“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
To Be Rid of a Hard Heart, Meditate on the Cross Zechariah 12:10; 1 Peter 2:22–24
If you would be rid of a hard heart, that great enemy to the growth of the grace of fear, be much with Christ upon the cross in your meditations, for that is an excellent remedy against hardness of heart. A right sight of him, as he hanged there for your sins, will dissolve your heart into tears, and make it soft and tender.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Liberty to Be Used for Edification of Neighbors 1 Corinthians 8:9–13; 10:23–24; Galatians 5:13
Nothing can be plainer than this rule: that our liberty should be used if it conduces to our neighbor’s edification; but if it is not beneficial to our neighbor, it should be abridged.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Good Friday is observed worldwide by a number of different names: Great and Holy Friday, Friday of Lamentation, High Friday, Passion Friday, as well as Long Friday in Scandinavian countries. But we know it in the West as Good Friday. No matter what you call it, this is the day that the church has commonly recognized and remembered Christ’s crucifixion and death at Calvary.
It is a very good thing in the Christian life to stand back periodically and look at this great plan. That is why I think it is important to observe Christmas Day and Good Friday and Easter Sunday and to preach on those days. —Martyn… Click To Tweet
On Good Friday we reflect on God’s plan for our reconciliation. The wonder of Advent became the heartbreaking reality of the nature and penalty of sin on Golgotha. The victory of the resurrection was still to come, and in the interim, those closest to our Lord suffered confusion and despair.
Personally, this is the most reflective day of my year. I find myself vacillating between sorrow for my sin, gratefulness for a Creator so mindful of my condition, and awe at the magnitude of His plan to rescue me.
Here are five suggestions to get the most out of your Good Friday observance:
Read the Gospel accounts of Christ’s trial and crucifixion.
There are no substitutes for reading the various Gospel narratives to prepare your heart and head for the weight of Christ’s martyrdom and the grandeur of His resurrection!
Whether it is Pilate’s ambivalence, Peter’s denial under pressure, the commuted sentence of Barrabas, or the guilt-ridden betrayal by Judas, I always find something in the Passion story to identify with and challenge myself.
Set aside some time for quiet reflection.
This one’s significant for me. Every year I schedule a personal retreat. Sometimes it isn’t more than half an hour, but if it’s at all possible I will lay aside a good portion of the day to spend in quiet meditation. This isn’t necessarily prayer time (although it often evolves into prayer)—it is more time to reflect silently.
During this time I might think about the cosmic and personal implications of the crucifixion, my personal guilt and responsibility requiring such extreme measures, and my current alignment with Christ. Am I on the right page? Am I moving in the right direction?
This might sound heavy, but it is always tempered with the understanding that Good Friday is a picture of how deeply and passionately I am cared for by my Creator. My response to this reflective time is always contentment and peace.
Find other books and teachings to reflect upon.
There are many great resources available that revolve around Christ’s crucifixion. These resources provide an opportunity to jump-start your reflection with thoughts and teachings on the Passion story, as well as its ramifications and significance.
Here is a small handful of the many titles on this theme available from Logos:
If you are a member of a church that has a Good Friday service, make sure that you attend. One of the beautiful things about the crucifixion is how it has taken us from the isolation of our sinful condition and placed us within a kingdom of faith. There is an important aspect of Good Friday that can only be appreciated in community.
If your church does not have a Good Friday service, that’s okay. I have been blessed many times by attending services at other churches. In fact, some of my most significant Good Friday experiences were with others outside of my denominational circle. There is something transcendent in seeing believers from different backgrounds “celebrate” this holy event that we share.
Even if there isn’t a local church that has a Good Friday service, all is not lost. Gather with some people close to you and put on your own impromptu service where you can share in the Passion story together.
This might seem like the most trite of the five suggestions, but I think it is the most difficult.
In John 16:33 Jesus tell us, “In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (NASB95)
It is easy for all of us to focus on life’s daily little tribulations and let them crowd out our courage and thankfulness. But this is the perfect time of year to realign ourselves with gratefulness. After all, it was in the crucifixion and resurrection that Christ did indeed overcome the world. In light of this, we can have an entirely different perspective on our daily troubles.
No matter how you choose to observe this important day, we hope it is full of profound significance. Take a few moments and share with us your Good Friday traditions.
31:49Mizpah The Hebrew term used here, mispah, is related to the Hebrew verb taspah (meaning “to watch”), which Jacob uses here in his description of what he requests Yahweh do.
31:49Mizpah means “Outlook Point” and is related to the Hebrew word that means “to watch.” God above had His eyes on both men to make them keep their covenant!
49. The Lord watch between me and thee. Laban commits to the judgment of God, for vengeance, whatever offence either of them should be guilty of against the other in his absence; as if he would say, “Though the knowledge of the injury should not reach me, because I shall be far distant, yet the Lord, who is everywhere present, will behold it.” Which sentiment he more clearly expresses afterwards, when he says, “No one is with us; God will be witness between me and thee.” By which words he means, that God will be a severe avenger of every wickedness, though there should be no judge upon earth to decide the cause. And certainly if there were any religion flourishing within us, the presence of God would influence us far more than the observation of men. But it arises from the brutal stupidity of our flesh, that we reverence men only; as if we might mock God with impunity, when we are not convicted by the testimony of men. If, then, this common feeling of nature dictated to Laban, that the frauds which were hidden from men would come into judgment before God; we who enjoy the light of the gospel should indeed be ashamed to seek a covert for our fallacies. Hence also, we gather the legitimate use of an oath, which the Apostle declares in his epistle to the Hebrews; namely, that men, in order to put an end to their controversies, resort to the judgment of God.
 Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ge 31:49). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Pont d’Avignon is a renowned world heritage site. The bridge is a beautiful piece of architecture yet its remaining four arches fail to span the river Rhône, so it stands as an incomplete work. What a graphic illustration of humanity’s failure to find God! In contrast, Jesus’ three words on the cross, ‘It is finished’ (John 19:30) stand as a wonderful invitation for all to put their trust in Jesus’ completed work of bridging the gap between themselves and God.
The indisputable facts of history tell us that Jesus Christ was crucified under Pontius Pilate and during six hours on the cross uttered seven sayings. The penultimate was just three words. Twelve letters in the English alphabet. One word in the Greek text. They have been described by Krummacher as ‘the greatest and most momentous words ever spoken since the beginning of the world.’
These are not words from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away tale! Rather, Jesus was announcing the completion of his mission on behalf of sinful human beings as his exemplary life came to an end, having lived the life we could never live.
A unique life
Jesus’ life began with his birth, as natural as any other human being. However, his conception was supernatural, for Mary was told by the angel, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you’ (Luke 1:35). The eternal Son, the second person of the Trinity, took to himself a human nature and was born of a woman.
His life is unparalleled in human history. Jesus knows the full orb of human experience: birth, childhood, adulthood, hard work, thirst, hunger, weariness, weeping and rejoicing. He lived in humility and poverty, without privilege or advantage and in perfect obedience to his Father’s will, without fault or failure.
He came from God to fulfil God’s predetermined purpose. The exact contours of his person, life and sufferings had been foretold by the Old Testament prophets, being God’s promised Servant Messiah, in whom all the Mosaic sacrifices and types found their fulfilment. Under the ever present ministry of the Holy Spirit, Jesus grew in self-conscious awareness of all this.
His life was a beautiful life, driven by the purest of motives: love. A love that found its supreme expression in delighting to do his Father’s will (Ps. 40:8). Even in the moment of his greatest weakness and fear in Gethsemane’s garden Jesus would say to his Father, ‘Not my will but yours be done.’
