“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
No Reason to Fear Death Exodus 14:21–31; Joshua 3:14–17; 1 Corinthians 15:26, 55
Why should we then fear death, which is but a passage to Christ? It is but a grim sergeant that lets us into a glorious palace, that strikes off our bolts, that takes off our rags, that we may be clothed with better robes, that ends all our misery, and is the beginning of all our happiness. Why should we therefore be afraid of death? It is but a departure to a better condition. It is but as Jordan to the children of Israel, by which they passed to Canaan. It is but as the Red Sea by which they were going that way. Therefore we have no reason to fear death.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Being Called a Christian Avails Nothing Without Sincere Faith Joshua 24:14; Luke 6:46; 1 Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 11:6
It avails nothing, that Christ died, and that we are called by his name, if we do not possess a sincere, regenerating, vigorous faith in Jesus Christ, pure, unfeigned love, willing obedience, and a pious and irreproachable life.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
For upon whom has not come your unceasing evil? – Nahum 3:19b
Scripture reading: Luke 10:1-21
Nahum ends with a question that can only, finally, be answered when Jesus takes up the work His Father has given Him. Humanly speaking, restraining evil is like trying to nail water to a wall. The water runs everywhere, touches and soaks everything. Evil seems so pervasive as well, splashing around, under and through so many things. It seems like everything is soiled and ruined by evil.
When Jesus went to preach in a town, He sent disciples ahead of Him. These men demonstrated the power of Jesus over evil by healing the sick and setting free those who were demon-possessed. The powerful message they brought in Jesus’ Name was so great that people would be curious and, prompted by the Spirit, would open their homes to these disciples.
There would be, of course, people who saw the signs and heard the message whose response would be one of greater hostility towards God. Not everyone the disciples met was appointed unto life with Jesus in eternity.
Weeks of examining the seemingly endless warnings of Nahum and reading of the specific sins of the Assyrians can be so overwhelming. Thanks be to God the whole of the prophetic warnings point to Jesus. He is the end of the story. Jesus has won. Everything once stained by sin can be made whole again by the blood of Jesus. Any who repent and believe are written in the Lamb’s book of life. These dire warnings are profitable if, because of them, people turn from their sins and submit to Jesus.
Suggestions for prayer
Thank God the names of believers are written in the Lamb’s book of life; thanks be to God evil will one day, be fully thrown into hell. Pray that by the warnings we have read, God will increase our desire for holiness and increase our joy in His salvation.
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 Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul that thou mayest live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)
Here we read of the true circumcision. Note the author of it: “The Lord thy God.” He alone can deal effectually with our heart and take away its carnality and pollution. To make us love God with all our heart and soul is a miracle of grace which only the Holy Ghost can work. We must look to the Lord alone for this and never be satisfied with anything short of it.
Note where this circumcision is wrought. It is not of the flesh but of the Spirit. It is the essential mark of the covenant of grace. Love to God is the indelible token of the chosen seed; by this secret seal the election of grace is certified to the believer. We must see to it that we trust in no outward ritual but are sealed in heart by the operation of the Holy Ghost.
Note what the result is-“that thou mayest live.” To be carnally minded is death. In the overcoming of the flesh, we find life and peace. If we mind the things of the Spirit, we shall live. Oh, that Jehovah, our God, may complete His gracious work upon our inner natures, that in the fullest and highest sense we may live unto the Lord.
Someone once described suffering as God’s fertilizer for spiritual growth.
“If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength.” – Proverbs 24:10
Either we are in adversity, just getting over it or about to go into it, or perhaps, all three at once. Living in this world is not easy and trouble comes with it. The issue is not whether we will experience it, but how we will respond to it.
There are a number of reasons why you or I will experience adversity during our lifetimes. Some segments of the church today have been wrongly taught that adversity is a sign that God has removed His blessing. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Scriptures clearly teach us that trials are a part of a walk with God. No man or woman who has achieved much in the kingdom has been spared some form of trial or adversity. God gives specific reasons for some of our trials. Other times the purpose is to identify with the cross of Christ. We must view adversity as God does–as a means to conform us to the image of His Son. Making us more Christ like is the ultimate goal of all of our experiences with God.
Adversity is God’s workbench where He conforms us to His image. Someone once described suffering as God’s fertilizer for spiritual growth. No matter what God does in our lives, we know that nothing happens without His foreknowledge and His planning. Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that God is not aware of our circumstances.
Certain calamities simply cannot be explained adequately to allow rational defense of the events. These are better left unresolved until we come before God and He can quiet our hearts.
Suffering and adversity are parts of our heritage as sons and daughters of God. They come with the territory as parts of God’s refining process for every believer. Consider every major character in the Bible, and you will see that their lives had adversity. God never said we would not suffer as Christians.
Throughout Scripture God encourages us not to put too much emphasis on the here-and-now life, but to emphasize our future life in heaven. Whatever trials we will encounter here will not compare to the glory He will reveal when we get to heaven. Earth is a mere watering hole on the way to eternity. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12).
So keep looking up, no matter how bumpy your road of life gets. Things could get worse and probably will, but for those saved by Christ, eternal glory is just around the bend.
Visualize yourself sitting on God’s lap with your head resting on His shoulder.
“Do not fret, it only leads to evil”Psalm 37:8 (NIV).
When your child is fussy, what do you do? You take him or her onto your lap and talk soothingly. Maybe you sit in a rocking chair and sing until he or she falls asleep. Or, like me, you might hold the baby in your arms and do a little dance and make up silly, little songs. When I do that with my grandson he quickly relaxes and his eyes, resting on my face, seem to say, “I like that, Oma! Sing some more.” It always amuses me that I have at least one fan who likes my singing!
