There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
The Moral Death of Sin Romans 7:9–10, 18–19; 12:2; Ephesians 2:1–3; 1 Timothy 4:2
The death of a sinner was not a physical death, but a moral. Man lost not his faculties, but the rectitude of them. He lost the purity of his sight, the integrity of his will, but not the understanding and will itself.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Revere Scripture as We Revere God 2 Timothy 3:16
We owe to the Scripture the same reverence that we owe to God; because it has proceeded from him alone, and has nothing belonging to man mixed with it.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
In 1993, my wife and I were involved in an historic train wreck. The crash of the Sunset Limited into an inlet from Mobile Bay killed more passengers than any Amtrak accident in history. We survived that eerie accident but not without ongoing trauma. The wreck left my wife with an ongoing anxiety about being able to sleep on a train at night. The wreck left me with a back injury that took fifteen years of treatment and therapy to overcome. Nevertheless, with these scars from the trauma we both learned a profound lesson about the providence of God. Clearly, God’s providence in this case for us was one of benign benevolence. It also illustrated to us an unforgettable sense of the tender mercies of God. In as much as we are convinced that God’s providence is an expression of His absolute sovereignty over all things, I would think that a logical conclusion from such a conviction would be the end of all anxiety.
However, that is not always the case. Of course, our Lord Himself gave the instruction to be anxious for nothing to His disciples and, by extension, to the church. His awareness of human frailties expressed in our fears was manifested by His most common greeting to His friends: “Fear not.” Still, we are creatures who, in spite of our faith, are given to anxiety and at times even to melancholy.
As a young student and young Christian, I struggled with melancholy and sought the counsel of one of my mentors. As I related my struggles, he said, “You are experiencing the heavy hand of the Lord on your shoulder right now.” I had never considered God’s hand being one that gave downward pressure on my shoulder or that would cause me to struggle in this way. I was driven to prayer that the Lord would remove His heavy hand from my shoulder. In time, He did that and delivered me from melancholy and a large degree of anxiety.
On another occasion I was in a discussion with a friend, and I related to him some of the fears that were plaguing me. He said, “I thought you believed in the sovereignty of God.” “I do,” I said, “and that’s my problem.” He was puzzled by the answer, and I explained that I know enough about what the Bible teaches of God’s providence and of His sovereignty to know that sometimes God’s sovereign providence involves suffering and affliction for His people. That we are in the care of a sovereign God whose providence is benevolent does not exclude the possibility that He may send us into periods of trials and tribulations that can be excruciatingly painful. Though I trust God’s Word that in the midst of such experiences He will give to me the comfort of His presence and the certainty of my final deliverance into glory, in the meantime I know that the way of affliction and pain may be difficult to bear.
The comfort that I enjoy from knowing God’s providence is mixed at times with the knowledge that His providence may bring me pain. I don’t look forward to the experience of pain with a giddy anticipation; rather, there are times when it’s necessary for me and for others to grit our teeth and to bear the burdens of the day. Again, I have no question about the outcome of such affliction, and yet at the same time, I know that there are afflictions that will test me to the limits of my faith and endurance. That kind of experience and knowledge makes it easy to understand the tension between confidence in God’s sovereign providence and our own struggles with anxiety.
Romans 8:28, which is a favorite for many of us, states that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (NKJV). There’s no other text that demonstrates so clearly and magnificently the beauty of God’s sovereign providence than that one. The text does not say that everything that happens to us, considered in and of itself, is good; rather, it says that all things that happen are working together for our good. That is the master plan of God’s redemptive providence. He brings good out of evil. He brings glory out of suffering. He brings joy out of affliction. This is one of the most difficult truths of sacred Scripture for us to believe. I’ve said countless times that it is easy to believe in God but far more difficult to believe God. Faith involves living a life of trust in the Word of God.
As I live out the travail that follows life on this side of glory, hardly a day goes by that I am not forced to look at Romans 8:28 and remind myself that what I’m experiencing right now feels bad, tastes bad, is bad; nevertheless, the Lord is using this for my good. If God were not sovereign, I could never come to that comforting conclusion — I would be constantly subjected to fear and anxiety without any significant relief. The promise of God that all things work together for good to those who love God is something that has to get not only into our minds, but it has to get into our bloodstreams, so that it is a rock-solid principle by which life can be lived.
I believe this is the foundation upon which the fruit of the Spirit of joy is established. This is the foundation that makes it possible for the Christian to rejoice even while in the midst of pain and anxiety. We are not stoics who are called to keep a stiff upper lip out of some nebulous concept of fate; rather, we are those who are to rejoice because Christ has overcome the world. It is that truth and that certainty that gives relief to all of our anxieties.
This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.
2:2 The twofold occurrence of no one emphasizes God’s uniqueness. Rock denotes an immovable, jutting cliff, not a mere stone. This word commonly occurs in the Bible to describe God’s support and defense of his people (Ps 18:2; 95:1; Is 44:8).
2:2 rock. As a metaphor for God, this term is concentrated in poetic passages such as the song of Moses in Deut. 32; the song of David in 2 Sam. 22; Psalms; and Isaiah. The metaphor suggests God’s strength and sovereignty, and the security of those who trust in Him. Here the focus is on the uniqueness of the one true God as opposed to false sources of security (compare the contrast with false gods, also called “rock,” in Deut. 32:31, 37; Is. 44:8).
