Daily Archives: May 26, 2021

‘Ignore the CDC’: Top doc says we’ve reached herd immunity | WND

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Arguing for people who choose not to be vaccinated, a Johns Hopkins professor estimates that nearly half the country has natural immunity due to prior infection that protects them from COVID-19.

Dr. Marty Makary, in an interview Tuesday with “The Vince Coglianese Show” on WMAL in Washington, claimed the United States already has achieved the objective of herd immunity, combining the vaccinated with those who have been infected. He estimates 85% of the population is immune to the novel coronavirus.

“Please, ignore the CDC guidance,” he said, calling it the slowest “most reactionary CDC in history.”

Dr. Marty Makary

“Live a normal life, unless you are unvaccinated and did not have the infection, in which case you need to be careful,” he said in the interview, which was spotlighted by the Daily Caller.

“We’ve got to start respecting people who choose not to get the vaccine instead of demonizing them,” Makary said.

White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told Business Insider vaccines are “better than the traditional response you get from natural infection.” And last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory saying the same.

But that’s contradicted by empirical study data, Yale University epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch told WND.

He pointed to a massive study in Israel finding that people who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the previous three or more months had at least as much protection against new infection, hospitalization and death as vaccinated people.

“People become immune by surviving infection,” argued Risch, professor of epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine.

In an email to WND, he explained that serum antibodies and T-cell antibodies – the white blood cells that attack infections – demonstrate past history of infection.

Risch said the FDA is correct that antibodies from infection are not the same as post-vaccination antibodies. But this is irrelevant, he contended.

“These natural antibodies are proof of past infection,” said Risch. “Past infection is extremely strong evidence of immunity.”

‘We are not seeing reinfections’

Makary believes that both immunity through vaccination and through infection are probably “life-long” and can be maintained without boosters.

“There is more data on natural immunity than there is on vaccinated immunity, because natural immunity has been around longer,” Makary said. “We are not seeing reinfections, and when they do happen, they’re rare. Their symptoms are mild or are asymptomatic.”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Sunday he will not get vaccinated against COVID-19 because he already has immunity through infection.

“Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated, because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity,” Paul said in an interview Sunday with John Catsimatidis on WABC radio.

— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/05/4918586/

Facebook Stops Removing Posts Claiming COVID-19 Man-Made After Lab-Leak Hypothesis Finally Goes Mainstream | ZeroHedge

After nearly 18 months of punishing anyone who suggested that COVID-19 might have originated in a Wuhan lab, Facebook has decided to stop removing posts which claim the virus was man-made or manufactured, a company spokesperson told Politico on Wednesday.

The move comes after the Wall Street Journal reported that three lab workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in late 2019 with symptoms consistent with the virus – building on previous reporting by the Washington Post‘s Josh Rogin. Both articles cast doubt on the mainstream media’s unsupported claim that COVID-19 jumped from bats to humans through an intermediary species – as opposed to the far more plausible theory that the virus escaped from a lab known formanipulating bat coronaviruses to better infect humans, in the same town which became ground zero for the pandemic. As we noted last week, there were very obvious clues to anyone able to think for themselves.

As the mainstream media parroted CCP talking points throughout 2020 and punished anyone who strayed from the official narrative, Facebook banned Zero Hedge articles and policed COVID ‘disinformation’ based on the word of so-called “fact checkers” who insisted that the new disease could only have emerged via yet-to-be discovered animal intermediaries.

Of course, one of Facebook’s “fact checkers” also worked at the Wuhan lab, and was defending her former colleagues in a giant undisclosed conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, Politifact was caught quietly editing an article ‘debunking’ the lab-leak hypothesis.

VOX was similarly caught stealth-editing an article “debunking” the lab origin.

No apologies. No introspection. Just spineless stealth edits and quiet policy changes such as Facebook’s recent decision. Perhaps most disturbing is the complete rejection of the lab-leak hypothesis by the MSM, social media giants, and liberal leaders because President Trump promoted it.

What’s more, last night we learned from CNN that President Biden canceled aTrump-era State Department investigation into the origins of COVID-19, which also sought to determine whether China’s biological weapons program may have played a role in the pandemic. According to the report, it was met with internal opposition from officials who thought it was simply a politicized witch hunt to blame China for the virus.

After news broke of Biden’s pro-China decree to cancel the investigation, his administration scrambled to do damage control, announcing that US intelligence agencies have 90 days to “redouble” their efforts to find out the virus’ origin and report back.

Facebook flip-flop

As Politico notes, “Facebook announced in February it had expanded the list of misleading health claims that it would remove from its platforms to include those asserting that “COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured.” The tech giant has updated its policies against false and misleading coronavirus information, including its running list of debunked claims, over the course of the pandemic in consultation with global health officials.”

Now, according to a spokesperson, the origin language has been stricken from that list due to the renewed debate.

“In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps,” said the spokesperson in an email. “We’re continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge.”

Now maybe they can unblock ZeroHedge posts and realize they have no place as the arbiters of anything.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/markets/facebook-stops-removing-posts-claiming-covid-19-man-made-after-lab-leak-hypothesis-finally

Johns Hopkins Prof: Half Of Americans Have Natural Immunity; Dismissing It Is “Biggest Failure Of Medical Leadership” | ZeroHedge

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

A professor with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has said that there is a general dismissal of the fact that more than half of all Americans have developed natural immunity to the coronavirus and that it constitutes “one of the biggest failures of our current medical leadership.”

Dr. Marty Makary made the comments during a recent interview, noting that “natural immunity works” and it is wrong to vilify those who don’t want the vaccine because they have already recovered from the virus.

Makary criticised “the most slow, reactionary, political CDC in American history” for not clearly communicating the scientific facts about natural immunity compared to the kind of immunity developed through vaccines.

There is more data on natural immunity than there is on vaccinated immunity, because natural immunity has been around longer,” Makary emphasised.

“We are not seeing reinfections, and when they do happen, they’re rare. Their symptoms are mild or are asymptomatic,”the professor added.

“Please, ignore the CDC guidance,” he urged, adding “Live a normal life, unless you are unvaccinated and did not have the infection, in which case you need to be careful.”

“We’ve got to start respecting people who choose not to get the vaccine instead of demonizing them,” Makary further asserted.

Listen:

The professor’s comments come amid a plethora of media generated propaganda suggesting that natural immunity isn’t enough, and that those who do not choose to take the vaccine should be socially ostracised.

The likes of the World Health Organisation have even shifted the definition of ‘herd immunity’, eliminating the pre-COVID scientific consensus that it could be achieved by allowing a virus to spread through a population, and insisting that herd immunity comes solely from vaccines.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/johns-hopkins-prof-half-americans-have-natural-immunity-dismissing-it-biggest-failure

Media Pathetically Creates a Biden We All Know Isn’t There — Christian Research Network

“Imagine this slow-thinking, barely coherent president in charge during a crisis that requires quick decision-making and clear communication. You can bet our enemies are doing just that right now.”

