Daily Archives: September 17, 2021

BREAKING: The Government’s Spying on Candidate Trump in the DOJ’s Project ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Started the Same Day Clinton Lawyers, Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele Met at Law Firm Perkins Coie — The Gateway Pundit

As Larry Johnson reported last night at TGP, the Sussman indictment yesterday indicates there may be more to the Durham investigation.  But also, the indictment notes a very special date in 2016, July 29th.

Larry Johnson noted last night that there may be more to the Durham indictment with the potential for indictments related to abusing the use of government data and potential conspiracy charges for more than Sussman.

Indictment Shows that John Durham Is Going After More People than Michael Sussmann

Twitter sleuth Stephen McIntyre adds more to the Sussman indictment in a Twitter thread last night.  He notes that Sussman’s work was billed to the Clinton campaign.

McIntyre notes that Durham omits from his indictment that in a meeting on July 29, 2016, with Sussman and Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele of Orbis was also there.

A tech guy mentioned in the indictment might be in trouble.

Right after WikiLeaks published the DNC emails, on July 29, 2016, a meeting was held with Sussman and Marc Elias from Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS goons, and Christopher Steele.  This also happened to be the day that Crossfire Hurrican opened – the beginning of the use of US government personnel and systems to spy on candidate Trump.

Crowdstrike was used to claim Russia hacked the DNC and gave the hacked emails to WikiLeaks.  This was a lie as noted in Crowdstrike CEO’s testimony in front of Congress.  Within minutes of Crowdstrike being hired, Russian state hackers were purported to partake in this spectacle.

Surely it is no coincidence that the politically corrupt investigation into the the Trump team, ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ originated the same day that Clinton attorneys met with Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, July 29, 2016.

BREAKING: The Government’s Spying on Candidate Trump in the DOJ’s Project ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Started the Same Day Clinton Lawyers, Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele Met at Law Firm Perkins Coie — The Gateway Pundit

Biden admin banned drones from showing border crisis in Texas, so local law enforcement provides helicopter — Conservative Review

“This time two days ago, there were just over 4000 people. There are now upwards of 11,000. We’re talking nearly a tripling of the numbers in just 48 hours or so.”

Biden admin banned drones from showing border crisis in Texas, so local law enforcement provides helicopter — Conservative Review

Pentagon Admits They Bombed Wrong Vehicle – Killed Family of 10 and Not ISIS-K Terrorists in Kabul — The Gateway Pundit

We called it.
The Pentagon on Friday admitted they bombed the wrong vehicle and killed an Afghan family instead of ISIS-K terrorists in Kabul late last month.

The Hill reported:

The Pentagon on Friday confirmed it mistook a civilian vehicle for an ISIS-K threat when it launched a drone strike on Aug. 29 in Kabul that killed 10 civilians.

“I am now convinced that as many as 10 civilians, including up to seven children were tragically killed in that strike,” U.S. Central Command head Gen. Frank McKenzie told reports at the Pentagon. “Moreover, we analyzed that it is unlikely that the vehicle and those who died were associated with ISIS-K or were a direct threat to US forces.”

Here is what we reported back on August 29th.

The Biden regime can’t find all of the Americans in Afghanistan.
They don’t even know the exact number of Americans stranded in the country.

But we are all supposed to believe that Joe Biden and the US Military were able to identify two ISIS-K bombers and incinerate them in a Kabul missile strike earlier today.

As reported earlier – The US military today fired a missile at an apartment in Kabul, Afghanistan.

But it appears Sleepy Joe may have missed his mark.

Seven to nine people including several children were killed today in the US missile strike.

The children are dead tonight because Joe Biden and the US military want to make it look like they are on top of things and in control.
They aren’t.
They just lost a war to a band of 8th Century barbarians, saw 13 servicemembers murdered in a suicide attack, and surrendered a country and $85 billion in arms to the enemy.

Our country’s elites have never been worse. 

Pentagon Admits They Bombed Wrong Vehicle – Killed Family of 10 and Not ISIS-K Terrorists in Kabul — The Gateway Pundit

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

Date:  September 17, 2021 
Host:  Jim Schneider 
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Jim had about 2 to 3 hours worth of information he could have presented.  So in addition to looking at the brief headlines below, remember to review this edition of Crosstalk for much more so that you can stay informed on the critical issues of our day.

–Today is Constitution Day.  September 17th commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 brave men on this day in 1787.

–Each year, on September 18th, pro-lifers observe the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. 

–Senator Marco Rubio called on President Biden to fire Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, who allegedly had secret phone calls with his Chinese counterpart,  Milley allegedly told him that if the U.S. military were to attack, he would call him ahead of time.  It wouldn’t be a surprise.

–Senator Rand Paul said that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley should be investigated and immediately relieved of his duties and court-martialed if he secretly negotiated with his Chinese counterpart.

–Former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, said he did not and would not ever authorize Milley to have secret calls with his Chinese counterpart, describing the allegations as a disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination and calling on him to resign immediately.

–A spokesman for Milley, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued a statement on Wednesday saying that Milley’s calls to Chinese officials in the final months of the Trump presidency were in keeping with his duties and responsibilities to maintain strategic stability. 

–Chinese warships traveled within 46 miles of Alaska’s Aleutian Island coast last month and their state run newspaper says that their warships might soon show up near Hawaii.

–Working in conjunction with the U.K., the U.S. will begin sharing the secrets of their nuclear propulsion technology with Australia.  The move will focus primarily on Australia’s submarine technology. 

–The latest pivot toward Australia has angered France who was brokering a 100 billion dollar contract to provide diesel powered submarines for Australia.

–Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that President Biden’s Afghanistan exit strategy cold lead to future terror attacks against the U.S. as the Taliban now again rules the country after two decades of U.S. occupation.

–North Korea launched two ballistic missiles toward Japan Wednesday.

–North Korea recently launched a train-mounted ballistic missile.

–A COVID “whistle-blower” indicated that an estimated 10-15% of doctors may quit their jobs rather than be forced to receive the COVID vaccine.

–The union that represents NBA players has reportedly struck a deal to exempt players from a COVID vaccine mandate.

–There’s one way to get around President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate.  That is to be part of either the legislative or judicial branches of the federal government.  

News Roundup & Comment — VCY America

Thousands Of Outraged New Yorkers To Protest Vaccine Passport Mandate In Times Square on Sept. 18 — The Gateway Pundit

Organizers of the New York City Freedom Rally have been protesting weekly since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, demanding the government reopen their city and relinquish mask mandates.

A few hundred patriots, at most, attended the rallies in the notoriously liberal city at the start of the pandemic, while the majority of New Yorkers complied with the mask requirements, the quarantine restrictions that singlehandedly destroyed the US economy and put millions out of work as they provided COVID contract tracers their personal information each time they stepped into a restaurant.

Now that the city has begun enforcing its Covid-19 vaccine passport program, known as “Key to NYC,” for most indoor activities, New York City’s Freedom Rally, a chapter of the Worldwide Demonstration campaign, is picking up steam.

The People’s eyes are open, they can see through the outright lies and they’ve had enough of the illogic.

Tens of thousands will protest against vaccine passports in New York’s Times Square on Saturday and rallying is just the first step we are taking towards ending the tyranny, Eric Grassi, an organizer of New York’s Freedom Rally told the Gateway Pundit.

“We are banding together to stop this,” he said. “This movement is growing rapidly because the fire departments, the teachers’ unions, our troops, the hospital workers – none of these people want this injection. They know what’s in it. It’s causing tremendous death and devastation across the world. The injection of children is an absolute criminal act – a capital crime. Plus, the vaccination programs are driving new forms are driving and developing new forms of the disease.

“We must stop and end all vaccine mandates. They are overthrowing medical ethics, which allows the individual to decide if they want medical treatment. This is an absolute violation of our fundamental rights. The coronavirus is biological and psychological warfare on humanity – that was obvious from the beginning. Rallying is just the first step towards ending this tyranny. There was no pandemic.”

“There are worldwide demonstrations going on. Our goal is to evict the perpetrators of this crime from their political offices,” Rassi said. “These arrogant people – De Blasio, Fauci, Biden – then need to be stopped. It’s apparent – criminal politicians conspired a world coup d’etat at pandemic planning conferences. They have planned this entire operation down to the fine, exact details of what they rolled out. This is a world takeover. It’s a world coup d’etat.

“They shut down and devastated New York for no reason. They just wrecked the city. They drove thousands of businesses out of business, and they just ruined hundreds of thousands of jobs. They closed whole sectors of the city’s economy permanently. They closed half the bars and restaurants in New York permanently. The economy of NY is a shadow of its former self. This is just one microcosmic example of what’s happening across the globe.”

Approximately 3,000 patriots attended the New York Freedom Rally on Monday as they marched across the Brooklyn bridge as they chanted, “Save New York,” “No vaccine mandates,” “Fire Fauci for crimes against humanity” and “Fuck the vaccine!”