2:2 The first and third lines of this verse are parallel: holy is parallel to rock, and the Lord is parallel to God, with different structure but similar meaning. The formula “there is no … like …” denotes incomparability. Thus, there is none besides you states that there is no absolutely holy being besides the Lord; moreover, only the Lord is God, i.e., “monotheism” is true (see Deut. 4:35; 32:39; 2 Sam. 22:32). “Rock,” a common OT epithet for God (e.g., Deut. 32:4, 15; 2 Sam. 22:2; 23:3), indicates God’s protection and strength. In Ps. 118:22 and Isa. 8:14; 28:16; as well as in 1 Pet. 2:6–8, “rock” has a messianic significance (see note on 1 Sam. 2:10). With “our God,” Hannah speaks as a member of the covenant community, whom she addresses in the next verse.
2:2 rock. A metaphor for God that emphasized His strength and the security of those who trust in Him (see Dt 32:4; Ps 18:1, 2).
2:2No one is holy like the Lord: That which is holy (Heb. qadôsh) is marked off, separated, and withdrawn from ordinary use. Holy is the opposite of profane or common. The image of a rock when applied to God, speaks of His eternality, stability, and reliability (Deut. 32:4; 2 Sam. 22:2, 3).
2. The three lines of this verse, each beginning with there is none (Heb. ʾên), provides a clear example of a tricolon, with its emphatic, short, three-stress lines. Israel’s God is beyond compare. This message is conveyed by the poetic form as well as by the words.
2. I pray the Reader not to overlook the great warmth of devotion, expressed in those words. The unspotted holiness of Jehovah, calls forth we are told, the unceasing adoration of the blessed. Hannah first celebrates this glorious perfection of our God, which plainly proves that one, and the same Spirit operated upon her mind, and their’s. And here by the way, Reader, is a plan opened to your heart, to see whether the same Spirit operates upon you. The song of saints and angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect, is of the holiness of Jehovah. None but redeemed souls can rejoice in it. Devils and spirits of darkness know that Jehovah is holy, but cannot love him for it. But his people rejoice in this glorious perfection, because in the holiness of their surety, the Lord Jesus, they see this holiness glorified, and their redemption eternally secured. I would have the Reader also consider, and then, as the blessed Spirit thall instruct him, judge for himself, whether Hannah when calling Jehovah a Rock, did not evidently allude to Jesus, who in all the eventful journies of Israel, through the wilderness, was the Rock that followed them, and whom the Apostle decidedly declares to have been Christ. Compare Exod. 33:21, 22; Exod. 17:6; Numb. 20:8–11; 1 Cor. 10:4.
2:2There is no one holy like the Lord. In the Ugaritic myths the assembly of the gods is called “sons of the Holy One” (COS, 1:246, 343). El, the high god, is the head of this assembly, but Baal has a prominent position. He is even depicted as standing beside El. The goddess Anat declares: “Mightiest Baal is our king, our judge, over whom there is none” (COS, 1:254–55). As if directly countering this claim, Hannah calls the Lord “holy” (that is, unique) and affirms that he is incomparable.
there is no Rock like our God. The term “Rock” refers to a rocky cliff, which is relatively inaccessible and provides protection for those being pursued by enemies. Consequently it depicts God as a place of refuge and safety.
2 Hannah affirms several convictions about the Lord. The verse’s poetic structure ties them together and gives her words added rhetorical power. The parallelism between the first line and the third is firmly established by their grammatical structure. Note the word pair, the Lord — our God (also 2 Sam. 22:32; Ps. 18:32). The other pair, “holy one” qādôš//“rock” ṣûr occurs only here in OT, but it may be a formulaic pair.
The formula “there is no … like …” denotes incomparability, which “presupposes uniqueness and implies the exclusion of rivals”; see 1 Sam. 10:24; 21:10 for the expression of “comparative negation” in ordinary life. As Labuschagne notes, it is “Yahweh’s holiness, revealed through His intervention in human history as the redeeming God, that is given special prominence with regard to His incomparability.” See also on 1 Sam. 6:20.
There is none but you: or “there is no (holy) one but you.” In the latter translation, qādôš is understood as elided for the parallelistic style. As Warren proposes, the MT “must be original,” for the trisagion (i.e., “liturgically significant triple use of the divine attribute ‘holy’ ”) is not yet recognizable in the MT as it is in the Vorlage of LXX and, possibly, in the Qumran version 4QSama. The text expresses the idea that there is only one God (i.e., “monotheism”; see Deut. 4:35; 32:39; 2 Sam. 22:32), for the “holy one” here is synonymous with “God” as in Hab. 1:12; 3:3. Thus, 1 Sam. 2:2, as in Deut. 4:34–35; 2 Sam. 7:22; etc., juxtaposes “incomparability and uniqueness.” The idea that Yahweh was incomparable appears also in Exod. 15:11 as well as in the Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32), so it comes probably from the earliest period of Mosaic Yahwism, if these Songs are that early. R. P. Gordon thinks that there are “intimations of pure monotheism here (cf. Isa. 45:21f).”
Hannah says that no other rock compares to Yahweh. The term rock (also 2 Sam. 22:2; 23:3) is a common epithet of God in the OT (e.g., Deut. 32:4, 15, etc., in a section which has various parallels with our text), and it implies God’s protection and strength. R. P. Gordon notes that Isa. 8:14; 28:16; and Ps. 118:22 give the figure “a messianic significance which is reflected in the New Testament (e.g. 1 Pet 2:6–8).” With our God, with the plural pronoun, Hannah speaks here as a member of the covenant community of Yahweh.
