“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
Sincere Christians Do Not Float with the Stream Exodus 23:2; Ephesians 6:11–13; James 1:14
Light things are carried by the stream, and light spirits by the multitude. But the sincere Christian is massy and weighty; he will sooner sink to the bottom, and yield to the fury of a multitude by suffering from them, than float after their example in sinning with them.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Sacraments Are Instruments to Eternal Life Ephesians 2:4–6; Colossians 3:3–4; Titus 2:11
The use of sacraments is but only in this life, yet so that here they concern a far better life than this, and are for that cause accompanied with “grace that works salvation.” Sacraments are the powerful instruments of God to eternal life. For as our natural life consists in the union of the body with the soul, so our supernatural life in the union of the soul with God.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
95:1 The rock of our salvation is a metaphorical expression denoting security and safety. The Hebrew word for “rock” describes the steadfast character of God (18:1–2, 31; 73:26; 92:15; 144:1; Dt 32:15; 2Sm 22:47; Is 44:8).
95:1 This enthronement psalm (cf. 47; 93; 96–99) is attributed to David in Heb. 4:7 (see “Introduction: Author”). The passage, which is partially quoted five times by the author of Hebrews (cf. Heb. 3:7–11, 15; 4:3, 5, 7), stresses the fact that the Mosaic generation failed to reach the Promised Land because of their lack of faith. The place of provocation alluded to here is Meribah (cf. 81:7, note).
95:1 let us. A worship leader, such as a priest, calls on the congregation to worship the Lord together with him.
95:1the rock of The Hebrew word used here, tsur, highlights the stability and protection Yahweh provides.
95:1 rock of our salvation. This metaphor for God was especially appropriate in this psalm, which refers (vv. 8, 9) to the water that came from the rock in the wilderness (cf. Ex 17:1–7; Nu 20:1–13; 1Co 10:4).
1. “O come, let us sing unto the Lord.” Other nations sing unto their gods, let us sing unto Jehovah. We love him, we admire him, we reverence him, let us express our feelings with the choicest sounds, using our noblest faculty for its noblest end. It is well thus to urge others to magnify the Lord, but we must be careful to set a worthy example ourselves, so that we may be able not only to cry “Come,” but also to add “let us sing,” because we are singing ourselves. It is to be feared that very much even of religious singing is not unto the Lord, but unto the ear of the congregation: above all things we must in our service of song take care that all we offer is with the heart’s sincerest and most fervent intent directed towards the Lord himself. “Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” With holy enthusiasm let us sing, making a sound which shall indicate our earnestness; with abounding joy let us lift up our voices, actuated by that happy and peaceful spirit which trustful love is sure to foster. As the children of Israel sang for joy when the smitten rock poured forth its cooling streams, so let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. The author of this song had in his mind’s eye the rock, the tabernacle, the Red Sea, and the mountains of Sinai, and he alludes to them all in this first part of his hymn. God is our abiding, immutable, and mighty rock, and in him we find deliverance and safety, therefore it becomes us to praise him with heart and with voice from day to day; and especially should we delight to do this when we assemble as his people for public worship.
Ver. 1.—O come, let us sing unto the Lord. From this opening phrase, which finds an echo in vers. 2 and 6, this psalm has been called “The Invitatory Psalm.” As it invited the Jews, so it now invites Christian congregations, to join in the worship of the sanctuary. Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation (comp. Pss. 33:3; 98:4). Loudness of voice was regarded as indicating earnestness of heart (see 2 Chron. 20:19; Ezra 3:13; Neh. 12:42, etc). The expression, “Rock of our salvation” is taken from Deut. 32:15 (comp. 2 Sam. 22:47; Ps. 89:26). It is well paraphrased in our Prayerbook Version, “the strength of our salvation.”
1. We cannot possibly err in our application of what is here said, by referring to Jesus and his church; since the Holy Ghost himself hath condescended to give his own comment upon it, Heb. 3 and 4 where the blessed Spirit expressly saith, the day spoken of in this Psalm means the gospel day, and that Christ is the rock of our salvation. 1 Cor. 10:4. So believers are enjoined by the Holy Ghost to invite one another to sing the praises of Jehovah, their Rock, their Jesus, their salvation.
95:1 Come, let us sing for joy. The first verb (“come”) is a second-person plural imperative that exhorts others to worship, and the second verb (“let us sing for joy”) a first-person plural cohortative (“let us”) that includes the speaker.
let us shout. This should be interpreted as a festal shout. It has parallels in 47:1 and 81:1.
