Daily Archives: January 10, 2022

The Bible and its Story: The Victory at Merom

After that “great day” Joshua continued for seven years warring against the people of Palestine; for each walled city was a fortress which had to be captured separately. In all those years there was only one more pitched battle like that of Gibeon. After the Israelites had crushed the open resistance of southern Palestine, the cities of the north formed a league against them under Jabin, king of their head city of Hazor.

‎These soldiers of the north fought in chariots, charging with their horses across the open plains; and hence the Israelites, accustomed only to fighting upon foot, held these new enemies in dread. God once more encouraged Joshua with assurance of His aid; and again Joshua arranged a sudden attack, rushing upon Jabin’s camp, while the horses and chariots were unready. Thus Israel gained a complete victory “by the waters of Merom,” a lake far up at the northern end of Jordan’s valley. As the chief fruit of Joshua’s success, we are told that he seized and lamed the enemies’ horses and destroyed their terrible chariots.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Angels (Article Collection) | Southern Equip

C. S. Lewis and Billy Graham on Angels

Spurgeon on Angels: The Baptist Connection

The Angelology of Jonathan Edwards

Isaac Ambrose and the Puritan Teaching on Angels

Calvin’s View of Angels

Angels: Augustine and the Patristic Tradition—The Reality, Ontology, and Morality of Angels in the Church Fathers and Augustine

Angels in Scripture

Editorial: God’s Messengers: Theological Reflections on Angels

God Routs Fear — VCY America

Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel.

Numbers 23:23 

How this should cut up root and branch all silly, superstitious fears! Even if there were any truth in witchcraft and omens, they could not affect the people of the Lord. Those whom God blessed, devils cannot curse.

Ungodly men, like Balaam, may cunningly plot the overthrow of the Lord’s Israel; but with all their secrecy and policy they are doomed to fail. Their powder is damp; the edge of their sword is blunted. They gather together; but as the Lord is not with them, they gather together in vain. We may sit still and let them weave their nets, for we shall not be taken in them. Though they call in the aid of Beelzebub and employ all his serpentine craft, it will avail them nothing: the spells will not work, the divination will deceive them. What a blessing this is! How it quiets the heart! God’s Jacobs wrestle with God, but none shall wrestle with them and prevail. God’s Israels have to prevail against them. We need not fear the fiend himself, nor any of those secret enemies whose words are full of deceit and whose plans are deep and unfathomable. They cannot hurt those who trust in the living God. We defy the devil and all his legions.

God Routs Fear — VCY America

January 10 – A living hope | Reformed Perspective

...He has caused us to be born again to a living hope…” – 1 Peter 1:3                                  

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:1-25

The Christian testifies of the blessedness of living with a living hope. Not a “hope so” hope, but a “for sure” hope. We live in a world filled with despair. All around us, we see suffering — some self-inflicted. We ourselves experience struggle and disappointment. Our feeble faith often falters. But our focus must always be our living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

In 1524, the Reformer, Martin Luther wrote:

Whilst in midst of death we be,
Hell’s grim jaws o’er-take us;
Who from such distress will free,
Who secure will make us?
Thou only, Lord, canst do it!
It moves Thy tender heart to see
our great sin and misery.

Into hell’s fierce agony
sin doth head-long drive us:
Where shall we for succor flee?
Who, O, who will hide us?
Thou only, blessed Saviour,
Thy precious blood was shed to win
peace and pardon for our sin.

Today as God’s people we celebrate the victory of Christ over death and the tyranny of the devil. We live in anticipation of an “inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven”. We rejoice that by “God’s power we are being guarded through faith for a salvation, through faith ready to be revealed in the last time”.

Suggestions for prayer

Praise God for a living hope in Jesus Christ!

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

— Read on reformedperspective.ca/january-10-a-living-hope/

A Prayer of Freedom — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Promise

“The Lord who made you and helps you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, My servant, O dear Israel, My chosen one. For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.”
Isaiah 44:2-4 NLT

Prayer

My Father, what a wonderful God You are. My children (and I) are handmade by You. You are our designer. You are our helper and keeper. I ask that we will never doubt, question, or wonder who we are, where we came from, or where we are going.

May we live free of fear—safe from its bondage, kept from its paralyzing grip, protected from everything that would terrify and hinder us from experiencing all that You have for us. May our hearts be full of expectancy and assurance, knowing that You have set us free.

Pour out upon each of us Your abundant mercies, Your abundant grace, Your abundant goodness, Your abundant blessings, Your abundant love. May we always drink from Your fountain of joy; wash in the river of Your mercies; be touched by Your refreshing rains. Quench our thirsty souls, water the garden of our hearts, keep our spirits in Your healing streams. Cause us to thrive, flourish, and prosper in life and in our relationship with You.

