Daily Archives: May 18, 2021

Vaxx Passport Madness Is Getting Out Of Control — CultureWatch

We must fiercely resist tyrannical vaccine passports:

If this headline is not the height of Orwellian Doublespeak, I don’t know what is. It reads: “Scott Morrison announces ‘vaccination passports’ could be the key to greater freedom.” Um, so let me get this straight: we are actually being told that we must agree to give up our basic freedoms and human rights in order to get greater freedom?

Makes perfect sense Prime Minister. Good grief, this should shock every single Australian. But let me quote from some of the article in question:

New vaccination passports could allow Australians the freedom to travel interstate despite lockdowns and outbreaks and attend family gatherings and big sporting events down the track. While vaccination is not compulsory in Australia, the plan could offer more incentives to get vaccinated amid concerns some older Australians are hesitant and “vaccine shopping” by delaying their jabs to wait for other alternatives.

 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged the vaccination passport option today, suggesting a range of new travel freedoms for fully vaccinated Australians. “We’ve seen that operate in other countries and I think they’re the types of things that can be used particularly to enable Australians who are vaccinated to move around Australia,’’ Mr Morrison said.

 

“I think that the next most achievable step, because Australia, with our international borders up, means that vaccinated Australians would be in a much lower risk position when restrictions were to kick in on Australians going on public transport or going to theatres or going to the footy or whatever they might do … family get-togethers.” The road map to new freedoms for vaccinated Australians might also provide lessons for how the system could work when international borders reopened. http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/scott-morrison-announces-vaccination-passports-could-be-the-key-to-greater-freedom/news-story/d481c83bf0d383f5ceead86c6e6d4d2f

There is so much wrong with all this. Indeed, I have penned a number of articles on why we must refuse draconian measures such as vaccine passports – whether for domestic or international travel, or for anything else, such as being able to buy or access basic goods and services, including education. See this piece for example: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/04/16/just-say-no-to-vaxx-passports/

Consider the inherent idiocy of what is being suggested here: “While vaccination is not compulsory in Australia, the plan could offer more incentives to get vaccinated…” Um, that is exactly what such carrot and stick approaches are all about: making the vaxx compulsory!

When you take away basic human rights of the citizenry to travel, to buy and sell, to go to school and to social events, then guess what: the government IS making it compulsory! Whether you threaten the people with all sorts of restrictions on their key freedoms, or whether you offer incentives (as some have, including financial incentives), you are NOT talking about freedom of choice: you are talking about coercion.

And this is something we should have learned the lessons of history about. After the horrible Nazi medical experiments of some 80 years ago, the Nuremberg Trials were held just after WWII to deal with the Nazi war criminals. And the Nuremberg Code was developed in 1947 to deal with any future outbreaks of this.

Included in the Code is the provision to ensure that people have the right to choose when it comes to medical treatment. Given the many very real negative outcomes many people are getting from the various Rona vaccines, and given that they seem to have been rushed into production without all the normal lengthy testing procedures and processes, the issue of consent is essential.

The first major point of the ten points mentioned in the Code is all about medical experimentation and the absolute necessity of full voluntary informed consent. It reads:

The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration,and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity. media.tghn.org/medialibrary/2011/04/BMJ_No_7070_Volume_313_The_Nuremberg_Code.pdf

Obviously the more coercion from the state there is the less possibility of any sort of genuine voluntary consent – again, be it positive incentives for those getting the jab that those who do not take it miss out on, or negative punishments for refusing it.

Imagine how many people already for all sorts of legitimate reasons have real concerns about taking these vaccines who are now effectively being threatened and punished, as they are realising they may never be able to see loved ones again in other states. I already fear never being my own family again overseas.

But ScoMo is not just talking about vaxx passports for overseas travel, but internal passports for domestic travel. If things like this go through, we will not just have all air travel banned for those who have genuine concerns about the vaccines, but soon enough there will be rings of steel around all the states.

We saw some of this when our tinpot dictators like Dan Andrews of Victoria shut down all state borders. This will only get worse, with permanent fencing and barriers locking in residents of every state. Um, did we not also see this before last century in Europe? Just think East Berlin for starters, and all the border closures, walls erected, and armed guards positioned everywhere.

This is effectively what leaders like Morrison are suggesting for Australia! Um, I thought we were one nation, made up of various states. Now each of the states will become mini fiefdoms, helping to make what we were horrified about in East Germany become the norm here – and seemingly forever.

This should outrage every single one of us. This is totalitarianism. This is the same sort of thing we have seen all dictators doing in the past. And there is no question that all this will result in a two-tiered society: those who go along with the state and the jab who are granted certain ‘freedoms’ and benefits, and those who dare to say no who are then stripped of their basic freedoms and punished in various ways.

Hollywood films have long warned about such scary scenarios. Simply think of films like Gattaca (1997), The Island (2005), and Elysium (2013). No wonder so many are deeply worried about the excessive power grabs by the state. The desire to control others – and even the very bodies of others – is a very real concern indeed. As one recent article on this warns:

In the idea of vaccine passports, what is being implemented is a political and legal climate in which experimental genetic therapies on human populations are normalised and inescapable. Armed with vaccine passports, global governments and their corporate allies would be able to establish the foundations of a global surveillance state, with the power to monitor every social interaction.

 

Vaccine passports are the gateway to the most radical slavery the world has ever seen. It now seems likely that creating a psychological and social climate in which to impose them was always the aim behind the engineered pandemic. The pandemic was needed to impose the vaccinations, and the vaccinations are needed to impose the passport.

 

This transformation of one part of the population into the vaccinated simultaneously invents the unvaccinated, a problem which could eventually be resolved through liquidation, but meanwhile offering opportunity for politically profitable stigmatisation. The vaccinated (via vaccine passports) are granted ‘privileges’ that the unvaccinated are denied in order to compel compliance. http://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/vaccine-passports-are-the-gateway-to-the-most-radical-slavery-the-world-has-ever-seen

For those who are shocked by the rise of ominous Big Brother Statism – whether under a so-called conservative and Christian leader like Morrison or not – a petition on mandatory vaccines has already gathered well over a million signatures. Please sign and share it far and wide: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/nearly-a-million-sign-lifesites-petition-against-mandatory-coronavirus-vaccination

Sorry Scott Morrison. But I for one will never go along with such tools of fascism as a vaxx passport. I value freedom and democracy over tyranny and slavery.

Vaxx Passport Madness Is Getting Out Of Control — CultureWatch

Interview with Dr. Michael Keas: Dealing with the Supposed Warfare Between Science and Faith — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

In our weekly apologetics meeting, here we interview Dr. Michael Keas who is a historical scholar who specializes on the history of the relationship between faith/theology and science. Sadly, many people ascribe to what is called The Conflict Model which says faith is rooted in fantasy, whereas science is based on observable, empirically available data. Faith is highly emotional and subjective, whereas science is dispassionate, impersonal, and objective. They have propagated so many myths about the history of science and faith that need to be deconstructed. Dr Keas is author of Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion.

Interview with Dr. Michael Keas: Dealing with the Supposed Warfare Between Science and Faith — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

May 18 Evening Quotes of The Day

But Painted Sepulchers
Isaiah 29:13;Matthew 23:27–28; Proverbs 26:23–28

Sin, in the reign and power of it, may cohabit with the most excellent natural gifts under the same roof—I mean in the same heart. A man may have the tongue of an angel and the heart of a devil.… The learned Pharisees were but painted sepulchers.

JOHN FLAVEL

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

God Is Not with People Who Hate Others
Leviticus 19:17; Zechariah 8:17; 1 John 2:9, 11; 3:15; 4:20

Everyone who hates any person, and goes about maliciously to hinder or hurt him, surely, and without all doubt, God is not with that man, although he think himself never so much in God’s favour.

THOMAS CRANMER

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

May 18 Evening Verse of The Day

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4:7 holiness God is holy and invites us to share in His holiness (Lev 11:45; 20:7; 1 Pet 1:16). See note on 1 Thess 4:3.[1]

4:7 called. When the Thessalonians embraced Paul’s gospel, they were responding to God’s effectual call (see note on Rom. 8:30; cf. note on 1 Thess. 1:4). That call did not have as its goal impurity but rather a life of holiness.[2]

4:7 called us. Whenever the epistles refer to the “call” of God, it is always a reference to His effectual, saving call, never to a general plea. It is linked to justification (cf. Ro 8:30).[3]

4:7 God did not call us on the basis of moral uncleanness, but in connection with lives of holiness and purity. He has called us from a cesspool of degradation, and has begun in us a lifelong process designed to make us more and more like Himself.[4]

4:7. A second reason to avoid sexual immorality is that it goes against God’s calling for a Christian. Paul’s first reason (v. 6b) looks forward to the prospect of future punishment, but his second reason looks back to the purpose for which God called each Christian to Himself. God’s plan for a Christian includes purifying his life. Sexual immorality frustrates the purpose of God’s call. Certain pagan cults promoted unclean ceremonies, but Christ’s plans for a Christian are to clean him up. A holy life demonstrates God’s supernatural power at work overcoming what is natural, and it glorifies God. The Greek noun hagiasmos (“holiness”) occurs here for the fourth time in eight verses (3:13; 4:3–4). (The verb hagiazō [“sanctify”] is used in 5:23.)[5]

4:7. God calls us to purity as a way of life: to live a holy life.

God himself calls the individual. He brings us into union with Christ; he has made every spiritual transformation possible. It is God who places us in his kingdom. Impurity is inconsistent with such a work and such a calling.

We have not simply been saved from something (God’s wrath), but we have been bought for someone (God) in order to showcase God’s glory and character.

It is hard for us to imagine being owned by someone else. The truth is that every “man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (2 Pet. 2:19) and we are all mastered by something. As believers, our call from God is to be mastered by him.[6]

4:7 “God … called” God always takes the initiative (cf. John 6:44, 65) both in salvation and in sanctification.[7]

7. For ties this in to the argument (and probably refers back to vv. 3ff., not simply to the end of v. 6). The Christian life rests on the basis of God’s call, not on human initiative. The idea of this call means a lot to Paul, though it is not frequent in the Thessalonian epistles (see, however, 2:12; 5:24; 2 Thess. 2:14). From the time of his own spectacular conversion Paul was in no doubt that the primary fact is that God calls people, not that people decide to be God’s. It is interesting to see this major Pauline concept so early.