(Steven Kruiser – PJ Media)  My entry into the world of writing about conservative politics more than twenty years ago was prompted by a most righteous indignation about liberal media bias. If a time when that bias wasn’t awful existed, no one alive today is old enough to remember it.

One of Trump’s greatest of the many gifts he gave to the American people is that we no longer have to listen to liberals insisting that the media isn’t biased and that it’s all just a figment of the collective conservative imagination. They were helpless under his power, and he made them parade their awfulness in front of the public every day that he was in office. They knew it too, which is why none of them even feign objectivity anymore.   View article →

Media Pathetically Creates a Biden We All Know Isn’t There — Christian Research Network

The Dangers of Christian Celebrity (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E11) — Cold Case Christianity

We’ve watched several celebrity Christian pastors, singers and apologists fall or leave the faith in the last year. They all had one thing in common: celebrity. What is so dangerous about the desire to be famous? Why must every one of us guard ourselves from celebrity in the social media age? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.

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The Dangers of Christian Celebrity (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E11) — Cold Case Christianity

Only 6% of Americans Hold to Biblical Worldview, New Study Shows — Faithwire

The number of Americans espousing no religious beliefs at all has been increasing rapidly over the years. A new survey shows that trend continuing, claiming a mere 6% hold to a truly “biblical worldview.”

On Wednesday, the Family Research Council announced a new partnership with evangelical pollster George Barna, who will serve as a senior fellow for its burgeoning Center for Biblical Worldview.

The FRC also released new data collected by Barna’s Metaformation, Inc.

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While 51% of the 1,000 American adults surveyed said they hold to a biblical worldview, the new study determined only about 6% actually embrace such a belief system. The researchers came to that conclusion after asking a series of secondary questions of those who claim to espouse a biblical worldview.

For example, of the 51%, less than half (47%) believe when they die they will go to heaven “only because they have confessed their sins and have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.” Additionally, 49% “accept reincarnation as a possibility after they die.”

The new survey relied heavily on information compiled earlier this year by the American Worldview Inventory, which was produced by the Barna-led Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University.

A biblical worldview as the most prevalent at 6%.

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“However,” Barna said at the time, “with 94% of Americans essentially rejecting the biblical worldview as their preferred way to think and live, placing first in a race in which few people cross the finish line is hardly a victory.”

He went on to explain that simply “knowing a few Bible verses, attending church services, and praying won’t get the job done.”

“Our studies show that Americans are neither deep nor sophisticated thinkers,” Barna argued. “Most people seem more interested in living a life of comfort and convenience than one of logical consistency and wisdom. Our children will continue to suffer the consequences of following in the unfortunate footsteps of their parents and elders. People who are willing to fight for a more reasonable way of thinking and acting can make a difference, but it will be slow progress.”

FRC President Tony Perkins said this week he hopes the new Center for Biblical Worldview can help give believers “a firm foundation so that they can engage the culture by being rooted in God’s Word.”

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“Every Christian can and should obtain a biblical worldview,” he said, “which is only achieved when a person believes that the Bible is true, authoritative, and then taught how it is applicable to every area of life, which enables them to live out those beliefs.”

similar survey from 2017 found then that only 10% of Americans hold to a distinctly “biblical worldview.” At the time, 46% said they lived a Christian lifestyle.

Only 6% of Americans Hold to Biblical Worldview, New Study Shows — Faithwire

Systemic Marxism: Biden Admin Allows BLM flags to Fly on Federal Buildings — Christian Research Network

“Despite the documented actions of BLM protestors during the riots of 2020, and despite the New York Times reporting on their organization’s declining popularity with American voters, our federal  government has nonetheless decided to endorse and promote an organization with admitted Marxist roots as one having ties to our official foreign offices.”

(Kevin Downey Jr – PJ Media)  The war on police has been brutal and now it’s insulting. In a time when a pro-2nd Amendment police captain was fired for supporting constitutional carry legislature, a Virginia police lieutenant was fired for donating to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund, and a DEA agent was fired for being in the capital, (not the capitol), on January 6th, the State Department is giving the thumbs up to fly the BLM flag.

An anonymous source from Biden’s State Dept. leaked a memo that indicates, “diplomatic and consular posts,” are free to fly BLM flags and banners today, May 25th and beyond, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  View article →

Systemic Marxism: Biden Admin Allows BLM flags to Fly on Federal Buildings — Christian Research Network

COVID Shot Liability? — VCY America

Date:  May 26, 2021  
Host:  Jim Schneider   
​Guest:  Mat Staver 
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The issues that are confronting us are multi-faceted and coming from many different directions.  Joining Jim to discuss these, with the focus primarily upon COVID shot liability, was Constitutional Attorney Mat Staver.  Mat is the founder & chairman of Liberty Counsel.  He’s argued landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and he’s an author as well as speaker on the daily radio broadcasts, Faith & Freedom and Freedom’s Call.

Mat addressed the following:    

Governments have forbid people to gather for worship due to COVID-19.  This situation has been battled in the courts and recently a victory has taken place.  In this case it’s the first state-wide, permanent injunction against a state in the nation.  The state in this particular instance is California.

Mat is also representing Calvary Chapel in Bangor, Maine, against Governor Janet Mills.  Maine has the distinction of imposing the most severe restrictions on churches and places of worship at present.  

Employers are mandating their employees receive the COVID shots or go look for employment elsewhere.  Are they then liable when/if there is an adverse reaction?  

Oregon is saying you can attend church without a mask, but you have to show your vaccine passport in paper or digital.  If you don’t have either one, you can still attend church but you need to wear a mask. 

On another front, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case in their next term that would strike at Roe v. Wade.  Democrats are warning that if the court goes in that direction they will pack the court, adding additional liberal justices.  

Also, there are new revelations coming out from the November 2020 election, such as in New Hampshire, where an audit revealed that only a portion of GOP ballots were accepted in the scanning process. 

There’s much more to consider as Mat also took questions/comments from listeners.

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COVID Shot Liability? — VCY America

May 26 Evening Quotes of The Day

How Much Better Is Salvation in Christ!
Malachi 4:2; Romans 7:21–25; Hebrews 12:24

If light be pleasant to our eyes, how pleasant is that light of life springing from the Sun of righteousness! If a pardon be sweet to a condemned malefactor, how sweet must the sprinkling blood of Jesus be to the trembling conscience of a law-condemned sinner? If a rescue from a cruel tyrant be sweet to a poor captive, how sweet must it be to the ears of enslaved sinners to hear the voice of liberty and deliverance proclaimed by Jesus Christ?

JOHN FLAVEL

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

Knowing God Keeps One Humble
Isaiah 6:5; 57:15; Romans 7:9

They that know God will be humble. And they that know themselves cannot be proud.

JOHN FLAVEL

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

The Nature of God’s Love: John MacArthur on God’s Love Defined Biblically — Grace to You Blog

God’s love didn’t first appear two thousand years ago—that’s where it climaxed. The truth is that all of history bears the undeniable marks of God’s loving nature. From Genesis to Revelation, His great love is displayed on multiple levels and in countless glorious ways. In fact, His unchanging love is older than time itself.

