Daily Archives: October 15, 2021

October 15 Evening Quotes of The Day

Grace Enables Us to Accept Rebuke
Psalm 141:5; Proverbs 10:17; 13:1, 18; 19:20; 25:12; 27:6

Grace will teach a Christian contentedly to take those potions that are wholesome, though they be not toothsome.… Faithful reproof is a token of love, and therefore may well be esteemed a kindness.

GEORGE SWINNOCK

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

“Look Upon Yourself as the Servant of All”
Matthew 10:40; 18:4; 25:40; Mark 9:35; 10:43; Luke 22:26; Hebrews 13:2

Look upon yourself as the servant of all. See Christ in others and you will show them respect and reverence.

TERESA OF ÁVILA

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

Is the Beginning of the Universe Good Evidence for the Existence of God? — Cold Case Christianity

One of the classical arguments Christians have offered over the years for the existence of God is the kalam cosmological argument.[1] The kalam cosmological argument can be summarized as follows:[2]

  1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause of its existence.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its existence.
  4. No scientific explanation can provide a causal account of the origin of the universe, since such are part of the universe.
  5. Therefore, the cause must be personal and non-natural.

Atheist philosophers and others have understood the compelling power of this argument and sought to refute its theistic conclusions by offering objections to the underlying claims of the argument.

Many ancient philosophers, including Aristotle, believed the universe had no beginning (and thus, no need for a cause).[3] However, knowledge about the universe drastically changed in the twentieth century as scientists began discovering evidence which indicated the universe had a beginning. Albert Einstein first discovered a series of equations which indicated that all time, space, matter, and physical energy emerged from a singularity, the “Big Bang.” Shortly thereafter, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe was expanding (further indicating the universe came from a single point in the past).[4] Additional discoveries in the following years have only further confirmed that the universe emerged from a point of singularity. However, scientists have long understood that the beginning of the universe implies a supernatural cause, a conclusion which not every scientist has been comfortable with.

Discontent to accept the implications of a universe with a beginning, some atheists have called into question the first premise of the kalam cosmological argument: that everything which begins to exist has a cause. David Hume argued that this premise was not a priori, “I shall venture to affirm… that the knowledge of this relation is not, in any instance, attained by reasonings a priori; but arises entirely from experience.”[5] Following this line of thought, it has been suggested that because the relationship between an effect and its cause cannot be known from reason alone, it is not necessarily true in all cases.[6] Essentially, proponents of this argument must hold to the idea that the universe had a beginning but no cause; the universe emerged from nothing for no reason. Some have turned to the realm of quantum mechanics to explain how something could begin without a cause.[7] However, William Lane Craig states, “Concerning this question, even genuine quantum indeterminacy affords no evidence [that an effect could be uncaused],” explaining, “A quantum vacuum is thus far from nothing, and vacuum fluctuations do not constitute an exception to the principle that whatever begins to exist has a cause.”[8] There simply is no positive evidence which suggests something could begin without having a cause. Accepting such an idea would require the kind of faith of which atheists are typically critical of religious believers.


If available evidence is fairly assessed there can only be one conclusion: the cause of the universe was powerful enough to create the universe from nothing and personal in nature.
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If available evidence is fairly assessed there can only be one conclusion: the most reasonable belief from the available evidence is that the universe had a beginning, the universe had a cause, and that cause was powerful enough to create the universe from nothing and personal in nature. To claim the universe had no beginning, or that that beginning required no cause, is simply unreasonable. To hold such an unreasonable belief in light of the evidence would suggest some underlying motivation to reject the more reasonable conclusion: a predisposition against belief in God so strong that one would be willing to ignore or minimize the facts at hand.

For more information about the scientific and philosophical evidence pointing to a Divine Creator, please read God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe. This book employs a simple crime scene strategy to investigate eight pieces of evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable explanation. The book is accompanied by an eight-session God’s Crime Scene DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

[1] Richard G. Howe, “What Are the Classical Proofs for God’s Existence?” in The Harvest Handbook of Apologetics, edited by Joseph M. Holden (Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2018), 83.

[2] William Lane Craig and James D. Sinclair, “The Kalam Cosmological Argument” in The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, edited by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland. (London: Blackwell, 2009), 101-201.

[3] Mark Mittelberg, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (With Answers) (Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, 2010), 6.

[4] Mark Mittelberg, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (With Answers), 6-8.

[5] David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Project Gutenberg, 2006). https://www.gutenberg.org/files/9662/9662-h/9662-h.htm

[6] R. Douglas Geivett, “The Kalam Cosmological Argument” in To Everyone An Answer, edited by Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig, and J.P. Moreland (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 72.

[7] William Lane Craig, “The Caused Beginning of the Universe: A Response to Quentin Smith.” Reasonable Faith, accessed September 9, 2021. http://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/ scholarly-writings/the-existence-of-god/the-caused-beginning-of-the-universe-a-response-to-quentin-smith.

[8] Craig, “The Caused Beginning of the Universe: A Response to Quentin Smith.”

Is the Beginning of the Universe Good Evidence for the Existence of God? — Cold Case Christianity

Assurance in Trials — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Keep in mind that trials are fleeting, whereas our Father’s love is forever.  Remember that God will meet all of our needs


Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 37-39

ReadRomans 8:32-39

We all experience hardship, and trials can shake us unless we cling to truth. Let me share three assurances to remember when troublesome circumstances arise.

 First, God will always meet our needs. This doesn’t mean He provides everything we want. Instead, the Lord will bless us with all that is necessary to fulfill His purpose for our lives. His goal is to sanctify us, not simply to satisfy each immediate desire.

 Second, we’re never alone. God promised to be with us always (Hebrews 13:5). Loneliness often accompanies hardship, so we may feel deserted or opposed by family and friends. But our Father has sent His Spirit to be with us and in us, until the day He brings us to heaven (John 14:16-17). He is all we need–our advocate, guide, helper, and comforter. Recognizing His intimate presence gives us confidence in the midst of trials.

Third, God’s love is eternal. Regardless of our circumstances or poor decisions, His care is unconditional–even when He reprimands us. Loving parents allow disobedient children to experience the consequences of wrong choices; they recognize the benefit of learning from mistakes. Of course, there are also times when we are negatively affected by others’ wrong actions. Even then, God is sovereign and allows only what will bring good in His followers’ lives.

In difficult times, we can remember that God will meet all of our needs, is always with us, and loves us forever. Though Jesus said we would face troubles in this life, He offered encouragement: The ultimate victory is His. So keep in mind that trials are fleeting, whereas our Father’s love is forever.

By Dr. Charles Stanley
used by permission


Further Reading

•  Struggles, Despair -an assortment of good articles
•  Going Deeper with God
•  Salvation Explained

Assurance in Trials — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Our Confident Trust — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.”  Job 19:25


My wife died of cancer, but I still trust in God,” the speaker said to more than 400 college students at a winter conference I attended. I was impressed that he could passionately speak of his love for the Lord and had such faith after this devastating loss. That night I went to my room and asked Jesus Christ into my life.

At the conference, I read that faith comes from reading the Bible. I went to the bookstore and bought a Bible. A list of reading suggestions was on the inside cover. (If you want to know why Christians suffer, read the book of Job.)

Job was a man following God, living a good life. But Satan wanted to test Job’s faith and challenged God to allow him to do so. Shortly afterwards, Job hears that all his children died in an accident and his livestock was stolen. Then Job becomes drastically sick. In the midst of Job’s loss and suffering he states that he knows that he will see God because he believes that he lives. In spite of everything that Job went through, he trusted in God and had a relationship with him.

When we go through difficulties in life, we won’t always understand why either. But we can put our trust confidently in our Redeemer who lives and realize he will give us the strength we need for the day and the peace to endure.

Lord God, it is a mystery why life is so hard at times and why there is so much suffering. May you increase my faith and trust in you. Thank you that you give me the strength I need for the day and the peace to go with it. Amen.

Today thank God often that he is always with you, that you already have eternal life with him, and that he gives you the strength through his indwelling Spirit to face any challenges he allows.