Sometimes we adults have fussy spirits. Things are not going as planned. Disappointments, pressures and delays disturb our peace. Fretting happens when we take things into our own hands. It leads to the evil of being self-centered.
Jesus never worried and He was never anxious because He was not out to realize His own ideas; He was out to realize God’s ideas. Do you have an anxious spirit this morning? Let me suggest the following:
Sit quietly for a few moments and slowly repeat the following words of Scripture:
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:1&5, NIV).
Visualize yourself sitting on God’s lap with your head resting on His shoulder. Hear him saying,
“I am with you. I am mighty to save. I take great delight in you” (Zephaniah 3:17).
As you let Him love you, He will calm your fears.
Father, thank you that you are with me now and I have nothing to worry about, for my salvation and my hope come from you. Amen.
If you don’t know Jesus in a personal way you can begin a relationship with him today. The first step is a prayer telling him you believe He is who He says He is and a second step is surrendering control of your will and life to him. These can be communicated in a simple prayer (prayer is talking to God):
“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
Faith Is Not Belief without Evidence Romans 4:3, 19–21; Titus 1:2
Faith is not belief without evidence. It is belief on the very best of evidence, the word of Him who cannot lie. Faith is so rational that it asks no other evidence than this all-sufficient evidence. To ask other evidence than the word of Him “who cannot lie” is not “rationalism,” but consummate irrationalism.
R. A. TORREY*
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Only Love of God Makes Us Love Enemies Proverbs 25:21–22; Matthew 5:43–44; Luke 6:27, 35; Romans 12:20–21
Love of our enemies springs, directly and purely, from love of God; whereas our love for other men arises from diverse motives, e.g., from gratitude, from kinship, from fellow-citizenship, and the like. But nothing save the love of God can make us love our enemies; for we love them because they are His creatures, made in His image, and capable of enjoying Him.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
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This is a great example of the CDC’s real priorities You may be aware that autism– a severe developmental disorder that affects children– has been rising at alarming rates. The CDC is keenly aware of this; in fact they even set up a special division more than 20 years ago to track autism prevalence in the United States. According to the agency’s data, for example, autism prevalence back in the year 2000 was about 1 in 150 children. By 2008, autism prevalence had increased to 1 in 88 children. Then, by 2014, prevalence had increased to 1 in 59 children. And finally, last year they released the most recent data from 2016 (they seem to be four years behind…) showing a prevalence of 1 in 54 children. You don’t need a degree in public health to understand the trend: this is a five alarm fire. But there is one thing they’re certain about with respect to autism: social justice. Yes I’m serious. The CDC actually devoted several pages in its report to explain how, for the first time ever, autism rates in 2016 were virtually the same in black children versus white children.
The Danger Of Invoking God’s Name In The Vaccine Debate To speak on behalf of God, especially without scriptural authority, let alone divine calling to do so, is a serious and ugly error. But what got immediate attention was the arrogance of his words. Mr. Governor, please do not denigrate God’s mercy. You have no idea what God did and did not do in answer to the prayers of many. Unfortunately, after Cuomo’s sudden and dramatic fall from grace, forcing his resignation, it appears that his replacement, Gov. Kathy Hochul, has not yet learned the lesson. All of you, yes, I know you’re vaccinated, you’re the smart ones, but you know there’s people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants. You know who they are.
Democrats move to file resolution that may result in barring Jews from Jerusalem Holy Sites One week after a group of Democratic Congressmen tried to block funding of the defensive Iron Dome system for Israel, another Democratic Congressman introduced the “Two-State Solution Act” which, if it passes, may result in Jews being prohibited from visiting the Temple Mount and the other holy sites in Judea and Samaria. Andy Levin (D-Michigan) filed the “Two-State Solution Act” with Congress. Levin, who was born Jewish, stated on his website that the resolution “marked the end of the High Holy Days.”
Bennett to UN: Modern-day Israel brought Bible to life Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the UN General Assembly on Monday. He also remarked that Israel is the current embodiment of the Bible saying: “Israel is a nation of great hope, a nation that’s brought the heritage of the Torah to life in modern-day Israel.” Bennett was likely referring to Jeremiah’s prophecy which states that following the exile, the nation of Israel will return to its land: “And there is hope for your future —declares Hashem: Your children shall return to their country.” (Jeremiah 31:16)
Australia’s astonishing tyranny keeps growing It’s ironic that, each year, ‘Australia Day’ is celebrated on January 26, which commemorates the day that the British Navy first sailed into Sydney Cove, hoisted their flag, and declared the land their penal colony. So Australia Day does not celebrate the birth of a nation so much as the ribbon-cutting of a giant prison. Clearly in 2021, Australia has simply been returning to its roots as the world’s largest prison. You know the story by now— “two weeks to control the spread” of COVID-19 became “indefinite dictatorship and total suspension of basic human rights.” There is no reason it couldn’t happen to other formerly free nations as well. And that means, more than ever before, it’s time to think about a Plan B.
Most Americans No Longer Trust Biden’s COVID Info, New Poll Finds The poll found that fewer than half of the respondents trust the president regarding accurate information about COVID-19, a 13-percentage decline since his inauguration in January. Axios/Ipsos found trust in President Biden, the federal government and the mainstream media to deliver accurate information about the virus pandemic slumped in tandem with no end in sight.
