Daily Archives: March 10, 2021

March 10 Evening Quotes of The Day

Royal Robes and a Threadbare Soul
1 Kings 10:23–11:13; 2 Chronicles 9:22–28

Solomon got more hurt by his wealth than he got good by his wisdom. Such a fire rose out of his worldly enjoyments as did even consume and burn up his choicest spirits and his noblest virtues; under all his royal robes, he had but a threadbare soul.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Do What God Requires Regardless of Results
Deuteronomy 10:12; Micah 6:8; Romans 6:16; Philippians 2:12

It behooves us to accomplish what God requires of us, even when we are in the greatest despair respecting the results.

JOHN CALVIN

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

March 10 Evening Verse of The Day

16:17 The term “teaching” implies that by this time the gospel had already been taught to the point that it could be followed and understood and also should have been defended against corruption (see 2Th 3:6).[1]


16:17 who cause dissensions and temptations The early church consistently faced the threat of false teachers. Paul claimed that he warned the church at Ephesus of this problem “night and day” (see Acts 20:25–31). The false teachers mentioned in Rom 16:17 not only cause conflict among believers, but more seriously spread false doctrine in the church.[2]


16:17 dissensions and hindrances. Doctrinal falsehood and unrighteous practices (cf. Mt 24:24; Ac 20:27–32; Gal 1:6–8; Eph 4:14).[3]


16:17 — Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

Division is a sure mark of the evil one. Factions and schisms and rancor and bitter interactions all point to the activity of Satan. God calls His people to unity to demonstrate His love to the world.[4]


16:17 Cause divisions means “to stand apart” or “to cause dissension.” In the NT it occurs only here and in Gal. 5:20. Strife and rivalry cause dissension, which eventually leads to divisions in a church (13:13; Gal. 5:20). Such dissension causes offenses—that is, it becomes a snare or stumbling block to others (this word occurs at 14:13). Contentious, divisive people can cause others to stumble, so they should be avoided. Paul teaches this type of church discipline in his other letters (1 Cor. 5:9–13; 2 Thess. 3:6; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 3:10).[5]


16:17 The apostle cannot close the letter without a warning against ungodly teachers who might worm their way into the church. The Christians should be on their guard against any such who form parties around themselves and set traps to destroy the faith of the unwary. They should be on the lookout for any whose teaching is contrary to the sound doctrine which the Christians had learned, and should avoid them completely.[6]


16:17 This warning seems to break into the context unexpectedly. There is a list in verses 17–18 of what these false teachers were doing.

  1. they stirred up divisions
  2. they put hindrances in the believer’s way
  3. they taught in opposition to the instruction the church had given
  4. they were serving their own base appetites
  5. they were deceiving the hearts of unsuspecting people by their smooth, flattering talk.

© “turn away from them” This is a PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. This is a recurrent theme (cf. Gal. 1:8–9; 2 Thess. 3:6, 14; 2 John 10).[7]


17. I exhort you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Avoid them.

There are those who maintain that the passage, verses 17–20, cannot have been a part of Paul’s epistle to the Romans because its tone is different from that found in the rest of this letter. They maintain that it is “out of context.” (Something has been said about this on pp. 27, 28.) They ask:

“Since the apostle has been lavishing effusive praise upon the membership of the Roman church (1:8; 15:14), how could he then now, all of a sudden, be scolding them?”

Those who so reason should look again. On closer examination they will discover that what Paul says here in 16:17–20 is definitely “in context.” In the preceding verse he has instructed the addressed to greet one another “with a holy kiss.” This kiss was clearly a token of love, unity, harmony. So now in verse 17 he warns the congregation to watch out for people whose purpose it is to disturb this harmony and to create divisions. The connection is close.

Again Paul has just now referred to “all the churches of Christ.” Is it even possible that, while reflecting on the conditions in these several churches, he could have dismissed from his mind the fact that some of them were being, or had recently been, disturbed by false teachers who followed him at his heels and did their utmost to overthrow the doctrine of salvation by grace alone? They were constantly causing divisions and putting obstacles (see on 14:13, p. 461, footnote 384) in the way, with the purpose of obstructing the true teaching the Romans had learned.

Nowhere does the apostle say or imply that these troublemakers were members of the Roman church. They were probably outsiders, traveling propagandists of error.

It is not necessary to believe that they were all of one kind. Some may have been legalists (Judaizers), others antinomians or perhaps ascetics, or advocates of a combination of two or more disruptive isms.

Paul does not say, “Oppose them”; for, though some of those whom he addresses might have been able to do this successfully, others could easily have been led astray if they had entered into a debate. Therefore Paul urges the brothers (on which see 1:13, p. 52; 7:1, pp. 214, 215) to avoid these dissenters altogether. He knew that the possibility that some of the members might otherwise have lost their bearings was real, especially in view of the clever methods employed by the propagandizers, as indicated in verse[8]


17. I appeal to you, brethren. Cf. 12:1; 15:30; and see note on 12:1 for the ‘diplomatic’ flavour of parakaleō. There is nothing peremptory about this admonition.

Dissensions and difficulties. ‘Dissensions’ (dichostasiai) are included among the ‘works of the flesh’ in Galatians 5:20. ‘Difficulties’ (skandala) are obstacles in the way. One such obstacle or ‘hindrance’ has been mentioned in 14:13, and it may be included among those in view here.

In opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught. ‘Or to the standard of teaching to which you were committed’ (6:17; the same word, didachē, is translated ‘teaching’ there and ‘doctrine’ here). Paul is confident that the teaching which the Roman church has received is on the same lines as that which he imparted to his own churches; indeed, if the Romans pay heed to what he has said to them in 14:1–15:7, they will be safeguarded against the propaganda of the intruders to whom he now refers.[9]


17 Paul signals a shift to a different subject with his address, “brothers and sisters.” While this warning about false teachers appears to be an abrupt interruption in his closing greetings, it is not unrelated to its context. In conveying greetings from his mission churches to the church at Rome (v. 16b), Paul is probably reminded of the doctrinal threats that those churches have had to confront. He is worried that the same threat might be impending in Rome. “I urge” translates parakaleō, a verb that Paul has used with varied shades of meaning in Rom. 12–16. The translation “watch out for,” found in many English versions, brings out the warning nuance that the verb skopeō has here (see also NASB, “keep your eye on”).290 Those whom the Roman Christians are to “look out for” are “those who cause dissensions and create stumbling blocks against the teaching that you learned.” The definite article—“those”—suggests that Paul has in mind a definite group of people and one that the Romans will recognize when (and if) they come there; but it need not mean that they were known to the Romans.292

As we noticed in the introduction to this section, Paul’s description of these false teachers is very general. As false teachers usually do, they create disunity in the Christian community. But more serious is their heretical doctrine. They create, Paul says, “stumbling blocks,” which translates a word that Paul uses in Romans to refer to a spiritual problem that has the potential of leading to damnation.294 By further describing these stumbling blocks as being “against the teaching that you learned,” Paul makes clear that he is thinking mainly of false doctrine. The seriousness of the threat they pose demands a correspondingly serious response from the Roman Christians: they must “turn away from them”; “shun” them.296 Again, Paul is not necessarily implying that the false teachers are already present. His point is that the Roman Christians must be on their guard against them and be determined to avoid them should they appear.[10]


17 Paul urges vigilance regarding the troublemakers. Alertness to the danger is the main consideration, because failure to be on guard could result in being deceived. “Obstacles” (skandala) is too general a term to yield anything specific for our knowledge of these propagandists. Whatever they did, their activity could affect the whole church; therefore they should not be identified with those in 14:13, where the singular “obstacle” (skandalon) occurs, since the latter seems to have been a problem to only one segment of the congregation.

As an antidote to the corrupting influence that may threaten the Roman believers, the apostle points them to “the teaching you have learned.” This is hardly to be identified solely with the contents of this letter but is more particularly intended to refer to the instruction they have already received in the basics of the faith (cf. 6:17). This should serve as the touchstone enabling them to discern error. But such counsel is not enough. As a practical measure, it is necessary to “keep away from them,” giving them no opportunity for inroads into the congregation.[11]


[1] Klein, W. W. (2017). Romans. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 1420). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 16:17). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 16:17). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ro 16:17). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1455). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1741). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Utley, R. J. (1998). The Gospel according to Paul: Romans (Vol. Volume 5, Ro 16:17). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[8] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, pp. 509–510). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] Bruce, F. F. (1985). Romans: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 6, pp. 276–277). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] 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. 945–946). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[11] 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. 232). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

The Reason Why the Church Needs to Be Reformed — Ligonier Ministries Blog

The church is in continual need of reform, but not because Christ’s atoning work is incomplete or because God’s Word is unclear. In this brief clip, W. Robert Godfrey reminds us why reformation is an ongoing necessity.