 Beyer, B. E. (2017). 1 Samuel. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 413). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Today on Stand Up For The Truth, Host David Fiorazo speaks with Terry James , an author, general editor, and co-author of numerous books on Bible prophecy, hundreds of thousands of which have been sold worldwide. James is a frequent lecturer on the study of end times phenomena, and interviews often with national and international media on topics involving world events relating to Bible prophecy. He is the author of LAWLESS: End Times War Against the Spirit of Antichrist, and his brand new novel, MICHAEL: Last Days Lightening.
We discuss prophetic end-times scenarios, the spirit of antichrist, and ‘strange stellar signs;’ we also touch on big tech censorship, and the power grab by Democrats in Congress moving to pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices.
Today, chaos and turmoil inflame daily life within the fever of uncertainty. Geopolitical and cultural/societal upheaval tear at the heart of America and the world. Much of humanity is in a state of growing rage, while an infinitesimally small enemy visible only under powerful microscopes holds populations in its fear-paralyzing, pandemic grip.
Peace of Conscience and Pardoning Mercy Micah 7:18
Peace of conscience is nothing but the echo of pardoning mercy.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Blessed Are Those Who Love Their Brothers Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22; 2 Peter 1:7
Blessed is that brother who would love his brother as much when he is ill and not able to assist him as he loves him when he is well and able to assist him. Blessed is the brother who would love and fear his brother as much when he is far from him as he would when with him, and who would not say anything about him behind his back that he could not with charity say in his presence.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
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Part-human, part-monkey embryos grown in lab dishes Scientists injected dozens of human stem cells into developing monkey embryos, and the resulting hybrids survived for up to 20 days in lab dishes. Of course, the development of human-animal chimeras — organisms that contain cells from two or more species — raises its own ethical concerns, especially in regard to how long such embryos should be allowed to develop.
Russia vows retaliation for Biden’s sanctions: ‘A price will be paid’ Russia vowed to retaliate for a wave of new sanctions President Joe Biden announced against the country on Thursday, saying “Washington must realize that a price will be paid for bilateral relations’ degradation.” Russia criticized the Biden administration’s sanctions, saying they are “contrary to the declared intention to ‘build pragmatic relations with Russia.’”
“We’re #1”: Yet Another Ignominious All-Time Record High Is Established In The Late, Great United States… Whenever it seems like this country can’t possibly sink any lower, we always seem to find a way to top ourselves. According to a report that was just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the United States reached the highest level ever recorded in 2019. Thanks to the popularity of Internet “dating apps”, there has been a boom in casual sex in recent years, and this has resulted in a tsunami of STD cases that is absolutely unprecedented in our history. Needless to say, this is not a sign of a healthy society.
Iran and Israel–At War in All but Name Iran and Israel entered into a new phase of their shadow war over the nuclear arms program of the Islamic Republic and its attempt to expand Tehran’s influence across the Middle East.It is well known that Israel launched more than 1,000 airstrikes on Iranian weapons transports to proxies in Syria in order to prevent the further build-up of an anti-Israel force under the banner of the “Golan Liberation Brigade.” This campaign has so far prevented the Iranians from getting a solid foothold on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, but the story doesn’t end there. The Iranians now use an Afghan militia to cobble together a giant force that seems to be preparing for conflict with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the near future.
Biden kicks 10 Russian diplomats out of US, targets 32 more in new sweeping sanctions On Thursday, President Joe Biden’s administration levied sweeping new sanctions against Russia for their alleged involvement in the SolarWinds hack and 2020 election interference, including kicking Russian diplomats out of the U.S. The Biden White House announced the expulsion of 10 Russian officials from the Russian embassy in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned 32 individuals and entities the Biden administration linked to Russian government-directed 2020 election interference efforts.
Pentagon develops implantable microchip to detect COVID-19 Department of Defense medical researchers have developed a microchip that can detect COVID-19 after being inserted under an individual’s skin. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — a top-secret Pentagon unit established during the Cold War — created the revolutionary technology, and revealed it during a “60 Minutes” episode on Sunday.
Independence Day Special: 10 Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled in Israel Today On Israel’s 73rd Independence Day, a new video released by the World Mizrachi movement reveals ten living prophecies written in the Bible that are coming true today in 2021. Rabbi Doron Perez, executive chairman of the World Mizrachi Organization, breaks down the top ten Biblical prophecies that can be experienced in Israel today. Some of the prophecies mention include Ezekiel 36: But you, O mountains of Yisrael, shall yield your produce and bear your fruit for My people Yisrael, for their return is near. (Ezekiel 36:8)
Iranian official admits Israel swiped nuclear archive An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Israel stole the country’s nuclear archive, in what appears to be the first public admission of the 2018 Mossad operation by an Iranian official. Momeen Rezaei, secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council that reports directly to the supreme leader, told Iran’s Mehr News on Wednesday that the country needs a major revamp of its security.
US envoy: resolving border talks with Israel will help crisis-hit Lebanon The United States stands ready to facilitate maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel that will have benefits for the crisis-hit Lebanese economy, a US envoy said on Thursday. On a visit to Beirut, Under Secretary of State David Hale blamed Lebanese leaders for failing to end a deadlock in cabinet talks to tackle the collapse, which has crashed the currency.
White House Falsely Denies Tax Hikes Won’t Increase Utility Bills Speaking to reporters at the White House Tuesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about whether President Biden is prepared for utility companies to raise prices as a result of a federal tax increase…MS. PSAKI: Well, I would say that there’s no reason that that is what needs to happen.
