“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was repeatedly met with standing ovation over the weekend as he spoke to the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference.
DeSantis’ speech comes after a new strawpollfrom a top conservative summit over the weekend found that DeSantis has overtaken former President Donald Trump as the person that conservatives desire to be the next president.
DeSantis, who spoke for half an hour at the event, highlighted his record as the state’s governor and what his goals are moving forward.
Highlights from DeSantis’ speech include:
“And for me, my ability to serve as governor and the opportunity, wasn’t an opportunity to be somebody. I didn’t need another title. It was an opportunity to do great things on behalf of the state. I was not going to settle for merely being the controlled opposition to leftism. Instead, we were going to fight big battles and we were going to win and we have practiced that.”
“My first year as governor, I signed into law, the largest expansion of school choice anywhere in the country. I signed a ban on sanctuary cities. And through my appointments, I was able to shape the Supreme Court of Florida from being one of the most liberal courts in the nation to being one of the most conservative.”
“I can tell you if Florida had not done what we did [with the pandemic], many other states would not have followed, and we could still be in lockdown in this country right now. … So ultimately, Florida chose freedom over Fauci-ism and we are better off for it.”
“But, you know, as important as the COVID was all of last year and into this year, one of the major events we had to deal with last summer, were roits all across the United States. And I made a decision, as soon as I saw that, that would not happen in Florida. We were not going to let our cities burn down. We called up the national guard and immediately, we worked with local law enforcement. We were ready. And as a result, we didn’t see the type of devastation that you saw in many of these other cities. … I also proposed that our legislature pass and I signed a few months ago, the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement legislation in the country, which basically says in Florida, we are not going to let any local government defund the police. We’re also going to make sure that people who engage in mob violence are held accountable. I’m sick of seeing things like in Portland, they riot, they get arrested, they have their mugshot taken, they slap them on the wrist and they put them right back on the street to do the same thing all over again. In Florida, if you engage in mob violence, you’re going to jail, and you’re going to stay in jail.”
“The rule of law is also being challenged by feckless policies of the Biden Harris administration at our Southern border. We had under president Donald Trump, we had a series of policies that worked, those policies upheld the sovereignty of our country. They made sure that our asylum system was not being abused. And everybody saw the results of that. When Joe Biden took office, he reversed those policies, not because there was a legitimate basis to do so in fact. It was because he needed to show that he didn’t like Trump and that he wasn’t going to be like Trump. Well, the result has been a disaster on the Southern border: human trafficking, crime, and drugs pouring into our country. And it’s gotten so bad and the Biden administration has been so reckless that states are now stepping up to secure the border, particularly in Texas and in Arizona and those governors and those states called on all the other governors and all the other states for support in this vital mission. And I’m proud to say Florida was the first state to answer the call. We are gonna’ help secure the border. We don’t want these drugs coming into our country. And we need to act because I can tell you, these cartels are eating Joe Biden’s lunch. And so I’m thankful that the governors are stepping up. What does it say about an administration when the states have to step up and do the jobs that the federal government is supposed to be doing? But nevertheless, this is where we are. And so we’ll do what we can to be helpful.”
[On woke corporations]:“I said, look if you are in one of these corporations, if you’re a woke CEO, you want to get involved in our legislative business. Look, it’s a free country. You know, you want to get in there and slam us or smear me or my legislature or Floridians, it’s a free country, but understand, if you do that, I’m fighting back against you and I’m gonna’ make sure that people understand your business practices and then we’re going talk about what you’re doing and we’ve been very clear about that. We are not going let our state be run by woke corporations. So we passed the bill. I signed the bill. The left had a spasm. The media had a spasm. The businesses didn’t say anything. They didn’t say anything because I think what they do is they think when the left comes after you, the path of least resistance and the way to avoid conflict is just to cave to them and genuflect to whatever they’re asking, even though it’s not based in fact, I think we basically said, ‘actually, you know, if you go down that road, you’re guaranteeing conflict because we will fight back and we will make sure that we’re defending our people, we’re going to defend our legislature, we’re not going to take this lying down.’”
[On corporations having too much power]“Now there’s problems with that. One, I’m not sure that’s the best for the economy, but two, if corporations are going to be in charge of all these things in our daily lives, I think it’s a problem for conservatives that they don’t share our values, but here’s the thing. As conservatives, we have to advance public policy that elevates the freedom of the individual over the freedom of the corporation. And that’s what this fight is about. Do we want individuals to be able to speak? Do we want to support that freedom or do we want to support the freedom of massive monopolies to censor views they don’t like? I know which side I stand on. I’m for the average American and the average Floridian who’s trying to fight back against big tech and make their voice heard.”
“But speaking of not sharing our values, if you look at what’s going on in our country, I don’t think you could discuss the ills of what we see going on without identifying one of the main reasons for that. A very partisan, corrupt, corporate, media, and many of them are based in New York City. They do not tell the truth routinely to the American people. Instead they manufacturer partisan narratives regardless of the facts. And their duty seems to really be trying to gaslight people into believing their narratives rather than to inform them of things that are actually going on.”
“One of the ways I think we can create a better foundation going forward and hopefully produce people that are understanding some of these narratives are for what they are, is we need a renewal of American civics back in our public school system and in our schools. People need to be taught why America was founded, what the principles that made our country unique were, they need to be taught that our rights do not come from government. They come from God. So they need to be taught what makes the country unique. They need to be taught American history, it needs to be factual, needs to be honest, need to talk about of course, many great achievements, many, many great lows, many triumphs, many tragedies, but that needs to be done honestly. And it cannot be infected with ideologies like Critical Race Theory.”
[On fighting back against the political left]“It ain’t going to be easy. You got to be strong. You got to put on the full armor of God. You got to take a stand, take a stand against the left’s schemes, you got to stand your ground, you got to be firm, you will face flaming arrows, but take up the shield of faith and fight on. So I look forward to joining with you in the battles to come. I can tell you that in the state of Florida, I’ll be holding the line, I’ll be standing my ground, I won’t back down, and I have only begun to fight. Thank you, God bless you, thank you so much.”
Dr. Robert Jeffress: Waffling about a sin is ‘unloving.’ Also, ‘The most loving thing you can do with anybody is to tell them the truth.’
Dr. Robert Jeffress: ‘When Paul writes about the topic of homosexuality, he doesn’t use his whisper voice.’ Also, ‘absolutely cannot, diminish the seriousness of that sin.’
Dr. Robert Jeffress blasted new Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton over a sermon where Ed Litton said the Bible “whispers” about homosexuality. Jeffress, pastor First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, said on the Todd Starnes Show that Pastors of the Gospel owe it to the people to preach what the Bible says.
Jeffress made his comments following a Reformation Charlotte exclusive that discovered a sermon with Ed Litton saying (just like J.D. Greear) that the Bible “whispers” about the sin of homosexuality.
“If this report is true, it is tremendously troubling,” Dr. Jeffress said. “This article goes on to say that these two men (J.D. Greear and Ed Litton) say that homosexuality is not as serious a sin as other sins in the Bible. Look, first of all, the comment is wrong. When you go to Romans 1, when Paul writes about the topic of homosexuality, he doesn’t use his whisper voice. He says that it is unlike any sin in the universe because it is not only the cause of God’s judgment but a result of God’s judgment. Paul said when people reject the truth about God, He gives them over to homosexuality, to what the Bible calls degrading passions and unnatural acts.
Jeffress said, “If these comments from Ed Litton and J.D. Greear are true, they are very unloving comments. The most loving thing you can do with anybody is to tell them the truth.”
Jeffress said there are many individuals of all ages in our churches who struggle with issues of gender and sexuality. So, the right thing to do is tell them the truth.
“When a man of God stands up and stutters and waffles and wavers on this, he is giving indirect permission for people to enter a lifestyle that is degrading and destructive,” Jeffress said. “That is an unloving thing to do.”
According to Jeffress, only by preaching the Word can we transform society.
“Our goal is to always teach God’s truth even if it is politically incorrect,” Jeffress said. “We will never transform the world. We will never transform America when we go wobbly on the absolute truth.”