In a nutshell, Jesus lived the flawless life that we could never live and became the righteousness of God for us. God is love (1 John 4:8) and Jesus Christ is the living embodiment of divine love given for us.
A death we deserved to die
As his perfect life expired in the slow suffocation of crucifixion, Jesus was dying the death we deserved to die. Paul writes that it was the ‘appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has abolished death’ (2 Tim. 1:10). A death, the details of which, were explicitly foretold long before Jesus’ birth (Isaiah 53); a death that Jesus predicted would occur (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:33); a death like none other as Jesus’ life was not snatched from him but rather he ‘gave up his spirit’ (John 19:30), choosing to lay down his life that he might take it up again (John 10:17-18).
By laying down his innocent life on behalf of others, Jesus broke death’s stranglehold over humanity. He died to ‘deliver those who through fear of death were all their life subject to bondage’ (Heb. 2:14-15). Jesus ‘appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.’ ‘The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work’ (1 John 3:5, 8).
God is not willing that any should perish and so in love he sent forth his Son to die the death we all deserve because of our sin. He paid the wages of sin’s debt that we could never pay, because he ‘by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone’ (Heb. 2:9). As John Owen said, it was the ‘death of death in the death of Christ.’ Or as Casting Crowns sing, it was the ‘Son who killed the grave for you.’ A perfect death which was proclaimed when Jesus rose victorious from the grave!
A sacrifice we could not make
In laying down his perfect life in death for others, Jesus offered up to God the perfect sacrifice that we could never offer. ‘He appeared once for all at the end of this age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself’ (Heb. 9:26). Jesus spoke of his death as a ‘life given as a ransom for many’ (Mark 10:45). A sacrifice, offered once only, to God to atone for and cover the sins of all who would trust him.
In the hours of physical darkness that surrounded Jesus on the cross, he endured an intolerable spiritual darkness. One so terrible that Jesus cried out, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Mark 15:33-34). A cry that conveyed the deepest of all mysteries. Jesus, the eternal Son of God experienced separation from the Father, as he propitiated God’s wrath on behalf of sinners. The wrath of an offended God was being expunged as he laid it upon his Son! The darkness of the day hid the divine incongruity of the eternal Son being forsaken by his Father, as he bore sin. The hymn captures it thus: ‘How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns his face away.’
Jesus descended into the depths of a hell-like experience, bearing sin’s hideous burden, as he brought the enmity between God and humanity to an end. What love is this that God should send ‘his own Son to be the propitiation for our sins’ (1 John 4:10).
A victory we can share
Jesus’ words were a victory cry that we can share. We see this as the pathetic thief dying on the cross beside Jesus asks to be remembered! How could a dying Jesus help him? Yet, Jesus’ reply was, ‘Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.’
A hopeless, helpless vagabond of a man puts his faith in Jesus, hanging in agony upon the cross and receives the promise of salvation. Jesus’ words flung open the gates of God’s paradise for all who believe. He finished the work of bridging the gap between God and humanity. Christianity offers salvation to all, built upon God’s promises, which are offered to all by faith in Christ. ‘For all the promises of God are yes and Amen! In him (Jesus) to the glory of God’ (2 Cor. 1:20).
Is it finished for you?
A life we cannot live, a death we deserve to die, a sacrifice that appeases God’s wrath and secures salvation. Friend, at Easter 2021, is it finished for you? Are you still trying to build your own Pont d’ Avignon to God? Come by faith, come to Christ who said, ‘It is finished!’
The doctrine of limited atonement (also known as “definite atonement” or “particular redemption”) says that the atonement of Christ was limited (in its scope and aim) to the elect; Jesus did not atone for the sins of everybody in the world. In my denomination, we examine young men going into the ministry, and invariably somebody will ask a student, “Do you believe in limited atonement?” The student will respond by saying, “Yes, I believe that the atonement of Christ is sufficient for all and efficient for some,” meaning the value of Christ’s death on the cross was great enough to cover all of the sins of every person that ever lived, but that it applies only to those who put their faith in Christ. However, that statement doesn’t get at the real heart of the controversy, which has to do with God’s purpose in the cross.
There are basically two ways in which to understand God’s eternal plan. One understanding is that, from all eternity, God had a desire to save as many people as possible out of the fallen human race, so He conceived a plan of redemption by which He would send His Son into the world as the sin-bearer for fallen people. Jesus would go to the cross and die for all who would at some point put their trust in him. So the plan was provisional—God provided atonement for all who take advantage of it, for all who believe. The idea is that Jesus died potentially for everybody, but that it is theoretically possible that the whole thing was in vain because every last person in the world might reject the work of Jesus and choose to remain dead in their trespasses and sins. Thus, God’s plan could be frustrated because nobody might take advantage of it. This is the prevailing view in the church today—that Jesus died for everybody provisionally. In the final analysis, whether salvation happens depends on each individual person.
The Reformed view understands God’s plan differently. It says that God, from all eternity, devised a plan that was not provisional. It was a plan “A” with no plan “B” to follow if it didn’t work. Under this plan, God decreed that He would save a certain number of people out of fallen humanity, people whom the Bible calls the elect. In order for that plan of election to work out in history, He sent His Son into the world with the specific aim and design to accomplish redemption for the elect. This was accomplished perfectly, without a drop of the blood of Christ being wasted. Everyone whom the Father chose for salvation will be saved through the atonement.
The implication of the non-Reformed view is that God doesn’t know in advance who is going to be saved. For this reason, there are theologians today saying, “God saves as many people as He possibly can.” How many people can God save? How many people does He have the power to save? If He is really God, He has the power to save all of them. How many people does He have the authority to save? Cannot God intervene in anyone’s life, just as He did in Moses’ life, Abraham’s life, or the apostle Paul’s life, to bring them into a saving relationship with Him? He certainly has the right to do that.
We cannot deny that the Bible speaks about Jesus dying for “the world.” John 3:16 is the premier example of a verse that uses this language. But there is a counterbalancing perspective in the New Testament, including John’s Gospel, that tells us Jesus laid down His life not for everyone but for His sheep. Here in John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about His sheep as those whom the Father has given Him.
In John 6, we see that Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (v. 44a), and the word translated as “draws” properly means “compels.” Jesus also said in that chapter, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me” (v. 37a). His point was that everyone whom the Father designed to come to His Son would come, and no one else. Thus, your salvation, from start to finish, rests on the sovereign decree of God, who decided, in His grace, to have mercy on you, not because of anything He saw in you that demanded it, but for the love of the Son. The only reason I can give under heaven why I’m a Christian is because I’m a gift of the Father to the Son, not because of anything I’ve ever done or could do.
This excerpt is taken from R.C. Sproul’s commentary on John.
The Devil Can Counterfeit the Spirit 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 4:1–3
The devil can counterfeit all the saving operations and graces of the Spirit of God.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Loving External Respectability More Than True Virtue Isaiah 9:15–16; Matthew 23:5–7; Mark 12:38–40; Luke 20:46
Those who are inexperienced in the religious life, and have no taste for spiritual things, are apt to imagine that the whole strength of the spiritual life consists in … external respectability, and therefore defend the latter with great zeal, having no regard for true virtue.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
US Army Raises Europe Threat Level To ‘Potential Imminent Crisis’ On Ukraine-Russia Fears The recent rise in tensions between the US and Russia over continued simmering conflict in Ukraine seemed to correspond with the Biden administration entering the White House. Many pundits have commented that on a foreign policy front things are eerily feeling like a throwback to the Obama years of 2014 or 2015, whether its the Ukraine and Crimea crises, or Syria returning to headlines again (including Biden’s ordered airstrikes on the country in February), or the growing Russia-NATO standoff.
