Daily Archives: April 29, 2021

World’s Philosophies DeBunked! – VCY America

Date:  April 29, 2021  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
Guest:  Carl Kerby 
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Scripture has a warning for us found in Colossians 2:8 – “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”  The philosophies of this world are many, and they are growing in intensity.  Those who do not buy into them are being marginalized, deplatformed, or somehow it’s being communicated that you and your ideas, especially from a biblical worldview, are just not welcome.  You’re accused of being rather backward in your thinking, perhaps even being accused that  you’re from the bronze age!  The result is that rather than responding to these philosophies with biblical truth, there are many who are just shrugging their shoulders and giving sway to these thoughts and philosophies of the day.  

One ministry has set out to debunk these philosophies.  Not only are they giving secularists pause to think, they are also equipping believers to be ready to give an answer to those who ask a reason of the hope which lies within them.

Carl Kerby is president and founder of Reasons for Hope.  Prior to forming Reasons for Hope, he was a founding board member of Answers in Genesis and served there for 15 years.  Carl is also a former air-traffic controller at Chicago-O’Hare.  He is co-creator and host for the video series, Weapons of Mass Instruction and presenter of the DVD series for teens, Demolishing Strongholds and presenter on the Becoming Bold DVD series for teens and adults.  He is sought out as a speaker for conferences.  He’s the author of numerous books and producer of a series of videos called, DeBunked.

Carl began by presenting details behind the formation of “DeBunked”.  Part of that was realizing that young people only have a 2.2 second attention span.  So when you’re trying to communicate apologetics concepts, the interest level often isn’t there.  

Carl admitted that he’s ADD himself.  So he felt that if he could take these concepts to youth at a fast pace with a jab here and a jab there, and give the communication the feel of “Dirty Jobs” meets “Myth Busters”, it might get young people to think.

Jim played DeBunked #18 called, There’s Nothing Wrong with Abortion.  He then had Carl break down a number of points related to the topic such as:

  • What is the “SLED” test?
  • What does science tell us concerning life in the womb?
  • The emotional justifications often laid out for abortion.
  • The biblical authority basis for all issues.
  • The idea of “value” and the connection to racism and other injustices.

Crosstalk listeners were also invited to present their views as well.

More Information

getdebunked.org

rforh.org 

— Read on www.vcyamerica.org/crosstalk/2021/04/29/worlds-philosophies-debunked/

Was Jesus A Leftist? — Wretched

Was Jesus A Leftist? | Wretched TV Episode 2866

Robin Schumacher poses the question, “Was Jesus a Leftist”? Todd answers that question explaining where Jesus lies on the political and social spectrum. The left uses Jesus as an example for their cause when in reality, their claim falls flat. This is discussed by Schumacher in their presentation by stating how diametrically opposed the two are when it ultimately boils down to Jesus’ love for God, and the lefts’ hatred towards God.

The fact of the matter is that the left wants nothing to do with God. The left is unbiblical. So the next time a liberal cause claims Christ, you want to stop and ask yourself, “Was Jesus really a leftist?” In the end, the Bible makes it clear that Jesus is not. He is a Biblicist, he came to serve, and to die for all. The left seeks to be served, while seated in power.

Liberalism in History

Let’s take a look at a historical view of liberalism, and the dangers it brings to our modern day. Throughout most points, we see a common theme of man having a high view of himself, looking down on God and scripture. Because of this mankind is inevitably divided, and ultimately dragged down to hell. Finally, it’s clear that we as Christians must hold to a higher view of God, and truth, rather than ourselves, just as Jesus did.

Liberalism has rapidly spread across the globe, infiltrating, infecting, and hurting the citizens of affected countries. For example, many failed states in Eastern Europe have suffered from the creed of the left. For this reason alone, hundreds of thousands of people are pouring into conservative congregations in search of something greater than just mankind, and because of that they have found Christ.

Was Jesus A Leftist? — Wretched

April 29 Evening Quotes of The Day

“How Ready Are We to Go Astray!”
Matthew 10:16; 18:12–13; John 10:11, 14; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:8

We are like poor helpless sheep; the devil is too subtle for us. What is our strength! What is our wisdom! How ready are we to go astray! How easily are we drawn aside into innumerable snares, while in the meantime we are bold and confident, and doubt not but we are right and safe! We are foolish sheep in the midst of subtle serpents and cruel wolves, and do not know it. Oh how unfit we are to be left to ourselves! And how much do we stand in need of the wisdom, the power, the condescension, patience, forgiveness, and gentleness of our good Shepherd!

JONATHAN EDWARDS

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

The Mercy of God the Only Haven of Safety
Romans 3:21–31; Ephesians 2:4–9; 1 Peter 1:3

The only haven of safety is in the mercy of God, as manifested in Christ, in whom every part of our salvation is complete. As all mankind are, in the sight of God, lost sinners, we hold that Christ is their only righteousness, since, by his obedience, he has wiped off our transgressions; by his sacrifice, appeased the divine anger; by his blood, washed away our stains; by his cross, borne our curse; and by his death, made satisfaction for us. We maintain that in this way man is reconciled in Christ to God the Father, by no merit of his own, by no value of works, but by gratuitous mercy.

JOHN CALVIN

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

Top 10 Praise and Worship Songs From The Last 2 Decades — ChurchLeaders

Praise and worship occupy a special place in the hearts of believers everywhere. Whether it’s the private experience of God’s near-ness or the corporate experience of a shared event, praise and worship is one of God’s means of grace. It unites believers throughout a city—and indeed around the world!

The Internet has made access to praise and worship available to nearly everyone. We have seen an explosion of streaming options, videos, music services, and live opportunities to express our hearts to God, thanking him for his mercy and grace, rejoicing in the forgiveness of sin, and an awareness of our brother-and-sisterhood with people of every tribe, race, and tongue. Indeed, the book of Revelation provides a picture of the age to come: Heaven is filled with praise and worship of all kinds!

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)

Top 10 Praise and Worship Songs From The Last 2 Decades

1. How Great is Our God

2. I surrender

3. King of Kings

4. What a Beautiful Name

5. Oceans

CONTINUE READING:

6. Our God

7. Lord, I Need You

8. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

9. Blessed Be Your Name

10. Because He Lives (Amen)

In our modern times praise and worship music is as close as our phones, or smart devices in our homes. That means one of the best parts of church can come into our everyday lives, even something as mundane as loading the dishwasher can become an opportunity for worship.

And as worship leaders, one of the ways we can encourage our congregations to “come close in worship” is to share songs like these, and remind people that they don’t have to wait until Sunday to worship. Can you imagine the synergy and uplift possible on a Sunday morning if all the people of your church have been engaging in praise and worship throughout the week?

Top 10 Praise and Worship Songs From The Last 2 Decades — ChurchLeaders

April 29 – The pursuing faithful love of the Lord — Reformed Perspective

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” – Psalm 23:6  

Scripture reading: Psalm 23:6

Today we’ll focus on the first half of verse six. This verse closes the Psalm with essentially two definitive and declarative statements. Looking at the first one, we see David is declaring with absolute confidence that the goodness and mercy of the Lord will follow him all the days of his life. First of all, let’s look at the goodness of the Lord. David is declaring that all the days of his life he will see God working in wonderfully good ways.

Second, David declares that the mercy of the Lord will follow him all the days of his life. The word that is translated as “mercy” is the Hebrew word “hesed,” which is an incredibly important word. Hesed certainly means mercy, but it is a much more fulsome term than what can be translated by one English word. It means the covenantally faithful love of God. All through his life, David professes that the hesed of the Lord will be with him. But it is not just with him. The word that is translated as “follow” should really read, “pursue” or “hunt”. Essentially David is saying that the Lord is going to hunt him down only to cover him with goodness and faithful love every day of his life.

