Daily Archives: March 11, 2021

Discerning the Times: Truth for Christians — Study – Grow – Know

The audio for this article can be heard at SermonAudio.com/studygrowknow

In this particular Discerning the Times, I want to briefly discuss several things that I think affect every Christian where we think they do or not.

Our Standing and Progress in the Faith
This is a new series I’m going to begin, probably next week. I believe if Christians fully understood the following three truths, the depth of our Christian living would be far more biblical and therefore, glorifying to God our Savior:

  1. Our positional justification
  2. Our positional sanctification
  3. Our progressive sanctification

While many Christians may have a basic understanding of our justification before the Lord after we become Christians, I believe we fail to comprehend the difference between our positional sanctification and our progressive sanctification, as well as the full benefits of all three areas.

I want delve into these three areas, seeing what they are separately and how they actually work together. Satan would love nothing more than to keep Christians blind to these realities because what we don’t know about them translates to a life of little allegiance to our Lord. To understand these truths means our lives necessarily become more powerful in overcoming sin and walking by faith.

CV-19 Problems and Patterns
Truth continues to come out regarding CV-19 and the vaccination connected to it. One thing people seem to forget is that the FDA allowed the use of the recently created CV-19 vaccinations under “emergency, experimental” orders. What this means is that all testing is not done but because of the “pandemic,” the FDA has allowed companies to begin using the vaccination on emergency basis. Remember please, this is for a virus with a 99.7% survivability rate.

Thanks to one of my readers who sent me the link to this video with Steven F. Hotze, M.D., who explains what he believes are the dangers of the “so-called” CV-19 vaccination. Dr. Hotze states the following: “The so-called Covid-19 vaccine is not a vaccine at all. It’s a dangerous, experimental gene-therapy.” Dr. Hotze then explains, beginning with the definition of vaccine by the CDC that a vaccine is a product that is essentially designed to stimulate a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease. He then states that the so-called CV-19 vaccine does not provide individuals with immunity to CV-19, nor does it prevent the spread of CV-19.

The entire video is just over 17 minutes and well worth a watch. According to Dr. Hotze, pharmaceutical companies producing the “vaccine” are actually lying about it because it does not do what they claim it does. Again, it is not a vaccine at all, but simply experimental gene therapy. The question then is how a person’s genetic code will be altered by taking the vaccine?

Another such medical expert – Geert Vanden Bossche, DMV, PhD, independent virologist and vaccine expert, formerly employed at GAVI and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundaton – has issued a five-page document of concern directed to the World Health Organization (WHO). His document can be read at this link.

Why are so many medical professionals concerned about the CV-19 vaccination and why are their voices being ignored and even censored?

Along these lines, China – of all countries – has urged the WHO to allow them to run the global CV-19 vaccine passport system! What could go wrong with that? China, the world’s worst polluter and violator of human rights, has a seat at the UN’s table and wants greater power over countries of the world. China wants to build and be in control of a global passport system related to CV-19 vaccination record.

The Communist Party launched its domestic “vaccine passport” system Wednesday, despite W.H.O. officials urging countries not to implement such a system due to unequal access to vaccines and the variety in the quality of the available offerings around the world.

Recall that China already has what is termed a “social credit system” where each person in China is constantly “graded” and their score determines where they stand in Chinese society. Those whose scores are lowered because of anti-communist dissent, or other things (like littering), find that their freedoms are removed. Those who are willing go along with communist dictates of the Chinese government are given higher scores. Allowing China to be in charge of a global database related to vaccinations is simply asking China to extend their social credit system to the rest of the world. If allowed, this would become part of the growing global surveillance program that global elites are chomping at the bit to get into place, which will largely happen through the coming 5G network that we’ve discussed before.

American Influence Decreasing
Another reader sent me a link to this particular article – Watchmen from Jerusalem. I note in the article, a rabbi by the name of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu “…sees the current events in the US as ‘part of the process of America descending from the stage of history.’ This has happened to all previous superpowers, especially as they battle over essential ‘values’He lists ancient Egypt, Rome, the Turkish Empire, the Russian and the British Empires, etc.”

It’s difficult to disagree with that assessment. American influence is absolutely decreasing throughout the world now that Joe Biden has become president. The destruction of America began by those in Congress and elsewhere who were so opposed to Trump’s efforts to “make America great again.” Now that Trump is out, the puppet Joe Biden will simply sign anything put in front of him even if it means the ultimate destruction of the United States.

Muslims Downplay Temple Mount Importance
Interestingly enough, leading Muslims are now saying that the Temple Mount site – home of Dome of the Rock and two other mosques – is not that important to Islam compared to other sites.

Last week on Twitter, Saudis conducted a campaign promoting Islam’s true holy sites, Mecca and Medina, while downplaying the importance of Jerusalem in their religion.

In fact, a tweet from Morocco last week caused a stir because of its content, not only downplaying the importance of the Temple Mount area, but also seemed to look forward to the construction of the Third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount.

Things are moving toward a point when Jews will be allowed to finally build their Jewish Temple that will stand during the coming seven-year Tribulation period. At roughly the midway point of the coming Tribulation, Antichrist will go into the Holy of Holies of the next Temple and declare himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2). It will be then that all will be forced to take the mark of the beast and the Tribulation will become the Great Tribulation spoken of by Jesus in His Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24.

New Sacrifices on the Temple Mount?
Just as I was putting the finishing touches on this article, another reader sent me an email with several links in it. One of the links references the fact that “Prominent Rabbis Ask Netanyahu to Allow the Passover Sacrifice on Temple Mount.

Rabbi Weiss suggested the possibility that the guilt of preventing the Passover sacrifice may have led to the political troubles plaguing both Trump and Netanyahu over the last year.

Interesting, but no. The problem of course, is Israel’s rejection of Jesus, their Messiah over 2,000 years ago. However, this may be the start of what could eventually be the regular sacrifices once again happening on the Temple Mount.

Holiness the False & the True
This particular book written decades ago by Harry Ironside is well worth the read. We will be including references to it in our upcoming series “Our Standing and Progress in the Faith.” He explores how he got caught up in what is termed (among other things), the “holiness movement,” which espouses that Christians can and should reach a point of sinless perfection in this life. I can relate because years ago when I was involved in the Charismatic Movement, this was one of the things pushed and it allegedly occurred through a “second blessing.”

Ironside clearly enunciates the truth of Scripture and proves that while our lives should continually improve because of our standing and position before Christ and the progress that we are to make as we daily surrender to Him, the fact remains that those caught up in some form of holiness movement become either entirely hypocritical or have some type of breakdown and/or falling away from the faith. This belief that we can reach a state of absolute pure and consistent holiness without ever again sinning is not taught in Scripture and Ironside explains that very clearly.

It would appear the world has arrived to the time just prior to the start of the coming Tribulation period. We’ve never seen what’s happening throughout the world happen like this or to this extent. What is troubling to me is how many pastors and Christian leaders are not even addressing these situations but simply going on as though everything was the same except for the hiccup of CV-19. They fail to realize that CV-19 has been used and continues to be used to bring the world together as one in order to decentralize the USA and other powerful nations so that the final one-world government of Daniel 2 can rise.

It’s really this simple. We either understand what is happening throughout society today or we don’t. If we don’t, we will be overtaken by it, fully unprepared to respond to it as God would have us respond. If we do understand what is going on, we can mentally prepare for what is coming.

We do not know how much longer before the Rapture or the start of the Tribulation. All we seem to know is that things are absolutely ramping up toward these things and we must be prepared.

Discerning the Times: Truth for Christians — Study – Grow – Know

Life’s Uncertainty Teaches Us God Can Be Trusted — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5&6

We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.“ John 6:69 (NIV)

Because the well runs dry, we know Jesus is the river of living water (John 4).

Because the storm rages, we know Jesus is the Lord of the storms (Matthew 14).

Because the floods overwhelm, we know Jesus is the rock on which to build (Matthew 7).

Because the foundation shivers, we know Jesus is the cornerstone that will not move (Matthew 21).

Because sickness comes, we know Jesus is the healer (Matthew 4).

Because we’re bankrupt through the debt of sin, we know Jesus is our redeemer. (Galatians 3).

Because we grieve, we know Jesus is the voice calling from the shore, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” (John 21).

Because we’re full of doubt, we know Jesus is the nail-scarred palm inviting our touch (John 20).

Jesus taught in the “nasty now-and-now” because he knew disciples with focused faith are never made in the classroom; we’re made in the uncertainty of life as we come face-to-face with “I can’t, but God can.

If we will allow it, our circumstances drive us deeper into the heart of God, and we change because we have believed

By Jon Walker
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• The Trust Factor
• Count Your Blessings

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

Life’s Uncertainty Teaches Us God Can Be Trusted — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

March 11 Evening Quotes of The Day

Satan Cannot Hurt Us Without Our Help
Job 1:12; 2:6; Matthew 12:29; Mark 3:27; Luke 11:21–22

Satan has only a persuading sleight, not an enforcing might. He may tempt us, but without ourselves he cannot conquer us; he may entice us, but without ourselves he cannot hurt us. Our hearts carry the greatest stroke in every sin. Satan can never undo a man without himself; but a man may easily undo himself without Satan.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Everyone Hates to Submit to Authority
Genesis 16:9; Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 6:1; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13

Owing to the false opinion of his own excellence that every person entertains, there is no one who patiently endures that others should rule over him. Those who cannot avoid the necessity do, indeed, reluctantly obey those who are above them; but inwardly they fret and rage, because they think that they suffer wrong. The Apostle [Paul] cuts off, by a single word, all disputes of this kind, by demanding that all who live “under the yoke” shall submit to it willingly. He means that they must not inquire whether they deserve that lot or a better one; for it is enough that they are bound to this condition.

JOHN CALVIN

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

Walking Through Storms — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:41

From my childhood, I have always loved watching storms out the window of a dry and safe home, mesmerized by the boom of thunder and by lightning flashing across a dark sky. But there is no way I would want to be out in a boat in the middle of a storm! In fact, while one of my favorite past times is fishing on a sunny day, lulled by the waves rocking my boat, I am ready to head for shore when storm clouds roll in!

All of my life, I have also been an avoider of anything unpleasant, if I have the choice. For instance, my husband and I have avoided conflict as much as possible in the 43 years of our marriage, hoping that problems would just eventually go away. (Needless to say, that has not been a very successful strategy!)

There were some seasoned fishermen among the disciples in the boat with Jesus! But all of them were terrified by this storm. They were also equally amazed by his control of the wind and waves. In our lives I believe that God wants us to get used to and even to welcome the “lightning, thunder and rain” as well as a rocking boat in order to also understand his power over them!

There is a song that my parents used to play on one of their LP records when I was a child that still goes through my head, even as an adult:

When you walk through a storm hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm there’s a golden sky and the sweet silver song of a lark.
W
alk on through the wind, walk on through the rain though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone!

As we all walk through the storms of life, there is someone walking beside us who controls the “wind and the waves” and who gives us a reason for hope!

Father God, I know that you have promised to walk with me through the storms of life. Help me not to be so afraid of what I cannot control, but to rest in the knowledge that I am not alone! Amen.

Let Jesus be the one who brings you peace even in the midst of a storm. Trust him even though you are afraid, and watch him bring calmness as only he can!

By Karen Woodard
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• Why Me Lord? Why Not? A new perspective on being shunned or mistreated
• Beauty out of Brokenness

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

Walking Through Storms — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

You Cannot, But in Christ You Can — Key Life

When the LORD brings you into the land you are entering… (Deut. 7:1a).

The people have not arrived at this place, on the verge of entering the Land promised to Abraham hundreds of years before, by accident. They did not just stumble upon this place or arrive there because their own plan. They are there because God brought them there.

It is God who led them and prepared them for this moment. They have everything they need because God led and cared for them. In the same way, it is God who leads and prepares us for whatever it is that he wills for us. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, whatever it is we are facing, it is because of God’s providential direction. There is great comfort in knowing whether life is good and easy, or painful and hard, it is the Lord who brought us to this place.

…and clears away many nations before you…more numerous and mightier than you, and when the LORD your God gives them over to you… (Deut. 7:1b-2a).

There were seven nations Land, that though small by modern standards, were “more numerous and mightier” than Israel. They were enemies and obstacles that stood in the way of Israel taking the Land and fulfilling the will of God for them.

From a human point of view, it was impossible for Israel, an assemblage of former slaves and nomadic wanderers, to attack and defeat these nations. “Not that these cities were of the extent or population … of Nineveh, Babylon, or Memphis. But to a people who were little better than a horde of fugitives accustomed to the simple camp life of the wilderness … the prospect of scaling the walls and conquering the inhabitants was appalling.”[1]

But though it was humanly impossible for Israel to wage a successful military campaign against these fortified citadels, the success did not rest on human abilities. They were not going to be successful because they were stronger than the seven nations. They were not. They were not going to be successful because they were bigger, or had better strategy, or because they were better equipped. They had none of those things.

Israel was going to be successful for one reason only, because God was going to “clear away the nations” and “give them over” to them. They would succeed when it seemed humanly impossible because God was going to provide the victory.

And that’s how it is in the Christian life. God has called us to love him and others, to grow in practical holiness, to die to self and to serve others sacrificially. But we cannot. In our own power and with our own will we cannot.

We have enemies and obstacles that stand in the way of receiving and living fully in the promises of God and his will for our lives. We “wrestle… against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We continue to struggle with the “old self, which belongs to [the] former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22).

These spiritual forces and these remaining deceitful desires of the old self are too much for us. We do not have enough power to overcome and defeat them. Like Paul, we must admit “that nothing good dwells in [us], that is in [our] flesh. For [we] have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out” (Romans 7:18).