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The Nature of God’s Love: John MacArthur on God’s Love Defined Biblically — Grace to You Blog

What happens the moment after death? — HeadHeartHand Blog

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What happens the second after we die? That question troubles some Christians.  Understandably, because it’s an experience we’ve never had before and there’s no one we can ask about it either. We leave behind all that’s known and familiar and enter the unknown and unfamiliar. But is it? Thankfully, in Luke 23:39-43, Jesus gives us a glimpse into that foreign world and although he doesn’t answer all our questions, he answers them sufficiently to look ahead to that moment with joy not fear.

What happens the moment after death? — HeadHeartHand Blog

Holiness Is Critical for Our Assurance of Salvation — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We cannot expect to have great assurance of faith if we are content to exhibit little holiness in our lives. In this brief clip, Joel Beeke comments on the relationship between producing the fruit of salvation and having the assurance of salvation.

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Transcript:

Assurance is critical, because the more assurance you have, the more holiness will flow from your life. And here’s a key thought if you forget everything else I say in this whole mini course. If you remember this, it’ll be worth the course for you. A believer cannot persist in high levels of assurance while he continues in low levels of holiness. I can’t continue in a high level of assurance of the love of my dear wife if both of us are unfaithful in our marital relationship. If we continue in low levels of marital commitment, we can’t have high levels of assurance of our love. Holiness is critical for the maintenance of high levels of assurance.

Holiness Is Critical for Our Assurance of Salvation — Ligonier Ministries Blog

In God Alone — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.”  Psalm 62:1 (ESV)

The dictionary defines sacrifice as the surrender of something valuable for the sake of something even more valuable. I valued my autonomy above everything else. Like most people, I want to decide things for myself.

Although I’d known and loved Jesus from a young age, I tried to manage my life on my own. Then, for three years, pain became my constant companion. Pain revealed the truth: I am not in control.

In those days, Psalm 62 came to life for me. Sometimes I repeated Psalm 62:1, “My soul finds rest in God alone,” 50 times a day. Discover with me, the rich meaning of these words.

My — Each person has a choice. I can choose to be my own boss or I can choose to align myself with truth from God’s word.

Soul — David, the writer of this psalm addresses the deepest, most essential part of a person: who I am, my significance and my self-worth.

Finds — This journey of life involves a quest. We search for purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction.

Rest — More than physical refreshment, we long for inner peace and a refuge from the storms of life.

In God — Finding rest is not a casual endeavour. We must immerse ourselves in the God of Scripture: The great I AM, Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Redeemer.

Alone — We find rest in God and God alone. Nothing else can satisfy. We need nothing more than Him.

Surrender yourself completely to God. The peace, life, and hope He gives far exceed anything the world can offer.

God, I seek you with all that I am because I know that I can only find what I’m looking for in you. Amen.

By Suzanne Benner
Used by Permission


If you have never walked in a relationship with Christ you can start today by committing and submitting your life to him. You can start this with a simple prayer:

Lord, thank You for dying so we can be set free from all of guilt and sin — no matter how big or small.  Your blood has erased all of our sin. Thank You so much! Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen

It starts now.

FURTHER READING

•  Stepping Into a Personal Revival
•  Cling to the Lord

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

In God Alone — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Search Me — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”  Psalm 139:23-24

Thought

Most of us don’t like being scrutinized and tested. But God knows us through and through. He has been with us from our conception and will work with us through the grave and beyond. So let’s invite him into our interior world to search us, test us, and even scrutinize our anxious thoughts. He is not there to condemn or punish, but to cleanse and redeem so that we can be led to his eternal grace.

Prayer

Search me, O God. I know that my heart is not always pure and my ways are far from perfect. Search me, O God, for I need your purifying presence. Search me, O God, for I want you to set the course and the destination of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

By Phil Ware
Used by Permission
From: http://www.verseoftheday.com

FURTHER READING

•  The Importance of Knowing God
•  To Whom Are You Listening?

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

Search Me — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

May 26 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“Your Life Preaches All the Week”
1 Timothy 4:16

Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this. Your sermon on Sabbath lasts but an hour or two; your life preaches all the week. Remember, ministers are standard-bearers. Satan aims his fiery darts at them. If he can only make you a covetous minister, or a lover of pleasure, or a lover of praise, or a lover of good eating, then he has ruined your ministry forever. Ah! Let him preach on fifty years, he will never do me any harm. Dear brother, cast yourself at the feet of Christ, implore his Spirit to make you a holy man. Take heed to yourself and to your doctrine.

ROBERT MURRAY MCCHEYNE

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

The Importance of Attentiveness in Prayer
2 Corinthians 7:14–15; Acts 6:4; 1 Corinthians 14:15; 1 Peter 3:12

God does not give ear to the prayer to which even he who prays gives no attention. This lack of attention but too often occurs with us through the temptation of the evil one. He knows well the utility of prayer; he envies us the privilege of being able to address ourselves to God, and therefore stirs up a tumult of thoughts in those that are at prayer so as to lead the mind off that holy exercise and rob it of its fruit. Against his malice we must practice constancy of will, so that the more he attacks us with troubling thoughts, so much the more stoutly must the soul stand fast in the faithful observance of its whole state of life.

HUGH OF ST. VICTOR

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

May 26 – Ignoring the warning of God — Reformed Perspective

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. – Psalm 95:7

Scripture readings: Daniel 4:1-27Psalm 95:6-11

The letter which Daniel circulated, in the king’s name, to the peoples is quite simple to understand. We have a warning followed by the very action being warned against. Perhaps, if you’ve been around younger children, you know what this experience is like: you warn children not to do something … and then they go and do that very thing in front of you. Well, age is no protection from this type of foolishness and worse types of open rebellion against God.

The audience who received this letter must have been stunned by what they read of the king’s downfall. Through Daniel’s influence, the king served as a temporary ambassador of the LORD most High by proclaiming that the Word of the LORD was true. Ignoring the warnings of God and turning from His counsel is to invite serious harm and consequences upon oneself. The Israelites understood this well, as Psalm 95 rehearses the wilderness rebellions. We are also able to understand this struggle.

Yet the LORD instructs us through this king’s prideful rebellion against God that we would take to heart His admonition to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1Peter 5:6- 7). Through faith in Christ, “You may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Peter 1:4).

Suggestions for prayer

Father, teach us to listen to your instructions. Forgive us when we go astray.

Renew us through Your Spirit so that we would respond gladly to your leading.

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 26 – Ignoring the warning of God — Reformed Perspective

26 May 2021 News Briefing

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Kim Yo Jong massacre: North Korea panic as despot’s ‘Devil Woman’ sister orders killings
NORTH KOREAN’S Kim Yo Jong has ordered a string of killings leaving the regime’s officials terrified of “getting on her nerves”. Reports of a massacre carried out by Pyongyang’s “Devil Woman” have trickled out of the isolated regime in recent days. Sources within North Korea have said that Kim Jong-un’s sister has given orders for a purge of government agencies.