By Roy Lessin
Used by Permission


Further Reading

• A Prayer for Inner Peace and Joy

• A Prayer for When you are Fearful

•  Salvation Explained

A Prayer of Freedom — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

There is a Place — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

There is a Place

There is a place of quiet rest, a place where
you can have peace
where all its beauty is yet to be seen.
A place of refuge for the oppressed, a place
where the Savior makes intercessions for
all of your needs, and God your Father will provide.

A place where you are undisturbed – a place to enjoy
pleasure beyond measure.
A place you seldom want to leave, but He very gently
says “my child you must leave now“, Having the reassurance
that you have the freedom to return as often as you wish.

A hungering and a thirsting is welling up from within that food
and water cannot satisfy.
For it is His presence that satisfies, the hungering thirsty soul.
Yes the Bread of Life satisfies the hungry soul, and with the prompting
of the Holy Spirit you are now praying even more persistently
and consistently.

There is a place when you are battered and torn, when you enter
via the stairway of prayer, there you find healing for each wound
and joy beyond what words can describe.

Oh the richness of His Love and the bliss of His warm embrace.
Everything that hinders is banished in His presence
Purity and truth is revealed in this place, and oh the serenity
of the fountain of living waters flowing, washing you over and over again.
Rejuvenating your body soul and spirit giving to you the radiance of the Lord.

Yes there are many places, but this a specific place it is called
the secret place.
This is the place of intimacy and love beyond measure!!
The place of prayer, make your appointment today and experience
joy and pleasure beyond measure!!!
Meet Him at the place, He is waiting for you!!!!

by Margaret Mullings
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  A Prayer for Strength during troubling times

•   The Lord is My Shepherd

•  Salvation Explained

There is a Place — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: Israel Tramples Upon Kings

‎In The evening of the triumph of Joshua’s great day, when all his people were returned in peace from the pursuit, when, as the Bible grimly phrases it, “none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel,” then did Joshua order the five kings brought before him from their prison cave. They were to die as their people had died; no mercy must be shown, no friendship made with this evil race. Yet before their death Joshua meant to use them for a shrewd act of statesmanship.

‎He “called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.” Thus were the Israelites, the once down-trodden slaves of Egypt, made to feel that they were mightier than the mightiest.

‎“And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for this shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.” In just such words had God encouraged Joshua himself in his time of need.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

10 Jan 2022 News Briefing

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North Korea moves to stem a rise in insubordination within its military
After a North Korean army officer threatened his superior with a weapon and another attempted suicide when higher-ranking officers ignored his pleas for help, the country’s politburo is taking steps to stem what leaders fear may be a rising trend of insubordination within the military. In the last three months of 2021, as many as 10 soldiers have violently confronted their superiors nationwide, a military official from the northeastern province of North Hamgyong told RFA

Galapagos volcano erupts, spewing ash over Pacific
A volcano on the Galapagos Islands erupted on Friday, spewing ash and lava into the Pacific Ocean. Wolf Volcano, the tallest volcano on the islands, erupted for the first time since 2015,

Powerful earthquake shakes Chinese region, closing rail lines
A powerful earthquake shook Qinghai, a remote province in western China, early Saturday morning. The magnitude 6.9 quake was recorded at 1:45 a.m. local time, the Associated Press reported. Several rail tunnels were damaged, forcing the closure of several high-speed rail lines.

Despotism Is The New Normal: Looming Threats To Freedom In 2022
“Looking at the present, I see a more probable future: a new despotism creeping slowly across America. Faceless oligarchs sit at command posts of a corporate-government complex that has been slowly evolving over many decades. In efforts to enlarge their own powers and privileges, they are willing to have others suffer the intended or unintended consequences of their institutional or personal greed.

Are We Really Expected To Believe This China COVID Data?
In April of last year, something very strange happened. COVID-19 death rates in Ireland, a country I hail from, surpassed death rates in China. Yes, Ireland, a tiny country with a population of less than 5 million people versus China—the world’s most populated country—with more than 1.4 billion citizens.

CDC Director Sheepishly Admits Justice Sotomayor Issued COVID Misinformation On Hospitalized Kids
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor spouted a disturbing amount of misinformation regarding Covid-19 during oral arguments in two cases that will determine the fate of President Biden’s vaccine mandates. For starters, Sotomayor – an Obama appointee – claimed that there are “100,000 children in serious condition,” with “many on ventilators.” In truth, there are just over 3,300, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Hunter Connection? Kazakh Security Chief Arrested For Treason Was “Close Friends” With Bidens
Among the boldest and eye-brow raising political moves by embattled Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev within the past days that grabbed international headlines was his ordering the arrest of Kazakhstan’s powerful former intelligence chief, Karim Massimov, on the charge of high treason.

