Daily Archives: August 11, 2021

August 11 Evening Quotes of The Day

Not to Help God Is to Oppose Him
Genesis 6:9; Acts 13:36

God has work to do in this world, and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements is to cast off his authority. Universal holiness is required of us, that we may do the will of God in our generation. It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness, but we must also serve our generation as David did before he fell asleep. God has a work to do, and not to help him is to oppose him.

JOHN OWEN

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Satisfied with Nothing Less Than God
Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12; Joshua 22:5; Proverbs 30:9; Matthew 5:6; 6:24; 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; 16:13

Herein a man may know whether he really loves God: Is he satisfied with anything less than God?

JOHN OF THE CROSS

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

God Above Human Philosophy — VCY America

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (1 Corinthians 1:19)

This verse is a threatening so far as the worldly wise are concerned, but to the simple believer it is a promise. The professedly learned are forever trying to bring to nothing the faith of the humble believer, but they fail in their attempts. Their arguments break down, their theories fall under their own weight, their deep-laid plots discover themselves before their purpose is accomplished. The old gospel is not extinct yet, nor will it be while the Lord liveth. If it could have been exterminated, it would have perished from off the earth long ago.

We cannot destroy the wisdom of the wise, nor need we attempt it, for the work is in far better hands. The Lord Himself says, “I will,” and He never resolves in vain. Twice does He in this verse declare His purpose, and we may rest assured that He will not turn aside from it.

What clean work the Lord makes of philosophy and “modern thought” when He puts His hand to it! He brings the fine appearance down to nothing; He utterly destroys the wood, hay, and stubble. It is written that so it shall be, and so shall it be. Lord, make short work of it. Amen, and amen.

God Above Human Philosophy — VCY America

Three Ways Social Media Has Changed Our Priorities and Perspectives (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E22) — Cold Case Christianity

What impact has the rise of the internet and social media had on the way we see the world? Are our priorities and perspectives shifting because of the growing amplification of “self” that occurs with regular social media use? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.

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Three Ways Social Media Has Changed Our Priorities and Perspectives (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S7E22) — Cold Case Christianity

5 Truths About Your Battle with Sin You Hate to Admit — The Fight of Faith

If you are a Christian, you battle with sin. I do not need to list examples of the struggles with the flesh you may have. The minute you read the title of this post, you most likely had a specific battle in mind. You have within you both flesh and Spirit, and the two are contrary to one another. However, knowing this does not mean the fight will be easy or that you have it all under control. Here are five truths about your battle with sin you hate to admit, followed by three points of encouragement.

1. Some battle scars are more recent than you are comfortable acknowledging.

As Christians, we are quick to acknowledge our struggles with sin, but we prefer to talk about past battles—the ones where we have seen significant victory. The problem is, you have recent battle wounds as well. The fact that the struggle is ongoing is not something you like to broadcast to the world.

2. You sometimes try to get as close to the flame as possible without getting burned.

No matter how much you despise the sin that so easily besets you, you still find yourself wanting to get as close to the fire as possible. You think, “I will only allow myself this much room and will draw the line here.” The problem is that every time you get close to the line, it seems to move just a little further. This tendency to push boundaries has left you beating yourself up over going too far on more than one occasion.

3. You sometimes wonder why you desire the very thing you despise.

Every time the deceitfulness of sin deceives you, you wonder how, at times, you desire the very thing you hate. Like Paul, you cry out, “who will save me from this body of death?” Even when you want to do right, evil is close at hand. You know that the problem with temptation is you because deep down, you still have desires that war against your soul.

4. When it comes to your growth in godliness, you thought you would be further along than you are now.

You often think back to the many times you swore it was the last time, and you set out to grow in godliness. If you have been a Christian for a long time now, you remember looking forward to this time in your life with great anticipation. You imagined you would have experienced greater sanctification than you have.

5. You wonder if you are the only one; there must be other Christians out there who have risen above this.

You occasionally look at other Christians and think, surely they do not have to war with sin the way I do. They seem to be the picture of holiness. When you look at them from the outside, you think, “certainly, their heart does not struggle like mine.” You may even hear from someone who claims, contrary to scripture, to have stopped sinning, and you think, maybe it is true. Perhaps it is just me.

What you need to know

1. You are not an anomaly because being a Christian means battling sin.

This fight is something we all face, and warfare never happens without a few wounds. The fact that sanctification will not be completed this side of eternity means that every believer still has unsanctified areas in their life, no matter how holy they are. In fact, the closer you walk with Jesus, the more aware of the battle you will become. The problem is not when you feel the conflict; the problem is when you do not. John Newton once asked the Lord that he might grow and found that these inward trials were part of the growth process. Temptation will continue to come as long as you live, and it can be difficult to resist, but our acceptance in Christ does not decay because we encounter temptation. As John Owen once said, “When we say a tree is firmly rooted, we do not say the wind never blows upon it.”

2. You are not alone because Jesus is with you.

Christ did not go to the cross to atone for your sin and bring you forgiveness to leave you to yourself to see if you could hack it. He called you, and He will keep you. Even when He sends His rod of correction, His love is dealing with you, not His wrath. His wrath was satisfied on the cross. He is faithful and just to complete the work He has begun in you. You can look back and see victories over sin in your life, and you will continue to see more. Stay close to our Savior, hide His word in your heart, and pray without ceasing. He has promised to be with you, even to the end of the age.

3. The enemy will continue to accuse you, but there is no condemnation in Christ.

The enemy will frequently tell you that you are not worthy of being a Christian. Never go for the bait because what he wants you to do at that moment is to begin to justify yourself. The minute you start listing off all your good qualities and victories over sin, he will have you right where he wants you. There are clear victories you have experienced in Christ, and you are right to rejoice in them, but they do not make you worthy to be a Christian. When Satan tells you, you are not worthy to be a Christian; the correct response is to agree with him. Of course, I am not worthy of being a Christian; no one is. I was not worthy in the past, I am not worthy now, and I will not be worthy in the future, but Jesus is worthy, and my worth is in Him. I am counted righteous in Him. And if you ever start to believe the lie that you may have fallen beyond forgiveness, here is something you can do to snap back into reality. Picture Jesus dying on the cross and imagine yourself walking up to Him, and try to tell Him He didn’t do enough to atone for your sins.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6

-D. Eaton

5 Truths About Your Battle with Sin You Hate to Admit — The Fight of Faith

God Requires Risky Obedience — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of.” Luke 19:26 (MSG)

If God tells you to take a step of faith but you hesitate to take it until he shows you what the second step will be, you’re not waiting on God. He’s waiting on you.

God uses risks, large and small, to push us into a deeper faith. And so he wants us to step forward in faith, even if we don’t know where the second step will take us. The not knowing is what requires faith, and the not knowing compels us to rely on God to guide us forward.

Regardless of what we see on the other side of a God-directed risk, the reality is God is there. What seems to be a no-guarantee situation actually comes with the greatest guarantee of all — a God-guarantee — that he’s working in your life.

With this guarantee from God, you can enter into the risky obedience of attempting things that are impossible unless God gives you his strength to do them.

With this guarantee from God, you can enter into the risky obedience of loving other believers so deeply and so richly that you prove to the world that God’s love is flowing through you.

With this guarantee from God, you can enter into the risky obedience of loving your unlovable neighbors just as God loved you, even when you seemed unlovable.

With this guarantee from God, you can enter into the risky obedience of changing your priorities to match God’s priorities, sacrificing, in faith, what you cannot keep for the things that can never be taken away.

With this guarantee from God, you can engage in the risky obedience of making disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them that the risky obedience of following Jesus comes with a God-guarantee (Matthew 28:19-20).

What task is before you that seems impossible?

By Jon Walker
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   We are Christ’s Ambassadors
•  Your Life is the Only Bible Some People Read
•  Salvation Explained

God Requires Risky Obedience — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Follow Me” — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

My husband and I have just been through the stressful period of moving  after 40 years in the one house.  If anyone had asked me 3 months ago if I placed store on material possessions I would have said emphatically “no”!  I have always thought that I could live anywhere and with very little.  In fact, I used to laugh and say “I could live in a tent”.  That being so, I would gloss over the passage in Matthew which talked about giving up your possessions and following Christ.

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21

All that changed when we had to give away (by nearly a half) our furniture, craft materials, work tools, recipe books etc. etc. before we moved into a much smaller home.  My tears fell as I saw more and more of my treasures going to other homes.

