Daily Archives: March 18, 2021

Putin humiliated Biden in Moscow, says White House stenographer | WND

Vladimir Putin

President Biden’s recalled in an ABC interview this week that he manhandled Vladimir Putin in their 2011 meeting in Moscow, claiming he told the Russian president he had “no soul.”

But someone who was with Biden during that visit – the White House stenographer at the time – presented a much different picture in a commentary Thursday for the National Pulse.

Mike McCormick said that since that meeting, Biden “and his staffers – with the help of Washington’s press corps – have been spinning the story 180 degrees away from how it actually happened.”

“Putin knows what happened. He was there. He knows he compromised Joe Biden, who appeared unprepared to deal with the ruthless, former-KGB agent. Regardless, Joe continues to perpetuate his ‘I was the tough guy’ lie,” McCormick wrote in his National File piece.

A supporter of President Trump, he’s the author “Joe Biden Unauthorized: And the 2020 Crackup of the Democratic Party,” which includes a chapter on the Moscow visit.

McCormick recalled a press conference in which he stood about five feet behind Putin and about 12 feet from Biden, who then was vice president.

About 10 minutes in, McCormick said, Biden “attempted to start lecturing about his decades-old part in U.S.-Russian negotiations with the dreaded phrase, ‘I’ve been around a long time. The first time I was here …’

Biden got about one sentence further when his microphone and the TV camera lights suddenly went off and the media was sternly commanded to leave.

“This was Putin in all his KGB ruthlessness,” McCormick said, stealing Biden’s audience and rendering him “speechless.”

“Across the table, I could see Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, in the now dimly lit room, looking as duped as an exhausted fish in the bottom of a boat. No protest, no complaint. No, hey, I wasn’t finished. Nothing. He was humiliated,” McCormick said.

He said Putin or his team had likely plotted the whole thing.

“The most powerful man in Russia had neither fear nor respect for Joe Biden. He had just played with him for sport,” McCormick said.

He linked to the transcript he prepared for the Obama White House Press Office to document that Biden stopped talking in mid-sentence.

‘I don’t think you have a soul’

“So what are we to make of Joe Biden’s ‘you have no soul’ line to Vladimir Putin, which is how he attempts to reclaim the upper hand?” McCormick asked.

In Biden’s 2017 book “Promise Me, Dad,” he centers on his oft-repeated appraisal of Putin, writing that while he was in Putin’s office, he looked the Russian leader in the eye and said, “I don’t think you have a soul.”

To which Putin, according to Biden, replied in English: “Good, then we have an understanding.”

“With no press in attendance, we’re asked to take the Vice President at his word,” McCormick wrote. “But what are the chances – given what we already know about the exchanges between the two leaders – that this actually happened?

“Think about it. Biden has spent his whole career boasting about his diplomatic capabilities. Just at the end of the aborted press conference, he was talking about his meetings with Brezhnev. But suddenly he decided to call Putin – apropos of nothing – soulless?

McCormick said Biden “is accidentally giving away one of two things.”

He “either blurted something out having been humiliated in the presser,” or he “was abandoning his decades of foreign policy experience for a ‘gotcha’ moment in an empty room with no press.”

“This doesn’t sound like the genius ‘diplomat’ Joe Biden has portrayed himself as for decades,”  McCormick commented, “nor the master strategist the media mindlessly report he is.”

Putin to Biden: ‘I wish you health’

In the interview Tuesday with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, Biden said Putin was a killer and would “pay a price” for meddling in the 2020 election.

Putin responded by removing the Russian ambassador from Washington and replying to Biden at a news conference Thursday.

“I remember in my childhood, when we argued in the courtyard we used to say: it takes one to know one. And that’s not a coincidence, not just a children’s saying or joke,” Putin said, according to Reuters.

“We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are. And as a result we assess (a person’s) activities and give assessments,” he said.

“We know each other personally,” Putin said of Biden. “What would I reply to him? I would say: I wish you health. I wish you health. I say that without any irony or joke.”

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/03/putin-humiliated-biden-moscow-says-white-house-stenographer/

Dem Rep. Says It’s Not ‘Appropriate’ For Press To See Inside Child Migrant Facilities At Border (VIDEO) | American Lookout

Remember all the Democrat outrage over kids in cages?

Suddenly, that has all changed. The border has been absolutely flooded with children and they’re being packed into holding facilities.

One Democrat, Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, doesn’t think the press needs to get inside and see what’s going on. That’s quite a change in narrative, isn’t it?

Breitbart News reports:

Dem Rep. Sanchez: Not ‘Appropriate’ for Journalists to See Inside Border Facilities Holding Children

Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) Thursday on CNN’s “Newsroom” that it was not appropriate for journalists to be inside centers that are housing the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Anchor Poppy Harlow asked, “My last question is so transparency … All of our reporters down there have been asking nonstop to get into these facilities where Alejandro Mayorkas said are not meant for children. Are you concerned over the lack of transparency?”

Sanchez said, “I will tell you under the Trump administration, members of Congress were not allowed inside these facilities.”

Harlow interjected, “But that doesn’t mean anything now, respectfully congresswoman. Clearly, you were upset about that lack of transparency. Are you concerned about this lack of transparency?”

Sanchez said, “Sure. Well, again, when you ever have the numbers and the facilities appropriate for children, but because of COVID protocols, you have to have social distancing. So they are trying to process children as quickly as they can, and, no, these detention facilities at the border were not meant for children…

It’s amazing that this exchange took place on CNN. Watch below:

Democrats – Everything is different when WE do it.

(Image:Source)

— Read on americanlookout.com/dem-rep-says-its-not-appropriate-for-press-to-see-inside-child-migrant-facilities-at-border-video/

Migrant children held in US custody soar to 14,000 as Biden press secretary accidentally acknowledges border ‘crisis’ — RT USA News

Migrant children held in US custody soar to 14,000 as Biden press secretary accidentally acknowledges border ‘crisis’

A US Border Patrol agent instructs asylum-seeking migrants as they line up along the border wall after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico on a raft, in Penitas, Texas, US, March 17, 2021 © Reuters / Adrees Latif

More than 14,000 migrant children are currently held in US custody, a senior administration official said, insisting there’s no “crisis” at the border soon after Biden’s press secretary invoked the very same term.

The official said the number of youths detained after attempting to cross the border had soared to 14,000 during a Thursday press briefing, noting that they are divided between facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Border Patrol.

While the official argued that “Children presenting themselves at the border is not a national crisis,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared to contradict that statement during a presser earlier on Thursday, referring to a “crisis on the border.” Pressed by reporters, she amended the phrase to “challenges on the border.”

Psaki’s self-correction is in line with the administration’s public stance on the situation at the southern border. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired on Tuesday night, Biden sought to downplay the current surge of migration, though reluctantly agreed that it “could be”larger than other spikes seen in recent years. While telling asylum-seekers “don’t come over,” the president also insisted federal agencies are working as fast as possible to transfer young migrants from border police facilities to “safe” HHS-run holding areas. 

However, though Axios reported in late February that some 700 underage migrants were being detained by the Border Patrol, that figure has since soared to around 4,500, the official said. The majority of them, nearly 3,000, have been held beyond the three-day limit set out under federal guidelines, according to CBS News. Another 9,500 are now in HHS custody.

The updated figure comes amid reports that the Biden administration handed down an informal “gag order” for Border Patrol agents, barring them from speaking publicly about the ongoing immigration surge or taking reporters on ‘ride-alongs’ to witness it for themselves. 

 Also on rt.com

With US immigration crisis escalating, Biden administration attempts to ban Border Patrol agents from talking to media – reports

Biden also told ABC that adult migrants have not been allowed to enter the country, but the senior official said on Thursday that there are “certain limits” on Mexico’s ability to absorb families that are turned away. In some cases, they are accepted into the US so their asylum requests can be heard by a judge, added the official.

Despite the repeated denials of any border crisis, Biden’s Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged this week that the US is currently “on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years,” adding that the conditions there continue to deteriorate. While the president recently said he has no plans to visit the border anytime soon, Mayorkas is expected to make a stop there on Friday, according to ABC News.

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/518540-migrant-children-border-challenge/

They Said Things Would Be Much Worse in States without Lockdowns. They Were Wrong. | Mises Wire

Like nearly all US states, Georgia imposed a stay-at-home order in March 2020 in response to demands from public health officials claiming a stay-at-home order would lessen total deaths from covid-19.

But unlike most states, Georgia ended its stay-at-home order after only five weeks, and proceeded to lower other restrictions quickly.

The legacy media responded with furious opposition. For example, an article in The Atlantic declared the end of Georgia’s lockdown to be an “experiment in human sacrifice.” The Guardian approvingly quoted one Georgian who insisted the end of the stay-at-home order was “reckless, premature and dangerous.”

A few weeks later, other states began to end their stay-at-home orders and to end other restrictions as well. Florida was the largest among these states.

Shortly thereafter the Daily Beast declared that the scaling back of restrictions in Georgia and Florida was “terrifyingly premature,” and quoted one expert who insisted, “If you lift the restriction too soon, a second wave will come, and the damage will be substantial both medically and economically. We don’t want to throw away the sacrifices we have made for weeks now.”

All this hyperbole about human sacrifice and recklessness leads us to conclude that states which ended lockdowns quickly must have experienced far worse numbers of deaths from covid than states which maintained lockdowns longer. Indeed, when it came to lockdowns, we were told, the longer the better. Ideally, lockdowns shouldn’t be loosened up at all until everyone can be vaccinated.

But things didn’t turn out that way. Experts have scrambled to come up with explanations for why this is the case, but the fact remains some of the most strict states (i.e., New York and Massachusetts) have covid deaths at far worse rates than the “reckless” states like Georgia and Florida.

Moreover, with little to show for their lockdowns in terms of “public health,” these states with extreme lockdowns also have some of the worst unemployment rates. This occurred in spite of the fact that experts insisted that a failure to impose lockdowns would doom a state’s economy to later economic disaster.

State-to-State Comparisons Aren’t Helping the Prolockdown Narrative

A year after stay-at-home orders began, even the usual media outlets are being forced to recognize the outcomes aren’t what was predicted. The Associated Press reported earlier this week:

California and Florida both have a COVID-19 case rate of around 8,900 per 100,000 residents since the pandemic began, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And both rank in the middle among states for COVID-19 death rates—Florida was 27th as of Friday; California was 28th.

Connecticut and South Dakota are another example. Both rank among the 10 worst states for COVID-19 death rates. Yet Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, imposed numerous statewide restrictions over the past year after an early surge in deaths, while South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, issued no mandates as virus deaths soared in the fall….

Like Florida, Missouri had no statewide mask mandate, ended business restrictions last June and has a cumulative COVID-19 death rate similar to California’s.

Even the LA Times was forced to admit this reality, although they insisted that when you consider the higher levels of poverty and “overcrowding” in California—translation: California is a filthy breeding ground for disease—California should have had far worse rates than Florida for covid deaths. Thus, the LA Times concludes, “California better controlled the virus.”

The LA Times goes on to point to the fact Florida’s covid death rate, while similar, is nonetheless 6 percent higher than California’s, and this translates to three thousand deaths that presumably wouldn’t have happened if Florida had adopted lockdown rules similar to California.

But the numbers don’t stack up so well in favor of lockdowns if we use the LA Times‘s method to make other comparisons. For example, New York’s total deaths-per-million rate is 67 percent higher than Florida’s. Translated into raw numbers, that means if Florida were like New York, Florida would have experienced 54,000 deaths instead of the 33,000 that the CDC now attributes to covid in Florida. (New Jersey’s outcomes are even worse than New York’s.)

Similarly, if Florida were like Massachusetts in its outcomes, Florida would have experienced 54 percent more deaths.

If the LA Times is going to claim overcrowding should translate into more death in California, it should also note that Florida fares worse than California in terms of median age and incidence of obesity. Since advanced age and obesity are major factors in covid hospitalizations and deaths, we might conclude it is Florida, and not California, that is primed for especially bad covid numbers.

(According to the CDC, Florida and New York are evenly matched in terms of obesity, Florida has more obesity than Massachusetts, and Florida has the highest median age of them all.)

And what about Georgia, that experiment in human sacrifice? Well, the CDC reports Georgia’s total deaths-per-million rate at 1,720. That’s worse than California’s rate of 1,400, but Georgia is still far and away better than New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, which have rates of 2,530, 2,690, and 2,400, respectively.

What about Economic Performance?

Meanwhile, it is likely that the economies of Florida and Georgia have suffered less. Although the Daily Beast assured us that the “damage will be substantial both medically and economically” if a state ends lockdowns “too soon,” we now find that the unemployment rates in Florida and Georgia are 4.8 and 5.1, respectively.

In California, the picture is quite different, where the unemployment rate now sits at 9 percent. New York doesn’t fare much better, with an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent. New Jersey clocks in at 7.9 percent.

In other words, the dire predictions surrounding states that first canceled stay-at-home orders have been spectacularly wrong. Many lockdown enthusiasts will now do what the LA Times did: quibble over small differences between Florida and California to show that California did a little bit better. New York, of course, will just be completely ignored.

As one doctor at UC San Francisco admitted: “One might’ve expected that the Floridas of the world would’ve done tremendously worse than the Californias of the world … ” Places like Florida and Georgia were supposed to be overwhelmed by an absolute tsunami of death if they were “reckless” in ending covid restrictions. That didn’t happen.

— Read on mises.org/wire/they-said-things-would-be-much-worse-states-without-lockdowns-they-were-wrong

Putin challenged Biden to a live debate after being called a ‘killer,’ and the White House just responded – Conservative Review

Russian President Vladimir Putin challenged President Joe Biden after being called a “killer” and the White House responded on Thursday during a media briefing.

Putin issued the challenge after Biden agreed to the description of the Russian leader during an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.