China shows off military might – ‘thousands’ of bombs dropped in mammoth exercise
Over recent months, Beijing has asserted its dominance in the region and has built several military bases on some of the atolls. Now, according to China’s state broadcaster, aircraft assigned to the South Sea Fleet released “thousands of munitions” during the May 14 and 15 drills. During the exercises, pilots trained in “precision strike” and “saturation attack” as warplanes dropped bombs, anti-ship rockets and autocannon fire at floating targets in the sea.

Anti-Trumpers left frustrated by DOJ document
A part of the document that supported former Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to charge then-President Trump with “obstruction” over the now-debunked Russia collusion claims has been released, and it’s leaving anti-Trumpers frustrated. It’s because it reveals that the official legal recommendation in the case was that Trump would not be charged based on the evidence even if he was a private citizen – and not given any presidential immunity. “The bottom line is that legally, Trump could not be prosecuted even if he wasn’t president. That’s not going down very well on the Left today.”

Hikind blasts Sanders: With Jews like him, we go to the gas chambers
So what is his sickness? He cannot — he calls himself a Jew and says he’s proud.” “With Jews like him, we go to the gas chambers, by the way,” he added. “He’s got to throw in Islamophobia when there are no numbers, it ain’t happening. Excuse me, I haven’t seen anything on television about Muslims being attacked. I see Muslims attacking Jews.” Hikind went on to say that Sanders is “directly responsible” for attacks on Jews and added, “Who’s side are you on?”

Iran: Large fire reported at oil refinery, day after drone factory blast
The refinery was inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani just a few months ago, with an expectation of generating about $1 billion in revenue for Iran.

Gaza reconstruction would undermine Hamas, Blinken says
“If we do this right,” Blinken said, “reconstruction and relief for the people of Gaza, far from empowering Hamas, has the potential to undermine it. I say that because Hamas thrives, unfortunately, on despair, misery, desperation, on a lack of opportunity.”

Abbas: Ceasefire must include end to Jewish visits to Temple Mount
The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas must include banning visits by Jews to al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Egypt and Jordan.

Coughing with difficulty breathing, Nasrallah speaks and threatens Israel
Nasrallah called for the creation of a “new equation:” Any violation of Jerusalem would lead to a regional war. The threat by Nasrallah comes after clashes were reported between police and Palestinians on the Temple Mount in recent days.

Israeli parliamentarian calls on Jews: Go up to Temple Mount
Israeli Knesset member Simcha Rothman visited the Temple Mount on Thursday. While on the mount, Rothman said: “My hope is that we return to the Temple Mount as a nation.” “I believe that going to the Temple Mount is something that will strengthen our resolve to return to the Temple Mount” he continued saying that: “The Temple Mount needs to be in our hands and not just as a mantra from the Six-day War, but in actuality.”

The IDF Explains: Where Does Hamas’ Money Go?
not much has changed. Instead of using its power to benefit the people of Gaza, Hamas spends the majority of its resources on terrorist activities.

Thousands attend pro-Israel rally in New York City
The demonstration, “United Against Antisemitism. United Against Terror. United for Us,” took place at Ground Zero and in 14 other cities across the United States, among them Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Austin, Denver, Houston and more. It was organized by the Israeli-American Council together with 100 other Jewish community organizations.

US State Dept admits Hamas may use “Humanitarian” funds for buying rockets against Israel
As Secretary of State Anthony Blinken meets with Netanyahu this week to discuss the recent hostilities between Gaza and Israel, a White House report cited a senior State Department official as admitting that the humanitarian aid President Biden pledged to help rebuild Gaza might end up being usurped by Hamas for use in terrorism and rockets targeting Israel.

Significant damage after M5.3 earthquake near Nyiragongo volcano
Significant building damage was reported after a shallow M5.3 earthquake (RMB) hit Rubavu, Rwanda at 09:03 UTC (11:03 LT) on May 25, 2021. The USGS is reporting it as M4.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

MORE LEAKS: Facebook Whistleblowers Reveal Secret ‘Filter’ for ‘Liberty-Based’ and ‘Religious-Based’ ‘Objections & Skepticism,’ Including ‘Vaccine Passports’ 
On the heels of Project Veritas’ Bombshell Facebook Insider release on Monday – there is more information coming out from our Insider’s leaked documents, expanding on the company’s efforts to stifle comments critical or skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines.

Cities Pushing to ‘Defund the Police’ Are Struggling with Record-High Crime Rates
Liberal cities that backed the push to “defund the police” are now struggling with record-high violent crime rates, according to reports. New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and other Democrat strongholds are facing a dramatic rise in violence.

18 Cases of Heart Inflammation After COVID-19 Vaccination Reported in Connecticut
A single state has recorded 18 cases of myocarditis in people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. All of the cases in Connecticut required hospitalization.

Feds seize $90k from left-wing BLM supporting activist who goaded Trump supporters into invading Capitol
If you are a supporter of President Donald Trump and never believed that it was plausible for others of his supporters to participate in a riot, and particularly at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., your instincts were correct.

Corn prices are up by over 50% in 2021 alone
Corn prices have been steadily increasing over the past year, rising more than 50 percent in 2021 alone. Corn is now worth $7.50 a bushel, its highest price tag since 2012.

COMPROMISED: Harvard subjects students to trips, research papers authored by Chinese Communist Party propaganda front.
The Harvard Kennedy School – a public policy-focused graduate school – has collaborated extensively with various propaganda arms of the Chinese Communist Party seeking to influence Western organizations to “adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.”

Do covid vaccines contain GMO “Magneto” protein capable of remotely controlling behavior, brain activity?
American researchers have developed a new method of mind control that sounds oddly similar to what some suspect is contained within Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines.”

Superparamagnetic nanoparticles delivered via vaccines; Operation Warp Speed a TRAP for Democrats, and the engineered collapse of America accelerates
A study published in the National Library of Medicine in 2014 proves that “superparamagnetic nanoparticles” are successfully delivered into the body via vaccines, and once in the body, they can be used to inject DNA into cells, altering their genetics. The study is entitled Superparamagnetic nanoparticle delivery of DNA vaccine.

DeSantis to Critics of CRT Ban: Florida Students Will Learn ‘Historical Fact,’ Not ‘Non-Empirical Ideology’
Now that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned Critical Race Theory from public schools, his critics are on notice that Florida’s students will learn “historical fact,” not “non-empirical ideology.”

The World’s Top Billionaires Are Racing To Be First To Market With Brain Computer Interface Microchips Bringing Us Closer To Mark Of The Beast
What is the Mark of the Beast? Glad you asked, it’s a human-implantable device that allows the host to conduct financial transactions commonly known as ‘buying and selling’. Pretty simple concept to understand, yes? No knowledge of Greek or Hebrew needed, just a dime store King James Bible that bargain stores literally sell for one dollar. So is anyone surprised that that two of the world’s top billionaires who make their fortunes with money, Thiel of PayPal and Musk of Bitcoin, are now racing to bring to market the first human-implantable brain chip?