DOJ Refuses To Withdraw Memo Activating FBI Counterterrorism Division Against School Parents
In a quiet response to the Senate Judiciary Committee three days before Christmas, the Biden DOJ says it won’t withdraw a controversial memo used to activate the FBI Counterterrorism Division to investigate parents voicing their opposition to a variety of topics – primarily mask and vaccine mandates, and teaching critical race theory. Next week the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on domestic terrorism. I hope we’re going to be focusing on the serious threats facing our country—and I hope no one thinks the focus is on our nation’s parents.”

“I Do Not Want To Have A Vaccination”: NHS Doctor Tells UK Health Secretary On Camera
Steve James, a consultant anesthetist at the King’s College Hospital, told Javid that he doesn’t believe the science for mandating the vaccines is “strong enough” and the government should at least consider the nuance that some doctors have had antibodies through previous exposure to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus—the virus that causes COVID-19.

Australia Northern Territory Chief Minister Says Unvaccinated People Cannot Leave Home To Work, Exercise
Michael Gunner, Australia’s Northern Territory chief minister, announced Wednesday that unvaccinated people may not leave their homes to go to work or exercise. “The fully vaccinated can continue as they were. For people who are not vaccinated, lockdown rules will apply to everyone 16 and above,” Gunner said. “If you are not fully vaxxed, stay home. You are at greater risk of catching COVID, becoming ill and needing hospital care.

Astronomers Discover a Strange Galaxy Without Dark Matter
“The dark matter content that we infer in this galaxy is much, much smaller than what you would expect,” says Fraternali, an astronomer at Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. it could pose a challenge for scientists’ view of dark matter, the dominant perspective in the field for at least 20 years.

What a new Russo-Chinese world order means for Ukraine
January 10 sees the opening of US-Russia security talks on NATO and Ukraine. However, they might evolve as Russia will have its revolver on the negotiating table loaded with its massive military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. Whether an agreement is reached or not, the West would be wise to consider a number of geopolitical factors in its forward planning, however somber.

‘Severe consequences’ if Iran attacks Americans
There will be repercussions if Iran threatens and attacks Americans, including those Iran sanctioned, the White House warned on Sunday.

Health-policy expert warns against Biden’s “vaccine idolatry”
As the Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of President Biden’s vaccine mandates, a public health-policy expert published a detailed critique of what he called “vaccine idolatry.”

Downed drone contained images of Hezbollah operators
A drone downed by the Israeli military last week contained images apparently showing a Hezbollah-affiliated force training with UAVs, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Among the images were pictures of the drone’s operators,

Tropical Cyclone “Tiffany” to make landfall over the far north Queensland, Australia
Tropical Cyclone “Tiffany” formed in the Coral Sea on January 9, 2022, as the 5th named storm of the 2021/22 Australian region cyclone season. Tiffany is expected to bring damaging to destructive winds and heavy rain to communities in far north Queensland from the morning of January 10, 2022 (LT). Parts of Queensland already saw major flooding this week after prolonged heavy rainfall brought by Ex-Tropical Cyclone “Seth” described by BOM as incredibly rare.

Corona Beer Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Viral TikTok video
An unidentified woman posted a video on TikTok using a COVID-19 rapid test on a bottle of Corona beer. Sure enough, the bottle of Corona tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“Massive Meltdown”: 40% Of Nasdaq Companies Are Down More Than Half From Their Highs
In a testament to the narrow breadth of the Nasdaq, and the broader market in general, where as a reminder 51% of all market gains from April through December were just from the five most popular tech names – AAPL, MSFT, NVDA, TSLA, GOOGL – Sundial Research notes that a near-record number of tech stocks have plunged by some 50%, a number that was only surpassed by the March 2021 crash and the global financial crisis.

The carefully planned, step-by-step guide global elites are using to implement the Great Reset
The so-called COVID-19-pandemic is part of the masonic plan of the New World Order and is being used as an instrument of the “Great Reset.”[1] Accordingly, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has called for the creation of a global government to cope with the coronavirus.

Texas Gov. Abbot to Sue Biden to Stop Vax Mandate for National Guard
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he will be suing the Biden administration to prevent the Pentagon’s mandatory vaccination for his state’s national guard.

CDC Shortens Pfizer COVID Booster Interval to Five Months. Experts Warn Practice Is Unstudied
Americans who got fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID shot are now being told to get a third dose sooner, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortened the recommended interval between the initial inoculation and boosting from six to five months.