Rock of our salvation. This is a military term suggesting a place of refuge from danger (see also 89:26).
 Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 902). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
 Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ps 95:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
I need grace. Selfishness keeps me from faithfully representing Jesus every day. Pride contaminates the service I offer God. Fear submerges the longing to love Jesus most of all. Maybe you can relate.
So, when the writer of Hebrews tells us we can find grace at God’s throne, it’s a great relief. Not only can we hope to find grace, but we can come to God confidently, even boldly, expecting to receive grace.
Yet, we shouldn’t simply think positively, believe in ourselves, or conjure up confidence. Paul had a long list of good works and religious pedigree, but he didn’t put any confidence in those things (Philippians 3:3-7).
To understand where our confidence comes from, we need to look at the preceding verses in the Hebrews:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:14-15).
Because Jesus always did God’s will and never sinned, His death paid the penalty for our sins. The confession Hebrews indicates is: Jesus is Lord; God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9).
Our confidence, therefore, doesn’t come from our own goodness, but from Jesus’ sacrifice.
The author of Hebrews urges us to daily seek God and heed His voice. The more we pursue Jesus, the more we understand our need for grace. And only those who admit their need for grace will approach the throne of grace.
Gracious God, I come before you confident that Jesus paid for my sins. I ask you for the grace I desperately need. Grace to live a holy life, to overcome temptation, to face the struggles of today and the fears of tomorrow. May your power flow through me. Amen.
“Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, I am pregnant.”
Temptations can come at any time, but they are especially dangerous in periods of weakness because that’s when we’re more prone to yield. The Scriptures are filled with descriptions of men and women who sinned against the Lord in moments of vulnerability. These true stories are given to us for our instruction so we can learn from the mistakes of others. ( 1 Corinthians 10:11).
While temptations come in a variety of forms, they follow a similar pattern. David’s sin is a good example of this. His eye looked, his mind desired, and his will acted. Resistance is difficult in the best of times, but it’s even more of a struggle during periods of anger, emptiness, idleness, or isolation—and that was the case for David, who should have been in battle instead of in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 11:1). At the end of the day, no matter what’s creating the vulnerability, each person is responsible for his or her own actions.
In times of weakness, remember the acronym “HALT.” Don’t let yourself become too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Most importantly, fix your attention on the Lord and draw strength from Him through prayer. Use Scripture to guard your mind, and the Lord will give you victory over temptation.
This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own, and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness, and intercession of Jesus.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Many Attributes of God Genesis 21:33; Psalm 135:13; Isaiah 44:24; Matthew 28:19; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 1:8; 21:5; 22:13
We, therefore, both know and confess that God is without beginning, without end, eternal and everlasting, uncreated, unchangeable, invariable, simple, uncompound, incorporeal, invisible, impalpable, uncircumscribed, infinite, incognisable, indefinable, incomprehensible, good, just, maker of all things created, almighty, all-ruling, all-surveying, of all overseer, sovereign, judge; and that God is One, that is to say, one essence; and that He is known, and has His being in three subsistences, in Father, I say, and Son and Holy Spirit.
JOHN OF DAMASCUS
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Extremely eccentric minor planet to visit inner solar system this decade The outskirts of our solar system is teeming with mysterious objects – and now one of them is heading our way. Astronomers have discovered a minor planet that’s about to make its closest pass to the Sun on its 600,000-year orbit. The object in question is designated 2014 UN271, and it was only recently identified in data from the Dark Energy Survey captured between 2014 and 2018. Size estimates place it anywhere between 100 and 370 km (62 and 230 miles) wide. If it’s a comet, it’s quite a big one, especially for one coming from the outer solar system. “[That] puts it on a similar scale, if not larger than, Sarabat’s huge comet C/1729 P1, and almost undoubtedly the largest Oort Cloud object ever discovered – almost in dwarf planet territory!” says Sam Deen, a citizen astronomer, in a post on the Minor Planet Mailing List (MPML) forum.
Lapid to meet with American, Bahraini, Italian counterparts in Rome Foreign Minister Yair Lapid departed for his first trip abroad on the job, flying to Rome on Sunday afternoon for a series of high-level diplomatic meetings. Lapid is scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and return to Israel late Sunday night.