By Jan Stewart
Used by Permission


Further Reading

• When Someone Disappoints Us
• When Confusion Prevails
•  Salvation Explained

Our Confident Trust — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

October 15 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

“O Give Me that Book!”
1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:15–16

I want to know one thing—the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way: For this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: Here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri [a man of one book].

JOHN WESLEY*

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

Wonder the Beginning of Wisdom
Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; 9:10

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom, being as it were, the road to the search of truth.

THOMAS AQUINAS*

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

Today’s Present Set Up For The Great Reset – Jan Markell – Rumble Video — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Jan Markell spends the hour with Leo Hohmann. One expert says the vaccine mandate and passports spell the end of human liberty in the West. This is part of the agenda of the World Economic Forum and their great Reset plans to change the world as we know it. How does this line up with what the Bible prophecies?

Today’s Present Set Up For The Great Reset – Jan Markell – Rumble Video — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

15 Oct 2021 News Briefing

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White House quietly removes sanctions on Iranian missile companies
An advocacy group that warns about the threat of a nuclear Iran has sounded the alarm after the US Treasury Department last week without explanation lifted sanctions on two firms that produced ballistic missiles for the Iranian regime. The Biden Administration has thus far not been forthcoming on the reasons behind the lifting of these sanctions,

Bill Clinton hospitalized in California for blood infection, spokesperson says
Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, his doctors told CNN on Thursday. “He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring,”

Scientists Demonstrate Optomechanical Quantum Teleportation
Now, a team of researchers from the Netherlands, Brazil and China has demonstrated quantum teleportation of a polarization-encoded optical input state onto the joint state of a pair of nanomechanical resonators. In their experiments, Dr. Gröblacher and colleagues created a polarization-encoded photonic qubit in an arbitrary quantum state. They then transported this photon over tens of meters of optical fiber and teleported it onto their quantum memory comprised of two massive, mechanical silicon resonators — each about 10 micrometers in size and consisting of tens of billions of atoms.

US Supreme Court leans toward restoring death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber
U.S. Supreme Court justices are leaning toward reinstating convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence for his role in the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 200. In more than 90 minutes of arguments, the court’s six conservative justices seemed likely to embrace the Justice Department’s effort to overturn a lower court ruling that tossed out the death sentence. The court’s three liberal justices asked tough questions of a U.S. administration lawyer who argued that they should reimpose the death penalty for Tsarnaev.

Navy to begin kicking sailors out who refuse COVID vaccine without waivers
The U.S. Navy announced on Thursday it will begin halting reenlistments and transfer orders for sailors currently refusing the COVID-19 vaccines and active-duty sailors will have up until November 14 to either have an approved or pending vaccine exemption request or their second COVID-19 vaccine dose or they will face being discharged from the service. Sailors in the Navy Reserves have until December 14 to receive their second vaccine dose.

Chicago Police Union Head Urges Members To Defy Vaccine Mandate, Warns Force To Shrink 50% This Weekend
The head of the Chicago police officers union on Tuesday called on its members to refuse to comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which is set to take effect on Friday. “Do not fill out the portal information,” Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said in a video to officers posted on YouTube. “I’ve made my status very clear as far as the vaccine, but I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody—let alone that information about your medical history.” Shortly after Lightfoot announced the measures in August, Catanzara compared the requirement to how Nazis told their victims the gas chambers were showers.

Blinken Admits US Policy Is To ‘Oppose The Reconstruction Of Syria’
Antony Blinken said the US position on Syria is to “oppose” the country’s reconstruction and not support any attempts at normalization with the government of Bashar al-Assad. At a joint press conference with his Israeli and UAE counterparts, Blinken said the US has not “changed our position to oppose the reconstruction of Syria until there is irreversible progress toward a political solution.”

Aspirin lowers risk of COVID: New findings support preliminary Israeli trial
The treatment reduced the risk of reaching mechanical ventilation by 44%. ICU admissions were lower by 43%, and an overall in-hospital mortality saw a 47% decrease.

Iran threatens ‘harsh response’ after alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria
Iranian militias warned of a “harsh response” after a number of Syrian and Iranian-backed forces were killed and wounded in an alleged Israeli airstrike near Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday night, the second such airstrike in the past week.

Challenging the big bang puzzle of heavy elements
Researchers in Japan and Canada are now challenging a piece of the Big Bang puzzle. Do all of the elements heavier than iron really originate from stars exploding, or are some created deep within the Earth’s mantle, thanks to convection dynamics driven by plate tectonics? “Our study suggests that the Earth itself has been able to create lighter elements by nuclear transmutation,” said Mikio Fukuhara, a co-author from Tohoku University’s New Industry Creation Hatchery Center in Japan. … this is a revolutionary discovery because “it was previously theorized that all of these elements were sourced from supernova explosions, whereas we postulate a supplementary theory,” Fukuhara said.

Astronomers baffled by mysterious radio signals coming from the centre of the Milky Way – but they’ve ruled out aliens
Astronomers have discovered unusual radio waves coming from the direction of the Milky Way’s centre – but they don’t know what’s causing them. ‘This object was unique in that it started out invisible, became bright, faded away and then reappeared. This behaviour was extraordinary.’

Syria reports one dead, three wounded in Israeli strike near Palmyra
A Syrian soldier was killed and three other people were wounded on Wednesday night in an Israeli airstrike in the area of Palmyra in Homs Governorate, according to official Syrian media. A Syrian military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that the strike had occurred just before midnight, and had been launched from the direction of Al-Tanf on the Syria-Iraq border.

Lebanon: Snipers open fire on protestors in Beirut, as massive street war ensues
Six dead and sixty injured in a vicious street war has been waged on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. Gun battles between the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah terrorists are sending downtown Beirut into a chaotic frenzy.

TN joins growing list of states with parents voicing concerns over graphic contents in school libraries
NASHVILLE, TN) – October 13, 2021 – Tennessee joins the growing lists of states with parents voicing concerns on materials being offered in their children’s school library. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, a member of the Tennessee Textbook & Instructional Materials Quality Commission, was called upon this week by a concerned parent whose elementary school student in Cumberland County had checked out a book, Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, from her school’s library. Noted Cardoza-Moore in her assessment: “This book is not only inappropriate for any grade, but it is also antisemitic in its portrayal of a Jewish teenager who is a sexual deviant and is morally bankrupt.

Vatican accused of tax evasion in Jerusalem
In a recent submission in the JPost, former NYC advertising agency, and marketing executive David Levine blasted the Vatican for its refusal to pay taxes due to Israel and its municipalities on church-owned properties and income. That’s because the Vatican’s churches claim to be houses of worship exclusively even though it is well documented that many of them double as hotels, restaurants, stores, and schools.

15 killed, 31 injured as blast hits Afghan mosque in Kandahar
A large explosion tore through a Shi’ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, killing at least 15 people and wounding 31, officials and provincial leaders said. Qari Saeed Khosti said authorities were collecting details of the explosion…

Are Saudi Arabia and Iran on the road to reconciliation?
Saudi Arabia and Iran reportedly are on the path to reconciliation after years of tense relations. Iraq has been hosting a series of meetings between officials on both sides aimed at easing tensions after a five-year rift, and expectations are high that a public announcement of a normalization agreement could come soon.

Covid: Italy port workers strike over Covid pass rules
Dockers at the Italian port of Trieste have gone on strike in protest at the requirement for all workers to show a Covid pass. The Green Pass shows whether you have had the Covid vaccine, recovered from it or had a negative test. It became mandatory for all Italian workplaces on Friday.

Beirut port blast: Day of mourning in Lebanon after bloodshed at protest
Lebanon is holding a day of mourning after seven people died and dozens were hurt in some of the worst violence for years in the capital, Beirut. Gunfire broke out on Thursday during a protest by Shia Muslim groups against the judge investigating last year’s huge blast at the city’s port.