“It takes one to know one,” Putin taunted on Thursday. “We always see our own traits in other people and think they are like how we really are.”

Later he issued the challenge while speaking to a reporter.

“I’ve just thought of this now. I want to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it actually live. But with no delays, directly in an open, direct discussion,” Putin said in Moscow.

“It seems to me, it would be interesting both for Russian people and for the US people, as well as for many other countries,” Putin added.

When asked about Putin’s request, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the president was very busy.

“I’ll have to get back to you if that is something we’re entertaining. I would say that the President already had a conversation already with President Putin, even as there are more world leaders that he has not yet engaged with,” Psaki said.

“And we engage with Russian leaders, members of the government, at all levels. But I don’t have anything to report to you in terms of a future meeting,” she added.

In the same interview with Stephanopoulos, Biden said that Putin would pay for trying to meddle in the U.S. election by influencing public opinion. 

“The price he is going to pay, well, you’ll see shortly,” Biden threatened.

Here’s more of Putin’s response to Biden’s remarks:

https://youtu.be/ySix1puDlCQ

— Read on www.conservativereview.com/putin-challenged-biden-to-a-live-debate-after-being-called-a-killer-and-the-white-house-just-responded-2651137844.html

Exclusive: We Have Obtained A Copy Of Joe Biden’s Day Planner — The Babylon Bee

Joe Biden’s day planner was left on a table at a Washington DC Denny’s this week. Before returning to the White House, our staff was able to take pictures of the contents of Biden’s rigorous schedule. It is truly amazing that a man of Biden’s age has enough vim and vigor to accomplish so much every day.

get a closer look at one week of Biden’s activities here.

Here are just a few examples from Biden’s dense schedule:

  • Muffins
  • Nap (many, many naps)
  • Crossword puzzle day
  • Do the green screen thingy
  • Napppppp
  • Also, sleep (which is different from naps)
  • Test new drones
  • note to self: Stop using the term “colored people” it’s bad now
  • Cash that Xi money
  • Turkey (he was not sure if this was in reference to the country or the poultry)
  • Call Obama (recurring in planner. Keeps getting voicemail)
  • Tell Kamala to do the thing
  • Remember what the thing is
  • Detailed notes on who he can and cannot sniff at various events
  • Yell at cloud
  • Parsnips 
  • Tape Blue Bloods (starring Tom Selleck)
  • John Wayne-a-thon
  • Strategy meeting @ CNN

Exclusive: We Have Obtained A Copy Of Joe Biden’s Day Planner — The Babylon Bee

‘Biden is quite busy,’ WH spokeswoman says after Putin challenges US leader to live unscripted debate — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

‘Biden is quite busy,’ WH spokeswoman says after Putin challenges US leader to live unscripted debate

©  Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Reuters / Carlos Barria

The Joe Biden administration has rebuffed an open invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a live public debate, with the White House press secretary explaining that the POTUS is “quite busy” with other things.

Asked by reporters on Thursday whether Biden would consider the offer from his Russian counterpart, spokeswoman Jen Psaki answered in the negative, saying she did not have any news about a future meeting, virtual or otherwise, and that the president’s schedule is full.

“I’ll have to get back to you if that is something we are entertaining. I would say that the president already had a conversation with President Putin, even as there are more world leaders that he has not yet engaged with,” she said, referring to a phone call between the two leaders in January.

We engage with Russian leaders, members of the government, at all levels, but I don’t have anything to report to you in terms of a future meeting. The president, of course, will be in Georgia tomorrow and quite busy.

 Also on rt.com

Russia’s Putin ups ante in new Moscow-Washington rift: Challenges American counterpart Biden to urgent live broadcast debate

The exchange came after Biden agreed that he deemed Putin a “killer”during an interview with ABC News earlier this week, also claiming he had warned the Russian leader of a harsh US response if the administration found evidence of meddling in the 2020 race. 

Putin responded to those comments by wishing Biden “good health” while hoping he stops projecting own traits on others, and urged the US leader to join him for a live conversation “without any delays, directly in an open,”where the two could discuss bilateral ties instead of trading jabs.

Psaki all but ruled out the idea, adding that the two leaders “have different perspectives on their respective countries and how to approach engagement in the world.” Asked whether Biden had accidentally ignited a “little war of words” with his “killer” comments, the press secretary insisted the president would not “hold back.”

“We are confident that we can continue to look for ways where there’s a mutual interest, mutual national interest, but the president is not going to hold back, clearly, when he has concerns,” Psaki continued.

As Biden wrapped up a national address on the state of the US coronavirus vaccine rollout on Thursday, he was asked whether he would agree to Putin’s offer for open talks. The president declined to answer, leaving the podium without acknowledging the question. 

US-Russian relations have seen a significant decline in recent years, with the Obama and the Trump administrations imposing round after round of sanctions on the country over a litany of allegations, including claims of interference in American elections, a charge Moscow has vocally denied. While Biden early in his term was able set aside differences long enough to reach a deal to extend the New START arms control pact, his administration has continued the sanctions spree. This week, the White House said it is weighing yet another round of penalties on the heels of a recent intelligence report, which again accused Moscow of trying to influence a US election. In line with previous meddling charges from the US intelligence community, the report cited little to no evidence.

 Also on rt.com

Biden bait & switch? Almost HALF Americans think someone else is making the president’s decisions

— Read on www.rt.com/usa/518542-biden-quite-busy-putin/

Public School Exit — VCY America

Date:  March 18, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ray Moore 
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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ray Moore is an Army Reserve Chaplain and veteran of Gulf War I which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.  He’s the director of the Exodus Mandate Project and Chairman of the Christian Education Initiative and Chairman of PublicSchoolExit.com.  He is a homeschooling pioneer and is author of Let My Children Go.  He is script-writer and executive producer of the 2015 film, Escaping Common Core: Setting Our Children Free.

After a brief history of his own home schooling experiences as a parent, Ray described his reason for backing the effort.  He noted how Scripture is clear that the responsibility of educating children doesn’t belong to government.  It belongs to the family and the church.

170 years ago Christians and churches began to surrender this responsibility to the state.  The state allowed Christians to participate and there was a level playing field.  However, he described the current situation as very damaging to the point where, …all the waste and garbage and debris of a 170 year failed experiment in state education is now washing up on our shores all at once.’

He feels this is the time to make the switch and that, ‘…we’re in an opportune moment to see more happen than we’ve ever dreamed of.’

As the program continued, Jim had Ray comment on specific details concerning why parents should seriously consider exiting the public school system.  They included:

  • Indoctrination
  • Dumbing Down
  • Sexualizing children
  • Data mining and profiling students
  • Forced vaccinations
  • Radical Labor Unions

Crosstalk listeners also participated with their questions and comments.

More Information

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exodusmandate.org

Public School Exit — VCY America

BABYLON: Pope Francis Calls For A Post-COVID ‘New World Order’ Based Upon Social Justice, Eradicating Inequalities, Climate Change And Chrislam — Now The End Begins

We can heal injustice “by building a new world order based on solidarity, studying innovative methods to eradicate bullying, poverty and corruption,” he adds, “all working together, each for their own part, without delegating and passing the buck.”

Just in case you thought that the COVID-19 virus has anything to do with the COVID-19 virus, Pope Francis wants you to know that it does not. But what it has to do with is resetting the entire planet and bringing in the New World Order we find in Revelation 13, 17 and 18.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”Revelation 17:4-6 (KJB)

In the pope’s vision, humans worship the earth, and all people live in perfect harmony under the banner of ‘human fraternity; as found in the One World Religion of Chrislam he has been so busy building since launching it in February of 2019. FUN FACT: the Nazis were also obsessed with ‘brotherhood’, the ‘green agenda’ and the environment and a universal leader who could bring in a New World Order. Hitler was the last type, the next one will be the real thing. Is Pope Francis the biblical False Prophet. Wait and see…

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Pope Francis Calls for ‘New World Order’ After the Pandemic

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Pope Francis insists in a new book things will never be the same in a post-pandemic world, calling instead for the establishment of a “new world order.”

In a book-length interview with journalist Domenico Agasso titled God and the World to Come, scheduled for release in Italian on Tuesday, the pontiff reiterates his case for the Great Reset with a shift away from financial speculation, fossil fuels, and military build-up toward a green economy based on inclusiveness.

After the coronavirus pandemic, “no one today can afford to rest easy,” the pope declares in a lengthy extract from the book published by Vatican News. “The world will never be the same again. But it is precisely within this calamity that we must grasp those signs which may prove to be the cornerstones of reconstruction.”

“Let us all keep in mind that there is something worse than this crisis: the drama of wasting it,” he states. “We cannot emerge from a crisis the same as before: we either come out better or we come out worse.”

We can heal injustice “by building a new world order based on solidarity, studying innovative methods to eradicate bullying, poverty and corruption,” he adds, “all working together, each for their own part, without delegating and passing the buck.”

This new world order will be based on eradicating inequalities and attending to the environment, the pope affirms.

“We can no longer blithely accept inequalities and disruptions to the environment,” he declares. “The path to humanity’s salvation passes through the creation of a new model of development, which unquestionably focuses on coexistence among peoples in harmony with Creation.”

As a path toward a solution, Francis points toward young people involved in “ecological movements.”

“If we don’t roll up our sleeves and immediately take care of the Earth, with radical personal and political choices, with an economic ‘green’ turn by directing technological developments in this direction, sooner or later our common home will throw us out the window,” he insists.

The pope also asserts his conviction the world needs to be healed from “the dominant speculative mentality” to be re-established “with a ‘soul’” in order to reduce the gap between those who have access to credit and those who do not. Christians and people of good will should choose which enterprises to support based on four criteria, Francis proposes, namely: “inclusion of the excluded, promotion of the least, the common good, and care of Creation.”

“Right now, it is a matter of rebuilding from the rubble,” the pope suggests, a task that involves those in government as well as the rest of the population.

“It is time to remove social injustice and marginalization,” he states. “If we seize the current trial as an opportunity, we can prepare for tomorrow under the banner of human fraternity, to which there is no alternative, because without an overall vision there will be no future for anyone.”

Part of the Great Reset also entails an end to the arms race, he adds.

“It is no longer tolerable to continue to manufacture and traffic in arms, expending huge amounts of capital which should be used to treat people and save lives.”

“Against this planetary discord that is nipping the future of humanity in the bud, we need political action that is the fruit of international harmony,” he declares, urging for an end to “short-sighted nationalism” and other forms of “political selfishness” in favor of multilateral solutions. READ MORE

BABYLON: Pope Francis Calls For A Post-COVID ‘New World Order’ Based Upon Social Justice, Eradicating Inequalities, Climate Change And Chrislam — Now The End Begins

Yes, Some Things Are Black and White — CultureWatch

Forget the 99 shades of grey – we need to again affirm truth:

When a culture becomes convinced that there is no longer any such thing as black and white, but just ninety-nine shades of grey, then the ones still holding to absolutes are considered to be troublemakers and madmen. Such is the case today for those who still affirm biblical Christianity.

The culture around us is steeped in relativism, subjectivism, and an aversion to truth. But sadly much of the church is moving in this direction as well. Those who have been involved in teaching young people over the years certainly will have noticed this shift in thinking, with more and more Christians expressing doubts about absolute truth.

I increasingly hear from some young people that they think we can’t be so black and white in our beliefs, and that the Bible itself is not so black and white. I always cringe when I hear such talk. Of course to be fair, it does depend on just what they are referring to exactly.

If they simply mean that some things can be hard to understand, or that Christians can disagree on various issues – especially secondary matters – then yes, I can see where they are coming from. But if they mean that core Christian truths such as the Deity of Christ and the reliability of Scripture are just too fuzzy and unclear, then I have some real problems with this.

And many of them seem to think that the Bible is actually all very grey when it comes to key moral issues as well, such as abortion or homosexuality. When believers try to tell us that the Bible is not black and white on such issues, then you know that the world has been heavily influencing them.

The bottom line is this: Scripture IS black and white. How can it be otherwise? It is the very word of God, and God cannot lie. He is a God of truth, so all his words are true. As Jesus put it in John 17;17, “Your word is truth.” Or as Paul put it in Romans 3:4 “Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true” (NLT).

Sure, we recogise that while the Bible is completely true and without error, we are not. We are fallen and finite, so we need care and diligence as we seek to rightly understand and apply God’s truth. But we are not left in nonstop doubt and scepticism. The Holy Spirt has been given to every believer to guide them in all truth (John 16:13).

We can have real certainty – at least about the basics. As 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know…” Indeed, the idea of certainty in belief is found throughout Scripture. I like what John Stott has to say about this. As he puts it in the beginning of his classic book Christ the Controversialist:

The corridors of the New Testament reverberate with dogmatic affirmations beginning ‘We know’, ‘We are sure’, ‘We are confident’. If you question this, read the First Epistle of John in which verbs meaning ‘to know’ occur about forty times. They strike a note of joyful assurance which is sadly missing from many parts of the church today and which needs to be recaptured.

Or as he says in his commentary on the Johannine Epistles:

To read the Epistles of John is to enter another world altogether, whose marks are assurance, knowledge, confidence, and boldness. The predominant theme of these Epistles is Christian certainty. Their characteristic verbs are ginoskein, ‘to perceive’ (15 times), and eidenai, ‘to know’ (25 times), while the characteristic noun is parresia, ‘confidence of attitude’ or ‘boldness of speech.” The Christian’s certainty is twofold—objective (that the Christian religion is true) and subjective (that he himself has been born of God and possesses eternal life). Both are expounded by John, who takes it for granted that this double assurance is right and healthy in all Christian people. His teaching about these certainties, their nature and the grounds on which they are built, urgently needs to be heard and heeded today.

In an age that denies truth and absolutes, Christians must resist the siren call to join with it in its deep-seated scepticism. There is real objective truth out there which is knowable. As Francis Schaeffer used to say, we may not have exhaustive truth, but we do have true truth.