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We’re beginning a new topic today, and the topic is “The necessity of reforming the church, then and now.” And we’re taking that title largely from John Calvin. Calvin’s good for so many things. Stealing a title is another good thing to do. John Calvin wrote a treatise, about 120 pages, titled The Necessity of Reforming the Church. And we’ll talk about why he wrote it and why he wrote it the way he wrote it. But it seems to me that it is a helpful treatise to get us thinking about the church, the importance of the church, the centrality of the church. We all remember that Christ said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Establishing the church as the very center and heart of what Christ was setting out to do in His redeeming work. Jesus is gathering a people. Jesus is creating a new humanity, and that is the church that He is building. And when you look at the history of the church, you very soon discover that, over and over again, the church needs to be reformed. The church needs to be reordered, renewed, revived, restructured, reshaped, all the “re-”s. “Re” comes from Latin, meaning “again.” Well, we have to do this again. We have to form it again. We have to make it new again. And this is a continuing need, not because Christ’s work wasn’t finished and perfect, not because God’s Word isn’t clear in directing the church, but because—and this will come as a terrible shock to you—the church is composed of sinners. You probably never knew that, but it’s true. The church is composed of sinners, and sinners not only get things wrong morally, but they get things wrong intellectually and theologically and liturgically and ecclesiastically and every other kind of “-ly.” It’s a problem that the church is constantly going off track.

The Reason Why the Church Needs to Be Reformed — Ligonier Ministries Blog

You Cannot Snow Blow Away Your Issues — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Living in Tennessee, we usually do not expect to have a lot of snow in the winter. Sure, temperatures will get below freezing for a few days, but a big snowfall is, most times, out of the picture. This year, unexpectedly, a large winter storm covered multiple southern states. In just a few days, we now have snow everywhere. Walking outside, you cannot tell what was the street from the sidewalk or yard. Everything in sight seems to be turned to white. While this is a beautiful sight, it is pretty funny to see everyone going out to their cars to try and get the snow off before it piles up too high.

The reason this is so funny is because people have tried all kinds of tactics to get the snow off the windshields of their cars, but to many of their surprises, no matter how hard they tried to blow the show off or push it off, their windshields were still covered. See, what most people likely did not realize was that under all the snow was a thick sheet of ice. They could snow blow the snow off their cars all day long, but that ice underneath was not going to budge. This meant that their windshields would still be covered. It was only when people started attacking the ice first with the scrapper that visions of the windshields would start to come into focus. Because the ice was so thick, it would take quite some effort to scrap that ice off the windshield and it took some dedication.

Thinking back on this, the Lord taught me a valuable lesson. Many times, in our lives today, when we are struggling with something, we want a quick fix solution. We try and snow blow off our issues by taking some medication, reading some books, or just getting some extra sleep. Although these things are effective at helping the side effects of what we are struggling with, the root problem is still there. The ice will not budge.

The only way to break the ice and truly be set free from our sins and issues is to give them to Jesus and to ask Him to break the ice in our life. 

This is not always a quick fix and may involve a good deal of scrapping. Jesus will dig down into root of our issue/sin which may be scary and take time to understand and handle. He will convict us of what we truly need to change in our lives and then lead us to the truth. This process of scrapping out the ice in our lives is not always fun or easy, but in the end, we are set free from our sins and our issues. Jesus restores our vision and guides us on the path to victory. We are able to move on from the ice holding us down and walk into the warm light of His grace and truth. Allow Jesus to scrap the ice out of your life today and be set free once and for all from the sins and issues you are struggling with.

By Bradley Andrew Stubbs
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• Eternal Love
• Fully Surrender to the Lord

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You Cannot Snow Blow Away Your Issues — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

March 10 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Theologically Knowing and Spiritually Ignorant
1 Corinthians 8:1; 13:2

A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant.

STEPHEN CHARNOCK

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

Perseverance Is Always Attacked
Luke 18:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:13; James 1:12; 5:10–11

Perseverance alone is always attacked by the devil, because it is the only virtue which has the assurance of being crowned.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

10 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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Pope Francis Defends Accusations Of Chrislam Heresy Over Iraq Trip, Says What He Did Was Necessary To Create A One World ‘Inter-Religious System’
Pope Francis called Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani a ‘sage’, and that he was a ‘man of God’, and that all by itself should tell you everything you need to know about the Roman pope and his plans to launch the One World Religion of Chrislam on this world. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is not a ‘man of God’, he is someone that denies the deity of Jesus Christ and denies that He alone is the Saviour of the world. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani represents Antichrist, not God, and so does Pope Francis.

‘Alarm in White House’ over escalating attacks on Saudi Arabia
The US led global condemnation on Monday of attempted air strikes on Saudi Arabia, amid growing speculation by analysts about the launch point for the attacks. The Biden administration is alarmed by escalating attacks on the Kingdom, which faced “genuine security threats” from Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen and elsewhere in the region, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“Unmistakable Message”: Top US Admiral Reveals Test Of China’s ‘Carrier Killer’ Ballistic Missile
The top US commander over the Indo-Pacific region of operation has revealed new intelligence before a Senate panel on Tuesday that China’s military test launched an advanced anti-ship ballistic missile into the South China Sea. The previously undisclosed launch occurred in August last year and was meant to send an “unmistakable message” to Washington, according to Indo-Pacom Commander Admiral Phil Davidson’s testimony.

Hackers Infiltrate Thousands Of Security Cameras Inside Jails, Hospitals & Tesla
In the latest embarrassing hacking incident to affect American technology giants, a team of hackers has stolen what Bloomberg described as a “massive trove of security-camera data collected by Silicon Valley startup Verkada” in an effort to make a point about the dangers and drawbacks of mass surveillance. Using administrator credentials purportedly found on the public Internet, the hackers gained access to live feeds tied to some 150K security cameras located inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons, schools and – bizarrely – Tesla HQ.

‘Weekend At Biden’s?’ Handlers Shut Down Yet Another Q&A After Public Appearance
For the third time in as many days (the previous two detailed here), President Biden’s handlers abruptly panicked at the prospect of him answering a question from the press. Today’s debacle takes place in a DC hardware store as double-mask-wearing Biden stares blankly at the store owner during his polite introduction, then becomes distracted by people on an upper level of the store. Biden’s gaffes – or put more gently ‘senior moments’ are mounting and the world is starting to notice.

Microsoft Responds to China Cyber Attack by Expanding Business in China
Microsoft responded to a Chinese government hack that compromised more than 60,000 of its customers by expanding operations in the repressive regime. Microsoft acknowledged on March 2 that Chinese “state-sponsored” hackers used vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange’s software to install malware and access the emails of thousands of victims. The tech company has nevertheless barreled forward in its Chinese business plan, announcing on March 4 that it will expand its cloud computing service Azure.

Massive layoffs at Huffington Post after it pushed to deplatform right
After having pushed for the deplatforming of conservative voices, the left-leaning Huffington Post announced massive layoffs of its workforce on Tuesday – 47 U.S. writers including eight in management – and entirely shuttering its Canadian operation.

Biden’s National Security document: The violent few will de-stabilize the peaceful many
The new guidance provided by US President Biden’s Interim National Security Strategic document is de-stabilizing, unethical and unwise. It enables a violent few to de-stabilize the peaceful many. Biden reports that his team will be “resuming our role as promoter of a viable two-state solution….

‘We’ll regret failure to adopt Trump Plan for years to come’
Settlement leaders made a strategic blunder in opposing the Trump administration’s plan for Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, Dore Gold said Tuesday, lamenting what he said was a lost opportunity for Israel to secure itself territorially. The former ambassador mused that if Trump had won reelection, Israel would likely now have official diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.

Two major figures in Arab world visit Israel as the Middle East changes
Over the past two weeks, Jerusalem has hosted two significant first-time visitors: the Egyptian Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Tarak Al-Mulla and the newly minted Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Israel Mohamed Al Khaja.

Myanmar police say fled to India after refusing to shoot protesters
When Tha Peng was ordered to shoot at protesters with his submachine gun to disperse them in the Myanmar town of Khampat on Feb. 27, the police lance corporal said he refused. “The next day, an officer called to ask me if I will shoot,” he said. The 27-year-old refused again, and then resigned from the force. On March 1, he said he left his home and family behind in Khampat and traveled for three days, mostly at night to avoid detection, before crossing into India’s northeastern Mizoram state.

How Trump helped fulfill Prophecy in Israel: 41 new Jewish Villages in Judea-Samaria
Although ex president Donald Trump only served one term in the White House, his effect on Israel seems to have reached far beyond recognition of Jerusalem as the Jewish State’s capital. Ironically, Trump’s successes were recorded by anti-Israel NGOs backed by the European Union.

Pope’s Visit to Iraq: Prophesied by Balaam to Signal the Beginning of the End for Edom, Amalek, and Gog
an Orthodox Jewish Geula (redemption) blogger, published a post claiming that the recent visit by Pope Francis to Iraq, the first-ever by a pontiff, was anticipated by a prophecy as preceding the end of days. Yeranen cites a verse from Balaam’s prophecy: Ships come from the quarter of Kittim; They subject Assyria, subject Eber. They, too, shall perish forever. Numbers 24:24 “The Pope and all of Malchut Edom (the kingdom of Edom) will come to destruction,”

Mars Express unlocks the secrets of curious cloud
When spring arrives in southern Mars, a cloud of water ice emerges near the 20-kilometer-tall Arsia Mons volcano, rapidly stretching out for many hundreds of kilometers before fading away in mere hours. A detailed long-term study now reveals the secrets of this elongated cloud, using exciting new observations from the Mars Webcam on ESA’s Mars Express.

Self-decapitating sea slugs drop their heads and regrow whole bodies
To the envy of us humans, limb regeneration is common to certain groups of animals. But while it’s normally a leg here or a tail there, scientists have now discovered one of the most extreme examples ever found – sea slugs that voluntarily detach their own heads and then regrow an entire body from it.