After allowing Johnson to spend several minutes denouncing conservative Christianity on the count of its fidelity to the authority of Scripture while noting that Christianity is a turn-off to many people because of its views on abortion and homosexuality, Johnson then went on to read 1 Peter 3:15-16and twist it out of context without any correction from Litton. Johnson then went on to trash Southern Baptists, saying that they lack gentleness and respect.
This is not just the end of women’s sport, but of the Olympics itself:
The trans militants want to destroy women’s sport. In the process they are doing a good job of destroying women as well. They have declared all-out war not only on women, but on biology, and on reality itself. If you want to know how Western civilisation will finally come crashing down, simply look at the lunacy of the radical trans agenda.
I have written plenty on the trans cult. Indeed, this is my 223rd piece on the topic. And just one of many areas of real concern here has to do with the issue of women’s sport and how the trans mafia is working overtime to destroy it. I have written often on this matter. See this piece for example: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/03/06/trans-sport-and-the-assault-on-women/
On a daily basis we learn of more moonbattery from these folks. The most recent involves the decision to allow New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to compete in next month’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. He will become the first transgender athlete to compete at this level. I have written about Hubbard before, including in this article from three years ago: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/10/22/the-ongoing-war-against-women-in-sport/
Hubbard, born Gavin, lived as a man for 35 years before “transitioning” in 2012. And now he will change forever the face of the Olympics. One story describes this as follows:
Hubbard was named to represent NZ at the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday in the women’s super heavyweight category. She was named in a five-strong New Zealand weightlifting team, alongside Kanah Andrews-Nahu (women’s -87kg), Megan Signal (women’s -76kg), David Liti (men’s +109kg) and Cameron McTaggart (men’s -81kg).
The story goes on to note that not everyone is happy with this move:
Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen believes Hubbard maintains an unfair advantage. Vanbellinghen, who competes in the same +87kg division as the New Zealander, stressed that she fully supports the transgender community and that her comments were not a personal criticism of Hubbard.
“I am aware that defining a legal frame for transgender participation in sports is very difficult since there is an infinite variety of situations, and that reaching an entirely satisfactory solution, from either side of the debate, is probably impossible,” Vanbellinghen said recently. “However, anyone that has trained weightlifting at a high level knows this to be true in their bones: this particular situation is unfair to the sport and to the athletes.”
Thankfully, there are plenty of other folks who are concerned about where all this is headed. Entire organisations have sprung up recently to defend women in general, and women’s sport in particular, from the trans assault. Many could be mentioned here, but let me highlight just two of them. The first one is Save Women’s Sport Australasia. As they state on their homepage:
While everyone has the right to play sport, no one has the right to play in any category they choose. Sport is meaningless without fair competition, which is why we have separate categories for disabled people, for children, for men, and for women. However, a desire to be inclusive is having unintended negative consequences for women and girls, who are losing fair and meaningful competition at all levels of female sport. http://www.savewomenssport.com/
The purpose of this organisation is this: “Save Womens Sport Australasia is part of an international coalition of women’s organisations, athletes, and supporters of women in sport who assert that male athletes should not compete in female sports.”
Here are the first two points raised in their FAQ page:
Why is the female sports category important for women?
Male puberty locks in many changes to the male body that simply cannot be reversed. Males are (on average) taller, heavier, have bigger heads, longer arms and greater reach. They have greater lung capacity and the angle of their pelvic bones are different. This means they can run faster, jump longer, throw further and lift more. The differences in performance for elite male and female athletes is so marked across a wide range of sports that female athletes simply cannot bridge that gap.2 If women are to have the same opportunities in sport as men, at both amateur and elite level, they need a women-only category.
How is the female sports category under threat?
After many years of progress for women’s participation in sports, a new challenge has appeared: male-born athletes who identify as women are being allowed to compete against females. This is unfair to women. Female athletes who want to protest this clear injustice often face barriers: they risk a media backlash, jeopardising contracts with commercial sponsors, and being disciplined by their sporting bodies. http://www.savewomenssport.com/faq
Last night on the Alan Jones Sky News program Katherine Deves, the Sydney-based co-founder and spokesman for the organisation appeared on the show to discuss the case of Hubbard. She did a great job of explaining why this is such a dangerous move.
It should be noted however that conservatives who should know better are not helping the cause. For example, Peta Credlin also discussed the Hubbard story last night, just before Jones did, and Peta kept referring to Hubbard as “she” or spoke of him as “her”. When we let the activists destroy our language – and with it, biology and reality –-our side is already well on the way to losing this one big time.
And Jones himself is happy to refer to Catherine McGregor (born Malcolm) as a ‘she’ as well. He even has his own show on Sky News now: “The McGregor Angle”. This kind of intellectual schizophrenia is not helping our cause at all, but simply plays into the hands of the sexual militants.
The second key group fighting all this madness is Binary, run by Kirralie Smith of NSW. This in part is how her organisation is described:
Binary as an organisation is concerned with the role that gender plays in our society. We affirm the fact that gender is binary.
Male and Female.
Our organisation aims to promote and celebrate the inherent differences between boys and girls, men and women. We uphold the biological assertion that there are two complementary genders.
Binary exists to challenge the aggressive agenda to de-gender our society in the areas of education, health, military, business, politics and the law.
Binary will protect our children from those who would seek to indoctrinate them with programs designed to promote the LGBTI agenda while bullying anyone who opposes it.
We are committed to building a well-informed broadly-based network of groups and individuals to create an effective social and civic barrier to radical gender theory.
The site has already offered commentary on the Hubbard case. The story begins:
New Zealand weightlifting has blatantly discriminated against women by including male athlete Laurel Hubbard on the Olympic team. The 43-year-old male didn’t begin taking medication until he was 35-years-old, enjoying a lifetime of testosterone-induced benefits along the way.
It is grossly unfair to women and a massive insult to the other genuine female competitors. The Guardian reported that “21-year-old Tongan weightlifter, Kuinini Manumua, who would have otherwise qualified, has missed out on the Olympics”.
The NZ team is poorly excusing the discrimination claiming they ticked all the boxes for Hubbard’s qualification. The International Olympic Committee transgender guidelines were modified in 2015, allowing males who haven’t even had surgery to compete. The only requirement is that their total testosterone level in serum is kept below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months. That is approximately double what a female can naturally produce. If she took testosterone she would be disqualified as a drug cheat. Science has proven that male and female categories are necessary as it is not just a matter of testosterone. http://www.binary.org.au/nz_weightlifting_discriminates_against_women
It sure is unfair. And it sure is an insult to all women. And this is just another nail in the coffin of women’s sport. The insanity of the trans mafia knows no bounds. It is determined to destroy everything in its path. And now we are witnessing the end of the Olympics.
Did you know that 296 mass shootings have happened in the United States this year? Needless to say, the vast majority of the mass shootings are taking place in our core urban areas, and at this point many of our largest cities are becoming open war zones. We desperately need more law enforcement officers on the streets, and as I wrote about yesterday, even some of our most liberal cities are now racing to “re-fund” the police. Crime rates spiked dramatically all over the nation in 2020, and they are skyrocketing even higher in 2021. But if you think that things have been bad so far, just wait, because we are being warned that “a bloody summer” is on the way…
“The spike in homicides and nonfatal shootings is extremely alarming,” said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, who recently left the Houston Police Department and leads the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of law enforcement executives. “One of the reasons we talk about a bloody summer ahead for our country is because it’s already been a very bloody year, a very deadly year for Americans.”
There is usually more violent crime when the weather is warmer, and we have definitely seen that so far here in the month of June.
Mass shootings are considered to be incidents in which at least four people are wounded, and during this past weekend we witnessed mass shootings in New Jersey, Colorado, Indiana, Virginia, Alaska, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas and California.
They are happening with such frequency now that each one barely makes a blip in the news before the next one happens.
And in another deadly shooting in the city on Saturday night, two individuals were attacked by a group of men after a crash took place at Humboldt Park, prompting a large crowd to surround Gyovanny Arzuaga’s vehicle.
He and his girlfriend, Yasmin Perez, were attending a Puerto Rican People’s Day parade in the park, Newsweek reported, when a group of two or three gunmen ambushed them and opened fire.
A video of the incident, posted to Twitter, purportedly shows Arzuaga surrounded by a group of men, who leave him lying unresponsive on the ground.