In ourselves we cannot. But, in Christ, we can. That is the gospel. The gospel is not just that our sins are forgiven and that we have eternal life. The gospel is also that the power of God dwells in us and will defeat all of his and our enemies.

We may be afflicted in many ways, we may be perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. But we will not be crushed, driven to despair, forsaken or destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8). And if we are not, it is only because of his “divine power which has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).

“There is no disease, no addiction, no demon, no bad habit, no fault, no vice, no weakness, no temper, no moodiness, no pride, no self-pity, no strife, no jealousy, no perversion, no greed, no laziness that Christ will not overcome as the enemy of his honor.”[2]

Adapted from Deuteronomy: Love and Grace in the Law of God by Barry Smith.


[1] International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 1915,  https://www.biblestudytools.com/encyclopedias/isbe/fortification-fort-fortified-cities-fortress.html
[2] John Piper, https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/jesus-will-trample-all-our-enemies

You Cannot, But in Christ You Can — Key Life

March 11 Evening Verse of The Day

1:27 The creation of humanity is the crowning event of chap. 1, as shown by the fact that created is repeated three times. The verb created (Hb bara’) is the same one used in 1:1, referring to a kind of creative activity that only God can do. The term man (Hb ’adam) is used elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible to refer to humanity in general, not just males (7:21); all people, both male and female, are created in the image of God (cp. Jms 3:9). It should not be concluded that God is both male and female. Christians are generally agreed that God does not have a literal physical body. He is in no way limited by space but is everywhere fully present (Ps 139:7–10; Ac 17:28). Therefore, he cannot be said to be literally either male or female, or both. People are the only beings that are created in the image of God (Gn 9:3–6). The Bible never lumps people into the category of animals. Instead, it separates the creation of people from all other beings and attributes the most privileged roles in creation to humans alone.[1]


1:27 This verse establishes the equality of the man and the woman as image-bearers of God, who together have a meaningful purpose in the planning of the Creator-God. However, the text is very specific in defining this equality, which resides in their spiritual being, for that is what it means to be “in the image of God.” This image-bearing most emphatically does not mean that the function of God’s creation is to officiate and act as God. The N.T. counterpart of this verse is Gal. 3:28, in which the apostle Paul is clearly addressing the family of believers and setting forth in this context the spiritual equality of all who are one “in” Christ Jesus. On the other hand, beginning here with the creative act itself, distinctive roles for man and woman are indicated. Therefore, the pattern is equality in essential being and distinctive difference in role or function (2:15–18; cf. Eph. 5:22, note). This equality in personhood and difference in function is beautifully illustrated by the Godhead. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all equal (John 10:30; 14:9), and yet in function the Son submits to the Father (John 5:19, 20; 6:38; 8:28, 29, 54; 1 Cor. 15:28; Phil. 2:5–11), and the Holy Spirit is sent by the Father to testify of and glorify the Son (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13, 14). Thus, the divinely defined relationship between husband and wife is analogous to the relationship within the Godhead, and the relationship within the Godhead is a pattern of instruction for the family unit.[2]


1:27 the likeness of God Being created in the image of God distinguishes people from all other earthly creation. God’s image is not described as being possessed in part or given gradually; rather, it is an immediate and inherent part of being human.

male and female There is no status distinction among bearers of the divine image; they are equal while having distinct capacities and roles in fulfilling the divine mandate to steward the earth.

he created them The Hebrew verb used here, bara, is the same word used in Gen 1:1. However, the plural declaration “let us make” in v. 26 uses a different verb. The verbs for “make” (asah) and “form” (yatsar) are also used elsewhere with bara to refer to God’s work as Creator in chs. 1–2. In ch. 2, yet another verb is used for the fashioning of Adam (yatsar). These verbs are synonyms. Compare note on v. 1.[3]


1:27 There has been debate about the expression image of God. Many scholars point out the idea, commonly used in the ancient Near East, of the king who was the visible representative of the deity; thus the king ruled on behalf of the god. Since v. 26 links the image of God with the exercise of dominion over all the other creatures of the seas, heavens, and earth, one can see that humanity is endowed here with authority to rule the earth as God’s representatives or vice-regents (see note on v. 28). Other scholars, seeing the pattern of male and female, have concluded that humanity expresses God’s image in relationship, particularly in well-functioning human community, both in marriage and in wider society. Traditionally, the image has been seen as the capacities that set man apart from the other animals—ways in which humans resemble God, such as in the characteristics of reason, morality, language, a capacity for relationships governed by love and commitment, and creativity in all forms of art. All these insights can be put together by observing that the resemblances (man is like God in a series of ways) allow mankind to represent God in ruling, and to establish worthy relationships with God, with one another, and with the rest of the creation. This “image” and this dignity apply to both “male and female” human beings. (This view is unique in the context of the ancient Near East. In Mesopotamia, e.g., the gods created humans merely to carry out work for them.) The Hebrew term ’adam, translated as man, is often a generic term that denotes both male and female, while sometimes it refers to man in distinction from woman (2:22, 23, 25; 3:8, 9, 12, 20): it becomes the proper name “Adam” (2:20; 3:17, 21; 4:1; 5:1). At this stage, humanity as a species is set apart from all other creatures and crowned with glory and honor as ruler of the earth (cf. Ps. 8:5–8). The events recorded in Genesis 3, however, will have an important bearing on the creation status of humanity.[4]


1:27 male and female. Cf. Mt 19:4; Mk 10:6. While these two persons equally shared God’s image and together exercised dominion over creation, they were by divine design physically diverse in order to accomplish God’s mandate to multiply, i.e., neither one could reproduce offspring without the other.[5]


1:27 So God created man: This is the third time the verb for create is used in Gen. 1 (vv. 1, 21). Here it is used three times. The language of vv. 26, 28 is elevated prose; this verse is pure poetry. The twelve words of the original Hebrew are arranged in three lines that have their own poetic repetition and cadence. The term for “man” (Heb. ‘adam) is likely associated with the term for “red earth” (Heb. ‘adamâ). Here the word is generic, including male and female. These words are sexual. Some have thought that Adam’s and Eve’s “discovery” of human sexuality was the forbidden fruit of ch. 3. However, these words indicate that human sexuality was a part of the original creation (5:2). Although the misuse of human sexuality is soundly condemned in Scripture (Lev. 18), its proper use is celebrated (Gen. 2:24, 25; Song). Verses 26–28 include the woman no less than the man in the story of creation.[6]


1:27 “God created” There is a threefold use (Qal IMPERFECT followed by two Qal PERFECTS) of the term bara (BDB 127) in this verse, which functions as a summary statement as well as an emphasis on God’s creation of humanity as male and female. This is printed as poetry in NRSV, NJB and acknowledged so in NIV footnote. The term bara is only used in the OT for God’s creating.

“in His own image” It is extremely interesting that the PLURAL of v. 26 in now a SINGULAR. This encompasses the mystery of the plurality, yet the unity, of God. God’s image (BDB 853) is equal in men and women!

“male and female He created them” Our sexual aspect relates to the needs and environment of this planet. God continues to separate (see note at 1:4). Notice the mutuality here, in 2:18 and 5:2. Our divine image allows us to uniquely relate to God.[7]


27. The words male and female, coming at this juncture, have far-reaching implications, as Jesus made plain when he coupled them with 2:24 to make the two sayings the twin pillars of marriage (Mark 10:6, 7). To define humanity as bisexual is to make each partner the complement of the other, and to anticipate the New Testament doctrine of the sexes’ spiritual equality (‘all one’, Gal. 3:28; ‘heirs together’, 1 Pet. 3:7b; see also Mark 12:25). This is reaffirmed in Genesis 2:18–25, together with their temporal inequality (cf. 1 Pet. 3:5–7a; 1 Cor. 11:7–12; 1 Tim. 2:12, 13), and again in 5:1, 2.[8]


So God created man. The reiterated mention of the image of God is not a vain repetition. For it is a remarkable instance of the Divine goodness which can never be sufficiently proclaimed. And, at the same time, he admonishes us from what excellence we have fallen, that he may excite in us the desire of its recovery. When he soon afterwards adds, that God created them “male and female,” he commends to us that conjugal bond by which the society of mankind is cherished. For this form of speaking, “God created man, male and female created he them,” is of the same force as if he had said, that the man himself was incomplete. Under these circumstances, the woman was added to him as a companion that they both might be one, as he more clearly expresses it in the second chapter. Malachi also means the same thing when he relates, (2:15,) that one man was created by God, whilst, nevertheless, he possessed the fulness of the Spirit. For he there treats of conjugal fidelity, which the Jews were violating by their polygamy. For the purpose of correcting this fault, he calls that pair, consisting of man and woman, which God in the beginning had joined together, one man, in order that every one might learn to be content with his own wife.[9]


27. Reader! mark the peculiarity of expression. Here is not, as before, a command to create, but a council is first called. The Holy Persons of the Godhead consult, as it were, before the formation of man. ‘Let us make man in our image.’ What image? what likeness? I desire to speak with all possible reverence while I propose the question. I do not presume to say what that image or likeness is, but only most humbly to enquire. Not the likeness of the invisible God, I conceive. For what likeness can man, even in a state of perfection and innocency, bear to God? What likeness hath a body to a Spirit? What similitude is there between a creature and his Almighty Creator? But doth not the Holy Ghost, by his servant, the Apostle, give some information to this most interesting enquiry, when, speaking of the human nature of Christ, he saith, ‘he is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature.’ Colos. 1:15. Supposing, then, Adam to have been created in this likeness of the first-born, what a sweet and delightful view is then opened to our meditation on this subject. And when we call to mind what other scriptures have said concerning Jesus as set up from everlasting, and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, it should seem that here, as in all things, Jesus hath the pre-eminence. Prov. 8:22, 23. Rev. 13:8. Micah 5:2.[10]


1:27. And God created mankind in his image, in the image of God he created them. Male and female he created them.

The fulfilment of the command of verse 26 is emphatically driven home here. A chiastic structure is used to denote its completion:

a

 

b

 

c

 

God created

 

mankind (with direct object)

 

in his image

 

c1

 

a1

 

b1

 

in the image of god

 

he created

 

him (with direct object)

 

The point of this creation is further emphasized by the appearance of a direct object marker and a definite article attached to the beginning of the word for ‘mankind’. It is mankind, and mankind only, that is being formed here.

The final clause defines the ‘mankind’ named in the earlier part of the verse. It consists of two genders or sexes. The fact that the word ‘them’ at the end of the sentence is a plural masculine form is not a problem. This is an example of prior gender, in which the masculine formation is dominant by including the feminine.[11]


1:27 / The combination of the special term “create” (bara’; v. 1), its threefold repetition, and the phrase image of God conveys that in making humans God reached the goal of creation. “Create,” used elsewhere in the days of creation only with the great creatures of the sea (v. 21), informs us that God was personally involved in the origin of humankind. Man, in the statement God created man (’adam), is a collective standing for all humanity, that is, those God made at the beginning as well as their descendants.

The placement of “the image of God” at the center of a chiastic arrangement stresses its importance, as does the repetition of “the image.” There has been an abundance of scholarly discussion about this evocative phrase, for the text does not explicitly define its meaning. Nevertheless, the way “the image of God” functions in this context and in 9:5–6 gives insight into its significance. It conveys here that humans have the highest position in the created order. As God’s representatives on earth, humans were invested by God with authority to subdue the earth and rule over the animals (v. 28; see P. Bird, “Male and Female He Created Them,” HTR 74 [1981], pp. 129–59, esp. pp. 138, 154).

Genesis 9:5–6 states that every person is inviolate by reason of being made in God’s image. Besides making murder a heinous crime, this text opposes any type of caste or slavery system. Furthermore, the image carries profound moral implications. Both Testaments teach that whatever one person does to another affects God (e.g., Amos 2:7; 1 John 4:20). A person’s manner of interacting with other humans characterizes the way that one relates to God. Moreover, because God made humans in his image, God yearns to redeem those who have disobeyed him by providing the means for them to receive forgiveness and reconciliation.

Male and female he created them. The Hebrew emphasizes the phrase “male and female” by placing it before the verb. This third and final part of the verse contains four important ideas. (a) It ascribes sexuality to God’s design for humans. Thus, an essential aspect of human nature is quite different from God’s nature. An implication of this is that we need to draw on the outstanding qualities found in each gender to have a full view of God. If we imagine God as predominantly male or female, our picture is partial and distorted. (b) This reference to human sexuality sets the stage for God’s blessing humans with fertility and commanding them to populate the earth (v. 28). (c) This phrase establishes the fact that every male and every female is made in God’s image. In the essence of being human there is no qualitative difference between male and female. (d) We learn that God made humans as social creatures who discover their identity and destiny in relationships characterized by rapprochement. “Male and female” conveys that the basic reciprocating human relationship is between a man and a woman (see Gen. 2:21–24). Beyond that basic relationship, humans form communities for sustaining and enriching their lives. Living and working together is thus an integral expression of being in the image of God.

Another one of the many important aspects of being human that this section explores is the ability to handle the word, or language. God recognized this ability at the beginning by blessing humans and giving them instructions (vv. 28–30). God can converse with those in his image, and Scripture is a record of those conversations. Moreover, conversation enables humans to have genuine fellowship with God. This is the basis for God’s calling of Abraham, in which God established a people who would worship him wholeheartedly. Through conversation people also communicate with each other and thereby gain insight into their own identities. Rich personal interchange brings humans great joy, for it flows out of the innermost being, that is, the aspect of humanity that is in the image of God.

