Daily Archives: January 5, 2022

The Bible and its Story: The Twelve Memorial Stones

Joshua did not immediately advance against Jericho. He had been commanded otherwise. As the people were crossing Jordan, he had appointed twelve men, one from each of the twelve tribes, to carry each a great stone and place it in the midst of the river where the priests had stood with the ark. These twelve stones were to remain in Jordan’s channel as a memorial forever.

‎Furthermore, twelve other stones were plucked out from the bed of the river where they had lain for ages, and were borne ashore. With these stones the Israelites proceeded in triumphant procession to the nearest high point on the western bank of the Jordan, a place called Gilgal. Here they set up the twelve stones as a monument to God’s power; and here at Gilgal they made their first camp in the promised land. The tabernacle was reërected, and a week was devoted to religious ceremonies. The passover was celebrated as it had not been during all those forty years in the wilderness. The rite of circumcision, reminder of God’s first covenant with Abraham, was performed on all those who had been born in the desert. When the people reached Gilgal, the manna, their food for forty years, ceased to fall. They were in the Promised Land, and they ate from the cornfields of the Canaanites.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Ken Ham: Divided Nation, Conflicted Church – God’s Word Vs. Man’s Word — Stand Up For The Truth

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TODAY’S GUEST:  Ken Ham, one of the top biblical apologetic speakers in North America. Ken is the CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, author of more then 25 books, and founder of the highly acclaimed Creation Museum and world-renowned Ark Encounter. Ken cofounded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse. In addition, he provides biblical and scientific answers to some of the most difficult questions people ask about the Christian faith. One of his eye-opening books is called Already Gone, coauthored by renowned researcher Britt Beemer, on why so many young people have left the church; his brand new book is Divided Nation: Cultures in Chaos & a Conflicted Church.

The Bible says a kingdom, nation, or house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:24-25). There are many serious problems in our churches and country, so what can we do at this point? Ken Ham is with us today to address the issue.

Has the Church Lost its Influence? We live in a nation divided across political, racial, cultural, and even religious lines. Can the church regain a position of influence among young people seeking “truth” while rejecting God’s Word? What, if anything, will be able to bridge these profoundly personal and ideological positions? God’s Word is the best place to start! Ken Ham continues to shine an empowering light on the struggle of the church to retain young believers, and gives action points for both pastors and parents about how to make a stand for the soul of this generation.

“The Word of God is authoritative; arguments about neutrality are distractions, rather than solutions.” Ken Ham 

*The illustrations used in the book Divided Nation are available for FREE in Keynote, PowerPoint, and PDF to be used to teach the contents of the book.

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5 Reasons Why Christianity is Waning in America (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S8E08) — Cold Case Christianity

A recent Pew Research Center survey reveals that Christianity continues to decline in America. Why is this the case? What hope do we have in this situation? J. Warner and Jimmy Wallace discuss recent news articles in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.

Be sure to watch the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast on NRBtv every Monday and Saturday! In addition, here is the audio podcast (the Cold-Case Christianity Weekly Podcast is located on iTunes or our RSS Feed):

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For more information about the impact Jesus and His followers had on science, read Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World That Rejects the Bible. This unique and innovative book makes a case for the historicity and Deity of Jesus from history alone, without relying on the New Testament manuscripts. It contains over 400 illustrations and is accompanied by a ten-session Person of Interest DVD Set (and Investigator’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

5 Reasons Why Christianity is Waning in America (Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast S8E08) — Cold Case Christianity

God’s Enemies Shall Bow — VCY America

The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.

Exodus 7:5 

The ungodly world is hard to teach. Egypt does not know Jehovah and therefore dares to set up its idols and even ventures to ask, “Who is the Lord?” Yet the Lord means to break proud hearts, whether they will or not. When His judgments thunder over their heads, darken their skies, destroy their harvests, and slay their sons, they begin to discern somewhat of Jehovah’s power. There will yet be such things done in the earth as shall bring skeptics to their knees. Let us not be dismayed because of their blasphemies, for the Lord can take care of His own name, and He will do so in a very effectual manner.

The salvation of His own people was another potent means of making Egypt know that the God of Israel was Jehovah, the living and true God. No Israelite died by any one of the ten plagues. None of the chosen seed were drowned in the Red Sea. Even so, the salvation of the elect and the sure glorification of all true believers will make the most obstinate of God’s enemies acknowledge that Jehovah, He is the God.

Oh, that His convincing power would go forth by His Holy Spirit in the preaching of the gospel, till all nations shall bow at the name of Jesus and call Him Lord!

God’s Enemies Shall Bow — VCY America

The Bible Is Objective Truth — Grace to You Blog

Perhaps the greatest lie of postmodernism is the belief that we can define truth and determine reality from within ourselves. But the subjective realm of feelings and impressions is the worst place to go in any quest for truth.

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The Bible Is Objective Truth — Grace to You Blog

What on Earth am I Here For? — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

God set eternity in our hearts from the moment we got here. He knew we would need something to keep driving us forward.


And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

Born knowing He would die for the sin of mankind – that was the assignment given to Jesus. His life was already mapped out for Him before the foundations of this world were formed.  He knew that the sin of mankind would be placed on His shoulders. He knew He would be beaten and bruised for our transgressions and the chastisement of our peace would be placed upon Him.  His destiny was to lay down His life for a people of whom, many would reject Him.

Jesus was motivated by the joy of seeing us reconnected to God. His purpose was evident in His words as well as His actions.   Even though He struggled in the Garden of Gethsemane, He chose to keep going in spite of the pain that was on the horizon. His unselfish act kept Him focused on the end result. We can take lessons from the life of Jesus.

Just as Jesus was born with a purpose, so were you and I. God set eternity in our hearts from the moment we got here. He knew we would need something to keep driving us forward. When we take our eyes off what we think and feel and focus on those God has called us to reach, it should motivate us to keep moving forward as well. It is my prayer that the life of Jesus will bring comfort and hope to you as you continue towards your God-given purpose.  If you are struggling with what that purpose is today; take a moment and ask God to reveal to you His plan for your life.

Lord we want to take this time to thank you for the birth of your Son Jesus. Thank you for allowing Him to walk upon the Earth and be the example for us. May His attitude towards pleasing you and serving the purpose for which He came become our very own. In Jesus name, Amen.

Grace and Peace to you,

By Mary Pinckney
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  God’s Plan – A Study on God’s Destiny for Me?

•   We Plan, God Directs

•  Salvation Explained

What on Earth am I Here For? — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The Passage Over Jordan

Great must have been the wonder of the people as Jordan fell away before the ark! But greater must have been their joy. To the younger ones who had not passed through the divided waters of the Red Sea, here was a wonder shown to their own eyes to prove the infinite power of their Lord. The Jordan was held up as by a dam; the startled waters fled backward over their course, and for thirty miles or more up the river’s bed, they spread abroad like some vast lake. Joshua gave command; and, in a triumph such as we may imagine, the entire host of the Israelites “passed over right against Jericho.”

‎Conceive of the despair with which the people of the doomed city must have beheld Israel’s advance. Canaan’s surest defense, that impassable barrier, the raging flood, which should at least have detained the Israelites for months, until its waters sank with the dry summer heat, Jordan itself had abandoned the Canaanites, and given way before these unshaken followers of the Lord.

