“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
By Grace Comes Justification and Sanctification Romans 3:24; Galatians 5:4; Titus 3:7
Grace gives a Christian his form and being, his work and his working, for all working is from the inward being and form of things. By grace we are what we are in justification, and work what we work in sanctification.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Strength of Virtue Is Measured by Ordinary Life Matthew 7:17–20; 12:34; Luke 6:43–45; Romans 5:4
The strength of a man’s virtue must not be measured by his efforts, but by his ordinary life.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Draw water from the siege; strengthen your forts; go into the clay; tread the mortar; take hold of the brick mold! – Nahum 3:14
Scripture reading: 1 Peter 2:1-12
If you have a good study Bible while reading Nahum, you’ll have a footnote about this section teaching you that the imperatives, or command forms of the verbs used here are mocking in tone. Something to the effect of: “Go ahead, make all these plans, do all this work.” When the plunderers come to invade a walled city, the usual strategy of preparation for the defenders is to bring in as much water as possible. Marauding armies would encircle a city and starve it out. Obviously, food and water would be critical for the residents to withstand the siege.
While studying in preparation to write this devotion I learned that this verse refers to two kinds of Assyrian bricks. The first, clay bricks, were ordinarily used for building. The second reference is to those used for fortifying the defences of the city—bricks that would be molded and fired in a kiln. Again, all such preparations are going to be pointless as their destruction has already been foretold by the LORD and His Word is sure.
Interestingly, Peter calls Christians living stones, chosen by God and precious. As Christians gather together, we are being built up as a spiritual house. We are the new temple where Jesus lives in and among His people. We are a defensive structure built up together to defeat the hostile forces of the world and gathered as a holy nation that declares the excellencies of God Who rescued us from darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that the people of God would recognize how the Spirit fits us together in Jesus Christ, for the glory of the Father and the defense of the Church against the enemy. Give thanks to God, the Triune God of every blessing, for the gift of the Church.
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.
And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. (Micah 5:7)
If this be true of the literal Israel, much more is it true of the spiritual Israel, the believing people of God. When saints are what they should be, they are an incalculable blessing to those among whom they are scattered.
They are as the dew; for in a quiet, unobtrusive manner they refresh those around them. Silently but effectually they minister to the life, growth, and joy of those who dwell with them. Coming fresh from heaven, glistening like diamonds in the sun, gracious men and women attend to the feeble and insignificant till each blade of grass has its own drop of dew. Little as individuals, they are, when united, all-sufficient for the purposes of love which the Lord fulfills through them. Dew drops accomplish the refreshing of broad acres. Lord, make us like the dew!
Godly people are as showers which come at God’s bidding without man’s leave and license. They work for God whether men desire it or not; they no more ask human permission than the rain does. Lord, make us thus boldly prompt and free in Thy service wherever our lot is cast.
Jesus freely offers eternal life, but people don’t always respond in faith. Indeed, Christ castigated the religious leaders of first-century Israel for their refusal to believe: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life” (John 5:39–40). Here were the people with the greatest access to divine revelation, and they utterly squandered that monumental privilege. That stubborn rejection couldn’t be more unlike the response Jesus received from a Samaritan woman He briefly met just one chapter earlier.READ MORE
“The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
Amidst the details and lists clamoring for my attention, I found Psalm 23 running through my mind. So, I pushed aside the lists for a few minutes and wrote myself a prayer for my day based on Psalm 23. It made a difference in my attitude and in my sense of peace as I focused on God’s impact on my day.
Life is full and good. Even so, I need to be aware of choosing my focus or I can get bogged down with details and concerns and end up being unproductive and unfruitful. Writing helps me keep my focus.
What is it that draws your focus back to the Lord in the midst of busy days? Is it a walk in the calm of nature? A visit with a friend who shares your faith? Playing music that washes the dust off your soul? Listening to an inspiring podcast?
Where we focus, we follow. Keep heading toward the Lord in your focus today and you won’t find yourself in the ditch of worry or unfruitfulness. Follow Him as your Guide!
Oh Lord, You are my constant guide; my spirit receives from You all I need. You remind me to rest so I can find spiritual nourishment from You. You lead me to drink the refreshing water of Your Spirit by reading Your Word and letting it sink into my heart and mind. When I do, my thoughts and emotions are quieted. I am lifted above the fray of countless details and concerns to find renewed strength and joy as I re-focus on You.
You lead me along the path that is right, the path that draws praise to You and Your name. Even as the enemies of fear and worry, distraction and dread skirt around my path, You prepare a feast for me; You invite me to sit and be refreshed as You watch defensively over me. My heart overflows as You tend to me.
With You as my constant guide, I can count on Your goodness and mercy to be at my heels, every step of the way. Thank You for Your strength and Your refreshing presence that anchors me both today and forever! Amen.
“Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Luke 9:61
I decided to take a road trip with my family before the kids headed back to school. I quickly realized there were many routes to choose from to get to our final destination. Did I want the fastest path, the longer scenic route, or the tourist track with its many stops?
If my objective was to get to our final destination as fast as possible, why would I pick a route that required many stops? I could not take the scenic route and expect to get there quickly. I needed to decide what was most important to us and choose the best path to get there.
In Luke 9, we see how difficult a time the would-be disciples had as they struggled to sever ties to the things of the world and choose to follow Christ instead. Often our desire to go back to how things were distracts us from doing what Christ asks of us, making it difficult to follow him faithfully.
What amongst the many paths the world tosses at us, which we have attached ourselves to, are we willing to set aside for him? Are we spending too much time browsing the internet, swiping away at our phones, or connecting with people on social media sites?
Christ does not want us too occupied in activities that have little to do with following him. We should choose the most direct route to Christ and exclude all other unnecessary pathways. Each day we are presented with this choice to make.
Lord, help me to do a better job of focusing my attention on what you are asking of me. Let me not be distracted by the things of the world that I end up going back to a way of life where I am far from you. Amen.
Seek to make worshipping and following Jesus in the Spirit’s strength your focus throughout the day.
Election and Freedom Not in Conflict John 15:16–17; Ephesians 1:3–14
There are two great truths which from this platform I have proclaimed for many years. The first is that salvation is free to every man who will have it; the second is that God gives salvation to a people whom he has chosen; and these truths are not in conflict with one another in the least degree.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Happiness Obtained Through Virtue Psalm 1:1; Matthew 5:6
Happiness is obtained through virtue. Now virtuous deeds are voluntary, else they were not praiseworthy. Therefore happiness must be a good obtainable by man through his will. But it is not in a man’s power to secure honor, rather is it in the power of the man who pays honor. Therefore happiness is not to be assigned to honors.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Written to scattered believers facing a variety of troubles, the Epistle of James addresses a universally relevant question: How are God’s people to live in God’s world? This side of heaven, trials and tribulations crowd into our lives, confronting us with failure and tears, doubts and disappointments, sorrow and groanings. In response, James offers us practical help, with an eye toward not becoming Christians so much as behaving as those who have been redeemed “by the word of truth.”
In volume one of this series, Alistair Begg considers James’s call to demonstrate wisdom through patient perseverance in trials. We display godly wisdom when we endure temptation and learn to love one another radically and sacrificially. Wisdom, we learn, isn’t a matter of age, education, or experience; it’s a product of God’s Spirit at work in a life that has been transformed by God’s grace.
In volume two of this series, Alistair Begg helps us discover what true faith looks like in the life of a Christian. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ produces godly wisdom, which we demonstrate by how we conduct ourselves toward God and others—including in how we face such temptations as showing favoritism or having uncontrolled speech. As God’s Spirit enables, we can learn true wisdom and find strength to serve God and each other.
In volume three of this series, Alistair Begg helps us see just how far we fall short of God’s perfect standard. God’s law reveals that we are desperately proud, prone to controversy and slander, and inclined to mismanage our time and money. This study reminds us of our need for a Savior and points us to the cross, where we find complete forgiveness and peace. Such gifts compel us to resist sin as God graciously draws us to Himself.
In volume four of this series, Alistair Begg highlights important principles that help Christians live in an unjust world. When we realize that everything in life is under God’s control and will ultimately be made right, we can live in a way that is contrary to human nature. Once His grace has captured our heart, we are given a new song to sing and the awareness of a loving heavenly Father to whom we can humbly bring all of our cares.
‘Nasser Was Not An Outlier’ – Exposing The FBI’s Incurable Rot The incurable incompetence, corruption, and moral rot of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was on full display last week. Within a 24-hour period, some of America’s toughest female athletes recounted to a Senate committee their painful tales of how the FBI ignored evidence that team doctor Larry Nassar was a sexual predator, and a powerful attorney who colluded with the FBI to concoct one of the most animating chapters of the Trump-Russia collusion fiction was indicted for lying to federal officials.
Milley’s Calls To Chinese General Could Have Jeopardized US National Security: Former Military Officials Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, could have jeopardized the national security of the United States in allegedly secret calls to Gen. Li Zuocheng of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to former U.S. military officers. Milley also overstepped his own authority while allegedly discussing the launch of nuclear weapons with senior military officials, they say. U.S. lawmakers have described Milley’s actions as treasonous,
’10 For The Big Guy’: Politico Confirms Hunter Biden’s China, Ukraine Emails Are Legit A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden’s emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, “10 held by H for the big guy?” (This person recalled seeing both emails, but was not in a position to compare the leaked emails word-for-word to the originals.) MORE: Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and two people who corresponded with Hunter Biden confirmed emails from the cache were genuine.
Scientists develop the next generation of reservoir computing researchers have found a way to make what is called reservoir computing work between 33 and a million times faster, with significantly fewer computing resources and less data input needed. In fact, in one test of this next-generation reservoir computing, researchers solved a complex computing problem in less than a second on a desktop computer.
