“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
There is a humility that God hates. Let’s get to know a man who embodies this loathsome humility. See how he lives day-to-day.
First, let’s notice how much he talks about humility. It’s a preferred adverb. In conversation, this man often says “I humbly submit” or “I humbly think” or “I humbly wonder.” Note the self-righteous use of language. Subtly, this man has seized the moral high ground. He has put his coworker, his friend, his family member on notice: “Because I speak from a place of humility, I speak with superior authority, excellence, and wisdom.” Notice also how he prefaces self-promotion with phrases like “I don’t mean to brag” or “I was surprised as anyone when I” or “I’m a humble guy, so don’t take this the wrong way.” In nearly every sentence from this humility touting man, he uses the personal pronoun “I.” Also, he is humbly confident that he has a lot to contribute to the conversation, so why would he hold back? It would be a disservice to the audience he’s always looking to grow, whether online or in person. In conversations with him, questions are rare. If they do come, they come at the beginning as a set-up, an introduction, a chance for the other participants to feel included once both are in the throes of whatever topic the humble man chooses.
Now let’s move to the man’s eyes when he enters a crowded room. They search for the rich, the well-connected, the beautiful, the intelligent, the humorous. They sweep past the loner, the ill-fitted, the socially awkward (see James 2:1-9). Because this man wants proximity to power, not power itself, he does not see himself as proud. In all humility, he believes he can benefit from those above him on the social strata and has nothing to glean from the crowd beneath him. To this man, titles matter. They bestow purpose, dignity, and authority. And as long as someone is talking about his title, and not his talents, then he is humble. If the position, not the individual occupying that position, is being praised or promoted, then the individual retains his humility. This bifurcation of job title and individual exempts the one occupying such a prestigious job from Jesus’s command that “the greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matt 23:11).
No portrait of this man would be complete without a description of his work ethic. It’s relentless. Ten-hour workdays are days off. Fifteen hours on the job is the norm, even if such long days are not required by the employer. This humble man works hard because he does not believe he is naturally gifted. He humbly believes he must compensate for his weaknesses. He does that through sheer force of will. Of course, undergirding this is a desperation to be noticed. To be great. So a humble distrust of his own ability drives him to work hard because he wants that greatness. He longs for his life to count, so he believes it will only count if every moment is accounted for. There is a lack of trust in the man’s schedule. He refuses to delegate, scared that a subordinate will not accomplish his will in his way. He is terrified of failure. This humble, workaholic’s favorite passage is Proverbs 6:10: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, Your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man.” But he hasn’t yet imbibed Psalm 127:2: “It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” This is the “pull yourself by your bootstraps” kind of humility, not the version that says “God sovereignly rules over every aspect of creation, including my work, and he will decide the amount of my success.” There is a God-glorifying humility that sleeps eight hours a night, and doesn’t work on weekends, especially the Lord’s day. But there’s another form of humility—an insidious kind—that says “I’m not talented enough to take time off.” No one is so important. No one is that necessary. This humble man has forgotten that glorious fact.
Finally, this humility shows up in this man’s view of himself. He is savagely self-critical. If he is angry, he is angry with himself. He beats himself up after mistakes and he criticizes himself for shortcomings. This is a form of humility that revels in its inadequacy. It is the humility C.S. Lewis warned against—that of a man “most people call ‘humble’ nowadays…a sort of greasy smarmy person who is always telling you that.”
Now that we’ve met our “man of humility,” let’s consider his future. It is not promising. His constant references to himself—to his humility—will keep him from deep, intimate relationships where he knows another person. There will be no “friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Prov 18:24) because none can stick close to one with this kind of humility. Later in life, he will find himself more and more alone, until those by his deathbed will be few, and those at his memorial service will hardly know the man they are remembering. He will find disappointment in his career, even if he is successful in the world’s eyes. One who doesn’t desire power—but only to be near it—will never have enough proximity. One who wants influence, wants to fill a bottomless pit. And if our humble man—so unsure of his talents, and so obsessive about his work ethic—is able to retain a family while not seeing them, he will, more than likely, not live to enjoy them. The lack of sleep, the food on the go, the stress of the job, the neglecting of God’s good gifts in those areas, will break his body down prematurely. His heart will fail earlier than it should, and he will not live to see that “wisdom is with aged men, with long life is understanding” (Job 12:12). It’s as if God is resisting this man (see 1 Pet 5:5).
Thankfully, there is still time. Our man is young (as many with this humility are). There is abundant wisdom in God’s Word. God may loathe this man now, but His grace is available. True humility is still possible. And God loves nothing more than a humble, contrite sinner. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, God, You will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). True humility truly repents. It turns from self to the Savior. One with true humility sees pride as John Bunyan did when he said, “The best prayer I ever prayed had enough sin to damn the whole world!” And the kind of humility God loves sees no difference between himself and the lowest of the low. He also sees no need to work constantly. He revels in rest, in play, in the wonders of God’s creation, in the family and friends God has graciously provided. He understands the wisdom of Solomon: “Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward” (Eccl 5:18). That is true humility. The kind God loves.
Dr. Duke Pesta: Education System Producing Social Justice ActivistsBy David Fiorazo on Sep 24, 2021 08:18 am We discuss the current (declining) state of education in America and why Christian parents should be aware and moved to action. Plus, we look at some alarming news stories coming out of the universities including their blatant agenda to radicalize students to be social justice activists; Dr. Duke also exposes the dishonest, re-written history being taught today.Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth. Read in browser »
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Jim Fletcher: Israel Matters – History and Bible ProphecyBy David Fiorazo on Sep 20, 2021 08:33 am Today we discuss the importance of Israel, true history that may surprise you, and fulfilled prophecies where God’s sovereignty is concerned. We look at both the spiritual and political reasons Israel is a key player on the world stage in these last days.Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth. Read in browser »
God Loves Us Just as Well When We Do Not See Numbers 23:19; Psalm 36:5; 57:10; 108:4; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23
The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds that hinder the manifestation of the light thereof. So God loves us as well when he does not shine in the brightness of his countenance upon us as when he does.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Valuing Others’ Opinions More Than the Truth Jeremiah 5:1; 9:3; Amos 5:10; John 8:45; 2 Thessalonians 2:10, 12
We should seek the truth without hesitation; and, if we refuse it, we show that we value the esteem of men more than the search for truth.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Three centuries prior to the birth of Jesus, Greek philosopher Epicurus posed an enduring question related to the existence of God: “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?” Two thousand years later Epicurus’ words still resonated and influenced the writings of atheist philosopher David Hume. (Hume 1779, 186) A 2018 Barna study showed that this question is still important today; the “problem of evil” is the highest barrier to faith for members of Gen Z and second highest (after Christian hypocrisy) for Millenials. (Barna 2018)
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The question as originally posed appears on its face to be a logical proof, suggesting God must be either unable to prevent evil, unwilling, or a combination of the two. This line of reasoning rests on the idea that an all-loving, all-powerful God could not have a reason to choose to allow evil to occur. However, this conclusion does not necessarily follow: it is possible that such a God could exist and choose to allow evil for some unknown reason, even if this possibility initially seems unreasonable. It is not logically impossible for God to allow evil, regardless of personal opinions as to the reasonableness of such a God existing. Christian philosopher Peter John Kreeft makes just such an argument, stating, “Even David Hume… said it’s just barely possible that God exists… there’s at least a small possibility.” (Strobel 2000, 33) Christian philosopher William Lane Craig points to the limited knowledge of humanity, stating, “We are not in a good position to assess the probability of whether God has morally sufficient reasons for the evils that occur.” (Craig n.d.) If God’s existence is possible even in light of His nature and the existence of evil, then God cannot be ruled out, particularly if different lines of evidence exist to support His existence.