There is a change of preposition: God did not call us ‘for’ uncleanness, where epi gives the idea of purpose (as in being called ‘for freedom’, Gal. 5:13, or of being created ‘for good works’, Eph. 2:10). But to live a holy life is rather ‘in’ holiness or sanctification; this is the atmosphere in which believers find themselves. The noun is that referring to the process (as in v. 3) not the state (as in 3:13).[8]

7. For God hath not called us. This appears to be the same sentiment with the preceding one—that the will of God is our sanctification. There is, however, a little difference between them. For after having discoursed as to the correcting of the vices of the flesh, he proves, from the end of our calling, that God desires this. For he sets us apart to himself as his peculiar possession. Again, that God calls us to holiness, he proves by contraries, because he rescues us, and calls us back, from unchastity. From this he concludes, that all that reject this doctrine reject not men, but God, the Author of this calling, which altogether falls to the ground so soon as this principle as to newness of life is overthrown. Now, the reason why he rouses himself so vehemently is, because there are always wanton persons who, while they fearlessly despise God, treat with ridicule all threatenings of his judgment, and at the same time hold in derision all injunctions as to a holy and pious life. Such persons must not be taught, but must be beaten with severe reproofs as with the stroke of a hammer.[9]

7  But Paul is not one to let the current matter drop at this point—with a word of warning to the one persisting in sexual sin that is ultimately against a brother in Christ. So, in what will become typical fashion for him, he brings the warning back to the primary matter, the fact that in calling them to become a part of his own people, God had made no room “for impurity,” but rather had called the Thessalonian believers to live “in holiness.” In so doing, Paul picks up language he had used earlier in the letter in 2:12, where he reminded them of how he had formerly “dealt with” them—as a father who urged them to “walk” in a manner “worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

In the present case “the call” is defined by two contrasting prepositional phrases. Negatively, God’s call excluded “impurity,” where the preposition tells them that God’s purpose in calling them did not have sexual sin as its goal. Rather, Paul goes on, and now with a different preposition, God’s calling of the Thessalonians to himself was for the purpose of their living “in holiness,” meaning that “holiness” was to be the context that framed all of life both within and outside the community of faith.54 They were to live in holiness; and so with that word Paul also “frames” the entire matter that began in verse 3.[10]

7 A second reason for purity is the whole character of the Christian life. In verse 4 Paul has spoken of “sanctification and honor,” and it is this sort of thing that he has in mind now. Indeed, he uses the same term “sanctification,” and adds to it the thought of the divine call, a call that involves the rejection of “uncleanness” (NIV, “to be impure”). This last word can theoretically be used in various senses. In one passage it refers to the uncleanness inside a tomb (Matt. 23:27), but everywhere else in the New Testament (and especially in Paul) it seems to refer to moral impurity, as is the case here.

Paul looks for his converts to live wholesome and pure lives. He bases his demand for the renunciation of all uncleanness on the priority of the divine in the Christian way of life. God has called believers, and called them “in sanctification.” The priority of God’s call is a major point in Pauline theology. Everywhere the apostle insists that our salvation is brought about not because we have taken action, but because God has. He goes further. When the natural man learns that he cannot remove the burden of his sins but must rely on Christ’s atoning work for it all, he may try to save some shreds of self-respect by claiming at least the credit for turning from sin to God. But that, too, is ruled out. People come to God only because of God’s effectual call. In this place it is not so much the fact that God called the Thessalonians initially that is in mind as the kind of living to which he has called them. He has called them to be set apart for him, that is, to live in sanctification (see on v. 3). The change of preposition from “for” with uncleanness to “in” with sanctification is interesting. The former expresses purpose (cf. its use in Gal. 5:13; Eph. 2:10). When God called the Thessalonians it was not an aimless procedure. He had a very definite purpose, and that purpose was not uncleanness. “In” gives us rather the thought of atmosphere, of the settled condition in which he required them to live out their lives. This atmosphere for the believer is sanctification. This is the very air he breathes.[11]

7 Another reason for compliance with high standards is the nature of God’s calling. As in 2:12, this is God’s effectual call, mediated through gospel preaching (2 Th 2:14). Those who have responded to this call have not entered a life of sexual impurity but “a holy life” (cf. 3:13; 4:3–4). They now belong to a community with values different from those of “the heathen” (lit., “the Gentiles”) among whom they formerly lived.[12]

because of god’s purpose

For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. (4:7)

That Christians should strive to be sexually moral is in complete accord with God’s general plan for their lives. Therefore, a second reason Paul gave for abstaining from sexual immorality was because that command fit God’s purpose for the Thessalonians. For the third time in this passage, Paul used a form of the word sanctification, which emphasized to them that when God effectually called them to salvation, He also called them to holiness. A life of impurity was inconsistent with believers’ high calling (Eph. 4:1).

The phrase in sanctification indicates that the believer’s position of holiness is the direct result of God’s effectual call. God’s purpose in salvation was to produce a holy people who would walk worthy of the divine call into His kingdom and glory (cf. Eph. 4:1; 1 Thess. 2:12). The call to salvation is inseparable from the call to holy and pure living. Ephesians 2:8–10 says:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Paul was intent on presenting the church at Thessalonica and the church everywhere as a bride “having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing” (Eph. 5:27), but as one set apart and pure before God. Therefore sexual sin is utterly inconsistent with God’s present and ultimate purpose for believers.[13]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Th 4:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2309). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Th 4:7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 2035–2036). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Constable, T. L. (1985). 1 Thessalonians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 702). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[6] Larson, K. (2000). I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Vol. 9, pp. 54–55). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[7] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul’s First Letters: Galatians and I & II Thessalonians (Vol. Volume 11, p. 107). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[8] Morris, L. (1984). 1 and 2 Thessalonians: An introduction and commentary (Vol. 13, p. 83). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[9] Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians (p. 275). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[10] Fee, G. D. (2009). The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians (p. 152). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[11] Morris, L. (1991). The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (p. 125). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[12] Thomas, R. L. (2006). 1 Thessalonians. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition) (Vol. 12, p. 410). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[13] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2002). 1 & 2 Thessalonians (pp. 111–112). Chicago: Moody Press.

May 18 – When did the stone come on the scene? — Reformed Perspective

In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. – Daniel 2:44

Scripture readings: Luke 2:1-7Daniel 2:40-45

When did the kingdom of the stone cut from the mountain without human hands begin? The answer is when Jesus came to earth as the incarnate Son of God. He is the fulfillment of the prophecy and His church – gathered from every tribe, tongue and nation – is the kingdom that shall never be destroyed.

As Luke records for us, the Messiah was born of the Virgin Mary during the reign of the first emperor of Ancient Rome, Caesar Augustus. Far from the mighty corridors of power in Rome, a small child was laid to rest in a manger and a crowd of shepherds bore witness to His humble circumstances. Yet the LORD prepared His people – servants like Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38) – through the dream and its interpretation to look forward to the coming of the Greatest Kingdom the world has or ever shall see!

At this stage in human history, we still live in a time where we do not yet see all things in obedience and subjection to the Lord (Hebrews 2:8). We do not yet see the fullness of the kingdom of God. But we are assured that nothing shall prevail against His kingdom (Matthew 16:18). In the end, on the last day, we are assured that the kingdom of God shall stand and all nations shall bow. All nations shall be crushed under that stone. Jesus made this very clear in Matthew 21:42, “Have you never read the scriptures, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”

Suggestions for prayer

Father, may Thy Kingdom Come! Lead us in truth and righteousness. Prepare our hearts for the day of Christ’s coming. Strengthen our faith.

Rev. Norman Van Eeden Petersman is the pastor of the Vancouver Associated Presbyterian Church and he is the husband of Rosanna and father of Elliott. Prior to being ordained in the Associated Presbyterian Church, he was the pastor of Adoration United Reformed Church in Ontario. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

May 18 – When did the stone come on the scene? — Reformed Perspective

May 18 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Devotion Is a Life Given to God
Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 12:28

Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted, to God. He, therefore, is the devout man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God, who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything, who makes all the parts of his common life parts of piety, by doing everything in the Name of God, and under such rules as are conformable to His glory.

WILLIAM LAW

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

Look at Yourself when You Have to Correct Another
Matthew 7:1–5; 18:15–17; Luke 6:41–42; 2 Timothy 2:25

Look … into yourself as well when you have to correct another, and acknowledge that you also are a sinner and subject to frailty, lest you also be grievously tempted, if your admonition proceeds more from irritation than from compassion. Let the correction be prompted by love for the persons and hatred of all vices. And let this love of the neighbor and hatred of all that is wrong always be maintained, so that we may be severe with error but at the same time have a tender compassion for the weakness of human nature.

HUGH OF ST. VICTOR

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

18 May 2021 News Briefing

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Poll of GOP voters: Election was stolen, glad Cheney gone
An overwhelming majority of GOP voters support the removal of Rep. Liz Cheney from a key post according to a timely poll, and two-thirds remain convinced Joe Biden benefitted from a stolen election.

Israel hits Hamas-run Religious Affairs Ministry
An Israeli attack destroyed the building housing the headquarters of the Hamas-run Religious Affairs Ministry in Gaza City on Monday. (May 17) (Video)

Remember the 1st Amendment’s importance
With the Canadian version of the Federal Communications Commission wanting to regulate social media accounts that have become too big and influential, a media watchdog says Americans need to understand why their First Amendment rights are so important.

Supreme Court to weigh state’s 15-week ban on abortion
The court’s order sets up a showdown over abortion, probably in the fall, with a more conservative court seemingly ready to dramatically alter nearly 50 years of pro-abortion rulings. The case involves a Mississippi law that would prohibit abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

NASA created alien life on Mars, scientist suggests mindblowing theory
Christopher Mason, a scientist from Cornell University revealed that NASA might have accidentally transported life to Mars. He claimed that missions to Mars might have carried earthly microbes to Mars, and these creatures might have survived the trip to make their new home on the Red Planet.

Asteroid alert: NASA incapable of stopping approaching space bodies
Several experts including space scientist Iain McDonald and physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson strongly believe that doomsday events like asteroid hits are not confined to the past, and it may happen in the future too.

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis
Just about every indicator of drought is flashing red across the western U.S. after a dry winter and warm early spring. The snowpack is at less than half of normal in much of the region. Reservoirs are being drawn down, river levels are dropping and soils are drying out.