Military Leaders Saw Pandemic As Unique Opportunity To Test Propaganda On Canadians: Report A plan devised by the Canadian Joint Operations Command relied on propaganda techniques similar to those employed during the Afghan war… Canadian military leaders saw the pandemic as a unique opportunity to test out propaganda techniques on an unsuspecting public, a newly released Canadian Forces report concludes. The federal government never asked for the so-called information operations campaign, nor did cabinet authorize the initiative developed during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Canadian Joint Operations Command, then headed by Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau.
Valley Fever Is Spreading Through a Hotter, Drier Western US “I felt like I had gotten hit by a bus,” he said. Jesse chalked it up to jet lag and pushed through with the broadcast. But his symptoms didn’t subside. Instead, they got much, much worse. Within a couple of days, he was coughing and running a low-grade fever. A rash had appeared on his upper torso. “I remember being miserable,” he said. “I wasn’t sleeping.” Once the rash started moving up his neck, about four days after he first started feeling sick, Jesse knew he had to get to an urgent care clinic.
Bennett: We are taking initiative against Iran now Iran’s pace of advancement towards a nuclear weapon is “unacceptable,” and Israel’s approach is “not just apocalyptic warnings, but initiative. “Iran’s nuclear weapon program is at a critical point. All redlines have been crossed. Inspections – ignored. All wishful thinking – proven false. Iran is violating the [International Atomic Energy Agency’s] safeguard agreements – and it’s getting away with it. “Iran’s nuclear program has hit a watershed moment – and so has our tolerance,” he said. “Words do not stop centrifuges from spinning.”
14 armed Mexican soldiers cross into US; Arrested by Border Patrol: “Just after midnight today CBP officers working at the Bridge of the America’s international crossing in El Paso noted two Mexican military vehicles crossing the boundary and entering the U.S.,” the border officials stated. According to the outlet, the 14 Mexican soldiers said they didn’t realize they had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. In the interest of “safety and processing,” the U.S. border agents seized the soldiers’ weapons and equipment. U.S. officials contacted Mexican military leadership, who arrived at the station shortly thereafter.
CDC Director: Loss of Unvaccinated Health Care Workers Is a ‘Challenge’ “We have seen that these vaccine mandates get more people vaccinated,” Walensky said during a “Good Morning America” appearance on Sept. 27. “It absolutely creates a challenge. What I would say is [we need] to do some work … to meet them where they are, to understand where their hesitancy is so we can get them vaccinated and get them back to work.” During the interview, Walensky didn’t offer a definitive plan to address the potential shortfall of health care workers.
If You Didn’t Like A Rising China, A Declining China Will Terrify You In China, a walk or ride through its crowded cities is defined by endless sightings of American fast food brands: McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Dairy Queen, KFC, and so many others. Americana captivates the Chinese people in much the same way it excites people from other parts of the world. It’s something to think about as China’s president Xi Jinping makes increasingly worrisome comments about capitalism in the rising country. According to a front-page Wall Street Journal report from yesterday, Xi “is trying to roll back China’s decades-long evolution toward Western-style capitalism and put the country on a different path entirely.”
Macron Egged by Protester Shouting ‘Vive La Revolution’ French President Emmanuel Macron was hit with an egg while he was visiting Lyon on Monday to promote French gastronomy. A man was arrested after the incident at the international catering, hotel and food trade fair in the city, French media said.
NY Governor Preaches that Those Who Don’t Get Vaccine Aren’t Listening to What God Wants Kathy Hochul, the sitting New York governor … recently preached a sermon at the Christian Cultural Center in New York stating that she wears her “I’m Vaccinated” necklace all the time because she’s smart. Conversely, she states, those who aren’t getting vaccinated aren’t listening to what God wants. Of course, she’s right–her “god” does absolutely want everyone to be vaccinated.
Hurricane Sam ramps up to 130 mph winds again; forecasters track 3 other systems Hurricane Sam surged back to Category 4 strength Tuesday morning in the mid-Atlantic basin, where the National Hurricane Center is also monitoring three other disturbances with the potential of becoming the next tropical storms of the season. One of those systems has a 90% chance of becoming the next tropical depression.
GOP lawmakers demand DOJ explain why it dropped charges against suspected Chinese spies in the US A pair of Republican lawmakers are demanding answers this week as to why the Department of Justice dropped a series of Trump-era cases against as many as six alleged Chinese spies in July. On Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling on him to explain why the DOJ said it was “in the interest of justice” to drop the charges against six alleged Chinese spies. That line of questioning follows a July decision by federal prosecutors to drop charges against six Chinese researchers who stood accused of concealing their ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Gen. Milley admits speaking with journalists for books about Trump Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted on Tuesday to speaking to several reporters who authored books containing controversial allegations about President Donald Trump’s presidency. Milley confirmed he spoke with those journalists in response to a line of questioning from Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Milley compared Trump to Hitler, compared Trump’s supporters to Nazi “Brownshirts”
Paraguay on the brink as historic drought depletes river, its life-giving artery In the shadow of towering grain silos that line the bank of the River Paraná, South America’s second-longest waterway, Lucas Krivenchuk stands watching workers rush to load a barge with soybeans. “Twelve barges had to leave today, but only six will make it out: there’s no time, the water’s dropping too fast,” said Krivenchuk, general manager of the Trociuk private port in southern Paraguay. “It’s the first time that any have left in two months.” The Paraná River, which winds through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, has dropped to its lowest levels in 77 years … .