The Chess Pieces Are Being Moved Into Place For A Major War In The Middle East
Joe Biden has been in the White House for less than two months, and the warmongers that Biden has surrounded himself with have been feverishly setting the stage for the next war in the Middle East. I do not believe that it will start within the next week, but I do believe that it is inevitable. While President Trump was in the White House for four years, the U.S. didn’t start any new conflicts, but now the Biden administration is quite determined to start projecting “American influence” all over the globe once again. Most Americans don’t understand the bigger picture, but the truth is that this is going to have very serious implications over the next few years.

Illegal church-built tunnel on Mount Zion concealed by the city
Following the concealment of an illegal tunnel built by a Catholic Church on Mount Zion, the Regavim movement signed on a petition on Monday, demanding that the city take responsibility for its negligence. Regavim is dedicated to preserving Israel’s national lands and resources. When it discovered the possible existence of this underground tunnel, the organization petitioned that the Jerusalem Municipality investigate it.

Coronavirus: Israeli study finds vaccine antibodies in breast milk
Breastfeeding mothers who received the coronavirus vaccine transferred antibodies to their milk, a new study by Tel Aviv University and the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov has shown. While it is generally known that children can receive different types of antibodies through nursing, scientific literature on the specific topic of COVID-19 is still meager.

Hamas leader Sinwar ousted in secret vote
Hamas has elected a new leader in the Gaza Strip to replace Yahya Sinwar, according to people familiar with the matter. His name is Nizar Awadallah, the sources said. Awadallah, 63, was one of four candidates who challenged Sinwar, the Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported. The other three candidates were identified as Mahmoud Zahar, Fathi Hammad and Ziyad al-Thatha.

Biden’s open border policies may not work out after all
The situation at the southern border is deteriorating rapidly enough that even normally Democrat-friendly media outlets are feeling obligated to report on it. Over at The Hill, Brett Samuels provides an analysis of the current trends and the conditions that immigration officials and illegal immigrants are facing.

China and Russia to build lunar space station
China and Russia have announced plans to build a lunar space station. Russian space agency Roscosmos says it has signed an agreement with China’s National Space Administration to develop research facilities on the surface of the moon, in orbit or both. A statement from both countries’ space agencies says it will be available for use by other nations.

US grants Venezuelan migrants temporary protected status
The US government is granting Venezuelans who are living in the US temporary protected status (TPS). The decision will allow hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans the chance to stay and work in the US legally. It will apply to Venezuelans already residing in the US as of 8 March 2021 and be in effect for 18 months.

In first, Tel Aviv votes to ban unvaccinated teachers from schools
The city of Tel Aviv on Wednesday in an unprecedented move decided to ban all unvaccinated school and kindergarten teachers from entering educational facilities from next week. The government in the past mulled passing a similar, nationwide legislation but it was ultimately put on hold after running into a series of judicial hurdles and a threat of a strike from Teacher’s Union.

UAE to host IAEA’s most complex nuclear crisis drill
The UAE said Tuesday it will this year host the International Atomic Energy Agency’s most complex nuclear emergency exercise, a 36-hour drill that takes place every three to five years. The exercise, which will involve more than 170 countries, will be held at the UAE’s Barakah nuclear power plant on the Gulf coast west of the capital Abu Dhabi, which lies some 340 kilometers (210 miles) from Iranian shores.

Burning tires: Lebanon’s protesters send dark, angry message
It’s an expression of anger but also of helplessness: Anti-government protesters in Lebanon are burning tires to block key roads, releasing dense palls of smoke that rise above the capital Beirut and other parts of the country. The tactic has become the hallmark of…demonstrations against an intransigent political class that appears to do little as its country slides toward the political and economic abyss.

Ash rises up to 9 km (29 500 feet) a.s.l. after 11th paroxysm at Etna, Italy
Strombolian activity at Etna’s Southeast Crater intensified again at 18:35 UTC on March 9, 2021, and reached the fountain phase between 23:00 UTC and midnight on March 10. This was the 11th paroxysmal eruptive episode at the volcano since February 16. Ash column rose up to 8 or 9 km (29 500 feet) above sea level and drifted in the ENE direction, resulting in ash and lapilli relapses in the Mascali-Fiumefreddo area.

San Cristobal volcano erupts, heavy ash blankets the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua
Nicaraguan San Cristobal volcano erupted at 19:26 UTC on March 9, 2021, blanketing the city of Chinandega and surrounding communities in ash. Heavy ash emission lasted approximately 30 minutes, accompanied by deep rumbling. AFP reported cars had to switch on headlights as everything went dark. Ashfall was reported as far as 17 km (10.5 miles) from the volcano.

Gundlach: “People Are Starting To Believe That Stimulus Is Permanent”
“The biggest problem is we’ve become totally addicted to these stimulus programs. I worry we can see some real need for endless stimulus.”

SCOTUS sides with Christian student prohibited from preaching 
A former student at a Georgia college prohibited from preaching on campus can seek compensation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

February cold wave: Nation had coldest February in over 30 years
If you thought it was unusually cold last month, you were right: Thanks to an invasion of the polar vortex, February 2021 was the USA’s coldest February in over 30 years, according to a report released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Evacuations ordered as heavy rains cause flooding and dam breach in Maui, Hawaii
Emergency evacuations have been ordered for residents in the Haiku area in Maui, Hawaii, after heavy rainfall has caused a breach on the Kaupakalua Dam on Monday afternoon, March 8, 2021. Authorities also warned people that flooding in the area is “life-threatening”.

Mysterious dolphin and whale strandings reach record high in Ireland
Ireland is facing a mysterious spate of dolphin and whale strandings as the numbers reach record high again. The number of strandings during the winter period in the country has increased significantly since 2011.

A Completely Spent ‘President’ Joe Biden Stuns Onlookers As He Is Unable To Remember The Name Of His Defense Secretary Or Where He Works
If you want to know why Joe Biden has not done a full press conference yet, take a look at the video in this article. He looks weak, frail and perpetually confused, and in our story today, he cannot remember the name of his own Defense Secretary or even where the man works. Lloyd Austin works at the Pentagon. When you remember that Joe Biden controls the nuclear launch codes, it becomes downright terrify to contemplate.

Lin Wood whistleblower connects VERY IMPORTANT dot on deep state surveillance and Rosenstein Activity with FBI to compromise people
Attorney Lin Wood has released an interview with a whistleblower [pdf here] who operated for years within part of the apparatus connected to Deep State surveillance.  While the focus is upon the activity of Rod Rosenstein and even Mike Pence as it relates to the Trump administration, there is part of the interview that connects to a much deeper aspect.  The testimonial connects a larger story if you know what to extract.

Pope Francis Defends Accusations Of Chrislam Heresy Over Iraq Trip, Says What He Did Was Necessary To Create A One World ‘Inter-Religious System’ 
Pope Francis called Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani a ‘sage’, and that he was a ‘man of God’, and that all by itself should tell you everything you need to know about the Roman pope and his plans to launch the One World Religion of Chrislam on this world. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is not a ‘man of God’, he is someone that denies the deity of Jesus Christ and denies that He alone is the Saviour of the world. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani represents Antichrist, not God, and so does Pope Francis.

Dr. Scott Jensen, WHO Confirm: ‘We’ve All Been Played’ on COVID-19
Increasingly, there are serious questions being asked about the factual basis for declaring a pandemic and the growing number of mitigation policies being implemented by governments and corporations.

“Normal” Gets Cancelled as Unilever Vows to Drop Word From All Brands
The next thing to be cancelled is apparently the word “normal,” with corporate giant Unilever vowing to ban the use of the description on all its products. Yes, really.

Southern Border Collapses – Locals Scramble to Make Up For Lack of Federal Support
This is insane! Local officials in border counties are forced to push back against the flood of migrants on the southern border. Additionally, the CDC is now telling Americans who took a Covid-19 vaccine to keep wearing their masks. Will the public finally wake up to the madness?

‘Weekend At Biden’s?’ Handlers Shut Down Yet Another Q&A After Public Appearance
“come on press, let’s go, we’re gonna move out.” “Let’s go you guys, come on let’s go,”

Source: 10 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 3/10/2021

Just 29% of Israelis think elections will end the political deadlock, poll shows

Hamas leadership vote turns into dramatic standoff as Sinwar seeks reelection

Iran denies it attacked Israeli-owned ship in Gulf

UK-Australian jailed by Iran as spy for Israel describes ‘psychological torture’

China breaching every article in genocide convention, says legal report on Uighurs

Top US commander fears Chinese invasion of Taiwan by 2027

Xi Jinping tells China’s military ‘be prepared to respond’ in unstable times

US admiral says China fired its carrier killer missiles last summer to send an ‘unmistakable message’

China Speeding Up Plans to Overtake US on World Stage, Says US Commander

China has 1 million people behind propaganda machine to undermine US, top US admiral says

VP Kamala Harris takes another solo call with a world leader

Hannity accuses White House of trying to ‘buy time’ for ‘cognitively struggling’ Biden

50% of Americans Say Biden Not ‘Physically, Mentally’ Fit for Presidency.

