Daily Archives: April 14, 2021

Report: Democrats to Unveil Court-packing Bill; Expands Supreme Court to 13

Democrats will reportedly unveil a bill Thursday to pack the Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices from nine to thirteen, with the four new vacancies to be filled immediately by President Joe Biden and the Democrat-controlled Senate.

— Read on www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/04/14/report-democrats-to-unveil-court-packing-bill-expands-supreme-court-to-13/

Rand Paul: 2020 election fraud never fully reviewed by courts | WND

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (Video screenshot)

President Donald Trump and his supporters filed dozens of legal cases challenging the 2020 election results, submitting volumes of evidence and sworn testimony from eyewitnesses to fraud.

Legacy media personalities are very fond of saying all of those cases failed.

In fact, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos earlier berated Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., with, “No election is perfect. But there were 86 challenges filed by President Trump and his allies in court, all were dismissed. Every state certified the results. Can’t you just say the words, this election was not stolen?”

The senator pointed out at that time that the problems simply weren’t addressed.

“There were lots of problems and there were secretaries of state, who illegally changed the law and that needs to be fixed, and I’m going to work harder to fix it and I will not be cowed by people saying ‘Oh, you’re a liar,'” Paul told the anchor.

“Let’s talk about the specifics of it. In Wisconsin, tens of thousands of absentee votes had only the name on them and no address. Historically, those were thrown out. This time they weren’t. They made special accommodations ’cause they said, ‘Oh, it’s a pandemic and people forgot what their address was.'”

The senator now is doubling down.

The Washington Times said Paul, in an event held by the Heritage Foundation, said it was simply “untrue” that “the courts fully heard this.”

He pointed out, “Courts have been hesitant to get involved in elections.”

But when issues like state officials making “changes to election law without permission from the state legislatures” arise, they need to be taking a role.

Paul said states now need election laws that specifically say a secretary of state can’t mail ballots out or make unilateral changes if the law doesn’t expressly give them power to do so.

According to the Washington Examiner, the facts are that “many state officials made changes to election laws, citing the safety of voters. Widespread use of mail-in balloting was encouraged in many areas of the country, while deadlines for mail-in ballots were extended, oftentimes without input from state lawmakers.”

The report noted that even the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to arbitrary changes made by state officials in Pennsylvania for the election, a political move that drew Justice Clarence Thomas’s reaction.

“One wonders what the court waits for,” he charged. “We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections. The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us…”

He continued, “That decision to rewrite the rules seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election. But that may not be the case in the future. These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority nonlegislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is inexplicable.”

WND previously reported that American courts twisted justice in challenges to the 2020 election, including at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which decided lawmakers didn’t mean “shall” when they wrote “shall.”

At the Federalist, a commentary explained in the Pennsylvania case, Ziccarelli v. Allegheny County Board of Elections, the court acknowledged the election code explicitly states each voter “shall fill out, date, and sign” the declaration on the outside envelope of mail-in ballots.

But the court, ruling on the validity of 2,400 ballots, insisted the general assembly’s use of the word “shall” in that context means “of necessity that the directive is a mandatory one.”

Consequently, wrote Bob Anderson, a former aerospace engineer who worked on the International Space Station, Americans remain divided over the integrity of the election.

He argued “the losing side needed to know that a fair shake was given, and that justice prevailed, even if it wasn’t the outcome they wanted.”

“That did not happen after Nov. 3. Despite a stack of cases that worked their way through the legal system, we remain bitterly divided,” he wrote.

After the Supreme Court rejected, without comment, the last of the 2020 election challenges Anderson pointed out the courts are needed in such matters because “wise judges can help to bring peace and healing.”

“Surely, for a nation reeling after a tempestuous presidential election filled with strange occurrences, the courts were needed to bring us together,” he said.

He pointed out that nearly two of three Republicans believe Joe Biden did not win fairly.

A recent poll noted a majority of Americans still believe there was “cheating” in the election.

Multiple cases were killed because of deadlines, or judges’ demands that they go through lower courts first.

“So we are left with the memory of the videos of vote counters clapping as Republican observers were evicted and of covers being placed over windows,” Anderson said.

He concluded: “In the end, should we be surprised that voters retain a strong sense of skepticism over the outcome of the presidential election? That a man who largely campaigned from his basement, who exhibited signs of age-related mental decline, could handily defeat a vigorous incumbent who drew immense crowds is naturally hard to believe.

“The election of 2020, which included more than 155 million votes, was decided by approximately 300,000 votes in six states, or 0.2 percent of the electorate, all of which came by an unnatural flip of results late on election night. … The reality is that millions of others may have been disenfranchised, and they instinctively suspect so.”

But the left isn’t finished yet with efforts to impose its opinion across America.

A progressive activist is pressing American businesses to adopt his opinion and declare to the public that the 2020 election was legitimate.

Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor who is now an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, is promoting his “Democracy Pledge,” the Huffington Post reported.

The pledge states, “The 2020 presidential election was free and fair, and produced accurate, reliable results.”

Kirschner warned that he will publicize the names of companies that decline to adopt his opinion or don’t respond.

Consumers then “can make their purchasing decisions accordingly.”

The Legal Insurrection blog said Kirschner wants every business in America to adopt his opinion or they “will presumably be subjected to the cancel mob.”

Paul earlier had explained, patiently, to an irate Stephanopoulos: “George, where you make a mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything’s a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything. Now you insert yourself in the middle and say that the absolute fact is that everything that I’m saying is a lie.”

Paul said, “You’re saying there was no fraud and it’s all been investigated, and that’s just not true.”

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/04/rand-paul-2020-election-fraud-never-fully-reviewed-courts/

Gov. Kristi Noem refuses to accept illegal migrants in South Dakota, ‘Call me when you’re an American’ – Conservative Review


Republican Governor Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that South Dakota will not accept illegal migrants crossing into the US during the Biden administration’s border crisis. 

— Read on www.conservativereview.com/gov-kristi-noem-refuses-to-accept-illegal-migrants-in-south-dakota-call-me-when-youre-an-american-2652587697.html

Russian military vehicles descend on Ukraine border

More than 100,000 Russian troops in assault vehicles painted with “invasion stripes” were headed to Ukraine’s border Wednesday, intensifying fears of war between the neighboring nations. The advancing force includes 1,300 battle tanks, 3,700 drones, 1,300 artillery and mortar units and 380 multiple launch rocket systems, according to documents leaked to The Daily Mirror.

The combination of the ‘give me’s’ and the clueless device addicts has allowed the progressive movement power | Christian Research Network

(Bill O’Reilly –  “A Trifecta of Chaos”)  It’s a one, two, three punch.  Massive government spending and aggressive taxation, open borders, woke fascism. That’s what all Americans are facing even though many of them have no clue.

Let’s discuss that for a moment.  Always in this country we have had citizens too lazy or selfish to pay attention to the common good.  During the revolution, historians estimate that half of the colonists supported King George.  They were called Tories.  Today, you can visit a street in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Tory Row to see where some of them lived. Others died with ropes around their necks. The rebels were an impulsive bunch.

To support the king, you had to accept unlimited taxation by whim, total dominance over your private life, and subservient allegiance to an unstable monarch who didn’t give a fig about you.

Remind you of anything?   View article →

— Read on christianresearchnetwork.org/2021/04/14/the-combination-of-the-give-mes-and-the-clueless-device-addicts-has-allowed-the-progressive-movement-power/

Why Evolution is Bad Science — VCY America

Date:  April 14, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Helmut Welke 
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The mantra ‘follow the science’ has been tossed at us in relation to items like global climate change and the COVID vaccines, but ask yourself this question: Does evolution ‘follow the science’?

Joining Jim to look at that question was Helmut Welke.  Helmut is the president of the Quad-City Creation Science Association.  He’s a retired engineering manager with a Fortune 100 company and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering.  He’s also a member of the Creation Research Society and speaker on creation science topics.

Discussion began with the formation of the Quad-City Creation Science Association, his background that led to engineering, along with his apologetics studies that led him to study the creation/evolution debate for over 40 years.

Helmut believes that the terms ‘evolution’ and ‘science’ are not synonymous.  It’s a case of learning the difference between the actual facts of science and what scientists say.  Scientists are people with a particular worldview.  So they can look at the facts of science and interpret those facts their way.  

Helmut also believes you don’t have to deny science to be a creationist.  As an engineer, he had to do science in the real world.  He noted how in that realm you work with scientific facts and learn to analyze data.  If that data leads you in a certain way, especially if it contradicts your worldview, you have to decide if you’re going to follow the science, even if it’s taking you where you don’t want to go.    

The remainder of the broadcast focused on 3 key reasons why evolution is bad science.  They include:

  • The origin of life
  • Genetics
  • Fossils

From the first verses of Genesis to fish to dinosaurs, a lot is covered on this program with listeners contributing as well.

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Why Evolution is Bad Science — VCY America

Cancel Cancel Culture – The Aquila Report

Remember that “cultural pluralism” is at the heart of the first amendment. Christians must reflect their Lord who said “Come now, and let us reason together (Is 1:18), in order to do what is “right and just and fair” (Prov 1:5). God loves fairness and “detests dishonest scales” (Prov 11:1), but God is the one who goes beyond fairness and gives unmerited grace to those who individually confess their sin before their Savior. He is the only one who can cancel our debt of sin and cancel the inevitability of death.

 

The Phrase “Cancel Culture”

“Cancel culture” came into the collective consciousness around 2017, after the idea of “canceling” celebrities for problematic actions or statements became popular.[1] American institutions and corporations now engage in censorship that was previously unimaginable, piling on critiques of a person, business, movement, or idea. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other Big Tech giants conduct coordinated censorship efforts, silencing important voices and shutting down civic dialogue. Former President Donald Trump is still banned from Twitter and other social media platforms, as are other prominent conservatives.

Says The Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan, “Cancel culture is SO toxic, you can’t even learn from your mistakes anymore because you’re not even allowed to make any.” Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas stated on his website that “Cancel culture…is ultimately animated by a single idea—that America at its core is fundamentally irredeemable and wicked.”[2]  Though the term is new, the meaning is obvious and of great concern for the unity of the nation. Noonan compares it to China’s Cultural Revolution. “Social media is full of swarming political and ideological mobs. In an interesting departure from democratic tradition, they don’t try to win the other side over. They only condemn and attempt to silence.”[3] One journalist even compared this process (only the process!) to the Salem Witch trials, which he calls “America’s first brush with cancel culture.” You were considered guilty once you were accused.[4] For some, “cancel culture” is just the latest manifestation of fascism.