One such line of evidence is the existence of evil itself. While the presence of evil is pointed to by some as a reason to believe there is no God, Christians have long pointed to the presence of evil as evidence for God’s existence. To call anything evil, whether one is discussing the behavior of mankind or the “unwillingness” of God to stop human suffering, is to accept that some objective moral standard must exist. However, if an objective moral standard exists, one which would apply to all times, places, and cultures, then the moral standard needs to be accounted for. Where would such a moral standard come from?
Some philosophers have attempted to answer this question by appealing to naturalistic functions to explain moral laws. One such argument appeals to the idea of “human flourishing,” that is, “a life that could be objectively determined to be appropriate to our nature as human beings.” (Hill 2009) Two main problems exist with this type of argument: 1) that “human flourishing” is not specific enough to measure. Simply put, humanity does not have enough knowledge to determine what behaviors meet this definition and making moral judgements in the here-and-now would be difficult, if not impossible, using this definition. 2) Intrinsic to the claim that “human flourishing” ought to be used to measure ethics is a moral claim: that “human flourishing” is objectively good and any other standard would be morally wrong. This moral claim must be accounted for; according to what standard is human flourishing morally good? Rather than answering the question of the origins of moral laws, appealing to “human flourishing” (or other, similar concepts) does not actually answer the question. As a result, some atheists have simply accepted that good and evil do not exist in any objective sense. Richard Dawkins writes, “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.” (Copan 2004, 116) However, if there is no objective moral law, then there is no “problem of evil” by which God could not exist.
Christians have long argued that moral laws come from a moral law-giver: God. Scripture teaches that God is the all-powerful, all-loving creator of humanity. Further, scripture insists that God created humanity with a specific purpose. Christian Richard G. Howe explains, “This end or goal toward which all things aim is called good… the capacity to choose for or against God’s good is what makes our actions moral.” (Howe 2006, 86) The Christian worldview can ground the existence of moral laws and explain their existence in a way which an atheistic worldview cannot. Non-theist philosophers have long struggled with this fact; philosopher Paul Draper, an agnostic, states, “A moral world is… very probable on theism.” (Copan 2004, 115) If moral laws exist, it is more reasonable to believe that a God exists than that one does not.
The problem of evil, pain, and suffering is difficult to bear on a personal level. Christians should be careful not to too-quickly dismiss the concerns of people who have experienced these very-real realities. However, the presence of these in our world does not rule out the existence of God. In fact, the presence of evil only makes His existence more likely. One may not understand why God chooses to allow evil, pain, and suffering to occur now, but scripture makes it clear that one day all pain will end and God’s ultimately justice will be accomplished.
He goeth before you into Gailee; there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. (Mark 16:7)
Where He appointed to meet His disciples, there He would be in due time. Jesus keeps His trust. If He promises to meet us at the mercy seat, or in public worship, or in the ordinances, we may depend upon it that He will be there. We may wickedly stay away from the appointed meeting place, but He never does. He says, “Where two or three are met together in my name, there am I”; He says not, “There will I be,” but, “I am there already.”
Jesus is always first in fellowship: “He goeth before you.” His heart is with His people, His delight is in them, He is never slow to meet them. In all fellowship He goeth before us.
But He reveals Himself to those who come after Him: “There shall ye see him.” Joyful sight! We care not to see the greatest of mere men, but to see Him is to be filled with joy and peace. And we shall see Him, for He promises Himself to them. Rest assured that it will be so, for He does everything according to His word of promise: “As he said unto you. Catch at those last words, and be assured that to the end He will do for you “as he said unto you.”
What a picture Hebrews gives us. Our God is a consuming fire. Nahum pictures fire as the judgment of God against a wicked city. Hebrews gives a contrasting image; the fire is purifying for all who are in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews explains the contrast between the wicked, such as the Ninevites, and the people who believe in the Magnificent God of Blessing. Those who are warned by the Word of God and the prophets of the LORD and still refuse Him will face the sentence their sins deserve. It is the fires and agony of hell. It is not something Christians celebrate. Rather, this terrifying knowledge drives us as believers to worship God and appeal to Him for the salvation of many. Even Moses trembled before the Majestic Glory of God at Mt. Sinai. We too, as believers in Jesus Christ, realize the great perfection and purity of God and tremble before Him with adoration and wonder.
Recognize Jesus Christ endured the fires of God’s just anger against sin. Jesus was punished so that the fires of God’s judgement would be fully spent and believers, therefore, walk with God in righteousness. This is a great and glorious reason for praising the God of all ages. He is just. He is pure. He is holy.
Therefore, in view of the Excellencies of God, believers acknowledge the inestimable worth of God. Join with believers of all ages and offer acceptable praise with reverence and awe.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that unbelievers heed the warning of judgment and find salvation in Jesus Christ and in Him with believers acknowledge the inestimable worth of God.
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.
When you don’t understand, God invites you to lean into Him and to trust. The following prayer guides you how to pray holding up your shield of trust, regardless of what is going on around you.
Father, when things are shaky or dark and I don’t understand, I redirect my focus to Your great heart of love for me and Your power and presence.
When I don’t know what to pray,
I trust Your goodness. Psalm 31:19, 34:8, 100:5, 119:68, 136:1, 145:7
I trust that You are sovereign. You have all authority and all power. Matthew 28:18
I trust that nothing takes You by surprise. You know the end from the beginning. Isaiah 46:9-10
I trust that Your Word is forever settled in heaven. All things serve you. Psalm 119:89,91
I trust that there is no circumstance, person, place, or time that the blood of Jesus does not cover. I trust that You who spared not Your own Son will freely give me Your best. Romans 8:31-32
I trust that You are for me, and nothing can separate me from Your love. That was settled on the cross of Jesus. Romans 8:35-39
I trust that Your loving kindness never ceases. Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning. I trust Your great faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
I trust that You know and care about me. The very hairs of my head are numbered. I trust that You supply all my needs through Your riches in Christ Jesus. Matthew 10:30, Philippians 4:19
I trust that You supply Your abundant grace to me in this situation, so that in all things, at all times, I have all Your sufficient grace I need. I trust You to show Your perfect power in my weakness. 2 Corinthians 9:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
I trust that You are my shield, my strong tower, my refuge, my hope, my joy, my peace, my everything, my all. Psalm 18:1-3, Colossians 3:11b
I trust that You renew my strength as I wait on You. Isaiah 40:31
I trust that You never leave me or forsake me. You are with me, a very present help. You never go back on a promise. Hebrews 13:5-6, Joshua 21:45
I trust that You guard what I have entrusted to You. 2 Timothy 1:12
I trust that You are God of all comfort, Father of mercies. I trust that You have a heart that tears can touch. You invite me to climb up in Your lap and cry. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Hebrews 4:15, Psalm 56:8
I trust that You give gladness instead of mourning and praise instead of fainting. Weeping may endure for a night, but You give joy in the morning. Isaiah 61:3, Psalm 30:5
I trust that You do all things for my good and Your glory, to make me like Jesus. Romans 8:28-29
You are enthroned on the praises of Your children. When I lift You up in a sacrifice of praise, I glorify You in this situation in the here-and-now. Psalm 22:3 NASB, Hebrews 13:15
Jesus, You are the Way and You are the way-maker. I will follow You as You go before me and prepare the way for what is ahead in Your plan.
I know that You will see to every detail so that what needs to be done will already be done before I arrive…the path revealed, the direction confirmed, the way established. I trust in You to unlock the doors that need to be opened, loosen the things that need to be untied, and remove the hindrances that need to be taken away.
I ask You to provide for all that is needed as I walk along your appointed path. Open my eyes to see the way You are leading, give me the understanding to take the right steps, strengthen me with the patience to move at the right pace, and work within my words and actions to say and do things in the right way.
I trust in You to do what no one else can do, to work in ways that no one else can work, and to do the wonders that no one else can perform. Lord, I thank You that You will make a way!