Let me finish with a few more quotes along these lines. Having just mentioned Schaeffer, let me offer this from his important book, A Christian Manifesto:

Here is the great evangelical disaster – the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this – namely accommodation: the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age. First, there has been accommodation on Scripture, so that many who call themselves evangelicals hold a weakened view of the Bible and no longer affirm the truth of all the Bible teaches — truth not only in religious matters but in the areas of science and history and morality. As part of this, many evangelicals are now accepting the higher critical methods in the study of the Bible. Remember, it was these same methods which destroyed the authority of the Bible for the Protestant church in Germany in the last century, and which have destroyed the Bible for the liberal in our own country from the beginning of this century. And second, there has been accommodation on the issues, with no clear stand being taken even on matters of life and death.

And G. K. Chesterton is always worth running with. In his superb book Orthodoxy he writes:

What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert–himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt – the Divine Reason. . . . The new skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn. . . . There is a real humility typical of our time; but it so happens that it’s practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic. . . . The old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which makes him stop working altogether. . . . We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.

Lastly, some words from Os Guinness. In his 2000 book Time for Truth, he says this:

In the biblical view, truth is that which is ultimately, finally, and absolutely real, or the ‘way it is,’ and therefore is utterly trustworthy and dependable, being grounded in God’s own reality and truthfulness. . . . Belief in something doesn’t make it true; only truth makes a belief true. But without truth, a belief may be only speculation plus sincerity. . . . The Christian faith is not true because it works; it works because it is true. It is not true because we experience it; we experience it – deeply and gloriously – because it is true. It is not simply ‘true for us’; it is true for any who seek in order to find, because truth is true even if nobody believes it and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity – it is simply true and that’s the end of it.”

Yes, truth exists. Yes, there is more than mere greyness – there are things that are black and white. Christians need to return to strongly affirming God and his truth, and not be shy in declaring this to a world starving for certainty and veracity.

Yes, Some Things Are Black and White — CultureWatch

March 18 Evening Quotes of The Day

“Zeal Is Like Fire”
Romans 10:2

Zeal is like fire: in the chimney it is one of the best servants, but out of the chimney it is one of the worst masters. Zeal kept by knowledge and wisdom, in its proper place, is a choice servant to Christ and saints, but zeal not bounded by wisdom and knowledge is the high way to undo all and to make a hell for many at once.

THOMAS BROOKS

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

Fasting Must Be Connected to Something Else
Ezra 8:23; Isaiah 58:5–7; Luke 2:37; Acts 13:3; 14:23

[Fasting] is not … approved by God except for its end; it must be connected with something else, otherwise it is a vain thing. Men, by private fastings, prepare themselves for the exercise of prayer, or they mortify their own flesh, or seek a remedy for some hidden vices.

JOHN CALVIN

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

March 18 Evening Verse of The Day

15:3 The Hebrew word for observing or being vigilant implies that proper action will be taken with regard to what is observed. It is used of the capable wife who watches over her household (31:27), of the watchman in Ezekiel who is obligated to sound the alarm (Ezk 33:6), and of God himself who watches and judges the nations (Ps 66:7).[1]


15:3 eyes of the Lord. See 2 Chr. 16:9; Ps. 33:13–15. The sages sometimes looked beyond the observable events and natural retribution to remind themselves of the reality of divine justice. See theological note “God Sees and Knows: Divine Omniscience.”[2]


15:3 keep watch over the evil and the good Yahweh sees the ways of all people (Prov 5:21). The Psalms portray Him as examining humanity from His heavenly throne (Psa 11:4–5). He watches so He can eventually bring all actions under His judgment (Eccl 12:14).[3]


15:3 The eyes of the Lord is a major theme in Proverbs: the Lord knows the actions and hearts of all, so he is neither pleased with nor fooled by one who offers sacrifices while continuing in the way of wickedness (cf. vv. 8–9, 11, 26, 29).[4]


15:3 eyes of the Lord. Cf. 5:21. This refers to God’s omniscience. Cf. 1 Sam 16:7; 2Ch 16:9; Job 24:23; Pss 33:13–15; 139:1–16; Jer 17:10.[5]


15:3 — The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Nothing ever escapes the notice of God, so nothing ever surprises Him. Since nothing ever surprises Him, He always has exactly the right plans in place to accomplish precisely what He desires—for reward or for judgment.[6]


15:3 That the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching everything chills those who do evil and comforts those who submit to Him (Eccl. 12:14).[7]


15:3 God is omniscient, that is, He knows everything. His eyes are in every place. Nothing is hidden from Him. He is keeping watch over every word, act, thought, and motive, both on the evil and the good. This caused David to exclaim, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it” (Ps. 139:6).[8]


15:3. In His omniscience God sees and knows what everyone does (cf. 5:21; Heb. 4:13; also note the eyes of the Lord in 2 Chron. 16:9), keeping watch like a watchman guarding a city. Wicked people should be warned and good people comforted by this truth. He sees even death and destruction (Prov. 15:11). The second line of verse 3 is a participial clause that completes the thought of the first line, so this verse has synthetic parallelism (see “Literary Style” in the Introduction).[9]


15:3. The Lord sees everything everywhere. His omnipresence and omniscience should be a warning to the evil and an encouragement to the good.[10]


Ver. 3. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.On the omniscience of God:

  1. Prove this doctrine—
  2. Where a cause or agent acts, there that cause or agent must virtually be. The power of the Almighty Father is manifest in every part of creation. The Divine agency is very different from any laws of mechanism, or operations of chance, that we can even imagine. These can relate only to matter, while the former comprehends instincts and passions, reason and imagination; the minds of intellectual creatures in their origin, their endless diversity, and progress to perfection. The Supreme Cause, therefore, is ever acting, and ever present. His presence governs, animates, and preserves the whole universe of existence.
  3. Another argument may be derived from the consciousness of the human soul in the moment of transgression. This consciousness, and its effects, are not originally produced by prejudice and superstition, but are the great moral instinct of our nature. Given us by our heavenly Father, it serves as an additional sense to remind us of His continual presence, then, when we chiefly need it, in the season of temptation and in the hour of guilt. Further, the omnipresence of God follows, as a natural consequence, from His wisdom and His power. And it seems absolutely necessary to that perfect justice which we are assured He will render to every man at the last day.
  4. Show the advantages we ought to derive from this truth.
  5. It is one of the highest privileges of our nature. In the course of nature, and in the affairs of mankind, are found His

(1) Sustaining and

(2) Directing power. That God sustains and upholds all things alone can account for our bodies putting themselves in motion at the command of our wills; or for the curious circulation of the blood within our veins; or for the adhesion of matter; or for the descent of all bodies toward the earth, which the philosophers call gravitation. Prophecies and miracles prove that God directs and interposes in our human affairs. If God sustains and upholds all things here below by His power, this calls upon us reasonable creatures to exert ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, in all the other duties of gratitude and in prayer. (Bp. Z. Pearce.)

The eye of God on the sons of men:

The great truths of divinity are of great use to enforce the precepts of morality.

  1. An eye to discern all; not only from which nothing can be concealed, but by which everything is actually inspected, and nothing overlooked or looked slightly upon. Secret sins, services, and sorrows are under His eye.
  2. An eye to distinguish both persons and actions. He is displeased with the evil, and approves of the good, and will judge men according to the sight of His eyes (Psa. 1:6; 11:4.) (Matthew Henry.)

The diffusiveness of the Divine Spirit:—

The Divine Spirit penetrates, pervades, and actuates the whole mass of beings, and is intimately conscious to every motion and operation throughout the whole extent of created nature. In the text God is described as intimately present with moral agents and with human minds.

  1. The omnipresence of God’s being.
  2. By way of similitude, consider the operations of a human soul in and upon a human body. How our spirits actuate our bodies is one of those mysteries which we cannot penetrate. But we are conscious of the power, though we know not how we came by it. The fact is undisputed, that the mind is present at once to each and every part of our little world, animates with its constant influences every particle of our vital clay, keeps watchful guard upon all the avenues and portals of our senses, at the same time presiding in the more secret chambers of sublimer thought and finer speculation. So related, it is incapable of division or diminution, of composition or separation. Imagine the Spirit of God thus acting through every part and portion of the universe, yet with a fulness of power and perfection, neither limited by it, nor passive in any degree or manner from it—imagine Him superintending the whole with the united efficacy of His wisdom, goodness, and power, and you will then have as clear a notion of His presence with the whole system of created nature as you have of that intercourse which your own souls maintain with your bodies. But you must be careful to exclude from this comparison whatever shall imply any passiveness in God, or any limitation of His infinite mind.
  3. The Scriptures have represented God as present in some places more, or rather, than in others, and most eminently above all, in the peculiar habitation of His holiness and glory. Explain this by reference to the former comparison. While the human soul actuates each part and particle of our human body, the head is the manifest laboratory of its finest and noblest operations, where it exerts the purest and brightest and strongest acts of contrivance and invention of thought and understanding. Now, what the soul of man is formed to do by the skill and wisdom of its heavenly Architect, He may choose for Himself to do, upon the reasons of state and providence, which He hath partly revealed to us, and partly concealed within the veil of His hidden counsels. No reason can be given why the same uniform, simple, undivided Essence must equally everywhere exert itself, or why it may not manifest its acts and operations more, and rather, in one place than another.
  4. As place hath in strictness a near relation to bodies, and to the order of their several positions and situations, the idea of local presence is apt to mix itself with that relation when we apply it to spirits. It is better to speak of the Divine presence as a vital energy, a knowing influence, a powerful activity. His presence with all things acquaints Him with all things, and makes all things easy to Him.
  5. Consider the Divine Spirit as present with moral agents and human minds.
  6. A disquisition of the fact. Of this fact there will be little question, if the premisses are agreed to. Surely moral truths, and the eternal differences between good and evil, will plead as strongly for a close regard to them as any degrees of symmetry or beauty, of harmony or proportion in the natural world, shall engage the attention of a curious observer. Much more amiable and entertaining must be the spectacle of moral than of any natural beauty.
  7. The uses we should make of this fact. The sinner may reasonably stand aghast with terror and confusion at the deformity of his own actions. He is breaking in upon the counsels of eternity, and thwarting the purposes of Divine wisdom and holiness in the sight of his awful Governor, and the observation of his all-seeing Judge.
  8. Let the good man consider the comforts he may derive from a sense of God’s constant presence with him. His Maker observes him in all his pressures; in all the difficulties and conflicts of virtue.
  9. Let us all be persuaded to live and to behave in every circumstance of life like a people sensible who is the Spectator, and who is to be the Judge of all their actions. Cicero advised that we should habituate our imaginations to the view of some person eminent for the gravity and sanctity of his manners; should suppose ourselves in his presence, and carry ourselves in all points as we would before him. How much more should a sense of the all-seeing eye control us; the presence of Him who is a lover of righteousness in others, and a sure avenger of all ungodliness and wrong. (N. Marshall, D.D.)

The Divine omniscience:

  1. Consider the omniscience of God, as it is an essential attribute of His nature.
  2. That this knowledge is essentially inherent in the Divine nature is evident from the creation of the world. For as the beautiful variety of beings conspicuous in the universe were made by God, He must necessarily know the things He has made. Infinite power presupposes, or at least implies, infinite knowledge. Suppose some skilful artist to have framed a moving machine, consisting of various parts, and capable of performing many wonderful operations; it will perhaps puzzle divers spectators to explain, or even conceive the contexture of its parts, and the secret springs by which it moves; but will any man say the artist himself who made the machine is ignorant of the several parts of which it is composed, or that he knows not by what artful contrivance it is made to move? Is man, then, acquainted with the operations of his own hands, and can we suppose the Supreme Being to be ignorant of His?
  3. Another argument to prove the omniscience of God may be drawn from the consideration of providence. If God presides over the whole universe, and governs all things both in heaven and earth, is it possible for Him to be ignorant of anything in the system of humanity? If He be the sovereign disposer of human creatures and their affairs, must He not perfectly understand their constitution and conduct?
  4. Another argument to confirm the truth of God’s omniscience may be taken from divers remarkable events that have happened in the world through the miraculous interposition of Providence. Who can reflect upon the various revolutions which happened to the ancient Israelites without feeling manifest traces of the Divine knowledge? For was it possible for the Almighty to have interposed in delivering that oppressed people from the cruel persecutions of Egypt if He had not previously known the condition they were in? Or how could He have framed a scheme of government so suitable to the genius of that untractable people if He had not thoroughly understood their natural tempers and most hidden inclinations?
  5. To confirm this truth, besides the arguments already alleged there is another, which may be drawn from the idea of infinite perfection. For if God be a Being infinitely perfect, He must be infinitely knowing.
  6. Consider this attribute of the Deity, as it is a powerful motive to destroy us from sin, and engage us to the practice of virtue. It is the advice of Seneca to his friend Lucilius, that he should bear in his mind the idea of Socrates, or Cato, or some other excellent man, and imagine him to be a constant observer of his actions. This the philosopher proposes as a useful expedient to keep a man constantly virtuous in the whole conduct of his life. Let, therefore, the Searcher of all hearts, the Almighty, let Him be our Socrates, and our Cato; and if we judge it a matter of disgrace to do unworthy actions before a wife, friend, or philosopher, think what eternal shame we expose ourselves to when we sin before the all-seeing eyes of God. (N. Ball.)

