“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
The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. (Psalm 37:31)
Put the law into the heart, and the whole man is right. This is where the law should be; for then it lies, like the tables of stone in the ark, in the place appointed for it. In the head it puzzles, on the back it burdens, in the heart it upholds.
What a choice word is here used, “the law of his God”! When we know the Lord as our own God His law becomes liberty to us. God with us in covenant makes us eager to obey His will and walk in His commands. Is the precept my Father’s precept? Then I delight in it.
We are here guaranteed that obedient-hearted man shall be sustained in every step that he takes. He will do that which is right, and he shall therefore do that which is wise. Holy action is always the most prudent, though it may not at the time seem to be so. We are moving along the great high road of God’s providence and grace when we keep to the way of His law. The Word of God has never misled a single soul yet; its plain directions to walk humbly, justly, lovingly, and in the fear of the Lord are as much words of wisdom to make our way prosperous as rules of holiness to keep our garments clean. He walks surely who walks righteously.
100:3 Translations of this verse differ (“not we ourselves,” KJV, NASB; “we are his,” RSV, NIV) because of textual emendation by some translators, supported by a marginal note in the MT. The Hebrew text reads literally, “He made us and not we.” However, the negative particle loʾ is usually used with verbs; another form of negation is used for nouns or pronouns. It is likely that the original reading was lo (without the unvoiced final letter aleph), meaning “His,” which sounds the same as the negative particle. An error could have crept in when a copyist misunderstood what was being dictated to him. The psalm refers to the Lord’s covenant loyalty (hesed, “love,” v. 5) so the worshipers are His; the other reading, of course, is also theologically correct since they did not create themselves.
100:3Yahweh, he is God The psalmist exhorts his audience to know that Yahweh is God (elohim). He may be drawing from Psa 99, which uses the phrase yhwh elohenu (“Yahweh our God”) four times (99:5, 8, 9).
made The psalmist is probably referring to Yahweh’s activity in making Israel into a people for Himself, though the psalmist could also be referring to Yahweh as the creator of humanity. Compare 96:6–7.
we are his. We are his people Israel’s status as God’s people draws strong connections with the exodus and subsequent events (see Exod 6:7; 19:5; Deut 7:6).
the sheep of his pasture The psalms portray God as a shepherd who watches over His people. See Ps 95:7 and note.
100:3he who made us. This could be a reference to God’s work as Creator of all; but, in view of what follows in the verse, it seems to be more specifically, “made us [Israel] to be his people.” and we are his. Earlier English translations read “not” in place of “his” (see ESV footnote, “and not we ourselves”); the Hebrew for both sounds almost identical (“his,” Hb. lo; “not,” Hb. lo’), but “his” is the better reading. his people, and the sheep of his pasture. For the image of God’s people as his sheep and the Lord as their shepherd, see note on 74:1–3. See also 95:7.
100:3 Know. In the sense of experiencing and being completely assured of the truth. the Lord Himself is God. A confession that Israel’s covenant God, Jehovah, is the only true God. made us. Though God’s actual creation of every human being is understood here, this phrase seems to refer to God’s making and blessing Israel as a nation (cf. Dt 32:6, 15; Ps 95:6; Is 29:22, 23; 44:2). His people … His pasture. The shepherd image is often ascribed to the king of Israel, as well as to the Lord (cf. Ps 78:70–72; Is 44:28; Jer 10:21; Zec 10:3; 11:4–17; also Pss 23:1; 28:9; 74:1; 77:20; 78:52, 53; 80:1; 95:7). The figure suggests intimate care (cf. Lk 15:3–6). According to the NT, the Lord is also the Shepherd of saints in the church age (Jn 10:16).
100:3 — Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
God is the Shepherd; we are His flock. God is the Creator; we are His creations. God is the Father; we are His children. When we remember these basic truths, life goes a lot smoother for everyone.
100:3 The words the Lord, He is God reflect the great confession of faith in Deut 6:4–9. To know that the Lord is God is very similar to the command to “hear” in Deuteronomy. And not we ourselves is sometimes read “and His we are.” sheep of His pasture: An inversion of these words can be found in 95:7.
100:3. The Lord should be praised and worshiped joyfully because He is sovereign. He is the Creator, and those who trust Him are His possession. They follow Him, for they are the sheep of His pasture (cf. 74:1; 79:13; 95:7; also note 23:1; 80:1).
Thanking God for His Gracious Election (100:3b–c)
100:3b–c. The psalmist continued his exhortation to praise and thanksgiving by declaring, on behalf of Israel, that It is He (the one and only God as affirmed in the previous clause) who has made us. This refers not to God’s creation of humankind in general, but rather to His choice of Israel as His unique people (cf. Dt 32:6, 15; 1Kg 8:51; Pss 28:9; 74:2). Furthermore, the psalmist affirmed that because God had made them, they are His people and the sheep of His pasture (cf. comments on 2–3 and 95:6–7).
3. “Know that the Lord he is God.” Our worship must be intelligent. We ought to know whom we worship and why. “Man, know thyself,” is a wise aphorism, yet to know our God is truer wisdom; and it is very questionable whether a man can know himself until he knows his God. Jehovah is God in the fullest, most absolute, and most exclusive sense, he is God alone; to know him in that character and prove our knowledge by obedience, trust, submission, zeal, and love is an attainment which only grace can bestow. Only those who practically recognise his Godhead are at all likely to offer acceptable praise. “It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” Shall not the creature reverence its Maker? Some men live as if they made themselves; they call themselves “self-made men,” and they adore their supposed creators; but Christians recognise the origin of their being and their well-being, and take no honour to themselves either for being, or for being what they are. Neither in our first or second creation dare we put so much as a finger upon the glory, for it is the sole right and property of the Almighty. To disclaim honour for ourselves is as necessary a part of true reverence as to ascribe glory to the Lord. “Non nobis, domine!” will for ever remain the true believer’s confession. Of late philosophy has laboured hard to prove that all things have been developed from atoms, or have, in other words, made themselves: if this theory shall ever find believers, there will certainly remain no reason for accusing the superstitious of credulity, for the amount of credence necessary to accept this dogma of scepticism is a thousandfold greater than that which is required even by an absurd belief in winking Madonnas, and smiling Bambinos. For our part, we find it far more easy to believe that the Lord made us than that we were developed by a long chain of natural selections from floating atoms which fashioned themselves. “We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” It is our honour to have been chosen from all the world besides to be his own people, and our privilege to be therefore guided by his wisdom, tended by his care, and fed by his bounty. Sheep gather around their shepherd and look up to him; in the same manner let us gather around the great Shepherd of mankind. The avowal of our relation to God is in itself praise; when we recount his goodness we are rendering to him the best adoration; our songs require none of the inventions of fictions, the bare facts are enough; the simple narration of the mercies of the Lord is more astonishing than the productions of imagination. That we are the sheep of his pasture is a plain truth, and at the same time the very essence of poetry.
3. To know is to have firm ground underfoot, the prerequisite of praise (cf. 40:2f.), and this knowledge is ours by gift; indeed by command. In the brief space of this verse we are first reminded who God is (revealed by name, Yahweh [the Lord], a name richly annotated by his words and works); then whence and whose we are; and finally in how favoured a relation we stand to him.
The middle line of the verse, in the written text and the oldest versions, runs ‘… and not we ourselves’. Almost all modern translations, however, supported by Massoretic tradition and some ms(s) and versions, take it in the sense ‘and we are his’. The ambiguity arises from the Hebrew words for ‘not’ and ‘his’ (lōʾ and lô), which sound alike. Either of them would be appropriate here. But the Hebrew sentence continues more smoothly with the second option (his), as the av’s need of two extra words in italics confesses. The rsv could have dispensed with these, letting the sentence run: ‘and we are his; his people, and the sheep …’.
