Daily Archives: June 4, 2021

The Reflection of God’s Love — Grace to You Blog

What is the greatest evidence of your faith? Is it outward piety—how often you pray, go to church, read your Bible, and perform other overtly “Christian” activities? Or perhaps we ought to look for experiential evidence—do God and His Word compel an emotional response from you, or is it simply that you “feel” the Spirit at work in you? No, the best proof of your faith is not found in how you act or how you feel, but in how you love.

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The Reflection of God’s Love — Grace to You Blog

How should we approach “living in the world but not of the world”? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

Christians must regularly remind themselves that this world is not their home—at least, not yet. From one of our Ask Ligoiner events, John MacArthur encourages us to reorient our perspective in this fleeting life around the promise of the life to come.

When you have biblical and theological questions, just ask Ligonier.

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How should we approach “living in the world but not of the world”? — Ligonier Ministries Blog

June 4 Evening Quotes of The Day

The Soul Ripens Until Death
Isaiah 66:24; Matthew 18:8–9; Mark 9:48; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18; Jude 7

The soul of man, like the bird in the shell, is still growing or ripening in sin or grace, till at last the shell breaks by death, and the soul flies away to the place it is prepared for, and where it must abide forever.

JOHN FLAVEL

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

Desire to Be Very Well What You Are
Proverbs 14:30; Ecclesiastes 5:18; John 21:20–23; 1 Timothy 6:6

Do not sow your desires in another’s garden, but cultivate well your own. Do not desire to be what you are not, but desire to be very well what you are; occupy your thoughts in making that perfect, and in bearing the crosses, little or great, which you will meet.

FRANCIS DE SALES

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

My Journey from Belief THAT to Belief IN (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner often gets asked about the moment he decided to become a Christian. What moved him from belief THAT the gospels were telling the truth about Jesus to belief IN Jesus as Lord? Pastor Tom Goodman from HillCrest Church interviews J. Warner about the applicability of cold-case methodologies to the case for Christianity and his personal investigative journey.

To see more training videos with J. Warner Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

For more information about the nature of Biblical faith and a strategy for communicating the truth of Christianity, please read Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith. This book teaches readers four reasonable, evidential characteristics of Christianity and provides a strategy for sharing Christianity with others. The book is accompanied by an eight-session Forensic Faith DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

My Journey from Belief THAT to Belief IN (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Heresy of the Day #1: Marcionism — Reformation Charlotte

Marcion of Sinope Teaching

Heresy: Marcionism

Marcionism is a heresy that is attributed to an early church figure by the name of Marcion of Sinope. Marcion was the son of a bishop and moved to Rome about 135 AD. Marcion, who was denounced by the early church fathers including Justin, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Tertullian in the second century, taught a dualistic belief in a distinction between the God of the Old Testament (demiurge) and the God of the New Testament.

Heresy of the Day #1: Marcionism — Reformation Charlotte

False Teacher of the Day #16: Andy Stanley — Reformation Charlotte

In today’s installment of Reformation Charlotte’s False Teacher of the Day series, Andy Stanley, son of former Southern Baptist President, Charles Stanley, and pastor of Northpoint megachurch in Atlanta, GA, takes the spotlight as one of the most prolific and unfruitful false teachers thus far. Stanley is one of the most nocuous false teachers because of his ability to fit within mainstream Evangelicalism. Make no mistake about it, though; Andy Stanly is a ravenous wolf in sheep’s clothing.

False Teacher of the Day #16: Andy Stanley — Reformation Charlotte

Perseveres Under Trial — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

Thought

This beatitude comes from Jesus’ brother. He had experienced it and not just taught it! James knew it was worth “hanging in” and “hanging on” when his faith was under attack. He affirmed that God loves us and that he has made incredible promises about what lies ahead for us. He knew that eventually our period of testing would be transformed into a time of great blessing. James wants us to know that God longs to bless us with life! After all, that’s why he sent Jesus. (cf. John 10:10)

Prayer

Dear LORD and Father, thank you for all those times that you strengthened me when I was under attack and sustained me when I was weary and ready to quit. Write “perseverance” deep within my soul and give me a spirit of tenacity so that I might serve you no matter what the outward circumstances of my life may be. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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


Further Reading

•  Life Can Bring Joy out of Sorrow by Norma Becker
•  God Listens to Us
•  Salvation Explained

Perseveres Under Trial — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Finding Joy in Difficulties? — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

I have always been a bit uneasy with James 1:2 where Jesus followers are encouraged to

consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds…”

When I find things in God’s word that are hard to understand I “camp” on them for a time and ask God to reveal His wisdom.

I taught four sessions at a weekend women’s retreat. One of the sessions included the wise counsel of 2 Corinthians 12: 9 & 10 where Paul tells us the words the Lord spoke to him when he asked about something that was deeply challenging him in his life. The Lord’s reply was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.

Paul goes on to say that because of God’s promise to be his strength right in the midst of his weakness, he can “delight in difficulties”!

Delight in difficulties”! It’s a hard concept to teach especially when there are women listening who have faced difficulties far beyond any I have even come close to.

Yet I know God is not being trite in this. I knew there was a “power tool” for life in this teaching.

I quickly put the “count it all joy” verse and “delight in difficulties” side by side and saw an old truth in a new way …

God is not telling us that He is testing us to see if we will pass the test of faith. Rather He is telling us that the difficulty becomes the opportunity for God’s power to be displayed and for our perseverance to grow. The promise is that as we grow in trusting Him we will “lack nothing”. (James 1:4)

Perhaps it’s a bit like having built a boat, and when the water rises we get the opportunity to test out just how it works and find delight in the buoyancy and security of it.

The difficulty becomes the opportunity for God’s power, and my perseverance in trusting Him, to come together so that I will have all that I need to walk where I need to walk.
It’s pretty amazing stuff.

As I “camped” on these thoughts for a few days the Lord highlighted two other great truths from His word that dovetail with this whole idea of looking at all of life, challenges included, as an opportunity for God to be on display and for our own faith to deepen and mature.

