Daily Archives: September 16, 2021

This Is How Freedom and Democracy Come To an End — CultureWatch

It is high time we wake up to what is happening:

Under the guise of ‘keeping us safe’ we have seen politicians, leaders, health bureaucrats and most of the media push the most shocking assault on basic liberties, human rights, and the democratic process that has been witnessed in peacetime.

The erosion of freedom and the attack on what a liberal democracy is all about has been shocking to behold. Thankfully many people here and overseas have realised just how dangerous and totalitarian all this has become, and they are speaking out and fighting back.

I have featured many of them on these pages, but here I want to single out one outstanding commentator from the US who has been a powerful voice of sanity in all this madness. Indeed, he has had hundreds of opening monologues on his highest-watched cable news channel in America that have been must-watch, must-share.

I refer to Tucker Carlson. A very recent commentary of his is utterly superb and I cannot recommend it highly enough. And the good news is, if you like reading, the link just below has the full transcript. But if you prefer watching and listening, the video of course is there as well. The 16-minute video is here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-degradation-people-american-crisis

Please have a watch and share far and wide. Carlson has a real gift of encapsulating in a short amount of time the real issues and the real problems we are facing. What follows are large slabs of his discussion. He begins this way:

The COVID vaccines aren’t like other vaccines that you might be familiar with, so here are some things that we know about them. Unlike, say, the smallpox vaccine, which prevents you from getting smallpox, the COVID vaccines do not necessarily prevent you from getting COVID. The COVID vaccine does not prevent you from spreading COVID to other people. The long-term effects of the COVID vaccines are unknown, and at this point cannot be known. We do know the vaccines are many times less effective than natural immunity in protecting people, and close to 100 million Americans already have natural immunity. We know that in some cases, the COVID vaccines cause potentially fatal heart problems in the people who take them.

 

One new study shows that teenaged boys are six times more likely to suffer cardiac damage from the shot than they are to be hospitalized with COVID itself. So it’s a mixed picture. That’s some of what we know about the COVID vaccines. And yet, these very same vaccines — which are far less effective than we were told they were initially, potentially dangerous for some, and completely unnecessary for tens of millions of others — are now, nevertheless, mandatory for virtually everyone in America. So why is that? Why exactly is that the policy? In his speech to the country last week, Joe Biden didn’t bother to explain why. Explanations are not necessary at this point. Your consent is no longer required.

He refers to Biden’s September 9 speech mandating forced vaccines, and says this:

That address, Biden’s address, was the most divisive speech ever given by a modern American president. Virtually every sentence of the speech reinforced a single point again and again. And it was this: Your fellow Americans are dangerous to you. They could kill you. And that includes your family, it includes your friends, it includes the people you sit next to at work. All of these people are threats to you and only the Biden administration can save you. “We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated coworkers,” that’s what the president said.

 

Think about that for a moment. Does it make sense? If the vaccine works — and they assure us adamantly that it does work and they punish us if we question how well it works — then how can the unvaccinated possibly pose a threat to the vaccinated? How? What exactly is the risk exactly to the vaccinated from the unvaccinated? Joe Biden didn’t tell us the answer. He didn’t tell us because he doesn’t know. No one knows. There is no answer. The entire argument is transparently absurd. And once you realize that, you realize that none of this endless talking about public health, at this point, is really about public health.

 

If it was about public health, the authorities would simply make vaccines available to anyone who wanted the vaccine, call it a victory, which it would be, and leave it there. But that’s not what it’s about. It’s about power. These demands are so obviously irrational, that forcing you to accept them without complaint is the whole point of the exercise. It is a form of sadomasochism, it is dominance and submission. It’s about power. If they can make you take medicine you don’t want or need, they’ve won. You are theirs. You belong to them. They want this.

 

They want it enough that they’re willing to destroy the health care system in order to do it. And one of the many ironies from his speech – the very moment Joe Biden accused the unvaccinated of wrecking our hospital system, they’re going to flood the system – at that moment, actual hospitals around the country were beginning to deny critical services to patients because too many nurses had quit. Why did the nurses quit?  Because of the vaccine mandates. They left their jobs rather than get the COVID vaccine.

 

Yesterday, to name one example, a hospital in New York stopped delivering babies. They can’t deliver babies because too many nurses have fled from the mandate. In California, the already third-world state of medicine has declined dramatically and become a full-blown crisis. California can’t hire nurses from out of state because too few will come because they don’t want the vaccine. One health care executive told Bloomberg News that only about half of his front-line nurses who treat COVID every day have received the COVID vaccination. The rest of those nurses have refused. Half! Again, these are people who treat COVID for a living. You can’t dismiss them as uninformed. They know virtually more than anyone in the world about this subject. But they’ve refused the vaccine. Why? No one’s answered that question and until recently, no one thought we’d have to answer that question. Because until recently, mandatory vaccines were unthinkable, even among Democrats.

He quotes a number of them, and finishes with the words of one progressive: “There are privileges associated with being an American. That if you wish to have these privileges, you need to get vaccinated. Travel, and having the right to travel in our state, it’s not a constitutional right as far as I know to board a plane.” Tucker continues:

“If you wish to have these privileges, you need to get vaccinated.” The person who said that, the last person in the montage we just played, is the former head of Planned Parenthood. Her name is Leana Wen. That’s quite a statement to make. So here you have a woman who moved to this country from China sitting authoritatively in a box on CNN, lecturing Americans that their most basic birthright — the right to travel within their own country, the country they were born in — is now, in fact, a privilege that the Democratic Party may decide to grant you if follow its demands. “Dr. Wen, may I have permission to drive my kids to school?” It’s pretty shocking if you think about it. How dare somebody say something like that out loud on television? What country is this? But more to the point, why doesn’t anyone in authority seem outraged by it? Possibly because a lot of them hope that’s our future.

 

Congressman Don Beyer of Northern Virginia — a fashionably radical car dealer from Arlington — has already introduced legislation in the House that would require vaccine passports for all domestic air travel in this country. Sound crazy? It’s just the first step, phase one of a much larger program. Once authoritarian measures like Don Beyer’s have made large numbers of otherwise law-abiding Americans desperate enough to use fake vaccine cards, then we’ll move to the next phase, and this will likely happen soon. You’ll start to hear about the dangerous epidemic of fake documents out there — “an epidemic that threatens the public health of this country…. Over to you, Wolf.” Now, keep in mind that the term “fake” in this context will refer only to documents designed to evade scientifically unjustifiable and transparently partisan COVID regulations, the kinds we’re seeing everywhere. The forged documents that millions of foreign nationals use every day — to work illegally at, say, Don Beyer’s car dealerships in Arlington — those fake documents will get no mention at all. They will never, never be mentioned on CNN. Because those are the good kind of fake documents. Only racists complain about those fake documents.

 

So within a short time, guaranteed, we will have another mass panic, this one about fake vaccination cards. And into this hysteria will step Fauci and Biden and Leana Wen and the rest of the power-grabbers in the political-media axis. And suddenly they will have the perfect solution to this terrifying new crisis of fake vaccine cards and the answer, needless to say, will be digital COVID passports. It’ll be so obvious: All your key personal health information, protected by your unique biometric signature, stored safely forever in the cloud. It’s perfect — it’s highly efficient. Only a Russian Q-Anon operative could oppose something so obviously good and essential to the public health. Just don’t forget to bring your fingerprints with you the next time you want to leave your house, or buy food, or fly on an airplane, or visit your children in college, or have a job, or get access to your checking account. Because Leana Wen is going to need to verify that you are following all of the rules. All of those things are privileges now. They’re not rights. They can be taken away.

 

If that sounds like a fever dream or paranoia, rest assured it’s not. Without mass resistance, that’s exactly what’s coming, and it’s coming soon. And once it does come, the question is where does it go from there? In a moment of centralized tech surveillance, combined with mass social conformity, and that’s exactly the country we’re living in right now, there aren’t many limits to where it could go.

 

If they can force you to take a vaccine that you don’t need, what can’t they do? Why don’t they, I don’t know, make you take psychiatric drugs if you’re persistently disobedient? Express the wrong view, get a Thorazine shot. Why couldn’t they do that? What’s the limiting principle on them? In fact, you can imagine a panel of CNN doctors explaining that we’d all be a lot safer if the mentally ill propagandists on the radical right got the treatment they need, and stopped spreading their dangerous conspiracy theories. So giving them psychotropic meds is an urgent matter of public health. Does that sound far-fetched?

 

How about if these school therapists convince your 6-year-old to switch genders and accept chemical castration? At this point, why should you be able to able to stop that from happening? Why should you have any say at all? You’re not a doctor. You’re just a parent and you have no power. If you’re no longer in control of your own body — and thanks to the vaccine mandates, we’ve established that you’re not in control of your own body — what gives you the right to control your child’s body? It’s a good question.

 

As Joe Biden himself told the country on Thursday, “This is not about freedom.” And that’s true, it’s not about freedom. Keep in mind it wasn’t so long ago that authorities in this country forcibly sterilized and lobotomized American citizens against their will. Why? In the name of public health. And it wasn’t just a few people, by the way. It was a lot of people. So explain slowly so we can understand why that can’t happen again. Tell us why some version of that isn’t unfolding right now.

 

Suddenly things are moving very fast, and they’re all moving in a very specific direction. Just the other day, one of the most prominent members of the United States Senate — the former Harvard Law professor called Elizabeth Warren — wrote a public letter to Amazon demanding the site ban books she disagrees with. So here you have a self-described liberal, who was a law professor at a premier law school, calling for book burning. Did you think you’d live to see that? The most amazing thing is that no one seemed to notice.

He looks at some massive American problems such as the homeless on California streets and then concludes:

Imagine the selfless geniuses who framed our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, returning 250 years later to see what their country has become. So that is the actual crisis that we face; it’s the degradation of our people. But rather than fix it or care about it, which is the first step toward fixing it, they increase the degradation.

 

Bow to our will or we’ll punish you. Violate your own beliefs. Give us your dignity. And the very moment when the American population desperately needs to be loved, helped, understood, uplifted, they are being degraded and punished by their leaders. How is that going to end?

America looks to be on its last legs. So too does Australia and so many other Western nations. Unless we wake up – fast. Please have a view of the entire video. Here it is again: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-degradation-people-american-crisis

This Is How Freedom and Democracy Come To an End — CultureWatch

September 16 Evening Quotes of The Day

Lay Down Weapons of Rebellion Against Heaven
Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Peter 1:4

If we desire to have our souls molded to this holy frame, to become partakers of the divine nature, and have Christ formed in our hearts, we must seriously resolve, and carefully endeavor to avoid and abandon all vicious and sinful practices. There can be no treaty of peace till once we lay down those weapons of rebellion with which we fight against heaven; nor can we expect to have our distempers cured if we be daily feeding on poison.

HENRY SCOUGAL

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

If Everyone Knew What Everyone Else Said About Them
Psalm 15:3; 101:5; Proverbs 10:18; 16:28; 30:10; Jeremiah 9:4

I set it down as a fact that if all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.

BLAISE PASCAL

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

September 16 – Now is the day of salvation — Reformed Perspective

Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts… – Nahum 3:5

Scripture reading: Nahum 3:5-7 and II Chron. 30:1-13

This, humanly speaking, may be one of the darkest and most humiliating degradations that will be inflicted on the Assyrians. All of us wince at the thought of having nakedness exposed. It is too indelicate to even think about. And the humiliation is compounded as those who are so shamefully exposed will also be pelted with filth. You can imagine what the reference “filth” means. Gross!