The brilliant young Jewish columnist, Bari Weiss, of politically conservative convictions, was dismissed from The New York Times for wrongthink. In a 1,500-word resignation letter she described a “hostile work environment,” “bullying by colleagues” and an “illiberal environment.” She concluded: “Cancel culture is about punishment. It is about making a person radioactive. It is about taking away their job,… it is ‘social murder.’”[5]

Cancel culture is most often applied to issues of politics, race and sexuality, especially in the academy.

Cancelling Biological Sex

Dr. Nicholas Meriwether has been a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University for over 20 years. A male student approached him after class to say that he identified as transgender and demanded that Meriwether refer to him as a woman, using feminine titles and pronouns. As a philosopher and as a Christian, Dr. Meriwether believes that to call a man a woman or vice versa endorses an ideology that conflicts with his beliefs. University officials formally charged Dr. Meriwether with “creat[ing] a hostile environment” and threatened “further corrective actions” if the professor did not conform to school policy.[6]On Friday, Mar 26, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that, based on the allegations in the complaint, the university violated Meriwether’s First Amendment rights. The cancel was cancelled.

And yet, in Canada, a father was jailed for refusing to address his transgender daughter with male pronouns.[7]

Cancelling Sport

Another form of cancel culture has recently emerged in college sports—with vast implications. The immensely overwhelmed Oral Roberts University, to the rapturous joy of its students and alumni, made it to the Sweet Sixteen in college basketball’s March Madness. An article in USA Today by Hemal Jhaveri, the “diversity and inclusion editor at USA Today Sports,” does not rejoice. The article declares that because of the anti-LGBTQ+ language in ORU’s polices, the NCAA should ban the school from the competition.[8] This canceling could go a long way, as Dr. Albert Mohler argues: “…this isn’t just about sports. If orthodox Christians don’t belong in basketball, why should they be allowed in business, entertainment, education, government, or medicine?… If Christianity behind closed doors, on private property, in a private school, is now a target of outrage, where do you draw the line?” Mohler warns, “The Left’s true agenda, which they’ve worked to disguise for years, is hidden no more.”[9] We might well call this cancelation “cultural murder”!

Ironically, USA Today recently fired Jhaveri for her racist tweets about the Colorado shooting: “It’s always an angry white man [who does this]. Always.”[10]  Unfortunately for Jhaveri’s career, the Colorado shooter was not a white man but a Syria-born Arab-American, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. Robespierre, who invented the guillotine, was put to death on one, for the Revolution inevitably consumes its own.

Canceling History

Oxford University is considering proposals that would remove sheet music from its curriculum because of claims that the Western form of musical notation has roots in “colonialism” and “complicity in white supremacy.”[11] Professors seek to focus less on white European heritage and culture. Doubtless tongue in cheek, someone suggested that the thousands of windows in the ancient colleges in Oxford should be changed because they were put in by that same white supremacy culture. In both cases the word “inefficiency” jumps to mind.

The recent destruction of statues is a visible attempt to cancel historical events and recognized personalities in American history, like Columbus (first discoverer of America), George Washington (Founding Father and first President), Thomas Jefferson (Founding Father and third President), Ulysses Grant (18thPresident) and Francis Scott Key (author of the “Star Spangled Banner”). This destruction is not a college prank but the sign of radical, revolutionary thinking. In 1949, George Orwell wrote a prophetic book, 1984, in which he imagined the threat of a totalitarian state: “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. History has stopped.”[12] Had the term been invented, he would have called this “cancel culture.”

Canceling Language: The End of Words and the End of the Binary

Those who define the terms win the argument. Manipulation of language, otherwise known as propaganda, uses arguments often based on false affirmations.  In his Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis, who wrote about the same time as Orwell (1942), depicts a senior demon named Screwtape who writes to his nephew, Wormwood, a younger and less experienced demon, charged with guiding a man (called “the Patient”) toward “Our Father Below” (Devil / Satan) and away from “the Enemy” (God). Screwtape notes that hell has “philological experts intent on the corruption of human language.”[13]

Grace Church School, an Episcopal school in Manhattan (annual tuition of $57,000), published a 12-page memo instructing its young students to do away with outdated terms and replace them with “inclusive” ones. They propose “people,” “folks” and “friends, instead of “boys and girls,” “guys,” “ladies,” and “gentleman.” “Grown-ups,” “guardians,” or “family” can replace “parents” or “mom and dad.” Instead of “husband,” “wife,” “boyfriend,” “girlfriend,” children must say “spouse/partner/significant other. And they must not wish anyone a “Merry Christmas” or even “Happy Holidays.”[14]

Such refusal of “gendered” distinctions must be seen in the light of the assault on the notion of the binary, of genuine twoness.

In addition to terms like “women’s health,” meaning the slaughter of the unborn, and “marriage equality” (for the destruction of the millennia-old patriarchal marriage), the use of the term “racism” is constantly being manipulated in a totalizing accusatory term way. “Racism” means discrimination on the basis of race, of which all races are capable. Recently, however, it is implied that only whites are guilty of racism, because the term has come to mean possessing power. In a Marxist worldview, everyone is either a victim or an oppressor. Thus whites, who hold the power, are the oppressors and therefore the racists. Of course, in today’s America, many black people hold positions of power, from local school boards to city governments, to congress, and all the way up to the White House. Certainly, there are true racists among us, but to paint with so broad a brush is to claim victimhood for people who have never been victims and to condemn as oppressors those who have never oppressed anyone.[15]

In Orwell’s 1984, Syme, a political leader says to Winston, whom he is training: “You haven’t a real appreciation of Newspeak. You don’t grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year? …Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” By controlling the language, Big Brother controls the way people think. With a limited vocabulary, the people are limited in how much they can think, as well as what they think about. “Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.”[16]  

An important parenthesis here, I must draw attention to the advance in the West of Eastern spirituality. Though progressive Neo-Marxism and the ongoing search for alternate forms of spirituality seem worlds apart, the Hinduization of America in the name of spirituality is a powerful preparation for cancelling of the binary. It encourages practitioners to leave behind their constant distinction-making between right and wrong, good and bad, male and female, etc. This practice of self-hypnotic Oneism (my phrase) leads to what one practitioner predicted, after finally freeing herself from a long involvement in what she calls an “esoteric logic of non-duality.” She writes: ““…if you can diminish the ability to reason and think objectively…you can eventually weaken the foundation of Western civilization” which, she believes, is the present intention of Eastern Buddhism. [17]

From Whence Comes this New Way of “Solving Problems?

A new ideology called CRT (critical race theory) arrived on our college campuses about the same time as “cancel culture.” Justin Lane, an Oxford University-trained sociologist, estimates that 90% of teachers and speakers in the American universities are Neomarxist critical theorists who promote CRT and cancel those who do not follow them.[18] According to Lane, “…this has led to a form of authoritarianism and extremism that is very unhealthy.” The reason for this authoritarian cancelling is provided by two authors of a book critical of CRT, who state that the system of Postmodernism, on which CRT is based, is “one of the least tolerant and most authoritarian ideologies the world has had to deal with.”[19] The book shows that in Postmodernism, truth has no ultimate meaning; it is simply the means to gain power. CRT believes that whites have invented so-called “knowledge,” using language to manipulate their inferiors. Postmodern ethical relativism is accepted as the norm in schools, and K-12 students are taught that traditional morals, logic, reason, grammar, science and math are racist and thus worthless.

This Is Not the Traditional Western Way of Solving Disagreements

Traditional ways of resolving disputes are disappearing, as the two non-Christian classic liberals, mentioned above, show. Freedom of speech, the free exercise of religion, cognitive liberty, honest communication, individual rights, as defended by the Constitution are rejected as white hegemony; open academic debate and spirited exchange are no longer practiced; divided powers and ordered liberty, patriotism, civic virtues, pride in citizenship are passé.

Jason Hill, a mixed-race, black, Jamaican-born American citizen, professor of philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago, defends “Enlightenment (that is, liberal) values,” showing that out of Western Patriarchy has emerged the emancipatory movements that led to the abolition of slavery, the equal rights of women and blacks and all previously disenfranchised people within its hemisphere; the Rights of Man; the birth of modern science, technology and capitalism; and an enhanced quality of life for millions across the globe.[20]

Why Is Cancel Culture So Prevalent Today?

As the West has turned away from Judeo-Christian values, and turned to atheism or to Eastern religions, truth has lost its sense of transcendence. For the first time in eight decades, church membership in America has fallen below 50%. The latest Gallup survey on church membership — a data point the polling firm first asked about in 1937 — said just 47% of Americans belong to a church, synagogue, or mosque. More young adults are claiming to have no affiliation with any religion.[21]  There is no external person or thing to which one can appeal. With the disappearance of generalized cultural theism, the culture is left with no common or objective criterion, which is why identity politics has emerged. Identity is who we decide we are and politics is the acquisition of power. Because identity is often thought of as sexual identity (which is both deeply personal and greatly contested), “identity politics” is often associated with victimhood and grievance. Polyamory, now declared legal by the city councils of Cambridge and Somerville, MA, is the latest claim to sexual liberty that fits the paradigm of identity politics. In the absence of common agreement about who we are at the deepest level,  we are free to impose on others our definitions of who we are, and anyone who opposes such a self-generated definition must be cancelled. Politics or power takes over when there is a cultural loss of any generalized understanding of human identity, when our world has no common worldview.

How Do Christians Respond?