In light of our move and my reaction to giving away things that I loved, I returned again to this passage in Matthew and it took on a whole new meaning for me.  I believe that it is not important how many or how valuable our possessions are, but how much value we place on them.  It is not wrong to have beautiful things around us, but we must not put them before or above God.  We must not value them to the detriment of our service, our love or our devotion to God.

Prayer:

Loving Lord, help me to see my possessions as merely that – possessions – not items that I value over my love for You.  Let me use the things around me to help others so that they may come to know You and love You.  Praise and thank You that You nudge us every now and again and open our eyes to what you wish us to see when we become complacent and rely on earthly things.  Amen.

By Terry Stead
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   Divine Appointments
•  Come Alongside – what it looks like to come alongside of people while Jesus draws them closer.
•  Salvation Explained

“Follow Me” — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

August 11 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Dying Well the Action of Life
1 Corinthians 15:31; Philippians 1:23–24

To die well is the action of the whole life.

RICHARD SIBBES*

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Resisting Small Trials Before Great Ones
Jeremiah 12:5; 1 Corinthians 5:6

A very little thing often tempts a man violently, and a trifle that hardly deserves notice often grievously affects him. God justly permits this to be so, to teach us that if we do not resist small trials, we cannot overcome great ones.

THOMAS À KEMPIS*

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

August 11 – Bringing life into the world of death — Reformed Perspective

Serve it to the people, that they may eat. 2 Kings 4:43b Give it to the people, that they may eat. – 2 Kings 4:41b

Scripture reading: 2 Kings 4:38-44

God’s people find themselves in the context of famine. His judgment is upon them because of their unfaithfulness to Him. Yet God mercifully sends the prophets, Elijah and Elisha, to bring His message of repentance, urging their return to Him. To live apart from God is death. The famine shows that.

One of the sons of the prophets scavenges the field, looking for edible ingredients for their pot of stew. He gathers herbs and also a lapful of wild gourds which he slices into the pot of stew. They serve it, not knowing they had gathered poisonous gourds. They eat, and cry out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” After Elisha puts flour in the pot, there is no harm. In this miracle, God confirms that His Word brings life into a world of death. God reverses the curse.

Likewise, how could twenty small loaves of bread feed one hundred hungry men? In such adverse conditions, a God-fearing man gave from the first and best he had. He did not have enough, but God blessed and multiplied it. They ate, having some left over.

The calling of the church is to bring the message of life into our world of death. Christ heals. He multiplies His blessings. He sets the table in our midst. Jesus is the life. Jesus says, “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you” (John 6:27).

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that we may grow more hungry for the food that endures to everlasting life. Pray that our world, which lies in the grip of death, may clearly see the life of our risen Lord Jesus in the church.

Rev. Tony Zekveld currently serves as missionary-pastor in the Hope Congregation in East Brampton, Ontario, sent by Covenant Christian Church (URCNA) of Wyoming, Ontario. Rev. Zekveld and his wife, Arley-Ann, have five children and, so far, eight grandchildren. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

August 11 – Bringing life into the world of death — Reformed Perspective

Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 11, 2021

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

THE FOUNDATION

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

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Finally: It’s Curtains for Cuomo

In two weeks, the disgrace of New York will become its disgraced former governor.

Douglas Andrews

Embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finally turned in his resignation yesterday, and not a moment too soon. The walls were closing in, the sexual harassment charges were piling ever higher, and the effort to impeach him was moving along rapidly. Even Cuomo’s staunchest allies were abandoning ship.

New York Attorney General Letitia James — who by the way wouldn’t mind taking Cuomo’s spot in the next election — issued a damning report last week, laying out the case that Cuomo had sexually harassed numerous women over several years. Not only was he creepy, but he broke state and federal law. And how long had all this been going on?

Naturally, Cuomo wasn’t so much apologetic as irritated at the distraction. “I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” he said. “And therefore, that’s what I’ll do.”

Still, though, Cuomo is doing it his way. He’s leaving in two weeks. But, as Preet Bharara warns, somebody up in Albany might want to hide the silverware and unplug all the document shredders. Bharara, an Obama appointee and the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, wonders whether Cuomo might be up to no good during the coming fortnight. “I was a little taken aback,” said Bharara, “that he said his resignation is effective in 14 days … but I believe that Andrew Cuomo was a person of mischief. … You don’t have to give two weeks notice to resign as governor.”

Indeed, two weeks? How about right now? How about a couple of banker’s boxes and 30 minutes to clean out his desk? Truth be told, were the Empire State’s HR Department worth its salt, it would have given this arrogant, entitled, narcissistic bully the Axel Foley treatment months ago: right through the plate-glass window. But no. Cuomo will leave office when he’s good and ready. In two weeks. Until then, the rest of us can pound sand.

Joe Biden won’t be pounding sand, though. Instead, he’ll be singing the disgraced governor’s praises, just like he did last year when he called Cuomo “the gold standard” among governors, and just like he did again yesterday.

“I thought he’s done a hell of a job,” Biden said when asked about Cuomo. “And, uh, I mean both on everything from access to voting to infrastructure to a whole range of things. That’s why it’s so sad.”

Actually, what’s so sad is this notion that a sitting U.S. president feels somehow compelled to lick the boot of a reprobate governor. This point wasn’t lost on White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who all but shouted Clean-up on aisle six! before dutifully deciphering her boss’s tone-deaf remarks for those too fluent in plain English.

“POTUS responded to a specific question today about NYGovCuomo work on infrastructure,” she tweeted. “He also made clear it was right for NYGovCuomo to step down, reiterated his support for women who come forward, and made clear you can’t separate personal behavior from other work.”

Like he said: Helluva job, Andy!

Cuomo’s sexual misconduct is indeed indefensible, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that his actions as governor resulted in the deaths of thousands of New York’s senior citizens. As we wrote last week: “Cuomo shoved his state’s coronavirus-positive elderly folks back into nursing homes, where COVID-19 could spread unchecked among its most vulnerable population. And if we’re to believe his top aide, Cuomo then tried to cover up the true death toll — all while cashing in on his book about leadership during a crisis.”

Good riddance.

When he finally does leave, Cuomo will be succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who’ll then serve out the remainder of the term, which ends on the last day of 2022. Hochul, who lives in Buffalo and is more of a blue-collar Democrat than a Chardonnay-sipper like Cuomo, could be a formidable opponent should she decide to run for a full term.

Those familiar with New York politics will count Cuomo as the state’s second governor to resign in just 13 years. In 2008, another sanctimonious Democrat, Eliot Spitzer, a.k.a. Client Number 9, stepped down in disgrace after having been caught cavorting with prostitutes just a few years after having cracked down on them as the state’s attorney general.

Every citizenry gets the government it deserves, of course, but maybe — just maybe — the deep-blue Empire State’s residents will give the GOP a serious look in the next election.

As another New Yorker once said, “What the hell do you have to lose?”

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Washington Squeezes Middle America

Beltway policies are driving the household budget troubles millions of us face.

Nate Jackson

The great malaise of Joe “Carter” Biden continues.

  • Consumer prices rose 5.4% in July over the same month last year, continuing the inflationary trend of 2021.
  • A record 10.1 million job openings were posted in June, as employers continue to struggle to find workers. The unemployed are often paid more not to work. That drives up wages as businesses are forced to compete with the government for workers, and it also causes problems with the supply chain. Those issues in turn drive up prices of consumer goods and services. I.e., inflation.
  • Meanwhile, Congress continues to flood the economy with money through gargantuan “emergency” spending bills. Increased demand with suppressed supply yields inflation. “In fact,” reports The Daily Signal, “since the start of the pandemic, 54% of the new federal debt ($2.8 trillion) has come from newly printed cash flooded into the economy by the Fed.”

So when you sit down at the kitchen table to figure out how you’re going to make ends meet again this month, remember to thank our betters in Washington. Because government policy is driving this malaise.

Worse, Democrats are really just getting started. The Senate passed its $1.1 trillion “infrastructure” bill yesterday (which one estimate says won’t create any jobs), and this morning promptly began clearing the way for Bernie Sanders’s agenda to follow it. That would be the $3.5 trillion spending bonanza that increases or adds to the cradle-to-grave welfare state.

Just about the only thing not in the Democrats’ spending bill is raising the debt ceiling to allow the money to be spent. The Senate’s 50 Democrats don’t need Republican help to pass their reconciliation bill, but they want GOP help to hike the debt ceiling in a separate measure. That’s very thoughtful of Democrats, but — surprise — Republicans remain skeptical. Some 46 GOP senators have already pledged not to raise it.

Yet there were 19 Senate Republicans who joined every Democrat to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. There’s plenty of reason for conservatives to be frustrated with that, but McConnell is playing chess, not checkers.

