“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
The Call to Liberty Is a Call to Holiness Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:13
Though the Christian as a Christian is the only man at liberty, as called thereunto of God; yet his liberty is limited to things that are good: he is not licensed thereby to indulge the flesh. Holiness and liberty are joined together; indeed our call to liberty is a call to holiness.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Laziness Contrary to the Order of Nature Proverbs 6:6–11; 10:4; 12:24; 18:9; 19:24; 21:25; 24:30–34; 26:13–16; Ecclesiastes 10:18; Ezekiel 16:49; 2 Thessalonians 3:7–12
Nothing is more contrary to the order of nature than to consume life in eating, drinking, and sleeping, while in the meantime we propose nothing to ourselves to do.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
In today’s episode, Todd reminds us that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is THE miracle that determines all truth. Without the His death and resurrection, all other Biblical truths would be a lie. the Bible has more than enough evidence to show us that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is Biblical, historical, and TRUE.
6:24 God’s protection of Israel had been demonstrated by their deliverance from Egypt. The prayer calls for that protection to continue.
6:25 The face reflected the righteous character of God. Be gracious to you evoked God’s favor, which was beyond measure. God’s grace would be exemplified when God brought the second generation into the promised land after the rejection of that gift by the generation delivered from Egypt.
6:24keep The Hebrew word used here, shamar, has the sense of guarding or keeping safe.
6:25his face The Hebrew word panim (used here and in v. 26) refers to the physical face. It also may idiomatically refer to someone’s presence because seeing a face required being in the person’s physical presence (compare Exod 33:20). In the ancient Near East, including the ot, when a deity’s face shines, it is a sign of favor (for example, Pss 31:16; 80:3, 7, 19).
6:24The Lordbless you. God blesses by giving good harvests, peace, children, and his own presence (Lev. 26:3–13). keep. That is, “guard” and “protect.”
6:25his face to shine upon you. God’s presence is like sunshine (Ps. 19:1–11). A shining face is a smiling face, a pledge of God’s good favor (Ps. 80:3, 7, 19).
6:24 The word bless is the operative term in this passage. It is a general word indicating God’s desire to bring good and significance to His people, to make their lives worthwhile and their relationship to Him remarkable. As God reached out to Abram and Sarai with His blessing (Gen. 12:1–3), so now He reaches out to the whole nation. There are those who seem to think that God’s intent in the “Old” Testament was to make the lives of His people difficult, and that only in the NT does God reach out to people in grace. Such misconceptions fly in the face of texts such as this.
6:25 The idea of the phrase make His face shine is that of pleasure in the presence of God, of an intimate experience that is not unlike that experienced by Moses when he talked with God on Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:29–35). The people as a whole would have some sense of the God’s glorious presence in their lives.
6:24The Lord bless … and keep. When the priests “bless the Israelites” (v. 23), it means, as the verses that follow show, that they pray for God to bless the Israelites. When God blesses people, he does not merely pronounce goodness on them; rather, being God, he is able to bestow the good that he wishes. Thus, when God blesses us, we actually get the “goods.” That includes material blessings or wealth (Gen. 24:35). Aaron and his sons bless the Israelites by expressing a prayer that God bless them. “Keep” (shamar) concerns watching over to protect, as a shepherd does sheep. Compare Psalm 121:7: “The Lord will keep [shamar] you from all harm—he will watch over [shamar] your life.”
6:25make his face shine … and be gracious. This first phrase is an anthropomorphism, since God has no physical face. When someone’s face “lights up” to see you, it means that he or she is favorably disposed toward you, is happy to help you. The result of God’s shining face can be deliverance/salvation (Pss. 31:16; 80:3, 7, 19). God’s grace can show itself in forgiveness of sin (Ps. 41:4), in answer to a prayer of distress (Ps. 4:1), or in deliverance from enemies (Ps. 9:13).
24 The first line may be rendered, “May Yahweh bless you and may he keep you.” While these words are directed to the entire community, the pronouns are singular. This is characteristic of covenantal language: Yahweh blesses the whole by blessing the individuals; he blesses the individuals by blessing the whole. The invocation of God’s blessing reveals that the covenantal community knew who they were: the people who were particularly blessed of the Lord because of his own choice of the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and because of the solemn relationship he has entered into with the fathers, mothers, and their children.
“The Lord bless you and keep you” are words of reminder, words of attestation of promise. These are words whereby the community says, “Yes, Amen!” to God’s promise, whereby they request from his presence the continuity of the blessing he has already begun. The buttressing words, “and keep you,” further explain his blessing. God’s intention for his people is for their good; he will preserve them to enjoy that good.
25 The words “make his face shine upon you” take us back to the experience of Moses on Mount Sinai. There the epiphany of the Lord appeared to Moses (see Ex 34:29–35), and he experienced God’s presence in a dramatic and direct manner. (As elsewhere, I follow Claus Westermann in using the term “theophany” to describe an appearance of God, but “epiphany” to describe an experience of his grand descent.) As his glory caused Moses’ face to shine, so the Lord desired to make his presence known to all his people. When Moses was on the mountain, it was in the context of terror; all the physical signs of the epiphany of God in Exodus 19–20 provoked trepidation on the part of the people. But God had come down in grace; his revelation was of mercy. Hence we have the splendidly suitable tie of the light of his face and the grace of his presence in the words: “[May] the Lord make his face shine upon you / and be gracious to you.”
Again, and throughout the prayer, the pronoun “you” is in the singular in the Hebrew text; this was a prayer for the community, but its force was to be realized in the life of the individual. Only in the introductory and concluding formulas are the plurals used.
 Cole, R. D. (2017). Numbers. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (pp. 213–214). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
 Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Nu 6:24–25). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Editor’s note: Last year Easter fell on April 1st, and author Lee Strobel made a video where he noted how he would have reacted to that when he was an atheist.
Easter Sunday this year is April 1st, also known as April Fool’s Day. Author Lee Strobel says if that had happened when he was an atheist and legal editor at the Chicago Tribune, he would have laughed at that coincidence because he was convinced that anyone who believed Jesus rose from the dead had to be a fool.
Then, one day his wife came home and announced that she believed Christ’s resurrection story and had become a Christian. So Strobel decided to take his journalism and legal training and debunk the resurrection of Jesus. What he found shocked him.
He tells the story of his investigation in a three-minute video that he is making available to pastors to show to their congregations on Easter Sunday. You can download it here.
Strobel says he spent two years analyzing the historical data surrounding Jesus’s death and resurrection and found history points to the resurrection as being an actual historical event based on four points:
First, there is no dispute that Jesus was dead after the crucifixion. Even the Journal of American Medical Association found that Jesus was dead even before being stabbed in the side with a sword while still hanging on the cross.
Second, early reports of the resurrection of Jesus came so closely after his death that they have to be taken seriously.