2 Peter 1:3
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Lord God, The challenge is often great to see difficulties as opportunities for Your power. Our own perseverance in trusting You can so easily slip when a new challenge is staring us in the face. Yet that is exactly what You have asked …. that we allow our weak points to become the very entry point of Your strength and power. Today, may our faith flourish and our thankfulness overflow as we face the day. May we rejoice in Your blessings; find Your strength entering in at our point of weakness; and may we receive all that we need to “abound in every good work”. Thank you that You do not call us to “simply survive” or “get by” as so many express today. But You call us to flourish, to find joy and receive Your power in our lives as we persevere in trusting You. You are amazing, Lord. With gratitude we pray this in the strong name of Jesus, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Good Angels – Bad Angels – What is the difference?
•  My Search for Inner Peace – by Eva Reinhart
•  Salvation Explained

Finding Joy in Difficulties? — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

June 4 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“Controversy Is Either Superfluous or Hopeless”
Hebrews 11:1; 2 Timothy 2:23

Half the controversies in the world are verbal ones; and, could they be brought to a plain issue, they would be brought to a prompt termination. Parties engaged in them would then perceive, either that in substance they agreed together, or that their difference was one of first principles. This is the great object to be aimed at in the present age, though confessedly a very arduous one. We need not dispute, we need not prove—we need but define. At all events, let us, if we can, do this first of all; and then see who are left for us to dispute with, what is left for us to prove. Controversy, at least in this age, does not lie between the hosts of heaven, Michael and his Angels, on the one side, and the powers of evil on the other; but it is a sort of night battle, where each fights for himself, and friend and foe stand together. When men understand what each other mean, they see, for the most part, that controversy is either superfluous or hopeless.

JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

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

“How Sacred Is This Bread”
Matthew 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:24–26

Our true salvation Jesus Christ,
From evil all recalling,
To us the sacred bread has given,
In memory of himself.
O, how sacred is this bread
You alone, O Jesus Christ
Are flesh, food and sacrament
Than which naught greater can be found.

JOHN HUSS

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

June 4 – Be imitators of God’s forgiveness — Reformed Perspective

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32

Scripture reading: Matthew 18:21-35

Following the reading of the Law in our liturgy is the Assurance of Pardon whereby we are reminded that God is a merciful God, Who in Christ Jesus forgives us all our sins. As it says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

In like manner, we are commanded to imitate God by forgiving those who acknowledge and confess their sins and ask for our forgiveness. In all such cases, we must forgive. As in the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, we who are the recipients of God’s mercy, who have been forgiven this enormous debt, must then also forgive others their relatively minor infractions committed against us. Forgiving others is most basic to imitating the very nature of a merciful and forgiving God.

But then, we often find ourselves to be much more like the unmerciful servant in the parable. We’re unforgiving. We hold grudges. We seek revenge. We gossip and slander. And yet, in the Sermon on the

Mount, Jesus warns us about such an unforgiving spirit “But if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  As Christians, we must reflect the forgiving nature of our forgiving God by forgiving others.

Suggestions for prayer

May we imitate the forgiving spirit of our Father in heaven Who in Christ so freely forgives us.

Rev. Henry Van Olst felt called to the ministry at the age of 32 after 12 years of working in the accounting field. He served the Parkland Reformed Church (URC) of Ponoka, Alberta from 1993 to 2005; served in several other churches, and upon retirement in 2020 moved back to Ponoka, Alberta along with his wife Mary, to be closer to their four married children and fifteen grandchildren. Rev. Van Olst remains active in preaching and teaching as the church is currently vacant. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

June 4 – Be imitators of God’s forgiveness — Reformed Perspective

4 Jun 2021 News Briefing

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Holocaust survivor sounds alarm: Sees parallels between America today and pre-War Europe
“I don’t know if I am an expert or have any special understanding,” Rena said. “I certainly can’t say what will be. But there was more violence targeting Jews than I have ever seen in the US. And there was also a lot of hatred and violence in Holland, England, and France. In Manhattan, a Jewish man was viciously attacked. Not because he was a Zionist or was visibly supporting Israel. He was beaten just because he was visibly a Jew. “And that is what is happening now in the United States and in Israel,” Rena said. “The people carrying out the violence are not strangers from far away. They are our neighbors turning against us. That is very frightening.”

Ottawa: Pro-Palestinain activists hunting Jewish homes, threatening them with demolition orders
the ‘Buycott Palestine” group is searching for homes in Ottawa with mezuzahs on the doorframes. Upon finding them, they are leaving phony demolition notices for the homeowners. The development was reported by ‘Stop Antisemitism’ on Thursday. The Buycott Palestine movement is the other side of the BDS coin. Instead of only boycotting Israel, this movement calls to commercially patronize ‘Palestinian’ products.

Google removes diversity chief over antisemitic 2007 blog post
Kamau Bobb “will no longer be part of our diversity team going forward,” tech giant Google announced Wednesday, after the surfacing of an antisemitic blog post its Global Lead for Diversity, Strategy and Research wrote in 2007. “We unequivocally condemn the past writings by a member of our diversity team that are causing deep offense and pain to members of our Jewish community … .

‘If 1 MK doesn’t vote, there is no government’
Political commentator Amit Segal says Lapid-Bennett government has no precedent in Israeli history, has good chance of not being formed. “What is this government? It is an unprecedented creature in Israeli politics, it is not a stable coherent government that is just waiting to be formed and is likely to stay the course.

Tuberculosis drug causes “power failure” in ultra-fit cancer cells
Metastatic cancer cells are dangerous, fast-moving cells cancer cells that have spread away from the primary site to other parts of the body where they can give rise to new tumors. These cells have often already survived chemotherapy and radiation treatments which makes tackling them difficult, though scientists continue to learn more about their behavior and how they might be targeted for better outcomes. Leveraging a newfound ability to identify the “fittest” metastatic cancer cells, scientists at the UK’s University of Salford have discovered that an already approved drug can be deployed to cut off their fuel supply, while leaving normal healthy cells unharmed.

Delhi sees coldest June day amid streak of record-breaking weather since August 2020, India
India’s capital Delhi has seen its coldest June day on record on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, with temperatures plummeting to 17.9 °C (64.2 °F). The city has been on a streak of breaking weather records since August 2020, with at least one major record busted each and every month.