France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country. The country’s embassy in Pakistan warned of “serious threats to French interests in Pakistan”, saying protests were increasing nationwide. Two police officers died this week in renewed clashes with protesters.
Mosul landmark mosque to be rebuilt by Egyptian architects A group of Egyptian architects has won a competition to reconstruct Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri, four years after it was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) militants. The jihadists blew up the 12-Century mosque in June 2017 as government troops moved to recapture the city. Three years earlier, the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” from the mosque.
Indianapolis mass shooting: Eight dead at FedEx facility Eight people have been killed and many injured in a shooting in the US city of Indianapolis, police say. Witnesses heard several gunshots at a FedEx facility and one said he had seen a man firing an automatic weapon. The gunman, thought to have been acting alone, is reported to have killed himself. Authorities said there was no further threat to public safety.
Hours after Independence Day, Gaza militants fire rocket into south Hours after Independence Day celebrations came to a close, militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel. Israeli military confirmed that one rocket was fired late Thursday toward the city of Sderot and landed in an open area close to Israel’s side of the border fence.
U.S. envoy: Maritime border talks with Israel will help crisis-hit Lebanon The United States stands ready to facilitate maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel that will have benefits for the crisis-hit Lebanese economy, a U.S. envoy said on Thursday. While pledging not to abandon U.S. interests in Lebanon…U.David Hale said on a visit to Beirut that resolving the maritime border dispute with Israel would “have potential to unlock significant economic benefits for Lebanon.”
Israeli army says it targeted ‘Hamas military sites’ in Gaza Israeli warplanes have carried out air raids at several locations after midnight on Friday in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave that hit southern Israel. Fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a “weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post” operated by Hamas, the movement which governs Gaza, the Israeli military said…
Vaccine passport starting in California Vaccine passport is a topic of huge controversy and one that will be met with much rebellion. California County Will Launch Digital Vaccine Passports in April 2021.
Irony Abounds As Woke NBA Players Who Preach Black Lives Matter Are Selling Apparel Produced In Chinese Slave Labor Concentration Camps In 2020, I was forced to stop watching all professional sporting events because of their endless sermonizing from the gospel of the anti-white Black Lives Matter Movement. But as it turns out, the black superstars of the NBA who endlessly cry out ‘racism’ at every turn have absolutely no problem with enriching their bank accounts from Uyghur slave labor in Chinese concentration camps. And because the dollars are flowing, nearly every, single black player in the NBA is keeping their mouth shut about China while profiting from slavery.
Biden Administration CDC Director: We Need ANOTHER Lockdown This past weekend, coronavirus cases in Michigan have once again seen a spike, the highest in the nation. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer used this as the reasoning behind her request to the White House for more supplies for vaccinations – a request that was ultimately denied.
“No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.” —George Washington (1793)
At the moment, our national debt exceeds $28 TRILLION — about 80% held as public debt and the rest as intragovernmental debt. That is $225,000 per taxpayer. Federal annual spending this year is almost $8 trillion, and more than half of that is deficit spending — piling on the national debt.
If that sounds like a big number, it isn’t the real number. Fact is, the total debt, including unfunded debt (Medicare, Medicaid, pensions, and the 600-pound Social Security gorilla), is estimated at more than $132 TRILLION, or about $850,000 per taxpayer.
Now do you feel better about the mere $28 trillion national debt?
For the record, the last time U.S. debt was completely paid up was in 1835, when President Andrew Jackson insisted the entire debt be paid. Joe Biden has promised to get Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman, one of my personal historic heroes. I would suggest replacing the penny’s embossment of that racist Abe Lincoln with Jackson’s profile, because a penny is about the buying power that a Jackson $20 bill is going to have if somebody does not say, “Enough.”
But does anybody really care?
Bolstering the economy against the devastating impact of the ChiCom Virus pandemic raised our national debt by almost 30%. The great irony, of course, is that China created the virus, which may have been intentionally released, and the biggest beneficiary of the impact on the rest of the world was Red China. (Oh, and another irony: The second-largest foreign holder of U.S. debt is … Red China.)
The good news at the moment is that the U.S. economy is resilient and robust and recovering, and there is a bigger surge in pent-up, post-pandemic economic activity coming.
That is precisely why Biden’s $2 trillion so-called “infrastructure plan,” 95% of which is funding leftist political agenda wish lists, should end up on a legislative trash heap. (Spoiler alert: It won’t.) Of course, that’s Part 1 of Biden’s big spending bonanza. Part 2 will be another $2 trillion plan coming soon.
For years, I have argued that the only way to reduce the national debt in real dollars is to deflate the cost of that debt by way of inflation. Is that the big macro-economic plan? Assuming economics is an actual “science,” maybe.
But here is what I can tell you, and you can take this to the bank. As soon as the Biden/Harris regime was inaugurated, the inflation warning bells started ringing. It turns out that debt accumulation does matter.
The Consumer Price Index, a cross-section measure of inflation on consumer products, rose 0.6% in March — much higher than expected and the biggest jump since August 2012. But the CPI has some big holes in what it measures, and the real CPI is higher. The immediate impact is being felt in bigger grocery bills. Of course, Biden’s plan to “tax businesses” is a consumer tax that will also show up in consumer goods and services.
I have personally noted an increase in the incidence of concealing inflation, as producers are putting less product in the same size packaging.
At the moment, a greater peril and more imminent threat to the U.S. is the dramatic increase in Chinese and Russian aggression globally — the direct result of replacing Donald Trump with President Post Turtle. But inflation, Jimmy Carter style, is on our near horizon.