Third, the empty tomb. Even opponents of Jesus admit that the tomb where his body was placed after the crucifixion was empty when they inspected it.
And fourth, nine ancient sources inside and outside of the New Testament confirm and corroborate that the disciples encountered the risen Jesus.
Strobel calls that an “avalanche of historical data.”
In addition, Strobel cites seven ancient sources that confirm the disciples led lives of deprivation and suffering as a result of their testimony that they had seen Jesus after the crucifixion. Strobel concludes that the only reason they would endure such difficult circumstances is because they saw the risen Jesus and knew the truth. To see such a miracle made any amount of suffering worthwhile.
Strobel says his two-year investigation led him to the conclusion that Jesus is who he claimed to be—the Son of God—and he backed up that outrageous claim by rising from the dead.
Instead of a rush of emotion at such a discovery, Strobel said he experienced a “rush of reason” and became a child of God.
Easter Sunday 2018 is not an April Fool’s Day joke. Strobel says it is a solid foundation of historical truth.
Counterfeits Are No Argument against Truth Matthew 7:15–20; 2 Timothy 3:8; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1–3
That there are some counterfeits, is no argument that nothing is true: such things are always expected in a time of reformation. If we look into church history, we shall find no instance of any great revival of religion, but what has been attended with many such things.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
You Cannot Escape the Enemy When Fleeing Ephesians 6:10–20; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8
Do not think that because you have fled from the fight, you have escaped from the hands of the enemy. The adversary overtakes you with more pleasure when flying than he resists you when combating, and strikes more boldly at your back than he attacks face to face.
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
3 Russian ballistic missile subs break through Arctic ice at the same time Last week, three Russian ballistic missile submarines participated in Arctic training drills near the North Pole, and the Russian Ministry of Defense shared footage on Friday of the submarines bursting through the ice. The drills entailed Russian submarines breaching the ice and Russian troops conducting cold-weather ground maneuvers on the open ice. A pair of MiG-31 Foxhound jet interceptors also flew over the Arctic, with support from an Il-78 aerial refueling tanker.
New Clues Emerge in the Hunt for Answers to Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Fast radio bursts, one of the most enduring mysteries of modern radioastronomy, may be closer to being understood according to a recent study, which has produced what appear to be the most precise time estimates yet obtained about the mysterious signals. Lasting only a few milliseconds or less, fast radio bursts are one of the greatest modern space mysteries.
Minnesota Theater Cancels Cinderella Production Because Cast Was ‘Too White’ A suburban Minneapolis theater company has cancelled a production of “Cinderella” because its cast was “too white.” Chanhassen Dinner Theatres was scheduled to stage Roger & Hammerstein’s classic play later this year before its artistic director stepped in to criticise its lack of racial diversity, twincities.com reported.
Sen. Graham says he owns AR-15 for home defense: ‘Last one gang will come to’ Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Sunday that he needs his AR-15 for home defense, including use against possible “gangs,” reiterating his opposition to Democrats’ gun control legislation. “I own an AR-15,” Graham told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “If there’s a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can’t protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to, because I can defend myself.”
Trump tees off on Birx, Fauci: ‘Two self-promoters trying to reinvent history’ President Donald Trump on Monday released a scathing statement aimed at two of the most prominent and visible figures from his administration’s coronavirus response: Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx. “Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” Trump said of the doctors in the lengthy statement.
Blank-Eyed Biden Delivers Limp, Sad, North Korean-Style ‘Press Conference’ I endured the entirety of Joe Biden’s March 25th “press conference” – the first of its kind in the Biden-Harris administration and, based on his performance, perhaps the last. No decent American should have to suffer through this hour and a half of drivel. Nothing of substance was revealed in its duration – other than the palpable mental decline of the man with his hands on the nuclear football. Let’s dispense with the wordplay: this was not a “press conference” in any conventional sense of the term.
The Iran-China Axis Is A Fast Growing Force In Oil Markets One of the things that doesn’t get a lot of discussion in the press is the under-the-table relationship Iran and China have had when it comes to oil. At first glance, they wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common. One is a theocracy with a radical view of non-believers and the other is probably the only example of a successful communist dictatorship since this form of government was created. But, if you look a little deeper they have a couple of things that align their mutual interests strongly. The first is they are both absolute dictatorships,
Supremes reject AG’s attempt to evade 1st Amendment in gun case The Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by the attorney general of New Jersey to avoid First Amendment liability over his plan to ban the distribution of instructions on printing 3D firearms. In a unanimous decision, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that Gurbir Grewal was subject to the jurisdiction of Texas courts in a lawsuit brought by Texas-based Defense Distributed. The court motion is part of a broader civil-rights action against several governors, attorneys general and other government officials brought by SAF and Defense Distributed.
Houthis expel Yemen’s last Jewish families Yemen’s millennia-old Jewish population has come down to only four elderly men after the last few Jewish families remaining were expelled this week by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, According to the report, one expelled family includes 13 men and women who agreed to leave Yemen if the Houthis freed a Jew who had been in prison for some six years. The Saudi newspaper reported that the Houthis have made it a goal to wipe out the Yemenite Jewish community entirely.
These new Nike shoes are called ‘Satan Shoes’, featuring a pentagram and Human Blood inside them Nike denied its involvement in the launch of rapper Lil Nas X’s “Satan shoes.” This footwear contains a drop of human blood inside them reports the Guardian. The rapper collaborated with streetwear label MSCHF to manufacture the sneakers. They are modified Nike Air Max 97s featuring a pendant of a pentagram as well as a reference to the New Testament verse, Luke 10:18 – “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.
Details of UK-led solar science mission revealed SULIS is a UK-led solar science mission, designed to answer fundamental questions about the physics of solar storms. The mission consists of a cluster of small satellites and will carefully monitor solar storms using state-of-the-art UK technology, as well as demonstrating new technologies in space. .. the mission will study the nature of solar eruptions, and track huge magnetic clouds of charged gas as they travel at high speed on a collision course with Earth.
Historic Jewish Temple is located ‘stone’s throw away’ from Dome of The Rock: ‘Temple Revealed’ author Contrary to the prevailing view, groundbreaking new research argues that the Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine, which sits atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is not the location of the historic Jewish temple. It has to be one or the other, Widener reasoned. Either the Temple is not where the Dome of the Rock is located, or the gate in question is not the real gate. As he dug deeper, he found considerable historical attestations about this, that the Golden Gate is indeed the real one. In other words, the landmarks are all there, “and the kicker,” he said, “is that they’re all in line.” If Widener’s thesis is correct, it’s a profound paradigm shift, and it is conceivable that the Temple could be rebuilt and sit in its actual location.
Iran rejects US offer to open nuclear talks amid offer to lift sanctions Iran rejected a US offer – revealed in Politico on Tuesday – to launch negotiations over a new nuclear deal in exchange for a lifting of some American sanctions. Iran said that it will not stop its 20% uranium enrichment before the United States lifts all sanctions, Iranian state TV quoted an unnamed official as saying in reaction to the US media report that Washington would offer a new proposal to jump-start talks.