In addition, the ability to handle words raises human acts above biological necessity as it enables a person to conceptualize, plan, evaluate, and anticipate. Being cognizant of what they are doing, humans bear responsibility for their deeds. Skill with words also opens the pursuit of wisdom to humans. Words then become an avenue for humans to exercise their creative instincts.[12]


27  In this verse the direct discourse of v. 26 is replaced by narrated discourse. Thus in v. 26 we heard the voice of God, and in v. 27 we hear the voice of the narrator. The first part of the verse essentially reports the implementation of God’s words recorded in the previous verse. Note, however, that the narrator reports God making man in his image. Perhaps the use of the third person singular pronominal suffix is deliberate and undercuts the possibility of any misunderstanding of the “our” in v. 26. May this be the writer’s way of saying that when man was created in the image of ʾĕlōhîm, he meant “God” and not “divine council”? If the narrator had meant the latter, then we would expect, “so God created man in their image.”

Unlike God, man is characterized by sexual differentiation. Unlike animals, man is not broken down into species (i.e., “according to their kinds” or “all kinds of”), but rather is designated by sexuality: male and female he created them. Sexuality is applied to animal creatures, but not in the Creation story, only later in the Flood narrative (6:19).

The idea is not unknown in ancient literature that man was first created bisexual and only subsequently were the sexes differentiated. Such is clearly not the meaning here. Rather, the verse affirms that God created in his image a male ʾāḏām and a female ʾāḏām. Both share the image of God. Sexuality is not an accident of nature, nor is it simply a biological phenomenon. Instead it is a gift of God. While sexual identity and sexual function are foreign to God’s person, they are nevertheless a part of his will for his image bearers.

The placement of this phrase—male and female he created them—allows it to function as a bridge between the first part of v. 27 and the verses that immediately follow. As such, the phrase identifies who exactly bears the image of the divine. It also prepares the way for the blessing of fertility that follows. Here the emphasis is on the male and female as procreators, rather than their role of companions.[13]


1:27 See “God made male and female,” (Mark 10:6). Also “Questions for Evolutionists”, page 6.

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Questions for Evolutionists

 

by Dr. Kent Hovind

 

The test of any theory is whether or not it provides answers to basic questions. Some wellmeaning but misguided people think evolution is a reasonable theory to explain man’s questions about the universe. Evolution is not a good theory—it is just a pagan religion masquerading as science.

 

      1.   Where did the space for the universe come from?

 

      2.   Where did matter come from?

 

      3.   Where did the laws of the universe come from (gravity, inertia, etc.)?

 

      4.   How did matter get so perfectly organized?

 

      5.   Where did the energy come from to do all the organizing?

 

      6.   When, where, why, and how did life come from dead matter?

 

      7.   When, where, why, and how did life learn to reproduce itself?

 

      8.   With what did the first cell capable of sexual reproduction reproduce?

 

      9.   Why would any plant or animal want to reproduce more of its kind since this would only make more mouths to feed and decrease the chances of survival? (Does the individual have a drive to survive, or the species? How do you explain this?)

 

    10.   How can mutations (recombining of the genetic code) create any new, improved varieties? (Recombining English letters will never produce Chinese books.)

 

    11.   Is it possible that similarities in design between different animals prove a common Creator instead of a common ancestor?

 

    12.   Natural selection only works with the genetic information available and tends only to keep a species stable. How would you explain the increasing complexity in the genetic code that must have occurred if evolution were true?

 

    13.   When, where, why, and how did:

a) Single-celled plants become multicelled? (Where are the two- and threecelled intermediates?)

b) Single-celled animals evolve?

c) Fish change to amphibians?

d) Amphibians change to reptiles?

e) Reptiles change to birds? (The lungs, bones, eyes, reproductive organs, heart, method of locomotion, body covering, etc., are all very different!) How did the intermediate forms live?

 

    14.   When, where, why, how, and from what did:

a) Whales evolve?

b) Sea horses evolve?

c) Bats evolve?

d) Eyes evolve?

e) Ears evolve?

f) Hair, skin, feathers, scales, nails, claws, etc., evolve?

 

    15.   Which evolved first (how, and how long, did it work without the others)?

a) The digestive system, the food to be digested, the appetite, the ability to find and eat the food, the digestive juices, or the body’s resistance to its own digestive juice (stomach, intestines, etc.)?

b) The drive to reproduce or the ability to reproduce?

c) The lungs, the mucus lining to protect them, the throat, or the perfect mixture of gases to be breathed into the lungs?

d) DNA or RNA to carry the DNA message to cell parts?

e) The termite or the flagella in its intestines that actually digest the cellulose?

f) The plants or the insects that live on and pollinate the plants?

g) The bones, ligaments, tendons, blood supply, or muscles to move the bones?

h) The nervous system, repair system, or hormone system?

i) The immune system or the need for it?

 

I could prove God statistically.

Take the human body alone.

The chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.

GEORGE GALLUP

STATISTICIAN

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

 

Do you realize that you sneeze at 120 miles per hour? Did you also know that every time you sneeze, you have been programmed to close your eyes? Where does your hair grow from? How can the thin layer of skin on your head send out a special hair? It has been formulated in your genes to send out a certain type of hair for the head, hair different from that which grows on the arm, or on the eyelids or the eyebrows. Imagine if you had eyebrows or eyelashes that grew to the length of the hair on your head. Think of the fine row of hair that makes up the eyelash or of the way the hairs face the same direction on the eyebrow.

Have you ever studied the ordinary garden snail and wondered how its shell is able to grow in proportion to its body? When it is a baby snail, it has a baby shell. As it doubles in size, it doesn’t discard it. The hard shell also doubles in size. Do you credit the snail with having a mind brilliant enough to make its own shell?

How does a grubby little caterpillar get rid of all its legs while inside a cocoon, grow two fresh ones, then form itself into a beautiful butterfly? Perhaps you could mumble “evolution,” and believe that it could happen if millions of years were involved. But all this happens in a few weeks.

Do you give a baby credit for having the ability to grow its own teeth? How did you grow both sets of yours? If you ever decide to get false teeth, will you have them made, or will you wait for “chance” to make a pair for you? Look at your fingernails. Where did they grow from? What makes up their substance? Look at how your hands are holding this publication. Notice how the fingers cradle it while the thumb holds the pages. One thumb comes from the right side, the other from the left. Both thumbs bend forward. If they bent the other way, you couldn’t hold the book. Hands have been designed for the purpose of holding.

How is it that your lungs keep breathing irrespective of your will? You have been doing it without a second thought while you have been looking at your thumbs. In fact, becoming conscious of it can hinder the process. Lungs seem to work best without any conscious thought from the mind. How does your subconscious mind continually feed you with thoughts, even when you sleep? Listen to it talk to you and keep you company. It never stops. Try and stop it yourself. Put this book down and think of nothing for five minutes. Bet you can’t. Your subconscious mind has been set in motion, and it has little to do with your will.

Think of the complexities of the human mind. It is feeding your understanding with knowledge right now by translating ink shapes on these pages, speaking them to your mind, and automatically filing them into your memory bank.

Right at this moment, your liver, kidneys, heart, pancreas, salivary glands, etc., are all working to keep your body going. You don’t even have the power to switch them off and on. During your sleep tonight, your heart will pump seventy-five gallons of blood through your body each hour.

Contrary to common belief, your lungs are more than just bags into which you breathe smoke. They are designed to filter oxygen out of the air you breathe. These organs contain 300,000,000,000 tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Your entire blood supply washes through your lungs once every minute. In your lifetime, the marrow in your bones will create approximately half a ton of red corpuscles.

You have focusing muscles in your eyes that move an estimated 100,000 times each day. That same eye has within it a retina that covers less than a square inch and contains 137,000,000 light-sensitive cells. Even a wide-eyed Charles Darwin said, “To suppose that the eye could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”

Your brain contains 10,000,000,000 neurons, microscopic nerve cells. Your stomach, which produces four pints of gastric juice each day, has 35,000,000 glands lining it. Next time you eat a delicious meal, be thankful to God for the 8,000 taste buds that were put into your mouth. Imagine how boring eating would be without them.

George Gallup, the famous statistician, said, “I could prove God statistically; take the human body alone, the chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen, is a statistical monstrosity.”

Was it an accident that your ears were designed to capture sound? The grooves, bumps and ridges are made to catch passing sound waves and channel them into the eardrum. Again, your hands were made to grip and feel. The tongue was made to taste food and to shape speech. The nose was made to smell. What if your ears faced backwards or your nose was upside down (what a nightmare in a rainstorm), or your mouth had two tongues? I am serious. If humanity just happened (with no purposeful design), why don’t we see such creatures? In fact, we see the very opposite. From the teeth of a dog to the legs of a grasshopper, one can see practical design in everything that has been made.

Now, if the incredibly brilliant, creative “force” made all things, then it is not only infinitely more intelligent than man whom it made, but it is surely familiar with what it has made. Not only did it create every one of the 100,000 hairs on the average non-bald human head, but it is also familiar with each individual hair. If the force can make the eye, it is not blind itself (see Psalm 94:8, 9).

Creation reflects the genius of the Creator’s hand. Let’s look at a common cow. Someone once said, “How is it that a brown cow eats green grass, which turns into white milk, then yellow butter, which is eaten by a man who grows red hair and has blue eyes?” Think of how grass-cuttings become milk, cheese, and butter … all from a little stirring and churning. Imagine if you were able to invent a machine that could turn your grass into milk. Yet the cow does just that. Tell me how she does it. If it is so simple, make your millions by inventing a machine that turns grass into milk. Call it a “Lawn-Mooer.” The cow does it with little effort. Is she wiser than you?

Explain to me how a sparrow knows he is a sparrow and stays with other sparrows or how a baby knows how to look into the eyes of its mother when no one has taught it to do so. Tell me how strawberries can grow next to garlic, and yet both derive their own unique tastes from the same soil and water. How was a wasp made so that its wings flap at 100 times every second or the housefly at 190 per second or the mosquito at an amazing 500 times every second?

The most godless must be humbled by a sense of awe and wonder when standing beneath the mighty power of Niagara Falls or as he gazes into the Grand Canyon or stares into the infinity of space. How much more should we be humbled by the maker of these things?[14]


[1] Bergen, R. D. (2017). Genesis. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 6). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ge 1:27). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 1:27). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 51). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 1:27). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 6). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[7] Utley, R. J. (2001). How it All Began: Genesis 1–11 (Vol. Vol. 1A, p. 34). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[8] Kidner, D. (1967). Genesis: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 1, p. 56). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[9] Calvin, J., & King, J. (2010). Commentary on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis (Vol. 1, pp. 96–97). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[10] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Genesis–Numbers (Vol. 1, pp. 7–8). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[11] Currid, J. D. (n.d.). A Study Commentary on Genesis: Genesis 1:1–25:18 (Vol. 1, pp. 86–87). Darlington, England: Evangelical Press.

[12] Hartley, J. E. (2012). Genesis. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 47–49). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[13] Hamilton, V. P. (1990). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17 (pp. 138–139). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[14] Comfort, R. (2003). The Evidence Bible: Irrefutable Evidence for the Thinking Mind, Notes. (K. Cameron, Ed.) (pp. 2–8). Orlando, FL: Bridge-Logos.

2021 Easter Radio Specials — VCY America

Join us as we remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

(All Times Central)

Thursday, March 25

12:00pm – “Jesus in the Passover” (Messianic Minutes Special)

Saturday, March 27

3:00pm – “The Centurion”

6:00pm – “The Easter Lily”

Sunday, March 28

12:00pm – “The Last Sacrifice”

5:00pm – “He Touched the World with Love”

8:00pm – “One Perfect Life – Jesus of Nazareth”

Friday, April 2

2:00pm & 8:00pm – “Medical Aspects of the Crucifixion”

Saturday, April 3

12:00pm – “Vinegar Boy”

3:00pm – “The Calvary Story”

5:00pm – “I Saw the Lord”

6:00pm – “Paid in Full”

Sunday, April 4

12:00pm – “I Am”

5:00pm – “He is Risen Indeed”

8:00pm – “One Perfect Life – Jesus the Messiah” 9:00pm – “Easter Celebration”

2021 Easter Radio Specials — VCY America

Why the Claims About Jesus Are Not the Same as the Claims About Peter Pan — Cold Case Christianity

As a skeptic and new investigator of the Gospel accounts, my philosophical naturalism dictated what I was willing to accept from the Biblical authors. As I investigated the accounts, I recognized many of the locations and historical claims could be corroborated by archaeology, but this fact alone did not incline me to believe the Gospel accounts were true, especially when it came to their claims about the supernatural activities of Jesus (especially the Resurrection). The mere fact an account may be rooted in some form of true history doesn’t mean everything in the account is accurate or true. When Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie wrote the fictional story of Peter Pan, for example, he set the account in late Victorian London. A thousand years from now, archaeologists will certainly find archaeological evidence confirming the existence of London and may even find ancient accounts of other writers describing the Peter Pan story. But the archaeological or manuscript support confirming a portion of Pan’s story would not guarantee the authenticity of the entire account. The true existence of London does not corroborate the true existence of Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell or the Lost Boys. So even though I discovered archaeology support for many of the historical claims of the Gospels, I still rejected the supernatural elements. My investigation of the Gospels would require me to move beyond the simple archaeology to investigate the authors themselves as eyewitnesses. Once I was done, I realized the claims about Jesus were not the same as the claims about Peter Pan:

The Authors of the Gospels Claimed to Be Eyewitnesses
There is a difference between the authors of the Gospels and J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Barrie never wrote his story as a true claim about history from the perspective of an eyewitness. Instead, he first introduced the character of Peter Pan in a small section of The Little White Bird, a 1902 novel. He later adapted the character into a stage play for children and eventually the character appeared in a separate publication. All the while, Barrie never claimed to be writing true history as an eyewitness. The authors of the Gospels, on the other hand, repeatedly identified themselves as eyewitnesses:

2 Peter 1:16
For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

1 John 1:1,3
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life… we proclaim to you also

John 21:24-25
This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.

