“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
The resolution goes so far as to order member states such as Sweden to actively inform citizens of these rights. The resolution has been ignored by mainstream politicians and the media.
Many citizens have been worried about whether the untested vaccines will be mandatory, since it has already been proposed in several countries. In Sweden, however, it has not been, because of a law which prohibits involuntary medical interventions. But despite this law, governments could exert such strong pressure on their populations, that it could become almost impossible to live without being exposed to this experimental jab.
In Denmark, a vaccine passport could soon be required to gain access to malls, sports events and other public places, public transport or travel abroad. Happily, the Council of Europe is now putting a firm stop to these plans, since involuntary medical experiments are prohibited by the Nuremberg Convention.
The Council of Europe is an intergovernmental European cooperation organization with 47 Member States, which, despite its name and the same flag, is separate from the EU. Its resolutions are not legally binding, but recommendations to Member States are almost always complied with. For example, as recently as November last year, the government proposed that Sweden’s laws be amended as a result of the Council of Europe’s convention on cybercrime.
The resolution on forced vaccination briefly describes the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic with the resulting unemployment, economic downturn and poverty. It also points out that there is a certain distrust among the European population regarding a forced vaccination programme. The resolution contains various recommendations for how to achieve a large vaccine intake, but also something unexpected – namely clear provisions for it.
Point 7.3 of the resolution obliges all Member States to ensure that citizens are informed that Covid vaccinations are NOT (the only word written in capital letters throughout the resolution) mandatory and that no one is politically, socially or otherwise pressured to be vaccinated.
Secondly – at least as important – Member States must ensure that no one is discriminated against for not being vaccinated because of possible health risks or because the person simply does not want to be vaccinated.
The latter is particularly interesting given the current propaganda of vaccination passports by the system media and several European governments, which they claim is necessary. The Swedish government announced on February 4 that it has decided to introduce a digital vaccine certificate that will be ready by the summer. But what is it then to be used for, if it becomes illegal to discriminate against someone who does not have it?
When the Swedish government summarized the most important things from the Council of Europe’s winter session on its website on 29 January, this was not mentioned – by far the most important in the entire resolution – in a single word. It is not difficult to understand why, given the unprecedented propaganda for mass vaccinations from the Swedish government and not least the system media, which is inflated to levels not previously seen even during wartime.
In Germany, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Söder (CSU) is similarly pushing for compulsory vaccinations for certain professional groups, for example in nursing. And he has even called on the German Ethics Council to help him in this effort. There have in fact been rumours that Söder has been receiving kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies.
According to the Nuremberg Convention, experimental vaccines can be seen as an experiment on the population. In the case of ModeRNA’s and Pfizer’s mRNA jabs, they have never been previously tested.
The Convention consists of ten points and the first stipulates: The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely necessary. But the question remains: Is it really voluntary if you are not allowed to work, send the children to school, travel or even visit the mall if you do not submit to the experimental vaccines?
The fifth point states: No experiment should be performed where there is reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur. Countless health and control authorities in several countries stated how they expected this to happen on a fairly large scale. Deaths serious vaccine injuries have already been listed as a result of the vaccinations, including at the US Public Health Agency CDC.
Readers should download the information on their smartphone to have on hand whenever it becomes necessary to remind government officials of the Council of Europe’s guidelines.
Excerpt from Council of Europe Resolution 2361 adopted on January, 27, 2021:
7.3 with respect to ensuring high vaccine uptake: 7.3.1 ensure that citizens are informed that the vaccination is NOT mandatory and that no one is politically, socially, or otherwise pressured to get themselves vaccinated, if they do not wish to do so themselves; 7.3.2 ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated, due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated;
Joy and Contentment in Devotion Song of Songs 2:16; 6:3; Philippians 4:10–13; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Never does a soul know what solid joy and substantial pleasure is till, once being weary of itself, it renounces all propriety, gives itself up to the author of its being, and feels itself become a hallowed and devoted thing; and can say from an inward sense and feeling, My beloved is mine (I account all his interest mine own) and I am his: I am content to be anything for him, and care not for myself, but that I may serve him.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Happiness Is Everyone’s Motivation Psalm 128:1–2; Ecclesiastes 3:12; 8:15
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
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Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts… – Nahum 3:5a
Scripture reading: Colossians 3:10-17
Why spend all this time on Nahum and a long-forgotten kingdom like the Assyrians? Colossians 3 clearly answers this. Yesterday, we read about the sins of the Assyrians. They were bloodthirsty, sexually promiscuous, and liars. Now consider the fact that the wrath of God is coming against all those who walk in the sins of Nineveh. These sins are listed: sexual immorality, evil desire, anger, wrath, malice, obscene talk (which is evidence of obscene thoughts in the heart and obscene actions which one thinks he carries out in secret). People have not changed. Without the saving work of Jesus Christ, men and women will always descend to actions of depravity and wickedness.