The omnipresent eye of God:

  1. When we are alone this truth should be ever with us to keep us from the temptation of evil thoughts and purposes.
  2. In our families this truth should make us watchful over our tempers, anxious to consult each other’s wishes and feelings.
  3. In society it should make us give great heed to our words, and be temperate in all things; it should make masters remember that they have a Master in heaven; and servants should be incited by it to perform their duties not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord.
  4. In sorrow it should lead us, as it did Job, to be patient and resigned, and to put our trust in God.
  5. In sin, when we are so unhappy as to fall into sin, the presence of the Lord should lead us, as it did St. Peter, to repentance.
  6. Lastly, and above all, the recollection of this truth should be with us in church. For if we are assured that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place,” we are also assured that they are specially in this place. (R. Ward, M.A.)

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere:

  1. Scripture instances of God’s beholding the various works of men. He beholds the evil. See cases of Cain and Abel, Achan, &c. He beholds the good. See cases of Noah, Jacob, &c. Each act, each thought, each hope and fear of a man, is open to the sight of his God.
  2. The character of the all-seeing One. The all-seeing God is a person, not a mere abstract name for nature. The Lord is not only a person, but also one who always remembers. The all-seeing God is not indifferent to the acts of men, and their characters are before Him. He who sees the evil and the good is all-powerful to punish and reward. (H. Constable, M.A.)

The eyes of the Lord:

“And we do fearfully live, as it were, out of God’s atmosphere. We do not keep that continual consciousness of His reality which, I conceive, we ought to have, and which should make Him more manifest to our souls than the Shekinah was to the minds of the Israelites.” Thus wrote Dr. Arnold, of Rugby; and I think no one of us can read the words and not feel they say a truth. “Dare to be alone with God,” wrote the true-hearted preacher, F. W. Robertson, to a friend. “Dare to be alone with God.” Why should not the child gladly seek the Father’s presence? The Indians of South America told the missionaries, “You say the God of the Christians knows everything, that nothing is hidden from Him; that He is everywhere and sees all that is done. But we do not desire a God so sharp-sighted; we choose to live with freedom in our woods, without having a perpetual observer over our heads.” And the savages but said forth a feeling in which men civilised naturally share; for from purity conscious impurity slinks. Men may quarrel with the doctrine of depravity as they choose, but this instinctive hiding themselves from the eyes of the Lord is steady proof of the doctrine of a universal moral lapse. Consider, men are always trying to put out the eyes of the Lord. By atheism—letting the bad, foolish heart tell the head there is no God. By semi-pantheism—denying personality to God, calling Him “a stream of tendency.” Simply a vague, impersonal “power not ourselves” by trying to think of God in the ancient epicurean fashion, making Him but a huge and listless carelessness, as Thomas Carlyle so finely stigmatizes the notion, “an absentee God, sitting on the outside of His universe, and seeing it go”; by identifying God with law, hiding the thought and truth of God away in the muffling folds of natural law, and so imagining that they are somehow getting themselves out of God’s real jurisdiction; by a sensual carelessness of God, living as though there were no God, though all the time His being and presence are theoretically confessed. But yet the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Therefore—

  1. We, in our conscious sinfulness before their gaze, need atonement for our sin.
  2. And the readjustment with God the Holy Spirit works in us by regeneration.
  3. And the sweet consciousness of forgiveness.
  4. And so the making possible the noble bravery of welcoming His vision into our hearts and lives, that we may shun the evil and seize the good; and thus the living the true life only to be lived in “God’s atmosphere.” (Homiletic Review.)[11]

15:3. The eyes of the Lord

The equally striking 2 Chronicles 16:9 brings out God’s saving purpose in this. Our present verse shows the range and persistence of this scrutiny; verse 11 its penetration; verses 8, 9 its sensitivity.[12]


15:3 / The parallelism is progressive and specifying. The point is that nothing escapes the eyes of the Lord. This is both consoling and threatening. Were the sages also aware of how often things escaped their own gaze and judgment?[13]


15:3. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.

The two lines of this proverb are arranged in a synthetic parallelism, the second line expanding and explaining the first.

The wording ‘eyes of the Lord’ is found also in Proverbs 5:21 and 22:12. Its introduction here is surprising, given the theme of speech that began in verses 1–2 and continues hereafter (vv. 4, 7, etc.). The ‘eyes of the Lord’ speak of the omniscience of God. Perhaps the particular emphasis here is that He ‘sees’ all that one ‘says,’ a strange mixing of metaphors, but, nevertheless, true to the context. We should not, however, limit the knowledge of God to simply what is said in any place. The knowledge here attributed to God is universal. God knows all that we do (v. 3b) and even why we do what we do (Prov. 16:2). Even Sheol and all it contains is open to the Lord’s scrutiny (Prov. 15:11).

The Scriptures repeatedly underscore the completeness of God’s knowledge (Job 31:4; 34:21; Ps. 11:4; Jer. 16:17; 17:10; Zech. 4:10). Such knowledge is at one and the same time a terror to ‘the evil’ and a comfort to ‘the good.’ To the one contemplating an independent course, the Scriptures warn: ‘And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do’ (Heb. 4:13). To those who choose God’s path, the Scriptures promise ‘the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His’ (2 Chron. 16:9).[14]


3  This verse is linked with v. 2 by the root ṭb (“adorn,” yṭb, and “good people,” ṭwbym), linking good rhetoric with good ethics and giving the theological basis for the moral order affirmed in the surrounding proverbs. Verset A underscores God’s unrestricted presence in space, and verset B his unrestricted moral assessment of every individual. The anthropomorphism the eyes of the Lord” (see 5:21; p. 40) signifies his presence in a situation and his evaluation of it. The first qualifier are in every (bekol; see n. 8) place (māqôm) could have a more restricted meaning such as “hometown” (Ruth 4:10), “grave,” or “temple,” but here in parallel with “good and evil,” a merism for all humanity, it has its general sense. This qualification refers to the Lord’s incommunicable (nonhumanlike) attribute of being unlimited or infinite with respect to time and space (cf. 1 K. 8:27; Ps. 139:7–10; Isa. 66:1–2; Jer. 23:23–24; Acts 17:28, 48). The second qualifier, watching [vigilantly] (ṣōpôt), connotes “overseeing from a high lookout post.” This communicable divine attribute of being vigilant occurs 18 times, nine times in the Qal and nine times in the Piel. In both stems it means “to watch alertly, to be on the lookout” so that nothing escapes the watcher with the specific nuance in the Qal “to see what is done,” as here (Prov. 31:27). The verb implies that the subject will take appropriate action according to the situation (Gen. 31:49; Job 15:22; Ps. 66:7), namely, whether evil people (rāʿîm; 1:16), who tear down society, or good people (ṭôbîm; see 99), who build it up, are under review. The unseen but not unseeing God probes and penetrates insightfully into every situation and distinguishes between good and evil people to regulate history by rewarding the former and punishing the latter, thus guaranteeing the moral order (see 5:23; cf. 15:11; 16:2; 17:3; 21:2; 24:12; cf. 20:27). The proverb teaches that “no small act of goodness is too trivial, no peccadillo too commonplace, to catch his eye and earn his blessing or his condemnation.”[15]


3 Divine omniscience. The Lord knows everyone completely. The thought is continuous in the two lines of this verse; it uses anthropomorphic language to stress God’s exacting knowledge. But as Plaut, 169, says, this verse is not intended as a statement of theology but an incentive for conduct. Of course, for the righteous divine omniscience is a great comfort (see also 2 Ch 16:9; Ps 11:4; Heb 4:13, which show that God’s purpose in this activity is salvific).[16]


[1] Stabnow, D. K. (2017). Proverbs. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 974). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 896). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[3] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Pr 15:3). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1160). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Pr 15:3). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Pr 15:3). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 760). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 828). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 937). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[10] Finkbeiner, D. (2014). Proverbs. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (p. 924). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[11] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). Proverbs (pp. 394–397). New York; Chicago; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell Company.

[12] Kidner, D. (1964). Proverbs: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 17, p. 106). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[13] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 74). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[14] Kitchen, J. A. (2006). Proverbs: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 326–327). Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[15] Waltke, B. K. (2004). The Book of Proverbs, Chapters 1–15 (pp. 614–615). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[16] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 139). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Key Signs of An Abusive Pastor #2: Hyper Defensive About Their Own Authority — Canon Fodder

“All who gain power are afraid to lose it.”

So said Darth Sidious (aka, Chancellor Palpatine) in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. And despite being from the dark side, he was correct. The biggest motivator for those in power is often their fear of losing it.

Sadly, that is also the case with abusive pastors. Wade Mullen in his book, Something’s Not Right, makes a very similar observation: “The chief desire of abusive individuals and organizations is to attain or retain power” (15).

If Mullen is correct—and I think he is—then we come to another key sign of an abusive leader, namely that they are often hyper-defensive about their own power and authority. And they will squash anything that could challenge or question their position.

After a brief hiatus (I was focusing on two new book releases this month: here and here!), I’m continuing my blog series on spiritual abuse in the church which I am calling “Bully Pulpit”.  You can see the prior installments here and here. Since spiritual abuse is not as easy to spot as other forms of abuse, I am working my way through a number of key signs that churches should be on the watch for.

Of course, merely being defensive about one’s own authority doesn’t necessarily make a person abusive. On one level, all of us are a bit defensive about the roles we have or the positions we hold. But, abusive pastors often create an entire church culture that perpetually affirms and protects their authority—a culture designed to shield them from criticism, and punish anyone who dares challenge them.

So, how does hyper-defensiveness about one’s own authority manifest itself in a person’s ministry? Here are a few ways.

Who’s the Boss?

Pastors defensive about their own authority often resort to one of the most banal of solutions, namely they continually remind people of their authority. In such cases, pastors will often say things like, “I’m your boss,” or “I’m over you,” or “I’m in charge.”

On top of this, there may be regular appeals to scriptural teachings about the authority of the pastor or the elders, and how they hold the “keys to the kingdom” (Matt 16:19), and how church members are to submit themselves to their leaders (Heb 13:17).

And it is true that churches, and church leaders, have authority. The Bible is not anti-authority.

But the perpetual drum beat on the theme of the pastor’s authority should be a warning sign. A perpetual desire to prove one’s authority can be a pathway to abuse.

Everyone’s “Insubordinate”

There’s the classic saying, “If all you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.” So, it is with the abusive pastor. If his number one concern is protecting his own authority, then suddenly all questions or challenges look like “insubordination.”

Abusive pastors, therefore, are quick to trot out these sorts of labels to describe anyone who criticizes some aspect of their ministry.  They are just “insubordinate,” “unsubmissive,” or “disobedient.”

Indeed, often the tone and the language sounds more like it belongs in the military than in the church. But pastors aren’t called to be generals barking orders, but shepherds gently leading their sheep.

This Is War

When it comes to pastoral ministry, one thing is clear: criticism is part of the job.  Rightly or wrongly, every pastor will be criticized for something.

But what happens when you criticize a spiritually abusive pastor bent on preserving his own authority? In short, it’s war. Case after case of spiritual abuse has shown that this is often the trigger that leads to retaliation, threats, and vindictive behavior.

To be sure, all of us struggle with taking criticism. It’s part of being human. But churches need to pay careful attention to how their pastor handles it. If even if the slightest criticism leads to DEFCON 1, then you may have an abusive pastor on your hands.

Talk to My Lawyer(s)

Part of the way the abusive pastor maintains and protects his own authority is by building key alliances within the church’s leadership structure. He will often establish a deep base of loyalty among a select few members of the elder board—men who will defend and protect him from any criticism.

Thus, when someone does raise concerns about an abusive pastor, he already has a group of “lawyers” waiting to defend him and uphold his position of authority. Moreover, these defense attorneys will often go after the people bringing the criticism, looking for ways to tear them down or impugn their character.

Don’t miss what is happening here. The abusive pastor is not using the elders to protect the sheep, but to protect himself.

Here is where churches need to do some serious reflection about the accountability structures they have in place and whether those are adequate to protect against spiritual abuse.

Jesus’ View of Authority is Different

Curiously, Jesus anticipated this hyper-authoritarian danger in his leaders. In Mark 10:35-45, James and John come to Jesus asking for positions of power and authority: “Grant to us to sit, one at your right hand, and one at your left” (v. 36). Don’t forget these are the same two brothers who, after seeing Jesus’s authority disrespected by a Samaritan village, asked, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven to consume them?” (Luke 9:54).

The leadership model for James and John is clear. If someone steps out of line, you drop the hammer. Problem solved.

But Jesus’ model for ministry is very different. After this audacious request for authority, Jesus reminds the disciples that this is how the Gentiles (read unbelievers) think of authority: “The rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and their great ones exercise authority over them” (v.42).

In other words, Jesus knows that the default position for those in authority is to domineer and squash those they lead. Then comes the punch line: “But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all” (v.43).

Jesus’ ministry model is paradoxical. You don’t lead by demanding your rights, but by giving them up. For the bully pastor, the first will be first. But for the godly pastor, the first shall be last. As Paul Tripp put it, “Jesus reminds the disciples that they haven’t been called to lordship but to servanthood.” (Lead, 134).

Key Signs of An Abusive Pastor #2: Hyper Defensive About Their Own Authority — Canon Fodder

The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean It’s True — Cold Case Christianity

The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean It’s True

I’m sometimes surprised to see how quickly young Christians are shaken when they first encounter a well-articulated objection (or opposing claim) from someone denying the truth of the Christian worldview. When we first started taking missions trips to the University of California at Berkeley, I watched my Christian students to see how they would react when confronted by impassioned atheists. Some were genuinely disturbed by what they heard. Protected by their parents for most of their young Christian lives, it was as if they weren’t even aware of alternative explanations. Now, as juniors and seniors in high school, they were hearing the “other side” for the first time, and the atheist ambassadors we placed before them were eloquent, passionate and thorough. Many of these students wondered how these atheists could be wrong, given the length and earnest (even zealous) nature of their presentations. But after sitting in hundreds of criminal trials of one nature or another, I’ve learned something important: The fact the opposition can make a case (even an articulate, robust and earnest case), doesn’t mean it’s true.