Ver. 3.—Know ye that the Lord he is God; or, be sure—“recognize the fact as a certainty” (see the Prayer-book Version). It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; or, according to another reading, and his are we. This latter reading is preferred by De Wette, Kay, Cheyne, and the Revised Version. But the other, which was the reading of the LXX., and is supported by the Vulgate and the old commentators generally, should, however, be retained, as yielding a better sense (see the arguments of Hengstenberg, ‘Commentary on the Psalms,’ vol. iii. p. 201, Engl. trans.). We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture (comp. Pss. 74:1; 79:13; 95:7).
3. Observe the motives, and the encouragements, to this cheerful service. Our God, is God; and he is a good God; and he is our God, as our Creator: and we are his, by right of creation, like sheep that have an owner. And, being his property, shall we not be his care? Yes, for he is good. Sweet thought! both by creation, and by redemption, we are his; and therefore he hath an undoubted right to all our services; and well may we give him the tribute of praise.
100:3 Know that the Lord is God. Knowing God is accepting his lordship (1 Chron. 28:9). This verse may have been recited outside the gates of the temple while the worshipers were waiting for entry (cf. Ps. 24). If we consider the psalm a miniature treatise on universal salvation, then this is a call to the nations to recognize that Yahweh is the true God.
It is he who made us, and we are his. The first-person plural object and subject (“us” and “we”) put this statement on the lips of the earth’s inhabitants or kings. Significantly, this is the abbreviated covenant formula on the lips of the inhabitants of the earth, acknowledging the Lord as God and confessing themselves to belong to him. We hear the covenant formula on Israel’s lips in 79:13 and 95:7, and elsewhere, but here on the lips of the inhabitants of the earth or their kings it is both shocking and hopeful. The nations have come to confess Yahweh as God!
The clause “we are his” is written in Hebrew as “and not [lo’] we ourselves” (see the NIV footnote; this reading is supported also by the LXX and the Targum). But the Jewish scribes of the Middle Ages (Masoretes) provided a correction in the margin (lo; lit., “to him”), giving the meaning, “and we belong to him” (i.e., “we are his”). The parallel text of Psalm 95:6–7 supports the corrected reading (“we are his”), but either meaning is theologically within bounds.
100:3 / In the context of public worship, the Hebrew verb for know (Hb. ydʿ) denotes both internal recognition and external acknowledgment. Knowledge was a key component in Yahwistic faith. The congregation is commanded both to understand its rationale and to make it known. The primary datum is that the Lord, as opposed to other claimants to deity, is God. The rest of the verse unpacks the significance of this. The claim, it is he who made us, can refer to God’s roles as creator of humankind and as creator of a covenant people (cf. Isa. 43:1, 15; 44:2). The designations, his people and the sheep of his pasture (cf. 23:1), point particularly to the latter role. These phrases, among others, are closely paralleled in Psalm 95, where both divine roles are in view: he is both cosmic Creator and “our God” in particular (vv. 3–7). Thus, in Psalm 100 Yahweh has a right to this confession of him as God because he is our maker, possessor, and provider. Our dependence on him is clearly implied in the sheep-shepherd image—we belong to him and we need him.
To assume this psalm teaches that all the earth (v. 1) are his people, the sheep of his pasture (v. 3) would be to misread the psalm. While the psalm summons “all the earth” in the opening imperative, only the worshiping congregation that actually makes the acknowledgment of verse 3 and brings the offerings of verse 4 can lay claim to being his people.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture (v. 3). Following the call to worship comes a declaration regarding Israel’s covenantal status. To ‘know’ God is to confess him, making open acknowledgment that he, the Lord, is the only God. An alternative rendering would be, ‘Acknowledge that the Lord alone is God.’ The nations should know that it is the Lord who formed the Israelites into a nation for himself, and that nation belongs to him. For ‘and we are his’, there is an alternative translation, ‘and not we ourselves’. It comes from an ambiguity in the Hebrew text because two Hebrew words share the same pronunciation but differ in both their written form and meaning (Heb. lô; it can mean either ‘not’ [loʾ], or ‘belonging to him’, ‘his’ [lô]). The thought of Israel as the Lord’s flock has already been presented in Psalm 95:7. This concept is developed further in the New Testament with the teaching concerning Jesus as the shepherd (John 10:2; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25), with a special people (Titus 2:14) whom he has purchased as his servants (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:21–23).
Celebration of the Covenant (100:3)
3 This verse shares the language of 95:7. The imperative “know” (from ydʿ) signifies acknowledgment or confession (cf. Dt 4:39; Isa 43:10). They confess him as covenantal Lord (“the Lord”), their only true God (cf. 1 Ki 18:39). In addition they confess their accountability to him (“It is he who has made us”; cf. Dt 32:6, 15; Isa 43:1, 21; 60:21) and their privileged position (“his people, the sheep of his pasture”; cf. 74:1; 79:13; Isa 40:11; Eze 34:31). The lordship of God connotes benefits, also clearly brought out by the shepherd imagery of “sheep” and “pasture” (cf. Ps 23; Lk 15:3–6; Jn 10:1–18).
Is there a more beautiful passage in the Bible than the 23rdPsalm? It is definitely in a category all its own and has always been a favorite of mine.
The riches of each phrase wrap around my heart like a cool fresh breeze after a long hot afternoon.
Stepping into the depths of its treasure is a gift to the soul every time we read these six intricate verses.
The weary find solace. The wounded find healing. The hungry are filled. The thirsty are quenched. The fearful find comfort. The tired are refreshed. The worshiper finds intimacy with the Lord.
We will all find God’s immeasurable goodness and mercy.
What do you need this coming week? I pray you will find it in the words of this beloved Psalm.
A Psalm of David
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
This devotional is based around a Shunamite lady who had been greatly blessed by Elisha’s ministry. Not only was she blessed with the miracle of a child (2 Kings 4:17), but later, the now grown up son, was raised from the dead through God’s power (2 Kings 8:1).
On Elisha’s instructions thereafter, she had left her home and gone to Philistine territory to avoid a 7 year famine (8:1-2). When the famine was over, she returned home, only to find to her dismay that the house and land no longer belonged to her. It is possible that the land had either been seized by the Government, or been encroached on.
In desperation, this lady (with her son), went to the King, hoping for small mercies. Little did she realize that God had prepared a ‘Restoration Package’ for her! It so happened that the King was in animated conversation with Elisha’s servant Gehazi at that very moment regarding Elisha’s powerful ministry, and quite amazingly, Gehazi was sharing the story of how God had raised the lady’s son from the dead (2 Kings 8:3-5). Imagine their surprise when she appeared before them at that exact time!
The shocked King then asked the lady whether the story was true and she affirmed it (2 Kings 8:6). The end result was that she not only got her house and land back, but even the income from the land for the past 7 years! I wonder whether any bank has that kind of payback scheme!
Today, especially after the pandemic, many people are counting their losses and searching for restoration in their lives. If that is you, trust God to complete His restoration in you and see Him answer in unexpected ways. He is the God of Restoration!
Prayer – Lord, may your restoration be seen in our lives as we trust in Your faithfulness. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!
Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the Lord has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3 It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. 4 Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” 5 Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”
The Difference between Jesus and Socrates Mark 4:41; Luke 7:49; 8:45; 23:34
Can it be possible that the sacred personage whose history the Scriptures contain should be a mere man? Where is the man, where the philosopher, who could so live and so die without weakness and without ostentation? When Plato describes his imaginary righteous man, loaded with all the punishments of guilt, yet meriting the highest rewards of virtue, he exactly describes the character of Jesus Christ. What an infinite disproportion between the son of Sophroniscus and the Son of Mary. Socrates dies with honor, surrounded by his disciples listening to the most tender words—the easiest death that one could wish to die. Jesus dies in pain, dishonor, mockery, the object of universal cursing—the most horrible death that one could fear. At the receipt of the cup of poison, Socrates blesses him who could not give it to him without tears; Jesus, while suffering the sharpest pains, prays for His most bitter enemies. If Socrates lived and died like a philosopher, Jesus lived and died like a god.
Peruse the books of philosophers with all their pomp of diction. How meager, how contemptible are they when compared with the Scriptures! The majesty of the Scriptures strikes me with admiration.
JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU*
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
He Is Great Who Has Great Love Mark 3:35; Luke 7:47; Philippians 3:8
He is truly great who has great charity. He is truly great who is little in his own eyes and makes nothing of the highest honor. He is truly wise who looks upon all earthly things as folly that he may gain Christ. He who does God’s will and renounces his own is truly very learned.
THOMAS À KEMPIS*
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
…that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. – 1 Peter 4:2
Scripture reading: 1 Peter 4:1-6
When we think about what Christ has suffered for us, we find a new eagerness to say, “I am done with sin!” By nature, we were soft on sin. In our selfishness, we were committed to a life of ease and sinful, selfish pleasure. It was easy to slip into ways of living that were not good. But it was never helpful. It has not been God-glorifying and it has not been good for us. We want to say, with Peter: “Enough!”
We need to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ. It was always Christ’s commitment to do the will of His Father. We must arm ourselves with Jesus’ mindset. That will take effort and resolve, but because of Christ’s glorious work, it becomes something we want to do, and by God’s grace, are able to do.
It will also mean there will be those who think you are weird, and who will wonder, “Hey, why don’t you run with us in these wicked ways like you used to?” It will not be easy. Arming yourself with the mind of Christ means you will think of what you have received in Christ and think of who you have become, in Christ.
Judgment is coming. Knowing this puts a different perspective on our lives and those who may taunt us. Those who taunt us are in danger. There should be no joy and no pride over them. That is why the gospel is preached! They need the gospel just like you did, and they need to hear it from you.
Suggestions for prayer
Ask yourself, have I had enough of sin? Ask God to arm you with the mind of Christ, with joy in what He has suffered for you, and with a readiness to do His will. Pray for grace to speak gracious gospel words to those who think it strange of you.
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 America-hating Left will stop at nothing to demonize those who love their country.
For decades now — or at least since the leftist hordes were shouting “Dissent is patriotic!” during the George W. Bush years — the word “patriot” and all its permutations have been off limits to the Left. Not because it’s been forbidden from adopting these terms, but because their meaning is utterly at odds with everything the Left stands for.
Perhaps the last time a Democrat used the term affirmatively was back in 2003, when Hillary Clinton shrieked, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic! And we should stand up and say, ‘We’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!’”
And so, ever since, they’ve looked askance at anyone who picks up the mantle of “patriot.” More than that, though, they’ve weaponized the word. Think about the Obama years, when one of the primary methods the IRS used for isolating and targeting conservative groups was the appearance of the term “patriot” in their organizational name.
Having thus far failed to banish the red-blooded Patriots from their midst, however, the America-hating Left is now equating patriotism to extremism.
For example, during a recent morning segment on its obsession with QAnon, CBS morning anchor Anne Marie Green asked tech reporter Dan Patterson how people can tell if they’re on an extremist website that can’t be trusted. He answered, “One word to look out for, a key word, is ‘patriot.’”
In essence, “patriot” has replaced “Nazi” insofar as the Left is concerned.
Patriots, of course, are those who love their country; those who put their country before all other countries; those who defend it against her detractors. In other words, Patriots are the mortal enemies of those on the Left — even those in government. As columnist Gary Bauer writes:
Some government agencies, including the Pentagon, are identifying so-called ‘extremists’ by whether they frequently discuss the Constitution. You know, the owner’s manual of our country.
I laughed, but I almost cried the other day, when I read a piece by a liberal New York Times editor. She dared to venture out into the hinterlands of Long Island, New York, and was traumatized when she saw so many “disturbing” American flags on pickup trucks.
“What is happening to our country is a cultural genocide,” Bauer concludes “Leftist elites are attacking and tearing down every symbol of the American Republic. Why? Because … the American Republic is an impediment to the Marxist state they’re trying to force on us.”
All this interests us greatly — and not just because the word “Patriot” appears on our masthead. When Patriots and patriotism are demonized and not defended vigorously, it’s a sign that the nation for which they stand is living on borrowed time.
Gen. Milley is in abject violation of his oath and should resign.
Simultaneous to our call for the resignation or firing of Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), for peddling Joe Biden’s political agenda, Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called a press conference in an effort to salvage Milley’s job.
Good try, but no cigar.
My justification for calling out the CJCS was twofold.
Moreover, the second reason Milley should resign is an account by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, both of whom are politically sympathetic to Milley, regarding his references to Donald Trump at the time Milley was his CJCS. According to Leonnig and Rucker, among other offenses, Milley referred to Trump’s playbook as “The gospel of the Führer” and his supporters as “brownshirts,” Hitler’s street thugs.
Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg (USA-Ret.), who served most recently as national security advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, declared that if the WaPo report of Milley’s remarks is accurate, his “comments are seditious” and an abject violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Kellogg said: “I think he’s discredited his position as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. My opinion, and I’ve known Mark a lot of years, he needs to resign or they should remove him.” Kellogg added that Milley “crossed the line,” declaring: “I think he has violated his oath of office. I think he should go.”
Indeed, those remarks, if accurate, constitute a flagrant violation of his oath “to support and defend” our Constitution.
So, are the attributions to Milley accurate?
According to The Washington Post, “Milley repeatedly declined to confirm whether the comments attributed to him … are accurate.” In other words, he declined to deny those comments.
For Milley’s part, in the presser he stated: “The military did not, and will not, and should not ever get involved in domestic politics. We don’t arbitrate elections. That’s the job of the judiciary and the legislature and the American people. It is not the job of the U.S. military. We stayed out of politics. We’re an apolitical institution.”
That is correct — or should be. But was it in his case?
Regarding his oath, he added, “Not one time did we violate … our oath of allegiance to that document, the Constitution, and everything that’s contained within it.”
Actually, short of denying the Post reporters’ account, Milley remains in stark violation of his oath and, consequently, is a more dangerous threat to American Liberty and constitutional Rule of Law than all of the Capitol protesters.
For Austin’s part, he insisted Milley “doesn’t have a political bone in his body.” Then, apparently unable to distinguish the fact that he was directly contradicting that statement, Austin reaffirmed their commitment to Biden’s political agenda: “This department will be diverse. It will be inclusive. … I’m committed to that. This department is committed to that. The chairman’s committed to that.”
Fact is, our military should be, first and foremost, committed to selection and advancement based on character and qualifications, not skin pigmentation. Austin, who is an Alabama native and grew up in Georgia, should recall that Martin Luther King expressed those sentiments. But content of character is out of fashion in Biden’s regime.
Like SecDef Austin, Milley has a distinguished career and served our country well. But as too often happens with good people once they become DC swamp dwellers, he has been drinking too much woke-flavored Potomac Powerade and is now past his expiration date. Few members of Congress will call for Milley to resign. There are big military contracts that might get diverted to other congressional districts if they overturn that applecart. However, as Lt. Gen. Kellogg declared, “He should go.”