Marines say they’re being ‘crushed’ over vaccine refusal: ‘A political purge’ 
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Marines are being “crushed” by President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate as thousands face dismissal for their continued refusal to get the shot, several active-duty Marines told Fox News Digital.

BMX champ drops Monster sponsors for being ‘unchristian’
A BMX champion has dropped Monster Energy as his sponsors because, he says, their logo and advertising are unchristian. Two-time X-Games gold medalist and newly minted Mormon Colton Satterfield announced last week that he was ditching Monster Energy drink.

Hawaii Dept. of Health posts announcement telling people to forget about eating healthy and working out, just take the mRNA vaccine 
At first glance, it might seem like a parody. But the Hawaii State Department of Health actually put out a video telling island residents that the only thing they need to do for their health in 2022 is to get “vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

Ex-head of UK Vaccine Taskforce Calls for End to Mass Vaccination
Mass vaccination against COVID-19 should come to an end and the UK should focus on managing it as an endemic disease like flu, the former chairman of Britain’s vaccine taskforce has said.

Welcome To Day 666 Of 15 Days To Flatten The Curve, And It’s A Whole Lot Worse Than You Thought It Was Going To Be 
Here we are on Day 666 of 15 Days To Flatten The Curve, and the world is not going to Hell, just the opposite, Hell is rushing up to meet us and at an astonishing rate of speed. Like a skyscraper that’s been wired with explosives and set to detonate floor by floor, so is our world right now coming apart at the seams. But for those of us who are Bible believers, this is “par for the course” here in these last days.

Scientists Reprogram Cells’ DNA Using Nanotechnology
Researchers have turned skin cells into blood vessel tissue to save a mouse’s wounded leg. They were able to do that simply by tapping the wound with a chip that uses nanotechnology to inject new DNA into the cells.

On The Verge of WWIII: Satellites Would Be Attacked First, Then These Radar Stations if WWIII Commences Next Week
The situation between the US/NATO and Russia has become critical. If you hear news that any of these radar stations has had “an incident” that’s your proof that WWIII has commenced and nuclear attack against the USA is in process.

Government Deception: Up to 3.8 Million ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Austrians To Be Declared ‘Unvaccinated’ 
How do the previously “vaccinated” feel about being declared anti-social, right-wing radicals by their government with the stroke of a pen?

BOMBSHELL: German Doctors Find ‘Astonishing’ Impurities in Covid ‘Vaccine’
A group of German physicians joins the chorus of experts who have discovered foreign objects in the coronavirus vaccines and the blood of the vaccinated.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/01/10/10-jan-2022/

Headlines – 1/10/2022

Jerusalem church leader says Israeli extremists threaten Christian presence in city

White House worried Iran is plotting assassination attempts against Trump administration officials

Sullivan warns Iran of ‘severe consequences’ if American citizens are attacked

Iran sanctions 52 Americans on anniversary of Soleimani killing, drawing US rebuke

Iran ‘likely’ smuggling weapons to Yemen: UN report

UN fingers Iranian port as key weapons conduit for Yemen rebels

About 200 dead in attacks in northwest Nigeria, residents say

West African nations sever links with Mali over delay in holding elections

Bangladesh Rohingya refugee camp fire leaves thousands homeless

Kazakhstan unrest: At least 164 killed in crackdown on protests, reports say

Former Kazakhstan uranium czar blames imprisonment on sale of Clinton-linked Canadian company to Russians

High-Ranking Kazakhstan Official Who Allegedly Sparked Bloody Attempted “Revolution” and Was Arrested For Treason, Is Another One of Biden’s Corrupt “Business Partners”

US believes Putin wants to restore Soviet Union – Blinken

Jim Jordan Responds to January 6 Committee Meeting Request, Rejects Legitimacy of Investigation

Rep. Jim Jordan says he won’t cooperate with Jan. 6 committee’s interview request

Joe Biden Plans Angry Speech in Georgia Attacking Voting Integrity Laws

‘We are going right to the belly of the beast’: Biden takes on Georgia

GOP senator says Trump’s election allegations are unfounded

Rep. McCarthy: Dems Pushing for Voting Reform to ‘Rig An Election’

NYC Democrats Grant Voting Rights to Nearly 1 Million Noncitizens

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Florina, Greece

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft

Revenatador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Tropical Cyclone “Tiffany” to make landfall over the far north Queensland, Australia

Why was there less lightning during COVID lockdowns? The decrease coincided with a drop in humans emitting aerosols

‘Victims on every floor:’ NYC’s deadliest fire in three decades kills 19

Swimming parents speak out, call on NCAA to review rules regarding transgender athletes and women’s sports

‘Antifa’ Counter-Protest at March for Life Chicago

Man becomes first person in Colombia with non-terminal illness to die by legal euthanasia