UK calls on China and Russia to agree on Afghanistan strategy Britain will on Wednesday call for China and Russia to agree a coordinated international approach to prevent Afghanistan becoming a haven for militants, according to a statement by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss at the United Nations. Foreign ministers from Britain, China, Russia, the United States and France will meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during the UN General Assembly in New York.
Foreign Ministry: ‘Butcher of Tehran’ continues to fool intl. community’ “The new government in Iran, headed by the “Butcher of Tehran” Raisi, and consisting largely of ministers suspected of terrorism and on global sanctions lists, is the extremist face of a regime that has brought harm to Iranian citizens for over forty years, which encourages and finances terrorism, and which is destabilizing the entire Middle East.
Biden: 2-State Solution a ‘long way’ off Joe Biden addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York Tuesday. During his speech, the president stated that America’s support for Israel is “unequivocal” and its commitment to the Jewish State’s security is “without question.” Biden reiterated his support for the Two State solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, but acknowledged that such a scenario is “a long way” off.
Netanyahu does impression of Biden falling asleep during meeting with Bennett Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded the Israeli public that he still has a sense of humor. The current opposition head showed off his impressionist skills mocking US president Joe Biden as he fell asleep during his meeting with PM Bennett. The impression can be seen at about the 7:30 mark of Netanyahu’s address. Regarding the historic meeting, Netanyahu sarcastically stated: “I heard Biden was very attentive, very attentive in that meeting.”
DEVELOPING: Covid revolt continues to grow in lockdowned AustraliaPosted: 22 Sep 2021 10:44 AM PDTPolice have fired rubber bullets, stinger grenades, and pepper balls at anti-vaxx protesters stationed at Melbourne’s war memorial on a third day of violent demonstrations.Around 400 people, who have been rallying to demand an end to mandatory vaccinations for construction workers, swarmed Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance which was built to honor the state’s men and women who served in the First World War.Throughout Wednesday the mob chanted “lest we forget” as they stood in front of the monument, some decked out in body armor and helmets in anticipation of a police attack while others urged officers not to arrest them out of ‘respect for the Anzacs’.Continue reading DEVELOPING: Covid revolt continues to grow in lockdowned Australia at End Time Headlines.
Once again, the Democrats and their media enablers use fake news to advance their “America Last” agenda.
Henry Cuellar is one of a kind. Literally. Near as we can tell, the Texas Democrat is the only person in his party who didn’t head for the fainting couch over what we now know, definitively, to be fake news: Border Patrol agents on horseback using whips on illegal immigrants from Haiti.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki led the clown parade on Monday, calling the images “horrific.” But she didn’t go so far as to sentence the offending agents. “I have seen some of the footage,” she said. “I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate, but I don’t have additional details.”
So she has neither context nor details nor any sense of the difference between a whip and a rein, but, still, it’s “horrific.”
It could’ve been worse. Much worse. Joe Biden could’ve selected MSNBC’s Joy Reid to be his press secretary — in which case, merely “horrific” wouldn’t have sufficed. Said a hysterical Reid, who by the way still hasn’t been canceled for having authored (and having lied about) all those homophobic blog posts:
Should we be looking at the budget of Department of Homeland Security? Because I was not aware that whips. which come from the slave era, slavery era, were part of the package that we issue to any sort of law enforcement or government-sanctioned personnel. Were you aware that was being issued to people, that people had that kind of equipment on them that they could use on humans?
Reid and her ilk went “full Covington,” as Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld put it. But this is, of course, the same media that told us Donald Trump was keeping kids in cages by using pictures of Barack Obama’s cages. The same media that distorted another famous picture to make Trump look heartless and cruel.
As for this latest tall tale, anyone not predisposed to hating their country could immediately see through the falsehood of it — which, we suppose, is why Cuellar stands alone among Democrats and leftists.
“Border Patrol has had those horse brigades for a while … number one,” said Cuellar. “Number two, they don’t carry whips. And they do not carry lassos. I think the picture you’re talking about, at least the one I’ve seen, is the rein, the rein of the horses.”
Memo to Democrats: How hard was that?
As is so often the case, the Democrats found themselves cornered, so they then resorted to political theater to distract an all-too-willing media and a suitably gullible share of the citizenry. And they may well have accomplished their mission.
“Thousands of Haitian migrants who were camped under a bridge in Texas have reportedly been released into the U.S., despite the Biden administration’s assurances that they would be removed from the country,” reports National Review.
But, but, the Biden administration assured us.
Nevertheless, these illegal immigrants will be coming to a neighborhood near you, seeing as how they’re being released on a “very, very large scale.” But that’s all well and good, Jen Psaki will tell us, because the administration has given them notices to appear at an immigration court within 60 days. And, of course, illegal immigrants never disobey immigration laws.
