“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
Here’s a sample of stories from the Crosstalk news desk that made the cut for this edition of the “Round-Up”:
–Jim reported on the Democrats 3.5 trillion dollar package of climate and social initiatives.
–Rashida Tlaib introduced a 40 billion dollar Maintaining Access to Essential Services Act which would bribe utility companies to cease shut-offs, restore services and cancel utility, power, broadband and water debt by providing loans that the companies wouldn’t have to repay.
–The U.S. Department of Education gave another pause in the repayment on student loan payments until January 31stof 2022.
–A new Fox poll showed that more Democrats are favoring socialism over capitalism.
–Mat Staver from Liberty Counsel reports that when the vote was taking place for the 3.5 trillion dollar budget, at about 4:30am Eastern Time on Wednesday, Chuck Schumer attempted to slip the so-called “For the People Act” to the U.S. Senate floor for debate.
–Scientists want people fitted with euthanasia chip that kills you at the first sign of dementia.
–The CDC is urging all pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
–Controversial comments from Bill Gates concerning saving lives/reducing the population.
–Vaccines appear to be ineffective against the COVID Lambda variant.
–Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday announced that all active duty military members are required to have received a COVID vaccine by September 15th.
–U.S. military service members will be allowed to seek an exemption from the soon-to-be mandated COVID-19 vaccination.
–California Governor Gavin Newsome announced that teachers and other school staff will be required statewide to get a COVID shot.
–Some employers are beginning to tack on a $20-$50 monthly surcharge to their unvaccinated workers.
–Amazon is requiring employees to wear masks.
–Senator Rand Paul has been temporarily “sidelined” by YouTube.
The great Rush Limbaugh often used the term “low-information voter” on his show to describe masses who are only exposed to liberal viewpoints and are thus woefully misinformed and in lazy lockstep with cultural liberalism. They are spoon-fed, undernourished people who have been propagandized into a mode of reactionary anti-Americanism.
(Mark Ellis – PJ Media) The low-information voter begins his or her day largely unaware that any snippets of news they consume are likely to be spun leftward….
Many don’t know any better, but some, with guarded comprehension, don’t want to know any better. They’ve subsisted on a diet of mainstream and Big Tech news for so long that biased reportage has become their media comfort zone.
A glance at Zuckerberg’s feed. Yahoo News. They may prepare for work with the montage of a major network morning show as background: cookbook authors and studies that show transgenderism in rhesus monkeys. The LIV’s sources are completely devoid of solid conservative content. View article →
Preaching First to One’s Own Heart Matthew 23:3; James 1:22
No man preaches that sermon well to others that does not first preach it to his own heart. He who does not feed on, and digest, and thrive by, what he prepares for his people, he may give them poison, as far as he knows; for, unless he finds the power of it in his own heart, he cannot have any ground of confidence that it will have power in the hearts of others.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Danger of Clinging to Spiritual Sweetness Luke 9:33; 2 Corinthians 12:7–10
The fly that touches the honey cannot fly; so the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins its own freedom and hinders contemplation.
JOHN OF THE CROSS
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Suffering can lead to bitterness and resentment. But Scripture teaches that there’s an alternative. Discover how God’s faithfulness can produce growth when we’re willing to be trained through trials. Hear more on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.
I will judge between cattle and cattle. (Ezekiel 34:22)
Some are fat and flourishing, and therefore they are unkind to the feeble. This is a grievous sin and causes much sorrow. Those thrustings with side and with shoulder, those pushings of the diseased with the horn, are a sad means of offense in the assemblies of professing believers. The Lord takes note of these proud and unkind deeds, and He is greatly angered by them, for He loves the weak.
Is the reader one of the despised? Is he a mourner in Zion and a marked man because of his tender conscience? Do his brethren judge him harshly? Let him not resent their conduct; above all let him not push and thrust in return. Let him leave the matter in the Lord’s hands. He is the Judge. Why should we wish to intrude upon His office? He will decide much more righteously than we can. His time for judgment is the best, and we need not be in a hurry to hasten it on. Let the hard-hearted oppressor tremble. Even though he may ride roughshod over others with impunity for the present, all his proud speeches are noted, and for every one of them account must be given before the bar of the great Judge.
Patience, my soul! Patience! The Lord knoweth thy grief. Thy Jesus hath pity upon thee!
“Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – He remains faithful forever.” Psalm 146:5-6
Psalm 146is rich with promises of hope for today and your future. It begins by praising the LORD and then offers reasons for such praise and urges us to hope in the LORD and ask Him for help.
Do you know what it feels like to be without hope, stuck in behaviors you can’t seem to change, or in circumstances that leave you powerless, where you look ahead and see only darkness? When people are without help and hope in life, they can fall prey to anxiety and depression, seek relief in addiction, or live with the heavy weight of oppression and bondage.