They’re Not Even Trying To Make Sense Now In short, we are supposed to believe that in 2016 the Russian hacked nothing but the election and in 2020 they hacked everything but the election. The US intelligence community published a report on 10 March, widely reported in the US free speech news media, on foreign interference in the US election (how many oxymorons so far?). The report establishes a new level of idiocy on the long-running “Russiagate” nonsense.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has a warning for Gavin Newsom The historic 2003 gubernatorial recall, starring action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, had a blockbuster feel and a script right out of Hollywood — a political revolution that promised to “sweep Sacramento clean” of political gridlock and “blow up the boxes” of special interests dominating state politics.
To be declassified: UFO broke sound barrier with no sonic boom According to Newsweek, Ratcliffe said the upcoming Pentagon report will include more sightings and reports of objects moving in seemingly impossible ways or breaking the speed of sound without an accompanying sonic boom. The unexplained sightings occurred all over the world, he said, and include events picked up on automated sensors and not just by human eyes.
Most American Jews feel less safe compared to decade ago Almost 60% of American Jews “have either experienced or directly witnessed some form of anti-Semitic incident in the last five years,: the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement on Thursday. “The 2021 poll found that 63% of respondents have either experienced or heard anti-Semitic comments, slurs or threats targeting others, an increase from 54 % a year earlier,” the statement read.
For First time since 2nd Temple: High Priests vetted for Access to Prayer by Temple Mt the Western Wall guards couldn’t let everyone in and therefore, had to prioritize access for the Kohanim exclusively. And so, the guards of the site checked the last names of those seeking access to decipher who has the pedigree as a Kohen and who isn’t. Those who were deemed to be of the priestly lineage were allowed access. Those who didn’t were denied access to the podium where the blessing was to take place. This phenomenon hasn’t happened since the first and second Temple period whereby guards stood outside the Temple to determine that the high priests were indeed who they said they were and that they could trace their lineage back to Aharon, the brother of Moses.
Synthetic organism undergoes cell division in breakthrough study For the first time, a team of scientists has created a synthetic single-celled organism that can divide and grow like a regular living cell. This breakthrough could lead to designer cells that can produce useful chemicals on demand or treat disease from inside the body.
Physicist creates AI algorithm that may prove reality is a simulation A physicist has created an A.I. (machine learning), algorithm, (article below), which according to that scientist may show our present reality to be nothing more than a simulation. There are others that support this idea including the likes of Nick Bostrom and Elon Musk. When a question like this arises, the inquisitive Christ follower might wonder how this ties in with what the word of God has to say on the matter.
Saturday Night Live’ seals Biden’s doom “SNL” let Sleepy Joe have it! NBC, the most left-wing of networks, mocked Biden’s decrepitude unrelentingly on Saturday. It made fun of his repeated stumbles — “Biden was asked if he plans to run for reelection … which is probably the nicest way to ask him if he plans to be alive in three years.” All in all, the show marked the most critical, skeptical take on Biden that “SNL” has dared to offer since Sleepy Joe took the (nominal) reins of power.
Heroic governor tells Biden to take his mask mandate and shove it Alaska’s Republican governor essentially told President Joe Biden to take a hike in response to the Democrat’s insistence on a nationwide, one-size-fits-all coronavirus mask mandate. “No thanks, @POTUS – you can keep your mask mandate,” Mike Dunleavy tweeted Monday evening. “We’ll keep doing it the #Alaska way: trust the people & let them live their lives.”
Powerful storm brings heavy snow and destructive winds to Atlantic Canada and Prairies A powerful storm brought heavy snow, damaging winds, and frozen precipitation across Atlantic Canada on Monday, March 29, 2021, resulting in travel disruptions, suspension of classes, and damaged homes. Wind gusts of up to 164 km/h (102 mph) were recorded in Nova Scotia, while multiple power outages were reported in Newfoundland and parts of the Prairies. The next storm threatens eastern Ontario and southern Quebec on Thursday, April 1.
The covid bio-terrorism trail leads back to CCP collaborators, Anthony Fauci and Peter Daszak When controversial, gain-of-function virus research was banned in the United States in October of 2014, top scientists in the government and in the private sector had to immediately halt twenty-one projects related to virus manipulation and vaccine development for influenza viruses and coronaviruses like SARS and MERS. Controversial projects at Harvard, Emory and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill were suspended.
Those taking vaccines are shockingly ignorant of the criminal fraud behind Big Pharma Many people don’t seem to realize it, but nearly every vaccine manufacturer currently profiteering from covid-19 vaccines has a long history of criminal fraud, bribery, kickbacks and faked science. This fact has even been covered by the corporate news media over the years. For example, ABC News reported in 2010 that AstraZeneca, “illegally marketed the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel to children and elderly patients for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.”
The ‘most TERRIFYING story I have EVER had to report’: Glenn Beck reveals newly approved CA school curriculum California’s Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a new, multi-million-dollar Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, which will be offered statewide with many of the state’s largest school districts making it a requirement for graduation. According to National Review, the curriculum is “probably the most radical, polemical, and ideologically loaded educational document ever offered up for public consideration in the free world.”
HERE WE GO AGAIN: France has just ordered another “Nationwide Lockdown”Posted: 31 Mar 2021 04:15 PM PDT(ETH) – French President Emmanuel Macron has just announced another national lockdown on Wednesday, resulting in the closing of schools and nonessential businesses.According to the report from the WSJ, the new lockdown follows mounting public frustration and pressure over his government’s handling of the pandemic. Macron declared that the new measures were needed after his strategy of relying on targeted restrictions have failed to tame the pandemic.The report went further to state that France’s delayed vaccine campaign has left the country being vulnerable to more contagious coronavirus variants, which have resulted in soaring cases and have filled the country’s intensive-care units with Covid-19 patients.Continue reading HERE WE GO AGAIN: France has just ordered another “Nationwide Lockdown” at End Time Headlines.
He boasts that it will be “the moment that America won the future.”
The nation is quickly approaching $30 trillion in debt. The government has spent something in the order of $10 trillion over the last 18 months, including $2 trillion less than a month ago. So what’s the Democrat plan? Spending another $2 trillion on “infrastructure” — the first of two big proposals totaling $4 trillion — and slapping a bunch of taxes on all Americans to “pay for it.”
“No one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up. Period,” President Joe Biden lied on Wednesday. “This is not about penalizing anyone.”
About that… Biden’s so-called “American Jobs Plan” features massive tax hikes that are the biggest since Bill Clinton in 1993. He disguises this, of course, as merely rolling back some of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the “wealthy” and big corporations, but the reality is small business owners are going to be clobbered, as will all consumers. Businesses don’t pay taxes; people who buy their more expensive products do.
That means you.
As the Wall Street Journal editorial board aptly puts it, “Mr. Biden’s corporate tax increases will hit the middle class hard — in the value of their 401(k)s, the size of their pay packets, and what they pay for goods and services. This damage won’t show up immediately, especially as the economy booms as Covid eases this year, but the corrosive impact will compound in the coming years.”
Biden aims to fleece corporations for $1.5 trillion over 10 years by raising the corporate income tax rate to 28% from 21%. But he doesn’t account for just how much the 2017 Republican tax cuts fueled economic growth and how much jacking up taxes will hurt that growth, thus reducing the tax revenue he says it will bring in. To the contrary, Biden and his party insist that government is the primary driver of economic growth.
