We live in a time of exile. At least those of us do who hold to traditional Christian beliefs. The strident rhetoric of scientism has made belief in the supernatural look ridiculous. The Pill, no-fault divorce, and now gay marriage have made traditional sexual ethics look outmoded at best and hateful at worst. The Western public square is no longer a place where Christians feel they belong with any degree of comfort.
For Christians in the United States, this is particularly disorienting. In Europe, Christianity was pushed to the margins over a couple of centuries—the tide of faith retreated “with tremulous cadence slow.” In America, the process seems to be happening much more rapidly.
It is also being driven by issues that few predicted would have such cultural force. It is surely an irony as unexpected as it is unwelcome that sex—that most private and intimate act—has become the most pressing public policy issue today. (Who could have imagined that policies concerning contraception and laws allowing same-sex marriage would present the most serious challenges to religious freedom?) We are indeed set for exile, though not an exile which pushes us to the geographical margins. It’s an exile to cultural irrelevance.
… Perhaps I am mistaken and have portrayed my Christian brothers in a way that over-emphasizes weaknesses and downplays strengths. But of this I am convinced: Reformed Christianity is best equipped to help us in our exile. That faith was forged on the European continent in the lives and writings of such men as Huldrych Zwingli, Martin Bucer, and John Calvin. It found its finest expression in the Anglophone world in the great Scottish Presbyterians and English Puritans of the seventeenth century. It possesses the intellectual rigor necessary for teaching and defending the faith in a hostile environment. It has a strong tradition of reflecting in depth upon the difference between that which is essential and that which, though good, is inessential and thus dispensable. It has a historical identity rooted in the wider theological teachings of the Church. It has deep resources for thinking clearly about the relationship of Church and state.
… The Reformed Church has its own baggage, but given the nature of its origins and our own moment, it is the right baggage: light when it needs to be light and heavy with the Gospel when it needs to be heavy. A marginal, minority interest in America for well over a century, she does not face the loss of social influence and political aspirations that now confront Evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism. We do not expect to be at the center of worldly affairs. We do not imagine ourselves to be running indispensable institutions. Lack of a major role in the public square will cause no crisis in self-understanding. Read more»
Carl R. Trueman, “A Church For Exiles: Why Reformed Christianity Provides The Best Basis For Faith Today,” First Things (August, 2014)
Falling from the Greatest Height
Matthew 24:10–11; Luke 10:18; 1 Timothy 4:1–2; Hebrews 3:12; 6:4–6
None sink so far into hell as those that come nearest heaven, because they fall from the greatest height.… None will have such a sad parting from Christ as those who went halfway with him, and then left him.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
God Uses Nature as His Instrument
Exodus 14:21; Job 38:4–39:30; Isaiah 51:15; Jonah 1:4; Matthew 5:45; Acts 17:28
Who is the guide of nature, but only the God of nature? In him we live, move, and are. Those things which nature is said to do are by divine art performed, using nature as an instrument; nor is there any such art or knowledge divine in nature herself working, but in the guide of nature’s work.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
God shall be with ye. (Genesis 48:21)
Good old Jacob could no more be with Joseph, for his hour had come to die: but he left his son without anxiety, for he said with confidence, “God shall be with you.” When our dearest relations or our most helpful friends are called home by death, we must console ourselves with the reflection that the Lord is not departed from us but lives for us and abides with us forever.
If God be with us, we are in ennobling company, even though we are poor and despised. If God be with us, we have all-sufficient strength, for nothing can be too hard for the Lord. If God be with us, we are always safe, for none can harm those who walk under His shadow. Oh, what a joy we have here! Not only is God with us, but He will be with us. With us as individuals; with us as families; with us as churches. Is not the very name of Jesus, Immanuel—God with us? Is not this the best of all, that God is with us? Let us be bravely diligent and joyously hopeful. Our cause must prosper, the truth must win, for the Lord is with those who are with Him. All this day may this sweet word be enjoyed by every believer who turns to “faith’s checkbook.” No greater happiness is possible.
In 1734 and 1735, Jonathan Edwards and the congregation at Northampton experienced a revival. So did many other churches in the Connecticut River Valley in the colonies of Connecticut and Massachusetts. In the fall of 1733, Edwards preached some hard-hitting sermons. One of them, preached in November 1733, has been titled “The Kind of Preaching People Want.” Edwards starts his sermon in the Old Testament, observing that God’s people have had no shortage of false prophets, “that always flattered them in their sins.” True prophets rebuke the sinner. False prophets leave sinners “to the peaceable enjoyment of their sins.” He then turns to the desire that people in his own day had for such false prophets. Edwards continues, “If ministers were sent to tell the people that they might gratify their lusts without danger… how eagerly would they be listened to by some, and what good attention they would give.” He adds, “They would like a savior to save them in their sins much better than a savior to save them from their sins.”
Edwards was responding to those of his day who thought they knew better than the Word of God. He also wrote treatises to respond to the academics who thought they knew better than God’s Word. The English academic world of Edwards’ day was enthralled with the new thinking of the Enlightenment. The deists ruled. They believed that God created the world and then backed away, and now He lets it run along all on its own. They rejected the idea that God reveals His will in His Word. They rejected the doctrine of the incarnation and the deity of Christ. They rejected the possibility, let alone the actual occurrence, of miracles. They had “come of age.” The Enlightenment thinkers and the deists were far too sophisticated to submit to some ancient book.
The philosophers had affected the church. In 1727, a group of independent ministers met in London to debate the deity of Christ. These were the exact descendants of the stalwart Puritans of the 1600s. They voted on the deity of Christ, and the deity of Christ lost. These were men who should have known better. They capitulated to the whims of the day.
Edwards kept up with these developments. He was not a backwoods minister. He had the latest books and kept current with the latest ideas. He saw where these ideas would take the church in the American Colonies. He sounded the alarm. He also saw how his congregation could be so easily led astray by the wrong pursuits. He saw how worldliness crouched at the door, ready to overtake those who so willingly gave in.
So, he was not in a Puritan bubble. He responded to his culture and to his congregation. He preached sermons and he wrote books—all defending the Bible.
We are not historically situated at the dawn of the Enlightenment as Edwards was. We find our place at the Enlightenment’s setting sun. We live in the dawn of postmodernism. We live among those who reject the Bible. We live among those who give in to the clutches of worldliness. Sin crouches at our door too.
So what pastoral counsel did Edwards offer? He pointed his congregation to the Bible. He argued against the Enlightenment thinkers and against the deist theologians based on the Bible. He looked to the Word.
As Edwards noted, the Bible belongs to every age. It is not simply the true Word for the first century. It is not simply the authoritative Word for the first century. It is not simply the necessary Word for the first century. It is not simply the sufficient Word for the first century.
It is the true, authoritative, necessary, clear, and sufficient Word for all centuries, including the twenty-first. Theologians sometimes speak of these as the attributes of Scripture. As the attributes of God help us to learn about God, the attributes of Scripture help us learn about Scripture. The first and foremost attribute of Scripture is its authority. Scripture is authoritative. We again hear Peter Martyr Vermigli remind us that it all comes down to “Thus says the Lord.” If Scripture is the Word of God, it’s authoritative.