How can change take place? Those who believe in Jesus Christ are united with Him in His death and are united with Him in His resurrection (Romans 6:4). The same power that raised Christ from the dead, the glory of the Father, is the power that is given to believers so that we can honour God in our minds, in our hearts, in our words and with our actions.
What God was asking of the Ninevites was not impossible! He sent a prophet to warn them so that they would, as their forefathers had done, repent. They did not do so, but this history of destruction is a stark warning for believers today. Hearing God’s warning we are invited to be dressed in Jesus’ righteousness. Evil has been conquered, therefore set your desires where Jesus is. Daily put on love, forgiveness and the peace of Christ.
Suggestions for prayer
May we hear and respond to the warning of the LORD so that we can encourage one another to be clothed in Christ and His perfections. Praise God that He warns His people, gives time and His Spirit to strengthen them for true repentance.
Rev. Richard T. Vander Vaart serves as a visiting prison chaplain in Moncton, New Brunswick for Redemption Prison Ministry. A few years ago he and his wife Carolyn became members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. They both enjoy hosting friends for dinner and games nights. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9)
God has provided a Sabbath, and some must enter into it. Those to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief; therefore, that Sabbath remains for the people of God. David sang of it; but he had to touch the minor key, for Israel refused the rest of God. Joshua could not give it, nor Canaan yield it: it remains for believers.
Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, “They are very good.” Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our Lord Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus.
As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul and the work of the Lord in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the Lord and rest in Him. When the Lord gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him.
“God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
What’s on your mind today?
We all have things that crowd into our thoughts as we start our day. Sometimes it’s things we are happy to get at. Other times it’s hard things or challenges to solve. For me, it’s a big writing project and the days just feel too short.
It can be easy to feel a little, or a lot, overwhelmed. Yet God has already promised the help you need. His divine power is ready to go to work on your behalf. Invite Him into your circumstance today. Name it specifically to Him. Choose to get to know Him better. Steep yourself in some inspiring worship music; take time to focus on a Bible verse He has given you in the past.
All you need for life, and to live godly in the midst of it is available through God’s divine power. Let these words settle over your heart and bring you the peace you need. You can walk calmly and joyfully as you allow His Spirit to fill you and guide you through this day.
Father God, thank you that Your word is truth. Thank you that You have promised Your divine power to flow to me and through me … enabling me, TODAY, to have all that I need for life and godliness. Fill me afresh and enable me to deal with what is in front of me. Thank you that with Your divine power in me, I can face what today holds. In Jesus name, Amen.
Today, specifically name what you need God’s help with right now. Then reach out to encourage someone else who is feeling overwhelmed in their day.
Orthodox in Creed, but Heterodox in Life Matthew 7:21–23; Luke 6:46
We care little for those who are orthodox Christians in creed if it is clear that they are heterodox in life.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
God Is the First Mover Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3
Whatever is in motion must be put in motion by another. If that by which it is put in motion be itself put in motion, then this also must needs be put in motion by another, and that by another again. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover, and, consequently, no other mover; seeing that subsequent movers move only inasmuch as they are put in motion by the first mover; as the staff moves only because it is put in motion by the hand. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Somehow they STILL can’t understand why nobody trusts the system Most importantly, though, Doug the Pug is a member of an ultra-elite group that was exposed by the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Through a special program that Facebook developed called ‘Xcheck’ (CrossCheck), these superusers are above the law. They are free to post whatever content they want, and they’re immune from the policy guidelines that constrict average users. They’ve told the entire world that they enforce their content policies equally, and that no one is above the law. But according to leaked documents that the Journal uncovered, Facebook executives admit “We are not actually doing what we say we do publicly. . .” They’ve lied to their users. They’ve lied to Congress. They’ve even lied to their own Oversight Board.
Russia Releases Footage Of Armed ‘Robot Tanks’ In Action During Zapad-2021 Exercises Russia’s military has put its cutting edge robot armored fighting vehicles on display during the ongoing massive Zapad-2021 exercises with Belarus and other allied countries. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) released brief footage of the robots being battle-tested during the exercise, with Russian state media describing that “Robotic Russian fighting machines fired anti-armor missiles and let rip with mounted flamethrowers on Monday, while their operators sat in safety away from the battlefield, in colossal drills attended by President Vladimir Putin.”
Treason: Milley Secretly Called Chinese General to Tell Him He’d Give Advance Warning of a US Attack – Book Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley may have conspired last year to commit treason against then-President Donald Trump — and against the United States. That’s the takeaway from a new book from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which recounts that Milley called his Chinese counterpart — Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army — on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the presidential election took place. Woodward and Costa wrote that during the call, Milley said: “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”
Gantz: If terror orgs rear their heads we’ll take them down Gantz stated during the situational assessment: “Security forces are deployed and prepared to defend Israel’s citizens against any threat. I commend the soldiers, police officers and border police officers for their rapid and resilient response to recent events, and I wish a rapid recovery to those who were injured. “If any terror organizations rear their heads – we will make sure to take them down. This is true both in Judea and Samaria as well as in Gaza.
