“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
10:17 The phrase let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord is a summary of Jr 9:24. Jeremiah 9 prophesied the coming destruction of Judah, a people rich in external appearances but lacking in the true knowledge of God and his holy character. Paul’s application to the present situation in Corinth implied that he knew God, but the false apostles did not.
10:17 A quotation from Jer. 9:24. To “boast” in something means to declare how great something is. All of Paul’s boasting in this letter ultimately ends up giving glory to God.
10:17let him boast in the Lord A quotation of Jer 9:24 (compare 1 Cor 1:31).
10:17 The thought of self-glory was repugnant to Paul; he boasted only in the Lord (cf. Jer 9:23, 24; 1Co 1:31; see note on v. 13).
10:17 The Christian leader does not glory in his own achievements, but in the Lord and what He has done.
10:17. Quoting from Jer 9:23–24, he suggests that the only legitimate boasting for the believer is sourced in the Lord. But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” The apostle uses this OT passage to caution against the human tendency to glory in human wisdom and strength rather than in the Lord. The true servant of God should not boast in works he has done nor in works he has not done. Boasting should be limited to the Lord exclusively. Only He gives the increase (cf. 1 Cor 3:6).
This Jeremiah quotation comes from the Greek Septuagint (LXX) version of the OT. Paul alters it by substituting “in the Lord” in place of the original “in this.” This addition is clarified in the following verse.
10:17. To sum up his outlook, Paul summarized the teaching of Jeremiah 9:23–24 which warns against boasting in one’s own wisdom or abilities. All boasting and confidence should be in knowing God, who is supreme. Paul summed up Jeremiah’s perspective by saying that boasting should be in the Lord. All confidence, pride, and boasting should be in the light of what God has done. Believers often accomplish much, just as Paul had, but they should always take pleasure in these accomplishments with the awareness that they are humble servants of the Lord.
10:17 “he who boasts is to boast in the lord” This is a quote from the Septuagint of Jer. 9:23, 24. It is also quoted in 1 Cor. 1:31. All human boasting is folly. See full note on “boast” at 1:12.
17.But, ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ Though there may be some room for legitimate pride in work done by the grace of God (cf. Rom. 15:17–18), nevertheless the true ground of Christian boasting is the privilege of knowing God himself. Here (and in 1 Cor. 1:31) Paul draws on the teaching of Jeremiah 9:23–24, where the wise, the mighty and the rich are counselled against glorying in their advantages. All who glory are urged to glory in the fact that they know the Lord. Jesus taught the Seventy the same lesson when they came back from their mission rejoicing that they had seen even the demons subject to them (Luke 10:17–20).
17. But he that glorieth. This statement is made by way of correction, as his glorying might be looked upon as having the appearance of empty boasting. Hence he cites himself and others before the judgment-seat of God, saying, that those glory on good grounds, who are approved by God. To glory in the Lord, however, is used here in a different sense from what it bears in the first chapter of the former Epistle, (1 Cor. 1:31,) and in Jeremiah 9:24. For in those passages it means—to recognise God as the author of all blessings, in such a way that every blessing is ascribed to his grace, while men do not extol themselves, but glorify him alone. Here, however, it means—to place our glory at the disposal of God alone, and reckon every thing else as of no value. For while some are dependent on the estimation of men, and weigh themselves in the false balance of public opinion, and others are deceived by their own arrogance, Paul exhorts us to be emulous of this glory—that we may please the Lord, by whose judgment we all stand or fall.
Even heathens say, that true glory consists in an upright conscience. Now that is so much, but it is not all; for, as almost all are blind through excessive self-love, we cannot safely place confidence in the estimate that we form of ourselves. For we must keep in mind what he says elsewhere, (1 Cor. 4:4,) that he is not conscious to himself of anything wrong, and yet is not thereby justified. What then? Let us know, that to God alone must be reserved the right of passing judgment upon us; for we are not competent judges in our own cause. This meaning is confirmed by what follows—for not he that commendeth himself is approved. “For it is easy to impose upon men by a false impression, and this is matter of every day occurrence. Let us, therefore, leaving off all other things, aim exclusively at this—that we may be approved by God, and may be satisfied to have his approbation alone, as it justly ought to be regarded by us as of more value than all the applauses of the whole world. There was one that said, that to have Plato’s favourable judgment was to him worth a thousand. The question here is not as to the judgment of mankind, in respect of the superiority of one to another, but as to the sentence of God himself, who has it in his power to overturn all the decisions that men have pronounced.
10:17 Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. Paul now offers the only legitimate basis and object of boasting, “the Lord,” and so reveals the boasting of his rivals as counterfeit. This maxim is taken from Jeremiah 9:23 (LXX) and is also cited in 1 Corinthians 1:31, where it is introduced by the citation formula “as it is written.” In both instances Paul modifies the Old Testament text by substituting “[boasting] in the Lord” for “[boasting] in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord” (Jer. 9:24 ESV). Paul’s abbreviated citation allows him to represent the gist of the prophetic oracle in a concise manner and to apply the truism more broadly. In both the Old Testament context (certainly) and 1 Corinthians (most probably), “the Lord” refers to God the Father, and there is no compelling reason to read it differently here, as referring to Christ. The larger context suggests that “boasting in the Lord” means, for Paul, extolling not only God’s character but also his work in this world, which he graciously allows us to participate in.
17 Paul’s introductory particle (untranslated) serves to stop the flow of thought of the previous few verses and to introduce the biblical citation. With this verse—adapted from LXX Jer 9:24 (see also 1 Cor 1:31)—Paul prepares to conclude the paragraph, which he does in the verse following. The theme of “boasting,” introduced in v. 13, has been very important, being repeated in vv. 15 and 16. Pointedly referring to the newcomers, Paul declares that he will not boast where he should not—“beyond proper limits” (v. 13), “in the work done by others” (v. 15), in “another’s field,” in “regions already evangelized” (v. 16). Unlike them, Paul will not boast where he should not.
Nonetheless, the implication from vv. 13, 15, and 16 is that Paul does boast, by which he means something rather different, namely, “takes pride in,” or even “puts confidence in.”63 His opponents have given him no option but to defend and explain himself, which he has done in the previous verses of this passage. But now Paul makes it quite clear that anything that has been achieved has been only through the Lord, not by Paul his servant. This is no mere passing sentiment, but a clear reference to a concrete reality, the church of Corinth, as the next verse shows.