The LORD shall give that which is good…Righteousness shall go before Him; and shall set us in the way of His steps. Psalm 85:12-13 (KJV)
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)
Faith and Obedience Are Bound Together 2 Thessalonians 1:3; James 2:14–26
Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God, trusts God, and he that trusts God, obeys God. He that is without faith is without works; and he that is without works is without faith. Do not oppose faith and good works to one another, for there is a blessed relationship between them; and if you abound in obedience your faith shall grow exceedingly.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Human Reason Deficient Concerning God Job 11:7–9; Psalm 145:3; Ecclesiastes 1:3; 3:11; 8:16–17; Isaiah 40:13; 55:8–9; Acts 17:18–32; 1 Corinthians 1:20–21; Titus 1:2
Human reason is very deficient in things concerning God. A sign of this is that philosophers in their researches, by natural investigation, into human affairs have fallen into many errors, and have disagreed among themselves. And consequently, in order that men might have knowledge of God, free of doubt and uncertainty, it was necessary for divine matters to be delivered to them by way of faith, being told to them, as it were, by God Himself who cannot lie.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“Jeshurun is a diminutive—a term of endearment: either ‘the child of the upright’, or ‘the beloved Israel’”. He suggested that “the letters of the diminutive of Israel, if slightly abbreviated, would make ‘Jeshurun’”
Isaiah 44:19 – Jacob (Genesis 35:2) knew God’s commands 400 years before Moses had them carved into stone (Exodus 20:3). 800 years after Moses God is having to point out to His people the stupidity of idol worship. That which isn’t burned as fuel is worshiped as a god?
Isaiah 44:25 – Speaking of foolish:
Andrew Grove was one of the founders of Intel, which profoundly shaped the semiconductor industry. He was Time Magazine‘s Man of The Year in 1997. Yet in 1992 he made a prediction that looks amazingly shortsighted in retrospect.
A New York Timesarticle described Grove as standing diametrically opposed to the position taken by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) that smartphones, then imagined as “personal communicators,” might develop into a huge business.
Grove disagreed. The idea of a communicating device that people carried around with them is “a pipe dream driven by greed,” he said.
Isaiah 44:28 – Cyrus? No we’re not teaching the Donald Trump Prophecy – the more exciting prophecy is that Cyrus was called out by name 150 years before he was born over 2,000 kilometers away. We read the fulfillment of this prophecy in 2 Chronicles 36:22-23. It is rumored that Daniel was the one who showed Cyrus the prophecies. (By the way, liberals see this verse as proof that Isaiah was written after Cyrus was king!) From Josephus:
This was known to Cyrus by his reading the book which Isaiah left behind him of his Prophecies. For this Prophet said, that God had spoken thus to him in a secret vision: “My will is, that Cyrus, whom I have appointed to be King over many and great nations, send back my people to their own land, and build my temple.” This was foretold by Isaiah one hundred and forty years before the temple was demolished. Accordingly when Cyrus read this, and admired the divine power, an earnest desire and an ambition seized upon him, to fulfil what was so written. So he called for the most eminent Jews that were in Babylon, and said to them, that “He gave them leave to go back to their own countrey, and to rebuild their city Jerusalem, (3) and the temple of God; for that he would be their assistant; and that he would write to the rulers and governours that were in the neighbourhood of their countrey of Judea, that they should contribute to them gold and silver, for the building of the temple; and besides that, beasts for their sacrifices.”
Ephesians 3:6 – Paul has been hinting at this mystery (Ephesians 3:3, Ephesians 3:4) – that the Gentiles would be part of the same body as God’s chosen people, the sons of Jacob! And not only that – but God called Paul – “less than the least of all saints” to preach this (Ephesians 3:8)!
Ephesians 3:13 – Notice Paul’s attitude – he does not chide the Ephesians (see Galatians 3:1) – he is praying for them to continue to be
strengthened (Ephesians 3:16)
indwelt (Ephesians 3:17)
rooted (Ephesians 3:17)
grounded (Ephesians 3:17)
comprehending (Ephesians 3:18)
knowing (Ephesians 3:19)
filled (Ephesians 3:19)
Psalm 68:9 – I was at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and Franklin Graham said that rain was a sign of God’s blessing.
Psalm 68:18 – Tomorrow we’ll read about this verse in Ephesians 4:8!
Proverbs 24:1 – A message to Asaph in Psalm 73! (we’ll read about him in a few days).
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The Largest One Year Increase In Murder In The History Of The United States Our violent, blood-soaked culture has produced a violent, blood-soaked reality in our streets. The final numbers for 2020 have finally been released by the FBI, and they are stunning. Prior to last year, the largest one year increase in the murder rate in the United States was 12.7 percent, and that came all the way back in 1968. Needless to say, many of you that are reading this article were not even alive in 1968. Well, we didn’t just break the old record last year. We more than doubled it. According to the FBI’s annual report on crime, the nationwide murder rate was up about 29 percent in 2020…
Taiwan On High Alert After 24 Chinese Jets Breach Defense Zone In Two Incidents Taiwan has once again scrambled jets after a large group of Chinese military aircraft breached its air defense zone on two separate occasions on Thursday. The breaches which have of late been coming almost daily, which Taipei sees as unmistakable as acts of aggression and as “warnings” against its pro-democracy relationship with the US, follow recent Chinese state media threats that the PLA military could soon fly jets and bombers directly over the island.
Moscow warns Washington against imposing new sanctions Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has warned the United States against passing another bill of sanctions against Russian officials and public figures. “Yet again, we would like to warn Washington against an ill-considered move on the sanctions track,” Zakharova said in a commentary on the ministry’s website. The Rules Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the 2022 defense appropriations bill, which recommends that sanctions be imposed on 35 Russian officials and businessmen suspected by the committee of bearing a relation to the violation of human rights.
Crusader mass grave in Lebanon sheds light on cruelty of medieval warfare Archaeologists unearthed a large quantity of human bones in the moat of the Saint Louis Castle in South Lebanon. The area was first conquered by the Crusaders after the First Crusade in 1110. Some 150 years later, the Christian city was attacked and largely destroyed by the Mamluks in 1253 and then destroyed even more by the Mongols in 1260. While widely chronicled in historical documents, very few archaeological remains have been found documenting the battles. For this reason, the discovery of the mass grave offered unprecedented insights into warfare in medieval times, based on analysis of the type of wounds that were detected on the remains of approximately 25 individuals.
Regional alliances can have a global impact If it turns out that US-led alliance is gaining strength, it could prove to be an effective means not just in deterring China but also in reestablishing the US deterrence all over. Although the US has long realized that there is something that needs to be done about China, only recently did US policymakers put this into action because of Xi Jinping increasing grip on power.
US Army accused of promoting Satanism to troops Fox television host Tucker Carlson revealed a bizarre PowerPoint presentation on Monday that was presented to U.S. Army service personnel in an effort to get them on board with mandatory Coronavirus vaccinations. The slide mockingly asks “how many children have been sacrificed to Satan for the vaccine?” prior to claiming that only three people have died from side effects. The presentation then listed the ‘tenets of Satanism’ which were taken directly from the ‘temple of Satanism’ website. The US Army admitted that the presentation was indeed shown to service members, however, they claim that it was not approved by Army leadership, “So here you have the U.S. Army doing PR for Satanism,” Carlson said,
CIA Vienna station chief removed amid ‘Havana syndrome’ criticism – report A bill that affirms a two-state resolution at the pre-1967 lines and restricts Israeli use of arms, was filed to Congress Thursday by Representative Andy Levin (D-Michigan). “When I visited Israel and Palestine in 2019, I recognized hope for a two-state solution is alive amongst Israelis and Palestinians,” tweeted Levin after submitting his bill known as the “Two-State Solution Act.”