Macron extends support to Israel, urges ‘return to peace’
Emmanuel Macron affirmed his “unwavering attachment” to Israel’s security on Friday during a telephone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid renewed airstrikes on Gaza. Macron offered condolences to Netanyahu and strongly condemned rocket attacks by Hamas into Israeli territory. He underlined the “urgency of a return to peace” and “expressed concern about the civilian populations in Gaza,” according to a statement by the Elysee Palace.

Irish Introduce Bill to Mandate Pain Relief Meds to Unborn Babies Before Murdering Them
In what can only be described as a sick joke, eleven members of the Irish Parliament have introduced legislation that would require unborn children to be administered pain relief medication before murdering and extracting them from the womb. … the pro-life community cheers as though this is a victory.

Knights Templar: Tunnel found near Jerusalem used to smuggle items ‘out of Holy Land’
“This strategic subterranean passageway may have been intended as an escape route and perhaps the Templars used it to secretly bring certain items out of the Holy Land because the war between Christianity and Islam did not begin and end here. It was also fought in Europe. “Templar operations extended far beyond the Crusader states.

Report claims Microsoft board hired law firm to investigate Bill Gates
Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the Journal reported today that a Microsoft engineer had “alleged in a letter that she had a sexual relationship over years with Mr Gates”. “During the probe, some board members decided it was no longer suitable for Mr Gates to sit as a director at the software company he started and led for decades,” the Journal reported.

Long-dormant volcano erupts in Iceland
Fagradalsfjall volcano, on the outskirts of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, has erupted for the first time in 6000 years.

Powerful cyclone hits land in India amid deadly virus surge
A powerful cyclone that emerged in the Arabian Sea has made landfall on India’s western coast, hours after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state. Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than two decades, came ashore in Gujarat state with heavy rain, a battering storm surge and sustained winds of up to 165km per hour, the India Meteorological Department said.

Five earthquakes hit Japan in a day; no damage reported
Five earthquakes struck Japan on May 16, all of which had seismic intensities under 5 and appeared to have not incurred any major damage, with no tsunami warnings issued.

Skyborg combat drone’s “brain” flies for the first time
The US Air Force has flight tested the Skyborg combat drone’s Autonomy Core System (ACS) for the first time. The “brain” of the autonomous Skyborg was installed in a Kratos UTAP-22 tactical uncrewed vehicle at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and carried out a two-hour-and-10-minute flight.

Drone shot down along Israel-Jordan border; Rockets fired from Lebanon
The IDF shot down a drone that was approaching the Israeli-Jordanian border on Tuesday, traveling toward the Emek HaMa’ayanot Regional Council in northern Israel, military officials said. IDF units collected the fragments of the destroyed aircraft for further examination. It was not clear who was operating the drone, from where it took off, and whether it was armed with explosives.

Egypt to Israel: Do not increase attacks on Gaza Strip – report
Egypt has asked Israel not to increase its attacks in the Gaza Strip, according to a report by the Al-Arabiya network early Tuesday morning. This coincides with an announcement by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that he is ready for a de-escalation if Israel commits to it as well. Egypt has been working to mediate a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza Strip in recent days…

Joe Biden says ‘those who are not vaccinated will end up paying the price’
On Monday, President Joe Biden spoke on the issue of vaccines to the American public, including what appeared to be a veiled threat that people not getting the vaccine will “pay the price” for not getting it.

Israel-Gaza violence: Joe Biden calls for ceasefire
US President Joe Biden has voiced his support for a ceasefire after eight days of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. Mr Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US was working with Egypt and other countries on halting hostilities. But the US again blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for a cessation of violence.

Analysis: Supreme Court jumps into U.S. culture wars with abortion, gun cases
The Supreme Court has placed itself back on the frontlines of the U.S. culture wars by taking up major cases on abortion and guns, with rights cherished by millions of Americans – and potentially the future of the nation’s top judicial body itself – on the line. And to add to the drama, rulings in the two cases are expected to come next year in the run-up to mid-term elections…

UAE struggles with new rule to get women on company boards
Getting more women on corporate boards in the United Arab Emirates was never going to be easy, and the numbers after a new rule went into effect to boost their presence bears that out. Since the country announced on March 15 that listed companies should have at least one female board member, only four of the 23 people added to such roles at firms on the UAE’s two major stock exchanges have been women…

Incoming Geomagnetic Storm Expected To Hit Earth Tuesday 
“The two CMEs left the sun …” 

Major damage after worst flooding in 11 years hits Cuenca, Ecuador
Severe floods swept through Cuenca, capital of Azuay Province in Ecuador on Saturday, May 15, 2021, resulting in major damage that affected around 500 people. According to authorities, it was the worst flood the area has seen since 2010.

Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” makes landfall over the coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat, India
Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” has started to make landfall over the coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat, India at around 15:00 UTC on May 17, 2021. This is the first named storm of the 2021 North Indian Ocean cyclone season and the strongest to hit Gujarat since 1998.

Did Democrats with Dr Fauci Scheme to Create Covid to Topple Trump?
Covid, Trump, Fauci & a Coup? Everyone now knows our Government hasn’t put America first, but consistently used Covid to control average citizens via power grabs that enlarge states by shutdowns and misinformation. This became obvious when confabulist Dr Fauci casually admitted outdoor masks were pointless, and vaccinated people don’t need masks, at all.

California National Guard told to place fighter jet on alert for “possible domestic mission” … against Americans?
..They expected directives from Sacramento headquarters to make preparations for any civil unrest that might arise over stay-at-home rules. But instead of an order to get the ground troops ready to help state and local authorities, the air branch of the Guard was told to place an F-15C fighter jet on an alert status for a possible domestic mission.

21-year-old medical student in Cincinnati dies a day after getting J&J vaccine 
A student at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in Ohio died one day after he received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

Facebook caught funding CCP-linked “Marxist Journalism” programs to brainwash users with left-wing propaganda 
Mark Zuckerberg, we have learned, is funneling millions of dollars to the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a Beijing-based “journalism” school that trains people to work for the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) state-run propaganda outlets

B613: Pentagon Has Created An Unregulated Secret Undercover Military Force With 60,000 Operatives Working Anonymously Across America 
For the past decade, the United States Pentagon has been busy creating the world’s largest undercover covert action force that has 60,000 soldiers who lurk in the shadows to carry out missions you’ll never hear about.

The top 10 most QUESTIONABLE INGREDIENTS purposely put in today’s already dirty vaccines
Today’s vaccines are “dirty” for more than a few reasons, and in many different ways. First off, FDA inspectors recently found horrific conditions at a plant that was manufacturing J&J vaccines, and more than 15 million doses of the batched, contaminated and outright dirty concoctions had to be trashed. We’re talking about epic failure when it comes to quality control here.

Now 20 US states liquefy vaccine-murdered people and spread their flesh goo on food crops as “fertilizer”
Now 20 US states have legalized the practice of liquefying dead people, dumping their flesh goo down the sewage drains, harvesting the sewage as “biosludge” and spreading it on food crops as a form of fertilizer. (See absolute proof of this in the state government links below.)

So many people are suffering adverse events from covid vaccines that an entire Reddit subgroup was created to discuss the details
Do you know someone who was injured by a Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccine?” There are at least 25,000 others just like them on Reddit who created an entire subgroup dedicated to comparing contrasting, and discussing their various jab-induced adverse effects.

Texas Records Zero COVID-19 Deaths for 1st Time Since March 2020
The state of Texas recorded zero deaths among people with COVID-19 for the first time since March 2020, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Federal Judge Moves to End Twitter’s Immunity in Censoring Content
A federal judge in Massachusetts is set to force Twitter to explain whether or not it is a “state actor” or a truly private company, according to reports.

At least 7 Apple suppliers are using slave labor in China, report reveals
A troubling new report shows that several Apple suppliers have been using forced labor in China, a problem that has long plagued the company and many other tech giants. Two human rights groups worked with The Information to identify seven companies supplying services and products to Apple that have supported forced labor programs targeting the country’s Muslim minority population, including Uyghurs living in Xinjiang.

EVIL SCIENCE: Scientists create first human-monkey hybrid in chimera embryo experiment
In a groundbreaking experiment, researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (SIBS) in San Diego and the Institute of Primate Translational Medicine in Kunming, China have successfully created the first human-monkey embryo. Such experimental creations are known in the scientific community as chimeras.

Why is the CDC lying about outdoor covid transmission? 
…the “less than 10 percent chance” claim being spread by the CDC is grossly misleading because the true figure is actually less than one percent. By using the 10 percent figure, the CDC is making it seem like outdoor spread of the Chinese Virus is worse than it actually is.

OUTRAGEOUS: Mainstream doctors are REFUSING to see or treat vaccine-damaged patients because they don’t want to get involved in “controversial” diagnoses 
Many more people than is being reported are suffering serious adverse events from Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines,” and some of them, including a trio of healthcare workers, are bravely coming forward to tell their stories and warn others.

Source: 18 May 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Tuesday 5-18-21

Rick Becker – Post NAR Traumatic Stress

Tyler O’Neil – A Post-Christian America Is Bad News for Everyone

Bethel Pastor Claims Christians Have Doppelgänger ‘Angel Twins’ that Buy Strangers Pizza

Indiana Presbytery Will Put Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse on Trial

People Born Into Cults Share Their Breaking Points. It’s Both Terrifying And Heartbreaking

