact that at the end of the day the Grand Old Party will still be standing.” —Rich Lowry

Observations: “Do you know who the most conspicuously absent critics of this transgender madness are? America’s fathers. Where are they? Where are the fathers who are willing to stand up and fight for their daughters to be able to compete in school sports with other girls? So far they’re AWOL. But unless millions of fathers — and mothers — unite in their anger, in five years there’s liable to be no female sports at all in our public high schools or colleges.” —Michael Reagan

For the record: “[Marjorie Taylor] Greene’s treatment stands in stark contrast to how Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority dealt with Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) repeated anti-Semitic outbursts. You may recall that even after a series of outrageous statements, House Democrats were unwilling to condemn Rep. Omar directly. They passed a meaningless resolution that condemned hate generally and never actually referenced Omar by name or her offensive statements. Anyone reading the resolution would have had no idea why it was even necessary. To be clear, intolerance and bigotry have no place in Congress. Period. But justice must be fair and equal. There should be no double standards.” —Gary Bauer

Upright: “The system of government that we have in this nation is not systemically racist; in fact, it is not racist at all. To say that this is a racist nation — that is not true. And when we write standards that point to that direction in any way, we are doing our students a disservice.” —Mark Robinson (R-NC), the state’s first black lieutenant governor

Non sequitur: “We know now we must confront and defeat political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism. For so many in our nation, this is a dark, dark time. So where do we turn? Faith.” —Joe Biden (Except “wokeness” and political theater don’t mix with faith.)

Fox guarding the henhouse: “I know sometimes we get consumed by numbers. It’s going to be $2.1 trillion, $1.9 trillion, $1.7 trillion. That is not the issue.” —Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders

Non compos mentis: “Even after vaccination social distancing, wearing masks are going to be essential.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (“The 15 days to slow the spread somehow turned into the rest of our lives.” —Lisa Boothe)

And last… “Just ask Brian Williams if AOC was at the Capitol. He was there with her!” —Ryan Fournier

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In CBS Sunday Interview, Biden Ignores Hunter Scandal, Compliments Genocidal Chinese Dictator Xi Jinping

Joe Biden has faced nearly no public scrutiny over the fact that the U.S. president’s son has raked in millions of dollars from U.S. adversaries who use business deals to push goals against the U.S. interest.

Source: In CBS Sunday Interview, Biden Ignores Hunter Scandal, Compliments Genocidal Chinese Dictator Xi Jinping

Rand Paul Roasts Hypocrisy Of Impeaching Trump, Doing Nothing About Chuck Schumer, Waters, And Omar | LifeZette

On Sunday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul said that if Democrats insist on claiming that former President Donald Trump’s rally speech incited the January 6th Capitol Hill attack as a basis for impeachment, then Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer along with Democratic Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Ilhan Omar should be held accountable for similar language.

Paul made his comments on “Fox News Sunday.”

Watch his entire interview below.

RELATED: Newt Gingrich Predicts Democrats Will Throw Away Congress ‘Once Again’ With ‘Radical’ Budget Agenda

Sen. Paul: Democrats Have Used Violent Language With No Consequences

The GOP senator referenced Schumer’s rhetoric before a protest at the U.S. Supreme Court in early March 2020.

“I opposed the notion of — which I think was a misguided notion, a voting to overturn the election either with Congress or with the vice president,” Paul told Fox News Chris Wallace.

Paul continued, “But I think if we are going to criminalize speech and somehow impeach everybody who says, oh, ‘go fight to hear your voices heard,’ really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then.”

“He went to the Supreme Court, stood in front of the Supreme Court, and said specifically, ‘hey Gorsuch, hey Kavanaugh, you’ve unleashed a whirlwind, and you’re going to pay the price,’” Paul reminded viewers.

“You won’t know what hit you if you continue with these awful decisions,” Paul recalled Schumer saying.

Sen. Paul wanted to know why this speech did not qualify for potentially inciting violence.