Pentagon approves extending National Guard presence at the U.S. Capitol through May 23

Jimmy Carter ‘saddened and angry’ over Georgia voting restriction efforts

Pentagon approves extending National Guard presence at the U.S. Capitol through May 23

A Supreme Court showdown over Trump’s immigration policies ends with a whimper

Illegal Border Crossings Hit More Than 101,500 in February

McCaul: By Summer, You’ll See ‘Somewhere Around a Million People’ Trying to Enter U.S. Illegally, Biden ‘Created a Humanitarian Crisis’

Horowitz: Illegal aliens now allowed to challenge their removal as not in line with Biden’s unlawful ‘priorities’

Graham suggests Al Qaeda, ISIS could exploit Biden’s lax border policies to enter US

As Cartels Get Stronger Due to Border Chaos, More Violence Expected in US

Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by nearly 150% in 2020, mostly in N.Y. and L.A., new report says

The French 13-year-old whose claim about her teacher later resulted in his beheading has admitted she lied

Don Lemon Not Surprised By Harry & Meghan Interview, Says ‘Of Course’ Monarchy Is Racist

Disney+ removes ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Dumbo’ from children’s profiles due to negative stereotypes

Twitter sues Texas AG Ken Paxton, alleging he launched probe in retaliation for Trump ban

Mike Lindell is developing his own social media platform to replace YouTube and Twitter

Communist Tactics to Force Self-Censorship Sweeping America

French nuclear tests contaminated 110,000 in Pacific, says study

Russia And China Plan To Build Joint Lunar Space Station

Meteor explodes over Vermont with the force of 440 pounds of TNT

Vermont Meteor’s Violent Explosion Causes Earth Tremors Detected by NASA

Japan seeks ‘recovery of people’s hearts’ decade after quake

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Fougamou, Gabon

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits central Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Alftanes, Iceland

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Popondetta, Papua New Guinea

Mt Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 30,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft

Veniaminof volcano in Alaska erupts to 12,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 11,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Landslide buries homes in China

Severe storm leaves 1 dead, several homes destroyed in Espirito Santo, Brazil

Severe flash floods hit Malacca, Malaysia

Evacuations ordered as heavy rains cause flooding and dam breach in Maui, Hawaii

City issues evacuation order for Haleiwa town amid threat of ‘catastrophic flooding’

Half a month’s worth of rain fell over parts of Hawaii in one day

Flash floods leave 7 dead, 3 missing in Chlef, Algeria

Heavy rains cause flash flooding in southern Spain

142-year-old record broken by massive temperature turnaround in Minnesota

Mysterious dolphin and whale strandings reach record high in Ireland

‘Big brood’ of cicadas set to emerge from soil for first time since 2004

Jeff Bezos will spend $1 billion a year to fight climate change

Arkansas bans nearly all abortions in sweeping measure

Biden administration considering adding a third gender option for federal IDs

Biden order on gender identity harms women and girls, warns women’s rights group

New York Republicans announce Cuomo impeachment resolution: ‘We believe the time has come’

Cuomo hit with sixth sexual harassment claim, accused of touching another woman inappropriately

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could face charges over nursing home deaths

Billions of Castoff Face Masks: COVID Debris Threatens a Global Ecological Disaster

New Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Uses Gene Transfer Technology

US alleges Russian vaccine ‘disinformation’ as Kremlin calls claim ‘absurd’

Israeli high court halts transfer of info on unvaccinated to local authorities

Post-Vaccine Israel Reopens With a Party

China issues ‘world-first’ COVID-19 vaccine passport in boost for travel

Vaccine Passports: Public Health Tool, Or Invasion Of Civil Liberties?

Can workers be forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

America could soon be swimming in COVID-19 vaccines: The shift from scarcity to surplus could bring its own problems

Office App Makers Cashing In on Pandemic Safety Needs

COVID’s curse: 42% of Americans now consider themselves germaphobes because of pandemic

Traffic congestion dropped by 73 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic

Oklahoma House passes bill banning gov’t closure of churches

‘Transformative’ COVID stimulus plan on verge of passing US Congress

PolitiFact Says 90 Percent of Biden Stimulus Spending Not Directly Related to COVID-19

Might the pandemic pave the way for a universal basic income?

Soaring home prices are starting to alarm policymakers

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


Apostasy Watch Wednesday 3-10-21

Bible teacher Beth Moore, splitting with Lifeway, says, ‘I am no longer a Southern Baptist’

Tom Buck – Beth Moore’s Departure and the SBC’s Failure

‘Charismatic Prophet’, Jeremiah Johnson,  Ends Ministry After Apologizing for Predicting Trump’s Re-Election

SBC Prez Lauds Lesbian Who Says ‘God Raised Up Homosexuals to Speak for the Church’…..

Andy Stanley’s New Tirade Against the Church Proves He’s a Demonic Three-Fold Son of Hell

Far-Left SBC Leader Russell Moore Says Not Getting Vaccinated is Killing Your Neighbor

Son of slain Alabama preacher arrested in Texas

Indian Authorities Confiscate Estate of Church Led by Gospel for Asia Director K.P. Yohannan

Arkansas Passes First Statewide Ban on ALL Abortions Except in Medical Emergencies

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 10, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

THE FOUNDATION

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Despite Gov’t Obstacles, American Entrepreneurs Find a Way

Louis DeBroux

Several recent reports show just how much damage government policies in the age of COVID-19 have done to small businesses and American workers, but also the resilience of the American people to innovate and overcome obstacles in their pursuit of success.

It has long since become obvious that draconian government lockdowns and mandates have done far more damage to the American people than the coronavirus has, especially with the arbitrary nature of the restrictions. Democrat governors and mayors have shut down countless thousands of small businesses with their burdensome, expensive restrictions, while allowing the facilities of big corporations to remain open and running.

The unfairness of these policies was captured in a viral video of California restaurant owner Angela Marsden, who saw her business crippled by Governor Gavin Newsom’s restrictions on restaurants, bars, and other small businesses. In response, she spent thousands of dollars setting up an outdoor dining area, only to have government bureaucrats shut her down anyway.

Even worse, though, was watching a video production’s craft services (food provider) set up just yards from her restaurant, allowed to operate despite being set up in the same way as Marsden’s restaurant.

Hers was a microcosm of the problem. Small business revenue plummeted by more than a third in calendar year 2020, according to Harvard University’s Economic Tracker, and about 30% of American small businesses closed for good.

Even more worrisome is that, according to Alignable, a networking group for small businesses, at least 13.9 million U.S. small businesses, about 44% of America’s 31.7 million total, are at risk of shutting down by April 1 as projected revenues fall short of covering expenses.

As one business owner surveyed by Alignable explained, “Customer confidence in their future cash flow is low right now. … And so discretionary spending, which our business is based on, is significantly restricted. We need customer confidence to elevate to bring them back and make them feel comfortable spending their money.”

Thanks to these overbearing restrictions, the U.S. economy contracted by 3.5% in 2020, the worst economic performance since the 1940s.

Small businesses are being crushed by government lockdowns and forced to make expensive upgrades to facilities to meet new COVID mandates and restrictions, all while government continues to actively discourage Americans from going out in public.

And at a time when small businesses are barely staying afloat, Democrats continue to push their economically illiterate $15/hour minimum wage, which would devastate small businesses where profit margins are already thin. For these businesses, where labor costs make up a large portion of their expenses, such an increase would be a death knell.

Of course, huge corporations like Walmart and Amazon are making record revenues and profits, willing and able to absorb increased labor costs, knowing it will eliminate smaller competitors. It’s no coincidence these huge corporations are both big political donors and support the proposed increase to the minimum wage.

Yet through it all, the American entrepreneurial spirit perseveres and finds a way to stay alive.

Since March 2020, when widespread lockdowns began to be implemented, an astonishing 4.4 million new businesses have been started in the U.S.

That might seem counterintuitive, but for many it is a matter of necessity. Millions of Americans suddenly found their employers forced to close their doors, prevented from operating, or allowed to operate in theory but only under restrictions so burdensome that in reality they could not continue running.

Faced with mounting bills and reduced or no income, these American entrepreneurs took their talents and started their own businesses, often turning hobbies into money-making ventures.

One 27-year-old San Diego woman taught herself how to make scented candles last summer during the city’s lockdowns, but what started out as a hobby making gifts for friends and family developed into a new business.

She was able to find legal and marketing materials online that allowed her to get her business running in less than a month. “I still have so much to learn,” she admitted, “but I think it is amazing that with very little entrepreneurial or ecommerce background, anyone can start a business if you have the drive, the resourcefulness to find the technology that works for you.”

The number of businesses created to sell goods and services online has doubled in the last year.

Even in the best of times, starting a business is a challenging proposition. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20% of all new businesses fail within their first year, and 50% of new businesses fail by the end of the fifth year.

Add to that the ongoing, draconian, and largely unscientific restrictions and mandates by know-it-all politicians and bureaucrats, and the uphill climb becomes even steeper.

All the more reason for us to support our friends, family, and neighbors in these start-up ventures, 35% of which the U.S. Census Bureau categorizes as “likely employers.” If those predictions come to fruition, it would mean millions of new jobs added back to the economy to offset the current 9.5 million job deficit as compared to pre-pandemic levels.

What would also be helpful would be for government to end the lockdowns, lift unnecessary regulations and restrictions, stop threatening to double labor rates on small businesses, and, most of all, just get out of the way and let the American people do what they do best.