How so? It’s not only Republicans feuding over the spending bills. At least two Democrat senators, Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, would only consider the Sanders bill if infrastructure passed. Yet, in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and rabble-rousing Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have joined forces to hold the infrastructure bill hostage to the bigger spending measure.

McConnell is forcing Democrats to air their disagreement, and then to own it when it comes to raising the debt ceiling. The process of drafting and passing the $3.5 trillion bill is likely to take several months, giving both parties plenty of time for politics.

Republicans might just have an edge. Pelosi has a slim 220-212 majority (with three vacancies), and 11 Democrats voted against hiking the debt ceiling in 2019. Will they vote for one now that it comes with spending $3.5 trillion and raising taxes by $2 trillion — just before what’s sure to be a tough election cycle?

Did we mention that the government’s massive deficit spending is driving the budget crunch for American families?

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Democracy-Defying Texas Democrats Face Arrest

Governor Abbott keeps the pressure on state Democrat lawmakers to show up for work or be arrested.

Thomas Gallatin

Arrest warrants were issued by Republican Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan for 52 Texas Democrat lawmakers who fled the state last month in their effort to prevent the state’s democratic process from occurring. The majority of these Democrats, who fled to Washington, DC — some of them with COVID — have continued to remain out of state in their democracy-defying effort to prevent the passage of a Republican-created election integrity bill.

These Democrats know they cannot prevent the passage of the new election integrity legislation, so they have tellingly and ironically decided to fight against the democratic process itself — the very process supposedly championed by their party name. (We’re a republic, of course, but stick with us.) Perhaps they should be dubbed the “Resistocrats,” as that moniker more accurately describes their political identity. Rather than faithfully represent their constituents who elected them, they went MIA, while at the same time disingenuously portraying themselves as both victims and social justice warriors. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Thankfully, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has steadfastly refused to cede any ground to these democracy-denying Democrats, calling for special sessions and threatening to have these duty-shirking lawmakers arrested upon their return to Texas. The threat was briefly undermined by a judge, but now rectified by the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling that the arrest warrants are constitutional.

One of the more vocal anti-democracy Democrat lawmakers, state Representative Ron Reynolds, apparently believes the Texas state House to be a “jail.” Upon returning to Texas, these Democrats “would be going to a jail — we would be going to the House chambers where they would basically be forcing a quorum,” he asserted. “They would take us against our will to the House floor.”

Yeah, forced to do the job they were elected to do. Oh, the humanity!

The fact of the matter is that these Democrats have abandoned their state and abandoned their duty to represent their constituents, all in effort to promote the leftist agenda of the Washington establishment class and an administration dead set on eliminating any real distinction between citizen and alien. These Democrats refuse to prioritize the legitimate concerns and welfare of the citizens of Texas and have sided with Joe Biden’s election-undermining, open-borders malfeasance.

Following the ruling, Abbott spokesman Renae Eze stated: “The Supreme Court of Texas swiftly rejected this dangerous attempt by Texas Democrats to undermine our Constitution and avoid doing the job they were elected to do. We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping another stall tactic by the Texas Democrats.”

Election integrity matters to those who actually believe in maintaining a fair and just democratic process, a process that these Texas Democrats clearly want nothing to do with unless it results in them getting their way. Hopefully, their constituents will responded by voting these anti-democracy Democrats out of office.

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CDC Retracts Its Bogus Florida Numbers

That the Biden administration is targeting Florida and its successful Republican governor shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Douglas Andrews

Joe Biden’s CDC has some serious egg on its face. The agency was forced to update its COVID-19 tracker for Florida after having drastically overstated the state’s infection numbers.

Don’t mess with Florida, the Sunshine State’s health department seemed to be saying to the increasing political CDC after it took to Twitter to publicly appeal for a correction.

The CDC had initially reported 28,317 Florida cases on Sunday, but later revised that to 19,584 — and the Florida health department says it was 15,319.

“Wrong again,” the Florida Department of Health tweeted in response to an inaccurate story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “The number of cases CDCgov released for Florida today is incorrect. They combined MULTIPLE days into one. We anticipate CDC will correct the record.”

Were it up to the Biden White House and its mainstream media lickspittles, folks would think Florida is COVID Central and the new Delta variant of the illness is actually the DeSantis variant — such is their shared fear of the young, tough, competent, truth-telling Florida governor.

Think about it: Joe Biden is praising New York’s loathsome soon-to-be-ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo while at the same time taking shots at Ron DeSantis. And he’s getting his clock cleaned. It’s one thing to be a partisan, but another thing entirely to be a dead-end partisan playing a dead hand.

Columnist Tyler Shanahan points this out:

[News outlets] seem genuinely frustrated that DeSantis refuses to impose restrictions that would protect the unvaccinated at the cost of the livelihoods of those who have been vaccinated. “Why must he persist,” they seem to wonder, “with this dangerous notion that people who want to get vaccinated can, and those who don’t want to don’t have to?”

The answer is quite simple: Because it works.

Florida is sitting squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to nationwide state vaccination rates. As of Aug. 8, nearly 60% of the state is at least partly vaccinated, while nearly 50% of the state is fully vaccinated.

To be sure, it’s troubling that this new variant of the Wuhan coronavirus is surging in the summer months, but, as our Mark Alexander recently noted, the key data point to consider moving forward is not infections. It’s deaths. And the number of deaths is much lower than it was during record months.

To put it bluntly, COVID has, during the past 18 months, already taken many of our most vulnerable people from us. Those of us who are left are in most cases younger, stronger, and more resistant to the worst effects of this illness.

For example, consider these numbers: On February 21, the U.S. reached 500,000 deaths, and on June 15, that total hit 600,000. But in the two months since then, with the nation now in full Delta variant panic mode, the U.S. death toll stands at 618,000. That’s a remarkable slowdown.

It’s a big number, yes — and an unspeakably tragic number. But some perspective is healthy here, especially if we’re to avoid a Biden-induced panic and all that comes with it.

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The Slaveholders’ Republic Lives On?

An “anti-racist” racist connects slavery to reopening the economy after the pandemic.

Michael Swartz

If you put the “anti-racist” grifter Ibram X. Kendi, who we introduced you to last summer, in front of a sympathetic audience, there’s no telling what he might say. Well, other than it’ll be racist.

Buried in one of his recent podcasts (naturally called “Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi”) was this gem comparing slavery to the current pandemic:

What I argued is that the slaveholder — the individual — wanted the freedom to enslave. There’s no difference between that and the individual saying, “I should have the freedom to infect people. I should have the freedom to kill, and exploit, and harass, and terrorize, and enslave people.” [It] had a different philosophy; instead of “the individual to-,” it was “the community from-.” So, how do we as a community gain freedom from slavery, from oppression, or, in the case of the coronavirus, from infection?

This statement was made in the context of criticizing “the Right” for wanting to open things back up after the China virus pandemic. But while the podcast cohost lapped up this pablum, discerning people should have been asking a question: Who is being oppressive by not opening up, and who is beginning to demand proof of vaccination in order to participate in society? (Hint: It’s not the Right.)

Because vaccinations are paid for and have become widely available in one form or another, there should be no reason that those who wish to receive “the jab” can’t get one. Worth noting, though: A recipient doesn’t completely “gain freedom” from a China virus infection. There are still breakthrough cases.

Yet race is a factor, and it turns out that, if adopted nationwide, those so-called “vaccine passports” are going to discriminate most against blacks, who have been most reticent to get the shots for a number of reasons. Indeed, it’s not the proverbial “white conservatives” who are holding back the rush to full compliance, but instead it’s the minority population that can’t seem to be bribed with promises of massive cash prizes or cajoled through advertisements targeted at them or other means of peer pressure.

Because of that, it appears they’ll be the hardest hit when residents in certain locations have their right to accommodation withheld from them, such as eating in a restaurant or going to a gym — not to mention possible loss of employment.

So when Kendi becomes critical of the Right for wishing to open things up and allowing freedom of choice regarding whether to vaccinate against a disease with a survival rate of better than 99%, he’s doing a disservice to minorities, who would be hardest hit by vaccine-based restrictions. Come to think of it, a scenario with vaccine passports may be a good parallel to a slaveholders’ republic because legitimate objections to getting the shots would no longer guarantee one’s freedom.

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Murder Capital Cops in Crisis

Officer Ella French is the first female police officer to be killed in Chicago since 1988.