Words cannot really convey the true horror of that attack. If you have not seen the video footage yet, you can watch it right here.
When I first watched it, I could hardly believe what I was seeing.
There has always been violence in our streets, but nothing like this.
What in the world is happening to our country?
Overall, the number of shootings in the city of Chicago is up 18 percent so far this year.
I know that sounds bad, but other major cities are seeing much larger spikes.
In Philadelphia, the number of shootings is up 27 percentso far this year.
It is supposed to be “the city of brotherly love”, but it is rapidly becoming one of the most dangerous places in America.
In Atlanta, the number of shootings is up 40 percent so far this year.
But at least the Hawks are doing well, right?
In Los Angeles, the number of shootings is up 51 percent so far this year.
Crime is now the number one political issue in the L.A. area, and even tourist areas such as Venice Beach are being totally trashed.
In New York City, the number of shootings is up 64 percentso far this year.
As I discussed yesterday, in the Big Apple running gun battles even happen during broad daylight these days.
In Minneapolis, the number of shootings is up 90 percentso far this year.
I spent a lot of time in Minneapolis growing up, because I have a lot of relatives in the area. I can’t believe how far that once beautiful city has now fallen.
But there is one major city that even has Minneapolis beat.
In Portland, the number of shootings is up 126 percent so far this year.
Everywhere you look, there is chaos and violence, and what we have been through so far is just the beginning.
It is almost as if a significant percentage of the population has gone completely and totally nuts over the past couple of years. In this sort of an environment, you never know what some crazy person might do. Here is just one example…
A Bel Air homeowner is in shock after coming face to face with a violent naked man who broke into his house and killed the family pets.
Mat Sabz was home alone Thursday afternoon when his wife called to tell him that security cameras showed a naked man breaking into their home.
You have got to be really sick to want to kill somebody’s pets.
Sadly, right now there are vast numbers of really sick people running around out there, and many of them would kill you and your family without even thinking twice about it.
Up to this point in 2021, a total of 20,729 Americans have died as a result of gun violence, and by the time most of you read this article that number will inevitably be even higher.
Ironically, many of the cities that have the strictest gun laws also have some of the highest murder rates.
In Chicago, the number of gang members is more than ten times greater than the number of law enforcement officers, and that is causing enormous problems. The politicians can pass as many laws as they want, but violent criminals are going to remain heavily armed and they are going to retain the upper hand for the foreseeable future.
Of course Chicago is far from alone. Violent criminals are gaining the upper hand in communities all over the country, and meanwhile police officers are resigning in record numbers from coast to coast after being relentlessly demonized by the mainstream media for months on end.
Our society really is coming apart at the seams all around us.
Unfortunately, most Americans still do not understand what is happening. Most Americans still assume that things will eventually “return to normal”, but a “return to normal” is simply not in the cards.
Failure to repudiate Critical Race Theory by name was white guilt and cowardice, says Dr. Voddie Baucham. Urges Christians to fight CRT by name.
The Southern Baptist Convention messengers were cowards for not repudiating Critical Race Theory by name, said Dr. Voddie Baucham on the Todd Starnes Show.
“I don’t think it was so much buying in (to CRT) as much as white guilt and cowardice,” Dr. Baucham said. “It was obvious building up to the Convention that the issue at hand was Resolution 9 on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality from two years ago and how that was going to be responded to. And when you respond to it with a Resolution that refuses to even name Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality, that is an act of cowardice.”
Dr. Baucham urged conservative Christians to continue in the fight against Critical Race Theory.
“I think we continue to press the issue,” Dr. Baucham said. “I think we continue to name this for what it is and continue to expose the tenets of this ideology. I think we continue to demonstrate that this it antithetical to biblical truth.”
Dr. Baucham described Critical Race Theory as a “demonic ideology” that the Church must fight. The “hegemonic power” that these Critical Theories are fighting is, “at the end of the day, Christianity,” he said.
How dangerous is Critical Race Theory to America, Starnes asked.
Dr. Baucham replied, “It is incredibily dangerous. It is a destructive ideology. It is a divisive ideology.”
Dr. Baucham summarized Critical Race Theory as a Marxist oppressor-oppressed paradigm that divides people based on race and ethnicity. All Critical Theories “are working toward the revolutionary overthrow” of the system, according to Dr. Baucham.
In CRT, the division is by race and ethnicity instead of class–as was the case in traditional Marxism.
“It says that white people by virtue of their whiteness are guilty,” Dr. Baucham said.
And just like other political revolutionary movements, this one is designed to gain power for some people.
“People who ought to be offended by it instead or not offended by it because this is all about power,” Dr. Baucham said.
Also criticizing the Southern Baptist Convention was Pastor of Dallas First Baptist Church Dr. Robert Jeffress. Jeffress said the SBC should have denounced Critical race Theory at its Annual Meeting in Nashville last week.
“Baptists call everything else out by name in these resolutions, Dr. Jeffress said on the Todd Starnes Show. “They should’ve spoken about it (CRT).Look, to hate someone else because of the color of their skin, that is racism. God hates it because he is the one who gave us our skin color. To hate yourself because of the color of your skin, or to teach others to hate themselves is also racism and it needs to be denounced.”
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
If God so willed it we could live without bread, even as Jesus did for forty days; but we could not live without His Word. By that Word we were created, and by it alone can we be kept in being, for he sustaineth all things by the Word of His power. Bread is a second cause; the Lord Himself is the first source of our sustenance. He can work without the second cause as well as with it; and we must not tie Him down to one mode of operation. Let us not be too eager after the visible, but let us look to the invisible God. We have heard believers say that in deep poverty, when bread ran short, their appetites became short, too; and to others, when common supplies failed, the Lord has sent in unexpected help.
But we must have the Word of the Lord. With this alone we can withstand the devil. Take this from us, and our enemy will have us in his power, for we shall soon faint. Our souls need food, and there is none for them outside of the Word of the Lord. All the books and all the preachers in the world cannot furnish us a single meal: it is only the Word from the mouth of God that can fill the mouth of a believer. Lord, evermore give us this bread. We prize it above royal dainties.
If we are driven by a yearning to be happy, healthy, affluent, prosperous, comfortable, and self-satisfied, we will never be discerning people. If our feelings determine what we believe, we cannot be discerning. If we subjugate our minds to some earthly ecclesiastical authority and blindly believe what we are told, we undermine discernment. Unless we are willing to examine all things carefully, we cannot hope to have any defense against reckless wandering faith.
89:1 steadfast love. The wonders of God’s devotion to His people in the love of His covenant with them.
faithfulness. God is not fickle or capricious, but will keep the promises He makes. Hope in the fulfillment of God’s promise to David is what will motivate the lament at the end of the psalm (vv. 38–51).
1. “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever.” A devout resolve, and very commendable when a man is exercised with great trouble on account of an apparent departure of the Lord from his covenant and promise. Whatever we may observe abroad or experience in our own persons, we ought still to praise God for his mercies, since they most certainly remain the same, whether we can perceive them or not. Sense sings but now and then, but faith is an eternal songster. Whether others sing or not, believers must never give over; in them should be constancy of praise, since God’s love to them cannot by any possibility have changed, however providence may seem to frown. We are not only to believe the Lord’s goodness, but to rejoice in it evermore; it is the source of all our joy; and as it cannot be dried up, so the stream ought never to fail to flow, or cease to flash in sparkling crystal of song. We have not one, but many mercies to rejoice in, and should therefore multiply the expressions of our thankfulness. It is Jehovah who deigns to deal out to us our daily benefits, and he is the all-sufficient and immutable God; therefore our rejoicing in him must never suffer diminution. By no means let his exchequer of glory be deprived of the continual revenue which we owe to it. Even time itself must not bound our praises—they must leap into eternity; he blesses us with eternal mercies—let us sing unto him for ever. “With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” The utterances of the present will instruct future generations. What Ethan sung is now a text-book for Christians, and will be so as long as this dispensation shall last. We ought to have an eye to posterity in all that we write, for we are the schoolmasters of succeeding ages. Ethan first spoke with his mouth that which he recorded with his pen—a worthy example of using both means of communication; the mouth has a warmer manner than the pen, but the pen’s speech lives longest, and is heard farther and wider. While reading this Psalm, such is the freshness of the style, that one seems to hear it gushing from the poet’s mouth; he makes the letters live and talk, or, rather, sing to us. Note, that in this second sentence he speaks of faithfulness, which is the mercy of God’s mercies—the brightest Jewel in the crown of goodness. The grace of an unfaithful God would be a poor subject for music, but unchangeable love and immutable promises demand everlasting songs. In times of trouble it is the divine faithfulness which the soul hangs upon; this is the bower anchor of the soul, its holdfast, and its stay. Because God is, and ever will be, faithful, we have a theme for song which will not be out of date for future generations; it will never be worn out, never be disproved, never be unnecessary, never be an idle subject, valueless to mankind. It will also be always desirable to make it known, for men are too apt to forget it, or to doubt it, when hard times press upon them. We cannot too much multiply testimonies to the Lord’s faithful mercy—if our own generation should not need them others will: sceptics are so ready to repeat old doubts and invent new ones that believers should be equally prompt to bring forth evidences both old and new. Whoever may neglect this duty, those who are highly favoured, as Ethan was, should not be backward.