Historic storm brings up to 5 m (16 feet) of snow to the summit of Mt. Hutt — Canterbury, New Zealand
A severe storm has brought rain and heavy unseasonal snow to parts of Canterbury’s ski fields this week. As much as 5 m (16.4 feet) of snow fell at the summit of Mt. Hutt between Monday and Tuesday, May 31 and June 1, 2021. The same weather system brought 2 to 3 months’ worth of rain to the Canterbury region in just 2 to 3 days.

Powerful tornado hits Shangzhi, damaging 168 homes and wreaking havoc on farmlands, China’s Heilongjiang Province
A powerful tornado ripped through Shangzhi, a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Harbin, the capital of China’s northeast province of Heilongjiang on June 1, 2021. The twister was accompanied by damaging hail.

Popular flea collar linked to thousands of pet deaths, reveals new report
Seresto, a popular flea and tick collar for pets, has been linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths,.. The collar has also been tied to tens of thousands of injured animals, as well as hundreds of harmed humans.

SHOCKER: The Covid-19 vaccine itself is creating more VIRULENT variants that may decimate the vaccinated sheeple
The Chinese Communist Party that now runs Washington DC decisions has announced that July 4th, 2021, is the target date to have conned and coerced as many Americans as possible into getting the prion-creating, China Flu/HIV jabs.

‘Self-Spreading’ Vaccines Pose Multiple Risks to Society — Including the End of Informed Consent
Proponents argue self-disseminating vaccines could mean they no longer have to run complex mass vaccination programs. Critics say the vaccines pose many health risks and would also spell the end of informed consent.

Our sun is going into hibernation and that means more temperature drops 
Each sunspot cycle has been getting less intense. This means temperature drops… And right now, the weather is following this trend.

European Union Unveils Plans For A Digital Identity Wallet Funded By The EU Post-Covid Recovery Package To Digitize All European Citizens 
I know, I know, you just want all this nonsense to be over so you can go back to your old life, believe me I get it. But that ‘old life’ died a rather ugly ‘COVID death’ and is not coming back this year or any other. The life you can have, as foretold in your King James Bibles, gives you two options. In Option A, you can get saved and fly out of here on Flight #777 before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble, and in Option B, you can remain unsaved so you can enter into the time of Jacob’s trouble and the Great Tribulation. There is no third option.

More than 10,000 vaccinated people catch Wuhan coronavirus – leading many to question if vaccines really work 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it has recorded more than 10,000 cases of so-called breakthrough infections.

Pro-vaccine Canadian researcher warns covid vaccine spike proteins are killing people… “We made a big mistake.”
“Terrifying” new research has found that the spike proteins contained in and manufactured by Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” are directly responsible for cardiovascular injury and death.

Big Pharma now taking out Big Tech: Oracle VP dies of “covid” after receiving second vaccine injection
Joel R. Kallman, the head of software development for Oracle APEX, died from “covid” just days after receiving his second mRNA injection for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

Chinese STEALTH DRONES surveilling US energy infrastructure; Fauci emails reveal explosive admissions of covid cover-up
..two bombshell stories, both pointing to the increasingly irrefutable fact that we are living in a state of war right now, and America is being relentlessly attacked by communist China via multiple vectors (bioweapons, cyber war, etc.).

San Francisco Giants Become First Major League Baseball Team To Incorporate The LGBTQ+ Pride Flag Colors Into Their Uniforms 
As if you needed another reason to continue the boycott of Major League Baseball, who brought incorporated Black Lives Matter Movement militancy into the game last year, here’s another reason to boycott baseball. The San Francisco Giants will now do the bidding of the radical LGBTQ+P for Pedophile Movement by forcing their players to wear caps and jerseys with Pride colors. Speaking of the ‘children of Pride’, have you ever met their king?

Top Chinese mouthpiece suggests country prepare for nuclear war with US as Wuhan lab leak theory gains momentum
..The Chinese propagandist, who edits the Beijing-controlled Global Times newspaper, responded to Biden’s statement by saying China must prepare for a “high-intensity showdown” after citing China’s nuclear armament.

Welcome to false flag season!!! Biden’s handlers are already destroying our food and energy supplies, you and your children are next!
In recent weeks and months since the Biden administration carried out the greatest election theft in world history, this group of criminals have done their best to fulfill their goals. It is common knowledge that Biden and Harris have frequently stated that they are going to take our cars and our meat, and this is only stage one of the takeover. The Biden administration has engaged in the following acts in recent weeks and months.

Email: Researcher who funded Wuhan lab admitted to manipulating coronaviruses, thanked Fauci for dismissing lab leak theory 
The email from Dr. Peter Daszak, President of the EcoHealth Alliance, a group that has extensive ties to the Wuhan lab gain of function research, sent the email to Fauci on April 18, 2020, roughly six weeks after the outbreak had taken hold.

Of all the people on Earth, you would think Jewish people would have much more vaccine HESITANCY than anyone – remembering the Holocaust
Joseph Mengele and his cohorts injected chemicals into Jewish captives during the Holocaust and watched them be tortured to death from it, including children. They loved experimenting on twins – Hitler’s fascination.

The cultural collapse of America accelerates as Democrat-run cities are plunged into crime, corruption and FILTH
The quote of the day comes from a Greenwich Village resident commenting on the “drug den” infestation of heroin-addicted lunatics who have taken over the progressive Manhattan area, turning it into a trashed-out insanity zone. Here’s the quote: “We may be liberal but this has gone too far!”

Source: 4 Jun 2021 – Rapture Ready

Apostasy Watch Friday 6-4-21

Jerry Bowyer – Did the church in Acts really practice Communism?

Rick Becker – Cursed If You Don’t Tithe?