We might be tempted to think that as the people of God, we are so much better than this. II Chronicles is a warning of how the people of God can forget Him. The people scorned and mocked the messengers of the LORD. In Luke 14 Jesus spoke the Parable of the Great Wedding Banquet. The audience was composed of Jewish people. They were confronted with the long-awaited Messiah, their deliverer, and they scorned Him and refused His invitation to be rescued from having their nakedness and their sins exposed.

Yet, in Chronicles, it is reported that some faithful people humbled themselves and attended the Passover. In Luke 14 it is reported others, unexpected ones, were invited and tasted the banquet of the King. Revelation 5:9 celebrates the fact that at the Marriage Feast in heaven, Jesus, the Bridegroom, will have people from every tribe, language, nation and people represented. What a mighty God we serve. What graciousness is contained even in His warnings. Now is the day of salvation. Now is the day to repent. Now is the day to celebrate the great salvation given us in Jesus Christ.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for teachers, student assistants, attendance monitors, principals, coworkers and coffee klatch friends that they will hear and receive the invitation of God. Give thanks to God for the rich salvation He has given you in Jesus.

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.

September 16 – Now is the day of salvation — Reformed Perspective

To Glorify Christ Jesus — VCY America

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:14)

The Holy Ghost Himself cannot better glorify the Lord Jesus than by showing to us Christ’s own things. Jesus is His own best commendation. There is no adorning Him except with his own gold.

The Comforter shows us that which He has received of our Lord Jesus. We never see anything aright till He reveals it. He has a way of opening our minds and of opening the Scriptures, and by this double process He sets forth our Lord to us. There is much art in setting forth a matter, and that art belongs in the highest degree to the Spirit of truth. He shows us the things themselves. This is a great privilege, as those know who have enjoyed the hallowed vision.

Let us seek the illumination of the Spirit; not to gratify our curiosity, nor even to bring us personal comfort, so much as to glorify the Lord Jesus. Oh, to have worthy ideas of Him! Groveling notions dishonor our precious Lord. Oh, to have such vivid impressions of His person, and work, and glory that we may with heart and soul cry out to His praise! Where there is a heart enriched by the Holy Ghost’s teaching there will be a Savior glorified beyond expression. Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly light, and show us Jesus our Lord!

To Glorify Christ Jesus — VCY America

God Knows Me and He Loves Me — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar…” Psalm139:1-6

Often we hide our true selves from people. We put on masks. We pretend. We people please. Why? We want to be liked. We want to belong. We’re afraid of the big  R—Rejection. We think, if they really knew me, they wouldn’t like me.

The good news is that God knows everything about us, and He still loves us! David writes, “O LORD, you have searched me (thoroughly) and have known me…You are acquainted with all my ways,” (Psalm 139:1-3 Amplified). Every moment God knows where we are and what we need and He lovingly takes care of us.  Why do we have difficulty believing this?

We equate love with something that makes us feel good. If my life is good, then God loves me. If my life is bad, He loves me not. We often play,  this “He loves me; He loves me not” game.

We bargain with God. I will do this for you and then you will do that for me. When our expectations are not met, we conclude that God doesn’t love us.

The truth is: God is always good and I am always loved.

The greatest proof of God’s love is Jesus. He died for us so we could live—really live here and in eternity.

God also shows his love in very practical ways. He plants “I love you” notes into each day. Can you find some? Here are a few of mine:

Thank you for the pattern the late afternoon sun makes on my wall.
Thank you, for the bright pink flowers on my cactus plant;
Thank you for the way the wind plays in the trees…

As we give thanks for these tangible things, we open the door for God’s salvation to come in (Psalm 50:23).

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you love me always and are with me always.

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission
To read more of Helen’s writings go to http://www.helenlescheid.com


Further Reading

•  How To Be Sure God Listens To Your Prayers
•  Your Father’s Heart Longs for You by Sylvia Gunter
•  Salvation Explained

God Knows Me and He Loves Me — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Our Everlasting Consolation — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NKJV)

Consolation.” There is music in the word: like David’s harp, it charms away the evil spirit of depression.

It was a distinguished honor to Barnabas to be called “the son of consolation.” (Acts 4:36, KJV) It is one of the most illustrious names given to any man, for Barnabas shone with some measure of the light of the Lord Jesus who is “the consolation of Israel.” (Luke 2:25)

Everlasting consolation.” This is most important part, for the eternity of comfort is the crown and glory of it. What is this “everlasting consolation”? First, it includes a sense of pardoned sin. A Christian son or daughter has received in their heart the witness of the Spirit that their iniquities are put away like a cloud. If sin is pardoned, isn’t that an everlasting consolation?

Next, the Lord gives His people an abiding sense of acceptance in Christ. The Christian knows that God looks on them as standing in union with Jesus. Union to the risen Lord is a consolation of the most abiding order; it is, in fact, everlasting. With this blessed assurance, let sickness prostrate us. Haven’t we seen hundreds of believers as happy in the weakness of disease as they would have been in the strength blossoming health? Let also death’s arrows pierce us to the heart. Our comfort never dies, because our ears are full of the songs of saints as they have rejoiced because the living love of God was shed abroad in their hearts in dying moments.

Yes, a sense of acceptance in the Beloved is an everlasting consolation. Moreover, the Christian has a conviction of their security. God has promised to save those who trust in Christ. The Christian does trust in Christ, and we believe that God will be as good as His word, and will save us. We are safe by virtue of being bound up with the person and work of our everlasting consolation, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Originally written by Charles H. Spurgeon,
published in “Mornings & Evenings,”
Updated to modern English by Darren Hewer, 2010.


Further Reading

• How God Demonstrates His Love
• God’s Plan – A Study on God’s Destiny for Me?
•  Salvation Explained

Our Everlasting Consolation — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

When Life is a Roller Coaster – The Psalms Bring Sanity — Key Life

A month ago, my father-in-law passed away after a long illness. Three weeks ago, I fell and broke my collar bone. Last week we spent at the beach enjoying our children and grands (Nineteen of us including three babies!). Sunday my husband tested positive for COVID, so now he and I are quarantined together and our whole extended family had to get tested. Monday was our second oldest son’s 36th birthday, but he was not celebrating with us—he is with Jesus in heaven. It’s been a roller coaster of a month.

I’m sure that your life can also be a like a roller coaster—with your own disorienting mixture of sadness, suffering, anxiety, frustration, and even joy. How do we remember in the midst of all that happens that we live in God’s world where he is good and does good? How do we reorient ourselves every day to the truth of God’s love for us in Jesus? I pray the psalms. They are Jesus’s prayer book and the prayer book of God’s people for centuries. They can be yours as well. 

I have been praying through the psalms for the last thirty years using the same Bible. My prayer requests and God’s answers (all with dates) are sprinkled through the psalms in my old, falling apart, study Bible. The psalms have become my personal prayer book through joy, thanksgiving, anxiety, guilt, anger, grief, and sorrow. They have been my faithful companions on my journey with Jesus—giving me words for my troubles, reminders of God’s care, and promises to rely on.

THE PSALMS ARE PRAYERS OF FAITH

How can the psalms become your faithful companion too? Here are some of the things I have learned about the psalms that have kept me praying and singing them. I hope that they encourage you to do the same.

THE PSALMS ARE PRAYERS OF FAITH, AND AS THE FAITHFUL PRAY THEM, THEY GROW IN FAITH.

This is not an instant process. The Psalms are long experiences condensed into just a few words. I picture them as a condensed version of weeks of struggle. As I have prayed the psalms, I have felt disappointment. I wondered where God was. I wondered how I could possibly say I knew him when it felt like I had a ton of bricks on my chest. But in going to God, in crying out, he did answer—my faith in his love, care, and kindness grew.

THE PSALMS ARE PRAYERS OF FAITH—FAITH NOT IN OURSELVES, BUT IN GOD’S POWER AND GOODNESS.

If you read the psalms you will find some doubts—questions about God’s presence, his help, and whether or not he would deliver from danger. But in the entire book of Psalms, there isn’t a single line that doubts God’s existence, his creation, or his power to act now in the world. All these prayers. All these psalmists pouring out their hearts to God. They don’t always know what God is up to. They don’t know why they are suffering. They don’t know why their enemies are getting away with murder. But one thing they do know: their only hope is God himself.

THE PSALMS ARE PRAYERS OF FAITH—WE PRAY THEM WITH JESUS AND TO JESUS.

When Jesus lived on this earth as a man, he prayed the psalms in faith just as we do. He experienced all the emotions we experience, yet without ever turning from his love for God and his love for people. Do you want to walk with Jesus? Pray the psalms with him and to him. He will meet you. Your love for him will grow.

THE PSALMS ARE PRAYERS OF FAITH, AND WE WAIT BY FAITH FOR GOD TO ANSWER.

The faith of those who wrote the psalms was in their all-powerful God who created the world and delivered them from deadly peril. Like the psalmists who became confident by remembering God’s deliverance at the Red Sea and in the wilderness, we remember God’s power and deliverance. They hoped for a deliverer, but we have the historical reality of Jesus. God himself has come as the man Jesus to save his people.

We have the cross, the resurrection, and Jesus in heaven at the right hand of the Father. We have Jesus our brother ever alive to intercede for us, and we have his gift of God’s presence in the Holy Spirit. This is not a spiritual allegory. The man Jesus really did walk on this earth. He really did die a cruel and undeserved death, and he really did rise again. That historical reality is proof, no matter what else might happen, that God’s love doesn’t fail. Because God’s love doesn’t fail, we can pray and wait in faith.

THE PSALMS ARE PRAYERS OF FAITH, AND WE PRAY THEM BY FAITH DAILY.

There are many different ways that you can incorporate the psalms into your everyday life. Some read one psalm in the morning and one psalm at night. Others have noticed that since there are 150 psalms, you can read five psalms each day for the thirty days of the month. For months that have thirty-one days you can read through Psalm 119 again.

This is the method I use—I multiply the day’s date by five and read the five psalms that end in the number I get. Day 1 means I read Psalms 1–5, day two I read Psalms 6–10, etc. I read through each day’s selection, stopping to underline, write down prayer requests and dates, and rewriting a portion (or two) as my own prayer in a journal. Do I do this every day? No, but I don’t worry if I miss a few days. I just start back using the current date. After decades of praying through the psalms, I have read all of them many times.

THE PROMISES OF JESUS

Jesus promised his disciples (including us) that he would not leave us as orphans, but send his Comforter, the Holy Spirit to be our daily helper. The Comforter speaks to us using God’s words. Praying the psalms will guide your prayers and will also fill your mind with God’s words to you. You will be comforted, convicted, strengthened, and guided as you pray them. May the psalms help you to walk by faith, faithfully, until your Good Shepherd brings you home to glory.

When Life is a Roller Coaster – The Psalms Bring Sanity — Key Life

September 16 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Giving Yourself to the Lord, but Not the Church?
2 Corinthians 8:5; Hebrews 10:25

Now, I know there are some who say “Well, I have given myself to the Lord, but I do not intend to give myself to any church.” Now, why not? “Because I can be a Christian without it.” Now, are you quite clear about that? You can be as good a Christian by disobedience to your Lord’s commands as by being obedient? Well, suppose everybody else did the same. Suppose all Christians in the world said, “I shall not join the Church.” Why, there would be no visible Church; there would be no ordinances. That would be a very bad thing, and yet, why should not all of us do it? You believe that if you were to do an act which has a tendency to destroy the visible Church of God, you would be as good a Christian as if you did your best to build up that Church? I do not believe it, sir! Nor do you either. You have not any such a belief; it is only an excuse for something else.