 

“This inflammatory wording, this violent rhetoric of Chuck Schumer was so bad that the chief justice, who rarely says anything publicly, immediately said this kind of language is dangerous as a mob tried to invade the Supreme Court,” Paul continued.

Paul added, “So if people want to hold President Trump accountable for language, there has to be a consistent standard, and to my mind, it’s a partisan farce because they’re not doing anything to Chuck Schumer, not doing anything to Representative Omar, not doing anything to Maxine Waters.”

“It’s just not fair,” Paul finished. “It’s just partisan politics under a different name.”

 

Chief Justice Roberts Chastised Schumer’s Violent Rhetoric

The senator has a point, and Schumer was even accused of trying to incite physical violence at the time he made his controversial remarks.

As the Supreme Court was weighing a case about abortion, Schumer said at a rally in March 2020, “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price.”

“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” Schumer said.

Chief Justice John Roberts publicly rebuked Schumer, saying:

“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.

All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”

Some Senate Republicans called on Schumer to apologize or face possible censure.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso said, “To me, this sounds like he is talking about a physical price, violence.’

 

Waters Encouraged Physical Intimidation Against Trump Administration

Rep. Maxine Waters appeared to encourage physical violence and intimidation against members of the Trump administration at a political rally in June 2018.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters told a crowd. “And if you see anybody from that 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,” Waters added. “And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

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Omar appeared to endorse further violence when she retweeted Hollywood actor Tom Arnold’s comments about an incident in which Rand Paul’s neighbor severely injured him in an attack in 2017.

 

Paul told Fox News Sunday that Omar was “wishing and celebrating the violence that happened to me when I had six ribs broken and part of my lung removed.”

Watch Rand Paul’s comments below:

 

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

Source: Rand Paul Roasts Hypocrisy Of Impeaching Trump, Doing Nothing About Chuck Schumer, Waters, And Omar

‘This Was Never About Trump’: Lara Logan on Calls to ‘Deprogram’ Conservatives

WASHINGTON – Calls to ‘deprogram’ Trump supporters are becoming widely accepted among traditional media elites who never understood why such a wide swath of Americans supported the Trump presidency. “The question is – how are we going to almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump,” asked Katie Couric during a recent interview on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Biden’s Immigration Agenda Is Making Us Less Safe and Less Secure | Mark Morgan on Fox News

Heritage Visiting Fellow Mark Morgan joined “Justice With Judge Jeanine” on Fox News, Saturday, February 6, to talk about the latest about illegal immigration, the crisis at our southern border, and why Pres. Biden’s radical immigration agenda is making the situation worse.

CDC: ‘Just Because You Got The Vaccine Doesn’t Mean You Should Go Outside Or Ever Experience Joy Again’ — The Babylon Bee

ATLANTA, GA—The CDC has issued a reminder that just because people get the vaccine, that doesn’t mean they should go outside, experience human interaction, or have any kind of joy or happiness in their lives ever again.

“We noticed people were getting the vaccine and then just assuming because vaccines are designed to make people immune to viruses that they are immune to the virus. Then, they were doing crazy things like going outside, interacting with other people, and being happy,” said a CDC spokesperson. “And all of this because doctors and scientists kept pushing the vaccine as though it were a cure-all solution that would make you immune to the virus. Well, that view is now considered anti-SCIENCE. And if you disagree with SCIENCE, you are literally murdering grandma. Literally. Like with a baseball bat.”

The newly revised guidelines indicate that people who have not yet been vaccinated should stay home, masked, in a bubble, forever. Those who have been vaccinated should do the exact same thing, except they are allowed to have a smug look on their faces for being vaccinated. Except you can’t see the smug look. Because of the mask.

What is the benefit of getting vaccinated, then? “Well, there are many benefits,” the CDC spokesperson said. “But the best benefit of all, of course, is that you’re on the right side of history. But still, stay in your home and be sad and depressed forever.”