Even more sinister were the crocodile tears of Chuck Schumer, who decried the “hateful and xenophobic Trump policies” being perpetuated by the Biden administration: “The policies that are being enacted now and the horrible treatment of these innocent people who come to the border must stop immediately.”
It’s brilliant, really. Schumer’s criticism of Joe Biden is meant to give the impression that the administration is actually enforcing our immigration laws. But, of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
Elections have consequences. And Joe Biden himself is the most disastrous consequence of all.
Election integrity depends on stopping Democrat attempts to slightly water down HR 1.
Bulk-mail ballot fraud is the Democrats’ strategy for electoral victory from here until kingdom come. They know that if every American receives a ballot in the mail without even having to request one, and if those Americans don’t have to show ID to vote, and if Election Day permanently becomes Election Month(s), Democrats will come away with more votes. Keep that in mind every single time you hear a news report about election laws, whether about Dems “expanding” voting rights or Republicans “restricting” them.
That brings us to Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Because Donald Trump won the state by 39 points, Manchin is very motivated to prove that he’s a “moderate.” That’s the calculation on his roadblock to the Bernie Sanders spending bonanza, and it’s his gambit with objections to HR 1, the Democrats’ massive election power grab.
The Freedom to Vote Act is another Orwellian-named bill that is ostensibly a compromise among Democrats, and it’s led by Manchin and fellow Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar. Supposedly, it’s an attempt at a more palatable version of the For the People Act (HR 1). But it keeps most of the core provisions of the larger bill and can’t seriously be called a compromise.
Most egregious is that the bill shares HR 1’s constitutional problems. Article I, Section 4 vests the power of election law with the states. Both Democrat bills usurp that authority by overturning the laws of numerous states. Mail ballots with no excuses required, as mandated by Democrats, would overrule laws in 16 states. Automatically enfranchising felons upon leaving prison would undo laws in 27 states. Every state also would be required to count mail votes that arrive late. We know the U.S. Postal Service always delivers on time, but this could mean a week-long delay in results for many elections, which always sows distrust in the result.
One difference with Manchin’s compromise is that it wouldn’t outlaw voter ID, but it would expand to the point of meaningless the definition of ID — it would include “a bank card,” “a utility bill,” and “any other document containing the individual’s name,” so long as any government body issued that document. Can you imagine the chaos of election workers trying to determine the veracity of myriad forms of “identification”? More likely is that, when the line is out the door, just flashing a piece of paper will get you a ballot.
This federal interference would no doubt have ramifications in down-ballot state and local races, too — another constitutional issue.
Manchin has tried to get Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on board with at least voting on his “compromise” bill, but McConnell recently called it “a solution in search of a problem” and indicated that the GOP minority “will not be supporting it.” Republicans should hold that line, because it’s not just their party’s political future on the line. The integrity of American elections in perpetuity is at stake.
Beijing enacts a “common prosperity” campaign as authorities crack down on individual expression.
Chinese citizens have recently experienced a sudden crackdown on their already severely limited freedoms of expression, with several popular actors and social media influencers having disappeared from the Internet. What happened? Communist strongman Xi Jinping has aggressively implemented his “common prosperity” campaign.
“You get the sense that what Xi is saying is, ‘No, we don’t want a society that’s individualistic. Your job as a Chinese citizen is to support and follow the state,’” observes economist Robert Atkinson. “The goal of Chinese society is not to make people happy, it’s to make the state powerful.” And Beijing is “sending a message that says to the capitalist class that … you as a businessperson are under the thumb of the state.”
The new measures include a host of new controls on everything from e-commerce, entertainment, and education to online gaming. The objective, it seems, is an effort by the ChiComs to counter and combat liberalizing influence from the West. Yet Xi’s moves harken back to Mao Zedong’s infamous Cultural Revolution and his decade-long effort to forcefully remold China’s culture into reflecting his own communist ideals.
But Xi’s actions appear to be more than merely shoring up his own power base within China while he seeks an unprecedented third five-year term as leader next year. Xi looks to be hardening the Chinese population for conflict. One bit of evidence for this is Beijing’s recent regulations on the arts and entertainment industry forbidding the depicting of effeminate men in television and film. State censors asserted that the industry was “failing to encourage China’s young men to be masculine enough.” (Sadly, our own society can relate, but we don’t have such government censorship … yet.)
In a country where the number of young men significantly outnumber young women thanks to the ChiComs’ long-running murderous one-child policy, the result is a lot of frustrated men with little realistic prospect of finding a wife and having a family. What does a massive country like China do with these millions of frustrated young men? Put them to use in the military.
Xi has been working to develop China’s military and it’s becoming increasingly apparent that he is readying for war, with the most obvious target being Taiwan. While the U.S. is awash in “woke” nonsense distracting our own military from focusing on readiness and softening our convictions, China is aggressively hardening its people in preparation for coming conflict.
Joe Biden’s alarming incompetence is discouraging our friends and emboldening our foes.