Audit: Pentagon lags in fight against fraud Studying the effects of a meteor that devastated part of Jordan valley some 3,600 years ago, the authors suggest that it was this cosmic event that gave rise to the Sodom and Gomorrah story. The excavations in question took place at Tall el-Hammam, the largest archaeological site in the Jordan Valley. The site was unearthed as workers quarried for gravel and has been excavated ever since by a joint team from Trinity Southwest University and the Department of Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Powerful blizzard hits Northern Iceland A deep cyclone with estimated pressure below 970 hPa is bringing intense snowstorms and blizzard conditions to northwest Iceland on September 28, 2021. Bad weather is expected to continue through Wednesday, September 29.
Before They Were An Inconvenience, But Now The Shortages Are Really Beginning To Sting Have you noticed that store shelves are starting to get emptier and emptier? During the panic shopping that was sparked by the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, there were very intense shortages of certain items, but those shortages did not last very long at all. But now there are widespread shortages in just about every sector of our economy, and they are starting to become quite painful.
An Industry Insider Just Revealed The Truth About What Is Really Behind The Shortages At Our Local Supermarkets The supply chain crisis that our supermarkets are facing is far worse than the mainstream media has been telling us. The mainstream media keeps trying to put a happy face on the “temporary” shortages, but an industry insider has let me know what is really going on behind the scenes. This particular insider runs a grocery store in Maine, and he says that things are as bad as he has ever seen. In fact, he says that he has “never seen anything close to what is happening now.
These Countries Have an INTERNET KILL SWITCH (and They Admit It) What do you suppose would happen if the President of the United States deemed it necessary, for “national security,” to flip the Internet Kill Switch? In these digital times, there should be great concern over something like this. However, normalcy bias seems to have a firm hold on a majority of the citizens of the US, and many are clinging to the “it can’t happen here” theory.
RUMORS OF WAR: China’s Xi is warning of a ‘grim’ situation unfolding with TaiwanPosted: 29 Sep 2021 07:31 AM PDTChinese President Xi Jinping warned that relations between Beijing and Taipei were “grim” on Sunday, urging the island’s main opposition party to help seek “unification of the country.”China views self-ruled democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and vows to retake it one day, by force if necessary. Xi has become the most bellicose leader since Mao Zedong, describing the seizure of the island as “inevitable.”In a congratulatory letter to Eric Chu — the newly elected leader of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party — Xi said the Chinese Communist Party and the KMT should collaborate under a “shared political basis.”“In the past, our two parties insisted on ‘1992 consensus’ and opposing ‘Taiwan independence’ … to promote peaceful developments in cross-strait relations,” Xi said in the letter released by the KMT.Continue reading RUMORS OF WAR: China’s Xi is warning of a ‘grim’ situation unfolding with Taiwan at End Time Headlines.
The testimony of senior military leaders made clear that Biden lied about the advice they gave him on Afghanistan.
“No, no one said that to me that I can recall.”
That lie, uttered by Joe Biden during an August 19 interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, won’t be as long-remembered as, say, Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging “I did not have sex with that woman.”
But that’s unfortunate. Because as lies go, this one is of far greater consequence than Clinton’s. Biden was responding to a question about life and death and American national security. Stephanopoulos inquired of him directly: “Your top military advisers warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep 2,500 troops.”
“No, they didn’t,” replied Biden. “That wasn’t true.”
Stephanopoulos had obviously done his homework, so he gave the president a chance to extricate himself, to walk back what he must’ve known to be a lie. He put the question to Biden again: “Your military advisers did not tell you that, ‘No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that.’?”
And that’s when Biden, who’s spent his entire life lying about matters large and small, doubled down: “No, no one said that to me that I can recall.”
It’s as if none of Biden’s handlers had bothered to tell him that news networks tend to record their journalists’ conversations with U.S. presidents.
We’d suspected it to be a lie as soon as Biden uttered it, but we had to wait until yesterday for confirmation. It was then, during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley, and head of U.S. Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie, that we learned each of them had advised their commander-in-chief otherwise.
“I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan,” McKenzie testified. “I also have a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces and eventually the Afghan government.” How right he was. And how right General Austin “Scott” Miller was. Miller was our nation’s last commander in Afghanistan, and Biden ignored his expert advice as well.
Milley’s assessment was similar: “We should keep a steady state of 2,500 and it could bounce up to 3,500, maybe, something like that, in order to move toward a negotiated solution.”
And SecDef Austin made clear that Biden got the message: “Their input was received by the president and considered by the president, for sure.” So there we have it. The president ignored the advice of his senior military leaders — which is his prerogative, even if he chooses to lie about it.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan, both veterans, pressed McKenzie and Milley on Biden’s denial that he’d ever received their advice. Their obvious discomfort with the question, and their evasiveness, spoke volumes.
In any case, on August 15, the Afghan capital of Kabul fell to the Taliban without a shot being fired. And that was after months of steady advances by the Taliban — months during which the Biden administration had every opportunity to correct course, to keep that residual force in place a bit longer, to hang onto Bagram Air Base a bit longer. So much for the $84 billion we’d spent to arm and train the Afghan forces over the course of 20 years. And so much for the ultimate sacrifice made by 2,448 American warriors during that long war, and by an additional 13 who died in a Kabul airport suicide bombing that we saw coming.
Is it possible that our cognitively declining president simply didn’t comprehend this straight-up, simple, and consistent recommendation from his senior military leaders? Or that he heard it but forgot it soon thereafter? We suppose. But those possibilities are even more disturbing than a straight-up lie.