Farmer gives cows VR headsets to reduce anxiety and increase milk production

Border Patrol Reports 1,066 Percent Increase in Fentanyl Seized in South Texas

A COVID-19 patient tried to sneak ivermectin into a Canadian hospital by hiding it inside a stuffed animal

Bacterial Contamination: The Other Side of the Mask Story They Never Tell You

Cyprus reportedly discovers a Covid variant that combines omicron and delta

CDC Website Reveals Police Power Will be Used at Quarantine Stations for the “Benefit of Society”

FNC’s Baier Confronts Walensky on Public Losing ‘Trust and Confidence’ in the CDC

US Life Insurance Company Reports 40% Increase in Death Claims Since Start of Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

California went from mandating vaccines to forcing COVID-positive health care employees to work

Israel’s Bennett appeals for ‘patience’ amid public dismay over shifting, unclear COVID rules

Health Ministry hotline collapses as new COVID testing rules stump Israelis

China’s Tianjin testing all residents after omicron found

Joe Biden’s Failed Policies Has Lead to a COVID Test Shortage

Arkansas governor says large businesses in state should not comply with Biden administration’s ‘oppressive vaccine mandate’

White House ‘confident in our legal authority’ as Supreme Court debates vaccine mandates

Commentary: How vaccine mandates became a political weapon – Biden is using them to punish his enemies

Protesters rally in Beirut against Covid restrictions for the unvaccinated

It Worked: Over 100,000 French Protest Vax Pass After Macron Vowed to ‘Piss Off’ Unvaxed

Prague protest draws thousands against vaccine mandate

Djokovic opens court battle to stay in Australia without COVID vaccination

Enes Kanter Freedom on Vax Mandates: ‘People Should Have Freedom to Choose’

Ex-head of UK Vaccine Taskforce Calls for End to Mass Vaccination

‘Think Twice Before You Vaccinate Your Kids,’ Dr. Robert Malone Warns Parents on COVID-19 Shots

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot slams teachers’ union for ‘illegal walk-out,’ rejects proposal for remote learning

AOC reveals she has COVID and is suffering symptoms of virus after partying maskless at Miami drag brunch

Omicron: top Hong Kong officials caught up in birthday party Covid-19 scandal, sparking rebukes, apologies all round and deep cleaning of government offices, legislature

Hong Kong quarantines all 100 guests of scandal-hit birthday party

US troops’ movement limited in Japan to prevent COVID-19 spread

Restaurants Seek Federal Aid as Omicron Surge Threatens Another Hard Winter

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

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 10, 2022

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”

THE FOUNDATION

“In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.” —James Madison (1787)

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SCOTUS Balks at Biden Vax Mandate

The nation is waiting to see if the Supreme Court will clamp down on Biden’s executive overreach.

Thomas Gallatin

The U.S. Supreme Court took up objections to Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate on Friday and it quickly became apparent that, much like the nation at large, the justices were clearly divided in their assessment of Biden’s authority to enact such sweeping action. For nearly four hours, the justices questioned the state and those objecting to the mandate.

Chief Justice John Roberts noted, “This is something the federal government has never done before.” Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested that government officials appeared to have overstepped their authority. “Congress has had a year to act on the question of vaccine mandates,” Gorsuch said. “It appears that the federal government is going agency by agency as a workaround.” Justice Amy Coney Barrett said that the mandate was too broad in its application. Justice Samuel Alito noted that the rule is “fundamentally different from anything OSHA has done before” because it “affects employees all the time,” not just at work.

Yet it was also clear that the legality and constitutionality of Biden’s mandate was not the primary concern for the left wing of the Court, which preferred to focus on how scary COVID is. Justice Sonia Sotomayor erroneously claimed, “We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators.” The reality is that even during this Omicron surge, hospitalizations are 50% below 2021’s peak number. Sotomayor further falsely asserted, “We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators.” The truth? Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been a total of 80,200 children 17 and under hospitalized with COVID — the term with being an important modifier, as CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky noted in correcting Sotomayor. The justice’s claim was so far off base that even The Washington Post “fact-checker” gave her its worst rating of four Pinocchios.

Sotomayor wasn’t alone in peddling COVID misinformation. Justice Elena Kagan insisted that the mandate is necessary to make sure people are “not transmitting the disease.” Vaccinated people can, in fact, catch and transmit COVID.

But the biggest doozy of wildly inaccurate pandemic hyperbole may have come from Justice Stephen Breyer, who claimed that there were “750 million new COVID cases yesterday or close to that.” Seeing as the entire population of the U.S. is roughly 330 million, America must have just reached herd immunity — twice over.

