“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
“Those who are pushing these vaccine mandates and vaccine passports … they’re doing so much more damage to vaccine confidence than anybody else,” says Dr. Martin Kulldorff, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists.
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Kulldorff for a deep dive on COVID-19 immunity, vaccines, the Delta variant, and why he believes the global COVID response has been the “biggest public health fiasco in history.”
Dr. Martin Kulldorff is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a biostatistician and epidemiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He helped develop the CDC’s current system for monitoring potential vaccine risks, and he is also one of the co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, which argued for “focused protection” of the most vulnerable, instead of lockdowns.
Below is a rush transcript of this American Thought Leaders episode from August 10, 2021. This transcript may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Often the Humble Bear the Weight of Nations Isaiah 1:9; 65:8; Jeremiah 29:7; Micah 5:7
It is not the glorious battlements, the painted windows, the crouching gargoyles that support a building, but the stones that lie unseen in or upon the earth. It is often those who are despised and trampled on that bear up the weight of a whole nation.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Speak as if Everyone Is Listening Ecclesiastes 5:2; Matthew 12:36; Luke 12:1–3
Let your language be offensive to none; let it be about matters such as will cause you no trouble if everybody knew of them.
JOHN OF THE CROSS
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Today on Stand Up For The Truth, Host David Fiorazo speaks with Pastor Kevin Minske on church issues and the Book of Revelation – how it applies to the world today.
About 2,000 years ago on the Greek island of Patmos, Jesus Christ Himself came to his beloved servant John and commanded him to, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:11 ESV)
What were these churches doing right and/or wrong? Were they admonished or encouraged, and why? If your church doesn’t teach through Revelation and biblical prophecy, we encourage you to listen and learn from pastors who teach verse by verse and chapter by chapter, like our guest today does.
The seven letters to the churches in the Book of Revelation were custom designed to specific congregations at that time. There are however, principles from each one we can appreciate and apply to our lives today. Jesus loves us enough to reprove and discipline us when necessary, and to warn us when we are becoming self-sufficient or have given in to subtle compromise.
Pastor Kevin Minske of Christ the Rock Community Church in DePere, Wisconsin, a small church with a big heart. Kevin took over just two years ago and with his expositional teaching style, he stresses the importance of God’s Word and Christians committing themselves to a local church.
John Bunyan’s timeless book, The Pilgrim’s Progress, recounts the story of a man named Christian on his way to the Celestial City. The journey is no easy feat. Along the way, Christian faces obstacles that threaten to keep him from his destination: the Valley of the Shadow of Death, the hill Difficulty, Vanity Fair, and the Giant Despair who resides in Doubting Castle, to name a few. In fact, Christian’s path to the great city is full of hurdles until the very end. As he nears the Celestial City, he is required to cross a bridgeless river before permitted entry. His journey is wearisome, but in the end worthwhile. Upon entering the city, Christian beholds wonders words can’t adequately depict. Streets paved with gold. Men walking around with crowns on their heads. Angels declaring the holiness of God. And a matchless King who rules over all. He was finally home.
The Relevance of The Pilgrim’s Progress Today
The Pilgrim’s Progress was first published in 1678, nearly 350 years ago. Yet its message remains relevant for our lifetime. As believers read this book, they can place themselves in Christian’s shoes with ease. Although we aren’t on a literal pilgrimage traversing foreign lands, we all long to be in that place referred to by Bunyan as the Celestial City. Every believer awaits entry into their everlasting inheritance, the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:1-7).
But as with Christian, our path to the city is not without complication. Any given day may bring turmoil, distress, and heartache. The pains of a sin-cursed world labor to extinguish the hope of the glories that await those who are in Christ. We all inevitably have experiences which leave our souls wearied. And like Christian, we need help advancing in our own pilgrimage.
Counsel from Those at the End of Their Pilgrimage
Growing up, my grandpa told me a story I’ll never forget. On Christmas Day, 1962, my grandpa sat beside his father who was dying of cancer. It was his last day on this earth; his pilgrimage would soon be over. Shortly before he took his final breath, my great grandpa looked his son in the eyes and stated, “In this world you will have much trouble, but hold fast to the Word of God.” Those were the last words my grandpa heard from his dad.
Amidst hardship in my own life, I’ve often reflected on this story. The wisdom of a longtime believer close to death is precious and invaluable. Those of us who still face a long journey need to heed their counsel prudently. Although I never met him, my great grandpa reminds me to hold fast to the Word of God when trouble arises.
We find a similar situation in 2 Timothy. Although Paul is not on his death bed, he is aware of the brevity of time he has left on the earth (2 Tim. 4:7-8). Out of a deep concern for his disciple, Paul pens this letter to exhort and encourage Timothy to remain steadfast in the faith. Other men had sadly wandered astray on their pilgrimage (2 Tim. 1:15; 4:14-15). Although Timothy is not one of those individuals, Paul has concerns. He recognizes Timothy was a wearied traveler in need of encouragement.
While there is much help for the wearied traveler to glean from this letter, Paul provides two particularly helpful reminders in 2 Timothy 2:8-13: remember who you are enduring for as well as what you are enduring for.
Remember Who You are Enduring for
Having exhorted Timothy to endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ (2 Tim. 2:3), Paul instructs his disciple to remember Jesus Christ in light of the necessity to persevere (2 Tim. 2:8). Consider with me why this simple reminder is essential.
God’s people don’t tolerate hardship for the sake of some religious system or a dead spiritual guru. Rather, believers endure the very real hardships of this life knowing that the One they follow has “risen from the dead,” as Paul states in verse 8. Our Master Himself was once a wearied traveler, enduring the trials and temptations of this world, yet without sin. That is why he can sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15). However, the love of the One we endure for is far more profound than simply being able to relate to our weariness. He went to the cross on our behalf, suffering the wrath of God through a death we deserve. But it was impossible for him to be held by the power of death. Jesus victoriously rose from the dead, and He now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf as we navigate the often-treacherous paths of this life.
And He is a “descendant of David” (2 Tim. 2:8), a reference to Jesus being the Messiah. He is God’s anointed King, sovereign over all creation, nations, and people. At this present time the world lives in utter rebellion to his rule and reign (Ps. 2:1-3), but such conduct will not persist forever. Jesus will return to judge the world, and in the end what will truly matter is your relationship to Him.
Wearied traveler, know the One you endure for. Such knowledge is an anchor for the soul amidst the strongest winds of adversity.
Remember What You are Enduring for
In a similar manner, remember not only who you endure for, but what you endure for. The future promise of salvation was a constant source of encouragement and comfort for the apostle Paul. Near the end of his second letter to Timothy, he expresses his anticipation for the day when he will be awarded the crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8). A promise, Paul reminds us in that same verse, which applies to all who follow Christ.
So marvelous is this promise that Paul claims he endures all things so that God’s elect may also experience the promise, and with it the awesome benefits of eternal glory (2 Tim. 2:10). This reality is again emphasized in the verses that follow: “For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him” (2 Tim. 2:11-12). The knowledge of what Paul was enduring for aided him to be faithful until his dying breath.
When Christian arrives at the Celestial City, the dangers and calamities of his journey disappear in an instant. The toil of his travels cease, and his soul is no longer weary. Sorrow is replaced with joy, for he is now a permanent resident of that magnificent city.
I don’t know the details of your life, or the reasons why you may feel weary at this present time. But I do know, given the testimonies of so many faithful brothers and sisters who have gone before us, that in the end it will be worth it. So as you seek to move forward in your own travels to the Celestial City, remember who and what you endure for. And like the traveler Christian, may you utter these words amidst any adversity you face.