Overcome. Build. Innovate. Thrive.

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Joe Biden Stumbles On

Douglas Andrews

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that Joe Biden will, on Thursday, deliver his first primetime address since having taken office. The address will commemorate a dark moment in our nation’s history — the one-year anniversary of the ill-conceived lockdowns that marked the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and have plagued us ever since.

This will be a busy stretch for Biden and his handlers, as Psaki on Friday committed the president to holding a full press conference “before the end of the month.” When it happens, Biden’s record-setting streak of consecutive days without holding that first presser will come to an end.

What won’t come to an end at that time, though, is Biden’s term in office. His handlers are likely to keep him propped up until the task becomes untenable and until they can figure a way out of the mess they’ve created — most likely by compassionately escorting him off the stage in favor of The First African-American-Indian-Jamaican Woman President in History.

Given the president’s noticeably deteriorating condition, though, we might reasonably ponder whether one of these two media events will mark, as Winston Churchill put it, the beginning of the end, or just the end of the beginning, of the Biden presidency.

The sad signs of Biden’s cognitive decline have been apparent for months now. As we wrote on Election Day, “Joe Biden simply isn’t the man he was when he first ran for president more than 30 years ago. And he isn’t the man he was when Barack Obama tabbed him as his VP a dozen years ago. He was 65 then, and he was eligible for Social Security. He’s 77 now, and he looks and sounds and behaves like a man a decade older than that.”

Indeed, Biden, who’s now 78, was older when he took office than our nation’s oldest-ever president, Ronald Reagan, when he left office after two full terms.

Biden’s incoherence has become alarming, and not just to us news junkies. A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 52% of likely voters are concerned that he hasn’t held a press conference, including 37% who are “very concerned.” Clearly, the other 48% aren’t paying attention.

Fox News’s Sean Hannity has been paying attention, and last night he called out the lawmakers who have so far been ducking the condition of their party’s standard-bearer and our nation’s commander-in-chief. “Every single Democrat,” said Hannity, “needs to be asked: ‘Do they see Joe struggling cognitively?’ It is a legitimate question. It’s a question that Democrats and the media mob had no trouble asking about Ronald Reagan in 1984. … They had no problem raising these issues with John McCain when he was running in 2008. … The guy now fast asleep at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that’s not the same guy I remember just four short years ago.”

Yesterday, Biden left the White House briefly to visit a small local business, but even that brief excursion turned out to be too much for his handlers. It’s hard to watch this video and listen to the alarm, the urgency, in the voice of his media staffer and not wonder what’s going on.

Millions of Democrats who voted for Joe Biden last year might not be watching him these days, but the rest of world is watching him. And us. And they’re taking copious notes.

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Taxpayers to Foot Bill for Military ‘Transgender’ Surgeries

Thomas Gallatin

Buried inside one of Joe Biden’s record-breaking stack of January executive orders and actions was a clause repealing an Obama-era policy that prohibited taxpayer funding of “gender-reassignment” surgery. In Biden’s EO, dubiously titled “Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform,” is the provision that the government (read: taxpayers) will foot the bill for any active-duty military personnel and veterans seeking to “transition” genders.

As Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated, “This revised policy will also ensure all medically-necessary transition related care authorized by law is available to all Service members.” This was seconded by Veteran Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, who in an email instructed his agency to “perform an assessment of the necessary steps to eliminate the exclusion of ‘gender alteration’ (gender affirmation surgery) in the medical benefits package.”

And just how much would this “necessary” transitioning coverage cost taxpayers? Well, the Washington Examiner reports, “Online charts by the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery show a plethora of elective surgeries for both men and women that add up to $100,000-$200,000. Although Biden stated in his order that the cost of treating transgender troops would have minimal impact on healthcare costs, that is not borne out by a 2019 USA Today investigation. The news analysis revealed that the Pentagon spent $8 million to treat just 1,500 transgender military officials, which included hormone treatments and some surgeries. It was not clear why the surgeries were allowed at that time.”

How many will enlist just for this reason? That’s a hefty benefit. How long will military personnel undergoing such “transitions” be inactive, thus costing taxpayers even more? And why are we funding this when we need money and weapons systems to deter Chinese aggression?

Indiana Republican Congressman Jim Banks, who has vocally supported the idea of “transgendered” individuals being allowed to serve in the military, objects to American taxpayers footing the bill for these elective and unnecessary surgeries. “This is radical and new territory for a presidential administration to force taxpayers to fund sexual reassignment surgeries for those in the military. I’m compassionate toward those individuals who want to undergo an elective surgery of this nature, but taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook to pay for it. It’s constitutionally dubious that Congress hasn’t passed these measures, but the administration, in a radical way, is pushing through this agenda. I sit on the committee that should debate these issues.”

While Biden’s EO directly changes a Barack Obama policy, he is in fact following in Obama’s footsteps by using the U.S. military for leftist social engineering and as a phalanx in the culture war against our nation’s foundational ethical mores. Marine Corp veteran and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins insightfully observes, “While America faces rising threats from around the world, it’s obvious that Joe Biden is only interested in using our military to fight one war: the culture’s.”

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Team Biden Assaults Due Process

Nate Jackson

Tara Reade, call your office.

Last spring, Joe Biden was accused of sexual assault against Reade way back in the 1990s. The story made a small splash and was quickly swept under the rug by Biden’s Democrat handlers and his lapdogs in the Leftmedia. That didn’t stop him from hypocritically and self-servingly trashing the Trump administration for restoring due process on college campuses.

You know, the quaint notion that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. The idea that witnesses can be cross-examined. And that both accusers and accused have rights during proceedings.

These foundational blocks of American justice had been turned on their head on college campuses, spearheaded by none other than Joe Biden during the Obama administration.

And he’s planning to do it again.

Biden’s “White House Gender Policy Council” set to work this week “reviewing” the outstanding work of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with the obvious aim of undoing it. And 115 House Democrats sent a letter to Miguel Cardona, DeVos’s newly confirmed replacement, demanding that he “prioritize replacing” Trump administration rules. Predictably, they claim DeVos’s work “turns back the clock and erodes hard-fought protections and rights for victims with a ‘boys will be boys’ approach to sexual assault on college campuses.”

Hogwash. Nevertheless, they want to … turn back the clock.

It’s worth reiterating the entire basis for the Left’s assault on due process is distorted, if not an outright lie. Biden is among the many Democrats who’ve falsely claimed over the years that “one in five” women on college campuses is the victim of sexual assault. The truth isn’t great, but it’s not even close to that bad.

The fundamental problem with that statistic is, to borrow Bill Clinton’s famous formulation, the definition of “is.” College campuses are hardly bastions of morality, because the Left wrecked them a long time ago. Promiscuous carousing happens all the time, and morality is not defined by consent. Sometimes, a drunk man takes advantage of a drunk woman — or worse. Other times, she wakes up the next morning full of regret. Are both of those incidents “sexual assault”? And regardless, shouldn’t the man have a chance to defend himself?

To the first question, Joe Biden and his handlers say yes, they’re the same. To the last question, they say no, a man is guilty as charged. Well, most men.

“It’s always worth reminding people,” writes David Harsanyi, “that if President Joe Biden were compelled to live by the standards he intends to institute for college students accused of sexual misconduct, he would be presumed guilty of rape, denied any legitimate opportunity to refute Tara Reade’s charges, and tossed from office in disgrace.”

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Scott Atlas Unloads on the Cancel Culture

Douglas Andrews

Stanford University’s Hoover Institution is a precious jewel within American higher education. Founded in 1919 by Stanford alumnus Herbert Hoover, its sizable endowment and independence from the larger university make it one of the world’s most lively and prestigious think tanks — and a conservative one at that. It’s home to great thinkers like Thomas Sowell and Victor Davis Hanson, and also to an intrepid doctor of public health named Scott Atlas.

A Hoover senior fellow and one-time chief of neuroradiology at Stanford Medical Center, Atlas served from August through November 2020 as a special adviser to President Donald Trump and was a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. As you might imagine, he’s also been a target of the anti-scientific Left and its unhinged cancel culture.

“Atlas’s crime,” writes Jonathan Tobin at The Federalist, “was to raise well-founded doubts about the efficacy of lockdowns as a coronavirus response. Worse than that, he advised the Trump White House, which opened him up to outrageous and utterly unscholarly claims that he was responsible for the deaths of COVID-19 victims. Delegitimizing him and his analysis of the coronavirus disaster was a matter of treating all those who have any connection with the Trump administration as criminals, something that could only be accomplished by blatant misrepresentations of his views and statements.”

Given this, given his expertise in matters of health policy, and given his commitment to science and medicine and scholarly inquiry, Atlas shared some candid thoughts recently in a virtual lecture hosted by Stanford’s pesky College Republicans.

“The coronavirus pandemic has been a great tragedy,” he said, “there can be no doubt about that. But it has also exposed profound issues in America that now threaten the very principles of freedom and order that we Americans often take for granted. First, I have been shocked at the enormous power of the government to unilaterally decree, to simply close businesses and schools by edict, restrict personal movement, mandate behavior, and eliminate our most basic freedoms without any end and little accountability. Second, I remain surprised at the acceptance by the American people of draconian rules, restrictions, and unprecedented mandates, even those that are arbitrary, destructive, and wholly unscientific.”