And Biden’s solution for pushing the U.S. back toward the world’s highest corporate tax rate? Get other countries to hurt themselves by agreeing to a global minimum.
Speaking of unity, the American people are generally in favor of fixing roads and bridges so that we have a smoother driving experience. So, despite the cost, $2.25 trillion for infrastructure should make everyone happy in the end, right? Well, the total amount spent on actual roads and bridges is a mere $115 billion — just 5% of the total. Outside of a few billion for airports and waterways, the rest is more of the same old leftist agenda: Bail out unions and subsidize green energy.
Mass transit will get $85 billion, and Amtrak gets another $80 billion — even despite $70 billion for these things just last month. Another $174 billion goes to subsidize electric cars, which, ironically, means more drivers won’t pay the very gas tax that’s supposed to fund infrastructure. Still another $100 billion goes to retrofitting schools (again, after massive education spending in the Not COVID Relief bill), and $213 billion pays for “affordable” housing. And on and on it goes.
Yet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said what many Democrats are thinking: “This is not nearly enough.” It never is.
“President Trump talked about draining the swamp,” said former White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. “But President Biden wants to re-build and re-inflate the swamp into a quagmire of central planning.”
By the way, this may be called the “American Jobs Act,” but that’s quite a stretch. As the GOP’s rebuttal noted, “A National Bureau of Economic Research study found that for every $1 million spent on green jobs as part of the 2009 Obama-Biden stimulus, only 15 jobs were created.” Biden killed a few hundred times that many jobs with his Keystone Pipeline edict.
Trump hammered Biden’s plan as well: “Joe Biden’s radical plan to implement the largest tax hike in American history is a massive giveaway to China, and many other countries, that will send thousands of factories, millions of jobs, and trillions of dollars to these competitive nations. The Biden plan will crush American workers and decimate U.S. manufacturing while giving special tax privileges to outsourcers, foreign and giant multinational corporations.”
Still, Biden promises bipartisanship. “I’m going to bring Republicans into the Oval Office, listen to them, what they have to say, and be open to other ideas. We’ll have a good-faith negotiation.” But we all know where that will lead — the same place it did with “COVID relief,” which was to totally ignore and outvote Republicans. After all, Biden says, “We have to get it done.”
When it comes to televised sports, the American people are tuning out — and the reason shouldn’t surprise anyone.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The Left destroys everything it touches. It’s true. You name it, and, as Dennis Prager astutely observes, the Left has likely ruined it: religion, free speech, literature, the arts, even late-night TV.
But perhaps nowhere has the Left’s pernicious influence, its overbearing and infuriating wokeness, been felt any more powerfully than in the world of sports. And the fans, it seems, are taking notice.
As Jay Busbee writes for Yahoo Sports, “In the wake of last summer’s social justice protests, which consumed sports for much of the second half of 2020, nearly half of all Americans changed their sports viewing habits, according to a new YouGov / Yahoo News poll. As athletes and leagues embraced a new, progressive strategy aimed at amplifying messages of social justice and political advocacy, some Americans began watching more sports, but about three times as many watched less.”
Think about that: three times as many fans are tuning out rather than tuning in. By any analysis, that’s an institutional crisis. As Busbee continues, “The breakdown by political party runs as might be expected. … 13.7 percent of Democrats say they watched more sports in the wake of social justice movements, while 19 percent watched less. On the other hand, only about 8.6 percent of Republicans watched more sports, while 53 percent watched less once social justice messaging became prominent. Worth noting is that Independents came in somewhere in the middle, with about 8.7 percent saying they watched more sports in the social justice era, and about 38.6 percent saying they watched less.”
It’s obvious that Busbee is trying to put a positive (or at least non-negative) spin in his “somewhere in the middle” characterization of independents: Their numbers hew far more closely to Republicans than Democrats.
But back to the infection of sports by the Left. Not coincidentally, we think, this influence has been most noticeable in the sports that have the greatest percentage of black athletes. We suspect this is because the Left gets a twofer here — the intersection of two distinct things it’s ruined: race and sports. Take the National Basketball Association, for example, whose membership is 81% black and whose ratings have done more than merely slump of late — they’ve fallen off the table.
Here, one wonders about the paucity of pale-faced performers on the hardcourt and whether the Biden administration will take steps to make the NBA “look like America,” as it has committed to doing with its cabinet selections. Or whether newly woke Coke, with its training regime that urges employees to be “less white,” will use its influence to encourage the NBA to be “less black.”
We’re not holding our breath. Nor are we seriously advocating for such a change. In the world of sports, teams win championships by playing their best players, not by obsessing over whether their starting five could look “more like America.” The same should hold true in the world beyond sports — so long as that world places a greater value on excellence than “equity.”
Sadly, it seems, we no longer do. As Prager points out, “America has become the least racist multiracial society in world history. On a daily basis, Americans of every race and ethnicity get along superbly. But the Left constantly poisons young minds with angry diatribes about systemic racism, microaggressions, and white privilege.” Is it any wonder, then, that folks are getting sick of having race shoved in their faces? Of being made to feel insufficiently woke?
Some folks — lots of them, in fact — simply want to enjoy the dang game. “Why are so few people actually watching sports?” asks Clay Travis of OutKick. “It used to be that if you wanted to get a break from the serious things in life you would actually watch sports, but now sports have become politics by any other name.”
Sadly, this damaging trend lurches only one way: to the left. As evidence of this, the U.S. Olympic Committee just released its “guidelines” for social protest by American athletes at this year’s Olympic trials. And, yes, the same athletes who hope to represent the United States in the upcoming Olympic Games will be allowed to take a knee during the national anthem, or raise a fist, if they’d rather.
Again, it only goes one way. Otherwise, we’d have “NRA Night” at New York Knicks games, and “Honor Our Cops” night at LA Lakers games, and “Fiscal Responsibility Night” at Washington Wizards games.
And maybe, in arenas all around the nation, we’d have “Uyghur Genocide Awareness Night,” and we’d wonder about the sickening kowtowing to the Communist Chinese of supposedly socially conscious corporations like Nike, whose products, it seems — and our purchase of them — are contributing to China’s genocidal campaign against its Uyghur Muslim minority.
But what’s a little genocide between and among our woke college and professional sports teams?
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When the perpetrators of racial hate crimes don’t fit the Left’s “systemic racism” narrative, those crimes are ignored.
On Wednesday, police apprehended and arrested a man for brutally assaulting an Asian woman last weekend while she was on her way to church in midtown Manhattan. During the unprovoked attack, which was caught on a surveillance camera, the perpetrator is seen kicking the 62-year-old woman to the ground, where he then inflicted several more kicks before walking away. No one attempted to intervene, including an apartment security guard who is seen in the video footage simply closing the lobby door as the assault transpires directly outside in front of him.
The suspect, who has been charged with a hate crime for the assault, happens to be a black man on parole. He was released from prison in 2019 after spending 20 years incarcerated for murdering his mother. During the attack, witnesses observed that the assailant told the woman, “F— you. You don’t belong here.”
This incident is just the latest in a string of apparently unprovoked attacks on Asian Americans. In early March, an elderly Asian man in Oakland died following an assault in which the attacker slammed him to the ground. Authorities indicated that the assailant, who was black, had a “history of victimizing elderly Asian people.”
Mark Alexander observes, “The rising assault on Americans of Asian heritage is not a ‘white supremacist’ problem. The most disproportionate attacks against other races are committed by black assailants. And black-on-black assault is the most prevalent violent crime in the nation.”