Emmy Griffin

Police officers have been viciously under attack ever since they became the brunt of the Left’s fallacious “systemic racism” lies. These attacks really gained traction after the death of unworthy martyr George Floyd last year. The Marxist Black Lives Matter radicals and the antifa movement fascists called for the defunding of police — a battle cry that was echoed among Democrats in the halls of Congress. Needless to say, being a police officer has become an even more dangerous and thankless job. And yet, these selfless men and women still seek to protect and serve the communities where some have turned their backs on cops.

This past weekend, Chicago media reported that, in less than a 24-hour period, nearly four dozen people were shot, seven of whom died. (They are among Chicago’s 105 murders in July, and the 445 so far in 2021.) One of the victims was a police officer attacked by two brothers while making a traffic stop. Her partner was also seriously injured and remains in the hospital.

Officer Ella French is the first police officer to be fatally shot during Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s time in office, and the first female officer to be killed since 1988. Mayor Lightfoot declared a day of mourning and even went to visit the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the police officers were hospitalized. The father of the surviving police officer berated and blamed Lightfoot for the tragedy. Furthermore, when the mayor began to speak in her own defense, the police officers there turned their backs on her.

This response is perfectly natural given that cops feel neither appreciated nor supported in their efforts to protect the city. In fact, Chicago has long had a problem with crime and high murder rates, and Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and her policies have had little impact in stopping the violence. Despite Mayor Lightfoot’s claim that she doesn’t support defunding police, in October 2020, she proposed a budget cut of $80 million from the police. Her reasoning was ostensibly to help dig the city out of its financial hole, which supposedly gives her the moral high ground to continue claiming that she is not in favor of defunding the police. Hmph.

In a press conference statement, Lightfoot said: “Of course we need to continue the journey to achieve constitutional and accountable policing. That cannot be a debate at this point. But let me also reiterate what I’ve said before and what I know to be true. The police are not our enemies. They’re human, just as we are. Flawed, just as we are. But also risking their lives every day for our safety and security.” Too little, too late.

Lightfoot went on to declare, “We have a common enemy: It’s the guns and the gangs.” This is ironic since Illinois and Chicago in particular have very strict gun control laws. Blaming the violence on a tool instead of solely on the perpetrators of the crime is a cop-out. The real enemy is bad policy, and the more it’s ignored, the more cops are going to get out of Chicago — and elsewhere.

Footnote: See our End of Watch tribute page to all of our fallen officers.

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Americans Resist Census Identity Politics

The number of unanswered questions on the 2020 census has “experts” scratching their heads.

Thomas Gallatin

The controversy over 2020 census questions didn’t end following the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Trump administration’s attempt to include a question about citizenship. Democrats ridiculously asserted that such a question would dissuade illegal aliens from responding to the census and thus undercut the accuracy of the census. The rest of us knew it was an important question.

The obvious power play for Democrats was to ensure greater population numbers in Democrat-run states, because population numbers irrespective of citizenship determine the number of congressional representatives.

However, the party whose brand is the promulgation and advocation of identity politics may be somewhat bemused by the fact that a significant number of Americans appear to have resisted playing the dubious demographics game. Upwards of 20% of census questions went unanswered, when in past censuses the average rate of unanswered questions ranged from 1% to 3%.

Of particular note were the specific questions that went unanswered — questions regarding a person’s race, age, and sex. It’s almost as if a growing number of Americans are saying those personal details are none of the government’s business. Indeed, the Constitution only stipulates that the population of persons within the nation are to be counted; the Fourteenth Amendment bars discrimination in that count.

There is also another significant aspect of the 2020 census. The U.S. population now numbers 331,449,281, which is a 7.4% increase over the 2010 census. But that’s the second-slowest decade of population growth in U.S. history. The low number has some speculating that Donald Trump’s desire for a citizenship question scared illegal aliens from responding, but that once again is an assumption based upon identity politics and not facts on the ground. It has a lot more to do with other demographic trends.

The more a government seeks to control citizenry using divisive identity politics, the more it encourages freedom-loving residents to resist such disingenuous tactics. What should matter most to government officials and politicians is the citizenship status of residents, not their race or sex.

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On the Web

  • Roger Helle: ‘I Did It to Myself’ — One atheist single-handedly had prayer removed from public schools. Did anyone try to stop it?

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • President Biden “checking” if he can overrule states and order universal masks in schools (NY Post) | Pediatricians: Masking and social distancing impacting child development (Hot Air)
  • Senator Rand Paul suspended from Youtube for stating the truth about cloth masks (Daily Caller)
  • Congressman Ron Kind retiring, damaging Democrat Party’s hopes of controlling the House in 2022 (Fox News)

National Security

  • NSA inspector general opens investigation into allegations of illegal spying on Tucker Carlson (Glenn Greenwald)
  • Biden nominee for assistant secretary for defense nuclear proliferation claims Iran not pursuing nuclear weapons, contrary to evidence (Free Beacon)
  • Taliban complete northeast Afghan blitz as three more provincial capitals fall (AP)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Man shouts “N-word” at Colorado Rockies game. No, wait, it’s just more leftist hysteria. (PJ Media)
  • Batman’s sidekick, Robin, comes out as bisexual in upcoming comic (Fox News)

Annals of Integrity

  • Proud American Olympic athlete Tamyra Mensah-Stock used her prize money to buy her widowed mom a food truck she’s wanted forever (Not the Bee)
  • “I quit your policies, I quit your training, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas”: Loudoun County teacher resigns at school board meeting (Fox News)
  • Fiji men’s rugby team sings worship song on the field (Not the Bee)

Other Notables

  • Ivy League analysis just destroyed Biden’s biggest argument — job creation — for the infrastructure bill (FEE)
  • Dominion Voting Systems sues Newsmax and OAN for defamation (The Wrap)
  • DOJ to review 9/11 files regarding Saudi Arabia following families’ criticism (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Electric vehicle mandates are costly and counterproductive (City Journal)
  • Humor: After resigning for sexual harassment, Andrew Cuomo immediately hired by CNN (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.” —Luc de Clapiers (1715-1747)

Observations: “I’ve noticed a phenomenon among Gen Z. Many of them don’t want to get their drivers licenses at 16. Independence isn’t exciting. Many don’t date or talk to people they like beyond Snapchat. Communication in general is anxiety-inducing. It’s like they’re emotionally stunted. Why?” —Allie Beth Stuckey

For the record: “I realized pretty quickly that if you look up ‘stupid stuff’ in the dictionary, there’s a picture of this [infrastructure] bill. They told us it was a real infrastructure bill. It’s not. Only 23% of the bill is real infrastructure. The rest is Green New Deal and welfare. They told us the bill was paid for. It isn’t. We’re gonna have to borrow maybe up to $400 billion to pay for it. They told us there were no tax increases. There are. My state’s gonna have to pay $1.3 billion in new taxes on our petrochemical industry. … They told us that it’s not going to add to inflation, but it will.” —Senator John Kennedy

No big deal… “Hopefully, [child masking] will be a temporary thing, temporary enough that it doesn’t have any lasting negative impact on them.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

Authoritarianism I: “I know people must like to have their individual freedom and not be told to do something, but I think we’re in such a serious situation now that, under certain circumstances, mandates should be done.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

Authoritarianism II: “As a matter of personal conscience, I think that we need to be working with our employers, not opposing them, on vaccine mandates and all their vaccine policies.” —American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who added, “It weighs really heavily on me that kids under 12 can’t get vaccinated.”

Non compos mentis: “The viral load in Florida is so high right now, there are only really two places on the planet where it’s higher. One is Louisiana, and the other is Botswana. It’s so high in Florida that I think that if Florida were another country, we would have to consider banning travel from Florida to the United States.” —CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner

Grand delusions: “CNN management said back in May that Chris [Cuomo] crossed the line by [abetting his brother, Andrew] and he apologized to colleagues for it. Some critics said he should have been suspended or even fired. But I’m going to level with you. Telling a well-off host to hang out by the pool for a couple of weeks is not a real punishment. … Scolding a host in public, saying what they did was ‘inappropriate,’ that is an actual punishment.” —CNN’s Brian Stelter

And last… “[The] federal government ought to get the living daylights out of our life and stop telling us how to lead our lives.” —Senator Rick Scott

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11 Aug 2021 News Briefing

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Second Federal Court Blocks Biden Mandate Forcing Doctors to Perform Trans Surgeries
A federal court has blocked President Joe Biden’s mandate that would require doctors to perform transgender surgeries against their consciences. Judge Reed O’Connor of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls Division, granted “a permanent injunction” to the Christian plaintiffs “to be exempt from the government’s requirement to perform abortions and gender-transition procedures.” The ruling permanently enjoins Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra “from interpreting or enforcing” the law “in a manner that would require them to perform or provide insurance coverage for gender-transition procedures or abortions,

Guinea confirms West Africa’s first case of deadly Marburg virus
For the first time ever, Marburg virus disease has been confirmed in West Africa. The case was reported by health authorities in Guinea’s southern Gueckedou prefecture where the country’s latest Ebola outbreak was declared over less than two months ago. Guinea is currently dealing with a third wave of the covid-19 cases. Marburg belongs to the same family as the Ebola virus.