This excerpt is adapted from A Time for Confidence by Stephen Nichols
So much of what we know about Jesus and His redeeming work is rooted in the Old Testament Scriptures. From one of our Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey underscores the importance of studying the Old Testament for a fuller understanding of the Christian faith.
If you have a biblical or theological question, just visit ask.Ligonier.org to ask your question live online.
“Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
On our first Christmas after my parents got divorced, the hope of experiencing all the “comfort and joy” of the holidays seemed to fall on my shoulders. I am the oldest of four children, and I was about 23 at the time. It was in the midst of my duplicitous act of helping my mom with some Christmas baking — which would justify taking some for my domestically challenged father — that I broke. I couldn’t bear this burden alone, and yet there didn’t seem to be anyone I could turn to.
After a choked up confession to my mom, I went out into the winter night, and ended up weeping on the stoop of a darkened office building. It was at that point where I heard the inaudible voice of God: “Thomas, I see all of this, I care, and I am angry.” It meant so much to me that my heavenly Father was angry at all the destruction that sin had done in my family.
Although it may seem as though God is indifferent to the pain in my life, I can be comforted that His apparent indifference is but an illusion. At the cross, everyone believed the God had abandoned His Son. But that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Jesus had to die in order to accomplish something far more beautiful: the redemption of the whole of humanity.
As I gaze upon the cross, I can know that He is near, He cares, and He is powerful enough to do anything.
Father, help me to recognize when I am examining the world in order to understand who You are, rather than looking to Your word and more specifically, at Christ. Please open my heart to the depths of who He is and what He has done for me.
By Thomas Pujol
Used by Permission
“Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” John 15:20
I have been asking myself, the Lord, and friends why God’s children are at times maligned and falsely accused, shunned, or ignored. Recently God gave me insights that are worth sharing with you.
Consider our Master, Jesus Christ. He is totally perfect. He loved the world so much that He gave up His life to die for our sins. Even now He waits to show us compassion and wants to be our friend, our protector, our wisdom, our strength, and our song.
Despite all He has done and is doing for the world, He is still constantly hated and maligned. People curse Him, ignore Him, and shun Him. Even we, His followers, ignore Him at times.
Isn’t it reasonable (and scriptural) then that we, His followers, shouldn’t feel that we are being treated unfairly when we are maligned? After all, we are being treated like our Master. Should we, His servants, expect to be treated better than our Lord?
In his book The Attributes of God, Dr. Bright wrote, “Because God is just . . . . He will treat me fairly.”
Be encouraged — when we are mistreated, He has promised to be there with us and always give us the strength and love we need to be able to walk through it and respond with a Godly attitude.
How then should we respond? We should, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).
Lord Jesus, as Your followers, we commit ourselves to keep from whining when we are shunned, maligned, ignored, or mistreated. You are perfect and You are subject to this treatment all the time, yet You keep loving everyone. Produce in us supernatural love. Amen.
By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission
“Much Depends on the Way We Come into Trouble”
Jonah 1:4–16; Acts 27:14–38
Much depends on the way we come into trouble. Paul and Jonah were both in a storm, but in very different circumstances.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Why Christ Is Called the Head of the Church
Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:3, 19
Christ is called the head of the church for the reason that he is the most exalted individual of the human family, imparting to all its members motion and feeling. For as in a man the most excellent part is the head, which gives to the body and to its parts motion and feeling, and without which neither the body nor any of its members could live the life of nature, so Christ is the individual, the true God and man, imparting spiritual life and motion to the church and everyone of its members and without whose influence it could not live or feel. And as in a man’s head are all the senses, so in Christ are hid all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Temple Mount: Clashes break out between Israeli police, Palestinians
Clashes broke out between Border Police and Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount on Friday, Israel Police said in a statement. Video footage taken at the compound shows Palestinians throwing rocks at a unit of Border Police officers, who in turn responded with firing off rubber bullets to quell the unrest.
Get Ready For A Summer Of Crisis After Crisis
Over the past few years, America has been hit by crisis after crisis, and many are yearning for a return to the good old days. Unfortunately, that simply is not going to happen. The United States is never going to be like it once was. Too many things have changed, and our culture has been radically transformed over the past several decades.
Israel shaken by second earthquake in one week
A 3.2 magnitude shook southern Israel on Thursday evening centered in an area 43 kilometers southeast of Dimona. This is the second earthquake in Israel this week. On Wednesday, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was felt in southern Israel. According to statistics and seismic history, the region should experience a major quake every 80-100 years. The last major quake was on July 11, 1927, and registered 6.2 on the Richter Scale killing 500 people. Another major earthquake is therefore now due.
DEMOCRAT EPIC FAIL: Federal Judge Lifts Biden’s Moratorium on New Oil and Gas Leases on Federal Land
A Louisiana federal judge issued an order lifting President Biden’s moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal land Tuesday, ruling that the White House did not give any “rational explanation” for implementing the pause. US District Judge Terry Doughty sided with 13 states in granting a preliminary injunction that applies nationwide. The states challenging the moratorium were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
Lois Lerner Of 2021: IRS Political Corruption Unchanged With Billionaires’ Tax Returns
When the private tax returns of billionaires were leaked to a left-wing group, liberals and conservatives reacted very differently. Liberals fell for the political trick and immediately said that the tax code was unfair and the rich should get a tax hike. Conservatives saw through the conspiracy and wanted answers on how the Deep State at the IRS could, once again, have so much unchecked power for political purposes. When it comes to outrage, liberals always protest louder, so conservatives have to respond better.
Scientists Admit Lab-Leak Hypothesis Was Valid Last Year – But Kept Quiet Because Of Trump
Last month, a group of 18 scientists published a letter calling for a deeper investigation into the origins of COVID-19 which would give serious consideration to the lab-leak hypothesis – which posits that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Now, several of those scientists, including MIT and Harvard geneticist Alina Chan, admit that scientists avoided the lab-leak hypothesis because they didn’t want to be associated with then-President Trump, according to NBC News.
Supreme Court rules Christian foster agency can’t be forced to place kids with same-sex couples
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the city of Philadelphia can’t exclude a Catholic charity from its foster program because the organization won’t place children with same-sex couples in accordance with religious beliefs. In a unanimous decision released Thursday morning in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the high court ruled city officials were wrong to quit working with Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for refusing on religious grounds to place children with same-sex couples.
IDF pounds Hamas targets in Gaza as cross-border violence ramps up again
Jerusalem reportedly signals to Hamas it is prepared to launch a fresh campaign if needed as Gaza militants, egged on by the terror outfit, keep encroaching on its sovereignty for the third day straight
Putin ate Biden’s lunch in Geneva
Vladimir Putin held a long press conference in Geneva after his meeting with Biden, answering questions from many of the world’s media. When asked about the atmosphere of his meeting with Biden he said he felt no pressure. In response to an American reporter’s question about political prisoners in Russia, referring to Navalny, Putin compared America’s recent record speaking about 400 American political prisoners being held in what he described as under criminal persecution in solitary confinement by an US Government who are calling them”domestic terrorists.” He also spoke about Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman who, on January 6, threatened no one but was shot dead by a US official who has not been named or arrested.
Kim: Prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with US
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Thursday that the North should prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, Reuters reported, citing the North’s official KCNA news agency. His remarks came on the third-day of a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee on Thursday, after he had called for measures to tackle the “tense” food situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and typhoons last year.