Hungary is first EU country to announce boycott of Durban conference Hungary became the first EU country to announce it will not attend this year’s UN…World Conference on Racism in Durban, which featured antisemitic messages. “The Hungarian government declared a zero tolerance policy against antisemitism and is fully committed to guarantee the safety of the Jewish people that we also consistently represent in the international fora,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó wrote…
IDF’s Kfir brigade holds large-scale drill focusing on war with Hezbollah The IDF’s Kfir brigade held a large-scale drill to prepare its troops for a war on Israel’s northern front, the first since changes were implemented to make it a deadlier maneuvering force last year. The week-long drill saw new capabilities and weapons including drones tested by the troops in order for them to contend with “whatever the next war might bring…”
New VA crisis? Ex-official sounds alarm on long wait times, backlog of 20 million appointments Darin Selnick, a retired Air Force Captain and former senior advisor to the secretary of veterans affairs under President Trump, said the VA was not following the law when it didn’t provide care for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There’s 19.7 million, last year, delayed or canceled appointments that the VA did during the COVID,” Selnick told the John Solomon Reports podcast.
Biden’s capital gains tax plan would push US rate to one of highest in developed world Wealthy Americans could pay one of the highest taxes on capital gains and dividends in the world if President Biden’s sweeping tax and spending plan becomes law. Biden has proposed raising the capital gains tax rate to 39.6% from 20% for millionaires; coupled with an existing Medicare surcharge, federal tax rates for the wealthy could climb as high as 43.4%…
Fauci shifts herd immunity goalposts, now says as much as 90% may be needed to halt coronavirus Top White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has appeared to shift his stance on what percentage of the U.S. population needs to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order for the country to reach herd immunity. Herd immunity is when a large percentage of a specific population becomes immune to a virus; immunity can happen naturally or by way of vaccines to prevent viral infections like the flu and COVID-19.
Church bombing injures two in DR Congo At least two people were injured when a makeshift bomb exploded inside a Roman Catholic church in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It happened shortly before a children’s confirmation ceremony was due to begin in the city of Beni. Although it’s not yet known who was behind the bombing, a rebel group called the Allied Defence Forces…carries out frequent attacks in the region and has targeted churches before.
Massive exercise in Black Sea with US comes after Russia warning Russia has warned the US and UK not to “tempt fate” in the Black Sea. The Black Sea is only one place where there are naval tensions. On June 21 the US Sixth Fleet announced it would participate in the Sea Breeze exercise that will take place from June 28 to July 10. The US says that “this year’s iteration has the largest number of participating nations in the exercise’s history with 32 countries from six continents providing 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18 special operations and dive teams scheduled to participate.” This is important because it comes days after a UK warship and Russia appeared to clash off the coast of Crimea.
Drought, The Everything Disaster When water stops flowing, painful days are at hand. Nearly 89 percent of nine western states are in some form of drought, and more than a quarter of the region is considered in exceptional drought, the worst category in the U.S. Drought Monitor.
After Biden summit, Merkel, Macron back EU talks with Putin French and German envoys had proposed holding a summit with Putin just days after US President Biden held summit talks with the Russian president in Geneva. EU and Russia have several points of conflicts with the standoff in Ukraine and Belarus taking centre stage.
Massive comet to fly by Saturn in 2031 While scanning the sky for dark energy and objects in the outer Solar System, astronomers this month uncovered a massive comet that will knock on Saturn’s front door in the next decade, New Scientist reports. Although an asteroid or comet in Earth’s cosmic neighborhood is nothing new, the comet—known as 2014 UN271—is much larger than most:
NASA reveals dark secrets of the Sun during total solar eclipse “The most surprising thing to me is the number of fine-scale structures that we have been able to see in the corona,” Boe tells SYFY WIRE. “These hint that much of the corona is not closed, but actually open magnetic field lines which extend into space. Our work points to missing components and incorrect assumptions in the models that need to be addressed.”
Violent hailstorm hits Požega, leaving massive damage, Croatia A severe thunderstorm accompanied by very strong winds and up to baseball-sized hail hit the city of Požega, Croatia and neighboring towns and villages on June 25, 2021, downing trees and causing massive damage to homes, crops, and vehicles. Elderly citizens say they’ve never witnessed a hailstorm of this intensity.
Shock: European Union Reports 1.5 Million Vaccine Injuries, 15,472 Deaths It is inconceivable that all of these gene therapy “vaccines” are not summarily terminated by every nation on earth. The EU counterpart to the U.S. VAERS database reports deaths and injuries that are likely understated because not all cases are reported. Even still, the actually reported numbers are staggering.
Say goodbye to food choice and selection as droughts threaten food, water shortages and blackouts Since the mid-1980s, the number of childhood shots on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedule has more than quadrupled. When parents express reluctance about turning their little ones into perpetual pin cushions, drug makers and doctors have a ready answer — combination vaccines that “simplify” the schedule by decreasing the number of injections administered.