The Authors of the Gospels Can Be Tested As Eyewitnesses
In the end, the authors themselves must be tested for their reliability. There is a four-part template we use to test eyewitnesses in any criminal trial or investigation. If we can determine a witness was actually present to see what they reported, can be corroborated by some form of external evidence, has been honest and accurate over time, and has no ulterior motive or bias to tell a lie, we can consider the witness to be reliable. If we apply this four part template to J. M. Barrie, he is quickly exposed as an author of fiction (this shouldn’t surprise us given the fact he never claimed to be an eyewitness). When we apply this investigative template to the authors of the Gospels, however, they survive remarkably as reliable witnesses, especially when compared to other accurate historians of antiquity. I’ve written about this in Cold-Case Christianity, where I examined these four categories of eyewitness reliability and applied them to the Gospel authors.

The Authors of the Gospels Died As Eyewitnesses
J. M. Barrie and his publishers profited from the story of Peter Pan in a number of ways. The authors of the Gospels were not as fortunate. In fact, the eyewitnesses of the life of Jesus died for their claims without ever recanting their testimony. They suffered persecution for these accounts, and although there is evidence second generation Christians were tortured and forced to recant (as described in Pliny the Younger’s letter to Emperor Trajan), there is absolutely no evidence the original eyewitnesses ever recanted in such a way. On the contrary, there are numerous accounts describing the martyrdom of the eyewitnesses. These authors never enjoyed the success of a stage play or successful publication. Instead, they suffered for their claims, yet held firm to their accounts in spite of the tremendous pressure to change their testimony.

The case for the reliability of the Gospels is built on far more than simple archaeological support. It is built instead on the cumulative case for the reliability of the gospel eyewitnesses. The archeological evidence is one small part of this collective case. The story of Peter Pan is a fictional claim, the story of Jesus is an historical claim. As such, the Gospel accounts can be tested to see if they accurately describe the Jesus of history. The claims about Jesus are not the same as the claims about Peter Pan.

For more information about the reliability of the New Testament gospels and the case for Christianity, please read Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. This book teaches readers ten principles of cold-case investigations and applies these strategies to investigate the claims of the gospel authors. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Cold-Case Christianity DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.

Why the Claims About Jesus Are Not the Same as the Claims About Peter Pan — Cold Case Christianity

March 11 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“The Christian Ideal Has Not Been Tried”
Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.

G. K. CHESTERTON

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

Preferring the Woods to Books
Job 12:7–9; Psalm 19:1–2; Matthew 24:32; Mark 13:28

You shall find a fuller satisfaction in the woods than in books. The trees and the rocks will teach you that which you cannot hear from masters.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

11 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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Biden ‘weakness’ towards Tehran could trigger Israeli airstrikes on Iranian nuclear sites – and Third Lebanon War
Joel Rosenberg warns that if U.S. President Joe Biden renews his country’s participation in the Iranian nuclear deal, thousands of missiles could rain down on Israel from Lebanon. “Biden strikes me as more desperate than Iran to get back into the deal. This has all the makings of emboldening the terror masters in Tehran… I think Tehran is getting ready to attack Israel.”

Confirmed: Netanyahu to make first state trip to UAE – tomorrow
Benjamin Netanyahu will make his first official visit to the United Arab Emirates tomorrow, sources tell ALL ISRAEL NEWS. This is his first visit since the signing of the Abraham Accords, a U.S.-brokered agreement that normalized relations between the two nations in September, and the first official state visit of any Israeli leader to the UAE. Sources tell us it will be a quick in-and-out visit and that no Israeli reporters will accompany the prime minister.

Mexico’s Congress approves landmark cannabis bill
Mexico’s lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved a bill that would decriminalize cannabis for recreational, medical and scientific uses, bringing it a step closer to creating one of the world’s largest markets for the plant.

Russia Throttles Twitter Speed In Banned Content Standoff, Threatens Blockage
Specifically Russia has said Twitter failed to comply in removing over 3,100 posts displaying banned content including pornography, suicide and production of drugs. In response, Russia announced Wednesday it’s slowing down Twitter upload speeds, impacting 50% of desktops in Russia. Roskomnadzor is now threatening the next step will be to block Twitter completely from the country.

Texas Faces Wildfire Threat Amid “Extreme Drought” After Historic Deep Freeze
Weather-battered Texas can’t catch a break. Last month, the Lone Star State experienced a “historic” plunge in temperatures that nearly collapsed the power grid. Governor Greg Abbott has issued warnings about elevated wildfire risks in several state regions this week,

Milo Yiannopoulos comes out as ex-gay
Establishment media have described Milo Yiannopoulos as a “right-wing provocateur,” and his appearances on college campuses sometimes have been accompanied by leftist rioting. Many on the left apparently found it hard to comprehend a gay man supporting conservative views. Now, Yiannopoulos had another paradox for them to ponder as he identifies himself as “ex-gay.”

San Cristobal volcano in Nicaragua erupts
The San Cristobal volcano in Nicaragua erupted on March 9, covering the city of Chinandega and surrounding communities with massive ash deposits that lasted about 30 minutes, France24 reported citing AFP. Rice crops, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and cattle pasture were covered in ash

Growing number of Saudis Declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital, 3rd Temple construction
The Trump initiated Abraham Accords is still enjoying ripple effects to this day. A group of people from Saudi Arabia, a country which has yet to normalize relations with Israel and who has traditionally been the biggest backers of the PLO, are tweeting support for Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people and other pro-Israel and pro-peace messages using the hashtag “#قبلة_اليهود_لاتعني_لنا”, which translated from Arabic into: “The Jewish aspirations has nothing to do with us” reports Israellycool. Some Saudis went so far as to call for the third Jewish Temple to be built!

Prominent Rabbis Ask Netanyahu to Allow the Passover Sacrifice on Temple Mount
A group of prominent rabbis sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, requesting that a Passover offering be allowed on the Temple Mount.

Court Case brought against Jerusalem for Hiding Vatican’s Illegal ‘Messiah Tunnel’
According to the case brought by Regavim, the Jerusalem Municipality has been concealing the existence of an underground tunnel dug by the Church of the Dormition, one of the largest and most recognizable Catholic churches in Jerusalem. It is believed the construction of the tunnel, approximately 1,970 feet long and 5 feet wide, was completed 12 years ago. It was allegedly built by the Catholic authorities in Jerusalem as an underground passage from the main building of the Dormition Abbey to the residences of the clergy in the Beit Yosef building, a dormitory/guest house it built nearby decades ago. As the church is Catholic, the rabbi asserts that they are operating under the Vatican’s instructions.

Zvi Yehezkeli: ‘Something is cooking between Israel and Saudi Arabia’
Saudi Arabia is hoping that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will win another term in office, and succeed in weakening Iran, which has launched consistent attacks on Saudi Arabia throughout the past two weeks, reports said said. The Iranians, he said, are “humiliating the Biden administration, and he’s not doing anything. The Iranians have two terror attacks against Israelis, five against Americans, and are crushing the Saudis. The Iranian blitz has begun

Evangelicals for Biden lose faith in Joe
Nothing about Joe Biden’s pro-abortion agenda reflects biblical values. And those who argued that evangelicals needed to either back away from Donald Trump, sit out the election, or vote for Biden own this – and all of the other ungodly, evil policies flowing from Capitol Hill. They tried to play the church … and got played instead. They can’t say they weren’t warned.

Israel, UAE to establish ‘quarantine-free travel corridor’ amid COVID restrictions
The UAE announced on Wednesday that it is in “formal discussions to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor” with Israel. The UAE would recognize Israeli vaccination certificates for COVID-19, and vice versa. The countries’ foreign ministries hope to implement the agreement in April, the UAE Foreign Ministry stated.

Jordanian prince cancels Temple Mount visit following security mishap
Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah canceled a pre-planned Wednesday visit to the Temple Mount after Jordan failed to uphold the agreed security arrangement with Israel, KAN 11 reported. The Jordanians were limited to a set number of security guards but eventually decided to bring a larger number. When Israel insisted they stick to the agreed upon number, the Jordanians decided to cancel the visit.

Iran is rolling out the “moderates” again to demand US end sanctions – analysis
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has indicated that the US must end sanctions in order for “diplomacy to survive.” This is a key talking point in English for the Iranian regime. Iran studies the US carefully in trying to craft a narrative that will fit with US domestic pressure for a new Iran nuclear deal.

Mexican officials worried Biden immigration policy is incentivizing human smuggling and gang activity
Mexican officials in internal assessments have expressed worry that the Biden’s administration’s immigration stance, characterized as lenient by many conservatives, is incentivizing gang activity and human smuggling. The authorities said organized crime is recruiting personnel and expanding its reach in response to U.S. policy changes that encourage the flow of migrants through the southern border…

Hong Kong: China approves ‘patriotic’ plan to control elections
China’s legislature has approved a resolution to overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system – its latest move to tighten control over the city. The “patriots governing Hong Kong” resolution was passed at the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Thursday. It will reduce democratic representation and allow a pro-Beijing panel to vet and elect candidates.

Oxford-AstraZeneca: Denmark suspends vaccine ‘as a precaution’
Denmark has temporarily halted use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution, after reports of a small number of blood clots and one death. The Danish health authority said it was too early to say whether there was a link to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Austria earlier stopped using a batch of the drug, prompting the EU medicines agency to say there was no indication the vaccine caused blood clots.

Mexico marijuana: Lower house passes recreational cannabis bill
Mexico’s lower house has approved a bill that would legalise the recreational use of cannabis. It will now go to the Senate for a final vote, which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s party is confident will pass. This would make Mexico one of the world’s largest regulated markets for cannabis.

U.S. must slash emissions by at least 57% to meet Paris climate target: report
The United States needs to set a target to slash its greenhouse gas emissions between 57% and 63% below 2005 levels by 2030 in order to achieve the Biden administration’s longer-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new analysis released on Thursday. Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analyzed President Joe Biden’s plans to decarbonize the electricity sector, commercial buildings and new vehicle fleet…

Turkey’s nuclear power dilemma
Turkish and Russian officials laid the foundation for the third reactor of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant Akkuyu in the southern coastal city of Mersin on Wednesday. The plant’s first reactor unit is expected to be operational in 2023, the centenary of the Turkish Republic, and the remaining units in 2026.

Magma chamber continues to expand, more than 35,000 earthquakes hit Reykjanes Peninsula in two weeks, Iceland
The seismo-volcanic crisis on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland continues on March 11, 2021, with more than 35 000 earthquakes detected since February 24, 2021. The probability of an eruption is increasing and the most likely place where it might start is from Keilir to Fagradalsfjall.

Oklahoma House passes bill banning gov’t closure of churches 
The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed legislation last Wednesday that would prohibit state and local government entities from forcing churches or any other houses of worship to close even during a pandemic.

New Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Uses Gene Transfer Technology
..The vaccine uses a safe adenovirus carrier that contains a cloned DNA strand, which causes nasopharyngeal cells to produce the virus protein which, in turn, produces a response to the vaccine. There is no actual SARS-CoV-2 virus in the vaccine. Preliminary results show that the vaccine has performed well in animal studies, and clinical testing in humans will start within a few months.

Arkansas bans nearly all abortions in sweeping measure
Arkansas has passed a new law banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the US supreme court to revisit Roe v Wade but opponents vow to block before it takes effect later this year.

142-year-old record broken by massive temperature turnaround in Minnesota 
Within the span of just a few weeks, the city of Minneapolis has experienced low temperatures that challenged a daily record low set 146 years ago, and now, has broken a daily temperature record that stood for 142 years.

Half a Month’s Worth of Rain Fell Over Parts of Hawaii 
Torrential downpours have wreaked havoc across Hawaii this week, resulting in severe flooding that some officials say is the worst seen in more than two decades. The deluge caused Gov. David Ige to declare an emergency proclamation for the state on Tuesday.

Maternity flight suits, covid terrorism and brain-busting nasal swabs
Fake president Joe Biden wants the military to work on “maternity flight suits” so that pregnant women can fly fighter jets into enemy territory. Yes, it’s insane, but then again so are the Democrats. They think it’s “progressive” for combat warriors to be expectant mothers, somehow…

Extended coronavirus lockdown making London’s rat infestation worse
Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns are worsening London’s rat infestation. The disappearance of the garbage dumps they used to scavenge in inner cities has used them further from their usual habitats and caused them to start appearing in people’s homes.

Viral Video From Atheist With Millions Of Views Claiming ‘Jesus Lied’ Easily Debunked By Applying Rightly Dividing
An atheist has a viral video saying he can prove that Jesus lied, and it has had millions of views. This is what he says about it “I bet you didn’t know that Jesus lied. And it was not a little white lie, it’s about as big of a lie as you can possibly imagine: it’s about the end of the world… a situation that’s very similar to what we’re all experiencing right now. I’m going to show you the one verse that shows that Jesus is a liar and what it has to do with the end of the world. ” Ironically, this is the same position held by the post-tribbers and the preterists.

Michelle Obama to be Inducted Into the National Women’s Hall of Fame
Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame along with eight other women including former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, soccer icon Mia Hamm and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who died last year.