Qatar resumes distribution of monetary aid to Gaza
Tens of thousands of impoverished families in the Gaza Strip began receiving Qatari humanitarian funds on Thursday after Israel agreed to a new distribution mechanism involving the United Nations. Recipients of the money queued from the early hours outside 300 distribution centers spread across the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave.

Iran warns Israel against ‘military adventures’
Iran warned Israel in a letter to the UN Security Council chief Thursday against any attack on its nuclear facilities after its arch-foe declared its right to use force. “We warn the Zionist regime against any miscalculation or military adventure targeting Iran and its nuclear program,” Iran’s ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote…

Putin brags Russia’s new hypersonic missiles ‘can wipe out US cities’ sparking WW3 fears
Vladimir Putin made a terrifying boast this week, saying that Russia has hypersonic nuclear missiles that are “on alert” and capable of destroying cities in the US. Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, the Russian leader also said that his “intercontinental” weapons can travel five times faster than those being developed in America.

VAX OR STARVE: German State Allows Grocery Stores to Ban Unvaccinated
In Hesse Germany all retailers including grocery stores can now decide whether they want to allow the unvaccinated in their stores.

River Overflows, Submerges 12 Chinese Villages
More reports of flood damage are coming out of northwestern China. Excess water has breached one riverbank in the country’s Shanxi Province, amid continuous heavy rains. The resulting flood submerged 12 small towns there.

Hurricane Pamela Strengthens as It Barrels Toward Mexico’s Bread Basket
Hurricane Pamela gathered strength on Tuesday as it barreled toward Mexico’s western coast, with the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicting it will strengthen further before crashing into the fertile farm state of Sinaloa.

After family members contracted COVID-19, Ozzy Osbourne says worshiping Satan protected him from virus
Ozzy Osbourne is thanking Lucifer for protecting him from coronavirus. The Grammy Award-winning heavy metal icon credited Satan for covering him during the pandemic, even as close family members contracted COVID-19.

The global elites are headed to Scotland. Call it climate FOMO. 
Scotland’s largest city — famous for deep fried Mars bars, club nights and sectarian soccer rivalry — is about to attract a network of global elites more comfortable gathering over champagne in Davos for the World Economic Forum.

Oil Price Jumps Above $80 and Natural Gas Races Higher, Turbocharged by Supply Shortages 
The extended climb in oil prices is leaving some other industrial commodities behind, a divergence that reflects bets that energy supply shortages will offset any slowdown in the global economy.

Academia Is Establishing A Permanent Surveillance Bureaucracy That Will Soon Govern The Rest Of The Country
Having now received a tsunami of messages from people across the US (and a few internationally) about the surveillance regimes being permanently installed at their educational institutions — in contravention of earlier assurances that the current academic year would mark a long-awaited “return to normalcy,” thanks to the onset of mass vaccination — there are a few conclusions to draw.

CDC: 16,310 Dead 778,685 Injured Following COVID-19 Shots – 2.5X More Deaths than Following All Vaccines for Past 30 Years – 2,102 Fetal Deaths 
The U.S. Government is now reporting that in the past 10 months since the emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 shots 16,310 people have died following those shots.

The Newest Big Pharma Scam Exposed
Molnupiravir is the new pill that’s been all over the news recently because it can cut hospitalizations and deaths of unvaccinated Covid-infected people by as much as half and doesn’t require folks to go to the hospital or an infusion center, like the monoclonal antibody treatment.  Just take four pills every day for five days and you’re good.

Biden terminates all Texas border wall contracts…
DHS is pulling the plug on contracts to erect a border wall in the embattled Rio Grande Valley — even as migrants from around the world continue to pour into the US from Mexico in unprecedented numbers.

RED COVID: Lead Democrats try to rename virus because it’s mostly blue state Democrats at 92% who get the deadly clot shots, nearly doubling Republican red state vax rates
Most Democrats believe everything they see and hear on television, especially since 2016 when the media vilified Trump and gas-lighted everything anti-American and anti-constitutional

North Carolina lieutenant governor rejects call to resign over anti-LGBTQ comments
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) rejected calls for his resignation on Saturday after a number of lawmakers condemned his comments describing homosexuality as “filth.” Robinson remained defiant in a video posted to Facebook, saying he “will not back down.”

Costco and Walmart limit toilet paper as supply chain problems worsen
Across America and all across Europe, store shelves are starting to empty themselves out as a global government-created supply chain crisis is preventing hundreds of thousands of shipping containers from being unloaded at various worldwide ports. Evidentially, the New World Order has a very deep bag of tricks, you might want to start now and stock up on the essentials this winter. COVID rates are dropping fast so they needed a new calamity to keep you locked down, the supply chain crisis is it.

Prices Skyrocketing From Inflation As Empty Shelves Begin Appearing Across America As New World Order Creates Yet Another Fear-Inducing Crisis
Across America and all across Europe, store shelves are starting to empty themselves out as a global government-created supply chain crisis is preventing hundreds of thousands of shipping containers from being unloaded at various worldwide ports.

CHILD SACRIFICE: Creepy Joe Biden Issues Scary Warning That Little Kids As Young As 5-Years Old Will Be Forced To Receive The COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine
ll regimes and all dictators have one thing in common, at some point they come for your children and sacrifice them on the altar of their religion, in this case the ‘religion’ being the International Church of COVID. Heretics will be burned at the stake. Today pretend president Joe Biden’s White House warned America’s governors to get the children ready to be placed on the altar.

Workers Who Maintain Supply Chains Warn of Worldwide ‘System Collapse’
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, so-called “Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds” are distributed to states which then deposit those funds into the bank accounts of counties and cities.

Attorney Says Denver Cop Coerced Into Getting COVID Vaccine Now Hospitalized with Stroke Symptoms
After Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city employees in August, Jose Manriquez, a seven-year veteran with the Denver Police Department and father of four, reluctantly received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 22.

The Job Creators Network, One Of America’s Largest Small Business Advocacy Groups, Pushes Back Against Biden COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
The battle against the New World Order has come center stage as across America and around the world, freedom loving citizens of many nations are rising up against totalitarian COVID vaccine mandates and the Mark of the Beast prototype Immunity Passports. But be forewarned, this is not a political battle, it is a spiritual one, and it’s not about freedom, it’s about the salvation of your eternal soul.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/10/15/15-oct-2021/