‎“On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

January 5 – He calls me by name — Reformed Perspective

“…and I know you by name” – Exodus 33:17                                  

Scripture reading: Exodus 33:1-23

In the days prepared before us, we will be called to face a variety of circumstances of which some will seem beyond our ability to endure. In our Scripture lesson today, the LORD commands Moses to lead the people into the promised land. Moses found that task beyond his ability. 

How does the LORD respond to Moses’ doubts?  The Lord reassures Moses that He knows him by name! The Lord promises His care for His servants and does so by name! Our names carry meaning; they also serve to shape our identity. While in a crowd we may be just another figure, seemingly insignificant, no Christian is anonymous to God. For the One who made heaven and earth, knowing a few billion people is not a problem. God loves you immensely (John 3:16), He thinks about you all the time (Psalm 139:17-18), and He calls His sheep by name (John 10:3).  

Moses was a picture of a greater One to come. His Name is Jesus—the One who delivers us from our sins.  How well do you know His name? His is the Name above all names (Philippians 2:9). “How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear.” 

Suggestions for prayer

Thank the Lord that He knows us by name. Praise the Name of Jesus.

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.

January 5 – He calls me by name — Reformed Perspective

5 Jan 2022 News Briefing

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Report: China mass harvesting Americans’ Facebook, Twitter data to bolster spying, propaganda
The Chinese Internet-monitoring tools, known as public opinion analysis software, were reportedly developed over the past decade to warn of sensitive information being spread online to help China find sources of criticisms against the Chinese government. The tools were originally used to monitor internal dissent, but are now being used to gain information on foreign targets.

House Republicans Turn the Jan. 6 Tables on Nancy Pelosi with a Major Accusation
House Republicans this week are accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of deliberately stonewalling the release of information about her own role in the events of the day. And with the Democrats’ hold on power in the House looking shaky ahead of this year’s midterm elections, Pelosi’s partisans should be getting nervous. While the committee’s clear purpose is to smear former President Donald Trump and his supporters, the country might be getting a different view of how Pelosi and her party are actually operating. The double standard is painfully obvious.

Record 4.5 million Americans quit jobs in November
The number of Americans voluntarily quitting their jobs surged to a record 4.5 million in November, a show of confidence in the labor market and an indication that higher wages could prevail for a while.

New York prosecutor drops sex crime case against Andrew Cuomo
A New York prosecutor will not pursue a misdemeanor sex crime charge against former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying he could not prove the elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

‘US-Israel gaps on Iran remain very large’
The US wants to safeguard a fictitious picture of progress towards a diplomatic deal at any price,” former National Security Council head Jacob Nagel says, noting that if signed, the resulting agreement would likely be “very bad.”

Rare hailstorm pounds Egypt as Jews read about that very plague in Torah
On the first day of the New Year, the Egyptian Red Sea resort in Hurghada was hit by a hailstorm that left destruction in its wake. Coincidentally (or not), the hailstorm hit the Egyptian town on Shabbat while Jews around the world were in synagogues, reading the section of the Torah describing the plague of hail that hit Egypt over 3,300 years ago. Local media reported that the “quail-sized” hailstones were accompanied by lightning storms. This precisely conforms to the Biblical account of the plague of hail which mixed the elemental opposites of fire and ice.

Torches waived on hilltops throughout Israel marking the new month as was done by Sanhedrin
The event seemed quite simple; waving a pair of torches on a hilltop just after sunset. But it symbolized an essential part of the Sanhedrin’s activities, announcing the calendar to the communities outside of Israel. The Sanhedrin initiated the event by receiving and interviewing two witnesses on Mount Zion.

Gay male couples, single men, transgenders can now have babies via surrogacy inside Israel
Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence. Leviticus 18:22. As a gay minister who is well aware of exclusion and discrimination, I set myself the goal of making the Health Ministry the flagship of human rights and equality. The Israeli health system is becoming one of the most advanced in the world in relation to LGBT people and every person. It is a great pride.

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile
North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday (local times), authorities in Japan said, according to Reuters. Japan’s coast guard, which first reported the launch, said it could be a ballistic missile, but did not provide further details.

Ten Asteroids Will Be Making A Close Approach To Earth In January. Check Out The List & Dates
The largest of these is around 2.5 times the size of the Empire State Building and is potentially hazardous …….

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits south of Tokyo, bringing strong jolt to Ogasawara Islands
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck near the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific Ocean — about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo — on Tuesday morning, but there was no fear of a tsunami and no reports of injuries or serious damage to infrastructure, authorities said.

Mayo Clinic fires unvaccinated employees amid labor shortage
The world famous Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Minnesota, fired its unvaccinated employees on Monday. Mayo’s decision is so unpopular that even the mainstream media are reporting sympathetically on the workers who were fired.
accusing Mayo of disregarding the science in favor of keeping up with the latest progressive politics. “It’s all PR to them.”

Data from around the world suggests that omicron favors the fully vaccinated
The coronavirus has reached remote Antarctica, striking most of the 25 Belgian staffers at a research station, despite all of them being fully vaccinated, passing multiple PCR tests, and quarantining before arrival. Data continues to come in showing that the vaccines are not only powerless against the highly transmissible, but mild Omicron variant — the new strain appears to favor the fully vaccinated. Time to relinquish the illusion of control and admit that infections can not be prevented … .

Regulators request records for patients prescribed ivermectin by Dr. Jensen
Jensen is a medical doctor from Chaska who served in the Minnesota Senate from 2017 to 2021 and is now running for governor. He was propelled to national fame last year for his skepticism of Minnesota’s coronavirus response and remains in the spotlight because of his hesitancy about forcing COVID vaccines on people who may not be at risk of dying from the virus. Now, he’s apparently under the state’s regulatory microscope as the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has asked to see some of his patients’ records.

Largest children’s hospital in Minnesota swaps ICU beds for mental health beds
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Minnesota’s public health officials were abuzz discussing ways to increase the state’s 500 bed ICU capacity. Now, nearly two years later, the state’s premier pediatric facility apparently needs more mental health beds than intensive care ones. This comes as a generation of youth are left struggling to pick up the pieces amidst the “new normal.” Suicide attempts among girls ages 12-17 jumped just over 50% during the COVID lockdowns, per PEW Research.

What if the largest experiment on human beings in history is a failure?
It is starting to look to me like the largest experiment on human beings in recorded history has failed. And, if this rather dry report from a senior Indiana life insurance executive holds true, then Reiner Fuellmich’s “Crimes against Humanity” push for convening new Nuremberg trials starts to look a lot less quixotic and a lot more prophetic.

Has The Mystery Been Solved? We Just Got Some New Numbers That Nobody Can Deny
before the pandemic, 152 million Americans were employed, and we have never come close to returning to that level.
There are literally “help wanted signs” everywhere that you look, and stores are starting to shut down all over the country due to a lack of staff. So why is this happening? Well, it appears that at least part of the answer is that working-age people are dying at an unprecedented rate… the death rate is up a stunning 40% from pre-pandemic levels among working-age people. “We are seeing, right now, the highest death rates we have seen in the history of this business … .

Drivers Snowed-in All Night as I-95 Shuts Down in Virginia 
Hundreds of motorists were stranded all night in snow and freezing temperatures along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 after a crash involving six tractor-trailers in Virginia, where authorities were struggling Tuesday to reach them.