There is help and reassuring hope for those who trust in the LORD. Psalm 146, beginning in verse 7, outlines His promises and the reason we should hope: “He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow…”
Reread the verses. Hear Him promise to help you and give you hope. Cry to Him for the help you need. Bow down before Him. Look to Him for hope. He has ultimate power and authority. He hears your cry and answers you in the midst of your valley. He gives you what you need, regardless of your life circumstances. Yes, He is your ever-present reassuring hope – past, present, and future.
LORD we bow before You. Thank You for urging us to put our hope and trust in YOU for deliverance and help. Thank You for revealing your heart to us through your promises and you keep your promises based on your character and ability. LORD be our hope. Hear our cry for Your help, amen.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..”. Isaiah 43:2-3
In the context of this passage, God reminds his people that they are precious to him. He formed them and redeemed them. He is not about to abandon them. No matter what challenges or difficulties they face, he will be with them to deliver them and bring them to safety and victory. We can accept this same promise; we also have the benefit of history to show God’s faithfulness. We can see how God did preserve his people and redeemed them time and time again from their bondage to their enemies. God will not forget his children! We know it by promise. We know it by history. We know it by faith!
Thank you, Almighty God, for always being near. I know that there are many times when I am not aware of your nearness or of your providence at work or of your miraculous moving in history. Nevertheless, I do believe, dear Father, that you are near even when I feel alone and your presence seems so far away. In those times, dear God, please give me confidence and perseverance to stand through the times of trial so that I can also share in your times of triumph. In Jesus’ name.
Giving Thanks for the Incarnation Any Day of the Year Luke 2:7
We venture to assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Savior was born, it is the twenty-fifth of December. Nevertheless … since it is lawful, and even laudable, to meditate upon the incarnation of the Lord upon any day in the year, it cannot be in the power of other men’s superstitions to render such a meditation improper for today. Regarding not the day, let us, nevertheless, give God thanks for the gift of his dear son.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Rooted in God and Ignoring Human Reputation 1 Kings 19:1–5; Jeremiah 20:12; Acts 17:5–8; 2 Corinthians 5:9–10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1
When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.
THOMAS À KEMPIS*
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Higher prices are less “transitory” than “sticky,” and one party largely bears the blame.
Inflation might be the top issue for every American right now, even if they don’t quite realize it. The prices of everything we buy — from bread and milk to cars and homes — are skyrocketing in 2021. And there’s one thing that’s had an outsized impact on all of this. No, we don’t mean COVID, although that’s certainly part of the story. It’s the change of administration that happened on January 20.
From Day One, President Joe Biden set about to regulate more, mandate more, cancel more, spend more, and tax more than President Donald Trump. You may recall that, until the government response to the ChiCom Virus upended everything last spring, the U.S. economy was humming along quite nicely.
Regular readers know we’ve been beating this drum for a while now. Enhanced unemployment benefits have left now 10.1 million job openings unfilled, creating supply chain issues and higher prices all the way around. Higher energy prices mean it costs more to delivery goods and services. Renewed mask and vaccine mandates are once again putting pressure on the restaurant industry in particular.
Nevertheless, Democrats want to exploit this opportunity to cram through a massive expansion of the welfare state. Biden insists, “If your primary concern right now is the cost of living, you should support [my spending] plan, not oppose it.” No, more federal spending will raise, not lower, the cost of living.
Indeed, all of the above things have more than wiped out whatever wage gains workers thought they might enjoy. According to the GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee, “For the first six months of his presidency, higher prices have exceeded wage growth every month.” And many economists are warning that what the Biden administration keeps telling us is “transitory” inflation is actually here to stay.
Nearly 80% of registered voters agree: We can thank Biden and his fellow Democrats for this malaise.
It’s all well and good to assign blame where it’s due, but 81 million (yeah, asterisk, we know) Americans voted for Biden last year. And voters put Democrats in charge of both Houses of Congress. So until their own economic interests outweigh other considerations, we’re all going to keep paying more for everything and getting less of it as a result.
He’s waging war on American energy while begging the Saudis to drill for more oil.
Brian Mark Weber
There’s so much hypocrisy coming from the Biden administration that it’s hard for most people to keep up. It’s certainly true when it comes to the COVID-19 response, and it’s true for energy as well.
The White House released a statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in which he stated, “President [Joe] Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable and reliable energy, including at the pump.”
Sounds like the administration is worried about gas prices that are 40% higher today than last summer. Indeed, Biden’s calling on OPEC to further boost oil production over what those nations agreed to earlier in the summer. But the White House admits that even if OPEC increases production, it still won’t be enough to meet the global energy demand.
There is a solution, but Biden won’t touch it.