Churches begin to prepare for future “Cashless Society” with cryptocurrency payment optionsPosted: 15 Oct 2021 08:26 AM PDTIn 2019, Sun Coast Community Church in Sarasota, Florida, announced on its website that it would start accepting donations in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin.“In an effort to support a wide range of diverse giving options for our donors, we’ve decided as an organization to begin accepting donations in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin,” the church founded by Lead Pastor Larry Baucom said. “Some of our community members have already requested to make donations in cryptocurrency because of the tax benefits that come along with gifts of cryptocurrency.”Cryptocurrencies which are “typically decentralized digital money designed to be used over the internet,” according to cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase, are growing in popularity because they offer more than just tax benefits for people making charitable donations to churches.Continue reading Churches begin to prepare for future “Cashless Society” with cryptocurrency payment options at End Time Headlines.
The dumbing down of America continues as student test scores fall for first time in national test’s historyPosted: 15 Oct 2021 08:10 AM PDTMath and reading test scores for the country’s 13-year-olds have dropped sharply in comparison to numbers from 2012, with some of the lowest-scoring test-takers falling the furthest behind.Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that while 2020 average scores in reading and mathematics for 13-year-olds marked an improvement from the NAEP’s earliest results in the 1970s, scores had declined since 2012.U.S. News and World Report reported that this was the first major score drop in the subjects since the NAEP began tracking long-term academic achievement trends in the 1970s.Continue reading The dumbing down of America continues as student test scores fall for first time in national test’s history at End Time Headlines.
Farmers are now warning of a turkey shortage ahead of the coming HolidaysPosted: 15 Oct 2021 08:04 AM PDTThe holidays are right around the corner and that means looking for the right turkey for the dinner table. But the turkey company Butterball is concerned there may be a shortage in supply this year.CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek visited a turkey farm in Dundee. They are working very hard to make sure that they can keep up with demand. After speaking to several farmers, they say It’s not just the labor, it’s the people it takes to get the turkey from the farm to your table that is the problem.Continue reading Farmers are now warning of a turkey shortage ahead of the coming Holidays at End Time Headlines.
Frustrations reach boiling point as shoppers share photos of bare aisles in stores across the countryPosted: 15 Oct 2021 07:47 AM PDTFrustrated shoppers complaining about shortages of everyday products in their local stores are attacking President Joe Biden online with the hashtag ‘Empty Shelves Joe’ as the US faces severe supply chain problems that could stretch into the new year.Dozens of cargo ships carrying hundreds of thousands of containers of goods from China and Asia are waiting to dock in California as concern grows about likely Christmas shortages.Some retailers such as Costco and Walmart are limiting sales of toilet paper in some areas and toy company CEOs are telling parents to buy their kids’ Christmas gifts now to avoid disappointment.Continue reading Frustrations reach boiling point as shoppers share photos of bare aisles in stores across the country at End Time Headlines.
The Rise of “False Messiahs”: What You Must KnowPosted: 14 Oct 2021 07:14 PM PDT(OPINION) When the disciples asked for signs of the end times, Jesus warned them about false messiahs. Jesus responded to the disciples: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” (Luke 21:8-9)The end time could very well be near if we look at the number of people around the globe who are rising up to say that they are indeed the Messiah.Continue reading The Rise of “False Messiahs”: What You Must Know at End Time Headlines.
Judge rules that New York must allow religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccinesPosted: 14 Oct 2021 06:59 PM PDTA federal judge on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction against New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers after a group of 17 Christian medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, protested in a lawsuit that the mandate violated their religious freedom by not allowing employers to consider religious exemptions.U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd issued a new order blocking the New York health department from rejecting employer-approved religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate enacted on Aug.Continue reading Judge rules that New York must allow religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines at End Time Headlines.
Bumblebees have disappeared across 8 states in the US, Experts warn they face extinctionPosted: 14 Oct 2021 06:39 PM PDTDwindling populations of the American bumblebee and their complete disappearance from eight states has led to a call for the bee to be placed under the Endangered Species Act before they face extinction.Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Oregon each have zero or close to zero American bumblebees left, according to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and Bombus Pollinators Association of Law Students.“The American bumblebee was once the most common bumblebee species in North America, but without immediate action to protect it under the ESA, it will continue its alarming decline towards extinction,” the petition authors wrote.Continue reading Bumblebees have disappeared across 8 states in the US, Experts warn they face extinction at End Time Headlines.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 15, 2021

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

THE FOUNDATION

“It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station [of President] filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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As the FBI investigates Hunter Biden’s taxes, some shared bank accounts may force the bureau to look at his dad’s involvement.

Douglas Andrews

In a world where Jussie Smollett and Hunter Biden live free, and Andrew McCabe has his FBI pension restored, it’s tough to get worked up about the prospect of seeing justice served to any Democrat. Indeed, in our two-tiered justice system, you needn’t worry about going to jail — much less spending months there in solitary confinement — unless you worked for Donald Trump or spent the afternoon of January 6 strolling through the U.S. Capitol building.

We can dream, though, can’t we?

This week, on the anniversary of the collusion between Big Tech and Big Media to bury the New York Post’s bombshell story about the Biden Crime Family’s influence-peddling operation, we learned that the “Big Guy” himself may be involved in the FBI’s investigation of his deeply twisted and shamelessly corrupt stunningly artistic son, Hunter.

Here’s what’s being reported in the UK’s Daily Mail, which continues to do the journalistic digging that America’s own hard-left newspapers don’t dare to do:

President Joe Biden could become embroiled in an FBI investigation of Hunter’s finances, experts say, as emails reveal the father and son shared accounts and paid each other’s bills.

Emails recovered by DailyMail.com from Hunter’s abandoned laptop between Hunter and Eric Schwerin, his business partner at consultancy Rosemont Seneca, show Schwerin was working on Joe’s taxes, discussing the father and son paying each other’s household bills, and even fielding requests for a book deal for the then-vice president, as well as managing the donation of Joe’s senate papers to the University of Delaware.

It is unclear why Schwerin had this intimate role in the vice president’s affairs rather than government officials in the Office of the Vice President.

As for Joe Biden, he’s steadfastly maintained — in the face of a mountain of evidence to the contrary — that he’s simply Sergeant Schultz in all this: that he knows nothing, nothing about his wastrel son’s influence peddling in Ukraine, China, Libya, and elsewhere. Honest.

Here’s what he said back on September 19, 2020, at a campaign event in Iowa — the state that got to know him best and that accordingly voted him fourth in its caucuses: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings. Here’s what I know: Trump should be investigated. Ask the right questions!”

Ask the right questions, eh? Hunter’s former business associate, Tony Bobulinski, gave the corrupt mainstream media all sorts of great questions back in October, just before the election, but the Trump-addled Leftmedia weren’t interested.

A former federal prosecutor and expert on money laundering and criminal tax law told the Daily Mail that if money was flowing between Hunter and his dad, the senior Biden could be a target of the probe. Legal scholar Jonathan Turley concludes that these revelations about shared bank accounts raise “serious questions about whether the Biden family conducted an extensive influence-peddling operation.”

But we should probably keep all this to ourselves. We wouldn’t want to get our hopes up, and we wouldn’t want the American people to think that a future U.S. president lied to them about his sleazy son’s business dealings. Or worse, that a sitting U.S. vice president was working a side hustle with that same son, trading on the family name instead of tending to the affairs of state.

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Anniversary of the Mass Media Blockbuster Biden/ChiCom Connection Blackout

It was an unprecedented political cover-up and the most disgraceful episode of yellow journalism in American history.

Mark Alexander

One year ago, ahead of the 2020 election, the New York Post broke what should have been a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report exposing in detail Joe Biden’s corrupt Red Chinese connections, among other corrupt activities. Of course, Pulitzers are now reserved primarily for leftist clickbait.

The Democrat Party’s Leftmedia propagandists and their big tech First Amendment suppressors killed the Post story. They disputed the facts and suppressed or outright banned any mention of it on mainstream and social media platforms.

The collusion between Biden’s campaign and the media platforms to cancel the Post’s blockbuster reporting on Hunter Biden’s emails, which connected his father with pay-to-play influencing schemes involving the ChiComs and other foreign adversaries, was unprecedented in American history. It was the most disgraceful episode of “yellow journalism” ever.

Of course, we learned soon after the election that the Post’s report was factual.

As the Post’s chief political analyst Michael Goodwin rightly protests on the anniversary of the blackout: “Rather than do their own work on The Post reports, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and others tried either to ignore the stories or knock them down. Without a shred of evidence, they swallowed whole the Biden campaign claim of ‘Russian disinformation’ and were aided and abetted when Twitter, Facebook and YouTube blacked out The Post’s reports. This was not an honest case of differing judgments about the laptop’s contents. This was a shared decision to protect Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential ­campaign. It was not journalism. It was propaganda.”

The deep state coup to take down the presidency of Donald Trump, most notably the orchestration of the Russian collusion charade by a handful of key principals in the FBI and CIA, besieged Trump’s presidency for three years, culminating in a failed attempt to impeach Trump, ironically, for what Joe Biden actually did.

The combination of the faux scandals, the suppression of the Post’s investigative reports, and the Demos’ bulk-mail ballot fraud finally succeeded in the defeat of Trump. Democrats elected a narcissistic non compos mentis jackass who has been a swamp rat for the last 50 years. Biden is, in effect, a demented dead man walking who doesn’t give a damn about the people he ostensibly serves — a fact that is increasingly reflected in his abysmal approval ratings.

Biden is a puppet and mascot for the leftists who now control his socialist Democrat Party. He is, in fact, an enemy of American Liberty, as are Kamala Harris and their leftist party leaders.

All Americans should understand the conspiracy to successfully blacklist the New York Post story, which I covered here last December, as did Michael Goodman in detail here this week.