“The hill, though high, I covet to ascend;
The difficulty will not me offend;
For I perceive the way to life lies here:
Come, pluck up, heart, let’s neither faint nor fear.
I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:15)
Under the divine shepherdry saints are fed to the full. Theirs is not a windy, unsatisfying mess of mere human “thought,” but the Lord feeds them upon the solid, substantial truth of divine revelation. There is real nutriment for the soul in Scripture brought home to the heart by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself is the true life-sustaining Food of believers. Here our Great Shepherd promises that such sacred nourishment shall be given us by His own self. If, on the Lord’s Day, our earthly shepherd is empty-handed, the Lord is not.
When filled with holy truth the mind rests. Those whom Jehovah feeds are at peace. No dog shall worry them, no wolf shall devour them, no restless propensities shall disturb them. They shall lie down and digest the food which they have enjoyed. The doctrines of grace are not only sustaining but consoling: in them we have the means for building up and lying down. If preachers do not give us rest, let us look to the Lord for it.
This day may the Lord cause us to feed in the pastures of the Word and make us to lie down in them. May no folly and no worry but meditation and peace mark this day.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
You probably know that the word “confession” means, “agreeing with God”. When we confess our sins we don’t do it to tell God what we’ve done. He already knows that. We confess to say, “Yes God, I agree that that was wrong” and then we can repent. But what God showed me recently was that there are two things God and I need to agree on, not just one.
So often in confession I’ve listed out my sins and sat there in quiet guilt. The list is always so long. This time God spoke to me. “We agree about what you’ve done, Claire.” He said. “Now can we agree about who you are?”
There in that private moment He brought to mind verses that spoke of God’s love for me. He reminded me how I am fearfully and wonderfully made, how I am chosen and precious and planned for. I sat there quietly until I could agree with God about that too. I sat there resting in God’s truth.
It is so easy to see our own flaws and shortcomings. But when God sees us He doesn’t only see what we’ve done, He sees who we are. There are two sides to confession. Agree with God about what you have done and repent, but don’t miss the other side. Agree with God about who you are: loved and wanted and precious and worth dying for.
In that moment of vulnerability that always comes with confession, let God love you. Walk out into the world forgiven.
Father, Thank you that because of Jesus I do not stand condemned. Help me to be quick to confess and quick to remember Your promises. Help me to understand what it means to be forgiven and keep my eyes fixed on You. Amen.
The next time you go to God in confession, take some time to think about how much He loves you. Pay attention to the story you tell yourself about who you are.
Sometimes accepting who we truly are in God is one of the hardest things to do.
Lies Go around the World While Truth Gets Its Boots On Matthew 5:11; 1 Peter 2:12
It is a great deal easier to set a story afloat than to stop it. If you want truth to go around the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go around the world, it will fly. It is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, “A lie will go around the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” Nevertheless, it does not injure us; for if light as a feather it travels as fast, its effect is just about as tremendous as the effect of down when it is blown against the walls of a castle. It produces no damage whatever, on account of its lightness and littleness.
Fear not, Christian. Let slander fly, let envy send forth its forked tongue, let it hiss at you; your bow shall abide in strength.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Resisting Vices Harder Than Physical Toil Matthew 5:29; 18:8–9; Mark 9:45, 47; Galatians 6:1
It is greater work to resist vices and passions than to sweat in physical toil. He who does not overcome small faults, shall fall little by little into greater ones.
THOMAS À KEMPIS*
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The lightning-fast offensive by our enemies is an outrageous and disgraceful catastrophe.
This should come as no surprise, but Afghanistan has descended into chaos since President Joe Biden ordered a complete American military withdrawal in the coming weeks. The retreat — and yes, that is exactly what it is — has been so rushed and poorly managed that all the gains made by the U.S.-led coalition over 20 years may come to naught in a matter of months. All the American blood and treasure may yield nothing. The situation is a disgrace to the Patriots who served there, especially as we’re just one month shy of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
The Taliban has reemerged with a vengeance, executing a lightning offensive that has led to the seizure of 10 provincial capitals so far this week, the assassination of a government media official friendly with the foreign press, and an attempted assassination of the Afghan defense minister in Kabul that killed eight and wounded 20.
The Islamofascist regime that Americans were told would never return to power in Afghanistan looks poised to do just that. The Taliban controls or is contesting 80% of the districts in Afghanistan — after controlling just 73 of 421 in April. The Pentagon estimates Kabul could fall in the next three months, and the car bomb meant for the defense minister is but one of many acts of violence in the capital. Sporadic attacks that are coordinated to confuse and wear down Afghan security forces have already killed several civilians. In outlying districts, it’s back to the same old horrors where women are being shut out of facilities and stripped of their rights. People who helped the Americans are disappearing, ending up in jail, or in some cases killed right in the street.
Nevertheless, Biden says, “I do not regret my decision.”
The Taliban was already on the rebound when Biden announced America’s abrupt exit earlier this summer. The midnight withdrawal from Bagram Air Base during our Independence Day holiday was particularly shameful, but it was indicative of Biden’s overall policy toward Afghanistan. The action was ill-informed; the Taliban was going to be a problem, not a partner. The timing was also too abrupt.
We had to get out of Afghanistan at some point, and there are worthwhile debates to be had about when and how, and what we could have done differently. What Biden has done is pretty much everything that should not have been done. The pullout has been so sudden that the weary Afghan security forces didn’t even have a chance to prepare for the coming onslaught. The State Department has called on all U.S. citizens to leave Afghanistan without delay.
If that doesn’t evoke memories of the last helicopter leaving Saigon, we don’t know what does.
Almost laughably, The Wall Street Journal reports, “U.S. officials said they didn’t expect the takeover of any provincial capital until fall at the earliest.” We’re not sure what’s worse — the feigned surprise, or the expectation that the Taliban would take over in the fall.
Shame on anyone who didn’t see this coming. We and plenty of others issued warning after warning. The truth is that they did see it coming, and Team Biden chose to leave anyway.
Far from what the Obama-Biden-Clinton team has wanted us to believe since 2009, the Taliban is resurgent. And it aims to reintroduce its medieval, tyrannical society back to the country. It’s already happening in the reconquered territory.
Biden thinks he can negotiate with the Taliban. (To be fair, so did Donald Trump.) Ignoring for a moment the shear ineptitude of our president on most matters presidential, there is nothing to be gained from negotiating. There is nothing we can give the Taliban that it can’t already take by force. It has no need to negotiate. The Taliban calculated on Biden being a soft touch, and it was right.
One of Joe Biden’s biggest faults, one he shares with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is that he buys his own hype. He thinks he is more respected overseas than he truly is. He’s mesmerized, like Obama and Clinton are, by the congratulatory propaganda pumped out by the Leftmedia. As a consequence, these three have tended to believe they can negotiate their way out of any foreign policy scrape. That’s not going to happen here.
Perhaps Afghanistan is a fluke for Biden. It has been a particularly vexing issue for four presidents. Maybe there’s someplace else where his so-called negotiating skills will pay off. Neighboring Iran, for instance.
Just kidding. Iran is 10 weeks away from acquiring weapons-grade materials to build a nuclear weapon, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told diplomats from UN Security Council states last week. So, make that nine weeks. This comes at a time when the Islamic regime now appears to be resuming attacks on ships in open waters, disrupting oil production and shipping.
Iran, like the Taliban, smells weakness on Biden. One of his first acts in office was to try to revive the nuclear deal that Iran has consistently broken since it was fostered. In two months, the very purpose of a nuclear deal will be moot.