Why New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK Building Concentration Camps? In the past, I have dedicated much time and effort to investigating the subject of concentration camps (ie FEMA camps). From REX 84 to FM 39.4, there is no official shortage of available information on the legitimacy behind the phenomenon we call “FEMA Camps”. Some, maybe most may label the notion of concentration camps in West as a conspiracy theory. However, upon closer examination, it is indeed a conspiracy, but it is not conspiracy theory. The conspiracy is against you.
Turning in Friends and Family: Every Word of the Bible is Being Fulfilled “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ (Matthew 10:34-36).
Portland records the hottest day ever on recordPosted: 27 Jun 2021 10:16 AM PDT(AP) — Utility workers and wildlife managers across the Pacific Northwest were trying to keep people and animals safe Saturday as a historic heatwave scorched the region, toppling records and sending residents searching for relief.Stores sold out of portable air conditioners and fans, hospitals canceled outdoor vaccination clinics, cities opened cooling centers, baseball teams canceled or moved up weekend games, and utilities braced for possible power outages.Portland, Oregon, had the hottest day ever recorded — reaching 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 degrees Celsius) Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.Continue reading Portland records the hottest day ever on record at End Time Headlines.
President Trump speaks at Save America rally in Wellington Ohio, June 26, 2021, photo by Kristinn Taylor
Pictures of the crowd at the Trump rally in Ohio last night show a massive crowd as far as the eye can see.
The crowd in Ohio last night at President Trump’s rally in Ohio was huge. We know this from the number of people in the crowd:
We also know this morning that the overflow crowd was huge as well:
Here are a couple videos from the rally last night:
Cleveland, Ohio: *Better shot* of the overflow lot at President Trumps first official rally since leaving the White House. These are all people that didn’t make it in. 🇺🇸 @RealAmVoicepic.twitter.com/4xJMfoSATn
— Heather Mullins – Real America’s Voice (RAV-TV) (@TalkMullins) June 27, 2021
It appears there were more people in the overflow crowd last night in Ohio (estimate of more than 2,000) than the number of participants at all of the Biden ‘rallies’ in the 2020 election campaign (less than 2,000):
The media, Big Tech, the Democrats, Republican elites, China, etc… were against America and President Trump in the 2020 election and they worked together to steal the election. Americans know the truth.
First lady Jill Biden, with singer/songwriter Brad Paisley, is pictured during a stop Tuesday in Nashville to promote coronavirus vaccinations. Jill Biden will be traveling to Toky for next month’s Olympics, according to a Japanese newspaper’s report. (Jason Kempin / Getty Images)
President Joe Biden will be at the White House when the Olympics open in Tokyo next month, but the Biden family will be represented at the Olympic Games, according to a new report.
First lady Jill Biden will be present for the July 23 opening ceremonies, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily — a Japanese newspaper — reported on Sunday, according to Reuters.
The newspaper said that Biden may also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
France, which is scheduled to host the 2024 Olympics in Paris, is sending President Emmanuel Macron to the opening ceremony, Reuters reported.
The news that Biden is sending his wife to Tokyo caused a buzz on Twitter.
Jill Biden is going replace Joe Biden and attend the Tokyo Olympics. Joe is too frail to travel that far.
Last week, the first lady was dispatched to Mississippi and Tennessee to add White House luster to efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in those two states, according to The Washington Post.
Although the president, at age 78, traveled to Europe for meetings with NATO allies and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he has left the lion’s share of travel to others, chiefly Vice President Kamala Harris.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said after meeting with Harris on a recent trip to Mexico that he called her “president,” according to the New York Post.
Thanks to the people who participated in this first ever human experiment with a mRNA gene-therapy, fooled into thinking it was a “vaccine” for a phony “pandemic” allegedly caused by the never-isolated “COVID-19,” we now know the following based on fact-based, post-vaccine research:
1.) It’s not a vaccine. The COVID-19 mRNA vaccine does not provide immunity to Covid or it’s variants so you can still catch Covid and transmit it to others making you asymptomatic. You will likely need a booster shot every 6 months, so get ready to roll up that sleeve every six months once that system rolls out.
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2.) The 95% efficacy is the RRR (Relative Reduction Risk) where the real reduction rate ARR (Absolute Reduction Risk) is less than 2% as per this scientific Lancet study.
[link to http://www.thelancet.com]
This means you are really not protected much at all, as the architects of this phony pandemic would like you to ‘believe.’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Democrats in a statement on Sunday amid news that thousands of police officers have quit police departments nationwide as a crime wave rocks the country.
