“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
We discuss the amazing lives of Charles and Susie Spurgeon. There is so much we don’t know about their marriage, trials, ministry, and deep dedication to the Lord. David also addresses the media’s framing of “white evangelicals” and the Biden Administration now working with Facebook to monitor content (speech!).
We discuss pastor’s training, responding to evil, equipping the saints and preparing Christian youth for the onslaught of immorality in today’s culture – as well as worldly philosophies creeping into the church.
David Fiorazo and Steve Smothermon discuss some recent polls including more than a quarter of churchgoers staying home from in-person services, A majority in favor of religious freedoms, cultural Marxism and public education, as well as young people saying they are not proud to be American.
We discuss how the left is now trying to use “climate change” to lock-down and control people even more. This is about power; manufacturing a crisis, and framing the narrative to force change. Will Americans submit?
Christian families should be concerned by now. We discuss solutions to the worldview problems in government education and how public schools are shaping young minds and denying God rather than producing good, responsible citizens.
For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully… But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. – 1 Peter 2:19, 20b
Scripture reading: 1 Peter 2:18-21
Many whom Peter addressed were slaves. Without approving slavery as a way of life, Peter seeks to equip his readers to live as Christians where they are. Most of us can relate to the challenge of having to experience hard things – in life generally, or specifically in our work. It is not that we should never work for change, but how do we respond with endurance when hard things happen?
The sojourner should never take the approach – “I give as good as I get.” The sojourner is mindful of God. He learns to ask: Where is God in this? What does God say? How will God help?
It would be understandable if you were having a hard time at work because you were lazy, or mouthy, always late for work, or known for doing shoddy work. See to it that doesn’t happen. Since you know God and His grace, when you mess up, own up to your failings.
But how can you persist in doing good when you are doing your best and still receiving a hard time? Prayerfully seek to live conscious of the presence of God. Think about Jesus, what He endured for you on the cross. Remind yourself that He has redeemed you, you are His! As you respond, ask God to help you follow in Jesus’ steps. Do it for the Lord. Trust that He will help you through this. God sees and cares. He will teach you about your need for Jesus and His grace, and He will help you.
Suggestions for prayer
Ask God to help you endure hardship, to carry out your work, and to live your whole life mindful of Him. Thank God for what Jesus has done for you on the cross.
Rev. John A. Bouwers is pastor of the Hope Reformed Church (URCNA) in Brampton, ON, where he has served since December 2017. He is married to Julie and they have been blessed with six children and twelve grandchildren. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
The Danger of Wicked Friends 1 Kings 12:10–11; 2 Chronicles 10:10–11; Job 34:8; Psalm 1:1; 26:5; Proverbs 12:26
Man, being a sociable creature, is mightily encouraged to do as others do, especially in an evil example; for we are more susceptible of evil than we are of good. Sickness is sooner communicated than health; we easily catch a disease one of another, but those that are sound do not communicate health to the diseased.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“Do Love Where There Is No Love” Matthew 5:43–44; John 13:34–35; 15:12, 17; 12:10; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4:11–12
Do love where there is no love, and you shall have love.
JOHN OF THE CROSS
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
What a casting out was that! Satan has lost his throne in our nature even as he lost his seat in heaven. Our Lord Jesus has destroyed the enemy’s reigning power over us. He may worry us, but he cannot claim us as his own. His bonds are no longer upon our spirits: the Son has made us free, and we are free indeed.
Still is the archenemy the accuser of the brethren; but even from this position our Lord has driven him. Our Advocate silences our accuser. The Lord rebukes our enemies and pleads the causes of our soul, so that no harm comes of all the devil’s revilings.
As a tempter, the evil spirit still assails us and insinuates himself into our minds; but thence also is he cast out as to his former preeminence. He wriggles about like a serpent, but he cannot rule like a sovereign. He hurls in blasphemous thoughts when he has opportunity; but what a relief it is when he is told to be quiet and is made to slink off like a whipped cur! Lord, do this for any who are at this time worried and wearied by his barkings. Cast out their enemy, and be Thou glorious in their eyes. Thou hast cast him down; Lord, cast him out. Oh, that Thou wouldst banish him from the world!
What does the church most need today? In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful. This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm will deepen our appreciation of it, increase its value for us, and show us how distinctive it is for helping the church.
As we study psalms, we soon learn that the central verse of a psalm is often significant as a key to its interpretation. The central line of Psalm 81 is the heart of that psalm, as the plaintive cry of God is heard: “O Israel, if you would but listen to me!” (v. 8b). The center of Psalm 81—indeed the whole psalm—is a reflection on the Shema.
The centrality of this line and its importance are underscored when we recognize that Psalm 81 is the central psalm of Book 3 of the Psalter. Book 3 (Psalms 73–89) principally concerns the crisis in Israel caused by the destruction of the temple (Ps. 74) and the apparent failure of God’s promises that David’s sons would forever sit on his throne (Ps. 89). Something of the cause and character of this crisis is contained in this central line of the central psalm.
Since Book 3 is the central book of the five books of the Psalter, Psalm 81:8b actually is the central line of the whole book of Psalms. It stands at the very heart of Israel’s songbook. It calls Israel to deep reflection on her relationship to her God.