Isn’t that true?  Not just in the life of David, but in yours?  Even when you don’t understand it in the moment, how many times can you look back over your life and see the goodness and faithful love of the Lord chasing you down and surrounding you?.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that the Lord would give you the strength of faith to say with unwavering confidence, that His goodness and faithful love will hunt you down all the days of your life.

Rev. James Roosma has been serving at Grace Reformed Church in Kelowna, BC for six years. He and his wife Jeni have been blessed with two children, Elijah and Tabitha, and have one on the way. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

April 29 – The pursuing faithful love of the Lord — Reformed Perspective

Meet All Your Needs — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:19

Thought

Throughout Scripture, God reminds us that if our trust is in him and if we share his blessings with others, he will make sure we have all that we need. How can we be sure? Look at Jesus!

Prayer

Dear Father, please forgive me for trying to find my security and hope in things other than you. I know that there is no other source of hope, freedom, and security than you. Help me tear down every idol that I may have erected that dilutes or distorts my trust in you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

By Phil Ware
Used by Permission
Phil’s daily devotionals on http://www.verseoftheday.com


FURTHER READING

•  Depression Story – There is Hope
•  Choosing to be Bitter or Better

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

Meet All Your Needs — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Having Faith — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:18-21

Have you ever doubted God’s promises for your life?

Do you worry on a constant basis about the outcome of your relationship, job, financial situation, or children?

Abraham was seventy-five years old when God promised him a son. And God didn’t fulfill his promise to Abraham until he was almost one hundred years old! Imagine waiting on something you knew God had in store for you, but assuming it would come within a reasonable time period of a few years only to become discouraged as the years wore on. And yet Abraham had such great faith in spite of having to wait twenty-five years to see the promise fulfilled.

His attitude is an example for us as believers today. We are to rest on God’s promises for our lives, confident that God knows what he’s doing and will work in his timing, not ours. How can we doubt a God who can perform miracles and fulfill the impossible? Look at what he did for Abraham — if God could make an infertile woman have a child in her old age, then God can fulfill his promise toward you. All God requires is for us to cease worrying and trust in him.

Pray that God will give you peace in place of worry, filling you with faith instead.

Dear Lord, I thank you for what you have done for me, and I ask that you give me the patience to endure and grant that confident faith replaces anxiety. Amen.

Remind yourself often that God always, always keeps his promises, although sometimes, the wait is a long one.

By Ashlea  Massie
Used by Permission


FURTHER READING

•  The Gift of Forgiveness
•  My Search for Inner Peace

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

Having Faith — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

April 29 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“The Glory of God Is a Living Man”
Genesis 32:30; 2 Corinthians 3:18

[T]he glory of God is a living man; and the life of man consists in beholding God. For if the manifestation of God which is made by means of the creation affords life to all living in the earth, how much more does that revelation of the Father which comes through the Word give life to those who see God.

IRENAEUS OF LYONS

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

Virtues Crowd Out Vices
2 Peter 1:4–7

Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry. Where there is poverty and joy there is neither cupidity nor avarice. Where there is quiet and meditation there is neither solicitude nor dissipation. Where there is the fear of the Lord to guard the house the enemy cannot find a way to enter. Where there is mercy and discretion there is neither superfluity nor hard-heartedness.

FRANCIS OF ASSISI

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

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement — Key Life

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

That’s the summary of the law, which is not of faith, and is neither the beginning nor the advanced class of Christianity. In fact, the more stubbornly we return to rote law-keeping, the more likely we are to move away from God — not toward. 

Instead, the big secret of the Bible is that no matter how many laws we obey, good deeds we tally, articles we read and repost, degrees we receive, mantras we recite, workouts we clock, or calories we count — at the end of the day, we fail to see beyond ourselves. This is the riddle, the mystery hidden for so much of the story: you and I can’t love God…and we are terrible at loving people. That is, unless it’s beneficial for us in some way, but is that love? 

The Christian faith is built upon news, not a job description. It is good news that belongs to any who recognize the ways they have been running from God, even in their best efforts to be good and useful to the world. Jesus saves tired sinners. This is both the beginning class and the advanced degree of the Christian faith. It’s the gospel, the ultimate point of the story, whispered about, contrasted, or clearly articulated in every passage and genre, even in those sections that seem solely dedicated to talking about how to live a wise and upright life, like the book of Proverbs, which has more to say about Jesus than we may recognize upon first reading. 

But what about James? 

What about the book of James and all that talk about faith being dead without works? Doesn’t it suggest we return to a form of being good — some list of dos and do nots in order to work out our salvation with fear and trembling? The question is appropriate. 

Where much of the New Testament letters focus on ways to answer the question, “What saves: faith or works?”James considers a different question, that is, how can we recognize the faith that saves? What does it look like? James agrees with the rest of the story — faith isn’t meant for Sundays only. The gospel re-shapes us and our movement in the world we inhabit. 

And yet, even though James tackles an important question, many of us have been inclined to water down his message to somehow mean “go and be good now that you know God.” This is not only unhelpful, but it also inevitably leads us to focus more on ourselves, which in turn makes us less productive in the good we originally aspired to do. In the long run, we will ping back and forth between a state of being weighed down by not doing enough or an inflated sense of how awesome we are because of the one or two things we do well. 

Two forms of law 

Fortunately, the New Testament doesn’t present good works as a new law with curses and rewards. James understands this and equips us with better categories for growing in holiness — categories that take seriously the two covenants of Scripture: 


If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”  you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

James 2:8-12


The royal law of Scripture does not lead to life. In fact, it leads to death after rightly stamping the label “lawbreaker” on all of us. When we double down on our efforts to live under the royal law, we drink the Space Jam placebo of “Michael’s Secret Stuff,” puffed up on the inactive medicine of our own ability, waiting to deflate the moment we come into contact with a real opponent. 

But the law that gives freedom is really no law at all. It’s mercy, which changes you in a way that the law cannot, by speaking a better word to lawbreakers — not one of “do more tomorrow,” but “rest right now, and return again tomorrow to the one who took on the curses of the law for you, in love.” The royal law of Scripture cannot offer freedom because it was designed to increase burden, yoking its hearers to look for relief outside of their own efforts. The law that gives freedom is the gospel and it belongs to those who have tried, failed, and now seek that which depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. 

Grace changes everything

Here is where the rubber meets the road in real life. The faith that saves looks not like performing at the expert level in the royal law of Scripture, but like walking under the easy yoke of the law that gives freedom by growing in the gospel. Mercy triumphs over judgment; therefore, mercy is more effective in making us holy. In other words, our doing begins and ends with our believing. What would a person do if they truly believed they were fully absolved, never under scrutiny for the remainder of their days? 

When Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector meets Jesus, his life is transformed in a way that the law can’t rival. After a lifetime of swindling and stealing from his own people, he encounters God’s grace, then gives away half his stuff and returns fourfold what he has stolen — blowing the requirements of the law out of the water. Mercy one-ups the moral transformation in our lives the law sought ought but could never deliver. Encountering the real, risen Jesus again and again is always more effective in bringing about the goodness that we can’t cause in ourselves. Rather than attempting to take on the army of our own sin and selfishness head on, the mercy of the gospel flanks the enemy from the side as we stand in awe as the stronger man binds our enemies, cures our diseases, and throws a banquet for us, even in the presence of that which threatens to do us the most harm. 