There is a brick. What is the brick made for? To help to build a house with. It is of no use for that brick to tell you that it is just as good a brick while it is kicking about on the ground as it would be in the house. It is a good-for-nothing brick; until it is built into the wall, it is no good. So you rolling-stone Christians, I do not believe that you are answering your purpose; you are living contrary to the life which Christ would have you live, and you are much to blame for the injury you do.

CHARLES SPURGEON*

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

God May Perform Miracles
Exodus 34:10; Deuteronomy 3:24; Psalm 77:14

All nature is the work of the divine art. Now it is not inconsistent with a work of art that the artist make some alteration in his work, even after giving it its first form. Neither, therefore, is it contrary to nature if God does something in natural things other than that which occurs in the ordinary course of nature.

THOMAS AQUINAS*

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

16 Sep 2021 News Briefing

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North Korea launches two ballistic missiles toward Japan; missiles land in international waters between Japan, Korean Peninsula
North Korea launched two ballistic missiles off the nation’s coast toward Japan Wednesday, leading Japan’s prime minister to condemn the move as “absolutely outrageous.” “The firings threaten the peace and safety of Japan and the region and are absolutely outrageous,” said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga,

They Are Creating The Biggest Witch Hunt In American History
Up until just recently, there just hasn’t been an easy and efficient way to identify those that are not eager servants of the system. But now the COVID vaccines have changed everything. These injections are the perfect litmus test, because “troublemakers”, “independent thinkers” and “non-conformists” are pretty much the only ones that are refusing the shots at this point. This makes it exceptionally easy to divide American citizens into two categories, and it also gives authorities a perfect excuse to push all of those “troublemakers”, “independent thinkers” and “non-conformists” to the fringes of society.

US, UK To Share Nuclear Submarine Technology With Australia In “Historic” Military Pact Against China
the US, Britain and Australia announced on Wednesday a “historic” security alliance to strengthen military capabilities in the Pacific, which will share advanced defense technologies and give Australian forces nuclear submarine technology further extending Washington’s drive for military cooperation that has angered China (although we are confident Gen Milley has already shared said nuclear technology with China so their anger will probably be contained).

5-Minute-Plus Wait-Time For 911 Calls In Portland Amid Staff Shortages, Efforts To Defund Police
People calling 911 to report a Sept. 4 shootout at a Pearl District restaurant and other emergencies in the following half-hour waited an average of more than 7.5 minutes before a dispatcher answered, The Oregonian reported, adding that this was just “the latest example of serious problems plaguing the city’s emergency dispatch system.”

Trump SecDef Refutes Milley’s ‘Regular Comms’ Excuse, Calls For Immediate Resignation
While General Milley and The White House must be hoping that if they just keep pointing the finger at Trump’s behavior, this whole treasonous affair will go away judging from angry comments from Christopher Miller – who was Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense at the time of the calls to China – this crisis is anything but over… the former Pentagon chief said he did not authorize Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to directly contact China’s top military commander – contrary to Milley’s claims that his conversations with Beijing were approved by defense officials.

Treason-mania grips U.S.: Pressure builds on ‘treacherous’ Gen. Milley
Reacting to Gen. Mark Milley’s non-denial of the report that he promised to warn China if President Trump ordered a military strike, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman’s actions were “treacherous.” A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs issued a statement earlier Wednesday arguing that the chairman “regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense” of various nations. In a video posted to Twitter, Rubio contested the statement’s logic. “If these are normal phone calls, like the kind he makes every night, then why is this a story?” he asked.

US Industrial Production Returns To Pre-pandemic Level: Fed
Production by US factories, mines and utilities in August surpassed the level seen before the pandemic caused an unprecedented collapse, according to Federal Reserve data released Wednesday. Industrial production increased 0.4 percent in August, but it could have been 0.3 percentage points higher had it not been for the effects of Hurricane Ida, which caused flooding and destruction in parts of Louisiana and the northeastern United States.

Joe Biden’s next blunder – Jerusalem
You are probably wondering what comes next for the man who’s done everything wrong since he became president. Wait no more. Biden has set his sights on Jerusalem so far as his next blunder following Afghanistan. Biden is prepared to fix everything that ain’t broke.

Yom Kippur: What you need to know about the holiest day in Judaism
Also known as the Day of Atonement, the holiday is traditionally considered the most important in all of Judaism, and is marked by a 25-hour fast and numerous restrictions and rules.  The fast of Yom Kippur is explained in the Bible, described in the Book of Leviticus as a day of cleansing, where the Jewish people atone for their sins, become pure, and pray that they are inscribed in the Book of Life.

Israel will turn ‘into hell,’ warns elusive Hamas leader
The head of Hamas’ military wing Mohammed Deif issued a rare recording … “Just like you say ‘go to hell,’ you left Gaza because it was hell for you, and tomorrow we will turn all of Palestine into hell for you.”

Egypt opens restored tomb of pharoah who ruled 4,500 years ago
The structure − known as the Southern Tomb − is largely underground and includes a labyrinth of corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic carvings and tiles. A central funeral shaft houses a massive granite-clad sarcophagus from Egypt’s Third Dynasty.

Gantz: Israel can ‘live with’ new Iran nuclear deal
“The current US approach of putting the Iran nuclear program back in a box, I’d accept that,” Gantz said, but noted that Israel would want to see the US lead a “viable Plan B” if negotiations with Iran failed. Gantz said the Plan B should include political, diplomatic, and economic pressure on Iran from the US, Europe, Russia, and China.

Will Taliban’s return feed Kashmir insurgency?
India’s leaders are anxiously watching the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, fearing that it will benefit their bitter rival Pakistan and feed a long-simmering insurgency in the disputed region of Kashmir, where militants already have a foothold.

New project invents Hebrew letters to make the language of the Bible gender neutral
A recent article in The Forward reported on a project by Michal Shomer, a graphic artist, to add 12 new letters to the Hebrew alphabet in order to make it “more inclusive of both women and non-binary people.” “As a feminist, and as a citizen, I am committed to using my skills and my education for social change,” Shomer said in the interview with The Forward. “That’s why I designed these letters.”

Palestinian statehood would be a ‘terrible mistake’ – Bennett
It would be a terrible mistake to create a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said…after his return from his…meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. “I oppose a Palestinian state. I think it would be a terrible mistake that would take the terrible situation in Gaza and recreate it in Judea and Samaria,” Bennett told KAN news.

Pennsylvania Republicans look to subpoena personal information about voters in 2020 election inquiry
Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are poised to subpoena state officials for identifying information about registered voters as part of a “full forensic investigation” into the 2020 election, according to new reports. The state Senate’s Intergovernmental Operations Committee will vote Wednesday on whether to issue a subpoena to the Department of State…

Biden meets Wednesday with execs on COVID vaccine mandate
President Joe Biden met Wednesday with executives from some of the country’s biggest companies, including Disney, Microsoft and Walgreens, to discuss his sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate announced last week…to discuss strategies for expanding vaccine requirements at their companies and whether they’ve seen success increasing vaccinations among workers…

Blinken floats ‘new’ war-making powers to counter terrorist threats in Afghanistan
President Joe Biden’s administration wants the legal authority for military counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan “if necessary” in light of the…Taliban’s victory… “We need to look to make sure that we have all the authorities that we would need for any potential contingency, including the reemergence, as a threat, of al Qaeda,”…

Aukus: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China
The UK, US and Australia have announced a historic security pact in the Asia-Pacific, in what’s seen as an effort to counter China. It will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines…using technology provided by the US. The Aukus pact, which will also cover AI and other technologies, is one of the countries’ biggest defence partnerships in decades…

Hezbollah brings Iranian fuel into Lebanon to ease shortages
Four convoys carrying Iranian fuel have arrived in Lebanon under an initiative by the militant group Hezbollah to ease the country’s crippling energy crisis. Eighty lorries with 4m litres (1.1m gallons) of diesel on board crossed the border from Syria, where a tanker is docked, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said.

Moderna Analysis: Those Vaccinated Last Year Twice More Likely to Contract Covid-19
Moderna Inc. has released a set of data which suggested its COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing serious health issues or death from “variants of concern” but admitting that efficacy decreases over time, such that those who received the vaccine last year were twice more likely to contract a breakthrough case of the coronavirus disease.

Major Supermarket Chain Warns Inflation Is About to Impact More Americans
An executive of Kroger, one of the largest supermarket chains in the United States, warned grocery prices are about to become even higher this year as inflation sets in.

NY Hospital Forced To Stop Delivering Babies After Maternity Workers Resign Over Vaccine
A hospital in upstate New York has been forced to ‘pause’ the delivery of babies starting Sept. 24 after a flood of maternity workers resigned over Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

Texas Hospital Faces Closure Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
Hospital administrators in Lubbock, Texas are concerned that the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate will force them to lay off large portions of their workforce or risk losing federal funding, either of which would result in the hospitals being forced to shut down.

Seriously ill COVID-19 patients double in vaccine pace-…
The rapid pace of new COVID-19 infections and a doubling of seriously ill patients in Singapore have raised unexpected hurdles to reopening plans for the vaccination frontrunner, where 81% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Biden’s Total Financial Surveillance
Imagine living in a world where every one of your noncash financial transactions—a restaurant meal, a Venmo transfer to a friend…was automatically reported to a beefed-up, audit-hungry IRS. That dystopia will become a reality if President Joe Biden gets his way. Biden, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and key Capitol Hill allies such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) are pushing a vast, intrusive financial surveillance system in the name of closing the “tax gap.”

BREAKING: Two Healthcare Insiders at Aegis Living Blow Whistle on Alleged Elder Abuse and Medical Fraud … ‘Aegis Living is Grossly Taking Advantage of Severely Vulnerable Adults’ … ‘Signature Had Been Forged Multiple Times’ 
Cassandra Renner, who worked as a Medical Technician at Aegis Living, said she came forward because she could no longer bear the corruption in her workplace.

WATCH: NCAA Golfer Has Severe Adverse Heart Condition Due To COVID Vaccine, Speaks Out Against Vaccine Mandates
After being compelled to get his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, a Division I athlete from Tennessee State University was hospitalized with myocarditis.

Hospitals Across America And The World Have Become Death Camps
….The stories of patients being checked for many other problems, like motorcycle accidents, heart attacks, strokes and so many more, are admitted for covid although NO test is made, no symptoms are found for covid.

Tony Blinken Confirms That When ‘Walkaway’ Joe Biden Ordered His Cowardly Pullout From Afghanistan, Muslim Child Brides Were Taken 
We have all seen the disgusting videos of Senator Joe Biden molesting children, sniffing their hair, making lewd comments and touching them inappropriately. So maybe it’s only fitting that ‘Walkaway’ Joe’s legacy in Afghanistan is not only cowardly retreat, drone kill strikes of innocent Afghans, and the death of 13 US servicemen, but also the fact that his orders allowed middle age Muslim men to be evacuated with their 12-year old child brides at their side.