USGS reports 3.8 magnitude earthquake near Montezuma, Indiana
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 3.8 magnitude quake was reported just northeast of Montezuma, Indiana. Michael Hamburger, a geophysics professor at Indiana University, says the quake was felt strongly in the Terre Haute area, but was felt as far away as Logansport and Bloomington.
Iraqi militia await’s Syrian orders to invade Israel
The pro-Iranian Shi’ite Iraqi Al-Nujaba movement announced that its Golan Liberation Brigade is ready to embark on a campaign to “liberate the Golan” when the Syrian government gives the command, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor
Biden’s new Israel ambassador: Backed Muslim Brotherhood, cursed at Israeli officials
Nides does have a history of hostility towards Israel. Serving as the deputy secretary of state under … Obama, the former Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, recalls Nides as a politician expressing hostility towards Israel while supporting ex-Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government.
Tropical storm likely to hit U.S. this week as hurricane season gets off to an active start
The first tropical system of the Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to make landfall in the U.S. by the end of the week, possibly bringing heavy rain and flooding from Texas to Florida.
EU dictates to Jewish community: Here’s how you must ritually slaughter your meat
Jewish community leaders in Europe say the EU is not only outlawing certain methods of kosher and halal slaughter but is also instructing Jews and Muslims as to how to practice their own religions reports JTA. This was the result of a recent ruling by the European Union’s highest court. It upholds bans in Belgium on manufacturing both kosher and halal meat, outlawing a practice in which livestock is slaughtered without initially being electrically stunned unconscious.
Snow falls in Cordoba for only 7th time in 100 years, Argentina
Residents in parts of Argentina, particularly in the city of Cordoba, woke up to the surprising sight of snow on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. It was the first time the city was covered in white in 14 years.
Severe floods and landslides wreak havoc across Nepal’s Gandaki Province
Incessant heavy rainfall battering Nepal’s Gandaki Province since Tuesday, June 15, 2021, resulted in damaging floods and landslides in which at least 7 people lost their lives. At least 19 others are still missing as of Thursday, June 17.
Two Insiders Claim That the Vaccine Contains Latent Weaponized Anthrax Which Will Manifest As Ebola
We all know that something big is coming. We know that there is a second kill shot in the works.Many think it is Ebola and it will come out of China.This brief article will take a quick look at this notion.
Breaking news!!! Biden’s handlers are provoking putin into starting ww iii by sending 3 destroyers into the black sea in support of ukraine
to be timed with the commencement of the summit with putin, the biden handlers are playing the leverage card!!! Reckless!!! How much will putin take?
With The Help Of Key Members Of Congress, The Chicoms Have Taken Over The Soviet Plot To Conquer America From Within
America has been conquered. America is about ready to experience a brutal occupation. An Empire of Clowns have been installed to oversee the planned death and destruction of at least 200 million Americans. This was all foretold by former Soviet defectors, but we did not pay attention. This is the story, from the political work on how America has been destroyed from within. America could not be conquered without help from the inside. This article describes the help that Russia and China have received from treasonous members of Congress. This article also describes the Soviet plot to conquer America from within. This plot has largely been taken over by the CHICOMS.
The COVID vaccine is causing the COVID variants
The so-called Covid variants, officially designated as mutations, are being used to extend the British lockdown. However, Dr. Luc Montagnier, a Nobel laureate and former director of the Retrovirology Lab at the Pasteur Institute reports that in fact it is the vaccinations that are producing the variants.
Biden’s EPA deletes inconvenient data showing no man-made climate change
…By “disappearing” inconvenient data that goes against the prevailing narrative of the global warming cult, the EPA is misleading the public through the CCI into believing that the world is in dire straits concerning the condition of the climate.
Catastrophic drought puts a strain on California’s hydropower supply
The widespread drought gripping the western U.S. has drastically reduced California’s hydropower supply. With less electricity coming from hydropower dams, the state may be forced to ramp up gas-fired power generation and ask residents to reduce their electricity use.
G-7 leaders call out China over human rights abusesOn Sunday, June 13, leaders of the Group of Seven (G-7) nations called out the Chinese government over its human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. They also vowed to counter China’s unfair trade practices and demanded a thorough investigation into the origins of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
CDC “Emergency Meeting” set to discuss worldwide epidemic of BLOOD CLOTS caused by Covid vaccines
How will the insidious vaccine industrial complex “stop the bleeding” from this already epidemic-sized atrocity of mRNA technology in inoculations that’s proving to cause human blood to clot in the brain and lungs? The mass media (fake news) that’s been teamed up with Big Pharma for decades, is playing “catch and release” with the blood clot epidemic, covering the carnage with a very light, informative tone and then reiterating the LIE that catching Covid is “much more dangerous” and has a higher likelihood of death than getting the vaccines. Sure.
Facebook a hub for sex trafficking, Twitter a haven for pedophilia
The social media platforms that millions of Americans have become addicted to for their daily entertainment are bastions of child abuse, it turns out.
Woke Left moving to take over last functional, patriotic institution – the military: Whistleblowers detail hundreds of cases of ‘anti-American indoctrination’
…The U.S. military has managed to resist this infiltration, but in recent years — yes, even during the term of the most patriotic president in two generations, Donald Trump — leftists have made progress in the military.
National security apparatus in total panic over election audit results, rising backlash against tyranny and corruption
The national security “deep state” is in an outright panic right now, desperately hoping to criminalize political opponents of the Biden regime before the results of the Arizona / Maricopa County ballot audit are revealed. The hand counting portion of the audit is now complete, and final results are expected in as little as ten days (around June 26th).
Disney Plus Aims To Be The #1 Corrupter Of Children With A ‘Reimagining’ Of Popular Disney Songs To Promote The LGBTQ+ Movement Agenda
From their inception, the Walt Disney Company geared itself to families and children, but when inspected closer, there was always a dark undertone to their product offerings with hidden messaging in animated movies and overly-adult themes in dialogue in children’s movies. Modern day Disney is pro-abortion, pro-occult, and don’t seem to care about the fact that China uses Muslim slave labor in Chinese concentration camps. Now Disney Plus wants to indoctrinate your kids with LGBTQ+ ideology set to some of their most-loved music.
EXCLUSIVE! State Prison Employee Blows Whistle – ALL Visitors, ALL Inmates MUST Be Jabbed!
To Avoid Solitary Confinement, All Visitors, All Ages MUST Get Jabbed to Visit, All Inmates MUST Be Jabbed Despite Contactless Visit Structure!