Ayelet Shaked: ‘This is a plague and in plagues, people die’
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) on Tuesday evening said that Israelis must accept that people will die of coronavirus. In an interview with Channel 13 News, she emphasized that the government has made a decision “to live alongside coronavirus.” “That means also knowing how to accept severely ill patients and people who die, because this is a plague – and in a plague, people die.”

New York Governor Cuomo resigns after sexual harassment findings
Andrew Cuomo resigned on Tuesday following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women, mounting legal pressure and demands for his departure by President Joe Biden and others, a startling downfall for a man once seen as a possible US presidential contender.

‘Mintifada’ and ‘Chunky Haniyeh’: Left-wing Jewish lobby’s support for Ben & Jerry’s attracts sarcasm
Critics of J Street’s support for the ice-cream maker were more acerbic with their suggestions, proposing flavors such as “Mintifada,” “Chocolate Hamas Delight,” “Everything but the Jews,” and “Chunky Haniyeh,” the latter in reference to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Massive forest fire ravages Greek island of Euboea
Firefighters and residents battled into the night Monday for a seventh day against a massive fire on Greece’s second-largest island as the nation endured what the prime minister described as “a natural disaster of unprecedented proportions.”

Lebanese president shields Christian leader who urged Hezbollah to stop rocket fire
Following a cross-border salvo between Israel and Hezbollah, Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai was sharply critical of Hezbollah on Sunday, saying no group should decide on war and peace and urging the army to halt rocket fire from the south.

Russia, China hold joint military exercise for first time: A precursor to Gog-Magog War, says rabbi
On Monday, China and Russia held joint military exercises and for the first time, they were hosted on Chinese soil. The five-day event will be held in the city of Qingtongxia, in China’s northern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Following the development, the connection to the war of Gog and Magog is now being made by rabbis with one who interprets the prophet Ezekiel to foresee the War of Gog and Magog being launched by Russia.

Iranian ship mysteriously blows up in Syrian port
According to reports, the explosion caused the ship to catch fire and several crewmen were injured. This explosion comes in the wake of an Israeli-owned ship that was attacked by Iran off the coast of Oman in late July. Israel is weighing several means to retaliate against Iran after its strike on an oil tanker that was operated by an Israeli-owned company.

North Korea threatens US with new preemptive strike weapons – probably nukes
On Tuesday, North Korea threatened to increase its “deterrent of absolute capacity” and build up its arsenal of “preemptive strike” capabilities in response to new joint military training between the U.S. and South Korea.

Chicago cops turn their backs on Mayor Lightfoot at hospital with critically wounded cop
Over two dozen Chicago cops turned their backs to Mayor Lori Lightfoot during her visit to the hospital late Saturday where one officer remains in critical condition after being shot in the head over the weekend. Chicago Police Officer Ella French, 29, was shot dead during a traffic stop around 9 p.m. Saturday. Her partner was shot several times in the head and shoulder, but survived and remains in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center. When Mayor Lightfoot visited the hospital hours after the deadly incident, roughly 30 officers turned their backs to her, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Gunfire raged across the city over the weekend with 78 people shot, 11 of which were fatal. Between Friday evening and midnight Sunday, the Chicago Police Department reported 54 shootings.

Grid emergency declared in New Zealand, cities plunge into darkness as polar blast brings nationwide all-time power demand
Power supply demand in New Zealand reached a nationwide all-time high on Monday, August 9, 2021, after a rapidly deepening low-pressure system moved east across central parts of the country, bringing heavy snow, severe gale southerlies, and frigid temperatures.

Mark Zuckerberg Is Planting The First Church Of The Metaverse
Virtual idols are the future of false religion. With 3 billion users and zero sense of sacred boundaries, Facebook is poised to lead this revolution.

Shock Video Shows French Police Stopping Citizens And Demanding To See Their COVID Vaccine Passports Before Allowing Them To Eat Or Drink
On July 12th, Emmanuel Macron issued his edict that COVID vaccines would now be made mandatory in France, and that anyone who was not vaccinated would not be allowed access to restaurants, gyms and other public venues. So terrified were the French citizens that over 7 million of them have rushed to get vaccinated. Now the French police freely roam the cafes and marketplaces, demanding to see people’s COVID vaccination passports. Welcome to 1933 Germany, you will show us your papers.

RED ALERT: Covid internment camps announced in America; Tennessee governor signs EO authorizing National Guard to carry out covid medical kidnappings
The vast majority of (oblivious) Americans have dismissed all this as a “conspiracy theory,” and now they’re shocked and frightened by the realization that covid internment camps are being actively deployed across America.

Judge Blocks Mandate Requiring Doctors to Perform Gender Reassignment Surgery
A federal court in Texas has issued a ruling that gives doctors the freedom to opt out of abortions and gender-transition procedures that go against their religious beliefs and consciences.

Hospitals around the world now being filled with “fully vaccinated” sick patients as injections rapidly spread new “variants” 
New reports out of Australia and Israel suggest that upwards of 95 percent of all new hospital admissions around the world are sick patients who got “fully vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

Three quarters of new COVID cases are in vaccinated people—CDC study
Once more, dear reader, I put on my hazmat suit and enter the fake world where SARS-Cov2 exists, the Delta Variant exists, the test is meaningful, the case numbers are real, and the vaccine makes sense. These are all lies, as I’ve been proving for the past year, but even within the fake world of those lies, the experts can’t keep their stories straight; they contradict themselves, they expose their own fabrications, and they try to cover up those exposures with new pathetic fabrications. Here we go:

RED ALERT: Democrats want to drop people from Medicare and Medicaid unless they agree to be injected with the experimental, deadly vaccine 
Roughly half the country is just saying no to Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccination,” and the Biden regime is really upset about it.

The Atlantic calls for all unvaccinated people to be added to federal no-fly list, just like terrorists
Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of the left-wing rag The Atlantic, wants everyone who refuses to be injected for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) to be placed on the federal government’s “no-fly list” as if they were terrorists.

Fake Vaccination Cards For Sale On The Rise
Fake Vaccination Cards are exploding onto the scene by people refusing to get the jab of doom (it’s killing people.) “As a segment of the population tries to avoid the new measures, the darknet reacts to the real market and thus demand gives birth to offers,” said Dmitry Galov, a researcher at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, referring to the Fake Vaccination Cards.

Did Fauci knowingly fast-track approval of drug with deadly COVID-like side effects? 
Anthony Fauci must have known that the experimental drug remdesivir had been shelved in 2018 because of its high death rate and serious side-effects when he fast-tracked it as the “standard of care” treatment for COVID-19 early in the pandemic, according to reports cited by a Texas chiropractor.

University of Pittsburgh caught harvesting LIVE baby body parts prior to abortions; organ harvesting experiments funded by Fauci and the NIH 
The latest information drop from Judicial Watch has revealed that the University of Pittsburgh, thanks to funding from Tony Fauci, has been harvesting body parts from live babies just prior to aborting them.

Schoolchildren Lured To Vaccination Events With Creepy Voicemails, Free Backpacks
Globalists are attempting to lure children to vaccination events with aggressive phone targeting and promises of gifts including free backpacks and school supplies. These tactics could further aggravate a fed-up populace and spark even more resistance to the globalist vaccine agenda as protesters in the United States and Europe agitate against Coronavirus tyranny.