Atlas is a real medical doctor, so he speaks with authority on matters of health policy, which is his field, his lane, as he puts it. And his remarks are especially timely, given that the CDC recently issued new recommendations for “fully vaccinated people,” and in light of a new study, published in Nature, which found that “the imposition of ‘stay-at-home’ orders issued by governments attempting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 was an ineffective strategy.”

“Separate from their limited value in containing the virus … lockdown policies have been extraordinarily harmful. The harms to children of closing in-person schooling are dramatic, including poor learning, increased school dropouts, and social isolation, most of which are far worse for lower income groups.” Atlas also notes a CDC report of “four-fold increases in depression, three-fold increases in anxiety symptoms, and a doubling of suicidal ideation, particularly among young adults — college age — after the first few months of lockdowns.”

In addition, he says, “Domestic abuse and child abuse have been skyrocketing due to the isolation and specifically to the loss of jobs, particularly in the strictest lockdowns. Given that many in-person schools have been closed, hundreds of thousands of abuse cases are never reported, since schools are the number one agency where abuse is noticed. … We know we have not yet seen the full extent of the damage from lockdowns, because it will last for years, even decades. Perhaps that is why lockdowns were not recommended in previous pandemic analyses, even for infections with far higher lethality.”

Atlas laments our collective failure to consider the broader scope, the totality of policy impact, rather than just the epidemiological impact.

“Optimistically,” he continues, “we should be seeing the light at the end of the long tunnel with the rollout of vaccines. I believe that we are. But … we now hear some claim that all children must be tested and vaccinated, even though they have extremely low risk from this infection and are proven to not be significant spreaders to adults? Or that all teachers must be vaccinated before they teach in-person, even though schools are one of the lowest risk environments and the vast majority of teachers are not high risk?”

Meanwhile, Atlas expresses deep concern for the cancel culture that has infected our nation and its universities, and the way social media and the prevailing viewpoint have joined forces to limit thoughtful inquiry and discussion.

“The United States is on the precipice of losing its cherished freedoms,” he concludes, “with censorship and cancellation of all those who bring views forward that differ from the ‘accepted mainstream.’ It is not clear if our democracy, with its defining freedoms, will recover, even after we survive the pandemic itself. But it is clear that people must step up — meaning speak up … as we are expected to do in free societies — or it has no chance.”

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WSJ Fact-Checks Facebook Fact-Checkers

Thomas Gallatin

Recently, the Wall Street Journal editorial board responded to yet another instance of Big Tech censorship by Facebook’s “fact-checkers.” An opinion article written by John Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary was published by the Journal and run on its Facebook page, but it was labeled as “missing context” and “misleading” by “independent fact-checkers.” We feel their pain.

The reason for the article, titled “We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April,” being “fact-checked” appears clear — it challenged the Left’s political narrative on the pandemic. As the Journal notes, “The progressive health clerisy don’t like his projection because they worry it could lead to fewer virus restrictions. The horror! Health Feedback’s fact checkers disagree with the evidence Dr. Makary cites as well as how he interprets it. Fine. Scientists disagree all the time. Much of conventional health wisdom about red meat, sodium and cardiovascular risk is still fiercely debated.”

Frustrated by the dubious “fact-check” of an opinion piece by a clearly well-educated and knowledgeable individual, the Journal decided to engage in a bit of fact-checking itself by fact-checking the “fact-checkers.” And it comes as no surprise that the Journal concluded that Facebook’s third-party “independent” fact-checkers were in fact opinion-checkers.

Indeed, much of the “evidence” the “fact-checkers” cited as justification for declaring Dr. Markay’s opinion wrong was itself dubiously cherrypicked and “missing context.”

Maybe the best thing to come out of this latest episode of Big Tech censorship is the Journal editorial board finally coming to the view many conservatives have been repeatedly espousing — the Section 230 protections that have given cover for this censorship abuse need to be addressed.

The editorial board writes, “We’ve been leery of proposals in Congress to modify Section 230 protections that shield internet platforms from liability. But social-media giants are increasingly adding phony fact checks and removing articles flagged by left-leaning users without explanation. In short, they are acting like publishers in vetting and stigmatizing the content of reputable publishers. The legal privileges that enable these companies to dominate public discourse need to be debated and perhaps revised.”

Welcome to the club.

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Courage Conquers Fear

Roger Helle

The jungle had an eerie stillness that morning as we made our way through the valley. It didn’t take long before we knew something was wrong. When the North Vietnamese opened fire all around us, we knew we were in trouble. Marines, doing what they were trained to do, quickly took cover to try to overcome the overwhelming volume of enemy fire. It was coming from every direction.

Marines were falling all around me. Cries from Corpsmen were coming from everywhere. In the midst of the confusion and fear, I saw Marines perform acts of courage such as I had never seen before. Marines risked their lives to pull wounded buddies out of the line of fire. “No man left behind” was carried out at great personal risk. Like their forefathers on Iwo Jima years before, “uncommon valor was a common virtue” that day.

This wasn’t even my unit. I had been asked to volunteer for the operation because a young lieutenant I had come to know asked me to fill in for a sick squad leader. In the opening moments of the battle, the lieutenant was critically wounded along with one squad leader. The third squad leader was killed immediately, leaving me in charge of the platoon. This was not a responsibility I wanted, but somebody had to step in and direct the platoon. The battle lasted three days. The lieutenant died because we could not medivac him out of the valley. Those memories are with me forever.

I don’t feel I did anything particularly courageous. I knew I couldn’t let the fear I experienced every hour paralyze me and do nothing. During World War II, Winston Churchill is alleged to have said, “Sometimes it’s not enough to do your best. You need to do what’s required!”

Today, in our current culture, courage is many times lacking. How many things have been “canceled” because someone was offended? People are offended by the Ten Commandments, so we remove them. Prayer and Bibles in the school? Get rid of them! A Nativity Scene in the Courthouse Square — are you kidding? Baby Jesus has to go.

But now we’ve moved on to more critical social issues demanding change. Dr. Seuss, white Coca-Cola workers, Mr. Potato Head. To my utter horror, I even learned that Speedy Gonzales is facing cancelation for being racist. I’m not a rocket scientist, but has anyone told these snowflakes that Coca-Cola’s polar bears are white? Asking for a friend.

Add to these critical issues the For the People Act and the Equality Act, both designed to destroy the freedoms we enjoy. Leftists will NOT stop in their efforts to destroy our nation as we know it. Where are our Republican leaders when we need them to speak out? Where are the spiritual leaders who have gone AWOL (absent without leave) for years now, dodging the moral issues? We don’t have the option to do nothing under this legislative onslaught.

This battle is going to require mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual COURAGE. Men (and women) of valor, where are you?

“For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life.” —II Corinthians 1:8

Something to pray about!

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In Brief: Gingrich Slams Twitter

We’ve often railed at the egregious censorship of social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. The latter is the subject of an open letter from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose account was recently locked. Gingrich writes:

Twitter locked me out over a tweet that criticized the Biden administration’s approach to the Southern Border — and raised concern over immigrants crossing the border illegally who may be infected with COVID-19.

I was reacting to a recent story that federal officials have no way of testing people who are picked up by US Customs and Border Patrol — or forcing them to quarantine.

I am not the only one concerned about this. …

Now, my tweet said:

“If there is a covid surge in Texas the fault will not be Governor [Greg] Abbott’s common sense reforms. The greatest threat of a covid surge comes from Biden’s untested illegal immigrants pouring across the border. We have no way of knowing how many of them are bringing covid with them.”

Twitter promptly sent a note explaining that my account was locked for, “[v]iolating our rules against hateful conduct,” saying: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

He asked several questions of Twitter’s censors regarding the fact of the pandemic and the fact of testing being a key tool and the fact that illegals are not being tested. If this is supposed to be a factual debate, let’s have answers. He continued:

This entire experience has made it even more clear to me that Twitter is only interested in censoring conservatives.

As my account remains locked, Louis Farrakhan is free to tweet that the COVID-19 vaccine is dangerous or illegitimate, saying “now God is going to turn your vaccine into death in a hurry.”

I am censored, but the Chinese Communist Dictatorship — which bans Twitter in its own country — is able to spread propaganda and lies about the virus and its origins.

Twitter and all the major social media platforms have become important places for Americans to communicate. They are currently protected by law as public forums. For public forums to serve the public good, they must be open and unbiased.

I hope Twitter will unlock my account, stop its aggressive and biased censorship, and return to the spirit and ideals of free speech which allowed it to prosper in the first place.

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Top of the Fold

  • SecDef Lloyd Austin unnecessarily approves continued Guardsmen presence in DC (Defense.gov)

“Nearly 2,300 National Guard personnel will continue the support mission. This represents a reduction of nearly 50 percent of the current support force.”

Government & Politics

  • Andrew Cuomo faces new sexual harassment allegation, this time at Executive Mansion (Times Union)

“A sixth woman has leveled allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, accusing him of touching her without consent late last year during an encounter at the governor’s mansion. … The woman has not filed a formal complaint with the governor’s office.”

