Daily Archives: February 25, 2021

Faith Nation: February 25, 2021 – YouTube



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The Global Lane – EP434 – February 25, 2021 – YouTube

New immigration rules for USA. Migrants first, Americans last? Social media censorship. Conservative group fights back; Politically correct. No breastfeeding speech on campus? Xavier Becerra. Wrong in California, wrong for Health & Human Services.

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Gender Neutrality Goes to Washington — The Aquila Report

Where the fundamental, incontrovertible differences between men and women—and the implications of those differences—are downplayed and ignored, the acid of pretense will eat away at our grasp of the truth. Nowhere is safe from such corrosion; the home, the local church, and society writ large all become compromised to the point of destruction when we ignore one of the most basic tenets of the human experience.

At some point in the past decade, the battle of the sexes seems to have given way to a war on the sexes.

Last month, the Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi enlisted the US House of Representatives in the fight when she proposed, and the House narrowly passed, its new rules for the 117th Congress. According to a press release, the changes are intended to make the House rules the “most inclusive in history.” As part of this effort, the rules will “honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral.”

What does this mean? For one thing, the new House rules strike out the following heretofore uncontroversial words: ‘‘father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, step-sister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter.”

In the place of these apparently problematic words, the rules allow referrals instead to ‘‘parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, step-child, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild.”

Don’t worry, since we’re just coming out of the holiday season, you’ll have at least a little time to get used to referring to your “parent’s sibling” instead of your uncle, and your “sibling’s child” instead of your niece or nephew before the next extended-family gathering.

Of course, we should be able recognize the performative nature of this baffling proposal for what it is. After all, Nancy Pelosi’s Twitter bio still reads “mother, grandmother, dark chocolate connoisseur.” But there is also a profound lesson here to learn, and a warning to heed.

Gender Neutrality is Not Neutral on Gender

For those who have been paying attention, the world was only very recently introduced to gender-neutral identities. The idea that someone could identify neither as male nor female, but as “other,” is quite new.

The whiplash effect this has had on the everyman is quite understandable. We were only yesterday coping with the idea that some think a man can become a woman; now we are having to consider the idea of a person leaving behind manhood and womanhood altogether.

Gender neutrality went public most prominently through the overnight proliferation of non-binary pronouns and various announcements from celebrities you didn’t know existed until they announced they would henceforth identify as “genderqueer.”

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Gender Neutrality Goes to Washington — The Aquila Report

5 Reasons Every Christian Should Seek Assurance of Salvation — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life

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I remember a conversation during college in which a friend confessed to me that he did not think it was necessary, or even possible, for a believer to gain assurance of their salvation. I was surprised by his comments, especially because we were attending a Christian college that emphasized all the biblical truths related to assurance of salvation: election, grace, faith, repentance, substitutionary atonement, the fully deity and humanity of Christ, and eternal security.

As it turns out, this was not an isolated incident. Over the past several years as I’ve wrestled personally with the issue of assurance and had opportunity to speak to others about it, I’ve found that many Christians do not rightly understand the biblical basis or importance of this doctrine. Assurance is essential to genuine Christianity and central to the New Testament’s theological framework, yet plenty of Christians are content to walk through life without the sure knowledge that they belong to Christ. There are, of course, those who claim assurance who have no right to do so; but it seems that there are an equal number of professing Christians who have either resigned to the fact they will never have assurance or that they don’t really need it.

What is assurance?

When I use the phrase “assurance of salvation” I am referring to a professing Christian’s confidence that he is, through the gospel, presently in right standing with God and will, upon his death or at the return of Christ, enter into eternal life and be delivered from the penalty of eternal condemnation. Assurance is the present intellectual and heart-felt conviction that I am, at this moment and for eternity, at peace with the living God through Jesus Christ.

But is such assurance really that important? In light of our sin and struggles with faith, shouldn’t we be content with the reality that we may or may not achieve assurance in this lifetime? While Scripture acknowledges that we will wrestle with sin and a lack of faith, it also consistently calls professing believers to gain assurance of their salvation. Scripture doesn’t suggest that those who are without assurance of their right standing with God are not necessarily saved, but neither does it applaud those who lack it, as though being without assurance was a mark of spiritual humility and maturity. Here are five reasons why assurance is essential for the Christian life.

1. Assurance is God’s will for you.

The first reason we must say that assurance is essential for the Christian life is because assurance is God’s will for you. Listen to the language of the New Testament (emphasis added):

Colossians 2:1-3: For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Hebrews 6:11-12: And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 10:22: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

1 John 5:13: I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may knowthat you have eternal life.

2. The Gospel is grounded in theological and historical certainties.

The second reason why assurance is necessary for the Christian is because our faith is based on theological and historical certainties. Christ’s work for our salvation was conducted and completed in real-time, historical events (Acts 26:26; Rom. 3:21-26). Our Savior offers salvation with sure and unshakable promises (John 5:24). Our salvation was prepared and provided by the God who cannot lie (Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6:18). Jesus Christ is able to save to the uttermost those who come to him (Heb. 7:25). Those whom Christ has called will never lose their salvation (John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:31-39). It is no exaggeration to say that the entire scheme of salvation is designed for the express purpose of providing the believer with the full assurance of his or her salvation. 

3. Assurance is essential for true joy in God.

It is impossible to worship God if you have the suspicion that he is going to condemn you to eternal punishment. Assurance of our right standing with God, therefore, is essential to a life of authentic worship. It is no coincidence that Paul, throughout his New Testament writings, intertwines worship with theological affirmations that relate directly to our assurance (consider especially Romans 5:1-11 and Ephesians 1:1-14). Assurance and authentic worship are vitally related. You cannot have the latter without the former.

4. Assurance undercuts works-righteousness.

Our hearts are so bent on establishing our own righteousness that we will even reject true assurance of salvation if it gets in the way of our self-made religiosity. Horatius Bonar explains:

The self-righteous heart of man craves an interval [between faith and assurance] as a space for the exercise of his religiousness, while free from the responsibility for a holy and unworldly life which conscious justification imposes on the conscience. (The Everlasting Righteousness, p. 154; 1837 ed.)

Immediate assurance of salvation implies a vital connection with a holy God and thus imposes the biblical requirements for a holy life–not our self-righteous inventions–upon the believer. Assurance, therefore, cuts works-righteousness at its very root.  In another passage, Bonar describes the person who is enjoying wholesome fruits that flow from assurance. This assurance, Bonar explains,

rescued him from all temptations to self-righteousness, because not arising from any good thing in himself; it preserved him from pride and presumption, because it kept him from trying to magnify his own goodness in order to extract assurance out of it; it drew him away from self to Christ; from what he was doing to what Christ had done; thus making Christ, not self, the basis and centre of his new being. (p. 154)

5. Assurance promotes spiritual diligence and decisiveness.

It is possible that those with a faulty understanding of assurance would be led into a life of spiritual ease and worldliness. “Let us sin that grace may abound!” But any assurance that tends toward spiritual laxity is merely a counterfeit of the genuine article. True assurance—confidence that the holy God of the universe has chosen us to inherit salvation through Christ—will lead without fail to a life of godly diligence. Consider the logic of Hebrews 6:11-12:

And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish [emphasis added], but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

To what does assurance lead? It leads to diligence in exercising faith and obedience as we anticipate our eternal inheritance. When we have assurance, we enjoy comfort of divine forgiveness and free justification. But these good gifts bear the fruit of spiritual zeal and a passion for holiness. In this way, assurance also promotes decisiveness in the Christian life. J. C. Ryle explains,

That a child of God ought to act in a certain decided way, they quite feel; but the grand question is, “Are they children of God themselves?” If they only feel they were so, they would go straightforward, and take a decided line. But not feeling sure about it, their conscience is forever hesitating and coming to a deadlock. The devil whispers, “Perhaps after all you are only a hypocrite: what right have you to take a decided course? Wait till you are really a Christian.”

I believe we have here one chief reason why so many in this day are inconsistent, trimming, unsatisfactory, and half-hearted in their conduct about the world. Their faith fails. They feel no assurance that they are Christ’s, and so feel a hesitancy about breaking with the world. (Holiness, p. 91)

If we are ever wavering between confidence and doubt with regard to our standing with God, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to be decisive in spiritual matters. Obedience often requires earthly sacrifice, and if we are unsure that we possess eternal life, we will be unable to endure earthly trouble for the sake of Christ.

Assurance is essential to the Christian life. If you have fallen into a pattern of doubt and have neglected the assurance of your salvation, let this be the day you heed the Scripture’s exhortations and, by God’s grace, find your footing through faith in God’s sure promises.

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Derek J. Brown currently serves as professor of theology at Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, California, and associate pastor at Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley where he oversees the college and young adult ministry, online presence, and publishing ministry, GBF Press. Derek blogs at fromthestudy.com.

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Ep. 175 — Dealing With the Woke Mob | PragerU

Cancel culture and “wokeness” dominate our culture. If you disagree with the mob, you can lose your career, opportunities, friends, and family—and the left never forgives. Dennis Prager sits down with some PragerFORCE students to answer questions on how to be bold in a world that forces groupthink. Mentioned in this episode:


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Biden’s transgender assistant health secretary nominee REFUSES questions on child sex changes in confirmation hearing — RT USA News

Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant health secretary, evaded questioning on her past support for child sex changes during her Senate confirmation hearing, a move that left GOP Senator Rand Paul “outraged.”

Dr. Richard Levine had a long and successful career as a pediatrician before undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2011 and taking the name Rachel. Since then, Rachel Levine has transitioned to politics, becoming Pennsylvania’s health secretary in 2017, before being tapped by President Biden earlier this month to become the next US Assistant Secretary for Health, as well as the highest-ranked transgender person in the federal government.

Biden has repeatedly boasted about his diverse cabinet, which he said “looks like America.” However, Levine’s nomination hasn’t been universally hailed. During her confirmation hearing on Thursday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) took her to task over her support for sex changes for transgender children.

After comparing transgender surgery to “genital mutilation,” Paul asked Levine whether she believes “that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?” 

Levine dodged, telling Paul that “transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field,” and that she’d be happy to talk the issue through with the Kentucky Republican – after being confirmed to the job.

Paul pressed on. “Do you support the government intervening to override the parents’ consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation of breasts and genitalia?” he asked, to which Levine gave the same response.

Levine has not publicly supported surgery for every child who believes that they are transgender. However, she has made social media postssupporting the provision of puberty blocking drugs to children, and during a 2017 speech at Franklin & Marshall College advocated cross-gender hormone treatment for 14-year-olds, and in some cases an “accelerated” path to surgery.

Citing statistics from the UK which showed three-year-olds receiving treatment in transgender clinics, Paul said “we should be outraged that someone is talking to a three-year-old about changing their sex!”

Whatever Levine’s opinion, American children may soon find it easier to change their gender. The House of Representatives was due to vote later on Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a far-ranging far-reaching piece of legislation that, among other provisions, would make “gender identity” a protected class under Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As such, doctors would be compelled by law to perform such procedures, and parents could be prosecuted for preventing their children from transitioning. The bill will likely pass the house, but could face significant opposition in the evenly-divided Senate, where it needs a two-thirds majority to reach Biden’s desk.

Online, Rand Paul was met with an avalanche of condemnation. Accused of spreading “transphobic discrimination,” Paul, who is also a qualified physician, was dragged across the coals by liberals. Later in the hearing, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state accused Paul of making “harmful misrepresentations” about transgender children.

Levine has also been in the firing line before, albeit not for transgender issues. As Pennsylvania’s health secretary, she issued an order last March requiring nursing homes to accept patients with Covid-19, but pulled her own mother out of a care home shortly afterwards. At the time, 70 percent of the state’s deaths with Covid-19 had occurred in care homes.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/516599-rand-paul-rachel-levine/

No more Mr. Potato Head? Hasbro bombarded with mockery after announcement that famous toy brand is gender neutral now — RT USA News

No more Mr. Potato Head? Hasbro bombarded with mockery after announcement that famous toy brand is gender neutral now

Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head attend the Points of Light generation On Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California © Michael Kovac/Getty Images/AFP

Hasbro has announced that their famous Mr. Potato Head toy will soon be rebranded as simply Potato Head to break away from the traditional two genders once offered.

“Culture has evolved,” Kimberly Boyd, an SVP and GM at Hasbro, told Fast Company about the change. “Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences. The way the brand currently exists – with the ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’– is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure.”

Since the Mr. and Mrs. Potato head toys have appealed to mainly young children for decades now, this new change will be a way to break down the idea of two genders and nuclear families, according to the company. 

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First launched in 1952 as simply accessories children could add to real potatoes, the Potato Head line has evolved over the years into plastic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, with various accessories and expressions. The two became film characters in the massively popular ‘Toy Story’ franchise, as well, but there has never been much more to differentiate the two toys except for plastic pieces like lipstick or a mustache. 

Hasbro will now be offering simply Potato Heads, with no gender titles. They will also cease selling family sets that fit into the traditional structure they’ve stuck with for so long aka a husband, a wife, and children. This major change will occur this year. 

While the move is meant to play to a rapidly changing and more aggressively politically correct culture, the announcement has mainly been met with mockery online, most of it coming from conservatives.

“Now any child, of any gender, can look at a Potato Head and dream of growing up to be a plastic spheroid with interchangeable parts,” Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro tweeted in reaction to the news. 

“Imagine thinking in the middle of a global pandemic: ‘What’s really important is dropping the ‘Mr’ from Mr Potato Head & making him gender-neutral in case we upset a few wokies,’” Piers Morgan wrote of the decision. 

“Mr Potato Head is now non binary. You still don’t have health insurance,”comedian Tim Dillon added

Mr. Potato Head is only the latest cultural change made by a toy brand. For instance, the once famous skinny and blonde Barbie has expanded its line to include more color shades and body types, while the American Girl doll line has created a boy doll to go with their long line of female toys. 