Robert Jeffress Calls Paige Patterson the ‘Winston Churchill’ of SBC, Days After Theft Allegations Surface

SBC Sources: Paige Patterson Made ‘Black Girl’ Comments Cited in Russell Moore Letter

PTL! Andrew Garfield, Jessica Chastain to star as Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in biopic

Rape Victim Says Liberty University Deceived & Betrayed Her

California Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Church Legal Fees Over Coronavirus Shutdowns Case

Canada Heaps Fines on Church of God for Holding Outdoor Services After Police Lock Building

Presbyterian Church Allows Only Vaccinated to Attend Services – Non-Vaxxed Must Watch Online

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Expert warns UFO report ‘can’t rule out’ aliens or Russian hypersonic weapons tests & world must wake upPosted: 04 Jun 2021 09:25 AM PDT(ETH) – The world must ramp up its investigations into UFOs as the Pentagon’s “disturbing” report appears unable to rule out that foreign hypersonic technology could be behind the sightings, an expert claims.Intelligence officials cannot explain what dozens of reported sightings are but have appeared to rule out that the vast majority were not American military or other government technology.The report is likely to conclude that the sightings do not show evidence of alien spacecraft, according to the New York Times.Continue reading Expert warns UFO report ‘can’t rule out’ aliens or Russian hypersonic weapons tests & world must wake up at End Time Headlines.
US President declares month of June officially “Pride Month”, Recognizes the “valuable contributions” of LGBTQ+ individuals across AmericaPosted: 04 Jun 2021 06:57 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – President Joe Biden declared on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, that the month of June would be recognized as Pride Month. The tradition was halted during former President Trump’s administration and observed during all of former President Obama’s presidency.President Biden’s proclamation said, “Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity. This Pride Month, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.”“This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us,” President Biden said.Continue reading US President declares month of June officially “Pride Month”, Recognizes the “valuable contributions” of LGBTQ+ individuals across America at End Time Headlines.
Trump shuts down new media platform permanently less than a month onlinePosted: 04 Jun 2021 06:37 AM PDT(ETH) – Former President Donald Trump’s new communications platform launched after being banned from social media was permanently removed from his website after less than a month online.Trump launched the “The Desk of Donald J. Trump” communications platform on May 4 as a way of posting comments, images and videos and having one-way communication with his followers after he was banned from major social media platforms.On Wednesday, news broke that the platform has been shut down.Continue reading Trump shuts down new media platform permanently less than a month online at End Time Headlines.
Earthquake strikes underwater Hawaii volcano rattling the Big IslandPosted: 04 Jun 2021 06:24 AM PDT(ETH) – An earthquake at an active deep-sea volcano off Hawaii shook the Big Island but didn’t appear to have any impact on other nearby volcanoes and no significant damage was reported.The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the magnitude-4.0 quake Wednesday night was located under Loihi seamount, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. It occurred at a depth of 7 miles (11 km).Continue reading Earthquake strikes underwater Hawaii volcano rattling the Big Island at End Time Headlines.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Only 6% of Americans now have a ‘Biblical Worldview’Posted: 03 Jun 2021 08:06 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Back in October, I detailed several data sets indicating that America is about to see her first post-Christian generation–a reality that will likely transform politics and has already transformed culture.But according to new polling released by George Barna, it may be worse than we thought. From The Christian Post: Only 6% of Americans have a “biblical worldview,” according to research from notable evangelical pollster George Barna released as part of a new endeavor with the Christian conservative advocacy organization Family Research Council.Continue reading SIGN OF THE TIMES: Only 6% of Americans now have a ‘Biblical Worldview’ at End Time Headlines.
Government finds no evidence that aerial sightings were alien spacecraft, So what are they?Posted: 03 Jun 2021 07:51 PM PDT(ETH) – American intelligence officials have found no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft, but they still cannot explain the unusual movements that have mystified scientists and the military, according to senior administration officials briefed on the findings of a highly anticipated government report.The report determines that the vast majority of more than 120 incidents over the past two decades did not originate from any American military or other advanced U.S.Continue reading Government finds no evidence that aerial sightings were alien spacecraft, So what are they? at End Time Headlines.
Franklin Graham among others outraged after Biden Admin raises Pride Flag over U.S. Embassy at VaticanPosted: 03 Jun 2021 03:02 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Catholics and Evangelical Christians are outraged after the Biden Administration agreed to post the so-called “Gay Pride” flag outside the U.S. at the Vatican.“Will the Biden Administration force embassies in Muslim countries to fly the Gay Pride flag as well,” national radio host Todd Starnes asked. “I sincerely doubt they will offend Muslims, but the Democrats will not think twice about insulting Christians.”“As a Catholic, I’m curious to know if the Biden-Harris Embassy in the Holy See will promote respect for Catholic teaching on family and freedom of conscience – or whether we can simply expect more political stunts like this,” Nebraska Gov.Continue reading Franklin Graham among others outraged after Biden Admin raises Pride Flag over U.S. Embassy at Vatican at End Time Headlines.
Magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattles San Jose, California, Resident awakened by strong shakingPosted: 03 Jun 2021 10:47 AM PDT(ETH) – Residents across San Jose, California was awakened by a magnitude 3.6 earthquake on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.The 3.7-mile deep quake hit at 5:15 a.m. Pacific time, according to the USGS. Dozens of people from as far away as Oakland and San Rafael reported feeling the tremor to the agency.“Well, that’s one way to wake up!” read one Twitter post. “Earthquake in San Jose.Continue reading Magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattles San Jose, California, Resident awakened by strong shaking at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · June 4, 2021

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“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1809)

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Deep State Deep-Sixed COVID Probe

Investigators were warned by U.S. officials to avoid opening “Pandora’s box” by pursing the lab-leak theory.

Thomas Gallatin

In a recently published article titled “The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins,” investigative journalist Katherine Eban details how individuals within the U.S. State Department sought to suppress any notion of the coronavirus having originated in a lab in Wuhan, China. Needless to say, the evidence presented of an intentional cover-up by deep state actors (and a complicit Leftmedia) is both compelling and deeply troubling. This scandal exposes the reality that political considerations motivated individuals within the State Department to hide the facts from the American people.

Eban writes:

Interviews with more than 40 people, and a review of hundreds of pages of U.S. government documents, including internal memos, meeting minutes, and email correspondence, found that conflicts of interest, stemming in part from large government grants supporting controversial virology research, hampered the U.S. investigation into COVID-19’s origin at every step. In one State Department meeting, officials seeking to demand transparency from the Chinese government say they were explicitly told by colleagues not to explore the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s gain-of-function research, because it would bring unwelcome attention to U.S. government funding of it.

In her lengthly article, Eban, who is clearly on the Left and no fan of Donald Trump, found some significant information: “Thomas DiNanno, former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, wrote that staff from two bureaus, his own and the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, ‘warned’ leaders within his bureau ‘not to pursue an investigation into the origin of COVID-19’ because it would ‘open a can of worms’ if it continued.”