Japan Holds Large-Scale Drills for 1st Time Since 1993 Amid Chinese Assertiveness
Japan has started a nationwide full-scale military drill on Wednesday for the first time in nearly 30 years as it aims to enforce its capabilities to defend remote islands amid China’s assertive actions in the Indo-Pacific.

TV station asks for stories of unvaxxed fatalities but gets deluged with jab death and injury stories
Detroit’s ABC station asked Facebook users to share stories of unvaccinated people who have passed away from COVID-19, only to be flooded with stories of death and injury as a result of the shots.

Top Secret Meeting in Australia Ahead of ‘Major International Development’ Out of United States on Thursday
In Australia, the government is holding secretive talks about a massive event expected to come out of America in the imminent future. “Several federal cabinet ministers were called to a top-secret meeting in Canberra on Wednesday ahead of a major international development expected out of the United States on Thursday morning,” the Australian-based publication The Age reported.

As Australia Announces That They Are Working To Advance The New World Order, They Are Also Pushing The Global D10 Ten Nation Confederacy
The nation of Australia has been lighting up Google searches related to ‘New World Order‘, and for good reason, they have been announcing from the highest levels of their own government that they are using COVID-19 mandates to advance the….well, you know…New World Order.

BREAKING: Federal judge blocks New York vaccine mandate for healthcare workers
A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate without religious exemptions that applies to hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers.

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Both North and South Korea have test fired missiles hours apart, raising tensions of possible warPosted: 16 Sep 2021 06:58 AM PDTNorth and South Korea tested ballistic missiles hours apart Wednesday in a display of military might that is sure to exacerbate tensions between the rivals at a time when talks aimed at stripping the North of its nuclear program are stalled.Defense News reported that the South Korean and Japanese militaries said North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles that flew 800 kilometers (500 miles) before landing in the sea inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone — a worrying development even though they did not reach Japan’s territorial waters.Continue reading Both North and South Korea have test fired missiles hours apart, raising tensions of possible war at End Time Headlines.
The U.S. And China Are Closer To War Than Most Americans Would Dare To ImaginePosted: 16 Sep 2021 06:49 AM PDT(OPINION) Are we in danger of stumbling into a major military conflict? This week, a couple of startling revelations have really shaken up those that closely watch U.S. relations with China.The relationship between our two nations continues to deteriorate, and we are now closer to a war with China than we have ever been since the end of the Korean War. This is something that I have been warning about for a long time, and I am extremely alarmed by what has just been revealed.Continue reading The U.S. And China Are Closer To War Than Most Americans Would Dare To Imagine at End Time Headlines.
Wales ‘LGBTQ+ Action Plan’ may place pastors at risk of prosecution for ‘hate incident’Posted: 16 Sep 2021 06:13 AM PDTA proposed law in Wales could threaten the religious freedom of pastors and their ability to provide counseling to people with unwanted same-sex attractions, a Christian advocacy group has warned.The draft version of the LGBTQ+ Action Plan for Wales, published by the devolved government of Wales in July, seeks to ban “all aspects” of sexual orientation change efforts therapy, or what’s often derisively known as “conversion therapy.”While the plan states that its goal is to “improve the recognition of LGBTQ+ people” and “advance LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion,” some Christians fear it would restrict pastors’ ability to counsel their parishioners, and put them at risk of facing a hate crime charge if they share their biblically-based beliefs about human sexuality.Continue reading Wales ‘LGBTQ+ Action Plan’ may place pastors at risk of prosecution for ‘hate incident’ at End Time Headlines.
(VIDEO) Maskless toddler with asthma booted off American Airlines flight for violating “mask mandate”Posted: 16 Sep 2021 06:04 AM PDTThe mother of an asthmatic two-year-old has slammed the “truly evil, power-tripping” attendant who removed her family from an American Airlines flight over mask compliance.Amanda Pendarvis and her young son, Waylon, were traveling from Dallas to Colorado on Monday when the flight attendant noticed the child was having trouble keeping his mask on.“He got on the intercom and to say to the entire plane, ‘I’m sorry for the delay but we are dealing with a non-compliant traveler,” Ms.Continue reading (VIDEO) Maskless toddler with asthma booted off American Airlines flight for violating “mask mandate” at End Time Headlines.
NFL’s Buffalo Bills will require fans to provide proof of vaccination to attend their gamesPosted: 16 Sep 2021 05:46 AM PDTThe Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that their fans will need to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend games. According to TheHill, The team posted on Twitter that people entering the stadium for games on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 will need to have at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.Starting Oct. 31, fans will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Highmark Stadium. There is no option to present a negative coronavirus test.Continue reading NFL’s Buffalo Bills will require fans to provide proof of vaccination to attend their games at End Time Headlines.
There is such a shortage of bus drivers that Massachusetts governor deploys state’s national guard to assistPosted: 16 Sep 2021 05:40 AM PDTDozens of Massachusetts National Guard members will begin training Tuesday in four cities to alleviate the state’s bus driver shortage, Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week.According to NBC News, Baker’s order will send 90 Guard members to Chelsea, Lowell, Lawrence, and Lynn to serve as drivers, the governor announced in a statement Monday. “These Guard personnel will be available to serve as drivers of school transport vans known as 7D vehicles to address staffing shortages in certain districts,” the statement said.Continue reading There is such a shortage of bus drivers that Massachusetts governor deploys state’s national guard to assist at End Time Headlines.
Pfizer will seek approval for getting children from 6 months to 5 years old vaccinated in NovemberPosted: 15 Sep 2021 04:38 PM PDTPfizer’s Covid vaccine could be rolled out to babies as young as six months in the US this winter, under plans being drawn up by the pharmaceutical giant. In a move likely to cause international controversy, the company intends to apply for authorization to immunize American infants within the next two months.The Daily Mail reported that the timeline will depend on the findings of in-house trials looking into whether the vaccines are safe and effective in youngsters aged six months to five years.Continue reading Pfizer will seek approval for getting children from 6 months to 5 years old vaccinated in November at End Time Headlines.
Chinese state-run newspaper claims that warships could ‘soon’ near HawaiiPosted: 15 Sep 2021 03:25 PM PDTChinese warships could “soon” show up near Hawaii and Guam, according to China’s state-run newspaper “Global Times.” The newspaper said warships could be on their way following claims that the US Navy challenged international waters near Beijing.Hawaii News Now reported: The Global Times’ editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin, tweeted: “Hopefully when Chinese warships pass through the Caribbean Sea or show up near Hawaii and Guam one day, the US will uphold the same standard of freedom of navigation.Continue reading Chinese state-run newspaper claims that warships could ‘soon’ near Hawaii at End Time Headlines.
Google Bans Live Action’s Pro-Life Online AdsPosted: 15 Sep 2021 11:51 AM PDTThe pro-life group Live Action says the search engine Google has removed all of its online ads and has barred the organization from promoting a new video about how unborn babies develop in the womb.According to Live Action, the ads that were banned included the promotion of Baby Olivia, a medically accurate animation of human development in the womb, as well as promotion of the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) hotline, managed by a team of medical professionals who helped develop the life-saving technology.Continue reading Google Bans Live Action’s Pro-Life Online Ads at End Time Headlines.
North Korea launches ballistic missiles, Fears grow of nuclear confrontation, Taiwan conducts Chinese invasion wargame, Kim’s sister warns of ‘destruction’ of S.Korean tiesPosted: 15 Sep 2021 11:19 AM PDTNorth Korea has fired two ballistic missiles, South Korea’s military said on Wednesday, amid fears over the state’s nuclear capabilities. According to a report from Mirror, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the ballistic missile launch “outrageous”, and strongly condemned the action as a threat to peace and security of the region.Japan’s coast guard said the projectile appeared to have landed outside the country’s ‘exclusive economic zone.’ South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that they and US intelligence authorities were analyzing more details about the launches.Continue reading North Korea launches ballistic missiles, Fears grow of nuclear confrontation, Taiwan conducts Chinese invasion wargame, Kim’s sister warns of ‘destruction’ of S.Korean ties at End Time Headlines.

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Why Is Mark Milley Still Employed?

One thing is clear: The Joint Chiefs chairman chose China over his president and commander-in-chief.

Douglas Andrews

It’s one thing to engage in treasonous behavior. It’s another thing to compound that behavior with cowardice. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley may well be guilty of the former, but he’s certainly guilty of the latter.

Yesterday, rather than facing the fire and answering the questions, rather than explaining to the American people why twice he chose loyalty to the communist Chinese rather than loyalty to his own country and his own commander-in-chief, Milley instead chose to cower under a desk somewhere in the Pentagon while sending out a spokesman to speak on his behalf.

What a disgrace to the uniform. And, from a personal perspective, what a relief he’s not a Marine.

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with the Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia,” Milley’s spokesperson said. “These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict.”

All well and good, Mr. Spokesperson, but how often do they speak to our number one geopolitical foe without their boss’s knowledge and without their boss’s boss’s knowledge? And how often do they promise to let our enemies know “ahead of time” if we’re going to attack?

No doubt Milley will claim that President Donald Trump was “acting erratically” after the election. But as our Mark Alexander has observed, Trump has acted erratically by Beltway standards since the day he arrived. Which is another way of saying, Trump came to drain the swamp, and the swamp-dwellers didn’t like it.

And where starting wars is concerned, as National Review’s David Harsanyi puts it: “Despite his bellicose rhetoric and bluster, Trump had probably been more reluctant to use military force than any president in memory. … As others have pointed out, Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter not to have gotten the nation into a new military conflict.”

That fact, of course, makes Milley’s insubordination even more rotten.

“I have great confidence in General Milley,” Joe Biden said yesterday. And we suspect he’ll continue to have great confidence in Milley right up until the moment he resigns — at which point Biden and his paid liar, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, will blame Republicans for having played politics with our national security.

As for Psaki, she was already busy yesterday trying to redirect folks from Milley’s insubordination to the unarmed non-insurrection of January 6: “I don’t think the president is looking for the guidance of members of Congress who stood by as the leader of their party fomented an insurrection,” she said.

Stay classy, Jen.

But while Biden may be thrilled to have a fellow traveler in Milley, a four-star lickspittle with the same affinity for the ChiComs that he has, Biden’s Oval Office predecessor doesn’t seem quite so sanguine:

If the story of “Dumbass” General Mark Milley, the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in U.S. history, leaving behind many dead and wounded soldiers, many American citizens, and $85 Billion worth of the newest and most sophisticated Military equipment in the world, and our Country’s reputation, is true, then I assume he would be tried for TREASON in that he would have been dealing with his Chinese counterpart behind the President’s back and telling China that he would be giving them notification “of an attack.” Can’t do that!

For the record, I never even thought of attacking China — and China knows that. The people that fabricated the story are sick and demented, and the people who print it are just as bad. In fact, I’m the only President in decades who didn’t get the U.S. into a war — a well known fact that is seldom reported.

Trump isn’t alone here. His former acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, said he “did not and would not ever authorize” Milley’s covert calls with the ChiComs. Miller described the allegations as a “disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination,” and he called on Milley to resign immediately. So has our own national security analyst, Gen. B.B. Bell, U.S. Army (Ret.).

As we noted yesterday, Milley will testify before Congress on September 28. Another question: Who’ll testify about Milley’s calls to China? The Pentagon is saying there were 13-15 people present in the room — one of whom was the source for bookseller Bob Woodward. Will they all attest to the same set of facts?