Several years ago, I attended the sentencing hearing for one of my cold-case murder investigations. Douglas Bradford killed Lynne Knight in 1979 and we convicted him of this murder in August of 2014, nearly 35 years (to the day) after the murder. The investigation and trial appeared on Dateline (in an episode entitled, “The Wire”). I arrested Bradford in 2009 and he retained Robert Shapiro (famed attorney from the O.J. Simpson case). Shapiro and his co-counsel, Sara Caplan, presented a robust defense of Bradford, and he thanked both of them during the sentencing hearing. Along the way, Shapiro and Caplan articulated the opposing case thoroughly and with conviction. In addition, Bradford made a short, emphatic statement of his own at his sentencing, saying: ““The murder of Lynne Knight is a terrible tragedy. I want you to hear me very clearly now. I did not murder Lynn Knight. I am an innocent man, wrongly convicted. I’m mad as hell. I’m paying for somebody else’s crime. This is a horrendous, horrendous miscarriage of justice.” That’s a pretty direct (and perhaps convincing) denial, and these were the first words any of us heard from Bradford during the entire investigation, arrest, and trial (Bradford refused to talk to us and did not take the stand in his own defense). His attorneys were even more passionate and direct in their statements to the jury during the criminal trial and the sentencing hearing. They spent hours articulating the many reasons why the case against Bradford was deficient and inadequate as they continued to proclaim his innocence.

My cold-cases are incredibly difficult to investigate and communicate to a jury. Remember, these cases were originally unsolved, and for good reason. There were no eyewitnesses to any of my murders and none of my cases benefit from definitive forensic evidence like DNA (or even fingerprints). My cases are entirely circumstantial. Defense attorneys love to argue against these kinds of cases, and I have seen many attorneys present compelling alternative explanations over the years. Jurors have sometimes been moved by these defense presentations. But none of them have been fooled. I never lost a single case in my career as a cold-case detective, in spite of the robust arguments of the defense attorneys involved.

A few years ago I investigated another cold-case (this time from the early 1980’s). Michael Lubahn killed his wife, Carol, and disposed of her body, telling her family she left him. This case also went unsolved for over 30 years. Lubahn’s attorney whole-heartedly believed Lubahn was innocent and passionately defended him in front of the jury. Unlike Bradford, Lubahn actually took the stand during his defense and repeatedly denied he was involved in any way. Lubahn and his attorney articulated their case ardently and earnestly, and Lubahn’s attorney presented a lengthy closing argument in support of his position. But, like Bradford, none of it was true. At his sentencing hearing, Lubahn eventually confessed to killing Carol. His attorney was dumbfounded. He truly believed Lubahn was innocent and had crafted a through defense. But Michael Lubahn was a killer all along (this case was also covered by Dateline in an episode entitled “Secrets in the Mist”).


I’ve come to expect the opposing defense team will present a well-crafted, earnest, engaging, and seemingly true argument. But an argument isn’t evidence.
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I’ve come to expect the opposing defense team will present a well-crafted, earnest, engaging, and seemingly true argument. But an argument isn’t evidence. Since that first trip to Berkeley, I’ve been teaching this to my students. Don’t be shaken just because the other side can articulate a defense. This happens all the time in criminal trials, even when our defendants are obviously (and even admittedly) guilty. Be ready in advance for passionate, robust, articulate, alternative explanations. But remember, the fact the other side can make a case doesn’t mean it’s true.

For more information about the nature of Biblical faith and a strategy for communicating the truth of Christianity, please read Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith. This book teaches readers four reasonable, evidential characteristics of Christianity and provides a strategy for sharing Christianity with others. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Forensic Faith DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

The Fact the Other Side Can Make a Case Doesn’t Mean It’s True — Cold Case Christianity

March 18 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Believing in Christianity upon the Evidence
John 6:29–30; Hebrews 11:1–3

If I am asked, as a purely intellectual question, why I believe in Christianity, I can only answer, “For the same reason that an intelligent agnostic disbelieves in Christianity.” I believe in it quite rationally upon the evidence. But the evidence in my case, as in that of the intelligent agnostic, is not really in this or that alleged demonstration; it is in an enormous accumulation of small but unanimous facts.

G. K. CHESTERTON

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

The Light Burden of Truth
Matthew 11:30; 1 John 5:3

We cannot but wonder how light is the burden of Truth. Is not that truly light which does not burden, but relieves him who bears it?… I seek in all things to find if possible something like to this weight which bears those who bear it, and I find nothing but the wings of birds which in any degree resembles it. For these in a certain singular manner render the body of birds at once more weighty and more easily moved.… Thus plainly in the wings is expressed the likeness of the burden of Christ, because they themselves bear that by which they are borne.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

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

18 Mar 2021 News Briefing

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New Ebola Outbreak Suggests The Virus Might Lurk For Years Inside People
…there are signs the virus might hang around inside the body for far longer, with its RNA detectable in urine after a month, sweat after about 40 days, and in semen more than a year. Even if these examples reflect a talent for lying dormant months after recovery, a whole five years is a shocking stretch. A genomic analysis of samples of the virus taken from four of the patients was carried out … revealing they belonged to the West African epidemic’s highly virulent Makona strain. This conclusion was backed up by a second analysis on three samples conducted by the WHO reference laboratory at Senegal’s Pasteur Institute, which compared the genes of these most recent virus specimens with 1,063 genomes from the 2013-2016 West Africa outbreak.

Several injured as storms, tornadoes hit southern US
A radar-confirmed tornado has been spotted on the ground near Dothan, Alabama, according to a tweet from the NWS office in Tallahassee. Debris from the tornado was seen on radar being lofted with the rotation of a thunderstorm near Dothan and is moving northeast at 35 mph according to Dothan/Houston County’s Emergency Management Agency.

‘Iran has capacity to annihilate Zionist regime,’ says top IRGC general
On Tuesday, Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported that Major General Bagheri sent “a congratulatory message” to the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Hossein Salami, touting Iran’s ability to destroy Israel.

Israeli airstrike hits Iran-backed arms depots near Damascus, says war monitor
A British-based watchdog group said an Israeli airstrike on Tuesday hit two arms depots belonging to an Iran-backed militia in Syria. They were the first attacks since Feb. 28, when Israeli missiles struck southern suburbs of Damascus.

American Airlines says it’s ‘looking into this’ after photo shows John Kerry on plane without mask
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was photographed on Wednesday sitting in an airplane without a mask over his face. Kerry, who appears to be reading in the photo, was in first class aboard an American Airlines flight prior to take off, according to the Tennessee Star. Fox News reported that the photo was captured by another passenger and the outlet said that it had verified “the photo’s authenticity with the passenger, who wished to remain anonymous. The passenger shared a photo of his boarding pass with Fox News to confirm he was on the flight.” The outlet said that the photo “shows the former secretary of state wearing his mask hanging off one ear as he reads a book in first class.”

‘The National’ obtains US official document for Palestinian ‘reset’
The US administration is looking to ‘reset’ relations with the Palestinians with a plan that includes $15 million in Covid-19 assistance and a rollback of several Trump administration positions that favoured Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and did not prioritise the two-state solution, an internal memo reveals.

Russia Recalls Its Ambassador After Biden Vows Putin Will “Pay A Price” For Meddling
Just a day after the public release of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s report alleging that Vladimir Putin ordered Russian agencies to conduct ‘influence operations’ during the 2020 election in order to ‘boost’ Trump at the expense of Joe Biden, an angry Kremlin has summoned its ambassador to the US back to Moscow for “consultations”.

US Sanctions 24 Officials Over China’s Latest Crackdown On Hong Kong
The U.S. sanctioned 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials “whose actions have reduced Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy” Tuesday amid Beijing’s latest crackdown on the city’s political freedoms. Sanctioned officials include Standing Committee members of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber stamp legislature, and high-ranking members of the Hong Kong police force’s national security division, the State Department announced in a press release Tuesday.

Hamas, Fatah agree on code of conduct in upcoming elections
a copy of the 25-page document highlighted the “criminalization and prohibition of using weapons … during electoral activities.” The 14 signatories also committed to respecting the outcome of the upcoming legislative and presidential votes, the first in some 15 years, slated respectively for May 22 and July 31. Under the code, the factions also committed to refraining from inciting violence against either candidates or voters and refrain from using places of worship for campaigning.

Ashkenazi: Israel will never forget Russia’s role in fighting Nazis
Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi reaffirmed Israel’s appreciation of Russia for the country’s part in fighting Nazi Germany during World War II, and for freeing countless Jews from Nazi extermination camps in Europe.

ISIS in Mozambique ‘beheading’ children, reports say
ISIS-linked extremists are reportedly beheading children in Mozambique, the BBC claimed on Wednesday. They have now spread down to Mozambique and its Cabo Delgado region. When claims of ISIS extremists infiltrating and taking root in Mozambique first appeared years ago, some scoffed at the notion. This was the same narrative that cast doubt on Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Curator at The Israel Museum: ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls may be Most Significant Discovery in 20th Century’
New fragments were identified from the Books of Deuteronomy, Leviticus and Jubilees, Psalms 147:1, as well as fragments belonging to the Temple Scroll, a text dealing with directions for conducting the services in the ideal Temple.

On Date Israelites Chose Pascal Lambs, Israelis Will Choose Leaders: Is It A Hidden Message of Redemption?
A Torah teacher in Israel recently noticed an interesting pattern. The Hebrew dates of the past two Israeli elections and the one coming up on March 23 are all connected to geula (redemption). Leah Aharoni, founder at loveyour.biz business coaching and Israel-based women’s Torah teacher posted the pattern on her Facebook Timeline.

Alexander Vindman Proposes Suing Conservative Media to ‘Deradicalize’ It
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (Ret.), a key figure in the first impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, published an op-ed Monday at the Lawfare blog in which he proposed suing conservative media outlets to make them less “radicalized.”

CNN anchor’s uneducated foray into theology falls flat
CNN’s Don Lemon played the part of a theologian in a guest appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Monday – and a real theologian wasn’t impressed.  Lemon: “The Catholic Church and many other churches really need to reexamine themselves and their teachings because that is not what God is about. God is not about hindering people, or even judging people.” Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland – when asked about the CNN anchor’s venture into scriptural interpretation – offered this: “While CNN is expert when it comes to fake news, they are amateur when it comes to God’s revelation.”

The war on normal and why it matters
One of the most effective things that Marxists do is to commandeer language and steer it toward revolutionary goals. By their language, you will know them – but don’t give them the time of day. Given the level of insanity erupting at all levels in America, it wasn’t really a shock when the huge, multinational corporation Unilever announced in early March that it was pulling the word “normal” from at least half of its products. No more soap for “normal skin care,” or shampoo for “normal hair.” It’s offensive.

Arizona Sheriff: Biden Border Crisis Like ‘Wild West,’ Worse than Obama Years
An Arizona sheriff said the border crisis under Joe Biden is worse than the Obama years as the migrant surge is expected to hit a 20-year high.

Pope Francis Calls For ‘New World Order’ For Post-Pandemic World
Pope Francis reportedly called for a ‘new world order’ for a post pandemic world in a book set to come out on Tuesday in Rome.

Scientists grow human tear glands in a lab and actually make them cry
..Researchers from the Hubrecht Institute and UMC Utrecht used stem cells to grow tiny tear glands in a petri dish that mimic the real thing. They hope these so-called organoids can serve as models for studying how the cells in human tear glands produce tears.

A major severe weather outbreak is forecast across portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley into Alabama, U.S.
A regional outbreak of severe storms is expected today and tonight, March 17 and 18, 2021, across portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley into Alabama, NWS Storm Prediction Center warns.

How to survive the engineered EXTERMINATION of the human race
To understand why the globalists are actively working to exterminate the entire human race, you have to first understand their plans for themselves. They believe in transhumanism and think they’re going to transition from carbon-based life to silicon-based life by “uploading” their consciousness into machines.

Irish Doctor Exposes ‘Great Reset’ Agenda Behind COVID Hoax in Powerful Video
A doctor from Northern Island has come out strongly against COVID hysteria and the sinister agenda behind it in a viral video spreading across social media.

Another Plandemic? P1 said to be “a different pandemic from the one we saw last year” – Brazil is the target 
What would you do if a coronavirus that is much more contagious than regular COVID and that makes people much sicker than regular COVID started to spread all over the globe?  Well, we are being told that is precisely what is now happening.

P&O Cruises Says Vaccinated Customers Will Still Have to Wear Masks, Social Distance
P&O Cruises has announced it will only allow customers who have taken two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine but that those individuals will still be asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

DIGITALLY ALTERED? Watch Joe Biden’s Hands Appear To Magically Phase Through Microphone
Many Twitter pundits are sounding the alarm about a video of Joe Biden briefly speaking to the press before boarding Marine One earlier today. Biden, who appeared flummoxed while briefly answering questions, appears to phase through a microphone when his hands, which are in focus, somehow jut in front of a seemingly out of focus microphone. Additionally, Biden’s hands appear much smaller than the microphone.

Knesset In Israel Passes Legislation Mandating That Jews Returning To Israel Be Compelled To Wear Electronic COVID Bracelets In Forced Quarantine
I know that I am going to get huge pushback to this article where I compare the yellow star of Nazi Germany, that all Jews were required to wear, with the COVID Green Pass, and now, legislation passed today in Israel allowing returning Jews to be compelled to wear an electronic monitor. But hey, if the ankle bracelet fits, wear it.

Twitter defends its child sex trafficking users, cites Section 230 immunity protection for pedophiles
 A new lawsuit alleges that Twitter is aiding and abetting child sex traffickers and pedophiles by allowing them to buy and sell children, as well as spread child pornography, on its platform. Twitter, in its own defense, says the immunity protections outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) do not require the social media service to act on behalf of innocent children who are being exploited.