17 As in 1 Corinthians 1:31, Paul cites Jeremiah 9:24 (9:23 [LXX]). The contrast in Jeremiah 9:23–24 (9:22–23 [LXX]) is between proper and improper boasting, between boasting of one’s own wisdom, strength, and riches as though these were derived from oneself, and boasting “about this: understanding and knowing that I am the Lord who exercises mercy, judgment, and righteousness on the earth, for my pleasure resides in these” (Jer 9:23 [LXX]). Against this OT background, boasting “in the Lord” is boasting about the character and deeds of the Lord. Other boasting is illegitimate, whether it be of one’s own accomplishments or status (1 Co 1:26–31) or of another person’s achievements as though they were one’s own (v. 16). For Christians, only boasting “in the Lord” is legitimate—boasting of who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for them (Gal 6:14) or through them (Ro 15:18; cf. Ac 14:27) or can do through them. Here Paul is confident the Lord will make his work in Rome and Spain fruitful.
But he who boasts is to boast in the Lord. (10:17)
This essential truth, found throughout Scripture, is a stinging rebuke to all self-glorying false teachers. In Psalm 20:7 David wrote, “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God,” while in Psalm 34:2 he added, “My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear it and rejoice.” Through the prophet Jeremiah God declared,
Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord. (Jer. 9:23–24)
Paul had the above passage in mind when he wrote this verse, and also when he wrote earlier to the Corinthians, “Just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord’ ” (1 Cor. 1:31). To the Romans he wrote, “Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed” (Rom. 15:17–18). He vowed in Galatians 6:14, “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
After Martin Luther’s death, his friends found a scrap of paper in his pocket on which the great Reformer had written, “We are all beggars.” Humble men of God realize that they have nothing to boast about. If they preach the gospel, it is because God’s Word is a fire in their bones (Jer. 20:9) and they are compelled to preach (1 Cor. 9:16). They serve the church only because Christ puts them into service (1 Tim. 1:12), and any success they have is attributable solely to the grace of God at work in them (1 Cor. 15:10). They cry out with the psalmist, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory” (Ps. 115:1).
 Easley, K. H. (2017). 2 Corinthians. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1850). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
 Harris, M. J. (2008). 2 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 518). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2003). 2 Corinthians (pp. 348–349). Chicago: Moody Publishers.
Must someone demonstrate a certain degree of repentance from sin before he is eligible to trust in Christ for salvation? From our 2021 National Conference, Derek Thomas examines the proper relationship between faith and repentance for sinners saved by God’s grace.
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Be Not Swallowed up in Books 1 Corinthians 8:1; 13:2
Beware you be not swallowed up in books: An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Three Criteria for a Just War Deuteronomy 20:1–4; Ecclesiastes 3:8; Romans 13:4
In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign by whose command the war is to be waged.… Secondly, a just cause is required, namely that those who are attacked, should be attacked because they deserve it on account of some fault.… Thirdly, it is necessary that the belligerents should have a rightful intention, so that they intend the advancement of good, or the avoidance of evil.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Christian writer Mark Mittelberg, writing in his work The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, posed the following question, “Didn’t evolution put God out of a job? Why rely on religion in an age of science and knowledge?”  Mittelberg is not the only person to ponder this question; a 2020 study found that approximately half of college biology students believed “a person cannot believe in God/religion and accept evolution.”  This opinion was held regardless of the student’s religious affiliation. Despite this apparently widespread belief, there are a few important points to consider when it comes to the topic of evolution.
Evolution does not explain the origins of life. Evolution is primarily focused on how life forms change over time. However, evolution does not deal directly with how life appeared in the first place. The question of how life came from non-life continues to challenge scientists. Based on what is known about the physical makeup of the early earth, there is no known way that life could have emerged from non-life.  The scientific evidence against life emerging randomly from non-life on the early earth is so great that some have postulated life must have originated from outside earth.  This hypothesis on the part of scientists admits two things: 1) life could not have randomly originated on earth, and 2) an outside force is necessary to explain the existence of life. These are the same claims Christians have been making for centuries.
Evolution still has serious questions it needs to answer. While evolution continues to be a framework used by scientists, the nearly-two centuries of research following Darwin have identified significant problems which must be answered, such as the existence of irreducibly complex biological systems.  These are systems identified by scientists as needing all parts in order to operate. Removal of any part causes the system to not function. As a result, scientists struggle to understand how these systems would have evolved one meaningless piece at a time to eventually form the working system we see today. In short, these are biological systems which appear as though they could not have evolved over time; they must originate fully-formed from the onset. Further, the discovery of DNA has revolutionized how scientists think about life. It is now known that life operates based on an extensive amount of information contained in DNA. However, scientists struggle to explain the origin of this information. There is only one known source capable of producing code: a person.  If life is the result of random processes, then how can the presence of coded information be explained?
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Evolution does not negate God’s existence. If the theory of evolution is true God can still exist; there is no logical contradiction between the two. In fact, some religious adherents accept the theory of evolution, such as scientist and author Francis Collins.  Evolution may influence particular beliefs about God, such as how he chose to create, but does not on its face invalidate God’s existence. Evolution does not logically necessitate atheism (despite popular opinion to the contrary). In fact, beliefs about the exact nature of creation have varied throughout the history of Christianity. St. Augustine, writing over 1000 years prior to Darwin, suggested God may have used “certain potencies that unfolded in the progress of time.” 
Evolution continues to be a hot-topic in scientific and religious circles. It is important for the Christian to have an understanding of what evolution means, as well as what it does not. The truth or falsity of evolution does not put theism directly at risk. Not only that, but the questions presented by modern science actually aid the Christian. Modern science suggests that life could not have formed randomly on earth and that something personal was involved in the creation of life (as seen by the presence of DNA). Evolution is not a topic to be avoided but rather one in which Christians should be excited to engage in.
 Mark Mittelberg The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (With Answers) (Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, 2010), 27.
 M. Elizabeth Barnes, Hayley M. Dunlop, Gale M. Sinatra, Taija M. Hendrix, Yi Zheng, and Sarah E. Brownell, “‘Accepting Evolution Means You Can’t Believe in God’: Atheistic Perceptions of Evolution among College Biology Students.” CBE- Life Sciences Education 19, no. 2, (May 2020). https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.19-05-0106.
 Casey Luskin, “What Are the Top 10 Scientific Problems with Evolution?” in The Harvest Handbook of Apologetics, ed. Joseph M. Holden. (Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2018), 255.