Remember the Keystone XL? That’s the pipeline that would’ve brought more than 800,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast states. But newly elected President Biden killed it to prevent “climate change.” He also closed various federal lands and waters to drilling, though he lost an early court battle on that one.
And let’s not forget that Biden also rescinded America’s ability to produce natural gas domestically while turning around and lifting sanctions so Russia could deliver natural gas to Germany via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Americans don’t need to be paying $3.18 per gallon. And we don’t need to weaken our economic and political security by empowering — and becoming more dependent on — OPEC.
“Thanks to private innovation, the end of the U.S. oil export ban passed by the GOP Congress in 2015, and President [Donald] Trump’s deregulation, America has had to import far less foreign oil,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board reminds us. “The U.S. reduced the strategic leverage of foreign producers such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin.”
Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that during the Trump administration, “America went from 8.3 million barrels a day and declining to 12.5 million and rising.” He added: “We became the largest producer of energy in the world. Now we’re asking our foreign allies — sometimes adversaries — to produce more energy when we have it here.”
Fast-forward to the present. The United Nations is warning of a climate catastrophe (again), leftists in Congress are pushing the Green New Deal, and the Biden administration is forcing 50% of vehicles to go electric by 2030.
Biden’s plan to “save the planet” includes asking OPEC countries to pump more oil while tying the hands of America’s oil producers.
Representative Dan Crenshaw claims the move is “not just stupid, but anti-American.” And Biden himself admits the Green New Deal would devastate the U.S. economy.
Actually, the green energy companies and their lobbyists will make out quite well in Biden’s new economy, but those of us trying to make ends meet are out of luck.
At least the administration is honest about something. Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki actually admitted that the U.S. isn’t trying to increase oil production to lower gas prices at home.
Instead, we’re asking for help from OPEC. Fortunately, not everyone in power likes it, and they’re speaking up.
The governors of oil-producing states, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Montana, are pleading with the White House to stop turning its back on American workers and energy independence. But why make life better for the American people when you can play politics and shore up the green vote?
Buckle your seatbelts. There’s a rough road ahead. We have a president held hostage by the Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democrat Party and unwilling to do what’s right for American workers and consumers. As a country and as individuals, we’ll all be poorer and less secure. And that’s exactly where Uncle Joe wants us.
Biden, Fauci, and the CDC have created a colossal trust deficit.
According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, she’s having a hard time communicating with the American people. Her solution? Walensky says, “My job is to put my head down, ignore the criticism, and do the right thing for the public and to do the right thing for health.”
Actually, her job should include listening to criticism, and ignoring it is a major reason why only half of Americans are fully vaccinated against the ChiCom Virus pandemic. Americans of all stripes mistrust the CDC, and that mistrust is well earned.
But the trust deficit issue related to masking and now vaxing has its origin in the propagation of lies extending back to the very beginning of the pandemic — starting with the efficacy of masking, which Biden is now considering as part of the renewed push for masking and vaxing mandates.
In February 2020, Anthony “Flip-Flop” Fauci declared: “There is no reason for anyone right now in the United States, with regard to coronavirus, to wear a mask. … I think there’s this misperception that wearing a mask, even if you were in an area where there was transmission, is going to absolutely protect you.”
Two weeks later, Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared: “Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching Coronavirus.” Days later, Adams said again, “Masks do not work for the general public and preventing them from getting coronavirus.”
A week after that, Fauci reiterated: “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”
Months later, they admitted they outright lied about masking, justifying the lies by claiming they were meant to ensure there were enough masks for healthcare workers in close proximity to severely ill patients to lower the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. However, assuming there is any reliable data to support the assertion that masking is a significant deterrent, it’s clear that Anthony Fauci’s public lies about masking accelerated the spread of COVID-19.
But the evidence establishing the efficacy of masking is, at best, mixed. Recently, our Emmy Griffin wrote on the subject of masking efficacy, questioning, amid all the rush to re-mask, whether the masks 99.9% of Americans are using actually work.
Fact is, based on a review of 14 key randomized controlled tests on masking, the evidence indicates that “three [of the studies] suggest, but do not provide any statistically significant evidence in intention-to-treat analysis, that masks might be useful.” However, the researchers conclude, “The other eleven suggest that masks are either useless — whether compared with no masks or because they appear not to add to good hand hygiene alone — or actually counterproductive.”
Given the fact that half the nation is vaccinated and a substantial percentage of the rest of the nation has developed natural immunities after having recovered from the virus, why are Biden, Fauci, and Walensky pushing masking mandates again, especially among the least vulnerable among us, school children?
My conclusion: Though masking may provide some minimal level of protection, these mandates constitute another round of “noble lies” to push vaccination. Biden, Fauci, and Walensky are lying to the public about the necessity for masking for your own good. Their objective is to elevate the level of fear and angst about infection so that people will feel compelled to get vaccinated. Thus, everyone wearing a mask is, in effect, a walking advertisement for vaxing — that is their calculation.