Suffice it to say, as political analyst David Harsanyi also noted post-election last December: “It’s now clear that the Hunter Biden story was real. … Yet, when The New York Post broke the details, virtually the entire journalistic establishment and left-wing punditsphere defamed the newspaper, claiming it was passing on Russian ‘disinformation’ or partisan fabrications. … Tech companies, spurred on by these censorious journalists, shut down the account of one of America’s most-read newspapers to inhibit users from reading the story. It was completely unprecedented.”

Maybe Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation will eventually expose some of the Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden deep-staters who colluded to defeat Donald Trump. Durham certainly has a lot of evidence to work with if he can connect the dots.

That would include revelations this week, in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of Hunter Biden, that he and Joe shared bank accounts. Despite Joe’s repeated lies that he knew nothing about Hunter’s corrupt foreign business schemes, legal scholar Jonathan Turley concludes that the most recent revelations about shared bank accounts raise “serious questions about whether the Biden family conducted an extensive influence-peddling operation.”

To that end, a year ahead of the 2020 election, Politico Magazine, presumably to bump Biden out of the running to ensure socialist candidate Bernie Sanders would be the Demo nominee, published a scathing report, “Biden Inc.,” over the subtitle, “Over his decades in office, ‘Middle-Class Joe’s’ family fortunes have closely tracked his political career.” Politico thoroughly exposed the foundational context for the Post’s Biden investigative report last year, but it got no traction.

Meanwhile, congressional Demos are busy hoping to bury the Biden corruption story with their ongoing fake “insurrection inquisition” into the January 6 Capitol riot jackasses.

With gratitude to the New York Post for its perseverance through the blackout, stay tuned.

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GOP Needs Trump to Get Past 2020

His fixation on the “stolen election” will do more to hurt Republicans’ 2022 chances than it will help.

Thomas Gallatin

Donald Trump had an incredible legacy as president, but sometimes he can be his own worst enemy. More broadly, as the leader of the Republican Party, he’s ensuring that his self-inflicted wounds damage not only his own (presumed) electoral chances but those of other Republicans as well.

Clearly, Trump has yet to get over the fact that he is not the one currently sitting in the White House following the 2020 election. It’s true that millions of Americans wish he were currently the president, enacting policies to make America great. But as they say, if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride … and we don’t see any beggars riding.

Trump has consistently referred to the election as having been “stolen” and “rigged” — claims he again raised at an Iowa rally. The trouble is, Trump has yet to demonstrably prove that any illegal shenanigans actually changed the outcome.

To be clear, we have repeatedly sounded the alarm regarding the real election fraud of 2020 — the Democrats’ massive bulk-mail balloting scheme. It’s not that we aren’t sympathetic to some of the claims of election fraud, or that we don’t see any evidence at all. There most certainly is evidence of unlawful activity. Again, it’s that we have yet to see demonstrable and legal evidence proving that this changed the outcome in enough states to make Trump president. Just because Trump loudly says so is not evidence that it was so.

At a recent Iowa rally, Trump was on his hobby horse yet again: “I’m telling you the single biggest issue, as bad as the border is … the single biggest issue, the issue that gets the most pull, the most respect, the biggest cheers is talking about the election fraud of the 2020 presidential election.” Yet recognizing that the charge sounds an awful lot like sore loser Hillary Clinton after her 2016 defeat, he asserted, “Here’s the difference. Hillary conceded. I never conceded. No reason to concede.”

Unfortunately, it appears that Trump has resolved to make “the presidential election fraud of 2020” a major campaign issue to defeat Republicans in the next election. “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 and ’24,” Trump said in a statement. “It’s the single most important thing for Republicans to do.”

Losing the next two elections is the most important thing Republicans can do? It seems that Donald Trump and Never-Trumper Jonah Goldberg finally agree on something.

There’s no question that election fraud is an important concern, and in fact several Republican-run states, highlighted by both Georgia and Texas, have sought to address these concerns via the legislative process by passing election integrity laws. In other words, Republican have been and are engaged in shoring up election integrity in the state. In Washington, congressional Republicans have been effective in preventing the Democrats from passing their disastrous HR1/SB1 election fraud bill. Insofar as elections are concerned, Republicans have been hard at work where it counts.

But the problem is that Trump’s complaint is about his own 2020 election loss. His “my way or the highway” approach has already proven disastrous. Trump’s declaring that the election was “rigged” cost Republicans two seats and thus control of the Senate thanks to low Republican voter turnout in the Georgia Senate runoff. Telling supporters not to vote is not a formula for winning elections, nor is it an effective means for addressing voter fraud.

To make America great again, Trump will need the help of a party that is in the majority in Congress. That should translate into helping Republicans win back control of both houses of Congress come 2022. This must be his top priority, especially if he intends to run again in 2024. Telling supporters not to vote is not the way that will happen. In fact, it will only create resentment against him from Republican candidates who would appreciate his help and leadership. Taking your ball and going home is not how you win the long game. You can’t win if you don’t play.

It’s time for Trump to stop bemoaning the past and start preparing for the future. And what better time to do so? He should remind Americans how good they had it under his leadership right when Joe Biden’s presidency is imploding and America is mired in his malaise.

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Zuck Buys an Election

A new book on the 2020 election details how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent $419 million on behalf of Joe Biden.

Douglas Andrews

Was it simply the bulk-mail ballot fraud? Is that how Joe Biden “stole” the 2020 election from Donald Trump? Or was there something more to it?

Surely that twofold Democrat strategy — which was employed nationwide under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic, and which involved bulk-mailing votes and authenticating them with an appallingly shoddy “anything goes” approach in Democrat-controlled areas — had something to do with it. But does that tell the whole story? Does that adequately explain how Trump earned 12 million more votes than any Republican candidate in history and handily carried 18 of 19 “bellwether” counties across the nation, and yet still lost the election by seven million votes to an uninspiring 77-year-old career politician who couldn’t draw flies to a rally and spent most of the campaign season hiding away in his basement?

A new book by Mollie Hemingway, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, paints a fuller picture of a deeply flawed and undemocratic election that was decided more by money than by traditional theft. In it, she describes how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a stunning $419 million to get out the vote in critical Democrat areas of key battleground states, and how these efforts overcame what would otherwise have been a resounding reelection for Donald Trump. As political analyst John Daniel Davidson writes:

“Rigged” doesn’t argue or allege that the election was stolen, but that it was corrupted by corporate media, Big Tech censorship, the courts, and Democratic activists. Taken together, it all amounted to heavy-handed election interference of a kind we have never seen before.

What happened, exactly? Hemingway doesn’t point to any one thing, because what happened was the combined efforts of the most powerful institutions in America.

Those efforts … include Big Tech controlling what kind of political reporting voters could see online, Facebook infiltrating the supposedly non-partisan offices that administer our elections, and Democratic Party operatives launching a fusillade of lawsuits to make outrageous changes to election laws in key swing states. Just to mention a few.

As for that unreal and unprecedented avalanche of Zuck Bucks, researcher William Doyle notes that this money “had nothing to do with traditional campaign finance, lobbying, or other expenses that are related to increasingly expensive modern elections.” Instead, he says, “It had to do with financing the infiltration of election offices at the city and county level by left-wing activists, and using those offices as a platform to implement preferred administrative practices, voting methods, and data-sharing agreements, as well as to launch intensive outreach campaigns in areas heavy with Democratic voters.”

Of course, we’re also upon the one-year anniversary of that critical case of Big Tech and Big Media collusion that occurred just before last year’s election, when the New York Post’s bombshell reporting on the Biden family’s influence peddling in Ukraine and China and elsewhere was systematically suppressed by Zuckerberg’s Facebook, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter, and their mainstream media accomplices. Mark Alexander offers some fresh analysis here.

To sum it all up, money can indeed buy elections. And it did in 2020. And our nation is now paying the price of President Joe Biden.

In 2016, while pulling off the greatest election upset in American history, Donald J. Trump beat the Republican establishment, the Democrat establishment, the Clinton machine, the Obama machine, Big Tech, the media, Hollywood, the schools, the colleges and universities, the foundations, the increasingly woke large corporations, and the list goes on.