Ver. 1.—I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever. “For ever” is the emphatic phrase. The psalmist will commemorate God’s mercies, not only when they are continuing, but always. With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations; literally, to generation and generation.
1.Ethan, as the mouth of the church, here sets forth a noble example to the people. He determines to celebrate the praises of Jehovah, and particularly as set forth and displayed in his covenant-love, in the sure mercies of David, even redemption by Christ. Isaiah, 55:3. Acts, 13:34.
89:1 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever … your faithfulness. Verse 1 forms a virtual vow to praise the Lord, generally a feature of the lament that occurs toward the end of the psalm, and the psalmist vows to sing this song “forever,” that is, in perpetuity. And that hints at the major issue of the psalm: Why has the Lord’s covenant with David not continued? Indeed, the content of the song celebrates God’s “great love” (hesed) and “faithfulness” (’emunah), much like the overture of a symphony introduces the musical theme or themes that the composer develops in the major piece. When we recall that 88:11 laments that God’s “love” cannot be declared in the grave, then the very fact that this poet trumpets God’s “love” stretched across the generations implies that Israel, at least in the suppliant’s faith, is not yet a tomb, even though David’s dynasty is defunct and the temple lies in ruins. It is a song of life.
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations (v. 1). The dominant theme of the first part of this psalm is the love and faithfulness of the Lord. The words ‘love’ (chésed) and ‘faithfulness’ (ʾemûnâh) each occur seven times (allowing for an alternative, though related word, for ‘faithfulness’, ʾemet, in v. 14). When used together they form a compound expression—‘love-and-faithfulness’. This is the foundation of the covenantal relationship that is described in the following verses. It was the subject of the psalmist’s song as he declares his intention of continuing to proclaim the covenantal mercies of the Lord.
“Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. Psalm 111:2-3
We were so busy. The demands on our time during the 28 years my husband was the leader of a large Christian organization were enormous. Besides having four children, ailing parents and a farm, I hardly ever had extended time to really enjoy God and His creation.
I remember praying many times, “Lord, I would so much love to have more time to enjoy You and the majesty of your creation.” God answered my prayer! Now that I am semi-retired, God has given me time to exult in Him and His majestic Creations. Flowers in my yard and birds in the bird feeder. I love the lush green pastures and animals on the rolling hills. I am awed by the huge snow capped mountains.
I am feel humbled by the perfectness of our newborn great grandchildren. He has answered my prayer many times. I am so grateful
But I find it difficult to write about the awe I feel toward God and His creation, but I found that the lyrics of a song written by Mark Altrogge, express my feelings so well.
You are beautiful beyond description Too marvelous for words, Too wonderful for comprehension Like nothing ever seen or heard. Who can grasp your infinite wisdom, Who can fathom the depth of your love? You are beautiful beyond description Majesty enthroned above. And I stand, I stand in awe of you. I stand, I stand in awe of you. Holy God to who all praise is due, I stand in awe of you.
Father, I adore you and thank you for all the blessings you bestow on us, your beloved children. Amen.
”To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.” Isaiah 40:25
Other religious teachers pointed away from themselves. “Don’t look at me,” they said, “look at God.”
Jesus took a different approach: He pointed to Himself.
If anyone else were to do so, we would rightly consider them to be quite arrogant. The apostle Paul, no doubt one of the most stalwart individuals of faith ever to put quill to a parchment, lived an incredible life after he was changed by his encounter with God. But he nevertheless calls himself “worst of sinners.” (1Timothy 1:15-16)
This was because, after glimpsing the great and holy God, and how this awesome God nevertheless humbled Himself for our sakes, he was filled with a deep awe for God’s greatness as well as an acute awareness of his sin and need for God.
“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Psalm 145:3
Jesus pointed to Himself because He provides everything we need for a full life. “I am the way and the truth and the life.” He said. (John 14:6) Jesus leads the way to Himself, in whom all the truth and fullness of God resides in human form. (Colossians 2:9) Not only that, but Jesus is also “the life” and enables us to our full potential as human beings, reborn through the mighty grace of God. He is the bread of life (John 6:35) whose resources will never run low and will provide for our deepest spiritual longings. He is like a mighty river of refreshment from which living water consistently flows. (John 7:38)
Who else could compare? Who else would sacrifice so much before we even knew Him?
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Who else can we count on to sustain us in this fallen world? Who else could possibly be worthy of our devotion and our very lives?
Praise God, and let’s pray today to constantly keep our eyes upon Jesus, with whom no one else even comes close!
“To whom, then, will you compare God?” Isaiah 40:18
Question: What “counterfeit gods” often false vie for our attention in our daily lives?
Assurance Grows with Experience Romans 4:13–25; 2 Timothy 1:12
Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental proof of the Lord’s power and goodness to save; when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope, and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances: and this trust, when habitual and strong, bears the name of assurance; for even assurance has degrees.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Music Calls the Senses to a Different Quality Job 38:4–7; Psalm 98:4; Revelation 14:2
Without music there can be no perfect knowledge, for there is nothing without it. For even the universe itself is said to have been put together with a certain harmony of sounds, and the very heavens revolve under the guidance of harmony. Music rouses the emotions, it calls the senses to a different quality.
ISIDORE OF SEVILLE
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The duty to which God calls Christian wives could hardly be stated more clearly than what we read here in God’s Word, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord.” Sadly, for many, even within the church, this seems outdated and even offensive.
But properly understood, submission does not mean the wife is in any way inferior to her husband. She is not to submit because of any moral, spiritual or functional deficiency. Rather, her role of submission is defined by virtue of the fact she was created by God for man as his companion and help-meet.
We have a beautiful portrait of a godly wife serving as a help-meet in humble submission and service to her husband in Proverbs 31. We read of a wife who is very competent, thrifty, intelligent, resourceful, caring and loving in her service to her husband. She is certainly not a servant or maid to wait upon her husband, hand and foot. She is certainly not a doormat on which to be trampled. A loving and wise husband appreciates the wife God has provided for him and utilizes his wife’s God-given gifts and the resources which she contributes to the marriage to complete him and to compliment him. And what is the result? “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”
Suggestions for prayer
May wives find their joy and fulfillment in marriage as they heed the command of the Lord to submit to their husbands.
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.
New Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi Dangerous for Israel The election of a hard-line Islamic extremist shows exactly where Iran is heading, for those who might not have realized. Raisi was handpicked by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is nicknamed ‘The Butcher of Tehran.’ Raisi was a member of the so-called ‘death commission,’ a body that oversaw the disappearing and secret executions of thousands of political prisoners in Iran.
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China’s new law lets government target tech firms over data A new law passed this week by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) will give the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) the power to shut down companies in possession of user data deemed important or critical by officials. China’s Data Security Law, passed June 14, gives the government a far greater degree of control over user data held by both state organizations and private companies, including foreign companies.
Japan: Magnitude-5.4 earthquake strikes central Hokkaido June 20 A magnitude-5.4 earthquake occurred in central Hokkaido, Japan, at 20:08 June 20. The epicenter was about 31 km (19 miles) northeast of Shimo-Furano. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 158 km (99 miles), and moderate shaking occurred near the epicenter.