Source: 18 June 2021 – Rapture Ready
|California reservoir expected to fall so low that hydro-power plant will shut down for first time, Farmers say there is no more water, forced to leave fields fallowPosted: 18 Jun 2021 07:38 AM PDT(CNN) – Water in a key California reservoir will fall so low this summer that its hydroelectric power plant will be forced to shut down for the first time, officials said Thursday, straining the state’s already-taxed electric grid.An unrelenting drought and record heat, both worsened by the changing climate, have pushed the water supply at Northern California’s Lake Oroville to deplete rapidly. As a result of the “alarming levels,” officials will likely be forced to close the Edward Hyatt Power Plant for the first time since it opened in 1967, California Energy Commission spokesperson Lindsay Buckley told CNN.Continue reading California reservoir expected to fall so low that hydro-power plant will shut down for first time, Farmers say there is no more water, forced to leave fields fallow at End Time Headlines.|
|UPDATE: Massive dust cloud sweeping across Atlantic, heading toward Florida…Posted: 18 Jun 2021 07:26 AM PDT(ETH) – Radiant sunsets are in the forecast for parts of Florida thanks in part to a weather pattern currently underway across another continent. Dust kicked up across the Sahara Desert and carried by trade winds has been pouring off the coast of Africa in recent weeks and floating clear across the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean and Florida.The dusty air is brought about by a weather pattern known as the African easterly jet, which consists of strong low to midlevel winds in the atmosphere over central Africa.Continue reading UPDATE: Massive dust cloud sweeping across Atlantic, heading toward Florida… at End Time Headlines.|
|Naked Tennessee woman armed with ax arrested at WalmartPosted: 18 Jun 2021 07:15 AM PDT(ETH) – A Tennessee woman was arrested Tuesday after she was found partially naked and using an ax inside a Walmart, authorities said.Officers in Knoxville responded to the giant retailer after a caller said a naked woman was throwing items at employees and defecated on herself, according to a police report.Nashea Brown, 35, was found in the sporting goods section with an ax and a knife tucked into her bra, police said.Continue reading Naked Tennessee woman armed with ax arrested at Walmart at End Time Headlines.|
|Fossils from largest land mammals ever known discovered in ChinaPosted: 17 Jun 2021 08:36 PM PDT(ETH) – Fossils from two giant rhinos dating back about 22 million years have been unearthed in China, according to a study published Thursday. They are among the latest relics of the gigantic animal, which was discovered amid great fanfare early last century.Much larger than modern rhinos, giant rhinos often stood more than 20 feet tall at the shoulder and weighed more than 20 tons, making them bigger than mammoths and the largest land mammal that ever lived.Continue reading Fossils from largest land mammals ever known discovered in China at End Time Headlines.|
|New report reveals that hacker tried to poison water treatment plant that served parts of San Francisco Bay AreaPosted: 17 Jun 2021 08:30 PM PDT(ETH) – On Jan. 15, a hacker tried to poison a water treatment plant that served parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. It didn’t seem hard. The hacker had the username and password for a former employee’s TeamViewer account, a popular program that lets users remotely control their computers,according to a private report compiled by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center in February and seen by NBC News.Continue reading New report reveals that hacker tried to poison water treatment plant that served parts of San Francisco Bay Area at End Time Headlines.|
|‘Mega-heat wave’ peaking in the West, shattering records and intensifying drought and firesPosted: 17 Jun 2021 08:24 PM PDT(ETH) – One of the most extreme heat waves ever observed in the western United States this early in the season is near its climax. The punishing blast of heat, which began Sunday, has set hundreds of records while simultaneously worsening a historically severe drought, intensifying fires, and degrading air quality.About 40 million Americans have endured triple-digit heat and more than 50 million have been under excessive heat warnings this week.Continue reading ‘Mega-heat wave’ peaking in the West, shattering records and intensifying drought and fires at End Time Headlines.|
|Magnitude 3.8 earthquake rattles Western Indiana; Felt in ChicagoPosted: 17 Jun 2021 07:25 PM PDT(ETH) – A magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon in western Indiana, with some people more than 150 miles away reporting they felt the tremor.The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake happened at 2:18 p.m. at a depth of nearly 5 miles, just west of Bloomingdale, Indiana, about 150 miles south of Chicago.According to a USGS map, people reported feeling the earthquake across much of western and central Indiana — including Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Lafayette — as well as northwest Indiana, Chicago, and the suburbs.Continue reading Magnitude 3.8 earthquake rattles Western Indiana; Felt in Chicago at End Time Headlines.|
“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”
“The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. … How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?” —John Adams (1778)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- Make Fatherhood Great Again
- The Trouble With Narrow SCOTUS Rulings
- Dems’ HR 1 Gambit Dead-Ends at GOP Roadblock
- Is Joe Biden Mentally Impaired?
- North Korean Defector: ‘This Country Is Choosing’ Tyranny
- Jon Stewart Trolls the Dead-Enders
- COVID Side Effects: Teen Suicide Attempts Spike
- Daily Features: Executive News Summary, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
“We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.”
“The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. … In vain are Schools, Academies, and Universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years. … The vices and examples of the parents cannot be concealed from the children.” —John Adams (1778)
My friend and neighbor, Willie Richardson, knows more about raising Black children than most Americans of any racial or ethnic background can ever know. Ahead of this Father’s Day weekend, Willie devoted his Grassroots Perspective analysis to the devastating consequences of fatherless homes. I have also written extensively on that outcome.
Like our longtime mutual friend and dedicated father, Patrick Hampton, also one or our Grassroots Perspective writers, Willie is one of the bravest men I know.
These two men, and a growing number of other Black men and women, have taken very public roles standing against the prevailing race-bait orthodoxy propagated by race hustlers at the helm of the Democrat Party. As a result, Willie and Patrick, and their families, have paid a heavy price for taking a grassroots stand against that tide.
But they have remained steadfast in their convictions as men of faith devoted to family.
On the subject of fatherhood, I was struck this week by remarks delivered back in 2008 by a mixed-race man who identifies as Black, Barack Obama. As you recall, Obama was the victim of a badly broken family and was discipled by Marxists and Black supremacist haters — most notably his “pastor,” Jeremiah Wright.
Despite what almost always prove to be insurmountable odds, I believe that Obama was and is a devoted husband and father, as much so as President George W. Bush before him.
In 2008, the New York Times offered this assessment of then-Senator Obama’s speech: “Obama Sharply Assails Absent Black Fathers.”
Obama had this to say about fatherhood to the congregants of the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago:
Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it. …
But if we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.
You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.
Obama declared, “Yes, we need more cops on the street,” but he insisted, “We also need families to raise our children.” He concluded: “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child — it’s the courage to raise one.”
What fascinated me most about Obama’s comments is his abject blindness to the underlying factors that have caused and continue to cause the gross deterioration in Black families and communities: Democrat social policies.
Bottom line: The Democrat Party was, is, and will continue to be the agent of Black oppression. Arguably, the socialist Democrats are now, simultaneously, the historical authors and political beneficiaries of systemic racism, which they have institutionalized over the last century. It is Democrats who have kept generations of poor non-White Americans ensnared and enslaved on urban poverty plantations.
While Father’s Day should be a day of celebration, it urgently needs to be a call to action. An almost universal common denominator for all the manifestations of social entropy afflicting our nation today is homes without fathers.
When I think about “fatherhood,” the word first invokes my relationship with the person who irrevocably shaped my own life. My “Old Man,” as I affectionately called him (and as my sons call me today), was the “founding father” in our home. I am humbled and grateful to be my father’s son and my children’s father. My father was always a devoted husband to my mom, and he was always there for my siblings and me. He was a real man, a man’s man in every sense of the word, and though he was imperfect as a husband and father, as am I, I thank God that I could call him “Dad.”
If you are a father, or want to support fatherhood initiatives, I encourage you to visit these good marriage and family advocacy organizations:
There are fine fathering resources at the National Fatherhood Initiative, the National Center for Fathering, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and a great mentoring organization like the one founded by my friends John Smithbaker and Scott MacNaughton, Fathers in the Field. Tony Dungy, the former professional football player and Super Bowl-winning coach, has devoted much of his post-football years to coaching fathers. His All Pro Dad fatherhood mentoring organization provides great resources.