But the ultimate message ends up being: Trust the political and bureaucratic liars; the vaccination is harmless.
And all the fear and angst they are fomenting about the so-called “Delta variant” is for the same objective: Get vaccinated.
For the record, I fully support voluntary vaccinations — I am not an anti-vaxer. But the masking and vaxing mandates are a gross overreach of central government power and should be rejected outright.
Furthermore, the mistrust of politicians and bureaucrats is greatly amplified by the Big Tech viral blackouts, the suppression of any opinions that do not comport with those of Fauci and the CDC.
The latest blackout: Senator Rand Paul has been temporarily suspended from YouTube for posting a video in which he said: “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work; they don’t prevent infection. Saying cloth masks work when they don’t actually risk lives, as someone may choose to care for a loved one with COVID while only wearing a cloth mask. This is not only bad advice but also potentially deadly information.”
In other words, Paul (MD) said what most studies imply about using anything other than N-95-level masking filtration. And Fauci himself had previously declared: “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out [the] virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in [keeping] out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you.”
Maybe they both read the New England Journal of Medicine report titled “Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era,” which included this assessment of the broader implications of masking: “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. … The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”
Responding to the video takedown in another video posted to YouTube competitor Rumble, Paul, who recently rumbled with Fauci in a Senate hearing, said: “Apparently, because I dared to contradict Dr. Fauci and the government, YouTube has removed my video. YouTube might be a private entity, but they’re acting like an arm of the government censoring those who provide an alternative view to the science deniers in Washington — people like Dr. Fauci, who have lied to the American people time and time again about masks.”
But the Big Tech arbiters of truth don’t want you questioning the truth according to Big Gov.
America became more racially diverse, but population growth slowed to second-lowest in U.S. history.
The 2020 census results reveal some significant firsts regarding the ever-evolving American population. From demographic shifts to redistricting and apportionment in Congress, the census results will affect American society.
For the first time in U.S. history, the number of white non-Hispanic Americans saw a nearly 9% decrease. The 2010 census counted 223.6 million white Americans, but that number dropped to 204.3 million as of April 2020. As a result, the white majority has dropped to 57.8% — the first time whites have ever registered below 60% of the American population.
However, there may be a caveat to this figure: the significant growth — by over 226% — of the number of Americans claiming a multi-racial identity. In 2010, the number of U.S. residents claiming multi-racial status was nine million. In 2020, that number jumped to 33.8 million, or 10% of the population, which may be due to more of those who formally identified as white now embracing multi-racial identities.
That said, the data also shows that the American populace is definitively becoming more racially diverse, with the largest minority population continuing to be Hispanics. Over the last decade, the Hispanic population has grown by 12 million to a total of 62 million. Black Americans grew at a slower rate of two million to a total of 46.9 million. Yet the fastest growing racial demographic in the U.S. is that of Asian Americans, who now make up 6% of the population at nearly 19 million.
The continuing racial diversifying of America is a good thing that exposes the fallacious narrative of the critical race theorists. In certainly cuts against their dubious assertion that America was and remains established upon a foundation of “systemic racism” in support of white supremacy.
The census did also expose some concerning trends, the biggest being the slow rate of population growth. The American population now numbers 331,449,281 million, representing only a 7% increase from 2010. That’s the second-slowest growth rate in U.S. history.
The primary explanation for this slow growth is a declining birthrate. Even as the nation recovered economically from the Great Recession a decade ago, the U.S. birthrate that dropped as a result has not experienced a similar recovery, and this has been especially true among white Americans. White women are having fewer children, as more are putting off having children until their 30s.
A second concerning trend is population shift. Over the last decade, rural America has become less populated and older. Over half of the nation’s counties lost residents since 2010, and counties with fewer than 50,000 residents 10 years ago were far more likely to drop in population. Where are all these people moving? The suburbs, which have witnessed a population explosion over the last decade. America’s biggest cities also experienced population growth, with all 10 of the nation’s largest cities seeing growth.
This demographic shift is concerning when it comes to America’s agriculture. Who will be farming? But it’s also concerning from a political standpoint. Urban people tend to be more “progressive.”
Indeed, that brings us to the political ramifications. The 2020 census won’t bring about much change from a representative perspective, with just seven seats moving across 13 states. But the good news is that redistricting is the big prize following a census, and Republicans are in prime position to expand their control. GOP-run state legislatures are in charge of redrawing 187 House districts to just 75 under Democrat charge. With the 2022 midterm elections looming, conditions are primed for Republicans to take over Congress.
A new poll shows that Democrats have grown alarmingly fond of a failed ideology.
Time flies. For example, it seems like only yesterday when socialism as a political and economic theory was thoroughly and utterly discredited, having crashed and burned in the Soviet Union and all across its East European satellites.