The group intends to greet Joe Biden on =with a massive protest when he arrives in New York next to deliver his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly since taking office.

The rally will begin at 1 pm est at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. Demonstrators will then march to Times Square at 1:30 pm est.

Thousands Of Outraged New Yorkers To Protest Vaccine Passport Mandate In Times Square on Sept. 18 — The Gateway Pundit

Just In: FDA Panel Rejects Pfizer Booster Shot for Ages 16-65 Over Increased Risk of Heart Inflammation — The Gateway Pundit

On Friday, Biden’s vaccination plan hit a major roadblock after an FDA advisory panel declined to endorse authorization the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid booster shot for people aged 16 or older.

The 18 member group of influential experts was tasked with deciding if Pfizer’s latest clinical trials had provided adequate results that demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their booster shot.

Unsurprisingly, the results did not make the cut, not even close.

The panel voted 16-2 to reject extra doses of experimental vaccine, citing insufficient data from incomplete clinical trials and the potential risk of heart inflammation – especially among young men. 

The panel did, however, vote unanimously to endorse the booster for people aged 65 or older and “high-risk” individuals

According to Fox News:

“[The FDA Panel] endorsed emergency approvalfor the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot at least six months following the second dose among people ages 65 and older and those at high risk of occupational exposure and severe COVID-19.

The meeting included members of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, (VRBPAC), as well as officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lsrael’s Health Ministry, vaccine experts and Pfizer representatives.”

The panel’s vote will now be weighed by the FDA to make a final decision on who will be eligible for the Pfizer booster. 

The additional doses are being pushed because the original vaccine effectiveness has been fading quickly over time. Several studies have shown that people who have gotten the virus and then recovered – leaving them with natural immunity – are much better protected than those who are relying on the Pfizer jab.

In fact, one study that was conducted on 800,000 individuals showed that people who have taken both doses of the Pfizer jab are 13 TIMES more likely to have a breakthrough infection, and are at a “greater risk for Covid-19 hospitalizations.”

New Israeli Study Finds Fully Vaccinated People are at “Greater Risk of Hospitalization” and 13 TIMES MORE LIKELY to Catch Covid-19 Than Those Who Have Recovered and Have Natural Immunity

So much for the ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’..

The US health regime and Big Pharma have cleverly used the poor vaccine results to push another round of experimental shots. They have begun to acknowledge the decline in protection against infection, but refuse to mention anything about natural immunity and downplay the adverse reactions that have been well documented.

Fox News: Dr. William Gruber, senior vice president of vaccine clinical research and development at Pfizer, noted Phase 3 trial data indicating waning protection over time, from 96% vaccine efficacy within two months after the second dose to about 84% by six months and amid the dominant delta variant.

Additional data suggested a third Pfizer dose would ramp up protection on par or better than the second dose, however concerns were raised over the potential increased risk of myocarditis. The FDA panel’s review included Pfizer’s trial results with some 300 participants ages 18-55 who received a booster dose about six months after the second dose.

The FDA will review the committees vote and is expected to issue a final decision on Pfizer’s booster sometime next week. 

Just In: FDA Panel Rejects Pfizer Booster Shot for Ages 16-65 Over Increased Risk of Heart Inflammation — The Gateway Pundit

Fauci in 2019: You Don’t Need Masks, ‘Paranoid Tool’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Dr. Fauci in a 2019 interview David Rubenstein said face masks are unnecessary and dismissed them as a “paranoid” tool.

At the end of the interview, which aired May 22, 2019, Rubenstein asked Fauci how to best protect himself from an infectious disease.

“And the best way to prevent me from getting an infectious disease and having to have you as my doctor is what – Um, wearing a mask?” Rubenstein queried.

“No, no, no,” Fauci said chuckling.

“If somebody’s getting ready to sneeze or cough, walk away?” Rubenstein added.

“You avoid all the paranoid aspects and do something positive,” Fauci said before listing common sense actions a person can take to stay healthy.

“A) Good diet. B) You don’t smoke, I know. I know you don’t drink – at least not very much, so that’s pretty good. Get some exercise. I know that you don’t get as much exercise as you should,” Fauci added. “Get good sleep. I think the normal, low tech healthy things are the best things you can do David, to stay healthy.”

Watch the video before Twitter deletes it:

Fauci also dismissed face masks in a 60 Minutes interview in March 2020 before he convinced the Covid cultists to worship masks.

VIDEO:

What a difference a year or two makes.

Fauci in 2019: You Don’t Need Masks, ‘Paranoid Tool’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

September 17 Evening Quotes of The Day

Paul’s Mode of Conversion Was Unusual
Acts 9:3; 22:6; 26:13

It is true, God has been found of some who sought him not; he has cast himself in their way who were quite out of his; he has laid hold upon them, and stopped their course on a sudden; for so was St. Paul converted in his journey to Damascus. But certainly this is not God’s ordinary method of dealing with men.

HENRY SCOUGAL

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

Impossible to Know God without Jesus Christ
Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 1:18; 14:9; Colossians 2:8–10

It is not only impossible but useless to know God without Jesus Christ.

BLAISE PASCAL

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

Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword? — Southern Equip

“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law” (Luke 12:49-53).

The need for faithfulness and obedience as disciples (12:35–48) is followed by the purpose of Jesus’ mission. In saying that he has come to cast fire on the earth that he wishes were kindled now, Jesus certainly refers to judgment. In the OT fire often designates judgment. For instance, Jeremiah’s words are as fire that consumes the people (Jer. 5:14; 23:29; cf. Sir. 48:1).

Amos warns Israel to seek the Lord, lest he “break out like fire” (Amos 5:6). On the other hand, in Luke fire also refers to the transforming work of the Spirit (Acts 2:3), and in Isaiah 4:4 the Spirit as fire both cleanses and purifies. Thus both ideas are likely present here. Jesus, as in the next verse, anticipates his death and resurrection, the consummation of his work. The final day of judgment will not come immediately, but judgment and salvation are inaugurated when Jesus’ work on earth is completed.

Jesus Came to Bring Together

The reference to baptism looks forward to the cross, to the great saving and judging event of Jesus’ ministry. In this context the image probably looks back to the flood narrative in Genesis 6–9, in which the world is judged for its evil. Jesus’ baptism refers here to his death, when he is submerged, so to speak, under the waters of God’s wrath when judgment sweeps over him. We have seen that his journey toward Jerusalem anticipates this day of judgment. Jesus is distressed since he will experience God’s wrath for the sake of his people. His baptism will fulfill God’s plan of salvation (cf. Luke 18:31), and thus Jesus’ entire ministry hinges on this great event.

The coming fire and baptism will affect not only Jesus but all humanity. He came to bring peace, but peace is not the only consequence of his coming. Both peace and division, harmony and conflict, joy and strife will occur because of his fire and baptism. There will be only peace with those who have received his favor (2:14). Some will oppose and stand against the Messiah (2:34). Most Jews probably thought that when the Messiah came, he would be welcomed with open arms, but the reality is more complex and nuanced. Houses will be deeply divided, and the kingdom will not come in its fullness immediately. A period of sifting and testing will come first, in which people will go different ways.

These divisions will even enter into families; universal family harmony will not be possible, for fathers will disagree with sons, daughters with mothers, and daughters-in-law with mothers-in-law. Jesus picks up here the words of Micah 7:6, from a chapter in which Micah looks forward to the day in which Israel will be delivered. Still, Micah suggests that enemies will continue to afflict God’s people. The deliverance will not be immediate or instantaneous.

Jesus Came to Separate

We must beware of oversimplifying Jesus’ message. Many think that Jesus came to bring peace and harmony—and this is obviously true—but he also came to bring division. If our family members do not side with Jesus, we must decide whether we will stand with Jesus or with our families.

Divisions may even separate members of the same household: fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. If family members turn against God or have never turned to him, and we side with them to please them, we are siding against Jesus. The Lord gives grace, for there is nothing sweeter and more delightful than knowing Jesus. We are not to make our families an object of idolatry. Families are wonderful, but we are prepared to meet Jesus only if he is first in our hearts.

Editors’ note: This article is by Thomas R. Schreiner and is adapted from the ESV Expository Commentary: Matthew–Luke (Volume 8) and was originally published on the Crossway blog.

Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword? — Southern Equip

Needs to Open Our Mouths — VCY America

Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalm 81:10)

What an encouragement to pray! Our human notions would lead us to ask small things because our deservings are so small; but the Lord would have us request great blessings. Prayer should be as simple a matter as the opening of the mouth; it should be a natural, unconstrained utterance. When a man is earnest he opens his mouth wide, and our text urges us to be fervent in our supplications.

Yet it also means that we may make bold with God and ask many and large blessings at His hands, Read the whole verse, and see the argument: “I am Jehovah, thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Because the Lord has given us so much He invites us to ask for more, yea, to expect more.