From ObamaCare to religious liberty, some justices can’t discern what constitutes judicial activism.
The Supreme Court has sometimes issued rulings so sweeping and wrong that the nine (or often only five) robed despots have done nigh irreparable damage to our Constitution and Republic. Roe v. Wade comes to mind for its invention of make-believe “rights” and its federalism-crushing precedent. Yet in other cases, the Court’s mistake has been in not going far enough to defend basic rights guaranteed in the Constitution.
Let’s start with ObamaCare, which, in a 7-2 ruling issued Thursday, SCOTUS failed for a third time to strike down. To be clear right up front, the Court’s real failure came in 2012, when Chief Justice John Roberts switched sides and inexplicably rewrote the law so as to uphold it. In that egregious ruling, he unilaterally declared the individual mandate penalty a tax so that he could say Congress had the authority to create the law under its power to tax. This was despite the fact that Democrats had gone out of their way in crafting the law and then defending it before the Court to say that the penalty was not a tax. Neither were the leftist justices making the tax argument.
Roberts sacrificed Rule of Law on the altar of politics in order to not be seen as discrediting his own institution. Ironically, the result of his effort was a precedent that did damage to the Court.
Not only that, but he ensured future litigation would continue because he left standing a law that Congress clearly did not have the constitutional authority to enact. That next litigation came when Republicans used their 2017 tax reform to zero out the penalty tax for anyone who hadn’t purchased health insurance.
Texas and 17 other states then sued to challenge the law on the grounds Roberts had created. If there’s no tax, they said, the mandate cannot stand. And without the mandate, the law itself must fall. Despite their victories in lower courts, it was a long shot, and sure enough, it failed — though not on the merits, which the majority didn’t even really address. Instead, the seven justices ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing under Article III.
After joining the majority, Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s picture is plastered across the Internet today primarily because of the Democrats’ hysterical warnings last fall. “The American people should make no mistake,” cried then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “a vote by any Senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.” So much for that. Moreover, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas joined the majority.
The bottom line is what we said from the beginning: ObamaCare, as with every other massive and unconstitutional entitlement created by Congress, is here to stay, unless Congress says otherwise.
The second ruling to consider is the Court’s 9-0 ruling in favor of Catholic Social Services, a Philadelphia foster agency that had sued to stop from being forced by the city to place adoptive children with same-sex couples, contrary to biblical and church teaching.
First, note that the unanimous ruling is one of several this term, and that’s significant given the Democrats’ push to pack the Court. The justices seem to be sending a message: Don’t do it.
Second, the ruling is a clear win for religious liberty. “CSS seeks only an accommodation that will allow it to continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs; it does not seek to impose those beliefs on anyone else,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in his majority opinion. “The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with CSS for the provision of foster care services unless it agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents cannot survive strict scrutiny, and violates the First Amendment.”
Third, however, the ruling does not provide protection for religious liberty beyond the narrow instance at hand. In fact, the ACLU celebrated the ruling for not “establish[ing] a constitutional right to opt out of [non-discrimination] laws when discrimination is motivated by religious beliefs.” That’s a tendentious framing, of course, given that Rainbow Mafia thugs are the aggressors in these cases.
Yes, the ruling heeds the limits of judicial authority, but it fails to provide true and needed protections for the religious liberty of all Americans. Yes, it’s the latest in a series of rulings favorable to religious liberty, but it also highlights the shortcomings of these narrow rulings. It’s what the Wall Street Journal editors call Roberts’s “mode of seeking consensus by watering down principle.”
The primary problem is that the Court again shied away from overturning the Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith, which applies a standard to claims of religious liberty that has turned out to be too stringent. That’s especially true when leftists are demanding total fealty to their intolerant dogma in every facet of life.
“Dodging the question,” said Justice Neil Gorsuch, “guarantees it will recur tomorrow.”
Tomorrow actually came this past Tuesday in the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, saying that he did not have to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Yet because the Smith precedent still stood, the Court tailored its ruling narrowly, and the result has been continued harassment of Phillips by the Rainbow Mafia.
On Tuesday, Phillips lost a similar case in Colorado, when a Denver district judge ruled that he violated the rights of Autumn Scardina, an activist attorney who demanded a cake for “her” gender “transition.” Phillips will of course appeal, but all of this could have been avoided if the Supreme Court would take one of the many opportunities it’s had to definitively protect religious liberty. Instead, as Justice Samuel Alito put it, “The Court has emitted a wisp of a decision that leaves religious liberty in a confused and vulnerable state.”
The overarching theme here is that some of the justices can’t seem to tell the difference between judicial activism — legislating from the bench — and defending core constitutional rights. Unless and until the justices develop the backbone necessary to stop doing the former while upholding the latter, American Patriots and particularly Christians will be forced to continue fighting what should be unnecessary legal battles to defend the Constitution from encroaching government programs and diktats, as well as basic Liberty and individual rights against the tyrannical persecution of the “tolerant” Left.
Joe Manchin’s proposed compromise on the election-rigging push was rejected by Republicans.
Senate Democrats’ last-ditch effort to garner some Republican support for a blatant power grab failed on Thursday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unequivocally rejected Senator Joe Manchin’s proposed compromise on S 1/HR 1 — the dubiously titled “For the People Act.”
In announcing the GOP rejection, McConnell stated:
Senate Democrats seem to have reached a so-called ‘compromise’ election takeover among themselves. In reality, the plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise. It still subverts the First Amendment to supercharge cancel culture and the Left’s name-and-shame campaign model. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and hands it over to computers. And it still retains S. 1’s rotten core: an assault on the fundamental idea that states, not the federal government, should decide how to run their own elections.
Senate Democrats need the support of at least 10 Republicans in order to advance the bill past the filibuster for a floor vote. Manchin, who has rejected pressure from his fellow Democrats to vote to eliminate the filibuster, also opposed the original HR 1/S 1. He was aiming to come up with a compromise he hoped would successfully avoid the filibuster issue entirely.
However, Manchin’s proposed “compromises” amounted to little other than nibbling at the edges of what remains a profoundly partisan and anti-federalist piece of legislation. “I would make this observation about the revised version,” McConnell said. “It still turns the federal election commission from a judge into a prosecutor.”
Unsurprisingly, Schumer blasted Republicans over their refusal to get behind “critical voting rights.” Translation: He means the institutionalization of election fraud to perpetuate Democrats’ nationwide control. Furthermore, exactly whose voting rights would supposedly be “critically” affected should this legislation fail to pass? The answer is simple: Nobody’s. That is, no one who’s legally allowed to vote.
The Democrats are sure to keep pressing this “voting rights” gambit as they promulgate a disinformation campaign that they hope to turn into a midterm election issue. Republicans must continue to shine the bright light of truth on this deceitful attempted power grab.
A letter from House Republicans to the president asks that he take a cognitive exam just as Donald Trump did.
There was a moment in Geneva, a moment missed by most journalists, when Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were sitting side by side, finishing up a discussion on cyber warfare. Thinking the mics had been turned off, Putin leaned into Biden and whispered, “Joe, admit it. Trump won the election.”