This psalm also appears to be central to Israel’s liturgical calendar. The praise at new moon and full moon can refer only to the seventh month of the year, the Feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:24; Num. 10:10) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:26–32). Between these two feasts occurred the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:27). As God called Israel to celebrate His great provisions as Creator and Deliverer, so He called His people to hear Him.
As the Shema was crucial to the Torah, so it is central to the Psalter and to the Christian life. God’s people must hear His Word, particularly to reject false gods (v. 9) and to walk in His ways (v. 13). They must not follow their own wisdom (v. 12). How sad to contemplate that God might give us what we think is good for us.
The Lord reminds His people that in history He has been the Deliverer and now promises that when we open our mouths in prayer, He will hear us and meet our needs (v. 10). He is the God who preserves and provides for the needs of His own.
The failure of Israel to hear the Word of God was rectified by God’s own Son. Jesus always heard and honored God’s Word. His Father delighted in Him for that reason: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 17:5). Jesus perfectly listened and followed so that His people would have a complete and perfect salvation. The Father continues to call His people to listen, now directing them to the words of His Son: “listen to him” (Matt. 17:5). The salvation and health of the church depend on it continuing to listen to God’s Word.
Psalm 81 seems to reflect the time of exile, when God punished Israel with the loss of the temple, its king, and the land of promise. It also reminds us of an earlier time, when Israel doubted God and grumbled about Him (v. 7). At Meribah (Ex. 17), Israel tested the Lord, doubting that He was with His people, so the Lord tested Israel and found her wanting. Similarly, we can look at the history of the church and see many times and ways in which the church failed to listen to the Word of the Lord.
The time of the Reformation, of course, was one of the greatest times in which the church returned to the Word of God. The Reformation of the church occurred because Christians began again to study the Bible carefully. The Reformers studied Greek and Hebrew, provided the church with new translations of the Bible, used the new technology of the printing press to print Bibles, and prepared some of the finest commentaries and theologies in the history of the church.
Again in our time, the church must be called to listen to the Word of God. The churches of America too often seem interested in following other voices than the voice of God. For decades, some churches have taught that the Bible is not fully and truly the Word of God. Other churches formally recognize the Bible, but seem to have lost confidence that preaching and teaching the Bible is what will convert unbelievers and build the church. Many Christians today seem to practically ignore the Bible, and as a result, they are as worldly as their unbelieving neighbors.
God says to us today, as He said to Israel of old and says to every generation of His people: “O Israel, if you would but listen to me!” Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will open ears in our churches and throughout our land. And let us listen carefully and believingly. Such listening is what the church most needs today.
Can someone become a Christian by merely examining the evidence surrounding the New Testament? Does faith require us to ignore the evidence altogether? Can J. Warner’s example of coming to faith serve as a pathway or others? Pastor Nat Crawford from Back to the Bible Ministries discusses the issue with J. Warner on the Hard Questions, Real Answers Podcast.
For more information about the impact Jesus and His followers had on science, read Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World That Rejects the Bible. This unique and innovative book makes a case for the historicity and Deity of Jesus from history alone, without relying on the New Testament manuscripts. It contains over 400 illustrations and is accompanied by a ten-session Person of Interest DVD Set (and Investigator’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.
Last night we enjoyed supper and an evening of fellowship with friends. One of our friends said, with a big happy smile, that she was… “addicted to sharing the gospel with people.” A few weeks ago she had mentioned that her hands were getting arthritic and sore but she wouldn’t stop using her keyboard to reach others with the Gospel.
Her obvious ‘being chosen’ reflects her love to serve the one who called… The Lord Jesus Christ, and thus the desire to sacrificially give of herself to serving Him. We are blessed for knowing her.
“I pray that that you too can say that the Lord has heard your prayer and has chosen you as a place for Himself as a temple for sacrifices. Amen.” 2 Chronicles 7:12
“A farmer went out to sow his seed… seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Mark 4:3b,8b
For years, I’ve been enamoured of farmers. How completely trusting they are as they prepare and seed the soil, row after row. While knowing the crop could be thwarted by drought, pests, or flood, the farmer faithfully sows to completion.
They get up early to tend to their planted seeds, never stopping until they see results. Farmers sacrifice sleep and work long hours to ensure the success of the field they’ve planted. They’ll use fertilizer to boost germination and growth and track weather patterns to time the seeding ahead of a forecasted rain shower.
I am guilty of allowing that seed to sit because of my own hesitation to sow it. I wonder, what if I’m rejected by those I try to share Jesus with? Yet, who would I be if I didn’t lose sleep, time, and popularity to do the hard work Christ already did for me? Giving others hope and sharing the peace of Christ matters more now than ever. I couldn’t live with myself, otherwise.
As Christ-followers, we are given a spiritual seed that needs to be sown. The question is, what kind of soil will we sow into? Our own selfish ambitions? Will we become idle and the seeds worthless? Or, will we work, like that farmer, to yield a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times (v. 8)? It’s a sobering challenge.
The world is a daunting place but there’s work to be done. As believers in Christ, may we forego our individual fears and sow our seed, no matter what, trusting the results to our Father
Heavenly Father, give me a fearless heart to sow the seed you’ve given me, into this world. Let me do my part and allow you to do yours, trusting in your timing. It is in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them, and not contrary to them.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“Edify Your Neighbor by Word and Deed” 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13; 10:25; James 1:27
Publish not scandal; for it is well to be silent: proclaim the truth, for it is salutary; be modest, for it is reasonable; hurt no one, for it is just; be useful to all, for such is piety; and edify your neighbor by word and deed, for such is religion.