“New York City saw 2,600 officers retire in 2020 compared with 1,509 the year before,” The New York Times reported. “Resignations in Seattle increased to 123 from 34 and retirements to 96 from 43. Minneapolis, which had 912 uniformed officers in May 2019, is now down to 699. At the same time, many cities are contending with a rise in shootings and homicides.”
The crisis at police departments, which followed months of demonization by Democrats who called the police “cancer” and pushed for “no more policing,” comes as homicide rates increased 30% last year and have already increased 24 percent this year, The Times reported separately.
The Police Executive Research Forum released the following damning numbers from 194 law enforcement agencies this month that highlight the crisis in policing across the U.S. (emphasis added):
HIRING: There was a 5% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year. America’s largest police agencies, those which have more than 500 officers, experienced a 36% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year. Law enforcement agencies that had 250-499 officers experienced a 29% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.
RESIGNATIONS: There was an 18% increase in the resignation rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.
RETIREMENTS: There was a 45% increase in the retirement rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.
McCarthy responded to the latest news about the crises at police departments across America by telling The Daily Wire in a statement that the problem was a direct result of Democrats’ attacks on police.
“Over the past year, Democrats’ sustained movement to defund, dismantle, and demonize our cops is taking a toll on our communities,” McCarthy said. “It has manifested in the crime crisis our nation faces today, yet President Biden remains soft on crime and silent on Democrats’ radical policies.”
“Supporting the police and striving for safe communities should not be partisan objectives – they are shared values of the American people,” McCarthy added. “It’s troubling that Democrats continue to vilify the police at a time when they truly need our support.”
The Police Executive Research Forum released some of the following comments from their survey about officer morale, recruiting and hiring, and resignations and retirements in police departments (Quotations are not attributed because respondents were promised anonymity):
It’s amazing – Joe Biden supposedly got over 81 million historic votes in 2020, yet nobody shows him any support – ever. Not in person, not online, nowhere – well, except the fake news polls – that’s the only place you see this supposed “support for Biden.”
What a joke.
Meanwhile, the guy who supposedly lost the election is hosted a rally in Wellington, Ohio, which was – as usual – PACKED. Yet, the “most beloved politician of our lifetime” can’t even get 1,000 views on his YouTube speeches.
And this tweet from conservative pundit John Cardillo really sums it all up, doesn’t it? Here’s what he said: “No one takes Biden’s presidency seriously. Not Americans. Not foreign leaders. Not allies. Not enemies. Trump’s rally is packed. Dementia Man Bad can’t get 1,000 viewers on YouTube.”
No one takes Biden’s presidency seriously.
Not Americans. Not foreign leaders. Not allies. Not enemies.
Trump’s rally is packed. Dementia Man Bad can’t get 1000 viewers on YouTube.
Banned from Facebook and Twitter, Trump’s loyal fans found a way to watch him online. His rally racked up over two million views on Right Side Broadcasting Network and Rumble alone in just a few hours. That dwarfs the online interest in videos posted by President Biden.
He began by criticizing the effectiveness the Biden administration’s border policies.
“Kids are on suicide watch,” Trump said among other comments about an “unthinkable” crisis at the southern border.
“There is no more dire threat than the crisis on our southern border, other than perhaps our elections,” he said.
Thousands gathered at Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, to listen to the 75-year-old speak at the first of his “Save America” campaign rallies.
Trump vowed to help Republicans “take back the House” and “take back the Senate,” repeating as he has been since leaving office that he is now focused on helping to elect “America first” Republicans—not RINOs (Republicans in name only)—into Congress in the 2022 election.
“America last, not America first,” Trump said of what he called the “reckless” policies of President Joe Biden’s administration.
Trump hinted that he believes the polices in place at the southern border are not being led by Biden himself but by the “radical Democrats” directing the political machinery behind him.
“Immediately upon taking office, Joe Biden deliberately and systematically—through his people because I don’t think he did it—dismantled America’s border defenses and incited a flood of illegal migrants like this country has never seen,” he told the crowd.
“They violated our laws from every single corner of the globe, they were invited in and we can’t do that, we can’t afford it.”
Former President Donald Trump points at individuals and throws hats into the crowd as he arrives for his campaign-style rally in Wellington, Ohio, on June 26, 2021. (Stephen Zenner/AFP via Getty Images)
Trump said he believes that Biden has violated his constitutional oath as president by, in effect, surrendering America’s “sovereignty” at the border.