Biden’s ineptitude, on these and many other foreign policy issues, has made America, its allies, and the world significantly less safe than when he took office.
The school board in the DC suburb mandates following gender “identity” rather than biology.
In a vote that was delayed a day due to the hundreds of parents who showed up to express their views, the Loudoun County School Board nevertheless voted 7-2 to mandate a pro-“transgender” policy for its northern Virginia public schools. At least for now, the Rainbow Mafia has triumphed over parents, children, and common sense.
In adopting the hard-left policy, Loudoun County schools will not require a student’s biology to be the determiner of any sex designation. As a result, the use of all sports, locker rooms, and bathrooms must be based entirely upon gender “identity.” Furthermore, all school faculty and staff are required to refer to students by their preferred pronouns.
Earlier this year, the controversy erupted when elementary school gym teacher Byron Cross expressed his principled opposition to the then-proposed “transgender” policy at a public school board meeting. He was subsequently suspended for daring to challenge these leftist know-it-alls. After a judge’s ruling, he was later reinstated; however, given this school board vote, the prospect of Cross remaining with the school seems unlikely.
Loudoun County has also been ground zero for parents rising up against the indoctrination of their children with the Marxist and anti-American Critical Race Theory. Indeed, CRT is the ideological cancer undergirding the authoritarian push for “transgender” acceptance, compliance, and celebration.
In the face of the Loudoun County School Board’s decision to promote leftist indoctrination over and against sound education, a brave elementary teacher, Laura Morris, stood up and gave an impassioned speech in which she tendered her resignation. Her words are a perfect rebuke to the Loudoun County School Board for its decision to put politics ahead of educating children.
Within the last year, I was told in one of my so-called equity trainings that white, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and that “this has to change.” Clearly, you’ve made your point. You no longer value me or many other teachers you’ve employed in this county.
So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you. School Board, I quit. I quit your polices, I quit your trainings, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents — the children.
We can only hope Loudoun County public schools experience a mass exodus of good teachers who reject the school board’s demand that they pump ideological garbage into their students. Likewise, there should be a mass exodus of students as rightly appalled parents pull their children from these increasingly dangerous environments that refuse to recognize the most fundamental truths of biology and human existence.
This cultural war is far from over. It’s a battle for the very foundation upon which this nation was established. Thankfully, there are a growing number of brave Americans like Morris who are willing to stand against the authoritarian Left — even when it costs them their jobs — because they prize Liberty and truth, and because they love America.
When it comes to climate change, it’s “Do as I say, not as I do” for John Kerry and Barack Obama.
Man, life is good if you’re a wealthy leftist. Just ask climate czar and ketchup heiress John Kerry. Or former president and newly minted 60-something Barack Obama.
Fresh off this week’s release of the latest doom-and-gloom climate report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we learn that Kerry’s own personal contribution to the coming climate calamity is already 30 times that of the average vehicle’s emissions for an entire year. But, hey, give him time: It’s only August.
To be sure, and as our Thomas Gallatin noted, these climate change computer models are only as good as the information being fed them. And the questions persist: Is human activity alone to blame for the slight warming of the planet? And if so, are the draconian measures proposed by the ecofascists really the best way forward?
These are good and important questions, but John Kerry refuses to be bothered by them. Indeed, when it comes to climate change, the Purple Heart collector, Cambodian combat fantasist, and Vietnam-era turncoat — whom Joe Biden has tasked with flying around the world in a private jet to scold the rest of us about our carbon footprints — is clearly of the Do as I say, not as I do mindset.
Recall that Kerry was caught earlier this year on a commercial flight sans a mask during the height of the masking frenzy.
And recall that it was just 2015 when Kerry sneered, “We have … members of the flat earth society who seem to believe that the ocean rise won’t be a problem because the water will just spill over the edge.”
As to those rising oceans, the rest of us are just about up to our eyeballs in cognitive dissonance. As Charlie Kirk tweeted, “If Joe Biden’s special ‘Climate Envoy,’ John Kerry, actually believed in Global Warming and rising sea levels, why would he live in a $12,000,000 waterfront mansion on the island of Martha’s Vineyard?”
Speaking of risky real estate ventures on Martha’s Vineyard, and speaking of eating cake, let’s not forget our 44th president, who this past weekend celebrated his 60th birthday with a few hundred close friends and fellow hypocrites at his own oceanfront mansion. Maybe his first election really was when “the rise of the oceans began to slow.”
What’s that, you ask? Might this have been one of those super-spreader events that those on the Left are always warning us about? Not to worry, fellow rubes. These are the elites, and their maskless selves are impervious to the China virus.
Or, as one Leftmedia apologist, New York Times White House correspondent Annie Karni, put it, “This is a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd.”
Revelations about the use of fetal tissue for research and experimentation is quite troubling.
According to documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by Judicial Watch and The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), at least $2.7 million in taxpayer funds were spent beginning in 2015 on the University of Pittsburgh’s efforts to become a “Tissue Hub” for human fetal tissue ranging from six to 42 weeks gestation.
The project’s original proposal spoke about creating a “pipeline” to the acquisition, quality control, and distribution of human genitourinary samples obtained throughout the aforementioned gestational period that would generate an ongoing resource to distribute fresh developmental human genitourinary samples from various stages to the GenitoUrinary Development Molecular Anatomy Project (GUDMAP) Atlas projects.
GUDMAP’s Tissue Hub website notes that researchers “can isolate human genitourinary tissues” such as kidneys, ureters, and bladders from babies during the 6-42 period. It further boasts that they can minimize the “ischemia time,” defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as “lack of blood supply to a part of the body.” As for the gestational period, the NIH considers 40 weeks to be “full term” and anything after 42 weeks to be “post-term” or “overdue.”
In 2015, Pitt told Health and Human Services (HHS) it has been “collecting fetal tissue for over 10 years” and that the tissues collected were “liver, heart, gonads, legs, brain, genitourinary tissues including kidneys, ureters and bladders.”
A racial component was also part of the mix. Citing “diversity” as its rationale, Pitt wanted 50% of aborted babies to come from white mothers and 50% from minority mothers — with 25% of the babies specifically coming from black mothers. Yet according the CMP Allegheny County, the “major metropolitan area from which Pitt-based abortion practices draw patients” is 80% white and only 13% black.
Pitt insisted that the higher number of minorities was due to an emphasis placed on populations most impacted by kidney disease. “Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health must ensure appropriate inclusion of women and minorities,” stated David Seldin, assistant vice chancellor for communications at the University of Pittsburgh. “They should also ensure distribution of the study reflects the population needed to accomplish the scientific goals of the study. Asked another way: Does the makeup of the study reflect the populations affected by the illness in question? In the case of the GUDMAP Tissue Hub, one of the goals is to support researchers looking for treatments and cures for kidney disease.”
CMP founder and president David Daleiden isn’t buying it. He has called on the federal government to investigate the NIH and Pitt, noting that those involved should face “the same consequences as Kermit Gosnell.” That, he said, means “their locations of operation should be raided by local police and FBI, and they should face state and federal charges of illegal live fetal experimentation, infanticide, partial-birth abortion, and sale of fetal tissue for valuable consideration.”
He also called on the press and public to get involved, adding they “should be asking the DA of Allegheny County, Stephen Zappala, if infanticide is a crime in Pittsburgh the same as it is in Philadelphia, and asking [Attorney General] Merrick Garland if he will in fact make decisions on fetus trafficking prosecutions according to the facts and the law, like he promised the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Maybe they should also find out what Dr. Anthony Fauci knew about this, and when he knew it. Daleiden notes that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) subcomponent of NIH funds almost 60% of the NIH’s human fetal tissue projects, including approximately 70% of the NIH’s funding of human fetal tissue projects at the University of Pittsburgh.