Meanwhile, Democrats and the Leftmedia continue to promote the demonstrably false narrative of anti-Asian hate crimes rising due to the bogeyman of “white supremacy” — a term the Left has so throughly politicized that it has become almost entirely untethered from its original definition and amounts to little other than a meaningless slur.
The reality is that if anyone can rightly be called out for anti-Asian sentiments, it’s the Left. Who is engaged in systemic racism against Asian students, seeking to limit their admission rate into some of America’s top universities? It’s certainly not white conservatives. Who is essentially ignoring reporting on crimes against Asian Americans when the perpetrators aren’t white? As our own Douglas Andrews asks, “Why would Asian Americans want to join a political party that supports discrimination against them in higher-ed admissions, and whose most loyal voting block consistently targets them for assault?”
When a false narrative trumps truth, real people suffer the consequences.
A case before the High Court could either solidify or undermine our civil liberties.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” —Amendment IV, U.S. Constitution
Democrats and the Biden administration would like to seize Americans’ firearms, apparently by any means necessary. It remains to be seen if the U.S. Supreme Court will collaborate with them.
On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Caniglia v. Strom. The case arises from a 2015 incident in Cranston, Rhode Island, where police were summoned to do a “wellness check” on Edward Caniglia after his wife reported that he might be suicidal. While Caniglia was arguing with her, he put an unloaded gun on the table and told her to “shoot me now and get it over with.” She responded by calling a non-emergency number, and the police arrived in short order. While at the scene, the police disagreed about whether Mr. Caniglia was acting “normal” or “agitated,” but they convinced him to take an ambulance to the local hospital for evaluation. The police did not go with him.
While he was en route, his wife told the police he kept two handguns in the house. Without first obtaining a warrant, police conducted a search of the house — after obtaining Mrs. Caniglia’s permission by lying and saying her husband consented to the search. They found two guns and seized them. Mr. Caniglia sued, asserting police had violated his Fourth Amendment rights as well as his Second Amendment right to own firearms for self-protection.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals sided with police, citing the “community care taking doctrine” that has already been recognized as an exception to the Fourth Amendment by the United States Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Cady v. Dombrowski. In that case, the Court held that police officers did not violate the Fourth Amendment when they searched the trunk of a car that had been towed following an accident.The Court acknowledged that police cannot search private property without consent or a warrant, “except in certain carefully defined classes of cases.” Yet it further noted that “there is a constitutional difference between houses and cars.”
A host of cases used that ruling to establish the doctrine of “community caretaking,” which Cady had defined as activities “totally divorced from the detection, investigation, or acquisition of evidence relating to the violation of a criminal statute.” In short, if a police officer might reasonably decide a warrantless search could prevent the community from being endangered, that search was constitutional.
That kind of search was related to vehicles. Caniglia v. Strom is about whether or not it can be extended to homes.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals certainly thought so. “At its core,” the court wrote, “the community caretaking doctrine is designed to give police elbow room to take appropriate action when unforeseen circumstances present some transient hazard that requires immediate attention. Understanding the core purpose of the doctrine leads inexorably to the conclusion that it should not be limited to the motor vehicle context. Threats to individual and community safety are not confined to the highways.”
That giving cops such “elbow room” makes an utter mockery of the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects”? As Forbes columnist Evan Gerstmann points out, “The community caretaking exception is not limited to circumstances where there is no time to apply for a warrant.”
In other words, “immediate attention” and “transient hazard” are extremely malleable terms. Police can simply decide — at their leisure — that an emergency has come into existence, thereby negating the need for a warrant. Thus, Gerstmann wonders, will police be able “to conduct warrantless searches of political protesters’ homes to make sure they aren’t planning on violent behavior at their next political rally?”
Political protesters, or Americans who disagree with the policies of the Biden administration — or those who simply disagree with progressive dogma?
As were are learning, courtesy of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, political considerations already motivate the U.S. Justice Department. According to the panel, the DOJ abused its power by denying bail to many of the protesters at the January 6 riot, even for misdemeanors, by alleging they were part of a vast conspiracy. As columnist Clarice Feldman so aptly explained, “Keeping in D.C. jails without bail some of the protestors who engaged in no specific violent acts at the Capitol until their cases can be heard was very obviously designed to compel them to plea bargain so they could return home to their families and jobs, and the three-judge panel wasn’t buying it.”
It doesn’t take much of an imagination to envision a scenario where police conduct a warrantless search of someone’s home, find a gun, and subsequently allege that finding to be part of a conspiracy, precipitating the denial of bail — especially when they can conduct an ex post facto search of someone’s social media for what could be deemed “incendiary” statements.
Statements that bring the First Amendment into play as well.
Matt Agorist, an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA, sees the proverbial writing on the wall. “We have already seen tech giants like Facebook hand over the private messages of those who talked about the events of January 6,” he writes. “If [Caniglia v. Strom] is upheld, it could pave the way for cops to raid the home of those who engage in peaceful discourse based solely on the premise that violence might happen.”
The 2002 movie “Minority Report” envisions a future where police have the legal authority to prevent crime before it happens. It was set in the year 2054, and much like George Orwell’s 1984, it was presented as a cautionary tale — not a how-to manual.
Unsurprisingly, the Biden administration and attorneys general from nine states have sided with the police, and as Fox New host Tucker Carlson warns, “The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to approve of this and make it a precedent. They’re asking for permission to search any home they want, without a warrant and take what they want.”
We used to call that “tyranny.” What an increasingly feckless Supreme Court will call it is anyone’s guess.
One of Trump’s great accomplishments was judicial appointees. Now it’s Biden’s turn.
President Joe Biden has released his first group of judicial nominees this week, and just like with his cabinet picks, he has proven that ethnic and gender diversity is the most important qualifier for the job. Well, that and hard-left progressivism.
The three appellate court nominees are black women, including federal trial judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit left by Merrick Garland, who is now attorney general. Jackson was appointed to the federal bench by Barack Obama in 2013 and is already rumored to be a top candidate for the Supreme Court. The DC Circuit is often a stepping stone to the High Court, and Biden has already promised that he will nominate a black woman if 82-year-old Justice Stephen Bryer buckles to demands that he retire. Other appellate judge nominees include Candace Jackson-Akiwumi for the Seventh Circuit and Tiffany Cunningham for the Federal Circuit. Both women are currently in private practice.
Along with these picks are nominees for federal and magistrate judgeships that would include, if confirmed, the first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history, the first Asian American Pacific Islander woman to serve on the U.S. District Court in DC, and the first woman federal judge for the District of Maryland.
The White House, no doubt heavily influenced by the NAACP, the National Urban League, and race hustler Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, asked these very same organizations to help rally support for these nominees.
Biden currently faces 72 judicial openings with another two dozen seats to open up in the coming months. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is revving up his engines for a major push to get as many of the nominees confirmed as early as possible before voters get a whiff of just what a disaster a Democrat-led Senate is and return control to the Republicans in the 2022 midterms.
One of Donald Trump’s greatest successes as president was the mark he left on the judiciary, placing three Supreme Court justices, 54 appeals court judges, and 174 district court judges in four years. Senate Democrats are itching to outdo that record, but Biden doesn’t (yet) have nearly as many opportunities to reshape the federal bench as his predecessor. Democrats also face tough sledding against a united GOP that is very proud of the work done to make a conservative federal bench that can stand as a bulwark against leftist attempts to unravel the Constitution.
We can expect a lot of accusations of racism to come from Schumer and his comrades as they attempt to ram through this list of candidates who appear to have been chosen primarily for their race and gender. Let the battle begin.