“We need a Republican Congress to shut down the lawless Biden agenda … defund reckless immigration policies, restore our southern border to what it was,” Trump said to chants from the crowd of “four more years.”
“We will end illegal immigration, that horrible term, once and for all,” he said of the Republican efforts.
He also added that he had heard reports of child minors being put on suicide watch after having crossed the border and entering the custody of under-resourced federal agencies.
“For the last three months … illegal alien minors have arrived at our border,” Trump said.
“These are, in many cases, wonderful kids and they are coming in at levels that we’ve never seen, and they are sent all around our country. I heard, for the first time, they’re on suicide watch, so many of these young kids—all because of this stupid policy that you’ve been watching over these months.”
The Epoch Times has reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services for a response to Trump’s comments.
Trump touched on a number of other topics, such as the need to allow independent audits to secure Americans’ trust in election systems, the need to ban critical race theory in the military, the weaponizing of law enforcement under Biden to go after Republicans, and the poor ratings of legacy media since he left office.
“Gas prices are skyrocketing, inflation is skyrocketing, China and Russia are humiliating our country,” said Trump.
Trump also claimed the Democratic Party “used COVID” to its favor in the 2020 elections, pointing to the extended mail-in voting measures rolled out in the name of the pandemic and now-contested media coverage of his claims that COVID-19 may have come from a Wuhan lab, which greatly shaped public opinion on how well Trump responded to the health crisis.
He earlier teased the audience with a possible presidential run in 2024.
“It’s possible we will have to win it a third time, it’s possible,” he said, as the crowd chanted “USA, USA, USA.”
Trump used the rally to restate his endorsement of Mike Carey as his preferred Republican candidate for an upcoming special primary election on Aug. 3 for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.
The seat was recently vacated by former U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers who is going on to serve as president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Candidates for the Democratic primary are state Rep. Allison Russo of Upper Arlington and Greg Betts.
Trump also reiterated his support for Max Miller, a Marine veteran who served as Trump’s White House adviser, for the 16th Congressional District seat. He told the rally that Miller has “a passion for this country like you wouldn’t believe.”
Miller played a key role in the Trump administration’s denuclearization negotiations with North Korea as well as negotiations for the Middle East peace deal.
Thank you to the greatest President this country has ever had #45.
You have been the best mentor, teacher, and boss I’ve ever had. Now, let’s put an America First fighter into Congress who actually represents the people and get #TurnCoatTony out! pic.twitter.com/lDl0Tij9nm
Trump was critical of Miller’s competitor, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who he called a RINO and a “candidate of Liz Cheney.”
Gonzalez, who claimed that Trump helped “organize and incite a mob” at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, was censured by the Ohio Republican Party in May for voting for Trump to be impeached.
Miller told the rally that if successful, he will “protect and prioritize American jobs” and “fight for the same kind of trade deals that President Trump fought for, the same ones that the Biden administration is trying to undo.”
Trump thanked the crowd, some who had been lining up days before the event, for their support of his “America First” agenda, saying that be was proud to be the first Republican since President Ronald Reagan to win Lorain County in 2020.
“With a Republican Congress, we will fight for more jobs for Ohio families, fair trade for Ohio workers, and more Ohio factories forging more products stamped with that beautiful, beautiful phrase, ‘Made in the USA,’” he said.
“We will stand up to China, make them pay trillions in reparations, and ensure that America, not China, dominates the future.”
He also thanked Ohio Sen. Jim Jordan, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, South Dakota Gov. Kristy Noem, and Mike Lindell “the pillow man,” who were in attendance, and gave special mention to Mike Gibbons, Jane Timken, Bernie Merino, and Josh Mandel who are running in 2022 to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate.
He begins to speak before his handlers briefly manage to tear his attention away. He follows them with the complacency of a cooperative nursing home patient — only to stop and haltingly turn around, appearing more than a bit confused.
The president of the United States being carefully herded along by handlers while he tries to mumble answers to eager reporters is a very, very bad look.
I am certainly not qualified to tell you anything about Biden’s cognitive health. But according to those who are, the red flags are flying.
The Mayo Clinic has a list of symptoms that could be indicative of dementia, and the correlation to Biden’s behavior is almost uncanny.
These symptoms include memory loss, difficulty communicating or finding words, inappropriate behavior, confusion and disorientation, and agitation, all of which fit Biden to a tee.