See how the little birds in their nests seem to be all mouth when the mother comes to feed them. Let it be the same with us. Let us take in grace at every door. Let us drink it in as a sponge sucks up the water in which it lies. God is ready to fill us if we are only ready to be filled. Let our needs make us open our mouths; let our faintness cause us to open our mouths and pant; yea, let our alarm make us open our mouths with a child’s cry. The opened mouth shall be filled by the Lord Himself. So be it unto us, O Lord, this day.

Needs to Open Our Mouths — VCY America

Developing Faith through Adversity — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

It doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Paul spent his life serving Christ, and yet he experienced continual suffering.

Why would God let one of His most faithful servants go through so much pain?

This isn’t just a question about Paul; it’s an issue we face today. In our minds, the Lord should protect His loyal followers from hardships, but He doesn’t necessarily do so.

Maybe our reasoning is backwards. We think faithful Christians don’t deserve to suffer, but from God’s perspective, suffering is what produces faithful Christians. If we all had lives of ease without opposition, trials, or pain, we’d never really know God, because we’d never need Him.

Like it or not, adversity teaches us more about the Lord than simply reading the Bible ever will. I’m not saying we don’t need to know Scripture; that’s our foundation for faith. But if what we believe is never tested by adversity, it remains head knowledge. How will we ever know the Lord can be trusted in the midst of trouble if we’ve never been challenged by hardship? God gives us opportunities to apply scriptural truths to the difficulties facing us, and in the process, we find Him faithful. For example, how would Paul ever have known the strength of Christ if he had never been weakened by pain, persecution, and adversity?

Depending on your response, trials can be God’s greatest means of building faith or an avenue to discouragement and self-pity. If you’ll believe what Scripture says and apply its principles to your situation, your trust in God will grow, and your faith will be strengthened through adversity.

2 Corinthians 11:23-30
 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;  in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.  Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.

By Dr. Charles Stanley
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  Life Can Bring Joy out of Sorrow by Norma Becker
•  Fully Surrender to the Lord
•  Salvation Explained

Developing Faith through Adversity — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Hardship — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they saidActs 14:21-22

The hiking boots were brand new, a gift from several girlfriends who knew about the honeymoon that had been planned. The time came to put them on, in anticipation of our first hike as a married couple.

As we expectantly headed towards the summit, blisters began to form on my feet. The hike was hard. Rain clouds began to gather, and by the time we neared the top, it was obvious that we would be drenched by a downpour on our way down. Our plan to stay in a tent that night was also a “no go” because campsites were flooded. The only good news was that my husband had packed rain ponchos which we wore on our descent, and we were able to find a hotel where we could get warm and dry that night!

How many times has a day started out so wonderfully, only to be “dampened” by circumstances beyond our control?

Blisters, tiredness, and a storm kept me from reaching the summit that day and surveying the view, but I learned valuable lessons from that hike (like breaking in boots and conditioning myself ahead of time, and accepting rain and mud as a reality of life!). Later in our marriage, a week-long hike along the West Coast Trail (5 days of rain!) proved to be equally challenging, but I was more prepared for how hard it would be!

The Christian life is like a life-long hike! And we should not be surprised by difficulties, but instead learn to embrace hardship as a friend throughout life’s journey to heaven.

Father God, we are your children, and we don’t know what lies ahead of us, but we know that you travel with us! Please help us to see our daily hardships as an important part of the journey! Amen.

Today confess your disappointments to God. Ask him to help you accept them and learn from them, allowing him to develop a more prepared and positive spirit in you.

By Karen Woodard
Used by Permission


Further Reading

• Struggles, Despair Articles
• Testimonies:  what lead people to God?
•  Salvation Explained

Hardship — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

September 17 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

God Enters the Heart with a Master-Key
Psalm 105:37; John 3:3–8; Ephesians 4:22–24

God does not violate the human will when he saves men: they are not converted against their will, but their will itself is converted. The Lord has a way of entering the heart, not with a crowbar, like a burglar, but with a master-key, which he gently inserts in the lock, and the bolt flies back, the door opens, and he enters.

CHARLES SPURGEON*

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

God’s Existence Demonstrable from His Effects
Psalm 19:1–2; Romans 1:19–20

The existence of God, in so far as it is not self-evident to us, can be demonstrated from those of His effects which are known to us.

THOMAS AQUINAS*

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

17 Sep 2021 News Briefing

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Donald Trump predicts end of the USA under Biden in doomsday warning – ‘Gone downhill!’
DONALD Trump blasted Joe Biden’s track record as US president, claiming the country would cease to exist “in three years.”

123 Texas Landowners Allow State to Put Border Fencing on Their Property
The state of Texas has some new allies in its battle against illegal immigration. The Washington Examiner reports that a group of 123 homeowners has agreed to let the state place fencing along sections of their properties near the U.S.-Mexico border. The Examiner said that as of Wednesday, 123 homeowners living in Val Verde County have agreed to allow an 8-foot-tall barbed-wire metal fence to be erected at the edge of their properties. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said 82 of the 123 people referenced have signed agreements with the state’s military department conducting the program.

South Korea fires its first ever submarine-launched ballistic missile hours after North Korea’s missile launch
South Korea tested it’s first submarine-launched ballistic missile Wednesday shortly after North Korea launched its own ballistic missiles, which landed in international waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

‘We Got Him!’: Leader Of ISIS Group Accused Of Killing Four US Troops Gets Killed, Announces French President
An ISIS leader accused of killing four U.S. troops died in Mali, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday. ISIS Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS) leader Adnan Abou Walid al Sahraoui was killed in a French drone strike between Aug. 17 and 22, … “Ladies and Gentlemen: We got him!!” Macron said in a Tweet early on Thursday morning.

Beijing erupts at new UK-US deal and warns Australia to become ‘anti-China superpower’
AUSTRALIA has been warned it risks becoming an enemy of China following the announcement of the trilateral agreement with the US and UK.
After the three nations announced the Aukus alliance, Chinese officials have issued repeated threats to Australia. With Australia and China at a period of heightened tensions,

Netanyahu attends Ne’ilah Yom Kippur service at Western Wall
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah attended the Ne’ilah prayer service at the Western Wall Thursday evening. Ne’ilah, which means ‘closing,’ is the fifth and final prayer service of Yom Kippur and is one of the most intense moments of prayer in the entire Jewish calendar as it takes place at the very end of the Day of Atonement.

Are the Taliban descendants of Israel?
Pashtun practices include circumcision on the eighth day and refraining from mixing meat and milk — Is there a connection to ancient Hebrews?
Periodically … newspaper headlines have raised the tantalizing question of whether the Pashtun tribes … are in fact our long-lost relatives, descendants of the Israelites who were cast into exile by the Assyrian empire more than 2,700 years ago. a cursory look at the evidence suggests that it cannot and should not be dismissed out of hand.

How about hiring someone who’s ethical … and patriotic?
The trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission are now accepting applications to lead the political and lobbying arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. According to the job description, a candidate needs at meet at least five qualifications to be in the running to head the ERLC:
“They talked about racial inequality, substance abuse, bioethics, displaced peoples and immigration, war, human suffering. And I thought: that’s very interesting, because what wasn’t on that list was ethics.”

Lawyer connected to Clinton campaign indicted in Durham probe
A lawyer connected to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election campaign has been indicted as a result of the probe into how the Obama administration launched an FBI investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Michael Sussmann has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI. The case against the attorney, is just the second prosecution brought by special counsel John Durham in two-and-a-half years of work. Sussmann’s firm, Perkins Coie, has deep Democratic connections.

Milley defends calls to Chinese as effort to avoid conflict
“The [job of the] chairman [of the Joint Chiefs of Staff], under the 1984 Goldwater-Nichols Act, is to be the principal military advisor to the president of the United States. He is not a commander – he is an advisor; but he does have the president’s ear. And you would expect that he would respect the person who he works for, which is the president directly.”

Rep. Gosar Calls on House Leaders to Start Wearing Body Cameras
“Several members of congress made false and defamatory allegations that other members of Congress gave “reconnaissance tours” on Jan. 5,” Gosar said. “Footage from body cameras would be able to rebut such defamation immediately.” He also said the body cameras would “demonstrate the confabulation” of a story told by a “member of Congress” who described hiding and being chased “without any witness or documentation of any type in support.” “The lack of transparency in Congress is driving public trust in government to near-historic lows,” said Gosar.

At least 3 killed, 60 injured after shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Sichuan, China
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) as M6.0 hit southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 20:33 UTC on September 15, 2021 (04:33 LT, September 16). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Both USGS and EMSC are reporting it as M5.4 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

Eight Reasons Why the 2020 Stolen Election Now Qualifies As An EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT
Hello people living in the occupied land of Amerika! No need to pay attention to the GDP, the inflation report, the DOW and the S&P. The only report that matters now is the extinction report…Amerika faces an uphill battle to survive. Our enemy, controlled ultimately by Satan, is determined to see as many of us (Americans, conservatives and Christians) dead as possible.