But that was then, some 30 years ago. And this is now. A new Fox News poll indicates that Democrats, at least, have forgotten that history. Or perhaps they never learned it. In either case, they seem intent on dooming the rest of us to repeat it with them.
The poll shows that more registered Democrats now favor socialism over capitalism — a jarring upsurge from just a year and a half ago. In this new poll, 59% of Democrats had a positive view of socialism, compared to just 49% who felt that way about capitalism. But in February 2020, when the same question was last asked, only 40% responded positively toward socialism while their views toward capitalism were essentially unchanged at 50%.
The poll also showed that nearly half of Democrats (44%) had an unfavorable view of capitalism, while just 31% had a negative view of socialism. As for Republicans, they at least are familiar with history: 67% of them viewed capitalism favorably, while only 8% had a favorable view of socialism.
If we assume that Democrats have simply forgotten the sad history of socialism, we’re failing to consider the passage of time. Many of the poll’s respondents were no doubt too young to remember the revolutions of 1989 and the Evil Empire’s ultimate collapse in 1991. They may never have heard of the half-century-long Cold War and the competing ideologies that it embodied.
Those respondents may have never learned their history in the first place, and we have the Left to thank for it.
Whether the mainstream media has failed to accurately report, whether Hollywood has failed to accurately portray, or whether the schools have failed to accurately teach, each of these institutions bears responsible for the profound ignorance of our post-Cold War generations. Each of these institutions, whether benign or malignant, has failed the American people.
No wonder ruinous fiscal policies are now ascendant in Washington. Joe Biden and his handlers felt comfortable with an avowed socialist, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in charge of the Budget Committee. No wonder Sanders himself is trying to jam through a $3.5 trillion budget by using the Senate’s sleazy reconciliation process. No wonder the Democrats are paying people not to work. No wonder inflation is now surging like it hasn’t in decades.
All of this points to a crisis of education and a seeming indifference to data, facts, and history. And, again, we have the Left to blame for it.
The gymnast gave the impression foster kids are better off being aborted than being adopted.
Simone Biles has made some controversial headlines in recent weeks, starting with her unselfish decision to forgo most of the competitions at the Tokyo Olympics. This week, however, she made a far less coherent and much more selfish proclamation that has many fans up in arms.
In response to an Instagram post stating the unpopular, but correct, opinion that abortion is wrong, Biles wrote (grammar in the original): “I already know this is going to start the biggest argument & may even lose followers BUT. I’m very much pro-choice[.] your body. your choice[.] also for everyone [who’s] gonna say ‘just put it up for adoption’ it’s not that easy & coming from someone who was in the foster care system TRUST me[.] foster care system is broken & it’s TOUGH. especially on the kids & young adults who age out[.] & adoption is expensive … im just saying.”
This naturally came across as asserting that foster kids are better off being aborted than being adopted, and that adoption isn’t worth the money it takes.
In one respect, she’s right vis-à-vis the foster care system. As political commenter Michael Reagan, the adopted son of President Ronald Reagan, observed earlier this year: “Foster care in our country has been a scandalous failure for decades. Though it’s supposed to save children from the neglect or abuse of their birth parents by placing them with state-certified foster parents or relatives, it often becomes a cruel form of child abuse itself. The raw statistics are appalling. Right now there are about 435,000 American children in foster care.” Reagan added, “Statistics say that foster children who are placed in five or more homes have a 90 percent chance of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.” Clearly, to Biles’s point, the system is broken and tough, and reforming it needs to happen tout de suite.
That said, not only must we avoid throwing the baby out with the bath water, if you will, but we also must avoid stipulating that sending a baby to its death is preferable to adoption. Ironically, Biles herself is a foster care survivor who not only thrived as an adoptee but eventually became a gymnastics legend. Her grandparents adopted her and her sisters and set her on the path to amazing athletic success.
When confronted with her own words in her Instagram post, Biles responded: “DO NOT misconstrue my words. That is not at all what I implied. I did NOT say I support to abort rather than to put them through the foster care system. What I did imply is that you should not control someone elses [sic] body/decision. Let’s be real what you care about is control.”
Biles’s desire for bodily autonomy is a common theme with her. It’s quite possible that Biles, who suffered in the Olympics from the “twisties” — wherein gymnasts lose a sense of where they are in the air, which makes completing and landing the moves dangerous and likely to cause injury — feels out of control of her own body. Moreover, Biles is involved with the “Athlete A” documentary on Netflix, which chronicles the scandal of Dr. Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually assaulting elite gymnasts. Sadly, she was one of the victims. Did the culmination of these feelings and experiences, in which she was denied control of her body, compel her to make this pro-choice declaration?