Under the guise of preventing COVID “misinformation,” her bill would limit liability protection for social media companies.
In an act that completely ignores the First Amendment, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Thursday introduced a bill that would remove Section 230 liability protection from social media companies that allow the dissemination on their platforms of “misinformation” regarding public health emergencies. Klobuchar justified her speech-squelching legislation by arguing: “Earlier this year, I called on Facebook and Twitter to remove accounts that are responsible for producing the majority of misinformation about the coronavirus, but we need a longterm solution. This legislation will hold online platforms accountable for the spread of health-related misinformation.”
This is just continuing the Left’s efforts to redline conservative speech.
Has Klobuchar even perused Facebook or YouTube recently? Any mention of the coronavirus will automatically produce a COVID informational disclaimer. And Twitter has been one of the most aggressive of the social media giants in stomping out COVID “misinformation,” regularly suspending the accounts of those deemed as having violated the company’s policy. In other words, Big Tech already has been heavily engaged and active in attempting to promote the Left’s “groupthink” narrative when it comes to COVID.
But for Klobuchar and the Biden administration, it’s not enough because those with other opinions are still able to share them. In fact, the real target of this anti-free speech legislation is political views the Left would not like to have to contend against. Democrats like Klobuchar simply don’t believe in the marketplace of ideas. No, it’s her way or the highway, all wrapped up in the dubious guise of protecting people from “misinformation.”
Furthermore, Big Tech is happy as a clam with this speech-squelching bill, as it would serve to limit competition. If Klobuchar’s bill were to become law (which, given the current makeup of Congress, is an unlikely prospect), smaller startup social media platforms like Parler, Gab, and Gettr — platforms that many conservatives have migrated to because of their commitment to free speech — would be forced into the same censorship, or risk being sued into oblivion.
Recall White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s comments last week: “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others for providing misinformation out there.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden continues to provide misinformation regarding the coronavirus, among a slew of other things. He erroneously claimed during Wednesday’s town hall event: “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations. If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the IC unit, and you’re not going to die.”
Oops. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of July 12, the official tally of fully vaccinated individuals who have been hospitalized by COVID is 5,189. Furthermore, 1,063 fully vaccinated people have died with COVID. Of course, these statics don’t reveal other factors such as advanced age and comorbidities, and it’s still a tiny sliver of the 160 million vaccinated Americans. Nevertheless, Biden’s claim was false. Literally, as he likes to say.
The Democrats’ “misinformation” gambit is intentionally and ironically misleading. They’re not interested in promoting greater access to information. Rather, they’re interested in policing language and shutting down the ability of people to voice their opposition to politically correct narratives. The Democrats are fast becoming the anti-free speech party.
He says some businesses will remain “in a bind” until they raise wages for workers.
President Marie-Antoinette says restauranteurs can eat cake. No, the real Marie-Antoinette probably didn’t say that, but Joseph Robinette Biden did say that restaurant owners will “be in a bind for a little while” — and it’s their own fault. But hey, if they make cake, they can eat it.
Biden, who hasn’t had a real job since the 1960s, made his appallingly condescending comments to a business owner in a CNN town hall event. An Ohio restauranteur told the president of his struggles to “find employees” when “hiring is our top priority right now.” He asked, “How do you and the Biden administration plan to incentivize those that haven’t returned to work yet?”
The restauranteur’s implicit point is something we’ve been saying for a long time. The federal government has been incentivizing people not to return to work, and that’s the biggest problem facing potential employers. It’s why there are still nine million unfilled positions. It’s why the restaurant next door to our humble shop is no longer open for lunch — the owner can’t find employees.
Biden’s answer not only didn’t acknowledge this truth, he demanded thanks and credit: “Well, two things. One, if you noticed, we kept you open,” Biden claimed. You’re welcome, you Republican ingrate.
“We spent billions of dollars to make sure restaurants could stay open,” Biden continued. Many didn’t get help and didn’t stay open, thanks to government-mandated shutdowns and, again, thanks to not being able to find workers. But never mind that inconvenient truth.
He then opined on economics: “And a lot of people who now — who worked as waiters and waitresses decided that they don’t want to do that anymore because there’s other opportunities at higher wages, because there’s a lot of openings now in jobs and people are beginning to move.”
And again: “People are looking to make more money and to bargain. And so I think your business and the tourist business is really going to be in a bind for a little while.”
He did, however, admit that his policies really are the problem. “We’re ending all of those things that are things keeping people back from going back to work, et cetera,” he said. “It will be interesting to see what happens.” Yes it will.
Ultimately, though, it’s little more than unmitigated arrogance for an economically illiterate half-century Swamp creature to lecture an employer about what it takes to run a business. Especially when the president’s policies cause hardship.
The truth is even more insidious. The Democrats’ real strategy with enhanced unemployment benefits that are keeping people on the sidelines is to ingrain their $15/hour minimum wage in the economy. What they can’t pass legislatively, they’re forcing through by other means. Think it’s a coincidence that enhanced benefits just happen to add up to $15 an hour? That is indeed forcing employers to raise wages — and prices — to pay for this new cost of finding willing workers.
Biden’s right about one thing — it’s putting businesses in a bind. But he didn’t exactly take a page from Bill Clinton’s playbook and feel anyone’s pain. Biden’s got nothing but callous disregard for life-altering economic malaise.
The American president’s foreign policy can be summed up in two words: America Last.
Brian Mark Weber
During Donald Trump’s presidency, we kept hearing the feigned worry, “What does Russian President Vladimir Putin have on Trump?” Leftists clung to the “collusion” narrative to the point of derangement. As it turned out, Putin didn’t have anything on Trump, and Trump’s policies vis-à-vis Russia were pretty tough.
Now, the question everyone should be asking is, “What does Chinese President Xi Jinping have on Joe Biden?”
Just for a moment, let’s consider something other than the fact that the Chinese communists released a deadly plague on the world, and then lied about it and covered it up.
Earlier this week, Chinese hackers launched a cyberattack that impacted more than a million Microsoft Exchange accounts. The White House blamed China, but what was the response?
The Biden administration “stopped short of sanctioning Beijing for contracting with hackers,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. “The United Kingdom, European Union, and NATO joined the United States in condemning China for facilitating the March attack on Microsoft Exchange email servers. But President Joe Biden and State Department spokesman Ned Price dismissed the need for retaliation, causing some lawmakers to question the Biden administration’s ability to combat hostile foreign actors.”
Secretary of State Atony Blinken admitted that China’s “irresponsible, disruptive, and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace” poses “a major threat to our economic and national security.”
Blinken is right about the seriousness of the situation, but the U.S. is not holding China accountable as he claims. Instead, we’re reaching out to make sure China gets its way on a variety of issues that benefit China.
Again, the Beacon reports: “A bill introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) tucked millions of dollars in taxpayer money into a climate fund intended to boost cooperation with China. Meanwhile, Meeks rejected dozens of Republican measures to toughen the United States’ stance on human rights, the 2022 Olympics, and the defense of Taiwan.”
Any attempt to hold the line with China is rejected by the Biden administration. China can do as it pleases, and instead of being punished, it’s reaping all the rewards of a weak and submissive U.S. president.
Then again, China knows Biden is a pushover.
It was revealed this week that from 2011-2013 during the Obama-Biden administration, China hacked into American oil and gas pipeline companies, enabling the ChiComs to do serious damage to our energy infrastructure had they decided to do so.
Clearly, Biden repeatedly turning the other cheek will only invite China, Russia, and other belligerent nations to attack the U.S. again.