Also disturbing during yesterday’s hearings were Milley’s attempts to reconcile his eagerness to give left-wing journalists plenty of privileged material for their anti-Trump books with his reluctance to share with Congress the substance of his conversations with Donald Trump’s Democrat successor. We can’t think of a Joint Chiefs chairman ever having betrayed a sitting president in such a way nor undermining his commander-in-chief as brazenly as Milley did during his two unauthorized calls with his Communist Chinese counterpart, Li Zuocheng.
Senator Sullivan turned the hypothetical tables on Milley by asking him whether he thought the ChiComs would give him a heads-up before attacking Taiwan. Milley stumbled, and it told us all we needed to know. Sullivan dismissed the idea outright, noting that Chinese President Xi Jinping “would’ve had him shot” for doing so.
Back to the Afghanistan fiasco, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker pressed Milley more generally about it, and about the damage Biden’s disastrous decision-making had done to our nation’s reputation. “I think that our credibility with allies and partners around the world, and with adversaries, is being intensely reviewed by them to see which way this is gonna go,” said Milley. “And I think that ‘damage’ is one word that could be used.”
As Milley put it, “It was a logistical success but a strategic failure.” Credit this Princeton graduate for his candor here; he’s clearly the smartest guy in the room, and even he knows it was a failure. But he refuses to be held accountable, and so does Secretary Austin. Neither of them had the guts to resign in protest when the president didn’t take their advice, and neither of them has the guts to resign in disgrace now that they’re overseen our retreat and surrender.
Meanwhile, a Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, Stuart Scheller, has been sent to the brig to await his fate for having demanded accountability from our military leadership.
We understand the importance of military discipline and the chain of command, and we certainly respect Article 89 of the UCMJ. But we also appreciate honor. And there’s none to be found with Mark Milley and Lloyd Austin.
The former president says the situation is “unsustainable” while calling for comprehensive immigration reform.
Joe Biden’s immigration crisis recently came under scrutiny thanks to the thousands of Haitian migrants camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. The shocking scene served as a public demonstration of the reality of Biden’s malfeasant immigration policy, which amounts to de facto open borders, no matter how repeatedly Biden or his handlers insist otherwise.
Seeming to confirm this reality, Barack Obama weighed in: “We’re a nation-state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter is unsustainable.” That term “unsustainable” was the exact same one recently used by Biden’s own Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas when he was caught speaking off the record after touring the U.S. southern border.
So, was Obama — the same man who warned a fellow Democrat back in 2020, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up” — simply throwing shade at Biden in an effort to distance himself from his former vice president, whose approval rating is tanking? Not at all.
The fact of the matter is that the current border crisis is as much Obama’s as it is Biden’s. Obama might even be more to blame than Biden. Donald Trump’s border policies were primarily to reverse Obama’s. By reversing those reversals, Biden has simply acted to reestablish his former boss’s border and immigration policy.
Let’s take a trip even further down memory lane. Back in 2006, Senate Democrats including Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama all voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act, a bill that secured funding for the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the U.S. southern border. The purpose of the border fencing was explicitly to stem illegal immigration.
So, what changed? How did Democrats move from being pro-border wall to becoming so anti-border wall that they treat law enforcement as some kind of inhumane crime? The answer is Obama. During his presidency, Obama recalibrated the Democrats’ policy on illegal immigration. He changed the discourse on immigration and border security from a law-and-order issue to a humanitarian one. Adhering to the wishes of globalist ideologues, Obama reframed the debate by calling for comprehensive immigration reform, which was simply code for the full legalization of illegal immigrants.
Fast-forward to the present, and Obama is playing the same game. The rest of his comments bare this out. “Immigration is tough,” he says. “It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others. And we see tragedy and hardship and families that are desperately trying to get here so that their kids are safe, and they’re in some cases fleeing violence or catastrophe.” Obama set up his moral imperative argument, with the implication being, America has an obligation to accept these migrants lock, stock, and barrel.
He then gets to the real motivation for acknowledging that the situation is a mess: “The question is now: Are we gonna get serious about dealing with this problem in a systemic way, as opposed to these one-offs where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies? And I think that’s something that every American should wanna put an end to.” The “systemic way” is, of course, legalization and full citizenship rights, the end goal of which is to produce more Democrat voters.
Democrats pretend they can spend to infinity and regular Americans won’t pay for it.
Has any Democrat so much as run a lemonade stand? Given their utter lack of economic sense, we have to wonder.
Unfortunately, the truth is actually worse: Democrats do know what they’re doing, which is to push our nation toward a cradle-to-grave socialist entitlement state. That’s the objective of their proposed $1 trillion in “infrastructure,” and even more so with their $3.5 trillion Bernie Sanders special that will actually cost north of $5 trillion. It’s their goal with raising taxes to “pay for” all of this spending — and not just on “the wealthy.”
Democrats know the cost of government, whether through direct taxes or indirect taxes and regulation, is a burden borne by every American. Which is why they continually insist it’s not burdensome at all.
That brings us back to Joe Biden’s recent lie that massive government spending actually costs “zero dollars” (he literally said that), and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s new lie that companies don’t raise prices when their taxes go up.
Psaki was specifically asked about analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation showing that 16% of Americans would pay higher taxes under the Democrats’ plan, thus violating Biden’s pledge to not raise taxes on families earning less than $400,000. Psaki answered by riffing on the idea that companies pass on their costs. “There are some … who argue that, in the past, companies have passed on these costs to consumers,” Psaki said. “We feel that that’s unfair and absurd, and the American people would not stand for that.”
It’s true that companies don’t pass all the costs of higher taxes onto consumers. According to The Washington Free Beacon, “A number of economic studies have found that consumers bear approximately 31 percent of the cost of corporate tax increases through higher prices on consumer products.”