First, by bringing worldview clarity. The radical left has declared war on the traditions of America and is ruthlessly attacking the nation’s history, culture, faith, populace, books, games, language, race relations, schools and freedoms. Some do not even pretend to be guided by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, documents dismissed as inventions of white males for reasons of personal power. The future looks very uncertain. Accusations of “systemic racism” and “white supremacy” seem an excuse for a massive power-grab on a scale never before seen.[22]

This ideology is not Democrat vs. Republican politics. Neomarxist thinking has been creeping into the culture for a long time. It is a massive Oneist attack on the meaning of existence. It is at the same time a religiously pagan and a political suppression of the Twoist fact that human existence depends on God the Creator. Generally speaking, this Oneist worldview sees reality in terms of the collective (as Critical Race Theory does), with oppressed and oppressors. The nation’s Founders, however, saw the rights of the individual as of paramount importance.  Yuri Bezmenov, who grew up in a highly-placed Soviet family, finally understood this when he got to the States as a Soviet dissident in the 70s: “…the Soviet Union,” he said, “is a state capitalist economy…where an individual has absolutely no rights, no value; his life is nothing…He is disposable. Where[as] in [the] United States even the worst criminal is treated as a human being, [and] has a fair trial.”[23] We need to acknowledge the importance of the individual at two levels: 1. for appreciating the rights of the individual in Western culture; 2. for understanding the Christian gospel, which involves the individual, facing his or her personal Creator. The gospel is the Good News of divine paternal love expressed in the death of his Son, Jesus, for the individual sinner, who alone can confess his or her sin. This news is made known by the faithful proclamation in the culture of the only authorized earthly entity to do it, namely the church. We do this with grace in spite of the increasingly open attacks on the Christian faith. Not content with glorifying pedophilia in Cuties (endorsed by the Clintons and the Royal Sussexes who receive millions in fees), Netflix, in season three of the animated Paradise P.D, now features Jesus coming down from the Cross armed with two machine guns to kill his persecutors and then have sex with two women.[24]

In the face of opposition, Christian cultural engagement must never engage in cancel culture but must be humble and sacrificial, seeking only the love of neighbor. We cannot cancel anyone. Indeed, we must love the sinner even as we urge the adoption of moral legislation and our theistic heritage for the good of all. Thus no pride, unjustified power-grabbing, selfish ambition, partisanship, or hatred can play any part in our public involvement. It is nevertheless true that when the Spirit led Paul to take the gospel to the ancient Western world, the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ became the universal principles that made the Western world the beacon of civilization. Clearly its origin has nothing to do with self-serving white supremacy.

We are all passionate for righteousness, but we are sometimes tempted to allow that passion to rise in our hearts as anger, resentment or pride. In our civic witness and gospel communication we must remember that we witness to the character of God who states that “a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1). Remember that “cultural pluralism” is at the heart of the first amendment. Christians must reflect their Lord who said “Come now, and let us reason together (Is 1:18), in order to do what is “right and just and fair” (Prov 1:5). God loves fairness and “detests dishonest scales” (Prov 11:1), but God is the one who goes beyond fairness and gives unmerited grace to those who individually confess their sin before their Savior. He is the only one who can cancel our debt of sin and cancel the inevitability of death.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood availed for me.

Dr. Peter Jones is scholar in residence at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, Calif. He is director of truthXchange, a communications center aimed at equipping the Christian community to recognize and effectively respond to the rise of paganism. This article is used with permission.


[1] Rachel Greenspan, “How ‘cancel culture’ quickly became one of the buzziest and most controversial ideas on the internet,” The Insider (Aug 6, 2020).

[2] https://www.cotton.senate.gov/news/speeches/cotton-takes-on-cancel-culture

[3] Rachel Greenspan, art.cit.

[4]  Devin Sper. “Cancel Culture and The Salem Witch Hunts,” American Thinker  (28 Mar, 2021)

[5] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/business/media/bari-weiss-resignation-new-york-times.html.

[6] https://adflegal.org/blog/court-rules-professor-cant-be-forced-endorse-ideology-against-his-beliefs?sourcecode=10016068&id=2&utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=meriwether_news_release

[7] https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2021/march/canadian-father-jailed-for-speaking-out-against-biological-daughter-rsquo-s-gender-transition

[8] https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA21C56&f=WU21C18

[9] Al Mohler, The Briefing (Thursday, Dec 13, 2020).

[10] https://neonnettle.com/news/14682-usa-today-fires-editor-for-blaming-boulder-shooting-on-angry-white-man-

[11] Marvin Stinson, “Oxford University May Scrap Sheet Music for Being Complicit in ‘White Supremacy,’” Breitbart (3/29/2021)

[12] Cited in http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/letter/20200613/every-book-rewritten/

[13] https://townhall.com/columnists/jaredwhitley/2021/03/27/how-cs-lewis-predicted-woke-education-could-turn-democracy-into-dictatorship-n2586801

[14] https://www.gopusa.com/?p=107529?omhide=true

[15] https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3945856/posts

[16] Orwell, 1984, 52.

[17] Chandler, Enthralled, Preface.

[18] https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3942374/posts

[19] Helen Pluckrose and James Linsay, Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made 

Everything about Race, Gender and Identity (Pitchstone Publishing, 2020), 13.

[20] https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/03/ethical-patriarchy-our-final-hope-western-jason-d-hill/

[21] https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3946173/posts

[22] https://www.wnd.com/2021/03/voter-remorse-biden-puppet-masters/

[23] http://uselessdissident.blogspot.com/2008/11/interview-with-yuri-bezmenov.html

[24] https://www.theblaze.com/news/netflixs-paradise-pd-under-fire-after-airing-graphic-episode-of-jesus-carrying-out-mass-killing-having-a-threesome-with-2-women

— Read on www.theaquilareport.com/cancel-cancel-culture/

Why a Department of Atheism at the University Proves the Existence of God (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E06) — Cold Case Christianity

As atheism continues to grow on university campuses, some academic institutions, like the University of Miami, are establishing departments to advance the cause of atheism, secularism, and humanism. But do these efforts to advance atheism rely on a theistic foundation? Does the establishment of a Department of Atheism actually prove the existence of God? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.

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For more information about the scientific and philosophical evidence pointing to a Divine Creator, please read God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe. This book employs a simple crime scene strategy to investigate eight pieces of evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable explanation. The book is accompanied by an eight-session God’s Crime Scene DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

Why a Department of Atheism at the University Proves the Existence of God (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E06) — Cold Case Christianity

April 14 Evening Quotes of The Day

Tendency to Be Distracted During Worship
Psalm 19:12; Jeremiah 4:14

We bear in our own bosom a nest of turbulent thoughts, which, like busy gnats, will be buzzing about us while we are in our most inward and spiritual converses. Many wild beasts lurk in a man’s heart, as in a close and covert wood, and scarce discover themselves but at our solemn worship.

STEPHEN CHARNOCK

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

Reason Not Destroyed, but Ruined
Romans 7:7–25; 12:2; Hebrews 5:14

Since reason, by which man discerns between good and evil, and by which he understands and judges, is a natural gift, it could not be entirely destroyed; but being partly weakened and partly corrupted, a shapeless ruin is all that remains.

JOHN CALVIN

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

What Does the Gospel Mean? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Many Christians, churches, and organizations regularly use the word gospel to describe their convictions. Theological controversies have occurred and do occur over the meaning of the gospel and who preaches it faithfully. What does that familiar word gospel mean? The best way to answer that question is to turn to the Bible.

In the Greek New Testament, the noun euangelion (“gospel”) appears just over seventy times. Since, in one sense, the whole New Testament is about the gospel, we might have expected the word to have been used more frequently. Even more surprisingly, its use varies greatly among the authors of the New Testament books. Paul uses the word more than three times as often as all the other authors combined. Most of the other uses are found in Matthew and Mark, with very few, if any, in Luke, John, Peter, and James.

The word gospel most simply means “good news.” The word is not unique to the Christian message, but it was also used in the pagan world to refer to a good announcement. In the New Testament, it refers to the good news of Jesus the Savior. Often, it is used with the assumption that the reader knows what the word means.

As we look more closely at the ways in which gospel is used in the New Testament, several points come through strongly. First, we often find the phrase “the gospel of God.” This phrase stresses the source of the gospel as a gift from God. The gospel is of divine, not human, origin. Second, the character of the gospel is specified in several ways: the gospel is true (Gal. 2:5, 14; Col. 1:5), gracious (Acts 20:24), and glorious (2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Tim. 1:11). Third, we see two responses to the gospel. The primary response is faith (Acts 15:7; Eph. 1:13). But obedience is also a response (1 Peter 4:7; Rom. 1:5; 10:16; 16:26; 2 Thess. 1:8).

(Paul’s use of the idea of the obedience of faith in Romans has an element of irony as he responds to those who have accused him of antinomianism, being against the law.) Fourth, we see several results of the gospel. The gospel, of course, brings salvation (Rom. 1:16; Eph. 1:13). It also brings the kingdom (Matt. 4:23; 9:35, 24:14). It evokes hope in the people of God (Col. 1:23). The gospel is also a motivation to sanctification (Mark 8:35; 10:29; 2 Cor. 9:13; Eph. 6:15; Phil. 1:27).

All of these ways in which the word gospel is used point to its content, but there are also passages in the New Testament that are explicit as to its content. In examining these texts, we discover that sometimes the word gospel refers broadly to all aspects of the salvation and new life that Jesus gives His people, and sometimes it is used narrowly to refer to what Jesus does for us outside of us. In other words, sometimes the term gospel refers broadly to Jesus’ work of justification and sanctification for and in His people, and sometimes it refers narrowly to Jesus’ work of justification. Another way of putting this distinction is that sometimes the word gospel refers broadly to all the New Testament fulfillment of what was promised in the Old Testament, and sometimes the term gospel is used narrowly of Jesus’ doing in contrast to our doing of the Law.

An example of the broader sense of the word gospel can be seen in Mark 1:1, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” This use of the word gospel seems to refer to everything that Mark tells us about the teaching and work of Jesus. We see another broad use in Revelation 14:6–7:

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Here the gospel is the call to repent and worship God.

More often, the term gospel is used narrowly and its content is specified. We see this in 1 Corinthians 15:1–4:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

Here, the gospel is the message of the saving death and resurrection of Jesus.

In another place, Paul writes of “the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted,” and he specifies what that gospel is:

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. (1 Tim. 1:11, 15–16)

Here, the gospel is the saving work of Christ for sinners.

Paul writes similarly in 2 Timothy:

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. . . . Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel. (2 Tim. 1:8–10; 2:8)

This narrow use of the word gospel was very common in the writings of the sixteenth-century Reformers. We can see this in the thought of John Calvin:

The word of faith is put by metonymy [using the name of one concept for another concept to which it is related] for the word of promise, i.e. for the Gospel itself, since it is related to faith. The contrast between law and Gospel is to be understood, and from this distinction we deduce that, just as the law demands work, the Gospel requires only that men should bring faith in order to receive the grace of God.