Chicago Mayor Seeks to Retain Key Policing Powers In Civilian Oversight Plan
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled her version of a civilian police oversight plan that allows her to retain the key powers of picking the police chief, negotiating contracts with police unions, and deciding on police policy disputes.

Pagan Pope Urges 1.5 Billion Followers To Protect ‘Mother Earth’ As He Preaches The Green Gospel Of Gaia Worship In His ‘Laudato Si’ Launch
The Roman pontifex maximus, so called, is launching his Laudato Si platform which is designed to encourage his 1.5 billion Catholic followers to worship Mother Earth in the green gospel of Climate Change. But astute longtime readers of NTEB know this is much more than Climate Change, this is the pagan religion of Gaia worship which Romans 1 warns us about. Interestingly, Pope Francis invites Catholics to ‘to begin a 7-year journey to total sustainability’ with his green gospel of Gaia. Can anyone else tell me something in the Bible that lasts for a 7-year period?

Bloomberg writer Clara Ferreira Marques calls for mandatory vaccinations (and PRISON time for refuseniks) to increase spike protein injections that are killing people
…Liberals want to “save lives” by forcing injections at gunpoint

Catholic church in St. Louis ROPES OFF unvaccinated members like cattle, bans them from parish hall .
St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Cottleville, Mo., near St. Louis is reportedly segregating its unvaccinated members from the rest of the congregation by forcing them to worship and take communion in their own separate area of the building.

Dr. Robert Jeffress warns Christians not to send their children to this university
“What they teach and the underlying philosophy is anti-Christian,” Pastor Robert Jeffress said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “And I don’t think any true Christian parent who wants their kids to have a Christian education would allow their child anywhere near Baylor University.”

The Governors of Arizona and Georgia Are Increasingly Linked to Election Theft In Their Respective States On Behalf of the CHICOMS
Anyone who has certified an election with fraud, is guilty of fraud themselves and subject to criminal action. Governor’s Kemp of Georgia and Ducey of Arizona, knowingly certified a general election in 2020 that was fraudulent!

Megadrought Nightmare: No Water For Crops, Horrific Wildfires, Colossal Dust Storms And Draconian Water Restrictions
The megadrought that has almost the entire western half of the country in a death grip is starting to become extremely painful.  In some areas, irrigation water is being totally cut off for farmers, and that is going to result in a totally lost year for many of them.  Without water, you simply cannot grow crops, and irrigation water is the difference between success and failure for multitudes of western farmers.

Source: 26 May 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Wednesday 5-26-21

Marwan Aboul-Zelof – As a Palestinian Christian raised in an Israel-loving church, how I see this latest conflict

Anthony Wade – Charismaniacal Bible Butchering to Defend Mandatory Healing Heresy

Preacher at Morgantown church charged after allegedly setting up recording device in men’s bathroom

Faith-healing mother accused of abusing son (again)

New Jersey priest pleads guilty to stealing over $500K from church

After Pushback HarperCollins Will Not Produce ‘God Bless The USA’ Bible

PCUSA lost over 56K members, 116 churches in 2020: report

China Blocks Keywords like ‘Christ,’ ‘Bible,’ and ‘Gospel’ from Social Media Giant

Actor John Cena Apologizes to China for Calling Taiwan a ‘Country’

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · May 26, 2021

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They All Lied About COVID-19’s Origins

Leftists’ hatred of Donald Trump caused them to ignore and deceive about the most important news story since 9/11.

Douglas Andrews

For the past year, you’ve been lied to repeatedly about a matter of great consequence: Where did the COVID-19 plague come from? Were its origins natural or man-made?

But during the past two weeks, and in particular the past 48 hours, we’ve seen the roof cave in on the Left’s sneering, antiscientific, increasingly improbable Trump-deranged insistence that it occurred naturally, that it came straight from a bat cave.

Yet we know the truth: COVID-19, the killer of nearly 3.5 million people worldwide, came from a Chinese lab.

Why is this important? First, because learning the truth helps us prevent it from happening again; second, because it exposes the evils of Chinese communism; and third, because it gives the world permission to hold Xi Jinping’s murderous regime accountable.

The evidence just keeps piling up. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

In April 2012, six miners here fell sick with a mysterious illness after entering [an abandoned copper] mine to clear bat guano. Three of them died.

Chinese scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology were called in to investigate and, after taking samples from bats in the mine, identified several new coronaviruses.

Now, unanswered questions about the miners’ illness, the viruses found at the site and the research done with them have elevated into the mainstream an idea once dismissed as a conspiracy theory: that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, the city where the first cases were found in December 2019.

Indeed, that “conspiracy theory” is fast becoming fact. We most recently covered this just over two weeks ago when we quoted Nicholas Wade, who for 30 years reported on science for the New York Times. As Wade put it, “It’s very hard on the natural emergence scenario to imagine how the virus broke out someplace else, built itself up into a real good human pathogen, and, without infecting anyone else, the guy who was infected jumped on a train to Wuhan, didn’t infect anyone on the train, and it was only when he got to Wuhan that he started spreading. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Others in the scientific community were also taking notice. As the Journal reported on May 13, “In a letter published … in the journal Science, an international group of 18 biologists, immunologists and other scientists criticized the findings of a report released in March by a World Health Organization-led team into the pandemic’s origin and called for a more extensive evaluation of the two leading hypotheses: that the pandemic virus entered the human population and began spreading after escaping from a lab or after jumping to humans from infected animals.”

Even the always-wrong and increasingly unpopular Tony Fauci is finally coming around.

But the most troubling question is this: What took everyone so long? We already know the answer. Leftists and their media enablers couldn’t bring themselves to admit that then-President Donald Trump might be right.

Trump regularly called COVID-19 “the China Virus,” and he said more than a year ago that he had a “high degree of confidence” that COVID-19 came from a Chinese lab. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also suspicious, and so was brave and lonely Senator Tom Cotton, who was roundly mocked for sharing his spot-on instincts about the ChiComs as early as January 2020.

Trump’s certitude on the origins of the virus thus put his haters in a bind. After all, they couldn’t be seen to support him. On anything. Especially not on a matter of substance regarding the most consequential news story since 9/11. And certainly not in an election year. The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman, in fact, blamed Trump for the media’s failure to cover the lab-origin theory.

“I do think it’s important to remember that … both [Trump and Pompeo] suggested they had seen evidence that this was formed in a lab … but they refused to release the evidence showing what it was,” Haberman told CNN’s “New Day” on Monday. “And so because of that, that made this instantly political.”

Actually, Pompeo launched an investigation to follow the evidence. Team Biden shut it down. And Haberman and The Paper of Record simply moved along. Nothing to see there.

Haberman wasn’t alone, of course. As PJ Media’s Victoria Taft writes, “The self-described ‘fact-checker’ of The Washington Post, Glenn Kessler, admits in a splashy article that because Leftist legacy media reporters (my words, not his) didn’t like President Donald Trump, they ignored his warnings that the ‘China virus’ possibly escaped from a Wuhan, China, lab. They denounced it as a ‘thoroughly debunked theory.’ And they ignored him and his legitimate warnings because they believed the usage of the term was racist.”