Following the backlash, Hasbro tweeted that the change will only affect the brand name, and not the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head models, which will keep their genders. The company did not clarify the seeming contradiction with the original media comments of its own executive.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/516595-mr-potato-head-gender-neutral/

Sen. Paul to Dr. Rachel Levine: Do you support amputating kids’ private parts? | WND

Rachel Levine, courtesy Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf via Flickr

At a confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., confronted President Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of Health and Human Services on the government’s support for “sex-change” treatment and surgery.

The exchange was particularly significant because the nominee is Dr. Rachel Levine, who would become the first transgender U.S. official if confirmed.

Paul wanted to know whether or not the government should overrule the authority of parents and support children undergoing hormone treatment and “surgical destruction” of their genitalia.

“Dr. Levine, do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?” Paul asked.

“Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research,” Levine replied.

Paul pressed further, asking, “Do you support the government intervening to override a parent’s consent to give a child puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or amputation surgery of breasts or genitalia?”

Levine dodged again, repeating the previous answer while welcoming a discussion about the issue with Paul and his staff if confirmed.

“Let it go to the record that the witness refused to answer the question,” Paul said.

The senator said most children who suffer gender dysphoria eventually become “comfortable” with their birth sex without drastic intervention.

Many studies support his claim, finding that up to 94% of children with gender dysphoria eventually “grow out of it” and do not identify as transgender.

Paul cited the case of Keira Bell, who sued the British government after undergoing “sex reassignment” procedures as a teen.

A British woman who “detransitioned” in 2018 sparked controversy by claiming that hundreds of people who had gender reassignment contacted her and expressed regret, wishing to return to their original sex.

Government health facilities in the U.K. have offered guidance on gender transition to children as young as 3 or 4 years old, and participation in transition programs has skyrocketed.

At the hearing Thursday, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the chairman of the Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, rebuked Paul, accusing him of making “harmful misrepresentations” after describing transition surgery as “genital mutilation.”

Murray told Levine: “I appreciated your thoughtful and medically-informed response to Sen. Paul’s questions earlier in the hearing. It is really critical to me that our nominees be treated with respect and that our questions focus on their qualifications and the work ahead of us rather than on ideological and harmful misrepresentations like those we heard from Sen. Paul earlier and I will focus on that as chair of this committee.”

See Paul’s exchange with Levine:


Biden: 8-year-olds should decide

President Biden declared his support at a presidential-campaign debate last October for children undergoing “sex-reassignment.”

The mother of a transgender daughter asked him how he would protect LBTQ rights if he were elected.

Biden vowed to eliminate Trump’s “transgender orders” and said there should be no “discrimination” against children who “want to be transgender.”

“The idea that an 8-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, you know, I decided I want to be transgender. That’s what I think I’d like to be. It’d make my life a lot easier. There should be zero discrimination,” Biden said.

Biden has issued an “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,” which calls for a broader application of the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, which mandated that LGBTQ people are protected from sex discrimination in the workplace.

This week, the Biden administration withdrew the government’s support for a Trump administration lawsuit in Connecticut that seeks to ban males who identify as females from participating in girls’ high school sports.

Connecticut allows high school athletes to compete in sports according to their gender identity.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/02/4895560/

Once-secret FBI informant reports reveal wider-ranging operation to spy on Trump campaign — Christian Research Network

“But the memos’ most explosive revelations are the sheer breadth of the FBI’s insufficiently predicated dragnet targeting the Trump campaign, and the agents’ clearly stated purpose of thwarting any Trump campaign effort to get dirt from Russia that could hurt his Democratic rival.”

(John Solomon – Just the News)  Once-secret reports show the FBI effort to spy on the Trump campaign was far wider than previously disclosed, as agents directed an undercover informant to make secret recordings, pressed for intelligence on numerous GOP figures, and sought to find “anyone in the Trump campaign” with ties to Russia who could acquire dirt “damaging to Hillary Clinton.”

The now-declassified operational handling reports for FBI confidential human source Stefan Halper — codenamed “Mitch” — provide an unprecedented window both into the tactics used by the bureau to probe the Trump campaign and the wide dragnet that was cast to target numerous high-level officials inside the GOP campaign just weeks before Americans chose their next president in the November 2016 election.   View article →

Once-secret FBI informant reports reveal wider-ranging operation to spy on Trump campaign — Christian Research Network

Coronavirus Pt. 6: The COVID Vaccines – Part 1 – UPDATED 2-14-2021 — Christian Research Service

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

[See How the depopulation mRNA vaccines will start working in 3-6 monthsvideo below.]

by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABHIM

VAERS data sets for COVID Vaccine Injuries can be found, downloaded and searched here.

VAERS report of injuries as of Feb. 20, 2021: 563 deaths  –   12,697 injuries

Part 2 here

In December 2020, the first vaccines for coronavirus disease were granted an EUA – Emergency Use Authorization – by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Vaccine administration began immediately. Were you first in line? I hope you were not, and I hope no one you care about ran to get this injection either.

This is not “just another vaccine”  and this is not “just like getting a flu shot.” The ingredients are experimental and the mRNA is coded to produce a protein that CAN modify your genes.

What We Know About the COVID Vaccines

According to the Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker, as of Dec. 26, 2020, 83 vaccines are in Phase 1, 2 or 3 human and animal clinical trials, with 18 approaching the final stages of testing. Never before have so many companies tested so many different vaccines at the same time, against a virus that has not been isolated. Of those in the trials, five vaccines are now early use, with three vaccines approved for clinical use Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Here’s what we have been told, so far:

Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2)

Pfizer’s vaccine – given the tentative name Comirnaty – has been approved for persons 16 years of age and older. The mRNA vaccine consists of two doses (30mcg solution in 0.3cc) given intramuscularly 21 days apart. The vaccine must be stored at -94F (-70C). mRNA is an unstable molecule, which is why it needs to be wrapped in lipid nanoparticles for storage and transportation. But the lipid nanoparticle is exquisitely sensitive to temperature; hence the reason that the vaccine must be stored and transported at extraordinarily low temperatures.

The ingredients found in Pfizer’s vaccine include the following:

  • ALC-0315 = (4-hydroxybutyl) azanediyl)bis (hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate)
  • ALC-0159 = 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide
  • 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine
  • cholesterol
  • potassium chloride
  • potassium dihydrogen phosphate
  • sodium chloride
  • disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate
  • sucrose

Note that none of the ingredients are listed with milligrams dosage. Look at the first three excipients. Not one of these has ever been used in a previously approved vaccine. Have they been tested for synergistic toxicity? Has there been stability testing for the breakdown of each ingredient when warmed to room temperature? And what about all those allergic reactions being reported? Have ANY of these chemicals been tested for allergic responses, in humans or even in animals? Pfizer gives explicit instructions on how to mix and administer this injection. See the specific instructions here.

While Pfizer and the FDA have no idea if this vaccine will prevent infection or even if the antibodies will persist long-term, Pfizer expects to manufacture over 1.3 billion doses worldwide by the end of 2021.  For more on how this vaccine works, go here.

Moderna (mRNA-1273)

Like Pfizer’s vaccine, Moderna’s vaccine also uses mRNA as its vehicle for inducing antibody responses to the spike protein.  Approved for those 18 years of age and older, the vaccine is given in two doses, (100 mcg in 0.5 cc intramuscular injection) with the second dose given one month (28 days) later, or as close to the recommended interval as possible. This vaccine can be stored for up to six months at -4F (-20C) temperatures.

The ingredients in the Moderna vaccine have now been listed on the Moderna Fact Sheet for providers: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is a white to off-white suspension for intramuscular injection to be injected 28 days apart. Each 0.5 mL dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains:

  • Synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) encoding the pre-fusion stabilized Spike glycoprotein (S) of SARS-CoV-2 virus, 100 mcg
    • IMPORTANT: The Moderna patent states that the mRNA also encodes for the protein, flagellin, an unapproved vaccine adjuvant used to stimulate the pro-inflammatory Toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5)
  • Lipid: (SM-102, 1,2-dimyristoyl-rac-glycero3-methoyxy-polyethylene glycol-2000 [PEG2000-DMG]
  • Lipid: 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), 93 mg
  • Lipid: cholesterol
  • tromethamine, 31 mg – this is a prescription medication used to treat metabolic acidosis
  • tromethamine hydrochloride, 18 mg
  • acetic acid, 0.42 mg
  • sodium acetate, 0.12 mg
  • sucrose, 43.5 mg

Are you willing to be injected with something unknown and never tested before in humans? For more on how this vaccine works, go here.

Read article HERE.

How the depopulation mRNA vaccines will start working in 3-6 months:

Coronavirus Pt. 6: The COVID Vaccines – Part 1 – UPDATED 2-14-2021 — Christian Research Service

Purim, Iran Nuclear Deal & Other Middle East News — VCY America

Date:  February 25, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Dr. Jimmy DeYoung 
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Jimmy Dr. DeYoung is a student of Bible prophecy and expert on the Middle East.  He leads a ministry, Prophecy Today, and has spent many years living in Israel as well as having led many trips there.  He’s a noted conference speaker and constantly monitors news regarding Israel and the Middle East, providing a unique blend of political, biblical and prophetic insight that is absent from the media today.

Jim had Dr. DeYoung comment on several issues related to Israel and those nations in opposition to them.  They included:

The Biden administration has plunged us back into the Iran nuclear deal.  Dr. DeYoung credits this deal to the ‘Obiden’ administration.  Now that the U.S. is back in the deal, could Israel feel at some point that they may need to act alone in dealing with Iran?  Dr. DeYoung described how things are shaping up in the Middle East to help answer that question.

A Palestinian scholar, Mraweh Nassar, the secretary general of the Jerusalem committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, has said that the Jews are the most dangerous enemies of the Muslims and indicated that if Muslims want to live in peace and security, they must get rid of the Jews.  Then once the world is cleansed of Jews, there will be prosperity.  Jim asked Dr. DeYoung if he feels this individual sounds like a modern day version of Haman from the book of Esther.

Then there’s the BDS (boycott, divest and sanction) movement that continues to take aim at Israel.  Dr. DeYoung noted that college campuses are the fertilization area where much of this takes place.  

This hatred of the Jews is nothing new.  Jim asked listeners to consider these things as Israel remembers and celebrates Purim, one of their holy days, beginning tonight at sunset.  

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Purim, Iran Nuclear Deal & Other Middle East News — VCY America

American Christian Bummed That Following Christ May Soon Actually Cost Him Something — The Babylon Bee

SIMI VALLEY, CA—After years of following Jesus with virtually nothing to lose and no societal pressure pushing against him, local American Christian man Jacob Mallory was disappointed to discover that following Christ may very soon actually cost him something.

As Mallory saw more and more Christians and pastors getting arrested and facing fines for the crime of holding church, and as he saw more and more legislation discriminating against Christian’s long-held theological beliefs and religious practice, the man realized with horror that soon he would have to make some sacrifices to follow Jesus.

“I wish Jesus would have warned us about this in the Bible,” he said somberly as he flipped through the Gospels, looking for any indication that Jesus said something about Christians having to count the cost, take up their cross, and follow Him. “I might have stopped to consider what it really means to follow Him, had I known there could be a cost. It’s like, I don’t know, if I were to build a tower or something. I would sit down first and make sure I had enough money to pay for it.”

“This really bites, man.”

“If this keeps up, I’m moving to Canada!” he threatened. Then, he checked the news. “Oh no.”

American Christian Bummed That Following Christ May Soon Actually Cost Him Something — The Babylon Bee

How To Live In A Crooked and Perverse Generation — Wretched

Episode #2821

In today’s episode, Todd reminds us that we have always lived in a crooked and perverse generation and that we are still called to “live strangely” and be set apart from the ways of the world. In other words, quit complaining and trust in the Lord!

How To Live In A Crooked and Perverse Generation — Wretched

Has The Great Shaking Of The Financial Markets Finally Begun? — The Economic Collapse

A whole host of prominent voices have been warning that volatility and chaos would be returning to Wall Street, and that is precisely what has happened.  But is this just a temporary blip, or has the great shaking of the financial markets finally begun?  Many stock market investors are very much hoping for the former, because the pain is already becoming quite severe.  The Nasdaq has fallen more than 5 percent this week, and it is headed for its second consecutive weekly loss.  But the bond market has actually been making even bigger news.  On Thursday, the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries actually exceeded 1.6% at one point, and that was the highest level that we have seen in quite a long time.  Some pundits are calling what just took place a “flash crash”, but it certainly appears that yields could move even higher in the days ahead.

Throughout the COVID pandemic, stock prices have just gone higher and higher, but everyone knew that the party would end eventually.

Have we now reached that point?  The numbers tell us that Thursday was the single worst day for stocks so far in 2021

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 559.85 points, or 1.8%, to 31,402.01, slipping from a record high. The S&P 500 lost 2.5% to 3,829.34 in its worst day since Jan. 27. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slid 3.5% to 13,119.43, posting its biggest sell-off since Oct. 28. Alphabet, Facebook, and Apple all fell more than 3%, while Tesla dropped 8.1%. Microsoft shed 2%.

We are being told that the biggest reason why stocks were falling so much was because of “a full on rout in the bond market”

It’s “just a full on rout in the bond market. So that filters into everything else,” said Evercore ISI strategist Dennis DeBusschere. “It looks like we just had a flash move in bonds. With a puke move that drove [10-year] yields to 1.6%… We just have to wait for some form of equilibrium in bonds.”

Considering how much our money supply has been rising, there was simply no way that bond yields could stay where they were.  It was just a matter of time before inflation fears scared investors, and finally on Thursday the rush for the exits became a stampede

“It is all about bond yields today,” said Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist for LPL Financial. “There was a flash spike in the 10-year yield and that upset the apple cart, as higher yields are spooking the stock market. Could there be more inflation coming than what most think?”

I can answer Detrick’s question in one word.


Eventually, we are going to see inflation rise to levels that most people never dreamed would be possible in the United States.