“We will get it under control,” said Joe Biden as his handlers whisked him through a hallway and past reporters at the United Nations building yesterday.
The question was, “What’s your reaction to the images from the southern border?” And the images the reporter was referring to were those of the 15,000 or so Haitian immigrants whom Biden himself, by dint of his America-wrecking policies, invited to journey from their island nation over open seas, through Mexico, and across the Rio Grande to take up in the dirt beneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
Our sense is that Biden would’ve blurted out the same response had that journalist asked him about, say, the continuing chaos in Afghanistan, or China’s naked aggression, or his failure to support Liberty-loving Cuban dissidents, or his Nord Stream 2 pipeline gift to Vladimir Putin, or our nation’s newly shattered relationship with France, or his morale-destroying social experimentation with our Armed Forces, or his man-causedinflation, or his ruinous runaway spending, or the designated hitter rule.
But as for the border crisis, remember: This was a man who, as a presidential candidate, shamelessly pandered to his base by saying: “What I would do as president … I would in fact make sure that there is, we immediately surge to the border all those people who are seeking asylum. … We’re a nation that says ‘If you want to flee, and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.’”
Talk about an open invitation to chaos, crisis, and human misery. The only question is whether Joe Biden is simply idiotic or is bent on changing the face of America.
Yes, Scranton Joe was at the UN to give a doctrinaire globalist speech, and, yes, his handlers hoped his scripted words would reassure the world that there really is someone in charge here in the United States. But we mention our southern border because Biden didn’t mention it. Nor did he mention either of our nation’s leading geopolitical foes, Russia or China.
Actually, it’s a wonder we even heard from Biden at all yesterday, given the health concerns of his UN ambassador. “We are concerned about the UN event being a superspreader event,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, “and that we need to take all measures to ensure that it does not become a superspreader event.”
Translation: We’re going to use COVID as an excuse to limit Joe Biden’s exposure to other world leaders.
So what exactly did he talk about? Global warming, mostly. In fact, he mentioned the word “climate” a full 15 times, even though climate change shows up on only a handful of Americans’ Top 10 lists. Biden did, however, mention that military power “must be our tool of last resort, not our first, and it should not be used as an answer to every problem we see around the world.” Yeah, except when he needs to show how tough he is after a suicide bomber kills 13 of our warriors in an attack he knew was coming. In that case, his administration can order a hasty and ill-advised and politically motivated drone attack on a non-terrorist target, killing 10 innocent people, seven of them Afghan children. No mention of that appalling failure during yesterday’s UN speech, though.
We’ve come to expect Joe Biden to put America last, and he didn’t disappoint. “America is back,” he crowed back in June at the G7 Summit in England. But times have changed.
“The United States will compete, and will compete vigorously, and lead with our values and our strength. We’ll stand up for our allies and our friends,” Biden said without a hint of self-awareness. Oh, we’ll do all those things, except when we’re cutting and running, retreating and surrendering, leaving behind American citizens and our brave allies in Taliban-controlled terrorist hotbeds such as Afghanistan.
Biden also pledged his unequivocal support to Israel, around the same time his House Democrats were denying the Jewish state our support for its Iron Dome missile defense system, and coercing Israel to negotiate with its terrorist neighbors, Hamas. “But I continue to believe that a two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel — Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state living in peace alongside a viable, sovereign, and democratic Palestinian state,” he said. Yeah, right.
In perhaps his most tone-deaf remark of the day, Biden talked about freedom: “The future will belong to those who give their people the ability to breathe free,” he read, “not those who seek to suffocate their people with an iron hand.”
Nope, we’re not living under an “iron hand” here in the good ol’ US of A, not with Joe Biden’s iron-handed vaccination mandate or the masks that literally don’t allow us to breathe free. In Biden’s defense, perhaps his team wrote this speech a couple of weeks ago and forgot to delete this ridiculous sentence.
As Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton, an Afghanistan war veteran who serves on the Armed Services Committee, put it, “Joe Biden walked into the United Nations today and put a giant ‘Kick Me’ sign on Uncle Sam’s back.” And as for Biden’s refusal to even mention Communist China during his 30-minute address, Cotton said, “He was like a scared child in a Harry Potter novel who wouldn’t say Voldemort’s name because he was afraid of what would happen to him.”
In the end, Biden’s predictable speech won’t do anything to repair his reputation. The rest of the world is onto him by now. But, as the New York Post editorial board quipped, “Joe Biden’s nearly 40-minute talk Tuesday actually challenged global leaders … to stay awake.”
But buck up, Biden voters. A Des Moines Register poll released yesterday put your guy’s approval number at 31%, with 62% disapproving and 7% afraid to disapprove for fear of an IRS tax audit. His numbers in battleground Michigan aren’t too much better.
Elections have consequences. And we, the American people, are learning this lesson well. Eight months down, 40 more to go.
A few Ohio “educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom.”