Meanwhile: “Sexual harassment claims against Cuomo to be investigated by attorneys appointed by New York AG’s office.” —Post Millennial

  • Vanita Gupta, Biden’s associate attorney general nominee, says she doesn’t support defunding police despite past comments (Fox News)

A trip down memory lane: “While front-end systems changes are important, it is also critical for state and local leaders to heed calls from Black Lives Matter and Movement for Black Lives activists to decrease police budgets and the scope, role, and responsibility of police in our lives.” —Vanita Gupta, June 16, 2020

The ChiCom Chronicles

  • Harvard University, Yale School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania partner with Chinese health institutions tied to military (Free Beacon)

“You may not be interested in the CCP, but the CCP is interested in you. It wants to collect all your personal and private data. It wants to leverage your data against you, your values, and your way of life. The danger of that happening is very real. There is nothing benign or humanistic about the CCP’s approach to medicine, and its exploitation of the global biotech industry ought to be repudiated.” —Project 2049 Institute senior director Ian Easton

  • China has a million-member propaganda machine to undermine U.S. (AMN)

“[Adm. Phillip] Davidson said the goal of China’s disinformation efforts is ‘to undermine U.S. interests, to capture the narrative to their own benefit and to … corrupt the environment in a way that creates doubt amongst our allies and partners in the reliability of the United States.’”

“The U.S. military plans to deploy long-range missiles in Asia capable of threatening China as part of efforts to deter a conflict with Beijing… Adm. Philip S. Davidson … also told a congressional hearing his most pressing defense need is a ground-based missile defense system on the U.S. island of Guam to provide 360-degree defense from a potential Chinese attack.”

Around the Nation

  • Arkansas governor signs near-total abortion ban into law (AP)

“Arkansas is one of at least 14 states where legislators have proposed outright abortion bans this year. … The bans were pushed by Republicans who want to force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. Conservatives believe the court is more open to striking down the decision following former President Donald Trump’s three appointments to the court.”

  • Iowa governor signs law shortening Iowa’s early and Election Day voting (Des Moines Register)

“This legislation strengthens uniformity by providing Iowa’s election officials with consistent parameters for Election Day, absentee voting, database maintenance, as well as a clear appeals process for local county auditors. All of these additional steps promote more transparency and accountability, giving Iowans even greater confidence to cast their ballot.” —Governor Kim Reynolds

Around the World

  • French schoolgirl says she made up story that got teacher beheaded by Muslim radical (PM)

“The student had told her father that the teacher kept Muslim students after class to show ‘a photograph of the Prophet [Muhammad] naked.’ Her father then went on to file a legal complaint and began a full-on hate campaign against the teacher. This included creating videos detailing the accusations against the teacher. Days later, Paty was beheaded by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov.”

Double Standards

  • Los Angeles teachers warned not to post vacation photos while resisting in-person learning (Washington Times)

“The warning on the Facebook page, which has 5,600 followers, came days after the union announced that 91% of its ballot-casting members voted March 1-5 against returning for in-person instruction over novel coronavirus concerns.”

“Non Compos Mentis” Op-Ed Award

  • Comedians are struggling to parody Biden. Let’s hope this doesn’t last. (Washington Post)

“If you can’t parody Joe Biden, you’re not a comedian.” —Ben Shapiro

Other Notables

  • Unlike the New York Public Library, Chicago Public Libraries to yank canceled Dr. Seuss books (Washington Times)
  • Vice President-in-Waiting Kamala Harris takes another solo call with a world leader (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Texas’ electrical grid failures highlight nation’s vulnerability to EMP attacks (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Cash alone won’t solve the multifaceted problems associated with child poverty (IFS)
  • Humor: Heroic Secret Service agent dives in front of Biden as reporter tries to ask a question (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

One Dose or Two? — Government “experts” botched much of the COVID response. Fortunately, other experts (scientists, economists, and web developers) are helping save lives.

Babies Are Racist? — The Arizona Department of Education deemed babies racist and wants parents to talk to their three-month-olds about racism.

I Used to Be Antifa — Gabriel Nadales was an angry, bitter, and unhappy young man … the perfect recruit for the violent left-wing group.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.” —Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

For the record: “I do expect that the Durham report will be another scathing recounting of abuses — abuse of power at the FBI. And I say that because I have reviewed the intelligence with John Durham and Bill Barr. Last summer, we went over the intelligence, and we all unanimously agreed that there was no intelligence from the intelligence community that reflected actual, real Russian collusion with the Trump campaign — but there was intelligence that it was created by the Hillary Clinton campaign — and that there was no proper predicate for Crossfire Hurricane to begin.” —former DNI John Ratcliffe

Blue-state bailout I: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the [COVID] bill ‘loots’ the red states to pay for Democratic governors who have locked down their economies. DeSantis has good reason to complain. Florida has a slightly higher population than New York, but New York gets $2,799 per person, or twice as much money as the $1,355 per person that Florida receives. In other words: Floridians are paying for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s incompetence. That is precisely what is happening because the main factor in determining how much money each state gets is not its population but how high its unemployment rate has risen. The three states that get the most significant share of the money are New York, California and New Jersey. These are three of the most liberal states with Democratic governors. That’s not a coincidence. … The way Congress passes out money is akin to assigning the highest performing students an F and the lowest performers an A. Maybe this is what the left means by ‘equity.’ The last shall be first.” —Stephen Moore

Blue-state bailout II: “California, [which] is predicted to have a $19 billion surplus, gets $40 billion out of the fund of $350 billion set aside for states who need help. If you don’t need help, you shouldn’t get it. … Bernie Sanders said … this is the most progressive piece of legislation to pass the Senate since he’s been a senator. That says a lot when you make Bernie Sanders blush over progressive policies.” —Senator Tim Scott

Observations: “The way [Biden’s open-borders policy] translates is: ‘Come to America. We’ll let you in, we’ll put you on a bus wherever you want to go, and we’ll pay for everything.’ I mean, this is a border crisis. This is the Biden border crisis. … [Democrats] don’t believe in borders. They don’t therefore think it’s a crisis. They think that this is a feature, not a bug, of their policy.” —Senator Tom Cotton

Friendly fire I: “Liberals need a Stand Your Ground law … for cancel culture. So that when the woke mob comes after you for some ridiculous offense, you’ll stand your ground, stop apologizing.” —Bill Maher, who further stated, “Cancel culture is real, it’s insane, it’s growing exponentially, coming to a neighborhood near you.”

Friendly fire II: “Memo to social justice warriors: When what you’re doing sounds like an Onion headline. Stop.” —Bill Maher

Don’t leftists usually call this cultural appropriation? “You know, I’m black on the inside.” —CNN’s Chris Cuomo when asked by Don Lemon how he knew the theme song to the 1970s TV show “Good Times”

Non compos mentis: “As attacks on Asian American communities continue, we’re asking New Yorkers to show up for their neighbors and intervene when witnessing hateful violence or harassment. I know that can be frightening when you aren’t sure what to do or say, but you can learn.” —New York City’s First Lady Chirlane “Defund the Police” McCray

Tone-deaf: “It is really troubling to see the Republican Party turn themselves into a cult and, you know, basically pledge allegiance not to the United States of America but to Donald Trump. … I’m hoping that the Republican Party will find its soul, will find its center again, and understand they can’t keep playing with fire.” —Hillary “Basket of Deplorables” Clinton

Alpha jackass: “Tried to watch Vanita Gupta’s confirmation hearing but got too angry Chuck Grassley survived COVID.” —ACLU editor Rebecca McCray

And last… “More kids have been separated from their parents at the border than ever, and yet the coverage seems strangely different than a few years ago.” —David Harsanyi

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Harry and Meghan: Piers Morgan stands by Meghan criticism

Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said he believes in ‘freedom of speech’ as he defended comments he made about Meghan Markle. He said ‘the damage she has done to the Monarchy and to the Queen … is enormous and frankly contemptible’.

The nuking of the American nuclear family | WND

“Gay poly throuple makes history, lists 3 dads on a birth certificate.” That’s an actual headline from The New York Post, which last week featured an unsettling trio of men who recruited two female friends to help them conceive and deliver a baby girl named Piper.

Piper is now 3 years old and has a 1-year-old brother named Parker. According to the “gay poly throuple,” Piper told her preschool classmates how proud she was of her plentiful progenitors by bragging: “You have two parents. I have three parents.”

Actually, the “throuple” is really a quintet. If you count Piper’s egg donor and birth surrogate, we’ve now traveled from “Heather Has Two Mommies” (the infamous children’s book normalizing same-sex adoptions published in 1989) to “Piper Has Five Parents.” And in 2021, if you have any discomfort or reservations at all about the nuking of the nuclear family by throuples or quadrouples or dozenouples, then woke society tells us there’s something wrong with us, not them.

Dr. Ian Jenkins, one of Piper’s polyamorous pops, wrote in a newly released book about their “adventures in modern parenting” that the arrangement is “just not a big deal.” Nothing to see here, move along. Two, three, whatever.

“Some people seem to think it’s about a ton of sex or something,” Jenkins complained, “or we’re unstable and must do crazy things. (But) it’s really remarkably ordinary and domestic in our house and definitely not ‘Tiger King’ (the creepy Netflix hit series about convicted murder-for-hire zookeeper Joe Exotic, who headed up a three-way “marriage” to two men).

Weirdly, one of Piper’s other dads, Jeremy, is also a zookeeper like Joe Exotic whom the other two met through an online dating service. All very “remarkably ordinary and domestic.” Ho-hum.