THOMAS À KEMPIS*
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The White House admits it’s working with social media companies to remove “misinformation” and “problematic” posts.
Not only did the Biden administration admit that what we and many other conservative media outlets have repeatedly asserted is true — that Big Tech is censoring conservatives — but it also acknowledged it’s colluding with social media oligarchs on what to censor. Hello, authoritarianism.
During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated, “We are in regular touch with the social media platforms, and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team — given, as Dr. [Vivek] Murthy conveyed, this is a big issue of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic.”
Remarkably, Psaki sought to justify the collusion and the government-driven censorship, contending: “We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s Office. We are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.” She added, “It’s important to take faster action against harmful posts … and Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful, violative posts.”
Surgeon General Dr. Murthy, who also spoke at the briefing, confirmed, “We’re asking [social media companies] to consistently take action against misinformation super spreaders on their platforms.” He then added: “Misinformation takes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health and the health of our loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health misinformation has led people to resist wearing masks in high-risk settings. It’s led them to turn down proven treatments and to choose not to get vaccinated. This has led to avoidable illnesses and deaths.”
That’s a stunningly hypocritical statement given the Biden administration’s penchant for spreading misinformation (i.e., Jim Crow 2.0). And whose freedom is actually being targeted and taken away?
One would expect this kind of language from authoritarian regimes like the Chinese Communist Party, but here we have the Biden administration blatantly acknowledging that it’s actively engaged in the violation of the American people’s most fundamental right — freedom of speech. And they’re proud of it.
The debate over whether Big Tech censorship constitutes a violation of the First Amendment has just been made moot. This is the federal government acting to censor speech it unilaterally deems as “problematic” and “misinformation.” This is now directly a constitutional issue. No if, ands, or buts.
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald pointedly notes: “As I’ve documented before, the Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee is violated when government officials pressure or coerce private actors to censor for them. That is exactly what the Biden WH is doing with Facebook.” Greenwald further remarks, “This is the union of corporate and state power — one of the classic hallmarks of fascism — that the people who spent 5 years bawling about fascism support.”
This may be the Biden administration’s biggest scandal yet.
According to a new book, our nation’s senior military officer is an even greater disgrace than we thought.
We’re not gonna speculate about whether Mark Milley is a cross-dresser, but he certainly had his panties in a twist during the Trump years. Our nation’s wokest and worst-ever chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was apparently so scared, so terrified, so petrified by former President Donald Trump that he compared him to Adolf Hitler and his supporters to Nazi brownshirts.
Really? Our nation’s senior military officer? How on earth did such a lily-livered leader rise to a position of such prominence?
As CNN reports: “The top US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, was so shaken that then-President Donald Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that Milley and other top officials informally planned for different ways to stop Trump, according to excerpts of an upcoming book obtained by CNN.”
That book, I Alone Can Fix It, by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, will no doubt be a follow-up hit job to their previous book on Trump. In it, they describe how Milley and the other joint chiefs planned to resign rather than carry out orders from Trump that, of course, never came.
Holy smokes. Where’s Lee Ermey when we need him? Can someone please put some steel in these guys’ spines? Better yet, General Milley, can you please do every red-blooded, patriotic American a favor and resign?
Milley, of course, has already lost the argument. None of what he thought would happen actually happened. But when a joint chiefs chairman compares his duly elected commander-in-chief to one of history’s worst mass murderers, he not only validates Godwin’s Law, he invalidates his standing as a serious, stable, and trustworthy military leader. We don’t need woke Chicken Littles like Milley — dolts who think the January 6 Capitol riot was about “white rage.” We need smarter men and cooler heads calling the shots.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f—king succeed,” Milley apparently told his staff. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns,” he shrieked.
The hits, they kept a-coming. As CNN continues:
Milley viewed Trump as “the classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose,” the authors write, and he saw parallels between Adolf Hitler’s rhetoric as a victim and savior and Trump’s false claims of election fraud.
“This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley told aides, according to the book. “The gospel of the Führer.”
Ahead of a November pro-Trump “Million MAGA March” to protest the election results, Milley told aides he feared it “could be the modern American equivalent of ‘brownshirts in the streets,’” referring to the pro-Nazi militia that fueled Hitler’s rise to power.
Just for fun, why don’t we take Milley’s concerns seriously. Just for a minute. Other weak-kneed, hyperbolic leftists, after all, have compared Trump to Hitler, and National Review’s Kyle Smith actually indulged them back in 2017. His analysis has aged rather well.
HITLER: Murdered 11 million according to one analysis.
TRUMP: Has murdered no one thus far.
HITLER: Invaded the sovereign states of Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Free State of Danzig, Denmark, France, Guernsey, Hungary, Italy, Jersey, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia.
TRUMP: Has invaded no sovereign states.
HITLER: Started a world war that killed more than 5 million in his armed forces alone, plus many millions more in other countries.
TRUMP: Has started no world wars.
You get the idea. And you get the idea that Milley is off his rocker. Tellingly, he hasn’t said a word about this account of events, nor does he plan to, according to the CNN article.
But Donald Trump has said a few words. “I never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government,” he said in a statement. “Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of ‘coup,’ and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.”
Biden and Harris are living large while working-class wages are being devalued.