Henry David Thoreau said it well, “there are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” Grow in holiness through the gospel not through your own law-infused, evil-hacking efforts. Look to Jesus, the one who was struck for us in order to mete out the final, root-destroying death blow to evil. He triumphed over judgment permanently in his once-for-all loving act of substitutionary mercy. Heed the book of James, believe Jesus.

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement — Key Life

29 Apr 2021 News Briefing

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New CRISPR technology offers unrivaled control of epigenetic inheritance
Scientists have figured out how to modify CRISPR’s basic architecture to extend its reach beyond the genome and into what’s known as the epigenome — proteins and small molecules that latch onto DNA and control when and where genes are switched on or off. … a novel CRISPR-based tool called “CRISPRoff,” which allows scientists to switch off almost any gene in human cells without making a single edit to the genetic code. These findings suggest that CRISPRoff would only need to be administered once to have lasting therapeutic effects,

Google and Tel Aviv University launch AI research program
Out of 27 proposals submitted, only 10 have been chosen to participate in the lucrative three-year program, whose aim is to support research and collaborations in data science and artificial intelligence, which can address social issues facing humanity … “We believe that AI researchers can benefit significantly from collaborations with researchers in the social sciences and humanities,

IDF downs Hezbollah drone flown from Lebanon
“Our troops downed a Hezbollah drone that crossed from Lebanon into Israel today. In addition, we located another Hezbollah drone that we downed a few weeks ago,” the IDF posted on Twitter. It specified that the drones were most likely gathering intelligence, and were taken down using electric pulses and not gunfire

350 massive sinkholes plague Turkey: ‘Korach’s punishment on our time’
Huge sinkholes, wide enough to swallow trucks, have suddenly begun to appear in the plains of Karapinar, Turkey, a region that is essential as the “breadbasket” of the country.

Super Blood Moon to rise over America: ‘An omen of war with Ishmaelites’
Next month, a blood moon eclipse will pass over the continental US. According to one rabbinic expert astronomical phenomena, the eclipse, a super blood moon, comes as a warning to the US concerning re-establishing relations with the Palestinian Authority.

‘Dark omen’: Pollster says Biden’s approval numbers are horrific
A noted pollster is warning that Joe Biden’s approval numbers, though slightly positive, are a dark omen because they are significantly below most recent presidents. He said the problem is that the president is governing as an extreme leftist – after having promised the American people he would be a moderate. “He’s taken what should have been very popular issues — COVID relief, infrastructure — that Americans overwhelmingly support and turned those into radical left-wing pieces of legislation,”

Strong earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hits Assam
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit Assam today. The earthquake hit 43km west of Tezpur area of Assam at 7.51 am on Wednesday, and had a depth of 17km, the National Center for Seismology confirmed. Strong tremors could also be felt in many other states of northeast, including areas of North Bengal.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Team Names Martian Hill That Serves as Mission “Gateway”
“We think of this hill as a gateway,” Vasavada said. “Rafael Navarro Mountain will be constantly in our sights for the next year as Curiosity winds around it.”

Israel, Lebanon aim to restart maritime border talks
Israel and Lebanon are considering relaunching negotiations on their maritime border, the Energy Ministry confirmed on Thursday. “We are examining the renewal of talks based on the known disputed territory,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz’s spokesman said. Pro-Hezbollah Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar said talks will take place on Monday, but the Israeli side said the date has yet to be finalized.

Saudi ban on Lebanese produce adds pressure on country’s economic crisis
Saudi Arabia has declared that it will not allow Lebanese fruit and vegetable imports to enter the country, claiming that they are increasingly being used to smuggle drugs. The ban came into effect on Sunday, and will remain in place until Lebanon can guarantee that it has done what is needed to prevent drug-trafficking.

Before crucial meeting, Abbas urges EU to press Israel on Jerusalem vote
The European Union is pursuing its contacts with Israel to allow the Palestinians to hold general elections in Jerusalem…Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday. During a meeting in Ramallah, Burgsdorff assured Abbas that the EU supports the Palestinian elections and was continuing its “intensive contacts” with Israel to allow the vote to take place in Jerusalem…

Human Rights Watch really wants to push Israel and PA into one state
Reports slamming Israel for “apartheid” have been driven by a desire to reset the definition of apartheid and redefine Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as one state. This attempt to shoehorn several different areas, run by three different authorities, into one place is at the heart of new human rights report about Israel. This appears timed for the new Biden administration, which came into office in January.

Judge denies Democrats’ request to stop Maricopa County audit
A judge denied a request by Arizona Democrats to halt a Republican-backed 2020 election audit in Maricopa County. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin, who was assigned to the case on Monday after the first judge recused himself, also rejected on Wednesday a motion by Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based consulting firm hired by the GOP-led Arizona Senate, to keep its audit policies and procedures under seal.

Controversial right-wing provocateur Nick Fuentes reportedly placed on ‘no-fly list’
In the wake of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, there have been anecdotal accounts circulating about people who were either in attendance at the riot that day or simply at the previous Trump rally being placed on “no fly lists” and being unable to move about freely. Tucker Carlson reported on this latest curtailment of liberties on Tuesday night.

China launches first module of new space station
China has launched a key module of a new permanent space station, the latest in Beijing’s increasingly ambitious space programme. The Tianhe module – which contains living quarters for crew members – was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B rocket. China hopes to have the new station operational by 2022.

German spy agency watches Querdenker anti-lockdown movement
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says some parts of the anti-Covid lockdown movement are being kept under observation amid concerns they may be trying to delegitimise the state. They are focusing particularly on some members of the “Querdenker” (lateral thinkers) movement and say they do not fit into previous extremist categories. The BfV agency highlighted links with far-right and other extremist groups.

Egypt, UN special coordinator discuss situation in East Jerusalem
The Egyptian foreign minister and the United Nations’ special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process discussed the latest updates… Sameh Shoukry and Tor Wenneslad talked about ways to revive the peace talks between Israel and Palestine and the latest developments in East Jerusalem…

UK hit by frostiest April on record, farmers and growers reporting considerable damage
Provisional records for April 2021 show the United Kingdom has experienced the most air frosts since records began in 1960, the UK Met Office reported Tuesday, April 27, 2021. This month has already seen an average of 13 days of air frosts for the country, with many farmers and growers reporting considerable damage due to the harsh conditions.

New Delhi records highest ever single-day tally of 357 “coronavirus” deaths that are most likely caused by dangerous vaccines
India’s capital New Delhi on Saturday, April 24, recorded its highest single-day tally of supposed coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths after 357 people died within 24 hours. The city of around 30 million also recorded over 24,000 new cases in the same span of time. These deaths are taking place after covid vaccinations have surged across the country.

Why are certain 5G cell tower components labeled “COV-19?” 
Reports are coming out to show that some of the electrical components being used in 5G tower installations bear the marking of “COV-19,” which just so happens to be almost identical to COVID-19, the name used for the infection supposedly caused by the Wuhan coronavirus.

Whole Foods ushering in Mark of the Beast with new palm-scanning payment system 
Thanks to its acquisition by Amazon, Whole Foods Market is quickly morphing into the grocery store of the New World Order with a new cashless payment system that allows customers to wave their palm over a scanning machine in order to pay for their food.

“Vaccidents” now wrecking roadways with stroked-out vaccine takers who lose brain function behind the wheel
As post-vaccine deaths are now ravaging India and Brazil, across the United States people are noticing a sudden surge in automobile accidents on roadways. People are driving off the roads and striking trees. They’re veering into other cars for head-on collisions. And they are apparently losing cognitive function while behind the wheel.