In March Of 2020, Biotech Scientists At The Bill Gates Funded Moderna Therapeutics Bragged About Using mRNA To ‘Hack The Kingdom Of Life’
If you don’t think that all these very rich biotech titans are not consumed with the idea of world domination, you would be very much mistaken. Nearly every, single people who has become a billionaire in biotech also has a massive ‘messiah complex’ in which they rule all people and make them bow to their authority. Moderna is one such company, and having received untold millions from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, actively fantasize about using their new mRNA vaccine technology to ‘hack the kingdom of life’. But beware, there is ‘death in the pot’ for those who have ears to hear and eyes with which to see.

Mandatory Masks contribute to the COVID Plannedemic
Mandatory Masks contribute to their COVID Plannedemic. I’m willing to bet most people wear a mask not out of fear for the “virus” but out of fear for what others will think of them. The government (Deep State) knows the mandatory masks rule will brainwash others into following.

Soros-Funded DAs Helping Criminal Illegal Aliens Escape Deportation, Probe Finds
Several District Attorneys, who took campaign donations from left-wing billionaire George Soros, are helping criminal illegal aliens avoid being deported from the US, according to a new bombshell investigation.

ABRAHAM ACCORDS: Flight #777 Closer Than Ever As Muslim Across Middle East Warming To The Idea Of A Third Jewish Temple In Jerusalem
I said to you at the start of 2021 that you could expect to see things come to pass in this year that might astound you, things like space aliens on the news and a rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem. As UFOs continue to buzz passenger jets over Arizona, there is a growing excitement in the Middle East right now, thanks to the Abraham Accords, for a rebuilt Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. And the best part? It’s Muslims who are calling for it.

Source: 11 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 3/11/2021

Jordan crown prince said to cancel Temple Mount visit over security spat

Netanyahu to fly to UAE Thursday for 1st official trip, 12 days before elections

Netanyahu may meet Saudi crown prince during UAE visit: report

Erdogan confidant calls for ‘re-normalized’ ties with Israel

Commentary: Pope Francis and Part Two of the Abraham Accords

Sinwar wins 2nd term as Hamas Gaza chief after tense election standoff

Jared Kushner plans book on Trump White House, Abraham Accords: source

German court rules former Nazi camp guard, 96, unfit to stand trial

‘The fire releases our anger’: Tire-burning becomes hallmark of Lebanon protests

Saudi Arabia will act to ‘deter’ attacks on oil facilities, FM says

‘This is hell’: UN food aid chief visits Yemen, fears famine

World powers ignoring North Korea crimes against humanity amid nuclear programme focus: U.N. expert

Myanmar coup: ‘We were told to shoot protesters’, say police who fled

U.S. imposes sanctions on children of Myanmar military leader, companies

China accuses US admiral of ‘hyping up’ threat of Taiwan invasion

India to Buy First U.S. Armed Drones to Counter China, Pakistan

Chinese Regime Rolls Out New Plans to Overtake the US in Technology

US Firms Are Profiting From Uyghur Forced Labor: Expert

Top Biden officials to meet with Chinese in Alaska

‘Cold war-era weapon’: $100bn US plan to build new nuclear missile sparks concern

Trust in the military is dropping significantly, new survey suggests

Mitch McConnell on Capitol security: ‘I think we’ve overdone it,’ compares Capitol to Kabul

White House press corps ushered away after asking Biden questions – again

Trump insists ‘something bad happened’ with Ga. election in call with investigator: WSJ

Russia moves to slow Twitter’s speed after protest row, threatens total block

Apple refuses to let Parler back on its App Store ‘until it complies with the guidelines’

Piers Morgan Casts Himself as Free Speech Hero: ‘Woke Crowd’ Will Be ‘Rather Disappointed’ If They Think I’m ‘Cancelled’

Whoopi Goldberg rails against Pepe Le Pew critics: ‘Don’t know why you’ve got to erase everything’

Unilever drops word ‘normal’ from beauty products in push for inclusivity

Suit: Company built ‘most dangerous’ facial recognition AI database in nation

Massive camera hack exposes the growing reach and intimacy of U.S. surveillance

License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving but Spur Little Privacy Debate

Millions of websites offline after fire at French cloud services firm

500 National Guard Troops Sent to Texas Border Due to Immigration ‘Crisis’: Governor

Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick: Border Situation a ‘Full-Blown Disaster,’ Not Crisis

Report: Mexico upset ‘migrant president’ Biden is creating business for gangs, cartels

Mexico protests against attacks on women turn violent, as tension with president escalates

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Haveluloto, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Vogar, Iceland

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Haveluloto, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gisborne, New Zealand

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Veniaminof volcano in Alaska erupts to 10,000ft

Japan marks 10 years since triple disaster killed 18,500 people

“Unprecedented” flooding in Hawaii prompts state of emergency

Heavy rains lead to crippling floods in Hawaii; homes destroyed and residents forced to flee

‘Significant hail storms’ stop traffic on Highway 101 in North Bay

Denver could get one of biggest snowstorms since 1885

Unprecedented Texas deep freeze results in 600 million dollar crop loss

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

National youth conference offers ‘Unshakable’ event for free as depression, suicide increase

Justice Amy Coney Barrett riles conservatives with moderate rulings

Arkansas Gov. Signs Bill Banning Abortion, Challenging Roe v. Wade: ‘It Is Time’

EU debating declaration of LGBT ‘freedom zone’

Georgetown Student Bar Association Asks Students to List Pronouns ‘In Solidarity’ with Transgender Peers

Milo Yiannopoulos says he is ‘ex-gay,’ wants to rehabilitate ‘conversion therapy’

Transgender surgery is now free for military, thanks to Biden executive order

Owners of Missouri girls’ home charged with more than 100 felonies including child abuse, statutory rape

US prosecutors urge rejection of Ghislaine Maxwell’s 3rd quest for bail

Gov. Cuomo allegedly reached under aide’s blouse and ‘aggressively groped her’ in governor’s mansion: report

Former NY Rep. Lowey: Cuomo shouldn’t quit until harassment probe complete

New Wave of African Swine Fever Outbreak Hits China

COVID herd immunity may be unlikely – winter surges could “become the norm”

Covid-19: Brazil experts issue warning as hospitals ‘close to collapse’

China Urges W.H.O. to Let It Run Global ‘Vaccine Passport’ System

70% of employees believe vaccines should be required before returning to office: Glassdoor

Wide resistance to vaccines plagues Ukraine’s COVID-19 fight

Utah woman, 39, dies 4 days after 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine; autopsy ordered

Several residents at Brenham care facility test positive for COVID-19 after getting vaccine

Texans can still be arrested for violating business mask rules, despite mandate’s end, police chief says

Fauci: When we don’t have the science on reopening, we go with our gut

Fauci was ‘blind to the harms of the lockdowns’ that didn’t work anyway, says Stanford doctor

Fauci appears in forum with Chinese Communist Party health expert preaching ‘global solidarity’

US Congress passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

Not a single Republican in either chamber of Congress voted for Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package

Psaki says Biden will sign COVID measure Friday, calls it ‘most progressive bill in American history’

America Without God: As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen. Will the quest for secular redemption through politics doom the American idea?

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


Apostasy Watch Thursday 3-11-21

Mike Ratliff – The Blind Leading The Blind

Michael Youssef: ‘Woke’ culture creeping into evangelical church is ‘deadly’ for the Gospel of Christ

Tim Keller Blames Persecution on Christians Because We Hurt Homosexuals’ Feelings

Chris Hogan, Retirement Expert and Dave Ramsey Protegé, Departs Ramsey Solutions

Korn Guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch Says He May Have Gone ‘Too Far’ with his Christianity

John MacArthur Claims Current Criticism is Persecution for Preaching the Gospel

Ravi Zacharias Ministry to Change Focus to Supporting Evangelism and Abuse Victims

Robin Bullock Claims ‘Prophets’ Have the Power to Call Trump Back Into the White House

“Cult leader” Dave McKay is an old dog using old tricks he learned from even older cult leaders

Calvin University students promote anti-LGBTQ speech, campus responds

Is a Long-Dismissed Forgery Actually the Oldest Known Biblical Manuscript?

Judge Rules Texas Can Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

Police In China Raid Church During Sunday Worship, Seize Pastor, Four Others

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Mar. 11, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

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Herd Immunity v. Biden/Fauci Perpetual Fear

Mark Alexander

It is now clear that government lockdowns have proven disastrous for people and our economy. They have also been ineffective. According to the most recent summary of social-distancing measures published by Nature, “Stay-at-home orders did little to mitigate the pandemic spread.” The authors say there is “no evidence that the number of deaths/million is reduced by staying at home.”

But there is another reason well-governed states are lifting restrictive ChiCom Virus pandemic mandates.

In discussions this week with physicians who are career disease specialists, I noted these interesting data points. This information is receiving no mention by the Biden administration or its Leftmedia propagandists in order not to disrupt their perpetual “fear and angst” agenda — ensuring their constituents believe BIG Gov is their savior.

First, according to the CDC, in the U.S. there have been 29 million individuals who have tested positive for the ChiCom Virus and recovered.

Second, early in the pandemic it was estimated that the number of Americans who have had the virus but were either asymptomatic or recovered from mild flu-like symptoms was 10 times the number of diagnosed cases. That number is now more conservatively estimated to be about three times the diagnosed number. So at present there are about 87 million undiagnosed recoveries.

Third, thanks to the stunning success of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine-development program, 60 million people have already had one or both vaccine doses, and by the end of March the number of those fully vaccinated will be almost 100 million.

Thus, by the beginning of April, more than 200 million Americans will have COVID immunities.

According to Mayo Clinic experts, 70% of the population must have immunities intact in order to reach COVID “herd immunity” — that’s 220 million people. In other words, we are weeks away from reaching herd immunity, as predicted by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor Dr. Martin Makary, despite the variants.

Of course, Makary was “fact-checked” for daring to suggest we would reach herd immunity prior to when the Swamp Doctor, Anthony Fauci, says we will. But the fact-checkers got fact-checked and Makary is correct.

Indeed, this week Fauci himself declared, “We anticipate … that the herd immunity level will be about 70-85%. That’s the time that we believe, if you look at the planned rollout of the vaccines, that we would hopefully get to that point somewhere by the end of the summer and the early fall.”

Well, no.

If 70%, we will reach that target by mid-April. If 85%, we should reach that target in May.

Last week, Joe Biden read these words from his prepared script: “We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May.” That is “every adult” including those who have already recovered but may choose to take the vaccine anyway.

What’s next from Fauci, “herd immunity when we reach 150%”? Is anyone paying attention to the basic math?

For sure, Fauci’s fake narrative fit all the faux Demo drama ahead of the party-line passage of their larded $1.9 TRILLION so-called “American Rescue Plan,” despite an economic recovery well underway.

Question: Should anyone be listening to anything Fauci says?

Behind Biden, the second most powerful and equally senile wax figure in DC is Fauci. He wields an enormous amount of power for an 80-year-old lifelong DC bureaucrat, having been in the bowels of various federal agencies since 1968.

Frankly, I never understood why Donald Trump did not tell Fauci “YOU’RE FIRED” last June, when Fauci admitted lying to the public about the effectiveness of face masks — or after any one of the countless times Fauci ventured far off the White House Coronavirus Task Force reservation with serial contradictions in celebrity media appearances.

Recall that once caught in that lie, demonstrating his signature unmitigated arrogance, Fauci insisted, “With all due modesty, I think I’m pretty effective.”

Fauci’s “modesty” and “effectiveness” notwithstanding, herd immunity is on its way! While those with significant comorbidity factors should take appropriate precautions, it is past time to reopen our country. Unlike Fauci, Makary is sticking with the science. As Dr. Makary advised in an additional Wall Street Journal analysis today, get the vaccine and go.

Finally, never again should we quarantine the most healthy among us and shutter businesses across the nation.

Team Biden’s ‘Morality Problem’ on the Border

Nate Jackson

A record-breaking 9,500 unaccompanied juveniles illegally crossed the U.S. border in February. These children, most of them teens, are often exploited by coyotes — the seedy men who traffic people and drugs across the border. And these kids were just a sliver of last month’s 100,000 encounters with illegals reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Clearly, we have a crisis on our hands, and it’s a moral one at that.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also thinks there’s a moral problem, but that it was former President Donald Trump’s. “In the last administration, we had a morality problem,” Psaki lectured Wednesday. “Children were being pulled from the arms of their parents, and kids were being sent back on a treacherous journey. That’s not the approach of this administration.”

No, the approach of this administration is to fling the doors open wide for unaccompanied minors to be trafficked into this country without limits. Psaki even admitted as much: “We understand that means there will be more kids who are crossing the border. We made a policy decision that was the right, humane step to take.”

Likewise, Southern Border Coordinator Roberta Jacobson practically claimed the surge is the policy of the Biden administration. “There was a hope for a more humane policy after four years of pent-up demand,” she said Wednesday, “so I don’t know if I would call that a coincidence.” In fact, while speaking in Spanish, Jacobson also said, “The border is not closed.” Only several minutes later did she say in English, “The border is closed.”

She’s almost literally speaking out of both sides of her mouth.

Families often send a teen to the U.S. ahead of them, knowing that our policies favoring chain migration will eventually help them all get here. They’re willing to risk their own children for a better life in America. That doesn’t make the Trump administration “immoral” for closing the border to such shenanigans, and it most certainly doesn’t make the Biden administration moral for incentivizing gang activity and human smuggling.

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Can States’ Rights Prevent Federal Immigration Anarchy?

Arnold Ahlert

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” —Amendment 10, U.S. Constitution

It appears Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the state legislature are about to explore where federal immigration law ends and Texas’s ability to preserve the Rule of Law in general begins. Due to the utter fecklessness of the Biden administration’s immigration policies — which set a new record for illegal minors crossing the border — Abbott has launched “Operation Lone Star” in an effort to combat drug smuggling and human trafficking in his state. In conjunction with that effort, Texas state Representative Bryan Slaton (R-Canton) has introduced a bill proposing that Texas itself should complete border wall construction initiated by the Trump administration.