In any case, and if for nothing more than the sake of military morale, Mark Milley needs to go. Power Line’s John Hinderaker sums things up this way: “I never would have imagined that the U.S. military could sink to the level represented by Milley. He should be fired, cashiered, court-martialed, drummed out of the Army, criminally prosecuted if possible. And we need a thorough investigation into how the leadership of our armed forces could possibly have sunk so low.”

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Biden’s Border Crisis Fuels Drug Cartels

August saw the number of illegals caught hit a 21-year high, and the illicit drugs seized doubled last year’s figure.

Thomas Gallatin

No matter how the Biden administration attempts to spin its narrative on the border crisis, the stubborn nature of reality refuses to comport. The data on the ground keeps undercutting Joe Biden’s pie-in-the-sky claims that the border situation is under control and the illegal immigration surge is being handled. Neither claim is even remotely honest, and even Biden’s own Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has privately admitted it: “If our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable. We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue, and our system isn’t built for it.”

The number of illegals caught crossing the border is enormous. August saw 208,887 migrants apprehended, after July saw 213,534. That brings the total number of illegal crossers caught since Biden took office to nearly 1.3 million, higher than any year since 2001.

The Biden administration likes to deflect blame onto Donald Trump by noting that the surge began during the last couple months of Trump’s presidency — after, notably, would-be migrants knew a new sheriff would soon be in town. However, a fairer measurement is the tally from fiscal year 2020, following Trump’s successful implementation of his Remain in Mexico policy. The surging numbers seen in 2019 were the result of anti-border, illegal immigration advocacy groups that worked to form caravans of tens of thousands of migrants from Central America that flooded the U.S. southern border. Trump acted to slow that down.

The total number of illegals caught crossing the border in FY2020 was 458,088, down from FY2019’s total of 977,509. In other words, Trump’s effort to secure and control the border was paying off. Of course, Biden’s quick reversal of Trump’s policies produced today’s ballooning numbers and the escalating border crisis.

But it’s not just the ballooning number of illegals; it’s also the spiking amount of illicit drugs smuggled in with them. In August alone, 1,104 pounds of fentanyl was seized, along with 19,671 pounds of methamphetamine, setting a new monthly high thus far in Biden’s presidency. The quantity of illicit drugs seized this year has nearly doubled last year’s total.

This only adds to the other ongoing epidemic responsible for killing tens of thousands of Americans annually — the opioid epidemic. Last year alone, 93,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, which was a 29% increase over the year prior, the biggest one-year increase since 2016. The increasing flood of illicit drugs now flowing over the border since Biden took office is bound to have a rippling effect on the number of overdose deaths — not to mention Mexican cartel wallets.

In a recently raised lawsuit by West Virginia against Biden’s DHS and Mayorkas, the state contends that the “devastating deadly flood of fentanyl across the Southwest border” is due to border mismanagement. “By its consequences burdening and distracting the Border Patrol,” West Virginia argues, “the termination of the MPP [Migrant Protection Protocols] decreases the security of the border against fentanyl trafficking between ports of entry, leading directly to both increased numbers of smuggling attempts and increased rates of success in evading Border Patrol.”

In a tacit admission that things aren’t going well at the border, Mayorkas’s chief of staff, Karen Olick, recently tendered her resignation after only a few months on the job. The political appointee and former chief of staff to former California Senator Barbara Boxer had no experience in DHS prior to her appointment and it showed. However, it’s Mayorkas’s head that should be rolling given his feckless leadership and repeated public dismissals of there being a crisis at the border, passing it off as a “seasonal” surge. Never mind that the surge is happening in the wrong season…

We’ll leave it to Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, a Democrat state senator from Texas, to sum it up: “I always say that when a nation does not control its border, when a nation cannot define its border, it ceases to be a nation. Right now, we do not control our border.”

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Masking the Truth About Masks

A Stanford professor and prominent COVID policy critic is targeted for thoughtcrime.

Nate Jackson

You can’t say that.

That’s the mantra of leftists everywhere these days, from Leftmedia “fact-checkers” to Big Tech censors to academia, and it’s true of any number of taboo topics. Reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, you can’t deviate from The Party on race, election fraud, and especially the coronavirus.

The latter is the focus here, and specifically the efficacy of masks. More on that in a minute.

Last fall, prominent medical academics Dr. Martin Kulldorff (Harvard), Dr. Sunetra Gupta (Oxford), and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya (Stanford) teamed up to draft the Great Barrington Declaration. Its purpose was to rebut the groupthink about lockdowns and herd immunity. The gist of their argument was that locking down was ultimately a harmful policy because it delayed herd immunity rather than getting us to it faster and thus bringing an end to this cursed pandemic.

Yet because this has been deemed by The Party to be thoughtcrime, here we are nearly a year and multiple vaccines later, and people are still locking things down.

The other thing that’s made a roaring comeback is masking mandates. Yet Stanford’s Dr. Bhattacharya has continued the annoying habit of asking basic scientific questions about whether this policy works and makes sense. He concluded, specifically regarding masks in schools, “There is no high-quality evidence to support the assertion that masks stop the disease from spreading.” And he’s right, no matter what The Party says.

For that, he’s being smeared at Stanford because he deviated from The Party. His peers are seeking not just to mask but to muzzle him. Stanford must “clarify for the faculty the limits of public pronouncements when proclaiming on public health policy,” insists Professor Melissa Bondy, chair of the epidemiology department.

Bhattacharya’s Barrington pal, Dr. Kulldorff, came to his defense. Kulldorff and coauthor Carl Heneghan, an Oxford epidemiologist, write, “To deserve trust, scientists must be honest about what is and what is not known, and we agree with Bhattacharya.” They elaborate with pesky facts:

Randomized trials provide the best available research evidence to inform health-care decisions and are considered the gold standard for determining intervention effects. But no randomized studies have shown that masks in children are effective. Instead, there are observational studies of uneven quality that reach conflicting conclusions. …

While adults differ from children, there have been two randomized COVID studies evaluating masks on adults. Based on the 95 percent confidence intervals, surgical mask wearers in Denmark were between 23 percent more likely and 46 percent less likely to be infected by COVID.

In a Bangladesh study, surgical masks reduced symptomatic COVID infections by between 0 and 22 percent, while the efficacy of cloth masks led to somewhere between an 11 percent increase to a 21 percent decrease. Hence, based on these randomized studies, adult masks appear to have either no or limited efficacy.

Don’t trust this science or these academics? What about former Biden administration COVID adviser Michael Osterholm? He said last month, “We know today that many of the face cloth coverings that people wear are not very effective in reducing any of the virus movement in or out.” That was about the same time the Biden administration decided it’s a “civil right” to force kids to wear masks in school.

Before COVID was thoroughly politicized, the all-knowing Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus.” And, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”

As for Bhattacharya, he has already shown that he’s willing to keep speaking inconvenient truths, but what will the effort to regulate speech at Stanford or other universities do for other faculty members? Is speaking out anyway worth a reprimand or job loss? The thought police do their jobs all too well.

In the meantime, millions of Americans — including those least at risk, school children — continue to be made to wear ineffective masks in various settings. This is despite the science on masking, despite the aggravation and educational hindrance of masking, and despite the fact that millions of Americans are bringing us closer to herd immunity through vaccination or that other unmentionable, natural immunity.

When will reason trump fear? Not anytime soon, so long as The Party controls the messaging.

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Give Up Our Guns?

One writer thinks he’s stumbled upon the secret to persuading millions of Americans.

Lewis Morris

A well-armed citizenry is perhaps the single biggest bulwark against tyrannical government, and therefore the biggest obstacle to the Left’s goal of subverting and remaking America as a socialist worker’s paradise.

Leftists have been working for years to chisel away at our Second Amendment rights. Their most favored tactic is gun control, creating more restrictive regulations and outlawing certain types of firearms. Obfuscation and lying are also popular, driving home their anti-gun message with twisted statistics and creative reinterpretations of the Second Amendment topping the list. And now, they are resorting to shame.

David Frum, who once dabbled in right-of-center politics as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, has written a predictably shoddy hit piece for The Atlantic on how to persuade Americans to give up their guns.

Good luck with that.

Frum’s assessment is that gun owners can be convinced to give up their guns if they are shamed into thinking that gun ownership is socially unacceptable, much like the movements to reduce smoking and drunk driving. The problem with this equation is that smoking and drunk driving are deliberately destructive behaviors whose outcome, while not foreordained, is heavily weighted toward reduced health and death. Only someone who was rabidly anti-gun in the first place would believe that owning a firearm automatically falls into the same category.

Frum is clearly anti-gun, using scare quotes around the words “responsible” and “law abiding” when describing the vast majority of gun owners. By doing so, he is stating that he does not believe there is such a thing as a responsible gun owner, that a person’s ability to think clearly goes out the window the moment they come into possession of a firearm. If this is what stands for objective thinking, who needs bias?

His argument is tailor-made for The Atlantic’s left-leaning readership, chock-full of snide comments about the nature of gun owners — troglodytes who stand in the way of social progress. He also engages in one of the Left’s favorite sports by spinning facts and spreading anecdotes as evidence to support his specious claims.

Chief among Frum’s argument is that gun violence is on the rise because there are so many guns. This may be an easy sell to the uninformed, but it’s a statement that falls apart rather quickly. A study funded by anti-gun groups found that the rise in gun purchases since the beginning of the pandemic is not associated with the rise in “gun violence” during that same period. As we have stated before, it is defunding and reducing police presence on America’s streets that has led to the rise in crime. The Left loves to talk about systemic problems — how about Democrats’ systemic disregard for American law enforcement?

Frum also shares several anecdotes about children killed with their parents’ guns, suicides, and simple altercations that escalated into fatal shootings. These stories are terribly sad, but they are not the norm among law-abiding gun owners. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action points out fatal firearm accidents involving children have dropped 91% since 1975. The rate of firearm accidents overall has also dropped significantly. And let’s not forget about the historic drop in crime across the board for three decades leading up to 2019, which, again, was when leftist city councils started defunding local police forces.

The all-knowing Frum wants his readers to believe that guns don’t deter violence. His proof is that we hear more negative stories about guns in the news than positive ones. But John Lott, who is much more astute on the topic than Frum ever could be, debunked that myth years ago. News programs love to share bad news, and many people love to watch it. Deaths and shootings are easier to quantify in this context. There is no real way to measure how the mere sight of a firearm deters crime. Rest assured, it does. Criminals don’t roam the countryside looking to get into gunfights; they are looking for easy prey, and that is generally the unarmed individual.

Ultimately, this insipid work of Frum’s carries the same erroneous assumptions about guns that the Left has pushed for years. He’s also writing for his audience, fellow leftists who see guns as evil. There is no new ground being discovered here, and Frum is unlikely to shame Americans into rethinking their right to defend themselves. But we must remain vigilant of our rights, for David Frum and his comrades will continue to push the issue no matter how illogical their arguments may be.

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Facebook Plays Favorites and Harms Our Kids

Leaked internal documents show that the company’s platforms favor the elite and are especially harmful to teenage girls.

Douglas Andrews

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg brags that his social media empire allows more than three billion suckers users to speak on equal footing with the elites, and that its standards of behavior apply to everyone, he’s, well — how shall we put this gently? — lying like Scranton Joe Biden.