Almost all remaining Jews in Yemen deported – Saudi media The last three Jewish families in Yemen were deported by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, leaving only four elderly Jews in the country, the London-based Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported over the weekend. The move marks the virtual end of a 2,600-year-old Jewish community in Yemen. The families, totaling 13 people, told Asharq Al-Awsat that they were now searching for a new home.
Liberal activist Naomi Wolf warns that vaccine passports will spell the end of individual freedom After the Biden administration announced that it would be teaming up with businesses to provide a new credential,…a “vaccine passport,” Naomi Wolf spoke to Fox News’ to decry the move as a blow to individual freedom. Speaking to Steve Hilton, Wolf said “I am not overstating this, I can’t say it forcefully enough, this is literally the end of human liberty in the West if this plan unfolds as planned.”
Hong Kong: China limits parliament to ‘patriots’ China has passed sweeping changes to Hong Kong’s electoral rules which will tighten its control over the city. The number of directly elected seats in parliament has been cut almost by half, and prospective MPs will first be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee to ensure their loyalty to the mainland. The aim is to ensure only “patriotic” figures can run for positions of power.
Lebanon ‘could sink like Titanic’ without new government One of Lebanon’s top politicians has warned that the entire country could sink like the Titanic unless a new government is formed. “The whole country is in danger, the whole country is the Titanic,” Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri said. “If the ship sinks, there’ll be no-one left.” Lebanon has been without a government for more than seven months.
Schroeder wildfire threatens Rapid City fire suppression, South Dakota Multiple National Guard helicopters were in full aerial suppression mode on March 29, 2021, as the Schroeder Fire burned multiple homes and threatened thousands more west of Rapid City, South Dakota. Approximately 500 homes were ordered to evacuate the area as high winds helped spread the blaze.
Destructive floods after near-record rains hit Nashville, claiming lives of 4 people, Tennessee Four people have been killed and 130 rescued after near-record levels of rainfall hit Nashville, Tennessee on March 27 and 28, 2021, causing significant flooding across the region. John Cooper, Mayor of Nashville declared a local state of emergency. The last time such destructive flooding hit Nashville was in May 2010, causing the death of 26 people and damaging or destroying almost 11 000 properties.
Why Isn’t Everyone in Florida Dead or in the Hospital? I hate to say I told you so. But I told you so. I’m one of the few brave souls in the American media who warned and advised from day one (back in early March 2020) not to lock down the American people or the economy.
Demons MATERIALIZING in start of epic WAR against humanity As we are seeing in widely shared media reports and surveillance photos, humanoid-shaped demons are now increasingly materializing as a run-up to Satan’s war against humanity. Corporations like Nike are openly promoting “Satan shoes” that are covered in Satanic imagery and claim to contain one drop of actual human blood.
The dead in Christ shall rise first 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.” —James Madison (1788)
The real modern-day voter suppression is not voter ID laws; it’s the Democrats’ attempt to eliminate any checks on voter fraud.
Following Governor Brian Kemp’s signing into law Georgia’s latest election reform legislation — a bill aimed at shoring up election integrity — Democrats, led by Joe Biden, have smeared the law and Republicans generally, despicably and falsely claiming the bill is equivalent to resurrecting Jim Crow. It is anything but, yet that hasn’t stopped Biden and Democrats from disseminating the wildly false narrative.
In his attempt to “show” how “terrible” Georgia’s law is, Biden disingenuously claimed, “They pass a law saying you can’t provide water for people standing in line. … This is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting.” In reality, the law prohibits electioneering, while at the same time explicitly stating, “This Code section shall not be construed to prohibit a poll officer … from making available self-service water from an unattended receptacle to [a voter] waiting in line to vote.” In other words, the truth is exactly the opposite of Biden’s smear.
Furthermore, Georgia’s prohibition against electioneering is a common feature found in many other states’ election laws. And these prohibitions have been found by the Supreme Court to be constitutional, most recently in 2018 when SCOTUS upheld a Minnesota law that prohibited anyone other than election officials and individuals waiting to vote from standing within 100 feet of a polling place.
Montana prohibits campaigns from handing out food or drink. New York bans “furnishing money or entertainment to induce attendance at polls” and also bars the passing out of “meat, drink, tobacco, refreshment or provision” worth more than a dollar. Biden’s own state of Delaware has similar prohibitions against giving gifts to voters. Is Biden smearing these as Jim Crow as well?
The real objection Biden and the Democrats have regarding Georgia and other Republican-run states that are currently developing election integrity laws is the voter ID requirement. Seemingly every Democrat from Biden to Stacey Abrams to Elizabeth Warren blasts voter ID requirements as “the new Jim Crow,” disingenuously asserting that it’s voter suppression. The great irony is that by continuing to object to this common sense and near ubiquitous reality of everyday life in America, Democrats are projecting the very racist stereotypes of black Americans they claim to be fighting against. Furthermore, nearly 70% of black Americans support voter ID laws. So, who is it that’s living with the Jim Crow mindset?
As conservative commentator Cabot Phillips observes, “What could be more patronizing than having a 78 year old white man imply that by virtue of your black skin, you are somehow less capable of carrying an ID? There’s a message being sent there, and it isn’t one of empowerment.”
Speaking of voter suppression, there is indeed a current and aggressive attempt at it, and it’s coming from Washington. It’s the Democrats’ HR 1 voting “reform” bill. Not only would HR 1 eliminate voter ID laws, but it’s an affront to federalism. As our own Louis DeBroux notes, “Democrats aim to dictate from Capitol Hill election law for every single state, county, and city. HR 1 intentionally weakens election security, creating the very lawlessness and discord that made the last election such a nightmare and guaranteeing that it’s the norm for all future elections.”
As far as a constitutional challenge to HR 1, Article 1, Section 4 stipulates, “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.” That may be construed to allow Congress to step all over the rights of states to determine their election process.
Far from moving to prevent election fraud, HR 1 would simply codify it, ensuring that Americans will have no means to check or trust the legitimacy of any future election results. The Democrats’ enabling of voter fraud through bulk-mail ballots in particular actually serves to disenfranchise legitimate voters by offsetting their ballots with fraudulent ones.
As was the case in the past with Jim Crow (a Democrat creation), today’s Democrats are similarly working to suppress the ability of Republicans to win elections. Indeed, Democrats seek to suppress the political voice of anyone with whom they disagree.
Last week, I referenced the ChiCom Virus timeline and those most instrumental people who exposed China’s covering up the fact the virus most likely originated in a Wuhan lab. Supporting that conclusion, former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has now declared: “I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology. I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and, at that moment in time … became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission. Normally, when a pathogen goes from a zoonotic to human, it takes awhile for it to figure out how to become more and more efficient in human-to-human transmission. I just don’t think this makes biological sense.”