South Dakota’s governor issued two executive orders instead, while insisting the legislation wouldn’t hold up in court.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem made unexpected waves last week when she suddenly withdrew her support for legislation that would have banned biological males from competing in girls’ school sports. This after she had previously pledged to support the bill. Asserting that the legislation, dubbed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, was “a trial lawyer’s dream,” Noem sent the bill back to the state legislature to remove portions that specifically dealt with women’s collegiate sports.
That was last week. This week, after the state legislature rejected Noem’s demanded changes, she followed through on her veto while also insisting that she’s committed to defending women’s sports. “Only girls should play girls’ sports,” Noem insisted. “Given the legislature’s failure to accept my proposed revisions to HB 1217, I am immediately signing two executive orders to address this issue: one to protect fairness in K-12 athletics, and another to do so in college athletics.”
Noem also promised to work “with legislative leaders to schedule a special legislative session in late May or early June” to “address this important issue, as well [as] others (medical marijuana and the latest federal spending package.)” In an op-ed published in National Review, Noem further committed “to build a coalition of athletes, governors, attorneys genera, and other leaders to take on the NCAA … and then, we can flip the economic pressure around on them.”
Regarding Noem’s two executive orders, the first states that “only females, based on their biological sex … shall participate in any girls’ or women’s athletic event sanctioned by a public school,” while also ordering South Dakota’s Education Department to “establish a policy consistent” with her order. In many ways, this mirrors the now-vetoed legislation.
Her second order is similar to the first in that it applies the gender-specific standards to collegiate schools — with one major caveat: It states that the Board of Regents “should take any and all steps necessary within the law of the state to legally implement policies consistent” with her order. She just tanked a piece of legislation that would have specifically set the legal policies within the state regarding collegiate athletics. So the question is, to what policies is she referring?
It’s clear that Noem is on the defensive regarding her surprising decision on HB 1217, a decision she seems to have come to after consulting with business leaders. Noem seemingly alludes to this fact in her op-ed when she speaks of building a coalition to “flip the economic pressure around” onto the NCAA.
Noem’s insistence that the legislation would certainly lose in court rings hollow, while ironically gifting “transgender” activists an easy narrative with which to attack and smear any future gender-protection legislation.
Finally, it’s entirely disingenuous for Noem, via her spokesman Ian Fury, to play the victim after facing criticism from conservatives for her apparent about-face. “Governor Noem is very used to fighting off criticism from the Left,” Fury stated. “But if any number of conservative pundits are to be believed, that same governor who refused to cave is now caving to the NCAA and Amazon on the issue of fairness in women’s sports. What? Apparently, uninformed cancel culture is fine when the right is eating their own.”
Memo to Fury: Criticism is not cancel culture. Noem’s decision to suddenly pull support for legislation she originally touted will naturally bring strong questions. Furthermore, Noem’s offer of only vague political assertions and platitudes rather than any clearly identified specific issues in the bill only serves to underscore suspicions that she got spooked with economic concerns.
Noem still has the opportunity to prove us wrong, and hopefully she will. However, as things currently stand, her explanation for rejecting HB 1217 plays like a classic political cop-out.
Recently unsealed testimony of an obscure FBI analyst confirms what we long suspected.
Brian Auten doesn’t live in infamy alongside the likes of John Brennan, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Kevin Clinesmith, but he ought to. Because his role in Crossfire Hurricane, the Russia-collusion railroading of our 45th president, was every bit as instrumental as that of those other malefactors.
How so? By perpetuating the lie that is the Steele dossier, an opposition-research document bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, vouched for by the FBI, and used with devastating effect to secure FISA warrants for spying on Donald Trump.
As Paul Sperry writes in RealClearInvestigations, “For the past four years, Democrats and the Washington media have suspended disbelief about the Steele dossier’s credibility by arguing that some Russia allegations against Donald Trump and his advisers have been corroborated and therefore the most explosive charges may also be true. But recently declassified secret testimony by the FBI official in charge of corroborating the dossier blows up that narrative.”
That heretofore obscure FBI official was Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten, and he knew the Steele dossier was garbage and its contents a farrago of falsehoods. And yet he didn’t do a thing about it.
The supposed kompromat that the Russians had on Trump? The grainy “golden shower” videotape of him in the Moscow Ritz Carlton hotel, ordering prostitutes to urinate on a bed once slept in by former President Barack Obama? A fake, a fraud, and the source of endless speculation from the Trump-hating media. Other salacious claims like it? Also false.
Auten, who was the top analyst assigned to Crossfire Hurricane, “admitted under oath that neither he nor his team of half a dozen intelligence analysts could confirm any of the allegations in the dossier — including ones the FBI nonetheless included in several warrant applications as evidence to establish legal grounds to electronically monitor a former Trump adviser for almost a year,” Sperry says. “After years of digging, Auten conceded that the only material in the dossier that he could verify was information that was already publicly available, such as names, entities, and positions held by persons mentioned in the document.”
As Sperry notes, Auten’s testimony is uniquely powerful, because it’s the first time anybody from the FBI has admitted that their leadership failed to verify any of the dossier’s evidence supporting the wiretaps on Trump officials. And while Auten is obscure, he’s interacted with everyone from Comey on down — McCabe, Strzok, Page, British spy and Trump-hating dossier author Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS cofounder Glenn Simpson, DOJ official Bruce Ohr, everyone.
Word around Washington is that Special Counsel John Durham is continuing his investigation of the crooked investigators. Let’s hope so. In January, Durham secured a criminal conviction against FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith for having falsified evidence against Trump campaign associate Carter Page to help justify the last FISA spy warrant, which was issued in June 2017.
The conviction of Clinesmith was a slap on the wrist. An embarrassment. He got probation — probation — for having faked evidence that was used to secure a spy warrant against a sitting U.S. president. If we can’t do better, our constitutional republic is in serious trouble.
“John Durham’s inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation is chugging along during the Biden administration,” reports the Washington Examiner, “with the special counsel arranging witness interviews and issuing subpoenas in recent months, according to a new report. … A report from CNN published on Tuesday cited unnamed sources who said that after delays last year, pinned on the coronavirus pandemic, Durham’s investigators ‘are now arranging witness interviews’ and grand jury subpoenas ‘also were being used to gather documents in recent months.’”
Still, at this snail’s pace, is it any wonder that folks are getting frustrated? Former President Donald Trump is one of them. “Where’s John Durham?” he asked last week. “Is he a living, breathing human being? Will there ever be a Durham report?”
Former FBI Special Agent Michael Biasello certainly hopes so. Biasello, a 25-year FBI veteran who spent 10 years in counterintelligence, said Auten and his colleagues must be held accountable.
“A FISA warrant must be fully corroborated,” he says. “Every statement, phrase, paragraph, must be verified in order for the affiant to attest before a judge that the contents are true and correct. … To think the Crossfire team signed off on those FISA affidavits knowing the contents were uncorroborated is unconscionable, immoral and also illegal.”
Biasello added, “All of them must be prosecuted for perjury, fraud and other federal crimes.”
The more we learn about the as-yet unresolved episode known as Crossfire Hurricane, the more we realize what an affront it was and what a threat it still is to republican government.
Remember this new name, then. It’s Brian Auten. And like Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and the rest of them, he’s as crooked as a stick in water.
Glenn Greenwald rebukes USA Today for its coverage of Capitol rioters.