Even the Biden administration admits the dubious report of Russian bounties on U.S. troops was “inconclusive.”
When The New York Times dropped its “bombshell” story back in June of last year claiming that U.S. intelligence officials “have concluded that a Russian military-intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan,” we were skeptical, believing that it was a political hit piece on President Donald Trump. Before long, we concluded that it was entirely bogus. Well, that assessment has been confirmed to be spot on.
On Thursday, NBC News reported, “Remember those Russian bounties for dead U.S. troops? Biden admin says the CIA intel is not conclusive.” Yeah, well, it wasn’t conclusive back when the politically timed anti-Trump hit piece was originally dropped, yet that didn’t stop Leftmedia talking heads, Democrats lawmakers, and then-candidate Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention from baselessly asserting that Trump had “turned a blind eye to Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers.”
When Trump denied in an interview of having been briefed on or having any knowledge of the unverified intelligence, The Washington Post claimed, without evidence, that he was lying and awarded him four Pinocchios. Yet even after this latest report that actually corroborates Trump’s account, the Post still insists that Trump was lying about not receiving the reports. It seems the paper is peddling more fake news to save face over its original hatchet job of a “fact-check.”
So, the question naturally arises: Why is the Biden administration raising this issue now and effectively debunking Biden’s own bogus campaign narrative? The answer has everything to do with Biden’s about-face on pulling troops from Afghanistan and ending America’s longest war. Team Biden doesn’t want anything getting in the way of Joe being able to claim credit for ending the Afghanistan war come September 11. They can’t have their old “Russian bounties” story, which Biden used to blast Trump for supposedly failing to confront Russia, hanging around as he claims credit for ending the war in Afghanistan. Thus, the fake news has been quickly and quietly put to bed, ruled by U.S. intelligence as “inconclusive” because it always was.
Never mind that the real scandal in all this is how Biden and the Leftmedia colluded to peddle a fake scandal, disingenuously claiming concern over the welfare of American troops while using those same troops as political fodder to attack the then-commander-in-chief. It was especially despicable and disgusting because they knew it was all fake, and they only “came clean” when it was far too late to matter.
Biden and Pelosi take turns rewriting their past statements to reflect the current political moment.
President Joe Biden is not an honest man. Despite his totally unearned reputation for being a straight shooter, he has a long history of telling lies both big and small. So to those of us who already knew this, it came as little surprise to hear Biden rewriting history regarding Osama bin Laden and his Afghanistan withdrawal.
“I said, among — with others, we’d follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell if need be,” Biden boasted in his remarks announcing withdrawal. “That’s exactly what we did, and we got him. It took us close to 10 years to put President [Barack] Obama’s commitment to — into form. And that’s exactly what happened; Osama bin Laden was gone. That was 10 years ago. Think about that. We delivered justice to bin Laden a decade ago, and we’ve stayed in Afghanistan for a decade since. Since then, our reasons for remaining in Afghanistan are becoming increasingly unclear, even as the terrorist threat that we went to fight evolved.”
First of all, it was President George W. Bush’s commitment to get bin Laden, and Obama got it right on keeping it. Biden, however, did not.
“Joe weighed in against the raid,” writes no less than Obama himself in his third memoir, A Promised Land. Biden himself once recounted that he told his boss, “Don’t go,” though he ultimately supported the decision to send the Navy SEALs on the raid.
The point here is that Biden is using something he opposed to justify his current decision. And, as former Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in his own memoir, “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
Speaking of revisionist history on Afghanistan, there’s one more Washington liar on stage left. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday praised Biden for his “timeline for the safe, strategic and orderly departure of American troops from Afghanistan.” She even referenced his highly politicized choice of 9/11 as a withdrawal date, saying, “As we mark twenty years since the tragedy of September 11, we look forward to welcoming our heroic troops back to American shores safely as soon as possible.”
Well, we’re old enough to remember all the way back in November 2020, when Pelosi slammed President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. “This hasty withdrawal does not appear to have a strategic plan that adequately anticipates contingencies.” Moreover, she warned, “We can ill afford to lose the hard-won gains … in Afghanistan.”
Oh what a difference the (D) after the president’s name makes.
Besides the actual enemy, one of the biggest struggles in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq always has been the shifting political sands here at home as Democrats regularly reverse positions. Perhaps no one typified this flip-flopping better than John Kerry, who once infamously said of a supplemental bill funding the two wars, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”
After 9/11, Democrats were for American national security before they were against it. Ever since the 2004 presidential campaign ramped up with Kerry trying to oust Bush, Democrats have been all over the map regarding American wars. Biden and Pelosi are just continuing that not-so-proud tradition without much thought for actual national security or objectives.
This isn’t the first attempt to undermine the Senate.
Beginning in 1781, U.S. senators were elected by their respective stage legislatures. This critical mechanism allowed states to check the power of their representatives and recall those who did not serve the interests of the states and their citizens.
The Senate was designed to be a serious, deliberative body. Political flare-ups and calls for immediate change were to be tempered by leaders who engaged in thoughtful debates.
But in 1913, states ratified the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, resulting in the popular-vote election of senators. Now, senators can ignore the interests of their states and appeal directly to the masses, thwarting the authority and the influence of their own state governments.
As James Madison considers in Federalist 63, “The cool and deliberate sense of the community ought, in all governments, and actually will, in all free governments, ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers; so there are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn.”