How chaotic has the Biden administration’s response to the border crisis been? On March 1, a clueless DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tore into the previous administration’s immigration policies, while insisting there was no border crisis. Eight days later, Mayorkas was asking for DHS volunteers to deal with the “overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country along the Southwest Border.” He added, “President Biden and I are committed to ensuring our Nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system while continuing to balance all of the other critical DHS missions.”

That is, quite simply, a lie. As this writer documented in his last column, the Biden administration is not only releasing COVID-positive illegals from detention centers but allowing them to disperse themselves throughout the nation.

And this particular manifestation of gross irresponsibility isn’t about to stop anytime soon: In the last two weeks, the number of children detained in Border Patrol facilities has tripled, and more than 100,000 migrants have stormed the border over the past four weeks ending March 3, marking a five-year high.

Texas is fighting back. Operation Lone Star will integrate the Texas Department of Public Safety with the Texas National Guard. Air, ground, marine, and tactical border-security units will be deployed to high-threat areas in an effort to prevent Mexican cartels and other smugglers from moving drugs and people into the state.

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Abbott said in a statement last Saturday. “Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”

And if Slaton gets his way, a completed wall will also be part of the equation. “It is time for Texas to stand up and finish the work that President Trump started,” Slaton said in a press statement. “Let’s finish building the border wall now.”

Texas contractors will be given preference, and those who wish to participate will be required to participate in the E-Verify program that ensures workers are authorized to work in America. The bill also calls for a “border security enhancement fund” that instructs the governor to ask the federal government to reimburse the state for the costs associated with finishing the border wall.

Slaton wants it to be called the Trump Border Wall.

The same day Slaton unveiled his proposal, Abbott released a statement condemning the Biden administration’s “unconscionable act” of releasing COVID-positive illegals into his state. “Border security is strictly a federal responsibility,” it said. “The federal government alone has the responsibility to test, screen and quarantine illegal immigrants crossing our border who may have COVID. Instead of doing their job, the Biden Administration suggested it did not have the sufficient resources and, remarkably, asked Texas to assist them in aiding their illegal immigration program. Texas refused. We will not aid a program that makes our country a magnet for illegal immigration.”

Texas is not alone. Arizona and Montana have also filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration aimed at blocking regulations that limit ICE’s ability to arrest illegal aliens unless they are a national security threat, crossed the border after November 1, or committed aggravated felonies. “If asked about the poorest policy choice I’ve ever seen in government, this would be a strong contender,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “Blindly releasing thousands of people, including convicted criminals and those who may be spreading COVID-19 into our state, is both unconscionable and a violation of federal law. This must be stopped now to avoid a dangerous humanitarian crisis for the immigrants and the people of Arizona.”

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen agreed. “Meth trafficked into Montana by Mexican drug cartels has wracked our state. The problem will only be made worse if the Biden administration continues to allow criminals to stay in the country,” he added. “Enforcing our immigration laws and helping to keep Americans safe is one of the federal government’s most important functions. The Biden administration is failing its basic responsibility to Americans.”

Can these states succeed? In 2012, the U.S. Supreme court ruled against key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration. “The National Government has significant power to regulate immigration,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion at the time. “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.”

None of these states are undermining federal law. Rather, it is the Biden administration itself that is conspicuously refusing to regulate federal immigration law to abet its contemptible open-border/amnesty agenda. That agenda also includes requesting and receiving the dismissal of three requests to hear cases with regard to the Trump administration’s desire to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions.

That sanctuary jurisdictions epitomize the defiance of federal immigration laws? Again, Democrats and Biden have long made it clear that “selective” law enforcement, a.k.a. the refusal to regulate, will remain the order of the day.

Thus, Texas, Arizona, and Montana will likely inform the nation about whether the Biden administration’s imposition of de facto anarchy via policies specifically designed to nullify federal enforcement of immigration laws is legally tenable, or whether the Rule of Law, border integrity, and the safety of the American public can be maintained on a state-by-state basis.

The entire nation will be watching.

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Fortress Washington, DC

Lewis Morris

More than two months have passed since the Capitol building was overrun by an angry mob seeking to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College, yet Capitol Hill remains a fortress, surrounded by 5,000 National Guard troops standing behind razor wire and barricades. Washington, DC, more closely resembles the capital of a third-world regime than the home of the United States government.

The Democrats seem to like it this way, and for the foreseeable future, that’s how it’s going to stay.

This week, the Department of Defense, at the behest of the U.S. Capitol Police, extended the National Guard deployment in Washington to May 23. The force will be reduced to 2,300, cutting the Guard presence in half, but checkpoints will remain in place, and plans are being drawn up to deploy mobile fencing and create a “quick reaction force” to be at the ready 24 hours a day.

The mob that rushed the Capitol on January 6 has been continuously leveraged by Democrats to push for a veritable police state in Washington and beyond. First, they used it as an excuse to impeach Donald Trump a second time. After that shamelessly unconstitutional sideshow, they then argued for a massive military presence for Joe Biden’s inauguration, with the 26,000 National Guard personnel at the Capitol vastly outnumbering the event attendees. Then, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called upon the Guard to remain until March 12, surrounding the Capitol and giving off the appearance that a military junta had just taken place. Maybe it had.

As the end of the Guard deployment approached, scuttlebutt arose of a QAnon-led mob planning to descend on the Capitol on March 4, under the supposed belief that Trump would be inaugurated president on what was the original Inauguration Day. Congressional Democrats talked up the threat incessantly, and Pelosi ginned up the drama by giving the House the day off “for their own safety” — time they used to share their faux fear and rage on social media over a mob that never materialized.

Regardless of the validity of the claim, the Democrats played it to the full. The direct result was the request to extend the Guard presence, much to the surprise of many troops currently deployed in Washington.

The Capitol Police were woefully (if understandably) unprepared for the mob that swarmed the building on January 6, and an investigation into their response to the incident was warranted. We should expect that the capital is protected from attack, no matter who the perpetrators are. Hiring additional police and deploying mobile barriers are within the realm of guaranteeing the safety of the capital and those who work there.

However, the Democrats are using the January 6 event as an opportunity to close off the nation’s capital from ordinary citizens, or at the very least make it difficult for people to approach the Capitol building. Like doomsday cultists, Democrats and their media lackeys keep predicting violence, then when it never materializes, they simply push their predictions further out on the calendar. They have not taken even a moment to revisit their very public prognostications of angry mobs, nor have they given any indication as to when this ginned up state of emergency will end. And that is what is most troubling.

Power once claimed is rarely relinquished voluntarily. The erosion of our constitutional liberties and the growth of the federal government are proof. The Democrats are following the playbook followed by tyrannical despots throughout history — use an emergency as a gateway to seizing greater power in the name of safety, then extend the emergency and label those who question their methods as being part of the opposition.

The U.S. Capitol belongs to the American people, and it needs to stay that way.

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A Tale of Two Cancellations

Douglas Andrews

It’s a sickening sight, watching journalist Andy Ngo get pummeled by a pack of antifa animals in Portland. Not quite as sickening, though, as listening to yet another public figure beg for forgiveness after being called out by the cancel crowd.

The latest to so supplicate himself is Winston Marshall, 33, who plays banjo and lead guitar for Mumford & Sons, a British folk-rock band perhaps most famous for “I Will Wait,” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013.

Marshall’s transgression? He had the nerve to express support for a newly released book by the aforementioned Andy Ngo titled Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy. In a since-deleted tweet addressed to Ngo, Marshall said, simply, “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.” That was the extent of his transgression.

And then, as Matt Walsh writes, “Fans, the media, and fellow musicians came out swinging, labeling Marshall a racist, calling for him to be fired, and so on and so forth. They made it clear that there is essentially no difference between reading and enjoying a book critical of Antifa and pledging allegiance to Hitler after reading Mein Kampf.”

By Tuesday, Marshall’s publicists had determined just what his apology should sound like.

“Over the past few days,” he groveled, “I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed. I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry. As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots. For now, please know that I realize how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behavior. I apologize, as this was not at all my intention.”

Got that? Andy Ngo, the gay guy who got set upon and given a brain hemorrhage by antifa, the guy whose Vietnamese parents were boat people fleeing the communist nation in the late ‘70s, is the “hateful” and “divisive” one. He’s got TWO “intersectionality” points, and he’s still persona non grata.

As Walsh continued, “To hint at even the mildest disagreement with the most radical fringes of the far Left is to profess far Right views, which is to be a bigot, which is to reveal yourself unworthy of inclusion in civilized society. This is the formula, clear and simple and totally insane.”

Far less insane, and far more hopeful as a way out of this Kafkaesque cancel culture, was the lifeline thrown to NBAer Meyers Leonard, who dropped an anti-Semitic slur amid a stream of obscenities while he was playing the “Call of Duty” video game on a public platform called Twitch.

Leonard, who will remain away from his Miami Heat teammates indefinitely, apologized in an Instagram post: “I am deeply sorry,” he said, “for using an anti-Semitic slur during a livestream yesterday. While I didn’t know what the word meant at the time, my ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong.”

But whereas even some of Leonard’s teammates were quick to throw him under the bus, one man, New England Patriots receiver and one-time Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, took a different approach, tweeting out an open letter that began, “So we’ve never met, I hope we can one day soon.” It went on, “I get the sense that you didn’t use that word out of hate, more out of ignorance.” It ends with, “I’m down in Miami fairly often. Let’s do a Shabbat dinner with some friends. I’ll show you a fun time.”

Julian Edelman. What a mensch. Grace and forgiveness. What an idea.

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Facebook Hits Back at Antitrust Lawsuits

Thomas Gallatin

On Wednesday, Facebook pushed back against antitrust lawsuits filed last December by the Federal Trade Commission and 46 state attorneys general. In seeking to have the lawsuits dismissed prior to trial, Facebook argued that the cases “do not credibly claim that our conduct harmed” either users or competing companies. Rather, Facebook asserted, the real motive for the lawsuits is an attempt by the FTC to have a “do-over” of its past decisions okaying Facebook’s purchase of competitors WhatsApp and Instagram.

The social media giant further contended that it has not harmed users because its “products are offered for free and in unlimited quantities.” Regarding the allegation that Facebook has essentially engaged in monopolistic and anticompetitive actions by cutting off access to its platform for third-party developers, Facebook claimed Supreme Court rulings have set a clearly established precedent that it was under no obligation to provide competitors access to its platform.

However, success for Facebook is not a given. As The Wall Street Journal reports, “Facebook will have to meet a high legal standard to convince a federal judge to throw out the cases before trial. In order to prevail on a motion to dismiss, the company must show that the plaintiffs’ factual allegations about the nature of the marketplace, even if accepted as true, don’t establish a valid legal claim.”

Facebook argues that it’s not a near-monopoly and therefore is not guilty of anticompetitive practices. Yet the very model of its platform is designed to monopolize — the monopoly is the point. The more users the platform has, the greater the ability for Facebook to generate ad revenue. Therefore, allege the FTC and the state AGs, to mitigate the threat of users abandoning Facebook for a competitor, the social media giant simply bought the competition.

It’s Facebook’s abuse via dubious and blatantly politically motivated censorship practices that has raised the greatest ire with users. Facebook tacitly admits as much by suggesting that the antitrust lawsuits were raised “for matters entirely unrelated to antitrust concerns.” It is most certainly not “entirely unrelated” — the monopoly makes the censorship all that much more consequential.

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Can Derek Chauvin Get a Fair Trial?

Douglas Andrews

If there’s one thing the mainstream media would have us all know, it’s that Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. After all, that’s what it told us every time it played that endless loop of video with Floyd handcuffed and lying prostrate on the ground crying “I can’t breathe” while Officer Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine interminable minutes, well past the point of Floyd losing consciousness.

So a second-degree murder conviction in the trial whose jury selection began Monday should be a slam-dunk, right?

Wrong. There’s plenty of reasonable doubt as to what killed George Floyd.

And plenty of evidence, too. It’s just that we haven’t seen it. As Tucker Carlson said last night, “The effort to hide that evidence began immediately after George Floyd died. Everyone saw the footage of Derek Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck. It was horrible. It is also confusing. When you watch it, you ask yourself ‘Why would a police officer act like that? Of course, it must be illegal.’ No one in the media thought to tell us that, in fact, using a knee to restrain an uncooperative suspect is the official policy of the Minneapolis Police Department. In fact, it’s taught at their academy.”

Think about it: If Chauvin were doing something he knew to be illegal or even merely at odds with official policy, would he have done it in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses? And would he have looked up so calmly at those who were capturing the whole thing with their smartphones?

It’s tough to see Floyd complain about not being able to breathe and to see Chauvin simply ignore those complaints. Why didn’t he listen, and why didn’t he take his knee off Floyd’s neck?

Because, as Roger Kimball notes in The Spectator, “A look at the police bodycam footage shows that Floyd was complaining that he couldn’t breathe before he was restrained by the police. Why? Because, as the FBI’s interview with the local medical examiner on July 8, 2020, revealed, Floyd was suffering from pulmonary edema, i.e., his lungs were full of fluid. And why was that? Partly because of an underlying heart condition, partly because Floyd was full to the gills with fentanyl, a drug known to affect respiration and cause pulmonary edema.”

Fentanyl. The same drug that killed Prince, Tom Petty, and tens of thousands of other Americans in recent years. Floyd had 11 nanograms of fentanyl per milligram of blood in his body. As the autopsy report states, “Signs associated with fentanyl toxicity include severe respiratory depression, seizures, hypotension, coma and death. In fatalities from fentanyl, blood concentrations are variable and have been reported as low as 3 nanograms of fentanyl per milliliter of blood.”