The bottom line, though, is that this disingenuous definition of pro-choice, where all choices are available to the mother, still leads to the ugly conclusion that abortion is an option. Ultimately, it’s not the mother’s body that is at risk in this decision; it’s the baby’s, whose life is being taken away. But why did Biles feel the need to make such a public political statement?
Perhaps Biles’s comments were intended to start a new track in her career. After all, being a political activist is good money these days. At 24 years old, her career as an elite gymnast is winding to a close, so she’s undoubtedly contemplating next steps. Instead of going the pro-choice route, which is antithetical to her whole story, would it not be better and so much wiser for her to build on the platform she started at the 2020 Olympic Games by advocating for the mental health of athletes and addressing the various abuses they face? This at least has a positive impact. Abortion advocacy doesn’t.
In any case, her comments on abortion and foster care were certainly off-balance and nonsensical in the extreme. It definitely did not earn her a gold medal with many of her fans.
The outlet is hell-bent on silencing conservatives — to the point of suppressing factual speech.
It’d be one thing if the speech-suppressors at The Washington Post were calling on their friends at Facebook to crack down on the spread of misinformation. Like, for example, the misinformation recently spread by Joe Biden’s CDC about the rate of COVID infection in Florida. But this isn’t that. Rather, it’s just the opposite.
What we have here is a call by the Post for Facebook to censor inconvenient, incontrovertible truths being told by the GOP.
The headline of the article is innocent enough: “Republicans raise money on Facebook by tying migrant influx to covid surge.” And why shouldn’t they? When Democrats are cracking down on the unvaccinated and bringing back the masking mandates, all while turning a blind eye to the unvaccinated and mask-free masses streaming across our southern border, there to be transported in the dead of night to parts unknown, why shouldn’t the GOP raise awareness of it? And why shouldn’t it build its campaign war chest in the process?
If Democrats object, and if they’re worried about getting shellacked in the 2022 midterms, they ought to try changing their ruinous policies. The momentum that’s building against them now is what we call representative democracy.
The article’s subhead, though, is more insidious than its headline: “[Wyoming Senator] John Barrasso is among those seeking donations by suggesting immigrants are exacerbating the pandemic. Last year, Facebook said a similar claim amounted to hate speech.”
Hate speech? Since when does telling the truth amount to hate speech? COVID-positive illegals really have come across our border, and in record numbers. As our Thomas Gallatin noted last week, “There’s a spiking number of COVID-positive illegal migrants (up over 900%), with Texas now setting new infection records.”
The number of COVID-positive illegals is way, way up in Texas, but any mention of this sad fact is apparently “hate speech.”
So, this factual post from Senator Barrasso is hate speech: “The CDC and Joe Biden are telling Americans to MASK UP but are letting THOUSANDS of COVID-19 positive illegal immigrants into our country!”
And this one from North Carolina Congressman Ted Budd is also hate speech: “If Joe Biden really wanted to get COVID-19 under control in our country, he would address the crisis at our southern border. Letting unvaccinated ILLEGAL immigrants come into our country is a threat to American citizens.”
So far, Facebook has resisted the Post’s call to censor political speech with which it disagrees — political speech like that of Barrasso and Budd — but how long will Facebook’s thought police hold out? At this time next year, will Facebook change its tune and once again start suppressing conservative speech just ahead of the crucial midterm elections? As the Post made clear, Facebook did so last year. We can attest to that.
“One of the gravest threats to our democracy today,” said former President Donald Trump in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed about his class action lawsuit against the speech silencers, “is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with government to censor the free speech of the American people.”
He’s right, of course, and Big Tech knows it. But Big Tech also knows that when push comes to shove, it has staunch allies in both the mainstream press and the Democrat Party. If you think we’re overstating this, think back to a few weeks ago, when Joe Biden accused Facebook of “killing people” by refusing to censor what he considered “misinformation” on its platform about the COVID-19 vaccines. And what did Biden do just days later? He walked it back. Entirely.
“Facebook isn’t killing people,” he said in the fullest of flip-flops, meekly explaining that he meant to accuse “a dozen users, but not the social media platform itself, of spreading deadly lies about Covid vaccines.”
In short, Joe Biden blinked, and he bowed to his buddies in Big Tech.
California teachers will be required to get vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, facing tightening polls in a coming recall election due to his authoritarian abuse of power in response to the COVID pandemic, decided to double down on what got him sideways with Californians in the first place. He issued a mandate requiring all the state’s teachers and school staff to be vaccinated or undergo weekly coronavirus tests. Newsom’s action makes California the first state to enact such extreme measures in the face of the Delta variant. As usual, California is pioneering authoritarianism.
“We think this is the right thing to do,” Newsom argued, “and we think this is a sustainable way to keeping our schools open and to address the number one anxiety that parents like myself have for young children.”