Turkey is radicalizing extremists to attack Kurdish women Photos show Deniz Poyraz smiling and happy. But for Turkey’s far-right, she was a threat, a young woman activist who was not a supporter of the increasingly thuggish, Islamist and nationalist government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. She was murdered last week by a man who appears to be close to the Turkish state. The gunman had served in Syria and enjoyed posing with weapons and nationalist Turkish symbols.
Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has emergency shutdown – state TV Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has had an emergency shutdown, Iranian state TV said on Sunday, Originally, an official told state TV, “it has been temporarily shutdown since yesterday for technical overhaul, which will continue for a few days.” Iran has witnessed dozens of mysterious fires and explosions across the country since mid-2020, many near nuclear facilities.
Currrent wave of anti-semitism part of Daniel’s prophesied purification before redemption, says rabbi A rabbi known for his end of days lessons explained that the recent wave of antisemitism that accompanied Hamas’ genocidal attack on Israel was predicted by the Prophet Daniel as a means of weeding out the haters of Israel. “The mini Arab-Israeli war of May 2021 brought many people out of the woodwork; the good and the bad,” Rabbi Weisberg began. “Sadly, the bad outnumbered the good by about ten to one.
Lapid to be first-ever Israeli minister to visit UAE next week Foreign Minister Yair Lapid plans to visit the United Arab Emirates next week, making him the first Israeli minister on an official visit to the country that made peace with Israel last year. Lapid will be the guest of UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi next Tuesday and Wednesday, and he will dedicate the Israeli embassy in the Emirati capital, as well as the consulate in Dubai.
Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has emergency shutdown – state TV Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant underwent an emergency shutdown, Iranian media reported on Sunday. The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization reported that a technical defect in the power plant led to the plant being temporarily shut down and disconnected from the national electricity grid, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.
Bennett to Hamas: Israel’s patience has run out Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Hamas on Sunday that Israel’s patience “has run out,” and that it will not tolerate “any more violence” of any kind from the Gaza-based terror group, a month after the end of the latest round of fighting between the two sides. “Residents of Gaza border communities are not second-class citizens, they deserve to live in peace and security,” the prime minister said…
Raisi says Iran’s ballistic missile programme is not negotiable Iran’s president-elect said he’s not willing to negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missiles or support for regional militia. Ebrahim Raisi made the comment Monday in a news conference with journalists, his first since winning Friday’s election in a landslide. He called himself “a defender of human rights” after being asked directly about his involvement in the 1988 mass executions of some 5,000 people.
Jordan’s unprecedented palace drama moves to the courtroom Jordan’s version of a trial of the century gets under way Monday when a relative of King Abdullah II and a former chief of the royal court are to be ushered into the defendants’ cage at the state security court to face charges of sedition and incitement. They are accused of conspiring with a senior royal — Prince Hamzah, a half-brother of the king — to foment unrest against the monarch while soliciting foreign help.
HORRIFIC VIDEO: Puerto Rican Couple Yanked From Their Car and Shot By Mob of Black Men in Chicago …The shooting took place as people were leaving Chicago’s 43rd Annual Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade, which people from all over the country and Puerto Rico travel to the city to attend. The victims had a large Puerto Rican flag waving from their car when they were approached by a mob of black men and pulled from the vehicle and shot. Police say the couple was “ambushed” by “up to three males.”
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“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.” —John Witherspoon (1776)
The woke white Chicago suburb of Evanston continues to blaze a bizarre trail.
Evanston, Illinois, is a scenic, wealthy, and mostly white town on the western shore of Lake Michigan, just 30 minutes north of Chicago. It’s also the home of Northwestern University and is therefore — like other elite university towns such as Cambridge, Ann Arbor, Austin, Boulder, and Berkeley — just chock-full of leftist virtue signalers.
So it’s not so much a surprise as it is an outrage that the city has canceled its Independence Day festivities while embracing celebrations for Juneteenth and Gay Pride Month.
“The city commemorated Juneteenth after President Joe Biden signed a bill making it a federal holiday last week, holding a parade and musical performances at a local park,” reports the Washington Examiner. “The city also has a gay pride parade planned for later this month.”
But as for Evanston’s annual 4th of July celebration, the city pulled the plug back in February due to — what else? — COVID-19 fears. According to a statement:
Based on concern for public health due to the unpredictability of the pandemic’s impact, vaccination rates, and in cooperation with our local authorities, the Trustees of the Evanston Fourth of July Association voted to cancel the Fun Run, Parade, Palatine Concert Band performance and Lakefront Fireworks show on July 4, 2021. However, we are committed and already working toward an Independence Day celebration that will be safe, creative and build community.
As of this publication, however, Evanston had yet to announce any plans for that community-building Independence Day celebration, despite the holiday being less than two weeks away.
Why not, we wonder, given that back on April 21, President Joe Biden gave all of us his conditional permission “to celebrate our independence from this virus on July 4th with family and friends in small groups,” so long as we all “mask up until the number of cases goes down, until everyone has a chance to get their shot”?
And why not, we wonder, given that Evanston did just that? The city didn’t report a single new COVID-19 case last week for the first time since the pandemic began, and 87% of its residents age 12 and over have now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Jamie Black, organizer of the city’s Fourth of July Association, blamed the cancellation on “deadlines for permits and to secure the fireworks, as well as taking applications for the parade that happen early in the year.” Said Black: “We erred on the side of caution. If things weren’t better, we would have been criticized for being a super spreader event.”
Maybe Evanston’s authorities simply believe that Juneteenth should be the nation’s new “Independence Day,” since it commemorates that date, June 19, 1865, on which slaves in Galveston, Texas, were finally told of their emancipation. After all, this is the same Evanston whose white-guilt-ridden city council, as we reported back in March, voted 8-1 to pay reparations to the city’s 16 eligible black households.
Evanston is clearly blazing a bizarre trail. Time will tell whether other left-leaning college towns choose to follow.
Another deadly vehicle attack reminiscent of Charlottesville — except it wasn’t.
On Saturday, a white pickup truck ran into a crowd of people at a “Gay Pride” parade in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing one person and injuring another. The city’s mayor, Dean Trantalis (D), who was in attendance of course, immediately declared the incident was “a terrorist attack against the LGBT community.”
Trantalis insisted: “This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people.” That assumed “targeted” person was Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), who was likewise in attendance.
As always, the (D) is for “Duh.”
Of course, Trantalis immediately claimed “terrorism” — shades of Charlottesville — because he was hoping for just that.
However, it turns out that the driver of the truck and the victims were all associated with the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus. The 77-year-old driver could not manage to walk the route so he was selected to drive as the lead vehicle.
The group’s leader, Justin Knight, clarified, “This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. … We are deeply saddened by the tragic death and injuries that occurred as a result of an unfortunate accident at the start of the Stonewall Pride Parade.”
Video of the driver’s arrest moments after the incident clearly showed he was wearing a “Gay Men’s Chorus” shirt. Given that Trantalis claimed he was an “eyewitness” to the incident, that should have given him a moment’s pause.
Endeavoring to walk back his inexcusable “terrorist attack” assertion, a day later Trantalis said: “Last evening, at the start of what was to be a celebration of pride for the LGBT community and commemoration of our hard-won victories for equality, our community faced the worst of tragedies. … I was an eyewitness to the horrifying events. It terrorized me and all around me. … I feared it could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away. … As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control.”
Right. “The facts.”
The fact is that such assumptions and assertions are typical of leftist Demos and their media parrots who are always trying to advance a false narrative, pandering to their constituents while dividing us as a nation. I’m just surprised that Trantalis didn’t claim the driver was an “insurrectionist.”
The Texas governor vetoed legislature funding after Dem obstruction on election integrity.
On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made good on his threat to veto a bill funding the state legislature, asserting that taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for legislators who fail to do their jobs. “Texans don’t run from a legislative fight, and they don’t walk away from unfinished business,” Abbott insisted. “Funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session. I therefore object to and disapprove of these appropriations.”
Recall that last month, the Republican-led legislature put forward a bill to enhance election integrity in the state. The legislation rolled back some pandemic-related expansions of voting conveniences, though it included a generous two-week window for early voting. It also created a new ID number-based system for authenticating absentee ballots rather than the notoriously unreliable system of trying to match signatures. Rather than debate and vote on the bill, Democrat state lawmakers snuck out of a legislative session prior to a scheduled vote in an underhanded move to prevent the bill’s passage. Abbott blasted Democrats and vowed to withhold legislative funding until the election integrity bill receives a vote.