Christian Preacher In London Is Arrested After He Dared To Preach ‘Only Two Genders’ As The Book Of Genesis Declares In Your King James Bible
Let’s see now, we have vaccines, biometric passports, the New World Order, mandatory masking, there are so many rockets being fired off right now it’s hard to know where to look first. But in the midst of all this end times insanity, we need to remember there is a goal, there is a target that the opposition wants to reach. That goal is the hated gospel of the grace of God inside the pages of your King James Bible, and pity the man or woman who dares open their mouth to preach in the name of the Lord.

Wildfires reach record high in Omsk as air pollution grips Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, Russia
The Omsk region in Western Siberia has reported a record-high number of wildfires, with one day last week registering nearly a thousand new cases per day. Meanwhile, in Novosibirsk, a thick cloud of smoke resulted in zero visibility and poor air quality due to wildfires. As of Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the total area of land scorched has reached 170 000 ha (420 000 acres) in the region.

Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer confirmed to cause brain damage, neurodegenerative disease 
new report has found that the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) injection from Pfizer and BioNTech causes long-term neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Canada introduces bill to police all internet speech 
Desperate to transform his country into a clone of communist China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced new legislation that would censor the Canadian internet and make everything on it politically correct.

Some US states TURNING DOWN new Wuhan coronavirus vaccine shipments as demand dwindles
Several U.S. states have turned down new federal shipments of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines as demand for the shots dwindle. The vaccine supply for some areas has overtaken demand, leading to unused vaccine doses.

EPA approves release of GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys despite safety concerns
Britain-based biotech company Oxitec has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Florida Keys this spring. The firm claims that the technology is safe and effective at eradicating dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases in the area – a claim that scientists and residents dispute.

Alaskan village bans unvaccinated people from in-person shopping
Kongiganak, a village of fewer than 500 people in Alaska, is requiring inhabitants, the vast majority of whom are Native Americans, to be fully vaccinated to be eligible for any in-person shopping.

IBM, which provided punch card computing systems to power the Holocaust, now in charge of “vaccine passports” 
By now, you have probably heard all about the deep state’s maniacal “vaccine passport” scheme, which will eventually be used to enslave the entire world under medical tyranny. Well, we now know that IBM is heading up the creation and implementation of vaccine passports throughout much of the developed world – IBM being the same company that helped organize the Holocaust, by the way.

Globalist next move in the Marxist playbook: Ostracize the unvaccinated like Hitler ostracized the Jews 
According to the Marxist playbook, it’s time to begin disarming the unvaccinated in America and moving them all to the Covid ghettos, like lepers. No vaccine passport? No traveling for you. No job. No groceries. Time to starve to death or get the jabs. Your choice. The globalist agenda is to turn all of the vaccinated American sheeple against the unvaccinated. Treat them like they’re diseased and spreading leprosy. Blame them for all the plight of the country. They are the blight. They ruin the economy. Right?

Total WAR on FOOD targeting ranchers to outlaw all forms of meat, including cattle and backyard chickens
The total war against the food supply is now underway with a ballot initiative in Oregon seeking to criminalize all forms of meat production, including cattle and backyard chickens. Under the proposed new law, meat could only be harvested from animals after they die from “natural causes,” which would mean harvesting meat from old, diseased animals. Cancer burgers, anyone?

Democrats are pushing to pack Supreme Court with left-wing activists, financed by “dark money” donors trying to buy our government
Once upon a time, the most cynical Americans among us often quipped that our government “is the best that money can buy.”

Mutilated Girl Describes Horrors of Child Gender Transition: ‘I Can’t Believe I was Allowed…to Have This Procedure’
A mutilated girl’s lament is going viral as she regrets her gender transition and is questioning a system that allowed her to make such a ghastly and gruesome mistake.

Top 10 Sickening Details Of How Federal Workers Trafficked Dead Babies
New emails uncovered by Judicial Watch’s FOIA request detail how FDA employees were working with buyers to get ‘fresh’ aborted baby organs for experiments.

US officials target the man who uncovered their corruption
On Friday, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius reported that former Trump administration official Kash Patel is “facing Justice Department investigation for possible improper disclosure of classified information.” The 40-year-old lawyer from Queens, New York served in several senior posts under Trump, including National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism, senior advisor to the Director of National Intelligence, and Pentagon chief of staff.

Oops! Slip of the Tongue
Newscaster: “Four months into it, they’re running out of people who want to be Euthanized..uh..Immunized!

Germany Has Allied With Russia Against the United States! Stunning Revelations!!!
In 2014, I reported  Britain only had an energy storage buffer estimated to meet about 16 days of energy demands. What lies beyond 16 days under the present set of circumstances. The emergency British reduction in energy usage would be imposed through rationing and denial of service to non-essential entities and service.

Source: 29 Apr 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Thursday 4-29-21

Marsha West – Are All Angels Safe?

Anthony Wade – April Means Sugar-Coated Candy Unicorns for Everyone!

How Heretics Shaped Alcoholics Anonymous

Pastor Resigns as Another Sex Scandal Rocks Hillsong

Former Employee Sentenced to 10 Years for Stealing $1 Million From Ed Young’s Church

1st ever woman spiritual leader of Orthodox synagogue appointed in Israel

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

National Day of Prayer at U.S. Capitol ended after 70 yearsPosted: 29 Apr 2021 10:20 AM PDT(ETH) – According to a report from Church Leaders, Christian Defense Coalition director Rev. Patrick Mahoney has reportedly been denied a permit to conduct a prayer service at the U.S. Capitol during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6th, 2021.The reason it will be closed is the recent breach from protestors back in January. The incident left five people dead and over 140 injured. Rev. Patrick Mahoney stated, “For 70 years, there has been a public witness on the National Day of Prayer at the U.S.Continue reading National Day of Prayer at U.S. Capitol ended after 70 years at End Time Headlines.
Skillet Frontman John Cooper Warns ‘Woke Ideology’ is ‘Wrecking Christianity’Posted: 29 Apr 2021 10:05 AM PDT(OPINION) Faithwire – Skillet frontman John Cooper is calling out what he described as the “woke ideology” permeating the church, arguing it’s “wrecking Christianity.”At the crux of the 46-year-old recording artist’s definition of “woke ideology” is a morally relativistic framework, a belief system rooted not in absolutes but in individual experiences and understandings, often denoted by “my truth” claims.“I studied postmodernism in college, but I never thought that anyone would actually build a society upon it, because it’s so untenable,” Cooper said during an appearance last week on pro-life activist Abby Johnson’s podcast.Continue reading Skillet Frontman John Cooper Warns ‘Woke Ideology’ is ‘Wrecking Christianity’ at End Time Headlines.
Officials are ramping up incentives to persuade people to get vaccinatedPosted: 28 Apr 2021 06:17 PM PDT(ETH) – First, it was free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme, and now other incentives are being thrown at people across the country to persuade people into getting vaccinated for COVID. For example, the state of West Virginia is reportedly offering a $100 savings bond to everyone between the ages of 16 and 35 who is willing to be vaccinated.The announcement was made during a Monday briefing by Governor.Continue reading Officials are ramping up incentives to persuade people to get vaccinated at End Time Headlines.
Rabbi warns “Super Blood Moon” over America is a sign of WarPosted: 28 Apr 2021 01:50 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – America is about to see a blood moon eclipse that is set to pass over the continental US and one rabbi claims that it is a warning to the US concerning re-establishing relations with the Palestinian Authority.The celestial event will take place on May 26th, which will be the first total lunar eclipse of 2021 and the first since January 2019 eclipse and will appear over southeast Asia, until it will be visible in South America, Australia, and the western half of North America.Continue reading Rabbi warns “Super Blood Moon” over America is a sign of War at End Time Headlines.
New LSU coach tosses aside her COVID-19 mask as crowd cheers leaving some outragedPosted: 28 Apr 2021 01:36 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – The very first thing the new women’s basketball coach for LSU, Kim Mulkey did as she stood before the microphone on Monday was pull off her face mask as she told the crowd, “Well, I’mma take this da** mask off!” she then tossed it to the side leaving the crowd cheering. According to TheBlaze, it caused an uproar on social media afterward:“Does LSU have to pay the buy-out when we learn that she stormed the Capitol?” one commenter quipped.Continue reading New LSU coach tosses aside her COVID-19 mask as crowd cheers leaving some outraged at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 29, 2021

THE FOUNDATION

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Tim Scott Upstages Sleepy Joe

Joe Biden had the better backdrop, but Tim Scott had by far the more powerful and unifying message.