House of Representatives approves $1b. for Iron Dome by landslide The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stand-alone bill to provide Israel with $1 billion for replenishing the Iron Dome missile-defense system, following two days of contentious debate within the Democratic Party. The vote passed with an overwhelming 420-9 majority…
Fatah leader challenges Palestinian Authority over control of Hebron Fatah leaders in Hebron have openly challenged the Palestinian Authority leadership, including PA President Mahmoud Abbas, in what appears to be one of the worst crises within the dominant Fatah faction in recent years. The latest crisis erupted after…a senior Fatah official in Hebron, threatened to use force to prevent PA officials from entering the city.
Delingpole: Rubber Bullets for Public Health — Australia Goes Full Fascist Police in Melbourne, Australia, have reportedly been firing pepper spray and rubber bullets at men, women and children protesting against compulsory coronavirus vaccine passports. Some of the injuries they have caused are hideous, with at least one person nearly blinded, and a woman of 70 knocked to the floor with a broken hip and pepper sprayed in her face…
Mozambique militant attacks: ‘So much destruction’ Islamist militants have terrorised the north of Mozambique for over four years. Known as Al Shabab, they have links to the Islamic State group. They operate in the Cabo Delgado province, which was home to Africa’s largest natural gas project, run by French company Total.
Afghanistan: Executions will return, says senior Taliban official The Taliban’s notorious former head of religious police has said extreme punishments such as executions and amputations will resume in Afghanistan. Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, now in charge of prisons, told AP News amputations were “necessary for security”. He said these punishments may not be meted out in public, as they were under previous Taliban rule in the 1990s.
Modi in US: The China factor in India’s Quad strategy Like a lot of meetings this past year and a half, the first summit of the ‘Quad’ was virtual. The leaders from the group, which comprises the US, India, Australia and Japan, connected online from their various nations back in March and agreed to cooperate on delivering one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Asian countries by the end of 2022.
Melbourne earthquake: Australians react to rare quake that rattled country The Australian city of Melbourne experienced its strongest earthquake in more than a century on Wednesday – but many people appeared surprisingly unfazed. One resident said he thought the 5.9 magnitude quake was his neighbours doing a “high intensity workout”. Another leapt up to make sure his drinks were not spilled.
After normalization with Israel, Sudan closes door on support for Hamas Sudanese authorities have taken control of lucrative assets that for years provided backing for Hamas, shedding light on how the country served as a haven for the Palestinian militant group under former leader Omar al-Bashir. The takeover of at least a dozen companies that officials say were linked to Hamas has helped accelerate Sudan’s realignment with the West since Bashir’s overthrow in 2019.
“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” —Thomas Paine (1791)
The Congressional Research Service finds that Biden likely owes $500,000 in back taxes.
Epitomizing the “rules for thee but not for me” mentality that has come to define the modern Democrat Party, it was recently revealed that Joe and Jill Biden likely owe $500,000 in back taxes from some $13 million in income earned in 2017-2018 on book deals and speaking engagements.
Of course, Scranton Joe has stumped for his massive spending agenda and wants to pay for it by raising $2.1 trillion in new taxes. He claims this will be accomplished by making sure the rich “pay their fair share.” That’s astounding hypocrisy for a man who has been exposed for doing exactly what he blasts the wealthy for doing — exploiting loopholes to avoid paying taxes.
The Bidens benefited from a common and often abused tax loophole by routing $13 million in book and speaking (pay-to-play) income through their two S corporations, CeltiCapri Corp. and Giacoppa Corp. By doing so, they then declared just $800,000 of the $13 million as salary. The maneuver allowed the Bidens to avoid paying $500,000 in ObamaCare’s additional Medicare tax.
In other words, Wall Street Joe was sheltering his money from the very IRS he’s now wanting to double in size and empower to supposedly go after tax cheats. That evidently includes granting the IRS authority to access and track every Americans’ bank account.
Making this even more hypocritical is the fact that Biden explicitly campaigned on ending this kind of tax dodging. “We don’t have to punish anybody, including the rich,” Biden stated back in 2019. “But everybody should start paying their fair share a little bit. When I’m president, we’re going to have a fairer tax code.”
Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) hammered Biden for the blatant hypocrisy. “Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by $2.1 trillion while claiming the rich need to pay their ‘fair share,’” he said. “But in 2017, multimillionaire Joe Biden skirted his payroll taxes — the very taxes that fund Medicare and ObamaCare. According to the criteria CRS (Congressional Research Service) provided to my office, he owes the IRS and the American people hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. Every American should know about Joe Biden’s tax hypocrisy.”
Other Republicans joined in. “Joe Biden wants to expand the IRS’s funding and authority, so they can audit more Americans,” Congressman Chris Jacobs (R-NY) noted. “Given that the liberal Tax Policy Center and the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service both have raised questions about the way Biden handled his taxes, why doesn’t he ask for his own taxes to get audited first? Biden doesn’t really believe in expanding programs like Medicare and ObamaCare, because he thought buying a second multimillion-dollar mansion, and renting a third, was more important than helping to fund those laws.”
The reality is that Joe “Big Guy” Biden isn’t interested in looking out for the little guy. In fact, his $3.5 trillion monstrosity and accompanying tax hikes effectively stomp all over small businesses — the very kind of small corporation he created to avoid taxes but that gets hammered by tax hikes on “the rich.” Even his supposed concern over ensuring that the rich “pay their fair share” is not really about increasing tax revenue. What Washington Joe is really all about is working to secure ever more power for the federal government. It’s about robbing Americans of their freedoms all in the name of “fairness.”
Vastly expanding the entitlement state will cost a lot of money we don’t have.
Democrats are bickering over how to spend your money, and exactly how much of it to take and waste. Make that your grandchildren’s money. We know, it’s a bit boring to talk big numbers and spending. The federal government is profligate — what else is new?
But this isn’t just about dollars; it’s about the fundamentals of government and the economy. Or, as Nancy Pelosi put it, “It’s about values, not dollars.”
That’s what’s at stake with the Democrats’ $4.5 trillion bundle of “infrastructure” and a laundry list of other leftist spending items. There are two bills in play: $1 trillion for “infrastructure” and $3.5 trillion for other leftist priorities.
Democrats are engaged in a lot of melodramatic theater, though it’s all about the order of the bills or the specific price tag or how to “pay for” it. Radical leftists want the $3.5 trillion first. Not-so-far-leftists want the $1 trillion first, and they want $3 trillion instead of $3.5. All Democrats want to raise your taxes, though they can’t quite agree on how much. Chuck Schumer says they have a “framework.” Dick Durbin says, “I haven’t see it.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is pushing hard for an overall deal because he needs to distract from his Afghanistan and immigration crises by snagging a legislative win.
As for the smaller bill, we typically put “infrastructure” in quote marks because so little of that bill pays for actual infrastructure. But the larger bill is the true problem. It’s basically the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in legislative form — cradle-to-grave entitlement expansion that should outrage, not placate, American voters.
Sanders claims his bill is “the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor since FDR and the New Deal of the 1930s.” He might be right.
Let’s just list a few of the things in the bill to explain why this spending is so dangerous.
Paid family and medical leave
Universal preschool for kids ages three and four
Tuition for two years of community college
Expanded child tax credit to make it more like universal basic income
One of the things Democrats are making quite the show of is the debt. “Moderates” don’t want to add to the debt, but Democrats will have to raise the debt ceiling to get their bill through. Republicans, understandably, don’t want to help. Democrats blame Republicans and the bipartisan spending passed during Donald Trump’s administration.
“When we talk about the debt ceiling, we’re not talking about future spending,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted. “This is to pay the incurred cost. Last year, Democrats and Republicans together incurred costs for COVID that need to be paid for.” It’s utterly laughable that Democrats even pretend to care about fiscal responsibility.
Speaking of incurred costs, we’ve warned before that the Democrats’ bill is full of accounting gimmicks meant to hide the true price. That means $3.5 trillion is a false sticker price, and the real cost could be closer to $5 or $6 trillion. Nothing to see here; move along.
Once the nation’s leading defender of free speech, the ACLU is now little more than an activist for “progressive” causes.