“Abbott vetoed Article 10 of the state budget approved by the legislature Friday,” The Daily Wire reports. “Article 10 not only funds lawmakers’ salaries, but also the salaries of staff and maintenance workers, and it funds legislative agencies such as the Legislative Reference Library.”
Predictably, Democrats cried foul, falsely accusing Abbott of acting as a dictator. State Representative Chris Turner (D), the chair of the state’s Democrat caucus, even asserted that Abbott’s actions were unconstitutional and vowed to take him to court. “Our constituent services are the lifeblood of our public service, something Abbott should try learning about,” Turner lamented. “By placing a termination date on the employment of all legislative staff, the governor is cutting off service to millions of Texans.”
That’s an ironic charge, given the fact that it was Democrats refusing to do their jobs that created this situation in the first place. Abbott is simply holding the legislature to account and looking out for taxpaying Texans who expect their state lawmakers to do the job they were elected to perform.
Of course, the crux of the issue is protecting elections, which Democrats have falsely painted as a Republican effort at “voter suppression.” What the bill actually does is work to promote greater integrity in the vote and thereby instill more public trust in the state’s election process. Obviously, Democrats prefer a system rife with fraud, the keystone of which is their bulk-mail ballot strategy.
Coupled with his announcement last Wednesday of a $250 million down payment on Texas’s plan to “build a border wall … to help secure the border,” Abbott is showing himself to be a bold leader. He’s not afraid to stand against the Democrats and their leftist anti-America, individual-liberty-eroding agenda, and other Republicans should take note.
Some 50 officers resigned from a riot response unit after a dubious indictment of one of their own.
Portland, Oregon, the unofficial headquarters of antifa, just lost 50 members of a voluntary police riot squad after they resigned en masse to protest leftist policies and violence in the city. While they all remain on the city’s police force, they will not serve in riot response. It turns out that when, as Portland Police Association Executive Director Daryl Turner argued, Democrats have “encouraged and enabled some of the violence” over more than 150 nights of riots in Portland, police no longer want to risk their lives to restore peace.
But this is a national problem, and Democrats are reaping what they’ve sown.
The Left began its war on cops during Barack Obama’s tenure. He decided it was politically expedient to vilify “racist” police after a series of incidents involving officers and belligerent black suspects. Incessant (and often misleading) Leftmedia focus elevated such incidents to the nation’s consciousness, which then made the excruciating video of George Floyd’s death a watershed event. And all the while, the Marxist Black Lives Matter organization made lucrative work of elevating and exacerbating the problem to justify its own existence and revenue.
Thus, the war on cops has only escalated.
The result has been ugly, both for cops and the black community. On the one hand, police have pulled back on some enforcement efforts. Cops around the country are also quitting in droves. The result of what has been dubbed the “Ferguson Effect” has been increased crime and lost black lives.
Nevertheless, police are losing their lives at a drastically higher rate. According to the Washington Examiner’s analysis, “The number of police officers intentionally rammed by vehicles, killed by gunfire, or stabbed to death has increased over 40% throughout the first six months of 2021 compared to last year as crime in major cities in the United States continues to rise.”
Our End of Watch tribute page bears witness to the individual lives lost.
It is against that backdrop, as well as riots specific to Portland, that all 50 members of the city’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) resigned. The specific straw that broke the camel’s back was the dubious indictment of Officer Corey Budworth for allegedly assaulting a rioting photographer last year. She already received a $50,000 settlement from the city.
The resignations sent Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler scrambling to come up with officers who would respond to yet more nights of unrest late last week. But other Democrats are scoffing. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, an advocate of defunding police (to the tune of $15 million in Portland last year), crowed that the “good ol’ boy network is crumbling” and that the city didn’t need the “rogue” response team anyway. Moreover, Hardesty basically said the cops can’t quit because they’re fired: “We should formally disband the RRT, but through Council action.”
How’s her plan working out for Portland? The Washington Times reports, “The police bureau logged 453 shootings from January through May, more than double the 200 shootings during the same period in 2020. There have been 42 homicides versus just nine at this time last year.”
Police officers aren’t perfect, but no one hates a bad cop more than good cops. And the overwhelming vast majority of cops are good — just trying to do their jobs and get home safely at the end of their shift. That’s getting harder all the time given the deadly violence escalating around the country, perpetrated by lawless leftists with a lot of winking and nodding coming from Democrat power brokers. That must end.
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin both think America is a racist and horrible place.
What does it say about the current state of America when a former KGB thug-turned-president of Russia can make legitimate points about our increasing embrace of the very same totalitarian impulses for which he is routinely derided?
Following the Geneva summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, Fox News accused Putin of “trolling” Biden. That’s because for every accusation the president made regarding Putin’s authoritarian conduct, Putin cited a valid counterpoint illustrating the Biden administration’s equally thuggish behavior.
When Biden attempted to hammer Putin for tamping down on opposition to his government, and locking up Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Putin pointed out that Biden has done essentially the same thing with regard to those who participated in the Capitol riot on January 6. “People rioted and went into the Congress with political demands,” Putin stated. “Many people were declared as criminals, threatened with imprisonment from 20 to 25 years. These people were immediately arrested after those events; on what grounds we don’t know always.”
It’s worse than that. As of this writing, a number of those arrested have not only been denied bail but confined in solitary confinement for months, prior to being tried. Whom the media and Democrats label dangerous “insurrectionists” includes an 18-year-old high school senior from Georgia and a 70-year-old Virginia farmer with no criminal record.
And it’s not just conservatives who’ve noticed that such treatment makes a complete mockery of the “right to a speedy and public trial” guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment. “Detaining Americans captured within the United States indefinitely without trial or even charge is a clear violation of our Constitution and our values, and it must not be permitted,” says California Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
Biden’s response to Putin’s allegations? “I think that’s a ridiculous comparison,” Biden said during a news conference following the summit. After that, he told a flat-out lie: “It’s one thing for literally criminals to break through … go into the Capitol, kill a police officer, and be held accountable.”
That would be Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose death was officially attributed to natural causes, long after Democrats and their media lapdogs fully embraced and promulgated the false narrative that he had been killed by a fire extinguisher wielded by protesters. That Biden still clings to that wholly debunked narrative is astonishing. Either he is a propaganda-monger of the first order, or his mental capacities have diminished to the point where he is no longer capable of keeping up with the news.
In his own press conference, Putin compared the pro-democracy movement led by Navalny in Russia to both the Capitol riots and those led by BLM last summer. And when ABC’s Rachel Scott asked Putin what he was afraid of with regard to that movement, Putin insisted Nalvany’s moment had called for mass disorder and was extremist in nature. “America just recently had very severe events, well-known events, after the killing of an African American,” Putin stated, referring to protests following the police killing of George Floyd. “And the entire movement developed known as Black Lives Matter. I’m not going to comment on that but here’s what I do want to say: What we saw was disorder, destruction, violations of the law, etc. We feel sympathy for the United States of America but we don’t want that to happen on our territory. We’re doing our utmost in order to not allow it to happen.”
Would that the Biden administration felt the same way. Yet is has become transparent that the Biden administration’s DOJ believes some rioters — and some police — are “more equal” than others. One June 7, five Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the inescapable discrepancies between the DOJ’s handling of 2020 protesters and his office’s prosecution of January 6 protesters. “DOJ’s apparent unwillingness to punish these individuals who allegedly committed crimes during the spring and summer 2020 protests stands in stark contrast to the harsher treatment of the individuals charged in connection with the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.,” the letter stated.
The senators also noticed another glaring discrepancy: The DOJ has a publicly available website, listing all of the January 6 defendants and their crimes — yet no such database exists with regard to the rioters who caused between one and two billion dollars worth of damage. Damage that included the burning of police stations, molotov cocktails tossed at police in New York and a federal courthouse in Portland, the looting and burning of countless businesses, many of which were minority-owned, and numerous attacks on police.