Moreover, he further notes what NIH chooses to call “human fetal tissue projects” is rather flexible, explaining that “the infamous Fauci-funded scalping experiment, for example, relied on aborted infants from Pitt’s Planned Parenthood-supplied tissue bank, but was never categorized as a ‘human fetal tissue’ project.”
The scalping project to which Dalieden refers was one where NIAID spent over $400,000 funding a series of experiments where the scalps of aborted fetuses were grafted onto living mice to investigate the human skin’s propensity for developing infections. It was also conducted at Pitt and involved skin taken “from the scalp and dorsum” of “donors” — as in aborted fetuses.
How that doesn’t qualify as a human fetal tissue project is anyone’s guess. Federal officials insist everything was legal and above board, but they released the records 17 months after Daleiden’s initial request, and only after he enlisted the help of attorneys and Judicial Watch to get them.
Meredith Di Liberto, the lead attorney on the case, remains skeptical. “We keep getting this pushback that ‘Oh, it’s not illegal’ — but it’s all done behind closed doors with redactions,” Di Liberto explained. “If this is all legit, why did we have to fight so hard to get a document, and when we get them, they’re redacted? Why did we have to go to court to see who’s paying for this?”
Perhaps it’s because while the documents redacted Pitt’s tissue supplier, the university has a longstanding partnership with Planned Parenthood (PP) of Western Pennsylvania as a “contracted care site.” It also shares some senior-level staffers with the organization. Moreover, an undercover video recorded by the CMP and released in 2019 show PP staffers admitting they had a relationship with Pitt. “There’s a tissue bank at Pitt we offer patients to donate to,” one of the staffers states. Regardless, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania has denied that any of its three facilities participate in fetal organ donation programs.
The controversy surrounding ischemia time is extremely troubling. Federal law requires aborted fetuses to be donated, not purchased, for research, and also prevents requests regarding how donated fetuses are to be aborted. And while a Pitt spokesman insisted researchers played no role in the “timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy,” the university stated the harvested kidneys that were the primary focus of its research should have minimized “warm ischemic time,” and listed “labor induction” as one of the abortion procedures that could be used to obtain the organs.
Since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, more than 62.5 million babies have been aborted. That’s an average of more than 1.3 million per year — as in approximately the population of Dallas, America’s ninth-largest city — for 48 years and counting.
Perhaps everything Pitt has done is above board. But it’s impossible not to see the seamless path from what amounts to mass dehumanization of more than 60 million abortions and the trafficking in fetal parts. Philosopher Hannah Arendt once observed the “terrifying” normalcy of Nazi Adolph Eichmann, who organized the transportation of Jews and others to the gas chambers. She referred to it as the “banality of evil.”
Eichmann’s trial took place in 1961, a time when most Americans still recognized evil. Today, there is great irony attached to the reality that researchers and their allies undoubtedly justify such projects as a way of saving lives, even as they are turning aborted fetuses into de facto factory components to do so.
A federal judge blocked an HHS ObamaCare rule mandating doctors provide gender “transition” services.
From Day One, the Biden administration has been forcing its “transgender” ideology on the nation. Fortunately, that agenda was given a deserved roadblock when Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for North Texas granted a “permanent injunction” to plaintiffs “to be exempt from the government’s requirement to perform abortions and gender-transition procedures.” It’s a win for freedom of conscience and a rebuke of the Rainbow Mafia.
Judge O’Connor recognized the protection of religious liberty rights in the issuing of his injunction. As Luke Goodrich of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty observed, “Today’s ruling protects patients, aligns with current medical research, and ensures doctors aren’t forced to violate their religious beliefs and medical judgement — a victory for common-sense, conscience, and sound medicine.”
As a result of the ruling, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra will be prohibited “from interpreting or enforcing” the law “in a manner that would require [religious groups, hospitals, or medical professionals] to perform or provide insurance coverage for gender-transition procedures or abortions, including by denying Federal financial assistance because of their failure to perform or provide insurance coverage for such procedures or by otherwise pursuing, charging, or assessing any penalties, fines, assessments, investigations, or other enforcement actions.” (Note that Becerra’s deputy is Rachel Levine, who is formerly Richard Devine.)
The case was raised against the Obama administration’s controversial 2016 HHS mandate that “requires doctors and hospitals to perform controversial gender transition procedures on any patient referred by a mental health professional, including a child, even if the doctor believes the procedure would be harmful.” The mandate came out of an interpretation of ObamaCare’s nondiscrimination clause.
Back in 2019, Judge O’Connor struck down the mandate, and earlier this year, a North Dakota division court did likewise. That prompted the Biden administration to raise an appeal, which instigated this most recent ruling.
In related news out of Texas, in response to a request for a determination by Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services just issued this statement regarding gender “reassignment” surgery on minors: “Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse. This surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies.” Social media, by the way, will censor such statements of fact and science. And the Biden administration wants to force doctors into this sort of abuse.
Once again, what the Left and Democrats repeatedly demonstrate, especially regarding the “transgender” issue, is that they are not content merely for individuals to have the freedom to live as they see fit. Rather, they demand that others not only be prevented from objecting but be forced to fully embrace and support this and other “alternative” lifestyles. That is the opposite of the spirit of Liberty upon which this great nation was founded.
We still don’t know whether the NSA was spying on Tucker Carlson, but we may be about to find out.
A little more than a month ago, we covered the dust-up between Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson and the National Security Agency. He said he’d been told by a whistleblower that the NSA had accessed his personal email and text messages. Why? To get him off the air, he says. The Left hates him, after all, and it has no answer for his hard-hitting style and his biting brand of ridicule.
As to whether the NSA was spying on him, we still don’t have a definitive answer. But if the NSA’s inspector general has his way, we’re going to find out.
That man, Robert Storch, announced Tuesday that he’s opened an investigation to determine whether the agency “improperly targeted the communications of a member of the U.S. media.” That “member,” though he’s not specifically named, is clearly Tucker Carlson. The IG’s full statement reads:
The National Security Agency Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced that it is conducting a review related to recent allegations that the NSA improperly targeted the communications of a member of the U.S. news media. The IOG is examining NSA’s compliance with applicable legal authorities and Agency policies and procedures regarding collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination activities, including unmasking procedures, and whether any such actions were based upon improper considerations. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider other issues that may arise during the review.
Storch was appointed by Donald Trump in 2018. But, as independent journalist Glenn Greenwald writes: “A widely respected bureaucrat in Washington, he also previously served as deputy Inspector General in Obama’s Justice Department, and, prior to that, was a federal prosecutor. It is, to put it mildly, difficult to imagine him opening an investigation into frivolous allegations.”
Here in our shop, we’ve batted this story around a bit. Carlson has a showman’s habit of overstating things at times, but no one ever got noticed and drew viewership and sold advertising by being bland. Regardless, Carlson also tends to have a good sniffer and an excellent compass. And, as someone once said, Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean folks aren’t out to get you.
On the one hand, then, we have the sensational Carlson, and on the other hand, we have thin-skinned hard-left partisans like The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, who’s absolutely certain nothing nefarious went on between the Fox News host and the snoops at the NSA. As he dismissively wrote in a July 27 column: “The National Security Agency, as it turns out, was not conducting a scheme to spill Carlson’s communications in a plot to have him booted off the air. … An NSA examination has concluded that Carlson wasn’t targeted and that his communications were not swept up via ‘incidental collection,’ whereby the government secures emails or phone calls of U.S. citizens when they have contact with foreign nationals. Rather, Carlson’s name was merely mentioned between ‘third parties.’”