Neighborhoods, cities and nations are safer, healthier and more prosperous where nuclear families are the norm. But for the sake of social justice and modern progressivism, we are all just supposed to shake our heads politely and keep our alarm about the sexual slippery slope to ourselves. As University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox summarized in a 2020 article reviewing the benefits of two-parent married households for The Atlantic magazine, “sadly, adults who are unrelated to children are much more likely to abuse or neglect them than their own parents are.”

Never mind all the scientific studies showing an elevated risk of child sexual abuse in households where children live with unrelated adults. Never mind the CDC data showing that introducing men unrelated to the children in a family elevates the risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse of those children by about nine times higher than the rate experienced by children raised in normal, stable nuclear family of married biological parents and their children.

In a separate report for the Institute for Family Studies, Wilcox found that the very types of highly educated California liberals who publicly promote and support “alternative” family structures across pop culture and in the political arena are themselves more committed to traditional marriage and nuclear families for their own children. But don’t you dare question their extreme and dangerous perversity.

Look at what happened to grassroots social conservative Lauren Witzke, the former Senate GOP candidate in Delaware. She was suspended from Twitter last week after exposing a left-wing transgender zealot named Alok Vaid-Menon, who tweeted derisively to traditional parents objecting to transgender bathroom laws that “little girls are also kinky.”

Witzke called the statement “demonic,” which Twitter determined was “hateful conduct” that violated its terms of service.

While Twitter has been purging pro-family, pro-life users from its platform for years, it encouraged discussions of “attraction towards minors,” including the posting of nude photos of children. The policy (only rescinded last fall after a massive backlash) embraced pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons.”

Even more perverse is that elite Republican figures are using their Silicon Valley platforms to attack vocal Christian dissidents instead of supporting them. Witzke came under fire last week from President Donald Trump’s gay former ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell, and gay black TPUSA contributor Rob Smith for criticizing their promotion of transgenderism and the LGBTQIXYZ agenda.

“The Republican Party has remained stagnant as conservatives are being silenced by Big Tech, out of the fear of losing the support of their big corporate donors,” Witzke told me. “The GOP is no longer the Party of God, Family and Traditional Marriage. They are now corporate slaves to progressivism, transgenderism and compromise.”

Once again, our “friends” are our own worst enemies. Accommodation is the downfall of political parties and crumbling civilizations. The children always pay the highest price.

Source: The nuking of the American nuclear family

A dozen states sue Biden administration over climate change order

Twelve states have filed suit against the Biden administration over an executive order that would enact a massive expansion of federal regulation on energy aimed at addressing climate change, arguing that the president overstepped his authority.

Source: A dozen states sue Biden administration over climate change order

The Real COVID Nursing Home Scandal Is Why Cuomo And Other Democrats Did It

What’s worse than using political and legal authority to cause the agonizing deaths of a large number of elderly? Doing that as a cynical favor to monied corporate donors.

Source: The Real COVID Nursing Home Scandal Is Why Cuomo And Other Democrats Did It

CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC all avoid on-air coverage of sixth Cuomo accuser

There was a television blackout within the mainstream media after it was reported that a sixth accuser has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Source: CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC all avoid on-air coverage of sixth Cuomo accuser

800 Violent Criminals, 3,200+ Kids Detained, TX Gov. Accuses Biden of ‘Open Border’ Crisis

Border officials arrested and encountered more than 100,000 migrants at the U.S. southern border in the last four weeks – the most for the month of February in the past five years.

Source: 800 Violent Criminals, 3,200+ Kids Detained, TX Gov. Accuses Biden of ‘Open Border’ Crisis

New Book Confirms Fauci’s NIH Funded Wuhan Bat-COVID Experiments At Understaffed Chinese Lab | ZeroHedge News

Last April, the Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin revealed that in January 2018, the US Embassy in Beijing “took the unusual step of repeatedly sending US science diplomats to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV),” and subsequently sent two official warnings back to Washington about “inadequate safety at the lab.”

Now, Rogin is out with a new book; “Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century,” where he offers a 10,000-foot view of the evidence implicating the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also confirming that the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) – headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, “had funded a number of projects that involved WIV scientists, including much of the Wuhan lab’s work with bat coronaviruses.”

The punchline hasn’t changed; if one simply connects the dots and applies a modicum of logic, the fact that COVID-19 emerged “on the doorstep of the lab that possessed one of the world’s largest collections of bat coronaviruses and that possessed the closest known relative of SARS-CoV-2,” after years of performing so-called “gain-of-function” research modifying animal viruses to better infect humans (and which the Obama administration banned in October 2014 in the United States), and you have American diplomats reporting that they were “shocked” that Chinese researchers “didn’t have enough properly trained technicians to safely operate their BSL-4 lab,” and the likelihood of COVID-19 having escaped from WIV seems like a foregone conclusion.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology had openly participated in gain-of-function research in partnership with U.S. universities and institutions. But the official told me the U.S. government had evidence that Chinese labs were performing gain-of-function research on a much larger scale than was publicly disclosed, meaning they were taking more risks in more labs than anyone outside China was aware of. This insight, in turn, fed into the lab-accident hypothesis in a new and troubling way. -Josh Rogin book excerpt, via Politico

Rogin also notes that in July 2020, a little-noticed study by a group of Chinese researchers in Beijing, “including several affiliated with the Academy of Military Medical Science,” who said they had created a new model for studying SARS-CoV-2 “by creating mice with human-like lung characteristics by using the CRISPR gene-editing technology to give the mice lung cells with the human ACE2 receptor – the receptor that allowed coronaviruses to so easily infect human lungs.”

After consultations with experts, some U.S. officials came to believe this Beijing lab was likely conducting coronavirus experiments on mice fitted with ACE2 receptors well before the coronavirus outbreak—research they hadn’t disclosed and continued not to admit to. In its January 15 statement, the State Department alleged that although the Wuhan Institute of Virology disclosed some of its participation in gain-of-function research, it has not disclosed its work on RaTG13 and “has engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017.” That, by itself, did not help to explain how SARS-CoV-2 originated. But it was clear that officials believed there was a lot of risky coronavirus research going on in Chinese labs that the rest of the world was simply not aware of. -Josh Rogin

“This was just a peek under a curtain of an entire galaxy of activity, including labs and military labs in Beijing and Wuhan playing around with coronaviruses in ACE2 mice in unsafe labs,” a senior US official told Rogin. “It suggests we are getting a peek at a body of activity that isn’t understood in the West or even has precedent here.”

As a result of China’s ‘pattern of deception and obfuscation,’ about their COVID research, some Trump administration officials became increasingly convinced that CCP officials were manipulating scientific data to fit their narrative. The problem, however, is that there was so little transparency from Beijing that it was impossible for US officials to prove whether SARS-CoV-2 came from a Chinese lab or not.

“If there was a smoking gun, the CCP [Communist Party of China] buried it along with anyone who would dare speak up about it,” a US official told Rogin. “We’ll probably never be able to prove it one way or the other, which was Beijing’s goal all along.”

Read the entire excerpt here.

Source: New Book Confirms Fauci’s NIH Funded Wuhan Bat-COVID Experiments At Understaffed Chinese Lab

This Woman Died In 2020 Attempting To Warn The People About Vaccines, Big Pharma Pimps & The Propaganda Arms Of The CDC & FDA (Video) | DC Clothesline

Back in December 2020, we reported on the untimely death of Brandy Vaughan.  She was a former MERC Pharmaceutical representative and an anti-vaccine advocate at LearnTheRisk.org with a 9-year-old son who was intimidated and stalked for blowing the whistle on what Big Pharma was doing, along with the adverse effects of vaccines.  However, her message continues despite losing her life.

Here’s the message Vaughan was so passionate about and ultimately lost her life attempting to deliver to the people.

From our previous report:

Brandy Vaughan was former MERC Pharmaceutical representative and an anti-vaccine advocate at LearnTheRisk.org with a 9-year-old son who was intimidated, stalked and found dead in her home less than two weeks ago.  Many suspect foul play considering the nature of her stalkers.  But what really happened?

While they claim her death is believed to be due to natural causes, that is far from what she feared and what friends say.

Vaughan’s final Instagram post on December 7 warns of what she said were the dangers of flu shots. “FLU SHOT LABEL ADMITS: NO DATA THAT THE SHOT DECREASES FLU,” she wrote. “At least one flu shot maker admits that there is no evidence that getting a flu shot decreases your risk of getting the flu. But the list of side effects from the toxic fu shot is long.”

That post came just a day before she died. “So she hasn’t posted in almost a year, then posts TWO days ago, and now she’s dead???” wrote a person in the comment thread.

Investigative journalist Ben Swann has produced a Truth in Media video on her mysterious death.

Some of the mysterious deaths of doctors mentioned by Swann that I reported on a while back include the following:

Vaughan also recounted the continual stalking, intrusion into her home and threats in a video before her death.

Article posted with permission from Sons of Liberty Media

Source: This Woman Died In 2020 Attempting To Warn The People About Vaccines, Big Pharma Pimps & The Propaganda Arms Of The CDC & FDA (Video)

Mike Pompeo on border crisis: Joe Biden ‘threw away all the good work we had done’

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday blamed President Biden for creating a migrant crisis on the southern border by dismantling the successful Trump-era immigration policies.

Source: Mike Pompeo on border crisis: Joe Biden ‘threw away all the good work we had done’

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