And while the media and Democrats have labeled the Capitol riots as the equivalent of Pearl Harbor and/or 9/11, the multi-city carnage perpetrated by BLM and antifa were presented as “mostly peaceful” demonstrations that “intensified.”
What fueled those demonstrations? Massive levels of anti-police sentiment related to George Floyd’s death at the hands of police. Yet remarkably, those same demonstrators, who invariably insist cops are both systemically racist and murderous, are wholly uninterested about the still-unnamed police officer who shot and killed Capitol protester Ashli Babbitt. The same protesters who insist virtually every police shooting of a person of color is unjustifiable and demands a thorough investigation couldn’t care less about the clandestine one that cleared an officer who killed an unarmed woman.
Nonetheless, the focus remains on Biden’s ineptitude because he allowed Putin to disseminate “propaganda.” Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was especially incensed, declaring that Putin was allowed to “spout Russian propaganda to create the context for moral equivalence between the United States and Russia on every front, whether it was talking about BLM or protesters or our judicial system.”
That would be the “judicial” system that insists QAnon conspiracy theorists may engage in “real world violence,” while ignoring the realty that antifa and BLM have engaged in real-world violence, and Democrat-controlled cities do endure real-world violence by gangs — on a daily basis. The same system encouraging Americans to report on friends, coworkers, and family members who are “radicalized,” while conspicuously failing to define the term. The same system that refuses to release 14,000 hours of video taken during the Capitol riots because it is “highly sensitive” government material — even as selective clips are being used to prosecute rioters who, like the American public, apparently have no right to see exactly what happened — in totality.
But there’s no moral equivalence between Russian justice and a DOJ willing to preserve a despicable, liberty-crushing narrative at the expense of the truth?
Is Putin a thug? Absolutely. Does he have a legitimate point? Last week, former assistant director for FBI counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi insisted that taking on domestic terrorism required the DOJ “to attack and dismantle the command and control element” — one that may include “people sitting in Congress right now.”
Does that sound more like the FBI — or the KGB?
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” —George Orwell, Animal Farm
The award is a joke and the paper is a rag, so it’s a match made, well, somewhere.
The New York Times was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize “for a distinguished example of meritorious public service” through its coverage of the COVID pandemic. This formerly prestigious award has been reduced to little more than a participation trophy in the pandemonium of parrots in the mainstream media. These parrots reference political documents and oppositional research as vetted and confirmed information and continually squawk their own narrative, not the dispassionate facts of the news.
The soaring citation for the top prize offers supporting evidence of the basis for criticism: “For courageous, prescient and sweeping coverage of the coronavirus pandemic that exposed racial and economic inequities, government failures in the U.S. and beyond, and filled a data vacuum that helped local governments, healthcare providers, businesses and individuals to be better prepared and protected.”
The NYT did, indeed, offer feature pieces capturing the grueling work of healthcare providers, first responders, and many untitled individuals who served in the midst of COVID. It did leverage resources unavailable to smaller publications to provide epidemiological data that provided the scale of impact in various analyses.
However, “courageous” and “prescient” are terms that do not seem to apply to the paper’s praise offered to China or the effort to deny that the virus came from a Wuhan lab. Even as recently as February 2021, the NYT was aided by the World Health Organization in rejecting the possibility of a lab leak despite the fact that none of the 174 initial COVID-positive patients ever visited the market in question, even patient zero.
The virus originated near an international laboratory rated at biosafety level 4 (the highest rating). The lab is committed to research on pathogens that cause fatal diseases, like ebola. The Wuhan Institute of Virology is renowned for housing the largest bank of viral strains (more than 1,500), but according to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, fact-checkers, and the NYT, we should not distrust the communist Chinese.
When asked to be honest about its own state’s governor, the NYT repeatedly fell short during the COVID crisis. New York nursing home deaths far exceeded other comparable states, but the NYT had no trouble shaming other states that better managed senior care while keeping their economies more open and getting children back in classrooms.
The NYT was committed to pushing a one-size-fits-all COVID response despite demographics, availability of open space, weather, and other data that permitted some states to entrust their citizens rather than pronounce that livelihoods were expendable, the high recovery rates of the virus notwithstanding. That is exactly the aim of big government socialists who constantly mistake equity for equality — taking away independent thinking and treating everything with sameness, not effectiveness.
In January this year, Axios wrote of the trust crisis that exists around key institutions, chief among them the media and government. Referencing the 21st annual Edelman Trust Barometer, those who compose and construct the news are deeply mistrusted. Some 56% of Americans surveyed agreed that “journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” Another 58% agreed that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”
Recognizing the power of the November 2020 election, Edelman re-polled Americans after the election. Data deteriorated even further, with only 57% of Democrats and a paltry 18% of Republicans trusting the media.
Those demanding bipartisanship most are actually the most biased, rendering no public service. Instead, the Pulitzer Prize is diminished to a souvenir for selling out.
Biden expands eligibility, yet there’s no word on whether 18,000 Afghans who helped U.S. forces will be allowed asylum.
After months of a growing border crisis capped by an all-time record number of apprehensions in May, what’s another few migrants crossing the border?
Joe Biden’s associate attorney general, Vanita Gupta, who also serves as the Justice Department’s civil rights regulation division chief, announced last week that the administration will revive a former Barack Obama-era asylum policy that had been discarded by Donald Trump. The asylum policy expanded the requirement for legitimate asylum request qualifications to include individuals fleeing spousal abuse or local crime.
Clearly, the move is yet another example of the Biden administration’s commitment to a de facto open borders policy. “Root causes,” indeed.
Gene Hamilton, the vice president of America First Legal, warned that this “will lead to tens of thousands of meritless asylum claims — if not hundreds of thousands — in the months and years ahead.” He further explained:
Generalized crime in other countries has never been a legitimate basis for asylum under the laws passed by Congress — despite the best efforts of advocates and radicals during the Obama Administration to provide otherwise. … This, of course, is part of a bigger plan under the Biden Administration that involves the Department of Homeland Security granting asylum en masse along the border to anyone who comes from a country with higher general crime rates than the United States. The Biden Administration will deport roughly zero percent of those who do not qualify for asylum, these new meritless cases will lead to delayed relief for legitimate asylees, and these radical decisions will ensure open borders for as long as they remain in effect. The American people deserve better.
Ah, but that’s just it. Forget the American people. Democrats just think Democrats deserve more votes.
How would this result in votes? The reason this is a bigger deal than the Biden administration’s resurrection of Obama’s catch-and-release policy is that granting asylum puts individuals on a track to U.S. citizenship.
Predictably, the decision was praised by leftists, who ridiculously assert that it rights the horrific moral wrongs of the Trump administration’s narrowing of asylum qualifications. The ACLU asserted that it “will help undo some of the damage caused by the Trump administration’s attacks on asylum.”
While we’re talking about admitting people who are in genuine danger of losing their lives, what of the 18,000 Afghans who risked their lives helping U.S. forces in the fight against the Taliban? With Biden’s decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by September, these interpreters and other friends of America now have bullseyes on their backs. Will they be at the front of the line of refugees gaining asylum?
Apparently, the violence they’re facing doesn’t rise to the same level for the Biden administration. They’re not migrants from Central and South America otherwise illegally crossing the southern border.
The administration seems to have a two-pronged strategy: demoralize and defund.
Is our nation’s commander-in-chief at war with his own military? It sure seems so. At least in a shadow sense. Every move Joe Biden has made since taking office has worked to demoralize our troops or degrade our warfighting capability, or both.
What a difference a commander-in-chief makes. And what could be more damaging to our warfighters’ esprit de corps than to pit one warrior against another, or one racial group against another?
On February 5, Biden’s secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin, ordered a military-wide, one-day stand-down to address the issue of “extremism” in the ranks. (“Extremism” in the ranks is leftist code for “white supremacy” in the ranks, which is leftist code for “Trumpism” in the ranks.) In addition, our military also has books like Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist and Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility on its recommended reading lists. (If you’re wondering how to be an antiracist, Kendi believes you must embrace simple precepts such as, “The language of color blindness is a mask to hide racism,” and, “[Our] color-blind Constitution [perpetuates] a white supremacist America,” and, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.”)