Supreme Court will hear direct challenge to Roe v. Wade

Court Permanently Stops Gavin Newsom From Locking Down Churches

Missouri Dem Cori Bush supposedly cured of COVID through faith-healing-by-phone

Critical Race Theory Finds a Home at Wheaton College

Baylor University to Charter LGBTQ Student Group on Campus

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

DEVELOPING: Fears of another Colonial Pipeline hack as communications are ‘down’Posted: 18 May 2021 09:22 AM PDT(ETH) – Shippers for the Colonial Pipeline claim the company’s communications system is down, sparking fears of another hack.The reports come as Colonial still reels from a ransomware attack carried out by Russian hacking group DarkSide two weeks ago that caused long lines and drastic gasoline shortages throughout the Southeast.No details have emerges as to what, if anything, is causing the communication system to be down.Continue reading DEVELOPING: Fears of another Colonial Pipeline hack as communications are ‘down’ at End Time Headlines.
Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts fail, Top U.S. general warns of broader destabilizationPosted: 18 May 2021 07:42 AM PDT(ETH) – The Israeli military has reportedly unleashed more deadly airstrikes on Monday in the Gaza Strip, stating that it has destroyed militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders.According to the Associated Press, The war has now killed hundreds and Israel has said it will press on for now with its attacks against Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, with the US signaled it would not pressure the two sides for a cease-fire even as President Joe Biden said he supported one.Continue reading Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts fail, Top U.S. general warns of broader destabilization at End Time Headlines.
Vandalizers burn an American Flag and tear down a statue of Jesus in a Church in NYCPosted: 18 May 2021 07:32 AM PDT(ETH) – A New York City Catholic church received support from the community this weekend after someone smashed a Jesus statue and burned the American flag. An unknown person broke the crucifixion and burned the flag Thursday night at St. Athanasius Church in Brooklyn, which the NYPD is investigating as a hate crime, the New York Post reports.“We are deeply saddened to inform you that the Cross on our Church property was vandalized last night,” the church wrote on Facebook Friday.Continue reading Vandalizers burn an American Flag and tear down a statue of Jesus in a Church in NYC at End Time Headlines.
Biden Administration approves $735 million weapons sale to IsraelPosted: 18 May 2021 07:20 AM PDT(ETH) – President Biden’s administration has approved a $735 million weapons sale to Israel, which may not please some congressional Democrats. A source familiar with the sale confirmed to Fox News that the Biden administration sent Congress a formal notice of the sale on May 5.That date was nearly a week before Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States, began launching massive rocket attacks into neighboring Israeli, which sparked a ferocious aerial response by Israeli forces.Continue reading Biden Administration approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel at End Time Headlines.
Twin quakes rattle Lake Tahoe residentsPosted: 18 May 2021 07:13 AM PDT(ETH) – Two earthquakes shook Lake Tahoe just after noon Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. A 3.6-magnitude tremor hit at 12:24 p.m. Pacific time, followed by a 2.6-magnitude quake at 12:49 p.m., according to the USGS. Both quakes hit underneath the lake.Scores of people from as far away as Placerville and Sparks reported feeling the larger quake to the agency. “Just had (an) earthquake in Lake Tahoe, was scary, the magnitude wasn’t high 3.7 but at the same time it put off a sound that sent chills down my back, I ran for a doorway screaming EARTHQUAKE!” wrote one resident on Twitter.Continue reading Twin quakes rattle Lake Tahoe residents at End Time Headlines.
A Severe Computer Chip Shortage Will Last “A Few Years”, And This Could Plunge The Global Economy Into Utter ChaosPosted: 18 May 2021 06:44 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Of all the shortages that we are currently facing, the global computer chip shortage may be the most serious.  That is because the chip shortage is expected to last “a few years”, and just about every sector of the world economy will be dramatically affected by this.When people think of products that contain computer chips, they tend to think of electronic devices such as televisions, phones, and laptops. Continue reading A Severe Computer Chip Shortage Will Last “A Few Years”, And This Could Plunge The Global Economy Into Utter Chaos at End Time Headlines.
Franklin Graham says he would help Biden persuade evangelicals to get vaccinatedPosted: 17 May 2021 07:16 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – In a recent interview conducted by Axios with Franklin Graham that aired on HBO, the evangelical minister stated that he would be happy to work with the Biden administration on encouraging evangelicals to get COVID vaccines.“I would work with the Biden administration. I would work with the CDC. I would work with all of ’em to try to help save life,” he told Axios’ Mike Allen.The statement comes as a recent poll back in March revealed 40% of white evangelicals are unlikely to get vaccinated.Continue reading Franklin Graham says he would help Biden persuade evangelicals to get vaccinated at End Time Headlines.
Jailed Alberta Pastor Warns Fellow Canadians: ‘They Are Going to Come After You’Posted: 17 May 2021 06:55 PM PDT(OPINION) CBN – Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly holding a church service that violated new public health restrictions on gatherings has been released on bail and says he was treated harshly while in police custody.Pawlowski, 48, who leads the Fortress of Adullam Church in Calgary, also warned his fellow Canadians about the growing state of tyranny in the country.  During an interview with Rebel News, the pastor said, “They are doing this to me.Continue reading Jailed Alberta Pastor Warns Fellow Canadians: ‘They Are Going to Come After You’ at End Time Headlines.
Supreme Court to hear Mississippi abortion case challenging Roe v. WadePosted: 17 May 2021 06:50 PM PDT(CNBC) – The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear arguments in a major abortion case from Mississippi that could roll back limits on abortion laws cemented by the landmark reproductive rights case Roe v. Wade. The case will be the first major abortion dispute to test all three of former President Donald Trump’s appointees to the top court, including its newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett.The top court announced in an order that it will hear the dispute, Dobbs vs.Continue reading Supreme Court to hear Mississippi abortion case challenging Roe v. Wade at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · May 18, 2021

 

THE FOUNDATION

“[The Bill of Rights] establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.” —Albert Gallatin (1789)

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Firearm Confiscation Checked by Supreme Court

The justices protected the Fourth and Second Amendments from so-called “community caretaking” laws.

Thomas Gallatin

The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a unanimous decision on a case that could have reverberating impact on the Fourth and Second Amendments. On Monday, all nine justices agreed to overturn a First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against Rhode Island resident Edward Caniglia, who contended that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated when law enforcement officers who were administering a welfare check elected to search his home and confiscate his firearms without a warrant.

In 2015, Caniglia had an hours-long argument with his wife of 22 years, during which he put his unloaded handgun on a table and asked, “Why don’t you just shoot me and get me out of my misery?” His wife then left the house and stayed in a motel overnight. The next morning she called police and requested a welfare check, saying she feared her husband was suicidal. When police arrived at the house, they spoke with Caniglia, who eventually agreed to go to the hospital for a mental health evaluation on the condition that the police would not seize his firearms. The officers agreed, but after Caniglia left for the hospital they entered his home and confiscated his two firearms anyway. They did so without obtaining a warrant, arguing that he represented a threat to himself and others.

Upon Caniglia’s return from the hospital that same day, after he was cleared of any mental health concerns, he discovered that his firearms had been seized. He contacted the police requesting their return. The police refused, citing a “community caretaking exception” as justification for both entering and searching his house and seizing his firearms. Caniglia subsequently sued, claiming a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure.

In their ruling, the justices homed in on the “community caretaking” exemption to the Fourth Amendment, an exemption based upon the 1973 Cady v. Dombrowski ruling in which the Supreme Court said law enforcement can legally search a vehicle without a warrant for reasonable cause. Justice Clarence Thomas observed a significant difference: “What is reasonable for vehicles is different from what is reasonable for homes.” Yet Thomas further asserted, “The First Circuit’s ‘community caretaking’ rule, however, goes beyond anything this Court has recognized.”

Justice Brett Kavanaugh disputed the notion that the Court’s ruling in support of Fourth Amendment protections would jeopardize the ability of police to legally enter a home. “If someone is at risk of serious harm and it is reasonable for officers to intervene now, that is enough for the officers to enter,” Kavanaugh stated.

Also of significance from this decision are the unanswered questions surrounding the constitutionality of so-called “red flag” laws meant for gun confiscation. Clearly, Justice Samuel Alito sees this as an issue that the Court needs to address. “We have addressed the standards required by due process for involuntary commitment to a mental treatment facility but we have not addressed Fourth Amendment restrictions on seizures like the one that we must assume occurred here, i.e., a short-term seizure conducted for the purpose of ascertaining whether a person presents an imminent risk of suicide,” he wrote. “This case also implicates another body of law that petitioner glossed over: the so-called ‘red flag’ laws that some States are now enacting. … Provisions of red flag laws may be challenged under the Fourth Amendment, and those cases may come before us. Our decision today does not address those issues.”

SCOTUS’s decision was a win for upholding Americans’ Fourth Amendment and Second Amendment rights. While the issue of how best to prevent mentally unstable individuals from accessing firearms remains a significant challenge, yesterday’s ruling was a firm reminder that the definition of the term “mentally unstable” is debatable. That’s why lawmakers cannot run roughshod over constitutional rights in the name of protecting the community. Due process must be respected and maintained.

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Cuomo Cashed in While New Yorkers Died

The governor hauled in $5 million for writing a book while ordering the state’s elderly to their deaths.

Douglas Andrews

If ever there were a book that needed burning, Andrew Cuomo’s American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic is that book.

It’d be one thing if Cuomo merely took Rahm Emanuel’s advice and didn’t let a good crisis go to waste. Instead, though, he actually manufactured a crisis with his deadly mismanagement of New York’s elderly population, and then profited from it in real time.

People died because of him. Lots of people. And he profited from it. Handsomely.

Cuomo’s malfeasance — his disastrous decision to return COVID-positive patients to nursing homes and long-term care facilities, thereby allowing the virus to spread like wildfire among its most vulnerable population — likely cost more than 1,000 New Yorkers their lives. (More than 15,000 New Yorkers died of COVID in nursing homes, the worst number in the country.) And his desire to make a buck in the process cost Crown Publishing $5.12 million, which, according to tax returns Cuomo made public on Monday, is how much the publishing house paid for the rights to his book on “leadership.”

Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got it right this time. “I can tell you what I think it was. I think it was state-sponsored literature,” de Blasio said on NY1. “This guy clearly depended upon public employees to do a lot of the work. And that’s not acceptable.”

As for the book, it’s hard to know who’s more gullible: the publisher, or the folks who actually shelled out good money to buy it. A total of 48,000 books have been purchased, but it’s not clear how many of those were bought by immediate family or fawning underlings. As the New York Post reports, “Based on that figure, Crown Publishing paid Cuomo around $107 per copy sold of the hardcover book, which has a suggested retail price of $29.99. New copies were available on the Amazon website at a cut-rate price of $13.54 each, and an auction for a new copy on eBay had just one bid, for a measly $1.99, plus shipping.”

Even at $1.99, though, the market appears to have failed — unless the book is being marketed as kindling. The author, after all, is at once a liar, a narcissist, and a serial sexual harasser of women.

And an unrepentant one at that. Yesterday, as the Post reports, “[He] deflected, joked, and laughed before denying Monday that he’d ever had an intimate relationship with a subordinate. ‘Intimate has a number of manifestations,’ Cuomo said when asked the question by The Post. The governor then turned to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker during a news conference at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall. ‘I think we have an intimate relationship, don’t you think? Yeah, not a sexual relationship,’ he said, laughing.”

We’re not sure what’s so funny. Maybe it was a nervous laugh — the kind people sometimes force out when the walls are closing in.