Dutch youths dress as Nazis in protest against COVID rules Ten people dressed as Nazis staged a mock execution of a Jewish prisoner on the streets of a Dutch village in a reported protest against coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday. “We understand that these young people want to make their voices heard about the impact of the current and upcoming coronavirus measures,” mayor Cees van den Bos told the Nu.nl website. “This discussion is not only taking place in Urk, but throughout our country.
Egypt agrees to direct Tel Aviv – Cairo flights Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday, and the meeting appeared to pave the way for increased transportation connections between the countries.
Gantz: Israel could accept return to Iran nuke deal if US has ‘plan B’ Israel could accept a return to a US-brokered Iran nuclear deal, but they are calling on Washington to have a demonstration of power ready should negotiations turn sour, Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Foreign Policy on Tuesday. “The current US approach of putting the Iran nuclear program back in a box, I’d accept that,” Gantz told Foreign Policy…
North Korea fired 2 ballistic missiles off east coast, South Korean military says North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, two days after the North claimed to have tested a new missile in its first weapons test in six months. The two ballistic missiles launched from a site in central North Korea flew toward the waters of the Korean Peninsula’s east coast on Wednesday afternoon, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Federal judge blocks New York COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers A federal judge has temporarily blocked New York state from requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated for COVID19. Judge David Hurd of the Northern District of New York issued the ruling after 17 healthcare workers filed a lawsuit saying the mandate violated their rights because it did not permit religious exemptions.
Japan Detects Suspected China Submarine Near Southern Island Japan detected a submarine believed to be Chinese off a southern Japanese island, the defense ministry said Sunday, heightening Japan’s caution levels in the East China Sea as China increases its military activities. The submarine remained submerged, but the ministry said in a statement that it believes the submarine is Chinese because a Chinese Luyang III-class guided missile destroyer is near the submarine.
EU needs to step up on defence, says von der Leyen European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU should seek to beef up its military capabilities to confront security threats and global crises. She told the European Parliament she believed EU military forces “will be part of the solution”. The EU needed the “political will” to intervene militarily without the US after the fall of Afghanistan.
America Has Been Conquered and Occupied and There Is Only ONE Way Out Let’s connect some dots, America. This article and subsequent interview is not for the faint of heart. Former Fed leader and present Secretary of Treasury, Janet Yellen, in a now public September 8th document warned Nancy Pelosi that the present acquisition of debt in the United States was unsustainable and America would not be able to meet its obligations by October 15th if a course change did not happen immediately.
CONFIRMED: Four Chinese Warships Spotted Along Coast Of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships traveled within 46 miles of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands last month, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard ships tailed and observed four Chinese naval vessels in total. The Chinese ships were were operating within the U.S. exclusive economic zone.
The Media Refuses To Call It What It Is: A Food And Supply Chain “Crisis” Once again ANP readers have stepped up and continue to help us keep updated on the food crisis right here in the US. A term you won’t see the MSM using, but the increasing number of states showing empty shelves, aisles with depleted stock, or product stocking where there is a first row but behind that product is simply empty space, makes the term “crisis” appropriate and accurate.
Did Mark Milley undermine Donald Trump by engaging directly with the communist Chinese?
Mark Milley is fast running out of friends. An avowed woke supremacist and Trump-deranged fraidy cat, Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is also one of the architects of our disastrous retreat and surrender in Afghanistan.
And now, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, we learn that Milley “was so fearful that [President Donald Trump’s] actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to avert armed conflict.” The duo write, “In a pair of secret phone calls … [Milley] assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike.”
Apparently, Milley twice sought to reassure the communist Chinese — once just before the November 3 election and once just after the Capitol riot of January 6. If true, what would possess Milley to put China’s interests before our own, and to behave in such a nakedly insubordinate manner rather than going through proper channels?
Perhaps no one told the general that the ChiComs are our leading geopolitical foe and the single greatest threat to our way of life.
Heck, Milley probably still thinks the China virus emerged naturally, rather than having been released by a Chinese lab. In any case, he certainly seems to have professed greater loyalty to his ChiCom counterpart than to the American president. As The Washington Post reports:
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley told him. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
In the book’s account, Milley went so far as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, stressing the rapport they’d established through a backchannel. “General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”
Here, we might remind ourselves that all this is coming from Bob Woodward, one half of the Washington Post team that broke the Watergate story and caused Richard Nixon to resign the presidency. We mention this because the “Woodward Method,” as Politico calls it, “is a ruthless drive to compress unruly real-world events into powerful, dramatic, marketable narratives.” In short, Woodward is all about selling books — and lobbing bombshells that aren’t.