Extremely heavy rains cause deadly floods in Oman and Iran
Several days of heavy rains have caused severe floods across Oman and Iran in which more than 10 people lost their lives. Heavy rains have also affected United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Biden Regime’s DOJ Announces New Gun Control Effecting Law Abiding Citizens Beginning In February
While crime continues to surge around America and violence has become a daily companion, the Justice Department decided to wage their own war on who they believe is behind these deadly attacks – guns!

New ‘IHU’ COVID Variant Discovered – Here’s What You Need To Know
Yet another variant of COVID-19 has reportedly been discovered, this time by scientists in France.

French President Emmanuel Macron Declares War On The Unvaccinated, Says Will Treat Them As Non-Citizens And Cut Them Off From French Society
In perhaps his strongest and boldest move yet, Emmanuel Macron has openly declared the unvaccinated in France to the the enemy of the state, using the word “emmerder” to describe his feelings toward the unvaccinated.

Immigration Tops U.S. Births for the First Time
There is both bad news and good news for Planned Parenthood these days. Even while abortion made a brief stop once again at the Supreme Court, its numbers are dropping.

REPORT: Nearly 80% of Omicron Cases are in Vaccinated People.
Nearly 80 percent of reported cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Germany occurred in fully vaccinated individuals, according to a new report from the federal government.

92% of LGBTQ community has received at least one covid jab, and many now demonstrate aggressive personality changes consistent with brain damage 
The pro-LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign (HRC) conducted a survey recently which found that upwards of 92 percent of all members of its community have received at least one injection of a Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccine.”

Biden’s Bounty on Your Life: Hospitals’ Incentive Payments for COVID-19 
Upon admission to a once-trusted hospital, American patients with COVID-19 become virtual prisoners, subjected to a rigid treatment protocol with roots in Ezekiel Emanuel’s “Complete Lives System” for rationing medical care in those over age 50. They have a shockingly high mortality rate. How and why is this happening, and what can be done about it?

Pfizer Partnered With China’s Vaccine Passport Platform, Admits Being ‘Proud To Stand With China Leaders.’
Pfizer Inc partnered with a Chinese Communist Party payment platform which has been used to implement “vaccine passports” in China since the outbreak of COVID-19. The company said it was “proud to stand with China leaders.”

At LEAST 150,000 Americans have been killed by covid shots… and counting
The paper estimates that in the United States alone between February and August of 2021, anywhere from 146,000 to 187,000 people died due to getting injected with Fauci Flu shots.

CDC admits PCR tests are a fraud… so what about the last two years, then? 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is finally admitting that PCR tests have no place in trying to detect the presence of the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) inside a person’s body.

Kenneth Copeland Issues His First False Prophecy For 2022 Going So Far As Saying That His Inane Blasphemy Babble Is On Par With ‘Thus Saith The Lord’ 
Without ever mentioning his numerous pandemic false prophecies from 2020 and 2021, Kenneth Copeland launched right into first asking to see how many of his million dollar donors were in the audience, and then proceeded to do an SNL version of biblical speaking in tongues. From there things really got good, or bad if you are comparing his ‘prophecy’ to the Bible.

EXCLUSIVE: Some Illegal Immigrant Children Shipped from the Southern Border End Up at New York Adoption Agency
Illegal immigrant children “passing through” Pennsylvania are landing at an orphanage in New York in an apparent adoption production line.

EXPOSED: Leftist Coalition to ‘Cover D.C.’ with Pro-Abortion ‘Art’ Ahead of March for Life 
Shut Down DC often works with other radical left groups to engage in destructive actions, as DC politicians and the media looks the other way, or even celebrates them.

National Engagement Seminar for Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation
FEMA will be holding webinars to gather feedback on the latest Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation.

White House Wants To Cause Class Warfare Between Vaccinated And Unvaccinated
In an exclusive interview with the media, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) said the White House wants to create class warfare amongst vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans in order to generate turmoil and maintain power, but it’s “not going to work.”

The Evil Empire Beneath the Ice
Many feel that humanity is approaching the end days…The majority of the interview focused on the important role that Antacrtica will play as we enter the end of days. The importance of this analysis cannot be overstated because it illustrates how the battle for control over this planet has developed into a struggle of Good v Evil, or more appropriately, Satan v God.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/01/05/5-jan-2022/

Headlines – 1/5/2022

‘It’s a two-way street’: PA warns of fallout from US holdup of consulate reopening

UAE, four others join powerful UN Security Council – Israel has welcomed new members, who all have positive ties with Jerusalem, and expressed hope in shift away from focus on Jewish state

Israel expects to establish ties with Comoros, Maldives next

Future of prayer site in doubt under Israel’s fragile govt

IDF: Hezbollah drone downed after flying over border from Lebanon

Lebanon currency slumps to new low as economic crisis deepens

US Launches Preemptive Strike On “Rocket Sites” Near Occupied Syrian Oil Fields

Lapid feuds on Twitter with Iran FM who said Israel ‘has no place in world’s future’

IDF intel chief reportedly says restored Iran nuke deal better than talks failing

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Time is running out for Iran talks

Iran cites new ‘realism’ from Western powers at nuclear talks

Iranian American Group Urges Social Media Ban on All Iranian Officials

Hackers interrupt briefing by lawyers for those killed in airliner downed by Iran

Turkey’s inflation hits 36% amid financial turmoil

Kazakhstan Government Resigns After Violent Protests Over Fuel Price

Kazakhstan Declares State of Emergency in Protest-Hit City, Province

‘Bodies burned beyond recognition’: Al-Shabaab militants torture, behead Christians in Kenya; at least 6 killed

Yemen: Houthis seize UAE vessel carrying ‘military supplies’

North Korea fires unidentified projectile into waters off Korean Peninsula, South Korea says

Bolsonaro Hospitalized Again for Complications from 2018 Assassination Attempt

Trump ‘needs to be in prison’ for Jan. 6 riot, says partner of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick

Rep. Greene: Dems Trying to ‘Brainwash the Public’ About Jan. 6

GOP Rep. Banks: Nancy Pelosi Is ‘Covering up the Truth’ About January 6

Several Men Suspected of Being Federal Agents In or Around The Capitol on Jan 6th Are Subpoenaed By Atty For Imprisoned Oath Keeper

Attorney: US Jail ‘Starving’ Jan. 6 Inmate as ‘Retaliation’

Biden to speak ‘truth’ on Jan 6 anniversary; Trump cancels event

Trump cancels Jan. 6 press conference, will speak at Jan. 15 Arizona rally instead

Virginia Gov. Northam Blames Jan. 6th for Slow Response to Stranded, Freezing Drivers

Critics quick to blame Glenn Youngkin for icy I-95 crisis – despite not being in office yet

Georgia opens investigation into possible illegal ballot harvesting in 2020 election

Georgia Investigators have ‘Ballot Trafficker’ Who Is Talking – Admits to Being Paid Thousands in 2020 Election Ballot Boxes Ballot Harvesting Scheme – 242 Ballot Traffickers Detected

Trump calls Twitter, Facebook ‘disgrace to our Nation,’ urges Americans to abandon platforms

Elizabeth Holmes Fraud Verdict ‘A Wakeup Call For Silicon Valley’

AT&T and Verizon Delay 5G After Airlines Threaten to Sue

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Katabu, Indonesia

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Okurcalar, Turkey

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Laptev Sea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Haveluloto, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 17,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Landslide in Southwestern China Kills 14 People, Injures 3