Another op-ed, from another Cuomo victim, appeared just yesterday in the New York Daily News. It was written by his former press secretary while he served as HUD secretary in the Clinton administration.

“Cuomo … initially apologized for acting ‘in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,’” she writes, “but then reversed course, calling his accusers liars. He dug himself another hole last week when he told a female reporter, ‘If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That’s you feeling uncomfortable.’ So are his 10 accusers liars, uncomfortable women or uncomfortable liars?”

That’s a question for the investigators, of course. But we already know the answer.

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MLB’s Hypocritical Foul Ball

Which is more important — volunteering for baseball events or election integrity?

Nate Jackson

We’re beginning to think that maybe Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wasn’t really acting on deeply held principles when he moved the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver.

The supposed reason for the punishment was MLB’s objection over Georgia’s election integrity law, which, among other things, solidifies ID requirement for voting but also makes voting easier than at any point before 2020. Instead of remaining a nonpartisan for-profit business, MLB grossly politicized America’s pastime by regurgitating the Democrat BIG Lie that Georgia’s law amounts to voter suppression and was “Jim Crow on steroids.” Democrats, of course, want to continue their bulk-mail balloting fraud.

As for MLB’s moving only one out of at least 82 baseball games played in Atlanta this year, forget about the fact that Atlanta has a black population of more than 50% while Denver’s is less than 10%. Forget that voting in Georgia is in many ways easier than in Colorado. Forget the damage done to minority-owned businesses in Atlanta, losing out on $100 million in economic activity surrounding the game. Forget about the hypocrisy of the perpetually aggrieved Stacey Abrams, who was for the boycott before she was against it.

MLB has been busted for its own gross hypocrisy.

Want to volunteer during MLB’s All-Star Week? After creating a profile in MLB’s “volunteer management system,” you’ll need to pass a background check, sign a release of liability, and you might even need to present a — wait for it — driver’s license “as proof of age.”

In other words, it’s easier to vote in Georgia than it is to volunteer at events surrounding a baseball game.

James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal sums it up: “MLB’s current position is that rigorous verification procedures should be reserved — not for elections to choose the people who will govern us — but for other societal activities, such as serving as an unpaid volunteer at baseball’s all-star game.”

Furthermore, he adds, “It’s possible that Mr. Manfred thinks that the democratic process at the heart of our constitutional republic really is less important than recruiting unpaid staff for his entertainment events. But who can believe that?”

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The Left Targets Conservative Media

As usual, rather than debate the issue, leftists want to silence the opposition.

Harold Hutchison

The recent destruction of a building housing the offices of media outlets during Israel’s latest conflict with Hamas led to the usual suspects calling for the protection of journalists to be a higher priority. The only problem is they ignored two attacks that took place in the United States — only those targeted in America were the “wrong” kind of journalists.

The Intercept, which once smeared SEAL Team Six, has targeted a number of journalists from Townhall and the Daily Caller for their coverage of the riots in the summer of 2020. In essence, the Intercept’s “reporter” has painted targets on the back of other reporters over their politics, giving antifa thugs an idea of who to target. Think this is overhyping a threat? Recall what happened to Andy Ngo in 2019, an assault that was glossed over by the left-wing Media Matters and others.

Incidentally, as we noted with Tim Scott, the Left’s venom is pretty toxic, mostly because three of the four journalists targeted by the Intercept don’t fit the stereotype the Left likes to pin on conservatives. As bad as that is, it got worse in Baltimore.

In that violence-ridden city, the top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, has filed an FCC complaint against WBFF, a Fox broadcasting affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcasting. (Contrary to some previous reports, it is not affiliated with Fox News, another target of the Left’s censorship campaign.) Sinclair has been targeted by the Left before, often for award-winning reporting that reveals the truth about hacks like Mosby.

In addition, the Left wants the FCC to halt an ownership change that would create a Spanish-language conservative talk-radio outlet.

Many “mainstream” outlets have sought to silence their conservative-leaning competition, often because they have lost the trust of many Americans. CNN, in particular, has been bad, between the efforts of Oliver Darcy and Mr. Potato Head’s jerky cousin, Brian Stelter.

Part of this is the fact that too many Big Lies have gone essentially unchecked by the press. If anything, “mainstream” outlets helped spread those lies over the years, contrary to their calls for civility.

To believe many media outlets whose “reporters” were acting as political operatives for the Left, the 2020 election was about throwing out an illegitimately elected Russian puppet who thought white supremacists were “very fine people” and whose followers hunted black youth, tossed Hispanic kids in cages, and drove LGBT teens to suicide while permanently poisoning the planet out of the White House. Dennis Prager raises some very valid questions about how that phony narrative prompted the “fortification” of the 2020 election, but also what the years of lies may have provoked.

These lies have gone on for over a quarter-century, ranging from school lunch standards to claims that the murderous attack in Tucson was incited by Sarah Palin to literal accusations that reforming welfare was proof of being a Nazi.

After such a long-term bombardment of hateful propaganda, wouldn’t you be okay with stealing an election to save the world?

The fact of the matter is, outlets like Sinclair Broadcasting, the Daily Caller, and Townhall didn’t come about because people were happy with the choices they had at the time. We didn’t launch The Patriot Post way back in 1996 because there was a real choice outside the mainstream media. We and these other outlets rose because the mainstream media had and has failed America. Censorship won’t fix the trust gap; it will only make it worse.

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Ethanol Boondoggle Raises Gas Prices

Thanks to the mandate, spiking corn prices have directly impacted the cost of gasoline.

Thomas Gallatin

Following the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, ethanol was mandated to be blended in gasoline as a source of “renewable” fuel, under the guise of combating pollution and ostensibly to secure energy independence. In practice, ethanol has done little to rein in pollution and nothing to bring about energy independence. Instead, that has been achieved thanks to technological developments in the fossil fuel industry, such as fracking. Ethanol, meanwhile, is arguably the nation’s biggest boondoggle.

Besides serving as a plague on older gasoline engines (especially lawn equipment), ethanol has resulted in increasing the cost of food as well as raising prices at the pump.

As the nation recovers from the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, Americans’ attention quickly focused on the price of gas, which jumped to its highest levels in six years. Now, it’s easy to blame the pipeline attack for the price hike, and there’s no question the ensuing run on gas that resulted in stations with no fuel played a role. But it was also a limited event that has been resolved with little lasting impact. In other words, the gas price increases can’t legitimately be blamed solely on that event.

The answer for the rising fuel prices — prices that were already on an upward trajectory prior to last week’s pipeline attack — can be blamed on other factors, one of which is ethanol.

Going back to Congress’s Energy Independence and Security Act, the Environmental Protection Agency assigned oil refineries annual ethanol quotas. Refiners would receive tradable renewable identification numbers (RINs) per gallon of renewable fuel produced. Companies that failed to meet the EPA’s ethanol quotas could purchase RINs from other companies in order to meet compliance, or they could apply for a waiver.

The Wall Street Journal notes, “Congress’s ethanol requirements were never realistic, though its real goal was to boost corn farmers in the Midwest and the nascent ‘advanced’ biofuels, which are still nascent. The blending mandates have become increasingly unattainable as fuel economy has improved, which is harming smaller refiners and pushing up gas prices.”

In a nutshell, as the price of corn has spiked 125% in the past year, it has served to directly raise the price at the pump by an estimated 30 cents per gallon. That’s an additional 30 cents that Americans would not be paying if not for the ethanol boondoggle.

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Cops & BLM: A Grotesque Double Standard

While a U.S. congresswoman can praise the worst of BLM agitators, a cop gets fired for hard truths about the Marxist organization.

Douglas Andrews

Welp, that didn’t last long. Freshman “pro-choice” Democrat Representative Cori Bush, whom we acknowledged on Mother’s Day weekend for her deeply moving and powerful testimony in support of both motherhood and life, has since reverted to form.

Bush, the St. Louis pastor and political activist who masquerades as a member of Congress, took to the floor last Thursday to heap praise upon a fellow Black Lives Matter agitator and cop hater — a Palestinian who prayed aloud outside the Ferguson Police Department for the death of its police officers in 2014 and tweeted the vile BLM chant “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.”

“St. Louis and I rise today in solidarity with the Palestinian people,” Bush began, “and in memory of our brother, Bassem Masri, a Ferguson activist who was with us on the front lines of our uprising for justice following the police murder of Michael Brown Jr. … As a Palestinian, he was ready to resist, to rebel, to rise up with us as our St. Louis community mourned [Brown’s] state sanctioned murder, and as we demanded an end to the militarized police occupation of our communities.”

Bush kept using the word “murder” to describe what happened to the thuggish Mike Brown — he of the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie that suckered so many biased journalistsprofessional football players, and Democrat presidential candidates. But “murder”? We don’t think that word means what Bush thinks it means. And neither does the St. Louis grand jury that refused to indict officer Darren Wilson, nor the Obama Justice Department, which thoroughly investigated the shooting of Brown and refused to charge Wilson with any federal civil rights charges because the shooting was justified.

It was an odd and strained tribute — one that compared the Ferguson, Missouri, riots of 2014 with the deadly Palestinian terrorism of today. “Palestinians know what state violence, militarized policing, and occupation of their communities look like,” Bush said, “and they live that reality of having to go through checkpoints while trying to live their lives.”

Clearly, it’s acceptable for a member of Congress to laud a cop-hating “St. Louis Palestinian,” but what if a cop criticizes the Marxist movement known as Black Lives Matter and the nationwide riots it led last year?

As James Varney of the Washington Times reports, “In recent weeks, two policewomen in New Jersey were fired or demoted for calling BLM protesters ‘terrorists,’ and a police officer in Virginia was canned for criticizing political leaders who side with racial justice rioters. Sara Erwin was a police officer in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, when she sounded off on Facebook last year. … In the post, she denounced the tactics of Black Lives Matter and asked people supporting the movement to un-friend her. ‘Just to let you know — they are terrorists,’ she wrote in June 2020. ‘They hate me. They hate my uniform. They don’t care if I die.’”

It’s hard to argue with Erwin’s sentiment. When a group chants, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” it’s reasonable to assume that, yes, it hates you.

It’s true that cities and municipalities would prefer that their cops refrain from sounding off about hot-button, heat-of-the-moment issues that fall within their jurisdiction. “But if an officer is punished for doing so,” writes Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff, “it should be pursuant to a policy that was communicated to that officer before he or she made the comment deemed objectionable.”