It is also clear in Zacharias Ursinus. Near the beginning of his commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, Ursinus divides all of doctrine into law and gospel:

The doctrine of the church consists of two parts: the Law, and the Gospel; in which we have comprehended the sum and substance of the sacred Scriptures. The law is called the Decalogue, and the gospel is the doctrine concerning Christ the mediator, and the free remission of sins, through faith.

Such reflections on the gospel have remained common in Reformed theology, as we see from this long, fascinating quotation from the great Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck:

But the word of God, both as law and gospel, is the revelation of the will of God, the promulgation of the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. . . . Although in a broad sense the terms “law” and “gospel” can indeed be used to denote the old and the new dispensation of the covenant of grace, in their actual significance they definitely describe two essentially different revelations of divine will [Bavinck here cites many New Testament proof texts]. . . . In these texts law and gospel are contrasted as demand and gift, as command and promise, as sin and grace, as sickness and healing, as death and life . . . . The law proceeds from God’s holiness, the gospel from God’s grace; the law is known from nature, the gospel only from special revelation; the law demands perfect righteousness, but the gospel grants it; the law leads people to eternal life by works, and the gospel produces good works from the riches of the eternal life granted in faith; the law presently condemns people, and the gospel acquits them; the law addresses itself to all people, and the gospel only to those who live within its hearing.

How clear, distinct, biblical, and precious is this presentation of the gospel.

The church needs to preach the gospel in both its broad and narrow senses. The Greek word for gospel has given the English-speaking world the word evangelism. True evangelism, according to the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28:18–20, is a matter of making disciples: first, in the narrow sense of calling men and women to believe in Jesus and, second, in the broad sense of teaching them to observe all things that Jesus has taught His people. For the sake of the gospel, let’s all promote true evangelism.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

What Does the Gospel Mean? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

God Loves You…So Come Home — Key Life

To be honest, I actually like the younger son. He is “in your face.” He does what he wants to do when he wants to do it and he’s willing to pay the price. There is something quite winsome about that. The prodigal son is an upfront sinner, not hiding away from the public eye and sinning in silence.

Jesus would teach us something here. I want to share four truths that are not generally believed by most Christians, but they are biblical and life changing…because I got them from God.

Truth 1: Sanctification isn’t achieved by the purity you acquire, but by the freedom you’re given.

“And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood” (Luke 15:12).

We really believe that if we’re good and pure enough, and if we worship and serve him enough, God will notice and we will be free. The truth is you can’t get there from here that way. Obedience comes from freedom, not freedom from obedience.

God loves you. He knows what you’ve done and what you’re planning to do. He knows the truth about your bitterness, anger and lust. Knowing you inside and out, God loves you and he will never let you go.

Paul says that we’re “constrained by the love of Christ.” If you’re constrained by the law, by what your friends will say, by the church or by propriety, you have misunderstood.

Truth 2: Sin isn’t defined so much by what you do, but by where you live.

“And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living” (Luke 15:13).

This parable says to come on home. Even if you have a limp, even if blood is all over the place, even if it’s a long distance to travel, come on home. The loving Father waits.

Truth 3: Judgment isn’t defined so much by how God responds, but by what you experience.

“But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything” (Luke 15:14-16).

When Barbara Walters interviewed Johnny Cash, she asked him, “Do you believe in hell?” He said, “Yes, I do.” Then she followed that up with, “Do you believe in a literal hell?” He answered, “Yes, I do.” Finally she asked, “How do you know?” Johnny Cash said, “I’ve been there.”

When I was a pastor, I felt like I was standing by the side of a cliff. People came to the cliff’s edge, dancing around and peering over it. I warned them, “Don’t jump. You can get killed down there.” Inevitably, they always said, “Thanks for the warning” and then jumped right over the cliff. After this happened time and time again, I complained to God. His response was this, “I’ve just told you to tell them. I’ll clean up the mess later on.”

I’ve done it God’s way and I’ve done it my way. I’ve discovered that, whenever I do it my way, it hurts bad. God doesn’t sit in heaven with a lightning bolt aimed in your direction. The judgment comes in the reality of the fall and the pain of the rocks below after you’ve jumped.

Truth 4: Repentance isn’t defined so much by how you change, but by how you think.

“But when he came to himself…” (Luke 15:17-18).

I spent years not repenting because I thought repentance meant that I had to change. And for years I taught that when you spill the milk, you repent by cleaning it up. That is simply not true. I don’t know about you, but I knew I couldn’t change…so I didn’t repent.

It’s good news. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for “repentance” means “to comfort.” In the New Testament, it means “to change your mind.” So what is true repentance? Repentance is agreeing with God about who you are, whose you are, what you’ve done and what needs to be changed…then it’s up to God. That is all.

How can you be assured of your salvation? Scripture teaches that it is when you want to please God. That’s all. No one wants to please God more than I do. I suspect you can say the same thing.

So come on home. The Father loves you. He is waiting.

God Loves You…So Come Home — Key Life

April 14 Evening Verse of The Day

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26:41 Their temptation was to succumb to physical sleep and so fail in their responsibility to support Jesus. It may point also to the temptation to deny Jesus when he is led away to the cross (cf. vv. 31–35).[1]

26:41 the flesh is weak. The tenderness of this plea is touching. Christ Himself was well acquainted with the feeling of human infirmities (Heb 4:15)—yet without sin. At that very moment He was locked in a struggle against human passions which, while not sinful in themselves, must be subjugated to the divine will if sin was to be avoided. See note on v. 39.[2]

26:41 The disciples needed to stay awake and pray because they were about to be tested themselves. Here the word flesh emphasizes human weakness. The contrast between the weakness of the disciples and the strength of the Lord is startling. Because the flesh is weak, every child of God needs supernatural empowerment (Rom. 8:3, 4).[3]

26:41 “keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation” These are both PRESENT IMPERATIVES. There must be constant vigil! Temptation is an ongoing reality (cf. Matt. 4:11; Luke 4:13).

There have been several theories as to what “temptation” referred in this context: (1) to the disciples sleeping instead of praying, (2) to the disciples desertion of Jesus in v. 56; (3) to Peter’s denial in vv. 69–75; or (4) to governmental or religious trials (cf. Matt. 5:10–12; John 9:22; 16:2).

The term “temptation” (peirasmos) had the connotation of “to tempt or try with the goal of destruction” (cf. Matt. 6:13; Luke 11:4; James 1:13). It is often contrasted with another Greek term for test (dokimazo) which had the connotation of “to try or tempt with a view toward strengthening.” However, these connotations are not always present in every context. Theologically it can be said that God does not test or tempt His children to destroy them but He does provide opportunities for spiritual growth through trials (cf. Gen. 22:1; Ex. 16:4; 20:20; Duet. 8:2, 16; Matt. 4; Luke 4; Heb. 5:8). However, He always provides a way through (cf. 1 Cor. 10:13).

 “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” This was the self-confession of Jesus who knows fully our humanity and its weaknesses (cf. Heb. 4:15). And, knowing us, He loved us and died for us (cf. Rom. 5:8) and now intercedes for us (cf. Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1). Hallelujah![4]

41. Watch and pray. As the disciples were unmoved by their Master’s danger, their attention is directed to themselves, that a conviction of their own danger may arouse them. Christ therefore threatens that, if they do not watch and pray, they may be soon overwhelmed by temptation. As if he had said, “Though you take no concern about me, do not fail, at least, to think of yourselves; for your own interests are involved in it, and if you do not take care, temptation will immediately swallow you up.” For to enter into temptation means to yield to it. And let us observe, that the manner of resistance which is here enjoined is, not to draw courage from reliance on our own strength and perseverance, but, on the contrary, from a conviction of our weakness, to ask arms and strength from the Lord. Our watching, therefore, will be of no avail without prayer.

The spirit indeed is willing. That he may not terrify and discourage his disciples, he gently reproves their slothfulness, and adds consolation and good ground of hope. And, first, he reminds them, that though they are earnestly desirous to do what is right, still they must contend with the weakness of the flesh, and, therefore, that prayer is never unnecessary. We see, then, that he gives them the praise of willingness, in order that their weakness may not throw them into despair, and yet urges them to prayer, because they are not sufficiently endued with the power of the Spirit. Wherefore, this admonition relates properly to believers, who, being regenerated by the Spirit of God, are desirous to do what is right, but still labour under the weakness of the flesh; for though the grace of the Spirit is vigorous in them, they are weak according to the flesh. And though the disciples alone have their weakness here pointed out to them, yet, since what Christ says of them applies equally to all, we ought to draw from it a general rule, that it is our duty to keep diligent watch by praying; for we do not yet possess the power of the Spirit in such a measure as not to fall frequently through the weakness of the flesh, unless the Lord grant his assistance to raise up and uphold us. But there is no reason why we should tremble with excessive anxiety; for an undoubted remedy is held out to us, which we will neither have far to seek nor to seek in vain; for Christ promises that all who, being earnest in prayer, shall perseveringly oppose the slothfulness of the flesh, will be victorious.[5]

41 If the ἵνα (hina, “that”) clause is dependent only on the verb “pray,” then it is probably not final (as in 5:29) and gives the content of the prayer. If it depends on “watch and pray” together, it may have telic force.[6]


[1] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1882). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mt 26:41). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1195). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, pp. 218–219). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[5] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 235–236). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[6] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 611). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Faithfulness and Fruitfulness — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

God calls us to be faithful. His timing is perfect.

When He speaks it is time to respond in obedience and without delay. There is no such thing as postponing a decision to follow God. Either we obey or we disobey. His timing is always perfect.

Our first problem is that we want to put off responding to God in order to meet out time schedule. But our second problem is that when we do respond, we want to see the ultimate outcome of our actions.

In Psalm 1:3 the psalmist speaks of planting a tree. Our problem is that trees don’t grow overnight. Many years ago, I planted a magnolia tree in our front yard. It is still growing and I may never see it reach its full growth.

It is like that with God. He calls us to be faithful and sometimes we don’t even understand his ultimate plan and what’s more may never see it either. We are called on to be faithful and let God judge the fruitfulness of our work, which we may never see.

Too many of us are fixated on immediate gratification. All too frequently, a company’s worth is now measured almost entirely by the paybacks it achieves in the near term, rather than by its ability to plan effectively and execute a sustainable long-term growth strategy.

Bill Moyers said “Old people still plant trees they will never sit under.” He underlined the optimism and selflessness of senior citizens who plant trees for those who come after them, knowing they themselves will never enjoy the shade the trees will one day offer. In Christian ministry we often plant today so that those who come after us tomorrow might harvest.