And what was this “can of worms”? The answer appears to be the fact that the U.S. government was involved in funding “gain-of-function” research, with some of this funding just happening to go to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Eban observes, “To one former federal health official, the situation boiled down to this: An institute ‘funded by American dollars is trying to teach a bat virus to infect human cells, then there is a virus’ in the same city as that lab. It is ‘not being intellectually honest not to consider the hypothesis’ of a lab escape.”

DiNanno asserted that the warnings against digging in the wrong places “smelled like a cover-up” and he “wasn’t going to be a part of it.” Well, if it smells like cover-up, then it probably is a cover-up. Tellingly, one of the U.S. officials advising the team investigating the COVID-19 origin back in early 2020 was the director of the State Department’s Biological Policy Staff in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Christopher Park, and he told them “not to say anything that would point to the U.S. government’s own role in gain-of-function research.” And Park’s motive? Back in 2017, he “had been involved in lifting a U.S. government moratorium on funding for gain-of-function research.”

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who back in April of 2020 pointed to “a significant amount of evidence that [COVID-19] came from that laboratory in Wuhan,” appeared to confirm Eban’s investigation. “[NIH] folks were trying to suppress what we were doing at the State Department as well,” he stated Thursday. Furthermore, Pompeo eyed Dr. Anthony Fauci’s role, contending, “To hear Fauci this morning talk about how the Chinese have an interest in us discovering what happened is just crazy talk. The Chinese have a deep interest in covering it up. They have done so pretty darn effectively.” Moreover, Fauci voiced “the exact same theories that the Chinese Communist Party has presented for over a year now,” Pompeo continued. “He implies good faith for the Chinese Communist Party: We are on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square [incident]. For Dr. Fauci to go out and think the CCP cared that there were people in Wuhan who were dying … is just naive beyond all possible imagination.”

Actually, as Pompeo well knows, it’s not naivety at all but rather Fauci’s calculated decision to cover up his possible involvement in helping to fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab that almost certainly unleashed a global pandemic responsible for the deaths of millions.

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Biden’s Bloody Border Crisis

Migrants are suffering and dying, which by the Left’s standards is Biden’s fault.

Brian Mark Weber

When Donald Trump was president, the media relentlessly and falsely criticized him and his administration for creating a border crisis.

Time magazine’s infamous fake news cover back in 2018 featured photographs of a crying two-year-old girl from Honduras looking up at a stern, heartless President Trump. Other media outlets attempted to make those Barack Obama-era cages look like Trump’s holding pens for migrant children. When a father and his daughter drowned crossing the Rio Grande? It was Trump’s fault for denying people asylum.

The message was crystal clear: Trump was directly responsible for breaking up migrant families and treating them inhumanely, and people were dying because of his policies.

The child in that iconic Time cover was never alone. She was crying at the sight of Border Patrol officers questioning her mother after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Again, the cages were Obama’s and even some of the photos were from during his presidency. And rather than wait on their asylum application, the father impatiently tried swimming across the Rio Grande.

Nonetheless, the media would stop at nothing to make sure every single lost child or dead migrant was somehow blamed on Trump.

In reality, those same Trump policies were far more humane, as they didn’t give migrants the incentive in the first place, and thereby didn’t place their lives in danger.

President Joe Biden decided to take a different approach, but he didn’t even wait until after his inauguration.

In fact, it was during his campaign for president when Biden called for the very border surge the media currently ignores, effectively announcing to anyone in Mexico, Central America, or abroad that the border between the United States and Mexico would be wide open under his administration.

In response to a question posed by Jorge Ramos of Univision asking why Latinos should trust Biden as president, he replied, “I would in fact make sure that there is, that we immediately surge to the border — all those people are seeking asylum. They deserve to be heard.”

As columnist John Kass writes, “Desperate migrants heard his call as a promise that his arms would be as wide open as our southern border. His wish came true. Now Biden owns it. All of it.”

Kass adds, “Biden immediately stopped construction on the border walls and began to unravel and end Trump administration policy that kept the border better contained. The most significant of these changes was Biden ending the Trump administration ‘Remain in Mexico’ order that kept migrants from rushing the border while they appealed for amnesty status. All that ended. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that this year the U.S. is on pace to see more illegal border crossings than it has seen in 20 years.”

It’s not that the Biden people didn’t know this would happen. Former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf was just one of many who warned the incoming Biden administration about what would happen if it dismantled Trump’s policies overnight.

While Democrats celebrate the surge, safely hiding from behind fences and troops surrounding the U.S. Capitol, people are dying at the border. And it’s time to lay blame where it belongs: at the feet of Joe Biden and his AWOL “border czar” Kamala Harris.

There’s hardly a day that goes by without another tragedy involving migrants attempting to reach the United States, encouraged by a president who told them to run for the border but didn’t give a damn about what would happen to them once they got here.

The stories include a capsized boat in which 10 Cuban migrants drowned, and separate crashes involving vehicles filled with migrants near the border. One estimate puts the number of migrant deaths this year at 100. Throw in the fact that illegal aliens have contributed to soaring rates of crime and violence in towns and cities across the country, and we’ve got a real crisis.

Except Democrats and their sycophants in the media won’t admit there’s a crisis. They’ll continue blaming Trump, ignoring reality, and standing by while more migrant children and their families lose their lives.

This is yet another prime example of Democrats claiming to care about the downtrodden while creating situations that place them in harm’s way. Then they have the gall to blame everyone else for the all-too-predictable results.

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Big Tech’s Anti-Semitism Problem

Google and Facebook fail the simple test of having a consistent policy on hate speech.

Nate Jackson

We live in a nation where arguably offensive things someone said umpteen years ago are grounds for canceling that person now. Jobs are lost, credibility is destroyed, and an Orwellian two minutes of hate is allowed against the offender, all because of exposure of the kinds of intemperate things many folks say in their weaker moments.

Yet some kinds of hate speech are, to borrow more Orwell, more equal than others.

“If I Were a Jew” was the title of a recently rediscovered blog post written way back in 2007 by Kamau Bobb, a black man who until this week was the head of Google’s “diversity team.” In that post, written on a blog he still maintains but while he was a research associate at Georgia Tech, Bobb wrote that if he were Jewish he’d “be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself.”