We suppose it’s to the credit of the American Civil Liberties Union that it hasn’t yanked down that smoking-gun Twitter post. Of course, it’s to the deep and everlasting disgrace of the ACLU that anyone there felt it to be an acceptable post in the first place.
At issue is an artistically rendered quote from former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a quote the ACLU bowdlerized because it contained scientifically accurate (and therefore deeply offensive) language from the obviously insufficiently awokened RBG.
This is what Ginsberg, herself a former ACLU lawyer, said to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1993 during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings:
The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choice.
And this is the way the one-time free-speech champions at the ACLU quoted her in their September 18 tweet:
“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to either [their] well-being and dignity. … When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices.”
The indignity. Ginsberg must be thrashing about in her grave. And that army of Notorious RBG acolytes? They must be equally aggrieved. Or perhaps not. After all, what’s a little historical whitewashing among “progressives,” especially those who’ve abandoned their once vigorous defense of free speech from all across the political spectrum?
Agree or disagree on her larger abortion argument, there’s a reason why Ginsberg said what she said, and not what today’s ACLU desperately wishes she’d said. That reason? Women bear children. Men don’t. To argue otherwise does violence to biology specifically and to science generally.
“Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis,” went the New York Times headline on June 6 of this year. But we don’t see a crisis here so much as a surrender, a capitulation. As the Times went on to note, it was the ACLU that defended the free speech rights of American neo-Nazis in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, the home of many World War II Holocaust survivors. But one wonders: Would today’s ACLU go to bat so boldly for free speech?
We think not. And former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser seems to agree with us. As Reason’s Nick Gillespie writes: “Glasser says he’s worried about the future of both free expression and the organizations that defend it. In 2018, a leaked ACLU memo offered guidelines for case selection that retreated from the group’s decades-long content-neutral stance, citing as a reason to decline a case ‘the extent to which the speech may assist in advancing the goals of white supremacists or others whose views are contrary to our values.’ Glasser fears that, by becoming more political and less absolutist when it comes to defending speech, the ACLU might be shrugging off its hard-won legacy.”
Hmm, ya think?
And does anyone else see the slippery slope inherent in the two words “or others” that appear directly after “white supremacists” in that leaked memo? For example, Donald Trump has been tarred by the deranged Left as a white supremacist; shouldn’t the ACLU therefore refuse to protect his speech when Big Tech shuts him down? And if the ACLU refuses to defend Donald Trump’s free speech rights, then by what rationale would it defend the rights of those who support Donald Trump? Or those who espouse conservative views? Or those who support the white supremacist Republican Party in general?
Sure enough, then-ACLU President Susan Herman put it this way back in 2017: “We need to consider whether some of our timeworn maxims — the antidote to bad speech is more speech, the marketplace of ideas will result in the best arguments winning out — still ring true in an era when white supremacists have a friend in the White House.”
It’s simple, really. Leftists used to be in favor of free speech when they believed their ideas could stand up in the marketplace. These days, though, when they have to argue that men can become women and women men, their arguments become untenable.
And so free speech itself becomes untenable.
What we’ve said before applies to the Left, to Democrats, to Big Tech, and to the ACLU: They wouldn’t need to censor us if they weren’t afraid of losing the argument.
The propaganda outlet contrasts China’s “success” with America’s “gun violence” problem.
Brian Mark Weber
China has a lot going for it these days. It’s a rising military and economic power poised to challenge the hegemony of the United States. And life seems good there. With clean streets, low crime, and a unified culture, what’s not to like?
Then again, that’s just what the propagandists say about China. The truth is that a repressive government controls nearly every aspect of life. And the same could be said about North Korea. Life always seems perfect when the people fear their rulers.
Despite our problems, America still has something China doesn’t: Liberty.
But when it comes down to it, that’s not enough to win the favor of CNN, a former news network that’s now little more than a shill for American Democrats and the Chinese government.
For example, take gun control. CNN proclaims that America and China “stand on opposite ends of the spectrum of gun control, with the right to bear arms legally protected and vehemently defended in one, and a near-total ban on civilian firearm ownership in the other.”
And why, CNN is effectively asking, is the Second Amendment vehemently defended in the United States?
Might it have something to do with the fact that an unarmed populace is vulnerable to tyranny? Of course China wants to keep its citizens disarmed. It’s the only way to ensure their obedience to the regime of the Chinese Communist Party.
The CNN propagandists never mention the word “Liberty.” And the only time the word “freedom” is used is in this dandy tidbit: “The Communist Party’s grip has only grown tighter under President Xi Jinping. In recent years, authorities have carried out more raids and offered freedom from prosecution in firearms amnesties.”
Ah, the “freedom” of gun confiscation.
In another respect, you see, our nations are so similar. CNN adds, “The two countries’ opposite approaches are especially striking given both nations were born from armed insurrection — the US winning its independence in the Revolutionary War in 1783, and the Chinese Communist Party establishing the People’s Republic of China in 1949 after a lengthy rebellion against the Nationalist government.”
CNN will take any advantage it can to portray the U.S. in a negative light, and especially to criticize the Second Amendment. But comparing the American Revolution to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China is night and day. One was fought to break the yoke of the British Empire and to create a system that lived up to the promises of the Declaration of Independence, while the other implemented collectivism and socialism — at gunpoint, we might add.
That’s the real reason China is again cracking down on people getting their hands on weapons. Despite living in a totalitarian regime, even some Chinese people know the first step toward Liberty is self-defense against anyone who threatens that freedom, whether individuals or governments.
Mao Zedong knew this. After all, he famously said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
Last summer, Chinese cultural ambassador Zhang Heqing took a shot at U.S. culture by tweeting: “With gun violence happening almost every day, how much could the human rights be guaranteed? Can that also be called the so-called freedom?”
Actually, if we didn’t have guns in this country, there wouldn’t be any human rights. After all, taking guns out of the hands of the Chinese people has worked very well in keeping them silent and obedient, hasn’t it?
Maybe that’s why one Chinese man living in Texas calls his new right to own firearms the American Dream. Indeed, the need for self-defense is leading many Asian Americans to pick up a gun for the first time.
Meanwhile, CNN just gushes over the CCP.
The leftist network was criticized over the summer for proudly celebrating the rise of Xi Jinping and the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. And the network was just giddy over China’s coronavirus vaccine milestone. As if a single statistic from Beijing — much less about the ChiCom Virus — is even remotely trustworthy.
After 70 years, a Medal of Honor recipient is finally returning.
We have a military tradition, “No man left behind,” which is an expression of both active duty, veteran, and citizen honor and respect for our military personnel who have fallen on enemy ground. That commitment is manifest in the ongoing efforts of DoD’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, now with advanced DNA idents. As a result, the remains of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, from distant fields of battle, are coming home, including those of Father Emil Kapaun.
The price of defending the gift of Liberty bequeathed to us by generations of American Patriots is very high. It is both humbling and inspiring to tell the stories of such Patriots, and this one especially so — a man who died fulfilling his duty to God, his fellow men, and our nation.
Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun was the son of Czech immigrants who settled in Pilsen, Kansas. Father Kapaun was a Catholic priest who became a military chaplain in 1944. He served on domestic installations and then in Burma in 1945-46.
After returning home, he earned a graduate degree from Catholic University under the G.I. Bill but returned to active duty in 1948. In 1949, he took his ministry to Japan and a year later, as chaplain to the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, he departed Tokyo for Korea — after North Korea invaded South Korea. The 1st Cavalry made the first amphibious landing of the Korean War. A month later he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and headed for the front.
On November 1, 1950, Captain Kapaun and other soldiers with the 8th were overrun and taken prisoner by the Red Chinese. They and others taken captive were marched 90 miles to a temporary prison camp at Sombakol and then to a permanent POW camp at Pyoktong, North Korea. It was his fearless actions caring for other soldiers on that march and in the POW camps that would result in Emil Kapaun being awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor.