New doctors’ group Pandemic Health Alliance argues for early treatment to fight COVID-19 
A newly formed group of physicians, the Pandemic Health Alliance insists on alternative ways of treating COVID-19.

‘Fully vaccinated’ account for 82% of Illinois public high school’s COVID cases 
Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF) has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of September 9, with 14 cases coming from individuals who have been fully jabbed.

Dems Propose $3 Trillion Tax Hike on Working Families and Small Businesses
House Democrats are proposing almost $3 trillion ($3,000,000,000,000) in tax increases including tax increases on small businesses and working families. This is the largest tax increase since 1968 compared to the size of the economy and the largest tax increase ever in nominal dollars.

Freedom Job Network lists jobs that do not require employees to get COVID-19 vaccine
A job board “for Americans who believe in self-responsibility and choice” lists a variety of jobs that do not require employees to get the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

FDA purchased baby heads and other body parts, documents show
Hundreds of pages of U.S. Food and Drug Administration records obtained under a Freedom of Information Act case brought by government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal the U.S. government was buying the heads of unborn babies, and other body parts, for its “humanized mice” project.

Where Did All The People Go?
Why are companies all over the world suddenly desperate for workers?  In my entire life I have never seen anything like this.  When the labor shortage started in the United States, a lot of people blamed overly generous government handouts, but that doesn’t explain why the exact same thing is happening in nation after nation all over the globe.

Are We Right Now Watching The Long Called For Global Depopulation Demanded By The New World Order Eugenicists?
Today the Biden administration announced they would be drastically reducing the amount of life-saving monoclonal antibodies currently being sent to areas hard-hit by COVID-19 like Florida, Arizona and other mostly conservative states.

Biden Cuts Shipments Of Life-Saving Antibody Treatments To Florida As Democratic Campaign To Punish The Unvaccinated Horrifyingly Accelerates
Walkaway’ Joe Biden may have laid down for the Taliban, and may grovel at the feet of the Communist Chinese, but that does not mean he’s not planning on fighting the real war against the state of Florida, and punish his stated enemy, the unvaccinated. To advance those goals, Biden has ordered a drastic cut in life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments to the Sunshine State.

American Airlines Flight Turns Around and Kicks Off Mother and Her Asthmatic 2-Year-Old Baby Over Mask Policy 
On Monday, American Airlines flight 1284 turned around and kicked off a two-year-old asthmatic boy, his mother, and his grandmother because the child was suffering from an asthma attack during mid-flight and could not wear the mask properly.

US, UK To Share Nuclear Submarine Technology With Australia In “Historic” Military Pact Against China 
After breaking news of the the historic pact between the US, UK and Australia earlier, we have now gotten confirmation and additional information about the pact.

White Floating Contaminants Found in Pfizer Vaccine in Several Japanese Cities: Officials
Foreign matter has been discovered in five unused vials of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine near Tokyo, Japan, and one vial in Osaka Prefecture, officials said on Tuesday.

Seizing On The Weakness Of The Biden Administration, Communist China Announces Warships Could Soon Be Stationed Off Coast Of Hawaii
ust imagine for a moment that you are the leader of a terror-nation like Iran or Communist China, what thoughts would be going through your head as you watch the incredible weakness and cowardice shown by the Joe Biden administration in places like Afghanistan? If you’re the leader of Communist China, you’re thinking now would be a great time to make a move.

COVID Politics Takes a Dark Turn, Biden Administration Takes Control of Monoclonal Antibody Drugs in Order to Block Treatments in Red States and Ration Equitable Treatment
When Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services made the announcement earlier this month (LINK) that they were taking full control over Monoclonal Antibody drugs (mAb) in order to begin rationing the highly effective treatment for COVID-19 infection, several people sounded alarm bells as there was the potential for rationing of COVID treatment based on political ideology.   Representative Chip Roy of Texas was one of the first to raise concerns.

CASH GRAB: Forecasting $26 Billion In COVID-19 Vaccine Sales In 2021, Greedy Pfizer Now Pushing FDA To Approve Never-Ending Booster Shots
Don’t you just love when the ‘other shoe’ drops? Let’s see, over the past 6 months we went from having a vaccine that would prevent COVID-19 infections that became a kind-of vaccine that would not prevent infection but lower the symptoms, to a shot that degrades in 6 months and will now require twice a year booster shots.

Metal particles in many vaccines; but don’t worry, line up and take your shots like happy little robots
First, current news—-Japan and the Moderna COVID vaccine. Fiercepharma reports:
“…another one million doses of the vaccine were suspended over concerns of possible contamination found in two additional vaccine lots…The material was determined to be metallic particles, Japan news outlet NHK reported last week. Last week, Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/09/17/17-sep-2021/

1 out of 6 people say they will quit their job if they can’t continue working from homePosted: 17 Sep 2021 06:15 AM PDT(OPINION) Is working from home now a deal-breaker for you and where you work? You’re not alone. A new survey finds the pandemic lockdowns, which pushed many companies to switch to remote work, are changing what employees are putting on their “must-have” lists when it comes to their careers.Now, nearly six in 10 people (58%) say they want a fully remote job. The FlexJobs survey of more than 4,600 people also finds 39 percent prefer a “hybrid” job that allows them to work at home and at the office.Continue reading 1 out of 6 people say they will quit their job if they can’t continue working from home at End Time Headlines.
(VIDEO) Police threaten to serve tickets to unmasked grocery shoppers in WashingtonPosted: 17 Sep 2021 06:01 AM PDTShoppers in Vancouver, Washington were reportedly ticketed by police for not wearing face masks, according to radio host Lars Larson. “It happened right in my Vancouver neighborhood at a grocery store,” Larson said.Police officers in Vancouver, WA were called on maskless patrons at Chuck’s produce on Mills Plane.According to one retired detective, “I’ve seen less cops on a drug raid.”H/t to @LarsLarsonShow for the tip pic.twitter.com/nVO6IPTbx7— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) September 9, 2021“A retired cop shot me a video last night of a cop writing a ticket to a woman for shopping, can you believe it, without a mask on her face.”  One woman who was there shopping shouted “This is America,” she told the police officers.Continue reading (VIDEO) Police threaten to serve tickets to unmasked grocery shoppers in Washington at End Time Headlines.
Objects at edge of Solar System being influenced by mysterious forcePosted: 17 Sep 2021 05:52 AM PDTScientists have discovered hundreds of new objects in the outer solar system using an instrument designed to probe an unexplained source of energy in the universe.The results reveal new insights about the mysterious expanse beyond Neptune, including the possibility that a massive undiscovered planet may be lurking in these dark outer reaches. A team led by Pedro Bernardinelli, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, scanned the outer solar system for six years with the Dark Energy Survey (DES),a Chile-based astronomy program whose primary objective is understanding dark energy, an unknown force that’s driving the accelerated expansion of the universe.Continue reading Objects at edge of Solar System being influenced by mysterious force at End Time Headlines.
Inflation Prices of goods online risen for an unprecedented 15 consecutive months, Food prices highest since 1970’sPosted: 16 Sep 2021 06:30 PM PDTPrices of goods online have now risen for an unprecedented 15 consecutive months, following what was a historical period of declines, according to a new report from Adobe Digital Insights.According to CNBC, Inflation is hitting categories including pet products, nonprescription drugs, apparel, furniture, and flower arrangements, the report said. The growth in digital sticker prices across the industry means e-commerce transactions are on pace to soon account for roughly $1 of every $5 spent by Americans, up from $1 of every $6 in 2017, Adobe said.Continue reading Inflation Prices of goods online risen for an unprecedented 15 consecutive months, Food prices highest since 1970’s at End Time Headlines.
Florida landlord says tenants must get vaccinated or move outPosted: 16 Sep 2021 02:16 PM PDTA Florida landlord is requiring his tenants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue living on his property. According to Yahoo News, Santiago Alvarez announced in August that any new tenants as well as those renewing their leases would be required to show proof of vaccination.The rule will also apply to his employees, who will face termination if they do not comply, The Washington Post reported. Alvarez, who oversees 1,200 apartment units, told The Post at least twelve of his tenants had already died from COVID-19.Continue reading Florida landlord says tenants must get vaccinated or move out at End Time Headlines.
(NEW PODCAST) Many don’t believe in the Holy Spirit, Here is why you need him today!Posted: 16 Sep 2021 01:41 PM PDT(OPINION) In today’s segment, we discuss a recent poll where many professed Christians stated they don’t believe in the Holy Spirit. In this segment, we reveal why we need the Holy Spirit working in our lives to carry out what Jesus has commissioned us to do in the Earth today. To watch or listen to this message just find the link below:To watch on YouTube click HERE
To listen on Podcast click HEREContinue reading (NEW PODCAST) Many don’t believe in the Holy Spirit, Here is why you need him today! at End Time Headlines.
France has just suspended 3,000 health staff as Europe targets those who refuse the vaccinePosted: 16 Sep 2021 12:19 PM PDTHospitals, care homes, and health centers have suspended around 3,000 workers across France for failing to comply with mandatory COVID vaccination, the government said on Thursday, as countries around Europe weigh how far to go to combat the pandemic.According to Reuters, While Italy is set to announce later on Thursday that proof of vaccination or a negative test will be compulsory for all workers, going further than any other country in the region, the Netherlands plans a similar step – but only to go to bars or clubs.Continue reading France has just suspended 3,000 health staff as Europe targets those who refuse the vaccine at End Time Headlines.