Whatever considerable distress Chauvin caused Floyd by putting his knee on his neck, it paled in comparison to the distress Floyd caused himself with that massive overdose of fentanyl.

But still, that knee to the neck must’ve kept him from breathing, right? Wrong. As Andrew Baker, the chief Hennepin County medical examiner, also made clear, “The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation.”

Suddenly, then, that slam-dunk case for second-degree murder isn’t quite so convincing. Because if Floyd didn’t die from asphyxiation, then he didn’t die from Chauvin’s knee. Maybe that’s why prosecutors put in a last-minute request — that the judge granted just this morning — to add a third-degree murder charge. Maybe that will stick, they’re saying.

If only Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison had played it straight and shared that bodycam footage immediately. Had he done so, he might’ve saved South Minneapolis and countless other communities across the country from the mob.

Instead, as our Thomas Gallatin wrote last week, “Ellison has overcharged Chauvin, making the prospect of conviction far from a given. Then, should the state fail to convict, Ellison and the ‘social justice’ Left will spin the narrative as yet more ‘evidence’ of their false ‘systemic racism’ claims, and the BLM mob will be ready.”

And so, downtown Minneapolis braces for a trial. And if, as it seems, a racially motivated conviction is the only thing that can keep us from another wave of arson, looting, and rioting, we’re in a terrible place as a nation.

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Black Death Matters

Willie Richardson

Marching from February’s Black History Month, Michael Brown Sr. is requesting “reparations” for his son’s death. But you won’t believe who he’s demanding $20 million from — Black Lives Matter.

Yes, the infamous organization that took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014 after Mike Brown Jr. was shot and killed by police. Black Lives Matter is being confronted by the black family whose son’s death it used to raise money. How dare these people seek restitution, right? Wrong. If reparations are to be paid, they should be given while the getting is good.

The call for $20 million comes after the organization revealed it raised $90 million in 2020. Did you read those numbers correctly? During an election year and through a pandemic, an organization based on race, transgenderism, lesbianism, defunding the police, white guilt, and the destruction of the nuclear family raised $90 million.

BLM released its 2020 impact report, which showed that the organization granted $21.7 million to multiple black local organizations and BLM chapters. But activists are calling for more assistance and accountability.

“We’re asking that Black Lives Matter leadership funds $20 million to Ferguson organizers, organizations, and community foundations to do the work,” International Black Freedom Alliance cofounder Tory Russell said in a video with Michael Brown Sr. “We’re not begging for a handout; we’re coming for what we deserve.”

In a video, Russell said they wanted “to hold Black Lives Matter accountable” and called on the organization for assistance for those on the frontlines in Ferguson.

“What kind of movement are we building where we’re saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ but the freedom fighters and the families are being left behind?” Russell asked. “Where’s our restitution? Where’s our organizing? Where’s our building of a movement?”

Michael Brown Jr. was killed by a cop, Darren Wilson, on August 9, 2014. Wilson was not charged for Brown’s fatal shooting, and Barack Obama’s Justice Department found it was a justified shooting. Yet Brown’s death sparked a wave of protests and uprisings in Ferguson and elsewhere, helping BLM gain more prominence as an organization.

Unfortunately, the only thing that makes Mike Brown Jr.‘s life memorable is his death at the hands of a white cop. If he were shot by a local black cop, there would have been no media frenzy or R.I.P. black death T-shirts being made. He would have died like he lived, and nobody would have cared to make a martyr or even paint a mural of him. Seven years afterwards, Black Death Matters even for reparations, but only when it conveniently fits the “white cop shoots unarmed black male” narrative.

What city will host the next “narrative” in 2021? It’s coming.

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Top of the Fold

  • House passes $1.9 trillion pork-stuffed COVID bill (Fox News)

“The vote was 220 to 211 in the House. No Republicans voted ‘yes’ on the legislation. … Republicans said the legislation was unnecessary, too big and filled with unrelated liberal priorities, such as $350 billion for state and local governments. … Biden is expected to sign the bill into law at the White House on Friday.”

  • New commonsense report urges reopening of schools (Axios)

“The report — commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and five other nonprofits — analyzed the conclusions of more than 130 studies of whether schools can be reopened safely. … Any benefits to closing schools are far outweighed by the grave risks to children from remote-only schooling — risks that intensify the longer it continues, the report says. The harms include academic loss — so severe that it could set children back for life — and mental health problems related to loneliness and isolation.”

Big Tech Oligarchs

  • Free speech-suppressing Apple denies Parler’s request to be reinstated in App Store (Post Millennial)

“The company severed relationships with seven workers, mostly contractors, and developed a new terms of service in order to appease the big tech giants. The changes were apparently not enough to warrant re-entry onto the App Store, however.”

Health

  • U.S. orders 100 million more doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine (CBS News)

“Last month, HHS announced it purchased 200 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which each require a two-shot regimen. The administration’s order brought the total doses bought by the federal government from the two companies to 600 million, enough to fully vaccinate 300 million people, most of the U.S. population.”

  • Pandemic pushed rural hospital closures to a record of 20 in 2020 (Examiner)

“As the pandemic worsened in March, most states ordered hospitals to discontinue elective procedures. For rural hospitals, that meant canceling a great many outpatient procedures. The Chartis Center has found that outpatient procedures account for an average of 76% of rural hospital revenue.”

National Security

  • Mexican officials worried about Biden’s immigration policy is incentivizing human smuggling and gang activity (Examiner)

“The internal assessments further revealed that policies from within Mexico are encouraging migration to the U.S. due to COVID-19 vaccinations and protections for children. Those looking to cross the border have been implored to bring children with them, following a new law in the country that bars families with children who are seven and older from being returned to Mexico if border enforcement is unable to house them.”

  • Biden administration to resume undeserved taxpayer aid to Palestinians (Disrn)

“The Palestinian government continues to spend international aid dollars on the ‘pay-to-slay’ program, where large portions of the money are given to imprisoned terrorists and their families.”

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Disney yanks several movies from Disney+ kid profiles (Disrn)

“The movie Dumbo is cited for having crows paying ‘homage to racist minstrel shows.’ Peter Pan is criticized for portraying ‘Native people in a stereotypical manner.’ The Aristocats movie uses a Siamese cat in a way that plays into a ‘racist caricature of East Asian peoples.’”

  • A food chain in Washington, DC, wants you to know which products come from oppressed identity groups (Not the Bee)

“[Giant Food] will feature labels on more than 3,000 products, indicating if they’re women, black, Asian-Indian, Hispanic, LGBT, Asian-Pacific, or veteran owned.”

  • Fewer than 1 in 5 support “defund the police” movement (USA Today)

“Only 18% of respondents supported the movement known as ‘defund the police,’ and 58% said they opposed it. Though white Americans (67%) and Republicans (84%) were much more likely to oppose the movement, only 28% of Black Americans and 34% of Democrats were in favor of it [emphases added].”

Other Notables

  • FBI releases new video of suspect planting pipe bombs at DNC and RNC headquarters (UPI)
  • Dow ends at new record above 32,000 (MarketWatch)
  • In 70-30 vote, Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general (CNBC)
  • In 66-34 vote, Senate confirms Michael Regan as EPA chief (Examiner)
  • Left-leaning poll shows 53-32 favor banning biological males from women’s sports (Daily Wire)
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again: Eight senators propose extending Daylight Saving Time to year-round (Daily Signal)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Washington must face the coming Medicare crisis (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Managing the economy: More than the Fed can do (National Review)
  • Humor: American patriots dump Harry and Meghan into Boston Harbor (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.” —John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Upright: “Having children is about life, and life is about caring for more than just yourself. Calling abortion women’s health care and thinking that your job is three times more important than bringing new life into the world is not a sign of a healthy culture with a healthy soul. If we want insight into our baby bust, this is what we should be thinking about.” —Star Parker

Observations: “Legal torts require damages; societal torts merely require a claim of damages, without evidence. No one can explain just how a drawing in ‘If I Ran the Zoo’ has contributed to actual racism; there are no recorded incidents of a single white supremacist citing ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’ as a formative source in his racist worldview. But any academic with a computer and a degree in postmodern nonsense can take those books off the shelves simply by claiming that offense is possible.” —Ben Shapiro

Nailed it: “Woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy.” —Senator Tim Scott

For the record: “When Brownsville officials tested migrants last month, over 6% tested positive. Some were willing to quarantine at local hotels paid for by charities, but many boarded busses for other parts of the country. Six percent sounds small, but 6% of 1 million migrants adds up to 60,000 — a steady stream of spreaders being knowingly dispersed throughout the nation. … Travelers flying into the U.S. must have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding, and another negative test is recommended after landing. But illegal immigrants get a free pass to bring the coronavirus to a bus terminal near you.” —Betsy McCaughey

The BIG Lie: “As our state legislators seek to turn back the clock through legislation that will restrict access to voting for many Georgians, I am disheartened, saddened, and angry. … The proposed changes appear to be rooted in partisan interests, not in the interests of all Georgia voters.” —Jimmy Carter

Non sequitur: “We are not trying to close our borders. We are trying to … create an effective, moral, humane system.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (“There’s nothing ‘effective, moral, or humane’ about empowering human, sex, and drug traffickers to increase their activity across our southern border and in American communities.” —Rep. Andy Biggs)

And last… “What is Jesus’s most cancelable statement? In Matthew 19, he says God made people ‘male and female’ and points to Adam and Eve as the model of marriage. That would get a lot of other people canceled these days.” —Frank J. Fleming

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For the First Time in 4 Decades, Congress Is Forcing U.S. Taxpayers to Pay for Abortions — Faithwire

The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval Wednesday to the nearly two trillion dollar COVID relief bill that includes a boost in unemployment payments and stimulus checks for American families. The measure is controversial on many levels because it includes deficit spending and non-COVID pet projects. Now there’s an even bigger concern that’s come up for pro-life Americans because the Hyde Amendment is notably absent from the massive spending bill. 

Arizona Dept. of Education Reviewing ‘Equity’ Toolkit Claiming Babies Are Racist

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Once supported by President Biden as a senator, that amendment has been included in budget bills for roughly forty years. It prevented federal tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions. 

On Wednesday in the Senate, Oklahoma Republican James Lankford expressed his disappointment in the bill that he said violates the conscience rights of many American taxpayers. 

“Some people believe that a child is a child no matter how small they are. And some people believe a child is only a child after they’re born. I disagree with that position, but we have as a nation for the last four decades said we’re not going fund it—until this week,” Lankford said. 

He made his objection to the abortion funding loophole during a committee meeting that was being held to consider the nomination of Shalanda Young to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lankford is opposing Young because she directly expressed her support for taxpayer funding of abortion.

Tulsi Gabbard: You See ‘Final Expression of Cancel Culture in Islamic Terrorist Groups’

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“This week, what the House is voting on today, what the Senate passed on Saturday morning, will be the first time in 44 years we as a country have used federal tax dollars to pay for abortion—for the first time in four decades. This is no longer a theoretical conversation. It just happened in the Senate, and it’s happening today in the House. And what Mrs. Young was advocating was that it continues to happen time after time after time after four decades of saying we’re not going to compel Americans to pay for the taking of the life of children,” Lankford said. 

Dr. Richard Mouw, a spokesperson for the Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden coalition, said his group felt betrayed and blindsided that the COVID relief bill omitted the Hyde Amendment. 

“A large majority of Americans are in favor of keeping abortion legal but would want some restrictions attached to it,” he said. “Right now we feel like the best thing that we can advocate is not to lose the restrictions that we already have.” 

“I don’t see any reason why a Catholic president like Joe Biden, who certainly has understood the teachings of the church, could not at least say we want to cut back on the number of abortions we don’t want to fund, federally, abortions except in extreme circumstances,” he said.

For the First Time in 4 Decades, Congress Is Forcing U.S. Taxpayers to Pay for Abortions — Faithwire

Covid has left Americans stressed, drinking more, sleeping less, and struggling with weight issues, psychologists say | RT USA News

Covid has left Americans stressed, drinking more, sleeping less, and struggling with weight issues, psychologists say

A year of living through Covid has left many Americans drinking more, struggling with their weight and sleeping less – and parents, key workers, the young, and people of color are feeling the stress more.

The findings are detailed in a survey released on Thursday by the American Psychological Association (APA), which finds that Americans have been through a collective trauma that will adversely affect their physical and mental health for years to come.

The APA reported that 61% of Americans have experienced undesired changes in their weight since the pandemic started, gaining more than 13kg on average – 10% reported gaining more than 22kg – and the association has warned that weight changes bring significant health risks. The study also found 18% of Americans reported losing weight because of pandemic-induced stress, losing nearly 12kg on average.

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Some 23% of Americans reported that they had been drinking more alcohol to relieve Covid stresses.

“We’ve been concerned throughout this pandemic about the level of prolonged stress, exacerbated by the grief, trauma and isolation that Americans are experiencing,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr, the CEO of the APA. “This survey reveals a secondary crisis that is likely to have persistent, serious mental and physical health consequences for years to come.”

Two in three adults in the US said they had been sleeping either more or less since the pandemic started.

Parents of children under 18 are feeling the stress more. Nearly half (48%) of fathers reported drinking more, and 55% reported weight gain.

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Nearly half (47%) of mothers who are home-schooling children said their mental health had worsened, with slightly more than three in 10 adults overall (31%) experiencing a decline.

The APA reported that essential workers were more than twice as likely as non-essential ones to have received treatment from a mental health professional (34%, compared to 12%) and to have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder since the coronavirus pandemic started.