He risked his life every day to serve those around him, as recalled by the former POWs he served. According to his Army biography, Fr. Kapaun “distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism, patriotism, and selfless service.”
On May 23, 1951, Father Kapaun died in that prison camp. Years earlier, he had written, “When I was ordained, I was determined to ‘spend myself’ for God. I was determined to do that cheerfully, no matter in what circumstances I would be placed or how hard a life I would be asked to lead.”
Indeed he did, and he represented the core of what is good and right about America. I encourage you to read his Medal of Honor citation. You can also watch a narrative about his service and sacrifice.
God bless you, Father Kapaun.
Amid all the political rancor and “news” churn that dominates the public discourse and news cycles, it is disgraceful that there is not a single national media story about Father Kapaun’s return — until this post today. His remains will be interred in his hometown of Pilsen, Kansas, where a funeral will be held on 28 September and his family will lay him to eternal rest.
Between scandals and political polarization, the church and its image are on shaky ground.
Endless scandals and hyper-polarization politically have conspired to hurt the evangelical church. These issues often fundamentally divide its denominations and partitioners who are left to figure it out on their own.
The evangelical church is a general term referring to many Protestant churches and any of their denominational offshoots. In the original etymology, the Greek word “evangel” translates to the Anglo-Saxon noun “gospel.” Evangelicals originally were believers who were grounded solidly in biblical teaching and followed Christ’s Great Commission to spread the gospel. “Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” Jesus said. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
This is no longer the American evangelical church today. Church leadership has been plagued by sexual misconduct and other publicly destructive sins. Often, instead of focusing on the gospel, they use their pulpit as a platform to advance political agendas.
Some scandals in recent years have brought to light the sins of evangelical teachers and preachers, some examples being the late Ravi Zacharias, a Christian apologist credibly accused of sexual misconduct; Liberty University, which is rebuilding its image after a sex scandal involving former university President Jerry Falwell Jr., his wife, and another man; and Willow Creek, a model evangelical church in the Chicago area that lost hundreds of members after founding pastor Bill Hybels was forced out over charges of sexually abusive behavior.
What happened to these men? The entire chapter of Romans 3 is on righteousness and how everyone, both Jew and Gentile, are unrighteous. God does not leave us there in our sin. Instead, he works through his unrighteous people. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” The overt sins of these leaders are not justifiable, but Christ and his church are not limited by sinful man.
The political polarization that has happened in churches has to do with doctrine and the culture wars. Some questions that churches must tackle include:
Is following and supporting radical Black Lives Matter living out Christ’s commandment to “love thy neighbor”?
Are LGBTQ+ individuals really living in sin, or is the reference to Sodom and Gomorrah and other condemnations of homosexual behavior a biased interpretation of the Bible?
How can the Bible support the death penalty and not abortion?
There is not a unified message from the church on these issues, and it is truly damaging.
Why is there a lack of unity when we’re all using the same Bible? Podcast host Andrew Klavan points out that the devil is a liar, and a clever one at that. The devil is smart enough to use just enough Christian-ese to sew confusion and dissension among believers. The devil preys on the fallibility of man. It also doesn’t help when you have a congregation that isn’t well-educated biblically. Darrell B. Harrison, dean of social media for the ministry Grace to You, similarly observes: “It’s interesting, if not ironic, that many churches that would be categorized as ‘evangelical’ are trying so hard to give the world what it wants when, according to Scripture, the world, being the world, should never want what the church truly should be trying to give it — truth.”
This misunderstanding and lack of education occurs for a couple of reasons: The pastor is uneducated himself; the pastor uses the Bible to justify his own political stance to the congregation; the pastor strays away from hard passages in the Bible, focusing only on the easily digestible; the congregation is not a community; or portions of the congregation simply only come every once in a while or not at all.
What does this have to do with the devil being a liar? It goes back to sinful human nature: Man wants to be his own god. This was the original sin with Adam and Eve, and it is the issue with pastors and partitioners alike.
So, is the evangelical church too damaged by scandals and polarization? The “brand” may well be damaged badly, but Christ and the Gospel are not.
We know. We know. It’s way too early to start talking about the 2022 midterms.
But we in our humble shop can’t help ourselves. It’s what we do. This week, for example, we saw three omens come in: one from north of the border, one from Ohio’s 16th congressional district, and one from the Democratic [sic] Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
The first of these harbingers refers to Canada’s nationwide election, which took place on Monday. Leftist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cruised to victory, but without the governing majority he’d hoped for. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board reports, it was a missed opportunity for Canada’s Conservative Party: “Trudeau has been at the helm of a scandal-ridden progressive government for almost six years. Early in the latest campaign, thanks to Trudeau fatigue, Conservatives seemed to have a real chance at at least a minority government.”
But no. Despite winning the national popular vote (which they’ve done in five of the last six elections), the Conservatives finished a distant second in parliamentary seat count, which means Trudeau will likely look to his left to knit together a minority coalition government, and the Tories will be out in the cold. And they have no one to blame but their standard-bearer. As the Journal continues: “[Erin] O’Toole, a lawyer turned politician, ran for party leader last year as a ‘true blue Conservative’ but he soon moved left. He broke with conservatives on social issues like guns and abortion, framing himself as a ‘moderate’ in an attempt to widen his appeal.”
The lesson is obvious and eternal: If you’re a conservative, run as a conservative. By positioning himself as “Trudeau Lite,” O’Toole failed to energize anyone, failed to draw clear distinctions between himself and the leftist incumbent, and failed to give Canadians a real black-and-white choice. When it came to progressivism, Canadians opted for the real thing rather than the me-too opportunist.
As for Ohio’s 16th, there’s a lesson to be learned there, too. Incumbent Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez has decided not to run for reelection, and the Journal thinks this is a bad omen. Why? Because “Gonzalez is the kind of young candidate Republicans need to expand their party’s appeal.” Here, the Journal’s editors say “young,” but they mean “Hispanic.” They just don’t have the guts to say it. And while it’s true that the Republican Party can help itself by attracting more brown and black voters, it doesn’t need to do so by compromising its principles — principles such as, oh, opposing a sham impeachment of the president of the United States. On this fundamental principle, Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who chose to side with Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rather than 197 of their colleagues. By definition, then, Gonzalez was an outlier, a radical, a five-percenter, and we don’t think his departure is a bad omen at all.
Gonzalez, in fact, says he’ll spend most of his political energy working to keep Donald Trump from ever being elected president again. If that’s how he feels about the guy who had such a great record governing as a conservative, we say good riddance, and next man up.
Finally, there’s the map that DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney keeps staring at. And he doesn’t like what he sees. Next November, House Democrats will be trying to unseat about half as many Republicans as they did in 2020. In addition, last year’s once-per-decade redistricting process also favored the GOP, with Democrats having redrawn the congressional map in only one of the 12 states with districts they’re targeting, while Republicans redrew them in eight of those states.
We’re still more than a year away from next year’s midterms, but warning lights abound for the Democrats. Neither Joe Biden’s disastrous presidency nor his free-falling poll numbers show any signs of righting themselves, and Biden is polling below 50% in 11 states he carried in 2020. House and Senate Republicans will thus have every opportunity to tar their opponents with the brush of a feckless and deeply unpopular Democrat president.
Of course, Democrat presidents are typically feckless, and their policies are routinely unpopular. None of what’s plaguing Joe Biden at the moment should be seen as novel, although the media have clearly refused to protect him like they did Barack Obama. Call it white privilege.
One final omen: A new Rasmussen poll shows Donald Trump beating Joe Biden by a whopping 10 points, 51-41, in a hypothetical 2024 rematch. But Biden won’t be running for reelection, you say? Trump beats Vice President Kamala Harris by an even bigger margin, 52-39. And Trump’s margin balloons to a massive 20 points among the independents who often decide elections.
It’s early, sure. But it’s not that early. Democrats could be looking at a real shellacking next November.