But if true — and it’s hard to believe that there aren’t at least elements of truth to the story — what makes Milley think he can conduct his own foreign policy? As the editors at National Review note, Truman fired MacArthur for less.
Joe Biden: Where the heck are you?
Back in June, during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, General Milley said he wanted to “understand white rage” and what caused “thousands of people to assault [the Capitol] and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America.”
We’re not sure where Milley got the idea that those rioters were trying to “overturn the Constitution” rather than protest an election that they believe was deeply flawed and inadequately investigated, but we do know that our nation’s military leaders aren’t permitted to conduct their own personal foreign policy. Milley’s boss is a civilian, the secretary of defense. And his boss’s boss is another civilian, the president of the United States. If Milley did what he’s reported to have done, it’s insubordination at the least.
Here, what did Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin know and when did he know it? Could it be that he was made aware of Milley’s insubordination but did nothing about it? Could this be part of the reason why he refused to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week — because he was afraid not only to be held accountable for his Afghanistan ineptitude but also for his failure to hold Milley accountable?
Whether Milley’s malfeasance amounts to treason is as yet unclear, but it certainly demands investigation. He’s scheduled to appear before Congress on September 28, but regardless: This guy needs to go. Now.
As we said earlier, Milley is running out of friends. Indeed, no less a backstabbing twerp than Alexander Vindman, he of the first phony Trump impeachment, put it this way: “If this is true GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that.”
The Golden State’s authoritarian governor survives the recall election.
Deep-blue California stayed true to its color as Governor Gavin Newsom easily staved off a recall, with the votes opposed to removing him coming in at over 60% of the total cast. The possibility of Newsom losing the recall election dwindled over the last few weeks after Hollywood celebrities, labor unions, and politicians from Washington rushed to his defense. Newsom successfully warned that a vote for recall was a vote for Larry Elder, the Republican candidate leading the pack of would-be replacements. Equating Elder to Donald Trump, Newsom energized voters in a state that voted for Joe Biden in 2020 by a nearly two-to-one margin and accounted for five of the seven million votes that separated Trump and Biden in the relatively meaningless national popular vote Democrats love to tout.
Elder responded to the disappointing outcome by encouraging his supporters: “We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war. I decided to run because I felt I could do something about the crime, the homelessness.” He added, “We ran a good, hard, strong campaign. I know that Californians, Democrats, independents, and Republicans are fed up with this governor’s two-year tenure. Why? Rising crime, deteriorating quality of our public education — half of third-graders cannot read at state levels of proficiency — and a more draconian shutdown of the economy compared to the other 49 states.”
While there is little reason to question the recall’s outcome, it still serves to underscore the problems inherent in bulk-mail voting and highlight why Democrats are so keen on it. Safeguards against fraud in a bulk-mail ballot system like California’s, the same system Democrats in DC want to foist upon the entire nation through HR 1, are almost nonexistent. Furthermore, the ability to detect the existence of fraud is even more problematic, which allows Democrats and Leftmedia outlets to decry any claims of fraud as “false.” Instead of investigating and reporting accurately, they charge Republicans with working to sow distrust in America’s democratic election process. Those claims are spurious, but often effective.
However, there were in fact reports that at least one polling station had voters who went to vote yesterday only to be informed that their vote had already been recorded as cast. After the complaints were investigated, it was determined that a “software glitch” had caused the mixup, and it was corrected. The glitch just happened to impact a known Republican-majority district, but perhaps that’s purely coincidental.
Meanwhile, the Leftmedia immediately asserted that voter fraud claims were “false.” Take, for example, this Washington Post headline: “Trump, Elder’s campaign falsely claimed fraud before California votes were counted — a growing GOP tactic.” Aside from that headline being factually false, we’re just glad WaPo never fell for fake fraud claims about, say, Russia colluding with Trump’s campaign.
Simply asserting that fraud doesn’t exist is not the same as investigating these claims to ascertain whether they are fact or fiction. The reality is that voter fraud exists. The only question is how widespread it was, and whether it was significant enough to make a difference in an election’s outcome.
Not seriously addressing instances of voter fraud only serves to bring into question the legitimacy of election outcomes. Furthermore, such dismissal serves as a form of voter suppression by dissuading people from voting. As Orrin Heatlie, chairman of the California Patriot Coalition, astutely observed: “If people lose faith and confidence that their vote won’t count, I think they just won’t waste their time. That’s one of the biggest problems we have, people who aren’t voting.”
With Newsom remaining in charge of the Golden State — and arguably now politically invincible — residents can expect more of the same: rising crime, rising homelessness, rising cost of living, rising housing costs, and more people fleeing the once-prosperous and freedom-loving state.
The question of human rights gets a very wrong answer from Biden’s UN ambassador.