In 2020, Trump appeared poised to do the same thing — this time against an older, weaker, less compelling, more gaffe-prone candidate than the first woman ever to head a major party’s presidential ticket. And in the early evening hours of that first Tuesday in November, we thought Trump was doing just that.

Somehow, though, as the election results continued to trickle in, he lost. And now, finally, we have a better sense of why. Big Tech colluded with Democrats to buy this election for Joe Biden. It might not be satisfying for those of us who knew in our bones that our guy had won, but there’s no other way around it.

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The REAL Cover-Up in Loudoun County

Schools can handle infractions in-house and not have to notify law enforcement.

Emmy Griffin

On Tuesday, news broke about the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) possibly covering up the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by a male student in the girls’ bathroom. Unfortunately, the scandal gets even darker.

In 2020, Virginia lawmakers voted to update the procedure that schools had to go through during instances of sexual battery, stalking, violent threats against a person or property, or violations of a protective order. This updated code would allow schools to handle said incidents in-house and not have to notify law enforcement. Sexual battery is classified as inappropriate touching that is forced or coerced. In Virginia, sexual battery is considered a misdemeanor. What happened to this girl was aggravated sexual battery (rape and sodomy), which is a felony. That’s bad enough, but this new law allows the stifling of misdemeanors. It comes into play here because, according to the father of the victim, Scott Smith, the school told him it would be handling the incident “in-house” after passing it off as just an assault.

After ascertaining that the assault was much worse, the incensed Smith caused such a stir that the principal had to get the police involved — but not for the sake of reporting the incident to law enforcement. They were called to deter the irate father of the victim. This is evidenced by the letter Stone Bridge Principal Tim Flynn sent home to parents that evening regarding the incident:

There was an incident in the main office area today that required the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to dispatch deputies to Stone Bridge. The incident was confined to the main office and the entrance area to the school. There was no threat to the safety of the student body. The incident was witnessed by a small number of students who were meeting with staff adjacent to the main office. Counseling services and the services of our Unified Mental Health Team are available for any student who may need to talk about today’s incident. Students might have noticed Sheriff’s Office personnel on campus and I wanted to let you know that something out of the ordinary happened at school today. The safety of our students and staff is the top priority of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).

Smith said of the incident, “Thank God that I drew enough attention to it, without getting arrested, that we got an escort to the hospital and they administered a rape kit that night.” Does this sound like a school willing to comply with the law? Does this sound like a school that has any sympathy for the horror inflicted upon this young girl?

There was another incident on October 6 in which a male student — some have posited that it was the same one in the Smith case — forced a girl into an empty classroom, held her there against her will, and touched her inappropriately. That makes two cases of sexual battery in this school district that would have gone unnoticed had Smith not sounded the alarm. In fact, the family is now pursuing civil action against the district.

Both the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the LCPS released separate statements on Wednesday in response to the flood of coverage. The LCSO wanted to make it clear that LCPS was following the legal procedures. LCPS wanted to assure the public that the school board had no knowledge of the assault until the news broke on Tuesday. This seems pretty far fetched. Ian Prior, director of Fight for Schools, explained why: “Much of the community became aware of Smith’s situation in the days that followed his arrest.” Surely that included school board members. The LCPS also asserts that it had no record that Smith was supposed to talk at the contentious meeting on June 22. In the LCPS statement, it gave no apologies or sympathy for the victims or their families involved in these crimes. In fact, it seemed to care more about the privacy of the male delinquent than the girls he allegedly hurt.

Networks such as CBS, NBC, CNN, and ABC did not give this story any primetime coverage. Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, wrote: “SHAME. How can one call itself a news organization when it blacks out coverage of a story like this, which has such broad impact on the safety of our children and education? And they wonder why ratings and trust of the media continue to tank.”

Prior also had this to say about the lack of mainstream media coverage: “This is about the safety of our children, and any media outlet not digging into what LCPS knew, and when they knew it, is engaging in journalistic malpractice.” Much like how Katie Couric whitewashed Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Leftmedia won’t report stories that don’t align with the woke agenda.

The nightmarish school rape also adds a soupçon of spice to the Virginia gubernatorial race. Democrat Terry McAuliffe already made inflammatory statements saying that parents shouldn’t be telling schools what to teach. Smith’s family went through a firestorm. He was the face of what the school boards were calling “domestic terrorism,” and his child was a victim of a heinous crime committed because of lax policy that allows students to go into the bathrooms of their preferred gender. This completely disproves McAuliffe’s stance since it was school policy that was taken advantage of by this predator.

Ultimately, this story still seems like a cover-up. The ridiculously dangerous law that allows schools not to report certain crimes to the police. High schools calling the police but seemingly not for the reason they gave. LCPS’s statement about the board “not knowing.” The MSM ignoring this story because it doesn’t fit their narrative. It stinks to high heaven. This is exactly why parents should continue to protest, as they are the only advocates for their child’s best interests. Clearly, the schools are not.

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No Court Packing Says … Biden Commission

The SCOTUS Commission determined that expanding the Court would simply create more problems.

Thomas Gallatin

One of the Left’s biggest complaints over the last five years has been the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The hysterics began when the GOP-controlled Senate refused to consider Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia during the 2016 presidential election year. The issue only became more acute for Democrats with Donald Trump’s surprise victory and his subsequent nomination and Senate confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. With Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace the outgoing left-leaning justice Anthony Kennedy, Democrats became so apoplectic that they instigated one of the worst personal smear campaigns against a SCOTUS nominee in U.S. history, reminiscent of their despicable treatment of Justice Clarence Thomas three decades prior. Ironically, their treatment of Kavanaugh was so bad that they effectively hamstrung themselves when it came to offering any significant resistance to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg just months before the 2020 election.

As the Court took on a decidedly right-leaning makeup with a 6-3 conservative majority (assuming John Roberts can be called “conservative”), Joe Biden made addressing the SCOTUS “imbalance” part of his campaign, even flirting with the idea of court packing as a “solution” to this “problem.”

After the election, Biden followed through on his promise to address the Court “problem” and created a Presidential Commission to investigate the possibility of expanding the court. Yesterday, the Commission released its preliminary recommendations, with the final draft expected to be released in mid-November. And it turns out, as many conservatives contended regarding court packing, the Commission determined such action would not “solve” the problem.

“There are also reasons to doubt that Court expansion necessarily would produce benefits in terms of diversity of efficiency,” the Commission’s report said. “There is no guarantee that a larger Court would be drawn from a more diverse group of individuals. And a larger court may be less efficient than the current complement of justices.”

Furthermore, the Commission warned, “The risks of Court expansion are considerable, including that it could undermine the very goal of some of its proponents of restoring the Court’s legitimacy. Recent polls suggest that a majority of the public does not support Court expansion. And as even some supporters of Court expansion acknowledged during the Commission’s public hearings, the reform — at least if it were done in the near term and all at once — would be perceived by many as a partisan maneuver.”

However, in an attempt to not appear to have come up empty for Biden’s SCOTUS crusade, the Commission suggested the possibility of rotating justices. But even that came with a huge caveat, as the report noted that attempting to do so would meet a signifiant “obstacle,” namely Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution, which explicitly states that “the judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such interior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”

Finally, the most ridiculous aspect of this whole Commission charade was the contention by Democrats that it was Republicans who were guilty of politicizing the Court. The Commission’s report not only did not refute such a blatantly absurd claim, it essentially accepted the Democrats’ false framing of the Court being politicized by Republicans.

Which party was it that has been calling for packing the Court? Which party has for 30 years made a practice of personally destroying nominees of the other party? Which party nominates justices that rule according to political agendas instead of the Rule of Law? It’s clear that it’s not the GOP politicizing the judiciary.

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The Biden Global Tax Cartel

His administration’s efforts to push a minimum global tax rate is designed to protect the powerful.

Brian Mark Weber

Government just can’t keep its hands off other people’s money.