In fact, according to internal Facebook documents turned over by a whistleblower to The Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg and his co-conspirators employ a “whitelisting” system called “cross check,” which allows the rich and famous — celebrities, politicians, even journalists — to get away with posting behavior that would get the rest of us banned. How many of these “elite” users are we talking about? More than 5.8 million as of 2020, according to the documents.

In one of the most egregious examples of Facebook’s privileged approach, Brazilian soccer star Neymar posted “revenge porn” of a woman who’d accused him of rape. Facebook’s policy for the posting of non-consensual intimate images is, rightly, to remove them immediately. But the company’s cross-check program allowed these nude images of Neymar’s accuser to remain up for more than a day, allowing some 56 million Facebook and Instagram users to see not only the images but the name of the woman.

So much for Zuck’s “equal footing.” Or perhaps, as on Orwell’s Animal Farm, some of us are simply more equal than others. As the Journal reports:

A 2019 internal review of Facebook’s whitelisting practices, marked attorney-client privileged, found favoritism to those [elite] users to be both widespread and “not publicly defensible.”

“We are not actually doing what we say we do publicly,” said the confidential review. It called the company’s actions “a breach of trust” and added: “Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequences.”

Unless you’re Donald Trump. In that case, Facebook will ban you for two years. (Good luck with your lawsuit, Mr. President.)

To be sure, not everyone at Facebook is comfortable with its double standard. “One of the fundamental reasons I joined FB,” said Samidh Chakrabarti, who headed the company’s Civic Team, “is that I believe in its potential to be a profoundly democratizing force that enables everyone to have an equal civic voice. So having different rules on speech for different people is very troubling to me.”

Of course, we’ve long known Big Tech to be rotten, even evil. This is just more hickory for the bonfire. And the Journal says this revelation is merely “the first in a series of articles,” so Zuck and his team of liars might want to assume the position.

It’d be one thing if Facebook were only making consenting adults miserable. But a separate Journal article shows how Instagram, Facebook’s photo-sharing app, is particularly harmful to teenage girls. “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” said one internal slide from 2019. “Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression,” said another. And according to one internal presentation that studied teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the desire to kill themselves to Instagram.

Back in March, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee requested Facebook’s internal research on how social media affect children. “Facebook refused to comply with our request and we now know why,” said ranking Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “This also leaves us wondering what else they are hiding. We will continue to demand transparency from Facebook and other Big Tech companies, especially as it relates to the harm their products have on our children.”

Facebook is currently valued at more than $1 trillion. Color us shocked — SHOCKED — to learn that Mark Zuckerberg and his money-grubbing leadership team would refuse to share their research on the damage their platforms are doing to our children.

Twenty-four years ago, the Federal Trade Commission charged R.J. Reynolds with causing “substantial injury to the health and safety of children” by way of its “Joe Camel” advertising campaign. Were we a saner, healthier society, we’d be holding the Big Tech oligarchs to a similar standard today.

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Still Laughing at Funny-Man Norm Macdonald

Death may have taken him, but the famed SNL comedian used comedy to explore life.

Thomas Gallatin

Anyone who watched “Saturday Night Live” throughout the mid-1990s would have experienced the comedic humor of Norm Macdonald as the host of “Weekend Update.” He was a comedian who so stubbornly held to his own style of craft that it got him fired from SNL due to his refusal to stop telling O.J. Simpson murder trial jokes. The real end for him finally came, as Macdonald died at the age of 61 after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer, which few people knew about because of his decision to keep the diagnosis private.

Following his firing, Macdonald starred in the comedy film “Dirty Work” featuring several SNL cast members. He also continued doing standup comedy and made several guest appearances in sitcoms and late night shows.

Macdonald was best known for his rambling deadpan style of joke telling that ended abruptly with punchlines that often received more groans than laughs. As he once explained, “Comedy is surprises, so if you’re intending to make somebody laugh and they don’t laugh, that’s funny.”

While comedy was what Macdonald was best known for, it was also apparent that it was more than mere craft to him. In many ways, comedy was his means of exploring life, as he relished observing the absurd to understand why it was such.

Born in Quebec, Canada, he made his way to the U.S. in the early ‘90s and was hired as a writer for the popular sitcom “Roseanne” in 1992. After a year he moved on to join SNL, where he worked for five years.

Deeply philosophical, Macdonald rejected atheism, which he argued failed to offer a cohesive reason the existence of life. He claimed to have conviction as a Christian but later seemed to move on to Judaism.

Macdonald’s deadpan wit will be missed, as well as his willingness to poke fun at political correctness. He was a comedian who still believed comedy should push against and challenge dominant cultural attitudes, not unquestioningly accept them. In other words, it’s not just comedians who die, but comedy itself — under the withering condescension and hate that is the American Left today. That’s particularly why Macdonald is worth remembering.

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Milley’s Malfeasance

  • General Mark Milley more or less corroborates bombshell story that he’d forewarn China if U.S. was going to strike (Daily Wire)
  • White House defends Milley amid barrage of criticism (National Review)
  • Trump’s acting defense secretary says he “did not” authorize the calls, says Milley should resign (Fox News)
  • Milley’s favorite Chinese general is one of CCP’s biggest saber-rattlers (Free Beacon)

Government

  • Star gymnasts give senators an unsparing account of FBI’s failures in Larry Nassar investigation (WSJ) | FBI refuses to answer to elected representatives about illegal leaks and botched investigations (The Federalist)
  • Dems trying to sneak eight million green cards into spending bill (PJ Media)
  • “You’re really f***ing me”: Biden reportedly furious over Joe Manchin spending block (Daily Wire)

Security

  • The U.S. makes COVID vaccinations mandatory for new immigrants (but not illegals) (NYT)
  • Thirty-seven thousand Afghan refugees headed to 46 states (Axios)
  • Australia to get nuclear submarines in new deal with U.S. and UK, sending potential message to China (USA Today) | “A lack of coherence”: France issues angry response (Fox News)
  • Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues (Fox News)
  • Fentanyl smuggling surges at border; seizures have nearly doubled 2020 numbers (Free Beacon)
  • France terminates leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (AP)

Heartland

  • Judge strikes Minneapolis anti-police ballot question (WCCO) | Ilhan Omar slams the judge (Fox News)
  • D’oh! Portland scraps planned boycott over Texas pro-life law (The Oregonian)
  • LA County authoritarians to require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, nightclubs, breweries (FOX 11)
  • Special enrollment period sparked 2.8 million ObamaCare signups (Washington Times)

Notables

  • A new study suggests that almost half of those hospitalized with COVID have mild or asymptomatic cases (The Atlantic)
  • Not the first time: Parents group demands child pornography investigation of Netflix show (Daily Wire)
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert settles child abuse payments lawsuit (Washington Examiner)
  • SpaceX successfully launches first all-civilian mission (Space.com)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The California recall’s lesson for Republicans (National Review)
  • Policy: Biden’s vaccine mandate is unconstitutional (City Journal)
  • Humor: Gavin Newsom named U-Haul Salesperson of the Year (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. … They are themselves always, and without exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.” —Adam Smith (1723-1790)

“The same people who spent the last decade telling you health care is a human right now want to be able to deny it to you. As if it wasn’t enough to hound people without the COVID-19 shot out of their jobs, schools, and even effectively whole cities, pundits and even some doctors are now floating the idea of denying medical care to people based on COVID-19 vaccination status. … The push for health care as a human right is revealed as the power grab it always was.” —Elle Reynolds

“General Mark Milley should face an investigation, without delay, concerning the allegations contained in a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. And if the claims turn out to be true, Milley should be removed from his post as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff immediately, and perhaps face more stringent sanctions for going behind the president’s back to the Chinese military during the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency. … Generals don’t get to have their own personal foreign policies. Period. They answer to the elected branches, and they must carry out every lawful directive and policy set by the people’s representatives.” —National Review

Theater of the absurd: “This president, this current president, who follows the Constitution, who’s not fomenting an insurrection, who follows the rule of law, has complete confidence in Chairman Milley.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Whew! “I have great confidence in General Milley.” —Joe Biden

Dezinformatsiya: “Republicans don’t like this? … Are you so stupid, I just got to ask, are you so stupid, are you so ignorant of how things work that you don’t know that from time to time generals talk to generals?” —MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough (“Watching liberal media stars spend 5 years trying to thread the needle between ‘we are so grateful to the unelected but noble Generals thwarting Trump’ and ‘only insane conspiracy nuts believe the US has a Deep State’ has been quite dizzying.” —Glenn Greenwald)

Grand delusion: “My Build Back Better plan calls for significant new investments in upgrading research infrastructure, laboratories all across the country. … I promise you: It’s going to create great economic growth, reduce inflation, and put people in a place where … children … are never going to have to worry about what we’re worrying about right now.” —Joe Biden (Kind of like how he promised the Taliban would not take over and that he would get all Americans out of Afghanistan.)

The BIG Lie: “This year alone, 18 states have passed 30 anti-voter laws. These laws disproportionately impact communities of color — and are designed to make it harder for people to vote.” —Kamala Harris

Village idiot: “COVID deaths have proven to be much higher in states that voted for Trump. Basically, if your state has more GEDs than PhDs, stay indoors. Of the 54,000 Americans who died from COVID since the start of the summer, almost … one in five of them died in Florida, which, my God, all those orphaned ferrets. It’s a shame.” —Jimmy Kimmel

And last… “Imagine the outrage if General Michael Flynn did with Russia or Ukraine what General Mark Milley did with the Chinese Communist Party.” —Charlie Kirk

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DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1 (0:0 – 5:12):
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‘How Much Is A Little Girl Worth?’: Gymnasts Tell Riveting and Wrenching Testimony in Senate Hearing Against Larry Nassar Highlighting Failure by FBI

BBC NEWS
Simone Biles: ‘I Blame System That Enabled Larry Nassar Abuse’

PART 2 (5:13 – 18:1):
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Great Moment of Disclosure: Texas Abortion Law Unveils Divide in Pro-Life Conservatives Between Those Who Are Willing To Legalize Anti-Abortion Laws to Protect the Sanctity of Life and Those Who Are Not

THE BULWARK (JONATHAN V. LAST)
Why I Opted Out of the Abortion Wars

THE BULWARK (MONA CHAREN)
Why This Pro-Life Conservative Is Voting for Biden

NEW YORK TIMES (GAIL COLLINS AND BRET STEPHENS)
History Can Close In on Us Awfully Fast

PART 3 (18:2 – 24:35):
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The Great Divide Now Evident: The Sanctity of Human Is Not Just an “Issue”

Source: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Migrant numbers under Texas bridge double to 8,000+ in 24 hours: ‘Out of control’

FIRST ON FOX: The number of migrants, predominantly from Haiti, waiting under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas has doubled to more than 8,000 in a single day, with sources telling Fox News that the situation is “out of control” and Border Patrol is overwhelmed.

Source: Migrant numbers under Texas bridge double to 8,000+ in 24 hours: ‘Out of control’

Laura Ingraham Has Narrowed it Down to 2 People Who She Thinks Are “Controlling Biden” | LifeZette

Biden has let on that there are people behind the scenes who are perhaps playing a very big role in what he says and does.

Not only does his current mental state make one think there’s someone pulling the strings, but his behavior while answering questions to the press has also raised many eyebrows.