Douglas Andrews

There was a speech last night, and it was a good one. It was presidential through and through; it was forceful, optimistic, and upbeat; it brought us together as Americans; and it reminded us of why ours is still the greatest nation on earth.

Oh, and Joe Biden also spoke.

To say that South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott merely upstaged the president last night is to miss out on the enormity of the task: The brief rebuttal from the opposition party always pales in comparison, even when an accomplished and eloquent speaker is at the mic. All we remember about Marco Rubio, for example, was him reaching for that water bottle. No, for majesty and spectacle, there’s simply no beating an American president’s speech to a joint session of Congress.

Except last night.

It was a bizarre spectacle, to say the least: a sparsely populated chamber with everyone socially distanced and still wearing masks, even though everyone in attendance had already been vaccinated. Just 200 people in a setting that can accommodate 1,000. And there was more than a bit of dissonance between that weird, surreal setting and Biden’s introductory claim: “America is rising anew. Choosing hope over fear. Truth over lies. Light over darkness. After 100 Days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for takeoff.”

We’re ready for takeoff, all right. Just stay over there and don’t forget your face diaper.

Biden started off smartly enough, looking behind him and saying, “Madame speaker. Madame vice president. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.”

It went down hill from there, though. For one thing, he quickly lapsed into that same irritating tic that plagues all Democrat presidents — that of saying “invest” and “investing” when they mean to say “spend” and “spending.”

“Throughout our history,” he said, “public investments and infrastructure have transformed America.” This, of course, was a predictable tee-up for his budget-busting “American Jobs Plan,” which he called “a once-in-a-generation investment in America itself.”

And speaking of budget-busters, “To win that competition for the future,” he said, “we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families — in our children. That’s why I’m introducing the American Families Plan tonight.”

If you’re keeping score, that’s two “once-in-a-generation” “American” “investments” we’re getting. Lucky us. He’s “The Six Trillion Dollar Man,” said Karl Rove, and future generations will pay for it.

It wasn’t all spending, though. There was also plenty of demagoguery about evil whitey. “Make no mistake,” Biden said, quickly pivoting from foreign threats, “the terrorist threat has evolved beyond Afghanistan since 2001 and we will remain vigilant against threats to the United States, wherever they come from. … And we won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined — the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.”

Yeah, those 18 white supremacists are the only thing keeping us from realizing the American Dream.

The next words out of Biden’s mouth? “And my fellow Americans, we must come together to heal the soul of this nation.” This from the most divisive president in modern history. This from the guy who during his victory speech promised, “I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did.”

Enough.

Tim Scott, on the other hand, shone brightly. “We just heard President Biden’s first address to Congress,” he began. “Our president seems like a good man. His speech was full of good words. But President Biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. He promised to unite a nation. To lower the temperature. To govern for all Americans, no matter how we voted. That was the pitch. You just heard it again. But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that bring us closer together.”

That was the only bone Scott would throw Biden’s way. Indeed, he was at his best when he challenged the president’s instinct to see white racism under every rock and behind every tree. “Hear me clearly,” Scott said. “America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination, and it’s wrong to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”

Clearly, the South’s first black senator since Reconstruction was over the target. How do we know? “‘Uncle Tim’ trended on Twitter Wednesday night,” David Rutz of Fox News reported, “as left-wing users flooded the site with the racial slur … following his rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress. His rhetoric infuriated some progressives, and Twitter placed ‘Uncle Tim’ on its trending topics as more tweets relayed the insulting, racially charged play on his name.” The trend was eventually blocked.

Scott, though, took the high road, touching upon his hardscrabble upbringing and his family’s “cotton-to-Congress” story. He credited his single mom for not having given up on him, and then he went off script to pay tribute to single moms everywhere. He also credited his faith: “Becoming a Christian transformed my life,” he said.

He then hit on the lost year for our children: “Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future,” he said. “Our public schools should have reopened months ago. Other countries’ did. Private and religious schools did. Science has shown for months that schools are safe. But too often, powerful grown-ups set science aside. And kids like me were left behind. The clearest case for school choice in our lifetimes.”

He challenged Biden’s infrastructure plan, calling it “a liberal wish-list of Big Government waste, plus the biggest job-killing tax hikes in a generation.” But in the end, he returned to his faith and to Scripture.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you,” he said, “May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May His presence go before you, and behind you, and beside you. … May His favor be upon [our nation] for a thousand generations, and your family, and your children, and their children. Good night, and God bless.”

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FBI Raids Rudy Giuliani for Political Payback?

The DOJ dubiously investigates Trump’s former personal lawyer for failing to register as a foreign agent.

Thomas Gallatin

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Rudy Giuliani’s home and office on Wednesday. The raid on the former New York City mayor and personal lawyer for Donald Trump stinks of political motives. Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, blasted it as “totally unnecessary” and designed to “make him look like he’s some sort of criminal.” Costello noted that Giuliani had been cooperating with investigators but called the raid “legal thuggery.”

The agents seized several electronic devices, but one thing in particular stands out: They reportedly picked up a hard drive, but once they were informed it was the duplicate drive from Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop, they put it back down.

So, why the raid? Fox News reports, “The warrant was based on suspicion that Giuliani violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in lobbying on behalf of Ukraine.” No wonder it stinks. This is the same charge the FBI used to go after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Giuliani’s son Andrew slammed the raid, stating, “I am speaking as a son and a concerned American — anybody, any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today by the continued politicization of the Justice Department. This is disgusting. This is absolutely absurd.” He added, “It is the continued politicization of the Justice Department that we have seen and it has to stop. If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer, this can happen to anyone.”

Costello pointed out that Hunter Biden has himself failed “to register numerous times as a foreign agent” and that he’s accused of “money laundering” as well as other crimes. Highlighting the blatant hypocrisy, Costello observed, “The Biden Department of Justice has completely ignored clear evidence (which the FBI has had for over a year) in texts and emails on Hunter Biden’s hard drive.” He added, “Instead, the Justice Department decided it was a higher priority to serve (at dawn) search warrants for electronics at the home and law office of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The search warrants involve only one indication of an alleged incident of failure to register as a foreign agent. Mayor Giuliani has not only denied this allegation, but offered twice in the past two years through his attorney Bob Costello to Democrats that it is entirely untrue. Twice the offer was rejected by the SDNY [U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York].”

Noting the profound political double standard at play in this raid, Mark Alexander observes, “The FBI raids Rudy Giuliani’s residence — another fake Foreign Agents Registration Act violation? Really? When will the FBI raid the homes of Joe and Hunter Biden with warrants to obtain any and all electronic devices that may contain information regarding their connections with Ukraine — and the ChiComs — violating FARA? Giuliani’s problem is that he wore too many hats at one time, kind of like Joe Biden wears too many masks at one time. And regarding violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and any number of other federal statutes, somebody get John Kerry on the line.”