 Francis J. Beckwith, “Darwin, Design and the Public Schools” in To Everyone An Answer, edited by Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig, and J.P. Moreland (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 275.
 William A. Dembski, “What Is the Scientific Case for Intelligent Design?” in The Harvest Handbook of Apologetics, edited by Joseph M. Holden (Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2018), 244.
 Augustine’s hypothesis was summarized in this way by William Lane Craig during a 2008 debate, see William Lane Craig, “Atheism vs. Christianity 7 of 15,” Dr. Craig Videos, Youtube, Accessed September 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7U_kcRCx88.
Three Simple Metrics To Gauge If We Are In The End Times This list of metrics is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to provide an easy-to-follow, clear, and compelling list that can show us how close we must be. If you have never studied eschatology but are–perhaps for the first time–realizing that there is something different about the times in which we live, then this post is for you!
Fire raging in Jerusalem national park At least 19 firefighting teams and four firefighting aircraft were still battling a wildfire in Begin National Park between Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh on Friday. The fire has been contained to one location. Israel Fire and Rescue Services released a statement on Friday claiming they found evidence that the fire had been intentionally ignited.
Terror suspected as buses torched in Ramla A bus was torched on Thursday in Ramla next to the new cemetery in the city. Firefighters who arrived at the scene acted to extinguish the fire and suspect that it was a intentional arson. Last week, a bus and a sukkah were torched in Ramla, and graffiti in Arabic reading “al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades” was scrawled on walls in one of the Jewish neighborhoods in the city.
These Jews want to normalize not circumcising with their synagogue’s help Bruchim is a new organization that advocates for Jewish families that don’t want to circumcise their sons. A new organization launching this week aims to make that more likely. The group, called Bruchim (Hebrew for “welcome”), is seeking to normalize the decision not to circumcise Jewish boys, a venerable religious rite that goes back to the Bible and which is widely practiced across the spectrum of Jewish observance, even by otherwise non-observant Jewish families.
Oh My: Amazon Looks At Leaving Seattle Over City Council Hostility After years of deteriorating relations with their home city of Seattle and its ultra-progressive city council, Amazon’s CEO made it known that the online giant may look for greener pastures. Citing the city’s hostility toward their presence, Jassy suggested that the suburbs are looking better and better for a new home to its 50,000-employee home base …
The Far Left takeover of the Democrat party is dragging America over the cliff The Democrat Party … seems to be deteriorating under the leadership of Joe Biden. There were ominous signs leading up to the final count that he was mysteriously being held under wraps, away from interrogators, hidden from public view. Something was up. The reason is now obvious. He is physically and mentally less than par. He has lost more than his vigorous stride. His total reasoning ability seems gone along with his supposed control of the Democrat Party. He seems a mere shell, and the core of the nut is in the hands of the radical Leftists who now openly call the shots.
80% of archaeological sites in Judea and Samaria, have been harmed by Arabs “Unfortunately, in recent years we have received more and more reports from hikers and field officers regarding destruction of antiquities in Judea and Samaria, with no enforcement, and we understood that something big and bad is happening here. So we founded the Shomrim al Hanetzach organization,” she said.
Top doc: Vaccines have us in ‘a major biological catastrophe’ Warning that the world is “in the middle of a major biological catastrophe,” renowned physician and epidemiologist Dr. Peter McCullough charged in a recent address that fraudulent public health officials are pushing experimental “gene-transfer” COVID-19 vaccines that produce the “loaded weapon” of a toxic spike protein. It will happen “because there’s powerful forces at work, far more powerful than we can possibly think of, that are influencing anybody who is in a position of authority.” … the government and Big Tech are taking an extraordinary gamble, “testing out new technology on, not just the nation, but the world.” “There is nothing about the spike protein that’s good. They’re lethal.”
CIA just made a big announcement on the Communist Chinese government – here it is CIA Director William Burns announced on Thursday the formation of two new mission centers, with one focused on the communist Chinese government and the other dedicated to technological threats. The China Mission Center (CMC) was established to “address the global challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China that cuts across all of the Agency’s mission areas.” Director Burns emphasized that the threat is from the Chinese communist government, not the Chinese people.
Police resignations spike up to 24% in year after anti-police riots: Report When compared to the same period a year earlier, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) study found overall voluntary police departures between June 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 increased by 18 percent. Overall voluntary resignations also increased by 24 percent and overall voluntary retirements increased by 14 percent.
US submarine crashes into object in South China Sea, injuries reported A U.S. nuclear-powered submarine collided with an underwater object while carrying out submerged operations in the Indo-Pacific region on Saturday, according to Navy information just released on Thursday. The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet disclosed the incident in a press release on Thursday, five days after the incident involving the Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN-22).
Bible compels us to question medical experts, prominent rabbi reveals Rabbi David Bar-Hayim holds that the Torah says that we must question medical experts and bases his position on Torah sources and writings from Chazal (sages). In a recent lecture on the matter, the prominent rabbi opens with a quote from the Talmud in Masechet Sanhedrin 18b which prohibits the king from being appointed to the Sanhedrin since no one is allowed to contradict the king.
NIH chief quitting amid charges he was untruthful In the wake of the publishing of government documents indicating he falsely claimed his agency was not funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins announced his resignation Tuesday. “It has been an incredible privilege to lead this great agency for more than a decade,” Collins, 71, said in a statement. …government documents … “make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.”
‘End Times’ wing of Hamas reveals which Jews will be killed, spared when ‘Palestine is free’ senior officials from Hamas and other Palestinian factions attended a Hamas-funded conference discussing the administration of “Palestine” after its “liberation” from Israel. … a fighter, who must be killed; a [Jew] who is fleeing and can be left alone or be prosecuted for his crimes in the judicial arena; and a peaceful individual who gives himself up and can be [either] integrated or given time to leave.
“To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted.” —Alexander Hamilton (1791)
Another disappointing jobs report is a big marker in a struggling economy.
Who are all these “experts” who keep predicting big employment gains each month? Who are all these “experts” who keep telling us sky-high inflation is “transitory”? Who are all these “experts” who insist massive new government spending to “Build Back Better” will do anything different than last year’s massive government spending — exacerbate unemployment, disrupt the supply chain, and cause more inflation?
Joe Biden is president, after all, and expectations for all of these things should be drastically lowered accordingly.
Yet here we are with another disappointing jobs report and another warning about inflation that somehow defied the predictions of the “experts.”