Could Noah have envisioned the vastness of the human race that he was instrumental in preserving? Jeremiah, who in his lifetime saw little results of his preaching, would be amazed at the number of souls that have since been inspired and encouraged by his message. Jesus, after three years of diligent ministry, saw only the first fruits of the harvest that would eventually result. Paul, missionary to the Gentiles, lived to see the church begin to flower outside Judaism. Could he have visualized a church that today is almost exclusively composed of Gentile believers?

How about you? Are you willing to be a seed planted for God so that generations to follow may benefit from the fruits of your labor? Just be faithful and leave it to God to count the fruit.

By John Grant
Used by Permission
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney


FURTHER READING

•  Fear, Faith and Migraines by Dr. Muriel Larson
•  Life’s Lessons can Come from Unexpected Places

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

Faithfulness and Fruitfulness — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

I Work in His Energy — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

I can do everything through him (Christ) who gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4:13).

“… for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)

I try to read my Bible each morning, but sometimes I fall asleep. I guess I’m not a good Christian,” said a very sincere nurse who works night shift.

How many Christians carry a burden of guilt.

I’m not witnessing enough,” “ I’m not spending enough time in prayer,” “I should be doing more in the church.”

Our focus has become on legalistic doing: I must keep these rules and then I’m a good Christian. When we are doing this we’re treating Christianity like a religion. But vital Christianity is not a religion. It’s not a set of do’s and dont’s. It’s a new life in Christ, a new way of doing life.

We receive Jesus into our hearts and surrender to Him on a daily basis.

He then lives His life in us and through us—a life that is totally impossible for us to live in our own strength. We recognize our own weakness and pray, “Lord Jesus, I give myself to you. Live your life in me and through me now. Be my strength…be my courage…be my wisdom.”

This doesn’t mean we can be lazy Christians. Paul, who spoke to us of this wonderful life in Christ, also wrote these words, “To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:29) Notice whose energy it is—Jesus Christ’s energy. Being energized by Him we can live a life of love and good works which honors God.

Thank you, Jesus, that you are living in me, not just in theory, but in actual fact. Therefore, I have all the resources I need to live this day productively.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

• Feelings, Forgiveness and Peace
• Keeping Yourself in God’s Love – even during painful times in your life

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

I Work in His Energy — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

April 14 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“Love Governed God”
Ephesians 2:4–6

The poets themselves said, that amor Deum gubernat, that love governed God. And, as Nazianzen well speaks, this love of God, this dulcis tyrannus—this sweet tyrant—did overcome him when he was upon the cross. There were no cords could have held him to the whipping-post but those of love; no nails have fastened him to the cross but those of love.

THOMAS GOODWIN

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

A Piece of Wood and the Nearness of God
Acts 17:27–28; Revelation 7:11

If a piece of wood became as aware of the nearness of God as an archangel is, the piece of wood would be as happy as an archangel.

MEISTER ECKHART

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

Laboratories in US can’t find Covid-19 in one of 1,500 positive tests | Xandernieuws

CDC sued for massive fraud: Tests at 7 universities of ALL people examined showed that they did not have Covid, but just Influenza A or B – EU statistics: ‘Corona’ virtually disappeared, even under mortality.

A clinical scientist and immunologist-virologist at a southern California laboratory says he and colleagues from 7 universities are suing the CDC for massive fraud. The reason: not oneof 1500 samples of people tested “positive” could find Covid-19. ALL people were simply found to have Influenza A, and to a lesser extent Influenza B. This is consistent with the previous findings of other scientists, which we have reported on several times.

Dr. Derek Knauss: “When my lab team and I subjected the 1500 supposedly positive Covid-19 samples to Koch’s postulates and put them under an SEM (electron microscope), we found NO Covid in all 1500 samples. We found that all 1500 samples were primarily Influenza A, and some Influenza B, but no cases of Covid. We did not use the bulls*** PCR test.’

At 7 universities not once COVID detected

‘When we sent the rest of the samples to Stanford, Cornell, and a couple of the labs at the University of California, they came up with the same result: NO COVID. They found Influenza A and B. Then we all asked the CDC for viable samples of Covid. The CDC said they can’t give them, because they don’t have those samples.’

‘So we came to the hard conclusion through all our research and lab work that Covid-19 was imaginary and fictitious. The flu was only called ‘Covid,’ and most of the 225,000 deaths were from co-morbidities such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, pulmonary emphysema, etc.. They got the flu which further weakened their immune systems, and they died.’

‘This virus is fictitious’

‘I still need to find one viable sample with Covid-19 to work with. We who conducted the lab test with these 1500 samples at the 7 universities are now suing the CDC for Covid-19 fraud. The CDC still has not sent us a viable, isolated and purified sample of Covid-19. If they can’t or won’t, then I say there is no Covid-19. It’s fictional.’

‘The four research papers describing the genome extracts of the Covid-19 virus never managed to isolate and purify the samples. All four papers describe only small pieces of RNA that are only 37 to 40 base pairs long. That is NOT a VIRUS. A viral genome normally has 30,000 to 40,000 base pairs.’

‘Now that Covid-19 is supposedly so bad everywhere, how come not one lab in the world has completely isolated and purified this virus? That’s because they never really found the virus. All they ever discovered were small pieces of RNA that were not identified as the virus anyway. So what we’re dealing with is just another flu strain, just like every year. Covid-19 does not exist and is fictitious.’

‘I believe that China and the globalists have set up this Covid hoax (the flu disguised as a new virus) to establish a global tyranny and totalitarian control police state. This intrigue included (also) massive election fraud to overthrow Trump.’

CDC itself admits to having no identifiable virus

Deeply hidden in an official document on Covid-19, the CDC ruefully admitted as early as summer 2020 that it does not have a measurable virus: ‘As no quantified (= measured) isolated virus objects of 2019-nCoV are available at this time…’ (page 39 of the ‘CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel’ (July 13) In other words, the CDC, as one of THE leading medical authorities in the world, could not, and still cannot, demonstrate a virus.

About the for this purpose scientifically totally debunked, but still shamelessly abused PCR test, the CDC wrote under the heading ‘limitations’: ‘The detection of viral RNA cannot demonstrate the presence of an infectious virus, or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent of clinical symptoms.’ And in addition: ‘This test cannot exclude other diseases caused by other bacterial or viral pathogens.’

In other words, we cannot prove that the people who get sick and are hospitalized, and very occasionally die, were sickened by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, nor can we prove that it caused them to develop a new disease called ‘Covid-19.’ It could just as easily be a different virus and a different disease. (And since all the symptoms, including severe pneumonia, correspond seamlessly to what flu can cause historically in vulnerable people… ‘if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is a duck’.

Reward of $265,000 for demonstrating coronavirus

Earlier this year, Samuel Eckert’s German Team and the Isolate Truth Fund pledged a reward of at least $265,000 for any scientist who can provide incontrovertible proof that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been isolated and therefore exists. They too pointed out that not one lab in the world has yet been able to isolate this corona virus.

Yes, systems scientists claim they have, but this ‘isolation’ consists only of a sample from the human body, which is a ‘soup’ full of different kinds of cells, remains of viruses, bacteria, et cetera. With the help of (toxic) chemicals one then searches for some (residual) particles that may indicate a virus that once existed or may still exist, after which this is designated as ‘evidence’.

Canadian team also received no evidence despite 40 Public Access Law requests

In late December 2020 there was a similar initiative to the one in Germany. A team around Canadian investigative journalist Christine Massey submitted no less than 40 Public Access Law requests to medical authorities worldwide with the simple request for proof that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been isolated and its existence can therefore be objectively proven. Not one of the agencies and authorities written to was able to provide that evidence.

‘Impossible to demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 causes a disease called Covid-19’

Dr. Tom Cowan, Dr. Andrew Kaufman and Sally Fallon Morell recently published a statement on “the continuing controversy over whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus is isolated or purified. But based on the official Oxford definition of “isolation” (“the fact or condition of being isolated or secluded, a separation from other things or persons, standing alone”), common sense, the laws of logic and the rules of science dictate that any unbiased person must come to the conclusion that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has never been isolated or purified. As a result, no confirmation of the existence of the virus can be given.’

‘The logical and scientific implications of this fact are that the structure and composition of something whose existence cannot be proven cannot be known, including the presence, structure and function of hypothetical spike or other proteins. The genetic sequence of something that has never been found cannot be known, nor can the “variants” (mutations) of something whose existence has not been demonstrated. It is therefore impossible to show that SARS-CoV-2 causes a disease called Covid-19.’

Combined PCR test for corona and influenza ‘because there’s hardly any difference’

Not surprisingly, the world’s largest biotech company, China’s BGI, recently launched a new PCR test that can simultaneously test for influenza A, B and corona. Apart from the proven fact, acknowledged trough various lawsuits, that a PCR test cannot prove infection with any virus whatsoever, BGI’s explanation that both diseases are so difficult to distinguish from each other and that they have therefore made only one test, says more than enough. Maybe there IS no difference at all, ‘Covid’ is just another name for ‘old familiar’ flu viruses, and this is just another clever marketing trick?

Most people have been fooled by fear propaganda

With worldwide, government-controlled 24/7 fear propaganda by the mass media, most people have come to believe that there is indeed a life-threatening virus that makes people sick much faster and more severely than seasonal flu. However, even the latter is demonstrably not the case. Influenza A has been the leading cause of death from pneumonia in the developed world for years.

But send people designated as severe Covid patients to a few ICU’s, put cameras on them constantly, instruct a few physicians that they should only discuss the worst cases, and you have your “televised pandemic. The argument ‘we are doing it because otherwise care will be overburdened’ was undermined by governments itself some time ago, by rejecting offers of additional ICU beds or staff, because ‘it is not necessary’. (Was this perhaps the first and only time the truth was told?)

Official figures: nothing to worry about (yet it never gets back to normal)

Now that also the official figures show that after the normal traditional flu season nothing is wrong, and according to the EU statistics(EuroMOMO) there is even a significant lower mortality, the society – if it really was about a virus and public health – should immediately go back to normal to start repairing the huge damage caused by government policies.