Indeed, only one viewpoint is being punished in such instances. As the Times notes, “In the most recent examples, all of the officers took what might be dubbed a conservative or pro-police viewpoint and were harshly disciplined.”

It’ll be interesting to see how these cases play out legally. Because these days we seem to be administering justice according to four separate tiers: one rich, one poor, one liberal, one conservative.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

Government & Politics

  • Biden’s HUD to let illegal immigrants use taxpayer funds for public housing (Washington Times)
  • Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charges (Fox News)

National Security

  • Venezuelans are showing up in record numbers at Mexican border (Washington Examiner) | Sex offenders also surge into the U.S. (Washington Times)
  • Space Force commander removed for accurately saying Marxism is infiltrating the military (NY Post)
  • “Woke” Apple working with Chinese government to censor and surveil its citizens (Daily Caller)

Other Notables

  • Israel-Gaza conflict continues to intensify; rockets reported from Lebanon (Fox News) | Israeli strike kills Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander (Washington Times) | U.S. approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel per new report (AMN)
  • Parler back on Apple App Store after months-long ban (PM)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Pipeline cyberattack shows Jones Act is a threat to national security (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: A disaster entirely of Biden’s making (Washington Examiner)
  • Satire: Latest science now says we all must wear masks to prevent global warming (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” —William Boetcker (1873-1962)

For the record: “Biden has been in office for less than five months, but that’s been enough to show that he was elected on false premises: He is not a moderate, he is not a unifier, and he will not rein in his party’s rabid left flank. The country is increasingly on edge, and the worst is likely yet to come.” —Andrew McCarthy

The Divided State of America: “Attitudes toward masking have followed political fissures: The people who resent masks and flout the rules mostly voted for Donald Trump in 2020, and the people who wear two masks while alone in their Subarus driving to Whole Foods and hiss at strangers on mountain-hiking paths voted for Joe Biden.” —Kevin Williamson

Race bait: “When people of color get infected with SARS-CoV-2, they more likely will develop a severe consequence of the infection, and this is because minorities in general have a greater incidence and prevalence of underlying comorbid medical conditions, including hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and obesity that lead to a multifold increase in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, compared with the general population. Now, very few of these comorbidities have racial determinants. Almost all relate to the social determinants of health.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dezinformatsiya: “I understand right to privacy and a right to freedom, but I don’t have a right to go to my workplace unvaccinated. I don’t have a right to send my kid to school without testing him to make sure he doesn’t become a vector for disease. Has this debate gone too far? Sure, you can do what you want, but it doesn’t mean you get to go on with your pre-pandemic life if you’re not willing to carry your burden in society.” —MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace

Village idiot: “I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.” —Prince Harry (“All that Americans will take away from Harry’s outburst about the First Amendment is a posh, privileged British royal slamming their Constitution and their unalienable rights to freedom of speech and expression. It takes an extraordinary amount of entitled arrogance to mock the most revered building block of your adopted country’s history. And lest we forget, things didn’t end well for the last British royal who tried to tell Americans how to lead their lives, George III.” —Piers Morgan)

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“Take These Masks Off My Child”: Children All Over the World are Being Abused | Global Research

Under the banner of fighting COVID-19 children all over the world are being abused and exploited in ways that would have been unthinkable over a year ago. The title of this article is part of a powerful speech condemning this abuse at the Gwinnett County School Board in Georgia by Courtney Ann Taylor, a mother of three small children. Here is part of her stinging rebuke:

“Every month I come here, and I hear the same thing: ‘social emotional health.’ If you truly mean that, you would end the mask requirement tonight…My six year old looks at me every month before I come here and she says ‘are you gonna tell them tonight. Tell them I don’t want to wear this anymore’…forcing five, six, seven, eight, and nine year old little children to cover their noses and their mouths where they breathe for seven hours a day every day for the last nine months…that is not in their best interest and this has to stop…Every one of us knows that young children are not affected by this virus…And that’s a blessing…But as the adults what have we done with that blessing? We’ve shoved it to the side and we’ve said, ‘we don’t care. You’re still going to have to wear a mask on your face every day…You still can’t play together on the playground like normal children…We don’t care. We’re still going to force you to carry a burden that was never yours to carry.’ Shame on us.”

Truer words were never spoken. Unfortunately, most people tend to blindly trust government officials and other so-called experts instead of their own common sense.

The History of  “Eugenics”

Nazi Germany was obsessed with racial purity partly due to the pseudoscience of eugenics which was a popular ideology throughout the world at the time. Shortly after Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis began to purge Germany of what they considered undesirables via sterilization and euthanasia programs. The victims of these horrible and inhumane programs included the mentally ill, the disabled,epileptics, the deformed, those with genetic diseases, alcoholics—anyone considered to be a burden on society, “life unworthy of life,” “useless feeders.”

The Euthanasia program was known as “Aktion T4,” code name for Tiergartenstrasse 4, (the street address of the coordinating office in Berlin). Its first victims were infants and toddlers. But soon older children were included as well as teenagers.

Starting in 1939, hospitals and homes for the disabled began the systematic killing of infants and small children. While doctors decided who would live or die, it was the nurses, usually women, there were some male nurses, who carried out those orders. The children were either killed by lethal injection, starvation or hypothermia from exposure, and in some cases, medical experimentation, and physical abuse. Imagine killing an infant by one these methods. We’re not talking about aborting fetuses within the first three months of conception here, but fully formed out-of-the-womb already born babies. I can’t comprehend how anyone could be so heartless and so cruel that they could do something so monstrously evil.

Many nurses did refuse to participate in this kind of genocide, but many didn’t. But those who refused weren’t punished in any way—they were simply transferred to another hospital or ward. So, the nurses who killed children and later adults in these institutions were doing so of their own free will.

Another method of execution was to tell children they were going on a picnic. A picnic lunch was provided and a nurse would help them onto a bus. But they didn’t know that it was a sealed bus that had been converted into a mobile gas chamber. The exhaust pipes were placed inside. The bus drove off, the exhaust fumes filled the bus, and by the time it got back to the hospital the children were dead. ABC News pointed out that this was the prototype for the gas chambers that would later be used to murder millions of Jews, gypsies, Poles, and others deemed undesirables in infamous concentration camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald—the “Final Solution”—the Holocaust.

Naturally, parents wouldn’t take kindly to their children being executed so the government did what governments do best—they lied to them. Parents were encouraged to put their sick and disabled children into institutions that would supposedly provide them with the best medical care. The children would then be moved to another institution much farther away and contact between parent and child would cease. A few months later the parents would receive a letter saying that the child died of pneumonia or some other illness and that they could come and collect their ashes and pay for the funeral. The ashes weren’t even the ashes of their children, but were from multiple bodies that were cremated together. However, the brains of the dead children were removed prior to cremation for further study. Some these preserved brains remained in private collections into the 21st Century.

An estimated 275,000-300,000 innocent men, women, and children were killed under the Aktion T4 program. And although the euthanasia program was suspended in 1941 due to public pressure, it was impossible to keep such a program totally secret forever, German medical professionals and healthcare workers secretly resumed the killings the following year and continued them until the end of the war with the help of local authorities.

But that was the Nazis, some will argue–we Americans would never do that. The US is the land of the free and home of the brave–the leader of the free world—a Christian nation. Oh, really?

The Role of Big Pharma

Medicine is a healing art and a profession. But it is also a business—the biggest business in the US at just under four trillion dollars which makes up 18% of our 22.2 trillion dollar 2020 GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Medicine is also part of the government. As such, the CDC, FDA, NIH, and state health departments are just as corrupt and subject to influence peddling as the rest of the government. Because of this, the treatment modalities for various diseases and conditions usually aren’t what’s best for the patient, but what is most profitable for pharmaceutical companies and other for-profit corporate interests. This corruption has been reported numerous times in the scientific literature.

Example: Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2013, Abstract: “The pharmaceutical Industry has corrupted the practice of medicine through its influence over what drugs are developed, how they are tested, and how medical knowledge is created. Since 1906, heavy commercial influence has compromised congressional legislation to protect the public from unsafe drugs.”

The fact that doctors and public health bureaucrats wield enormous power adds to their corruption and arrogance. British historian and Politician Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton 1834-1902) summed it up best:

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority…Official truth is not actual truth..It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others…Men cannot be made good by the state, but they can easily be made bad. Morality depends on liberty.”

Child Abuse In The Name of Public Health

A lot of people like to think that doctors and nurses are noble people who have our best interests at heart. This simply isn’t true in most cases. In fact, Nazi doctors and nurses at the Nuremberg Trials tried to defend their gruesome practices by pointing out the inhumane experiments doctors in the US carried out, and continued to carry out long after WWII. This is in spite of the fact that The Nuremberg Code which came about as a result of Nazi genocide, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as Federal policies and state laws prohibit experimenting on people without their knowledge or consent. Granted, the Nazis took things to a much higher level. But what we did wasn’t anything to brag about. Here are but a few examples:

St. Vincent’s Home for Orphans, Philadelphia, PA 1908: researchers studying tuberculosis conducted a series on diagnostic tests on over a 100 children under 8 years old by placing a tuberculin formula in their eyes. Some children were blinded for life as a result of this unethical, immoral experiment.

Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, Manhattan, New York City 1911: Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) injected 146 children with luetin, an extract of Treponema Pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis in order to develop a skin test for the disease. The kids and other adult subjects didn’t know that they were being used in an experiment. The parents of some of the children sued Noguchi alleging that their children had contracted syphilis.

Tuskegee Institute, Macon County, Alabama 1932-1972: on May 16, 1997, President Bill Clinton apologized to the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. The government lied to hundreds of poor Black men infected with syphilis who thought they were getting free medical care. In reality, their syphilis went untreated so medical researchers could study how the disease progressed. Why didn’t they already know? Syphilis had been around for centuries. By 1947 penicillin was known to cure syphilis, but the men in the study didn’t get it. The result: 28 men died of syphilis, 100 others were dead from related complications, at least 40 wives were infected, and passed the disease on to 19 children at birth.