FEMA Concentration Camps Coming?
FEMA Concentration Camps for the unvaccinated (and even vaccinated) may be coming. The camps are already built and are called “Green Zones.” They are currently empty and waiting to be populated.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/08/11/11-aug-2021/

Beth Moore unleashes on “Unvaccinated Christians”Posted: 11 Aug 2021 07:05 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Women’s Bible Teacher Beth Moore reportedly ripped into unvaccinated Christians in a series of unhinged tweets on Tuesday. stating “For all our Jesus-talk, where on the ever-loving earth is our Jesus-walk,” Mrs. Moore asked.“If you are not a Christian, I’m not talking to you. But if you are, Jesus wasn’t playing when he called us to a whole different ethic from the world.” She went on to say “We’re not loudmouth boasters,” she screamed on Twitter.Continue reading Beth Moore unleashes on “Unvaccinated Christians” at End Time Headlines.
‘Master bedroom’ getting dropped from home sale listings over “slavery connotations”Posted: 11 Aug 2021 06:45 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Jackie Berry — a listing agent for Edina Realty in Minnesota who teaches a racism and real estate continuing education class — told the Star Tribune the term “master bedroom” hasn’t exactly sat well with her.According to TheBlaze, “There’s a hidden discriminatory piece that falls when you say ‘master’ bedroom,” she told the paper. “I’m a person of color and every time the term ‘master bedroom’ was used, I kept saying to myself, ‘I don’t like how it sounds.’ Now as I’m walking through a property, I’ll just say it’s the owners’ or primary suite,” Berry added to the Star Tribune.Continue reading ‘Master bedroom’ getting dropped from home sale listings over “slavery connotations” at End Time Headlines.
UPDATE: Largest comet ever discovered is heading close enough to earth to be visible but experts say “nothing to worry about”Posted: 11 Aug 2021 06:23 AM PDTOPINION (ETH) – Astronomers have discovered the largest known comet, and it’s about a thousand times more massive than others. According to a report from CNN, Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein, so named because it was found by University of Pennsylvania department of physics and astronomy graduate student Pedro Bernardinelli and Professor Gary Bernstein, is between 62 to 124 miles (100 to 200 kilometers) across.The team announced the discovery in June.Continue reading UPDATE: Largest comet ever discovered is heading close enough to earth to be visible but experts say “nothing to worry about” at End Time Headlines.
Oregon governor signs bill removing reading, writing, & math requirements for high school students to help them “Thrive in the 21st Century”Posted: 11 Aug 2021 06:00 AM PDT(ETH) – Oregon Governor Kate Brown has quietly signed a bill last month that removed the requirement for graduating high school children in the state to be proficient in reading, writing, and math, in an effort to aid “students of color.”According to a report from RT News,  Brown signed Senate Bill 744 on July 14, but did not issue a press release or hold a ceremony to mark the occasion, instead opting to pass the bill into law as quietly as possible, according to The Oregonian.Continue reading Oregon governor signs bill removing reading, writing, & math requirements for high school students to help them “Thrive in the 21st Century” at End Time Headlines.
DC Comics announces ‘Robin’ is now ‘Bisexual’Posted: 11 Aug 2021 05:47 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – In a new issue of the monthly anthology comic series “Batman: Urban Legends,” Batman’s famous sidekick Robin has officially come out as “bisexual”.The announcement is the latest in a number of superheroes that have been turned into propagandists for the LGBTQ movement. According to Gizmodo, In the Robin-focused “Sum of Our Parts” story—the third of three—featured towards the end of Urban Legends #6, a solo Tim Drake flies into action to save Bernard, a longtime friend of his who hasn’t yet been properly let in on the whole secret identity thing.Continue reading DC Comics announces ‘Robin’ is now ‘Bisexual’ at End Time Headlines.
Our Liberties And Freedoms Are Being Ripped Away From Us And America Is Almost GonePosted: 10 Aug 2021 08:24 PM PDT(OPINION) Michael Snyder – If only George Orwell could see what we have become.  Today I am writing this article in the midst of a deep state of sadness.  I have to admit, I haven’t been this sad in a very long time.In fact, I don’t even know if I am going to be able to complete this article.  What they are doing to this country that I love is really starting to get to me emotionally. Continue reading Our Liberties And Freedoms Are Being Ripped Away From Us And America Is Almost Gone at End Time Headlines.
A Pro-Life billboard has been removed after only being up for 24 hours following death threatsPosted: 10 Aug 2021 07:16 PM PDT(ETH) – A group of pro-life Christians commissioned a billboard in rural Texas calling on locals to “ignore” the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling on Roe v. Wade, which gave legal cover to abortion.According to a report from Faithwire, After just one day, though, the banner was removed because the landowner received death threats. The group, Abolish Abortion Texas (AATX), designed the billboard, which promoted the website, “IgnoreRoe.com,” under the phrase, “62 million dead and counting.” The link directs visitors to the AATX website, which states, “We should abolish abortion in Texas, regardless of what the Supreme Court says we can do.”The billboard, located outside Boyd, Texas, contained no graphic imagery.Continue reading A Pro-Life billboard has been removed after only being up for 24 hours following death threats at End Time Headlines.
Police raid outdoor diners in France after Macron extends vaccine pass to restaurantsPosted: 10 Aug 2021 05:55 PM PDT(ETH) – According to a disturbing report from RT News, Police in France have begun enforcing the vaccination pass mandate to enter cafés and restaurants, leading to many of their tables being empty during the usually busy lunchtime, as the French had their lunch on public benches instead.On Monday, President Emmanuel Macron’s government extended the controversial ‘pass sanitaire’ requirement to dining venues, even outdoor ones, disregarding the weekend of mass protests that drew at least 250,000 people onto the streets across France.Continue reading Police raid outdoor diners in France after Macron extends vaccine pass to restaurants at End Time Headlines.
Prime Minister of Israel warns that if people don’t get vaccinated they will “postpone the Messiah”Posted: 10 Aug 2021 05:37 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – Did Naftali Bennett just threaten to cancel the Messiah? According to a report from Israel365News, Israel’s Prime Minister called for all Israelis to get vaccinated but implicit in his words was a message that non-vaccination would postpone the Messiah.At Sunday’s cabinet meeting Naftali Bennett discussed the current spike in the pandemic. He threatened a new shutdown, saying, “If we get vaccinated in Elul, we can hear the shofar in Tishrei.” The Hebrew month of Elul began this week, marking a period of intensified repentance in preparation for the Jewish high holiday period in the month of Tishrei when the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown on Rosh Hashanna.Continue reading Prime Minister of Israel warns that if people don’t get vaccinated they will “postpone the Messiah” at End Time Headlines.
Russia and China hold large-scale joint military drillsPosted: 10 Aug 2021 05:24 PM PDT(ETH) – Russia and China are holding a large-scale joint military exercise in north-central China involving more than 10,000 troops, Russia’s defense ministry said on Tuesday. According to Reuters, The Sibu/Cooperation-2021 drills in China’s Ningxia region are being watched for signs that China and Russia are expanding military cooperation as they spar with the West.Russia’s Kommersant newspaper said the drills taking place until Friday marked the first time Russian soldiers would use Chinese weapons.Continue reading Russia and China hold large-scale joint military drills at End Time Headlines.
Taliban eyes full control of northern Afghanistan, Thousands have fledPosted: 10 Aug 2021 05:01 PM PDT(ETH) – The Taliban were in control of six Afghan provincial capitals on Tuesday after a blitz across the north that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes for the relative safety of Kabul and other centers according to Arab News.The insurgents now have their eyes on Mazar-i-Sharif, the biggest city in the north, whose fall would signal the total collapse of government control in a region that has traditionally been anti-Taliban.Continue reading Taliban eyes full control of northern Afghanistan, Thousands have fled at End Time Headlines.

Fake News Reasons for Breakthrough Flu/Covid Cases | Stephen Lendman

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

According to the CDC, so-called breakthrough flu/covid infections are ones occurring in double-jabbed individuals 14 or more days after getting their second dose.

The agency, fraudster Fauci, and other US/Western public health officials connected to dark forces falsely claim that the vast majority of flu/covid outbreaks occur in the unjabbed.

According to science they ignore, it’s largely the other way around.

Nations with the largest percent of their population jabbed have the highest incidence of outbreaks.

Jabbing creates them. Unjabbed individuals are safest from contracting the virus.

Official claims otherwise are science-denying Big Lies.

So are phony explanations of what causes breakthrough infections.

A fake news Scientific American article downplayed them, saying:

They “leave the mistaken impression (sic) that protections afforded by (jabs) are not working.”

There are no protections, just irreversible harm from health destroying toxins in jabs.

Pharma-connected international health professor Kawsar Talaat dismissively claimed that no inoculations are “100% effective,” adding:

A breakthrough infection doesn’t automatically assure illness or transmission to others, she added.

Defying science, she falsely claimed that jabs provide “good protection.” Reality is the other way around. 

In early August, the CDC falsely reported that “97%” of hospitalized individuals for flu/covid were unjabbed — a bald-faced Big Lie.

Jabbed individuals comprise most hospitalizations.

Epidemiology professor Tara Smith also defied science, saying flu/covid infected people “tend to be less likely to transmit (sic).”