Here he is confusing Syria with Libya three times in one go:
This is horrible. At some point his cognitive disfunction has to be considered a natl security threat if only because of the confidence it must give our enemies “President confuses Syria with Libya three times” pic.twitter.com/R7is0yl2MR
“If you don’t understand that,” Biden tells a reporter pushing him to explain how it was a constructive meeting with Putin if he still denies human rights abuses and cyber attacks, “you’re in the wrong business.” pic.twitter.com/M4QmK7hKYd
He is most certainly guilty of inappropriate behavior:
If that wasn't disturbing enough, in this clip, Biden not only touches a young woman but smells her hair, kisses her, whispering something into her ear, only to tell her "see you back home, I hope" after visibly creeping out her and who I assume is her mother. pic.twitter.com/WrFLWmAPFJ
And of course, as seen in Raleigh, he appears confused and disoriented — again, and again, and again.
Check, check, check, check and check for symptoms of dementia. At what point does this become a pressing matter of national interest?
Last week, White House physician-turned-legislator Rep. Ronny Jackson and 13 other Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to Biden calling on him to take a cognitive test like the one famously administered to former President Donald Trump.
“The American people should have absolute confidence in their President,” the letter read. “They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties of Head of State and Commander in Chief.”
“They deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader. To achieve this, we urge you to submit to a cognitive test immediately.”
This request is more than fair.
If it was necessary for Trump to take a cognitive test, then Biden needs to spend a few days at Walter Reed undergoing some exhaustive medical scrutiny at the very least.
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Joe Rogan, host of the popular “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, slammed President Joe Biden late last week, saying that the U.S. has no leader as it becomes more and more obvious to many that Biden is struggling.
Rogan said that he believes that people will look back at this point in U.S. history and will recognize it as “one of the most tumultuous periods I think in the history of the country.”
“We’re unhinged in a lot of ways and we’re not anchored down by a real leader,” Rogan continued. “You know, we don’t really have a real leader in the country, anymore. I mean, you can say Joe Biden is the president, he’s our leader, and you’d be correct on paper. But I mean, everybody knows he’s out of his mind. He’s just, he’s barely hanging in there.”
Joe Rogan on the current state of American politics: "We're unhinged … We don't really have a leader in this country anymore." pic.twitter.com/0JvfzoVsFD
JOE ROGAN, PODCAST HOST: If you could go back in time to any era, and just visit for a little bit, where would you go?
ILIZA SHLESINGER, COMEDIAN: Probably like five years ago and just make some different choices.
ROGAN: You wouldn’t want to go to like, watch Ben Franklin get electrocuted?
SHLESINGER: Am I just seeing like a specific moment? Or is it just like–
ROGAN: Like, if I give you a week, you could spend a week and you knew you’d be safe.
SHLESINGER: Okay, I just think the 60s were a really formative time for this country. And I think getting like, hopping around just to the vibe, and just all the unrest and the change and really coming out of losing our innocence as a nation and sort of catapulting us into what would become the country. I think the 60s were really fascinating.
ROGAN: I bet a lot of people in the future gonna say that about the 20s, what’s happening right now.
SHLESINGER: 20s would be cool. Oh, [2020s]?
ROGAN: No, these 20s. 2020s.
SHLESINGER: Oh, man.
ROGAN: I think people are gonna be talking about all the changes happening right here. Right now–
ROGAN: –in the future, they’re gonna be saying it’s one of the most tumultuous periods I think in the history of the country.
SHLESINGER: We’ll look back and it’ll be scary and be like, yeah, I don’t know. Everybody was afraid of getting canceled, people eating each other. Nobody was listening to science. Like it’s a really, even as it’s happening. I’m like, we are coming across like f***ng idiots, like animals.
ROGAN: Well, we’re unhinged in a lot of ways–
ROGAN: –and we’re not anchored down by a real leader. You know, we don’t really have a real leader in the country, anymore. I mean, you can say Joe Biden is the president, he’s our leader, and you’d be correct on paper. But I mean, everybody knows he’s out of his mind. He’s just, he’s barely hanging in there.
SHLESINGER: I just think we’ve dealt with, you know, you have political unrest coming out of Donald Trump, you have this pandemic. There’s just so, you have so much fake news, opinions, there’s so many outlets, like it’s, it is maddening, regardless of how you believe and you can’t get a straight answer. You can’t even substantiate your own facts with the right facts because you it’s hard to drill down those facts. Everybody that agrees with you sort of does in theory, but is it always in practice? And it is hard to find solid ground. And so it’s scary, just how angry the mob is and how, you know, if you look at like cancel culture, I don’t even think people want an apology in many cases, they just want to see someone burn.
ROGAN: They definitely do.