Today, we have a Senate that preys on the fears and passions of the public and uses them to keep “interested men” in power for decades. Instead of operating in the particular interests of each state, the direct elections of senators created a national body influenced by political factions and interest groups.
But that’s not enough. The Left has long been troubled by the fact that each state has two senators. That was, of course, the Founders’ design to prevent large states from running roughshod over small ones. New York and California cannot dominate Iowa and Vermont in the Senate.
During the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, “delegates from the larger states, especially in the South, wanted Senate seats apportioned according to population,” the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal reminds us. “They were outvoted, as smaller states like New Jersey didn’t want to forfeit their influence in the new federal government the Constitution created. The large states’ size would be reflected in the House of Representatives. This Great Compromise was essential to the Constitution’s ratification.”
The current scheme to expand the number of senators is specifically designed to transform the Senate into an unstoppable Democrat political machine.
The Journal’s editors add, “The enduring influence and legitimacy of America’s legislative upper house has long distinguished the U.S. from many less stable democracies. But a new majoritarian ideology threatens to upend that achievement.”
Make no mistake: This is purely a power grab intended to eliminate any opposition to the Left’s agenda.
Democrats couldn’t care less about giving representation to residents of DC or Puerto Rico. They want to move four steps closer to a filibuster-proof majority.
It’s no wonder the U.S. Senate has been in the crosshairs of Democrats since the 19th century. It was the one political body specifically designed to control ruthless politicians from exercising raw power for their own self-interests.
Now, those power-hungry politicians are prepared to deal a final blow to one of the world’s great institutions.
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If you take them at their word and ignore the long con, America’s corporate leaders may seem sensible.
A statement signed by the titans of business and an accompanying newspaper ad buy are the latest in a series of overtures by corporate leaders to show their sudden willingness to suspend belief and fall for the hype concerning Georgia’s revamped voting laws. Or any other state that cares about election integrity, for that matter. Despite President Joe Biden’s oft-repeated lies, we haven’t actually retreated to the days of Jim Crow, of course, but a number of A-list corporate entities would have you believe Georgia reinstituted the poll tax while simultaneously disenfranchising thousands of minority voters, denying them even the basics of life while they stand in line to vote.
The funny thing is that we can agree with at least part of the premise. “We should all feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot,” these corporate do-gooders write, apparently not realizing that Georgia expanded voters’ opportunity to do so but also took steps for ensuring more ballot security. The statement “is simply empty virtue signaling,” claim the editors at National Review, and to an extent they’re correct. Even so, empty virtue signaling to some serves a purpose to others, and that’s the real lesson to be learned here.
Placing a two-page newspaper ad in the two most reliably elitist organs of the Left — The New York Times and The Washington Post — isn’t a message to the public but a message for big government. And that signal is that corporate America is ready to play ball with progressives and the Biden administration. “Republicans have criticized corporate moves to boycott Georgia,” adds National Review’s Zachary Evans, but what have they done besides warn about “serious consequences” for corporations if they don’t stop?
The editors of The Wall Street Journal recalled a lesson taught over 40 years ago in a recent editorial: “We aren’t saying … CEOs don’t also have some higher motives, and self-interest is no sin in our moral lexicon. The point is that corporations look out first and foremost for their own interests, and that often means collaborating with government for narrow purposes that aren’t always in the public interest.”
Unfortunately, “often” now seems to be “always.”
Virtue signaling by large multinational corporations in this and many other cases indeed has a couple of purposes. First, it gives corporations a little bit of a fig leaf when they act in a manner that their friends on the Left may not like, whether it’s companies taking advantage of slave labor in China or working to keep unions out of their facilities. But, much more importantly, having the government and big business working in tandem means it’s much harder for upstarts to break into their exclusive clique.
It’s not difficult to see how this alliance can become an advantage for both sides. For just one example, workers winning the “Fight for 15” at the state or federal level won’t be so bad for the big boys who can absorb the increased labor costs thanks to their efficiencies of scale, but it can be devastating to a small business where labor costs make up more of their expenses. Those small businesses are the companies that will be laying off workers when the minimum wage increases.
Think of it this way: If big business weren’t so willing and eager to help the slim Democrat majority in Congress, it would be all but unworkable. Recall how little Republicans could get done in Congress in President Donald Trump’s first two years as these “woke” corporations weren’t giving them much in the way of assistance — despite the fact that cutting taxes benefited them greatly.
The unholy alliance between corporatists and corrupticrats has been around for decades, and the four-year scare it had between 2016 and 2020 has convinced it that this time it needs to slam the door on Liberty for the working class, beginning with the preservation of a corruptible voting system like the one we saw in Georgia.
It’s banning championships and tournaments from being held in states that enact laws governing sports by biology.
When it comes to competitive fairness and preserving women’s athletics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has declared it will do no such thing. In a recently released statement, the NCAA said it “firmly and unequivocally” supports the inclusion of biological males who “identify” as female in women’s sports. “This commitment is grounded in our value of inclusion and fair competition,” the NCAA stated. “Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.”
First, there’s nothing fair about allowing men to compete against women in sports that depend on physical prowess. The science deniers notwithstanding, there are inherent differences between the sexes, among them being that men are generally faster and stronger. Second, treating people with dignity and respect does not necessitate indulging their personal fictions, much less forcing states to comply or lose economic activity. What about supporting the dignity of and having respect for folks who “believe the science”?