One of China and Russia’s mutual goals is “to create chaos if not shut down the U.S.,” argues Monica Showalter at The American Thinker. “They both know that the U.S. economy is the big vehicle for the U.S. military machine, and shutting it down from time to time, perhaps as dry runs for something truly catastrophic (they already can see that COVID makes our officials go nuts) is a possibility. What better than to shake money out of U.S. corporations through ransomware attacks that create uncertainty and decrease corporate profits?”
Again, it’s not just China playing with America like a cat toying around with a mouse.
The Biden administration has paved the way for Vladimir Putin’s pipeline project six months after Biden shut down America’s Keystone Pipeline. Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz called the deal a “catastrophe” for the United States and our allies, and one that would fill Russia’s treasury with billions for years to come.
Meanwhile, Iran’s involvement in a foiled kidnapping of an Iranian-born U.S. citizen in New York City is yet another example of the Biden White House failing to hold any of America’s enemies accountable.
As long as a weak, cognitively impaired, and ideologically bankrupt Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office, our national security is at risk. The president is willing to look the other way when China and Russia attack while making deals that enrich our enemies and leave American citizens vulnerable. His foreign policy can be summed up in two words: American Last.
Before the official opening whistle blew to signal the beginning of Wednesday’s first-round Olympic soccer match, the U.S. women’s soccer teams took a knee, ostensibly to call attention to “inequality and discrimination.” The U.S. women’s team was kneeling to demonstrate solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Marxists.
This new era of activist athletes is distressing, to say the least. The only positive is that the players didn’t actually kneel during each team’s respective national anthem, which provocative players like Megan Rapinoe have been known to do.
This writer has been playing soccer since age of four, including collegiate competition on a scholarship and then coaching. I have always taken deep pride in the fact that our U.S. women’s team has been such a powerhouse on the world stage, growing up admiring players like Mia Hamm, Briana Scurry, Michelle Akers, and Brandi Chastain. These women were the pioneers of the women’s soccer movement, facing steep odds in their disfavor. These women taking pride in their country and being willing to step into a new frontier and popularize the sport in the states was something to take pride in as an American woman. Whenever our U.S. women’s team was playing in the Olympics or World Cup, everything stopped in our household so we could watch the game. We were so proud of our girls.
But there is no pride in the way the current generation of self-centered wokesters seeks to be “groundbreaking.” Its activism is based on a dreadful narrative. The BLM anecdote is antithetical to American freedom and the ideals set about in the Constitution. BLM doesn’t actually care about black lives. Rather, it wants to further an agenda steeped in Marxism, destroying the institutions including that of the nuclear family. BLM purports to believe in equity — which is not to be confused with equality — and that meritocracy is a white ideal.
Don’t these women soccer players understand that this is the antithesis to their own achievements? In a world where BLM gets its way, it wouldn’t be the most talented that get to represent the U.S. It would be those who are the most “oppressed” who get that honor.
The U.S. team on Wednesday lost 0-3. It’s sad to watch, but it’s even sadder to realize these women don’t understand what their team used to represent to players and soccer lovers alike. Perhaps most perniciously, they’re spreading their poison — not only did Sweden kneel, but England and Chile did as well. Just another way in which American leadership is taking a knee.
The NFL’s decision to play “The Black National Anthem” at every game in 2021 is divisive, not unifying.
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a uniquely American song, a beautiful spiritual written more than a century ago by author, poet, and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. As such, it deserves better than to be made a political football.
But that’s exactly what it’ll become if reports are true that the National Football League will play the song before every NFL game this year. Multiplemedia outlets have picked up this news, but the league office hasn’t yet summoned up the courage to either confirm or deny it.
The song is often referred to as “The Black National Anthem,” and the obvious and incendiary question that poses is whether “The Star Spangled Banner” is thus “The White National Anthem.”
Who mistakenly calls “Lift Every Voice and Sing” a national anthem? Only those who don’t understand what the term national anthem means, and those who seek to divide our nation, black from white, rather than unite it under a patriotic common purpose.
It’s hard to imagine a group of men who ought to be more uniformly grateful to their country than the NFL’s 1,696 players who are paid to play a game and whose average annual salary is well north of $3 million. Except NBAers, whose average annual salary is around $8.3 million and whose job description doesn’t call for knocking one’s opponent into next week.
The NFL’s decision, its proponents will say, is an appropriate effort to acknowledge the racial balance of the league, which is around 70% black. More important, though, is that the league is and always has been nearly 100% American. And it’s this latter fact that now seems to escape the NFL’s racial do-gooders. As National Review’s Rich Lowry writes:
The NFL has been such a battlefield for the cultural struggle over the national anthem and protests because it long ago eclipsed baseball as the national pastime. Heretofore, as one would expect of such a thoroughly American sport, the league had identified itself with a robust patriotism (pre-game flyovers, gigantic American flags unfurled on the field, tributes to servicemembers…).
That the NFL has swung drastically the other way is a sign that a new national identity is emerging to supplant the old. This new American identity is, of course, getting pushed by every lever of elite culture. It is defined by “anti-racism” instead of the American creed, Black Lives Matter instead of, say, the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars, and new rituals, holidays, and heroes instead of ones that have been long established and, to this point, uncontroversial.
For sports fans who “just want to watch a game,” the NFL will be an in-your-face assault on the senses. Indeed, the league’s national anthem appeasement is just once piece of a 10-year, $250 million “commitment to combat systemic racism.” As Front Office Sports reports, “To reinforce its 10-year, $250 million commitment to combat systemic racism, the league will promote social justice via on-field signage, decals on player helmets, and in-stadium PSAs.”
The NFL is lucky. Its appeal is so strong, and its brand so powerful, that most of its fans will likely tolerate this pathetic overreach. Other sports, though, haven’t fared so well. Take the NBA, for example, which is about 75% black. As Outkick’s Clay Travis observes: “Last year, worst ratings of all time for the NBA. This year, second worst ratings all time. It’s not a coincidence. They went political. Now they’re trying to, George Costanza-style, pretend it never happened. There was almost zero politics this year.”
Then there’s the Olympic Games, whose opening ceremonies took place today and which will be played sans fans in COVID-conscious Tokyo, Japan. Says Travis: “You’ve got no crowds in the stands at all. The Japanese people overwhelmingly do not want the Olympics to take place. And top sponsors are already pulling out. Add in the huge time difference, and I think there’s got to be a lot of nervousness about what is usually a signature event around the world that brings us all together.”
We’re not sure that taking a knee or otherwise disrespecting one’s flag at the Olympics to protest “social injustice” is the best way to bring folks together. But no one asked us. “The Olympic flame hadn’t been lit here before athletes took a knee to protest social injustice,” reports USA Today. “With women’s soccer competition beginning before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games on Friday, five teams — including the Americans — knelt on the field before the start of their games.”
The Americans then went on to lose their first match in two and a half years, a shocking 3-0 trouncing at the hands of Sweden. Maybe they should’ve been more focused on winning the game and less focused on making a statement.
After decades of decline, the percentage of children living in two-parent homes is on the rise.
The statics have been so commonly repeated that few are surprised to hear the traditional nuclear family in America is in bad shape. Fortunately, there’s a glimmer of hope.
The numbers of children growing up in broken homes over the past 50 years has seemingly only grown. For example, in 2014, data showed that over 40% of babies were born out of wedlock, with that number jumping to an upsetting 70% of black babies. Furthermore, for women under the age of 30 bearing children, 65.7% of babies were born out of wedlock.
Data shows that breakdown of the nuclear family directly contributes to both poverty and crime rates. And children growing up in broken homes are more likely to repeat the same destructive decisions, fueling a culture of poverty and crime.