The nation’s largest abortion mill received COVID relief funds designated for small businesses.
Planned Parenthood performs roughly 350,000 abortions each year. To perpetuate this grisly business, Congress funds the nation’s largest abortion mill to the tune of half a billion dollars each year. Laughably, Democrats insist this money doesn’t pay for abortions. As if that wasn’t enough, 10 Planned Parenthood affiliates have received $23 million from the Small Business Administration (SBA) via the Paycheck Protection Program thus far in 2021 — even after the federal government had ruled that Planned Parenthood did not qualify as a small business.
Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act last year, which included $320 billion in funding for small business to be administered by the SBA. It was meant to preserve small businesses in the face of mass shutdowns that threatened their very existence. Under that legislation, businesses of 500 or more employees were classified as big businesses and therefore ineligible for funds. Planned Parenthood received some $80 million in taxpayer-backed PPP funds in 2020, though it was subsequently ordered to return that funding.
Now, not only has the SBA provided no evidence that Planned Parenthood actually returned any of the $80 million, but it has evidently continued to distribute PPP funds to the abortion provider.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) thinks he knows why. He recently contended, “I think Democrats know it is illegal to give small business loans to the big business, that is Planned Parenthood, but they are completely in the tank for taxpayer-funded abortions.”
Adding insult to injury, it’s not as if Planned Parenthood is hurting for cash. Aside from the annual infusion we already mentioned, the abortion provider has over $2 billion in net assets according to its annual report. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood gave a whopping $45 million in support to Joe Biden and other Democrat candidates in 2020. And it’s spent $700,000 this year alone in lobbying efforts in Washington, DC.
Not only is taxpayer money going to an abortion provider, something the Hyde Amendment was intended to prevent, but a big business is taking millions in funding that was expressly designated only for small businesses. Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications at the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, rightly asserted, “It’s time to hold those who let this happen accountable.” Indeed.
Insight: “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.” —Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
“Biden assumed office at a time when the United States was as divided as it has ever been, promising to bring us all together to build a better future. Biden has not only failed to deliver on that promise but he has also completely failed to even attempt it. The United States is no more united than it was before Biden took office, and despite his claims of being able to turn things around and work across the aisle, he has yet to take any action to unify us. … As it turned out, the man who campaigned to restore America’s soul has not restored a thing.” —Armstrong Williams
“Many politicians and administrations have let Americans down. But the Biden administration represents the worst in corruption, deceit and betrayal.” —Laura Hollis
“There are no editorial standards as long as you feed liberals what they want.” —Glenn Greenwald
“It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture. This instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air. It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe.” —actor Johnny Depp
“Deterrence is omnipresent and also applies well beyond matters of war and peace. The current crime wave of murder and violent assault in our major cities is the wage of loud efforts to defund the police and contextualize crimes as somehow society’s rather than the criminal’s fault. As a result, lawbreakers now believe there is a good chance that robbing people or hurting or killing them might result in monetary gain or at least bloody satisfaction. They no longer fear a likely sentence of 30 years in prison. So, they see little risk in hurting people. And innocents suffer.” —Victor Davis Hanson
“Right now, there are more than 300 pregnant women under the ‘Bidenville’ bridge in Del Rio. Each child born under that bridge will essentially become your child. You, the American taxpayer, will be responsible for their healthcare and education. Never mind that you may be having a hard time providing healthcare and a decent education to your own children.” —Gary Bauer
“Why do people seek to cross illegally at our southern border? Simple — they believe that, even if they are caught, they may still be able to stay in the United States. They will continue to come until we ensure that there are very few ways to cross illegally, and we send back those who do cross. Otherwise, many will decide it’s a risk that they are willing to take.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman
A trip down memory lane: “An unrelenting stream of immigration. Nonstop. Nonstop. Folks like me who are Caucasian, of European descent, for the first time in 2017 we’ll be an absolute minority in the United States of America. Absolute minority. Fewer than 50% of the people in America from then and on will be white European stock. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a source of our strength.” —Joe Biden in 2015 (“This is the language of eugenics. It’s horrifying. But there’s a reason Biden said it. In political terms, this policy is sometimes called the great replacement — the replacement of legacy Americans, with more obedient people from faraway countries. … The president has a moral obligation to represent all Americans equally, not just those of a specific color. For four years, remember, they told you Donald Trump was a racist. But has anyone shown that Trump ever in his life said anything half as disgusting as Joe Biden said on that tape? No. No one has.” —Tucker Carlson)
Hot air: “Life is always full of tough choices in the relationship between nations.” —”Climate Czar” John Kerry when asked, “What is the process by which one trades off climate against human rights [in China]?”
Non compos mentis: “The media’s focus on the Gabby Petito case has been frustrating for some people — who point out that the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women doesn’t get nearly the same media attention.” —NPR (“Every time something like this happens, there is a tendency to hear complaints about the disparate coverage given to a missing white woman — by the very people and outlets who have the means and budgets to provide the very coverage they say is lacking.” —Jay Caruso)
And last… “A columnist in the Los Angeles Times called me ‘the Black face of white supremacy.’ Only in America can a Black person become president or a white supremacist.” —Larry Elder
Following disappointing talks with US President Joe Biden, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that he will instead try to build ties with Russia, revealing that discussions in New York went badly.
The two leaders met at the UN General Assembly, which is currently ongoing at the organization’s headquarters in America’s largest city.
Speaking in Istanbul, after returning home, Erdogan told journalists that he and Biden had not seen eye-to-eye.
“In the discussions with Mr. Biden that I’d been anticipating, there wasn’t the desired outcome,” he said. “As two NATO countries, we need to be at a different point.”
The Turkish leader also slammed Washington for what it sees as a failure to defeat extremism, noting that the US has armed Kurdish militants in Syria.
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“America is not fighting terrorist organizations enough, it is giving them a lot of weapons and equipment,” he lamented.
Instead, the Turkish president revealed that his country would “strive to further bilateral relations with Russia.”
Erdogan’s public announcement that Ankara would look to deepen ties with Moscow comes just five days before he is due to travel to Russia, where he will meet President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on the Black Sea.
Moscow and Ankara have a complicated relationship, with both regular disagreements and cooperation. For example, Russia has sold a missile defense system to Turkey, while subsequently being on opposite sides of the Syrian civil war, where Moscow has backed President Bashar Assad.
Another disagreement comes in the form of Crimea, which Ankara refuses to recognize as part of Russia. Earlier this week, Erdogan told gathered world leaders at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly that Turkey supports “Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, including the territory of Crimea, whose annexation we do not recognize.”
Ankara’s attempts to play both sides in the Kiev-Moscow dispute may place limits on the progress Erdogan can make with Putin.
President Biden on Friday took aim at Border Patrol agents who are at the frontlines of the crisis at the southern border, repeating false and widely-debunked claims that agents “strapped” migrants, and promising to make those agents “pay” — leading to shock and anger from agents.
President Joe Biden takes notes during a briefing on the shootings in Atlanta Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in the Oval Office Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)
A new poll has come out with the result that only 43% of the respondents believe Joe Biden is mentally sharp, prompting a news media outlet to headline its report: “Majority now believe that Joe Biden is kind of an idiot: Poll.”
It is Pew Research that documented assessments of Biden’s personal traits, warning they “have become less positive.”
“While majorities say he stands up for what he believes in (60%) and cares about the needs of ordinary people (54%), larger shares described Biden in these terms six months ago (66% and 62%, respectively,” the poll analysis noted.
Further, and significantly, it continued, “Biden receives his least positive assessments for being mentally sharp. Currently, 43% say this describes Biden very or fairly well, an 11-point decline since March.”
In fact, 56% of the respondents said that describes him not well, including 35% who say “not at all well.”
It was Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner who headlined a commentary with the Biden “idiot” reference.