Viral infections aren’t transmitted by uninfected and asymptomatic people, just infected ones. 

Immunity comes from infection and recovery, not jabs.

The more jabs gotten, the greater the chance for reinfection, not the other way around as Scientific American falsely claimed, adding:

Flu/covid jabs “neutralize…variants effectively (sic).”

“Breakthrough rates can increase if the (jabbed) population is small (sic).”

It’s the other way around on both counts.

On all things flu/covid, the publication should be named Unscientific American.

Unsurprisingly, the Pharma-controlled CDC recommends booster jabs for “people who are immunocompromised.”

Pfizer is pushing them with bottom line considerations in mind — falsely claiming they provide greater protection from the delta scariant.

Claims by establishment media  that “fully” jabbed people are highly protected against flu/covid infection, hospitalization and death are polar opposite reality.

Putting a brave face on breakthrough cases, CNBC said none of the flu/covid jabs are “100% effective” — instead of saying they’re designed to irreversibly harm health and shorten lifespans.

CNBC falsely claimed that the delta scariant “complicated the efficacy picture (sic).”

It’s virtually identical to other strains, claims otherwise all about fear-mongering maximum numbers of people to self-inflict harm.

As Doctors for Covid Ethics explained, jabs don’t protect. They’re unneeded, ineffective and unsafe.

Shunning them is crucial to stay uninfected and safe.

CNBC quoted virologist Lawrence Young saying:

“There will always be a proportion of individuals who will still remain susceptible to infection and illness.”

“There are also two other factors that impact vaccine effectiveness:” 

“(1) waning immunity (sic). We still don’t know how long (jabbed)-induced protective immunity lasts.” 

“This is very likely to be a factor in those elderly and more vulnerable individuals who were (jabbed) early in the rollout program.”

“(B)reakthrough infections in (jabbed) individuals (are) due to the more infectious delta” scariant (sic).”

What Young failed to explain matters most. 

Jabs harm. They don’t protect. 

They increase outbreaks. 

All things delta scariant is state-sponsored subterfuge.

As for numbers of outbreaks — breakthroughs or otherwise — what’s officially reported and reality are worlds apart.

Nothing from US/Western regimes, their public health handmaidens, and press agent media can be taken at face value.

On August 6, Joseph Mercola reported that “Moderna received 300,000 reports of (adverse flu/covid) side effects in 3 months” after jabbing with its mRNA drug began

Is the total over a million now, the same true for Pfizer and J & J.

Information these companies have on harm to health from their flu/covid drugs is not included in CDC VAERS data.

Virtually everyone jabbed for flu/covid in the West and elsewhere — using Western drugs — was harmed.

They’re designed to cause permanent harm, not protect and preserve health as publicly claimed.

Yet establishment media falsely claim that adverse events and deaths from flu/covid jabs are small in numbers compared to the toll on unjabbed people.

Virtually all things reported about flu/covid in the West has been fake news intended to harm health, not protect and preserve it.

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Source: Fake News Reasons for Breakthrough Flu/Covid Cases

Flu/Covid Jabs: Unneeded, Ineffective and Unsafe | Stephen Lendman

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The above reality is based on science — explained by Doctors for Covid Ethics (DCE).

DCE is comprised of “hundreds of doctors and scientists from all corners of the globe” — 30 countries worldwide.

They seek “to uphold medical ethics, patient safety and human rights in response to” all things flu/covid.

They “urgently warn(ed) of short term and long term dangers from” toxic flu/covid jabs.

Absent “crucial safety data” suppressed by US/Western dark forces, their media press agents and Pharma, they oppose policies that “threaten public health and violate Nuremberg and other protections.”

 

On Pfizer’s experimental flu/covid drug, DCE said the following:

Its “danger(ous) spike protein and interactions with the human immune system…risks clotting and leakage of blood vessels,” adding:

“Its lipid nanoparticle (LNP), composed of lipids that have never been injected into human beings before,” risk serious health issues.

The above applies to Moderna’s toxic mRNA drug.

They both risk “heart attacks, stroke, venous thrombosis…harm to female fertility (and) to breastfed infants (from) cumulative toxicity after multiple” jabs.

“The risk-benefit calculus (for all experimental flu/covid jabs is) clear.

They’re hazardous to health, not safe and effective as falsely promoted.

“Multiple lines of research indicate that immunocompetent people display ‘robust’ and lasting cellular (T cell) immunity to” flu/covid. 

“Natural T-Cell immunity provides stronger and more comprehensive protection against all” flu/covid strains, including the delta scariant.

Findings published from May to July 2021 “show that approximately 99% of people are already protected against (flu/covid) by memory-type antibody responses.”

“In most countries, most people (already) have immunity due to exposure to” flu/covid.

Most everyone ill from seasonal flu called covid, now recovered, has long-lasting, likely permanent, immunity from reinfection on all its strains — that are virtually alike, including delta.

There’s nothing safe and beneficial about experimental, rushed to market, inadequately tested flu/covid jabs.

No evidence exists to show what’s already been jabbed into countless millions of people in any way protects them.

Clear evidence reveals irreversible harm.

Weeks earlier, eminent professor of medicine, practicing physician, public health expert Dr. Peter McCullough called flu/covid jabs “the most lethal, toxic, biologic agent ever injected into a human body in American history.”

In early August, he explained the following:

Flu/covid is not spread asymptomatically as US/Western dark forces and their press agent media falsely claim.

Only symptomatic people are contagious.

No reason exists test asymptomatic people. 

No one should willingly take a PCR that virtually always is false when positive.

Natural immunity is “robust, complete, and durable.”

If contract flu/covid and recover, you’re safe from reinfection.

In one respect, it’s like death. You can only die once.

All flu/covid strains are virtually alike, and they’re safely and effectively treatable at home without toxic mRNA drugs or vaccines.

The latter destroy health. They’re high risk with no benefits. 

They’re “unsafe and unfit for human use,” McCullough stressed.

Doctors for Covid Ethics, America’s Frontline Doctors, thousands of other independent medical and scientific experts support use of  hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, and other effective protocols for treating flu/covid safely and effectively.

They strongly oppose toxic mRNA drugs and vaccines.

A Final Comment

According to Red State.com, Pharma-connected, mass-jabbing pusher, angel of death, CDC director Rochelle Walensky’s husband — pediatric oncology researcher Loren Walensky — got a $5 million HHS handout and lots more. 

Months later, Lytica Therapeutics he co-founded less than a year earlier got $16.9 million from HHS.

Bet your bottom dollar there’s lots more from where the above came from — Rochelle Walensky likely to cash in big if later steps down as CDC head for greener pastures, pun intended.

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Source: https://stephenlendman.org/2021/08/flu-covid-jabs-unneeded-ineffective-and-unsafe/

There is no coherent way to combine the identities ‘gay’ and ‘Christian.’ — Christian Research Network

Some advocate a practice of “spiritual friendship,” in which two homosexuals of the same sex form an enduring and comprehensive friendship: making joint decisions, living in the same house, even referring to each other as their “other half.” Apart from sex, this is almost a marriage.

(Gay and the Gay Christian by Calvin Goligher – Reformation 21) The word “gay” can refer to:

  1. A pattern of male sexual attraction for other men.
  2. An identity rooted in such a pattern of attraction.
  3. More broadly, a variety of identities and practices that depart from the norm of male-female conjugal union. In this sense, it is the opposite of “straight” and a synonym of “queer.”

This word is a euphemism that contributes to the perception that homosexual practices are relatively harmless….

It diverts attention away from the most important characteristic of homosexuality (the structural incongruity involved in homosexual practices) and towards less important issues of fashion, and mannerism. The euphemistic quality of the term is heightened by the fact that its older meaning has to do with being light-hearted.

One further effect of using this euphemism is to draw our attention away from people’s actions and towards their character or identity. In this way, the term contributes to the habit of thinking about homosexuality as an innate aspect of someone’s character or identity. In reality, homosexuality is a chosen pattern of action, a chosen identity, or an unwanted temptation that nevertheless arises from a person’s sinful will. View article →

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Is there a homosexual agenda?

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There is no coherent way to combine the identities ‘gay’ and ‘Christian.’ — Christian Research Network

ALARM: PFIZER only 42% effective against infection in July… | Axios

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

new preprint study that raises concerns about the mRNA vaccines’ effectiveness against Delta — particularly Pfizer’s — has already grabbed the attention of top Biden administration officials.

What they’re saying: The study found the Pfizer vaccine was only 42% effective against infection in July, when the Delta variant was dominant. “If that’s not a wakeup call, I don’t know what is,” a senior Biden official told Axios.