Constantly, over and over, we hear Biden say things like, “I’m not allowed to take questions,” or “They told me I have to call on NBC,” or “I’m gonna get in trouble if I do this…” etc.

Look, it’s perfectly normal for presidents to be “advised.” That’s how things work. You have a lot of advisors who you turn to for guidance and advice – but they don’t “tell you” what to do.

So, it’s very disturbing to always hear this bumbling old buffoon alluding to some “shadowy entity” in the background that’s calling the shots for the supposedly most powerful man in the world.

And now, after everything that’s happened in Afghanistan, and all the other debacles and the disasters, and Joe Biden’s obvious mental illness, many people are growing tired of this and they’re fed up.

People now want to know who’s telling this guy what to do. Who is running the show?

Well, Laura Ingraham just threw out two names that’ll definitely get you thinking.

Here’s what she said:

“Who’s running the White House and making the big decisions? Is it Ron Klain, his Chief of Staff? Is it the First Lady? America deserves to know.”

Here’s what people had to say about Laura’s theory:

“Every time I see him on the podium and he’s about to take questions and he says “well now they’ve given me a list of names on who to call on ; so let’s see…”
I wonder who the “THEY” is.”

“I think Mrs. is more involved with his well being than we know. She knows his weaknesses and I’m sure she keeps tabs on everything to help protect him. Why she let him go for the Presidency, is beyond me.”

“I’ll raise my hand and answer. China is in control. It’s my gut feeling.”

“They” are. They told me to call on this reporter. They told me not to take questions. They told me to walk away from the press conference. They told me to go to Dover. They tell me what to say, they tell me what to do. It is THEY!”

“It’s not Sleepy…he would screw up a lemonade stand”

America deserves to know what the heck is going on with this administration.

At this point, it’s clear that Biden can barely pick out his own clothes, let alone lead a country.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

Source: Laura Ingraham Has Narrowed it Down to 2 People Who She Thinks Are “Controlling Biden”

Biden’s push to combat COVID disapproved by roughly half of Americans: poll

Roughly half of all Americans disapprove of the push by President Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for up to 100 million American workers, according to a new national poll.

Source: Biden’s push to combat COVID disapproved by roughly half of Americans: poll

SHOCKING FRAUD: CDC Now Lists Vaccinated Deaths as Unvaccinated | Geller Report

To falsify data. The Democrats have destroyed the most venerable and trusted institutions in the world. Hellzapoppin.

Shockingly, CDC Now Lists Vaccinated Deaths as Unvaccinated

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola, September 15, 2021:
  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you’re not counted as fully vaccinated until a full 14 days have passed since your second injection in the case of Pfizer or Moderna, or 14 days after your first dose of Janssen, despite the fact that over 80% of deaths after the vaccines occur in this window. How convenient
  • Anyone who dies within the first 14 days post-injection is counted as an unvaccinated death. Not only does this inaccurately inflate the unvaccinated death toll, but it also hides the real dangers of the COVID shots, as the vast majority of deaths from these shots occur within the first two weeks
  • The CDC also has two different sets of testing guidelines — one for vaccinated patients and another for the unvaccinated. If you’re unvaccinated, CDC guidance says to use a cycle threshold (CT) of 40, known to result in false positives. If you’re vaccinated, they recommend using a CT of 28 or less, which minimizes the risk of false positives
  • The CDC also hides vaccine failures and props up the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” narrative by only counting breakthrough cases that result in hospitalization or death
  • Hospitals are still also reporting non-COVID related illnesses as COVID-19
While public health officials and mainstream media claim the COVID-19 pandemic is now “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,”1 we now know this claim is based on highly misleading statistics.
In a July 16, 2021, White House press briefing,2 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky claimed that “over 97% of people who are entering the hospital right now are unvaccinated.” A few weeks later, in an August 5, 2021, statement, she inadvertently revealed how that statistic actually came about.3
As it turns out, the CDC was looking at hospitalization and mortality data from January through June 2021 — a timeframe during which the vast majority of the U.S. population were still unvaccinated.4
But that’s not the case at all now. The CDC is also playing with statistics in other ways to create the false and inaccurate impression that unvaccinated people make up the bulk of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. For example, we now find out the agency is counting anyone who died within the first 14 days post-injection as unvaccinated.
Not only does this inaccurately inflate the unvaccinated death toll, but it also hides the real dangers of the COVID shots, as the vast majority of deaths from these shots occur within the first two weeks.5 Now their deaths are counted as unvaccinated deaths rather than being counted as deaths due to vaccine injury or COVID-19 breakthrough infections!

How CDC Counts Breakthrough Cases

According to the CDC,6 you’re not counted as fully vaccinated until a full 14 days have passed since your second injection in the case of Pfizer or Moderna, or 14 days after your first dose of Janssen. This is how the CDC defines a vaccine breakthrough case:
“… a vaccine breakthrough infection is defined as the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen in a respiratory specimen collected from a person ≥14 days after they have completed all recommended doses of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.”
In other words, if you’ve received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna and develop symptomatic COVID-19, get admitted to the hospital and/or die from COVID, you’re counted as an unvaccinated case. If you’ve received two doses and get ill within 14 days, you’re still counted as an unvaccinated case.
The problem with this is that over 80% of hospitalizations and deaths appear to be occurring among those who have received the jabs, but this reality is hidden by the way cases are defined and counted. A really clever and common strategy of the CDC during the pandemic has been to change the definitions and goalposts so it supports their nefarious narrative.
For example, the CDC has quietly changed the definition of “vaccine,” apparently in an attempt to validate calling the COVID mRNA gene therapies vaccines. In an August 26, 2021, archived version7 of vaccine, the CDC defines it as a “product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.”
But a few days later, a new definition appeared on the CDC’s website,8 which now says a vaccine is a “preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.” The differences in the definitions are subtle but distinct: The first one defined a vaccine as something that will “produce immunity.”
But, since the COVID-19 vaccines are not designed to stop infection but, rather, to only lessen the degree of infection, it becomes obvious that the new definition was created to cover the COVID vaccines.

Different Testing Guidelines for Vaxxed and Unvaxxed

It’s not just the CDC’s definition of a breakthrough case that skews the data. Even more egregious and illogical is the fact that the CDC even has two different sets of testing guidelines — one for vaccinated patients and another for the unvaccinated.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CDC has recommended a PCR test cycle threshold (CT) of 40.9 This flies in the face of scientific consensus, which has long been that a CT over 35 will produce 97% false positives,10 essentially rendering the test useless.11,12,13
In mid-May 2021, the CDC finally lowered its recommended CT count, but only for patients who have received one or more COVID shots.14 So, if you have received a COVID injection, the CDC’s guidelines call for your PCR test to be run at a CT of 28 or less. If you are unvaccinated, your PCR test is to be run at a CT of 40, which grossly overestimates the true prevalence of infection.
The end result is that unvaccinated individuals who get tested are FAR more prone to get false positives, while those who have received the jab are more likely to get an accurate diagnosis of infection.

Only Hospitalization and Death Count if You’re COVID Jabbed

Even that’s not all. The CDC also hides vaccine failures and props up the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” narrative by only counting breakthrough cases that result in hospitalization or death.
In other words, if you got your second COVID shot more than 14 days ago and you develop symptoms, you do not count as a breakthrough case unless you’re admitted to the hospital and/or die from COVID-19 in the hospital, even if you test positive. So, to summarize, COVID breakthrough cases count only if all of the following apply:
  • The patient received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shot at least 14 days ago (or one dose in case of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose injection)
  • The patient tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 using a CT of 28 or less, which avoids false positives
  • The patient is admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 and/or dies in the hospital

Vaccinated Probably Make Up Bulk of Hospitalizations

If vaccinated and unvaccinated were not treated with such varying standards, we’d probably find that the vaccinated now make up the bulk of hospitalizations, making the COVID pandemic one of the vaccinated. An August 30, 2021, exposé by The Epoch Times reveals what’s really happening on the front lines:15
“After a battery of testing, my friend was diagnosed with pancreatitis. But it was easier for the hospital bureaucracy to register the admission as a COVID case … The mainstream media is reporting that severe COVID cases are mainly among unvaccinated people … Is that what’s really going on?
It’s certainly not the case in Israel, the first country to fully vaccinate a majority of its citizens against the virus. Now it has one of the highest daily infection rates and the majority of people catching the virus (77 percent to 83 percent, depending on age) are already vaccinated, according to data collected by the Israeli government …
After admission, I spoke to the nurse on the COVID ward … The nurse told me that she had gotten both vaccines but she was feeling worried: ‘Two thirds of my patients are fully vaccinated,’ she said. How can there be such a disconnect between what the COVID ward nurse told me and the mainstream media reports?”
The heart of the problem is that the U.S. is not even trying to achieve an accurate count. As noted by The Epoch Times, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have publicly acknowledged that they do not have accurate data.”
So, when you hear that cases are rising, and that most of them are unvaccinated, you need to ask: “Are these people who have had one vaccine and gotten sick, two vaccines and gotten sick, or no vaccines at all? Without more details, it is impossible to know what is really going on,” The Epoch Times says.16
All we do know, according to one doctor who spoke with The Epoch Times, is “the vaccines are not as effective as public health officials told us they would be. ‘This is a product that’s not doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s supposed to stop transmission of this virus and it’s not doing that.’”

Counting Non-COVID Illness as COVID Cases

On top of all of that, hospitals are still also reporting non-COVID related illnesses as COVID. As reported by The Epoch Times:17
“Health authorities around the world have been doing this since the beginning of the COVID crisis. For example, a young man in Orange County, Florida who died in a motorcycle crash last summer was originally considered a COVID death by state health officials …
And a middle-aged construction worker fell off a ladder in Croatia and was also counted as a death from COVID … To muddy the waters further, even people who test negative for COVID are sometimes counted as COVID deaths.
Consider the case of 26-year-old Matthew Irvin, a father of three from Yamhill County, Oregon. As reported by KGW8 News, Irvin went to the ER with stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea on July 5, 2020. But instead of admitting him to the hospital, the doctors sent him home.
Five days later, on July 10, 2020, Irvin died. Though his COVID test came back negative two days after his death and his family told reporters and public health officials that no one Irvin had been around had any COVID symptoms, the medical examiner allegedly told the family that an autopsy was not necessary, listing his death as a coronavirus case. It took the Oregon Health Authority two and a half months to correct the mistake.
In an even more striking example of overcounting COVID deaths, a nursing home in New Jersey that only has 90 beds was wrongly reported as having 753 deaths from COVID. According to a spokesman, they had fewer than twenty deaths. In other words, the number of deaths was over-reported by 3,700 percent.”