However, as you know, that will never be done, and that is because this carefully planned pandemic hoax is carrying out an ideological agenda, the ‘Great Reset’, which aims to largely demolish the society and economy of the West, and then subject it to a global technocratic communist climate-vaccine dictatorship, in which all our freedoms, civil and self-determination rights will be done away with once and for all.

At least that was their plan.

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14 Apr 2021 News Briefing

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China live-drilled attacks on US carrier while sending record 25 warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace, analysts say
On Monday, China sent a record number of warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), as part of an ongoing aerial campaign around the island. On the same day, the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) sailed north of the Philippines’ northernmost island of Luzon, according to publicly available ship tracking data. Luzon lies directly south of Taiwan. Chieh Chung, a research fellow at the Association of Strategic Foresight in Taipei, Taiwan told Newsweek the Chinese warplanes likely took the opportunity to run a “simulated attack” on the U.S. aircraft carrier.

Russia, China warn Biden at same time to stay out of Ukraine, Taiwan
On Tuesday, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned President Joe Biden’s administration against getting involved in Ukraine, amid Russian forces massing on the Ukrainian border. Also on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned the Biden administration against getting involved in Taiwan. According to Reuters, Russia’s Ryabkov said “The United States is our adversary and does everything it can to undermine Russia’s position on the world stage. We do not see any other elements in their approach. Those are our conclusions.”

We’re creating pigs with human immune systems to study illness
As the pig fetus develops, the injected human immune stem cells begin to differentiate – or change into other kinds of cells – and spread through the pig’s body. Once SCID piglets are born, we can detect human immune cells in their blood, liver, spleen and thymus gland. This humanization is what makes them so valuable … .

‘Greater Idaho’ Plan Would Make It 3rd-Biggest State
Millions of Americans now living in Oregon, California, and Washington state could end up in their own Greater Idaho if a proposal submitted to Idaho lawmakers Monday becomes reality. Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon’s Borders for a Greater Idaho, told a joint committee of lawmakers that the plan, which would involve Idaho expanding its border to the Pacific Ocean, could grow Idaho’s population by 50% and make it the nation’s third-largest state in terms of area, KTVB reports. The plan calls for around three-quarters of Oregon becoming part of Idaho. Supporters say residents of parts of southeast Washington and northern California would also welcome the chance to become part of a red state.

Italian prosecutors request arrest warrant for Italian financier named in Vatican scandals
Italian prosecutors have asked a judge for an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, accusing the financier of money laundering and tax evasion. Torzi is already embroiled in a legal battle with the Vatican’s judiciary for his alleged role in the controversial purchase of a London apartment complex using Catholic Church funds.

5 governors say they’ll fight or block Biden’s anti-gun executive actions
Over the past week, several Republican governors have suggested they will push back against President Joe Biden’s actions limiting Americans’ Second Amendment rights, including his plans to regulate pistol braces and home-made “ghost guns.”

Biden To Announce Afghanistan Troop Exit “Hard Deadline” By Sept 11
A report in The Washington Post has revealed that Biden plans to make a major announcement on Wednesday related to a full and final troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. A senior administration official was cited as saying the president will announce a full US troop exit from America’s longest war in history, scheduled to be accomplished prior to the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, which is this year.

NCAA “Unequivocally Supports” Transgender Biological Male Participation In College Women’s Sports
The National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors said on Monday that it “firmly and unequivocally supports” transgender biological male athletes competing in women’s sports at the college level.

‘We Were Creating A Story — Our Focus Was To Get Trump Out’: CNN Director Busted By Undercover Veritas Operative
A technical director for CNN made the grave error of sitting down with a (probably hot) undercover female journalist from Project Veritas, to whom he admitted that the network “got Trump out” with their coverage, and that he “100% believe(s) that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out.”

Biden Admin Gives Valuable Defense Contract to China Collaborator
The Biden administration awarded a lucrative defense contract to a Singaporean company that works with Chinese military firms. On April 6, Singapore-based ST Engineering won a contract alongside defense contractor BAE Systems to build a prototype military ground vehicle for use in Arctic environments. One of ST Engineering’s direct subsidiaries does business with the Chinese military industry, ultimately providing maritime and satellite technology to Chinese authorities.

Strange blue structures glow on Mars in new NASA image
Using a special infrared camera aboard the Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has been soaring over the Red Planet since 2001, researchers snapped a thermal image of the Martian north pole, digitally colored to highlight the wide-ranging temperatures there. Areas tinted in blue represent colder regions, while warmer areas are tinted in yellow and orange, … .

Former Pentagon advisor: Arabs looking to Israel to Replace America as leader in war on Iran
“There’s no escaping the reality that at the core of the administration’s Iran strategy is a devil’s bargain that will funnel billions of dollars into Iran’s imperial project across the Middle East in exchange for little more than a temporary reprieve from Iran’s relentless march towards nuclear-weapons capability.”

Tulsi Gabbard warns: Biden to bring ‘Nuclear Holocaust’ with ‘burning flesh’, A prophecy of Zechariah
Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard gave a terrifying warning during an interview on Fox News on Monday, claiming that a war with Russia is currently dangerously close. In the interview, she hinted at the use of nuclear weapons, invoking images that were disturbingly similar to prophetic descriptions of Gog and Magog. When asked about the rising conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Gabbard said, “It is moving in a very dangerous direction, and the question for the American people is, ‘Are we willing to go to war with Russia on behalf of Ukraine.” “We need to understand that such a war will come at a cost beyond anything we can imagine,” Gabbard said.

Forensic Pathologist: If We Found George Floyd at Home with That Amount of Fentanyl and Meth, It Would Be an Overdose
As is so often the case with police use-of-force incidents that incite these “fiery but mostly peaceful” protests, it is very safe to say that those lone voices always calling to wait for the facts have been more than validated in their prudence by what we’ve learned from Chauvin’s trial. One rather explosive revelation is an admission from forensic pathologist Dr. Lindsey Thomas that, if Floyd’s body had been alone at home with the same level of deadly narcotics in his system as was found in his autopsy, she could have easily ruled the death was the result of a drug overdose. The protests that are bound to come if the former officer is acquitted will clamor loudly for “justice” — but a justice system that presumes guilt is no justice system at all.

Military Junta Reportedly Seizes George Soros Foundation’s Bank Accounts
The military junta in Myanmar has detained an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and has frozen the billionaire financier’s bank accounts in the country under the suspicion that the group funded elements opposed to the February coup in the country, according to news reports.

US Government Scientist Reveals New COVID Monitoring Device That Gets Implanted Under Skin
“Consider a ship like the USS Theodore Roosevelt — hobbled last year when 1,271 crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. What if everyone on board had their health monitored with this subdermal implant, now in late-stage testing?” Whitaker said. “It’s not some dreaded government microchip to track your every move, but a tissue-like gel engineered to continuously test your blood.”

Iran fires missile at Israeli-owned ship near UAE – report
An Israeli-owned ship called the Hyperion was attacked near the shores of the Fujairah emirate in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, according to reports in Lebanon. The attack came a day after Iran vowed to avenge the explosion at its Natanz nuclear facility, which it blamed on Israel.

Natanz attack hit 50 meters underground, destroyed most of the facility
The alleged Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility targeted an electrical substation located 40 to 50 meters underground and damaged “thousands of centrifuges,”…Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani…told Iranian media…the attack hit an electrical substation located deep underground and managed to damage both the power distribution system and the cable leading to the centrifuges in order to cut power to them.

Russia to consider Biden plan for Putin summit
Hours after US President Joe Biden proposed a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin has said it will study the idea. “It is early to talk about this meeting in terms of specifics,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Mr Biden made the proposal on the phone with Mr Putin, raising concerns about Russia’s troop build-up on Ukraine’s borders, the White House said.

Texas Faces New Power Crisis: Prices Soar 10,000% As ERCOT Urges Power Conservation Amid Grid ‘Emergency’
Texas’ power grid operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which came under immense pressure months ago for mishandling the historic winter storm in mid-February, urged customers Tuesday afternoon to “reduce their electricity use” as a cold front swept through, causing power demand to spike. 

FDA lifts ban on abortion pill by mail; pro-lifers say move ‘prioritizes’ profits
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will not enforce the requirement that abortion pills be administered in person, easing restrictions on mailing abortion pills for the coronavirus pandemic’s duration.

New massive eruption at Soufriere St. Vincent, SO2 emissions spreading over two continents
A new high-level, major eruption took place at Soufriere St. Vincent volcano at 10:40 UTC on April 13, 2021. The SO2 emissions produced over the past 2 days are now spreading over two continents — South America and Africa. Extremely heavy ash is covering the island of St. Vincent, leaving the nation without electricity.

Top Republican Exposes ‘Child Abuse’ at Texas Border Patrol Facility
Distressing video footage of numerous unaccompanied children at the Donna, Texas, Border Patrol facility was posted by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who said it was tantamount to “child abuse.”

Russia Rebuilding The Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Syria, Known As The Gateway To The Temple Of Baal, To Prepare For The Arrival Of Antichrist
Just last month, Pope Francis was in Ur of the Chaldees, taking a Chrislam victory lap in the birthplace of Abraham, and today we are hearing news that Russia is helping Syria to restore the Arch of Palmyra that served the ancient world as a gateway to the Temple of Baal. This is how close we are to the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.

April 13th: Vaccine antibodies CAUSE blood clots in the brain, lungs and heart… FDA calls halt to J&J vaccine as deaths accelerate
In the wake of accelerating deaths from vaccine-induced blood clots, the FDA has now called a nationwide halt to the Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine.

California Lifts Church Capacity Limits after 5 Rebukes from Supreme Court
California’s failing Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, has been forced to lift the capacity limits he placed on churches in the state following five rebukes from the United States Supreme Court.

VACCINE ZOMBIES: Johnson & Johnson COVID Jab Pulled After People Began Experiencing ‘Blood Clots, Abdominal Pain’ And ‘Shortness Of Breath’
On the CDC website we are shown something called ‘Zombie Preparedness’, something they say started as ‘a tongue-in-cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform.’ Can someone please tell me where I can find the humor in hundreds of thousands of adverse reactions and hundreds of fatalities already as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine? Looks like people are actually turning into zombies, there is death in the pot!

Russia deploying real-deal “doomsday” weapon that can flood U.S. coastal cities with nuclear tsunamis 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been waiting years for an opportunity to regain an upper hand on the U.S. after decades of being a second-rate power following the end of the Cold War.