CDC: ‘Just Because You Got The Vaccine Doesn’t Mean You Should Go Outside Or Ever Experience Joy Again’ — The Babylon Bee

Elon Musk Wants to Hire Only American Citizens… Now, The Biden DOJ Is After Him

Elon Musk wants to hire only American citizens for SpaceX. Now he’s subject to scrutiny from the Biden Department of Justice seeking to build a case against him for “discrimination.” For full podcast: WATCH: https://rumble.com/vdlmsj-socialist-zombies-dinesh-dsouza-podcast-ep-20.html?mref=23gga&mc=8uxj1 LISTEN: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dinesh-dsouza-podcast/id1547827376 — Dinesh D’Souza is an author and filmmaker.

One minute after you die

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By Elizabeth Prata

The title of this essay is the name of a book by Erwin Lutzer, but I want to explore the concept today. I’d seen a blog recently (I’m sorry, I forget where) but I’ve read the book and combined with the recent blog I’d read, made me think even more about heaven. We should have an eternal perspective and think about our heavenly home as home, and this earth as a temporary sojourn. Because it is. Here is the blurb for Lutzer’s book,

One minute after you die, you will either be elated or terrified-and it will be too late to reroute your travel plans.
When you slip behind the parted curtain, your life will not be over. Rather, it will be just beginning-in a place of unimaginable bliss or indescribable gloom.One Minute After You Dieopens a window on eternity with a simple and moving…

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Nobody Is Too Broken for the Grace of Jesus — ChurchLeaders

I meet a lot of people who say they wouldn’t be caught dead inside of a church building, that their life is too messed up to be embraced by the arms of God, and that their previous failures are too monstrous to be forgiven by the grace of Jesus.

This false ideology that a human can be too broken for the all-consuming grace of our Lord and Savior is incorrect, and I pray that more churches will open up their doors to prove it so.

Nobody is too broken for the grace of Jesus.

We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of, said things that we wish we could take back, and been places we wouldn’t dare go visit again. And while many of us have found redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus, we must remember that there are millions of other people in this world who have yet to do the same.

The Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:9-10“For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.”

The truth behind Paul’s words are revitalizing and scandalous—that even a man who once persecuted the church of Jesus Christ has now been redeemed and forgiven by His grace. This is revolutionary for all who hear it. The story of Paul is one we can all learn from. He is the pinnacle example of somebody who was far from God but found favor through the grace of Jesus. A second chance awaited him, and that second chance was discovered through seeking repentance, asking for forgiveness and allowing the spirit of Christ to transform him.

No matter what you’ve done in life, understand that the grace and love of Jesus is waiting for you with open arms. You don’t need to reach a certain level of “goodness” before you can pray, walk into a church or even read your bible. God will take you where you are, but he loves you too much to leave you that way. Remember, nobody is too broken for the grace of Jesus.

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.” —Titus 2:11

Nobody Is Too Broken for the Grace of Jesus — ChurchLeaders

Crime rates up after Democrats sided with BLM and Antifa against police

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Daily Wire:

The Wall Street Journal opinion writer and crime analyst Heather Mac Donald reports that, according to early numbers, it appears that the United States “saw the largest percentage increase in homicides” in its history, with murder rates rising an average of nearly 40% in 57 of the country’s largest cities.

Democrat-run cities hardest hit:

“The local murder increases in 2020 were startling: 95% in Milwaukee, 78% in Louisville, Ky., 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 62% in New Orleans, and 58% in Atlanta, according to data compiled by crime analyst Jeff Asher. Dozens of children, overwhelmingly black, were killed in drive-by shootings,” Mac Donald writes on Tuesday. “They were slain in their beds, living rooms, and strollers. They were struck down at barbecues, in their yards, in malls, in their parents’ cars, and at birthday parties. Fifty-five children were killed in Chicago in 2020, 17 in St. Louis, and…

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