British journalist Glenn Greenwald is no conservative, but he’s also an old-school journalist who gives no quarter to the leftist hacks and activists that populate modern newsrooms. In one of his latest installments of his newsletter, he slams the “brave and intrepid journalistic work” of a couple of USA Today reporters. What did they do to earn his ire? They outed and harassed private citizens for daring to raise money for legal defense.
On Sunday, the paper published and heavily promoted a repellent article complaining that “defendants accused in the Capitol riot Jan. 6 crowdfund their legal fees online, using popular payment processors and an expanding network of fundraising platforms, despite a crackdown by tech companies.” It provided a road map for snitching on how these private citizens — who are charged with serious felonies by the U.S. Justice Department but as of yet convicted of nothing — are engaged in “a game of cat-and-mouse as they spring from one fundraising tool to another” in order to avoid bans on their ability to raise desperately needed funds to pay their criminal lawyers to mount a vigorous defense.
In other words, the only purpose of the article — headlined: “Insurrection fundraiser: Capitol riot extremists, Trump supporters raise money for lawyer bills online” — was to pressure and shame tech companies to do more to block these criminal defendants from being able to raise funds for their legal fees, and to tattle to tech companies by showing them what techniques these indigent defendants are using to raise money online.
The USA Today reporters went far beyond merely reporting how this fundraising was being conducted. They went so far as to tattle to PayPal and other funding sites on two of those defendants, Joe Biggs and Dominic Pezzola, and then boasted of their success in having their accounts terminated.
He mocks and rebukes them for “working as little police officers for tech giants” instead of actually speaking truth to power. He reminds his readers that “the right to a vigorous defense … caused then-candidate Kamala Harris to solicit donations last summer that went to protesters charged with violent rioting.” USA Today didn’t complain much about that. Moreover, he says:
This USA Today article is thus yet another example of journalists at major media outlets abusing their platforms to attack and expose anything other than the real power centers which compose the ruling class and govern the U.S.
Meanwhile, he relays numerous examples of big, powerful media companies targeting private citizens for destruction, before concluding:
My principal critique of the contemporary media posture — and my governing view of the real purpose of journalism — is summarized by this: If you think the real power centers in the US are the Proud Boys, 4Chan & Boogaloos rather than the CIA, FBI, NSA, Wall Street and Silicon Valley, and spend most of your time battling the former while serving the latter as stenographers, your journalism is definitionally s—t.
Social engineering: Military re-allowing “transgender” troops to serve openly and “transition” on the taxpayer dole (U.S. News & World Report)
“The Pentagon on Wednesday announced that transgender troops may serve openly in the military and receive medical benefits for gender transitions, following through on President Joe Biden’s pledge from earlier this year. The new policies will allow transgender people to enlist in the military and serve openly as their self-identified gender, and that they will have access to medical treatments for transition-related care authorized by law.”
Friendly fire: Biden earns “Four Pinocchios” for false claim about Georgia voting law (Fox News)
“The Washington Post Fact Checker knocked President Biden on Tuesday for falsely claiming a new Georgia law ‘ends voting hours early,’ giving him its harshest rating of Four Pinocchios for spreading the misinformation. … Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler wrote Biden’s claim couldn’t be substantiated. ‘One could understand a flub in a news conference. But then this same claim popped up in an official presidential statement. Not a single expert we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this claim, as this was the section of law that expanded early voting for many Georgians,’ Kessler wrote. ‘On Election Day in Georgia, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot. Nothing in the new law changes those rules. However, the law did make some changes to early voting. But experts say the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them,’ Kessler continued.”
The Latest on COVID-19
The coronavirus was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020 (Axios)
Pfizer says its vaccine is 100% effective in children ages 12-15 (ABC News)
Shipments of Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted after 15 million doses are ruined by human error (The Hill)
Democrat Rita Hart finally drops challenge to results of Iowa race, concedes to Marianette Miller-Meeks (Daily Caller)
Derek Chauvin trial: Key witness to invoke the 5th Amendment, refuses to testify (Fox News)
Brown University students vote in favor of reparations to “atone” for abolitionist founder (Free Beacon)
Insight: “Without deviation, without exception, without any ifs, buts, or whereases, freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they express, or the words they speak or write.” —Justice Hugo L. Black (1886-1971)
Observations: “[Governor Kristi Noem] has yet to lay out the alleged legal hurdles that would constrain her from signing [the ‘Women’s Fairness in Sports’ bill]. Other states, including Arkansas, have very similar laws. Noem won’t even admit that she vetoed the bill. Even if we concede that lawsuits would be in the offing, so what? At worst, South Dakota would be back where it started after a very public debate on an issue Noem claims is vitally important to her. At best, Title IX protections are restored. It’s tough to read Noem’s insincere rationalization a week after writing about someone like Jack Phillips, who stood up to an entire state to protect his religious liberty even after most people told him he would lose.” —David Harsanyi
For the record: “The language on voter IDs for absentee ballots in the new Georgia law is … identical to the language in federal law, promulgated through the Help America Vote Act. And guess who voted to approve this federal law in 2002? Why, then-Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. In fact, the vote was 92 to 2, and included in the ‘yes’ votes were Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Were they all imposing ‘Jim Crow’ on American voters? I don’t seem to recall the Major League Baseball Players Association boycotting any of the states of these senators — or any of the other senators who voted in favor of the Help America Vote Act. Or boycotting its own stadiums, which require IDs to pick up will call tickets.” —Hans von Spakovsky
Upright: “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
No kidding: “I will never understand how so many people can look at our politicians and think, ‘Yes, they know better how to run my life than I do, and I think I will give them nearly-unlimited power.’” —Ben Shapiro
The BIG Lie: “The evil gun dealers, pushed by the NRA, have used gun shows as a major way to get guns into the hands of people without a background check.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (“He knows all commercial sales of firearms, whether at a brick-and-mortar store, at a gun show or initiated online, must be completed in a face-to-face-transfer with the required background check forms and verification from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Sen. Schumer is lying. That’s evil. Yet, he casually slings insults to those small business owners who follow the law and sell firearms to law-abiding citizens.” —Larry Keane)
Gaslighting: “Anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame. And that’s a problem because this is not a surge. These are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which, by the way, is a white supremacist idea [and] philosophy.” —AOC
Dezinformatsiya: “It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.” —CNN (“Remember when the propaganda outlet CNN ran an ad campaign about ‘facts’ called ‘this is an apple, this is a banana’? Maybe they should work on ‘this is a penis, this is a vagina.’” —Mollie Hemingway | “A belief is not a fact. When CNN takes the position that we should believe the science behind COVID, more and more people will not believe the network if it makes statements so contrary to science that it employs a reporter who believes ‘there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.’” —Erick Erickson)
Now do abortion: “The death penalty is cruel, ineffective and morally repugnant. America needs to join most of the rest of the world and eliminate it.” —NY Times editorial board
And last… “Teaching our children that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country is the most un-American ‘lesson’ there is. Critical Race Theory should NEVER be taught in our classrooms.” —Mike Pompeo
Unaccompanied minors are flocking to the southern border as the Biden administration deals with the highest immigration rate in almost twenty years. RT correspondent Brigida Santos discusses how private prison contractors are eager to claim responsibility over thousands of migrant detainees.
The nation’s third mass shooting in the last three weeks occurred in California, Wednesday evening. The killed four people including a child at an office complex. The suspect was also critically wounded; President Biden is moving forward with …
“They are one in the same. The goal is to destroy America’s foundation and those who adhere to it. America’s foundation, the writings and speeches of the founding fathers, the Bill of Rights and of course our Judeo-Christian foundation upon which the Constitution is based. That is their enemy.”