WOKE CULT: Pentagon officials now say pregnant female soldiers will LEAD America’s national defense
The United States military is going “woke” with a new campaign aimed at putting more pregnant female soldiers in top combat roles.

Absolute proof the Biden “presidency” is FAKED… new video shows green screen compositing “error” that exposes the truth
Since January 20th, we’ve known the Biden “presidency” has been completely faked, but we haven’t had smoking gun proof of the fakery… until now.

Why won’t average americans defend themselves against the life-threatening communist tyranny that has overtaken the country? 
Why won’t America stand up for herself? what would have put millions in the street noly a generation ago, barely holds our attention anymore. Why is the country, once a country which possessed courage and conviction , now sitting idly while allowing itself to be taken to the slaughter without so much as a whimper? Many psychoogists including myself, believe the reoot of answer is globalist-induced learned helplessness.

Source: 18 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 3/18/2021

Internal Biden memo said to back 2-state solution along 1967 lines

Emiratis said angry at Netanyahu for trying to use them in his election campaign

Israel said to receive formal letter from ICC informing of war crimes probe

Israel Concerned as Iran Provides Its Mideast Proxies With Better Weapons

Israel-US to set up joint team to share intel on Iran’s nuclear program

Iran absolves its armed forces in final report on downing of Ukrainian plane

Dozens of antiwar groups call on Congress to curb Biden’s war powers after strikes in Syria

Hezbollah worries Russia is pushing regime change in Syria

Biden defends move not to punish Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing

Yemen war: Houthis express ‘regret’ for deadly migrant centre fire

Gunmen on motorcycles kill at least 58 in Niger

Biden on US meeting looming Afghanistan withdrawal deadline: ‘Could happen, but it is tough’

Cars Have Your Location. This Spy Firm Wants to Sell It to the U.S. Military

Britain changes policy so it can use nuclear weapons in response to ’emerging technologies’

US warns North Korea could be planning ICBM test ‘in near future’ in test for Biden

North Korea Rejects US Offer for Talks, Citing Hostility

India Builds Border Infrastructure to Counter China

State Department announces sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdown

Russia recalls its ambassador to the US after Biden says he thinks Putin is a killer

Biden’s claim he tough-talked Putin about his ‘soul’ raises media eyebrows, given history of tall tales

Biden: Putin will ‘pay a price’ for interfering in 2020 election

Judge rules Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state broke law with absentee ballot rule

The county attorney for a largely Black community in Georgia was pushing to limit voting access in the state. Residents there protested – and now he’s out

US intelligence report says election fraud claims ‘will almost certainly’ spur more violence by domestic extremists

Pelosi’s push for 9/11-style Capitol riot commission stalls in political quicksand

U.S. spy agencies warn of growing domestic terrorism threat

Texas Man Arrested With Guns, Ammo Outside Of Vice Presidential Residence

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill to Send National Guard From US Capitol to Southern Border

41 GOP Senators Ask GAO to Evaluate Biden’s Border Wall Funding Freeze

Migrant Children Will ‘End Up in Sex Trafficking’: Texas Lt. Governor

Kevin McCarthy proven right after Dems, media accuse him of lying about suspected terrorists at border

US Military Official: ‘China and Russia May Be Collaborating’ South of US Border

Former Acting DHS Secretary Says Immigrants Won’t Listen to Biden, Border in ‘Full-Blown’ Crisis

Kobach: Biden’s Immigration: It’s not an Unintended Crisis; It’s a Planned Event

Rep. Ilhan Omar Urges Biden Admin to End Contracts Between ICE and Prisons, Calling Treatment of Immigrants ‘Systemic Abuse’

Rep. Jeff Van Drew releases audio of columnist’s threats over his switch to GOP from Democrat Party to support Trump

Trump’s taxes in hand, Manhattan DA’s probe heats up

Trump’s Ailing Empire: His Fortune Slips to $2.3 Billion as Covid and Riot Take a Toll

See ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Heading Towards Earth Before Weekend’s Close Approach

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bejaia, Algeria

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bejaia, Algeria

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Namie, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Bonin Islands, Japan region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Arafura Sea

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 13,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 10,000ft

Mt Etna in Italy erupts to 10,000ft

‘Particularly Dangerous Situation’: Tornado Outbreak Continues; Damage in Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri

Deadly floods sweep through Kinshasa and Brazzaville in Congo and DR Congo

Wyoming got buried beneath a record blizzard, trapping meteorologists in their office for 5 days

NRG Energy Sees $750 Million Loss Following Texas Cold Snap

Gov. Cox declares drought emergency for all of Utah

Israel Lifts State of Emergency on Its Mediterranean Coast Month After Oil Spill

Oh Great, Now Florida Has a Mosquito That Can Carry Yellow Fever

In breakthrough, Israelis grow hundreds of mouse embryos in artificial wombs

South Florida veterinarian charged with child porn had sex with dogs, feds say

Netflix’s ‘Paradise PD’ under fire after airing graphic, anti-NRA episode of Jesus carrying out mass killing, having a threesome with 2 women

Atlanta police: ‘Sex addiction,’ not racism, may be motive in deadly shootings

Biden press sec blames Trump for recent violence against Asian Americans

For Asian-Americans, Atlanta shooting sows fresh fear after a year of mounting discrimination

In Landmark Ruling, Court Says Japan’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Female Athletes Refused Chance to Testify to Senate Panel About Equality Act

77 Percent of Protestant Pastors Believe it’s ‘Morally Wrong’ to Change Genders, Poll Says

Vatican: Catholic Church Cannot Bless Gay Unions Because God ‘Cannot Bless Sin’

Vatican ruling on same-sex couples prompts defiance, pain, confusion

Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

Catholic priests vow to defy teaching on same-sex marriage, denounce Pope Francis: ‘Deeply appalling’

Pandemic brings more calls for exorcism ministry by Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Democrats Block Republican Bill That Would Require Illegal Immigrants to Be Tested for COVID

Horowitz: The shocking censorship of ivermectin and outpatient treatment guidance for COVID

Experts: Virus surge in Europe a cautionary tale for US

France set to announce new Covid-19 measures, lockdown possible for Paris region

Ecuador health ministry raided over vaccine scandal

Probe launched into woman’s brain hemorrhage death after AstraZeneca vaccine

WHO recommends continued use of AstraZeneca vaccines amid blood clot fears

Hong Kong Public Concerned About Sinovac Vaccine Safety

U.S. could start vaccinating young kids in early 2022, Dr. Fauci says

Chicago Teachers Union stalls HS reopening by telling teachers not to reveal if they’ve been vaccinated

Vaccine passports pose ethical thicket for Biden administration

Ticket? Passport? Add a Covid Vaccination Card to the List of Must-Have Travel Documents

EU Officials Propose Digital Travel Certificates – Vaccination Not Required

Iceland opens borders for vaccinated visitors to boost tourism

Israeli Knesset okays electronic bracelet for returnees from abroad

Trade Group Asks California Theme Parks To Mitigate The Effects Of Screaming On Rides

John Kerry: American Airlines investigating after climate envoy pictured on flight without mask

California Gov. Gavin Newsom readies for recall election fueled by backlash to pandemic restrictions

California’s Newsom trying to play ‘racial politics’ amid pressure of recall: Leo Terrell

New York Gov. Cuomo has appointed all 7 appeals court judges who would vote in impeachment trial

Lawyer for Cuomo accuser condemns ‘conflict of interest’ of firm hired for impeachment probe

Ohio AG sues Biden administration over pandemic bill

Inflation Overtakes CCP Virus as Biggest Risk for Investors: Bank of America

Fed’s Biggest Challenge Could Be an Economy Beating Its Expectations

Report: World demand for gasoline may never recover

Majority of voters prefer to keep fuel prices low, over decreasing U.S. dependency on fossil fuels

Tyranny Will Be Richer Than Freedom, UK Foreign Secretary Warns

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


Apostasy Watch Thursday 3-18-21

Jeff Maples – Bethel Music – Unfruitful Works of Darkness

Pastor James Coates to be released from jail as Crown withdraws charges

Christian Leaders Wrestle with Atlanta Shooting Suspect’s Southern Baptist Ties

Gospel Coalition Writer Disputes Claims that Massage Parlor Murderer ‘Wasn’t a Real Christian’

CNN’s Don Lemon instructs Christians to put a picture of “a black Jesus or a brown Jesus in your home”

Man facing terrorism charges after ‘incendiary devices’ found at multiple buildings including  church

Netflix’s ‘Paradise PD’ Airs Obscene Cartoon of Jesus Carrying Out Mass Shooting

Pastor shot dead weeks after thanking God he survived ‘what I didn’t see coming’

Prophetess Kat Kerr says St. Patrick’s Mansion in Heaven is Surrounded by Giant ‘Singing Shamrocks’

In Southern California, Black Churches Are Using Their Land to Build Housing For Homeless People

Church of ‘Muslim-Slayer’ Hero Targeted for Bombing

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

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Atlanta Attack Wrongly Blamed on Guns, Racism

Thomas Gallatin

The trouble with political narratives is that they often ignore or outright contradict the actual facts surrounding an event in order to advance an ideological agenda. It’s easy to do, and leftists have become masters in this art of public manipulation. As Barack Obama’s former chief of staff infamously espoused, “You don’t ever want a good crisis to go to waste.”

Well, not only did Obama embrace that mindset while in office — he repeatedly asserted the false narrative of a nationwide problem of systemically racist police after the death of Michael Brown — but he has continued this practice of assigning motive and blame even before the facts are known.

Following Tuesday’s murderous attacks in Atlanta that left eight people dead, primarily Asian Americans working in massage parlors, Obama quickly sought to fuel the dubious narrative Democrats created last year in which they ridiculously claimed that Donald Trump was responsible for fueling a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans because he highlighted the fact that the coronavirus originated in China. Furthermore, Obama also sought to weave in the Democrats’ long-running anti-gun agenda, asserting, “Even as we’ve battled the pandemic, we’ve continued to neglect the longer-lasting epidemic of gun violence in America. Although the shooter’s motive is not yet clear, the identity of the victims underscores an alarming rise in anti-Asian violence that must end.”

President-in-Waiting Kamala Harris also blatantly blamed racism. “I do want to say to our Asian American community that we stand with you and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged all people,” she said. “Knowing the increasing level of hate crimes against our Asian American brothers and sisters, we also want to speak out in solidarity with them and acknowledge that none of us should ever be silent in the face of any form of hate.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki piled on as well, saying there’s “no question” that Trump’s “damaging rhetoric” has led to “elevated threats against Asian Americans.” Numerous congressional Democrats followed suit.

Obama then brought it back to guns, which is where Harris and her “boss” will eventually take it: “[Tuesday’s] shootings are another tragic reminder that we have far more work to do to put in place commonsense gun safety laws and root out the pervasive patterns of hatred and violence in our society.” In other words, irrespective of the facts, the takeaway from this senseless violence is the need for more government redlining of Americans’ First and Second Amendment rights.

Was the murderous attack in Atlanta motivated by either “gun violence” or racism, as both Obama and the Leftmedia have asserted? That does not appear to be the case. The apprehended perpetrator, a 21-year-old white male, explained to law enforcement that his motive was “sex addiction.” Cherokee County Sheriff Captain Jay Baker stated, “He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as … a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.” It certainly doesn’t justify this horrific crime to note that there is sex-trafficking at these Asian brothels disguised as “massage parlors.” After all, the guy didn’t go after Asian restaurants.

In related news on the deaths of minorities, eight illegal immigrants were killed Monday when their human smugglers crashed while trying to evade police. Given that Joe Biden has encouraged and enabled the border crisis with his politicized and ill-conceived changes to immigration policy, does that mean their blood is on his hands?

As for these mass-shooting incidents, blindly assigning motive to an incident without investigating and learning all the facts is the epitome of foolishness. It’s a characterization of those who care little for the actual truth but who are obsessed with advancing their own self-importance and self-interests. Unfortunately, our government and the wider popular culture is plagued with these types of individuals. They both reflexively claim to identify the problems while at the same time offering the “only” solutions to these problems — solutions that inevitably require individuals to give up their freedom and self-reliance to a bunch of self-proclaimed “experts.”

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An Army of Social Justice Warriors

Arnold Ahlert

“Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation” was one of the 17 executive orders President Joe Biden’s handlers got him to sign on his first day in office. It states that “all persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.” In short, wholly irrespective of biological and chromosomal reality, the Biden administration and its supporters now consider “man” and “woman” to be interchangeable concepts. Yet if that’s the case, then why is the United States Army considering a reversal of its new “gender-neutral physical test” and including different evaluation categories for men and women?

“Research showed that the Army Combat Fitness Test [ACFT], which is the same for male and female soldiers, was leading to lower results for women with a knock-on effect for promotions,” reports The Telegraph. “An early Pentagon study showed that women were failing the ACFT at a rate of 65 per cent, while only 10 percent of men did.”

A report issued late last fall showed a similar discrepancy with 54% of women failing to make the grade, compared to only 7% of men, during the second quarter of 2020. “In the ACFT there are six events — the maximum deadlift, a standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, a sprint, drag and carry, leg tuck, and a two-mile run,” the report explained. “To pass the test those taking it must score at least 360 points out of a possible 600, and those who achieve higher scores are more likely to be promoted. However, average scores for women so far are said to have been 100 points lower.”

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, who served as Army secretary until 2019, was unmoved. “If you can’t pass the Army Combat Fitness Test, then there’s probably not a spot for you in the Army,” he said in 2018, after planning for the test was revealed.

Not quite. It’s becoming more and more apparent that the military’s once-primary mission — fighting and winning wars — is no longer its top priority. As The Washington Post explains, the test in its current form “has yielded a dramatic gender gap, raising questions about whether the service might unintentionally compound barriers for women trying to move up the ranks … in an institution already struggling to shed historical gender and racial disparities.”