Biden: ‘The Vaccine Won’t Protect You But Get It Or Lose Your Job And Also The Vaccinated Can Spread The Virus But This Is All The Fault Of The Unvaccinated And Oh Man What Was I Saying Again?’ — The Babylon Bee

Biden: ‘The Vaccine Won’t Protect You But Get It Or Lose Your Job And Also The Vaccinated Can Spread The Virus But This Is All The Fault Of The Unvaccinated And Oh Man What Was I Saying Again?’ — The Babylon Bee

Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 17, 2021

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25 Years of Defending the Constitution

Today, we mark both our 25th anniversary of publishing and our Constitution’s birthday.

Nate Jackson

Today marks The Patriot Post’s 25th year of publication. That’s right — your humble team, led by Publisher Mark Alexander, began fighting against the Leftmedia monopoly all the way back in 1996. We have a lot of longevity here on staff, too. This author has been on the team since 2004, and numerous editors and contributors have been here a long time as well. We’re a lean, mean band of Patriots who endeavor to bring key news and policy analysis of the day to grassroots Americans all across the fruited plain.

Today also happens to be Constitution Day, the day in 1787 on which the most consequential governing document in history was ratified. We take that combination to heart, as our primary responsibility here is to defend that venerable document and the Liberty it enshrines, as laid out in the Declaration of Independence.

As Alexander put it in marking the occasion on Wednesday, “From the onset, our mission has been to extend the endowment of American Liberty to the next generation by, first, advocating for individual rights and responsibilities; second, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary; and third, promoting free enterprise, national defense, and traditional American values, as outlined in our Statement of Principles.”

Again, those values are enshrined in our Constitution. But that very system of government is under an assault by the Left far more relentless and dangerous than when we launched this publication 25 years ago.

Make no mistake: Leftists still often pay lip service to their oaths to “support and defend” the Constitution. President Joe Biden, who has busied himself wielding extra- and unconstitutional power since the day he took office eight months ago, even issued a perfunctory Constitution Day Proclamation in which he references that oath. But he then disgracefully denounced “grave attempts to suppress and subvert the right to vote in free and fair elections.” What he objects to is that many states are working to protect election integrity — all while Democrats are endeavoring to undermine that integrity and ensure enduring power for themselves.

Public schools have loads of great teachers who love this country and the students in their classrooms. But those schools are largely run by leftist indoctrinators who don’t bother to interrupt lessons about how awful our country is to teach about some old parchment that established its greatness.

That lack of education is why most Americans would fail a citizenship test. Such ignorance is more than just a shame; it’s a threat to our Constitution. See, for example, the Biden regime just put in office by 81 million* Americans.

These things are why we continue to fight the good fight. We provide our fellow Americans with the news analysis they need to then go into their communities with the right perspective on today’s events. We support educational efforts primarily through distribution of our Patriot’s Primer on American Liberty.

Clearly, though, we have a long way to go in our next 25 years.

We’re undaunted because our Constitution is well worth preserving. This uniquely American achievement puts the ultimate power in the hands of “We the People.” Our Founders knew all too well that men with power can’t be trusted, so that power was divided in a federalist and multi-branch system. It enumerates the powers of government, and it protects the rights of citizens.

Yes, all of those aspects have been challenged and undermined by the “progressives” who never leave well enough alone. But that means those of us who love America and its founding documents and institutions must answer the call to defend them vigorously, tirelessly, and even joyfully. We must sustain Rule of Law over the rule of men. We must preserve Liberty for the next generation.

As George Washington aptly put it, “Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!”

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Durham Indicts a Collusion Cutout

Top Democrat lawyer Michael Sussmann is charged with lying to the FBI.

Thomas Gallatin

A second individual has now been indicted in Special Counsel John Durham’s long-running investigation into the origins of the Trump/Russia collusion hoax. First, it was Kevin Clinesmith. Now, just days before the statute of limitations was due to run out, Durham has indicted top Democrat lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI. It sounds minor, but it’s important.

The 27-page indictment details how in September 2016, Sussmann met with FBI General Counsel James Baker to alert him to a supposed hidden connection between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin via the Russian-owned Alfa Bank. The FBI, as well as Robert Mueller’s investigation, would later determine there was no truth to the claim.

However, the indictment charge against Sussmann is not for his peddling false information to the FBI, but for his claim that he had no political connections, and therefore no political motive. In truth, Sussmann was working for the Hillary Clinton campaign’s law firm, Perkins Coie, for whom he was paid for specifically delivering the erroneous Alfa Bank/Trump claim.

According to the indictment:

Sussmann lied about the capacity in which he was providing the allegations to the FBI. Specifically, Sussmann stated falsely that he was not doing his work on the aforementioned allegations ‘for any client,’ which led the FBI General Counsel to understand that Sussmann was acting as a good citizen merely passing along information, not as a paid advocate or political operative. In fact … this statement was intentionally false and misleading because, in assembling and conveying these allegations, Sussmann acted on behalf of specific clients, namely, a U.S. technology industry executive at a U.S. internet company, and the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign.

Investigative journalist John Solomon observes, “Slowly over five years, the Russia collusion story has been exposed for what it was: a three-legged political dirty trick in which highly credible figures with deep law enforcement, intelligence and news media ties were paid by the Clinton campaign to flood the FBI with unproven allegations that Trump was secretly colluding with Russia to steal the election from Clinton.”

Sussmann represents the lesser known second leg of Clinton’s Trump/Russia collusion hoax, as his allegation failed to gain traction within the FBI. The first leg was the bogus Christopher Steele dossier, which provided the third leg, the deep state within the FBI and Barack Obama’s Justice Department, the excuse needed to investigate and surveil the Trump campaign.

Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), who doggedly pursued the truth behind the collusion narrative, stated: “The indictment is damning, full of shocking details showing how the Clinton campaign operatives and lawyers resorted to illegal and immoral methods to concoct false allegations against the Trump campaign and feed them to the FBI and the media. Obviously, many more people need to face justice, but it’s gratifying to see Durham begun to unravel the web of lies and deceit that surrounded the Russian collusion hoax.”

“Many more people,” indeed. This was an attempted coup by the biggest of big players. We think it’s pretty clear that Sussmann is a cutout acting on behalf of more powerful figures, from James Comey and John Brennan all the way up to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. His indictment — for now, at least — allows the bigger conspirators off the hook, and he could end up being a scapegoat. The question is whether John Durham is pulling all the pieces of the plot together with more serious indictments coming in the future.

The jury is still out, but time for any significant developments appears to be quickly waning, as Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland will soon announce whether he has approved a budget to continue the investigation through next fiscal year.

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A Capitol Rally for January 6th Detainees

Assessing Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rallies.

Mark Alexander

This weekend’s “Justice for J6” rallies, sponsored by Look Ahead America, are intended to bring attention to the plight of those arrested for their actions during the January 6 Capitol riot. While some of those rioters were violent thugs who battled with police and damaged the Capitol building, many of those arrested, some of whom remain incarcerated, face more benign charges equivalent to trespassing.

That notwithstanding, because the arrests are political fodder for the Left, the charges and sentences against some of them are excessive.

There are a few things to restate ahead of the J6 rallies in Washington and other state capitals.

First, it is understandable why the Capitol Police and DC Metro Police were unprepared for the jackasses who violated the Capitol building that day. As I wrote after the riot: “Given the civil and lawful tenor of ALL previous Donald Trump rallies across our nation during Trump’s tenure, there was no reason to believe that some fraction of 1% of those in attendance that day would resort to the riotous thuggery associated with all the ‘peaceful’ leftist protests. Heretofore, violence has been the standard modus operandi of the so-called ‘Black Lives Matter’ racists and so-called ’antifa’ fascists. What happened on the Capitol grounds was unprecedented for a Trump rally.”

Those thugs who violently battled with police outside the Capitol building, by both action and appearance, certainly did not and do not represent any even marginally mainstream contingent of Trump supporters.