Meanwhile, the real economy continues to rapidly deteriorate all around us.

One day after Fry’s Electronics announced that it would be going out of business, Best Buy revealed that it will be letting 5,000 workers go

Best Buy said Thursday that it laid off 5,000 workers this month and is planning to close more stores this year as more consumers buy electronics online.

The news comes at a time when big chains face growing competition from Amazon and other sites that sell items like TVs and laptops. Fry’s Electronics said Wednesday that it would abruptly close all of its stores overnight, ending nearly four-decades in business.

I have always had a soft spot for Best Buy, and so this made me quite sad.

So many iconic businesses are crumbling, and America will never be the same.

Of course one of the primary reasons why so many traditional retailers are failing is because online shopping has surged during this pandemic.  But as online shopping becomes increasingly dominant, it has created an epidemic of package thefts

Forty-three percent of Americans shopping online experienced package theft last year, up from 36 percent in 2019, according to a recent market research study. Of that 43 percent, almost two-thirds reported packages having been stolen more than once. The New York Police Department does not keep data to that level of specificity, I was told, and the most recent figures available for the city estimated that 90,000 packages had disappeared every day in 2019.

90,000 packages a day?

The number really shocked me.

That means that on average at least 90,000 crimes are committed in just one of our major cities every single day.

If things are that bad in New York, what would the number for the entire nation be?

Everywhere you look, the social decay that is eating away at our society like cancer is getting worse and worse.  At one time you could trust that most Americans were law abiding citizens that would consistently try to do the right thing, but those days are long gone.

And as economic conditions get even bleaker, that is just going to feed even more crime, civil unrest and social decay.

In the short-term, a very large proportion of the U.S. population is counting on the federal government to bail them out…

Almost one-third, or 29%, of U.S. adults are counting on another round of government relief to get by, and another 24% say they need it but doubt it will happen, a new CNBC + Acorns Invest in You survey conducted by SurveyMonkey found.

People of color are more likely to be relying on the relief, especially Black women. Half of Black Americans and 40% of Hispanics said they were counting on it, while 57% of Black women said the same. Additionally, 24% of Blacks and Hispanics need it but don’t think it will come to fruition.

All the way back when the first round of “stimulus payments” was being proposed, I warned that we were opening up Pandora’s Box.

I warned that the American people would be demanding more payments in the future, and they will reward politicians that are able to deliver those payments at the ballot box.

Of course by borrowing and spending trillions of dollars that we do not have, we are destroying the reserve currency of the world and we are setting the stage for horrific inflation in the future.

In fact, the inflation that is already here is now causing a tremendous amount of instability in the financial markets.

But the “great shaking” is not here quite yet.  What we are experiencing now are early warning signs, and hopefully people are paying attention.

Has The Great Shaking Of The Financial Markets Finally Begun? — The Economic Collapse

The US INequality Act — CultureWatch

This is one of the most shocking pieces of legislation being pushed in the US:

There are countless reasons why so many of us warned about the mega-dangers of a Biden presidency, and why the NeverTrumpers, especially the “Christian” ones have blood on their hands. I could offer a lengthy list here of all these incalculable damages that are and will be inflicted on America with Sleepy Joe in the White House.

But one of the worst is the so-called “Equality Act”. I and others have long been warning about this dreadful bill, and we have often mentioned how this one item alone would be enough to persuade all those concerned about liberty and human rights to NOT vote for the Democrats.

Sadly however too many clueless wonders – including too many biblically-illiterate Christians – decided the radical, hyper-left Dems were somehow preferable to Trump and his ‘mean tweets’. Now we are all suffering greatly. And if this bill goes through, we are all toast.

A number of recent pieces on this are worth drawing your attention to. Here are four of them. Ryan Anderson knows all about how horrifically bad this bill is, having just had his 2018 book on transgenderism banned by Amazon. See my review of this first-class volume here: billmuehlenberg.com/2018/02/21/review-harry-became-sally-ryan-anderson/

Ryan points out how “Biden’s Equality Act is a danger to women’s and conscience rights”. He writes:

The Equality Act would sacrifice the hard-won rights of women, while privileging men who identify as women. If it ­becomes law, such men would have a right to spend the night in battered-women’s shelters, disrobe in women’s locker rooms and compete on women’s sports teams — even at K-12 schools.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the text: “An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.” So you can keep separate facilities for men and women, but you have to redefine what men and women are. Likewise, you can ­reserve certain jobs only for men or women — think TSA agents doing pat-downs — but you have to let a man who identifies as a woman do strip searches on women.

The act would also massively expand the government’s regulatory reach. The Civil Rights Act, it seems, is too narrow for today’s Democrats. The Equality Act would coerce “any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care, accounting or legal services,” along with any organization that receives any federal funding.

That’s more or less everyone and everything. Religious institutions are very much included. Under the Equality Act, religious schools, adoption agencies and other charities would face federal sanction for upholding the teachings of mainstream biology and the Bible, modern ­genetics and Genesis, when it comes to sex and marriage. nypost.com/2021/02/21/bidens-equality-act-is-a-danger-to-womens-and-conscience-rights/

Michael Brown also has written on this. His piece, “Agnostics, Orthodox Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals Agree: ‘Equality Act’ is Dangerous to Human Rights,” is also well worth reading. He writes:

As summed up by evangelical leader Mat Staver, “HR 5 is a bill that pushes the LGBT agenda on all people and targets Christianity in every area of life — including the church. There will be an increase of instances where Christians and others are being punished unless they violate their beliefs in order to comply with such a law. And that is just the beginning of unconstitutional chaos in America.”

In short, not only would religious beliefs be trampled in the name of “equality,” but simple human rights — most specifically, women’s rights — would be trampled as well. (As Chart and Menken wrote, “Women, check your ‘privilege.’”) That’s why many people of faith and non-faith are uniting together against the so-called Equality Act.

He concludes:

It’s one thing to stand against the mistreatment of those who identify as LGBTQ (or anything else). It’s another thing to turn the world upside down, throw out common sense and logic, and trash the religious liberties of the majority of the nation in the name of equality.

As expressed by the Catholic bishops, “Human dignity is central to what Catholics believe because every person is made in the image of God and should be treated accordingly, with respect and compassion. This commitment is reflected in the church’s charitable service to all people, without regard to race, religion or any other characteristic.”

Consequently, “It means we need to honor every person’s right to gainful employment free of unjust discrimination or harassment, and to the basic goods that they need to live and thrive. It also means that people of differing beliefs should be respected. In this, we wholeheartedly support nondiscrimination principles to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected.”

And that is precisely why we need our elected officials to vote against the Equality Act as it is currently written. We can all stand together on this. stream.org/agnostics-orthodox-jews-catholics-and-evangelicals-agree-equality-act-is-dangerous-to-human-rights/

Mat Staver is worth quoting even further:

The expansive reach of LGBTQ norms will be imposed on everyone, putting men into women’s changing rooms, boys onto girls’ sports teams and pedophiles into daycare centers. I know this sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not.

Noncompliant religious and nonprofit schools will lose tax exemption, and schools will lose accreditation, which means they could not accept student loans and students would not be accepted into most graduate schools. The coverage of the bill includes church and college overnight stays with youth and/or students, dorms, sports, restrooms, locker rooms and showers.

Churches, synagogues and mosques will be forced to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs with respect to LGBTQ behavior. The Senate version defines the “Q” in LGBTQ as “Queer,” and this is where the “Equality Act” goes from disturbing to reprehensible.

“Queer” includes not only lesbian, gay, bi, transsexual and transvestite behaviors, but also a host of “paraphilias,” which includes nearly 550 sexual perversions. “Paraphilias” include every perverted proclivity and behavior – and specifically includes “minor-attracted individuals,” aka pedophiles.

Rod Dreher is also greatly concerned about this bill. He quotes some of those I have quoted, and then finishes his piece with this strong warning:

If you expect orthodox Christianity — as distinct from the false church of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism — to survive all this, you had better be drawing in and digging down in a Benedict Option way of living. And you had better start preparing yourself, your family, and your community, Kolakovic-style, for the coming persecution, once we are declared “domestic terrorists” because we will not conform. If you think I’m being an alarmist here, then tell me, where is the line you would draw, beyond which you know that persecution is upon us? http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-queering-of-young-america-benedict-option-live-not-by-lies/

Finally let me draw upon a recent piece by Andrew T. Walker of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He says this:

The Equality Act contains a metaphysical revolution in its pages, and it seeks the evangelization of the West. The old order was one with an ethic of objectivity, reason, fixed nature, authority, and boundaries, where organic connections and family relations were seen as guiding, normative, and persuasive, with anything opposed to these as transgressive. The revolution well underway is to make all of these metaphysical fixities not only wrong, but harmful. Thus, in the Equality Act’s telling, anything that does not champion expressive individualism or limitlessness, or derive its existence by government fiat is, well, oppressive. We are witnessing, in real time, the final displacement of a Christian account of the universe by a wholly secularized one.

The Equality Act is an assault on the Christian imagination, and this is where its long-term consequences are most dire and calamitous. It aims to reconfigure not only the foundation of family life and biological connections to gender, but to catechize, inculcating a different way of conceiving one’s place and orientation to the world. Moral imaginations are guided by normative constraints, which give them definition and direction. Ideally, a human imagination ought to comport with what is good, true, and beautiful. To educate the moral imagination is to seek a shared imagination, rooted in a shared account of the world, and therefore binding and persuasive to all of the citizens beholden to it.

And he concludes:

There cannot be order in society without the recognition of truths that make obtaining order possible, and there is no truth without which order flows. The Equality Act stands against these truths and promises the fulfillment of a progressive eschaton, relying on the urgency of the self for its scaffolding. My own ethical scaffolds are based on truths over thousands of years old. They have never had to cater to the spirit of the age, for they are grounded in the very strata of creation. They are oriented toward human flourishing, and I will cling to them at all costs so that the next generation might be preserved to see their communities endure in moral prosperity, as their Creator has always intended. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-equality-act-is-farewell-to-a-christian-metaphysic/

This bill is a massive threat to all that we value and cherish. But the sad thing is, it need not have come to this. A Trump re-election would have put a major obstacle in the way of this and other nefarious bits of legislation. Now all true Christians will be even more at risk. And much of this is due to all those NeverTrump woke believers.

As Jonathan David Sarfati put it on the social media: “I hope all NeverTrump churchians like David French, Russell Moore, Beth Moore, Christianity Astray, the soi-disant Gospel Coalition, are happy with ramped up persecution of Christians defending biblical marriage. I haven’t heard what they think of abortion lover Becerra for HHS.”

Yes, as I said, they really do have blood on their hands.


The House of Representatives has just passed the Equality Act, 224-206. It now heads to the US Senate. Please pray, and if you live in America, please contact your Senators ASAP.

The US INequality Act — CultureWatch

February 25 Evening Quotes of The Day

Example the Most Powerful Rhetoric
1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3:17

Example is the most powerful rhetoric; the highest and noblest example should be very quickening and provoking.


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

Adoption Requires Dedication to Righteousness
Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5

If the Lord adopts us for his sons on the condition that our life be a representation of Christ the bond of our adoption, then unless we dedicate and devote ourselves to righteousness we not only, with the utmost treachery, revolt from our Creator, but also renounce the Savior himself.


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

February 25 Evening Verse of The Day

9:16 Salvation does not depend on human will or effort. Salvation is based on God’s mercy. The situation is not that people want to be saved but cannot be (2Tm 2:25–26), or that they are running after God but cannot find him. Apart from God’s drawing them, none is seeking the one true God—not a single one (Rm 3:11–12).[1]

9:16 Salvation, then, is not ultimately based on human free will or effort but depends entirely on God’s merciful will.[2]

9:16 it. God’s gracious choice of certain people unto eternal life (see note on 8:29). who wills. Salvation is not initiated by human choice—even faith is a gift of God (see note on 1:16; cf. Jn 6:37; Eph 2:8, 9). who runs. Salvation is not merited by human effort (see notes on v. 11).[3]

9:16 but of God: The basis of God’s sovereign choice is not a person’s conduct, but God’s compassion. God is free to show mercy to whom He chooses.[4]

9:16 The conclusion, then, is that the ultimate destiny of men or of nations does not rest in the strength of their will or in the power of their exertions, but rather in the mercy of God.

When Paul says that it is not of him who wills, he does not mean that a person’s will is not involved in his salvation. The gospel invitation is clearly directed to a person’s will, as shown in Revelation 22:17: “Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” Jesus exposed the unbelieving Jews as being unwilling to come to Him (John 5:40). When Paul says, nor of him who runs, he does not deny that we must strive to enter the narrow gate (Luke 13:24). A certain amount of spiritual earnestness and willingness are necessary. But man’s will and man’s running are not the primary, determining factors: salvation is of the Lord. Morgan says:

No willing on our part, no running on our own, can procure for us the salvation we need, or enable us to enter into the blessings it provides.… Of ourselves we shall have no will for salvation, and shall make no effort toward it. Everything of human salvation begins in God.[5]

16. So then, in does not depend on (man’s) will or exertion but on God’s mercy.

Literally what Paul says is, “So then (it is) not of a person’s willing nor of a person’s running, but of God’s showing mercy.”

To the question, “What is the subject of the sentence?”—for in the original there is no subject—the answers differ. Some say it is “Mercy.” They point to the immediate context (verse 15). Others go back a little farther, to verses 6–15, and answer, “It is being a child of God” (see 9:8), or “salvation,” “life everlasting.” But do not all these answers basically agree?