Such “disparities” have been brought to the attention of Congress, which has now put a stop to the test’s implementation. Meanwhile, the Army is conducting an independent review to determine whether or not the test is “fair.”

Fair to whom? The current ACFT was developed over seven years and specifically designed to simulate aspects of combat, such as dodging enemy fire or dragging a wounded comrade across a field. Officials explain that 20 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan revealed inadequacies in the Army’s previous training regimen. Inadequacies that engendered frequent injuries.

Regardless, the political pressure is apparently on and the orchestrations to accommodate it will now include “gender-specific” evaluation categories aimed at ensuring the aforementioned equal levels of promotion between the sexes. These include separate percentile bands for men and women that would be gender-blind when soldiers go before a promotion board. “We are not going to artificially inflate the raw score for women, but we have to figure out a way to make it fair to both genders,” an unnamed Army official said.

Why? Didn’t Biden’s executive order eliminate “gender differences”? Weren’t those who complained that men identifying as women would dominate athletic events dismissed as bigoted or transphobic, while supporters insisted there should be no restrictions imposed on transgender athletes?

Isn’t ensuring the military maintains a single standard of lethality even more important than what happens in sports?

Apparently not. “The need to broaden the recruiting pool to meet the increasingly technical realities of war runs counter to the endless pursuit of fitness as a measure of readiness,” asserted Emma Moore, a Research Associate for the Military, Veterans, and Society program at the Center for a New American Security. Moore did acknowledge that physical fitness is important, but using such tests as a filter for retention and promotion “leads to repercussions that can arbitrarily hold women back.”

Captain Kristen Griest, the Army’s first female infantry officer, disagrees. “The drastically lower female standards of the old Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) not only jeopardized mission readiness in combat units but also reinforced the false notion that women are categorically incapable of performing the same job as men,” she writes.

It’s a false notion the Army apparently endorses: One of the expected changes in the test will be how core body strength is measured. Rather than hanging from a bar and tucking their legs to their chests, soldiers will be given the option of doing a two-minute plank exercise. That alternative was “temporarily” introduced last year in response to a high failure rate by women.

Now it appears the change will become permanent. “What we’re really trying to figure out is how do you incentivize excellence in improving physical fitness without adversely impacting any demographic negatively within the Army,” explained Maj. Gen. Lonnie Hibbard, commanding general of the Army’s Center for Initial Military Training (CIMT), which designed the new test.

The military’s concern with “demographics” is quite revealing. It suggests that, much like other aspects of America culture, merit will be replaced by “equity.”

Hence, style becomes as important as substance. As President Biden explained, “We’re making good progress designing body armor that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating — updating requirements for their hairstyles.” Biden also signed another executive order approving “sex reassignment” surgery for active-duty personnel.

Again, what does any of this have to do with military preparedness? For even asking the question, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson was excoriated by a cadre of military personnel who took him to task for daring to state that “the U.S. military exists to fight and win wars” and that it is “not an NGO, it is not a vehicle for achieving equity, it’s not a social experiment, it’s definitely not an employment agency.”

The military’s response? “I want to be very clear right up front, that the diversity of our military is one of our greatest strengths,” insisted Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby.

The DOD also posted a tweet, stating, “Women were limited to supporting roles in the military early on. Since then, women have made great strides to shatter glass ceilings within the military.”

Perhaps shattering glass ceilings — as opposed to shattering enemies — is the best we can expect going forward.

Along with rigid ideological conformity: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a February 5 memo directing commanders to institute a one-day stand-down within 60 days to address “extremism” within the ranks.

Make that some extremism. “The prevalence of extremist and white supremacist ties among service members and veterans was expected to be an urgent issue for President Biden and Austin, who is the first Black man to lead the Pentagon,” NPR reported.

Extremist and white supremacist ties as defined by whom? For a military intent on turning genuine warriors into social justice warriors, the answer is irrelevant.

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Gavin Newsom Vows to ‘Fight Like Hell’

Douglas Andrews

If the words “fight like hell” mean what we think they mean, the city of Sacramento had better start putting up the fences, unspooling the razor wire, and setting up the Porta Johns for the National Guard. Because there’s gonna be a riot. And then there’s gonna be an impeachment.

Or is “fight like hell” only an incitement to violence when a Republican president says it?

To be fair, California Governor Gavin Newsom didn’t utter those words himself. His strategist Sean Clegg did. But Newsom hasn’t fired or even disciplined the guy, so he must approve of that language and the “lawless action” that it might “foreseeably” result in; language that has already “gravely endangered the security” of the state of California “and its institutions of government,” to borrow the language from the Democrats’ impeachment article against Donald Trump.

So, Golden Staters, why not just spare your unpopular governor the indignity of a prolonged recall effort and, in the trenchant words of the always classy Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib, “Impeach the motherf—r”?

If nothing else in this deep-blue state, where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by nearly 2-to-1, the recall movement has gotten Gavin’s attention. And it should. As Politico reports, “Supporters of the recall … said Wednesday they submitted 2,117,730 signatures by the day’s deadline, a number that appears to comfortably exceed the required threshold even if some are invalid.”

“Am I worried about it? Of course I’m worried about it,” Newsom said in a bold and fearless appearance on that hard-hitting journalistic chop house known as “The View.” He added, “The nature of these things, the up-or-down question, the zero-sum nature of the question, is challenging, and it’s vexing. … I have to do my job every single day, but I’m going to fight this thing, because I’m going to fight for California values and the things I hold dear.”

By “California values,” we presume he means ordering the state’s unwashed masses to do one thing during the pandemic while he and his privileged colleagues do another thing entirely. Like dining unmasked with lobbyists at a tony Napa Valley café after having consigned everyone else to lock down and mask up. And like feigning sympathy for the millions of Californians who’ve had to endure school closures and virtual learning for their children while his own kids have been in an elite private school since November. California values like that.

Just how worried is Newsom? Worried enough to play the race card. As The Wall Street Journal reports, “California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised Monday to replace the state’s senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein, with a black woman, and says he has ‘multiple names in mind’ if she retires. Just one problem. Sen. Feinstein’s term ends in 2024, and she’s made clear she’s not going anywhere.”

Newsom himself blamed the recall effort on “members of the Three Percenters, the right-wing militia group, the Proud Boys, support of the insurrection, [and] folks that quite literally, enthusiastically, support QAnon conspiracies.”

Who knew there were 2,117,730 Proud Boys and QAnon types in California?

As Anne Dunsmore, campaign manager of the recall effort, notes in National Review, one-third of the California residents who signed the recall petition are independents or Democrats.

“It’s not just the French Laundry,” Dunsmore said. “It’s the gas taxes, the rolling blackouts, the wildfires. … Everybody’s gotten a major lesson in ‘Government Screws You 101.’”

When it comes to recalls, California has the lowest standards of any state in the country — only 12% of the turnout from the previous election is required to start a recall movement. And this for the fifth-largest economy in the world with 40 million people, or one in eight voters in the entire United States.

Republicans, though, should curb their enthusiasm. They haven’t won a statewide election in California in 15 years. Newsom will probably win, but it’ll be an expensive and ugly ride. The Golden State is a deep-blue one, after all, and, according to the California secretary of state, Democrats enjoy a better than 20% margin in registered voters. As Republican recall strategist Dave Gilliard said in a tweet Wednesday, petition signatories were “64.10% GOP; 25.30% NPP (No Party Preference); 9.00% Dem; 1.60% Other and 49.48% Female.”

Still, liberty-loving, anti-lockdown, anti-elitist, anti-hypocrisy Americans of all stripes can dream, can’t we?

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DeSantis: No Woke Racism in Florida Schools

Thomas Gallatin

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference Wednesday that his state’s schools will “expressly exclude” teaching the Marxist-infused Critical Race Theory (CRT) in classrooms. “There’s no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory,” DeSantis contended. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.” Can we get an “amen”?

Instead, DeSantis explained, “Florida’s civics curriculum will incorporate foundational concepts with the best materials, and it will expressly exclude unsanctioned narratives like Critical Race Theory and other unsubstantiated theories.” In order to facilitate educating students in accurate American civics, DeSantis proposed a program to offer a $3,000 bonus to teachers who complete a civics education course that specifically focuses on “foundational concepts.” He added, “So we will invest in actual, solid, true curriculum, and we will be a leader in the development and implementation of a world-class civics curriculum.”

As National Review explains, “Critical race theory ‘presupposes that racism is embedded within society and institutions.’ The theory’s implementation in classrooms nationwide has drawn outcry from parents, some of whom have received emails from their children’s schools about ‘Decentering Whiteness at Home’ or have elementary-school aged children who have been read ‘a book about whiteness’ that suggests ‘color matters’ and encourages them to dissect ‘the painful truth’ about their ‘own family,’ regarding potential racist behavior.” CRT is racist by design.

DeSantis is following in the footsteps of Donald Trump, who last September issued an executive order directing federal agencies to “cease and desist from using taxpayers dollars to fund” CRT training, which consists of “divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.” Joe Biden has subsequently reversed Trump’s CRT ban.

Governor DeSantis is showing Republicans how to boldly stand up and fight against the leftist anti-American culture war. The Left’s intentionally divisive actions are designed to undermine the very values of individual Liberty the U.S. is built upon in order to make way for the radical transformation of the country into a socialist state. Conservatives must oppose them head-on.

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Biden’s Iran Policy Is Turning Back the Clock

Lewis Morris

It used to be a matter of simple politics to witness a president reverse certain policies established by his predecessor, particularly if that predecessor was from the opposing party. President Joe Biden, however, seems resolutely determined to wipe away the entire presidency of Donald Trump and pretend that America magically leapt from January 19, 2017, to January 21, 2021, without skipping a beat.

Take, for instance, Biden’s recent actions in trying to restart the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. This gem from Barack Obama’s long list of foreign policy failures was a multilateral agreement with Germany, France, the UK, Russia, and China to get Iran to abandon its program developing nuclear weapons. Anyone with a day’s worth of foreign policy experience knew it was the sum of all lies, but Obama and his feckless Secretary of State John Kerry declared it as peace in our time.

Thanks to pallets of cash and other perks from the Obama administration that allowed Iran and its terrorist proxies to run roughshod throughout the Middle East, the deal didn’t live up to its promise. Iran continued to spin its centrifuges, enrich weapons-grade uranium, and flout the agreement. And the Obama administration continued to pretend all was well. Shocking, we know. Trump rightly pulled the United States out of the toothless agreement and was predictably lambasted in the Leftmedia. How dare he challenge Obama’s infinite wisdom!

Trump didn’t stop there, though. He went on to foster a series of peace agreements in the Middle East known as the Abraham Accords that many of his predecessors couldn’t have dreamed of pulling off. Dealing directly with Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan, Trump helped cement bilateral agreements between the Jewish State and four Arab countries to normalize relations for the first time in history. Trump was also working on a fifth agreement between Israel and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, when he left office. It was work worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize that Trump will never get. That’s okay, though, because the Nobel Peace Prize has long since lost its relevance or value and is now merely a foreign policy participation trophy for the leftist crowd.

Trump’s foreign policy successes were muted by the Trump-hating media. His own mouth also frequently got in the way of his accomplishments. Nonetheless, his work in the Middle East could have changed the face of international politics and business and brought a new level of peaceful engagement in the world’s most volatile region.

But not if Biden has anything to say about it. With little apparent reason other than to simply undo everything Trump has done, the Biden administration has systematically stymied all these existing agreements and essentially torpedoed the unfinished Israel-Indonesia agreement. Why? For one reason, to erase Trump’s accomplishments. For another, to placate Iran.

Biden appeared tough when he launched a retaliatory strike on an Iran-backed militia in Syria in February after repeated attacks on American military personnel. But it wasn’t a very effective strike, and it could hardly be categorized as a full retaliatory response. If one looks deeper into Biden’s dealings with Iran thus far, he seems to be walking on eggshells with the regime in hopes of getting the JCPOA up and running again.

If the president truly cares about “restoring alliances,” then he should build on the work Trump did with Israel and its Arab neighbors. These nations have proven they can work together, and such an alliance would be a great counterweight to Iran’s plans for regional hegemony. And those plans are much more likely to come to fruition if Biden insists on returning to the nuclear deal. The mullahs are already playing him like a harp, rejecting offers of direct talks and holding out for concessions that the U.S. signals it is prepared to make, even at the expense of our allies in the region.

Joe Biden was never much of a thinker, and now that he is president, and an addled president at that, his singular pursuit of getting back in bed with Iran on a nuclear deal spells nothing but trouble. The Pentagon all but acknowledges that Iran will have nuclear weapons within the next decade. But Biden appears committed to preserving his former boss’s legacy, even though the world has changed too much in four years to go back to those bad old days.

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Cartoonists are Canceled, Charlie

Andrew Culper

On January 7, 2015, armed assailants attacked the far-left (and famously irreverent) Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, France. By the time they were finished shooting, 12 were dead, 11 were injured, and the world was rightly horrified. The jihadist murderers’ motive? They didn’t like cartoonists making certain cartoons and exercising their right to free speech (an “Essential Freedom,” according to the French Constitution).

On January 11, 2015, more than a million people and dozens of world leaders gathered for a rally of national unity, where the slogan “Je suis Charlie” (translated to “I am Charlie”) became an international cry of solidarity supporting freedom of speech — a fundamental right long honored by Western civilization. Political and cultural satire, as it were, was upheld as a protected and cherished practice, and its purveyors hailed as martyrs slain for the cause.

Cue 2021 — the world has changed. Where once we only worried about extremists threatening the free exercise of Liberty, now it’s an establishment practice conducted by Big Tech and the New Media. There may not be guns involved, but if the pen is mightier than the sword, one can only conclude the situation is significantly more dire.