Second, as we have noted repeatedly, those nonviolent protesters may be jackasses, but there is an enormous disparity between the crimes and punishment doled out for the January 6 protesters and that for the violent burn, loot, and murder mobs who rioted in DC and many other Democrat-controlled urban centers across the nation for six months in 2020. Despite more than 40 murders associated with those riots, and more than a billion dollars in damages, few have been arrested, and many who were arrested were released, including a murderer bailed out with the help of Kamala Harris.

Third, and predictably, that handful of January 6 jackasses and thugs fueled Demo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s histrionic “insurrection” inquisition, which is being used to paint all Trump supporters with the same brush.

Consequently, Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and, of course, Joe Biden, in collusion with their Leftmedia propagandists, have done a masterful job of tar-and-feathering Trump supporters as “right-wing extremists” and “white supremacists.”

So determined and brazen were Pelosi and Schumer that for months they lied about the death of Officer Brian Sicknick, insisting he was murdered by Trump supporters, and using his death as political fodder for their theatrical Capitol charade.

As for the J6 rallies, they are the inspiration of Matt Braynard, the former director of data and strategy for Trump’s campaign. Braynard had previously founded and led the Voter Integrity Project focusing on illegal ballots and other election anomalies. It is not clear why Braynard is so intent on rallies, given that his message would reach many more people through media interviews with Tucker Carlson and others.

Tomorrow’s events in DC and 17 state capitals across the nation are ill-conceived because they may attract some number of thugs who will then dominate the news cycle reports about these rallies, serving only to refresh and refuel Pelosi’s “insurrection” narrative.

To that end, Trump says the rallies are “a setup,” while offering sympathy for those arrested.

But we have NO sympathy for the violent thugs who battled with police.

The Capitol and DC police departments are bracing for trouble, again playing right into the Pelosi and Schumer theatrical backdrop. Police are on high alert, and fencing is back up around the Capitol building. Schumer says, “They seem very, very well prepared.”

The best thing that could happen at the DC rally is for a couple thousand people to show up, for them to abide by the same standards of order and respect common to all Trump rallies before January 6, and reestablish to some extent that baseline for what constitutes a Trump supporter.

The J6 rallies may bring some attention to the disparity between the charging and sentencing of the more than 500 January 6 protesters arrested versus the hordes of violent leftist protesters across our nation last year.

But it will not resolve the greatest injustice on January 6 — the unjustifiable killing of Ashli Babbitt by incompetent Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd.

Finally, I should note that the most dangerous person in DC on the day of the Capitol riot, an actual terrorist, has not been arrested. The FBI and BATFE are offering a $100,000 reward for information to convict the person who left pipe bombs outside both the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters the night before the protest.

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Did NIH Help China Cover Up COVID Origins?

Why aren’t we more curious about a Chinese researcher’s request to delete vital data from an NIH database?

Douglas Andrews

The headline in the June 23 edition of The Wall Street Journal seemed ominous enough: “Chinese Covid-19 Gene Data That Could Have Aided Pandemic Research Removed From NIH Database.”

Why on earth would the National Institutes of Health do such a thing? That’s especially important given that the data, which was a series of gene sequences from coronavirus samples obtained from COVID-19 patients in Wuhan in January and February 2020, could help us solve the mystery (such as it is) about the genesis of the pandemic.

As to that mystery, our goal is to get to the truth, and in doing so to help those dead-enders — those folks on the Left who still believe that Donald Trump can’t possibly be right about the origins of the virus; those folks who therefore believe that this deadly plague was naturally occurring, and that it materialized when, as Jon Stewart so hilariously surmised, “a pangolin kissed a turtle” or maybe when “a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey.”

The ever-growing evidence tells open-minded folks that COVID-19 came from a Chinese lab — the Wuhan Institute of Virology, specifically.

Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon and public health expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told journalist Bret Baier that the removal of the data from the NIH archives was the deletion of “essentially the Rosetta Stone” of COVID-19. “Those sequences … enable virologists to trace the drift or manipulation of a genetic code,” said Makary, who called it “very unusual” for genetic data to be deleted from the NIH database.

But that’s not the most unusual part: The request to delete this information came from a Chinese researcher.

Never fear, though: As the Journal reports, the NIH “said it was reviewing the removal of genetic data about the Covid-19 virus from an agency-run archive after a scientist raised concerns about the episode earlier this summer.”

Senate Republicans want some answers. “The efforts by Chinese researchers to delete the data demands additional explanation,” wrote Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Roger Marshall (R-KS) in the letter to NIH Director Francis Collins.

As the Journal continues: “In a reply to the senators dated Sept. 8, Dr. Collins said a review was under way to determine ‘whether appropriate steps were taken to assess this withdrawal request.’ An NIH spokeswoman on Sunday said that the review had been completed and that NIH leaders would weigh the findings.”

It’d be nice if the rest of us could weigh the findings, too. Otherwise, we might be left to conclude that some folks at the NIH were in cahoots with the ChiComs.

Where does the investigation into COVID’s origins currently stand? Sadly, at something of a standstill. Late last month, U.S. intelligence agencies delivered a report to Joe Biden, telling him that a lack of information “made it difficult to reach a definitive conclusion on the origin of the pandemic.”

Here, it’ll be interesting to see just how interested Joe Biden is in learning the truth about this pandemic — especially as it relates to his friends, the communist Chinese.

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Taxes Exceed Basic Necessities

Income redistribution takes more of Americans’ money than food, clothing, healthcare, and entertainment combined.

Brian Mark Weber

Over the past nine months, Americans are finding it harder than ever to foot the bill for everything from groceries to healthcare to clothing. Even going to the movies is out of reach for most families. The prosperity of recent years was all too quickly undone by a pandemic and the foolish response to it.

Part of the problem is rampant inflation. Millions of Americans were happy to cash Uncle Sam’s stimulus checks, not realizing they were actually deflating the purchasing power of those dollars flying off the Federal Reserve’s printing press. The government flooded the country with demand, but supply has been unable to keep up.

But there’s another important reason why we can’t make ends meet: taxes. The person who came up with the idea that government should get its hands on a cut of our hard-earned money before we even receive the paycheck was an evil genius. Since we never see the money in the first place, taxes don’t have the same impact as if we had to write a check every week to the IRS. As a result, we seldom think about taxes.

But in reality, Americans spent more money on taxes in 2020 than on all of their other household expenses … combined. This includes federal, state, local, Social Security, and property taxes. Analyzing data from the Department of Labor and Statistics, CNS News reports, “Americans on average paid government $371.23 more in 2020 than they paid for food, clothing, healthcare and entertainment combined.”

Kind of makes the stimulus check an insult, doesn’t it? And people thought the federal government was doing them a favor. Those handouts contributed to inflation, making the dollar worth less than it is already, all while adding to the surging national debt.

Democrats have a solution and, you guessed it, the plan takes a problem they created in the first place and makes it worse.

They want to raise taxes even higher. That’s right. While kids are now back in school — well, the ones not shut out by more foolish COVID responses — and parents try to figure out if they can even keep their job under draconian mandates, Joe Biden and company are trying to push through a $3.5 trillion spending bill to address, you know, real problems like a grossly exaggerated climate crisis.

It would be one thing if we had a surplus of cash in the government’s coffers, but we’re broke. Twenty-nine trillion dollars broke. There is no money. So the only way to fund the $3.5 trillion is to print more money and raise taxes.

Our own Thomas Gallatin explains how these taxes would harm small and large businesses alike, not to mention middle-class taxpayers. We’re talking about wiping out the 2017 Republican tax cuts and several years of economic growth in one fell swoop.

This comes after President Biden promised not to raise taxes on those making under $400,000. “House Democrats have been unable to keep the pledge,” according to The Washington Times. “In crafting the tax changes they hope will pay for their massive social spending bill, they have proposed a series of direct and indirect taxes that will affect all income levels.”

Moreover: “Republicans also point to the various deductions being eliminated, including those for estate taxes, as another rising burden for lower-income individuals. Altogether, the proposal being championed by Democrats amounts to one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history and would be used to pay for a host of liberal priorities, including expanded health care, educational benefits and immigration reform.”

“Pay for.” Heh.

In addition to a few outspoken but powerless Republicans, only Democrat Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have expressed concerns over adding to the budget deficit. This has outraged the Marxist wing of the Democrat Party, which just can’t get enough of wealth redistribution.

Whatever numbers the Democrats eventually settle on, the spending bill will increase taxes, inflation, and the national debt. Then again, none of this should come as a surprise. For now, all we can do is chalk this up as another way the president and congressional Democrats are putting America and Americans last.

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President Ignored His Afghanistan Commander

Biden and his Pentagon brass didn’t listen to General Miller, but they absolutely should have.

Douglas Andrews

General Austin “Scott” Miller doesn’t make an appearance in Jessica Donati’s book Eagle Down until chapter 28, but it’s worth the wait.