The primary benefactor of the enemies of Liberty, billionaire leftist George Soros, said there were many opportunities created by the ChiCom Virus pandemic to implement socialist policies: “I would describe it as a revolutionary moment when the range of possibilities is much greater than in normal times. What is inconceivable in normal times becomes not only possible but actually happens. People are disoriented and scared.”
And his Biden/Harris regime puppets have used the pandemic to move the Left’s agenda forward at a lightning pace.
Here’s one example of how Joe Biden’s pandemic economic policies, informed by Soros’s advice, accelerate inflation: After losing his $15 minimum wage legislative mandate, Biden colluded with Demo governors across the nation to extend government unemployment payouts in order to entice workers to stay “unemployed” — despite the fact there are a record 9.3 million job openings nationwide.
Why? To force employers to raise wages in order to attract employees back to work. It is enormously difficult for small businesses, which employ most workers and have struggled to survive the disastrous pandemic shutdowns, to get back up to speed. The economic consequence of Biden’s ploy has been to suppress economic recovery and simultaneously inflate prices for all Americans. As former Obama/Biden Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel declared: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that [is] it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”
In June, the Consumer Price Index rose to an annual rate of 5.4%. Take out the volatile food and energy markets, and the annual increase is still 4.5%. The only good inflationary news is that the hyper-inflated price of lumber has now settled to its January level, and hyper-demand for building and other products may also subside.
To that end, calling Biden’s massive $3.5 trillion boondoggle an “infrastructure” bill is like calling the Demos’ HR 1 bulk-mail ballot fraud strategy a “voter rights” bill — and the former will accelerate inflation. As Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell declared, “With inflation raging at the highest level in 40 years, the Democrat plan is wildly out of proportion with the need right now.”
As the nation’s most revered economist, Milton Friedman, wrote decades ago, “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon in the sense that it is and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than in output.” In other words, “If money supply increases, there will be more money chasing the same goods, so prices will go up. Similarly, if the rate of growth for economic activity and the quantity of money is the same, prices should remain constant.”
After years of unchecked indoctrination of their children, American parents may finally have had enough.
Brian Mark Weber
American students from grade school through college aren’t learning how to read, write, or solve equations these days. Then again, when would they have time to learn the three Rs when they haven’t even come to terms with their white supremacy or learned about their country’s racist past?
At last, we have some signs that things are changing for the better.
Parents are finally speaking up and pushing back against Critical Race Theory, but the battle has just begun. CRT is merely the latest Marxist-inspired infection to spread through our society and our schools. For decades, American children have had their minds steeped in a one-sided ideology cloaked as education.
And let’s remember: In the vast majority of situations, people advocating CRT in schools are not merely undertaking an open-minded, academic examination of a theory. Their goal is to indoctrinate and shame anyone who opposes them. They’re organized, they have a plan, and they’re in this for the long run.
Fortunately, after more than a century of Marxism in our schools, the Left isn’t getting an easy pass.
Paul Mirengoff at Power Line writes about Rydell Harrison, a Connecticut school superintendent, who resigned after facing pressure for his off-the-wall, politicized comments about the January 6 Capitol riot. Additionally, Harrison “also introduced a diversity, equity and inclusion survey for students, parents and staff. Among other things, the survey asked students as young as 11 years old about their gender identification and sexual orientation.”
There are two important issues at work: one is teachers displaying Black Lives Matter flags in their classrooms, giving out blatantly anti-Trump or anti-conservative assignments, condemning the founding fathers, forcing white students to participate in white guilt sessions, or peddling Critical Race Theory. The other is that alternative viewpoints are rarely, if ever, presented.
And we know this is part of the plan. After all, the man behind modern CRT makes it clear this is a one-sided agenda. Ibram X. Kendi, proponent of the “anti-racism” movement, states directly that “there is no debate over critical race theory.” The National Education Association agrees, pledging to fight back against those opposing CRT.
Mirengoff adds: “Whether the best response is to fire such teachers or instead to reprimand and warn them is a different question. The key point is that Americans are fighting back at the grass roots level against attempts by leftists and race mongers to take control over public schools and use them to indoctrinate students with anti-White, anti-American ideology. If administrators and teachers are feeling the heat, that’s good news, as I said, as long as the pressure does not include violence or the threat of it.”
Administrators and teachers do need to feel the heat for claiming to support academic freedom while using our children as pawns to advance a Marxist agenda. And while advocates of CRT claim that it’s not being taught in schools, the facts speak for themselves. Despite what we’ve been led to believe, those speaking out against CRT in the classroom are not all white, nor are they all Trump supporters.
Some black Americans, for example, oppose CRT because it portrays them as incapable of being successful on their own merit. According to CRT, concepts such as self-reliance, hard work, and even being polite are all considered products of white racism.
Speaking out against Critical Race Theory is a good start, but it’s not enough. And that’s why some parents are running for positions on school boards.
Yet, the battle to save our country from extreme ideologies has just begun. For too long the radical Left has taken advantage of our complacency and our trust in those who educate our children. It’s going to take time, maybe generations, to undo the damage.
Thankfully, it looks like more and more Americans have finally had enough.
The administration has co-opted our military to surreptitiously shuttle illegal immigrants around the country.