On March 8, 2021, we posted a cartoon from one of our syndicated cartoonists, Gary Varvel. Two days later, it was labeled as “Mostly False” by independent “fact-checker” PolitiFact and our page was punished (again) for sharing “false information.” The cartoon was “missing context” and did not technically toe the line for the leftist version of the truth about the Democrats’ tyrannical HR 1 legislation. The sentiment surrounding the well-known push by Democrats to manufacture new voting blocs (among other things) was essentially ignored. The whole point of the hyperbolically humorous cartoon was lost on the humorless wokescolds. In its place, an increasingly common tactic of nitpicking “facts” here and there was used to discredit the intention of the cartoon — which was to analytically mock the intentions of a political party and not literal features of the bill.

Varvel wasn’t trying to say that these are the provisions in the bill, or that Nancy Pelosi is literally handing out ballots to illegal 16-year-olds. He was trying to say that Democrats are after letting kids and illegals vote.

But it doesn’t matter that, à la Charlie Hebdo, editorial cartoons are meant to be satirical commentary on politics and society. Satirical cartoons, once hailed as sacred by the Left, have now become the next prime candidates for cancellation. The Left will stop at nothing to ruin humor.

Well, conservative humor anyway. Also in 2015, PoltiFact “fact-checked” a Tom Toles cartoon about female wages that was based on false information. He still got a “Mostly True” rating. In 1989, Toles won a Pulitzer Prize for a cartoon including language that “technically” isn’t in the First Amendment. So there’s that.

For leftist “fact-checkers,” it’s not really about the truth, of course. It’s about using their power to squelch conservative thought.

Cartoons are not policy papers — they are cartoons. So much for opinion journalism.

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A Dimwitted Dem Diversionary Tactic?

Douglas Andrews

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has a name right out of central casting. Sadly, it all goes downhill from there for the conspiracy-mongering Democrat, who just can’t seem to shake his obsession with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

As the Washington Examiner’s Mica Soellner reports, “A top [sic] Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee resurfaced the Supreme Court hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, requesting Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the FBI’s background check on the judge, which he said was ‘fake.’ Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse asked Garland to look into four separate Trump-era investigations, which he said ‘evaded oversight’ when they were conducted. The investigation into the sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh was ‘politically constrained’ and potentially made up, the Rhode Island Democrat wrote.”

It’s rich indeed when a Democrat levels charges of fakery at the FBI’s investigation into then-Judge Kavanaugh. And it’ll be interesting to see how AG Garland handles this, given his agonizing history with the Supreme Court. The fakery, of course, was in the bogus sexual misconduct charges leveled against Kavanaugh during his 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, including those that came from the Democrats’ star witness, “Dr.” Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of having sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

As it turned, out, there were no verifiable facts, there was no corroboration from eyewitnesses, and there was no forensic evidence of any sexual misconduct of the sort alleged by Blasey Ford. And Whitehouse — and every other Senate Democrat — knew it. In fact, there’s precious little evidence that Blasey Ford ever even met Brett Kavanaugh. And his other crackpot accusers, such as Deborah Ramirez, had even less credibility. Kavanaugh steadfastly denied the claims, just as common sense and fundamental decency denied the claims. And yet.

Could it be that Whitehouse is playing favorites here? Or perhaps creating a diversion from the sexual misconduct of those in his own party? We don’t recall him raising much of a ruckus about the far more credible allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — perpetrated while he was governor, not a high school student — or those leveled against Joe Biden, who was a sitting senator at the time of the alleged offense. *Nothing to see there, folks.

For what it’s worth, here’s Whitehouse’s 10-page letter to Garland. If nothing else, it offers a window into the mind of a long-winded and paranoid senator.

Whitehouse “has a penchant for conspiracy theories,” as The Wall Street Journal notes. “His chief obsession is that the Supreme Court is controlled by what he calls ‘dark money.’ Now he appears to be in the grip of a new theory that the FBI, perhaps at the behest of powerful political forces, is covering up evidence of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct as a teenager.”

Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse was a bit less charitable in his comments. “If senators want to join conspiracy theory book clubs, wear tinfoil hats, and talk about Roswell, that’s their prerogative, but this is something more sinister,” said Sasse, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

And who are we to argue?

As the Journal concludes, “The Senator thinks shadowy players were pulling the strings behind the scenes. … Perhaps he should consult Christopher Steele to see if the Kremlin did it. The internet, the social isolation of the pandemic, and our polarized politics have caused too many people to indulge in wild conspiracy theories. But when a U.S. Senator calls on the executive branch to treat unsupported claims against a sitting Supreme Court Justice like a cold case file, he is splashing around in the fever swamps and clearly needs an intervention.”

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This Just In: John Kerry’s a Hypocrite

Nate Jackson

When we last heard from the most haughty of elite hypocrites, Climate Czar John F. Kerry, he was declaring that all those people being thrown off their Keystone Pipeline jobs by an obtuse Joe Biden executive order could just “make the solar panels.” Now, the frequent flyer on private jets is in the news for actually flying commercial … without a mask. The CDC calls for mask-wearing while on flights.

Technically Kerry’s still wearing the mask in the viral photo — it’s just dangling from one ear. And technically he only had it off for about five minutes.

An anonymous passenger snapped the pic, and put it quite well himself: “I salute our Very Special Presidential Envoy for Climate for not flying private, but instead flying first class commercial with the rest of us common folk. And while he can’t bring himself to follow his own party’s mask restrictions, we should cut him some slack. Being an elite hypocrite is hard work!”

Of jet-setting on private planes, Kerry previously said, “If you offset your carbon — it’s the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle.” Translation: Somebody like me = elite hypocrite.

As for the mask flap, Kerry wrote in response, “Feels like there’s some St. Patrick’s day ‘malarkey’ afoot on Twitter. Let’s be clear: If I dropped my mask to one ear on a flight, it was momentary. I wear my mask because it saves lives and stops the spread. It’s what the science tells us to do.”

And if anyone follows the science, it’s the party of aborting a beating heart, endorsing “transgender” identity, and using the coronavirus and climate change as an excuse for massive government power grabs. This isn’t an important story by any stretch, but Kerry’s long history of rule-flouting hypocrisy is so legendary we couldn’t help but be amused.

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In Brief: The Fake Georgia Narrative

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway has a bone to pick with The Washington Post over its astounding and belated major correction regarding its reporting on then-President Donald Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger. Hemingway writes:

The Washington Post was busted for publishing fabricated quotes from an anonymous source, attributing them to a sitting president, and using those quotes as a basis to speculate the president committed a crime. The invented Donald Trump quotes, which related to a fight over election integrity in Georgia, were cited in Democrats’ impeachment brief and during the Senate impeachment trial.

But the fake quotes, bad as they were, are just one of many ways the media have done a horrible job of covering election disputes in the state.

According to the media narrative, the Georgia presidential election was as perfectly run as any election in history, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar. To push that narrative, the media steadfastly downplayed, ignored, or prejudiciously dismissed legitimate concerns with how Georgia had run its November 2020 election and complaints about it.

That posture was the complete opposite of how they were reporting on Georgia elections prior to Democrats performing well in them.

Hemingway goes to great length to detail all the leftist efforts, fomented by defeated gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, to sow doubt and distrust in Georgia’s system. They even cast aspersions on Dominion Voting Systems, which is now verboten. Likewise, she recounts how Raffensberger settled a suit with Democrat malcontents, paving the way for the absentee ballot flood in November. After setting up all that background and detailing the shenanigans on election day and the ensuing legal challenges, Hemingway gets back to the infamous phone call.

We now know that the account of Trump’s call to an investigator was based on false quotes. Another call with Raffensberger was also leaked to the press to harm those who opposed Raffensberger’s handling of the election, days before another pivotal election.

Much of the angst over the calls was about Trump saying he needed the secretary of state to “find” votes. This was always characterized as him asking Raffensberger to commit fraud or do something unethical. It even made it into the article of impeachment that Democrats supported.

Anyone familiar with the lawsuit knew Trump was saying his team had already “found” nearly 150,000 irregular or fraudulent votes and simply needed the secretary of state’s office to agree. He was saying they didn’t need to agree that all 150,000 were bad, just that fewer than 10 percent of them were problematic.

The rest was just media spin, which leads Hemingway to conclude, “It wasn’t just the quotes they got wrong about Georgia. It was pretty much everything.”

Read the rest here.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • President Unity blocks press access at the border, constructs false narratives (Washington Times)

“In her first press briefing, President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki promised to bring ‘truth and transparency’ back to the White House. But it’s now 55 days into the new administration and the Biden team has been anything but transparent. The Biden administration issued a gag-order on the southern border, blocking all press requests to visit detention centers to take pictures or to tour the facilities. Border Patrol agents have been told to deny all media requests for ‘ride-alongs’ with agents, and all stationed on the southern border are being told to forward all press requests to Washington for approval, according to NBC News.”

  • Trump vindicated: Judge rules Michigan secretary of state violated election laws (PJ Media)

“A major change imposed by [Jocelyn] Benson was loosening the signature verification requirement for absentee ballots. Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray ruled that this change violated Michigan Administrative Procedures Act. … Over 3.1 million Michiganders voted by absentee ballot in November. Biden ‘won’ the state by just over 154,000 votes, according to the state-certified results.”

Addendum: “Months after Trump complaints, some courts are finding irregularities in 2020 elections.” —Just the News

Government & Politics

  • Georgia deputy secretary of state outed as source of fake Trump quotes in WaPo story (Bongino.com)
  • Twenty-one states sue Biden to overturn the ridiculous canceling of Keystone XL pipeline (Daily Wire)
  • RIP, Tea Party: House Republicans drop decade-long opposition to earmarks (Examiner)
  • It sure looks like Joe Biden lied about his tax plan (National Review)
  • Political theater: House passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Capitol police (Roll Call)
  • CNN hemorrhaging viewers since Trump left office, down nearly 50% in key measurables (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signs law to expand abortion coverage “without limits” on taxpayer dime (Disrn)
  • Judges pacify Planned Parenthood, block Indiana’s parental consent requirement for abortion (Disrn)
  • Preemption winning streak continues for gun advocates: Judge strikes down Boulder’s AR-15 ban (Free Beacon)
  • Texas to forgive $29 million in electricity bills after historic winter storm (Disrn)

National Security

  • “Mistakes made”: DHS chief admits release of untested illegal immigrants into communities (Washington Times)
  • Biden says May 1 deadline to pull troops from Afghanistan will be “tough” to meet (AMN)

Other Notables

  • Ford plans to move new vehicle construction from Ohio to Mexico (The Hill)
  • IRS announces extension of filing deadline to May 17 (The Hill)
  • Dan Bongino to take over Rush Limbaugh’s radio time slot (Fox News)

American Spirit

  • Americans are spending their Joe “Buy a Shotgun” Biden stimulus on guns (Forbes)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: What the U.S. must do to beat China (National Review)
  • Policy: Would Biden’s tax hike really spare the middle class? Nope (AEI)
  • Humor: Billions in damages as military allows women to park the tanks (Babylon Bee)

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Wind and Solar Subsidies — Those politicians who support these market-distorting policies should at least be forced to answer the question: “How much is enough?”

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Insight: “Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.” —Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)

Re: The Left: “In their rush to dismantle Trump-era policies, the Democrats thoughtlessly threw open the floodgates and created a monster of a problem that is infinitely worse than it was before. This shows that the deterrence policy the United States had under Trump was actually effective. It worked because migrants knew they would be turned away at the border. But the Biden administration ripped up the Trump policy with glee, and now they are experiencing the fallout.” —Armstrong Williams

For the record: “Teens who fail to get a diploma are almost doomed to poverty. Nearly half the Central American adult migrants in the U.S. don’t have a high school diploma. Their education levels are lower than other immigrants or the U.S.-born population. And no surprise, they are also poorer. Worst of all, allowing this wave of migration to continue now will cripple our public schools and further set back our kids, just when they’re struggling to get back on the learning track. Message to Biden: close the border, protect our schools, and put our own kids first.” —Betsy McCaughey

The bottom line: “The Biden administration didn’t inherit this mess; it helped create it. President Biden campaigned on the basis of policies that would lead to this very outcome.” —Senator John Cornyn

The BIG Lie I: “The border is secure and the border is not open.” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

The BIG Lie II: “The last administration left us a dismantled and unworkable [immigration] system.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (“You copied Trump’s vaccine plan, now just copy his border security plan. Oh and stop shamelessly lying.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw)

Demagogue: “It’s getting to the point where, you know, democracy is having a hard time functioning.” —Joe Biden regarding the filibuster

Tara Reade, call your office: “There should be an investigation to determine whether what [Andrew Cuomo’s accuser] says is true.” —Joe Biden

Belly laugh of the week: “JOE BIDEN, disciplined messenger? Two and a half months in, that’s undoubtedly the case. The president so far has surprised some of his former colleagues and allies with a largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles.” —Politico

Grand delusions I: “First of all, I am so proud of President Joe Biden. Really and truly. This is not a partisan comment. Our country needs this kind of leadership. I honestly think that he is off to a stronger start in the first 50-some-odd days than that of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” —Al Gore

Grand delusions II: “Contrary to some cynical pundits, Biden was not ‘lucky’ to win in 2020. He is not a gaffe machine; indeed, he is religiously on-message and often eloquent.” —Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin

And last… “Biden claims he once told Putin, ‘I looked into your eyes and I don’t think you have a soul.’ I wonder if Putin replied, ‘I looked into yours and I don’t think you have a brain.’ In this case, of course, they would both be right!” —Dinesh D’Souza

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‘Progressive’ churches on board with pro-LGBTQ Equality Act

Several of America’s mainline denominations are rejecting God’s Word and supporting legislation that elevates LGBTQ policies above Scripture regarding the sin of homosexuality.

Source: ‘Progressive’ churches on board with pro-LGBTQ Equality Act