Redfield added, “That’s my … opinion. I’m allowed to have opinions now. I am of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory, [where it] escaped.”
Today the WHO is out with its COVID virus origin report, which concludes, predictably, that the disease was passed from bats to humans. In other words, it was of natural origin, not a manmade disaster, with all the liability implications. Moreover, Xi Jinping and his communist cadre are not at fault, despite Redfield’s assertion that “the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory.”
One member of the WHO “investigative team,” Peter Daszak, is a staunch defender of the ChiCom version of the virus origin. In a recent interview, when asked if he and others were basically trusting China’s version of the pandemic origin, he responded, “Well, what else can we do? There’s a limit to what you can do, and we went right up to that limit.”
On 04 March, an open letter from many of the world’s most respected epidemiologists and virologists called for “a full and unrestricted international forensic investigation,” but don’t expect the Biden/Harris regime to pursue that advice.
According to Biden’s press secretary, the report is “in the hands of U.S. government experts.” You can trust the “experts,” so no need for a Psaki circle back! Meanwhile, experts Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx are busy rewriting the domestic response to the ChiCom Virus.
Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx seemed to want to rewrite history, but Donald Trump was having none of it.
“When I saw what happened in New York City,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci during a CNN interview that aired Sunday, “it was like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ And that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January the 10th to go all out and develop a vaccine may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as the director of the institute” [emphasis added].
Who knew the diminutive doc was the Decider-in-Chief and the driving force behind Operation Warp Speed — the life-saving decision to strip away traditional barriers to vaccine development and thereby conceive, create, and begin administering multiple coronavirus vaccines in just nine months rather than the usual three to five years?
That man, of course, would be Donald Trump — and he doesn’t seem inclined to sit idly by while his two underlings attempt to create a version of history more pleasing to the ear of their new boss.
As Fox News reports, “Former President Donald Trump slammed Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx on Monday, accusing the infectious disease experts of ‘trying to reinvent history’ in televised interviews detailing their roles in combating the coronavirus pandemic. Trump spoke out after Fauci and Birx, who both served as key members of his administration’s coronavirus task force, were interviewed for a CNN special titled ‘COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out.’”
“Based on their interviews,” said Trump in a statement, “I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned. They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine.”
Trump then gave the two self-promoters a master’s course in self-promotion: “We developed American vaccines by an American President in record time, nine months, which is saving the entire world,” he said. “We bought billions of dollars of these vaccines on a calculated bet that they would work, perhaps the most important bet in the history of the world. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx moved far too slowly, and if it were up to them we’d currently be locked in our basements as our country suffered through a financial depression. Families, and children in particular, would be suffering the mental strains of this disaster like never before.”
Birx, who history might remember as the wearer of colorful scarves during Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force press briefings, said she had a “very difficult” phone call with the president after she spoke candidly about the severity of an outbreak last August. During the CNN interview, she said the COVID-19 death toll should have been much lower once an initial surge had subsided. “There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge,” she said. “All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.”
To this, Trump fired back: “Dr. Birx is a proven liar with very little credibility left.”
Trump then gave Birx and Fauci something to discuss the next time they have a quiet moment together. “Many of her recommendations were viewed as ‘pseudo-science,’” said Trump, “and Dr. Fauci would always talk negatively about her and, in fact, would ask not to be in the same room with her.”
As for Fauci, Trump says he was “incapable of pressing the FDA” to get a vaccine produced any more quickly. “I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this,” Trump said. “Dr. Fauci is also the king of ‘flip-flops’ and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible.”
In a mud-slinger like this, no one tends to come out looking good. But Donald Trump is at least used to it — five years of battling a vicious and deeply dishonest media have seen to that. He’s also entirely within his right to tell his side of the story — especially when it seems history is being rewritten before his eyes.
Just as many states, especially red ones, are growing, he says we need to slow down.
Several red states are leading the U.S. in economic growth, according to a new Commerce Department report. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden says states should pause on reopening. We’re sure these stories are completely unrelated.
The new Commerce report looks at real gross domestic product (GDP) in all 50 states. The great news is that GDP “increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the fourth quarter of 2020, as real GDP for the nation increased at an annual rate of 4.3 percent.” That ranged from South Dakota’s leading 9.9% to DC’s sluggish 1.2%.
Commerce also reported, “Finance and insurance increased 12.9 percent nationally and contributed to the increases in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This industry was the leading contributor to the increases in 25 states including South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Connecticut, the states with the four largest increases.” The top three states, by the way, have “trifecta” Republican governments — control of the governorship and both legislative chambers. Five of the remaining seven in the top 10 are also Republican-controlled.
Notably, one sector that decreased nationwide was accommodation and food services. That sector is more impacted by ChiCom Virus pandemic lockdowns and other restrictions than virtually any other, and its decline “moderated increases in real GDP in 38 states.” It also happens to be the sector that employs a particularly large percentage of minorities, who are allegedly a priority for Democrats like Joe Biden.
“Progressives have made ending ‘systemic racism’ their most prominent cause,” writes Mario Loyola of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Yet “the past year has [revealed] the grossly regressive and racially disparate impact of heavy-handed lockdown measures.”
He explains, “Job losses have been grossly regressive against poor minorities. According to the Census Bureau, as of March 3, 2021, fully 59 percent of Hispanics reported experiencing a loss of employment income in their households since March 13, 2020. The comparable figure for blacks was also high, at 52 percent, while 41 percent of non-Hispanic whites reported a loss of employment income. This means that where lockdown measures have resulted in excessive job losses, as in California and New York, the job losses have been disproportionately concentrated among people of color.”
Herd immunity is not terribly far away due to the combination of increased vaccination rates and the number of Americans previously infected with COVID. Nevertheless, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday that she suffers from a “recurring feeling … of impending doom” because of a possible next wave of infections.
Biden agreed, saying, “If we let our guard down now, we could see it getting worse, not better.” When asked if some states should slow down on reopening, he simply responded, “Yes,” and walked out of the room. He’s previously derided eliminating statewide mask mandates as “Neanderthal thinking.”
Well, such “Neanderthal thinking” has led red states to better economic performance and far lower unemployment, while the Democrats’ “progressive” efforts have disproportionately hurt minorities by killing their jobs with a decimated economy. Yet Republicans are the “racists”?
Opposing the “woke” has become more expensive but also more important.
Regardless of what you think of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s tactical retreat on protecting women’s sports — and there are good arguments both by those arguing the strategic sense of it and by those saying it was a squishy backtrack — one thing has been made clear in recent years: Big Business is willing to move beyond redlining conservatism. In fact, it’s taking a page from an anti-Semitic campaign.
The boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) movement has long targeted Israel over measures that are intended to prevent that country’s destruction. In essence, companies are threatened with boycotts, banks and financial institutions are urged to divest from Israel, and sanctions are applied against Israel itself to coerce it into surrendering its security.