More than half of black Americans (57%) said they felt uneasy about adjusting to in-person interactions once the pandemic ends, compared to 51% of Asians, 50% of Hispanics, and 47% of white people.

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Gen Z adults (46%) were the most likely generation to say that their mental health had worsened compared with before the pandemic, followed by Xers (33%), Millennials (31%), Boomers (28%) and older adults (9%).

In all, the APA survey looked at responses from more than 3,000 English- and Spanish-speaking American adults.

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Dominion Contacted Gateway Pundit and Demanded We Take Down This Post – We Reviewed Our Post and Disagreed – What Do You Think? | The Gateway Pundit

 

Attorneys representing Dominion Voting Systems contacted The Gateway Pundit on Monday and demanded that we retract an article we posted shortly after the election on November 10, 2020. 

We reviewed the post and disagree with Dominion.

We ask you – What do you think we should do?

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Shortly after the 2020 election, we posted a series of articles where ‘glitches’ were observed on TV from the live ballot feed on election night.  We soon realized the one thing common about these ‘glitches’ was that they were always to the detriment of President Trump.  Then on November 10, 2020, after reporting for the prior week on numerous instances of ‘glitches’ across the country in election results, we posted an article where the overall results across the country were reviewed for these suspect ‘glitches.’

Dominion came to us on Monday, March 9, 2021, and demanded we take the post down.  We at first obliged but then after some consideration decided to eliminate any mention of Dominion Voting Systems in the article and repost it.

Here is the article below:

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We’ve reported on numerous events in the 2020 election which are being referred to as system ‘glitches’ in the media. 

Last night we provided another ‘glitch’, this time in Wisconsin, which if reversed would eliminate Biden’s reported vote lead in the state. 

Tonight we have obtained an unaudited analysis of data available for all the states looking for system glitches and other oddities in vote counts related to the Presidential race only. 

Last night we reported on another so called system ‘glitch’, this time in a county in Wisconsin.  Evidence was provided to us that showed that the vote totals for Rock County appeared to be switched between President Trump and Joe Biden.  9,516 votes were eliminated from President Trump and moved to Joe Biden. This 19,032 vote difference when corrected would eliminate Biden’s lead in Wisconsin.

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: System ‘Glitch’ Also Uncovered In Wisconsin – Reversal of Swapped Votes Removes Lead from Joe Biden

In the post last night we also identified issues we’ve reported on in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia where similar ‘glitches’ occurred.

We next attempted to obtain more data on this issue so we could determine how widespread this issue may be and/or if there are reasonable explanations for what is occurring.

Then tonight we were led to a site on the Internet thedonald.win where someone who had seen our posts decided to do an analysis himself.

(The author claims that his work has been verified but we have not verified the results so we currently are labeling his results “unaudited.”)

The author decided to obtain the data himself and perform an analysis of national votes switched from Trump to Biden and votes erased (the total amount of votes counted decreased by that amount throughout the counting).

The author obtained data that has been passed around that was reportedly captured by the New York Times on election night.

By examining the data the author was able to locate an instance where votes were switched from Trump to Biden so he decided to perform an analysis on the entire data set.

The author also claims that the data is from Edison Research and it is the same data that is used for election coverage by at least ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC News.

It is also used for the website of the NYT, and probably others as well.

Here are the (unaudited) results by state:

The Chart Lists Votes Switched from Trump to Biden and Votes That Were Lost by Trump

Switched Votes Lost Votes
Pennsylvania 220,883 941,248
New Jersey 80,242 20
Florida 21,422 456
Michigan 20,213 21,882
New York 18,124 623,213
Georgia 17,407 33,574
Ohio 14,965 5,102
Virginia 12,163 789,023
California 7,701 10,989
Arizona 4,492 0
Minnesota 2,766 195,650
Tennessee 2,330 0
Louisiana 2,322 0
Illinois 2,166 54,730
Wisconsin 2,078 3,408
Colorado 1,809 0
Utah 1,627 0
New Hampshire 973 116
Iowa 938 477
New Mexico 268 4,610
Missouri 0 20,730
Nevada 0 0
Alaska 0 0
Washington 0 0
Hawaii 0 0
434,889 2,705,228
Texas 14,954 30,557
Kansas 1,674 2,154
16,628 32,711
Nebraska 30,086 50
Kentucky 8,129 23,849
Arkansas 3,664 20,748
South Carolina 2,779 2,119
Montana 2,330 1,276
South Dakota 1,347 1
North Dakota 234 681
Maryland 203 0
North Carolina 0 15
District of Columbia 0 0
48,772 48,739
Connecticut 3,834 272
Massachusetts 3,613 51
Oregon 2,557 0
Alabama 1,170 408
Mississippi 355 0
Maine 271 35
Rhode Island 6 13
West Virginia 0 78,300
Idaho 0 0
Oklahoma 0 0
Indiana 0 0
Delaware 0 0
Vermont 0 0
11,806 79,079
OVERALL TOTALS 512,095 2,865,757

Based on this initial analysis over 500,000 votes were identified that were switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. 

In addition to this another 2,865,757 votes were deleted.

Note that these numbers have not yet been audited by us. 

We also have not performed this exercise by county in these states which could impact the countrywide vote totals even more.  More needs to be done.  But what is clear, there are some very questionable transactions occurring within the voting machines and applications which need to be reviewed further because of apparent material issues in reporting.

We know there was a tremendous amount of fraud in the 2020 election. 

Nobody was following Joe Biden and he had zero support, and yet his vote count surpassed the greatest campaign in US history led by President Trump. 

We are supposed to believe Joe Biden defeated President Trump and at the same time lost seats in the US House and state legislatures.  This is highly improbable.

It looks like the Democrats did everything imaginable in their attempt to steal this election. 

The problem was they never expected President Trump to lead a record breaking campaign and they got caught.

More will be exposed.

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Dominion’s name was noted in the article three times and we removed that mention from this post.

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Urgent Open Letter from Doctors and Scientists to the European Medicines Agency regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Concerns | Global Research by Doctors for COVID Ethics

Emer Cooke, Executive Director, European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

28 February 2021

Dear Sirs/Mesdames,

FOR THE URGENT PERSONAL ATTENTION OF: EMER COOKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY

As physicians and scientists, we are supportive in principle of the use of new medical interventions which are appropriately developed and deployed, having obtained informed consent from the patient. This stance encompasses vaccines in the same way as therapeutics.

We note that a wide range of side effects is being reported following vaccination of previously healthy younger individuals with the gene-based COVID-19 vaccines. Moreover, there have been numerous media reports from around the world of care homes being struck by COVID-19 within days of vaccination of residents. While we recognise that these occurrences might, every one of them, have been unfortunate coincidences, we are concerned that there has been and there continues to be inadequate scrutiny of the possible causes of illness or death under these circumstances, and especially so in the absence of post-mortems examinations.

In particular, we question whether cardinal issues regarding the safety of the vaccines were adequately addressed prior to their approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

As a matter of great urgency, we herewith request that the EMA provide us with responses to the following issues:

1. Following intramuscular injection, it must be expected that the gene-based vaccines will reach the bloodstream and disseminate throughout the body [1]. We request evidence that this possibility was excluded in pre-clinical animal models with all three vaccines prior to their approval for use in humans by the EMA.

2. If such evidence is not available, it must be expected that the vaccines will remain entrapped in the circulation and be taken up by endothelial cells. There is reason to assume that this will happen particularly at sites of slow blood flow, i.e. in small vessels and capillaries [2]. We request evidence that this probability was excluded in pre-clinical animal models with all three vaccines prior to their approval for use in humans by the EMA.

3. If such evidence is not available, it must be expected that during expression of the vaccines’ nucleic acids, peptides derived from the spike protein will be presented via the MHC I — pathway at the luminal surface of the cells. Many healthy individuals have CD8-lymphocytes that recognize such peptides, which may be due to prior COVID infection, but also to cross-reactions with other types of Coronavirus [3; 4] [5]. We must assume that these lymphocytes will mount an attack on the respective cells. We request evidence that this probability was excluded in pre-clinical animal models with all three vaccines prior to their approval for use in humans by the EMA.

4. If such evidence is not available, it must be expected that endothelial damage with subsequent triggering of blood coagulation via platelet activation will ensue at countless sites throughout the body. We request evidence that this probability was excluded in pre-clinical animal models with all three vaccines prior to their approval for use in humans by the EMA.

5. If such evidence is not available, it must be expected that this will lead to a drop in platelet counts, appearance of D-dimers in the blood, and to myriad ischaemic lesions throughout the body including in the brain, spinal cord and heart. Bleeding disorders might occur in the wake of this novel type of DIC-syndrome including, amongst other possibilities, profuse bleedings and haemorrhagic stroke. We request evidence that all these possibilities were excluded in pre-clinical animal models with all three vaccines prior to their approval for use in humans by the EMA.

6. The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein binds to the ACE2 receptor on platelets, which results in their activation [6]. Thrombocytopenia has been reported in severe cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection [7]. Thrombocytopenia has also been reported in vaccinated individuals [8]. We request evidence that the potential danger of platelet activation that would also lead to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) was excluded with all three vaccines prior to their approval for use in humans by the EMA.

7. The sweeping across the globe of SARS-CoV-2 created a pandemic of illness associated with many deaths. However, by the time of consideration for approval of the vaccines, the health systems of most countries were no longer under imminent threat of being overwhelmed because a growing proportion of the world had already been infected and the worst of the pandemic had already abated. Consequently, we demand conclusive evidence that an actual emergency existed at the time of the EMA granting Conditional Marketing Authorisation to the manufacturers of all three vaccines, to justify their approval for use in humans by the EMA, purportedly because of such an emergency.

Should all such evidence not be available, we demand that approval for use of the gene-based vaccines be withdrawn until all the above issues have been properly addressed by the exercise of due diligence by the EMA.

There are serious concerns, including but not confined to those outlined above, that the approval of the COVID-19 vaccines by the EMA was premature and reckless, and that the administration of the vaccines constituted and still does constitute “human experimentation”, which was and still is in violation of the Nuremberg Code.

In view of the urgency of the situation, we request that you reply to this email within seven days and address all our concerns substantively. Should you choose not to comply with this reasonable request, we will make this letter public.

This email is copied to:

Charles Michel, President of the Council of Europe

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

Doctors and scientists can sign the open letter by emailing their name, qualifications, areas of expertise, country and any affiliations they would like to cite, to Doctors4CovidEthics@protonmail.com

Yours faithfully,

Professsor Sucharit Bhakdi MD, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Former Chair, Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Medical Doctor and Scientist) (Germany and Thailand)

Dr Marco Chiesa MD FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist and Visiting Professor, University College London (Medical Doctor) (United Kingdom and Italy)

Dr C Stephen Frost BSc MBChB Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology, Stockholm, Sweden (Medical Doctor) (United Kingdom and Sweden)

Dr Margareta Griesz-Brisson MD PhD, Consultant Neurologist and Neurophysiologist (studied Medicine in Freiburg, Germany, speciality training for Neurology at New York University, Fellowship in Neurophysiology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York City; PhD in Pharmacology with special interest in chronic low level neurotoxicology and effects of environmental factors on brain health), Medical Director, The London Neurology and Pain Clinic (Medical Doctor and Scientist) (Germany and United Kingdom)

Professor Martin Haditsch MD PhD, Specialist (Austria) in Hygiene and Microbiology, Specialist (Germany) in Microbiology, Virology, Epidemiology/Infectious Diseases, Specialist (Austria) in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Medical Director, TravelMedCenter, Leonding, Austria, Medical Director, Labor Hannover MVZ GmbH (Medical Doctor and Scientist) (Austria and Germany)

Professor Stefan Hockertz, Professor of Toxicology and Pharmacologym, European registered Toxicologist, Specialist in Immunology and Immunotoxicology, CEO tpi consult GmbH. (Scientist) (Germany)

Dr Lissa Johnson, BSc BA(Media) MPsych(Clin) PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Behavioural Psychologist, Expertise in the social psychology of torture, atrocity, collective violence and fear propaganda, Former member Australian Psychological Society Public Interest Advisory Group (Clinical Psychologist and Behavioural Scientist) (Australia)

Professor Ulrike Kämmerer PhD, Associate Professor of Experimental Reproductive Immunology and Tumor Biology at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital of Würzburg, Germany, Trained molecular virologist (Diploma, PhD-Thesis) and Immunologist (Habilitation), Remains engaged in active laboratory research (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology (Scientist) (Germany)

Associate Professor Michael Palmer MD, Department of Chemistry (studied Medicine and Medical Microbiology in Germany, has taught Biochemistry since 2001 in present university in Canada; focus on Pharmacology, metabolism, biological membranes, computer programming; experimental research focus on bacterial toxins and antibiotics (Daptomycin); has written a textbook on Biochemical Pharmacology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Medical Doctor and Scientist) (Canada and Germany)

Professor Karina Reiss PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Expertise in Cell Biology, Biochemistry (Scientist) (Germany)

Professor Andreas Sönnichsen MD, Professor of General Practice and Family Medicine, Department of General Practice and Family Medicine, Center of Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna (Medical Doctor) (Austria)

Dr Michael Yeadon BSc (Joint Honours in Biochemistry and Toxicology) PhD (Pharmacology), Formerly Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer Allergy & Respiratory, Pfizer Global R&D; Co-founder & CEO, Ziarco Pharma Ltd.; Independent Consultant (Scientist) (United Kingdom)

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[8] Grady, D. (2021). A Few Covid Vaccine Recipients Developed a Rare Blood Disorder, The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2021.

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