To which Biden nodded knowingly and replied, “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
Okay, we kid. Making light of the American president’s mental state has been mostly fun and games to this point, but sooner or later someone’s going to get hurt. First-term Texas Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson seems to understand this, and yesterday he penned a letter to Biden, cosigned by 13 fellow House Republicans, that urges the president to submit to a cognitive test and submit the results to the American people.
Jackson, perhaps more than any other American citizen, is best suited to write such a letter. After all, he was formerly the White House physician to both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. If anyone understands the great strain and the awesome cognitive demands of the American presidency, it’s Jackson. Yesterday, in addition to sending that letter, he issued a written statement:
The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their President. They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties demanded of the office, and they deserve to have full transparency on the mental state of their highest elected leader. I would argue that the American people don’t have that confidence in President Biden. When I was Physician to President Donald J. Trump, the liberal media relentlessly pushed a narrative that he needed a cognitive test and that it should be the standard for anyone serving as Commander-in-Chief and Head of State. I administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) test and President Trump excelled. Given the precedent set and Biden’s clear mental impairment, I believe it is past time he undergo a cognitive test.
“We write to you today,” the letter to Biden begins, “to express concern with your current cognitive state. We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all Presidents should follow the precedent set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities.”
Biden’s handlers, of course, won’t allow him to submit to any such test, unless his decline becomes utterly untenable. But perhaps bipartisan pressure will ultimately force their hand. The 46th president still has 44 months left in his term, and, as we’ve written previously, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have already made some maneuvers to this end. As our Mark Alexander wrote in March:
Weeks before the election, Pelosi seeded the 25th Amendment legislation for Biden’s path to resign. As I noted then, “Pelosi’s target is, ostensibly, Trump. But if Biden wins, this will provide Democrats plausible deniability to remove him. Of course, he’ll be complicit in that political maneuver, and ‘acquiesce’ to House Democrats in order to cover the fact that the real candidate has been Kamala Harris all along, thus not causing protest from his supporters that the transition was fixed before the election.”
In addition, our Thomas Gallatin reported in February:
Nearly three dozen House Democrats led by Jimmy Panetta (CA) recently sent a letter to Joe Biden requesting that he give up his unilateral authority to launch the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In the letter, Panetta contends, “Vesting one person with this authority entails risks. Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.”
Of course, Panetta’s letter didn’t mention Biden’s advanced age or his mental state, but it didn’t have to. The letter was unprecedented, and, as Gallatin noted, it “tacitly underscores fears that Biden can’t be trusted with nukes.”
Regardless of whether Democrats one day join Republicans in their concern for Biden’s cognitive decline, Jackson and his colleagues have done the nation a service by going on the record rather than merely whispering and muttering about it.
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Yeonmi Park has a grim warning about the similarities between her birth country and this one.
Brian Mark Weber
America’s colleges and universities are in trouble.
But we’re not talking about financial problems. Yeah, they’ve got those too. Instead, the real concern is that our institutions of higher learning have become centers of indoctrination where gullible minds are taught to hate the very country that made “free thinking” in academia possible in the first place.
It isn’t surprising that most American students gobble up the vitriol spewed by their professors at our country’s founders, the Declaration and the Constitution, and Western traditions. By the time they enter college as freshman (yes, we can still use that term), their minds have already been saturated with 18 years of left-wing propaganda found in television, movies, and social media. And their minds have already been primed by agents of the Left, also known as union schoolteachers.
In recent years, the pieces of this broader effort to undermine our country from within include Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and the Learning for Justice curriculum.
When they get to college, it’s one thing for American students to realize what’s being done to them, but quite another when a defector from North Korea finds that country’s mindset thriving here in the land of the free.
That’s right — North Korea. The quintessential Potemkin village, a place desperately trying to appear prosperous and free but whose citizens are oppressed by authoritarianism, state-sponsored brainwashing, and speech codes.
Sounds a little too much like our own country, doesn’t it?
Former Columbia University student and North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, for one, was amazed to find what Fox News summarizes as “anti-Western sentiment, collective guilt and suffocating political correctness” in a top American university. “Yeonmi saw red flags immediately upon arriving at the school. During orientation, she was scolded by a university staff member for admitting she enjoyed classic literature such as Jane Austen. It only got worse from there as Yeonmi realized that every one of her classes at the Ivy League school was infected with what she saw as anti-American propaganda, reminiscent to the sort she had grown up with.”
Park risked her life to get to America, a place she thought would embrace free speech and an open inquiry into ideas. In 2007, she escaped with her mother from North Korea, where they had fallen into slavery only to be rescued by Christian missionaries. She published a memoir, In Order to Live, describing her harrowing struggle to find freedom.
Instead, she found in the United States a nation evolving into a future North Korea. Even in the “land of the free and home of the brave,” people are silenced or punished for speaking out against the state, and citizens are told what to think and how to speak.
While you might might think this type of anti-American propaganda can only be found in Ivy League schools, think again. Students in community colleges, state universities, and even our elite military academies are being taught to hate their country and to feel guilty for being American.
At the college level, administrators and deans have wholly embraced the “anti-racist” agenda and pledged to train its faculty and students how to be anti-racist. Add in strict speech codes, safe spaces, trigger warnings, preferred pronouns, cancel culture, self-censorship, mocking traditional viewpoints, removing Western literature and history, and professors using the academic lectern as a political bully pulpit, and you’ve got an army of millions ready to burn it all down after they graduate.
That’s enough to scare just about anybody, even a defector from the totalitarian regime in North Korea. Sometimes in history “there’s a military coup d’etat, like a force comes in taking your rights away and silencing you,” Park says. “But this country is choosing to be silenced, choosing to give their rights away.”
Maybe it’s time more Americans start waking up and heeding Park’s warning before it’s too late.
The former “Daily Show” host has had enough of the Left’s lab-leak denialism.
The eyes have it. Specifically, the sadness, the look of utter resignation in them. It’s as if Jon Stewart is thinking, Woe is our country that I even have to explain such an obviosity to these dead-end dolts.
Those dolts, of course, are the leftists, like his buddy Stephen Colbert, who still cling to the notion that COVID-19 was naturally occurring — that it came to us innocently from a bat or a pangolin, rather than incompetently or even malevolently from a level 4 Chinese virology lab with a documented history of safety violations.
But, but … Trump said it, so it can’t possibly be true.
Stewart, who hosted “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central for 16 years and then all but disappeared, is himself a lefty, but an often-funny and occasionally fair-minded one — unlike his Trump-deranged host and one-time mentee. And if you haven’t seen his performance from Monday night, it’s worth eight minutes of your time (if you’re in a hurry, skip ahead to the 2:15 mark).
Stewart began by backhanding the Church of the Left: “I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science,” he said. “Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic … [dramatic pause] which was more than likely caused by science.”
“Do you mean perhaps there’s a chance that this was created in a lab?” asked an incredulous Colbert.
“A chance?” Stewart replied. “Oh my God, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China. What do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab.”
He then riffed on and repeatedly drove home that cosmically unlikely likelihood — that this killer of nearly four million people, this novel coronavirus with the remarkable ability to attack the respiratory system of humans, just coincidentally happened to break out in the only city in China with a biosafety level 4 virology lab in which they up-engineer coronaviruses to attack the respiratory system of humans.