SHLESINGER: It’s like the middle, it’s like the medieval, the medieval times, it’s like medieval times, like the Middle Ages, it’s a dark period.
ROGAN: Well there’s a disconnect between other people, right, that’s happening when you’re attacking someone online, they’re not near you, you’re not talking to them. They’re not a human, they are the other and you can attack them in that way. And if they get taken down, they lose their job. People like it. They like it. It’s like your score to point you’re playing a video game, you kill the bad guy.
SHLESINGER: You feel, because people feel so helpless, you know, I was thinking about that short story that we all had to read, ‘The Lottery,’ where this town just like randomly would draw straws to see who would get stoned to death.
SHLESINGER: And the woman is, this is a famous short story, the woman was like the biggest proponent of this in the end is the one that gets stoned. And of course, you know, it’s like, and then they were upon her, but I think about that a lot. How–
ROGAN: When did this happen?
SHLESINGER: The lottery?
SHLESINGER: I don’t know what year it was written.
ROGAN: But it’s real? Is it a real story, a true story? Was it a fiction story?
SHLESINGER: I think it’s fiction, which is even better, because somebody at the time was like, you know, we want this justice, not even justice when the punishment outweighs the crime, but we so just want to see someone get devoured. If somebody genuinely offends me, there are apologies where you’re like, okay, they meant that, they f***ed up. But for the most part, you’re like, f*** that person. Even if they apologize, you’re like, yeah, I still see–, I know that they still secretly are anti-Semitic or racist, or whatever, you know. And we do look at that snippet of a person, they did a thing and you’re like, burn it all to the ground. There’s no room for nuance. We do love like a public hanging. We have not come that far.
ROGAN: Yeah, it’s definitely still a part of what it means to be a person. You know, especially if you don’t know the person, you know.
SHLESINGER: Especially if they’re famous, or good looking or rich. It’s even more delicious. Or someone who’s like wronged you or you feel there’s no accounting for substance or character. It’s just they upset me. So they gotta go.
ROGAN: Yeah, there’s very few people in this day and age that are interested in empathy.
ROGAN: And that’s a that’s a real problem, or at least publicly interested in empathy, where they’re promoting it. You know, it’s not, it’s not something that we value as much as, you know, we value it in our personal lives. It’s very important in your personal lives to be empathetic about family members and friends. But when it comes to like public figures, nobody gives a s*** about empathy.
Well, it’s not great, and it’s straight out of the playbook from the 1930s Great Depression when the same parts of the U.S. were transformed into a desert, triggering a grasshopper plague.
A.P. News said federal agriculture officials are set to launch one of the largest grasshopper-killing campaigns in three decades amid an outbreak. The insects belong to the suborder Caelifera family and are probably the most ancient living group of chewing herbivorous insects. These creatures survive and multiply rapidly in drought or very dry conditions and will decimate crops.
Before we dive further into the grasshopper plague, the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of the western half of the U.S. is in some form of drought. Some places are more severe than others – but many of these lands produce an immense amount of farm goods.
So back to insect plague where A.P. spoke with a resident Frank Wiederrick of central Montana’s Phillips County, who said grasshoppers are springing up on his ranch.
“They’re everywhere,” Wiederrick said. “Drought and grasshoppers go together and they are cleaning us out.”
If extreme drought conditions continue in parts of the U.S., harvests this year could be severely impacted.
The United States Department of Agriculture has published a map of the grasshoppers spreading across arid regions of the western half of the U.S.
Agriculture officials had seen this year’s infestation coming after a 2020 survey found dense concentrations of adult grasshoppers across about 55,000 square miles (141 ,000 square kilometers) in the West. A 2021 grasshopper “hazard map” shows densities of at least 15 insects per square yard (meter) in large areas of Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon and portions of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and Nebraska. -A.P.
“Left unaddressed, federal officials said the agricultural damage from grasshoppers could become so severe it could drive up beef and crop prices,” A.P. warned.
Recent increases to the debt have been fueled by massive fiscal stimulus bills like the CARES Act ($2.2 trillion in March 2020), the Consolidated Appropriations Act ($2.3 trillion in December 2020), and most recently, the American Rescue Plan ($1.9 trillion in March 2021).
*Editor’s note: This top level figure includes intragovernmental holdings, or the roughly $6 trillion of debt owed within the government to itself.
What Influences U.S. Debt?
It’s worth pointing out that the national debt hasn’t always been this large.
Looking back 150 years, we can see that its size relative to GDP has fluctuated greatly, hitting multiple peaks and troughs. These movements generally correspond with events such as wars and recessions.