Stories like this are disturbing enough when they happen in the Democrat domiciles of New York, Illinois, or California, but this happened in America’s heartland. The Buckeye State is known for having some of the top school districts and best-trained teachers in the nation. And yet, this story out of the town of Hudson, Ohio, just goes to show how deeply corrupt the public education system has become.
Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert confronted his errant school board on September 13 with the statement: “It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom. I’ve spoken to a judge this evening and she’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: Either choose to resign from this board of education, or you will be charged.” This was met with enthusiastic applause from parents in the audience.
These are pretty serious charges and are based on several instances of “grooming” happening at Hudson High School. The most egregious is a writing prompt book used by a college-level class. The book, 642 Things to Write About, has several explicit prompts such as “write an X-rated Disney scenario,” “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” and “describe your favorite part of a man’s body using only verbs.”
One of the students who was interviewed about this book stated that she found this salacious material within a few minutes of looking though the book. It was pervasive enough that a cursory examination would have exposed this trash for what it was. Students were also not allowed to bring this book home, so their parents weren’t able to see firsthand what was in it — which indicates that the educator was fully aware of how bad it was and wanted no pushback.
Just think of how many adults this book had to get past before it landed in the hands of these kids. It had to be viewed and approved by the teacher, department colleagues, the school administration, and the school board. This book had been used for six years and is only now being called into the light. It is the failing in judgment by several layers of accountability. High school students are minors, and this material is asking these impressionable adolescents to engage in their own sexualization. It is sick.
A local police officer who attended the meeting demanded more accountability from teachers and a way to prosecute them with video evidence when they display this child-sex-grooming behavior. His reasoning is that if police officers have to wear body cams, then classrooms should have cameras so that law enforcement and parents have a viable means of proof of what is being taught in their children’s classrooms. While this sentiment is understandable, it may be a bridge too far. It is rife with the potential for misuse and overreach by governing bodies. There has to be a balance between accountability and allowing good teachers to do what they do best.
To be fair, perhaps a few of these writing prompts could be used for good purposes. Here’s a link of a hundred PG-13-rated prompts taken from the book. However, even in those 100 prompts, some still could be interpreted in a perverted way.
In other words, even if teachers are being discrete — i.e., not giving out this book to students but still using some of the prompts — they could still run into trouble if they’re not careful. The most responsible solution is: Don’t use this book. There are better resources out there, and even if there weren’t, teachers can always make their own.
This school board exhibited criminally poor judgement because it allowed schools to engage in this malpractice. Everyone in the chain of command holds some measure of responsibility. All those who allowed this book to be used as an “educational resource” should be charged and prosecuted.
As of this writing, the school board is not going to resign, according to the school board’s president, David Zuro. So in typical leftist behavior, they won’t take responsibility.
If you are a parent with children in the public school, these are the types of issues that your children will likely face in their classes. If it can happen in Hudson, Ohio, it can happen in your child’s school as well. Ask your teens about what they are doing and learning so that you can help stand up for them should the situation arise.
Europe’s wind woes are a lesson for the United States about where to put our energy priorities.
It may be time to pray that Europe has a mild winter.
Perhaps the Europeans are victims of circumstance as much as anything else, but those living across the pond may be in line to freeze to death (or starve themselves trying to keep the heat on) because there’s a growing shortage of natural gas and the wind’s not blowing. Then again, starvation may be on the table anyway for millions of Britons whose natural gas crisis is now leading to a shortage of fertilizer that also affects the supply of carbon dioxide. Their bad luck has continued as a major electricity interconnect with French suppliers is offline until next March due to a recent fire. Ironically, Great Britain has reasonable supplies of oil in the adjacent parts of the North Sea but is trying to wean itself off fossil fuels.
The same shortages are occurring in other parts of Europe as well. The continent has been hit by a perfect storm of weather that’s too calm to make wind power reliable, local mandates to close coal and/or nuclear plants over the next few years, and a shortage of natural gas that’s been caused by Russian pressure on Germany to finalize approval of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. All these factors have contributed to the present energy crisis, but it’s made worse (and pricier) by a regulatory scheme called the European Trading System, where carbon allowances are bought and sold. The price of European Union Allowances, or EUAs, has surged nearly 50% this year after the chilly winter of 2020-21 and slow economic thaw from the pandemic.
Bear in mind, of course, that Europe is blessed with several more traditional sources of energy, such as the aforementioned North Sea oil and natural gas, deposits of coal, and (in some locations like France) abundant nuclear power — all of which the climate-enlightened nations are turning their back on to harness an unreliable caprice. (Solar power is also present in Europe, but provides less than 1/10 of the continent’s overall electricity, a far smaller share than wind.) Even hydroelectric power is suffering thanks to a dry spell in some regions.