Now, the same approach is being used against conservatives.
South Dakota was particularly targeted for this by the NCAA, which threatened legal action if Governor Noem signed a “transgender” bill into law. Noem decided to ask the legislature for modifications and to secure at least protection for girls competing in high school, junior high school, or elementary school, while leaving out colleges in hopes of mollifying the NCAA. The legislation died yesterday due to the impasse.
Similar demands are being made of major companies that call Georgia home, like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and Delta Airlines, as well as Major League Baseball and the PGA Tour, over Georgia’s new election integrity law. Activists are trying to get MLB’s All-Star Game and the Masters golf tournament moved out of the Peach State to protest the fact that Georgia’s legislature actually cares about fighting voter fraud. President Joe Biden has falsely called the law “Jim Crow in the 21st century,” and nothing sticks like the “racist” label — especially with ignorant consumers of mainstream media lies.
And that brings us to a very harsh reality for grassroots Patriots to confront: Many voters who don’t have our focus on current events tend to vote on the economy. If the economy is (deliberately) cratered, or when economic opportunities are not coming, they tend to vote out the party (i.e., Republicans) they perceive as being responsible for it. This is true whether it’s the Left fighting fracking or when a company pulls a major event over conservative policy.
In 2019, Salesforce announced that it would revoke licenses for users of its software if they sold certain legal firearms and accessories that anti-Second Amendment extremists want banned. On top of that is Operation Choke Point, a form of sanctions for companies that don’t boycott and divest promptly.
The immensely frustrating fact of the matter is that with the dominance of Big Tech and so many major corporations now taking one particular side on hot-button political issues, grassroots Patriots will have to fight smarter than ever. Part of that will be building our own versions of these enterprises, but part of it will also be making corporate America face consequences if companies continue to play political favorites or go along with redlining and this new iteration of BDS.
Leftists want us to focus on a fake surge of anti-Asian hate crime in order to keep us from noticing their own anti-Asian discrimination.
Last week, in the wake of the murder of eight people at two Atlanta massage parlors, Harvard President Lawrence Bacow felt compelled to signal his virtue. After all, he noted, six of the eight killed were of Asian descent, and that group had endured plenty of abuse during the past year as scapegoats for the deadly ChiCom Virus.
Of course, Bacow didn’t call it the ChiCom Virus; he simply called it “the pandemic,” thereby bowing to political correctness and refusing to name the geographic region associated with the origin of the coronavirus — which humans have always routinely done, whether for Spanish flu, or West Nile virus, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, or Ebola, or Lyme disease, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or, well, you get the idea.
“Harvard must stand as a bulwark against hatred and bigotry,” he said in a statement. “We welcome and embrace individuals from every background because it makes us a better community, a stronger community. An attack on any group of us is an attack on all of us — and on everything we represent as an institution. … To Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in our community: We stand together with you today and every day going forward.”
That’s certainly a powerful statement of solidarity. But it’s also an insincere one. Harvard, you see, discriminates against Asian Americans when it comes to admissions.
As Wencong Fa writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Harvard has been sued over its race-conscious admissions policy. The plaintiffs contend that Harvard discriminates by assigning Asian-Americans lower ‘personal ratings,’ which are supposed to denote characteristics like leadership and grit. The Princeton Review has advised Asian-American applicants to refrain from noting that they intend to pursue a career in medicine or major in math or science, lest they appear ‘too Asian.’ The Justice Department brought a similar lawsuit against Yale last year, but the Biden administration dropped it in February.”
Fa knows all about this Ivy League discrimination. He’s an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is providing legal representation to various Asian Americans on this front.
But it’s not just the Harvards and the Yales that are singling out and punishing high-achieving Asian Americans. Take New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, for example. As Fa notes, de Blasio “claims the city’s transparent and objective process for admissions to [elite] specialized schools such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech has led to too many Asian-American students. He called the racial composition of those schools a ‘monumental injustice.’ Mr. De Blasio changed the admissions policy to make it harder for many Asian-American students, many from low-income families, to get in.”
Got that? To de Blasio, it’s a “monumental injustice” when one of his city’s best schools admits too many Asian Americans.
And all along we’ve been told that the vile racists reside on the Right.
California Democrat Congressman Ted Lieu certainly wants us to believe that’s the case. At a recent hearing about the lack of Asian American representation in our court system, he exploded at Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, for having had the temerity to note that a disproportionate number of our nation’s federal judges come from elite Ivy League schools such as Harvard and that the admissions discrimination of those schools against Asian Americans is naturally allowing fewer of them to end up on the federal bench.
“Amid all the concerns about rising anti-Asian bias,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board noted, “Mr. Lieu and progressives are desperate to squelch any debate about discrimination against well-qualified Asian-Americans by leading universities. They don’t want Americans to know that the left favors discrimination by race when it suits their political purposes.”
As we pointed out last week, leftists are lying about anti-Asian hate crimes. They’re simply trying to further divide the American people by race in an effort to secure another reliably Democrat voting bloc.
Let’s hope the American people — Asian and non-Asian alike — are smart enough to see through it.
For the first time since polling on church membership began, fewer than half are members.
A recently released annual Gallup poll found that, for the first time since Gallup began tracking church membership over 80 years ago in 1937, U.S. church membership dropped below 50% of the population. In 2020, just 47% of Americans claimed membership in any church, synagogue, or mosque. This continues a significant downward trend over the last two decades. In the decades prior to 1999, an average of 70% of Americans maintained church membership.
Since the turn of the 21st century in particular, a growing secularism has taken root as fewer and fewer Americans express any commitment to a religious identity. Much of the decline appears to be generational, as 66% of those born before 1946 belong to a church, whereas 58% of Baby Boomers, 50% of Generation X, and just 36% of Millennials claim church membership.
However, all generational demographics have witnessed a similar rate of decline over the last 20 years — roughly a nine to 12 percentage point drop-off in church membership.
With the decline of church membership has come a steady rejection of traditional moral values, particularly regarding sexuality. A Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 67% of Americans support so-called same-sex marriage, with 76% of Democrats supporting and 51% of Republicans now also indicating favorable support. Some 76% of Americans surveyed also expressed support for “laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing.” (That depends heavily on the meaning of “discrimination.”)
It makes sense that the less religious the American population becomes, the more people will reject religious values and morality while increasingly embracing a humanism that values personal authority over and against any divinely revealed morality. The predictable result will be a continued increase in cultural moral decadence and self-interest. Furthermore, the demand for a more centralized, powerful, and controlling government will continue to rise in peoples’ minds as a necessary force to guide and direct society. The role that God used to hold in a majority of Americans’ minds is fast being replaced with government.
Can things turn around? Certainly. But the current trends aren’t very promising.
It costs more and takes longer than it used to. Cato Institute’s Walter Olson explains.