As Focus on the Family’s vice president of governmental and external relations, Tim Goeglin, observed in his book American Restoration: “When politicians, activists, and social commentators talk about inequality, they often leave out the critical role married parents play in keeping children above the poverty line. There is evidence that the breakdown of the nuclear family in American society is, in fact, the primary reason why the gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ has widened over the past fifty years.”
However, just as it seems there was little hope of this destructive reality reversing, there’s some good news emerging. In a recent report out of the Institute for Family Studies, Nicholas Zill writes, “A funny thing happened on the way to extinction: although not out of intensive care, the supposed corpse of the two-parent family seems to be breathing new life.”
Zill observes that recent data shows the percentage of children living in two-parent homes has risen to 70%, while the percentage of children living in single-parent homes dropped from 28% to 25%.
Within the black community, the number of high school seniors living in a home with their biological fathers rose from 24% to 30%. That’s still a tragically low number, but it does show a positive turn in the right direction. And remember, this is despite the Left’s incessant attacks on the nuclear family. Just imagine how much more those numbers would grow if the family wasn’t under constant attack.
This should encourage all of us who are waging the cultural fight against anti-family statists. It may be a long game, but the labor is not in vain.
Epic fumble: Nancy Pelosi says “deadly serious” January 6 inquisition to go without GOP (AP)
Justice Department launches gun “strike forces” in five major Democrat-run cities (Washington Times)
Pelosi reiterates the double-cross: No bipartisan infrastructure bill without reconciliation package (Fox Business) | House GOP seeks budget caps as check to President Biden’s “harmful spending agenda” (Washington Times)
Credit where it’s due: Biden sanctions Cuban regime after crackdown on protesters (Politico)
Jobless claims (419,000) show surprise gain, well above expectations (CNBC)
Insight: “Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.” —Charles T. Sprading (1871-1959)
Upright: “You might wonder why it’s important to care about yourself. Here’s why: If you don’t care about yourself and don’t respect yourself, then you will settle for bad treatment from others. You will play the role of a victim; you will assume that their bad treatment of you reflects your worth. That’s not true. Their behavior reflects their weakness. A person’s bad treatment of others reflects their own insecurities and weaknesses. People who are strong are generous and helpful; only the weak are controlling and manipulative. The weak look for those who are even weaker but move along when they run into those who are strong. Do not take up the role of a victim because you will continually run across those who want to keep you in that same role.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Re: The Left I: “Can anybody point me to that one time in history where the side that was demanding censorship, segregation, propaganda, radical education, papers to move freely in society, plus government forces going door to door to demand compliance were the good guys?” —Candace Owens
Re: The Left II: “What happened to turn the party of Harry Truman, JFK and even Bill Clinton into a woke neo-Maoist movement? Globalization created a new multibillion-dollar consumer market for American media, universities, law firms, insurance groups, investment houses, sports leagues and entertainment outlets, not to mention the internet and social media. In contrast, work with hands was passe, the supposed stuff of deplorables and clingers — and so better outsourced and offshored. Traditional Democrats were seen increasingly as namby-pamby naifs who rotated power with establishment Republicans. Now with money and institutions in its hip pocket, and cool popular culture on its side, the left would not just damn American institutions but infect them — alter their DNA and reengineer them into revolutionary agencies. So here we are with a near one-party system of a weaponized fused media, popular culture and the administrative state — confident that all Americans will soon agree to love Big Sibling.” —Victor Davis Hanson
Observations: “Earlier this month, Chicago Public Schools announced that it would be making free condoms available in schools, beginning with children in the fifth grade. … It’s time for some brutal honesty. This isn’t about the ‘health’ or ‘safety’ of the children. If it were, the adults would be up in arms at the mere prospect of elementary school children or middle schoolers having sex and would be doing everything in their power to prevent it. But sex is the only destructive behavior that the grown-ups just can’t bring themselves to discourage outright.” —Laura Hollis
For the record I: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi … took the unprecedented step of rejecting two of the Republican members appointed to the [January 6] committee — conservative stalwarts Jim Jordan and Jim Banks. … Remember, Pelosi refused to remove Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee even after it was revealed that he had been compromised by a Chinese spy. But Banks and Jordan are beyond the pale. … By the way, if Pelosi wants to investigate something, she might consider investigating last year’s riots. Two-thirds of Americans support such an investigation. That’s a lot more than the 52% who support a congressional investigation of January 6th.” —Gary Bauer
For the record II: “It may comfort the diehard left to imagine that Washington is at the root of the island’s distress, but there is a reason why those throngs of brave Cubans in the streets last week were chanting ‘Down with the dictatorship!’ and not ‘Down with the embargo!’ They know that their agony is caused by the ruthless despots who for more than six decades have stopped at nothing to keep them in chains.” —Jeff Jacoby
Good question: “As for literacy, how does it help if all Cubans can read if all they’re allowed to read is communist propaganda?” —Cal Thomas
Non compos mentis: “I don’t any take great pleasure … in clashing with the senator. I have a great deal of respect for the institution of the Senate of the United States. But [Rand Paul] was completely out of line. He totally distorted reality. And he made some inflammatory and, I believe, slanderous remarks about lying under oath, which is completely nonsense. I mean, and some of the things he says are so distorted and out of tune with reality, I had to call him on that. I didn’t enjoy it, but I had to do that because he was completely out of line. Totally inappropriate.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci
And last… “I do think that [Dr. Anthony Fauci has] been giving us shades of the truth from the very beginning, but I also think that he is predictable as an elitist. People on the Left believe they know better than you and they think that the common man’s too stupid to make their own decisions, so these decisions need to be made by their betters. And I truly think that he believes that he knows better. … He calculates what the people need to hear and he tells them that regardless of whether it’s true.” —Senator Rand Paul
Demographic expert exposes the lie of Arab dominance in Judea and Samaria “It is amazing that the Israeli establishment and academic establishment echo the numbers being pushed by the Palestinians without any deeper examination,” Ettinger said. “The Palestinians claim that there are three million Arabs in their territory, there are really a million and a half, at the very most, in all of Judea and Samaria. There are another roughly two million Arabs inside the Green Line. On the other side, there are 7.3 million Jews, making the total population of the country as a whole about 68% Jews.” “Anyone who argues that 68% isn’t a decisive majority – I’ll explain it to them in two ways, Ettinger said….
Target list of Israeli hack-for-hire firm widens Amnesty was able to examine the smartphones of 67 people on the list, and found attempted or successful Pegasus infections on 37. It found that the phone of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, was infected just four days after he was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Amnesty also found Pegasus on the phones of the co-founders of the Indian independent online outlet The Wire and repeat infections on the phones of two Hungarian investigative journalists with the outlet Direkt36. Fifty people close to Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, were also on the potential target list. They include his wife, children, aides and cardiologist. Lopez Obrador was in the opposition at the time. A Mexican reporter whose phone number was added to the list in that time period, Cecilio Pineda, was assassinated in 2017.
Explosion in Gaza City An explosion on Gaza City’s main street Thursday morning left several injured, reports said. The area has many stores, and according to reports, the blast caused a great deal of destruction.
Texas looking into divestment from Unilever over Ben & Jerry’s boycott Texas may withdraw its investments from Ben & Jerry’s parent company Unilever, after the ice cream company decided to boycott Judea and Samaria, Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced on Thursday. Hegar said he directed his staff to determine whether Ben & Jerry’s or Unilever took any action that would trigger his state’s anti-boycott law. Texas’ pension fund amounts to over $100 million, according to Bloomberg, and Unilever is included in its portfolio.