“If I were a Jew today, my sensibilities would be tormented,” he wrote. “I would find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the long cycles of oppression that Jewish people have endured and the insatiable appetite for vengeful violence that Israel, my homeland, has now acquired.”

Upon discovery, he apologized, saying, “What was intended as a critique of particular military action fed into anti-Semitic tropes and prejudice.” One wonders if the word “black” had been substituted for “Jewish” whether he might have understood that he didn’t “feed into” anything; he clearly articulated and advocated those tropes.

A mild form of cancellation came Thursday, when Google announced that Bobb was a little too “diverse” for its diversity team, so he has been reassigned elsewhere in the company. Not fired, mind you, just shuffled. Why was he hired for that post in the first place? As Meghan McCain joked, “They’re Google. They should have googled him.”

Perhaps Facebook will do better. Or not.

The social media site that relentlessly demotes conservative or “unapproved” views about any number of subjects, resulting in real economic damage to conservative people and brands, regularly allows anti-Semitic posts of even worse nature than Bobb’s.

Well, sort of.

During the recent Hamas-fueled violence in Israel and Palestinian-controlled areas, The Jerusalem Prayer Team’s Facebook page — liked by 77 million people — was massively spammed. “On [a] single day, we received over 800,000 comments, the overwhelming majority of which were very negative, often crude, and anti-Semitic,” said JPT spokesman Michael Vaughn. Many posts included Nazi images and propaganda. “Clearly, this was not random. Someone somewhere was orchestrating this barrage.”

Facebook didn’t seem to have a problem with the people posting those comments, at least not until two days later when, Vaughn said, “With no notice, no attempt to reach us, Facebook told us they had unpublished our JPT Facebook, citing this was due to the page being spam and violating their policies.”

Just to clarify, Facebook punished the Jewish group for anti-Semitic hatred directed its way.

Even the left-of-center Anti-Defamation League has pleaded with Facebook to correct this widespread problem. As the group wrote in a letter, “Facebook’s inaction has helped spread hatred of Jews and has contributed to historical high levels of antisemitism in America and antisemitism online and offline across the globe.”

For social media companies that are part of the increasingly anti-Semitic Democrat Party’s power structure, this hatred is a feature, not a bug.

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CNN Hits Rock Bottom … and Keeps Digging

The “fake news” network has been hemorrhaging viewers ever since Donald Trump left office.

Douglas Andrews

Schadenfreude is a fine German word, a word that only the Germans could’ve invented. Think about it: Who else but our Teutonic friends — pillagers of Rome, runners-up in two world wars, creators of both the Mercedes-Benz and the Trabant — could’ve conjured up a word to capture the malicious pleasure we take from another’s misfortune?

The word is as literal as can be, with schaden meaning “damage” and freude meaning joy.

We mention all this because we’re feeling fairly freude this morning, with word of CNN’s schaden. The latest Nielsen TV ratings are out, and they indicate that “The Most Trusted Name in [Fake] News” has taken a colossal viewership hit. Indeed, the network’s ratings have dropped nearly 70% since Donald Trump left office.

Who knew it was even possible to lose 70% of one’s viewers and still look a prospective advertiser square in the eye?

The Leftmedia’s Bête Orange goeth, and he taketh CNN with him.

Truth be told, CNN lost just 67% of its total viewers. But we tend to round up here in our humble shop, especially when it suits us. And besides, the network lost a full 71% of its sheep in the all-important 25-54 age demographic, for both daytime and prime time, so there’s that.

In case you’re wondering, the other Trump-deranged network didn’t fare much better. As the Daily Caller’s Jordan Lancaster reports:

CNN’s drop in viewers is larger than its competitors, but all major cable news shows have experienced a drop. MSNBC had the second-largest drop in viewership since January, losing 49% of its total viewership between January and May. In the 25-54 age demographic, the network lost 63% of its viewers. During primetime hours, MSNBC lost 42% of its total viewers and 58% of viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. Fox News had the least substantial drop out of all networks, losing 12% of its total viewers and 15% of viewers between the ages of 25-54 between January and May.

On the bright side — or, rather, the less dark side — CNN’s total daytime viewership fell by just 22% in May compared to April, although it fell 28% among that coveted 25-54 cohort.

If you’re keeping score, Fox News continued to clobber the competition in prime time, with four of the five top-rated cable shows: “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity,” “The Five,” and “The Ingraham Angle.”

Who knew that with Donald Trump out of the White House, and having been yanked off of Twitter and Facebook, the mainstream networks would be forced to cover the current presidential administration, and their ratings would plummet?

Who knew? Well, longtime lefty journalist Ted Koppel for one. “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” he said. And how right he was.

With each depressing day of the Biden administration, we’re reminded of how many things former President Donald Trump was right about. An incomplete list would surely include the COVID-19 lab leak, the China travel ban, Operation Warp Speed, hydroxychloroquine, deregulation, gaining energy independence, building the wall, toughening our asylum policy, tearing up the Iran nuke deal, keeping 5G away from the ChiComs, smashing ISIS, and, like Ted Koppel, predicting the Leftmedia’s ratings collapse when he left office.

“Newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there,” said Trump way back in 2017.

How gloriously right he was. And how sweet it is. Still, had the mainstream media merely played it straight in its coverage of our 45th president, he’d still be in office. And our country would be in far better shape. And CNN would still be able to make payroll.

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Leftmedia Obfuscation Over Nation’s Spiking Crime

The Washington Post blames the pandemic, not BLM’s anti-police violence, for rising crime rates.

Thomas Gallatin

Violent crime has been spiking across the nation’s largest metro areas over the past year. That much isn’t even news anymore. But also for much of last year, the Leftmedia willfully downplayed the growing violence and rioting associated with Black Lives Matter and antifa thuggery with infamous euphemisms like “mostly peaceful protests.” Given that Donald Trump is no longer president, is it possible that could change? Don’t count on it.

Crime really spiked after the death of George Floyd, a career criminal who was lionized by BLM and used to justify painting all police departments across the country as racist. Leftist politicians were quick to cater to the emotive and absolutely irrational demands of these “anti-racists” with their “defund the police” rhetoric. What these radical leftist groups already had in common was a deep dislike of police, a position BLM justified with its dubious “systemic racism” charge.