That shortsightedness isn’t lost on some experts. As environmentalist and author Michael Shellenberger tweeted: “When I was in the in UK 2 years ago the country’s leading experts assured me that Britain didn’t need another 2 GW nuclear plant because wind energy was cheap and, in a pinch, they could just import power from France. Now, the wind’s barely blowing & the interconnect has failed.” Oops. But the EUA speculators, which include hedge funds, are living fat and happy.
Fortunately, Shellenberger also points out that there’s pressure in some quarters to maintain and even expand nuclear power, which environmentalists hate despite the fact that it doesn’t contribute to the carbon load.
Because it’s Europe that’s under the gun, all this bad news may not resonate in our day-to-day life here in America quite yet. But it’s worth pointing out that our federal and state policy isn’t unlike Europe’s; we’ve just had the buffer of huge natural gas supplies and a pre-virus booming economy to cushion the blow. Many of our readers (including this writer) live in states that have renewable energy portfolio mandates and a similar cap-and-trade scheme to Europe’s, meaning utility companies are forced to invest in unreliable energy sources and participate in a wealth transfer scheme with states as the beneficiary.
With Joe Biden’s bullheaded resumption of the Paris Agreement, one might think we’re trying to place ourselves in the same boat as Europe — and one would be right. But as The Wall Street Journal cautions: “Europe is showing the folly of trying to purge CO2 from the economy. No matter how heavily subsidized, renewables can’t replace fossil fuels in a modern economy. Households and businesses get stuck with higher energy bills even as CO2 emissions increase. Europe’s problems are a warning to the U.S., if only Democrats would heed it.”
We’re not counting on them doing so, but help may only be an election away.
Republicans are on pace to surpass Democrats in the number of registered voters in the state.
There’s bad news for the Democrat Party in Florida, as recent new voter registration totals reveal a steady trend of more voters registering as Republican than Democrat. In fact, the Democrats once had a commanding lead of 700,000 more registered voters than Republicans back in 2008, when Barack Obama won the Sunshine State. That lead has almost entirely evaporated — it’s down to only 23,055.
The situation for Democrats has gotten so bad that Steve Schale, a Florida Democrat consultant, recently warned: “Without a full-frontal, professional and accountable partisan effort to turn it around, sometime before the end of this year, there will be more Republicans registered in Florida than Democrats — that has NEVER happened before. And, given their voters have higher turnout scores — this isn’t a great place to start.”
Of course, this should come as good news not only for Republicans and Florida but for any freedom-loving American. The Democrat Party has become the party of intolerance and authoritarianism as it has been progressively taken over by the radical socialist Left. And that more than anything else is why Florida is fast moving from a swing state to becoming a solid red state.
There has long been a pipeline between Florida and New York. Florida was the place to vacation and retire for many folks raised in the Empire State. But it’s not just sunshine and beaches that has drawn New Yorkers; increasingly, it has been a sharp distinction in political policies. Florida, with its friendlier tax codes and business climate, has been attracting New Yorkers and other blue-state residents who are fleeing Democrat-run states.
Just as Californians fed up with the Democrats’ longtime mismanagement of the Golden State have fled to the greener pastures of states like Texas, New Yorkers are fleeing to Florida. In fact, Florida and Texas may serve as microcosms of the geographic political polarization happening across the entire country. To put it succinctly, blue states are becoming bluer and red states are becoming redder.
Judging by the results of the 2020 census, it would appear that the more appealing states — and thus the ones attracting more population growth on a whole — are the red states. And Florida’s voter registration trends appear to back this up. Republicans would be wise to continue standing as the party most dedicated to protecting Liberty.
Insight: “Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very seductive voices — taking advantage of our freedom of speech — who were trying to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you what you can and cannot do.” —Nat Hentoff (1925-2017)
Just don’t ask me how: “I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the United States not at war. We’ve turned the page.” —Joe Biden
Race bait: “I urge President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas to immediately put a stop to these [illegal immigrant] expulsions… We cannot continue these hateful and xenophobic Trump policies that disregard our refugee laws.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
The BIG Lie: “We have reiterated that our borders are not open.” —Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Grand delusions: “Should we be looking at the budget of Department of Homeland Security? Because I was not aware that whips, which come from the slave era, slavery era, were part of the package that we issue to any sort of law enforcement or government-sanctioned personnel.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid
Dumb and dumber: “Thank God for President Biden, for putting us on a different course where over a 150,000 people had been fully vaccinated.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Dezinformatsiya: “Last week, a 47-year-old man stormed into a law firm in China’s Wuhan city and shot dead a lawyer who he had ‘some disputes with,’ according to Chinese state media. … The fatal shooting shocked many in China, which has some of the world’s strictest gun control laws — so much so, that some people thought initial reports were about yet another American shooting. … China’s gun control policy is broadly popular among the public, which — like many in the international community — views US gun crime with bewilderment and horror.” —CNN
Who’d a thunk it? “BREAKING: The Taliban announce a list of deputy ministers, failing to appoint any women, doubling down on an all-male, all-Taliban government in Afghanistan.” —Associated Press (“A fundamental problem of liberalism is a denial of the reality of evil, a natural consequence of which is the pursuit of naïve visions of human self-redemption and salvation. The Taliban are innately evil. That is what liberals refuse to accept. Hence, ‘breaking news’ like this.” —Darrell B. Harrison)
Non compos mentis: “‘Parents’ rights’ has emerged as a centerpiece of the Trump-era GOP — an aggrieved rallying cry against mandating vaccines, masks in schools, or the teaching of content that parents find objectionable, including material on race, slavery and other so-called divisive concepts.” —Jennifer C. Berkshire in The Nation (“The implication here being that someone else has a superseding ‘right’ over your child.” —Grant Addison)
Get Out of Jail Free card: “We don’t need the fun police to come in and try and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing. … I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” —San Francisco Mayor London “Break My Own COVID Rules” Breed
And last… “Thousands upon thousands of people are pouring into the country every day illegally and the administration responsible for handling it is blaming border patrol for ‘whipping’ them. I’m honestly not surprised anymore.” —Caleb Hull
White House reporters are protesting after President Joe Biden’s handlers did their best imitation of screaming banshees as they blocked reporters from asking him questions during British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to the White House on Tuesday.