The problem is that while the Delta variant appears to be more contagious, it’s also proving to be less deadly. Furthermore, it’s not seriously sickening children at any higher a rate than the initial COVID strain. In fact, writes Jeffrey Anderson at City Journal, “[CDC] numbers show that more people under the age of 18 died of influenza during the 2018-19 flu season — a season of ‘moderate severity’ that lasted eight months — than have died of Covid-19 across more than 18 months.”
Once again, children are not the most at risk from this virus.
However, since fearmongering over COVID was seen to be successful in ousting Donald Trump from office, as well as serving to justify elected officials’ demand for more power, Democrats like Newsom are seeking to play that game again. The governor’s doing it as he fights off a recall vote.
Republican governors acted primarily to protect their residents’ constitutional freedoms from the authoritarian impulses of unelected bureaucrats, which has actually proven to be just as effective, if not more so, against the pandemic. That success isn’t convenient for the Left, hence the misinformation from the Leftmedia.
A perfect example of this comes from a Washington Post op-ed penned by the former head of Planned Parenthood, Leana Wen, who ironically dares to give advice for “how to help keep [children] safe.” Her cognitive dissonance is simply astounding. A woman who headed the organization responsible for murdering hundreds of thousands of preborn children every year now deigns to suggest she’s concerned for children’s health!
On top of this, she attacks GOP Governors Ron DeSantis (FL) and Greg Abbott (TX) for the “crime” of standing for the rights of their residents to make their own medical choices. So much for all that “my body, my choice” rhetoric.
Hopefully, Newsom’s Liberty-stomping vaccine mandate will backfire and ensure that Californians vote him out. Unfortunately, this is lefty California we’re talking about, so the prospects don’t appear great. That said, should voters kick him out, it will send a big message to other authoritarian governors.
Insight: “We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.” —Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Upright I: “Why anyone would expect better decisions to be made by third parties who pay no price for being wrong is one of the mysteries of our time.” —Thomas Sowell
Upright II: “You don’t want to live in a country where all your needs are taken care of by the government. That’s not how you become great. That’s how you become dependent, vulnerable, and truly oppressed.” —Prager University
Observations: “The problem with capitalism is that there’s so much prosperity and free time people start creating their own problems.” —Kevin Sorbo
For the record: “Cloth masks, or even surgical masks, are like tying a rope around your waist while driving and claiming it’s a seat belt. It also isn’t too much of an exaggeration to say wearing a Gucci style face-covering, such as Nancy Pelosi has, is like asking an X-ray technician to wear their grandmother’s kitchen apron when taking X-rays.” —Dr. Peter Weiss
Tone-deaf: “There are a lot of people out there trying to turn a public safety measure that is children wearing masks in school so they can be safe into a political dispute. … To the mayors, school superintendents, educators, local leaders who are standing up to the governors politicizing mask protection for our kids, thank you.” —Joe Biden
Village idiot: “Screw your freedom.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger, who adds, “you’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask,” but also, “I don’t want to villainize anyone here.”
Non compos mentis: “The Taliban also has to make an assessment about what they want their role to be in the international community.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
And last… “Remember that time Twitter & Facebook CENSORED Hunter Biden laptop stories before the election claiming it was fake news … all the while Hunter Biden admits in a sex tape video that the Russians stole ANOTHER laptop from him in 2018 for blackmail?” —Liz Wheeler
Extreme heat may have produced a new all-time high temperature record in Europe A heat wave that has been building much of this week throughout the Mediterranean allowed temperatures in Siracusa, located on the island of Sicily, Italy, to reach 119.8 degrees Fahrenheit (48.8 degrees Celsius) on Wednesday. The World Meteorological Organization announced on Thursday that it would be investigating the validity of this temperature report. If verified, it would become the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe.
Tropical storm watches issued for parts of Florida as Fred nears the US Fred emerged from Hispaniola as a poorly organized tropical depression on Thursday morning. But, AccuWeather meteorologists say the system could eventually regain tropical-storm force — or even hurricane force — as it churns up the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Fred will threaten to make two U.S. landfalls, both of which could occur in Florida.
Turkey’s Erdogan says he may receive Taliban leader for talks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that he might receive the leader of the militant Taliban group to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. Mr Erdogan said he discussed ways with the leadership of Qatar on Wednesday on how to stop the advance of the Taliban and how they could be steered towards peace with the Afghanistan government.
French researchers develop a prototype for an artificial neuron A team of researchers from CNRS and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in France develop the first prototype for an artificial neuron, according to a study published in Science (1). As in the brain, their system uses ions to carry information, and it relies on a thin layer of water transporting ions within long graphene incisions.
Globe-spanning wargame puts new naval concepts to the test “I’ve never seen anything like this. Thirty-five years I have not seen anything of this scope and scale. It is really outstanding. And this technology allows us to do things at a level where we haven’t in the past,” said Vice Adm. James Kilby, the deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Kilby’s command is one of several hosting LSE 21, a 14-day wargame that seeks to hone the Navy and Marine Corps’ ability to synchronize multiple fleets and to assess their newest warfighting concepts.