Wemple has a deep disdain for Carlson, so it’s hard to take him seriously. And, again, he works for The Washington Post.
The day after Carlson went public with his allegations in late June, the NSA released a rare non-denial denial that read, in part: “Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air. NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States. With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a US citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting.”
Apparently, though, the aforementioned inspector general wasn’t buying it. Thus the investigation.
We have little choice but to wait and see what comes of it, but if recent history is any indication, the deck is pre-stacked against an outcome favorable to Carlson. Five years after the Democrats opened their phony Crossfire Hurricane investigation of Donald Trump and his alleged 2016 campaign collusion with Russia, no one of any significance within the Obama administration or on the Clinton campaign team that paid to get that charade started has been held to account.
Increasingly, there are two tiers of justice in this country: one for the Left, and one for the Right. And they’re both separate and unequal.
So insulated from accountability for gross negligence was Cuomo by his fawning Leftmedia sycophants and Democrat Party partisans nationwide that he actually received an Emmy Award for his “performance,” and he collected $5 million for writing a book about how great he was. On his unmitigated hubris, political analyst Byron York noted, “Cuomo had the sheer gall … to write and publish a book called ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.’”
But Cuomo, who ascended to the throne his father Mario held and was the most recent chair of the National Governors Association, got a pass on all that. Instead, he resigned over huggy-kissy-grabby allegations. I predict there will be more of those to come and from earlier in his tenure. Short of impeachment, he actually remains eligible for his taxpayer-funded pension, but I am sure that Cuomo will find much more lucrative ways to cash in on his “leadership.”
He joins a long list of disgraced New York Democrats: Eliot Spitzer, Eric Schneiderman, Sheldon Silver, Anthony Weiner, David Paterson, Charles Rangel, John Sampson, Scott Stringer, Malcolm Smith, Clarence Norman, William Boyland, Brian McLaughlin, Carl Kruger, Gloria Davis, Ryan Karben, Sam Hoyt, Diane Gordon, Efrain Gonzalez, Anthony Seminerio, Hiram Monserrate, Pedro Espada, William Scarborough, Shirley Huntley, Nelson Castro, Micah Kellner, Gabriela Rosa, Angela Wozniak, Pamela Harris, and Marc Panepinto. And as National Review’s editors note, “Those are just the ones who got caught.”
So what about the lesser of the narcissistic Cuomo brothers, Chris? It is equally LONG past time for him to resign his stardom at CNN, that bastion of high journalism that calls itself “The Most Trusted Name in News.”
Chris, whose well-healed pedigree included private prep schools and degrees from Yale and Fordham, was hired by CNN after his brother was elected governor. In 2013, he began hosting CNN’s morning show, and buoyed by his fanning of the Trump Derangement Syndrome flames, in 2018 he was elevated to “Cuomo Prime Time” at the time Andrew’s name was being floated as a 2020 presidential contender against Donald Trump.
But Chris has demonstrably never been ready for prime time.
Frankly, given his golden-boy bravado, I am shocked that harassment allegations have not surfaced against Chris, but perhaps his devotion to Manhattan socialite and Gotham magazine editor Cristina Greeven takes precedence.
While Chris is taking an extended “vacation,” what is surfacing would be the degree upon which his role at CNN was contingent on his brother’s role as governor.
Even the Washington Post’s leftist media columnist Erik Wemple opined, “CNN must investigate Chris Cuomo.” According to Wemple, “Chris Cuomo did not just want to anchor his show; he wanted to anchor his show and celebrate the wondrous feats of Andrew Cuomo.” He asked CNN: “Has CNN taken any steps toward investigating Chris Cuomo’s activities? No response yet.”
Joe Concha, the respected media analyst for CNN’s primary competitor, Fox News, declared about Chris’s advocacy role with his brother: “I would think that network, the brass, would have said something at this point saying we believe this is wrong and it cannot happen again. But they’re not even making any sort of public statement. So what does that tell you? They did the same thing with Jeffrey Toobin. They let it go on for months and months, let the news cycle take it away and they brought back Toobin to the network to lend a hand again, giving legal analysis. Let me leave it here. They couldn’t get more than 630,000 people to watch the network at any time last Friday. Compare that to ‘The Five’ that gets 2.5 million people at 5:00 p.m. … Four times as much. They are sinking faster than they could ever believe.”
When it was clear months ago that Chris was using his platform at CNN to bolster his brother’s political fortunes and protect the family legacy, columnist Maureen Callahan posited, “Is there a bigger joke in broadcast news than Chris Cuomo?” While Chris has a lot of competition for biggest CNN joker, Chris wins the gold! As Callahan notes post-resignation: “Chris Cuomo, who curiously still derives power and status from his disgraced and deposed brother, still gets to make his own rules. What a farce. What a display of arrogance and entitlement. Not a shred of mortification or humility.”
Media Research Center media analyst Tim Graham concludes: “Chris Cuomo has no moral authority and no journalistic integrity left. He should resign.”
CNN will not fire Chris over his “journalistic ethical lapses,” as CNN has no standard for journalistic ethics. But it may can him if his show continues to hemorrhage female viewers — down 41% this week.
When allegations about Andrew Cuomo’s harassment were finally surfacing, Chris declared on his XM radio show: “I don’t like what I do professionally. I don’t think it’s worth my time.” Well, neither do we, so take your gold and go. And when you depart, maybe Joe Biden will acclaim, “I thought he’s done a hell of a job.” And perhaps you can really cash in by signing up for crack art distribution by Hunter’s Manhattan gallery!