September’s jobs report was supposed to show a gain of 500,000 jobs last month. It was actually just 194,000. The headline unemployment rate fell to 4.8% instead of the expected 5.1%, while the fuller measure is 8.5%. Those numbers are partly because of upward revisions to previous jobs reports (good news), but also primarily because at least five million people are now permanently out of the workforce (bad news). They’re not even looking for work, which leaves them out of the report.
Where are all the workers? The U.S. economy, after 18 months of 15 days to slow the spread, still has five million fewer workers than in February 2020. Nearly three million people have been out of work for at least six months. Enhanced unemployment benefits finally ended everywhere last month, and employers are sharply raising wages and offering all kinds of other benefits in a bid to retain and attract workers. Yet there are nearly 11 million job openings.
It could be that the COVID Delta surge played a role. Much of the country saw increased cases and deaths, and there was some policy regression that hindered job growth. According to Indeed, a job-search website, survey respondents’ number one reason for avoiding the workforce is fear of catching COVID.
Perhaps a lot of these missing workers are parents staying home with kids who can’t go to school. Whether schools have been shuttered entirely or on a wretched “hybrid” system of going to school only on some days of the week, parents — many of them single moms — are left with young kids at home and thus are unable to return to work.
But hey, at least Joe Biden in July began incentivizing parents with his new gimmick of sending them direct payments for the child tax credit. That’s one of many government benefits that make staying home and out of the workforce more doable.
Meanwhile, vaccines might be saving lives, but they’re killing jobs. Well, at least mandating vaccines is. Businesses are desperate for workers, but company after company, hospital after hospital, is firing unvaccinated workers, regardless of natural immunity or any other consideration. Those newly unemployed folks offset some gains.
According to The Washington Post, much of this can be blamed on “systemic racism.” Though the story lists myriad reasons that have nothing to do with discrimination, the Post says without evidence, “Discrimination and biases also seep into the hiring process, holding back employment for workers of color.” Additionally, the Post tells us without any explanation or context, “The coronavirus has killed more Black Americans than those in any other racial group.” One word not anywhere in the Post’s story: vaccination. Blacks have the lowest vaccination rate, and that, again, is playing a big role in hiring and firing, not to mention death rate.
The economy runs on people, and without people working, it sputters. Massive disruptions in the supply chain are largely caused by a lack of workers. This makes the products that are available more expensive — i.e., inflation.
A new report on inflation, which is at a 30-year high since Biden took office and was 5.3% in August, estimates that higher prices are costing the average family an extra $175 per month. This is largely because grocery bills have skyrocketed and gas prices just hit a seven-year high. That spending blows a major hole in most family budgets, and millions are having a hard time making ends meet.
“The Federal Reserve has argued that inflation will recede to just above its 2% target by 2022,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “Nonetheless, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, asked last week whether inflation is now broader and more structural than earlier this year, responded, ‘Yes, I think it’s fair to say that it is.’”
Thank heaven for the experts.
Finally, Biden promised not to raise taxes on the middle class. He might be able to win over media “fact-checkers” because he hasn’t raised income tax rates, but inflation is a huge tax hike on the middle class, and his policies are causing it. And if he succeeds in raising corporate taxes or the higher individual rates paid by most small-business owners, you can count that as another tax hike for workers — the dishonest spin of Jen Psaki notwithstanding.
We’ve written more than once regarding how Joe Biden is channeling Jimmy Carter’s malaise. Economic stagnation, inflation, energy troubles, foreign policy crises, American decline — all of those things defined Carter’s presidency and now, apparently, Biden’s. Even if the experts tell us things will get better any minute now.
Are AG Garland’s actions designed to bait some unstable parent into violent actions against school board members?
Many conservatives have long warned of the degradation of the American public education system. Heeding these warnings, a growing number of parents opt to educate their children either in private, often religious, schools (if they can afford it) or homeschool (if they’re able to). Yet the fact remains that the vast majority of parents from both sides of the political aisle send their children to public schools.
While everyone has seen the media stories of public schools failing to adequately educate students in the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it seems that, until recently, fewer American parents really appreciated that the deeper issue with America’s public education system was not what students aren’t being taught but what they are being taught.
Ironically, the COVID pandemic provided an opportunity for many more parents to be awakened to the subtle and even blatant leftist indoctrination of their children. As a result of this awakening, parents have become justifiably upset and angry, and they have therefore increasingly confronted their school boards to demand that such radically and divisive ideology like Critical Race Theory and radical sexual identity ideology be banned from their schools.
Many public schools and school boards have increasingly and subtly embraced this radical leftist ideology, which includes the notion that the state knows better what students need than do their parents. Don’t believe us? Believe Democrat Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
It should come as no surprise that as school boards across the nation face angry parents demanding change, the leftist National School Boards Association called on the federal government to put down these “domestic terrorists.”
What was somewhat surprising was the response of the federal government. Not only did Joe Biden’s Justice Department unquestioningly accept this idea, Attorney General Merrick Garland stepped up to announce the creation of an FBI task force that effectively threatens parents for daring to voice their opposition to what schools have been teaching their children. Talk about ratcheting up, politicizing, and nationalizing the issue.
So why did Garland, the face of the DOJ, ramp this up and make the announcement himself? Part of the answer appears to be that Garland may have some skin in the game. According to Asra Nomani, who runs Parents Defending Education, “[Garland’s] daughter is married to the cofounder of [Panorama Education] which is under fire for its multimillion contracts with school boards.” Nomani contends that Panorama Education is a consultancy firm that uses “data collection as a pretext for school officials to push controversial ideas about race, identity, and sexuality.”
Fox News reports: “[Parents Defending Education] previously flagged a $1.8 million contract for Panorama to conduct social and emotional learning (SEL) monitoring in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), resulting in data on students. Earlier in September, that number was bumped up to more than $2 million as part of a contract addition with Panorama. … ‘Social and emotional learning’ (SEL) and ‘culturally responsive’ training have become seemingly innocuous buzzwords in Virginia education, but critics have worried that they served as conduits for left-wing ideas about race and identity.”
Biden, who campaigned on being a moderate capable of unifying the country, has been anything but a moderate. His administration’s embrace and promotion of a radical leftist agenda seemingly knows no bounds. That said, what is the Biden administration’s play here with such a divisive and extreme response? Are they baiting some emotionally unstable parent to snap and get violent against some school board members so as to justify the idea that these parents are nothing more than domestic terrorists? It certainly feels like a setup, because the ideology being pushed in America’s public schools is the same ideology that guides the Biden administration.