Taiwan Scrambles Fighter Jets After Six Chinese Warplanes Enter Its Air Defense Identification Zone Six Chinese military aircraft, including fighter jets, entered Taiwan’s southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday, amid unconfirmed reports that a French frigate was spotted near Taiwan’s west coast. According to a report from Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND), the Chinese aircraft involved included one Y-8 electric warfare aircraft, one Y-8 electronic signals intelligence aircraft, and four J-16 multi-role fighters.
Here We Go Again… WHO Announces The “Marburg Virus” If you’ve been wondering what the next phase of this public health insanity is going to look like, your wait is over. Introducing… the MARBURG VIRUS. Earlier this week, as police fanned out across the streets of Paris going table-to-table in cafes to check people’s Covid papers, and as the Australian military deployed to the streets of Sydney to enforce extended lockdowns, the World Health Organization announced a brand new outbreak of the “Marburg Virus” in West Africa. Marburg comes from the same virus family as Ebola. And, while Covid-1984 has a roughly 1.7% fatality rate according to CDC data, the limited data from the past 20 years of Marburg cases shows a fatality rate of 85%.
Tearful Virginia Teacher Resigns At School Board Meeting, Denounces “Highly Politicized Agendas” A Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) teacher in Virginia resigned in front of the school board Tuesday, saying that she refused to “be a cog in a machine” that forces her to transmit their “highly politicized agendas” to 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,’”
Interview With Iran’s Most Wanted Zionist Secretly, without government security, support, money, or recognition, a Persian Jew is slowly, bit by bit, undermining Iran’s murderous regime Amrani told Israel Today that hundreds of Iranians around the country, including protesters, contact Radio Ran on his social media platforms and call him on his personal telephone to let his people know, in the Persian language, what’s really happening. “Protestors call us live from the streets and we give them a stage to tell the world what is really happening and to speak out against the regime’s antisemitism and lies.”
CONFIRMED: Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard Birthday Bash a Super Spreader Event Obama shrugged off the concerns of scientific experts by throwing himself a massive 60th birthday party at his $17.5 million estate on Martha’s Vineyard this past weekend. As usual, the scientific experts were correct: The star-studded affair was a confirmed “super spreader” event, putting countless lives at risk and further cementing Obama’s reputation as a narcissistic war criminal.
Toward next-generation brain-computer interface systems a team of researchers has taken a key step toward a new concept for a future BCI system — one that employs a coordinated network of independent, wireless microscale neural sensors, each about the size of a grain of salt, to record and stimulate brain activity. The sensors, dubbed “neurograins,” independently record the electrical pulses made by firing neurons and send the signals wirelessly to a central hub, which coordinates and processes the signals.
WHO calls for halting COVID-19 vaccine boosters in favor of unvaccinated The World Health Organization is calling for a halt on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, its head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday, as the gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor countries widens. “I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it,” Tedros added.
IDF shot down Hezbollah drone on Lebanon border On Wednesday evening, IDF forces identified and shot down a drone crossing from Lebanon into Israel, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit revealed on Thursday. The drone was under surveillance throughout the event, the IDF said, and was identified as belonging to the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
Destructive wildfires leave at least 65 dead in northern Algeria Algerian authorities are reporting at least 65 lives were lost in wildfires raging through the mountainous region in the country’s north over the past couple of days. As many as 50 fires broke out in a short period of time and spread rapidly due to high winds, very hot temperatures, and tinder-dry conditions.
More than 800 unaccompanied kids stopped at southern border US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped a whopping 834 unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border Wednesday, the most since the Biden administration began releasing a daily tally of apprehensions of children earlier this year.
Bombshell: FDA knew all along there would be many COVID cases among the fully vaccinated—and buried that knowledge First of all, I have to re-emphasize a point I’ve made many times: SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t exist. I’ve been proving that for over a year. BUT I don’t stop there. I temporarily enter the official world where people assume the virus does exist, and I reveal many internal contradictions and lies and cover-ups within that world. Some readers, who possess sub-standard literacy, believe I’m contradicting MYSELF. They think I’m saying the virus doesn’t exist and does exist. Wrong.
In this episode, Dinesh reveals how Joe Manchin is the only honest Democrat, and our best hope for halting the worst excesses of the Biden administration. Dinesh celebrates the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to bring out the leg irons, and derides a bogus fact check that claimed the Court couldn’t do what the Court in fact did.
Robin Anderson, Professor Emerita at Fordham University joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the bizarre boredom and dearth of meaningful coverage of the US war in Afghanistan following its descent into special operations, drone strikes, brutality and coverups and disinformation on the part of the Pentagon.