Hymn writers have caught the idea; see on 1:17, pp. 60, 61, and on 3:24, 25, p. 133. Neither man’s volition nor his exertion brings about salvation. God does. Election, and therefore also salvation, is a matter of God’s sovereign will. Equally ultimate is reprobation.[6]

16. It depends not upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy. Again it is emphasized that God’s mercy has its cause in himself, and not in human will or activity. ‘Exertion’ is literally ‘running’, used of vigorous action, as also in Galatians 2:2; Philippians 2:16, where the reference is to Paul’s apostolic energy.[7]

16. It is not then of him who wills, &c. From the testimony adduced he draws this inference, that beyond all controversy our election is not to be ascribed to our diligence, nor to our striving, nor to our efforts, but that it is wholly to be referred to the counsel of God. That none of you may think that they who are elected are elected because they are deserving, or because they had in any way procured for themselves the favour of God, or, in short, because they had in them a particle of worthiness by which God might be moved, take simply this view of the matter, that it is neither by our will nor efforts, (for he has put running for striving or endeavour,) that we are counted among the elect, but that it wholly depends on the divine goodness, which of itself chooses those who neither will, nor strive, nor even think of such a thing. And they who reason from this passage, that there is in us some power to strive, but that it effects nothing of itself unless assisted by God’s mercy, maintain what is absurd; for the Apostle shows not what is in us, but excludes all our efforts. It is therefore a mere sophistry to say that we will and run, because Paul denies that it is of him who wills or runs, since he meant nothing else than that neither willing nor running can do anything.

They are, however, to be condemned who remain secure and idle on the pretence of giving place to the grace of God; for though nothing is done by their own striving, yet that effort which is influenced by God is not ineffectual. These things, then, are not said that we may quench the Spirit of God, while kindling sparks within us, by our waywardness and sloth; but that we may understand that everything we have is from him, and that we may hence learn to ask all things of him, to hope for all things from him, and to ascribe all things to him, while we are prosecuting the work of our salvation with fear and trembling.

Pelagius has attempted by another sophistical and worthless cavil to evade this declaration of Paul, that it is not only of him who wills and runs, because the mercy of God assists. But Augustine, not less solidly than acutely, thus refuted him, “If the will of man is denied to be the cause of election, because it is not the sole cause, but only in part; so also we may say that it is not of mercy but of him who wills and runs, for where there is a mutual co-operation, there ought to be a reciprocal commendation: but unquestionably the latter sentiment falls through its own absurdity.” Let us then feel assured that the salvation of those whom God is pleased to save, is thus ascribed to his mercy, that nothing may remain to the contrivance of man.

Nor is there much more colour for what some advance, who think that these things are said in the person of the ungodly; for how can it be right to turn passages of Scripture in which the justice of God is asserted, for the purpose of reproaching him with tyranny? and then is it probable that Paul, when the refutation was at hand and easy, would have suffered the Scripture to be treated with gross mockery? But such subterfuges have they laid hold on, who absurdly measured this incomparable mystery of God by their own judgment. To their delicate and tender ears this doctrine was more grating than that they could think it worthy of an Apostle. But they ought rather to have bent their own stubbornness to the obedience of the Spirit, that they might not surrender themselves up to their gross inventions.[8]

16 Paul now spells out the conclusion (“therefore”) he wants to draw from his quotation: “it is not a matter of the person who wills or the person who runs, but of the God who shows mercy.” The sentence reads like a general principle (note the present tenses of the verbs). But to what does the principle apply? Our translation preserves the ambiguity of the original in not making clear the subject of the sentence (“it”). We might substitute “salvation” or “God’s purpose in election” (see v. 11b), but the connection with v. 15 suggests rather “God’s bestowal of mercy.” In keeping with a popular view of this passage as a whole, many commentators think that the “mercy” involved here is God’s mercy in choosing different persons or nations in the outworking of his historical plan.212 But, as we have seen earlier (see esp. the notes on v. 13), Paul’s use of OT examples of God’s choosing and rejecting develops a principle that he applies to the salvation of individual Jews and Gentiles in his own day (see 9:3, 6a, 22–23, 24). Here, the principle Paul formulates moves beyond the positive assertion of v. 15—God’s bestowal of mercy has its origin in his own will to be merciful—to its negative corollary—God’s mercy does not, then, depend on human “willing” or “running.” The former denotes one’s inner desire, purpose, or readiness to do something;215 the latter the actual execution of that desire. Together, then, they “sum up the totality of man’s capacity.”217[9]

16 And lest this mercy be construed as depending on a person’s desire or effort, Paul strongly denies any such qualification. Mercy, like grace, stands over against human worth and effort whenever salvation is concerned. It is free because God is not bound to show mercy to any.[10]

Salvation Is of the Lord

Romans 9:16

It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

We are in a section of the Bible in which every sentence has exceptional importance. Because of this, we have been moving very slowly. In the last study we looked at Romans 9:15. In this study we look at verse 16.

Verse 16 can be considered an inference drawn from the truth in verse 15, which is a quotation from the Old Testament. If that is the case, the thought would be: If God has mercy on whom he wills to have mercy and shows compassion to whom he wills to show compassion, then salvation is of God who shows mercy and not of man. That is true enough. But it is probably better to see verse 16 as a statement of the truth behind the quotation. If this is the case, it means that salvation is not of man but of God; therefore, God shows mercy on whom he wills to show mercy and has compassion on whom he wills to have compassion.

This is better, because the chief point of verse 16 is the exclusion of any human role in salvation. The verse says, “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” Or as the King James Version has it, “So then it is not of him that willeth, not of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”

Today’s Evangelism

This text has enormous implications for the way we do evangelism. In fact, it is a rebuke of most popular evangelism in our day.

You may recall from our studies of Romans 6 that when I was writing about sanctification in that context, I said that we tend to approach it in either of two wrong ways. Either we introduce a formula: “Follow these three [or four] steps to sound spiritual growth.” Or we recommend an experience: “What you need is the baptism of the Holy Spirit [or meaningful worship or whatever].” I pointed out that neither of these is introduced by Paul. Rather, he bases his approach to sanctification on sound teaching. He tells us that we are to go on in the Christian life for the simple reason that we have become new creatures as the result of God’s work in us, and we cannot go back to what we were.

The situation is exactly the same in most of our current approaches to evangelism. We choose either a formula or a feeling.

The formula represents something we must do: “Give your heart to Jesus,” “Pray the sinner’s prayer,” “Hold up your hand and come forward,” “Fill out this card.” The feeling is something we try to work up in evangelistic services by certain kinds of music, moving stories, and emotional appeals.

Let me say that I do not doubt for a moment that God has sometimes used these methods and that he has sometimes worked through feelings, just as he has also sometimes used quite different things. The problem with these ways of doing evangelism is not that God has not occasionally been gracious enough to use them, but that they distort the truth about salvation by making it something we do or to which we can contribute and thus, to that degree, detract from the glory of God.

Besides, these approaches contradict our text, which says that salvation “does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

These approaches are also ineffective, as we would expect them to be, for they have filled our churches with thousands of people who think they are saved because they have made a profession or come forward at a meeting, but who are not born again. In many cases, those who have done these things are not even any longer present in the churches.

The Negative Teaching

Romans 9:16 contains both negative and positive teaching, each of which is meant to be comprehensive. Negatively, we are told that salvation does not come by man’s desire or effort, that is, neither by his will nor by his personal attainments. Positively, we are told that salvation comes from God.

The words desire and effort are meant to include everything of which a human being may be capable, and they thus reduce everyone to the position of being saved by the mercy of God or not saved. The first word concerns volition. The second refers to active exertion. Specifically they deny that we are saved by “seeking God” or “wanting to be saved” or, to run with the other term, by “choosing Jesus,” “surrendering our lives to Jesus,” “taking Jesus into our hearts,” or doing anything else of which we may think ourselves to be capable. It is true that there is a faith to be exercised, a choice to be made, a life to be surrendered, and seeking to be done. But those are the result of God’s working in us according to his mercy, and not the conditions on which he does.

Robert Haldane wrote rightly, “It is true, indeed, that believers both will and run, but this is the effect, not the cause, of the grace of God being vouchsafed to them.”

I know there are objections, some of them scriptural.

“What about John 1:12?” says someone. “Doesn’t that verse say, ‘To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God’?” It does, of course. But the answer to the implied objection—that we become born again as the result of our receiving Jesus—is found in the next verse, which describes those who are saved as “children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (v. 13). That fixes the sequence rightly, just as Paul has expressed it in Romans 8; Ephesians 1 and 2, and elsewhere: first, election; then, rebirth; third, faith accompanied by repentance; and lastly, adoption into the family of God along with other benefits.

Together, John 1:12 and 13 actually teach that “it does not … depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy” (Rom. 9:16).

Another verse that some people will quote is Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Then they ask, “Doesn’t that teach that we have to give our hearts to Jesus and then confess him as Lord to be saved? Doesn’t it mean that we are the ones who ultimately determine whether or not we will be saved? If we are saved, isn’t it because we want to be saved? If we are lost, isn’t it because we choose to be?”

Well, we know the mouth speaks what is in the heart. Jesus said, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34b). So the critical question is: What kind of a heart is it that confesses, “Jesus is Lord”? Is this the new heart, which is given to us by God,—or the old, Adamic heart, which is enmity against God? It cannot be the latter, because the Bible everywhere teaches that the old heart is thoroughly corrupt. Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jer. 17:9). Ezekiel called it a “heart of stone” (Ezek. 11:19). Can a stony heart repent of its sin and come to God? Can a heart as wicked as this “choose” Jesus? Impossible! We can no more change our hearts than a leopard can change its spots.

Therefore, if we are to repent and believe the gospel, we must be given a new heart. A “heart of flesh” is Ezekiel’s term for it. This heart is given to us by the new birth. It is this heart only that believes on Jesus.

The Positive Teaching

This brings us to the positive teaching of this verse, namely, that salvation is entirely of God. God has mercy on whom he wills to have mercy, and he shows compassion on whom he wills to show compassion.

I have titled this study “Salvation Is of the Lord,” which comes, as I am sure you realize, from the Old Testament. It is from the story of Jonah, from chapter 2, and I refer to this now because Jonah is a good illustration of our text in Romans, namely, that salvation “does not … depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” The story of Jonah is a story of God’s mercy from beginning to end: mercy to the sailors, mercy to the people of Nineveh, and, above all, mercy to Jonah. Moreover, as far as man’s desire or effort is concerned, not only did Jonah not desire God’s will or strive to do it, he actually willed and tried to do the opposite. He tried to run away from God as deliberately as he could.

Jonah was a prophet, and God came to him with a command to proclaim a message of judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Assyria: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me” (Jonah 1:2). We would have expected Jonah to be responsive to such a call at once. Instead, “Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish” (v. 3a). Scholars debate the location of this ancient city, but most believe it was on the far coast of Spain beyond the Rock of Gibraltar. This fits the story, of course, for it means that Jonah was so determined to resist God’s sovereign call that he set out in precisely the opposite direction and for a destination as far away as possible. God said, “Go east.” Jonah went west, as far west as anyone knew to go. If he went farther than that, he would presumably have fallen off the edge of the world, which is, in a sense, what happened to him.

Why did Jonah disobey God? Strangely, at the end of the story, we find him explaining that it was because he suspected that God was going to be merciful to these people (Jonah 4:2)—and he did not want that, because they were the enemies of his people. No one can successfully run away from God, however. So, although Jonah went west instead of east, God went after him and brought him back. The text says that God hurled a great storm after Jonah.

At this point the mariners come into the story, for the judgment on the disobedient prophet affected them, too, and they were soon in as much danger of drowning from the fierce gale as Jonah was. They were pagans, but they had some spiritual perception and understood that the storm was unusually fierce, supernaturally so, in fact; they reasoned that some powerful god was angry with one or more of them. When they drew straws to find out who it was, the lot fell on Jonah.

Jonah understood that God had found him out and was now exposing his disobedience. He confessed what he was doing. But he was still unrepentant. He had that “heart of stone” Ezekiel had written about. So, when the sailors asked what they should do to him to make the sea calm down for them, Jonah replied, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea, and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you” (v. 12).

I like to point out that Jonah did not know that God had prepared a great fish to swallow him and eventually return him back to land. So, if he was asking to be thrown overboard in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it meant that he was willing to be drowned. It meant that in his heart he was still unrepentant, for he was saying, “I would rather die than submit to God’s will.”

That is what it means to have a hard heart. It is what every one of us has until God replaces it.

Was Jonah a genuine believer at this point? Good question! I used to say he was. We would expect it of a prophet. If he was, he is an example of how stubbornly disobedient some Christians are with God, at least for a time. Today, however, I am not so sure. It is clear that Jonah was not right with God, and his is more an example of an unregenerate heart than a regenerate one. At any rate, Jonah seems to have experienced what we would call a conversion inside the great fish, which is where the verse “Salvation comes from the Lord” occurs (Jonah 2:9).

What happened inside Jonah while he was inside the fish is the heart of this great story.

Prayer from the Depths

When Jonah was turning his back on God to go to Tarshish, it did not bother him at all that he was abandoning God. But suddenly, when he was thrown overboard to his death and found himself in the position of apparently being abandoned by God, and Jonah actually calls his condition hellish, saying, “From the depths of the grave [that is, from Sheol] I called for help” (Jonah 2:2). As the story shows, God had not abandoned Jonah. But Jonah thought he had, and his despair was the very first step in his conversion.

What Jonah did in that great fish was to pray. God brought him to that point. As he prayed, he discovered that God was using the very depths of his misery to show him mercy.

Jonah’s prayer has four characteristics of all true prayer, and these have bearing on the question of correct biblical evangelism, which is where we started.

  1. He was honest. The first thing we notice about Jonah’s prayer is that it was honest. That is, his disobedience had gotten him into a mess, and he acknowledged it. Before we get to this point, when God is working in our lives, we tend to explain away the hard hand of God’s judgments. We tell ourselves that we are only having a temporary setback, that things will get better, that they are not as bad as they seem. But when God begins to get through to us, the first thing that happens is that we admit our misery and desperate circumstances for what they are. Moreover, we admit that God has caused them. This is what Jonah does. You hear it in his prayer.

You hurled me into the deep,

into the very heart of the seas,

and the currents swirled about me;

all your waves and breakers

swept over me.