Torrential rains cause severe flooding in Sumatra, forcing 24,000 people to evacuate, Indonesia

Extremely heavy rains cause deadly floods in Oman and Iran

Virginia I-95 winter storm disaster leaves hundreds stranded: ‘This is unprecedented’

Stuck For 17 Hours, Motorists Trapped On Virginia Highway Beg For Food

Snarled by snow, Sen. Tim Kaine trapped in nearly 27-hour nightmare commute

Amtrak train leaves New Orleans, hits snow in Virginia, stalls more than 24 hours

Religous Sect, Burning Shed Focus of Deadly Colorado Fire Investigation

Judge signals perjury trial against Ghislaine Maxwell will likely go forward

Pennsylvania Democrat Commissioner Arrested For Raping 15-Year-Old Boy – Then Released on Bail

Senior gynecologist arrested after 15 women accuse him of rape, harassment

25-Year-Old Guatemalan Soccer Star Dies After Suffering Heart Attack in Training – In the last couple weeks, 4 other young soccer stars died after suffering heart attacks

Google Manipulates Results As “Mass Formation Psychosis’ Searches Explode Due To Collapsing COVID Narrative

3rd Chinese Scientist Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets From Drug Maker GlaxoSmithKline

Biden’s ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ narrative falls apart as omicron cases skyrocket

Biden ripped for continued COVID failures after presser: ‘Imagine if Trump told us to Google test sites’

A Grandmother Died From COVID After Playing Cards With a Friend Who Had the Virus But Didn’t Tell Anyone

California Deputy DA Who Fought Vaccine Mandate Dies Abruptly After Falling Ill With COVID at Age 46

‘Focus on the Family’ to Implement OSHA Mandate

Starbucks institutes vaccine mandate for US employees

‘He Is Not Your Commander-in-Chief:’ Texas Governor Promises Guardsmen He’ll Fight Biden Over Vaccine Mandate

Australia Caves, Grants Tennis Champion Novak Djokovic Vaccine Mandate Exemption

Novak Djokovic: Australian Open vaccine exemption ignites backlash

Green Pass ‘irrelevant’ and antigen COVID tests ‘unreliable’, Israel health official says

Eric Adams: ‘It’s a Luxury’ to Say ‘Stay at Home,’ We Can’t Stop School for Every Variant

Quebec shuts synagogues, houses of worship, as Omicron surges

France’s Macron Stuns As He Declares Un-Vaxxed ‘Not Citizens’

Macron on unvaccinated people: “I really want to piss them off”

Italy Considering Completely Banning Unvaccinated From Workplaces

Violence flares at pandemic protests in Germany

Milwaukee police, security at COVID testing sites after altercations

Meat industry warns food shortages imminent unless workers can access rapid antigen testing

Supermarkets Shelves Bare in Sydney as Covid Isolates Staff

Robots filling in staffing shortages at some Bay Area hotels with no tips expected

Record 4.5 million ‘Great Resignation’ workers quit their jobs in November – what this means for Biden

Joe Manchin Kills Biden Agenda Again: Build Back Better Is Deader Than Ever

‘Return Our Money!’ Evergrande Investors Protest at Office of Chinese Developer

Source: http://trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 5, 2022

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

THE FOUNDATION

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams (1756)

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The Folly of School Closures

Around the nation, kids are being sent back home for virtual “learning.”

Nate Jackson

When the coronavirus pandemic first escaped that Wuhan lab and hit American shores, mid-March 2020 marked the beginning of 15 days to flatten the curve. That meant shutting down most of society, including schools, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow hospitals the time to prepare. It soon became apparent that lockdowns did more harm than good, perhaps especially for schoolchildren left to stare at computer screens instead of being in the classroom. Almost two years later, even Democrats and the Leftmedia know better than to shut down schools. Teachers unions are still stubbornly doing it anyway.

Chicago Public Schools are closed today after the teachers union voted last night (73% approving) to return to remote learning. So, after two days back in the classroom, parents of the 340,000 kids in the nation’s third-largest district are left scrambling to accommodate having their children back at home in front of a screen. But hey, at least the union did it with “a heavy heart and a singular focus on student and community safety.”

Please.

The singular purpose of a union is to advance the interests of its members. This is no different.

Patriot Post National Advisory Board member Barbara James, who is also a highly respected teacher, made the case in our pages back in November 2020 that virtual learning is detrimental to children. “Our children will have lost months of education, growth, natural curiosity and discovery, and personal interactions,” James wrote. “The pandemic interruption will require student triage for years to come.”

Even more so because, two years later, it keeps happening.

It’s not just Chicago. More than 450,000 students in cities from Newark to Atlanta to Milwaukee to Cleveland will be stuck at home again. The debate is roiling elsewhere, with unions clamoring to close while even Democrat officials are fighting to keep kids in school.

“This is traumatizing our children,” said newly inaugurated New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who aims to have open schools. “The way adults are responding to COVID is having a negative impact on our children. … The safest place for children right now is in a school building. … Strand after strand, we can’t continue to stop our children from developing socially and academically.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sounded a similar theme, saying, “I want to assure you that I am doing everything in my power to keep our students in school, where they belong, learning.”

Joe “Shut Down the Virus” Biden likewise wants schools open: “We know that our kids can be safe when in school. … That’s why I believe schools should remain open.”

Heck, even Anthony Fauci agrees: “It’s safe enough to get those kids back to school, balanced against the deleterious effects of keeping them out.”

The New York Times actually put it quite well: “For the past two years, Americans have accepted more harm to children in exchange for less harm to adults.”

Don’t get us wrong; we’re old enough to remember when Democrats and the media lectured and mocked conservatives for saying schools ought to be open. It’s still nice to see them come around.

On the bright side, we suppose that virtual learning might prepare kids for remote jobs in the future, as the economy faces permanent changes brought by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, things are little better in the nation’s colleges and universities. “Students are the lowest-risk population on planet Earth,” says Johns Hopkins expert Marty Makary. “Over the last six months, the risk of a person in the broader age group (15-24) dying of COVID or dying with COVID (the CDC does not clearly distinguish) was 0.001%. All or nearly all of those deaths were in a very specific subgroup: unvaccinated people with a medical comorbidity.”

Nevertheless, academia, supposedly run by really intelligent people, continues doing very stupid things. Makary points to Georgetown, Princeton, Cornell, and others as bad examples for maintaining rigorous mask and vaccine mandates on top of long, one-size-fits-all quarantines. It’s even more foolish, he says, in the midst of the highly contagious but incredibly mild Omicron strain sweeping the country. Rather than embrace the natural immunity it confers, which might just bring the pandemic’s end closer, schools at every level are leading the way in responding with panic and fear.

Worst of all, this response is what students from kindergarten through graduate school are learning. The consequences will last for decades.

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Dems Hell-Bent on Distracting You From Biden

They want you to believe that nothing is more important than the unarmed non-insurrection of January 6.

Douglas Andrews

Can ya blame them?

It doesn’t take too keen a political mind to see that the Democrats are desperate — dog-food desperate — to distract you from the raging dumpster fire that is the Joe Biden presidency. That’s why it’s been J6 all day and every day.

The border? J6.

The economy? J6.

Gas prices? J6.

COVID? J6.

Mandates? J6.

Inflation? J6.