Driving the news: The study, conducted by nference and the Mayo Clinic, compared the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the Mayo Clinic Health System over time from January to July.

  • Overall, it found that the Moderna vaccine was 86% effective against infection over the study period, and Pfizer’s was 76%. Moderna’s vaccine was 92% effective against hospitalization and Pfizer’s was 85%.
  • But the vaccines’ effectiveness against infection dropped sharply in July, when the Delta variant’s prevalence in Minnesota had risen to over 70%.
  • Moderna was 76% effective against infection, and Pfizer was only 42% effective.
  • The study found similar results in other states. For example, in Florida, the risk of infection in July for people fully vaccinated with Moderna was about 60% lower than for people fully vaccinated with Pfizer.

Why it matters: Although it has yet to be peer-reviewed, the study raises serious questions about both vaccines’ long-term effectiveness, particularly Pfizer’s.

  • It’s unclear whether the results signify a reduction in effectiveness over time, a reduced effectiveness against Delta, or a combination of both.
  • “Based on the data that we have so far, it is a combination of both factors,” said Venky Soundararajan, a lead author of the study. “The Moderna vaccine is likely — very likely — more effective than the Pfizer vaccine in areas where Delta is the dominant strain, and the Pfizer vaccine appears to have a lower durability of effectiveness.”
  • He added that his team is working on a follow-up study that will try to differentiate between the durability of the two vaccines and their effectiveness against Delta.

Yes, but: There has been no data so far that has found either vaccine’s protection against severe disease and death is significantly less against Delta, and the study notes that there doesn’t appear to be much of a difference in complications stemming from breakthrough infections based on which vaccine someone got.

  • And experts cautioned against rushing to conclusions.
  • “This is the kind of surprising finding that needs confirmation before we should accept its validity,” said Cornell virologist John Moore.

Between the lines: The two shots both use mRNA, but there are significant differences between them.

  • For example, Moderna is given in a stronger dose than Pfizer, and there is a slightly different time interval between shots.
  • “There are a few differences between what are known to be similar vaccines …. None of these variables is an obvious smoking gun, although the dosing amount seems the most likely to be a factor,” Moore said.

In a statement, Pfizer said it and BioNTech “expect to be able to develop and produce a tailor-made vaccine against that variant in approximately 100 days after a decision to do so, subject to regulatory approval.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Pfizer.

Source: ALARM: PFIZER only 42% effective against infection in July…

EU drugs regulator investigating possible new adverse effects from Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines | RT World News

EU drugs regulator investigating possible new adverse effects from Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has said it is investigating three new possible side effects that may be linked to mRNA Covid vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna, after reports of allergic skin reactions and kidney disorders.

Europe’s medicines watchdog issued statements on Wednesday confirming that its Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) is looking into whether three medical conditions are connected to the administration of Covid jabs made by Pfizer and Moderna, after being made aware of a “small number” of incidences.

One of the three potential side effects being investigated is a skin disorder called erythema multiforme, an allergic reaction which manifests as reddish-purple skin lesions, sometimes around the mouth, eyes and other moist cavities on the body.

The two other conditions the PRAC is assessing for any link to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are related to the kidneys, with one disorder linked to inflammation of filters in the organ. The other, nephrotic syndrome, causes the kidneys to leak excess protein into the urine, which can then appear bloody or foamy. Symptoms of the disorder also include swollen eyelids, feet and abdomen, and fatigue. Some cases occurred in people with a history of kidney conditions.

Also on rt.com

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In July, the EMA recommended adding myocarditis and pericarditis, or inflammation of the heart, to the list of possible rare side effects on the warning label of the two mRNA vaccines after assessing several hundred reports.

Despite the rare adverse reactions flagged by the agency, it says that on balance the benefits of vaccination against Covid far outweigh the risks.

More than 43.5 million doses of Moderna’s Spikevax and 330 million jabs of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty have been administered across the EU, according to the EMA’s data.

Also on rt.com

(L) © REUTERS/Dado Ruvic; (R) © REUTERS/Yves Herman

Source: EU drugs regulator investigating possible new adverse effects from Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines

Episode 406 – Trust The Science!

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 • James Corbett – The Corbett Report

We are being told to trust the science. But what science? From which scientists? Join James for this week’s edition of The Corbett Report podcast as he explores the transparent lies of the “settled science” crowd and how those lies will increasingly be used to run our lives in the new biosecurity state.

Multinational Megachurch ‘Hillsong’ Threatens to Sue Critics that are ‘Defaming’ Them — Protestia

With the news breaking that Hillsong head honcho Brian Houston has been charged with failing to report the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old boy by his deceased father more than 30 years ago, Houston in turn has come out swinging against his critics, threatening to sue anyone defaming the church by spreading what they describe as “spurious” and “untrue claims” about them.

Frank and Hazel Houston

In 2014, a Royal Commission confirmed that Pastor Frank Houston, who had a sexual interest in the Lord’s little ones, confessed to abusing the young boy in 1969 and 1970. Brian Houston was made aware of the allegations in 1999, five years before his father passed, but did not go to the police and turn his father in. About his father’s sexual proclivities, he would later lament:

“At that time I thought there was one (victim) and then 12 months later it became clear there were many more, mostly in New Zealand,…’It’s obvious he was a pedophile and that his behavior was repetitive and it seems like it was over a period of a decade in the late sixties and seventies.’

In the defense of his actions not to go to the police, Houston argues in his statement that “The victim was a 36-year-old adult when this abuse became known and could have taken the matter to police himself at any time” and “the victim did not want Pastor Brian or others to go to the police“-a charge the victim vehemently denies.

The victim, known as ‘AHA’ told the Guardian back in 2014 that Frank Houston met with him before he died and offered him $10,000 in compensation. When no money came after months of waiting, AHA contacted Brian Houston who allegedly told him “You know it’s your fault all of this happened – you tempted my father.” AHA stresses:

“The church community made me feel like it was my problem…I have received absolutely no support, no counseling, apology or acknowledgment of the abuse…I believe that Brian Houston and other elders of the Hillsong Church kept the abuse as quiet as they could, and have not been held accountable.”

As for the threats of litigation, possibly for sharing what we just shared, Hillsong released a statement on their website promising recompense for anyone suggesting anything other than perfect compliance and virtuous actions.

Over the past few days there has been numerous media reports and comments on social media about our senior pastor Brian Houston and references to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, at which Pastor Brian gave evidence in 2014.

Much of this commentary is factually incorrect and highly defamatory, and we call on the media and others to immediately stop making these spurious claims. We have directed our lawyers to review several articles that have published untrue and defamatory claims that smear Pastor Brian’s reputation as a Christian leader. Furthermore, we remind those who seek to spread rumours and baseless information via social media that these comments may also be subject to a defamation action.

Houston is going to court in October. If found guilty, he faces up to 5 years behind bars.

Multinational Megachurch ‘Hillsong’ Threatens to Sue Critics that are ‘Defaming’ Them — Protestia

RED ALERT: Covid internment camps announced in America;

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 • Natural News – Mike Adams

(Natural News) The vast majority of (oblivious) Americans have dismissed all this as a “conspiracy theory,” and now they’re shocked and frightened by the realization that covid internment camps are being actively deployed across America.

On Friday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 83, which authorizes National Guard and State Guard troops to break into peoples’ homes, kidnap them at gunpoint, and take them to covid internment camps, all without any due process or respect for civil rights. Individuals can be targeted for this medical kidnapping by armed troops via “telephone assessments,” and the medical kidnapping of American citizens is being labeled “involuntary commitment” to “temporary quarantine and isolation facilities.”

In other words, FEMA-style concentration camps are here, and covid is the excuse for mass arrests and executions of Americans.

These are, of course, death camps being constructed and operated under the cover of the covid plandemic, which we have exhaustively shown is rooted in junk science fraud and media psychological operations.

The Tennessee EO is on top of the CDC’s announcement that covid camps will be set up on a nationwide basis, with people being medically kidnapped and taken to “humanitarian settings” where they will be forced into labor pools, just like a scene ripped right out of Nazi Germany.

Faith Nation: Governor Andrew Cuomo Is OUT

TONIGHT, STEPPING DOWN: EMBATTLED NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY ELEVEN WOMEN; RESIGNS. AND DONE DEAL; THE MASSIVE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL PASSES THE SENATE, SETTING UP A NEW SHOWDOWN OVER MORE …

Source: Faith Nation: Governor Andrew Cuomo Is OUT