Unless the Senate minority leader has a grand strategy that no one else is aware of, he inexplicably caved on the debt limit.
Mitch McConnell, John Thune, John Cornyn, Lisa Murkowski, Shelley Moore Capito, Richard Shelby, Rob Portman, Susan Collins, John Barrasso, Mike Rounds, and Roy Blunt.
Those are the Republican senators who joined Senate Democrats last night to deny their Republican colleagues a filibuster and thereby move legislation forward to raise our nation’s debt limit by $480 billion, enough to fund Big Government until early December. Then we’ll begin these debt-limit discussions anew.
In other words, these 11 Republicans have rewarded the author of such delusional lies as “My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars” and “We’re going to pay for everything we spend” with a higher limit on his maxed-out credit card.
If these 11 were the adult children of the cognitively declining Joe Biden, we’d say their enablement of him is reckless, irresponsible, even idiotic. And Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is usually playing a few moves ahead of his Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, so we’re more than a bit puzzled by what happened last night. (Indeed, if you’re engaged in a maneuver that requires the votes of Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, you’re probably not on the side of smaller government, and you’re certainly not on the side of Liberty.)
The fact is, Mitch McConnell didn’t need to make a deal here. Why not? Because the Democrats didn’t need any help from Republicans to raise the debt limit and stave off a default. In a 50-50 Senate, with the tie going to VP Kamala Harris, they could’ve simply passed a debt-limit extension bill through the upper chamber’s reconciliation process. They could’ve gone it alone, just like they’re planning to go it alone on their tax-increase bill and their $3.5 trillion spending bill. All that’s necessary is a party-line vote.
But the Democrats didn’t want to go it alone. And now we know why. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board notes, Joe Biden gave away the game earlier this week:
“There is a process” that “would require literally up to hundreds of votes,” Mr. Biden explained. “It’s unlimited number of votes having nothing directly to do with the debt limit; it could be everything from Ethiopia to anything else that has nothing to do with the debt limit. And it’s fraught with all kinds of potential danger for a miscalculation, and it would have to happen twice.”
In other words, Mr. Biden admits that Democrats could raise the limit via reconciliation, but then they’d also have to take difficult votes on many issues on the Senate floor. Some of those votes might be unpopular. Mr. Biden is admitting that the reason is political — that Democrats want Republicans to spare them from having to take those tough votes.
So Chuck somehow conned Mitch and his Gang of 10 into forgoing the future attack ads and going along for the ride.
Maybe McConnell is playing 4-D chess. But if so, he hasn’t let on. His most recent statement, issued Wednesday, seemed to draw a line in the sand: “The unified Democratic government had two-and-a-half months to address the debt limit through reconciliation. Instead, they drifted to the doorstep of yet another self-created Democrat crisis. Whether through miscalculation or a deliberate effort to bully their own members into wrecking the Senate, top Democrats have risked adding a default crisis to the inflation crisis, border crisis, and Afghanistan crisis they have already created.”
So what changed? The only variable seems to be McConnell. Bless his heart.
“Mitch caved,” crowed his Senate colleague from Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren. “And now we’re going to spend our time doing childcare, healthcare, and fighting climate change.” Yippee. Schumer and Pelosi and their fellow spendthrifts must be thrilled, and they have McConnell to thank for it.
If there’s a more scathing indictment of the Kentuckian’s debt-limit leadership, we haven’t seen it.
Oh, wait. We forgot Chuck Schumer: “I thank my Democratic colleagues for showing unity in solving this Republican-manufactured crisis,” he gloated. “Despite immense opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his conference, our caucus held together, and we have pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.”
West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who buried he face in his hands during Schumer’s sickening triumphalism, sounded more like Captain Obvious afterward. “Civility is gone,” he said.
As for Mitch McConnell, this had better be some serious 4-D chess he’s playing. Otherwise, it looks like he got rolled, plain and simple.
On the “bright” side, though, our national debt is fast approaching $29 trillion — which is more than $86,000 per citizen, more than $229,000 per taxpayer. So a measly $480 billion seems like chump change or a rounding error.
Americans are seemingly more polarized than ever, leading to more talk of secession.
Brian Mark Weber
A lasting relationship takes two.
Both parties need to be willing to compromise, to put aside their own agendas for the good of the whole, and to not allow petty differences to lead to separation. Each side also needs to have a set of core values and beliefs tying them together through the tough times.
Throughout much of American history, we counted on these values and beliefs to sustain us through all the partisan bickering. But for the first time since perhaps the Civil War, there’s growing talk of a national breakup.
“A nation’s institutions are its bedrock,” wrote historian Victor Davis Hanson earlier this year. “Yet the Electoral College and the Constitution’s emphasis on individual states establishing voting laws are under assault. Already gone is the 176-year-old tradition of a pivotal November Election Day. The 152-year-old nine-member Supreme Court, the 184-year-old Senate filibuster and the 62-year-old idea of a 50-state union are all being targeted by the New Democratic Party.”
The Left wants to change our governing institutions, history books, statues, and genders. If you can believe it, leftists are even suggesting it’s time for a new U.S. flag.
It’s no wonder a growing number of Americans are mentioning a word that we thought was only in the history books: secession. But the contributing factors are not merely the result of the cultural and political turbulence of the past few years.
City Journal reports: “The schism was already evident in the increasing number of state and local officials enacting laws and policies that ban travel and restrict commerce with other American places with governments they object to — a trend that the Covid-19 emergency has only deepened. In everything from tax policy to travel to contracting rules, a secession movement within the states has been building for years.”
Grabien editor Tom Elliott argues that the system designed by our Founding Fathers was not meant for a citizenry to look to the federal government to solve all of our problems. “Ultimately this all speaks to the same problem: too much power is concentrated into too few hands,” Elliott writes. He adds that since we’ve become so divided on too many issues, mainly driven by the Left’s desire to acquire raw power at any cost, the only remedy to restore Liberty is separation. “Voluntarily, and peacefully, separating states so that they can more effectively manage their affairs, and create new economic growth, would signal to the world that America is once more charting the path forward.”
Veteran political analyst Rich Lowry, however, insists this idea of divorce is a terrible one: “The practical obstacles are insuperable, and the likely effects would be very unwelcome to its proponents. If an insufficient patriotism is one of the ills of contemporary America, then a national divorce would prescribe arsenic as a cure. It would burn down America to save America, or at least those parts of it considered salvageable.” He points to myriad practical problems of splitting, like “who gets control of the federal government” and its “1.3 million people under arms and a stockpile of 3,800 nuclear warheads.”