I said, “I have been banished

from your sight;

yet I will look again

toward your holy temple.”

Jonah 2:3–4

To acknowledge that God was behind his misfortune increased his terror, for it was not the sailors or even mere circumstances he was fighting. It was God. God had summoned Jonah to trial, cast a verdict of “guilty” against his sinful prophet, and sentenced him to death. This is a terror almost beyond words! But, in another sense, the acknowledgement of God’s hand in his misery also provided comfort. For God is merciful, and it is always better to fall into the hands of God, even the angry God, than of men.

It is often in judgment that mercy may be found.

  1. He repented. The second characteristic of Jonah’s prayer is a spirit of repentance. We see it in two ways. First, he acknowledged that what had happened to him, while caused by God, was nevertheless his own fault. This is the meaning of verse 8, where Jonah says, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” An idol is anything that takes the place of God. So Jonah is confessing that he had rejected God, just as surely as those who literally worship idols. Therefore, he had renounced the source of all mercy.

The second way we know Jonah was genuinely repentant is that he does not ask God for anything. If he had, we might suspect that he was repenting only to get something from God. That is, he would have been treating his repentance as a good work that somehow was supposed to put God in his debt. Salvation does not come that way. Remember: Deserving something and receiving mercy are two entirely different things. Jonah knew now that all he deserved was damnation. Therefore, he was willing to wait upon the mercy of God, if it should come, without demanding anything.

  1. He was thankful. “Thankful?” we might ask. “From the belly of a fish? Only a few hours or days away from death? What could Jonah possibly be thankful about?” Well, if we continue to think of his plight in physical terms, there probably is no good answer. But it is vastly different if we think spiritually. True, Jonah had no hope of any bodily deliverance. But he had found the grace of God. His entire prayer shows he had. His word for what he had found is “salvation” (v. 9).

This is the greatest miracle of the book. Not the great fish. Not the storm. The greatest miracle is Jonah’s salvation.

  1. He was willing to take his position alongside the ungodly, all of whom need salvation by the mercy of God only. The final characteristic of this prayer is likewise significant. For when Jonah prayed, as he did at the end, “But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good” (v. 9, emphasis added), he was promising to do exactly what the pagan mariners had been willing to do, and did do, in the previous chapter. When they saw the power and holiness of Jonah’s God, “They offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him” (Jonah 1:16). It was right that they should. But here, in the second chapter, Jonah is taking his place alongside of them.

Earlier he had said, “I don’t want to preach to pagans. I am a Jew. I want God to judge the pagans.” But now, after he had discovered how much he deserved God’s judgment himself, he was willing to come to God as the mariners came—as a suppliant seeking mercy.

“Jesus Saves”

I have two final points. The first is a restatement of the truth that salvation is by the mercy of God and is without conditions.

What conditions could there be? Robert Haldane asks that question and answers with a telling paragraph:

Is it faith? Faith is the gift of God. Is it repentance? Christ is exalted as a Prince and a Savior to give repentance. Is it love? God promises to circumcise the heart in order to love him. Are they good works? His people are the workmanship of God created unto good works. Is it perseverance to the end? They are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.… “Thy people,” saith Jehovah to the Messiah, “shall be willing in the day of thy power.” Thus the believer, in running his race, and working out his salvation, is actuated by God and animated by the consideration of his all-powerful operation in the beginning of his course, of the continuation of his support during its progress, and by the assurances that it shall be effectual in enabling him to overcome all obstacles and to arrive in safety at the termination.

Second, what does this say about the proper way to do evangelism, the point with which I started?

Well, the weaknesses of our contemporary evangelism have been recognized and critiqued by many, among them Walter J. Chantry, Ernest C. Reisinger, and Gordon H. Clark, all of whom have written things that have been helpful to me. As I have read their books, I have found that there is a common bottom line. Evangelism is to teach the Word of God. Not just a certain evangelistic core, or only certain doctrines, or only truths that will move or motivate the ungodly. It is to teach the Bible and to do this as carefully, consistently, and comprehensively as possible, while looking to God (and praying to God) to give new life. Gordon Clark expressed it by saying quite succinctly, “Evangelism is the exposition of the Scripture. God will do the regenerating.”6

“Just preach Jesus!” someone says.

Did I hear, “Just preach Jesus”?

Let’s do it. But remember what Jesus means. Jesus means “Salvation is of the Lord,” the very words uttered by Jonah from the belly of the fish. To preach Jesus is to preach a Calvinistic gospel.[11]

[1] Patterson, P. (2017). Salvation in the Old Testament. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1796). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2173). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 9:16). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 1442–1443). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1718). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, pp. 324–325). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[7] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, p. 193). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[8] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 357–359). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[9] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, pp. 612–613). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[10] Harrison, E. F., & Hagner, D. A. (2008). Romans. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 153). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[11] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: God and History (Vol. 3, pp. 1083–1090). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

February 25 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Marks of the Church
Matthew 18:20

Wherever we find the word of God purely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ; there, it is not to be doubted, is a Church of God: for his promise can never deceive: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”


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

Evil Seduces by Imitating Virtue
Matthew 7:15; 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Peter 2:1, 18; 3:17; 1 John 4:6

It is only the simulation of virtue that can ever seduce the virtuous.


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

25 Feb 2021 News Briefing

The Fed’s Money Transfer Systems Suffer Massive Disruption
The Federal Reserve’s systems for electronic money transfers between banks suffered a widespread disruption Wednesday. The Fed said in a statement that it is investigating a disruption to multiple services, listing Fedwire and FedACH. “Our technical teams have determined that the cause is a Federal Reserve operational error.

Will Gog-Magog War start in Yemen? This Bible scholar says So, cites Book of Zechariah
As Biden’s administration carries out swift and drastic policy changes, the new foreign policy, befriending Iran and its Yemini proxies while alienating former allies like Saudi Arabia, may have unpleasant prophetic implications. “The final stages before the Messiah are hinted at in the final prophetic shofar blowing in the verses recited during the Musaf additional prayers on Rosh Hashana,” Bar Leib said. “That particular set of shofar blasts and the prophetic verses read for them describe the entire end of days process.”

Pope Holds ‘Sons of Abraham’ Prayer Event at Ancient Iraqi Site of Child Sacrifice…With no Jewish Representation
Next week, the Pope will hold a service the Vatican has named “Prayer for the sons and daughters of Abraham”. Reuters reported that the “inter-religious prayer service will be attended by Christians, Muslims, Mandaean-Sabaean, Yazidi and other religious minorities present in Iraq.” There is no mention of Jews, descendants of Jacob, being included in the “Prayer for the sons and daughters of Abraham.” Despite the oppression of Christians and suppression of Christianity, Iraq seems to hold a fascination for the Vatican.

Just in time for Purim: 5.0 Earthquake Rocks Ancient Shushan region
The tremor comes just a week after another magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit southwest Iran adjacent to the city of Sisakht where at least 10 people were injured, state television reported.

PA libel: “Al-Aqsa in danger of being bombed”
A so-called Israeli affairs “expert” explained to viewers of official PA TV that the “true and serious Zionist threat” is Israel’s “plan” to empty Jerusalem of Christian and Muslim holy sites. Nawaf Al-Zaru went as far as accusing Israel of planning to “burn monasteries and churches,” “destroy” Islamic holy sites, and “bomb” the Al-Aqsa Mosque:

Pentagon tests prototype for space energy beam – report
Are space lasers more than just a myth? No – but this solar-powered electricity beam is literally and figuratively out of this world. Pentagon scientists have successfully tested a prototype for a new system that would essentially beam energy from space to any point on Earth.

John Kerry meetings with Iran and Michael Flynn talks with Russian officials: Two different treatments?
A report alleging John Kerry may have colluded with Iran when meeting with its foreign minister during the Trump administration is drawing comparisons to the situation of retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the FBI that included statements regarding his communications with a Russian ambassador. What we’re not used to is previous government officials actually colluding and talking to our enemies, and I emphasize enemy because that is who Iran really is.

A Year Later, There’s Still No Evidence Showing Governments Can Control The Spread Of COVID-19
As we approach the one-year anniversary of fifteen days to flatten the curve, we have yet to acquire any data suggesting that the past year of life-destroying lockdowns and politicized behavioral mandates has done anything to keep us safe from covid-19.

Intruders tried to sneak onto Air Nat’l Guard bases 13 times so far in 2021
People have tried to sneak onto Air National Guard (ANG) bases 13 different times so far since the start of 2021. ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told Air Force Magazine that, as of Friday, Feb. 19, the service has seen 13 attempted or successful infiltrations of their bases. Loh did not disclose the locations where the security breaches occurred, due to security concerns.

Louisiana GOP Rep. Higgins challenges Biden ‘to live without oil & gas’
“American innovation, not job-killing government mandates, is driving emissions reductions,” Higgins said in a statement. “However, if President Biden truly believes in his radical climate agenda, then he should lead by example starting at the White House.” Higgins suggested “immediately detaching the White House from the electric grid” and installing wind mills and solar panels on the presidential lawn. The resolution also calls on Biden to replace Air Force One and Marine One with electric-powered aircraft and the presidential limousine with an electric car.

Netanyahu calls Pelosi to discuss Israel’s COVID response
Nancy Pelosi…spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Israel’s COVID-19 response at a time that Israel is under pressure to extend its vaccination program to Palestinians in the West Bank. “Today, I spoke with [the Israeli prime minister] to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations and Congress’s unwavering support for a safe and secure Israel,” Pelosi said Wednesday on Twitter.

Protesters demonstrate against vaccine coercion, green passports in Tel Aviv
Demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest against forced vaccination and the green passport program which allows vaccinated individuals and recovered COVID-19 patients to take part in certain activities, including attending mass gatherings. Among the speakers at the rally, which drew a crowd in the hundreds, were lawyer Oren Pasternak…and Tamir Hefatz, a founder of Higayon Habari (Common Sense Model).

Biden cancels Trump’s ‘Operation Talon’ Program that Targeted Sex Offenders Living in U.S. Illegally
Biden has made it clear that his number one mission as president is to undo everything the Trump administration accomplished over the last four years. His newest cancellation simply does not make sense. Biden’s administration recently cancelled Operation Talon, a Trump administration program aimed at removing convicted sex offenders living in the United States illegally.

The Fed’s system that allows banks to send money back and forth went down for several hours
The Federal Reserve’s system that allows financial institutions to send money back and forth electronically went down for several hours Wednesday, but appeared to be coming back online later in the afternoon. The “operational error,”…impacted multiple services, including its…clearinghouse system, which connects depository and related institutions sending electronic credit and debt transfers.

After Winter Storm, $1 Billion Class Action Lawsuit Puts Heat on Griddy
After a record-breaking winter storm devastated Texas last week, the wholesale power retailer Griddy could be in hot water thanks to a lawsuit filed in Houston…Some Griddy customers faced bills of several thousand dollars for a week’s worth of usage…Texas politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, quickly pointed the finger at wholesale energy providers — including Griddy — for allegedly price gouging.

North Korea enslaved South Korean prisoners of war in coal mines
Generations of South Korean prisoners of war are being used as slave labour in North Korean coal mines to generate money for the regime and its weapons programme, according to a report released by a human rights organisation. The BBC has taken a closer look at the allegations. “When I see slaves shackled and dragged on TV, I see myself,” Choi Ki-sun told me.

Armenia PM Nikol Pashinyan denounces ‘attempted military coup’
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has warned of an “attempted military coup”, after the country’s armed forces said he and his cabinet must resign. He was later seen marching with supporters in the capital Yerevan. The army earlier said the prime minister was “no longer able to make reasonable decisions” after he sacked a top military commander.

Syria war: Russian jets ‘bomb IS positions in desert region’
Russian warplanes have carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State (IS) group’s positions in the Syrian Desert, activists say. The jets are supporting an operation by Syrian pro-government forces to secure the road between Homs and Deir al-Zour, according to a monitoring group. IS militants have carried out a string of deadly ambushes and hit-and-run attacks in the region recently.

Hundreds celebrate Purim in Tel Aviv ahead of night curfew
About 300 people participated in an illegal Purim party in Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market Wednesday night and then moved festivities to Rothschild Boulevard after police dispersed revelers. The event took place a day before a three-day nighttime curfew was set to come into force from Thursday through Sunday between 8:30pm and 5am in an effort to minimize gatherings during the holiday.

Secretive Israeli nuclear facility undergoes major project
A secretive Israeli nuclear facility at the center of the nation’s undeclared atomic weapons program is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction project in decades, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. A dig about the size of a soccer field and likely several stories deep now sits just meters (yards) from the aging reactor at the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center…

Dozens Of House Democrats Ask Biden To Relinquish Sole Authority To Launch Nukes
Remember in January when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asked the Pentagon to limit still-President Trump’s ability to use nuclear weapons during his last week in office? Now, a cadre of House Democrats spearheaded by former CIA Director Leon Panetta’s son, Jimmy (D-CA) – who was part of the above effort, have asked President Biden to relinquish sole authority to use nuclear weapons, since “The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war,” should Biden – or a future president – choose to launch nukes without consulting advisers.

Very intense earthquake swarm shaking Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland
A very intense earthquake swarm started close to Fagradalsfjall in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland on the morning of February 24, 2021.

The Great COVID Con-
The COVID-19 pandemic campaign is allegedly a grotesque hoax being inflicted on the world population for ideological purposes, not valid medical reasons. It should be stopped dead

How Alien Disclosure Will Be Used to Enslave Humanity
I could write the scenario that is coming with regard to alien disclosure. There really won’t be alien disclosure, however, that is not the point.

UK government reports over 240 deaths shortly after coronavirus vaccination
The U.K. government reported that more than 240 people have died shortly after getting the Wuhan coronavirus vaccines. British citizens who died after vaccination reportedly obtained either the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or the AstraZeneca jab. These vaccine candidates were approved by the British regulator and subsequently used in mass vaccination efforts. Despite this, the U.K. government said it does not believe that the inoculations are to blame for the deaths.