“What about this, what about this, listen to this,” Stewart frantically suggested. “There’s been an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania. What do you think happened? I don’t know, maybe a steam shovel mated with a cocoa bean. Or, it’s the f—ing chocolate factory!”
Colbert persisted, clinging to the only remaining piece of flotsam from the Left’s natural-release shipwreck: “It could be possible that they have the lab in Wuhan to study the novel coronavirus diseases,” he said, “because in Wuhan there are a lot of novel coronavirus diseases because of the bat population there.” (Actually, there is no native bat population in Wuhan.)
“Sure, I understand, it’s a local specialty. And it’s the only place to find bats,” Stewart sneered. “You won’t find bats anywhere else. Oh, wait. Austin, Texas, has thousands of ‘em that fly out of a cave every night every night at dusk [actually, they have more than a million, and they fly out from underneath a bridge] … but the only coronavirus we have is in Wuhan, where they have a lab that’s called — what’s the lab called again, Stephen?”
Stewart could’ve saved some breath here. As National Review’s Isaac Schorr notes, the bats being studied in the Wuhan lab come from caves roughly 1,000 miles away. Maybe Stewart just wanted to belt out the heretofore forbidden word “Wuhan” once again. He did so repeatedly, and he did so with gusto. WOO-hann, he’d say, as if it were some sort of frat-boy cheer, or as if Donald Trump were pulling his strings. Pretty soon, Stewart will be replacing the “Ch” in “China” with a hard “J.”
To those of you who are disinclined to celebrate this long-overdue bit of truth-telling, we know what you’re thinking: Stewart isn’t one of us, and we don’t need his sanction. That’s true enough. Being consistently proven right about one thing after another — about masks, about lockdowns, about school closures, about hydroxychloroquine — is its own reward. Further, you ask, what is it about the science that’s changed in recent days — changed enough, in fact, to convince Big Tech that the mere mention of the lab-leak theory is no longer grounds for censorship from social media? Answer: Nothing. Still, Jon Stewart isn’t just any man of the Left. He’s among the best it’s got.
As National Review’s Kyle Smith notes, “Conservatives can deal out unpleasant truths all we want, but the culture at large has so marginalized us that nothing we say really breaks through, and both the legacy media and Silicon Valley tech firms are increasingly brazen about simply denying conservatives access to the microphone. Stewart is different. He is worshipped by the left-of-center media. … When he speaks, lefties listen.”
Boy, did they listen. And, boy, did they gnash their teeth.
This is an unequivocal win for our side. It’s okay to enjoy it.
The CDC reports that teens made 31% more attempts on their own lives than before the pandemic.
It doesn’t come as a surprise — in fact, we’ve written about it before — but a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what many surmised: The psychological toll of lockdowns and social isolation would have a significant impact on teenagers. In 2020, suicide attempts by adolescents age 12 to 17 jumped 31% over the year prior.
According to the report, “Young persons might represent a group at high risk because they might have been particularly affected by mitigation measures, such as physical distancing (including a lack of connectedness to schools, teachers, and peers); barriers to mental health treatment; increases in substance use; and anxiety about family health and economic problems.”
Importantly, the report observes that the longer the lockdowns and school closures went on, a corresponding uptick in youth suicide attempts resulted, especially among girls. Earlier this year, from February to March, ER visits among girls 12 to 17 for suspected suicide attempts increased by a whopping 50.6% over the same pre-pandemic period last year. Suicide attempts by boys over the same time span rose by 3.7%. Girls are certainly more in need of in-person social interaction.
In the end, the pandemic’s largest health impact on today’s teenagers may in fact be on their mental well-being rather than any major physical illness.
As educator Barbara James wrote last November, “Surviving 2020 is only the beginning. The lasting impact of the gravitas of shutdowns, masks, and other extraordinary measures is yet to be determined. Our children will have lost months of education, growth, natural curiosity and discovery, and personal interactions. I fear we will feel the lasting effects of this gap resulting in stunted or delayed development. Will the relief of a vaccine overcome the grief over the loss of special moments, milestones, family traditions, and family members?”
Furthermore, with mandated social distancing and school closures, the primary means for teenagers to connect has been via social media. There’s little question that social media by its very nature can have quite the toxic impact on an individual’s mental well-being — especially for young people who are still developing an understanding of their own self-worth. It doesn’t take a social scientist or even an anti-bullying advocate to observe that social media can have an especially deleterious influence over an individual’s self-esteem. Compound that for teens with little to no in-person interaction, and you have a spiking suicide rate.
We are now starting to see the consequences of power-engrossed governing officials and their bad policy decisions of prolonged lockdowns. And while a number of COVID deaths may be tallied, the number of deaths due to government officials’ response to the novel virus may never be known or even truly considered. And for many of America’s teenagers, the “cure” for COVID almost certainly has been worse than the disease.
On the Web
- Willie Richardson: Dads Make the Difference — Troubled kids often lack a father, while children who excel have a dad in the home.
- Dakota Wood: In Brief: CRT Will Destroy Our Military — What matters is “wearing the same uniform, supporting the same combat organization, serving the same country.”
Government & Politics
- Biden signs politicized and non-unifying bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday (AP)
- Obama’s Biden’s IRS denies tax exemption to Christian group, associates Bible with GOP (Daily Signal)
- House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization as Senate prepares to take action (CNBC)
- Biden’s half-cocked “off-limits” list for Russian cyberattacks criticized as “green light” to target everything else (Fox News)
- Chinese defector was top counterintelligence official (RedState)
Around the Nation
- “These officers find themselves in a no-win situation”: Fifty law enforcement personnel resign en masse from Portland’s crowd control unit (The Oregonian)
- Iowa governor signs “Back the Blue” bill to crack down on rioting, establish qualified immunity (Washington Examiner)
- More projection: Murder Capital Mayor Lori Lightfoot declares racism a public health emergency (Washington Times)
- Mark and Patricia McCloskey plead guilty to misdemeanors, forfeit guns (Fox 2)
Around the World
- Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under bogus security law (AP)
- Beijing considers lifting all birth restrictions by 2025 (Bloomberg)
- Majority has an unfavorable view of Critical Race Theory (Washington Examiner)
- Trump announces first rally since leaving the White House (Washington Examiner)
- Policy: What two parents mean for black and white children (IFS)
- Policy: January 6: An intelligence failure? (AEI)
- Humor: Biden retaliates for Chinese defector by giving China the entire FBI (Genesius Times)
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- Clay Travis: Biden-Putin Summit a Distraction From Real Foe: China — The Biden-Putin meeting took place this week, but it’s all just a facade. We are in a Cold War with China.
- Prager U: Overmedicated America — Americans spend a fortune on healthcare, but it doesn’t seem to be making us any healthier.