Meanwhile, as police across the country were continually attacked for simply doing their jobs, police departments began pulling back from policing some of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods, and the predictable result is that crime rates have spiked. It’s about as easy a cause-and-effect case as one can imagine, yet the Leftmedia continues to feign bewilderment as to the cause behind the rising violence.

Case in point is the Washington Post, from which many other media outlets take their cues. The Post recently ran a couple of articles “wrestling” with the reality of rising crime. One article is titled, “A county, hit by the pandemic, grapples with soaring crime after spending a decade lowering it.” The Post notes that in Prince George’s County, Maryland, murders are up nearly double the rate of last year and that “for the first time in a long time, lawmakers say, residents are once again citing safety as a top concern.”

To what does the Post attribute the rising crime? Well, the Leftmedia rag wasn’t about to suggest that BLM’s “defund the police” demands or reduced policing had anything to do with it. No, the Post blames “the pandemic, historic unemployment, and ebbing social services.”

This one story is like a thousand others because, for the Leftmedia, preserving the “systemically racist police” narrative is more important than telling the truth about what is directly causing the sudden rise in crime. When society is deemed at fault for the actions of individuals, then the blaming of societal institutions, such as the police, will always be the go-to scapegoat.

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment for the Capitol Rioters

Our nation’s two-tiered justice system is on full display with the treatment of these political protesters.

Douglas Andrews

They keep calling it “The People’s House,” but it’s not — at least not anymore. The National Guard may finally be gone, but the U.S. Capitol is now Nancy Pelosi’s House, Chuck Schumer’s House, Joe Biden’s House. And it has been since January 6.

But worse than that, the Capitol is now a symbol of both elitism and two-tiered justice: elitism on the part of our elected representatives, who don’t give a rip when real rioting comes to our inner cities and leaves real businesses and real people in ruins, but who head for the fainting couch when an unarmed non-insurrection comes to their neck of the woods; and two-tiered justice for the dozens of pro-Trump Capitol protesters, who’ve been languishing in a DC-area jail for months while waiting to be tried for crimes ranging from the petty to the semi-serious, while the authentic thugs of antifa and Black Lives Matter simply skate away from their criminality without any accountability.

Remember last year, when those easily identifiable vandals yanked down or otherwise defiled one statue after another all across America? Or burned and looted and rioted in one urban center after another? Remember when those Portland hoodlums assaulted federal officers and tried to burn down a federal courthouse? Right, then, off ya go.

Investigative journalist Julie Kelly has written compellingly about the January 6 detainees, whose punishment for having protested the results of the 2020 presidential election is Job One for Joe, Nancy, and Attorney General Merrick Garland. “So far,” she writes, “more than 400 people have been arrested in the nationwide manhunt with more charges to come, and at the same time, emerging evidence proves law enforcement allowed protestors to enter and remain in the building.”

We wonder: How strong is the trespassing case — which is what most of these cases are — when law enforcement doesn’t attempt to stop the trespassers from trespassing? And are there really no more pressing matters than this for our Department of Justice? Is there really nothing more important than to make the harshest example possible of a disorganized mob of pro-Trump protesters?

Apparently not. As the Daily Wire reports, “The U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., has called in prosecutors from … the Violent Crime Narcotics Trafficking Section, Homicide Section, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section, and Major Crimes Section. In some cases the prosecutors from those departments are prosecuting misdemeanors only.”

Imagine the stuck-pig squealing we’d have heard if John Durham had enlisted the help of such heavy hitters to prosecute his Russia collusion investigation. Does anyone doubt that FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith would’ve gotten just a slap on the wrist for the very real crime of having falsified evidence for a FISA warrant to spy on a sitting U.S. president? That’s two-tiered justice: one standard for the Left and another for the Right.

As Politico reported on April 19, most of the protesters who were arrested have since been released to await their trials, “but dozens of those deemed to be dangerous, flight risks or at high risk of obstructing justice were ordered held without bond [and] placed in so-called restrictive housing — a move billed as necessary to keep the defendants safe, as well as guards and other inmates.”

“Restrictive housing” is a euphemism for 23-hour-a-day isolation. But by all means, let’s keep the guards and the hardened criminals safe from those middle-aged, beer-bellied “white supremacists” with the MAGA hats and the Trump flags.

To the everlasting shame of House and Senate Republicans, the issue of the detainees’ treatment has been taken up not by them but by two Senate Democrats, Elizabeth Warren and Dick Durbin. Let that sink in.

“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Warren said in an interview. “And we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.” Warren rightly believes they’re being punished into cooperation. Durbin says solitary confinement should be “a rare exception” with “clear justification.”

So just where are all those Republicans? Those constitutional conservatives? When Big Government statists like Warren and Durbin are stronger champions of their political opponents’ constitutional rights than the entire GOP caucus, something’s wrong. Really wrong. Disgracefully wrong.

Most of the detainees have no criminal record, and yet, as Kelly writes, “The jail allows them to leave their cells for an hour a day. Religious services are not allowed; they can’t exercise and access to personal hygiene such as showers is nearly nonexistent, according to defense lawyers and relatives I’ve spoken with.”

How are these not the sort of “cruel and unusual punishments” forbidden by the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment? And where’s the “speedy and public trial” as guaranteed by the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment?

These people aren’t killers. They’re political protesters. They don’t believe Joe Biden got all 81 million of those votes on the up-and-up, and they certainly don’t believe that this flawed election was properly investigated and adjudicated. And for those beliefs, the Democrats want to punish them, cruelly and unusually. That’s the real Capitol offense.

Joe Biden called the January 6 riot “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” It’s a claim that’s both laughable and shameful. And let’s remember: The only person killed during that “deadly insurrection” was 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot by a still-unnamed Capitol policeman.

Where’s the justice in that? And where’s the justice in any of this?