That’s true for individuals and corporations. With our soaring national debt, one might think those in power would be thinking of ways to increase competition and spark productivity. Instead, President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen don’t think American companies are paying their fair share, so they’re pushing a global tax that’ll force companies to pay more no matter where they do business.

Former President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress cut corporate taxes from 35%, one of the highest rates in the world, to 21%, which meant America was more competitive than it had been for years. But that could change if this new agreement is implemented. Biden wants to raise the rate up to 28%.

The Left’s fear that countries would lower their taxes to remain competitive is one of the driving factors in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s plan for a global minimum tax on corporations.

The scope is huge. Some 136 countries have signed onto the plan, which would have major implications for large multinational companies all over the world representing perhaps 90% of the global economy. Don’t let Biden’s mouthpiece, Jen Psaki, fool you: Companies do pass on taxes to consumers.

The political agenda here is crystal clear.

“Democrats want to raise the federal corporate rate back above the global average again, to 26.5 percent,” National Review’s editors write. “Since states also levy corporate taxes, the average corporate-tax rate for the U.S. would be 30.9 percent, which would be third-highest in the OECD, trailing only Colombia and Portugal. The Biden administration has made great play of the importance it attaches to competition when it is agitating for an aggressive antitrust policy, but that enthusiasm mysteriously wanes when it comes to taxation.”

And there’s another issue: The Constitution expressly places the power of taxation in the hands of Congress, not the president or treasury secretary. Additionally, only the Senate can approve international treaties. Predictably, the Biden administration is looking for a way to bypass checks on presidential power. There’s only one way to accurately characterize what’s taking place, and that’s a cartel.

The 15% tax seems arbitrary, but let’s just assume economists believe it will benefit businesses. Why not cap individual taxes at 15% instead of raising the individual rate to 39.6%, which rises to more than 60% in some locations when combined with local and state taxes? If a 15% cap will drive the global economy, let’s apply that to all Americans.

But we all know when a new tax is proposed, it’s just the beginning.

That’s why countries such as Ireland insisted that the proposed 15% global tax be a cap, not a minimum. In other words, Ireland’s government knows the deal was a trap to increase the rate down the road and make countries less competitive. Other countries insisted on similar concessions.

This is nothing more than a global power grab designed to reduce the influence of freely elected governments and minimize the ability of their citizens to build wealth. Governments and businesses should be free to compete with one another instead of being strapped down by international regulations, but that could all change.

Raising taxes as part of an international cabal is designed to make it more appealing. The editorial board of The Wall Street Journal explains, “Democrats want to impose much higher U.S. taxes on American companies’ profits at home and abroad, and they think the pill will be easier to force down if lawmakers think other countries are following with tax increases of their own.”

Now this global tax scheme heads to the governments of the countries that pledged to put it into effect, and the U.S. Congress ought to do its constitutional duty and stop it. No one will benefit from this latest attempt to destroy Liberty and prosperity except the global cartel that’s pushing the new tax.

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‘Organized Retail Crime’ in Pelosiville

Walgreens is closing five more stores due to a wave of theft invited by city leaders.

Nate Jackson

San Francisco was robbed. And we’re not talking about last night’s Giants-Dodgers matchup. (The game — and the Giants’ 107-win season — ended on a terrible call of a check-swing strike.) We’re referring to the rampant wave of theft that has Walgreens closing five stores (after closing 10 over the last two years) and other retailers reeling.

We’ve had plenty to say about Nancy Pelosi’s hometown over the years. It’s a “sanctuary city” with rising crimehigh rentwidespread homelessness, streets full of human feces, and a major problem with drug overdose deaths.

Just another Democrat-run city, you might say. But San Francisco is notably bad, and people are leaving Pelosiville in droves because, as native Californian Victor Davis Hanson put it this week, Democrats took “a paradise and turned it into purgatory.”

So, back to the actual subject of this story: Retailers are also leaving the city because of its ordinance making theft of less than $950 merely a misdemeanor, and one that’s rarely prosecuted. In other words, if you walk into a Walgreens and walk out with $949 worth of merchandise without paying, you’ll likely get away with it.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that people are going to walk out of Walgreens with $949 worth of merchandise. It’s so brazen that videos of it have become a viral cottage industry.

Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso says the city’s policy has led to “organized retail crime, by which I mean professional thieves steal goods from retail [that] are ultimately then sold to consumers — primarily on digital marketplaces.” He says that despite Walgreens stores’ efforts, spending “46 times our chain average” for security, theft in its San Francisco stores is “five times our chain average.”

The result is closing 15 stores in recent months, and a lot of lost jobs (relocations notwithstanding).

Mayor London Breed, who grew up in public housing and has worked for the government her entire adult life, blamed Walgreens’ departure on free-market forces. The market, she insists, is “saturated” with drugstores and those Walgreens locations couldn’t be profitable.

Arrogant leftist politicians want to be seen as doing a favor for their constituents, but they are actually hurting those same people — not to mention the vast majority of citizens who remain law-abiding but who now have 15 fewer drugstores from which to purchase necessities.

Nancy Pelosi, call your home office.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Politics

  • Associate reportedly shuffled money between Joe and Hunter Biden accounts; president potential target of FBI investigation (Daily Wire)
  • Andrew McCabe, disgraced FBI official fired by Trump administration, gets pension restored (Fox News)
  • Chuck Schumer plans vote on phone election bill compromise next week (NBC News)
  • Democrats flip-flop on contempt, seeking it for Steven Bannon after opposing it for Eric Holder (Just the News)

Security

  • Blast at Afghan mosque kills 37 as Shiites are targeted again (New York Times)
  • Nearly half of the Taliban government’s leaders are designated terrorists (Free Beacon)

Economy

  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been on paid leave for months amid supply chain crisis (Daily Wire)
  • Cold hard malaise: Winter heating bills set to sharply jump as inflation hits home (AP)
  • U.S. wholesale prices rose record 8.6% over 12 months (AP)

Health

  • Biden pushing vaccines for small kids (Daily Wire)
  • Judge sides with New York healthcare workers seeking religious exemption to vax mandate (Spectrum News)
  • Judge blocks United Airlines from suspending employees over vax mandate (Washington Examiner)
  • “Hold the line”: Chicago police union president tells officers to resist city vax requirement (Daily Wire)
  • Nursing schools see applications rise despite COVID burnout (AP)

Heartland

  • Family of alleged rape victim in Loudoun County to sue school district (Daily Wire)
  • Systemic injustice: Loudoun Schools did not record multiple alleged sexual assaults over a period of years (Daily Wire)
  • Appeals court keeps Texas pro-life law in place (AP)
  • Democrat LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas indicted on federal corruption charges (Los Angeles Daily News)

“Social Justice”

  • Southlake, Texas, school leader tells teachers to balance Holocaust books with “opposing” views (NBC News)
  • Threatening messages reportedly directed at Rhode Island teacher who opposes Critical Race Theory (Washington Examiner)
  • Walmart CRT training encourages employees to accept that “white is not right” (National Review)
  • Walgreens closes five more San Francisco stores over rampant theft (Washington Examiner)

Notables

  • SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd announces resignation (National Review)
  • D’oh! Biden Supreme Court commission opposes adding justices (Fox News) | Though it blames Republicans for polarization over the judiciary (Breitbart)
  • Heritage Foundation names Texas Public Policy Foundation CEO Dr. Kevin Roberts next president (Heritage.org)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The IRS doesn’t need more power (National Review)
  • Humor: NFL removes all coaches, players, and fans who have ever said a bad word; only Tim Tebow remains (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “The war against illegal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is … legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay. … If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system.” —Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

Grand delusions: “I know parents out there are anxiously waiting for a vaccine for children ages five to eleven. The good news is the FDA and outside experts from the CDC are set to make this determination as to whether the vaccine will be authorized for that age range in the next few weeks. … Families will be able to sleep easier at night knowing their kids are protected.” —President Joe Biden

Then let go of the mandate: “Let’s be clear — vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us.” —Joe Biden