“Over the next few days, weeks or months,” said the leaked email from Lt. Col. Matthew Burrows to his airmen at Laughlin Air Force Base, “you may see passenger aircraft on our ramp transporting undocumented non-citizens. Please review the attached public affairs guidance on this issue.”
And thus was solved a major mystery of the crisis on our southern border: namely, Where are we putting all these people?
As it turns out, we’re putting them everywhere. We don’t know where, specifically, but we do know that the Biden administration isn’t enforcing our borders or our immigration laws. Instead, it’s ignoring them. Rather than detaining these illegal immigrants and returning them to their home countries like the prior administration did, the White House is surreptitiously co-opting the U.S. military to transport these illegals to places unknown.
Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, the recipient of that leaked email, observed that an argument can be made as to whether a massive influx of illegals actually helps our country. (It’s not a good argument, but at least it’s an argument.) “But what you can’t argue,” he says, “is that opening the borders was legal, or that anyone in the country voted for it. The current mass movement of foreign nationals into the United States was never approved by Congress. No one passed a law asking for it. The Biden administration just did it, unilaterally, without asking Americans what they thought of it.”
During his disgraceful remarks on Wednesday about voter integrity and electoral reform, Biden said he “swore, not to you, to God, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.”
What a crock. Joe Biden doesn’t give a rip about the Constitution, nor can he recite the oath he took to “support and defend” that document. His predecessor, Donald Trump, took the same oath, but he, unlike Biden, discharged his duty to protect our nation’s borders.
Trump, too, told the American people what he planned to do, and then he worked vigorously to do it. Promises made, promises kept. Biden, on the other hand, never leveled with the American people. He never told us during the 2020 campaign that he’d refuse to enforce our borders. Had he done so — had he been honest instead of deceitful — his ballot-stuffing minions would’ve had an even harder time “earning” those 81 million votes.
Democrats, though, have never been much for transparency. As Lt. Col. Burrows’s leaked email continues: “All we can say is, ‘In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Del Rio Border Patrol will be using the Laughlin AFB runway to transport undocumented non-citizens via a Boeing 737.’”
Yep. So much for transparency. And so much for representative democracy. The Biden administration is operating in secrecy. Because it knows we won’t tolerate the truth — which is that the Democrats opened our southern border to the rest of the world without our consent.
High-profile Democrats make big bucks pushing a pro-Beijing agenda in Washington.
The woke Left loves to contend that “silence is violence” in its effort to bully individuals into advocating for “social justice” causes. However, setting aside the obvious inherent contradiction in such a statement (inaction is not action), the most deafening silence regarding China’s repeated instances of injustice and civil rights abuses comes from leftists in positions of power. But why? Haven’t leftists built their entire ideological brand on the platform of grievance politics, supposedly fighting against social injustice?
When it comes to silence on China, there’s a simple answer: Money talks. Or rather, it shuts people up. Following the money to find answers is as old as politics itself, and in this case it’s no different. But China not only buys silence; it also pays to discredit its critics.
Washington Times columnist Rowan Scarborough observes: “Washington is awash in Chinese money. One of the first places Hunter Biden went hunting for cash once his dad became vice president was China. Six trips, one on Joe’s official jet. Read the Grassley-Johnson report on Hunter’s windfalls.” Scarborough further notes, “This China-America money nexus helps explain why virtually no Democrat has criticized China for leaking a deadly virus to the world and then repeatedly lying about it.”
Former high-profile Democrats such as Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, formed the consulting firm Stonebridge Group, whose number-one client is China. The firm says its objective is “raising positive profile and investor interest in China.” Another is former Montana Democrat Senator and former U.S. ambassador to China Max Baucus, who formed the Baucus Group. Some of its top clients are Chinese businesses. It was Baucus who in 2020 pushed against the Wuhan lab leak theory, saying it “makes no sense.” Then there’s billionaire former New York City Mayor and Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who has extensive ties to China’s financial markets. During his presidential campaign, Bloomberg said that Chinese President Xi Jinping “is not a dictator.”
China also has significant ties to Silicon Valley and Big Tech companies like Apple, which shelled out $8.7 million in campaign donations in 2020. Three of the top recipients were Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and the Democratic National Committee.
And let’s not overlook the biggest elephant in the room, Biden himself, who on his trip to China as vice president in 2011 told communist leaders, “In order to cement this robust partnership, we have to go beyond close ties between Washington and Beijing, which we’re working on every day, go beyond it to include all levels of government, to beyond it to include classrooms and laboratories, athletic fields and boardrooms.”
Finally, there’s the statement last November from professor and think-tank director Di Dongsheng, who boasted of China’s powerful Washington connections: “I’m going to throw out something maybe a little bit explosive here. It’s just because we have people at the top. We have our old friends who are at the top of America’s core inner circle of power and influence. We have our old friends. There’s nothing that dollars can’t handle … If I can’t do it with one stack of dollars, I’ll do it with two.” He further asserted that with Trump’s loss, Biden will bring back “the traditional elite, the political elite, the establishment.”
As a retired Navy Surface Warfare Officer, a.k.a. “ship driver,” and professional military educator, I join many of my former Naval Academy colleagues with deep concerns about our Navy’s ability to wage war against a major adversary. I am even more concerned that our Navy could easily find itself fighting against two major adversaries and different fronts, plus any number of other less capable adversaries that might join in a global conflict to defeat the United States. Sea power has been a critical enabler of our success since the birth of the nation. Since 90% of our commerce is transported by sea, it is paramount that the sea lanes remain safe for merchant traffic. However, several relatively recent issues have put into question our Navy’s ability to protect our sea lanes.