Our post-Afghanistan foreign policy has taken another turn for the worse.
In practice, it’s the refuge of the scoundrel, but the United Nations has since 2006 hosted the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). It sounds noble on the surface, but knowing that its membership has recently included the likes of China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia means that its purpose seems to be twofold: condemning Israel about every move it makes and tut-tutting when social unrest in the United States occurs so it can give us recommendations for “improvement.”
But with Joe Biden having selected America-hater Linda Thomas-Greenfield as his ambassador to the UN, it’s no surprise that she is lobbying to rejoin the HRC when elections for new members are held next month.
Thomas-Greenfield has already used her appointment as a bully pulpit to decry our “systemic racism” — yes, our nation is so systemically racist that we have a person of color as our UN ambassador — while also complaining about “regular targeting of the LGBTQIA+ community, and persistent discrimination against religious minorities, people with disabilities, indigenous people, and women and girls.”
Surely, she’s describing the other HRC members.
The problem, argues political analyst Jimmy Quinn, is that the Biden administration is playing into the hands of our enemies. “The Biden administration has made openness about American racism one of the most, if not the single most, prominent features of its Human Rights Council campaign,” Quinn says. “Despite [Secretary of State Antony] Blinken’s pledges to continue to strive to reform the body, judging by Thomas-Greenfield’s comments … it doesn’t seem as though a serious attempt to do so is the administration’s central focus. That’s especially good news for the Chinese Communist Party and other human-rights abusers who leverage progressive guilt about systemic racism as a smokescreen for their efforts to fundamentally reshape international institutions to their advantage.”
Since most nations with poor track records on human rights have a similar pattern regarding a free and watchdog press, we rarely hear any questioning of their abuses. But we know they exist.
Thomas-Greenfield, Blinken, and others in the Biden administration say a lot about America’s past indiscretions, but none ever seem to put them in the context of just how much true progress we have made over the years. Given that other nations have a continuing pattern of human rights abuses that stretch back decades, if not centuries, the list of countries that should be on the Human Rights Council is a lot shorter than its actual participation. If the United Nations was truly about being united and not about figuring out ways to transfer wealth from rich countries to the offshore bank accounts of tinpot dictators around the globe, the United States would be in a leading role as an arbiter of how oppressed groups should be treated.
Instead, thanks to Thomas-Greenfield and Biden’s misshapen foreign policy, we will likely “win” reelection to the HRC and be tied to the whipping post once again with all our supposed flaws being aired for the world to see.
House Democrats would essentially reverse the Republicans’ 2017 tax cuts.
How do the Democrats plan to “pay for” their $3.5 trillion climate and entitlement deal? The obvious answer is that they don’t. Deficit spending was already over $3 trillion last year alone, and it’s another $2.3 trillion this year. The cumulative federal debt approaches $29 trillion. Democrats do, however, plan to erect a facade of responsibility by raising taxes. Of course, talk of raising taxes is never popular, so Democrats run their usual “tax the rich” class warfare tactic — complete with expensive galas and dresses — even as they’re looking to levee one of the biggest tax hikes on Americans since 1968.
A more realistic designation for the Democrats’ tax plan is “tax the successful.” Their plan would not only increase the top individual tax rate from its current 37% to 39.6%, but, even more deviously, it would also expand the top income bracket by lowering the income threshold from its current $523,000 per individual and $628,300 per married couple down to $400,000 per individual and $450,000 per couple.
In other words, the plan would artificially lift upper-middle-class income earners into the top-tier bracket — all while inflation is increasing. They also want to include a new 3.8% surtax on small business income while eliminating the 20% deduction on qualified business income. They would halve the amount of money targeted by the death tax to $5.5 million.
This may sound like more money than most people make, but all of these taxes actually hit the little guy hardest. Small businesses often pay taxes at the highest individual rate. They also employ the most Americans. Yet they’re going to be squeezed by higher taxes on one end and inflationary wages on the other. That’s not a recipe for hiring.
It’s also not just those higher income levels. According to The Washington Times, “An analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a special congressional panel made up of 10 senior lawmakers from both chambers of Congress, found that individuals making above $200,000 would see their tax burden increase.”
Bigger businesses are hit, as well. Democrats would raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 26.5%, which, when including state and local taxes, would effectively raise the rate to 31% — once again the highest in the developed world after we finally achieved competitiveness with the 2017 GOP law.
Even CNBC sees a problem: “It’s unclear how much the tax increases would raise and if the new revenue would offset the full investment in social programs. Democrats could ultimately cut the legislation’s price tag as centrists balk at a $3.5 trillion total.” Oh, it’s clear, alright. Tax increases don’t ever quite pan out enough to pay for leftist spending schemes. They do, however, hamper economic growth.