Clearly, then, these other terms are “racist”: SARS, MERS, West Nile Virus, Ebola, Spanish Flu, Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

So, without evidence, the mainstream media slammed the lab-leak theory again and again and again.

As for the pathology of this deception, National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke puts forth a powerful analogy:

Of all the grotesque political reactions that follow the news that there has been a mass shooting, perhaps the ugliest comes from those who hope aloud that the crime has been carried out by a certain sort of person.

We’ve all seen this phenomenon. First comes the initial report. Next come the initial reactions. And, then, the moment there is space to be filled, certain players within our media ecosystem begin crossing their fingers, bowing their heads in mock prayer, and saying, in effect, “Please let the killer have whatever collection of immutable characteristics and political beliefs is likely to allow me to advance my worldview online.”

And the Left, including the “media ecosystem” mentioned by Cooke, subordinated its integrity to its Trump-hating narrative.

If Trump espouses X, then we must reflexively and collectively denounce X regardless of the evidence. One need only consider Trump’s support of hydroxychloroquine to see this scenario at work.

As our Mark Alexander writes, “Beyond the growing conclusion that the ChiCom Virus pandemic originated in the Wuhan Institute’s P4 lab, the next logical question is this: Did they release the virus intentionally?” Venerable journalist Brit Hume cautiously teased that question this week: “[The Wuhan lab source] becomes undeniable, and more clear than ever, but this is a rogue state. This is an outlaw state. This is not a ‘member of the international community.’ … This is a nation which will suppress the truth, maybe wipe out people in their own ranks who try to tell the truth. … So far as we know the Chinese did not [deliberately release the virus] but it hasn’t been disproven, and given the way China acts, I don’t believe you can completely rule it out.”

Again, we — all of us — have been lied to repeatedly. But sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the truth about COVID-19 is finally seeing the light of day.

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Racist Confirmed to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

Democrats advance not unity but racial division as they confirm Biden nominee Kristen Clarke.

Thomas Gallatin

The Democrat Party has a long, sordid history when it comes to racism. Of course, its modern-day members dubiously project that history onto the Republican Party, the party that fought to free the slaves and pass the Civil Rights Act. However, the Democrats’ embrace of racist ideology is not merely a thing of the past — it continues to this day with Critical Race Theory, ironically rebranded as “anti-racism.”

Evidence of this reality was demonstrated with Tuesday’s Senate vote confirming Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Social Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Kristen Clarke. The final vote was 51-48, with all 50 Democrat senators voting to confirm and one lone Republican, Susan Collins, foolishly crossing the aisle to join them.

The vote on a cop-hating racist was intentionally timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, a fact made clear by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s sanctimonious declaration immediately prior to the vote: “As we continue to pursue strong policing reform legislation, the fight for racial justice by confirming Kristen Clarke on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder is particularly poignant and appropriate.” Virtue-signaling political theater would be a more accurate description.

Clarke serves to check the Democrats’ all-important identity boxes, as she is both black and the first woman to lead the Civil Rights Division. Apparently, that is the only thing that matters to the mainstream media as well.

Unfortunately, the ramifications of this vote will be significant. “As legislative gridlock on voting rights and criminal justice reform continues, Clarke’s office will become the locus for the Biden administration’s civil rights agenda,” observed the Washington Free Beacon. “Even if legislative accomplishments prove elusive, the department can notch victories that will outlast the administration by entering reform agreements with police departments or prevailing in litigation.”

The last person America needs leading the Civil Rights Division is a racist with an axe to grind, but that’s what we got. Expect even more “woke” racist CRT ideology to be shoved onto the American people, all in the name of “justice.” The first example? The current website URL for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is justice.gov/crt, not “crd” as one would expect. It’s almost like CRT is literally the Left’s domain.

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Team Biden’s Mask Mania

The administration is digging in on its demands and rules for face masks.

Michael Swartz

Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines, “15 days to flatten the curve” may finally come to an end after about 15 months.

All around the nation, even a few left-wing governors have relented in the face of mounting evidence that the shots are working. They’re in the process of opening up to life as it used to be, without the need for face masks if the subject has already been inoculated. Some without the masks may merely identify as vaccinated, of course, because this is all on the honor system. And Americans should continue to reject vaccine passports.

So, despite the outward signs of normalization inside the White House — such as restoring 50% capacity at press briefings — why is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) set to finalize an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that could mandate employees continue to wear the hated face apparel despite being vaccinated against the Wuhan flu? Is it just a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing?

Considering OSHA was supposed to have guidance ready by March 15, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s claim that OSHA needed “time to get it right and time to ensure it’s right” rings ever more hollow. OSHA’s tardiness has also drawn the ire of Republican members of the House Committee on Education and Labor, who sent a letter to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh calling on him to drop the standards entirely.

“Given the latest and ever-evolving science and current state of the virus,” writes the committee, “it is unfathomable that OSHA would continue to pursue this rigid, one-size-fits-all national ‘emergency’ regulation. Now more than ever, an ETS is a completely unnecessary response that would only tie the hands of business owners who have already taken extraordinary and unprecedented efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in the workplace.” Add in the fact that OSHA has not issued an ETS since 1983 and it’s clear that the agency’s “time to get it right” was time enough for the danger to pass.

This isn’t to say that all people will be comfortable with the decision to shed the masks, but it’s their prerogative to exist as a maskaholic. We don’t have an issue with individuals or businesses making such a choice, but we draw the line at the “one size fits all” edicts that some states have kept in place months after their more aggressive peers opened up their economies and reaped the benefits, all without a significantly worse infection rate than states remaining masked and regulated.

In the last 15 months, we have seen two different styles of governance that couldn’t be more diametrically opposed to each other. Some governors (and our president at the time) applied the lightest touch possible to a once-in-a-century pandemic. They were also the ones who lifted state emergency regulations the quickest and have basically brought their little corners of the country back to what could pass as normal.

On the other hand, we have the tyrants — those who have dragged out their states of emergency and tried to assume and maintain dictatorial powers over their subjects, er, citizens. We don’t have to go over all those names because most have been glowingly portrayed in the mainstream media. But if there were a COVID Hall of Shame, they would be enshrined — along with the Communist Chinese government — for their part in ruining lives. OSHA would be grabbing themselves a late entry into this Hall of Shame by continuing their ill-advised emergency order.

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Can Harvard Keep Discriminating Against Asians?

The Supreme Court will decide whether to consider an admissions case.

Nate Jackson

Harvard University discriminates against Asian Americans on the basis of race. That much is pretty well established. The only question now is whether the Supreme Court will take up Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and follow the ancient (i.e., 2007) wisdom of Chief Justice John Roberts: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

In order to admit more blacks and Hispanics, Harvard manipulates its admissions requirements in ways that limit admission rates for Asian American applicants in particular. This includes requiring higher SAT scores for Asian Americans, as well as penalizing them on an entirely subjective personality rating system. Astoundingly, since the suit was first filed in 2014, Harvard has won repeated victories in lower courts, more or less on the logic that it can continue to discriminate as long as it’s not too blatant about it. It’s what we’ve mockingly called the Not-Too-Blatant Standard™.