First and foremost, the resources required to build, maintain, and man sufficient warships to counter potential adversaries are not being budgeted for and provided to the Navy. Even with the largest proposed budget in our nation’s history, the building of modern, highly capable warships and recruitment, training, and retention of the sailors to man them has taken a back seat to ancillary issues such as indoctrination through critical race theory and other “social justice” concerns.
Navy officers and sailors attached to ships, from the commanding officer down to the most junior sailor onboard, are perpetually busy either preparing the ship and all its systems and personnel for underway periods, or deploying. Their workload is something that has to be experienced to be fully understood. When they are not standing watch to monitor their environment, they are training, maintaining equipment, holding “field-days” (cleaning their spaces), or grabbing a quick meal and, hopefully, some portion of a night’s sleep. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. In view of this, the Navy’s leadership and their civilian masters owe it to their subordinates to ensure they have all the resources and training they need to operate their ships safely and to be prepared to fight, if required. Clearly, this is not happening to the level it should be.
In the recently completed assessment entitled, “A Report on the Fighting Culture of the United States Navy Surface Fleet,” which was conducted at the direction of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Jim Banks (R-IN), and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) as an exercise in congressional oversight, the conclusions are eye-opening. Through extensive interviews of “numerous active-duty and recently retired or detached officers and enlisted personnel” regarding recent operational failures and accidents/incidents involving our surface ships, the report draws some dismal conclusions. Among these are “an insufficient focus on warfighting skills, the perception of a zero-defect mentality accompanied by a culture of micromanagement, and over-sensitivity and responsiveness to modern media culture. Structural issues identified include lack of resources and consistency in surface warfare training programs, and the Navy’s underwhelming commitment to surface ship maintenance.”
Considering how rapidly both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation are modernizing and expanding their navies — as well as this year’s bilateral naval exercises, which included Iran — the United States cannot afford to allow its Navy to degrade. China, for decades, has been working on anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) technologies to force U.S. forces out of what they consider to be their backyard. The Commander Pacific Command, ADM Davidson, has stated that “China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States.”
Our nation must build more modern and capable ships to counter our would-be adversaries and encourage/enable our regional allies to do the same. Both PRC and Russian Federation leaders have made it quite clear that they intend to regain “great power” status. And, unlike the early 1970s, during which the U.S. diplomatically sought to drive a wedge between the Soviet Union and the PRC, which had border skirmishes, Russia and China are working together to undo what the U.S. has done in the Western Pacific. The world is clearly shifting from a unipolar one, with the U.S. at the apex, to a multipolar one, perhaps with multiple adversaries allying to topple our nation. We cannot afford to be unprepared at sea, if and when this happens.
Finally: Senate unanimously passes bill to ban all products from Xinjiang, where Uyghurs are detained, surveilled, and forced into manual labor (Insider)
Senator Tom Cotton launches bill to defund racist Critical Race Theory (Breitbart)
John Durham report may not be “broad” as hoped but prosecutions in play, Rep. Devin Nunes says (Washington Examiner)
Justice Stephen Breyer says he’s undecided on retiring from Supreme Court (Washington Times)
Border agents turn back record 188,800 immigrants at southern border in June (Just the News) | Adding insult to injury: Biden admin tells border agents to prepare for the flood (Free Beacon)
Miami security firm faces questions in Haiti assassination (Fox News) | Sending troops to Haiti “not on the agenda,” says Biden (Axios)
Thanks, Captain Obvious: World Health Organization chief says it was premature to rule out a lab leak as the pandemic’s origin (NPR)
Los Angeles County reimposing indoor mask requirement regardless of vaccination status (Fox News)
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Arizona Senate seeks more voter data as election audit raises questions (Daily Signal)
“The people of Georgia deserve better”: Georgia secretary of state calls for firing of Fulton County elections director and registration chief (11Alive)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
American Bookseller’s Association begs forgiveness for including Abigail Shrier’s best-selling book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters in promotional mailer (Daily Wire) | CEO also apologizes for emailing cover of “racist” Candace Owens book (Daily Wire)
Universal Studios faces lawsuit for Gru character making the OK gesture in photos (Not the Bee)
ESPN’s ESPY Awards Show has lost 85% of its audience since it gave Caitlyn Jenner that “courage award” in 2015 (Not the Bee)
Insight: “A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.” —Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
Re: The Left: “In the end, the left is attempting to make it easier for people to cheat, increasing the likelihood that more and more fraudulent votes will cancel out legitimate ones. … The fact is, the left’s real agenda isn’t about helping minority voters; it’s about helping themselves: They believe voter fraud favors their candidates, plain and simple. … It would be a great irony and a great tragedy if the promise of the civil rights movement and the sacrifice of all those who fought and even died to protect our right to vote were undone because the left successfully cloaked its efforts in the name of civil rights.” —Kay C. James
Political futures I: “The real reason [leftists] can’t stand Trump is because he believes in, appeals to and inspires the average Joe, the everyman and everywoman, including millions of minorities, immigrants, working class folks and aspiring entrepreneurs. Those are the people that the elites have been groomed to believe they are superior to. Those are the people who are supposed to take the largesse and government handouts the educated dispense, and be grateful. Those are the people who are supposed to shut up and do as they are told.” —Laura Hollis