Heating costs? J6.

Crime? J6.

School lockdowns? J6.

The fentanyl epidemic? J6.

Afghanistan? J6.

Russia? J6.

China? J6.

The midterm elections? J6

Biden’s catastrophic approval rating? J6.

J6? J6.

We know what you’re thinking: Today is January 5, so it’ll all be over after tomorrow, and then the politicians who control the presidency and both houses of Congress will get back to addressing the very serious issues affecting our nation rather than obsessing endlessly about this January 6 nothingburger.

We wish it were so. But you watch: The Democrats will be on an endless loop between now and November’s midterm elections. They’ll keep shrieking and prattling on about how our democracy is in peril (even though it’s a republic) and about how the Republicans want to keep black and brown people from voting (even though black and brown voters are running away from the Democrat Party). And all the while, 79-year-old Scranton Joe Biden and his handlers will be doing for to these United States what Bill de Blasio just finished doing for to New York City.

To hear Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer tell it, the events of last January 6 were an insurrection. It wasn’t, of course, but they want you to believe as much. That’s why they wouldn’t allow any real Republicans — such as Jim Jordan or Jim Banks — to sit on their special January 6 Committee. And it’s why they’ve been withholding information from congressional Republicans: They’re afraid that the whole truth will get out, rather than their preposterously one-sided Trump-o-phobic narrative.

No, Nancy and Chuck want you to believe that an angry bunch of middle-aged white guys with MAGA hats and Trump flags nearly succeeded in overthrowing the most powerful nation in the history of the world. Yes, a relative handful of them stormed the Capitol. What was their next move? To take command of our military? To wrest control of the nuclear football from President Donald Trump?

Speaking of Donald Trump, he’s outpolling Joe Biden these days. A recent Rasmussen poll had likely voters preferring Trump over Biden by 13%. As The Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman writes:

No wonder Senate Democrats want to talk so much about the last days of the Trump presidency. There’s precious little for them to celebrate about the current one. Nearly 54% of Americans express disapproval of the job Mr. Biden is doing in the Oval Office — a new high for his term in the RealClearPolitics average of public opinion polls. Meanwhile just 42.3% of Americans approve of the president’s work.

So folks aren’t just reluctant to approve of the job Joe Biden is doing; they’re actively displeased with his performance. And Nancy and Chuck and the rest of the Democrats know how to read an opinion poll.

Yikes, they’re yelling. Let’s talk about J6!

Was January 6 an insurrection? Get real. Next time you hear an acquaintance call it an insurrection, ask him: How many of the more than 700 people who were arrested have been indicted for insurrection, or sedition, or treason? If he seems stumped, maybe give him a clue: Tell him it’s the same number of folks Robert Mueller indicted for criminally conspiring with Russia: Zero.

Yes, zero. And that’s exactly what the Democrats have to offer the American people.

By the way: Did you know that more people refused to accept the results of the 2016 election than the 2020 election? It’s true, according to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, who writes that while 58% of Republicans today say Biden wasn’t legitimately elected, 67% of Democrats said the same thing about Trump back in 2017.

As usual, the Democrats are accusing Republicans of precisely what they themselves are guilty of.

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Senator Cruz Details Grounds for Biden Impeachment

If the GOP takes back Congress in 2022, this is a serious, and warranted, possibility.

Emmy Griffin

Texas has the grave responsibility along with New Mexico, Arizona, and California of guarding the southern border. The Lone Star State in particular has borne the brunt of the Biden administration’s open-borders policy. The extent of the damage to our nation’s sovereignty is not yet fully counted, but one thing is for sure: This was a dereliction of presidential duty according to Article II of the Constitution.

Texan politicians have been calling for the law to be upheld and for ICE agents to be allowed to do their jobs, but they have been met with deaf ears and an indifference from Washington. It is this same elitist indifference to the people whom they govern that has already begun to turn tides in political races. The recent GOP victory in Virginia is a canary in the tunnel for the Democrats.

The midterms are expected to be a big loss for the Democrats, and the GOP is ready to make some changes — including one big one. On his podcast, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas mentioned that, should the GOP take the House in 2022, articles of impeachment might be introduced against President Joe Biden.

The problem with Republicans beginning proceedings toward impeachment is that the Democrats have cheapened impeachment by their actions against President Donald Trump. As you may recall, the Democrats impeached President Trump twice. On both occasions, the allegations were based on hearsay and an outright hoax. Trump had not broken the law and Democrats had no case, but they impeached him anyway. The Democrats turned impeachment into a cynical political weapon in their arsenal.

Making a mockery of a serious proceeding is nothing new for the Democrat Party. Take, for instance, the last time Republicans impeached a Democrat president: Bill Clinton. There were four articles of impeachment brought against President Clinton. The House charged him with two: lying under oath and obstructing justice. And yet all people can remember is Monica Lewinsky and the salacious affair. As tawdry as it may be, having an extramarital affair is not illegal. It was Bill Clinton’s perjury and obstruction that was illegal. But this bait-and-switch is nothing new for the Left and its media propaganda machines.

In the case of a possible Biden impeachment, there are actual grounds for this sort of check on the executive branch’s leader. The crisis at the border is now everyone’s problem because Biden’s administrative cronies systematically and with intent compromised the southern border. They put into place memos and mandates restricting Border Patrol agents from being able to effectively do their job. The border is a mess that cannot be hidden by the mainstream media, so they ignore it.

This is the biggest difference between the Trump impeachments and a potential Biden impeachment: Trump had committed no crime. Biden is flagrantly breaking the law and scorning his constitutional duty as president.

To quote Senator Cruz: “I said at the time, when we have a Democratic president and a Republican House, you can expect an impeachment proceeding. That is not how impeachment is meant to work.” He is absolutely right. Impeachment is a sober means by which Congress can keep in check the executive branch, and the Democrats have turned it into something petty and tawdry. Yet, in spite of this, Republicans should go forward. In this case, it is justice.

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Weaponizing Government for Climate Change

Joe Biden has spent his first year in office using every federal agency for this agenda.

Michael Swartz

Climate extremes dominated the news over the holiday season, with fatal tornadoes in Kentucky and surrounding states, wind-whipped wildfires in Colorado that destroyed neighborhoods, and a deluge of snow in the Lake Tahoe region that stranded motorists and set a December record for snowfall, alleviating the recent California drought in one fell swoop. Residents of the Mid-Atlantic region went from enjoying record-setting 70 degree weather over this past weekend to enduring a foot of snow seemingly in the blink of an eye.

Despite the fact that all these events are unusual but not exactly unprecedented, these media-enhanced weather patterns set the impression of climate change as being out of control. Needless to say, that narrative fits right in with the Biden administration’s push to use Uncle Sam’s power and might (not to mention billions of taxpayer dollars) in the misguided belief that it can curb global climate change through both foreign and domestic policy.

It took nanoseconds last January for the incoming Joe Biden to show he meant business on fundamentally transforming our climate approach by pulling the plug on the vital Keystone XL pipeline project. After catching his breath, a week later Biden put out a lengthy “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” In it, the administration decreed:

It is the policy of my Administration to organize and deploy the full capacity of its agencies to combat the climate crisis to implement a Government-wide approach that reduces climate pollution in every sector of the economy; increases resilience to the impacts of climate change; protects public health; conserves our lands, waters, and biodiversity; delivers environmental justice; and spurs well-paying union jobs and economic growth, especially through innovation, commercialization, and deployment of clean energy technologies and infrastructure. Successfully meeting these challenges will require the Federal Government to pursue such a coordinated approach from planning to implementation, coupled with substantive engagement by stakeholders, including State, local, and Tribal governments.