The rest of the cost of higher corporate taxes is borne by shareholders or employees either in the form of lower wages or lost jobs. The money has to come from somewhere besides that magic tree behind the building.
Democrats are invested in opposing basic supply-and-demand economics — Reaganomics, or what they derided as “trickle-down economics.” Tax cuts, they reason, can’t possibly work their way down through the economy, so neither can tax hikes. They pretend their policies have no consequences other than the supposed benefits they choose to highlight.
What’s absurd is the Democrat contention that they can redistribute enormous amounts of taxpayer cash without costing anyone but a few dirty rich people anything at all.
As the inimitable Thomas Sowell once said: “There are no solutions; there are only tradeoffs. … You try to get the best tradeoff you can get.” Conservatives believe the best tradeoff is a free market in which economic decisions are made by as many people in their own best interests as possible, ensuring the most people benefit as supply meets demand. Free markets have lifted more people out of poverty than any other system. Leftists believe a relative few politicos in DC can decide both supply and demand, and that they can run your life better than you do. That’s absurd.
This disgraceful legislation should be sent back to the dumpster fire from which it came.
The Women’s Health Protection Act is a disingenuous name for a bill that was passed in the House of Representatives last week. It does not, in fact, protect women’s health. Rather, it is an attempt to codify Roe v. Wade into law, only it goes far beyond the original constraints of the infamous Supreme Court decision.
Why are pro-abortion politicians suddenly running scared? One reason is the Texas Heartbeat Act that prevents abortions past six weeks gestation. Another is an upcoming Supreme Court case challenging Roe v. Wade to possibly overturn it.
Because the abortion industry is a cash cow for left-wing politicians, losing it would impact their pocketbooks. Ergo, pro-abortion PACs regularly heap millions of dollars on Democrat candidates.
Abortion itself is a hot-button issue and can instantly divide a room of people — especially when adding into the mix other social issues like “transgenderism,” which provides additional victimhood elements to this already fiery issue. The language of the Women’s Health Protection Act gives fuel to this, as do Democrats who accuse the pro-life opposition of racism and bigotry. Leftists invariably pull out these tropes when they have a weak or particularly evil point they are trying to make.
The bill has yet to pass the Senate. But if it does, it would nullify any conscience protections of physicians, eliminate laws allowing doctors to provide other non-abortion options, bar bans on abortions past 20 weeks, and place a proscription on abortion bans based on the baby’s sex. Furthermore, and peculiarly, it would institute abortion rights for “transgender men” or so-called non-binary individuals, make abortion on demand more widely available (but also more medically dangerous), and, most importantly, circumvent laws that states have in place to prevent these appalling and evil measures.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims the action is merely an opportune moment since Democrats control Congress and the Oval Office. This is a lie. Both the Obama and Clinton administrations also had this political advantage, yet neither would touch the issue legislatively with a 10-foot pole. The Women’s Health Protection Act was originally named the Freedom of Choice Act, and it was created in 2013. However, it was never put to a vote on the House floor because, at the time, most people thought it was too politically toxic, even for the “pro-choice” Democrats.
Ironically, Speaker Pelosi is a Catholic, and the Catholic Church stands with biblical principle against abortion. San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone called for prayer and fasting of parishioners entreating with God to defeat this bill. He criticized Pelosi, saying it was “especially shameful that any self-professed Catholic would be implicated in such an evil, let alone advocate for it.” He also said the bill “is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic.”
As if the hypocrisy, dishonesty, and moral repugnance wasn’t enough reason for any patriotic American to despise this bill, allowing it to become law would irrevocably place our country alongside some of the most violent and dogmatic abortion promoters in the world: North Korea, China, and Vietnam. Sadly, the United States is already somewhat in this category, since some blue states allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This is not a hall of fame our country should decorate.
There is a glimmer of hope in the form of this bill being stopped in the Senate. There does not seem to be even 50 supporting votes in that chamber. In fact, some pro-abortion senators stated it’s too extreme even for them. Let’s hope the Senate filibuster remains intact so that this disgraceful piece of legislation gets sent back to the dumpster fire that spawned it.
Tax credits for Teslas and now union-made EVs largely won’t benefit the poor and middle class.
Despite a government push and years of consumer incentives, including a $7,500 tax break, the electric car industry still controls only a tiny percentage of the overall automotive market. But since we are under Joe Biden’s regime and he demands that 50% of all cars sold by 2035 be electric, we’re going to see the electric vehicle push placed on steroids if Democrats get their way with their big spending bill. And it goes without saying: The additional congressional fingerprints mean they’re going to try to share the wealth among favored constituencies — including the affluent among us who can afford to buy these electric cars.
The Democrats’ proposal would expand the existing $7,500 tax break to include an extra $4,500 if the car is manufactured by a facility with a “union-negotiated collective bargaining agreement” and $500 more if the battery cell is American-made. (Never mind the “rarely discussed reality” that most of the raw materials come from overseas.) And in a perverse twist on the reviled “Cash for Clunkers” program, the tax break would also be expanded on a smaller scale of $1,250 to $2,500 for preowned electric vehicles purchased by the working class, though the rebate would phase out for couples who make more than $150,000.