Donati covers national security and foreign affairs for The Wall Street Journal, and her book covers the last few years of our military involvement in Afghanistan — an involvement whose burden since 2015 has fallen mostly to our Special Forces. In her brief portrait of Miller, whom Donald Trump placed in command of all American and NATO forces in Afghanistan in September 2018, we learn that he’s short, strong, and athletic, and that he’s in better shape that many of his troops, even at age 57. That’s not surprising, though. “Miller had enjoyed a legendary career, having served as a Delta Force captain in Somalia during the Battle of Mogadishu,” Donati writes. “He was also known for aggressively stepping up Delta Force operations while in charge of the unit in Iraq.”

Now comes the important part. Donati continues:

Miller inspired a cult-like dedication in his team. He was respected at all ranks and viewed as the sort of rare general officer that looked out for his men. He had spent enough time in Afghanistan to know many mid-level Afghan commanders on a personal basis, including some that by then had ascended to senior ranks in the government. With restrictions on U.S. operations lifted, there were anecdotes of Afghan commanders who called Miller personally from the field to request support.

Perhaps you see where we’re going. As the last commander in Afghanistan, General Miller knew that country. He knew its people. He knew the strengths and especially the weakness of the Afghan forces there. Lloyd Austin didn’t. Mark Milley didn’t. Joe Biden didn’t. If any general officer should’ve had the president’s ear prior to the collapse of Afghan forces and our nation’s subsequent retreat and surrender, it should’ve been Scott Miller. If any commander should’ve been able to say, Don’t abandon Bagram Air Base, or, Don’t suspend our air support for Afghan forces just yet, or, Don’t rely on the Taliban to provide security at crucial checkpoints, or, Don’t withdraw our troops until every last American is safely out, it should’ve been General Miller.

But Miller didn’t have Biden’s ear. Or if he did, Biden didn’t listen. Or Biden listened, and then lied about it.

As The Hill reports, “The former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan told senators Tuesday he opposed a full withdrawal from the country and advised Pentagon leadership [Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, and U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie] of his position, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee told reporters after a closed-door briefing with the general.”

That top Republican is Oklahoma’s James Inhofe, who couldn’t say much more due to the closed-door nature of the hearing. “We heard enough to know that there are inconsistencies between what the administration has said and the truth,” he added at a news conference. “Clearly, President Biden didn’t listen to all the military advice given.”

Clearly, he didn’t. And clearly, both nations — ours and Afghanistan — are worse off for it.

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Google Censors Pro-Life Ads

The consequences of stifling Live Action’s messaging are pernicious and far-reaching.

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The tech giant Google has started banning Live Action’s pro-life advertisements. The exact date of the ban is unknown, but the timing is rather interesting. Not three weeks ago, a Texas law banning abortion after six weeks of gestation went into effect, so the topic of abortion is at the forefront of the national conversation.

On September 14, Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, stated that Google had banned all her company’s ads. Rose went a step further by saying Google is demonstrably choosing to side with “extremist pro-abortion political ideology” and that “Google’s censorship baldly reveals that the corporation is in the pocket of the abortion industry.”

The consequences of this ad ban are pernicious and far-reaching. By censoring these ads, Google is essentially eliminating choices for these women. Furthermore, by showing them only one option — the most evil option — it is essentially allowing abortion mills and others to prey on vulnerable women and preborn babies.

Google did proffer an explanation for the ban. The ads it particularly objected to were about the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline. Google admitted the reason for the ban was based on a post from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AGOC), which asserts that the reversal pills are not backed up by science.

The AGOC states:

A 2012 case series reported on six women who took mifepristone and were then administered varying progesterone doses. Four continued their pregnancies. This is not scientific evidence that progesterone resulted in the continuation of those pregnancies. This study was not supervised by an institutional review board (IRB) or an ethical review committee, required to protect human research subjects, raising serious questions regarding the ethics and scientific validity of the results. Case series with no control groups are among the weakest forms of medical evidence.

In other words, it asserts that since the 2012 case series were more anecdotal and not necessarily scientifically conducted, and since there hasn’t been an official study of it by a review board, the ACOG had serious concerns. But according to Rose, the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline has saved many babies’ lives in spite of the “serious concerns” of the ACOG.

As far as Google’s censorship of this particular ad is concerned, this reasoning seems fair enough. After all, Google has rules and policies for its advertisements and will use the resources at its disposal to ensure the ads are legit. The only problem is that the abortion pills it allows to be advertised — which have sent thousands of women to the hospital and resulted in the death of at least 10 women — are far more dangerous. So much for standards.

Furthermore, Google also banned the “Baby Olivia” ad, which is indefensible. In fact, Google ultimately conceded this ad did not violate its policies and rescinded the ban. Its final statement on the subject declared: “Beyond protecting users from medical harm, our policies do not distinguish between promoting pro-choice and pro-life messages. Advertisers are allowed to offer either abortion or abortion-alternative services.”

However, Rose insists this is not the case at all. She claims that abortion activists knew that these ads were making a difference and pressured Google into shutting them down. This claim could very well be true. New York Governor Kathy Hochul was very vocal in her objections to Texas’s new law, even threatening to put companies such as Facebook under pressure to stem the flow of so-called misinformation. She said at the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument in Central Park, “There’s accountability and responsibility at the top of those companies to help tell the truth across this nation.”

This Google-ban scandal, coming on the heels of the new Texas law, seems like a strategic strike against the pro-life camp. But for every abortion activist like Governor Hochul, there are pro-life lawmakers who will take up the banner to challenge big companies like Google and Facebook. Yesterday, 12 senators signed letters calling for Google to reinstate all of Live Actions’s ads. Thank goodness for the vigilance of Lila Rose and these senators for quickly standing up for life and calling out the iniquity of this company.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

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Top of the Fold

  • John Durham indicts Democrat lawyer/cutout/scapegoat Michael Sussmann for false statement (National Review) | However, Durham is not expected to bring charges tied to intel assessment on Russian election interference (Washington Examiner)
  • Judge rejects DOJ move to block Texas pro-life law (Fox News)

Security

  • Number of migrants encamped under Texas bridge swells to more than 9,000 (Washington Times)
  • Federal judge blocks Biden administration from expelling migrants under COVID public health order (National Review)
  • Americans still trapped at Mazar-i-Sharif Airport in Afghanistan, and — surprise! — the Taliban is not cooperating (Daily Wire)
  • “Angry and bitter”: France snubs Biden over defense agreement with Australia, cancels gala celebrating U.S.-French relationship (Daily Wire)

Heartland

  • Virginia governor’s debate gets heated as Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin trade swipes (Washington Examiner)
  • Arizona 2020 election audit report due for public release September 24 (Washington Examiner)
  • Minnesota Supreme Court allows anti-cop ballot question concerning Minneapolis police (NPR)
  • Our education dollars at work: Los Angeles high school classroom decorated with “f*** the police” poster and other left-wing symbols (Washington Examiner)

Health

  • Italy mandates COVID passports for all workers (Washington Examiner)
  • France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay (Axios)
  • Combo shot for COVID and flu vaccines under development (HealthDay News)
  • Who’d a thunk it? Obesity in children accelerated during the pandemic (Axios)

Economy

  • Small business group announces lawsuit against Biden administration over vaccine mandate (Just the News)
  • New congressional plan would push top tax rate to an astounding 60% in four states (FEE)
  • The global food price crisis isn’t going away (Axios)

Notables

  • Big Brother: Treasury Department seeks to track financial transactions of personal bank accounts over $600 (FEE)
  • Here’s Anthony Fauci pre-pandemic laughing at the “paranoid” idea that masking is effective against infectious disease (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Eight things you need to know about the Democrats’ tax bill (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Making sense of the new poverty data for 2020 (AEI)
  • Satire: CDC cautions against taking the red pill (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” —John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Friendly fire: “The sacrifice, I think, is profound: An extremely important counterterrorism partnership was lost, and a terrorism state is now upon us. Enormous gains for women, for the rule of law, for democracy, for human rights. Mass displacement. The Afghans remade their society. We didn’t do it, they did. It was our withdrawal, I’m afraid, that has unmade their society — and what have we gained for this?” —Democrat Congressman Tom Malinowski

“Throughout Trump’s presidency, a slew of retired military and intelligence officials attacked him for one reason or another. We were told over and over again that Trump was going to start a war with Iran, North Korea or China, and that he colluded with Russia. Well, Trump was the first president in decades not to start a war. He achieved historic peace deals between Israel and several Arab nations. And the Russia collusion story was a hoax created by the Clinton campaign, the DNC and their Deep State allies. Here’s the irony: With Milley’s assistance, Biden just implemented an Afghan withdrawal so poorly executed, it emboldened our enemies and demoralized our allies and, thus, made the world a more dangerous place.” —Gary Bauer

“One of the most fundamental things our founding fathers gave us was the principle of civilian control of the military. If Bob Woodward’s revelations about General Milley prove to be true then it would seem that he has personally violated that principle and must be held accountable. This is neither a Republican nor Democrat issue. It’s a constitutional issue that must be dealt with. Every man that enlists in the Army takes an oath to obey the orders of the President and the officer appointed over them. Milley has apparently breached that oath.” —Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.)