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Insight: “Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.” —James Baldwin (1924-1987)
The bottom line: “Censorship by YouTube is very dangerous as it stifles debate and promotes groupthink where the ‘truth’ is defined by people with a political agenda.” —Senator Rand Paul
Fact-check: True: “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ total abdication of duty at the southern border is far more impeachable than anything Donald Trump ever did.” —Mark Meadows
Now put your money where your mouth is: “Millions of jobs remain unfilled across the country and rising inflation rates are now an unavoidable tax on the wages and income of every American. These are not indications of an economy that requires trillions in additional spending. Every elected leader is chosen to make difficult decisions. Adding trillions of dollars more to nearly $29 trillion of national debt, without any consideration of the negative effects on our children and grandchildren, is one of those decisions that has become far too easy in Washington.” —Senator Joe Manchin
Exactly: “We believe that the parent, rather than the government, should ultimately be able to make that decision [on student masking].” —Governor Ron DeSantis
Observations: “Notice how the loudest advocates for masks in public school do not send their kids to public school or even wear masks themselves, and yet I’m supposed to keep my mouth shut.” —Matt Walsh
For the record: “I’m very disheartened [because] I’ve seen how the scientific community failed to approach both [COVID origin theories] with an open mind. I mean, I was very rapidly sidelined, threatened, and, you know, really … sort of outed because somehow I believed as a virologist that this virus may have come from the laboratory.” —former CDC Director Robert Redfield
It’s a clown world: “Whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that. So even if you run into your next-door neighbor … don’t start up a conversation.” —New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant (“This would be insane under any circumstance, but all the more so because Australia’s daily COVID death rate is two. Not a typo. Yes, two. Two people are dying a day, in a country with a population of 25 million. And this is how they respond. Meanwhile, Australia is full of scary things that can kill you. These people live around natural dangers every day without thinking about it. And now they’re cowering from a virus that has killed a few dozen people all year.” —Matt Walsh)
Dumb and dumber: “While OPEC+ recently agreed to production increases, these increases will not fully offset previous production cuts that OPEC+ imposed during the pandemic until well into 2022. At a critical moment in the global recovery, this is simply not enough.” —National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (“Reaching a whole new level of stupid, the Biden administration asks OPEC (foreign oil) to increase production, while making every possible attempt to destroy CLEANER American oil and gas. Not just stupid, but anti-American.” —Dan Crenshaw)
Non compos mentis: “If we open up the journalism ethics book, there’s no page for this.” —CNN’s Brian Stelter regarding brothers Chris and Andrew Cuomo
And last… “The mounting authoritarianism in the country is a much bigger threat than COVID.” —Lisa Boothe
Lawmaker sees Isaiah’s prophecy happening after ex-Intelligence official approves of Muslim Mossad chief In a rather shocking revelation, the former deputy director of the Mossad and director-general of the Ministry of Intelligence Services and the Ministry of Strategic Affairs Ram Ben Barak, said that he “doesn’t see any problem with the deputy director of the Mossad being a Muslim-Arab.” In response, Knesset Member Itamar Ben Gvir, (Jewish Power) wrote on his Facebook profile: “When I hear these horrible and despicable statements made by Ram Ben Barak, I understand what the prophet Isaiah meant when he said ‘Your rulers are rogues’.” Your rulers are rogues And cronies of thieves, Every one avid for presents And greedy for gifts; They do not judge the case of the orphan, And the widow’s cause never reaches them. (Isaiah 1:23)
Russia arrests hypersonics research facility head on suspicion of treason Russia has detained the head of a research facility that specializes in hypersonic technology in Moscow on suspicion of state treason, the TASS news agency cited a source as saying on Thursday. Russia’s Federal Security Service will ask a court to hold him in custody for two months, the report said. It named him as Alexander Kuranov, whose profile on the Hypersonic Systems Research Facility’s site says he is a specialist in hypersonic technology.
Did archaeologists find the Trojan Horse? Archaeologists who claimed they had unearthed remnants of the legendary Trojan Horse in Turkey have now found significant evidence that further supports their claim, according to an article by the Greek Reporter. Turkish archaeologists excavating the site of the city of Troy on the hills of Hisarlik have discovered a large wooden structure that they believe are the remains of the Trojan Horse. These excavations include dozens of fir planks and beams up to 15 meters (49 feet) long, assembled in a strange form. The wooden structure was found inside the walls of the ancient city of Troy.
Epstein: They Knew Everything And Did Nothing we’ve learned from the Epstein saga that the DOJ, which serves the broader interests of the US government, can’t be trusted. Epstein “was known in the intelligence world as a ‘hyper-fixer,’ somebody who can go between different cultures and networks.” And it’s easy to imagine Epstein being a “hyper-fixer” in the 1990s-2000s, given his ties to influential political and corporate figures. Think Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and Leslie Wexner (of Victoria Secret’s fame), to name a few.
This is the stupidest thing you’ll read all day – and it’s from Oregon Oregon Gov. Kate Brown quietly signed into law on July 14 a bill that allows high school students to graduate without proving they are proficient in reading, writing or arithmetic. According to the Oregonian, the governor has repeatedly denied a request for comment on the new law and why she supports ending proficiency requirements.
Russia suspected of faking US warship locations on GPS Between August 2020 and July 2021, dozens of instances were identified in which the locations of U.S. and NATO warships appear to have been spoofed close to Russia and in other provocative positions, according to a new analysis – and Russia is a suspected culprit. The analysis released July 29 was conducted by the non-profit SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch and it compared GPS-based automatic identification system (AIS) tracking locations of warships to their actual positions as seen in satellite imagery. The study found 100 naval vessels with suspected false AIS tracks identified between August 27, 2020 and July 15, 2021.
Chinese court upholds death sentence for Canadian national A Chinese court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence handed to Canadian national Robert Schellenberg for drug offenses amid an ongoing extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou that resulted in warnings of “consequences” from Beijing.
Huge Worship Rally in Portland a Day after Antifa Attack: ‘We Didn’t Back Down!’ Following a shocking attack by antifa on Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski and others attending a prayer gathering he was holding in Portland, on Saturday, the Northwest city once again saw a meeting between darkness and light. But this time, worshippers of Jesus “didn’t back down” as Let Us Worship movement leader, Sean Feucht proclaimed. Some 5,000 people or more showed up to worship the Lord in the very place where antifa members had terrorized the Canadian pastor’s group the night before,
Texas House Speaker Signs Arrest Warrants for 52 Absent Democrats House Speaker Dade Phelan on Tuesday signed arrest warrants for the 52 state House Democrats who absented themselves from legislative business in order to block Republican-led election reforms, according to The Dallas Morning News. Hours prior to the vote, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Republicans were within their rights to force their colleagues to return.
Watch Out: China Cannot Feed Itself ..China’s leader, Xi Jinping, recently made such an admission. Last August, he announced what became known as the “clean your plate” campaign to end what he called a “shocking and distressing” waste of food. Just about everyone saw this effort, to get the Chinese people to eat less, as a warning of food shortages to come.
The “Epsilon” Variant Kill Shot to be Released On the American People In September-Exclusive Federal LEO Insider Report There is a new variant that is going to be released upon the American people, but in name only. There is no Delta variant, and there is no Epsilon variant. However, this Epsilon variant will be the so-called kill shot that insiders have been warning about. Many of you are no doubt wondering, how can there be a kill shot for a “fake variant? Simple, both the Delta variant and soon to be ballyhooed Epsilon variant are/will be used to cover up Covid-19 vaccine death and injury.
Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue on Wednesday’s show about forcing kids to wear masks and indoctrination in academia.