It is egregious misinformation and downright misstated nonsense like this that underscores why the panic surrounding COVID has allowed even normally sensible people to behave like frightened lemmings.

Worse than this misinformation, though, was the left-wing justices’ disregard for constitutional separation of powers. Sotomayor wondered, “I’m not sure I understand the distinction why the states would have the power” to impose such a mandate “but the federal government wouldn’t.” Perhaps she’s never heard of the 10th Amendment.

The question of the legality of Biden’s vaccine mandate was answered by the president himself and his administration months before they decided to go against their own understanding of the constitutional limits to executive power. As political pundit Liz Wheeler astutely observes: “It doesn’t matter whether the vaxx is a wise choice (or not). Or whether it’s effective (or not). Or how deadly Covid is (or not). The ONLY thing SCOTUS should be answering is whether OSHA has authority to issue an ETS requiring private employers to force employees to get vaxxed.”

The Biden administration has argued that it has the authority to wield the Occupational Health and Safety Administration as a bludgeon for the vaccine mandate, though, as Roberts observed, that’s an unprecedented use of the agency’s emergency standards rule. Only 10 times in 50 years has OSHA engaged such powers and always in accordance with workplace toxins. In other words, the actions were always temporary and narrow in scope, not some rule directly impacting the health and livelihoods of 80 million working Americans. Now, OSHA is treating workers like workplace toxins.

Scientifically, the inconvenient fact for mandate proponents is the reality that the pandemic is no longer an emergency. While the coronavirus vaccines have proven effective at reducing the severity of illness, they do not make individuals immune from catching or spreading the virus. Moreover, a wide range of treatment options have been developed and implemented since the beginning of the pandemic. The notion that the vaccine is the only thing that can tackle the novel virus is demonstrably false. Furthermore, what of the very real and scientific reality of natural immunity? The mandate fails to take into account the science that natural immunity does exist and may, especially regarding the Omicron variant, offer better protection than the novel mRNA vaccines.

Of greatest concern to the Court should be protecting individual Liberty against the instinct of those in power to abuse their authority and to defend that abuse by claiming to be acting to “save lives.” If it really were lives these governmental authorities were interested in saving, they’d think less highly of their own preferences and be encouraging as many medical options to the American public as possible. Diversity of thought, ideas, and opinions is what will guide the country to better dealing with a rare pandemic, not a narrow-minded, top-down, one-size-fits-all “solution” that has already proven wholly inadequate at stopping the virus.

The Court could issue an initial ruling any day now, though a fuller ruling would likely come later.

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Biden’s IRS Raises Taxes on Regular Americans

At least that’s the effect of new reporting rules for payment apps like PayPal and Venmo.

Nate Jackson

“Nobody making under 400,000 bucks would have their taxes raised, period.” Joe Biden made variations of this promise numerous times while running for president. We warned it wasn’t true, and we fended off the “fact-checkers” who insisted it was true based solely on the fact that he said so. There are many ways to raise taxes on regular Americans; the government need not limit itself to tax rates. Inflation, for example, is a huge tax, transferring wealth to a government running up massive debt. IRS enforcement of new rules is another, and that’s what could ensnare millions of Americans in this new year thanks to Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Some “rescue.”

“Starting this month, third-party payment vendors will report $600 in total annual transitions to the IRS,” says political analyst Steve Green. “That’s not every transaction of $600 or more. That’s if you do more than $600 worth of business with any of them over the course of an entire year.”

To clarify a bit, if you surpass $600 in goods and services transactions (distinct from “personal/friends and family” transactions) via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or other payment platforms in any given year, you will find yourself under IRS scrutiny to either justify not paying taxes or to write a check to the U.S. Treasury. This changes the previous reporting requirement for users exceeding 200 transactions totaling $20,000.

In a notice to users, PayPal said: “You may notice that in the coming months we will ask you for your tax information, like a social security number or tax ID, if you haven’t provided it to us already, in order to continue using your account to accept payments for the sale of goods and services transactions and to ensure there aren’t any issues when these changes take effect in 2022. This helps us meet our obligations to the IRS.”

Why this massive invasion of privacy for millions of Americans? Democrats and the IRS are looking for “wealthy tax cheats.” At least that’s their story and they’re sticking to it.

But Democrats want an additional $80 billion for the IRS to ramp up enforcement, of which this is a part. As Green darkly jokes, “You didn’t think Biden needed those 80,000 new IRS agents to cover a few hundred billionaires, did you?”

Indeed, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) warned, “This supersized IRS will create an army of auditors to come out and go after the tax gap, which lies primarily in income categories under $400,000.”

That’s just Scranton Joe looking out for the little guy. Well, looking out to grab his wallet, anyway.