Democrats are preparing to spend trillions more dollars on “infrastructure.” With their record on Not COVID Relief, it will be unsurprising to see most of this money go to things other than paying for needed infrastructure upgrades. But the Cato Institute’s Walter Olson also explains why the projects themselves cost more and take longer than they used to.
In time-lapse videos from 2016 that are making the rounds again, Dutch crews can be seen building an entire highway overpass over a single weekend. That has stirred discussion of a longstanding question: Why is construction of public infrastructure slow and expensive in the United States compared with other advanced countries? …
In a 2019 paper, Leah Brooks of George Washington University and Zachary D. Liscow of Yale University sought to explain a striking fact: “Real spending per mile on Interstate construction increased more than three-fold from the 1960s to the 1980s.”
A couple of popular explanations — that states built the easier sections first, leaving more expensive and harder work for later; and that labor and material now cost so much more — are insufficient. A better explanation is that the wealthier we’ve gotten, the more we want our infrastructure to reflect our prosperity. Moreover, “Wealthier persons are simply ‘more effective at voicing their interests in the political process.’”
The highway route gets diverted in a way that protects their amenity, but spoils some equally valued amenity in a less affluent neighborhood. The unwelcome extension is completed far behind schedule, with concomitant expense, because opponents have been skillful at working the system by stretching out hearings and reviews and then suing.
And here is where the concept of “citizen voice” comes in. Brooks and Liscow pinpoint the early 1970s as the inflection point for increased spending on highway projects. What was happening around that time? The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires environmental impact review for federally funded projects, was passed in 1970. California passed its considerably more stringent CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) the same year, and it was signed by none other than Gov. Ronald Reagan. In 1972 and 1973, Congress added additional federal laws that provided key leverage in fighting construction projects on the basis of loss of species habitat and wetlands. The U.S. Supreme Court helped out with the 1971 case of Citizens To Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe, which multiplied the chances to go to court over development by curtailing judges’ deference to agency decision making. All of these laws and decisions have made it much easier for citizens to contest infrastructure projects, driving up their cost and delaying their implementation and completion.
This isn’t uniformly bad or wrong, but the explanation does help us understand how it happened.
Chuck Schumer slyly plans to sidestep filibuster by expanding reconciliation process (Washington Times)
“The downside of reconciliation is it generally can be used only once per fiscal year, according to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. … Earlier this year, Democrats used the process … to enact the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief effort. Because congressional Democrats and President Trump were unable to agree on a budget in 2020, that legislation technically counted for the previous fiscal year. As such, Congress can use reconciliation at least once more this year. They plan to use it to ram through an infrastructure plan costing up to $4 trillion and a package of tax increases. Mr. Schumer and his staff say a vague clause within the 1974 budget act could give them another go at using reconciliation to push through another big spending bill with a party-line vote. The clause states that ‘at any time after [a reconciliation bill] has been agreed to … and before the end of such fiscal year, the two Houses may adopt a concurrent resolution’ to revise the legislation. The majority leader said the clause would at the very least allow Democrats to do a third reconciliation bill this year. While the exact procedure remains unclear, Democrats would likely amend the American Rescue Plan to include broader federal spending measures.”
Riot redux feared as antifa looms over trial in George Floyd death (Washington Times)
“The black-clad anti-fascist agitators have hardly missed a beat since President Biden was elected. They continue to smash windows, chuck projectiles and set fires in Portland, Oregon, while raising law enforcement fears of a riot redux pegged to the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. ‘The Antifa protests last year were not anti-Trump protests, they were anti-government protests,’ said Betsy Brantner Smith, spokesperson for the National Police Association. ‘What they want is to destroy and dismantle the government, and they’ve been pretty successful in Portland. I think they’d like to see that success across the nation.’ She predicted that supporters of the movement are already mobilizing around the murder trial of Mr. Chauvin, 45, a former Minneapolis police officer who faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the May 25 death of 46-year-old George Floyd. ‘Whatever the outcome of the Chauvin trial will be, that’s going to be a tinderbox,’ she said. ‘That is going to be the rally cry for Antifa and Black Lives Matter to link arms and violently protest. It’s not just going to be in Minneapolis, but across the country.’”
Government & Politics
President Biden announces 11 judicial nominees to federal bench, including leftist SCOTUS favorite Ketanji Brown Jackson (Fox News)
Biden revenue plan includes “marriage penalty” because some earners would find themselves in a higher bracket by tying the knot and filing jointly (Fox Business)
CDC extends its illegal and ineffective eviction moratorium (National Review)
Biden administration plans major reboot for offshore wind power boondoggle (NBC News)
“Disregard[ing] the terrorist threats in Iraq”: Democrats move to curtail war powers (Free Beacon)
Around the Nation
“A massive step forward for freedom”: Tennessee legislature passes permitless handgun carry, a.k.a. “constitutional carry,” bill (Tennessean)
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (sort of) bans male athletes from girls’ sports after curiously backtracking on legislation (UPI)
Arkansas rightfully bans puberty blockers and hormones for “transgender” minors (UPI)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
Armed antifa attack freedom rally at Oregon State Capitol (PJ Media)
Georgia voting law leads to totally unnecessary pressure to move MLB All-Star Game, Masters Tournament (Washington Times)
Meanwhile, some 35% of sports fans watch fewer games because of politics (Daily Caller)
University of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being “too colonial” (Daily Mail)
CDC study: One dose of Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccine is 80% effective (NY Post)
Slippery slope: Biden administration working to create vaccine “passports” (Disrn)
An inconvenient truth: China generated over half the world’s coal-fired power in 2020 (Reuters)
Insight: “The key to wisdom is this — constant and frequent questioning … for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.” —Peter Abelard (1099-1142)
Yep: “The description I heard by the press secretary about the border reminded me a lot of what Baghdad Bob was saying about the Iraqi War.” —Senator Lindsey Graham
Double standards: “Vaccine passports for citizens to be in public, but many illegal immigrants don’t even have to be tested to be transported by the thousands to hotels and convention centers.” —Allie Beth Stuckey
The BIG Lie: “[Georgia’s election reform law] has nothing to do with fairness. Nothing to do with decency. They pass a law saying you can’t provide water for people … while they’re waiting to vote. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive, designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break.” —Joe Biden (“The text of the bill does not contain any ban on a person accessing water while waiting in line to vote. In fact, Senate Bill 202 specifically allows for self-service water being provided, but bans cleverly marketed gifts of food and drink from one campaign, lobby group, political party, or another.” —Peter Heck)
Grand delusions: “Vaccine passports are a good idea. Among other things, it will single out the still large contingent of people who refuse vaccines, who will be foreclosed from doing a lot of things their peers can do. That should help break the resistance down.” —LA Times columnist Harry Litman
Non compos mentis: “We have been made aware of a series of concerns, culminating in allegations that a student or students have been humiliated and degraded in class on our campus for their beliefs and values. This is never acceptable; it is not what Boise State stands for; and we will not tolerate this behavior. … Given the weight of cumulative concerns, we have determined that, effective immediately, we must suspend UF 200.” —Boise State University President Marlene Tromp on discontinuing the school’s “University Foundations 200: Foundations of Ethics and Diversity” curriculum (Apparently, she didn’t understand that “diversity” curriculums “humiliate and degrade” all those they are intended to represent.)