No Need to Fear the Delta Variant if You’re Unvaccinated

In a June 29, 2021, interview,18 Fauci called the Delta variant “a game-changer” for unvaccinated people, warning it will devastate the unvaccinated population while vaccinated individuals are protected against it. Alas, in the real world, the converse is turning out to be true, as the Delta variant is running wild primarily among those who got the COVID jab.
In a June 30, 2021, appearance on Fox News (video above), epidemiologist and cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough pointed out that “It is very clear from the U.K. Technical Briefing19 that was published June 18 that the vaccine provides no protection against the Delta variant.”20
The reason for this is because the Delta variant contains three different mutations, all in the spike protein. This allows this variant to evade the immune responses in those who have received the COVID jabs, but not those who have natural immunity, which is much broader.
Even so, the Delta variant is far milder than previous variants, according to the U.K.’s June 18, 2021, Technical Briefing.21 In it, they present data showing the Delta variant is more contagious but far less deadly and easier to treat. As McCullough told Fox News:
“Whether you get the vaccine or not, patients will get some very mild symptoms like a cold and they can be easily managed … Patients who have severe symptoms or at high risk, we can use simple drug combinations at home and get them through the illness. So, there’s no reason now to push vaccinations.”
Contrast that with the following statement made by President Biden during a CNN town hall meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, in late July 2021:22
“We have a pandemic for those who haven’t gotten a vaccination. It’s that basic, that simple. If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, not going to the ICU unit, and not going to die. You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”
However, Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency doctor and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health in Washington, D.C., contradicted the president, saying he had led the American astray by telling them you don’t need a mask if you’re vaccinated, or that you can’t get it or transmit it. As reported by CNN Health:23
“In particular, Wen took issue with Biden’s incorrect claims that you cannot contract Covid-19 or the Delta variant if you are vaccinated. ‘I was actually disappointed,’ Wen said. ‘I actually thought he was answering questions as if it were a month ago. He’s not really meeting the realities of what’s happening on the ground. I think he may have led people astray.’”
CNN added that Wen had told their political commentator Anderson Cooper that “many unknown answers remain related to Covid-19, and that it is still not known how well protected vaccinated individuals are from mild illness … [or] if you’re vaccinated, could you still be contagious to other people.”

Vaccinated Patients Flood Hospitals Around the World

The U.K. data showing the Delta variant is far milder than previous SARS-CoV-2 viruses deflates the claim that avoiding severe illness is a sign that the shots are working. Since the Delta variant typically doesn’t cause severe illness in the first place, it doesn’t make sense to attribute milder illness to the shot.
But if Delta is the mildest coronavirus variant yet, why are so many “vaccinated” people ending up in the hospital? While we still do not have clear confirmation, this could be a sign that antibody dependent enhancement (ADE) is at work. Alternatively, it could be that vaccine injuries are being misreported as breakthrough cases.
Whatever the case may be, real-world data from areas with high COVID jab rates show a disturbing trend. For example, August 1, 2021, the director of Israel’s Public Health Services, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, announced half of all COVID-19 infections were among the fully vaccinated.24 Signs of more serious disease among fully vaccinated are also emerging, she said, particularly in those over the age of 60.
A few days later, August 5, 2021, Dr. Kobi Haviv, director of the Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, appeared on Channel 13 News, reporting that 95% of severely ill COVID-19 patients are fully vaccinated, and that they make up 85% to 90% of COVID-related hospitalizations overall.25
In Scotland, official data on hospitalizations and deaths show 87% of those who have died from COVID-19 in the third wave that began in early July were vaccinated.26
In Gibraltar, which has a 99% COVID jab compliance rate, COVID cases have risen by 2,500% since June 1, 2021,27 and in Iceland, where over 82% have received the shots, 77% of new COVID cases are among the fully vaccinated.28
Data from the U.K. show a similar trend among those over the age of 50. In this age group, partially and fully “vaccinated” people account for 68% of hospitalizations and 70% of COVID deaths.29
A CDC investigation of an outbreak in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, between July 6, 2021, through July 25, 2021, found 74% of those who received a diagnosis of COVID19, and 80% of hospitalizations, were among the fully vaccinated.30,31 Most, but not all, had the Delta variant.
The CDC also found that fully vaccinated individuals who contract the infection have as high a viral load in their nasal passages as unvaccinated individuals who get infected.32 The same was found in a British study, a preprint of which was posted mid-August 2021.33,34 This means the vaccinated are just as infectious as the unvaccinated.
Interestingly, a Lancet preprint study35 that examined breakthrough infections in health care workers in Vietnam who received the AstraZeneca COVID shot found the “viral loads of breakthrough Delta variant infection cases were 251 times higher than those of cases infected with old strains detected between March-April 2020.”
What’s more, they found no correlation between vaccine-induced neutralizing antibody levels and viral loads or the development of symptoms. According to the authors:
“Breakthrough Delta variant infections are associated with high viral loads, prolonged PCR positivity, and low levels of vaccine-induced neutralizing antibodies, explaining the transmission between the vaccinated people.”

Not All Vaccinated Are Confirmed Vaccinated

As if all of that weren’t enough, there’s yet one more confounder. Just because you got the COVID shot does not mean you’ve been confirmed as having gotten the shot. You’re only confirmed “vaccinated” if your COVID injection is added to your medical record, and this sometimes doesn’t happen if you’re going to a temporary vaccination clinic, a drive-through or pharmacy, for example. As reported by CNN:36
“If you are among the countless people who didn’t get the doses at a primary care doctor’s office, there may not be any record of the vaccination on file with your doctor.”
To actually count as a “confirmed vaccinated” individual, you must send your vaccination card to your primary care physician’s office and have them add it to your electronic medical record. If you got the shot at a pharmacy, you’ll need to verify that they forwarded your proof of vaccination to your doctor. Primary care offices are then responsible for sharing their patients’ immunization data with the state’s immunization information system.
Patient-recorded proof of vaccination is only accepted for influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, not COVID-19 injections.37 What this all means is that, say you got the shot several weeks ago at a drive-through vaccination clinic and get admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms. Unless your COVID shot status has actually been added into the medical system, you will not count as “vaccinated.”
This too can skew the statistics, because we know the CDC ascertains vaccination status by matching SARS-CoV-2 case surveillance and CAIR2 data using person-level identifiers and algorithms.38
As noted by John Zurlo, division director of infectious disease at Thomas Jefferson University, “the lack of reliable vaccine records complicates efforts to precisely understand vaccine effectiveness and determine how many local hospitalizations and deaths are resulting from COVID-19 breakthrough infections.”39

We’re in the Largest Clinical Trial in Medical History

In closing, it’s worth remembering that the COVID injection campaign is part and parcel of a clinical trial. As noted Dr. Lidiya Angelova in a recent Genuine Prospect article:40
“Many people are unaware that they are participating in the largest clinical trial test of our times. It is because World Health Organization, healthcare authorities, politicians, celebrities, and journalists promote the experimental medical treatments (wrongly called COVID-19 vaccines) as safe and efficient while in fact these treatments are in early clinical research stage.
It means that there is not enough data for such claims and that the people who participate are test subject.”
As shown in a graph on Genuine Prospect, under normal circumstances, clinical research follows a strict protocol that begins with tests on cell cultures. After that comes tests on animals, then limited human testing in four phases. In Phase 1 of human testing, up to 100 people are included and followed anywhere from one week to several months.
Phase 2 typically includes several hundred participants and lasts up to two years. In Phase 3, several hundred to 3,000 participants are tested upon for one to four years. Phase 4 typically includes several thousand individuals who are followed for at least one year or longer. After each phase, the data is examined to assess effectiveness and adverse reactions.
The timelines for these stages and phases were not followed for the COVID “vaccines.” Most Phase 3 trials concluded by the end of 2020, and everyone who got the shots since their rollout under emergency use authorization is part of a Phase 4 clinical trial, whether they realize it or not.41 And since the trials are not completed, you simply cannot make definitive claims about safety, especially long-term safety. As noted by Angelova:42
“When I worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) … I went to the course Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research … The first rule we learnt was ‘Clinical research must be ethical’ … All ethical aspects of clinical research are dismissed with the COVID-19 vaccines.
People should know that nobody can require such to participate in everyday activities like using public transportation, shopping, going to school and even hospital. People should know that they should not be punished for refusing to take the experimental medical treatments.
COVID-19 vaccines mass use and COVID-19 measures are an infringe[ment] of the Articles 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 28 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).”

Source: SHOCKING FRAUD: CDC Now Lists Vaccinated Deaths as Unvaccinated

208K Stopped At Border Attempting To Sneak In During August 2021!!

Streaming: Thur 12 PM EST Data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday shows 208,887 people were stopped along the 2,000-mile southern border as they attempted to sneak in between ports of entry or were denied admission at inspection booths.

Source: 208K Stopped At Border Attempting To Sneak In During August 2021!!

Judicial Watch obtains FDA emails detailing purchases of aborted fetal tissue for ‘humanized mice’ research — Conservative Review

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained 198 pages of records and communications from the federal government that details how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration procured human fetal tissue from aborted babies for research with “humanized mice.”

The records were handed over after the group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking communications and other related documents between Advanced Bioscience Resources, a provider of organs and other human fetal tissue harvested from aborted babies, and the FDA.

“After successfully opposing the FDA’s redaction of certain information from its records, a federal court ordered HHS to release additional information about its purchases of organs harvested from aborted human fetuses – including ‘line item prices,’ or the price per organ the government paid to ABR,” Judicial Watch said. “The court also found ‘there is reason to question’ whether the transactions violate federal law barring the sale of fetal organs. Documents previously uncovered in this lawsuit show that the federal government demanded the purchased fetal organs be ‘fresh and never frozen.’).”

Most of the released records are emails and attachments from Perrin Larton, a procurement manager for Advanced Bioscience Resources, and FDA research veterinary medical officer Kristina Howard.

The emails were sent between 2013 and 2018, the year President Donald Trump’s administration canceled the FDA’s contracts with ABR. The Trump administration in 2019 banned federal funding for research that used human fetal tissue from aborted babies, but in April the Biden administration reversed Trump’s policy.

The emails detail cost estimates, purchase orders, kinds of fetal parts purchased (fetal livers, thymuses), and related matters.

“The records include an FDA generated contract with ABR, based on a ‘requisition’ it issued on July 27, 2012, for $12,000 worth of ’tissue procurement for humanized mice,’ indicates the requisition was for a ‘non-competitive award.’ Although the initial award was for $12,000, the total estimated amount of funds allocated for the requisition was $60,000,” Judicial Watch reported.

One email described ABR as “the only company in the U.S. capable of supplying tissues suitable for HM research.”

“No other company or organization is capable of fulfilling the need,” the FDA wrote.

Another email describes how mice are “humanized” with fetal tissue:

The HM [humanized mice] are created by surgical implantations of human tissue into mice that have multiple genetic mutations that block the development of the mouse immune system at a very early stage. The absence of the mouse immune system allows the human tissues to grow and develop into functional human tissues … In order for the humanization to proceed correctly we need to obtain fetal tissue with a specific set of specialized characteristics.

“Chopping up aborted human beings for their organs and tissue is a moral and legal outrage,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “This issue should be front and center in any debate about America’s barbaric abortion industry.”

Judicial Watch obtains FDA emails detailing purchases of aborted fetal tissue for ‘humanized mice’ research — Conservative Review

The Case Against Vaccine Passports — First Things RSS Feed – Web Exclusives | Daily Writings From Our Top Writers | First Things

I was alerted to what was coming at the end of July. Under the headline “The time for debating vaccines passports is over,” Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard wrote that “it would be irresponsible, not to mention politically and economically self-defeating, to not try limiting the intermingling of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.” Two words struck me as particularly eerie: “intermingling,” and “population.” At that point, I had decided against vaccination on various grounds. The most compelling was concern for my heart. I had had some heart troubles at the end of 2020, and I knew that the new vaccines occasionally produced heart inflammation—a frequent enough side effect that Health Canada requires a caution on the labels of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Now, evidently, my decision had consigned me to a threatening “population” requiring segregation and exclusion.  

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