Interesting how the most important stakeholders — the American people — were kept out of that one, because climate change is seldom one of their biggest concerns until government policy ostensibly to address it costs them more at the pump or in the heating bill. And was anyone asked just what the optimum climate is that we’re trying to achieve?

As part of that January executive order, the administration announced in October that over 20 of its agencies and departments had submitted “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans.” We’re not sure why the Social Security Administration or Smithsonian Institution need to worry about climate adaptation and resilience, but they, among others, have a plan just in case.

However, there was another section of Biden’s January executive order that recently raised Republican ire. Thanks to the stroke of his pen, a new agency was created within the Department of Health and Human Services. The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity was tasked with a mission “to protect vulnerable communities who disproportionately bear the brunt of pollution and climate-driven disasters, such as drought and wildfires, at the expense of public health.” According to National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, “The new HHS Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE) is fulfilling President Biden’s vision to bring America’s world-class medical community into the fight against climate change — a fight for our health that ensures no community is left behind.”

While that sounds awfully high-minded, Republicans question whether OCCHE is duplicative and redundant, given that it was created by executive order and not by legislation.

That, though, seems to be small potatoes given the rush of the Biden regime to put more taxes on oil or decree that our nation will be carbon neutral by 2050. Even now, the government is taking the first steps through a massive overhaul of its vehicle fleet to “zero emission” vehicles, then retrofitting buildings with a similar goal in mind. And if that’s not enough, the Biden scheme demands “100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030, at least half of which will be locally supplied clean energy to meet 24/7 demand.” Who will pay for that? And unless they cover the landscape with Chinese-made solar panels or imported wind turbines, where will they get that energy?

Obviously, any executive order can be rescinded by the next occupant of the Oval Office, but the process of turning the ship around will be nearly impossible given the widespread efforts from the Biden administration — and that’s what they’re counting on. Even if the Republicans’ questioning of the executive order bears the fruit of stopping the OCCHE office in its tracks, the forces of good, limited government are barely playing whack-a-mole with everything that pops up from the fertile minds of those who tell a good story about how we’re irrevocably harming our planet.

It’s a story that won’t have a happy ending until that pen is taken away from Joe Biden and his allies.

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Democracy Under Attack?

It can’t be stolen in an afternoon by an angry mob; we lose it by letting it slip through our fingers, piece by piece.

Jack DeVine

Abraham Lincoln said it best: Ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That simple principle — republican government — is the prime source of America’s greatness. We’ve managed to hang onto it for 240 years, but many today are voicing concerns that our Republic is slipping away.

Count me as one who is concerned about this erosion, although for reasons quite different than the ones we often hear.

The episode that seems to arouse the most concern is the riotous assault on the U.S. Capitol one year ago tomorrow — the one President Joe Biden calls the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

That’s nonsense, no matter how aggressively pushed by politicians and media. January 6 was an ugly, violent, and indefensible mob action — a national embarrassment. But there was never a real possibility that a ragtag swarm of unarmed and disorganized hooligans would somehow overthrow the United States of America. The 2020 election certification they tried to disrupt recommenced that very night. “Democracy” didn’t miss a beat.

Our Republic can’t be stolen in an afternoon by an angry mob. If we lose it, it will be because we let it slip through our fingers, piece by piece, over time.

Take a closer look. Our form of government is properly called a democratic republic, in which we citizens elect leaders to act in our behalf. For that to work, we need (1) an electorate that makes informed choices, (2) a voting process that is transparent and secure, and (3) elected leaders who act in their constituents’ best interests. We’re losing ground in all three.

Informed electorate. In 2017, just after President Donald Trump took office, the venerable Washington Post adopted the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” That’s an ironic choice. While it’s hard to disagree with the inherent truth of those words, the Post and most other print and broadcast media tend to illuminate only one side of controversial issues, hardly shedding enough light to support well-informed choices.

Even more worrisome is the stranglehold Big Tech (Facebook/Meta, Twitter, et al.) exerts on information available to the public. Their platforms reach billions worldwide, and they decide, unilaterally, what their readers (surely, a majority of American voters) get to see and what they do not.

There may be a constitutional issue here. While the First Amendment does not apply to private companies, Big Tech is arguably a government communicator (for example, on COVID matters). At some point, the courts will weigh in.

But in the meantime, do we really want unelected, unaccountable, politicized, and privately funded organizations to select the next president? That arguably already happened in 2020.

Voting process. Many states hurriedly adopted sweeping changes in voting policy and practice before the 2020 election, nominally to address restrictions imposed by the pandemic. The changes yielded unprecedented voter turnout — a good thing — but corresponding uncertainty about election security.

In principle, it’s simple: Voting is for citizens, and all citizens deserve both a reasonable opportunity to vote and confidence that every legal and legitimate vote will count. But as we “improve” the process by expanding remote voting or relaxing voter ID requirements, we make voting easier but less secure — another chink in the armor.

Hyper-partisanship. In both houses of Congress, party-line block-voting by elected representatives and senators has become the norm. That practice effectively nullifies the votes of those whose elected legislators choose to obey the dictates of their party bosses rather than act in the best interests of their constituents.

And the Democrat-led U.S. Senate continues to tinker with established Senate rules (reconciliation and filibuster, as examples) in order to enhance the Democrats’ razor-thin ruling power. Doing so further muffles the voices of all who voted for the 50 Republican senators.

Each of the above examples is a very real impediment to practical exercise of what is colloquially called democracy in America.

For those understandably concerned about the January 6 debacle, you can be sure that we’ll be hearing much more about it in the year ahead, as the House of Representatives continues its massive investigation. (That’s the same legislative body that last year decided in just one day that it knew enough about what happened to impeach a president.) This week, Democrats outlined plans to roll out their findings in the fall of 2022, coincidentally just before the midterm elections. Politics, again, rule the day.

All Americans — left, right, and center — have a stake in our Republic. So let’s skip the political grandstanding and zero in on its real vulnerabilities.

And don’t let “democracy die in the darkness” of a January 6 smokescreen.

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Burying Biden’s Big Lie About Vaccination

He’s told a lot of them, but this particularly nasty one about a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” has now been thoroughly debunked.

Douglas Andrews

It’s no secret that Joe Biden has an uneasy relationship with the truth, nor that this is especially so concerning his claims about vaccination.

For example: He was long ago proven to be a liar when he was asked whether vaccination should be mandatory and he answered: “No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand that it be mandatory.” Likewise, he was long ago proven to be a liar when he told one of CNN’s resident perverts, Don Lemon, during a town hall meeting in July, “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.” Same with the lie he told just last month when he challenged our patriotism before sneering, “How about making sure that you’re vaccinated so you do not spread the disease to anybody else?”

Memo to Snake Oil Joe: How about making sure you’ve got your facts before making such bold and sweeping pronouncements?

Those, though, aren’t the vaccination lies we’re looking for. No, the ones we had in mind were those that smeared and vilified the unvaccinated. “It’s a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Biden lectured, just before clarifying things as only he can: “It’s a vaxation of the unvaccinated.”