Political futures II: “The two parties are switching class constituents. Some 65% of the Americans making more than $500,000 a year are Democrats, and 74% of those who earn less than $100,000 a year are Republicans, according to IRS statistics. Gone are the days of working people automatically voting Democratic, or Republicans being caricatured as a party of stockbrokers on golf courses. … The Democratic Party does not wish to admit it has become the party of wealth. All too often its stale revolutionary speechifying sounds more like penance arising from guilt than genuine advocacy for middle-class citizens of all races.” —Victor Davis Hanson
The BIG Lie: “The president’s view is that these Texas legislators [feeling voter integrity] were making a statement through action in opposition to efforts in their state to [im]pose restrictions on people’s fundamental rights and their rights to vote in their state. That is why they departed. … The president … certainly applauds their actions.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
Dezinformatsiya: “The fracas over a transgender woman using the clothing-optional women’s area of a Koreatown spa is more complicated than it might seem. There is no doubt that Wi Spa did the right thing in defending the right of a transgender customer to be nude in the women’s area, even though the sight of male-appearing genitalia discomfited at least one female customer, who complained at the front desk.” —LA Times editorial board (“This euphemism for ‘penis and testicles’ from the LA Times is truly astonishing.” —Ben Shapiro)
Non sequitur: “Heat waves and the pandemic causing alarming rise in drownings across US.” —The Hill
Village idiot I: “Abroad they often say, ‘Proud to be Chinese.’ I’m very lucky to be a Chinese person, but I also am very jealous that you all are Party members. I just think the Chinese Communist Party is really so magnificent. What the Party says, what it promises, it doesn’t need 100 years to accomplish — it will definitely accomplish it in just a few decades. I want to be a Party member!” —actor Jackie Chan
Village idiot II: “No one is teaching [CRT] to your young kids so calm the f—k down.” —actor John Leguizamo, who also says, “Critical race theory is my whole reason for being”
And last… “If you are looking for systemic racism, don’t look in the American story; it can be found in an educational system that has yet to teach true history in its entirety. Our nation has always sought to form a more perfect union, and though not flawless, it has done better than any other in the history of mankind. Within our DNA is a desire to unify and encourage the acceptance of others.” —Congressman Burgess Owens
Give War a Chance: Arab Leaders Finesse Military Defeat The logic of victory and defeat does not fully apply in the Arab-Israeli context. In the wars with Israel, Arabs celebrated their defeats as if they were victories, and presidents and generals were better known for the cities and regions they had lost than for the ones they had liberated.
Israeli lawmakers discuss preparation for access to 3rd Temple Arriving at the Temple Mount must be central and not on the sidelines. This has to be an important aspect of our national infrastructure. [How can] the entrance to the Temple Mount [be] a temporary structure? We returned to our land. We need to think about how people will go to the Temple Mount once the Temple is rebuilt. It may not be an immediate need since it will take a day or two to build it.” “But in the short term, the entrance to the Temple Mount, the holiest site to the Jewish people, cannot be like this, temporary,” Rothman concluded.
Biden is being manipulated and it was Prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel, rabbi reveals Rabbi Isser Z Weisberg’s latest video reveals that according to the Bible, the war of Gog and Magog against Jerusalem “will have three distinct phases.” Two of which are in the Book of Ezekiel and one in the Book of Zechariah. He adds that US President Joe Biden isn’t making any of his own decisions but is rather a puppet being manipulated. The rabbi explains that this was prophesied in Ezekiel when referring to the War of Gog and Magog:
Iran may enrich uranium to 90 percent, Hassan Rouhani says Iran is able to enrich uranium to 90 percent, if our nuclear reactors require it, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during the government meeting, Trend reports citing IRINN. According to Rouhani, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is currently enriching uranium to 20 percent and 60 percent.
The Delta flim-flam On this Delta issue, I have my medical intuition telling me that we have been had. And here’s how – and possibly why. “The Delta variant of the coronavirus has not led to an extreme uptick in serious cases, contrary to public alarm…”(Jerusalem Post, front page article, Friday, July 9, 2021). It would be more accurate to say that the Delta variant has not led to any uptick in serious cases. Furthermore, it is questionable if there has been any uptick in hospitalized cases, period. My hospital has admitted one patient in the last two weeks; So why the “public alarm”?
Government rolls out ‘celebration permit’ Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Economy and Industry Minister Orna Barbivai and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz have agreed on a ‘celebration permit’ to allow large public gatherings to be held safely, in consultation with the owners of Israel’s event halls. According to the current guidelines, entry to events with a high chance of infection will be allowed for those who are vaccinated, recovered, or have recently tested negative.
First ever thought-to-speech brain implant successfully trialed After more than a decade of development researchers at UC San Francisco have demonstrated, for the first time, a brain implant turning neural activity into full words. The first participant in the trial, a paralyzed man in his 30s, can now speak with a vocabulary of 50 words by simply thinking about vocalizing words. These early tests demonstrated the man responding to queries from the researchers with full sentences. Questions such as “Would you like some water?” were followed with responses from the man such as, “No, I am not thirsty”.
Deadly Flooding Ravages Europe Belgium Germany Dozens were killed and many others remained missing across western and central Europe Thursday after rounds of heavy rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks, producing disastrous flooding that washed away houses and roadways. And the death toll may continue to rise as floodwaters begin to gradually recede.