Students for Fair Admissions has appealed to the Supreme Court, which has yet to decide whether to take the case. Harvard, naturally, claims it doesn’t merit review because it’s just trying to increase diversity and equity.

On the contrary, given the justices’ inconsistency in previous race-based cases over the last four decades, it’s high time for some clarity.

In fact, it is the Court’s 2003 ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger that has given universities carte blanche to set up discriminatory regimes. Writing the Court’s opinion in that case, Sandra Day O’Connor infamously concluded, “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest [in student body diversity] approved today.” In other words, racial discrimination was justified for another quarter-century. We’re still seven years from reaching that arbitrary date.

On the surface, this case is only about Harvard. Yes, the particulars of the Harvard case are somewhat unique. Yes, the Roberts Court tends to rule narrowly on cases so as not to overreach with precedents. But thanks to the Left, race has become the defining issue in our nation, and dividing along racial lines is how leftists address almost literally everything. College admissions, law enforcement, corporate boards, airline pilots, professional sports, federal farm subsidies, job preferences, COVID vaccines — all of it has been racialized by the “Unity” Party.

As for the case at hand, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal put it plainly: “The 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection of the law, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act makes discrimination by race illegal. What the plaintiffs ask is for the Court to affirm, at long last, that these words mean what they say.”

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Canceling CRT

More states are terminating contrived racist teaching curriculums.

Mark Alexander

Tennessee has joined a growing number of states rejecting so-called “Critical Race Theory” curriculums in K-12 government school classrooms. Twenty state attorneys general have put the Department of Education on notice that they object to CRT, declaring, “The proposed priorities are a thinly veiled attempt at bringing into our states’ classrooms the deeply flawed and controversial teachings of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project.”

CRT, a metastasization of the New York Times’s revisionist 1619 Project, is the latest of many leftist endeavors to indoctrinate America’s next generation with a syllabus utilizing a contrived revision of American history to pollute young minds. Under the banner of “equity,” leftist-controlled states are force-feeding insidious CRT propaganda to children.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee noted: “We need to make sure that our kids recognize that this country is moving toward a more perfect union, that we should teach the exceptionalism of our nation and how people can live together and work together to make a greater nation, and to not teach things that inherently divide or pit either Americans against Americans or people groups against people groups.”

The ACLU responded with an apt description of the CRT agenda: “With the stroke of a pen, the governor has silenced constructive dialogue that would educate individuals on the discrimination and systemic barriers that people of color still face in this country — including long-term inequalities in educational outcomes, incarceration rates, economic advancement and health outcomes — as well as ways we can move forward together.”

In January, Joe Biden terminated the 1776 Commission in order to promote the Left’s fake racist narrative. CRT is now being aggressively funded and promoted by the Biden/Harris regime. It is their effort to offset the growing conservative movement to reintroduce genuine civics curriculums, such as those advocated by the 1776 Project and 1776 Unites — curriculums that promote a historically factual understanding of American history. Of course, that understanding is antithetical to the Left’s statist agenda.

The Left’s CRT advocacy has been supercharged by erroneous and now ubiquitous claims that America is besieged with “systemic racism.” However, as I have noted before, the most consequential “systemic racism” in America is the institutionalization of socialist Democrat Party social policies, which have enslaved poor black citizens on Demo-controlled urban poverty plantations for generations. The Democrat Party platform has, by design, kept poor people in bondage to the welfare state and, consequently, is the blueprint for the most enduring racial exploitation architecture in America.

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The Guard Finally Goes Home

Our National Guard has finally left the Capitol, but “The People’s House” is still closed to the public.

Douglas Andrews

First things first: To the nearly 26,000 National Guardsmen who left their friends, their families, and their communities to take part in a nearly 20-week deployment in our nation’s capital, we say, Thank you.

By now, the Guardsmen are back home where they belong. They left DC to little fanfare, and the $521 million tab for their services was money poorly spent. Of course, that’s no fault of their own; it’s simply what we’ve come to expect from Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Chicken Little Democrats.

We’ve also come to expect the mainstream media to misreport the news, and the Associated Press didn’t disappoint. “Nearly five months after being deployed to the U.S. Capitol to help quell the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the AP wrote on Sunday, “National Guard troops were set to leave and turn over security of the area to Capitol Police.”

Other than the fact that it wasn’t an “insurrection,” and that the earliest Guardsmen didn’t arrive at the Capitol until well after the non-armed non-insurrection was over, the AP’s lead sentence was accurate. At least the news service didn’t call it a “deadly insurrection,” because then we’d have had to point out that the only death that occurred within the Capitol was that of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed supporter of Donald Trump and 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot by a still-unnamed Capitol policeman.

As it turned out, and as all sentient observers had naturally expected, the Guard’s DC tour was a quiet one — at least from a violence standpoint. The rioters had, after all, made their point on January 6, and they’d long since been rounded up and put behind bars for 22-23 hours a day to await due process for such deadly serious crimes as knowingly entering or remaining in restricted grounds without authority and obstruction of an official proceeding. Nearly five months later, they’re still waiting, much to the disgrace of the District and its mayor, Muriel Bowser. (We should note that a Capitol policeman, William “Billy” Evans, was murdered near the Capitol on April 2 by Noah Zaeem Muhammad, an acolyte of Nation of Islam hatemonger Louis Farrakhan.)

As for the Guard’s lodging, it wasn’t exactly The Four Seasons. As the New York Post’s Bruce Golding reports, “The National Guard’s stay in the capital has been marked by controversy, including stunning photos of troops forced to sleep on the marble floors of the Capitol ahead of Biden’s inauguration. About 150 guard members also reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus in late January, and more than a dozen were reportedly later sickened by undercooked meat in their meals, some of which were also found to contain metal shavings.”

Also in January, the Guard was unceremoniously kicked out of the Capitol complex and forced to bivouac in a nearby parking garage, apparently because a Massachusetts Democrat, Bill Keating, saw a single Guardsman at a Dunkin Donuts — horrors! — without a mask.

Russel Honoré, a retired Army lieutenant general and avowed Trump hater, oversaw a security review in the wake of the January 6 riot, and he told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the Capitol itself will be secured by Capitol Police from here forward, but that the complex will remain closed to the general public because of the strain on the police force.

Closed to the public, eh? What a disgrace. So much for “The People’s House.”

Back on February 5, as we neared the one-month anniversary of the Guard’s presence in DC, we argued that Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats had milked their presence for all it was worth and that it was long past time to thank them and return them home to their communities. Nearly four months later, they’ve finally headed home — to their credit, and to the speaker’s shame.

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DeSantis Takes on Big Tech

The Florida governor signs a new law aimed at stopping social media censorship.

Thomas Gallatin

Florida has become the latest state to protect its residents from Big Tech’s abusive “power grab on speech, thought and content,” as Governor Ron DeSantis signed a measure he termed the Big Tech Bill. “This session, we took action to ensure that ‘We the People’ — real Floridians across the Sunshine State — are guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites,” DeSantis stated, adding, “If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable.”