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Biden’s Weakness Provokes Iran

On the second anniversary of Qasem Soleimani’s death, Iran has vowed revenge.

Douglas Andrews

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Iran that it will face “serious consequences” if any U.S. citizens are targeted by the rogue regime. Sullivan’s warning yesterday comes after Iranian officials sanctioned dozens of Americans to mark the two-year anniversary of Donald Trump having greased the terrorist mastermind and leader of Iran’s Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani, in a precision missile strike on January 3, 2020, near Baghdad International Airport.

Got that? Trump punches the mullahs, and the mullahs threaten Joe Biden two years later. Weakness is indeed provocative.

Sullivan, whose name sounds like that of a bare-knuckle brawler but whose visage looks like that of a pharmacist, probably isn’t striking much fear into the hearts of the mullahs. After all, he works for Scranton Joe Biden. In addition, the heaviest lifting Sullivan has done to date was likely his role in helping Hillary Clinton frame Trump in the Democrats’ phony Russia-collusion hoax.

Still, Sullivan did his best: “Yesterday, Iran purported to impose sanctions on 52 Americans,” he said. “They do so as Iran’s proxy militias continue to attack American troops in the Middle East, and as Iranian officials threaten to carry out terror operations inside the United States and elsewhere around the world. Make no mistake: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens. This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served.”

This last sentence is noteworthy, because it makes clear to the Iranians that while there is precious little common ground between the Biden and Trump administrations, there will nonetheless be no tolerance for an attack on, say, former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As Sullivan put it: “We have our disagreements on Iran policy. But we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations. We are united in the defense of our people.”

That’s as it should be. Soon we’ll see whether Iran is deadly serious about a retaliatory strike or is suffering from seasonal Baghdad Bob-itis. Iranian President Ebrahim Ebrasi has called for Trump and Pompeo to be put on trial, and if Soleimani’s replacement, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, is to be believed, we had better be vigilant here in the homeland. Ghaani spoke during the second anniversary of Soleimani’s “martyrdom,” and he stressed Iran’s dedication to avenging his predecessor’s death, vowing that the “ground for the hard revenge” will come from “within” the homes of Americans.

“The aggressor, murderer, and main culprit — the then-president of the United States — must be tried and judged under the [Islamic] law of retribution,” said Raisi, “and God’s ruling must be carried out against him.”

As for former Secretary of State Pompeo, he took the opportunity last week to remind us of why our nation carried out the defensive Soleimani strike, and to remind the Biden administration of its obligations: “Qasem Soleimani was actively engaged in plotting against America,” he said. “We took lawful military action to make sure that no Americans were killed. American leadership now has the responsibility to keep every American safe against the threat from Iran.”

One last point: If the Iranians do indeed intend to strike us here at home, their efforts will have been made much easier by the porous nature of our southern border. And nothing that Joe Biden or Jake Sullivan can do or say now will change that.

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The GOP: Gran Fiesta Antigua?

Republican outreach to Hispanics seems poised to pay real dividends.

Robin Smith

Hispanic voters are supporting Republicans in greater numbers even though there is a pandemonium of parrots screeching that the Right is racist. The truth cannot be drowned out by the daily squawking of the media, teachers unions, social justice warrior “churches,” liberal nonprofits, community activists, labor unions, gender benders, race hustlers, and educrats committed to indoctrination rather than education. And looking ahead to the 2022 midterms, that spells big trouble for Democrats.

Looking at the recent Virginia state races, Telemundo News interviewed a few Hispanic voters in the Glenn Youngkin-Terry McAuliffe battle for governor, which yielded some surprises. Juan Perez, who said his previous votes have been for Democrats, opined: “I believe that [President Joe] Biden turned me into a Republican. Biden is destroying the economy. Inflation is through the roof and everything is terrible.” That response is classic for right-track-wrong-track voters. Instead of the identity politics of the political Left, this Hispanic voter reasoned that his concerns were identical to all working Americans.

Astric Gamaz, another voter interviewed, explained, “I’m sick of people stigmatizing me [for being] a Republican and me being expected not to speak up.” Ms. Gamaz and Mr. Perez serve as a snapshot of what Eduardo Gamarra, pollster and professor of Latin American studies at Florida International University in Miami, claims regarding his survey work of Latino voters in the U.S. and Latin America. Gamarra acknowledged the Hispanic movement and asserted that Democrats “are not getting behind issues that really speak to Latinos,” which is “a reason we’re seeing the shift.”

What is the top issue of concern to the Hispanic voter? It’s the same issue upon which every other American is now fixated: the economy.