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 1946: 829 pregnant women were given “vitamin drinks” that researchers told them would improve the health of their unborn babies. But unknown to them the concoctions contained radioactive iron. The purpose of the research was to find out how fast the radioisotope crossed into the placenta. In the women, this resulted in rashes, bruises, anemia, hair loss, tooth loss, and cancer. At least 7 of their babies died from cancers and leukemia. These kind of perverse radiation experiments (from 1944-1974 there were over 4,000 of them) were driven by the US government’s obsession with chemical warfare, and atomic weapons due to the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Bellevue Hospital, New York City 1940-1953: Dr. Lauretta Bender (1897-1987), a child psychiatrist experimented on anywhere from 100 to 500 children (reports vary) between 3 and 12 years of age using electroshock therapy after diagnosing them with “autistic schizophrenia.” She would sit a child in front of a large group and apply gentle pressure to their head. If the kid moved Bender claimed that this was an early sign of schizophrenia. A 1954 study of 50 of bender’s child subjects showed that nearly all were worse off and that some had become suicidal. Bender continued her experiments on children at Creedmoor Hospital, also in New York City, from 1956-1969 which included using LSD on them.

Willowbrook State School, Staten Island, N.Y. 1955-1970: Dr. Saul Krugman (1911-1995) deliberately infected over 700 mentally disabled, but healthy children ages 3-10 with hepatitis which was rampant at the institution due to poor sanitation and overcrowding. He infected the children by spiking their food and chocolate milk with strains of the disease synthesized from the poop of patients who had it.Yuck! The purpose of this unethical research, approved by the state and federal government, was to develop a vaccine. The children became sick, but fortunately none of them died. Reporter Geraldo Rivera did an expose on the horrible conditions at this school in 1972 by sneaking onto the grounds. He saw children neglected, naked, smeared in their own feces, and banging their heads against the wall. Rivera said he still cries when he thinks about what he saw. The school was shut down in 1987.

Edmonston-Zagreb high-titre (EZ-HT) measles vaccine 1989-1991: the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) injected thousands of babies in Third World countries with experimental EZ-HT vaccines. Clinical trials conducted in Africa and Haiti like the Senegal study published in the Lancet showed that child mortality was much higher in babies who received the EZ-HT vaccines. In spite of this, the CDC irresponsibly gave EZ-HT vaccines to over 1,500 minority babies in Los Angeles, California without telling the parents it was experimental, unlicensed for use in the US, and potentially dangerous. The CDC admitted that “A mistake was made,” but claimed “there was no ill intent.” Fortunately, none of the babies suffered any immediate ill-effects from the EZ-HT vaccines. But the Senegal study states that “little is known about the long-term effects of high-titre live measles vaccines given early in life.” How lovely.

All of the aforementioned atrocities and irresponsible experiments happened many years ago. But to this day children are still being used as guinea pigs by the government and Big Pharma. For example, millions of children are on psychiatric medication. The majority of kids who went on a shooting rampage between 1988 and 2013 were taking psychiatric medication. That’s not counting kids who had been on these medications in that past and the cases where the medical records had been sealed.

Numerous studies have been done on how harmful psychiatric drugs can be. Ten of them can be accessed here. Of course, it’s more fashionable to blame guns, video games, and porn for mixed up, violent kids. And now that the COVID-19 vaccines have been rolled out they want to use all of us as lab rats.

Child Abuse In The COVID Era

UNICEF, April 2020:

“Unless we act now to address the pandemic’s impacts on children, the echoes of COVID-19 will permanently damage our shared future… COVID-19 has the potential to overwhelm fragile health systems in low and middle-income countries and undermine many of the gains made in child survival, health, nutrition and development over the last several decades.”

Human Rights Watch, April, 2020:

“For many children, the COVID-19 crisis will mean limited or no education..More than 91 percent of the world’s students are out of school, due to school closures in at least 188 countries…Added family stresses related to the COVID-19 crisis—including job loss, isolation, excessive confinement, and anxieties over health and finances—heighten the risk of violence in the home…Child abuse is less likely to be detected during the COVID-19 crisis, as child protection agencies have reduced monitoring to avoid spreading the virus, and teachers are less likely to detect signs of ill treatment with schools closed.”

Bloomberg, September, 2020:

“Increasing numbers of American children and young adults died by suicide in recent years, and the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to continue the trend…Rates more than doubled in New Hampshire, and the majority of states showed an increase between 30% and 60%… Recent research has documented increases in serious psychological distress, major depression, and suicidal thoughts and attempts among youth. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than one-quarter of young adults reported having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days before completing the June 24-30 questionnaire.”

Save the Children, September, 2020:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep impact on children, families, communities, and societies the world over. The coronavirus is tearing children’s lives apart…”

Again, keep in mind, it’s not any pandemic or virus that’s causing the crisis our world is facing—it’s the oppressive and stupid actions of governments. Even if COVID-19 were a real pandemic, it isn’t, none of this authoritarian nonsense would do a damn bit of good. The very policies that governments have enacted to protect children not to mention adults have done nothing but harm them.

Here are some examples:

School children are being forced to exercise and play sports in masks—something professional athletes aren’t required to do. It’s bad enough they have to wear masks for hours at a time in class, but while engaging in athletic activities is sheer lunacy.

Parents, coaches, and the kids themselves in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, and other parts of the country have reported that being forced to wear masks while engaging in strenuous physical activities has resulted in difficulty breathing, exhaustion, poor vision, injuries, and passing out. The parents of kids who play hockey said they are being put at a greater risk for concussions because the masks force them to look down and restrict their peripheral vision and that some “are hitting the ice without their mouth guards in because the mask blocks the strap that attaches it to helmets.” In Minnesota, parents even brought videos to state legislative committees of kids in sporting events running into each other and collapsing.

And what do government officials do when they hear this stuff and see it on video with their own eyes? They deny reality and keep repeating insane talking points from the CDC. They just don’t give a tinker’s damn. For example, a public health official in Minnesota asserted that there is no evidence that wearing masks while engaging in athletic activity is harmful to children or causes sports injuries. Apparently, this idiot never read what the WHO (World Health Organization) has to say here and here. Adults and children should not exercise or engage in sports with a mask on—it is unhealthy and dangerous.

COVID19 restrictions on school children in this country and in many places throughout the world are a draconian nightmare. In addition to being forced to wear masks, children in many cases, depending on the school, are not allowed to hug or touch each other, can’t play together, must stay away from each other, and be surrounded by plexiglass barriers. Talking might not be allowed and they might have to keep their masks on while eating—lowering it to put food in their mouth and then raising it back up while they chew and swallow.

Numerous studies in the scientific literature show how important play and peer interaction is for children and adolescents.

Porto Biomedical Journal, September-October 2017: Introduction:

“Through play, the child can experiment, solve problems, think creatively, cooperate with others, etc., gaining a deeper knowledge about his/herself and the world. From an early age, the possibility to experience several opportunities for unstructured play, in which the child can decide what to do, with whom and how, promotes positive self-esteem, autonomy, and confidence.”

The Lancet, June 12, 2020: Summary:

“Adolescence (the stage between 10 and 24 years) is a period of life characterised by heightened sensitivity to social stimuli and the increased need for peer interaction. The physical distancing measures mandated globally…are radically reducing adolescents’ opportunities to engage in face-to-face social contact outside their household…social deprivation in adolescence might have far-reaching consequences. Human studies have shown the importance of peer acceptance and peer influence in adolescence.”

In a recent interview on the first segment of The HighWire hosted by Del BigTree, Laura Centner, founder of Centner Academy explained why she flat-out refuses to subject the children in her school to oppressive COVID-19 restrictions which she described as “worse than solitary confinement. They treat prisoners better than they’re treating our children. And the thing that really, really infuriates me and just hurts my heart is that I see schools all over the world that are blindly following the CDC when there isn’t any evidence or any justification to do what they’re doing…all of the reports show the psychological damage that’s being done to children during the lockdowns, during the strict measures are hurting them far greater than COVID will ever hurt them.”

Speaking of harm, how about forcing pregnant woman to give birth with masks on, putting masks and face shields on newborn babies, and not allowing support partners in the delivery room.

October 13, 2020 Daily Mail article: last year, hospitals in France started forcing pregnant women to give birth with masks on. The scientific literature is filled with studies that show proper breathing is vital to reducing anxiety and having an easier time in the delivery room. Not so in the upside down Bizarro world of COVID-19. French mothers reported on the extreme stress and trauma that they experienced giving birth with the masks on leaving them vomiting and unable to breathe. They also said that if they refused to wear masks doctors threatened to leave the delivery room and that they would have to give birth alone. After a flood of complaints, the French Government stepped in and declared that pregnant women cannot be forced to wear masks during childbirth. And in spite of what one of the articles says, some hospitals in the US are forcing women to give birth in masks.

In New York State some hospitals wouldn’t allow women to have visitors during childbirth including their partners until the Governor put a stop to it. The WHO supports allowing women to have support partners in the delivery room. But as reported in Medical Xpress last March, the practice is still going on in many countries. The Medical Xpress article also reported that in a survey that involved 62 countries, two-thirds of health workers wouldn’t support “Kangaroo Mother care” (KMC). This is a life-saving technique involving early, prolonged skin-to-skin contact for preterm babies and exclusive breastfeeding by the mother. But if mothers have a positive or unknown COVID-19 test status they are separated from their mothers which increases their chances of dying.

Is it any wonder that a March 2021 study in the Lancet concluded: Interpretation:

“Global maternal and fetal outcomes have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increase in maternal deaths, stillbirth, ruptured ectopic pregnancies, and maternal depression.”

All of these oppressive and idiotic polices are being driven by the idea that COVID-19 is being spread by asymptomatic carriers. This is a myth exposed by COVID czar Anthony Fauci himself at a Health & Human Services press conference back in January 2020 when he said,

“…if there is asymptomatic transmission, it impacts certain policies that you do regarding screening, et cetera. But the one thing historically people need to realize that even if there is some asymptomatic transmission, in all the history of respiratory borne viruses of any type asymptomatic transmission has never been the driver of outbreaks. The driver of outbreaks is always a symptomatic person. Even if there’s a rare asymptomatic person that might transmit, an epidemic is not driven by asymptomatic carriers.”

And let us not forget that Fauci the flip-flopper was among the so-called experts who climbed all over Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove of the WHO when she echoed his words at a June 2020 press conference that asymptomatic transmission of the COVID-19 virus is “very rare.” As a result, Van Kerkhove quickly walked back on her statement. Can’t disrupt the phony narrative now can we.

At a roundtable discussion on public health in Florida last April chaired by Governor Ron DeSantis that included Dr. Scott Atlas, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, and Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School pulled no punches regarding COVID-19 policies: “This is the biggest public health mistake or the biggest public health fiasco in history.”

The roundtable discussion was censored by YouTube. Why?