It’s an awful policy. And it’s wrecking our military. As Fox News’s Tucker Carlson put it last week:
Good people, driven from military service, many of them serving generationally because their fathers and grandfathers did, are having to leave now purely because of the extremist ideology of its leaders. It’s crushing if you think about it. But it’s also scary for all of us. We need the military. The Pentagon isn’t the Department of Education. It’s not the DMV. We have to have it. It’s essential to the survival of the county. But the commissars in the Biden administration don’t care. They’re not slowing down. They’re intensifying the political purge in the ranks.
Fortunately, our warriors aren’t buying this crap en masse. Indeed, they’re starting to speak out. Their complaints, in fact, have given rise to a whistleblower form that Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a former Army infantry officer, and Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, posted to Crenshaw’s congressional webpage. “Enough is enough,” said Crenshaw. “We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology.”
Let’s hope not. But, again, demoralizing the troops is only half the war being waged against them by the Biden administration. The other half involves defunding them, just like leftist local governments have done to police departments around the country during the past year — with predictably disastrous results.
Back in the day, Biden himself was fond of saying, “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” It’s a great line, really, and from it we can tell that Biden doesn’t much value our Armed Forces — at least not if our nation’s defense spending is any indication. Last week, when he wasn’t making embarrassing gaffes or taking cheap shots at his political opposition, Biden was in Cornwall, England, telling the G7 summiteers that “America is back” as the leader of the free world. It all sounded good, unless one considers that by “America is back,” Biden means that we’re no longer putting America first, and we once again have that Obama-era “Kick Me” sign on our backs. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board reported:
China, Iran and Vladimir Putin would be more impressed if Mr. Biden wasn’t cutting America’s defense even as he rightly stresses the challenge from the world’s authoritarians.
Unremarked in the White House spending deluge is that its trillions for “infrastructure” include little new for defense. Mr. Biden’s $715 billion Pentagon budget for fiscal 2022 is a 1.6% increase over last year. Adjusted for inflation, this is a cut. The bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission and other experts say the Pentagon needs steady 3% to 5% real increases annually to address threats from “near peers” such as China and Russia.
Does anyone else out there wonder what sort of message this sends to our adversaries? Congress will of course have its say regarding the Biden budget, and its members should also remind the American people that a modern military is an expensive and necessary investment, especially for the leader of the free world. “But,” as the Journal’s editors conclude, “the choice America is facing is not whether to buy more ships instead of tanks. It is whether to defend itself adequately or pretend to do so while shrinking defense to fund an ever-growing social-welfare state. Adversaries can see the trend even if the White House would rather not acknowledge it.”
And that’s the problem for Joe Biden. Our geopolitical opponents are taking his measure, and they’re paying attention to his focus on wokeness and welfare over warfighting. In short, they’re finding his rhetoric to be at odds with reality.
Catholic bishops approve Communion document aimed at possible rebuke of President Biden (Fox News) | Ironically, nearly 60 House Democrats — whose party increasingly targets religious liberty — call on Catholic bishops to stop targeting pro-abortion pols (Fox News) | Vatican pitifully dismisses pressure to ban Communion for abortion-supporting Catholics (Washington Examiner)
Border crisis shows few signs of slowing as migrant encounters and fentanyl seizures stay high (Fox News) | Fifty-six House Republicans urge Biden to remove Kamala Harris from leading role on migration crisis (Fox News)
Government & Politics
VA to reverse commonsense ban on sex-change surgeries for veterans (Washington Post)
Despite campaign promises, 60% could see tax increase under Biden proposals (Washington Examiner)
“This royally sucks. I’m disgusted”: Obama ethics chief gives Biden an “F” on family-related hires (Fox News)
“Wake up”: New Israeli leader blasts Biden’s nuclear talks with Iran (Washington Times)
White House freezes $100 million Ukraine military package that includes lethal weapons (Politico)
“There is still a lot of interest in firearms”: Ammo shortage shows no sign of improving (Fox Business)
New Harvard data (accidentally) reveal how lockdowns crushed the working class while leaving elites unscathed (FEE)
Insight: “America, my friends, is the only country in the world actually founded on liberty — the only one. People went to America to be free.” —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
“So, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar Is pressing Biden ‘to at long last close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.’ I think all the Gitmo detainees should locked up in Omar’s attic!” —Mark Alexander
Re: The Left: “If there’s one thing as certain as death and taxes, it’s that the left is indefatigable and heartless. They make it personal when you don’t bend to their wishes. It was personal against [Jack] Phillips — and they made an example of him. … Phillips is the victim here, not those who have singled him out for punishment to make a societal statement. They can find plenty of bakers thrilled to make a cake to their specifications. But that’s not enough. Truth be told, Phillips’ tormentors probably don’t even care about a cake at all. Their goal is to suppress opposing views. No, that’s too charitable. They want to force us what to think and to say.” —David Limbaugh
Getting nowhere, part I: “Foreign policy experts, national defense professionals and many Americans were scratching their heads when President Biden said he gave Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that Putin cannot hack. … The very idea of a list of things that are off limits immediately suggests that some things are okay to hack. It’s like saying to a robber, ‘If you break into my house, you can take the couch but not the TV.’” —Gary Bauer
Getting nowhere, part II: “Someone asked me on a scale of 1 to 10 what score I’d give to Biden for his G7 meeting in Britain and his one-on-one meeting with Putin in Geneva. I gave Biden a five for just showing up in Europe. Then I started subtracting — all the way down to zero, because that’s what the U.S. got from Biden’s trip. … When my father was negotiating with the Soviets in the 1980s, someone asked him to sum up his strategy on the Cold War. He answered, ‘We win, they lose.’ If President Biden had been asked the same question before meeting Putin this week, he should have answered ‘They win, we lose.’ Because that’s exactly the message he conveyed.” —Michael Reagan
For the record: “Biden justifies almost any increased domestic spending as designed to check China’s ambitions, at the same time he neglects what is most needful to keep China from dominating its region and waging war on our allies or perhaps the U.S. itself. If we can deter China from taking Taiwan with subsidies for electric cars, Biden is inarguably the Churchill of his time. If we can counter China’s defense buildup with more funding for affordable housing, Biden deserves to take his place beside Alfred Thayer Mahan or George Kennan as great strategic thinkers. Otherwise, his approach is lacking, and disturbingly so.” —Rich Lowry
Political futures: “For decades, a corporatist Republican Party blithely toed a libertarian line on antitrust, instinctively opposing all but the most egregious restraints of trade. But antitrust is not necessarily best conceived as nefarious economic ‘regulation’ — it is targeted law enforcement, as the very fact that the Department of Justice has an Antitrust Division suggests. Given the rise of Big Tech and the related rise of woke capital, the GOP’s rethinking of antitrust is happening not a moment too soon. If even Mike Lee recognizes the status quo is not working, there is no excuse to not take action and immediately restore a citizenry’s sovereignty away from the grasp of predatory technologists.” —Josh Hammer
Dezinformatsiya: “Within days, China will reach a staggering 1 billion doses in its Covid-19 vaccination drive — a scale and speed unrivaled by any other country in the world.” —CNN (“This is straight CCP propaganda. Both bylines are reporters based out of Hong Kong and that’s how China gets away with it. If they run anything else, they get the boot or worse. So CNN complies, regardless of the problems with China’s vaccine.” —Stephen L. Miller)
The BIG Lie: “While Juneteenth will now be commemorated nationwide, there’s a catch. In some red states, it could soon be illegal to teach what the holiday is all about. That’s because Republicans in state legislatures in a dozen states are aiming to dictate how historical and modern racism in America are taught.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid
And last… “Interesting that most organizations, movements & policies with ‘justice’ in their name seem to be promoting the opposite.” —Allie Beth Stuckey
Neither survey represents a random sample of all American physicians, but the AAPS survey shows that physician support for the mass injection campaign is far from unanimous.
“It is wrong to call a person who declines a shot an ‘anti-vaxxer,'” states AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D. “Virtually no physicians are ‘anti-antibiotics’ or ‘anti-surgery,’ whereas all are opposed to treatments that they think are unnecessary, more likely to harm than to benefit an individual patient, or inadequately tested.”
Other reasons for declining the shot included unknown long-term effects, use of aborted fetal tissue, “it’s experimental,” availability of effective early treatment, and reports of deaths and blood clots.