TUCKER CARLSON: It’s mid-August, summer’s almost over, amazingly enough. Kids are going to resume their education not just in this country, but around the world. In Ireland, as kids began to return to school authorities faced a choice. Now, the most obvious course would be to blindly accept guidance from self-described public health experts in the United States. That’s what many countries have done as they sought to come up with a COVID policy. And, following the United States would mean, among other things, forcing children as young as two to wear moist paper burkas for eight hours a day in the classroom. The other option would be to follow the science, and the Irish chose that course. The Irish commissioned their own research on masks. And here’s what they found: According to the Irish Health Authority, masking children in the classroom is not a legitimate medical precaution. It’s child abuse. Masks can, “exacerbate anxiety and breathing difficulties.” They impair, “the development of human communication and language skills, particularly for very young children.” Now, we know from previous research the masks can also contribute to high levels of carbon dioxide in the human body, and that’s especially true in children. Masks often become breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria. That’s conclusive in the studies. It’s possible that masks even affect facial development. In other words, there are very serious downsides to forcing masks on children. The question is, what’s the benefit of doing it? The Irish government looked into it and decided there is no benefit. Kids in Ireland are not getting sick from COVID. They are not transmitting COVID either. So in the end, based on the scientific research using the disappearing art of rational decision making, the Irish government refused to implement mask mandates in school. It’s an interesting story. Have you heard that story? Maybe not. Maybe telling you what’s happening in Ireland could raise uncomfortable questions here, such as why are we doing the opposite in the United States? Why are we forcing masks on children? What data are we using to justify that decision? Well, it turns out we don’t have any data to justify it. As of today, there has not been a single comprehensive study in the United States showing that children should wear masks in school or that masks would help them or anyone else in any way. What do we have then? Well, the closest thing we have to research is an op-ed that just ran in the renowned medical journal known as The New York Times, which you can buy from homeless people in Penn Station if you want to take a look. That article was written by two people from Duke University in North Carolina. Here’s the headline. You may have seen it. “We studied one million students, universal masking works.” That sounds definitive. A million students. That’s a major study. We’re impressed. But there was one skeptical man out there, a journalist called David Zweig, who wanted to know a little bit more about it. So he decided to look into the numbers. And as he did, the first thing he noticed was that every single one of the one million students, Duke’s researchers had, “studied” went to schools that already had mask mandates. Those are the only kids they studied. In other words, there is no control group. Therefore, by definition, there was no way for the researchers to determine whether or not mass mandates work. That’s the most basic scientific rule, if you tried something like that with your sixth-grade science project, the teacher would laugh at you and you’d get an F. But they did it anyway because they’re Duke. So David Zweig, with this in mind, reached out to the so-called researchers, initially, they agreed to talk to him. Why wouldn’t they? Then he asked them to explain why they had ignored schools that don’t have massive mandates, schools in big places like Florida or Ireland or many other countries in Europe. These schools, it turns out, have not seen a surge in COVID cases. You’d think that would be worth knowing. How is that not relevant data? If you’re studying mask mandates, why in the world was that not included in this study? What kind of study was this? Guess how the researchers responded? They didn’t, they just ignored David Zweig. Is that science? No, but these are the people who now control your children’s lives. Fake experts, fraudulent scientists, partisans in lab coats, people seeking terrifying levels of control over what was until recently a free country, people who are drunk with power, people who have lost all sense of proportion and restraint. One school board member from Norman, Oklahoma, recently told us that Marsalis kids in classrooms could be committing murder. NORMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD MEMBER LINDA SEXTON: It’s insane to send five and six and seven and eight all went through 11-year-olds that don’t have a choice about the vaccine to sit in a classroom where people can spread a deadly disease and not even know they’re sick. … That’s just not OK for kids to commit murder by coming to school without a mask. Your four-year-old goes to school without a mask and is committing murder. Where’s this all going, will it stop here? It hasn’t so far, so if you want to know what our future may look like. Take a look at what is happening on the distant fringes of the Anglosphere and the formerly reasonable Australia, a country all Americans love. There is footage of decontamination tents that have been set up in people’s yards in Sydney, Australia. The Australian military is now enforcing martial law. What’s the justification for this? Because nine people died of COVID this summer, nine people in the entire nation of Australia. Australia’s chief health officer is now commanding citizens not to speak to their neighbors. Speaking to other human beings is just too dangerous. DR. KERRY CHANT: We need to limit our movements. We need to consider whenever we leave our house that anyone with us and anyone we come into contact with could convey the virus. So whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others to be friendly. Unfortunately, this is not the time to do that. So even if you run into your next-door neighbor in the shopping center, don’t start up the conversation. Now is the time for minimizing your interactions with others as we go about our daily lives. We do not come into contact with anyone else that would pose a risk. It’s humiliating, obviously, and it’s cowardice in its lack of proportion, but it’s also scary. It’s human nature to communicate with other people. No. It’s a human need to communicate with other people. When the government tells you who you can speak to and where when it tells you not to be friendly to your neighbor, you’ve crossed the line into totalitarianism. And that’s where we’re heading. Many parents are now realizing this. They may not have thought it through, but they can feel it. Our friend Clay Travis just said so to his school board in Franklin, Tennessee. Here’s part of what he said. CLAY TRAVIS: I feel bad for all these people walking around in masks, engaging in cosmetic theater, thinking that they are making a difference against COVID. They aren’t. Here’s the truth. Our kids under twenty-five-year-old, one in a million chance that they are going to die a COVID, they are more likely to be struck by lightning. They are more likely to be struck by lightning. They are more likely to die of the seasonal flu. Have any of you ever mandated masks for the seasonal flu? Well, shame on you, because every kid in Williamson County schools has been under more danger from the seasonal flu every year than they are from COVID. I would tell every parent here, don’t let your kids wear masks. So, there you have a man reading the numbers, publicly available numbers as of today, anyway, on the risk of children dying from COVID, and the people to whom he’s speaking sit blank-faced. They don’t want to hear the numbers. They’re not interested in the science. But the interesting part of the clip is what you hear in the rest of the room, the crowd, they explode. That’s how frustrated they are, they have had it. And they’ve had it because the schools to which they’ve entrusted their children now seem committed to hurting those children. And not just on covid teachers demanding tribalism, demanding it as a matter of policy, telling students to judge one another based on their skin color. And then academic standards, the whole point of school, are in free fall across the country, we can give you one hundred examples. Here’s the latest. The state of Oregon has just announced it is scrapping proficiency requirements for math, science and reading comprehension. Why? Because equity. And equity means ignorance. No more learning. Learning is racist. We’ve reached Jonestown at this point. So you have to wonder how much longer parents will tolerate this, these are their children we’re talking about, maybe not too much longer. This was the scene at a school board meeting in Loudon County, Virginia, yesterday. PARENT: In March, my child had to watch a TED talk in English class, not on anything related to English, but rather oppression and acknowledging privilege. Any parent with a pulse knows that this is wrong. PARENT: Why has public school become so mired in extremist politics and a permissive culture that seems to celebrate the latest popular fads like gender fluidity? PARENT: And we oppose your efforts to impose critical race theory, an overtly racist doctrine that teaches our children to judge and categorize others based solely on the color of their skin. PARENT: Why are you willing to sacrifice our children on the altar of the Cultural Revolution? Is it for popularity, for money to be on the right side of history? PARENT: And you’ve done nothing except train teachers in cultural competency? What about our kids? Come on. PARENT: Their job is to teach our kids math, science, biology, literature, and that’s it, not ideology. PARENT: I equally dislike all of you. You all equally done the really bad job and maybe it’s a good time to change something. Maybe start right now. The status of the immigrants, they moved to this country, you’ve got to think, and a lot of cases because they wanted a better future for their children. And their children, show up at school and the teacher puts some on one side of the room and others on the other side. You’re the Tutsis. You’re the Hutus. That’s what they’re doing, they’re creating tribalism, they’re exacerbating the worst instincts in people, and they’re doing it to little kids. Is there anything darker than that? One teacher in Loudoun County, Laura Morris, quit during yesterday’s school board meeting. LAURA MORRIS: I was told in one of my so-called equity trainings that white, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and that, quote, this has to change. Clearly, you’ve made your point. You no longer value me or many other teachers you’ve employed in this county. So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you school board. I quit. I quit your policies, I quit your trainings, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents, the children. I will find employment elsewhere. I encourage all parents and staff in this county to flood the private schools. Someday, if we make it through this, someone’s going to write an amazing book about this moment and the atrocities being committed, we show you a tiny fraction, of course, the publicly available fraction of what’s happening in our schools right now. But there’s a lot going on and it’s really sad and parents are just about over it.
FOX Nation’s Dan Bongino talked about YouTube’s censorship of Senator Rand Paul and not Biden’s advisor, despite making similar comments: “Rand Paul said that these cloth masks are ineffective, YouTube bans him. He is on Rumble now because he believes in free speech and so do we. He has been putting his thoughts there because we don’t ban political speech like the losers at screwtube. But you know what’s really incredible as Glenn Greenwald pointed out on social media? Joe Biden’s COVID advisor, Michael Osterholm, who is a doctor himself well renowned researcher in this field. Osterholm, who again was Biden’s COVID advisor, said the exact same thing to both PBS and CNN. But because he said it on two grotesquely liberal, radical leftists, communists networks and because he has attached himself to Joe Biden nothing happened to him at all, clip is still up for everyone to see.”