The Real Agenda

Our world has been conquered by a tiny cabal of perverted psychopaths who control obscene amounts of wealth. Unlike despots of the past who tried to capture the world via military force, these slimy, slithering cowards conquer through bribery and corruption. Their goal: enslavement and control of the entire human race. Make no mistake people, with modern technology at their disposal It isn’t just our freedom that is at stake: our very humanity is on the line like it has never been before.

The encyclopedia Britannica defines brainwashing as a

“systematic effort to persuade nonbelievers to accept a certain allegiance, command, or doctrine…any technique designed to manipulate human thought or action…By controlling the physical and social environment, an attempt is made to destroy loyalties to any unfavorable groups or individuals, to demonstrate to the individual that his attitudes and patterns of thinking are incorrect and must be changed, and to develop loyalty and unquestioning obedience to the ruling party…isolation from former associates and sources of information…strong social pressures and rewards for cooperation; physical and psychological punishments for non-cooperation.”

Masks, social distancing, sanitizing everything in sight, stay-at-home orders, and travel restrictions are about social control. They have absolutely nothing to do with public health. They are designed to break your spirit, stifle your independence, condition you to obey orders, keep you in a constant state of fear, and make you dependent on government and experts for salvation. They are designed to turn you and your children into slaves.

Two recent articles in Vogue and USA Today explained that once people got used to engaging in COVID-19 rituals like wearing masks they became a habit—a conditioned reflex. They compulsively keep doing the ritual and feel anxiety and discomfort if they don’t.

I’m getting physical therapy for an old shoulder injury. My physical therapist continues to wear a mask even though there are no more mask mandates or ordinances in our area. She told me that she is afraid she will lose customers if she ditches the mask. This is intellectualizing her conditioning. Wearing a mask has become a habit. I never wear a mask in her clinic as well as a number of other people. None of the patients who wear masks cringe in our presence yet she continues to wear the mask.

The architects behind the fake COVID-19 pandemic are the epitome of what psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) called the “emotional plague.” People with this affliction are control freaks. They can’t let people alone. They can’t tolerate anything in their environment that disrupts their unhealthy way of thinking and living because it causes them enormous discomfort and anxiety.

People like Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, head of the World Economic Forum, and Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation are emotional plague characters. They are the puppet masters who pull the strings of governments.

Over the years, I’ve heard more than a few people say that they would have resisted the Nazis if they had lived in Germany under Hitler. People who say this aren’t displaying any courage because they aren’t risking anything. Talk is cheap. Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) and the old Nazi regime are long gone. It’s easy to say what you would have done after the fact. The true test of courage is to resist tyranny when it is happening now, and is popular with the public, and part of your own government.

And don’t buy into the sleazy propaganda ploy that people who refuse to wear masks or get vaccinated are selfish. This is an attempt to turn submission to tyranny into a virtue. There is nothing virtuous about obeying unjust laws and edicts folks.

Anyone who has been brainwashed by fear, refuses to educate themselves, and tries to force others to participate in their fear is selfish. If you aren’t willing to get out of your comfort zone and stand up to injustice then you are selfish. If you know that masks are useless and are being used as a political tool but wear them anyway to appease family and friends or to show that you’re a respectful and virtuous person then you are selfish.

From Wilhelm Reich’s book “Listen Little Man” (Source: Michael J. Talmo)

Wilhelm Reich taught us that love flows freely and naturally from every small child. It is we who corrupt and stifle that love. So, to parents everywhere I say: take those stupid masks off of yourselves and your children. Stop allowing schools to indoctrinate and brainwash them even if you have to home school them. Stop participating in this ritualistic COVID death cult. Say “hell no” to the new normal.

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The Walls Are Falling Around Dr. Fauci | Scientists Are Increasingly Taking to the Wuhan Lab Theory

Some of the world’s top virologists and epidemiologists are now demanding to know whether Covid was manufactured in a Chinese lab, and whether Dr. Fauci approved U.S. funds for this dangerous “gain of function” research. — Dinesh D’Souza is an author and filmmaker.

Israel To Buy Weapons From America With Money Given To Them By America To Shoot Down Iranian Rockets Paid For By America — The Babylon Bee

JERUSALEM—Biden has approved $735 million weapons sale to Israel. Israel will be paying for the weapons using money from foreign aid given to them by America. According to experts, Israel needs these weapons so they can shoot down Hamas rockets that were given to them by Iran, who paid for them using money given to them by America. 

“Yeah, it’s all pretty straightforward,” said one Middle East expert. “Not confusing in the least.”

According to sources, Iran bought weapons technology with $1.8 billion in cash given to them by the Obama administration. They then provided those weapons to Hamas terrorists in Gaza in order to kill Jews. 

Israel is responding with weapons systems purchased with American foreign aid dollars from the Trump administration.

“Yeah,” said the expert, “the entire conflict is pretty much a proxy war between Democrats and Republicans at this point.” 

Some in America have started a petition to bring those dollars back to America so Democrats and Republicans can just shoot rockets at each other here at home.

Israel To Buy Weapons From America With Money Given To Them By America To Shoot Down Iranian Rockets Paid For By America — The Babylon Bee

Joel Osteen Compares God to a ‘Spare Tire’ as He Lectures Poor People on Contentment — Christian Research Network

“You have to begin speaking words of faith over your life. Your words have enormous creative power. The moment you speak something out, you give birth to it. This is a spiritual principle, and it works whether what you’re saying is good or bad, positive or negative.” Prosperity preacher Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now

(Reformation Charlotte)  Talk about cultish! Joel Osteen, false teacher and fake pastor, is most definitely a cult leader. The followers of Joel Osteen’s ministry do not follow Christ, they follow the man and they are in it for no other reason than to hear the man tickle their ears with his motivational pep talks and uplifting speeches.

Joel Osteen, one of the world’s most famous and prosperous false teachers–estimated to be worth about $100 million–appeared on the Today Show to lecture people who don’t have the luxury of owning a 17 thousand square foot home with an Olympic size pool on how to be content with what you have.  View article →

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Joel Osteen Compares God to a ‘Spare Tire’ as He Lectures Poor People on Contentment — Christian Research Network

How “Christian Rap” Christianizes Street Gang Culture and Brings it Into the Church — Reformation Charlotte

Chicago, one of America’s oldest and largest cities with a rich history in the industrial revolution is now known for its highest murder rate per capita primarily perpetrated by its notorious street gangs. Chicago is by far the most gang-infested city in the nation with rival gangs constantly bickering over territory giving rise to what some people consider music–“gangsta rap.”

These rappers will then create albums which consist primarily of death threats and diss tracks toward rival gangs. The wars on the streets rage on as “gangstas” follow through with their threats, targeting their rival gangs, and leaving innocent people caught in the crossfire running for shelter and watching in horror.

That’s the best analogy I can come up with for what these so-called “Christian” rappers have Christianized and brought into the Church. Their genre of music is rooted in gang warfare culture and appeals only to those who are obsessed with this culture. “Christian rap” is filled with foul language, references to gang culture, and even “diss tracks” toward their rival “Christian rappers.”

How “Christian Rap” Christianizes Street Gang Culture and Brings it Into the Church — Reformation Charlotte

Southern Baptist Lobbying Group says Gender is Fluid in Bible — Protestia

ERLC argues for nuance in teaching boys and girls how to behave.

(Capstone Report) Gender should be nuanced, and Christians should remember that even in the Bible gender is presented as “fluid and relational,” according to an essay published by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention.

According to the essay posted on the ERLC’s website“It’s important to affirm ways in which gender expression is fluid and relational—even in the Bible.”

Ponder that for a moment.

The point the author is getting at however seems far different than what that sentence implies. The author amplifies his thought by pointing out how different people like Jacob and Esau showed both were men, but one was hunter and the other prepared a stew.

Then to make the point clear, he writes…

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Southern Baptist Lobbying Group says Gender is Fluid in Bible — Protestia

Weeks After Biden Blasted ‘Neanderthal’ Texas For Lifting Mask Mandates, It Has Zero COVID Deaths

Weeks after Biden denounced Texas and other states for removing their mask mandates, the Lone Star State reported no COVID-19 deaths.

Source: Weeks After Biden Blasted ‘Neanderthal’ Texas For Lifting Mask Mandates, It Has Zero COVID Deaths

Billionaires Are Offloading Massive Amounts Of Stock | ZeroHedge News

When the country’s CEOs and billionaires start to head to the exits a little bit quicker than usual at the tail end of a 13 year bull market, it may be time to start paying attention.

That’s what we found noteworthy about a recent Bloomberg piece, which noted that stock sales by some of the world’s richest shareholders are “reaping a windfall”, thanks to our current inflated equity markets, “to the tune of trillions”.

Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos and Google co-founder Sergey Brin are just two of the well known names that have been offloading stock. They are joined by names like Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison.

We have covered Bezos’ recent stock sales in this article. He has sold $6.7 billion in Amazon shares this year. Bezos still owns more than 10% of Amazon and remains the world’s richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index. His worth comes in at about $191.3 billion. Bezos has hastened his stock sales over the last couple of years: he sold about $4.1 billion in stock last February and sold more than $3 billion in stock last November.

Larry Ellison sold 7 million Oracle shares over the past week, netting him $552.3 million. Mark Zuckerberg and his charitable foundation have accelerated sales of stock since last fall. They have cumulatively dumped $1.87 billion in stock since last November.

But, in sum, public company insiders have sold shares worth $24.4 billion this year through the first week of May, the report noted. About half of these sales have come through trading plans. The number is almost at a par with the $30 billion insiders sold in the second half of 2020.

In addition to frothy valuations, Joe Biden’s incoming tax hikes may have also propelled some of the ultra-rich to rethink holding on to their stock, the report speculates.

Thorne Perkin, president of Papamarkou Wellner Asset Management, said the sales could help the insiders diversify: “From a portfolio-management perspective, it makes sense to spread it around.”

Source: Billionaires Are Offloading Massive Amounts Of Stock

Elijah Abraham: From Iraq to America, From Islam to Christianity — Stand Up For The Truth

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TODAY’S GUEST: teacher of pastors, evangelist, Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis ministries.

Elijah shares his conversion from committed Muslim to born-again believer in Christ, his life in Iraq, move to America, investigation into world religions, struggle with works-based righteousness, and the difference between biblical Christianity and American Christianity.

Elijah Abraham: From Iraq to America, From Islam to Christianity — Stand Up For The Truth