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Chauvin Trial Expert Witness in Mob Crosshairs

Why would any expert ever again testify in a politically charged case?

Arnold Ahlert

As Americans are about to discover, the contemptible appetite for mob justice will extend beyond a defendant being tried for a crime.

Despite former police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction, the mob has turned its attention toward Dr. David Fowler, an internationally renowned forensic pathologist who served as the state of Maryland’s chief medical examiner from 2002 to 2019.

Why? Because Fowler offered his services as an expert witness for the defense, and he had the “temerity” to offer a somewhat differing opinion on the cause of George Floyd’s death than that of other experts. Fowler testified that the primary cause of Floyd’s death was a sudden heart rhythm disturbance occurring while he was restrained by police precipitated by an underlying heart disease. He also testified that the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system, along with possible carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust, were contributing factors.

That testimony contradicted other experts who insisted Floyd died due to a lack of oxygen. Yet the most likely reason he is now being targeted is because he classified Floyd’s manner of death as “undetermined,” unlike the Hennepin County medical examiner, who called it a homicide.

Such testimony was a bridge too far for Washington, DC’s former chief medical examiner Roger Mitchell and 431 doctors from around the country. They penned a letter to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office asserting Fowler’s opinions were so far outside the acceptable boundaries of forensic practice that his entire career should be called into question.

“Dr. Fowler’s stated opinion that George Floyd’s death during active police restraint should be certified with an ‘undetermined’ manner is outside the standard practice and conventions for investigating and certification of in-custody deaths,” the letter states. “This stated opinion raises significant concerns for his previous practice and management.” The letter also called for state- and federal-level investigations of his 17-year tenure as chief medical examiner — and his medical license itself.

Less than 24 hours after receiving the letter, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced they would accommodate the mob.

Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for Frosh, insisted internal discussions about investigating Fowler’s work had been going on for weeks, and she contacted the governor’s office regarding how to move forward. “We agree that it is appropriate for independent experts to review reports issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) regarding deaths in custody,” Coombs said in a statement. “We are already in conversations with the Governor’s Office about the need for such a review, and have offered to coordinate it.”

Michael Ricci, a spokesman for Hogan, concurred, asserting, “It is appropriate for the Office of the Attorney General to coordinate the work group.” He added that the governor “has designated his chief legal counsel to serve as a liaison for this effort.” Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the chief medical examiner’s office, said the agency is “committed to transparency and will cooperate fully with an inquiry.”

Inquiry? Witch hunt is more like it, and Fowler put the lie to this vendetta, explaining that he wasn’t solely responsible for all the conclusions in the cases under review. “There’s a large team of forensic pathologists, with layers of supervision, and those medical examiners always did tremendous work,” Fowler stated. When asked about the review? “People need to do what they need to do,” he added.

Ironically, Coombs said the review will not involve any state officials or staff connected to a lawsuit filed against Fowler by the family of Anton Black, a 19-year-old who died in police custody in 2018 after being restrained for six minutes. Fowler ruled that Black died due to a sudden cardiac event that occurred while he was struggling with police, not because they pinned him in a prone position. “We have taken steps to wall off those in our office who are representing the [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] and its current and former employees, including Dr. Fowler, from those who might be involved in any review of [the examiner’s] reports,” Coombs wrote.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, who covered the Chauvin trial extensively, notes some damning realities attached to this vendetta. As ever, media malfeasance was part of the mix. “The complaints against Fowler are based on distortions of his testimony,” McCarthy explains. “He did not, as the Baltimore Sun reports, claim that Chauvin bore no responsibility for George Floyd’s death. Nor did he, as the New York Post reports, testify that the cause of Floyd’s death was merely his inhalation of ‘exhaust fumes,’ in combination with other medical problems.”

More important, McCarthy notes that Fowler’s chief “sin,” as in daring to state the cause of Floyd’s death was “inconclusive” rather than a “homicide” as stated by Hennepin County medical examiner Andrew M. Baker, was a medical opinion, not a criminal-law determination. “The forensic pathologists, like other medical experts, were competent to testify only about medical conclusions in their area of expertise,” McCarthy adds. “They were not qualified to render a legal judgment about whether Floyd had been murdered, or whether the culpable negligence of the police caused his death.”

McCarthy also offers the nation an ominous warning: “We have reached a dangerous pass if people are to be deterred from testifying on the ‘wrong’ side of politically fraught cases.”

Not “deterred.” Intimidated. Doxed. Threatened with unrestrained mob violence ginned up by thugs and abetted by abhorrent politicians seeking to destroy anyone and everyone who refuses to abide their bankrupt worldview and all the distortions and all the lies necessary to sustain it.

And it’s not over. Police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane were with Chauvin at the time of George Floyd’s arrest, and all three have been charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Beginning on August 23, they will stand trial in court together in Hennepin County.

After seeing the orchestrated effort against Dr. Fowler, why would any medical expert testify on their behalf? After watching the spectacle of a trial tainted by a $27 million civil settlement during jury selection, the Star Tribune’s publication of juror backgrounds extensive enough to compromise their safety, the failure to sequester a jury that was undoubtedly made aware of the accidental killing of Daunte Wright and the rioting that followed, as well as Maxine Waters’s despicable calls for the mob to be “more confrontational,” why would anyone present any contrary opinion, medical or otherwise, that could potentially put them, and perhaps their families as well, in harm’s way?

In a sense, the entire nation is on trial. If we allow the mob to orchestrate the outcome, the Rule of Law will give way to anarchy. Once again: It’s what Americans get when they elect people who hate the nation to run it.

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Census Sets Up a Potential Political Shift

With people moving from blue states into red ones, future elections are going to get more interesting.

Lewis Morris

The 2020 census numbers are in, and that means big news for Congress and various federal programs. Census results impact how 315 federal programs dole out $1.5 trillion to states and municipalities each year. It also determines how the 435 House seats will be divided among the states. Politically, this will have a big impact on the 2022 midterm elections and beyond.

But first, the numbers. As of April 1, 2020, the U.S. population was 331,449,281, give or take. That represents a 7.4% increase since the 2010 census, the second-slowest growing decade on record after the 1930s. This slower rate of population growth represents a trend that has been happening for years as younger generations are having fewer children.

Another trend that continues unabated is the migration of people from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and West. Since the end of World War II, the Northeast and Midwest have been losing residents as industry and commerce has dwindled in those regions. In fact, there has been a net shift of 84 House seats to the south and west since 1940. States that lost congressional seats after the 2020 census mostly reflect this trend.

Seven states lost one seat each: California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. All but two of these states — Ohio and West Virginia — voted for Joe Biden in 2020. This is the first time California has ever lost a congressional seat, which is a symptom of the sad state of economic, social, and political affairs in that state. New York, another bastion of Democrat control, lost a seat by the slimmest of margins — just 89 people. It’s worth noting, though, that the Empire State lost two seats in the 2010 census.

States that benefited from this out-migration and will be gaining House seats include Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas, the last of which will gain two seats. Of these states, all but two — Colorado and Oregon — voted for Donald Trump. The Lone Star State was the big winner in the 2020 count, gaining nearly four million residents, more than any other state.

A rough look at the numbers would indicate that people are moving from Democrat-controlled states to Republican ones, another trend that predates the latest census. Some would say this is an oversimplification and that people decide to move based more on job opportunities and the economic picture than social or political climates. However, states controlled by Republicans tend to be more business-friendly, which means more jobs and greater entrepreneurship. Republican states also tend to have more fiscally responsible government policies, which makes for more stable economic climates. So, yeah, politics matters.