If passed, the Democrat tax plan would essentially reverse the Republicans’ 2017 tax cuts, as well as undercut the economic gains that law fueled. Milking the American people to consolidate power rather than seeking to grow the economy appears to be the Democrats’ root motive, despite all Joe Biden’s rhetoric of “building back better.”
A woke congressman works to defund his local police — except for those who protect his wife and kids.
Here in our humble editorial shop, we love pointing out leftist hypocrisy. And, lucky for us, there’s no shortage of it. Last month, for example, we ran a story about St. Louis Democrat Congresswoman Cori Bush, who has famously and repeatedly called for defunding the police but who is also wealthy enough and privileged enough to purchase her own private security.
Sadly, the same can’t be said for Bush’s constituents, who live in one of the nation’s most murderous cities. Apparently, she thinks residents of the crime-ridden Hyde Park neighborhood, for example, where the average home value is $13,525 and the median income is $17,742, can simply shell out tens of thousands to hire their own police protection. And of the 130 murder victims in St. Louis so far this year, all but 10 were black — 98 men and 22 women.
Black Lives Matter, eh, Cori? Let ‘em eat lead, she all but said.
Bush’s fellow “Squad” members, New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, and Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley, are all among the House’s biggest spenders on private security. Still, when it comes to hypocrisy, Bush and her colleagues are Bush Leaguers compared to the only male member of the Squad, New York Congressman Jamaal Bowman. How so? Well, whereas Bush and the others at least have the decency to buy their own protection, Bowman has called for defunding while at the same time requesting that a local police force watch over his wife and children back home in New York.
“We screamed defund the police, so we could reallocate those resources toward something that focuses on true public health and public safety,” he tweeted back in April. Continuing on about a new law enforcement tool being tested in New York City, a “robo dog” that can conduct surveillance of a crime scene without pulling a gun or jeopardizing the safety of human police officers, Bowman kept on screaming: “Not only do I feel physically occupied in my community by too many police, now y’all bring robot police?”
What a hypocritical huckster this guy is. Dorothy Moses Schulz, an emerita professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, seems to concur:
At least in the chutzpah competition, Jamaal Bowman may have outdone other Squad members. After being elected in 2020, he wasted no time voicing support for the George Floyd Act, calling it merely a floor, not a ceiling, in the battle for police reform. Bowman, who has called cops agents of “white supremacy,” represents portions of the Bronx and Westchester County — where, upon his request, the Yonkers Police Department, the county’s largest, is providing extra protection for the single-family home he shares with his wife and children.
“Not long ago,” said Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Keith Olson, “the Congressman called for dramatically less policing in the most violent, crime ridden neighborhoods. … Asking these same police officers to protect your family while creating policies that make communities of color less safe is simply disgraceful.”
Yep, “disgraceful” just about sums up “Representative” Jamaal Bowman.
The 9/11 phrase is often an empty virtue signal driven by economic need, not patriotism.
This past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The famous phrase “Never Forget” was plastered all over social media, signaling to all that Americans can still be united on this day, if no other. Tragically, though, for big corporations, it is an empty virtue signal driven by economic need rather than true patriotism.
September 11 was very formative to this author. Up until that point, my young mind had been fed a steady diet of moral relativism, philosophical pluralism, and ignorance of true malice in this world. What those hijackers did on those planes was unambiguously evil, even to a youngster like myself, and it forced me to really evaluate what I had been taught and what I believed.
The horror and tragedy of that day was juxtaposed with the incredible heroism on the part of many Americans. There were brave flight attendants whose last act was to help identify the terrorists on the planes; there were brave passengers on Flight 93 who decided to fight rather than let the hijackers hit their target; there were brave police officers and firefighters in New York City and Arlington; and there were brave American soldiers who fought to defend us in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It will never not be emotional and full of memories. That evening of September 11, 2001, my childhood neighborhood lit candles in remembrance of those who lost their lives. People lined their lawns with American flags to show solidarity as American people. We had one identity.
Twenty years later, America has lost its identity. Many things can be (and have been) said about the choice to withdraw from Afghanistan. The glaringly obvious is that the way it transpired was profoundly callous and will define Joe Biden’s presidency. His dereliction is a stain on our honor as a people.
Which is why, on this September 11, when browsing through social media, my reaction was visceral when posts appeared from big corporations featuring pictures of the Twin Towers and the slogan “Never Forget.”
These corporations were silent on the disastrous withdrawal. They were silent when 13 U.S. service members and nearly a hundred Afghanis were killed in the suicide bombing in Kabul. They have said nothing about the poor people who are stuck in Afghanistan, hostages to the Taliban. For all their virtue signaling a few years ago with the #MeToo movement, where is their outrage on behalf of the Afghan women who now have to suffer under Sharia law? And yet they have the audacity to post “Never Forget”?