DAYS OF NOAH: American Airlines Flight #2292 Has A Verified UFO Encounter At 37,000 Feet With A ‘Long Cylindrical Object’ Flying Over Their Heads
On our Monday Podcast, I went ‘out on a limb’ and said that 2021 is likely the year we will make face-to-face contact with the space aliens, umm, no, the Genesis 6 giants that Jesus says in Matthew 24 will come back at the end of the Church Age. But it wasn’t really much of a prediction, the proof is more abundant than most people have the time to fact check. The Genesis 6 giants have returned, and you will see their faces shortly on the nightly news. That’s right, you will see them very soon.

The Biden BLOWOUT and the final looting of America
I’m calling it the “Biden Blowout” — the final fake currency printing blowout that will end the dollar empire and crush the last remnants of the once-great nation known as the United States of America. With the Biden regime now on track to print $7 trillion in 2021 alone, we are rapidly approaching the currency collapse end game, and only those who prepare in advance will survive.

Covid Vaccine Update – An Experiment on Humanity
Covid Vaccine Update; the covid vaccine is an experiment on humanity and has nothing to do with a virus, which is a hoax (planned for years.)

LGBT identification among Gen Z at 16%; Gallup poll finds sharp rise since Gen X
Generation Z may want to rebrand itself as Generation LGBT. A new Gallup poll highlights a 15.9% LGBT identification rate among Gen Z adults between the ages of 18 and 23 in 2020, along with a widening gap between other generations going back to the 1940s.

Passage Of The ‘Equality Act’ Will Make The Bible A Banned Book With Christians In Prison For Preaching The Gospel Of The Grace Of God
Passage of the dystopian Equality Act will usher in a time of Christian persecution America has not yet ever experienced, and yes, the Equality Act will put bible believers in prison for preaching the gospel of the grace of God. Your King James Bible, something that the Equality Act refers to as ‘bigoted reading material’ will no longer be allowed as part of the public discourse. For all of you ‘post toasties’ who insist of going through the Tribulation, you will get your chance to experience a little of what that will be like.

Medical Doctors: “You Are Being Played” – “The SARS-C0v2 Virus Does Not Exist” 
From Dr. Scott Jensen to Dr. Andrew Kaufman to Dr. Thomas Cowan and our own health and wellness expert and nurse Kate Shemirani, another round of doctors are calling out the propaganda concerning COVID and the mainstream media’s smear campaigns against those who tell the truth about COVID and vaccines.

Why Not Make The Minimum Wage $150 Per Hour?
The issue, of course, is that there are substantial negative consequences to increasing the minimum wage; though if we only listened to the leftist Democrats we would think there are no downsides…

Source: 25 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready

Headlines – 2/25/2021

Netanyahu speaks with Pelosi about 2-state solution, pandemic

US seeks UN rights council seat, calls for end to disproportionate Israel focus

Report: Israel, US to launch quiet talks on Iran in coming days

Israel: Iran’s nuclear actions require immediate international response

China says Iran nuclear issue at ‘critical point’

Germany urges Iran to accept Western overtures to preserve nuclear deal

Rockets against US targets in Iraq seen as Iranian message to Biden

Syria war: Russian jets ‘bomb IS positions in desert region’

Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

‘Top Secret’ Saudi documents show Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince

Germany Prepares Way for Its Troops to Stay in Afghanistan

Authorities: Prison Riots in Ecuador Leave 62 Dead

Myanmar Nationals Deported From Malaysia Despite Outcry From Rights Groups

Johnson Indicates UK Won’t Boycott Beijing Winter Olympics Over Uyghur Abuse

China detains six people for ‘insulting’ soldiers killed in India border clash

China arrests six for ‘causing negative social impact’ online over India border clashes

More Hong Kongers Gain Residency in Australia to Escape Communist Control

US to Seek Seat at UN Human Rights Council, Undoing Trump Pullout

Democrats call on President Biden to surrender sole control of nuclear weapons

Newsmax Host Drops Bomb About Biden: His ‘Mental State is a Clear National Security Threat’

Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I Don’t Think Biden’s in Charge’

McConnell Questions Legitimacy of Pelosi’s Commission to Probe Capitol Breach

Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot

Opponents attack wife of Clarence Thomas over his dissent bashing decision to not hear critical election case

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Blasts Mail Voting: ‘Fraud Is Vastly More Prevalent’

Georgia’s GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting

Iowa Republicans fast-tracking dramatic election changes

The worldwide web as we know it may be ending

Facebook pledges to invest $1 billion in news after Australia standoff ends

Amazon quietly ends sales of books it labels ‘hate speech’

Obama blames ‘politics of white resistance and resentment’ for why he didn’t push for reparations

AOC Among Democrats Upset With Biden Administration Reopening Trump-Era Migrant Facility

Former ICE Chief Says Immigration Law Becoming Meaningless

FAA Grounds Certain Planes After Engine Failure Over Denver

American Airlines confirms FBI involvement after potential​ UFO sighting

Italian cemetery collapses, sending hundreds of coffins into the sea: an ‘unimaginable catastrophe’

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Vogar, Iceland

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yigo Village, Guam

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 30,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Israel begins disposal of 1,200 tons of tar, waste from ongoing beach cleanup

Israel bans sale of all seafood from Mediterranean after massive oil spill

China Emits More Carbon in 2 Weeks than Australia Does in One Year: Think Tank

University Of Michigan Shuts Down Campus Library For 2 Days After Discovering Venomous Spiders

Authorities: Man released early from prison cuts neighbor’s heart out, serves to relatives in triple murder

LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate

1 in 6 Gen Z adults are LGBT. And this number could continue to grow.

Gov. Cuomo accused of sexual harassment by former aide

‘It’s a Minefield’: Biden’s Pick For Health Secretary Faces Abortion Politics

Sewage samples reveal Americans, the Dutch among world’s biggest users of ‘party pills’

Employers face legal terra incognita with vaccinated and unvaccinated workers

Mobileye to ban employees not vaccinated for coronavirus

Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA

Knesset passes bill allowing use of personal information of people refusing vaccines

Protesters demonstrate against vaccine coercion, green passports in Tel Aviv

As more governments mull vaccine passports, critics raise discrimination fears

EU mulls vaccination passports to resurrect tourism after COVID-19

Two Australians injected incorrectly with vaccine

Fed’s Powell downplays inflation fears, pledges to keep rates low

Dow Closes at Record as Investors Bank on Hope of More Coronavirus Relief

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

Apostasy Watch Thursday 2-25-21

How ‘The Equality Act’ Viciously Attacks Christians, Freedom, Society, Sex, And You

Lessons From the Fall of Ravi Zacharias

Director of Zacharias Institute & His Wife Issue Apology: “We are so very, very sorry”

International House of Prayer Resigns from Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

Not Satire. The Gospel Coalition Says ‘Christians Who Read Lots of News End up Hating Their Neighbor’

John Baker, Founder of Celebrate Recovery, a “Christian” Version of AA HAs Died

Give Me That Old Time, 12 Step, New Age Religion

Pope Francis To Hold Interfaith Prayer Service At Birthplace Of Abraham

S. Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Signs Bill to Stop Infanticide, Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

Source: Apostasy Watch Daily News and Commentary

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 25, 2021

Mid-Day Digest


“Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils.” —Benjamin Franklin (1789)

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Obama Blames Whites for Failure to Enact Reparations

Douglas Andrews

I’m in favor of reparations, and it’s all whitey’s fault that we don’t have ‘em yet.

Barack Obama might not have expressed himself quite so candidly. After all, he’s a man of great depth and nuance — or, as Joe Biden would say, “articulate and bright and clean.” But this is the essence of his thoughts on the matter. He told as much yesterday.

As Peter Heck writes, “On the ‘Renegades’ podcast he co-hosts with Bruce Springsteen, Obama shared his views on race relations and the part reparations might play in improving them. The former president expressed that while office he considered pursuing reparation payments to black citizens as compensation for the [generational] wealth lost as a consequence of slavery, but ultimately decided it would be a fruitless venture. Obama said that while he has always thought reparations would be ‘justified,’ he knew that ‘the politics of white resistance and resentment’ would prevent any meaningful action.”

Ah, the ol’ “politics of white resistance and resentment.” Why, it’s as if he thinks white people “get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them as a way to explain their frustrations.”

(If you aren’t down with turning over trillions more in transfer payments to non-victims of atrocities you never committed, Barack Obama thinks you need to listen more closely to your white guilt.)

How fitting, though, that two of our nation’s foremost narcissists have come together to collaborate on a wokecast called “Renegades: Born in the USA.” As if anyone but the dimmest of dim bulbs believes there’s anything even remotely renegady about this ultra-privileged leftist duo.

As for our nation’s debt to the descendants of slaves, where was Obama when it mattered? When he was, oh, president? We’ll tell you where: He was cowering behind a carefully cultivated image of electability. As Fox News reports, “He opposed reparations during his 2008 presidential campaign, arguing that ‘the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed.’”

Apparently, good schools and good jobs are no longer good enough.

Remember: This is the same slippery guy who was in favor of same-sex marriage back in 1996, but then lied about it during the 2008 presidential campaign in order to get elected, and then ultimately came back around in 2012, when he figured the sands had shifted sufficiently for him to “rediscover” that long-ago support.

In much the same way, Obama now says reparations are “justified” and that “there’s not much question that the wealth … [and] the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves.”

Bravely spoken, now that he’s more than four years out of office. Seems Obama just can’t stop leading from behind. Of course, he’s also emblematic of one of the many intractable problems with reparations: namely, Who owes what to whom? After all, he’s half-white, and so are millions of other Americans. For the Obamas, would the bill for slavery simply be moved from his checking account to Michelle’s?

As to the merits of reparations, our Thomas Gallatin addressed the issue earlier this week, covering Democrat Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s recently submitted HR 40, as well as some principled dissent from the likes of Utah Representative and former NFLer Burgess Owens. “Reparations are not the way to right our country’s wrong,” Owens said. “It is impractical and a nonstarter for the United States government to pay reparations. It is also unfair and heartless to give black Americans the hope that this is a reality.”

Another strong conservative voice within the black community, that of another former NFLer, Herschel Walker, is also against reparations. “Where does the money come from?” he asked “Does it come from all the other races except the black taxpayers? Who is black? … Who is the guilty party? Should we start at the beginning where African Americans sold your African American ancestors into slavery? And to a slave trader who eventually sold African American ancestors to slave owners?”

Finally, it was some 20 years ago when former hard-leftist-turned-conservative David Horowitz addressed the issue of reparations, and his 10-point argument, which took the form of an advertisement and caused a furor when it ran in nine college newspapers, has aged remarkably well.

Each of his 10 points is powerful on its own, but perhaps the tenth one is the most powerful: “The reparations claim is a separatist idea that sets African-Americans against the nation that gave them freedom.”

“For all America’s faults,” Horowitz writes, “African-Americans have an enormous stake in their country and its heritage. It is this heritage that is really under attack by the reparations movement. The reparations claim is one more assault on America, conducted by racial separatists and the political left. It is an attack not only on white Americans, but on all Americans — especially African-Americans.”

Regardless of what Johnny-Come-Lately Obama might think.

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Xavier Becerra Exposed — Biden’s Unfit HHS Nominee

Thomas Gallatin

Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, ran into stiff opposition from Senate Republicans on Wednesday. As one of Biden’s most radical nominees, Becerra was sure to elicit a strong challenge from Republicans, who have highlighted both his complete lack of healthcare and medical experience as well as his record opposing Californians’ religious liberty and right of conscience. His hearing performance didn’t help.

So what are Becerra’s “qualifications”? For the Biden administration, his commitment to pursuing a radical leftist agenda is paramount. By nominating Becerra, Biden is seeking to weaponize the HHS into an enforcement agency.

During his confirmation hearing, it became patently clear that Becerra is fully on board the radical leftist agenda, as his record as California’s AG attests. Socialist Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked if he would help push the Left’s racial “equity” agenda by committing “to collect the data we need to see the racial disparities in our health care system and to attack those disparities head on.” Becerra readily answered, “Senator, I’m looking forward to working with you on this because it’s time.”

Becerra is an abortion absolutist and enthusiast. When questioned by Republican Senator Steve Daines (MT) if he could “name one abortion restriction that you might support,” Becerra demurred. Again Daines asked, “To be clear, is there any line you would draw? Is there just one restriction that relates to abortion that you might support?” Once again Becerra dodged, refusing to give a straight answer and saying only, “I respect those who take a particular view; my job will be to make sure that I’m following the law.”

On the issue of religious liberty, Becerra was challenged for falsely claiming he “never sued nuns” for objecting to and fighting against ObamaCare’s contraception mandate. “You actually sued the federal government who had given an exemption to the nuns,” Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) observed. “Can you explain what the Little Sisters of the Poor were doing wrong?”

Becerra sought to spin away from the obvious by hiding behind semantics: “Our problem was that the federal government was not abiding by the law as we saw it … and we took action … so that California could administer its programs to make sure that the Affordable Care Act continued to work.” Sasse called out Becerra for a “complete nonsense answer” and continued to press: “What you’re saying isn’t true. You say you didn’t sue the nuns, you sued the federal government that was keeping you from making sure that the nuns had to buy contraceptive insurance. Were the nuns going to get pregnant?” Once again Becerra responded by hiding behind semantics.

As noted above, it’s clear that Becerra’s experience and record do not qualify him for the position of HHS secretary. He’s a radical who would seek to use the agency against Americans’ freedoms of conscience and religion under the guise of promoting “healthcare.”