The extra juice added for union-made electric cars has given the proposal a powerful opponent by the name of Elon Musk, who expressed his disapproval of the bill as one “written by Ford/UAW lobbyists.” It’s worth noting that Musk still has the whip hand, as Tesla is the largest U.S.-based manufacturer of electric cars. He holds an 80% market share in California, where 40% of our nation’s electric cars are sold thanks to additional state incentives. But after several fits and starts (such as the infamous Chevy Volt) the Big Three are getting deeper into the electric game with a plethora of new models, including a recently introduced electric Mustang from Ford and a vow from GM to go all-electric with its Cadillac brand beginning in 2030, with the all-new Lyriq model coming out next year.
While money seems to be no object to Democrats as they pursue their Green New Deal fever dreams, there are proposals out there to claw back that tax break money from the rest of us who prefer to fill ‘er up instead of plug ‘er in.
Back in August, our Thomas Gallatin put together this 2+2, noting that one way to make up for the gas tax revenue lost from Biden’s electric car order would be enacting a mileage tax, with rural drivers hit hardest. He also warned: “Lost in all the feel-good high-fives over electric cars is the fact that our nation’s electrical grid cannot handle millions of additional electric vehicles without major overhauling and upgrading. Thus, as usual, the government’s ‘solution’ to one problem will create another (big) one.” Gallatin was correct. Moreover, our push for “renewable” energy will make the electric grid even more unmanageable — much like Europe’s is today.
Add in the upcoming recycling crisis of what to do about all those spent car batteries, and perhaps we now know why electric cars were placed in the dustbin of history a century ago, residing there until environmentalists got the notion that the advances they demanded in reducing tailpipe emissions in internal combustion engines weren’t enough due to their belief that we would soon run out of fossil fuels.
Those lines of thought were a mistake for which we will all soon be paying the price.
The struggling cable news network has been in the news lately, but for all the wrong reasons.
It’s a good thing CNN is The Most Trusted Name in News™, because otherwise we’d swear they were just a bunch of perverts.
In fairness, though, it might be that CNN employs non-perverts behind the scenes, and that only its on-air talent is perverted. But it could also be that perversion is like cockroaches: that for every perv we see, there are dozens more hiding off set and elsewhere around the newsroom.
We’re speaking, of course, about network anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, all of whom have been beset recently by self-inflicted sexual scandals.
Last week, we learned that primetime anchor Cuomo sexually assaulted his one-time executive producer during his pre-CNN days at ABC.
In a New York Times guest column, former “Primetime Live” executive producer Shelley Ross detailed a 2005 incident in which Cuomo forcefully and non-consensually squeezed her butt. “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss,” he apparently told her. He did so with “a kind of cocky arrogance,” and right in front of Ross’s husband, who somehow refrained from bloodying Cuomo’s nose. Ross also shared an email in which Cuomo apologized for his behavior, so we can dispense with the “allegedly” stuff.
Good on Cuomo for having had the decency to apologize. Bad on Cuomo for having behaved like the primping privileged snot that we always knew him to be.
But Cuomo, who plays a great Fredo to big brother Andrew’s Michael, might also want to apologize for having privately advised his brother, the former New York governor, on how best to respond to sexual harassment allegations during a series of conference calls that included the Democrat governor, his top aide, his flacks, his lawyers, and sundry other advisers.
As it turns out, Chris knew a thing or two about sexual assault allegations.
Then there’s fellow primetime anchor Don Lemon, who, with apologies to Tucker Carlson, is even dumber than Cuomo when it comes to cable news talkingheads. No one — and we mean no one — is dumb enough “to make Don Lemon look like a particle physicist.”
In what will no doubt be the grossest, most revolting thing you read today, Lemon, during the summer of 2018, apparently put his hand down the front of his own shorts, vigorously rubbed himself, then pulled his hand back out, shoved his fingers into the mustache and under the nose of the plaintiff, one Dustin Hice, and then uttered some things that wouldn’t have a prayer of getting past our editor for standards and decency.
Lemon denies all this, but it looks like he and Hice will, after a lengthy delay, finally have their day in court, perhaps in January. As Hice rightly observes, the “vile” and “disgusting” alleged assault by Lemon would’ve been treated far differently if he, Hice, were a woman.
Finally, there’s the woebegone Toobin, the earnest onanist and longtime CNN legal analyst who got caught earlier this year while pleasuring himself on a Zoom call with colleagues from The New Yorker. (During our daily editors’ discussion this morning, it didn’t dawn on us that we’d have a chance to use the word onanist in a news story, but such is life when one draws the short straw and gets tasked with covering CNN.)
Perhaps Toobin’s episode holds a lesson for both Cuomo and Lemon. While they victimized other people, Toobin merely victimized himself. As The Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles pleadingly puts it in a piece titled “‘Take Time To Be Sexual With Yourself’ and Other Self-Care Lessons for Professional Journalists,” “Please keep America’s long-suffering journalists in your thoughts and prayers.”
Indeed. And in any case, we’ve got to hand it to CNN’s trio: When it comes to sexual predation, they’ve got all their bases covered.
Major cases holding signifiant impact are on the docket this year.
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will open their new term next week. The 2021-2022 session promises to provide some significant decisions that will have lasting impact on issues ranging from religious liberty to abortion to the Second Amendment. How will the Court’s ostensible 6-3 conservative majority hold up? Time will tell.
The headline case and likely the most important one the Court will hear this term is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case represents the biggest abortion challenge in three decades, and it holds the potential to yield a decision gutting or overturning Roe v. Wade and/or Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the latter of which largely replaced Roe.
At issue is Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed in 2018, which prohibits abortions after 15 weeks except in the case of medical emergency. The law was challenged by Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and declared unconstitutional by a federal district court. That ruling was subsequently upheld by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. remains one of only a handful of countries, most of the rest of them communist paradises like China and North Korea, that allow abortion after viability.