Johnson and Biden held a brief photo op in the Oval Office during which Johnson answered questions from the British media.
As he finished his answers, the race was on between White House staff yelling at reporters that it was time to leave and reporters trying to get in a question as Biden impassively observed the screeching scrum.
MOMENTS AGO: Staff orders news media to leave The White House as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks mid-sentence pic.twitter.com/MXg2m0o1hq
Ed O’Keefe of CBS News said he was able to ask Biden for his reaction to events at the nation’s southern border, where waves of illegal Haitian immigrants have swamped the region around Del Rio, Texas.
O’Keefe tweeted that he heard Biden say “violence is not justified.”
As we were leaving, I asked the president for his reaction to the situation on the southern border. Due to shouting by White House aides, the noise of everyone leaving, and the president wearing his mask, we could not make out his answer.
The comment appeared linked to media claims that Border Patrol agents on horseback were using whips in their efforts to control the mass of migrants. In fact, they were holding the horses’ reins.
White House Correspondents’ Association President Steve Portnoy said editorial members of the media pool confronted White House press secretary Jen Psaki to make a formal complaint about the incident.
“The entire editorial component of the US pool went immediately into Jen Psaki’s office to register a formal complaint that no American reporters were recognized for questions in the president’s Oval Office, and that wranglers loudly shouted over the president as he seemed to give an answer to Ed O’Keefe’s question about the situation at the Southern Border,” he said in a statement, according to Fox News. “Biden’s answer could not be heard over the shouting.
“Psaki was unaware that the incident had occurred, and suggested that she was not in position to offer an immediate solution. Your pooler requested a press conference. Psaki suggested the president takes questions several times a week.”
Portnoy also addressed the incident on Twitter, writing Tuesday, “IN THE PRESIDENT’S OVAL OFFICE: Boris Johnson recognized two British reporters for questions. Joe Biden then signaled it was time for the press to leave, without taking any questions from his own press corps.”
IN THE PRESIDENT'S OVAL OFFICE:
Boris Johnson recognized two British reporters for questions.
Joe Biden then signaled it was time for the press to leave, without taking any questions from his own press corps.
The White House received a sound scolding from others for its tactics in protecting the president from the press.
NO ANSWER QUESTIONS BIDEN: How can the American people tolerate the president NOT taking nor answering questions from the press? A flagrant plan to keep him silenced to hide his severely weak cognitive state. The leader of the free world is faking it. https://t.co/lxI5Vpmmrk
Fox News Contributor Jason Chaffetz discusses White House staff pushing reporters out during Biden’s bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the administration’s handling of Haitian migrants at the border and VP Kamala Harris’ appearance on ‘The View.’
During a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Ron Johnson questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about the indictment of lawyer Michael Sussmann in the Durham probe on the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation. Wray does not answer any of the questions. “I would suggest you and everybody else read that. It outlines what happened to create this turmoil, lays out how the Clinton campaign paid for, through Michael Sussmann, completely false allegations that Trump was cooperating with Alfa Bank,” Johnson said. “Either the FBI was completely clueless or corrupt that they didn’t check into whether Michael Sussmann might have been working for the Hillary Clinton campaign before they opened the investigation … which put this nation through three, four years of political turmoil.” “That was under your watch. Do you have an explanation?”
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) took FBI Director Christopher Wray to the woodshed over the FBI’s sheer incompetence and negligence. Director Wray did his best to dodge questions, and Sen. Johnson was NOT having it.
In today’s episode, Dinesh reveals how Biden’s open-door policy is bringing Haiti to America, a preview of what all of America will be like if this continues indefinitely. Dinesh exposes the way the Democrats have used Covid to create a new social caste system in America.