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • Joe Biden proposes minimum 15% corporate tax for companies that pay no federal taxes (Breitbart) | However, the no-tax-hike Senate GOP is ready to reject the counteroffer (Washington Times)
  • White House tepidly endorses reparations legislation (Washington Examiner)
  • Mike Pence delivers speech embracing “MAGA” agenda despite rift over Capitol riot (Washington Examiner)
  • Trumpless CNN falls out of cable’s top 5 networks in prime time (Daily Wire)

National Security

  • Biden executive order broadens Trump policy restricting investment in Chinese firms (Politico)
  • $2 billion of border wall money sits idle in bank as busiest migrant area left wide open (Washington Examiner)

Economy

  • U.S. added 559,000 jobs in May, falling short of expectations for second consecutive month (National Review)
  • On the flip side, jobless claims drop to pandemic low of 385,000 (Fox Business)

Other Notables

  • Daily U.S. COVID case counts remain below 20,000 as nation averages 1.1 million vaccine shots per day (CNBC)
  • Nevertheless, Biden announces new bribes, including free beer, to reach vaccination goal (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Lessons from the individual mandate for Republicans seeking a resurgence today (The Federalist)
  • Humor: Dr. Fauci hires expert technician Hilgo Clintmann to secure his email server (Babylon Bee)

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  • Matt Walsh: Biden’s Bogus White Supremacy Claim — Contrary to his assertion, white supremacists hardly exist while black supremacists have wreaked havoc across the country.
  • Clear Energy Alliance: Climate Moral Panic — The “climate crisis” narrative has all the tell-tale signs of being a moral panic. In other words, there’s a lot more hysteria than reasons for concern.
  • JP Sears: Satire: Fauci — Public Enemy #1? — The nation’s top infectious disease villain has a load of mounting evidence stacked against him.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The battle for the world is the battle for definitions.” —Thomas Szasz (1920-2012)

Political futures: “Why do Democrats remain so fearful of Trump? Remember these numbers: 4, 6, 8 and 12. In 2008, when Barack Obama got elected, his Republican opponent received 4% of the Black vote. When Obama won reelection, the Republican got 6% of the Black presidential vote. When Trump ran in 2016, he received 8% of the Black vote. When Trump ran for reelection in 2020, Republicans received 12% of the Black vote, a 50% increase over the previous four years. Republicans haven’t reached that percentage of the Black vote since 1980, when President Ronald Reagan got 14%. Quite simply, this 4%, 6%, 8%, 12% trendline gives Democrats nightmares.” —Larry Elder

Observations: “Behind fancy slogans about not wasting crises, teachable moments and resets is the panic-porn reality that these initiatives are not popular in normal times because they defy common sense. If Americans tried Obama’s economics with their family budgets, they would go broke or go to jail after piling up unpaid debts. Only elites, with their private security guards and the money and influence to remain safe, talk of defunding the police. Few of the woke elites who fly their carbon-spewing jets into Davos ever fly economy class. … Many members of the left-wing elite became wealthy by monetizing their political careers through lucrative insider networking. A cynic might conclude they didn’t go full reset until they first got filthy rich — allowing them not to live like, think like or listen to the rest of us.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Food for thought: “Joe Biden was right about one thing Tuesday in his speech to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 attack on a Tulsa black community. Remembering this tragic event should have happened sooner. Why didn’t Barack Obama do it?” —Gary Bauer

Re: Race bait: “Biden said the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that white supremacy represents the greatest domestic threat to our homeland. If they really believe that they should be fired. This is one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. We are the only majority white country that has elected a black president. On the very day Biden engaged in his racial demagoguery, thousands of people of color crossed our border. Yet we are supposed to believe they are risking everything to come to a country of white supremacists? In Biden’s America it is still 1619. Or maybe it is 1850? Or is it the era of Jim Crow laws? There is no progress. No Martin Luther King. No civil rights movement. No integration. If Biden was right the whole country should take a knee when our national anthem is played.” —Gary Bauer

For the record I: “It’s fascinating to see leftists who destroyed their own lives for the past year due to the pandemic… not care about the fact that [Dr. Anthony] Fauci said in 2012 that gain-of-function experiments could lead to a pandemic & yet funded those experiments at the Wuhan lab anyway.” —Liz Wheeler

For the record II: “Based on all the new evidence unearthed in Fauci’s emails — it does make you wonder if the shutdowns were more about trying to kill the Trump presidency than stopping the China Virus.” —Todd Starnes

For the record III: “The same apparatus of suppression that insisted the lab leak theory was a ‘conspiracy theory’ have spent over a year shutting down honest debate about mask and lockdown effectiveness. Authoritarian censorship is a bad idea, even when some of its proponents wear lab coats.” —Buck Sexton

A trip down memory lane: “There is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming [Trump] administration in the arena of infectious diseases.” —Anthony Fauci, January 10, 2017

Leftist buzzkill: “As folks in Arizona know, I’ve long been a supporter of the filibuster because it is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation, rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between policies.” —Senator Kyrsten Sinema

Inmates run the asylum: “If we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“I am going to stop buying scales. It’s the only real way to lose weight.” —David Harsanyi)

Non compos mentis: “There’s a teachable moment about maybe this whole deficit hawk thing of the federal government. Just being nervous about our debt 30 years from now, while millions of people are suffering — maybe that’s not a smart way to think about our economics.” —Barack Obama

Village idiot: “It’s simple and not hyperbole. If the Senate doesn’t pass voting rights, Democracy will die.” —Rob Reiner

And last… “Now that the layers of ‘science’ have been peeled back on Wuhan coronavirus, the same scrutiny should be applied to climate change and the government’s attempts to control your life over global temperature they can’t actually change.” —Katie Pavlich

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Hannity knocks Fauci after emails released: ‘Any idiot’ could have ‘realized’ plausibility of Wuhan lab leak

Fox News host Sean Hannity ripped Dr. Anthony Fauci’s pushback against the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a virology lab in Wuhan, China on “Hannity” Thursday.

Source: Hannity knocks Fauci after emails released: ‘Any idiot’ could have ‘realized’ plausibility of Wuhan lab leak

Sen. Josh Hawley: ‘The Time Has Come For Fauci To Resign’ And Congress To Investigate COVID Origins

Sen. Josh Hawley blasted Fauci on Friday, calling for his resignation and a complete congressional investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Sen. Josh Hawley: ‘The Time Has Come For Fauci To Resign’ And Congress To Investigate COVID Origins

In The Last Year, Congress Sent A Typical Family $27,000 To $110,000 In Cash

Americans are getting eye-watering levels of bribes with their own children’s money to stay silent about lockdowns. Big business and bureaucracy got even more.

Source: In The Last Year, Congress Sent A Typical Family $27,000 To $110,000 In Cash