And last… “I’m convinced the vast majority of Christians, particularly in America, have no clue what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is or the extent to which it will — yes, will — adversely impact their lives. If you’re waiting until CRT hits your church, workplace, or school, you’re too late.” —Darrel B. Harrison
The planet could have a year or less before first-generation Covid-19 vaccines are ineffective and modified formulations are needed, according to a survey of epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists.
This is so funny, and by ‘funny’ I mean deadly, end times, super-serious and life-threatening kind of funny, if there is such a thing. Now that they have convinced half a billion people to take two rounds of the COVID jab, including people who swore last year they would never take it, today comes the ‘update’ that within a year all those jabs will be ineffective, and it will all have to be done over again. And again, and again, and again, I think you see where this is leading, don’t you?
“So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.” 2 Kings 4:40 (KJB)
Let me break it down if you’re still a tad puzzled on all this. Bill Gates has sworn he will not rest until all the world receives his jab, and his jab will rock your world. His jab will come with implantable biometric identification from his other company called the ID2020 Alliance. They spent all of 2020 making us afraid, now you can expect to have the permanent vaccine that never goes away no matter what happens with the COVID virus.
COVID: new vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists
FROM THE GUARDIAN UK: Scientists have long stressed that a global vaccination effort is needed to satisfactorily neutralise the threat of Covid-19. This is due to the threat of variations of the virus – some more transmissible, deadly and less susceptible to vaccines – that are emerging and percolating.
The grim forecast of a year or less comes from two-thirds of respondents, according to the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of organisations including Amnesty International, Oxfam, and UNAIDS, who carried out the survey of 77 scientists from 28 countries. Nearly one-third of the respondents indicated that the time-frame was likely nine months or less.
Persistent low vaccine coverage in many countries would make it more likely for vaccine-resistant mutations to appear, said 88% of the respondents, who work across illustrious institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Yale, Imperial College, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Edinburgh.
“New mutations arise every day. Sometimes they find a niche that makes them more fit than their predecessors. These lucky variants could transmit more efficiently and potentially evade immune responses to previous strains,” said Gregg Gonsalves, associate professor of epidemiology at Yale University, in a statement.
“Unless we vaccinate the world, we leave the playing field open to more and more mutations, which could churn out variants that could evade our current vaccines and require booster shots to deal with them.”
The current crop of vaccines that have received emergency authorizations in different parts of the world is a mix of old and fresh technologies. Of particular interest is the mRNA approach, employed by the companies Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, which can be tweaked at speed (within weeks or months) to accommodate new variants – however, manufacturing hiccups are always a potential problem.
But crucially, they are unlikely within reach of poorer countries, given that this set of vaccines are far more expensive and have comparatively onerous temperature storage requirements.
Meanwhile, resource-rich countries like the UK and US have administered at least one vaccine dose to more than a quarter of their populations and have secured hundreds of millions of supplies. In contrast, nations such as South Africa and Thailand haven’t even managed to get shots in the arms of 1% of their populations. Some countries are yet to administer their first dose.
Covax – the global vaccine initiative coalition aimed at countering so-called vaccine nationalism – hopes to be able to supply at least 27% of the population of lower-income countries with vaccines in 2021.
“The urgency we see in rich nations to vaccinate their populations, aiming for all adults by the summer, is simply not reflected globally. Instead, we have Covax aiming for perhaps 27% by the end of the year if we possibly can manage it – that is simply not good enough,” said Max Lawson, head of inequality policy at Oxfam and the chair of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, which is calling Covid-19 vaccine developers to openly share their technology and intellectual property to boost production.
“Where is the ambitious global goal? A goal that the science tells us is needed?’ I think that’s the key point – we just don’t see the ambition that would go along with it, widespread recognition that limited vaccination is quite dangerous.” READ MORE
Churches in the U.S. are wondering how to react after a high-profile arrest of a pastor in Canada. Dan and Dale discuss the present and future implications on this week’s episode of Faith vs. Culture. —
“Christians should beware how easily political tribalism can transform into idolatry. And pretending to care about helpless children wrapped in foil behind chain-link fences, only to ghost them once your side has won an election?”
(Peter Heck – Disrn) One thing I know I have to get better at, even in an era of social media that makes it so difficult, is giving people the benefit of the doubt. Not assuming the worst about others’ motives, particularly those with whom you don’t struggle to find disagreement, is far more difficult for many of us than we’d care to admit.
Still, I’ve found that with so-called progressive Christianity, I’m almost constantly, persistently burned when I put confidence in the sincerity of the public sentiments of their most admired thought-leaders.
Take the ongoing crisis at our southern border where desperate migrants are flocking, risking life, limb, and innocent children, to break into a country where they have been led to believe they may find relief. View article →
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In what many are calling a concerning sign, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky gave a calm, rational, science-driven pandemic update yesterday, all while holding a sign reading “The End Is Near.”
“I’m sorry, Dr. Walensky — should we be concerned? You’re holding a sign that suggests impending doom,” said one reporter.
But Walensky reassured the press that everything is fine and that science will save us.
“We must follow the science and remain calm. Also, WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE, RUN FOR THE HILLS!” she screamed. “FIRE! BRIMSTONE! DEATH! IT’S COMING FOR ALL OF US!”
“Finally,” she continued after calming down, “we’d like to encourage everyone to continue to wear an average of 2.5 masks whenever you must go out, which should be rare. Additionally, DEATH IS FAST APPROACHING EACH ONE OF US AND THERE IS NO ESCAPE! EMBRACE YOUR DOOM!!!”
Dr. Walensky then pulled out several scientific tools to support her hypothesis of impending doom, from tea leaves and a crystal ball to a deck of tarot cards. She drew the top card of the deck: “IT’S DEATH!” she cried. “THE CARDS HAVE SPOKEN! WE CANNOT RUN FROM OUR FATE!”
“THE APOCALYPSE IS NIGH! SAVE YOURSELVES!!!”
The CDC Director then lit her hair on fire and ran outside and threw herself off a cliff. The media quickly praised her and the Biden administration for their calm, reassuring demeanor.
Dr. Ben Carson created American Cornerstone to promote the cornerstones of our great republic: Faith, Liberty, Community & Life that laid the groundwork for me as a young black man from Detroit to be a world-renowned neurosurgeon and cabinet member.
Don’t fancy the idea of carrying a ‘vaccine passport’ to partake in normal life again? For MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, that makes you an “idiot” and a “moron” who should crawl back to your “cave.”