The bill, SB 7072, will allow Florida residents to sue Big Tech companies that fail to follow or enforce their content rules with transparency. According to a press release from the governor’s office, “This reform safeguards the rights of every Floridian by requiring social media companies to be transparent about the content moderation practices and give users proper notice of changes to those policies, which prevents Big Tech bureaucrats from ‘moving the goalposts’ to silence viewpoints they don’t like.” It creates a provision for the state’s attorney general to take action against a social media company should it violate this law.

Furthermore, the legislation prohibits social media companies from deplatforming political candidates, with penalties of $250,000 per day on companies should they deplatform state-wide candidates and $25,000 per day over deplatformed national candidates.

It’s not deplatforming that poses the greatest threat to free speech, however, but shadow banning — or algorithmic suppression of reach. Conservatives still may technically “have a platform” because their social media accounts are active, but the number of people who see their content is greatly limited. Remember the suppression of the Hunter Biden bombshell right before the election? Thus, the law also prohibits “any action to censor, deplatform, or shadow ban a journalistic enterprise based on the content of its publication or broadcast.”

DeSantis made it clear that he sees social media companies as the modern equivalent of the “public square,” and as such they must be held to account for infringing on Americans’ right of free speech.

“We are now, though, in a situation where we have things that were probably unforeseen by the Founding Fathers,” the governor contended. “Whereas they established a First Amendment to protect people’s freedom of speech, religion, and association from government overreach, we now have a situation in which some of these massive, massive companies in Silicon Valley are exerting a power over our population that really has no precedent in American history.” Moreover, he continued, “These big tech monopolies are exerting way more influence over our society than the monopolies of the early 20th century, which led to antitrust and a lot of trust-busting. So we’re in a situation here where these platforms have become our public square.”

DeSantis is right about that, and he’s leading the way in an unfortunately necessary battle.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Biden ditches “Buy American” with plan to outsource metals supply chain (Breitbart)
  • DC attorney general sues Amazon on antitrust grounds, alleges it illegally raises prices (CNBC)
  • Republicans plan to send Biden nearly $1 trillion infrastructure counteroffer (CNBC)
  • Steve Bannon’s fraud case dismissed after months of haggling over Trump pardon (Washington Post)

Culture & Heartland

  • Gavin Newsom ordered to pay $1.35 million in settlement with LA-area church over discriminatory COVID restrictions (Fox News)
  • From Mickey Mouse to Tony the Tiger, woke brands improperly target kids for Pride Month (Daily Signal)
  • Credit where it’s due: “60 Minutes” runs explosive segment featuring young “transgender” individuals who decided to reverse course (Daily Wire)
  • New home sales fell 5.9% in April after big March gain (AP)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • John Cena irrationally issues apology to China in Mandarin after calling Taiwan a country (USA Today)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Woke takeover of U.S. military endangers us all (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Democrats’ inflation is a major tax hike on the poor (The Federalist)
  • Satire: John Cena apologizes to China by body-slamming a Uighur muslim (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “Central bankers always try to avoid their last big mistake. So every time there’s the threat of a contraction in the economy, they’ll over stimulate the economy, by printing too much money. The result will be a rising roller coaster of inflation, with each high and low being higher than the preceding one.” —Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Observations: “According to AAA, when Biden was elected, the average gasoline price across America was $2.20 a gallon. Since then, the price has risen every month, and on May 15 of this year, the average gas price hit $3.04. Make no mistake: this 84-cent-per-gallon price hike is a highly regressive ‘tax’ on motorists, just as lower gas prices during the Trump administration were the equivalent of a tax cut for consumers. … Biden still has a straight face while saying that no one with an income of less than $400,000 a year will pay higher taxes under his economic plan. Come on, Joe. Get out of the Washington bubble, and go to a gas station. People of all incomes are paying your gas ‘tax.’” —Stephen Moore

Re: Village academic curriculum: “[Critical Race Theory] is just warmed-over Marxism. It is being pushed by leftist professors trying to breathe new life into their failed philosophy. University campuses have long been breeding grounds for leftist looniness, but CRT is the nuttiest idea to come out of the academy in decades. The failure of Marxism in the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Cambodia and, more recently, Venezuela, forced leftists on university campuses to revise their theory. Whereas Marx tried to stir up class warfare, CRT proponents try to incite racial polarization.” —Oliver North and David Goetsch

For the record: “The Palestinians rejected a state of their own five times: Rejection No. 1: In 1937, the British Peel Commission offered the Arabs 80% of the geographical area known as Palestine. The Jews were offered 20%. The Arabs rejected it. Rejection No. 2: In 1947, the Arabs rejected the United Nations partition plan. Rejection No. 3: In 1967, in the course of defeating the attempt by Egypt, Syria and Jordan to destroy Israel, Israel conquered the West Bank from Jordan, Gaza from Egypt and the Golan Heights from Syria. Most Israelis had no interest in retaining Gaza or almost any part of the West Bank except for East Jerusalem, the Jewish city in which Jews have lived for 3,000 years, from 1,400 years before Muhammad was born. The Palestinians, as the Arabs of Palestine came to be known, and all the Arab states rejected partition and peace. Rejection No. 4: In 2000, at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat a Palestinian state in all of Gaza and 94% of the West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital. But Arafat rejected the offer. In the words of U.S. President Bill Clinton, Arafat was ‘here 14 days and said no to everything.’ Rejection No. 5: In 2008, Israel tried again. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went even further than Ehud Barak had, expanding the peace offer to include additional land to sweeten the deal. The Palestinians said no, again. The reason for all these Palestinian/Arab rejections of a state of their own was that it meant a Jewish state in the Middle East still existed.” —Dennis Prager

Friendly fire: “I’ll say the quiet part out loud; it’s time for ‘progressives’ to start condemning anti-semitism and violent attacks on Jewish people with the same intention and vigor demonstrated in other areas of activism. The silence has been deafening.” —Democrat Congressman Dean Phillips

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “When you make big, overarching statements that we’re going to defund or abolish and dismantle the police department and get rid of all the officers, there’s an impact to that.” —Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Belly laugh of the week: “I can tell you, having traveled with [Biden] a fair amount, sometimes he’s hard to keep up with.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki sugarcoating the president’s fitness

Braying jenny: “I don’t believe that [Republicans] have proven themselves to be a reliable and dependable enough legislative partner to be in the position to be making any demands of the Biden administration.”—Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non compos mentis: “We need to push [Biden]. I believe in full student loan debt cancelation, but we have to push him to at the bare minimum a floor of $50,000 that Senator Warren and Senator Schumer have also advanced.” —AOC

Sexism bait: “Masks are off — which means men will start telling women to ‘Smile!’ again.” —Washington Post headline

And last… “No country that denies religious freedom can ever rightly claim to be good in some other way.” —Mike Pompeo

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Fauci facing calls for resignation after shifting positions on probe of Wuhan lab

Republican lawmakers are calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired, amid his litany of shifting opinions on the coronavirus, its origin and his stance on an investigation into the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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