The question is whether all these Republican states are getting millions of new Democrat voters.

It will be up to the individual state legislatures to draw the new congressional district boundaries. Nationwide, Republicans have the edge since the GOP controls 30 state legislatures, including those in Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Texas. But reapportionment is always a sticky process, with the parties trying to create voting blocs with creative district lines that sometimes wrap around city blocks and have even been known to cut buildings in half between districts. And with the 2022 midterms and elections for the rest of the decade in the balance, expect bitter arguments and lawsuits to follow.

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Biden, Masks, and the American Sheeple

Joe Biden’s incoherent masking behavior seems to be ever more about control and ever less about science.

Douglas Andrews

One wonders whether Joe Biden had the self-awareness to notice last week that so few of the 40 world leaders in the virtual room for his two-day “climate summit” were wearing a mask. Biden, as seen on numerous video snapshots, appeared at times to be the only masker there. We’re told by the always-helpful fact-checkers that he wasn’t, but he was nonetheless the leader of a tiny and embarrassingly conspicuous minority. (COVID, for the record, is not a computer virus — it can’t leap through the ether and nail us from afar.)

What, though, must those other world leaders have thought about the American president? Hadn’t he already been vaccinated? (Answer: yes.)

Perhaps Biden was masked because his handlers were right there next to him, just off screen, telling him exactly what to say next. But hadn’t they already been vaccinated, too? (Answer: certainly.)

What kind of message, then, was Biden trying to send to the American people and the rest of the world? (Answer: search us, but it’s not about science.)

“He is sending a message to the world,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told us, “that he is putting in place precautions and continuing to do that as leader of the United States.”

Uh-huh.

Then we saw Biden earlier this week wearing a mask outside while walking alone to a podium in front of the White House to tell us that we don’t need to wear masks outside anymore.

What gives? One thing we know for certain: Joe Biden ain’t Donald Trump. Recall that our last president, having contracted the virus, left Walter Reed Medical Center just three days later while telling the American people, “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re going to beat it.”

President Biden, on the other hand, has consistently projected a sense of fear and uncertainty, and a seemingly reflexive compliance to unnecessary masking. Even last night, at his address to a joint session of (part of) Congress, we were treated to the bizarre spectacle of a sparsely populated chamber with everyone socially distanced and wearing masks. Everyone in attendance had already been vaccinated. And yet they were all seated at a social distance and all wearing masks.

What message are we sending with this sort of behavior? What are we saying about the importance of getting vaccinated if we’re going to continue to follow strict protocols? And what sort of long-term psychological damage are we doing to the sheeple among us — those who are now terrified of unmasking because Anthony Fauci has been telling us to wear a mask? Or two masks?

And speaking of psychological damage, what effects are we putting on our children when we force them to wear masks despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that the threat they pose is virtually nonexistent?

“By putting masks on two- to ten-year-olds,” writes National Review’s Michael Brendan Dougherty, “we are fitting upon the most intimate part of their body a constant reminder that they may be in danger, or that they are a danger to others. This will inevitably have some effect on their mental model of the world, of the security they feel in their schools, and their willingness and ability to develop friendships or cultivate a rapport with their teachers.”

Power Line’s John Hinderaker has had enough. “There is no argument,” he writes, “for wearing masks (which don’t do any good in any event, the case data show) if you have been vaccinated, except one: the harpies can’t tell by looking whether a person has been vaccinated or not. So if vaccinated people take their masks off, the unvaccinated will swiftly follow, and the harpies won’t know whom to shame. … What we need now is a preference cascade … Basically, in a preference cascade people start piercing the veil of silence. One person turns to another and says, I want this to end. Pretty soon — amazingly soon, once it starts to spread — it turns out that most people agree.”

Closer to home, our Nate Jackson wondered earlier this week, “When’s the mask burning party?”

Joe Biden and his control-freaky fetishists might not like it, but for a free people in a free country, those bonfires can’t come soon enough.

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America Is Not Awash in ‘Systemic Racism’

Data indicates race relations in the U.S. are as good as ever, despite the Left’s bogus narrative.

Thomas Gallatin

After a year of protesting and rioting across the nation after George Floyd’s death, coupled with the near-ubiquitous narrative of “systemic racism” promulgated by Democrats and their Leftmedia cohorts, one might be surprised to learn that race relations in America are actually better than ever.

According to a new report from the Manhattan Institute by Eric Kaufman, the hard data indicates that racism in America has been steadily and significantly declining. For example, the report notes, “The share of white Americans who agree that it is permissible to racially discriminate when selling a home declined from 60% as late as 1980 to 28% by 2012.” Furthermore, the “approval of black-white intermarriage rose among whites from around 4% in 1958 to 45% in 1995 and 84% in 2013. … In 2017, fewer than 10% of whites in a major Pew survey said that interracial marriage was a ‘bad thing,’” while “intermarried newlyweds rose from 3% in 1967 to 17% in 2015.”

What explains the popular perception of racism being a major problem in America? There are several factors, one of which happens to be social media. Of black Americans surveyed regarding their perception of racism within the country, those on social media believe there is a significantly higher rate of racism than those not on social media. Kaufman observes, “My survey results indicate that as much as half of reported racism may be ideologically or psychologically conditioned, and the rise in the proportion of Americans claiming racism to be an important problem is largely socially constructed.” In short, it’s political propaganda and indoctrination.

With mainstream media, social media, and leftist politicians all touting a similar yet bogus narrative, is it any wonder vast swaths of Americans believe the nation is hopelessly racist? The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley notes, “It’s becoming clearer by the day that journalism’s cavalier disregard for providing the necessary context in its coverage of racial controversies, and the willingness of so many in the media to play down or ignore the truth about America’s racial progress, is not simply wrong but also dangerous.”

It’s almost as if the Left is seeking to divide and bait Americans into hating and fighting against each other, even as the country has made such impressive advances against racist attitudes and beliefs. As we have often observed, the party actually promoting racism — as has seemingly always been the case — is the Democrat Party with its commitment to identity politics.

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Government & Politics

  • Republicans call for long-overdue investigation into John Kerry (Daily Caller)
  • DOJ quietly drops Trump-era policy to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities (Insider)
  • Double standards: Epoch Times congressional press credentials revoked while Chinese state-run media remains (PM)
  • YouTube oligarchs censor Dan Bongino’s interview with Donald Trump (Bongino.com)
  • Samantha Power confirmed by Senate to lead USAID (Axios)

Culture & Heartland

  • Andrew Brown Jr. body-cam video public release delayed by 30 days (Fox News)
  • Justice Department indicts three on hate crime charges in death of Ahmaud Arbery (AP)
  • “Socialist” Seattle councilmembers are now worth millions (FEE) | Meanwhile, more than 200 Seattle police officers have quit over the last year (Fox News)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • “Creature” terrorizing Poland town turns out to be a croissant stuck in a tree (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Principles for a conservative infrastructure alternative (National Review)
  • Policy: Biden’s proposed education spending spree is untenable and unaffordable (Heritage Foundation)
  • Policy: With COVID advice, CDC too often ignores science (Daily Signal)
  • Satire: CDC now recommends wearing a seat belt even when you’re outside the vehicle (Babylon Bee)
  • Related satire: Yellowstone says it may soon let buffalo stop wearing masks (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” —Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Perspective: “For a would-be FDR, Biden doesn’t seem to understand that a fundamental source of the New Dealer’s power was enormous congressional majorities. FDR came into office in 1932 with almost a 200-seat majority in the House, 313-117, after Republicans lost more than 100 seats. … In the Senate, FDR had 58 Democrats, as Republicans lost 12 seats in 1932 in one of the worst senatorial drubbings in history. … With his legislative margin of error so thin, it’s unlikely that Biden will get his way on much besides spending and taxes. Almost all of his sweeping proposals, from federalizing elections to making D.C. a state, will fall by the wayside. More to the point, it’s wrong for Biden to attempt force through such radical measures when his mandate for them exists only in his ridiculously inflated self-image.” —Rich Lowry