Clown world: “If you are fully vaccinated against Covid the next step to improve your immunity may be to actually catch the virus.” —Australia’s The Courier-Mail

The BIG Lie I: “We all understand the American people are not looking at cost-to-cost comparisons from this year to two years ago; they’re looking at cost-to-cost comparisons to their checkbooks from eight months ago or 12 months ago. And even though, factually, if you look back to two years ago, things may be comparative, that’s not how people look at things.” —White House Press Secretary Spin Doctor Jen Psaki

The BIG Lie II: “The American people are, of course, impacted by rising prices of gas in some parts of the country — not all.” —Jen Psaki

The BIG Lie III: “Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem.” —Jason Furman, former chairman of Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (“According to this administration, we must choose between massive inflation, shipping bottlenecks, and huge numbers of Americans dropping out of the workforce…or 10% unemployment. Good midterm messaging there.” —Ben Shapiro)

Who’d a thunk it? “When people ask me, ‘If you ruled the world, what one thing would you do?’ — I think about that a lot.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Non compos mentis: “If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 and ’24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.” —Donald Trump, whose similar rhetoric cost Republicans two Georgia Senate seats

And last… “It kind of blows my mind that the Biden Administration is about to start monitoring all of our bank accounts and somehow this isn’t a major topic of conversation even on the right. The vaccine mandates are bad. This is worse. A lot worse.” —Matt Walsh

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The Great Resignation is causing ‘structural changes’ to the workforce, BofA says | Business Insider

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  • Quitting is the latest hot trend in the US labor market, with workers leaving at near record highs for months.
  • The Great Resignation shows no signs of slowing, and BofA says labor force participation may remain low for years.
  • As workers rethink what they want from work, wages are going up in the meantime.

In case you haven’t heard, quitting is so hot right now. No, really, nearly 3% of the workforce quit in August, with 4.3 million people throwing in the towel. It’s the fifth straight month of near-record quits, a trend that shows no signs of slowing.

Organizational psychologist Anthony Klotz, who coined the term the “Great Resignation” in the spring, told Insider that he’d thought of the term as a description to his wife of what he thought would happen as the economy began to reopen and people began to rethink what they wanted out of work.

Bank of America Research economists Michelle Meyer and Stephen Juneau are projecting real sticking power for this Great Resignation, too. They forecast labor force participation – which tracks people who are either working or actively working – will go up to 62.6% by the end of 2022, but then it will “hold there” in 2023. That means the labor force participation would stay below the pre-prepandemic rate of 63.3%.

That might sound like a small difference, but it constitutes one of several “structural changes to the workforce” being created by the Great Resignation, Meyer and Juneau maintain, also citing the record number of quits by workers.

In September, the labor force participation rate was 61.6%, a slight dip from 61.7% in August.

A recent survey by job search site Joblist found that, of 2,099 respondents, 73% were considering quitting – with a quarter saying that they feel comfortable leaving without a new role waiting for them. Restaurant and hotel workers took that to heart in August, with 6.8% quitting. That’s 892,000 workers leaving.

That’s likely one reason that the current labor shortage is persisting, especially as workers rethink what they want out of work – and find that their current roles’ compensation and conditions are lacking.

Wages are going up as a result

This “extreme churn in the labor force,” in the words of BofA, has led to “rapid wage growth.” Indeed, wages have grown consistently over the past few months – by 0.6% in September, more than forecast, and by 4.6% year-over-year. The rate of wage growth is even higher for workers in leisure and hospitality, going up by 10.8% year-over-year.

BofA tracking also shows that lower-earning workers are more likely to quit – as seen in the rapid rate of departures from industries like leisure and hospitality. Significantly, data on quits doesn’t say whether workers are job-switching or moving into higher-paying roles, but research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago found a “remarkably strong relationship” between jobs switches and higher pay.

As Insider previously reported, that means the radical shifts in the labor market could be queueing America up for a stronger economic recovery than ever. Quitters will likely make more – and be more productive – and companies might learn how to adjust to better meet workers’ needs.

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Source: The Great Resignation is causing ‘structural changes’ to the workforce, BofA says

Friday Briefing, October 15, 2021

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DOCUMENTATION AND ADDITIONAL READING
PART 1 (0:0 – 11:34):
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Dutch Royal Family Updated for the Moral Revolutionaries As Prime Minister Declares Royal Successor Can Marry Person Of Any Gender

WALL STREET JOURNAL (JAMES MARSON)
Dutch Royals Can Marry Same-Sex Partners Without Risking Throne, Government Says

WASHINGTON POST (SAMMY WESTFALL)
Dutch Royals Can Marry Same-sex Partner and Keep Throne, Prime Minister Says

PART 2 (11:35 – 16:35):
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Speed Of Moral Revolutions To The Left On Display As Cambridge University Releases Document Explaining How To Spot Trans Exclusive Radical Feminists—You May Be Next

THE TELEGRAPH (EWAN SOMERVILLE)
Cambridge University ‘Terf-Spotting’ Guide Condemned As A ‘Witch-Finder’s Charter’

PART 3 (16:36 – 20:31):
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Should Christians Boycott Businesses That Support The Secular Revolution? — Dr. Mohler Responds To Letters From Listeners Of The Briefing

PART 4 (20:32 – 24:47):
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Where Do We Draw The Line Between Legislating Theologically And Legislating A Theocracy? — Dr. Mohler Responds To Letters From Listeners Of The Briefing

Source: Friday, October 15, 2021

Roughly 40% Of Americans Say They Recently Suffered Financial Difficulties, Study Shows

Over 40% of U.S. households said they experienced severe financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, citing difficulties paying bills, credit cards and draining their savings, according to a Harvard University report. The survey conducted by the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Public Radio asked roughly 3,600 participants […]

Source: Roughly 40% Of Americans Say They Recently Suffered Financial Difficulties, Study Shows

Oklahoma Governor, AG Vow to Fight Biden’s Employee Vaccine Mandate

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has urged private employers to “disregard” the Biden Administration’s plans to impose a federal vaccine mandate requiring businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated.

Source: Oklahoma Governor, AG Vow to Fight Biden’s Employee Vaccine Mandate

Republican attorneys general say there’s no federal vaccine mandate for workers, vow to sue

Republican attorneys general are advising their state residents that President Biden’s federal mandate for coronavirus vaccinations is not yet in effect — but once it does become reality, they’ll challenge it in the courts. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, a Republican, said Thursday the Biden administration has just recently submitted …

Source: Republican attorneys general say there’s no federal vaccine mandate for workers, vow to sue

Harvard Research Confirms There is not evidentiary correlation between cases and vaccination rates — Christian Research Network

(Justin Heart) I have no idea how this paper made it past the censors but there it is! This was published a month ago but didn’t receive much fanfare and now we know why—it confirms what we’ve been saying for months now: the vaccines have not stopped and likely will not stop the pandemic.

Back in July we tweeted that the CDC data mapping vax rates to COVID-19 case rates shows ZERO impact of the former on the latter:Justin Hart @justin_hart

Looks at this! I put together cases and vaccination data from the CDC. (Cases are per 100K left Y-axis | vaccinations are increasing % right Y-axis) Cases drop by 75% or more for every age group BEFORE any group hits 20% vaccination. Something else is going on entirely here.

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Harvard Research Confirms There is not evidentiary correlation between cases and vaccination rates — Christian Research Network

Printing money: How long can governments get away with it?

Inflation. It’s a very hot topic. And it’s only getting hotter with the whir of the money-printing machines. Dominic Frisby explains how governments have managed to keep printing for so long, and asks, when will it end? #news #trending #currentevents ————————————————————————————————– Freedom over censorship, truth over narrative.

Source: Printing money: How long can governments get away with it?

The Global Lane – EP515 – October 14, 2021

U.S. troops begin Iraq pullout, Christians fear future; USA unprepared for new onslaught of cyberattacks; Terror threat? FBI to investigate parents speaking out at school board meetings; New pill may provide effective Covid treatment at home.

Source: The Global Lane – EP515 – October 14, 2021