Setting The Scene For Global Destruction. Now It’s The Arctic
The U.S. is preparing for war in the Arctic, and the “boiling point” might not be far away…

Churches urge prayer after fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright
As tensions and protests continue to flare in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, local churches are calling for prayers and calm while seeking to help the community process its grief.

Rep. Omar Ignores Her Homeland’s Crisis as UN Expresses Deep Concern
Omar is a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee and has recently been named Vice Chair of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights. Rather than use her prominent congressional platform to speak out on behalf of the suffering Somalian people who are not as lucky as she was to live the American dream, Omar has singled out Israel with a barrage of anti-Semitic remarks.

Source: 14 Apr 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Wednesday 4-14-21

David Morrill – Why I’m Not Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine: A Layman Responds

Overcomer Ministry – R.G. Stair, Convicted of Sexual Assault,  Dead at 87

Alleged victim in trial of Abilene church worker charged with sex assault details 6 years of abuse

Megachurch leader who allegedly made sex videos with minors to face trial in September

Spa Co-Owner & Victim of Ravi Zacharias Speaks: He Threatened to “Ruin” Me

The Biden Administration Is Letting Religious Freedom Programs Fall To The Sidelines

CNN Director Admits Network Engaged in “Propaganda” to Defeat President Trump

Pentagon Researchers Focusing On An Under-The-Skin Microchip As An End To The Pandemic

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 14, 2021

Mid-Day Digest

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Biden Spreads His Border Crisis Across the Country

The migrant surge is a boon for Biden’s cronies, while Kamala Harris finally seeks to push back.

Thomas Gallatin

Illegal aliens are continuing to flood into the U.S. due to Joe Biden’s near-nonexistent policies on border control. And as federal migrant housing facilities swell beyond capacity, the Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Children and Families has awarded a no-bid $530 million contract to Family Endeavors to help with the “emergency intake” and “wrap-around care” of migrant children.

First, don’t forget that many of these “children” are older teens, not the toddlers of Time magazine covers. Second, this is cronyism at its “finest.”

“The contract is the second-largest ever to be awarded by ACF and the second from HHS to go to Family Endeavors,” the Washington Examiner reports. “Already, HHS has opened more than a dozen emergency facilities in southern border states, as well as Michigan and Pennsylvania, to hold the more than 18,000 children in its care as of Monday.” And this is the second time in less than a month that the Biden administration has awarded Family Endeavors with a no-bid lucrative contract, the first totaling $87 million.

This no-bid contract is rather shady because while Family Endeavors has no contract history with Immigration and Customs Enforcement prior to last month, the organization’s leadership does have close ties to the Biden administration.

The Examiner notes, “Family Endeavors does have a former senior official on the Biden transition team in its leadership: former ICE official Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, identified as a potential broker in the deal by Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who is tracking the ICE contract, as well as two others with knowledge of the situation.” In other words, it appears that Biden’s border crisis is a boon for his business buddies.

Meanwhile, the Biden-Harris administration has shipped and dumped masses of illegal aliens all across the nation, often with little notice to or apparent input from local authorities. For example, county schools in the Chattanooga area have been alerted to expect “an increase of unattended migrant youth” and to “please register them immediately.” Conveniently, “They do not need 2 proofs of residency.”

On top of this, ICE priority arrests of criminal illegal aliens across the interior of the country have dropped by 75% since Biden took office. Jessica Vaughan, policy study director for the Center for Immigration Studies, notes, “Almost one thousand more ‘worst of the worst’ criminal aliens were arrested under Trump’s priorities. What this tells me is that, paradoxically, it looks like the Biden policies are actually hampering ICE’s ability to arrest even the most serious criminals who are a priority.”

Interestingly, Biden’s first “border czar,” former ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, who upon taking up the appointment in January blasted Trump administration border policy that “intentionally made [immigration] worse,” is now throwing in the towel. She dubiously claims that her original intention was to stay only through Biden’s first 100 days. Even The New York Times finds that suspect, observing, “The timing of her departure is nonetheless striking, coming in the middle of the administration’s efforts to reduce the flow of immigration from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.”

But this was the plan all along. It’s just that the migrant numbers jumped much more quickly than Team Biden anticipated and the bad publicity has gotten out of hand. This crisis is no “accident, but by design,” argues Trump’s ICE Director Tom Homan. “They’re bringing in millions of people into this country who will now be counted on the census because Joe Biden overturned that, which leads to seats in the House [and] Electoral College in elections. This is power over public safety; the quest for power over protecting American citizens.”

Finally, after going nearly a month without visiting the border or even publicly addressing the border crisis, the White House announced that Kamala Harris will finally be stepping into her role as “border czar.” Clearly, the heat of a spiraling crisis that has members from both parties as well as media outlets and officials in border states repeatedly noting her glaring absence appears to have gotten to the administration. The trouble is that this Biden-created crisis is a political tar baby that Harris would love to avoid.

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9/11 Afghanistan Withdrawal Is Symbolism Over Substance

While U.S. objectives are far from clear, it’s obvious that Biden has politics in mind.

Nate Jackson

The debate about withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan has long involved a lot of political theater. That’s true again as President Joe Biden announced that he’s set a new date for withdrawal — September 11, a symbolic 20 years after the jihadist attacks on our nation that provoked our war in Afghanistan.

Former President Donald Trump had previously set a withdrawal date of May 1, which coincided with the 10-year anniversary of the Navy SEALs dispatching Osama bin Laden. He famously decried “endless wars” and had little appetite for maintaining American troops anywhere there wasn’t a clear mission for victory.

His predecessor, Barack Obama, notoriously waffled on what to do in Afghanistan. He insisted on premature withdrawal from Iraq, which led to the rise of the Islamic State. But on Afghanistan, he never could seem to make up his mind. Was withdrawal on a contrived timetable the best policy, or was it a surge of U.S. troops to keep fighting the “good” war? Nobody seemed to know what Obama aimed to accomplish.

So, here we are, almost 20 years from the first U.S. troops landing in Afghanistan, and many Americans might be saying, “We still have troops in Afghanistan?” Yes, between 2,500 and 3,500 of them. It’s a forgotten war and a lost objective.

As far as Biden’s date, there are two things you need to know: It’s not Trump’s date, and it’s supposed to mark a significant achievement on a meaningful anniversary. The truth is, Biden is doing nothing for national security and everything for politicizing the issue. What’s left to win is not entirely clear, but what could be lost is arguably quite predictable. The Taliban has no reason to abide by its agreement with the U.S. to cut ties with al-Qaida. In fact, the Taliban already has been working with al-Qaida to capture military bases in the nation, and Kabul is hardly safe without American troops.

According to the 2021 Threat Assessment by U.S. intelligence services, published Tuesday, “The Afghan Government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support.” In other words, 20 years after 9/11 could look an awful lot like 9/10. Whether that truly serves America’s interests remains to be seen.

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Breaking News: CNN Deplatformed Trump!

CNN admits promoting fake Trump news. Where are the deplatformers?

Mark Alexander

A contender for my favorite movie line is the faux declaration of shock expressed by the corrupt police prefect, Captain Louis Renault, in the classic 1942 film “Casablanca.” Upon “discovering” there was gambling in “Rick’s Café Américain,” Renault, who is the perennial beneficiary of that illegal enterprise, insists, “I’m shocked — shocked — to find that gambling is going on in here!” A moment later a croupier hands Renault a wad of cash, saying, “Your winnings, sir.” Renault responds, “Oh, thank you very much.”

In that same vein, brace yourself. I know you will be shocked — shocked — to find out that CNN, the nation’s leading propagator of fake news, was fully committed across its media platforms to defeating Donald Trump, whether with fact or fiction.

CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester was on a faux Tinder honey-trap date when caught on video (compliments of Project Veritas) explaining how CNN “got Trump out” of office.

According to Chester: “Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100​% going to say it, and I 100​% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got [sic] voted out. … Our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was.”

Describing an example of how CNN propagated fake news, Chester noted: “[Trump’s] hand was shaking or whatever. … We brought in so many medical people to all tell a story that was all speculation — that he was neurologically damaged, and he was losing it. He’s unfit to — you know — whatever. … We were creating a story there that we didn’t know anything about, you know? That’s what I think is propaganda.” Conversely, Chester noted, “We would always show shots of [Biden] jogging and that [he’s] healthy, you know, and him in aviator shades. Like you paint him as a young geriatric.”

Chester said he did not care if Biden died because Kamala Harris was “f—ing real.”

Now that Trump is out and Harris, Biden’s heir-apparent puppeteer, is waiting in the wings, what is CNN going to do as its next propaganda act?

Well, Chester says, “I think there’s a COVID fatigue. … They’ve already announced in our office that once the public is — will be — open to it, we’re going to start focusing mainly on climate. It’s going to be [CNN’s] focus. Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was, right? So our next thing is going to be climate change awareness. … Like, constantly showing videos of decline in ice, and weather warming up, and like the effects it’s having on the economy​. … Climate change can take years, so [CNN will] probably be able to milk that quite a bit.”

Ah, yes, back to the future of the Demos’ socialist so-called “climate change” agenda!

Chester confirmed that the “head of the network,” Jeff Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia News & Sports, which owns CNN, was integral in setting CNN’s agenda. But regarding CNN’s propaganda, he added, “No one ever says those things out loud.” For the moment, though his LinkedIn account with his CNN employment information has been deleted, he has not yet been fired, as that would be tantamount to affirming his claims.

So, where are the fact-checkers and deplatformers? When will CNN go down?

Oh, wait, CNN is an integral part of the Leftmedia and social media cabal, dedicated to systemically redlining and canceling only conservative media and organizations supporting American Liberty.

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Biden Tax Hike Will Hammer Workers, Consumers, and Retirees

After promising to only soak the rich, Democrats have plans for your wallet.

Louis DeBroux

Despite Joe Biden’s repeated promises to never raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 per year, he is now working with Democrats in Congress to hammer the middle class with devastating tax increases.

At issue is the so-called American Jobs Plan (AJP), a $2 trillion boondoggle of progressive wish-list spending, combined with a $2.5 trillion tax increase. In this case, the tax increases are designed to achieve maximum political benefit for Democrats by tapping into their base’s desire to see the evil “rich” and corporations punished with higher taxes, but in a way that obscures their fingerprints on the pain the working class will suffer.

Democrats are depending on what ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber called “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” in order to pass the AJP as they did ObamaCare — by promising things they know they can’t deliver in order to get the increased spending they lust for.