Food for thought: “Former Secretary of State John Kerry is under fire after a New York Times report suggesting that he leaked intelligence about Israel’s counterterrorism activities to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. … Kerry denied the allegations, labeling the New York Times report as ‘unequivocally false.’ But it wouldn’t be the first time that Kerry has had questionable communications with the Iranians. Here’s the bottom line: Someone is lying. If it’s Zarif, how can we trust anything he has to say in the nuclear negotiations?” —Gary Bauer

Observations: “In the end, evidence for systemic racism is utterly unnecessary. Systemic racism requires no evidence of intent, either individual or systemic. It requires only evidence of disparate outcome by race. … Systemic racism is a fundamentalist religious belief. It posits original sin; it posits saints and prophets; it posits its own malevolent god of the gaps. Most of all, it persecutes heretics in the name of a supposedly higher good. To be saved is to declare fealty to radical racial polarization; to be damned is to deny such fealty.” —Ben Shapiro

Re: political theater: “When we look at this administration, the way they’ve treated this whole thing has amounted to a huge amount of theater, as opposed to actual science. When the president comes out with a mask over, and over, and over again, he sends the message implicitly that if you get vaccinated, nothing will change.” —Ben Domenech

Yep: “Dr. Anthony Fauci, the moment he came out last year and said that we needed to shut down schools, he should have been fired.” —Ben Domenech

Non compos mentis: “The proportion of seniors who have been vaccinated is essentially equal between white and seniors of color. I said from the beginning that we we’re going to fight this virus with equity.” —Joe Biden

Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Hate crimes are crimes where there’s an explicit motive and of bias. We don’t have any evidence that Derek Chauvin factored in George Floyd’s race as he did what he did.” —Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

And last… “Instead of [complaining] about the unfairness of losing a congressional seat, I dunno, maybe start thinking about why residents are fleeing your state like it’s on fire.” —David Burge

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CNN’s Left-Wing Viewers Give Biden’s Speech Worse Marks Than They Did Trump’s First Speech In 2017

Only 51 percent of the largely Democrat speech watchers approved of Joe Biden’s comments, but the corporate media outlet still labeled the ratings a ‘very positive reaction.’

Source: CNN’s Left-Wing Viewers Give Biden’s Speech Worse Marks Than They Did Trump’s First Speech In 2017

Fauci says kids must continue wearing masks outside, says they are “more at risk” of infection than vaccinated adults

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday that children should continue wearing masks while they are outside playing.

Source: Fauci says kids must continue wearing masks outside, says they are “more at risk” of infection than vaccinated adults

Sen. Tim Scott Rejects Big Government, Points to Big God Instead: ‘God Has Supplied It’ — Faithwire

Senate Television via AP

Senate Television via AP

In the Republican response to President Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday night, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) rejected the president’s massive spending proposals that would grow the government and make Americans more dependent on Washington.

Scott denounced, “Even more taxing, even more spending, to put Washington even more in the middle of your life — from the cradle to college.”

He also drove hard the point that the White House is not listening to science in regards to COVID protocols like the president promised he would. 

“Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future. Our public schools should have opened months ago,” Scott said. “Other countries did. Private and religious schools did. Science has shown for months that schools are safe.”

Sen. Tim Scott’s Powerful Easter Message: ‘The Church Might Be Empty, But the Tomb Is Empty, Too’

The South Carolina Republican also reminded the nation of what the country was like before the pandemic and praised President Trump’s hard work to fast-track safe vaccines. 

“This should be a joyful springtime for our nation. This administration inherited a tide that had already turned. The coronavirus is on the run!” he exclaimed. “Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines.”

Scott highlighted how Biden and congressional Democrats have chosen to push America to the far left and have shunned bipartisanship.

“In February, Republicans told President Biden we wanted to keep working together to win this fight. But Democrats wanted to go it alone. They spent almost $2 trillion on a partisan bill that the White House bragged was the most liberal bill in American history! Only 1% went to vaccinations. No requirement to re-open schools promptly. COVID brought Congress together five times. This Administration pushed us apart.”

Scott cited low unemployment rates for minorities before the pandemic struck last year, calling it “the most inclusive economy in my lifetime.” He also praised GOP efforts including tax breaks to encourage business investments in low-income communities.

“So why do we feel so divided and anxious?” he asked. “A nation with so much cause for hope should not feel so heavy-laden.”

WATCH: Tim Scott’s Optimistic, Inspiring Message for America’s Future at the RNC

“Just before COVID, we had the most inclusive economy in my lifetime. The lowest unemployment ever recorded for African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans. The lowest for women in nearly 70 years. Wages were growing faster for the bottom 25 percent than the top 25 percent.”

“That happened because Republicans focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans,” he explained. 

Scott also reminded Americans that their best future won’t come from being dependent on the federal government. “Our best future won’t come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams. It will come from you — the American people,” he said.

Ultimately, Scott pointed to God, giving Him praise for America’s successes. “I am standing here because my mom has prayed me through some very tough times. I believe our nation has succeeded the same way. Because generations of Americans, in their own ways, have asked for grace — and God has supplied it,” he said.

Scott concluded by citing the worship song “The Blessing”, which was drawn from Numbers 6:24-26. He spoke that blessing over viewers, saying: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you…

May His presence go before you,
And behind you, and beside you…
In your weeping and rejoicing,
He is with you…

May His favor be upon (our nation), for a thousand generations
And your family… and your children…
And their children.

Good night, and God bless.”

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Sen. Tim Scott Rejects Big Government, Points to Big God Instead: ‘God Has Supplied It’ — Faithwire

Dems: ‘If America Isn’t Racist, How Do You Explain These White Hoods We’re Wearing?’ — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After Senator Tim Scott said America is no longer a racist country, Democrats scrambled to prove him wrong. They quickly devastated his argument by going into storage and dusting off their old KKK hoods, which they then donned to show him just how racist America actually is.

“If America isn’t racist, would we be wearing these? Checkmate!” said Nancy Pelosi triumphantly as she solemnly put on the white hood. “Your move, Republicans.”

Chuck Schumer also put on a hood, having borrowed it from the Museum of Democratic History in D.C. 

“My colleague is right — if we weren’t racist as Senator Tim Scott suggested, why would we put on these white hoods with no political repercussions whatsoever? It’s clear as day: America is racist.” Schumer went on to propose reenacting Jim Crow laws in order to dunk on Senator Scott and prove his argument “completely without merit.”

“Senator Scott is truly an ‘Uncle Tim’ after all.”

“Furthermore, we will begin instituting separate but equal Senate chambers for senators of color. Just to show them how racist America still is.” Reporters applauded Schumer for his bold move toward equality by saying and doing really racist things to show that America is still racist.

Pelosi and Schumer assured everyone they were wearing a smug look of being proven right on their faces, though you couldn’t tell. Because of the hoods.

Dems: ‘If America Isn’t Racist, How Do You Explain These White Hoods We’re Wearing?’ — The Babylon Bee