Then he washed, and he rinsed, and he repeated. Time and again, he said things like: “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. The unvaccinated. Not the vaccinated, the unvaccinated.” In fact, he said it again just yesterday.

Only problem was, it wasn’t and it isn’t.

We all make mistakes. And we all trip over our words. It’s just that this president does it all the time, and he sounds so sanctimonious when he does so. That’s why this “vaxation of the unvaccinated” needs to be vax-checked. It’s a slogan that, as Reason’s Matt Welch noted recently, “The White House COVID-19 Response Team introduced in mid-July, and which the president was still regurgitating inaccurately as late as December 14.”

Scratch that. He was regurgitating it yesterday.

To be fair, scarcely anyone believes anything this guy says anymore, such are the disjointed and ill-informed ramblings we get each time he strays for even a sentence from his tightly scripted remarks. But still. He’s the president of the United States. Is it too much to ask that he at least be honest about matters that are so fundamental?

Could it be that Scranton Joe’s been getting bad advice? You tell us: “When you get vaccinated,” said his main man, Anthony Fauci, in May, “you not only protect your own health, that of the family, but also you contribute to the community health by preventing the spread of the virus throughout the community. And in other words, you become a dead end to the virus.”

When you get vaccinated … you become a dead end to the virus.

Apparently, they didn’t get the memo in Germany, where, as Daniel Horowitz reports, “The respected Robert Koch Institute reported last week that among the 4,206 Germans infected with Omicron for whom their vaccination status was known, 95.58% were fully vaccinated.”

Nor did they get the memo in Denmark, where 89.7% of all Omicron cases were among the fully vaccinated, or in the UK, where only 25% of hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated.

If you’re sensing a pattern here, so are we. And so is Horowitz: “A new preprint study from Bangladesh found that among 404 people re-infected with COVID, having been vaccinated made someone 2.45 times more likely to get re-infected with a mild infection, 16.1 times more likely to get a moderate infection, and 3.9 times more likely to be re-infected severely, relative to someone with prior infection who was not vaccinated.”

So the science out of Bangladesh now joins the science out of Israel in resounding fashion: Natural immunity isn’t just a little better than vaccine immunity; it’s a lot better.

Of course, this isn’t to say that vaccines are bad. Only vaccine mandates are bad. Indeed, for at-risk groups such as the elderly and others with comorbidity factors, vaccines can be life-saving and have proven to lessen the severity of subsequent variant infections. But for the rest of us, for whom the virus is far less likely to be lethal, does the vaccination outweigh the considerable benefits that would otherwise be conferred by natural immunity? It’s a great question, and one that no one in the Biden administration nor anywhere on the Left seems interested in exploring.

As candidate Joe Biden said on October 22, 2020: “Two-hundred-twenty-thousand Americans dead. If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this: Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America.”

Well, Joe, we heard ya. And according to Johns Hopkins University, from the time you took office last January 20 until this past Monday, January 3, we’ve lost 419,200 Americans to COVID-19. By our reckoning, you either owe Donald Trump an apology or the rest of us your resignation. Or both.

Finally, we’ve been focused on vaccination, but what is it with this president’s masking fetish? The images of Biden and the first lady walking their dog on a windswept beach in Delaware over the holidays — images that show Biden masked up, outdoors, with nary another human in sight — are truly jarring. Has anyone ever contracted or spread COVID under such conditions? We’d venture not. And yet there he was, the Leader of the Free World, wearing a face diaper.

We suppose it could’ve been worse. For example, he could’ve been the double-vaxed, triple-boosted American secretary of defense (who still managed to catch COVID), and he could’ve been meeting with dignitaries of a foreign country. And he could’ve been wearing a stupid face shield in addition to a stupid face diaper.

Yep, it could’ve been worse.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Cuomo off scot-free again: A day after escaping accountability for COVID deaths in nursing homes, disgraced ex-governor of New York Andrew Cuomo will not be facing sexual harassment charges following Albany County prosecutors’ decision to drop the case. District Attorney P. David Soares, a Democrat, explained, “After review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial.” Allegations of inappropriate forcible touching were raised against Cuomo in 2020 by his former assistant, Brittany Commisso, one of several woman who have raised similar claims.
  • Trump nixes J6 speech: Donald Trump has decided to forgo his plan to hold a press conference from Mar-a-Lago on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot. Trump pointed to “the total bias and dishonesty of the January 6th Unselect Committee of Democrats, two failed Republicans, and the Fake News Media” for his decision. He added, “Instead [I] will discuss many of those important topics at my rally on Saturday, January 15th, in Arizona — It will be a big crowd!” This is a smart move by Trump to refrain from providing any more fuel for the Democrats’ J6 “democracy threatened” charade.
  • Biden hiding open-border numbers? For the first time in over 10 years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has failed to release its yearend report, breaking from what has been standard practice since 2011. The report includes the total number of border apprehensions and deportations. So much for transparency. “It’s absolutely shocking that the release of the ICE report hasn’t happened,” contended former ICE Chief of Staff Jon Feere. “I assumed, at worst, they’d put it out on New Year’s Eve when nobody is paying attention, but even that didn’t happen.” Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) observed: “During record-breaking levels of illegal immigration, DHS and ICE have taken steps to dismantle interior enforcement operations that keep our communities safe from criminal aliens. I’ve been calling for transparency into these radical policy changes for months. If ICE is intentionally hiding their annual report from the public, then it’s safe to assume it doesn’t show any improvement; it shows failure.”
  • Blame Youngkin for I-95 mess? Following a snowstorm-caused Interstate 95 shutdown in Virginia that stranded a plethora of motorists for over 24 hours in freezing temperatures, some media figures were quick to shovel blame onto Republican Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin … who doesn’t take office until January 15. Leftist Eric Boehlert, formerly of Media Matters, groused, “The Youngkin era begins in VA.” Anti-Trumper Jonah Goldberg blasted, “If I was Glenn Youngkin I’d be flooding the zone to get this I-95 crap fixed. DC suburbs are vengeful about this kind of thing.” He later conceded his error, saying he “thought [Youngkin] was sworn in already.” Meanwhile, outgoing Democrat Governor Ralph Northam blamed his slow response on (no joke) the January 6 riot, claiming it hampered his ability to rapidly deploy the VA National Guard. Hmph.

Government & Politics

  • Georgia opens investigation into possible illegal ballot harvesting in 2020 election; secretary of state says subpoenas could be forthcoming (Just the News)
  • Joe Manchin signals he won’t support filibuster reform for Democrat election takeover bills (Daily Wire)
  • 25 House Democrats won’t seek reelection in 2022 (Washington Examiner)
  • Adding insult to injury: Leaked Biden plan would house violent men in women’s prison cells (The Federalist)

Health

  • It’s official: More Americans dead from COVID under Biden than Trump (Free Beacon)
  • Guess what? It’s the flu! COVID variant with 46 mutations detected in France (Fox News)
  • French President Emmanuel Macron declares his strategy is to “piss off” the unvaccinated (The Guardian)

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!