Americans have always prided themselves on vigorous public debates about important issues, so are we really more divided today than before?
A survey from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics suggests we are. The poll revealed that more than half of Donald Trump voters at least “somewhat agree” that red states should break away from the blue, and 41% of Joe Biden voters think blue states should do the same.
A federal government that is at once seemingly incapable of doing anything for the American people and also hell-bent on taking power from the states and the people has even driven some areas of the country to form regional alliances short of secession.
Clearly, opinions of those on the Left and the Right have grown more entrenched on either side ever since Biden promised to unite Americans, only to turn against half the country. This attitude about Biden’s failure to bring us together is reflected in a Fox News national poll showing Americans by a 54-37 margin believe the country is less united because of Biden.
There’s no doubt Americans are divided, but there are some good signs. President Biden is wildly unpopular across the board on a range of issues, and Americans seem to be tiring of wokeness and the scorched-earth politics of the Left.
Maybe watching the country break down right before our eyes is the reality we need to start rebuilding again. Like any marriage on the rocks, the rebuild will take a lot of work and many decades. But what happens if we continue on the same trajectory?
Two shootings, one in Chicago and one in a Dallas suburb, point to a troubling unwillingness to uphold the law.
In 1993, New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined the phrase “defining deviancy down” to describe our nation’s continual lowering of the bar for acceptable behavior.
The phrase can be found atop this report subtitled, “How We’ve Become Accustomed to Alarming Levels of Crime and Destructive Behavior.” Moynihan, a Democrat iconoclast if ever there was one, wrote the report in response to the sharp increase in violent crime during the early 1990s. Years earlier, in 1965, he’d written one of the bravest and most prescient pieces ever produced by a DC bureaucrat when, while a staffer in Lyndon Johnson’s Department of Labor, he issued a report titled, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.” Not surprisingly, he was demonized for his truth-telling, and weak-kneed politicians have been tip-toeing around the issue of race ever since.
Although he died in 2003, we can’t help but wonder what Moynihan would’ve thought of two stories this week: one out of Chicago, where two gangs opened fire on each other, in a neighborhood, in broad daylight, killing one; and another out of Texas, where a young man opened fire on and wounded multiple classmates before surrendering to police.
In both cases, arrests were made. And in both cases, just days after the arrests, the perpetrators, young black men, were set free. How is this possible? we can imagine a slack-jawed Moynihan wondering.
In Chicago, which has been a one-party town for decades and has become increasingly ungovernable — at least as long as the latest Democrat, Lori Lightfoot, is in office — we can chalk it up to wokeism and idiocy. There, more than 70 spent shells were recovered from the shootout, which was captured by a city camera. What’s more, a set of uniformed officers in a marked squad car arrived while the shooting was still ongoing. One combatant was killed and five others were arrested. But Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx inexplicably refused to press felony charges against the two surviving aggressors, despite the pleas of Mayor Lightfoot and five alderman.
But what about Texas? There, it seems even more shocking. An 18-year-old Timberview High School student is accused of wounding multiple people at his school — three classmates, one of them critically wounded, and one teacher who tried to stop him — but has since been released from jail on bail.
“The student accused of injuring four people in a shooting in Arlington on Wednesday was released on bail from the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday,” The Star Telegram reported, adding that the suspect was charged “with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”
How is this kid free? What must the parents of the wounded students be thinking, given that the deeply disturbed would-be killer of their kids made bail?
The question, then, is whether we’re defining black deviancy down with respect to crime and punishment; whether “the soft bigotry of low expectations” that George W. Bush decried 21 years ago has spread from our educational institutions to other walks of life; and whether we’re simply so hell-bent on “equity,” as opposed to equality, that we’re holding blacks to a lower standard than every other racial group. Years before Black Lives Matter became a thing, Mark Alexander called this phenomenon black privilege.
These are ugly, troubling questions. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be pondered. A system of justice that doesn’t hold criminals equally accountable isn’t a system of justice at all. It’s a system of injustice, and its victims are the innocent.
Employing the tired old political tactics of the Left will only serve to further sink Chicago.
Chicago has long had a gang problem, the manifestation of which is sky-high shootings and homicides. It’s why the city is commonly known as the murder capital of the U.S. A recent report by the CDC and the Chicago police revealed that children in Chicago are more likely to die from being shot than from COVID. In fact, this year alone, more children have died in that city from gang violence than the cumulative number of children who have died of COVID across the entire U.S.
Suffice it to say, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in deep trouble as the murder rate continues to soar. In her budget for 2022, the mayor revealed that she would be refunding the police and heavily investing in communities and programs to help make a dent in the elevated crime rate. She proposes a $16 billion spending package, $1.9 billion of which will go toward funding law enforcement. This move to bolster the Chicago Police Department financially was partly spurred by the foul murder of Officer Ella French. But the violence only continued, and the need for Lightfoot to appear to be doing something in the face of the shootings became more urgent, especially over Labor Day weekend, when 47 were shot and two killed. In late September, there was another especially bloody weekend that saw nine homicides across the city. Fifty-six people were shot and an alderman was attacked.
Lightfoot’s budget proposal would also give money to community safety, violence intervention, and youth diversion programs, along with provide assistance to those experiencing gender-based violence. Besides being a typical Democrat “solution” to any sort of problem, throwing money at programs, people, and institutions is really part of a larger effort to eventually implement a universal basic income (UBI).
Back in 2018, a Chicago alderman, Ameya Pawar, wanted to provide 1,000 families with $500 a month. In her budget, Lightfoot would effectively do the same thing, except the number of eligible families would be five times higher. Just exactly how a UBI solves the crime problem isn’t clear. Arguably, it would exacerbate it since it would further support people having children out of wedlock, and fatherlessness is a huge part of why there is such a gang problem — and not just in Chicago.
Lightfoot’s ability to look like she is doing something is further complicated by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. There have been several instances — ranging from the high-profile Jussie Smollett case to the death of a seven-year-old girl by stray gunfire — where Foxx has chosen not to bring charges. This prompted the Chicago Police Department and judges to appeal to higher authorities to get the ball of justice rolling.