In reality, increasing the corporate tax rate primarily hurts average Americans because corporations don’t pay taxes, only people pay taxes.

Why?

Because when corporations are hit with higher taxes, they simply pass the cost along to workers in the form of lower wages and reduced benefits, to customers in the form of higher prices, and to shareholders in the form of reduced dividends on investments.

Many Americans have a tendency to think of investors as wealthy, wine-sipping fat cats who live in mansions and spend their weekends on their yachts. There’s good reason for the stereotype, but in reality, a huge percentage of investors are the working class who spend years putting hard-earned money into pensions and 401(k) retirement accounts.

A corporate tax increase will raise the cost of goods and services — food, housing, electricity, transportation, appliances, etc. — on the front end, and result in less take-home pay and reduced retirement savings for the middle class on the other end.

Millions of Americans may cheer Democrats for sticking it to the rich, only to discover that Democrats consider them rich, even as they struggle to make ends meet.

When President Donald Trump signed the Republicans’ 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, slashing corporate income tax rates from 35% (highest in the world) to 21% (one of the lowest), it unleashed an economic boom the likes of which had not been seen in decades. Millions of new jobs were created, and real household income soared by $4,400.

Furthermore, the 2017 TCJA incentivized American multinational corporations to bring their overseas profits back home, and they did, repatriating a staggering $1.6 trillion in capital. These same corporations also began investing in America, opening new factories here and creating countless thousands of high-paying jobs.

Biden knows that reversing the Republicans’ tax cuts and increasing corporate tax rates by 33% would result in American companies fleeing for foreign lands with more favorable tax treatment, which is why Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is working with the finance ministers of G20 nations to enact a global minimum tax rate, effectively limiting the ability of companies to escape harsh tax treatment. Unfortunately, the harmful impact on consumers and workers would remain.

In pushing for his tax-and-spend plan, Biden revealed the progressive Democrat mindset — that all of your money belongs to them, and you’re lucky to get what they let you keep. As he put it, “I didn’t hear any of our friends, who are criticizing this plan, say that the corporate tax cut, which added $2 trillion to the debt — the Trump tax cut, $2 trillion — $1.9 trillion in debt — wasn’t paid for.”

Tax cuts are reductions in the rates at which government confiscates your earnings. By arguing that tax cuts must be “paid for,” Biden is saying your earnings belong first to the government.

Secretary Yellen, in endorsing the AJP and the global minimum tax, flat-out lied when she claimed, “Our tax revenues are already at their lowest level in generations.” At $3.86 trillion for FY2021, tax revenues are not only not at their lowest point in generations, they are at their highest nominal point ever, and nearly double the tax revenues received in FY2009, the last time there was a year-to-year drop in revenues. As a percentage of GDP, tax revenues are within the post-World War II average.

Yellen also claims the revenue generated by the Made in America Tax Plan would pay for “investments” that would in turn increase GDP by 1.6% in just three years. But an analysis by the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business found that Biden’s plan would reduce GDP by 0.9% by 2031, resulting in hundreds of thousands of jobs lost and lower wages.

Couple that with new federal mandates and expensive new regulations, and the economy will slow to a crawl, just as it did in the Obama-Biden years.

With a 50-50 split in the Senate, and Democrat Senator Joe Manchin saying he will vote for “only” a 20% corporate tax increase, Biden will have a hard time passing this bill, even using reconciliation, so now he is trying to browbeat Republican lawmakers into supporting his plan.

This plan is disastrous for working-class Americans. Republicans should have no part of it.

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Left Goes to Bat for Biden’s Racist Civil Rights Nominee

As Kristen Clarke faces scrutiny over her past espoused racist views, the Left claims the criticism of her is itself racist.

Thomas Gallatin

Demonstrating that loudly proclaimed concerns over racism are nothing more than a facade covering politically induced power plays, leftists have gone to bat for Joe Biden’s choice of a racist to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Kristen Clarke. As our own Douglas Andrews noted back in January, Clarke has repeatedly espoused racist and pseudoscientific views, which apparently “qualifies” her in Biden’s view to push “equity” in the Civil Rights Division.

On the pseudoscience, she said, “Some scientists have revealed that most whites are unable to produce melanin because their pineal glands are often calcification [sic] or non-functioning. Pineal calcification rates with Africans are five to 15 percent, Asians 15 to 25 percent and Europeans 60 to 80 percent. This is the chemical basis for the cultural differences between Blacks and whites.” Sounds like she’s arguing whites are biologically defective.

And on race, she concludes, “Liberal whites underestimate the damage which racism causes to the minds of Black children, and conservative whites know all too well how to enlarge that damage. No matter how rich or supportive a Black person’s home might be, by the time she is ready to take the SAT or apply to college, she has struggled far more extensively than any white person of the same social and economic background.” Seems that she’s saying no amount of effort or merit will suffice.

That’s not all. Clarke has also organized a conference in support of convicted cop killers like Assata Shakur, who murdered a New Jersey state trooper. She dubiously refers to these killers as “political prisoners.” Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff notes, “One of the speakers was Safiya Bukhari, founder of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition. Bukhari downplayed the Holocaust, saying it ‘was only 6 million Jews killed in the camps and prisons of Germany and Poland.’”

In short, Clarke’s promotion of racists, cop killers, and anti-Semites should be enough to doom any chance of her confirmation, but Democrats and their cohorts in the Leftmedia are circling the wagons. They’re ridiculously asserting that the real reason Clarke is facing mounting criticism from Republicans has nothing to do with her racism. Instead, it’s due to the fact she challenged Donald Trump. This Washington Post headline is illustrative: “Kristen Clarke faced abuse for taking on Trump. Now she’s poised to lead Justice Department’s civil rights team.”

Even the leftist Jewish organizations American Jewish Congress and the Union for Reform Judaism have no problem endorsing Clarke, as they contended, “Black women in our country too often get disproportionate criticism and harmful backlash for the same actions or behaviors that would be overlooked from white and male colleagues.” This statement may be true when it comes to conservative black women like Candice Owens, who has repeatedly been the target of hatred and vitriol from the Left for daring to break free of its black victim narrative. But ask Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors how much mainstream blowback she’s received for using her race-hustling cash to buy a couple of million-dollar mansions. No, she’s only the victim of a “right-wing offensive.”

Of course, Clarke herself only sees racism one way — that is from those who have called her out. In a recent social media post, she boasted, “Not deterred by those who harbor and espouse racism and hate.” She might want to take a closer look in the mirror.

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Top of the Fold

  • Some Trump immigration policies are good and should stay, Democrats say (Examiner)

“The Trump administration did a number of things on the immigration side that I really disagree with,” Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, told the Washington Examiner. “However, I don’t think the Biden administration should just wholesale say, ‘We’re getting rid of all of it.’ I think we analyze pieces of it and see. We need a comprehensive approach.” … Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, told the Washington Examiner he is favorable to the “Remain in Mexico” policy. “Working with the folks south of the border to make sure folks don’t come is smart politics,” Tester said.

National Security

  • Iran to begin enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level yet (AP)
  • U.S. adding 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge of partial withdrawal (AP)

Heartland

  • Officer who shot, killed Daunte Wright and Brooklyn Center police chief both resign (ABC News)
  • Minnesota police arrest more than 60 for criminal behaviors (Fox News)
  • A vast right-wing conspiracy! BLM blames “right-wing offensive” for outcry over Patrisse Cullors’ real estate buys (Washington Times) | Except even BLM of NYC is calling for an “independent investigation” of the BLM cofounder (Daily Wire)

Other Notables

  • Black church leaders bash Biden and Abrams for lies regarding Georgia’s voting reform law (Center Square)
  • 59% of black voters say voter ID laws don’t discriminate (Breitbart)
  • Consumer prices post biggest gain in 8-½ years (Reuters) | Get ready for higher grocery bills for the rest of the year (NBC News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why inflation is a real threat to the economy (1945)
  • Policy: The promise and peril of ranked-choice voting (City Journal)
  • Humor: Minneapolis City Council to offer looting passports (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “There can be no prescription old enough to supersede the Law of Nature and the grant of God Almighty, who has given to all men a natural right to be free, and they have it ordinarily in their power to make themselves so, if they please.” —James Otis (1725-1783)

Upright: “The Biden infrastructure plan is a head fake. The agenda here isn’t about creating ‘millions of new jobs.’ It’s a declaration of war against one of the largest sources of new jobs in the United States: our domestic energy producers. Some 80% of our energy today comes from fossil fuels, and well more than half of it comes from oil and natural gas. … Let’s have a grown-up discussion on energy policy. The U.S. is going to continue to use oil and gas for decades to come. Today, only 10.7% of our energy comes from wind and solar power. Approximately 2% of the cars on the road are electric vehicles. Even if that were to rise by tenfold over the next decade, we will still have 80% of cars using good old gasoline. If we don’t produce the oil and gas here, we are going to fill our tanks with oil and gas from the Middle East or Russia.” —Stephen Moore

Observations: “Truth, it is necessary to say again and again, is a liberal value and a conservative value, but it has never been a left-wing value. … America is drowning in left-wing lies. And it is being asphyxiated by the left’s substitution of ‘social justice’ for justice.” —Dennis Prager

For the record: “What I saw on this trip was chaos and disorder. What the Biden administration does not want you to know is simply that they have handed over the borders of our country to the cartels and smugglers.” —Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis

Hot air: “Given the circumstances, Scientific American has agreed with major news outlets worldwide to start using the term ‘climate emergency’ in its coverage of climate change. … This idea is not a journalistic fancy. We are on solid scientific ground.” —senior editor Mark Fischetti (“This sounds very, very sciency and not at all political.” —Ben Shapiro)

Non compos mentis: “You can’t be anti-racist if you’re anti student debt cancellation.” —Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

A trip down memory lane: “Remember: every example of violence Donald Trump decries has happened on his watch. Under his leadership. During his presidency.” —Joe Biden, August 2020

Dezinformatsiya I: “Daunte Wright was stopped for expired plates, but driving while Black may have been his ‘crime.’” —NBC News

Dezinformatsiya II: “Did the Boulder shooting count as White male violence? Depends on how you define White.” —The Washington Post

And last… “There can be tragic mistakes that have nothing to with race. The desire to label every dire outcome a product of racism, no matter the intent, is destroying our society.” —Erielle Davidson

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