It’s hard to tell if the motivation for these posts is simply cowardice, political catering, or ignorance of what “Never Forget” actually means to countless patriotic Americans who experienced immeasurable heartache that day. The irony is that they are so quick to forget the post-9/11 sacrifices of many courageous soldiers to counter the threat of terrorism against the United States.
Please, big corporations, spare us the insincerity. Virtue is proven through where you actually stand on any given issue. It is not a once-a-year, halfhearted post that probably means very little to you as a company.
A Muslim college student threw away American flags because he hates this country.
Picture this: After white supremacists killed 3,000 Americans 20 years ago, people united in patriotic displays of flags to commemorate those lives. And then a white supremacist went about removing or vandalizing those flags and displays. Heck, imagine that happening to a Black Lives Matter mural. Do you think that would be a story on the evening news?
It was, of course, radical Islamist jihadis who murdered 2,977 innocents on September 11, 2001. And it was, of course, a Muslim student who set about removing an American flag display. The media? Crickets.
“Members of Young America’s Foundation at Washington University in St. Louis placed 2,977 American flags on campus to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks,” reports Campus Reform. “However, Fadel Alkilani, who serves as a student senator at the university, was caught later collecting the flags in garbage bags.”
Note that this wasn’t just any student — he’s a student senator. Asked about what would in many other circumstances be considered a hate crime, Alkilani spewed anti-American venom. “A memorial which uses US flags is especially insidious, as it does not recognize those who have fallen, but uses a symbol that was on the shoulders of those who are responsible for the deaths of 900,000 people,” he said, apparently referring to those killed in the War on Terror. Such a memorial, he insisted, “uses the innocent lives lost during 9/11 as a political prop upholding American hegemony.”
Alkilani also responded with victimitis: “Muslims such as I have faced fear, harassment, and Islamophobia from those who unjustly use the victims of 9/11 as a political cudgel. Those who died during 9/11 deserve better than to be used as a political tool by those who seek to excuse American imperialism and Islamophobia.”
They most certainly deserve better than to be used by Alkilani to rattle off such noxious tripe about how horrible America is and what a victim he’s been, despite not even being born yet on 9/11.
This wasn’t the only university display to be vandalized, either. “At Michigan State University,” Campus Reform adds, “YAF students’ flag display and 9/11 memorial were vandalized. Originally, the display said ‘Never Forget.’ The vandals, however, crossed out the word ‘Never’ and spray painted the word ‘Israel.’” Other colleges and universities had similar trouble.
Is this a real hate crime? Not by the Left’s classic definition, because the perpetrator is in a protected class. But it sure was hateful by Alkilani’s own admission. And it’s also a pattern on American college campuses. “Never forget?” It seems too many have done just that.
Treason? General Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, allegedly undermined Trump White House with secret calls, promising to alert China of potential U.S. attacks (The Federalist) | Top Republicans call for Milley’s ouster (Washington Times)
Antony Blinken says most Afghan evacuees weren’t vetted before airlift (Washington Times) | Friendly fire: Senate Democrats threaten subpoena after Pentagon chief refuses to appear at Afghanistan hearing (Washington Times)
Governor Gavin Newsom survives recall as Larry Elder peaked too early (National Review)
House Democrats break Joe Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $400K (Washington Times)
Congressional Research Service raises questions about OSHA vaccine mandate’s legality (Daily Wire) | Arizona becomes first state to challenge constitutionality of the vaccine mandate (Daily Signal)
“Breach of trust”: Secret Facebook program exempted celebrities and VIPs from moderation policies (Daily Wire)
Intelligence experts say Al-Qaeda could reform in Afghanistan in “one to two years” (Daily Wire) | Top U.S. general in Afghanistan told chain of command he disagreed with withdrawal (Washington Times)
What could possibly go wrong? DOJ allows former intel/military members who hacked for foreign country to pay to escape prosecution (Daily Wire)
China following Russian model with large-scale buildup of nuclear force (Washington Times)
“Absolutely outrageous”: North Korea fires two ballistic missiles toward Japan (Fox News)
Insight: “Many people never grow up. They stay all their lives with a passionate need for external authority and guidance, pretending not to trust their own judgment.” —Alan Watts (1915-1973)
“If you are serious about wanting to improve education, do not vote more money for the education establishment that has been dumbing down the schools for years. Vote for vouchers, tax credits, or anything else that will transfer decision-making power to parents.” —Thomas Sowell
“The Democrats’ inflation is turning American workers’ pay raises into effective pay cuts, essentially pickpocketing American families. You might think this would give our Democratic friends some pause and encourage them to deal in reality.” —Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell
“Let us #NeverForget that it was the Islamist ideology which inspired the terrorist attacks and declaration of war against America on 9/11. And it is this Islamist ideology that continues to fuel terrorist attacks around the world and is the foundation for so-called ‘Islamic’ countries like Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory policies against Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, etc.” —Tulsi Gabbard