- DAVID LIMBAUGHBaker Jack Phillips — A Cultural Hero
- TONY PERKINSFixing the Cracks in Philly’s Liberty Bail
- RICH LOWRYTrillions for Domestic Spending, Not a Cent More for Defense
- JOSH HAMMERBig Tech Only Has Itself to Blame for Republican Rethinking of Antitrust
- DAVID HARSANYIThe Myth of Republican Obstructionism
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Insight: “America would be better off as a country and Americans happier and more prosperous as a people if half of our government boards, bureaus, and commissions were Abolished, hundreds of thousands of our government officials, agents and employees were discharged, and two-thirds of our government regulations, restrictions, inhibitions were removed.” —Albert J. Beveridge (1862-1927)
Upright: “Even last year, in the throes of the lockdowns, we were being warned that many workers in the retail, hospitality and restaurant segments of the economy were going to be making more money with the federal income supplements than they would when — or if — they returned to work. Those are exactly the workers whose absence is being sorely felt now. … Neither our economy nor our society writ large can survive on Facebook, Apple, Google, TikTok and YouTube. We need restaurants, grocery stores, plumbers, car mechanics, roofers, electricians, dentists and innumerable other businesses. And those businesses need employees.” —Laura Hollis
Re: The Left: “Bad policy is often wrapped in unassailable terms like ‘compassion.’ This is a cheap ploy to avoid having the difficult conversations about the long-term desirability of whatever is being called for; who wants to be seen as uncompassionate? But no analysis of any policy is complete without taking human nature into account, and the incentives and disincentives created by whatever laws or regulations are being sold as the latest cure-all for deeply difficult societal problems. We’ve been taken in by gladhanding politicians and ‘experts’ enough times that we should know better. Americans must look past the sales pitch and consider the actual effects of any policies activists are clamoring for.” —Laura Hollis
Setting the record straight: “It has been seriously proposed that the intellectual property the companies hold for their vaccine development should be stripped away. This is in the name of more rapid distribution to developing nations. Private property is the central pavilion of a free society, and its removal by force of law places our government in line with the People’s Republic of China as they brazenly steal the technology of private companies that sell their products to the Chinese people. … What medicines do you or your spouse or your parents take that were not developed in the United States by Big Pharma? If we choose to kill the goose that lays the golden egg, we are simply less prosperous. If we choose to vilify and undermine our pharmaceutical industry, we stand to lose far more than just our prosperity.” —Armstrong Williams
America Last: “[Vladimir] Putin won when [Joe] Biden, unlike any previous recent president, refused to hold a joint press conference after their summit. Biden told reporters, ‘This is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other.’ He’s right about that — it wouldn’t be a contest at all. Both men would be expected to aggressively articulate a strong defense of their nation. Putin can do that in his sleep. But Biden can’t do that without putting us to sleep.” —Gary Bauer
Double standards: “I couldn’t help but notice the irony that Joe Biden has insisted that Russia must understand it cannot cross the border into Ukraine and must respect Ukraine’s sovereignty. So, once again, we’re going all out to protect the borders of some other place in the world, while scandalously leaving our own border wide open as people from more than 160 countries pour across it.” —Gary Bauer
Observations: “The same left that cautions us against pointing fingers at any Muslim is eager to point fingers at every Caucasian. This administration and the left-wing media and political establishment are guaranteeing — short of divine intervention — that racial discord will get worse in this country with each passing day. But they’re also creating a huge foreign policy and national security problem for the United States. When pressed by reporters … about threats against dissidents in Russia, Vladimir Putin declared ‘Black Lives Matter’ to condemn the United States. Communist China is already using the words of Biden, Harris and the radical left against the United States. It is beyond bad when the talking points of our enemies are being written at the DNC, BLM and the White House.” —Gary Bauer
For the record: “This is how Democrats impose fascistic rules on the citizenry without ever having to cast a dangerous vote: They write laws with vague statements of high principle, then dump the actual rule-making onto a government agency, where refugees from the ACLU issue edicts outlawing private property, due process, free speech and honest elections. … There’s no disincentive to government lawyers pursuing frivolous cases to the end of the Earth. Even if they eventually lose, they don’t have to worry about court costs or legal fees. They don’t pay ‘em. You do.” —Ann Coulter
And last… “Ironically, meaning totally predictably, the original 1965 Voting Rights Act was necessary because Democrats were trying to prevent black people from voting. Today, Democrats are using these new ‘voting rights’ bills to ensure that 110% of black people vote, even if they are convicted felons, don’t live in the state, didn’t actually fill out a ballot or are dead.” —Ann Coulter
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(PJ Media) – Over the last several weeks, we’ve been bringing you Jen Van Laar’s shocking exclusive reports at RedState about a Chinese defector, reportedly working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), who claims to have “direct knowledge” of China’s bioweapons program.
“Not only is the COVID lab leak theory looking more credible by the hour, but also Joe being compromised by China and for being a shady dealer with his son looks like it got corroborated.”
(Matt Vespa – Townhall) As the media laments being totally wrong about the COVID lab leak theory, more details are coming out about the Chinese defector who has been taken into US custody….
The man alleges that he has knowledge about a slew of chinse bioweapons programs and COVID. He alleges that the current pandemic was caused by a lab leak, and that bats were the real cover-up story. The defector alleges that while the lab leak was an accident, it was allowed to spread. Our friends at RedState wrote about this first, but Jen Van Laar has a new development. The identity of the defector has been confirmed and he’s a high-ranking intelligence official with the People’s Republic of China… View article →
The IRS has denied the request by a Texas faith-based organization to become tax-exempt, saying that several of the group’s “Bible teachings” on abortion, marriage and other issues are primarily affiliated with the Republican Party.
The Family Research Council’s Center for Biblical Worldview conducted a nationwide survey in an effort to find out whether people possess a biblical worldview and how they seek to integrate that into their life.
With little or no notice to local officials, the Biden administration is placing in towns across the nation young illegal aliens who are part of the massive surge in border crossings.
Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., told the Washington Examiner’s “Secrets” column the development is the “reckless” result of Biden’s effort to erase President Trump’s immigration legacy.
“The administration’s only giving lip service to our border crisis,” he said. “They think that simply asking migrants not to illegally enter our country is sufficient when clearly it’s not, and the continued crippling influx at the border proves it’s not.”
Vice President Kamala Harris’ refusal to go to the border despite being designated Biden’s border czar is further proof, the senator said.
Young, who is running for reelection in 2022, served on the border as a U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer during the Clinton-era immigration crisis.
Noting a 45% surge in unaccompanied illegal alien minors being sent to Indiana, he described the situation he recently observed at the border.
“The cartels traffic individuals, first by plane, and then, they load young children and others into these vehicles and drive them to these designated drop-off points.” he said.
“It was like observing clown cars drive up to one of these designated drop-off points and unload. You had the coyotes, members of the cartel, in front, and behind them were illegals, many of which, perhaps, most of which were children. And it was brazen.”
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee have asked Congress to investigate the Biden administration’s handling of the unaccompanied minors, the Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported.
“These experiences sow seeds of mistrust in our communities, and work to intentionally subvert the will of the people for a secure border and a clear, lawful immigration process,” they said in a letter to a Senate committee.
The governors also expressed concern about the number of migrants from countries designated as sponsors of terrorism.
Young said that Biden’s administration’s immigration policy appears to be driven by its “viscerally dislikes” of Trump.
“And that led them to recklessly repeal President Trump’s important and effective border policies,” said Young. ”
And now, all of America’s paying the price, and I will say this is being felt across the heartland as well.”
In this episode, Dinesh explores an explosive question with Darren Beattie, publisher of the Revolver News expose: Was January 6 a set-up job by the FBI and the Deep State? Biden loses it with a CNN reporter and—surprise! surprise!
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