The Biden administration is working with the private sector to develop a standardized way for Americans to prove their Covid-19 vaccination status, the Washington Post reported over the weekend. So-called ‘vaccine passports’ – which proponents argue should be required to travel, work and attend public events – have been bitterly opposed by Republicans and civil liberties advocates, with opponents describing them as a step toward “totalitarian communism” and comparing them to the yellow stars used to identify Jews in Nazi Germany.
Scarborough is furious. The MSNBC host opened ‘Morning Joe’ on Tuesday with a lengthy rant against these civil liberties advocates, calling them “idiots” and “morons,” and pleading with the government and the private sector to introduce these vaccination papers.
“They’re being stupid, they’re following conspiracy theories… they don’t understand because maybe they’re such morons,” he thundered. “If they don’t want to take the vaccine and they want to die, that’s their right as Americans. They can live in ignorance and stupidity.”
“Our government, our sports teams, our concert promoters damned well better put together something where you can show your vaccine receipt,” he said.
“This anti-science idiocy, you know, let them do that under a rock or in their caves,” he added, concluding that “the time to try to reason with these people has long passed.”
Scarborough was instantly blasted online for his “totally unhinged” rant, and accused of begging for his own “enslavement.” Opposition came from the more vaccine-skeptic right, as well as the pro-vaccine left, some of whom balked at his message, saying it would “hurt vaccination messaging.”
When Scarborough gets behind a cause, he tends to go all in. When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, he became one of the media’s most vocal supporters of the war, insisting that US forces would find evidence of chemical weapons and the anti-war crowd would owe the Bush administration an apology. After bashing “negative pronouncements” about the war from the New York Times, CNN, and ABC, he insisted two months into the now 18-year-old conflict that the US had “won.”
While it is unlikely that Scarborough’s haranguing and berating will win over any opponents of vaccine passports, they are likely an inevitability. Aside from Biden’s push for such identification, EU officials have proposed their own certificates, while industry groups like the International Air Transport Association and corporations like IBM have rolled out their own versions of the passports.
With enough enthusiasm from the private sector, the US government may only step in to ensure standardization. Speaking to reporters on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that “we want to drive the market toward meeting public interest goals.” The government “is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of citizens,” Andy Slavitt, a White House Covid-19 adviser, added during Psaki’s briefing.
About 30,000 people who illegally entered the United States via Mexico have been released by federal officials into the country since January amid a surge of people being held in detention centers, according to a former Border Patrol chief.
To the uninitiated, the differences between Catholics and Protestants may be confusing. Why the funny hats? What’s with all the casseroles? Why are they always burning each other at the stake?
The Babylon Bee is here to lay all your questions and concerns to rest. We are experts in Protestantism, and we even hired a Catholic intern so we’d know more about Catholicism. Read and learn!
Catholicism: The true Church, established by Jesus himself, with funny hats.
Protestantism: The true church, established by Jesus himself, before the Catholics ruined it with their funny hats.
Catholicism: Jesus gathered a papal conclave of the College of Cardinals, where they issued Saint Peter the first official Pope hat and Popemobile. He then cooked fried fish with malt vinegar and white smoke rose from the flames, signaling the election of the first Pope.
Protestantism: One day, a triggered snowflake named Martin Luther nailed an incendiary comment on a giant door– causing him to get excommunicated. He then went into hiding at Wartburg Castle to translate the Bible and invent the world’s first Chick-fil-A sandwich. Things really got dicey when he started passing out AR-15s to the peasants.
Catholicism: Do whatever the Pope says and kiss relics and pray while lighting lots of candles. If you have extra money you can use it to spring people out of purgatory. Feel really guilty all the time.
Protestantism: Do whatever Pastor Bob says and buy lots of guns and Chick-fil-A. Vote Republican. Never feel guilty about anything, ever.
Catholicism: The Apostle Peter, Mary, James the Brother of Jesus, Mel Gibson, that priest from The Exorcist, like every Hispanic grandma ever, Joe Biden, Pope Francis (maybe).
Protestantism: The Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, pastors who like to wear cool clothes and have laser light shows every Sunday, Joel Osteen.
Catholicism: The definitive 81 books of the Bible,The Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, The Mona Lisa
Protestantism: The definitive 66 books of the Bible, God’s Not Dead, VeggieTales, Adult coloring books
Catholics: Low blood sugar from fasting, bad knees from kneeling.
Protestants: Defenseless against vampires.
How to spot a devotee
Catholics: They are probably drinking beer, like a lot of beer. They also really don’t like abortion. Orders fast food in Latin, might wear one of those collar things or a giant hat. You also might spot some rosary beads hanging in their cars as a decoration. Usually accompanied by around 16 kids.
Protestants: Hard to spot because they look exactly like the world.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday will formally scrap a blueprint championed by his predecessor to limit U.S. promotion of human rights abroad to causes favored by conservatives like religious freedom and property matters while dismissing reproductive and LGBTQ rights.
By “reproductive rights” the Biden administration is referring to abortion, which is the murder of an unborn child still in the mother’s womb.
Foreshadowing the report, Pompeo wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal discussing the purpose of the commission:
America’s Founders defined unalienable rights as including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” They designed the Constitution to protect individual dignity and freedom. A moral foreign policy should be grounded in this conception of human rights.
Yet after the Cold War ended, many human-rights advocates turned their energy to new categories of rights. These rights often sound noble and just. But when politicians and bureaucrats create new rights, they blur the distinction between unalienable rights and ad hoc rights granted by governments. Unalienable rights are by nature universal. Not everything good, or everything granted by a government, can be a universal right. Loose talk of “rights” unmoors us from the principles of liberal democracy.
Pompeo expressed concern that political and activist groups were watering down truly universal rights with political interests, and sought to clarify what are and are not inalienable, universal rights.
“Oppressive regimes like Iran and Cuba have taken advantage of this cacophonous call for ‘rights,’ even pretending to be avatars of freedom,” Pompeo wrote. “No one believed the Soviet call for collective economic and civil rights was really about freedom. But after the Cold War ended, many human-rights advocates adopted the same approach, appealing to contrived rights for political advantage.”
Secretary Blinken, however, will be taking the Biden administration in a different direction. From the AP:
Blinken will also say Tuesday that he has instructed the State Department to restore sections on reproductive rights to future editions, according to the official.
Blinken will order the department to prepare addendums to the 2020 reports that include information about maternal mortality, discrimination against women in accessing sexual and reproductive health care and government policies about access to contraception and skilled healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth, the official said.
One of President Trump’s first actions in office was to sign a presidential memorandum reinstating the “Mexico City” policy. Basically, it bans U.S. funding of any group that “promotes” abortion internationally.
Now, it appears President Biden, who is Catholic, is poised to promote abortion across the globe – only it will be referred to as “reproductive rights” instead of the taking of an unborn child’s life.