Democrat infighting: “I don’t know that young lady [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] that well. I really don’t. I have met her one time, I think, between sets here. But that’s it. So we have not had any conversations. She’s just speculating and saying things because she wants to.” —Senator Joe Manchin (“Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called ‘bipartisan’ fossil fuel bills. It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Sick of this ‘bipartisan’ corruption that masquerades as clear-eyed moderation.” —AOC, September 2)
The BIG Lie: “Look, I don’t want to punish anyone’s success, but the wealthy have been getting a free ride at the expense of the middle class for too long. I intend to pass one of the biggest middle class tax cuts ever — paid for by making those at the top pay their fair share.” —Joe Biden
Demagogue: “That sunny American optimism, so key to our national identity, has been replaced by a growing sourness and divisiveness in the land. … We have a once in a generation opportunity to rebuild our economy and rekindle faith in America’s future.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Friendly fire I: “The notion that General Milley said that ‘nothing I or anyone else indicated a collapse of [the Afghan] army or this government in 11 days,’ I just don’t think that’s true. If the administration really said, ‘Nobody could see this coming,’ then that probably suggests that the contingency planning for something that was a real possibility wasn’t all that it should have been.” —Democrat Senator Tim Kaine
Friendly fire II: “I’m very disappointed that Secretary [Lloyd] Austin declined our request to testify today. … I expect the secretary will avail himself to the committee in the near future. And if he does not, I may consider the use of committee subpoena power to compel him.” —Democrat Senator Bob Menendez
Friendly fire III: “The execution of the U.S. withdrawal was clearly and fatally flawed.” —Bob Menendez
Non compos mentis: “I’m puzzled by these people who continue to say they’re forced to get vaccinated… If you do not want to get vaccinated, you can work from home. You can homeschool your children. You can shop online.” —MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle
Dr. Flip-Flop: “I would support [a vaccine mandate]. If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people [then] you should be vaccinated.” —Anthony Fauci, September 2021 | “I don’t see [a vaccine mandate] on a national level merely because of all the situations you have upon encroaching upon a person’s freedom to make their own choice of their own health.” —Anthony Fauci, July 2020
Grand delusions: “[The Statue of Liberty] is a strong, powerful woman with her hand up saying if you’ve been oppressed anywhere in this world, you come to our harbor. This is the safe harbor for people suffering from oppression. My friends, that oppression, in my judgment, is going on right now in the state of Texas, and our harbor is open for people to come here and understand that we will be there to take care of them and protect them.” —New York Governor Kathy Hochul
Village idiot: “I see the U.S. is having its dumb little annual pity party again.” —University of Toronto professor Jonathan Weisberg vis-à-vis 9/11
And last… “I think after seeing all the celebs without masks or social distancing … at the Met Gala we should pretty much move on with our lives.” —Janice Dean
The number of illegal border crossers that were encountered on the southern border has officially topped 200,000 for the second straight month. We have now had a whopping total of 1,322,657 over the first 8 months of the year.
After a record breaking 212,000 illegal aliens tallied in July, Border Patrol agents recorded another 208,887 encounters in August. Almost half – 49% – of the encounters were single adult males, who were, once again, the largest demographic in the group.
The data was obtained by Fox News through an exclusive source at DHS because the monthly federal report – typically available within a week-plus from the start of the month – has not been updated as of yet.
The new numbers for August represent a massive 317% increase over the same time last year when Trump was in charge of securing the border.
Now thanks to Biden’s open border policy and free lodging for his imported voters, it’s a free-for-all.
After the Supreme Court had mandated Biden enforce Trump’s extremely successful “Remain in Mexico” policy, the administration began to expel some single adults and migrant families, but refuses to enforce the policy on unaccompanied minors or families with young children.
Just 44% of the illegal encounters from August were sent back to await a hearing, according to the DHS source.
August’s total of 208,887 represents just a fraction of the true number of illegal aliens that are able to slip through undetected. Now in the vast majority of cases, the ones who are traveling to avoid detection are criminal smugglers – everyone else can walk up to a border agent and turn themself in at a port of entry.
Trump’s wall had a profound effect on cutting off illicit drug runners from having access to their routes, so it sure doesn’t help that large sections of the wall have been removed and left wide open along known drug highways.
With the US officially out of Afghanistan, could this be a moment for a full-scale ‘pivot to the pacific’? American foreign policy continues to increase its focus on China, and that is having ripple effects on America’s allies in the region.
Is the Biden presidency in terminal decline? This administration’s handling of the COVID pandemic, the economy and not least Afghanistan sees this president underwater in the polls in a big way. And the country today is just as divided as under Trump.
As US intelligence services now warn that Al-Qaeda could regroup and attack the country once again, RT discusses the possibility that the group’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is alive, with a former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon. #news #trending #currentevents ————————————————————————————————– Freedom over censorship, truth over narrative.