The latest case that Foxx has so far failed to prosecute happened over the weekend, during which gang members shot into a residence in the hopes of luring out a rival member. The majority of the confrontation was caught on camera, including on police body cams, and yet Foxx maintains that “evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to approve felony charges.” Despite plenty of video evidence, none of the witnesses involved in the attack were willing to testify, effectively tying the hands of Foxx’s office.
Lightfoot and several aldermen signed a letter asking the State’s Attorney office to reexamine the evidence, even if only minimum charges could be leveled at the offenders at this time. Foxx was very agitated at this pressuring, responding with a rare press conference calling Lightfoot’s request “inappropriate,” especially considering the mayor is a former prosecutor and should know better. But Lightfoot most certainly knows better than to presume that Foxx isn’t eyeing her seat. Blaming each other is politically convenient.
Ultimately, Lightfoot is employing the tired old political tactics of the Left: blaming a scapegoat and throwing money at the problem in the hopes that it will go away, or at least that she’ll appear to be doing something. These tactics only serve to further dig Chicago into the dark hole of mismanagement and crime to which it has sunk.
The New York Times refused an op-ed from experts who don’t toe the line on gender dysphoric children.
“All the news that’s fit to print”? Hardly. Every conservative knows The New York Times doesn’t actually abide by its longtime motto, and we all have a good chuckle whenever reminded of it. The paper’s selective and activist journalism now includes having recently chosen to reject an op-ed written by two “transgender” experts, both doctors, who warned against the growing reckless use of puberty blockers on children. Will anyone stand against this growing fad of child abuse? Not the intrepid “journalists” at the Times.
The two doctors contend that “transgender” activism has essentially silenced any genuine examination of often-promoted claims that it is completely safe for children to go on puberty blockers in part because doing so is “fully reversible” should they decided against “transitioning.” Thou shalt not question The Narrative™.
Indeed, the Times’s decision seems only to further underscore this new leftist-created alternate reality. Abigail Shrier’s 2020 book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters was temporarily banned by Amazon due to opposition from “transgender” activists, so she knows about this sort of censorship. She interviewed the doctors and observed, “For nearly a decade, the vanguard of the transgender-rights movement — doctors, activists, celebrities and transgender influencers — has defined the boundaries of the new orthodoxy surrounding transgender medical care: What’s true, what’s false, which questions can and cannot be asked.”
Meanwhile, the Times had no qualms regarding running a recent op-ed by a “transgender” runner, nor another article fully affirming a “transgender” person and lamenting the “discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles [that] prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need.” On the other hand, the findings, data, and professional opinions espoused by longtime experts in the same field is no good if it dares question the “transgender” dogma.
Dr. Marci Bowers, one of the article’s writers, observed something that happens far too often these days: “When you have a female-assigned person and she’s feeling dysphoric … and then they see you for one visit, and then they recommend testosterone — red flag!”
These doctors come from the very heart of this movement. Bowers’s op-ed partner is, Shrier explains, “Erica Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the University of California San Francisco’s Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic.” Bowers herself is “a world-renowned vaginoplasty specialist who operated on reality-television star Jazz Jennings,” a young boy who’s spent many years flaunting his “transition to female” before the whole world.
The story Bowers tells regarding the horrific abuse perpetrated on Jennings will turn your stomach, break your heart, and blow your mind.
Anyone should know that getting a second opinion, especially regarding a serious health-related issue, is recommended. Not all doctors see everything the same way or have all the answers. The notion that daring to question a child or teenager struggling with identity issues is to somehow do them harm is nonsense, and yet the Rainbow Mafia has so thoroughly succeeded in scaring doctors, scientists, and journalists that even to question a child’s gender dysphoric claim is to supposedly engage in hate and malfeasance. The tragic result of such thinking and fear is growing numbers of youth being subjected to medical abuse, doing permanent damage to their bodies and minds.
Anderson put it far too mildly, saying: “It is my considered opinion that due to some of the — let’s see, how to say it? what word to choose? — due to some of the, I’ll call it just ‘sloppy,’ sloppy healthcare work, that we’re going to have more young adults who will regret having gone through this process. And that is going to earn me a lot of criticism from some colleagues, but given what I see — and I’m sorry, but it’s my actual experience as a psychologist treating gender variant youth — I’m worried that decisions will be made that will later be regretted by those making them.”
That’s only the beginning of the societal consequences.
Insight: “Make men large and strong and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them.” —Rev. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
“I know the media wants to distract from the Biden administration’s failed agenda by focusing on one day in January. They want to use that one day to demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again.” —Mike Pence
“Vice President Mike Pence’s statement very much destroys and discredits the Unselect Committee’s witch hunt on the events of January 6th. It will continue, however, because the Fake News doesn’t want to focus on Afghanistan, Russia, Taiwan and China, the Border, inflation and a failing economy.” —Donald Trump
“If this isn’t a deliberate attempt to chill parents from showing up at school board meetings for their elected school boards, I don’t know what is. I’m not aware of anything like this in American history… You’re using the FBI to intervene in school board meetings!” —Senator Josh Hawley
“Moms at school boards are being told that they’re criminals, potential domestic terrorists, for the crime of dissent. And I think criminalizing dissent is something that we should all be appalled with.” —Senator Rand Paul
“DOJ wants you to think that Antifa is ‘just an idea’ and BLM riots are about ‘racial justice’ but parents who don’t want their kids taught CRT trash in school or to be abused with worthless mask mandates are insurrection soccer moms who pose a threat to democracy.” —Buck Sexton
Belly laugh of the week: “In America, we’re proud to have a president who was one of the first leaders in Congress to advance climate action as early as 1986. He brags about that a lot. President Biden respects science and understands the urgency, which is essential also for combating the coronavirus pandemic.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Hot air: “Certainly we all want to keep gasoline prices low, but the threat of … the climate crisis certainly can’t wait any longer.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
The BIG Lie: “I thank my Democratic colleagues for showing unity in solving this Republican-manufactured crisis. Despite immense opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his conference, our caucus held together, and we have pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Missing the forest for the trees: “When you see headlines and reports of ‘mass firings’ and ‘hundreds’ of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story. I’ve spoken with Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, who’s here today. United went from 59 percent of their employees to 99 percent of their employees in less than two months after implementing the requirement.” —Scranton Joe Biden