In any case, the NCAA will ban collegiate championships and tournaments from being held in states that enact legislation banning males from competing in female sports. Tellingly, the NCAA is only banning the hosting of championship events; regular season competitions will be allowed to continue. In other words, this is an empty virtue signal by the NCAA. The league doesn’t want to eliminate entire schools from college sports because the revenue is too important.
This threat is clearly aimed at several states, including Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, which are in the process of enacting legislation designed to protect women’s sports. The NCAA did the same thing to North Carolina in 2016. Sadly, it would appear that the association has decided it doesn’t mind if all sports are dominated by men. Whatever happened to upending the patriarchy?
James O’Keefe to sue Twitter over permanent suspension (PJ Media)
“The suspension came hours after O’Keefe shared the third sting video in his series featuring CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester. The first video, released Tuesday, shows Chester admitting that CNN ran ‘propaganda’ in order to get Trump ‘voted out’ of office and bragging that Joe Biden would not have won the 2020 election without CNN. The second video shows Chester confessing that CNN’s creepy COVID-19 death toll counter is meant to gin up fear for ratings. In the most recent video, Chester admits that CNN twists the facts on race and shootings to help Black Lives Matter.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejects fellow Dems’ court-packing bill, won’t bring it to a vote (NY Post)
“Pelosi made the revelation while during her weekly press conference, offering a stark ‘No’ after being asked about the measure being introduced to expand the nation’s highest bench. ‘I support the president’s commission to study a such a proposal,’ she continued, going on to say that she and her members were focused on President Biden’s infrastructure package and not the federal judiciary. As for whether she would eventually support packing the court, Pelosi said the jury was still out on the matter.”
Addendum: “Democratic leaders throw cold water on proposal to expand Supreme Court.” —Washington Post
Government & Politics
DOJ nominee Kristen Clarke lies under oath about her racist writing at Harvard (Power Line)
“Shut your mouth”: Maxine Waters snaps at Jim Jordan at COVID hearing with Anthony Fauci (Fox News)
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Insight: “Freedom of religion means the right of the individual to choose and to adhere to whichever religious beliefs he may prefer, to join with others in religious associations to express these beliefs, and to incur no civil disabilities because of his choice.” —Joseph L. Blau (1909-1986)
Political futures: “The explosion of migrants at the southern border and the expansion of ‘asylum’ migration are just two of many tools designed to bring in millions of new ‘voters,’ whose identity won’t be verifiable under the strictures imposed by H.R. 1. It isn’t just about ‘turning Texas blue’ or solidifying the increasing ‘blueness’ of Arizona. And California is already blue. So Democrats are now proposing to ship migrants all over the country, including into traditionally ‘red’ states, where the presence of a few thousand here or there will undoubtedly flip precincts in key counties of battleground states. If H.R. 1 passes, there won’t be a damn thing states can do about it.” —Laura Hollis
The bottom line: “The composition of Congress, the Electoral College and the Supreme Court; the presidential veto and congressional veto-override powers; and other limits on power were designed by the founders to produce conflict, stalemates, sober reflection and compromise. They were placed into our political system to ensure that the United States would never descend into the raw majoritarianism that progressives are calling for and Democrats seem hell-bent on achieving. Like all humans throughout history who were drunk with power, Democrats are planting the seeds of their own failures and — more ominously — the collapse of the country.” —Laura Hollis
Friendly fire: “I believe that in the first few weeks of the Biden administration, messages were confusing. They were compassionate messages that were understood by people in our country, especially the coyotes, to tell families, ‘We’ll take the children.’ And children can go, and once children are there, they will call their parents.” — Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei
For the record: “When Mr. Biden first came to Washington during the previous mini-Ice Age, federal debt was about $450 billion — a quaint little figure when you think about it these days. In the 48 years since Mr. Biden arrived on the banks of the Potomac, federal debt has exploded. Today, it stands at $28 trillion — a figure that is literally beyond comprehension. … Mr. Biden hasn’t been back in the White House three months yet as president and already he has blown through another $2 trillion that we don’t have. … And now comes Mr. Biden with yet another proposal to spend another $2.3 trillion of money we don’t have. This one is for ‘infrastructure,’ a word that Democrats have already begun torturing in order to include all their crazy pet projects.” —Charles Hurt
Re: The Left: “From a communications standpoint, I cannot for the life of me understand the decision to … leave [Afghanistan] on 9/11 and handing a propaganda tool to the Taliban.” —Fox News’s Dana Perino
No kidding: “It’s disturbing how many of the people in charge loathe the country they are supposed to represent.” —Lisa Boothe
Non compos mentis: “I don’t look at this as a liberty thing.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID restrictions (“That’s obvious.” —Congressman Jim Jordan)
Braying jenny: “I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who last month postured, “[January 6] was a very difficult moment for us in the Capitol and those who care about our democracy.”
I’ve made a huge mistake… “We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together to listen, respectfully share concerns and collaborate on a path forward. We remain open to productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views. It’s time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing — free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy.” —Coca-Cola now feigning “common ground” only because conservatives are boycotting its products
Race bait I: “I have seen for myself how the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles.” —Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the UN
Race bait II: “How could a trained officer make a mistake shooting an unarmed man with a gun instead of a taser? Hard to believe.” —Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Village idiot: “Why would any person of color ever comply with a police officer when there is a 50/50 shot of getting ‘accidentally’ shot?” —Chelsea Handler
And last… “Dear cancel culture, Aim higher, go for the IRS.” —Kevin Sorbo
Western governments and western media portray the tensions within Ukraine as a conflict involving Russia and Ukraine. This is false. There is a roadmap to resolve Ukraine’s internal strife. And it is called the Minsk Accords. Russia is not the problem – but NATO expansion is.