David Daleiden, the undercover journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby parts, was ruthlessly attacked by California’s then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, but that was an effort continued by Xavier Becerra. Daleiden warns, “Becerra’s treatment of me shows exactly why he shouldn’t be put in charge of the Department of Health and Human Services. His record shows that he would abuse the power of this agency as a weapon in the culture war, wielding it on behalf of political allies like Planned Parenthood and against ‘enemies’ like the Little Sisters of the Poor and me. Most gravely, he would fail in HHS’s most basic responsibility to protect the lives and health of the tiniest Americans, instead exploiting them for experimental use and turning the clock back to old policies that say our children are more valuable dead than alive. We all deserve better.”

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DeSantis Leads the Way on Election Integrity

Arnold Ahlert

On February 22, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis became the most consequential politician in America.

That was the day America learned a majority of the justices serving on the U.S. Supreme Court are easily intimidated cowards whose refusal to even consider the unconstitutional machinations surrounding the 2020 elections has put this nation on the brink of complete lawlessness.

In his dissent, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, Justice Clarence Thomas highlighted the pusillanimity of his fellow justices. “The Pennsylvania Legislature established an unambiguous deadline for receiving mail-in ballots: 8 p.m. on election day,” Thomas wrote in his dissent. “Dissatisfied, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended that deadline by three days. The court also ordered officials to count ballots received by the new deadline even if there was no evidence — such as a postmark — that the ballots were mailed by election day. … These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority nonlegislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is inexplicable.”

Not inexplicable. Explicably and explicitly corrupt, and columnist C. Edmund Wright explains the tortured logic that enabled it. “Those trying to challenge Pennsylvania’s obviously corrupt and rigged election system have been told that they cannot challenge the laws ahead of the election, because there is not yet a victim,” he writes. “They’ve been told that fellow Americans impacted by Pennsylvania’s corrupt system cannot challenge, because of standing. Now they’ve been told that they cannot challenge after the election, because it’s after the election — and therefore moot.”

Columnist Michael Walsh was even more on point, describing the 2020 vote as a “free-for-all election in which you could vote without ID, vote months ahead of the election, vote days after the election, ‘cure’ your ballot if you made a ‘mistake,’ allow a complete stranger to ‘harvest’ your vote, and never have to prove provenance.”

He then sounded the ultimate warning: “One more election under these rules and the Republic is dead.”

Enter Governor DeSantis. As of now, the man who appears to be one of the precious few Republican politicians with an ounce of testosterone has proposed a series of new initiatives designed to ensure at least one state in the nation conducts its elections with integrity. To wit:

Ballot Integrity

  • Address the use of ballot drop boxes.
  • Address ballot harvesting so that no person may possess ballots other than their own and their immediate family.
  • No mass mailing of vote-by-mail ballots — only voters who request a ballot should receive a ballot.
  • Vote-by-mail requests must be made each election year.
  • Vote by mail ballot signatures must match the most recent signature on file.

Transparency in the Elections Process

  • Political parties and candidates cannot be shut out from observing the signature matching process.
  • Supervisors of Elections must post over-vote ballots to be considered by the canvassing board on their website before the canvassing board meets.
  • Prohibits counties from receiving grants from private third-party organizations for “get out the vote” initiatives.

Transparency in Elections Reporting

  • Requires real-time reporting of voter turnout data at the precinct level.
  • Supervisors of Elections must report how many ballots have been requested, how many have been received, and how many are left to be counted.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats and their media enablers framed these proposals as something that directly benefits DeSantis. South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel labeled them as “something that could help his election chances.” The Orlando Sentinel stated that DeSantis is “targeting voter registration.” Sarasota Herald-Tribune columnist John Kennedy insisted the governor is pushing “for an array of controversial changes” that would “likely help his party and his own reelection chances next year.”

State Senator Randolph Bracy (D-Orlando) agreed. “I hate to go here, but it looks partisan, it looks like there’s an effort to get a strategic advantage,” he asserted. “Knowing that Democrats overwhelmingly vote by mail … I feel it’s the elephant in the room.”

Daniel Smith, an elections “expert” at the University of Florida, went the “voter suppression” route. “If voters are sent a mail ballot, there’s a better chance they will vote,” Smith said. “Republicans don’t want that, the way it is now. So there’s no principle, it’s all partisanship driving that.”

When one is advocating “principles” whereby ballots are mailed out in massive quantities — whether requested or not — some context is necessary. In 2020, Maria Matthews, director of the state Division of Elections, testified in federal court that while as many as 85,000 voters might be ineligible to cast ballots, it could take years to process that data.

More context? When Eric Holder was attorney general, he made a career out of preventing voter rolls from being cleaned up. In fact, at a 2009 meeting of the Voting Rights Section, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes made it clear exactly where the department stood on the issue. “We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law,” she stated. “It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it.”

Flash-forward to 2021, and there’s every indication Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, won’t be any better. Consider this exchange between him and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) at Garland’s confirmation hearing:

Lee: “Do you believe that efforts to purge voter rolls of individuals who have either died or have left the state in question or to require voter identification are racially discriminatory and an assault on voting rights?”

Garland: “This one is one I can’t answer yes or no because you’re asking about motivations of individuals, some of whom may have discriminatory purpose and some of whom have no discriminatory purpose.”

Really? Removing dead and ineligible voters from voting rolls might be discriminatory if the motive for doing so isn’t sufficiently “pure”? According to whom? Moreover, the phoniest — and most racist — trope promulgated in America is the Left’s insistence that people of color are fundamentally incapable of procuring the same ID and being the same fully informed and technologically capable citizens as every other group of Americans.

Yet it is precisely that trope the Left will use to bludgeon weak-kneed Republicans more terrified of being labeled a bigot than losing the republic via election fraud.

DeSantis isn’t one of them. “Last November, Florida held the smoothest, most successful election of any state in the country,” DeSantis said in a statement announcing his proposals. “While we should celebrate this feat, we should not rest on our laurels. Today, we are taking action to ensure that Florida remains a leader on key issues regarding our electoral process, such as ballot integrity, public access to election information, transparency of election reporting and more. By strengthening these election integrity protections, we will ensure that our elections remain secure and transparent, and that Florida’s electoral process remains a blueprint for other states to follow.”

It’s a blueprint Republicans ignore at their peril — or quite possibly their extinction.

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The GOP’s Alternative Minimum Wage

Lewis Morris

Republican Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Tom Cotton of Arkansas have announced a plan to raise the federal minimum wage that they claim will meet the needs of lower-income workers without harming small businesses and killing jobs. An important part of the calculation is that the Romney-Cotton plan will also make the E-Verify system mandatory, ensuring that workers are legal.

The two senators propose to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2025, then peg that wage to inflation for automatic adjustments every two years. They arrived at the $10 number after consulting a 2019 wage report by the Congressional Budget Office that found a $10 minimum wage was less likely to cost jobs. According to CBO estimates, phasing in a $10 minimum wage over five years would cost approximately 100,000 jobs on the high end, with a median estimate of virtually no job loss at all. Many states — especially the most populous ones — already have minimums at or above $10 an hour.

The same CBO estimate found that a $15 minimum wage phased in over the same time frame, which is the current Democrat plan, would cost anywhere from 1.3 million to 3.7 million jobs. Only three states have wages at or higher than $13 an hour. The Democrat wage-hike plan also does not include pinning the wage to inflation, and it certainly doesn’t make E-Verify mandatory.

“Our legislation would raise the floor for workers without costing jobs,” Romney said in a statement, “and automatically increase the federal minimum wage every two years to match the rate of inflation. Additionally, our bill would protect American jobs by requiring employers to use E-Verify to ensure that businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants.”

The Democrat plan isn’t nearly as economically sound as what Republicans have offered in large part because Democrats don’t really care about American business. Democrat Representative Ro Khanna (People’s Republic of California) proclaimed any business that can’t afford to pay $15 an hour shouldn’t exist. Such contempt for America’s small business owners to go along with ignorance of simple economics is par for the course in the modern Democrat Party, and the leftist hardliners will surely push back against the Romney-Cotton proposal as not being high enough to “help” low-wage workers. The fact that millions of those people will not be able to get a job precisely because of a minimum wage that is too high is apparently beside the point.

The mandatory E-Verify provision will of course make the Romney-Cotton plan a nonstarter with Democrats, but also with some businesses. E-Verify, which allows businesses to confirm the legal status of immigrants they hire, is currently a voluntary system. It is deeply unpopular with some businesses, and a number of employers have steadfastly refused to use it. However, if it does become mandatory, use of E-Verify will stabilize the labor market and protect jobs for American citizens. It will also help reduce illegal immigration since jobs are often what bring people across the border.

There may be room to debate the exact size of the minimum wage hike, if the class-warfare Dems can be kept in their box. That’s a big if, but some Senate Democrats, like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have signaled that the $15 minimum wage may be too high. With an evenly divided Senate, there will have to be some give and take if any progress is to be made. Mandatory E-Verify, though, is likely dead in the water.

Biden appears determined to open up the borders and go back to the Obama-era come-one, come-all immigration policy. The illegal immigrants he plans to let flood into the country will need jobs, and compelling employers to check the status of immigrant employees runs counter to that. It can never be said enough, however, that unbridled immigration puts downward pressure on wages and makes jobs tougher to come by for working citizens.

Of course, the federal minimum wage ought not to even exist, but the Romney-Cotton plan at least offers a reasonable solution that reduces the harm to business while protecting American workers. For these reasons, Democrats will surely fight against it because they are more interested in political victory than long-term economic stability.

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Wait, How Many Identify as ‘LGBT’?

Nate Jackson

How much of the population would you say “identifies” as one of the “LGBT” categories? Ten percent? Twenty-five percent? Based on the adulating attention in news and entertainment this segment of the population commands, including cultivated Netflix movie listings and Hollywood quotas to go along with a whole dedicated “Pride Month” dutifully observed by businesses nationwide, you could be forgiven for thinking so.

But what if we told you the number of “LGBT” individuals in America was actually just 5%?

According to Gallup, that’s the case, and only because of a dramatic rise in recent years: “Gallup’s latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup’s previous update based on 2017 data.” Way back in the dark ages of 2012, it was just 3.5%.

The Rainbow Mafia will argue that the percentage is even higher, especially because Gallup says “7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation.” They’ll say this is evidence that LGBT individuals are still oppressed and are afraid to come out.

We’d argue the exact opposite is the reason for the nine-year 60% surge in alternative identifications.

That said, young people account for the bulk of the surge, and the rebellious among them are especially susceptible to having a martyr complex. They gravitate toward forbidden behavior as a way to buck the system all while secretly reveling in whatever opposition they encounter. And, in this case, they’re lionized for it.

Beginning in the ‘60s, this manifested in the “free love” movement that could only take off because of prevalent birth control and then the legalization of abortion. Love “without consequences.” Now, of course, the rebellion du jour is gender dysphoria. Supposed oppression becomes the attraction.

LGBT individuals are by and large not the victims of discrimination, of course. Quite the opposite — they’ve become nearly sacrosanct.

Gays and lesbians who were “born this way” are encouraged to be their “true selves” and then are adoringly celebrated. So-called “transgendered” people who were not born that way are likewise revered as the very bravest members of society. Anyone who points to biological science is silenced.

The worst part of this is the predatory nature of the Rainbow Mafia. “Younger Americans are increasingly likely to consider themselves part of the LGBTQ community: Nearly 16 percent of Generation Z, those 18 to 23 in 2020, consider themselves something other than heterosexual,” reports NBC’s “Out News,” which of course thinks this trend is actually a marvelous revelation that this percentage has been true but suppressed all along. But don’t think for a moment that the Rainbow Mafia isn’t deliberately indoctrinating our children to increase its own ranks.

The purveyors of this sick-think are exploiting vulnerable young people, especially those without fathers and primarily through entertainment as indoctrination, to further the Left’s divisive identity politics for cultural and political gain. Young Americans — our children and grandchildren — deserve so much better.

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Fox News Is in the Left’s Crosshairs

Douglas Andrews

“If you talk to journalists who cover Washington,” said Fox News’s Brit Hume, “you won’t find many who are pro-life, you won’t find very many who are environmental movement skeptics, you won’t find very many who think that the NRA’s anything other than a menace. You will find very few who are Republicans, and you won’t find very many who are self-acknowledged conservatives. It’s just not there.”

He didn’t say that yesterday, though. Or last week. Or last month. He said it in 2004, in Scott Collins’s book, Crazy Like a Fox: The Inside Story of How Fox News Beat CNN.

We call your attention to this simply to illustrate just how little has changed in 17 years. And to illustrate the insatiable desire of the Left to destroy any and all dissent, even when the deck is stacked supremely in its favor. Again, leftists don’t want to discuss or argue or defeat dissent in the marketplace of ideas — they want to summarily eliminate it.

A few years earlier, Thomas Jefferson described those “who would wish to dissolve this Union” as “monuments of safety with which the error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” Which is apparently an 18th-century way of saying, Dissenters are welcome so long as they can be vigorously engaged. And who can argue with him?

Well, the Left, that’s who.

“What steps did you take prior to, on and following the Nov. 3, 2020, elections and the Jan. 6, 2021, attacks to monitor, respond to and reduce the spread of disinformation, including encouragement or incitement of violence by channels your company disseminates to millions of Americans?” That’s the partial text of a letter penned by Democrat Representatives Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney to major cable providers such as Comcast, Verizon, and Cox, and to digital companies including Roku, Apple, and Hulu. As The Washington Times reports, “House Democrats are pressuring cable TV providers and online streaming companies to purge conservative media outlets from their platforms or at the very least do more to censor content they deem fake and misleading.”

More to the point, Eshoo and McNerney ask, “Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, OANN and Newsmax on your platform both now and beyond the renewal date? If so, why?”

Yikes. These people are sick. And just think: They were actually elected to office by our fellow Americans. Admittedly, though, they both represent districts in California, and we know how well that’s working out.

Jonathan Turley, professor at The George Washington University Law School, spoke during the committee’s hearing on the subject of disinformation in the media. (“Disinformation” is, increasingly, the term used by the Left to describe speech with which it doesn’t agree — and the term it’s using to label Fox, Newsmax, and OANN as a menace to society.)