Braying jenny: “I think we can all agree it’s not ideal for any party involved to follow anyone into a bathroom for any reason — but keep in mind, the Arizona senator has canceled her in-person meetings and hasn’t hosted a town hall in three years, so desperate times, desperate measures. But of course, the Republican Party has pounced on the incident to reignite the decency debate.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid
A blind squirrel finds a nut: “When you violate someone’s privacy, it blurs a line between activism and harassment. I’m not sure if it’s even that blurry. It’s harassment. Very few arguments, if any, have been won by yelling at someone in a bathroom.” —CNN’s Don Lemon
Facepalm: “How do they get through to people like the black audience, for instance, the African American community, who has been burnt in the past by these Tuskegee experiments and things coming out that have harmed them? I don’t blame that community for being skittish about it, but I say that so many white people have gotten [the COVID vaccine] now, you know, the experiment has been done on white people now.” —”The View” cohost Joy Behar
Grand delusions: “Anybody who supports the party’s normal political operations — even the handful of remaining open Trump critics — is throwing lit matches around the kindling of Trump’s next Reichstag fire. What’s striking is how few Republicans accept the idea that the insurrection has fundamentally changed anything. … Trump doesn’t need to be a potential Hitler, or even a Mussolini, to justify suspending our normal rules of political conduct. … Trump’s Republican Party is an authoritarian project. For the time being, there is no form of Republican politics that is consistent with democracy.” —New York magazine columnist Jonathan Chait
Non compos mentis I: “People across the country are lighting candles to honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people who are missing or have been murdered.” —Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Non compos mentis II: “I urge all Canadians to take time today to honour the Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+) people who are missing or have been murdered.” —Canadian Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett
And last… “First Nicki Minaj, then NBA dissidents, now Dave Chappelle: there’s been a recent string of high-profile Black public figures thoughtfully and forcefully questioning or rejecting elite liberal pieties, and it’s fascinating to watch liberal elite discourse-managers navigate this.” —Glenn Greenwald
A recent Quinnipiac poll showed the President’ approval rating had dropped to 38 percent. Fox News Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace joins to break down exactly why President Biden is losing the approval of many constituents and how the U.S. ended up with a late solution to kick the debt ceiling issue down the road.
The sitting president of the United States, advised by the nation’s top infectious diseases specialists, doesn’t know what is now common knowledge; that vaccinated individuals can still spread Covid-19.
For those keeping track, this is the second major issue Biden had no knowledge of – the first being an international spat with France over a tri-lateral submarine agreement.
Speaking in Elk Grove Village, Illinois on Thursday, Biden urged more employers to institute strict vaccine requirements – calling them “tough medicine” that will help bring the United States out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to failing to recognize naturally-acquired immunity for individuals who have recovered from Covid, Biden made clear that he has no idea vaccinated people can still spread the virus.
The Biden administration’s decision to leave Afghanistan was correct and long overdue. However, the way America’s longest war ended is a different question. It was a botched affair. The generals will most likely never be held to account.
TONIGHT: DEAL OVER DEFAULT; THE FINAL PUSH TO RAISE THE NATION’S DEBT LIMIT AND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR NOT LIFTING THE CEILING. PLUS, A FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS THE TEXAS LAW BANNING ABORTIONS. AND PFIZER IS SEEKING APPROVAL TO USE THE COVID-19 …
Facebook and its affiliated social media sites like Instagram are under scrutiny, especially when it comes to their influence on adolescents. CBN News anchor Efrem Graham talked with media analyst Dr. Ted Baehr about the growing concern over social media and suicide among teens.
(Mary Dowling – Independent Sentinel) The $3.5 trillion ‘human infrastructure’ reconciliation bill contains a provision with fines against companies of up to $70,000 and $700,000 for each incident of an unvaccinated employee. Just the possibility has encouraged mass firings at private companies.
When asked by a reporter, White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to give a timeline for when OSHA will release the new federal rule ordered by Joe Biden. Biden forewarned that the rule mandates companies with more than 100 employees to require Wuhan virus vaccinations.
“You had said it [OSHA rule] would be weeks just now, when it was announced a few weeks ago it was going to take a few weeks so are you signaling a delay of any kind with that rule?” a reporter asked. View article →
Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes has been all over the Russia investigation from Special Counsel John Durham and he is expecting major action to be taken.
He appeared on Fox Business to discuss the status of the investigation and the recent indictment from Durham.
Nunes, who previously asserted that prison sentences could fall on a number of former senior Obama officials, said he was happy to see Durham making serious moves in the investigation.
“We’ve made 14 criminal referrals to the Department of Justice. I expect every one of those to be looked into. For God sake, the American people, the taxpayers pay for us to do this work. We don’t have guns here in Congress, we can’t go out and arrest people,” he said.
“All we can do is do an exhaustive investigation which we’ve done despite being stonewalled by the Department of Justice. We’ve done our job, now we expect Durham to do his job, which I think he is doing…” he said.
Durham has indicted a prominent lawyer who worked for the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Michael Sussmann was indicted for allegedly lying to FBI lawyer James Baker during a 2016 meeting about who he was representing when he gave information about Donald Trump and Russia to the bureau.
At this meeting, Sussman reportedly relayed to the FBI the discredited theory that the Trump Organization was communicating with Alfa Bank.
“Any indictment of the lawyer — Michael Sussmann, a former federal prosecutor and now a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm, and who represented the Democratic National Committee on issues related to Russia’s 2016 hacking of its servers — is likely to attract significant political attention, the New York Times reported.
The NYT states: “Mr. Baker, the former F.B.I. lawyer, is said to have told investigators that he recalled Mr. Sussmann saying that he was not meeting him on behalf of any client.”
Sussman told a different story with his testimony to Congress and his own billing records.
Sussman’s lawyers have even acknowledged “they expected him to be indicted.”
Back in 2020, Durham impaneled a grand jury relating to the false Alfa Bank/Trump Organization story.
NEW: Prosecutor John Durham has told a cyber lawyer — who works for the firm that repped Clinton campaign — that he wants to indict him on suspicion of lying about who he repped when he told F.B.I. in '16 about potential ties b/w Trump and Russia. https://t.co/KiSUIeGuzh
Texas Senator Ted Cruz charged Wednesday that the COVID crisis has revealed the real character of Democrats in power, calling them “jackbooted thugs” and warning that “There is no decision about your life that they will not try to control.”
Cruz made the comments during an interview with Sean Hannity, in which the Senator addressed the attempts of Biden’s Justice Department to paint up concerned parents in the U.S. as “domestic terrorists” for questioning vaccine mandates and radical critical race theory being made a part of their kids’ education curriculum.