“President Joe Biden’s presidency is not going as smoothly as he probably hoped it would,” the commentary explained. “On top of the border crisis, cratering approval numbers, infighting among congressional Democrats, incompetent federal health officials bumbling their way through the coronavirus pandemic, and the chaotic, disorderly withdrawal from Afghanistan, there’s also a growing consensus the president is not the sharpest knife in the drawer,” the commentary explained, citing Pew’s results.
“As if the steep decline in public opinion of the president’s smarts was not embarrassing enough, it turns out Biden’s mental acuity specifically is where Pew found the sharpest drop in all of his polled personal characteristics.”
And, the poll noted, “Positive evaluations of several of Biden’s personal traits and characteristics have shown similar decreases. Compared with March, fewer adults say Biden cares about people like them, and fewer describe him as standing up for his beliefs, honest, a good role model and mentally sharp.”
The commentary explained, “Put more simply, the longer the president is in office, the dumber people think he is. And it’s likely not because of any single issue. The White House is the major leagues, as a former vice president, of all people, ought to know. His every move and action is now under scrutiny. He has to think on his feet and respond in real-time to real-life crises. The public can see now how Biden comports himself as the commander in chief. It’s not just a theoretical game anymore. He can’t just promise to do better than the last guy. He is actually expected to deliver and to deliver competently and efficiently. So far, the public apparently isn’t impressed.”
Pew characterized the results as that Biden “loses ground with the public on issues, personal traits and job approval.”
It noted the marked reversal in approval from Americans, which was 55% a few months ago but now has plunged to 43%.
Across several issues, from public health to foreign and economic policies, the poll said, “about half” still have confidence in Biden. But in a list of other areas, “Majorities have little or no confidence in him.”
The poll was of 10,372 adults on the American Trends Panel.
The results show 66% lack confidence in Biden’s claims to be able to bring the country closer together, 56% doubt he is making wise decisions about immigration, and 54% lack confidence in his foreign policy and military force decisions.
He’s also underwater, as 51% doubt him, on economic policy.
A full 46% says they doubt he cares about ordinary people, 49% doubt his honestly and half doubt his ability to take responsibility for his own actions.
And a huge portion of Americans, 63%, “say they are very concerned about rising prices for food and consumer goods. That is larger than the shares citing other economic issues – employers being unable to hire workers (42% very concerned), people facing eviction or foreclosure (35%) or people who want to work being unable to find jobs (29%).”
Karl Rove talks Biden’s recent poll numbers, including an approval rating of only 31% in the swing-state of Iowa: “The numbers among independents are pretty revealing. The president’s job approval among independents is 37%. The 43% overall is the third lowest of the last four presidents, only Donald trump who had a 37% approval at this point is lower. But it is 37% approval for Biden among independents down 24 points from where he began in January. Think about that, and in fact what’s interesting to me is if you look at it, about 8% of that decline took place between February to June. Five months. then 16 points in the last three months which suggests that this number among independents and the overall number will continue to decline until something dramatic happens that causes these numbers to stop and to begin to rebound. We certainly haven’t seen any of that in September.”
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Last month, US forces left Afghanistan after the largest airlift in US history. Although thousands were evacuated, the Biden administration left behind an unknown number of Americans.
The effort to rescue them isn’t over as Afghans face arrests, abductions and executions under Taliban rule.
Chad Robichaux, a former Force Recon Marine and Afghanistan veteran, is working to rescue those left behind.
“I believe the level of desperation is even worse now without the US troops there, without any exit,” he told CBN News. “People are hiding and on the run. The Taliban is actually [going] door-to-door doing executions. We have videos where they’re going [and grabbing] people, stuffing them in trunks of cars and driving them off to execution sites. I can imagine the on-the-ground panic there is even worse than it was during those evacuation days.”
When the US announced its pullout, Robichaux joined other retired special forces members to form Save Our Allies. He says they rescued more than 12,000 US citizens and Afghan allies during the chaotic weeks before the US military’s final flight out.
“The good news is that we’re still being successful in evacuations. Not in the big numbers that we were. We’re still getting 100-200 people out per day.”
“We’re trying to help people get out any way we can. And I’m really grateful to the Tajik government that right now has a very humanitarian look of how can we help people,” Eubank said.
The White House and State Department put the number of US citizens left behind at about 100. Robichaux says the math doesn’t add up.
“The truth is it’s not a few hundred. I would say it’s a few thousand. My guess is at least 5,000. And people were saying that’s overestimating but if you go back and listen to the Senate hearing, those numbers are about what the Senate hearing had concluded…over 5,000.”
Whatever the number, US citizens are in danger.
The Taliban “are hunting down people right now, trying to get all the names of anyone they perceive as an enemy,” said Eubank.
“A lot of them are hiding from the Taliban. They’re scared. They don’t know what to do. And they feel abandoned by our country that has a responsibility to help them,” Robichaux explained.
Robichaux and Eubank say leaving no one behind is an American value.
“The truth is, you know, it doesn’t matter if it’s 5,000. It doesn’t matter if it’s 200. It doesn’t matter if it’s one. Because from where I come from as an American, especially in the special operations community, if one American is behind enemy lines. If one American’s life is in danger, we will use every bit of military force and strength and scored earth around that person to rescue that person,” said Robichaux.
He fears the Biden administration, news media and much of the world are moving on.
“Every American and everyone in the world needs to be looking over there … what’s happening in Afghanistan is one of the most grotesque humanitarian crises that we have seen in our lifetime,” said Robichaux.
For Afghan women, life got a lot worse after this Taliban decree: “All widows under the age of 35 whose husbands were killed in the previous regime, if they are still widowed, will marry the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate.”
“We have 20 million women that are immediately declared as sex slaves,” said Robichaux.
Article two of the decree says: “All patriotic and Muslim parents of Afghanistan are called to upon to give your daughters over the age of 18 … to be given to their husbands in order to maintain Islamic ethics.”
“I had started to cry because I thought of these little girls left in the hands of the Taliban and that’s – that’s the biggest thing,” said Eubank.
Article three says: “ … all women working in government offices are now ordered to stay in their homes …”
Robichaux says Christian persecution is already happening in Afghanistan.
“It seems that not only the White House and the mainstream media but the entire international community wants to be silent.”
So we know that there were at least 16,000 Haitian illegal aliens at the border in Del Rio, Texas as of last weekend. And more come in every day.
We also know that the media is currently reporting that about 3200 are still under the bridge right now although that keeps changing because the Biden machine is trying to remove their PR nightmare ASAP.
If we take those numbers at face value, then that means 12,800 have been shuffled around somewhere out of sight.
If you also take at face value the number that we are told have been deported – which was reported to be at 1401 at the time this article was written, that leaves 1,399 illegals that the Biden mob moved around to hide them from us – and most likely will be released into the United States.
I can do math. I learned REAL math, not Common Core. And my teachers didn’t “dumb down” the courses because math is racist. I can add, subtract and even multiply and figure out percentages.
11,399 Haitians unaccounted for out of 16,000 is 71.24%.
That means that MOST of the Haitians are being released into the country, not “some” of them as the fake news media keeps reporting.
But don’t worry, these illegal aliens will definitely show up for their scheduled hearings in court (wink wink).
And in the meantime, even though most of the Haitians are getting into America, the democrats, including Minnesota REP Ilhan Omar and NY Senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, are fuming about the very few Haitians who ARE being deported.
“We owe Haitians” said Omar, who said that what is going on with our immigration system is “obviously systemic racism at play.”
And on the floor of the Senate, America Last radical Schumer said, “I urge President Biden and (Homeland Security) Secretary anoraks to immediately to put a stop to these expulsions and to end this TItle 42 policy at our southern border.”
The “come one, come all” democrats don’t want to lose one single future democrat voter and will fight for them to the bitter end.
Too bad they don’t care as much about the Americans in Afghanistan who want to get back into the United States.
This piece was written by Liberty Paige on September 24, 2021. It originally appeared in SteveGruber.com and is used by permission.