The hearing can be viewed here, and Hurley’s five-minute opening remarks, which begin at the 40:25 mark, are worth listening to. “As evident in my writings,” he begins, “I maintain what was once a mainstream view of free speech: that the greatest protection against bad speech is more speech. That view is admittedly under fire, and indeed may be a minority view today. But history has shown that public and private forms of censorship do not produce better speech. It is rather a self-replicating, self-perpetuating path that that only produces more censorship and more controlled speech.”

Regarding the letter from Eshoo and McNerney, he pulled no punches. “To be honest, from the perspectives of free speech and the free press, the letter is not just chilling; it’s positively glacial.”

Hurley then quoted a classical liberal, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, an FDR appointee who some 70 years ago warned, “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

Professor Hurley closed by doubling down on Justice Douglas’s warning: “Some of the measures being discussed this week have the potential to defeat us all.” Indeed, they do, and conservatives had best defeat those attempts to silence millions of voices before it’s too late.

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Leftist Bias Has Destroyed Wikipedia

Thomas Gallatin

“The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone,” Wikipedia cofound Larry Sanger recently lamented. “Wikipedia’s ideological and religious bias is real and troubling, particularly in a resource that continues to be treated by many as an unbiased reference work.”

It is that view of the site being “an unbiased reference work” that is the real problem. Founded in 2001, Wikipedia essentially started as an experiment in public-accumulated knowledge. The site bills itself as “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” As such, Sanger notes, “[Wikipedia] is not perceived as credible by librarians and academics because it lacks a formal review process and is ‘anti-elitist.’”

Worse, Sanger explained, leftist activists have moved in to gradually “take control of any influential institution not explicitly conservative … and they just work harder, and in more subtle ways, on the ones that are explicitly conservative.” It’s groupthink, too, he says: “And then when the rest of the media and tech became insanely far left, Wikipedia naturally went along with the trend.”

A glaring example of this leftist takeover of Wikipedia is noted by Fox News, which reported, “The two main pages for ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ span a massive 28,000 words, and yet they contain no discussion of the genocides committed by socialist and communist regimes, in which tens of millions of people were murdered and starved.” How can you even begin to have an accurate understanding of the far Left’s bloody ideology without acknowledging its history in practice? You can’t, and that’s the point of Wikipedia’s bias.

Back in 2015, Sanger warned, “Wikipedia never solved the problem of how to organize itself in a way that didn’t lead to mob rule. People that I would say are trolls sort of took over. The inmates started running the asylum.” And that’s bad news for maintaining truth and integrity.

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Is It a Horse or a Zebra?

Nick Peirce

Many people are hardwired to make quick decisions, often resulting in conclusions that are incorrect. This typically happens when their conclusions are reached on the basis of too little information or information that isn’t factual. Unfortunately, taking the time to test information for accuracy requires more discipline than many people are willing to expend.

Since lots of folks think they are smart enough to correctly connect the least number of dots to reach a valid conclusion, this leads many of them to underrate complex issues and look for simple answers. As a result, their conclusions are often unsupportable. This is what happens when you hear clip-clopping in the dark and conclude that a horse is coming — but it actually turns out to be a zebra.

So, when we “connect the dots,” what are the “dots” we try to connect? Most of them consist of information provided by other people. If we trust them, we tend to trust the information they provide. When a trusted source tells us it’s a horse, we think, Yes, that seems to make sense, so it must be a true. Although that kind of reasoning is more or less logical (and sometimes even correct), it’s still lazy and runs the risk of being seriously wrong.

This becomes even more problematic when we trust people we don’t know, including television personalities, actors, journalists, and politicians. Lots of people trust these celebrities because they think they are important and believe important people tell the truth. This becomes an even bigger problem when a trusted source is only quoting someone else, or even many others. This can result in an intellectual echo chamber in which multiple voices reinforcing one another can all be equally wrong.

Another problem is that the dots we rely on are words and failing to recognize that the same words can have very different meanings for different people. For example, take the words “white privilege.” The meaning of “white” is clear enough in this context, but “privilege” is anything but. It is defined as “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.” The term “white privilege” suggests a zero-sum assertion that some benefit is explicitly granted to white people while being intentionally withheld from all others. It eliminates the possibility that other variables can be involved; things like education, experience, value systems, cultural imperatives, and so on. It defines whole populations in the abstract while asserting collective outcomes that are specific. Actual white privilege was far more common in the past, and it may even operate in some instances today. But there is no evidence that it is currently “systemic” (whatever that means). Therefore, to generalize from the exception to the whole, especially in formulating policy, only creates problems.

Finally, there’s the problem of proactive inhibition. This happens when you’re forced to accept the rival meaning of something out of fear that if you don’t, you will be punished. A good example is in the area of gender identification. The word “gender” was originally used as a term in grammar and had nothing to do with sex. It is now used to denote a range of sex “identities” that are not limited to male and female. It imposes different social meanings on what has been historically and genetically determined as binary. Failure to accept this new social meaning now leaves the user open to criticism and even retribution. It even requires a reformulation of language to alter grammatical gender, resulting in linguistic confusion.

Sadly, sometimes it’s just simpler to throw logic and truth to the wind and give up. For too many folks, it’s easier to accept that a zebra is just a horse of another color.

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Top of the Fold

  • House Democrats aim to pass $1.9 trillion COVID bill on Friday (CNBC)

“The package includes $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, a $400 per week jobless benefit supplement and an extension of programs making millions more Americans eligible for unemployment insurance. It also puts $20 billion into Covid-19 vaccinations, $50 billion into testing, and $350 billion into state, local and tribal government relief. The plan as of now would hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The provision may not survive in the final bill.”

Government & Politics

  • NRA sues New York Attorney General Letitia James, correctly says she wants to destroy her “political enemy” (Reuters)

“The NRA, which filed for bankruptcy last month and said it would switch its incorporation to Texas from New York, accused James of ‘weaponizing’ her powers to pursue a ‘blatant and malicious retaliation campaign’ against the group because she dislikes what it stands for. … In seeking the lawsuit’s dismissal, the NRA countered that James sued ‘with the sole purpose of seeking to dissolve a political enemy.’ It also said her ‘selective enforcement’ of state not-for-profit laws violated its constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection.”

  • President Joe Biden signs executive order on securing critical supply chains (CBS)

“The president specifically said a shortage of computer chips, semiconductors, has created a serious problem in the U.S. economy. Mr. Biden said leaders in his administration will work with industry leaders to discover solutions for the semiconductor shortfall.”

  • Dozens of House Democrats want Biden to give up sole authority to launch nuclear weapons (Fox)

Dumb and Dumber

  • Biden rescinds Trump’s apprenticeship program to placate organized labor (Daily Wire)
  • Biden cancels Trump’s “Operation Talon” that targeted sex offenders living in the U.S. illegally (Human Events)

Science & Big Tech Oligarchs

  • Steven Crowder temporarily suspended from Twitter for discovering that “people — who may not be real people — have voted from addresses that do not exist” (Daily Wire)
  • New analyses show Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine works well (NY Times)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Black Lives Matter Foundation raked in more than $90 million last year (Daily Wire)

“Black Lives Matter had about $8.4 million worth of expenses last year, which included ‘staffing, operating and administrative expenses, civic engagement, programs and field expenses, rapid response, and crisis intervention,’ according to the impact report. They also dispensed more than $22 million in grants to the organization’s local chapters and other black-run organizations around the U.S. They ended the year flush with $60 million.”

Editor’s note: Why not use that $60 million for reparations? Just sayin’.

  • California bill would fine stores $1,000 for having separate boys and girls sections (PJ Media)

Odds & Ends

  • Ex-aide Lindsey Boylan details sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo (NY Post)
  • U.S. bank profits fell 36.5% in 2020 — but still posted a $147.9 billion windfall (Reuters)
  • We now have the full landing video of NASA’s Mars rover and it’s EPIC (Not the Bee)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Soledad O’Brien, the Democrats’ “expert” in Senate hearing on “misinformation,” is a prolific conspiracy theorist (Post Millennial)

American Spirit

  • Couple welcomes stranded Texas delivery driver into their home for five days (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The “Equality Act” would impose transgender ideology on everyone (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: How the “Fight for 15” could enable a wave of youth lawlessness (City Journal)
  • Satire: Media criticizes Governor DeSantis for vaccinating Republican seniors instead of killing them (Babylon Bee)

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Editor’s Note: Each week we receive hundreds of comments and correspondences — and we read every one of them. What follows are a few though-provoking comments about specific articles. The views expressed herein don’t necessarily reflect those of The Patriot Post.

Re: “Big Tech Censors Remove Book Questioning ‘Transgender’ Dogma

“At least at this time Ryan T. Anderson’s book is still available on Barnes and Noble’s website. Also Google still has it listed. We’ll see how much longer that lasts. I have been involved with this transgender dysphoria personally: My oldest brother, who has since passed away, and my older son, who was born Michael but now goes by Michele. My brother realized after ‘reassignment surgery’ that things didn’t improve for him and he lost much — wife, children, other family members. He was no happier after than before.” —Colorado

Re: “Waking Up to the Free Speech Threat

“I would like to know how we get people to realize just how dangerous the Democrats are. How do you get people who have been indoctrinated in school instead of educated to realize that the Democrats want to destroy our Constitution and Bill of Rights? Once they have accomplished that, we will have no rights at all. Anyone have an answer?” —Arizona

Re: “Voting Third Party Is a Vote for Tyranny

“Right now we have a two-party system in this country. Everybody has to align with one party or the other. That is absurd. The problem is that with our current system, we can elect a candidate with as little as 34% of the vote. We need more parties. We also need ranked-choice voting to ensure that any winner gets at least 50% of the vote.” —Illinois

Re: “Reparations in the Age of ‘Unity’

“The reparations scheme seeks to attaint all Americans of European descent for the sins of a few of their ancestors. This is unconstitutional and flagrantly unjust. It also would imply the Cherokee nation is liable for its own ancestors who held black slaves. This would create an additional set of legal problems. If done through the federal Treasury, it would be in violation of the 14th Amendment, Section 4, which canceled any debts claimed by slaveholders related to the emancipation of the slaves. We do not owe their debts, including whatever they might have owed to their former slaves, even if such claims could be carried across generations. Besides, Congress already addressed the issue in settlement acts between 1865 and 1868.” —Minnesota

Re: “Tuesday Short Cuts

“I’m surprised Mr. Bill Gates doesn’t realize that using natural gas for heating a home is more efficient than using a combustion-fired power plant to provide electricity to heat the home. A natural gas power plant loses about 65% of the energy from gas as waste heat, whereas a standard high-efficiency furnace delivers at least 93% of the heat to the home. That’s 180% more carbon emissions. Now, he might say his housing projects are powered by wind and solar panels, but the reality is that on cold winter nights, the primary power sources must be coal, gas, or nuclear energy. Wind and solar cannot deliver enough even with energy storage without substantial land usage and the environmentally significant volume of resources needed to build them.” —Minnesota

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Insight: “With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people.” —Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)

Observations: “Equality is a social condition. Equity is social engineering.” —Andrew McCarthy

Indeed: “Ever notice how protecting people from dangerous misinformation looks exactly the same as censoring true information you’re scared of?” —Frank J. Fleming

Belly laugh of the week: “Watching a woman put her mask on between bites of food and I can’t help but wonder how we survived so long as a species.” —Sydney Watson

For the record: “The authoritarian left has broadened out the meaning of incitement to include any verbiage that elicits strong emotions … so long as conservatives are responsible for such verbiage. Thus, it’s possible incitement to call people by their biological pronouns but perfectly innocent fun to wink and nod at widespread looting and rioting. … The establishment media are fond of saying that we’re experiencing a crisis of authoritarianism in America; they point to the criminal acts of Jan. 6 and suggest that right-wing authoritarianism threatens democracy itself. The far greater threat to democracy, however, lies with an authoritarian left that is now ascendant in virtually every powerful institution in America.” —Ben Shapiro

Upright I: “My ancestors were slaves. And my life as a young woman was a mess. Was my life a mess because my ancestors were slaves? I don’t think so. My life was a mess because I lived a wanton, irresponsible existence, defined by promiscuity, petty crimes and scamming the nation’s well-meaning but totally confused welfare system to the greatest extent of my ability. Did I need reparations to turn things around for me? Certainly not. I needed a wake-up call, which, to my great gratitude, I got, from a few church-going black Christians who told me the way I was living was unacceptable. I went to church, took back responsibility for my life and turned my circumstances around. The problem with the idea of reparations is it redirects attention away from exactly where attention is needed: on individuals’ personal responsibility for their own unique lives.” —Star Parker

Upright II: “Compensation for damages is a basic legal principle. It’s about personal responsibility. Individual A sues individual B for damages caused. Exactly what the damages were and exactly how B injured A must be shown in a court of law. Today, only a small fraction of our population has ancestors who were around before 1865 when slavery was legal. The idea of collective guilt, with no specific individual identified as causing the damage and no specific individual showing how he or she was damaged, doesn’t fly. If there is any legitimate claim of collective guilt, it is the guilt of original sin, which we learn in the book of Genesis. Every man and woman is imperfect and responsible for fixing themselves — and, by doing so, helping to fix the world.” —Star Parker

Friendly fire: “Multiple administrations have made the callous choice to lock up thousands of children seeking refuge in the United States of America. As long as we see people seeking a better life as ‘aliens’ instead of fellow human beings, our immigration system will continue to fail us.” —Ilham Omar

Non compos mentis: “Bold reimagination is so [important]. DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.” —AOC

Village idiot: “The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cut off my life force and take away my voice—Even those who call themselves artists…………..You know who you are!!! DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY! Now and Forever.” —Madonna, who’s worth nearly a billion dollars

And last… “In four weeks, the Biden administration has been known for two things: open borders and closed schools.” —Senator Rick Scott

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