Report: Israeli airstrikes hit Hezbollah, Iranian targets in Syria Syrian media outlets reported an Israeli airstrike in the al-Qusair area in the Homs province early Thursday. It was the second reported Israeli airstrike in Syria this week. A Syrian military source said in a statement there was some material damage from the strike and no casualties. Video footage of the alleged airstrike that claimed to show anti-aircraft missile fire and explosions near the city of Homs was posted on social media.
Already existing drugs screened in Jerusalem treat Covid effectively the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) has reported that there are three existing drugs that fight the new coronavirus with “almost 100%” success in human cells in in-vitro (lab) tests. in the scientific journal Pharmaceuticals under the title “Identification of SARS-CoV-2 E Channel Blockers from a Repurposed Drug Library.” They focus on finding antiviral drugs based on a particularly weak link in many viruses – ion channels. Arkin and his team looked for antiviral drugs that exploit a weak link in many viruses – proteins called ion channels.
Palestinian official says PA ready for direct talks with Israel Civil Affairs Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh is one of the leading figures in the Palestinian Authority hierarchy and is one of President Mahmoud Abbas’ closest advisers. Al-Sheikh is the point person to Israel in all security matters and chairs the dialogue between the Palestinian government and the United States administration.
US tells Israel ‘refrain’ from settler building as de-facto freeze sets in The United States publicly called on Israel to refrain from West Bank settlement construction as some settler leaders have warned that a half-year freeze on planning activity is already in place. “I think there is definitely a de facto freeze,” Efrat Council head Oded Revivi told The Jerusalem Post, noting that the facts speak for themselves.
Ethiopia Tigray crisis: New front opens as aid fears grow A bloody eight-month battle for control of the north Ethiopian state of Tigray has spilled over into the neighbouring region of Afar in the past week. At least 20 civilians have been killed and 54,000 people have been displaced, reports say, as fears grow of a fast-developing humanitarian crisis. Several people in Afar told the BBC the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had killed civilians.
Former UN rights boss to head probe into Israel, Hamas alleged crimes Former United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay will head an international commission of inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the latest conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, the U.N.’s Human Rights Council said in a statement on Thursday. The council agreed in late May to launch the investigation with a broad mandate to probe all alleged violations…
After two decades, Israel rejoins African Union For the first time since 2002, Israel has rejoined the African Union, regaining its observer status. Aleligne Admasu, Israeli Ambassador to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, submitted his charter as an observer to the African Union on Thursday. The African Union brings together all 55 countries of the continent.
Another round of severe flooding hits northeastern Turkey Heavy rains have caused another round of severe flooding in northeastern Turkey on July 22, 2021. The event comes just a week after six people were killed and two others went missing in the Black Sea province of Rize. The new round hit the neighboring province of Artvin, overturning vehicles and destroying roads and homes.
Running out of water: Two US water reservoirs hit record lows in June 2021 Two large water reservoirs in the western U.S. hit record lows after a decline of more than two decades. Water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, both on the 1,450-mile Colorado River, fell to their lowest in June 2021. Due to the dwindling water levels, the federal government said it plans to declare a water shortage this coming summer.
Private wells are running dry in Oregon, as serious drought conditions and government resource controls threaten people’s lives A historic, multi-year drought is affecting 94 percent of the Western United States. Even the rainy Pacific Northwest is experiencing record drought conditions. According to the US Drought Monitor, Oregon has not been this dry since the late 1800s! The conditions have continued to deteriorate in July, and now dozens of private wells are running dry in Oregon. While arid weather conditions pose ongoing challenges, there is another serious government issue that is starving groundwater from rural landowners and small farmers.
Terror and abuse: Pfizer is using the corrupt AAP to push mask mandates on children until they’re all vaccinated or dead The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced that kids over two years of age should be “masked up” for the upcoming school year. Under the new “guidance” children (including babies in nurseries) will be forced to wear masks until all children can collectively prove they are FULLY VACCINATED with experimental spike proteins. Many parents saw this coercion coming, which is why they appealed to local school officials over the past year to drop the mask mandate in their county.
Fears of food shortages spread in BritainPosted: 22 Jul 2021 07:01 PM PDTBritain’s supermarkets, wholesalers and haulers were struggling on Thursday to ensure stable food and fuel supplies after an official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate after contact with someone with COVID-19. Coronavirus cases in Britain have been broadly rising for a month, with more than 44,000 recorded on Wednesday.British newspapers carried front-page pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets. Reuters reporters said food items were widely available in London shops although there were some shortages of bottled water, soft drinks, and some salad and meat products.Continue reading Fears of food shortages spread in Britain at End Time Headlines.
(Daily Wire) Former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who served in the role under both Presidents Obama and Trump, told Fox News on Thursday night that he believes that President Joe Biden will be forced to resign or will face the 25th Amendment over issues related to his fitness for office.
Jackson, who now represents Texas’ 13th Congressional District, told Fox News that he has been saying for a while that “something’s going on here.”
“And I’ve been saying that it’s only going to get worse, and guess what? We’re watching that happen right before our eyes right now,” Jackson said. “And I’m at the point right now where, you know, I went from, you know, telling people, we should be concerned about what might potentially be going on, to now saying, hey, what is happening right now?” View article →
Perhaps the least likely outcome is that the coming train wreck will restore faith in American democracy.
The Justice Department declared last week, “The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Breach will be the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence.” The feds are sorting through “237,000 digital tips, 1 million Parler videos and images comprising 40 terabytes of data scraped from the Internet — roughly equivalent to 10 million photos, 20,000 hours of video, or 50,000 filing cabinets of paper documents,” theWashington Postreported. Investigators are also sorting through “cell tower data for thousands of electronic devices that connected to the Capitol’s interior distributed antenna system,” information provided by phone companies, Google, and other data aggregation companies. The problem will be compounded because many government employees are slow readers.
More than 500 protestors have already been charged in federal court, but their trials will likely be delayed at least until next year. Federal judge John Bates recently warned that evidence snafus could result in judges “going on the warpath.” If judges conclude that the Justice Department is unreasonably keeping January 6 defendants locked up (often in solitary confinement) too long, judicial edicts could unravel prosecutors’ long-term plans.
Nancy Pelosi is reportedly considering adding additional ‘NeverTrump’ Republicans to the select committee she’s assembled to investigate the Capitol riot – with rabid anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger apparently being an option.
“We’ll see,” she told reporters when asked if she’d be willing to add more Republicans to the committee to investigate the incident.
“It’s about seeking the truth and that’s what we owe the American people.”
The House Speaker is considering adding Kinzinger to the investigation, as well as former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), a fellow Trump critic and a man who defended Rep. Liz Cheney when she was ousted from GOP leadership for her repeat attacks on the former President.
Cheney and Kinzinger were the only two Republicans who sided with Pelosi in voting to create the select committee to probe the January 6 Capitol protest.
So Pelosi only wants “Republicans” on the 1/6 committee who won’t challenge the Dem narrative.
Cheney and Kinzinger should just switch parties and be honest with voters. They’re Democrats.
With the crux of the January 6 select committee focusing on Donald Trump’s role in allegedly ‘inciting’ his supporters, Pelosi’s attempts to keep pro-Trump Republicans off the panel and install people she feels are acceptable is blatant partisanship.
“I’m incredibly worried that the ultimate end product will not be seen as objective,” Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), who himself voted to impeach Trump, told Axios.
The assertion that Pelosi is open to adding anti-Trump Republicans to the committee comes just days after she rejected House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recommendations of Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) to serve.
Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the January 6th Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade. https://t.co/wGRO9fV2kt
Kinzinger joined Cheney in bending the knee to Pelosi when voting in favor of the committee, saying the January protest at the Capitol was a “most egregious attack.”
“We need a full accounting of what happened on January 6, 2021—we need answers on who was involved in the insurrection and who played a role in orchestrating it,” he added.
“We need transparency and truth.”
The truth is, he wants neither. Nor does Pelosi.
What kind of transparency does Kinzinger think will come from a committee filled predominantly with people who despise President Trump?
And, if he were interested in ‘truth,’ Kinzinger would reject the notion of a panel that features Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a man who objected to the certification of electoral votes when Trump won the election – the very same action being investigated here.
And over at Newsmax, they’re doing the same thing…only they took a step further, calling for a cognitive test to be given to Joe ASAP, and saying what they saw on the CNN Town Hall was a “national security” issue.
40 Trillion Packages Of RNA Have Been Injected That Induce Irreversible Changes
In Your Blood Vessels.
Depending upon which source of information you believe, your life is in the balance if you make the wrong decision about COVID-19 vaccination.
A problem with what I write today is that the information below, which is essential to know to maintain health following COVID-19 vaccination, may induce more fear and anxiety, which is what is driving the pandemic and the misdirected decisions over COVID-19 vaccination. I’ll explain more about this below.
According to Our World Data as of July 20, 2021, 161 million Americans are fully vaccinated out of a population of ~328 million (49.1%).
It is difficult to understand why anyone would immunize, not with a vaccine, but a 5-times gain-of-function bioweapon, which is what the COVID-19 RNA/DNA vaccines are. But the news media is running a fright campaign that causes people to make health decisions out of fear.
Trillions of spike protein gene packages released
Immediately following vaccination trillions of gene packages will be released from the deltoid muscle where the vaccine needle entered your arm, and will end up wreaking havoc in your blood vessels.
Canadian cardiologist Dr. Charles Hoffe explains the blood clotting threat these vaccines pose: “The blood clots we hear about which the media claim are very rare are the big blood clots which are the ones that cause strokes and show up on CT scans, MRI, etc. The clots I’m talking about are microscopic and too small to find on any scan. They can thus only be detected using the D-dimer test.”
Former ethics researcher at the W.H.O., Astrid Stuckelburger, PhD, sheds light on the behind-the-scenes at our top world health agency, their conflicts of interests, and who’s really been pulling the strings in the #Covid19 pandemic response.
At this point, you’d have to be living under a rock to not see that Biden isn’t fit for office.
The man is constantly mixing up words, losing his train of thought, and confusing people, and places, which the left blames on a childhood stutter. Nobody believes that nonsense by the way.
It has been really disturbing to watch the cognitive decline of an elderly man play out on TV – and the ghouls in the media have done everything in their power to downplay it.
They should all be charged with elder abuse, Jill too.
But regardless of the really lame coverup attempts, the American people can see exactly what’s happening and they know Biden’s days are numbered.
Heck, even Obama’s former doctor, Ronny Jackson, has spoken out on Biden’s mental state, which he believes is going to be Biden’s demise.
Jackson believes that Joe’s mental state is a big threat to national security and in the end, will cause Biden to either resign or be removed by the 25th amendment.
Here’s what he said: “Something’s SERIOUSLY wrong with Biden – and it’s only going to get WORSE! It’s past the point of embarrassment. He’s lost. He’s confused. He can barely put a coherent sentence together. He MUST have a cognitive exam and release the results!”
“And I’ve been saying that it’s only going to get worse, and guess what? We’re watching that happen right before our eyes right now,” Jackson said. “And I’m at the point right now where, you know, I went from, you know, telling people, we should be concerned about what might potentially be going on, to now saying, hey, what is happening right now?”
“Where are the people in our academic medicine that were out there calling for President Trump to have a cognitive test? Where are these people?” Jackson continued. “There’s something seriously going on with this man right now. And you know, I think that he’s either gonna, he’s either gonna resign, they’re going to convince him to resign from office at some point in the near future for medical issues, or they’re going to have to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of this man right now. There’s some serious stuff going on right now.”
Jackson said that members of Biden’s cabinet are likely looking at Biden and wondering if he is able to effectively carry out his duties as President of the United States. Jackson added that “this is a national security issue at this point … it really is.”
This is really a no-brainer.
Biden is weak and not self-sustainable, thus he has no business pretending to run an entire country.
The issue for Team Biden is that the country can’t stand Kamala Harris.
They’re in a real pickle right now – but the ones suffering most are the American people.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
“Rich Dad Poor Dad” author Robert Kiyosaki warned investors not to get complacent and take the bull market for granted in a tweet this week.
“Everyone says market will stay up two more years,” he said. “What if bottom falls out tonite? Will you be richer or poorer?”
Kiyosaki acknowledged that economic booms and soaring asset prices are thrilling, but cautioned that the subsequent downturns are horrifying to live through.
“Booms are fun. Everyone is excited,” Kiyosaki tweeted. “Busts are terrifying. Crashes are terrifying.”
The personal-finance guru is clearly worried investors are too confident that the good times will continue, and may not have hedged their bets in the event that markets tank without warning. The skyrocketing prices of meme stocks, cryptocurrencies, and other volatile assets over the past year support his concerns, and suggest there’s a huge appetite for risk.
Kiyosaki, the founder of Rich Global and Rich Dad Company, has been sounding the alarm on a massive sell-off for a while. He warned last month that markets are careening towards the”biggest crash in world history,” and advised investors to buy gold, silver, and bitcoin to insulate their fortunes.
The author is one of several high-profile commentators who are worried about the current market. Michael Burry – the investor of “The Big Short” fame – and GMO cofounder Jeremy Grantham both see a historic bubble on the brink of bursting. Similarly, billionaire investors Leon Cooperman, Stanley Druckenmiller, and Jeffrey Gundlach doubt the speculative frenzy can last.
Former Obama Ethics Chief Walter Shaub spoke out on Friday morning to respond to Hunter Biden’s arranged art exhibition with potential “anonymous” art investors. Reports have come in stating that the son of President Joe Biden will be selling his art anywhere from $75,000-$500,000.
This did not sit well with Shaub, however. While appearing on CNN, the former Obama official said that the expose “sure looks like profiting off the presidency.”
“They’ve put an art dealer in charge of keeping a secret,” Shaub said. “And really, what he’s doing is keeping a secret from the public because eventually, Hunter Biden or people in the White House will learn who it’s going to be. In fact, Hunter Biden, we now know, is going to be at two art showings where he will meet the universe of bidders on his art. So, they left that detail out when they said he had no way of knowing who was buying his art.”
“Ideally, Hunter Biden wouldn’t be doing this because it sure looks like profiting off the presidency,” he added. “But if they couldn’t talk him out of doing it, there is something that’s within their control. They could promise us today if they happen to learn who any of the buyers are, they will notify us immediately, and they will tell us again if any of those buyers get a meeting with the White House or any other political appointee. I have a feeling if he did it under a pen name, he wouldn’t get much for it.”
Earlier this month, Shaub called the White House’s arrangement allowing Hunter to sell his art “the perfect mechanism for funneling bribes” to the president, according to Yahoo News.
“They have outsourced government ethics to an art dealer. She mentioned industry standards,” Shaub said, referring to comments made by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “It’s an industry that’s notorious for money laundering. There’s no standards in that industry.”
“The idea that they’re going to flag any overly priced offers — well, this is art that hasn’t even been juried into a community art sale,” he added. “How are they going to decide what’s unreasonable when they’ve already priced it in the range of $75,000 to $500,000 for a first outing? This is just preposterous and very disappointing.”