Nothing to see here… “I have confidence in General Milley.” —Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

Leftmedia/Democrat mouthpiece I: “Apparently it was a betrayal for Milley to reassure China that Trump wasn’t crazy enough to go to war with them.” —New York Times’s Peter Baker

Leftmedia/Democrat mouthpiece II: “Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s [Met Gala] attendance — and [‘Tax the Rich’] dress — provided easy fodder for her most reliably triggered critics.” —New York Times

Grand delusions: “Congratulations to Governor Gavin Newsom on defeating the recall vote. This vote is a resounding win for the approach that he and I share to beating the pandemic: strong vaccine requirements, strong steps to reopen schools safely, and strong plans to distribute real medicines — not fake treatments — to help those who get sick. The fact that voters in both traditionally Democratic and traditionally Republican parts of the state rejected the recall shows that Americans are unifying behind taking these steps to get the pandemic behind us.” —Joe Biden

Grand delusions II: “[This week was] a win for the bold agenda put forth by President Biden, Governor Newsom, and Democrats in Congress to build our country back better, deliver on their promises, and get our country back on track. … Governor Newsom provides the smart, capable and focused leadership necessary to keep Californians safe and build the state’s economy back better amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He has a strong record of delivering for the people of California and I look forward to watching him continue that critical work as governor.” —DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison (“Gavin Newsom was rescued by two presidents, radical left-wing Washington, D.C. politicians, and campaign spending in excess of $50 million. None of it was used to defend Newsom’s numerous failures, but instead to create ridiculous and false narratives to protect him.” —California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson)

Rabble-rouser: “I said this many, many times on the campaign trail: We may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country.” —California Governor Gavin Newsom

Clear as mud: “They want you to think that when we talk about rich, we’re talking about a doctor or a lawyer instead of someone with hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars. That’s what we mean by ‘rich.’” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non compos mentis I: “We begin … with a message to Republicans: Okay, we get it! COVID is the precious and you love it. You love COVID so much you want it to spread into schools, at the office, in the Walmart, on the cruise ships, and at the club. That great spongy ball with the red spikes? You want it pumping through your veins.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

Non compos mentis II: “The people who are not getting vaccines, who are believing the lies on the Internet instead of science — it’s time to start shaming them … or leave them behind. Because they’re keeping the majority of Americans behind.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

And last… “If it was really about saving lives, our government would fully embrace an all-of-the-above approach to COVID. Instead, it’s ‘get vaccinated or else.’ Total submission over saving lives.” —Lisa Boothe

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Moderna, BioNtech Plunge As FDA ‘Booster’ Debate Raises Questions About Vaccine Efficacy, Side-Effects | ZeroHedge News

Update (1255ET): As The FDA Panel hears from various health officials during the public comment section on the pros and cons of a booster shot, some very uncomfortable facts are coming out about vaccine efficacy and vaccine side effects – facts that anywhere else would immediately be deplatformed and banned from discourse.

Perhaps this is why two top FDA officials just resigned.

Pfizer shares are sliding but Moderna and BioNtech stock prices are plunging as Evercore ISI analyst Umer Raffat predicts that the panel of advisers won’t recommend booster shots (with the vote due later today)…

Raffat in a midday note Friday says voting members on the advisory committee “are already leaning against boosters” and the “FDA does not sound convinced by balance of evidence to date”

The CDC advisory group now says it will take up the need for booster shots at a meeting now scheduled for Sept 22nd and Sept 23rd. That makes it all but certain no booster rollout will happen Monday as the President gave as a date to possibly get boosters.

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The big day has finally arrived.

On Friday, a group of key FDA advisors – the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices – is meeting to debate and vote on Pfizer’s request for approval of a third COVID booster shot of its “Comirnaty” vaccine for all Americans age 16 and older. The two big questions they must answer are: is there enough evidence to suggest that booster shots are safe and should be made available to everyone, or should they be limited to a smaller group of older and immunocompromised Americans?

On the agenda are presentations from Pfizer, FDA staff, CDC staff,  Israeli researchers, and others. At the end of the virtual meeting, which began at 0830ET Eastern, members will be asked to vote yes or no. That vote isn’t expected until later in the afternoon after a long day of debate.

Interested parties can watch the debate streaming live via YouTube:

After the White House waffled on whether the shot could be delivered five or eight months after the second dose, Pfizer has requested approval for the booster dose about six months after the second shot after submitting data showing efficacy wanes over time. And while Moderna has made a similar request and submitted similar data, it’s vaccine isn’t being considered on Friday. A committee of advisors from the CDC will meet next week to develop booster shots. Despite the drug companies’ best efforts, the FDA has seemingly remained unconvinced about the necessity of booster jabs.

In recent weeks, scientists have become increasingly vocal about their opposition for the US pushing ahead with booster jabs so soon. Most argue that these jabs would be better utilized in the developing world, where vaccination rates are lower, and the risk of a deadly new variant arising are higher. One exasperated scientist lamented that the scientific process was being “short circuited” by politics, a reference to President Biden’s push to start doling out booster jabs in the face of the delta driven wave that surged over the summer and – in the US, at least – appears to have finally peaked (with deaths hopefully soon to follow). The WHO has also urged President Biden to hold off on the booster jabs, arguing that there’s greater need elsewhere.

University of Florida biostatistician Ira Longini (a co-author on the Lancet paper we will mention below) said it would be “immoral” to begin widespread boosters before the rest of the world has been vaccinated, per CNN.

On the data front, new data published this week out of Israel offer a “compelling” case for a booster to be administered at some point as vaccines-induced efficacy wanes. But the data is based on a sample of just 300 patients.

Meanwhile, on Monday, an international group of scientists led by Dr. Philip Krause, deputy chief of the FDA’s vaccine regulation office, and his boss, Dr. Marion Gruber – both of whom are leaving the FDA, apparently in protest, published an essay in The Lancet that questioned the need for widespread booster shots right now. Gruber, who has decided to remain at the agency until later this fall, is listed as a participant in Friday’s meeting, .

In a nutshell, the Lancet paper argues that vaccine-based protection against severe Covid is still strong, while evidence is lacking that booster shots will be safe and effective.

So far, the real-world data is scant and inconclusive. While Israel has doled out hundreds of thousands of booster jabs to patients as young as 12, it hasn’t done much to stop the latest wave of cases (like in the US, deaths and hospitalizations are much lower than their 2020 peak).

Right now, evidence suggests boosters would have the greatest benefit for patients over 65, and the immunocompromised. Already, 1.9MM Americans have received booster jabs after they were authorized by the CDC for people with compromised immune systems.

Shares of vaccine-makers including Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna and others could be volatile Friday as advisers meet, and inevitable leaks hit the tap.

“My guess is we are going to end up with a recommendation for booster doses for a certain subpopulation, such as adults older than 65,” said Bill Moss, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Before we go, let’s review: The FDA (and plenty of advisers and third parties) say vaccines are largely still effective enough that there’s no need for boosters. Pfizer has submitted data showing efficacy is waning, and that boosters are necessary. Dr. Fauci, and seven other top health officials including the heads of the CDC and FDA have spoken in favor of the need for booster jabs. The WHO and plenty of private scientists have insisted instead that those jabs should instead go to the emerging world where vaccination rates are much lower. For what it’s worth, when confronted about natural vs. vaccine-induced immunity, Dr. Fauci said “I really don’t know what to tell you.”

But most importantly: the White House says ‘GET YOUR BOOSTER JABS NOW!’ with President Biden pushing ahead with a plan to start doling out the jabs on Monday (contingent (though that plan must receive the blessing of the FDA and CDC first).

The bottom line is this: while the White House, Dr. Fauci and every other party involved claim to be following “the science”, but the reality is the science hasn’t really given us a clear answer. It’s clear that vaccine-induced immunity fades over time – and generally more quickly than natural immunity – but as for whether a third dose will make a material difference in preventing death and serious illness in the vast majority of patients? Scientists still haven’t collected and analyzed enough data.

The bigger question: will ‘Uncle Joe’ and myriad state and local officials require Americans to get booster jabs like they’re requiring even those with natural immunity to get vaccinated, potentially exposing these patients to rare side effects while it’s unclear whether they’re making a meaningful difference in immunity.

The panel is meeting between 1425 and 1625. It’s likely the decision won’t arrive until after the market close. We will update readers with the result once it’s finally released.

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Source: Moderna, BioNtech Plunge As FDA ‘Booster’ Debate Raises Questions About Vaccine Efficacy, Side-Effects