Spring wheat crop collapsing to 33-year low As dry conditions persist across the Northern Plains, the spring wheat crop continues to collapse, with projected yields falling to 33-year-lows. The spring wheat crop makes up approximately 25 percent of total U.S. wheat production.
A federal court in New York unsealed dozens of documents Thursday in the sex trafficking case against Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam for disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin noted Thursday evening that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the case for former President Donald Trump’s new lawsuit when she urged social media companies to suppress anti-vaccine ideas.
A black Republican and former NAACP chapter president slammed Democrats’ divisive rhetoric demonizing all white people as oppressors and marginalizing all black people as victims. Ruth Edmonds, an ordained minister […] The post appeared first on The Western Journal .
Wikipedia fails to reflect relevant viewpoints on hot-button topics and describes center-left establishment worldviews, its co-founder Larry Sanger said. This consensus reality is prone to nefarious manipulation by powers that be.
“There is a big nasty complex game being played behind the scenes to make the articles say what somebody wants them to say,” Sanger said this week, blasting the current community culture at Wikipedia. “There are all kinds of tricks that people can play to ‘win’ it.”
Sanger, who launched –along with Jimmy Wales– the world’s premier website for reference materials, has become a vocal critic of his brainchild. He jokingly called himself “ex-founder,” referring to both his criticism and Wikipedia’s attempts to distance itself from his person. This week he talked about what he sees as a problematic change in the online encyclopedia to Freddie Sayers, the host of UnHerd magazine’s show Lockdown TV.
Today, Wikipedia is a “pretty reliable establishment in its viewpoint, whatever the viewpoint is,” he said. This is ironic, he added, considering that the website was founded by “a couple of libertarians, who at least in the beginning were really tolerant and open to all sorts of anti-establishment views being canvassed within the articles.”
The user-edited encyclopedia was supposed to lay out known facts and prominent points of view on how to interpret them. But on “hot-button topics,” whether political or cultural, it is now clearly pushing the viewpoint of the center-left, obfuscating and downplaying the opinions of other groups, Sanger said. This approach is inherently flawed because it denies people the right to make informed decisions in life.
“We do not want to be led by the nose. We, being free individuals, want to make up our minds. And if we don’t then there is something wrong with us, I think,” he explained.
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Of course, there are people who want to be told what they should think by some authority figure, be it a religious leader, party officials or some dictator. And a resource that caters to such urges does a disservice, Sanger argued.
The word for it is ‘propaganda’ when it’s systematic. And that’s what we are really dealing with on Wikipedia.
Such a resource also becomes a useful tool for those who want to manipulate public perceptions of reality to their own benefit. There is an entire industry that monitors Wikipedia pages relevant to their clients and pushes forward edits on their behalf. Some of it goes under the radar, since Wikipedia editors are not obliged to identify themselves and disclose conflicts of interests.
“If only one version of facts is allowed, then it gives a huge incentive to wealthy and powerful people to seize control over things like Wikipedia in order to shore up their power. And they do that,” Sanger pointed out.
Part of the problem is in Wikipedia’s deliberate reliance on secondary sources, which are mostly media reports, to back article contents. Those sources can be biased themselves, and the Wikipedia editor community grandfathers those biases by excluding some outlets like the Daily Mail or Fox News as valid references. Increasing polarization of the media further exacerbated the problem.
The result is that now, “if a controversy does not appear in the mainstream center-left media, then it’s not going to appear on Wikipedia,” Sanger said. Joe Biden’s page barely mentions the controversy involving Ukraine and his son Hunter’s sinecure job there, and does so to dismiss it as a manufactured political attack against the incumbent US president.
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Sanger believes it is impossible to have an encyclopedia that lists universally accepted facts of life and that honestly reflecting existing divisions and debates is the best thing one can hope for.
“You cannot have an ‘encyclopedia of fact’ if by ‘fact’ you mean something that all responsible researchers on a topic agree to, because it’s often the case that there is disagreement among experts on all kinds of things,” he said.
The problem with ‘consensus reality’ on Wikipedia goes far beyond political issues. Topics like eastern medicine (which the site dismisses as ‘quackery’), Christianity (which Wikipedia describes from a liberal academic point of view) or Covid-19 are all affected by it, Sanger explained. The latter is a good example of how the website joined in with the larger Big Tech drive to silence voices that the establishment deemed undesirable in public discourse.
“There are a lot of Nobel Prize winners, distinguished doctors and so forth, whose views are not only not welcomed on Wikipedia, they are literally censored on YouTube and Facebook and Twitter, where videos of interviews made with such people are removed, because they directly contradict the narrative,” he said.
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Silicon Valley censorship is disconcerting, Sanger said, adding that he believes a government-enforced neutrality in online platforms would have been a more chilling alternative, since it would amount to government censorship. Some might argue that governments simply outsource their censorship to private companies, which are not subject to free speech restrictions like the First Amendment. This week the White House acknowledged it was flagging “problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
Sanger hopes that a drive to decentralize the internet, bringing it closer to the free spirit of the ‘Wild West’ days of the web, would help counter this push to gag dissent. A few years ago he proposed a ‘Declaration of Digital Independence,’ which would give internet users a set of rights for free speech, privacy and security and would rein in the corporate control of online public spaces.