Another case has significant Second Amendment ramifications. At issue in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen is whether a state, in this case New York, can require an individual to obtain a license in order to possess a firearm, no matter whether at home or outside their home. The New York law was highly subjective in nature, as it left the permitting decision entirely up to a state officer to determine if “no good cause exists for the denial of the license.” The New York law also required individuals seeking a license to show “proper cause” to lawfully carry a handgun. In other words, New York’s presumption is anti-Second Amendment, leaving citizens to prove the case for exercising their rights instead of burdening the state with proving why those rights must be infringed in any way.
Religious liberty is also under consideration in several cases the justices will hear. Specifically, Carson v. Makin challenges the state of Montana with religious discrimination on account of a government-sponsored student-aid program that explicitly excluded religious schools from receiving funds.
With the current makeup of the Supreme Court seemingly favoring conservative rulings, Democrats and Leftmedia outlets have preemptively declared any decisions from this Court to be heavily influenced by political bias and therefore essentially illegitimate, when in fact the exact opposite would be the case. The justices have gone out of their way to push back against these claims of politicization, noting that Democrats should be hanging that label upon Congress, where it belongs.
Besides, the six justices generally on the originalist side of the Court do not walk in activist lockstep the way the leftists do. And Chief Justice John Roberts in particular usually prefers the narrowest ruling possible. The outcome in these and other cases is anything but certain.
Insight: “The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.” —Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859)
“These celebrities are going freaking crazy and I don’t want to be one. I denounce my celebrity-ness today. I’m done with it. I don’t want to be in that category. Celebrities are crazy, they really are. Don’t call me that anymore. These people are out of their freaking mind with how they treat people, what they do, what they say. That’s never been me. I never want to be looked at like that.” —former NBAer Shaquille O’Neal
“One premise of Biden’s primary campaign was that Twitter isn’t real life, but now he’s letting Twitter — and the activist Left — dictate his stances as president. Anyone paying attention and with an interest in the truth knew that no one was whipped in Del Rio almost immediately after this became a trending topic. But Kamala Harris and Jen Psaki for days have pronounced themselves outraged by the allegedly horrific images anyway. … Biden and his supporters have talked much of the importance of restoring norms in Washington. Among the most basic of these, surely, is the obligation of a president not to perpetrate misinformation in the cause of smearing people whose only offense was doing their job.” —National Review
Gaslighting: “I think anybody who pretends that it’s a hardship for billionaires to pay a little bit more in taxes so that a single mom gets childcare support or so that we can make sure that our communities aren’t inundated by wildfires and floods and that we’re doing something about climate change for the next generation — you know, that’s an argument that is unsustainable.” —Barack Obama
A blind squirrel finds a nut: “We’re a nation-state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter is unsustainable.” —Barack Obama
The BIG Lie: “We don’t have open borders.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
Non compos mentis I: “Yes, I know you’re vaccinated. You’re the smart ones. But you know, there is [sic] people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants. You know this. You know who they are. I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say, ‘We owe this to each other. We love each other.’ Jesus taught us to love one another. And how do you show that love but to care about each other enough to say, ‘Please get vaccinated because I love you. I want you to live’?” —New York Governor Kathy Hochul
Non compos mentis II: “There are not legitimate religious exemptions [for vaccination] because the leaders of all the organized religions have said there’s no legitimate reason.” —Kathy Hochul
Grand delusions: “There is one political party in this country that is working on reality, and that is the Democratic Party. … [Republicans] should pay the consequences for what they’re doing to our democracy … and the damage they’re doing to this republic.” —CNN’s Don Lemon
Woke fail: “We won’t be altering people’s quotes. It was a mistake among the digital team.” —ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero
And last… “President Biden received his COVID booster shot on camera in front of reporters. When they offered Biden the booster, he said, ‘I’ll take one in my arm and another for my approval rating.’” —Jimmy Fallon
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic that led to the death of hundreds of thousands in the U.S., America’s murder rate rose to the highest level in over two decades in 2020 as the year saw the largest single-year spike in the homicide rate since 1968.
The number of deaths linked to the CDC-promoted vaccines this year has absolutely skyrocketed, according to the CDC’s own data.
The VAERS database contains information on unverified reports of adverse events (illnesses, health problems and/or symptoms) following immunization with US-licensed vaccines. The CDC government website links to VAERS platform.
In June, VAERS reported 6,985 deaths due to the COVID vaccines.
YouTube will no longer allow you to report on this data from the CDC-linked VAERS website.
“Marek’s disease in chickens was the first time the phenomenon of a leaky vaccine, and its effect on viral mutation, demonstrated that the vaccinated can be dangerous to the unvaccinated.”
(The Conservative Dispatch) While reading a story about a new COVID-19 variant called R-1, blamed for 53 cases in California, I came across a line that needs to be corrected. “The R.1 variant proves that mutations will continue to take place….
The most effective way to stop these mutations from happening is to get vaccinated.” You will hear statements like this about vaccines and mutations from the president on down. Everyone needs to be able to combat this idea.
First, viruses mutate when they face evolutionary pressure. Obstacles to the virus entering the cells of a host’s body to make copies of itself, also called replication, create this pressure. The immune systems of many unvaccinated people will provide no obstacles at all. Over the first four to five days of a COVID-19 infection, the person’s viral load will increase, then they become symptomatic, and can transmit the virus to other potential hosts. There is almost no pressure on the virus to update its bag of tricks, or mutate, in this case. View article →