A mass shooting happened in Indiana last night at a FedEx facility, footage was released showing the moments a white officer shot and killed a 13-year-old Latino teenager, Democrats on Capitol Hill are working to pack the Supreme Court, Israel …
Adding to weeks of reports of dwindling ratings, CNN has been “hemorrhaging viewers” since President Joe Biden took office on Inauguration Day. According to reports, CNN’s ratings are “down more than 50 percent in multiple categories” since January 20.
“The liberal network spent years attacking former President Donald Trump and the network thrived during his final days in office amid a brief post-election spike. CNN averaged 2.2 million viewers during the first three weeks of 2021, but it has averaged just one million viewers since Biden took office, a staggering decline of 54 percent,” reported Fox News.
This drop in on-screen fortunes began when Donald Trump left office. In March, The Daily Wire reported that “CNN has lost about a million viewers on average,” since Biden entered office, with CNN “drawing nearly 50% fewer viewers in the key 24-54 age group.”
Some conservatives were initially worried in early January when, after dominating cable news ratings for two decades, Fox News received “lower TV ratings than both CNN and MSNBC at the same time for the first time since 2000” in the week of the US Capitol riots.
“From Election Day through Inauguration Day, when Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in to succeed Trump as president, CNN was the most-watched cable news network in both total viewers (1.8 million),” reported USA Today. Mediaite reported that “MSNBC was the most-watched network in all of cable” on Friday January 22, with CNN dropping to third overall in prime time.
However, it seems that the sudden ascendency of CNN appears to be short-lived. Not only has their overall viewership declined by 54 percent, the plummeting numbers are even worse among key demographics.
“CNN’s struggles are even more prominent among the key advertising demographic of adults age 25-54, with a drop of 60 percent. It averaged 617,000 demo viewers from Dec. 28 through Inauguration Day but only 244,000 since Biden entered the White House,” added Fox News.
On the New York Times podcast, “Sway,” host Kara Swisher asked Don Lemon — one CNN anchor impacted by the dwindling viewership — whether he was concerned.
“No. I’m not worried about it … Trump was a horrible person. And he was terrible for the country. And it is better for all — for the world that he is no longer the President of the United States,” Lemon responded. “So if that means that cable news ratings go down? Aww. So I’m not really that concerned about it. I would prefer that my ratings go down and Trump not be in office than my ratings be sky-high and him be there. That’s the honest truth.”
Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” has also been struggling to retain his audience. In late March, The Daily Wire reported that “According to Nielson Media Research, the most recent episode of CNN’s Reliable Sources — hosted by Brian Stelter — saw its lowest rating of the year for the second weekend in a row,” adding Townhall.com’s report that Stelter’s show “failed to reach over a million viewers for the second time in as many weeks, while also boasting its second-lowest viewership of the year for its key demographic of 25 to 54 year-olds.”
There is now absolutely no good reason at all why any rationally thinking human being should be taking the experimental Covid-19(84) “vaccine”, as the risk of doing so FAR exceeds the risk of contracting this virus that has a 99.97% recovery rate!! Over 5,800 people in the US alone have contracted the virus AFTER being fully vaccinated, some became seriously ill and 74 people died!!! In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth covers the latest Covid-19(84) news about the vaccines, the perpetual fear state coming from the mainstream media and most importantly what you as an individual can do about it!
Pushing the envelope doesn’t even begin to portray how these bought and paid for agencies are undermining our constitutional rights, skirting the law, and passing the buck to big corp.
First, the Covid vaccines weren’t going to be mandatory. In fact, they are not even approved or licensed by the FDA, and are technically “investigational” with an emergency use authorization (EUA). Not only are they forcing these experimental vaccines on students, employees, and civilians if they want to keep their job or be a part of society, they are bribing and incentivizing you to get one. Step right up for your free vaccine and get a free sugary donut, $100 gift card, paid time off work, tickets to an NBA game, or enter a raffle to win cash prizes, and by the way… if you don’t get one by July 1st, you are fired!
Getting to The Bottom of It
This is the nutshell version of this mixed soup they have created, with the more detailed and critical information documented below. This breaks down who has the authority to do what, and what laws are in place or not in place. This entire report is a must read, plus there are tips on what you can do at the end.
“What’s happened politically in our country is a disgrace, what took place in the last election. It’s wrong but it’s happened. But I just believe that the only hope for our nation is God,” he said.
Starnes, a nationally syndicated radio host, had asked Graham, who also is CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, how a divided nation can unite again.
Graham pointed to prayer.
“Christians need to get on their knees and pray that God would intervene and somehow save this nation or give us more time because I believe God’s judgment is coming,” he said.
He condemned the Democrats’ move to add four justices to the Supreme Court, which is widely viewed as an attempt to shift the court to the left.
“We just need to pray that God will intervene and stop them from doing this,” Graham told Starnes.
“It just seems like the whole country is upside down right now. We just need to pray that not only will God bring his voice … but that people would listen to him and seek His face and call on Him because our country is in great trouble.”
He pointed to God’s sovereignty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We see the whole world, nation after nation, shut down, and it’s just frightening when you see what’s taking place, but at the same time, I’ve read the last pages of history,” Graham said. “I know what God is going to do and His Son is coming back and he’s going to establish his kingdom here on this earth.”
Graham spoke at state capitols in the runup to the 2016 presidential election, calling on Americans to return to God. He plans another tour that will begin later this year