“Social Justice”

  • George Floyd’s four-year-old niece shot while sleeping in Houston home (New York Post)
  • What could possibly go wrong? Manhattan DA to stop seeking prison sentences in slew of criminal cases (New York Post)

Odds & Ends

  • “The first line of defense is yourself”: Record number of blacks buy firearms, boost overall gun sales during COVID pandemic (Washington Times)
  • Facebook reinstates conservative children’s book publisher’s account after “error” raising Cain (National Review)
  • GM loses spot as No. 1 U.S. automaker for first time since 1931 (National Review)
  • China’s nuclear arsenal is more than it appears (National Interest)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why fiscal conservatives should care about abortion (National Review)
  • Humor: FBI to host first annual January 6 reunion (Babylon Bee)

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “If Americans wish to preserve a country they will recognize, then the first step is to recognize the enemy. Public education is the enemy. The entertainment industry is the enemy. The corporate culture is the enemy. The advertising industry is the enemy. And most of the politicians in both parties are the enemy. An enemy is defined as anybody, or any organization, which is attacking the traditional beliefs of Americans.” —Charley Reese (1937-2013)

“The January 6th rioters were very stupid. They are paying an extremely hefty price for their stupidity now. They were not ‘insurrectionists.’ They never posed the slightest threat to our system. They were not going to overthrow the government and weren’t trying to. In a healthy country, that’s all that we would need to say about it. We would have long since moved on by now. But the media and the Democrat Party won’t allow that to happen. January 6th gave them ammunition that they will literally never stop using. Ever.” —Matt Walsh

“I have come to the realization that my relationship with YouTube is dysfunctional. Sure, I can get millions of views. But why should I allow anonymous ‘fact-checkers’ to censor my fully sourced, fact-based content? They don’t want to challenge or debate me with opposing views, they just want my silence. … So today [Monday], I announce that I will begin an exodus from Big Tech. I will no longer post videos on YouTube unless it is to criticize them or announce that viewers can see my content on rumble.com. Why begin with YouTube? Because they’re the worst censors.” —Senator Rand Paul

“Elon Musk can afford to buy Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Imagine if he did it and systematically censored Democrats and leftists. ‘We’re being silenced! Silenced!’ The shrieks would be audible for miles. How speedily the other side would discover the imperative of free speech!” —Dinesh D’Souza

“I just don’t understand how any intelligent person can look at the world today and say: what we need is more government.” —David Harsanyi

Friendly fire: “2022 could be a great time to show what we’ve learned. I tried to warn we were headed too far left.” —former MSNBC host Chris Matthews

Credit where it’s due: “This is traumatizing our children. The way adults are responding to COVID is having a negative impact on our children. … The safest place for children right now is in a school building. … Strand after strand, we can’t continue to stop our children from developing socially and academically.” —NYC Mayor Eric Adams

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “I encourage the states and school districts to use the funding that you still have to protect your children and keep the schools open.” —Joe Biden

He dropped the nut: “There’s no excuse for anyone being unvaccinated. This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” —Joe Biden

Hot air: “Be concerned about Omicron, but don’t be alarmed. But, if you’re unvaccinated, you have some reason to be alarmed. … Some will die. Needlessly die.” —Joe Biden (To quote the great William Wallace: “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”)

Thanks, Captain Obvious: “People who are overweight or obese are at a much higher risk of much more severe disease and even death from Covid-19 — and one new study suggests that losing weight can reduce that risk.” —CNN (“I’m really glad that CNN is finally catching up to the rest of us who’ve had functioning prefrontal cortexes the past two years.” —Jesse James)

D’oh! “How can we Democrats permit a situation in which Republicans can pass voter suppression laws at the state level with only a simple majority vote but not allow the United States Senate to do the same?” —Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

And last… “Women are born homemakers — we literally provide a home to our children within our wombs. Abortion uproots the safe home for children in our bodies. It makes sense, then, that people who believe abortion is a moral good reject homemakers and don’t understand their worth.” —Abby Roth

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‘We can’t vaccinate the planet every six months,’ says Oxford vaccine scientist

A leading expert who helped create the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine said Tuesday that giving everyone in the world booster shots multiple times a year is not feasible.

Source: ‘We can’t vaccinate the planet every six months,’ says Oxford vaccine scientist

Dr. McCollough Says Outpatient Treatments For COVID-19 Have Been Suppressed

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Lots of messaging on the vaccine, but zero mentioning on treatment, none. And it’s been from the very beginning. There is a theme here, I hope everyone’s starting to get the theme. There is zero effort, interest, promotion, or care about early treatment, people who are sick with COVID-19,” said McCollough.

“But there is a complete and total focus on people who don’t have COVID-19 and giving them a vaccine.”

McCullough is an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist, and lead author of the first paper on early COVID-19 outpatient treatment involving a multi-drug regimen. In a recent interview with EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program, he discussed a wide range of evidence on COVID-19 preventative treatments that are being used around the world.

Attorney Siri: The CDC is Hiding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Data

The FDA Wants to Hide Pre-Licensure Data Until You’re Dead and Now the CDC Wants to Hide the Post-Licensure Safety Data

You must take this product. You cannot sue if injured. You can maybe see the clinical trial safety data in 75+ years. And the deidentified post-licensure safety data – no, you cannot see that either.

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Injecting Freedom

Three prior posts explained how the FDA seeks to delay for 75+ years full production of Pfizer’s pre-licensure safety data.  While we have that fight, we submitted a request to the CDC, on behalf of ICAN, for the deidentified post-licensure safety data for the Covid-19 vaccines in the CDC’s v-safe system.  Even though this data is available in deidentified form (meaning, it includes no personal health information), the CDC refused to produce this data claiming it is not deidentified.

So, on behalf of ICAN, we filed a federal lawsuit against the CDC and its parent entity, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to force the CDC to produce this data to the public.  The CDC should have no issue doing so because it has already made this data available to a private company – Oracle – in deidentified form.  It is telling that Larry Ellison’s company can see the data American taxpayers paid the CDC to collect but the average American and independent scientists cannot?!

What is the v-safe system you may ask?  Since rolling out the Covid-19 vaccines, the FDA and CDC have stated that their primary safety monitoring system, VAERS, is unreliable.  The CDC therefore deployed a new safety monitoring system for COVID-19 vaccines called “v-safe.”  V-safe is a smartphone app that allows vaccine recipients to “tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”  The purpose of the app “is to rapidly characterize the safety profile of COVID-19 vaccines when given outside a clinical trial setting.”  With this new system, the CDC claims that these “vaccines are being administered under the most intensive vaccine safety monitoring effort in U.S. history.”

That all sounds great.  And a CDC document explains that data submitted to v-safe is “collected, managed, and housed on a secure server by Oracle,” a private computer technology company, and that Oracle can access “aggregate deidentified data for reporting.”  This means data submitted to v-safe is already available in deidentified form and could be immediately released to the public.

Over 100 Christian colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood: report

A new report reveals that more than 100 Christian colleges and universities in the United States have had ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, in the past two years.

Source: Over 100 Christian colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood: report

Poll: Majority of Americans disapprove of Biden on COVID-19, economy

Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss Biden’s approval rating on various issues including the pandemic and the withdrawal from Afghanistan. #FoxNews Source: Poll: Majority of Americans disapprove of Biden on COVID-19, economy

Stuart Varney on Biden’s COVID messaging: We’ve been here before

FOX Business’ Stuart Varney argues Biden ‘should hold a real, full-scale press conference’ to ‘back up his blame-game allegations.’ … STUART VARNEY: We’ve been here before: a problem comes up, and the president blames anyone but himself or his policies.

Source: Stuart Varney on Biden’s COVID messaging: We’ve been here before