Here's Dr. Osterholm on CNN saying exactly the same thing that @RandPaul just got suspended from YouTube for saying: that cloth masks, as opposed to N95s, provide very, very little protection. Why can yo say this on CNN or PBS but not YouTube????pic.twitter.com/gHJodnERL7
Republican Senator Rand Paul has been suspended for a week for alleged misinformation about wearing masks. The politician was strongly criticized by the platform for his claiming that ‘cloth masks are ineffective’ and ‘can’t prevent the spread of infection’, while health officials insist the opposite.
Because while you were sleeping, he was awake and blocking Dems latest attempt to take over our elections.
Daily Wire reported that Cruz blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to push through a federal election overhaul bill early Wednesday morning.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) brought the For The People Act, a bill critics say amounts to a federal takeover of elections, to the floor around 3:30 a.m. after the Senate had concluded 15 hours of amendment votes on a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. In the dead of night, Schumer sought to pass the federal overhaul of elections by unanimous consent, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Only one objection by a senator was required to stop the process. In a roughly 15-minute back-and-forth, Cruz tanked Schumer’s attempt to force the election bill through the Senate. Cruz blasted the bill in remarks on the Senate floor:
This bill would constitute a federal government takeover of elections. It would constitute a massive power grab by Democrats. It would disenfranchise millions of Americans and it would do precisely the opposite of its nominal title, ‘For The People.’ It is, instead, for the politicians because it entrenches politicians and ensures that the people cannot vote them out of office. It would strike down virtually every reasonable voter integrity law in the country, including voter I.D. laws supported by the overwhelming majority of this country, including prohibitions on ballot harvesting, again widely supported by people in this country. It would mandate that felons be allowed to vote, and it would automatically register millions of illegal aliens to vote. It would profoundly undermine democracy in this country, and for that reason I object.
Nearly 80 percent of registered voters blame the country’s inflation surge on President Joe Biden’s economic policies, according to a recent poll.The post Poll: Nearly 80 Percent of Voters Say Biden Responsible for Inflation Spike appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
“The situation is under control in the city,” a Taliban fighter claimed. “The Mujahadeen of Islamic Emirate is assuring people that there is nothing to worry about.”
But Afghanistan’s government has a lot to worry about. The terror group is now in control of two-thirds of the country. The 10th provincial capital fell today.
“There is a major crisis of legitimacy within the Afghan government right now. President Ashraf Ghani now finds himself with several major provincial capitals being overrun,” said Seth Jones with Center for Strategic & International Studies.
The former head of British forces in Afghanistan tells CBN News a number of key capitals have fallen without even a fight because morale among Afghan forces has been so decimated following America’s decision to withdraw all troops.
“No matter how much training we put in, no matter how much money we invest, if they don’t feel, if the troops don’t feel they can support and give their lives if necessary for the government, then they won’t do so and that is the reality of the situation,” retired Col. Richard Kemp tells CBN News.
And as they continue to capture key cities, the terror group has been breaching central prisons and releasing thousands of their fighters as well as raiding Afghan government weapons depots.
“They are really stockpiling on people, weapons, supplies for a longer war,” warned Jones.
Caught in the fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents, hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens are now on the run.
Among them is an Afghan female reporter asking the world to pray for her and others as Taliban soldiers go door-to-door forcing families to give up their daughters, some as young as 12, to be sex slaves for their fighters.
CBN News spoke to one Afghan Christian family that’s also trying desperately to flee the country.
“Many of the Afghan Christians are also leaving,” Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs told CBN News. “They are moving into some of the neighboring countries and others in the country are moving to a different city, moving to a different part of the country to try to get ahead of the Taliban.”
With U.S. and NATO forces set to leave by month’s end, the intelligence assessment is that Afghanistan’s capital Kabul could fall into Taliban hands within 90 days.
A World Health Organization researcher said the notion of a Wuhan lab worker getting infected while taking samples in a bat cave and bringing back COVID-19 is a “likely hypothesis” for the origin of the pandemic — and that Chinese researchers tried quashing the lab-leak theory, the Washington Post reported.
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Peter Ben Embarek — who led an investigation into the virus’ beginnings with Chinese researchers — said in a documentary airing Thursday night on Danish television that his Chinese counterparts continually pushed back against the lab-leak theory, the paper said.
“In the beginning, they didn’t want anything about the lab [in the report], because it was impossible, so there was no need to waste time on that,” Ben Embarek said during the interview, the Post noted. “We insisted on including it because it was part of the whole issue about where the virus originated.”
The WHO sent a 10-member investigative team to Wuhan in mid-January, and nearly a month later the team concluded it is “extremely unlikely” that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology or a similar lab.
“The findings suggest that the laboratory incidents hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus to the human population,” Ben Embarek, an expert with the WHO food safety and animal diseases division, said at the time, the Associated Press reported.
But the Post said Ben Embarek told Danish reporters that a discussion of whether to include the lab-leak theory at all lasted until 48 hours before the investigation was over — and that finally his Chinese counterpart agreed to discuss the lab-leak theory in the report “on the condition we didn’t recommend any specific studies to further that hypothesis.”
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Asked in the documentary whether the report’s “extremely unlikely” wording about the lab-leak theory was a Chinese requirement, Ben Embarek said “it was the category we chose to put it in at the end, yes.” But he added that this meant it was not impossible, just not likely.
Ben Embarek said one similar scenario, in which a lab employee inadvertently could have brought the virus to Wuhan after collecting samples in the field, could be considered both a lab-leak theory and a hypothesis of direct infection from a bat, which was described as “likely” in the report.
“A lab employee infected in the field while collecting samples in a bat cave — such a scenario belongs both as a lab-leak hypothesis and as our first hypothesis of direct infection from bat to human,” Ben Embarek said, according to the paper. “We’ve seen that hypothesis as a likely hypothesis.”
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In further comments during the interview that were not included in the documentary but were incorporated in an account by TV2 on its website, Ben Embarek suggested that there could have been “human error” but that the Chinese political system does not allow authorities to admit that.
“It probably means there’s a human error behind such an event, and they’re not very happy to admit that,” Ben Embarek was quoted as saying. “The whole system focuses a lot on being infallible, and everything must be perfect,” he added. “Somebody could also wish to hide something. Who knows?”
Asked for comment, Ben Embarek initially said the interview had been mistranslated in English-language media coverage. “It is a wrong translation from a Danish article,” he wrote, declining to comment further and referring The Post to the WHO. He did not immediately respond to follow-up questions.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic also told the paper that the comment was mistranslated and that the interview took place “months ago.”
“There are no new elements nor [a] change of the position [that] all hypothesis are on the table and WHO works with member states on the next step,” Jasarevic added to the Post in reference to comments by senior WHO officials about the probe.
“The Virus Mystery” documentary is scheduled to air on the Danish channel TV2 Thursday evening, the paper said.
Here’s a look at related issues in a video report from late last month:
China says WHO plan to audit labs in Covid origins probe ‘arrogant’ • FRANCE 24 Englishyoutu.be
PART 2 (10:24 – 18:37):
Human Existence Is Not the Problem: A Deadly Confusion Marks the Secular Worldview
PART 3 (18:38 – 25:18):
The Underlying Moral Issue of the Infrastructure Bill: The Government Intends to Spend Money It Does Not Have, Borrowed From Those It Cannot Repay — That is Always Wrong