(Leo Hohmann) By now, everyone is aware of the agenda embraced by America’s public schools — teaching children to be ashamed of their country, which they are told was founded by white supremacists.
According to this narrative, embedded in many high school curricula including the popular 1619 Project, all of America’s historic successes, its rise to super-power status, its robust middle class, are illegitimate, because those who built this country did so on the backs of Native Americans and African slaves.
There is nothing redeemable about America or its Constitution, because these are the products of systemic racism. This racism was baked into every institution, be it state and local governments, law enforcement, school systems, the business world, religious institutions, you name it. All of these institutions are eaten up with “white privilege” and must be turned upside down and “reimagined” according to leftist “woke” principles. View article →
Joel Griffith joins CBN to discuss the “Build Back Better” plan which includes the greatest tax increase in decades to fund a so-called “infrastructure” bill that is primarily comprised of radical agenda items that Congress would otherwise be unable to pass.
What will that propaganda look like? A template illustrating several elements you can expect to see in the propaganda push was provided several weeks ago in a CNN interview.
In the first week of March, host Fareed Zakaria and his guest Arthur Caplan provided at CNN a textbook example of how to present vaccine passport propaganda to the American people. Let’s look at some of the major elements of the propaganda template as demonstrated by Zakaria and Caplan.
Read the rest here.
1) Include some short expression that the idea of vaccine passports can be troubling, but make sure to only bring this up superficially. This is accomplished in the CNN segment by starting with a clip from a short scene from the movie Casablanca. In the clip, a policeman asks to see a man’s “papers,” the man says he does not have them, and the policeman responds, “in that case we’ll have to ask you to come along.” Not shown is the remainder of the scene in which the accosted man, after presenting apparently expired papers, attempts to flee only to be gunned down. Not showing the full scene demonstrates the care demanded in the propaganda to not allow any depiction of potential dire consequences from imposing vaccine passports.
2) Frame the imposing of a vaccine passport mandate as something that is both inevitable and threatens only minimal, if any, harm. Zakaria accomplishes this task with the first sentence he utters to begin the media segment. Zakaria states: “From Casablanca to today, a demand to produce personal documents can be uncomfortable, but, post-pandemic, it’s something we’ll all likely have to get more and more comfortable with.” Masterfully, Zakaria, in addition to minimizing the problems with passports as just causing discomfort, asserts that even that discomfort with time will disappear, suggesting objecting to vaccine passports is just an irrational or silly reaction.
After CNN ran a report on Tuesday about transgender rights in which it claimed it’s “not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth” and “there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth,” Republican Sen. John Kennedy (La.) decided to stop by Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to elucidate the complicated matter.
“I can’t believe we’re discussing this, Tucker,” Kennedy said before delving into a quick biology lesson. “The person who wrote that is entitled to his opinion, but in my opinion, I think he’s been in lockdown too long.
“Sex is the language we use to describe reproduction,” he said. “In humans, there are only two sexes — male and female. Males have the potential to produce sperm; females have the potential to produce ova. These are observable physical characteristics. Sex is not a spectrum. It’s binary; you’re either male or female.”
Then for a moment the senator refrained from piling onto CNN, noting that gender dysphoria — a condition in which a person feels a sense of discomfort, stress, or confusion about their assigned gender — does exist. But, Kennedy noted, that is the outlier and not the rule.
“Now, I do believe that gender dysphoria exists. It’s rare, maybe one in 30,000 males, one in 100,000 females,” he said. “Gender dysphoria is not an observable physical characteristic. It’s an internal feeling. It’s an internal feeling that a person of one sex has when he internally identifies with another sex.”
Shortly after that, the folkie, quick-witted senator stated more clearly, “It’s very easy to tell a boy from a girl. A boy has a penis, a girl has a vagina. Those are physical characteristics.”
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson complimented Kennedy for his explanation on the subject, calling it the “clearest” and most “reasonable” explanation of reality he had heard in a while.
Also during the interview, Kennedy explained why the Equality Act — recently passed by the Democratic-controlled House — is so dangerous.
It’s not about whether there are more than two sexes, the senator argued, claiming that fact is “clearly settled.” Rather it’s about “power and government.”
“It’s about to what extent are the American people willing to give government, the bureaucracy, the managerial elite the authority to regulate every aspect of our lives — education, religion, public accommodation, speech — in order to elevate the status of those who either have or claim to have gender dysphoria,” he said.
“For example,” he continued. “To what extent are Americans willing to give government the authority to require schools to make teenage girls in a junior high locker room, shower and change clothes with a biological boy who either has or claims to have gender dysphoria? To what extent are Americans willing to give government the authority to require all women’s sports programs to make women compete with much stronger biological males who identify or claim to identify with females?”
The Biden administration has formed an eclectic coalition of sports teams, advocacy groups, and other prominent voices as part of an information offensive aimed at drumming up enthusiasm for the country’s vaccination program.
The initiative, spearheaded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is part of the government agency’s “We Can Do This” campaign, which seeks to provide “consistent and accurate information” about Covid-19 vaccines to the public.
The US government will run a series of TV ads encouraging people to get the jab. But the campaign will also rely on more than 275 organizations to help spread the message. Dubbed the COVID-19 Community Corps, the roster of vaccine cheerleaders includes NASCAR, professional sports leagues such as the NFL and MLB, labor unions, and groups representing Native Americans and other ethnic minorities. Planned Parenthood and religious organizations have also signed up to proselytize about the shot.
According to a statement released by HHS, the Community Corps was created to provide “trusted messengers” with “consistent and accurate information about Covid-19 to empower as many Americans as possible to become messengers to share the importance of vaccination in their community. ”
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A website for the campaign encourages anyone who is interested to become a member of the coalition and receive weekly updates and talking points about the vaccine. Vice President Kamala Harris and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy are scheduled to meet with the founding members of the coalition on Thursday.
HHS also plans to release Facebook profile frames that people can use on the social media platform to show their support for the vaccine.
The US is expected to have enough doses by the end of May to administer the drug to every adult in the country. But the Biden administration is now focusing its efforts on trying to convince Americans to participate in the nationwide drive. According to recent polling data, 61% of American adults say they have been vaccinated or intend to get the shot, up from 55% in February.
I think this is a great analogy, but I think that another, perhaps better, analog has been overlooked, namely the “Disintegration Directive” of the East German Stasi.
Briefly, the Disintegration Directive, also known as the Decomposition Directive (officially Richtlinie 1/76 or the Zersetzung in German) was the approach that the East German secret police (the Stasi) took from 1976 onwards to crush dissent, or even potential dissent.
Before 1976, the Stasi used the conventional gulag-and-torture methods to control political opinion in the DDR. But in the 1970s, the DDR was seeking international recognition, so they needed a lower-profile method of suppressing opposition to Communism.
The Disintegration Directive is described here and here.
It specified a covert, much more psychological approach to maintaining the Communist monopoly on ideological discourse.
The goal was to destroy dissidents and potential dissidents socially and emotionally without resorting to arrest and imprisonment. The Stasi collected information about the victim’s private life, and proceeded to “disintegrate” their careers and their family and private life.
Damaging lies (or truths) would be conveyed to employers until the target was rendered unemployable. Relationships with spouses and kids would be poisoned with gossip by operatives, professional failure, and financial stress. Friends would be warned away through the grapevine.
The goal was to destroy the reputation of the target and make him so preoccupied with his personal difficulties and emotional turmoil that he had no will to question the government of the DDR. It was done covertly, and often victims weren’t believed even if they discovered it.