In Texas, Hispanic workers dependent on the oil industry have seen that it matters who governs, as pipelines moving valuable American oil are closed and jobs are lost. In Virginia, the most prominent issue other than the economy has been the role of parents in their own children’s education. The political Left, busy defending the bureaucratic monster of school systems including “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” have content that teaches systemic racism by focusing on differences of opinion and culture and framing those differences as racism and oppression. Parents of all ethnicities and races spoke up in Virginia, laying claim to their role as the First Teachers and only parents.

The Republican Center-Right fights for the roles of traditional families, serves as a voice for preborn babies, embraces the science of chromosomes that determine gender, and wants school funding to follow the pupil, not the bloated system. When Democrats openly support anti-American socialist policies that increase welfare entitlements like tuition forgiveness, enhanced unemployment, and elimination of energy jobs, all rational voters move toward the Right. It’s no surprise that Pew Research in September 2020 reported that 80% of Hispanics and 79% of non-Hispanics citing the economy as their primary concern voted Republican.

The Trump administration removed incredible numbers of regulations, reduced corporate and personal taxes, and saw both historical growth in jobs and wages throughout the pay scales of Americans. In contrast, though Biden champions socialism and takes credit for job growth, in truth the social experiment of a universal wage through enhanced unemployment was a spectacular failure. Intelligent people, many of whom have firsthand knowledge of the suffering that happens in modern socialist countries, vehemently disagree with Biden’s policies.

Republicans stand on the principles that appeal to patriotic conservatives of all colors and nationalities: Hispanics who love family and value hard work; blacks who understand that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Dream” was not Marxist equity but equality; Asians who thrive on competition and embrace educational choice for their kids; and the list goes on. The Grand Old Party has the winning message based on equality and opportunity, and it must remain unified in purpose instead of fighting and dividing.

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Pope Francis: Value Children Over Pets

He spoke about the global demographic decline and encouraged having children or adoption.

Emmy Griffin

We are in a demographic deficit, and it is a global issue. More and more couples are choosing to have few (if any) children, and they’re making up for the deficit with pets. Ergo, Pope Francis is calling for couples to have more children.

In his Wednesday address, Pope Francis said: “Many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one — but they have two dogs, two cats. … Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children. Yes, it’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality.” This is consistent with his statement in 2014 in which he declared having more pets than children is a “cultural denigration.” The pope also made the point that having pets is a simpler matter than childrearing, and on these grounds he calls couples who choose to forgo children or have pets in lieu of offspring selfish.

Pope Francis is absolutely correct. Pets’ demands are simple — well-nurtured animals give affection and obedience unconditionally — whereas children’s demands on their parents are complex and ever-changing. Furthermore, affection and obedience are not guaranteed. Pets are a short-term commitment; children are a lifetime commitment. I have both. Suffice it to say, my child is significantly more fulfilling than my pets.

People love their pets. Animals have become an important part of families so much so that they are taking the place of children. In the comedy series “How I Met Your Mother,” one episode depicts Authur Hobbs, a crusty angry lawyer, in the midst of a messy divorce. The only thing he really wanted out of his divorce was his dog, Tugboat. He was even angry that he got full custody of his kids (a rare occurrence for fathers). This was meant as farce, but in Spain it’s become reality.

Up until recently, Spain had determined that pets were owned by one party or the other in a divorce. Now, however, the courts will treat pet custody much like child custody: The pet will be subject to joint custody. This is ludicrous and sad. Pets are wonderful additions to families, but they are not on the same level of importance as children as this new divorce policy implies.

Pope Francis said the “denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us” and “takes away our humanity.” This sentiment is undeniably true. When you are responsible for the life and well-being of a child, your life is unalterably changed. Being a parent is challenging and demanding in ways that are hard to imagine for those without children. But the fruits of this labor are many. It builds character. It pushes parents to mature. It gives mothers and fathers the opportunity to love and care for someone entirely unique from themselves. Every day as a parent means more because they get to experience it along with their children. Holidays and birthdays regain their magic. It also gives parents the privilege of setting people on their path in life, hoping for their good and helping them to succeed. Parenthood adds a richness to life that simply being a couple (or a pet owner) does not.

To be clear, not all couples can have kids. This is a hard road to walk for those yearning for children. The heavy feeling of missing something important is always there. When friends or siblings announce a pregnancy, it can be devastatingly hard to bare. To quote Pope Francis again, “A man or woman who do not develop the sense of fatherhood or motherhood, they are lacking something, something fundamental, something important.” A lot of childless couples feel this quite deeply.

Pope Francis encourages these couples to consider adoption. He said: “It is a risk, yes: having a child is always a risk, either naturally or through adoption. But it is riskier not to have them.”

This statement in particular garnered a lot of public outcry. Adoption is an expensive venture that’s bedeviled by a broken system. There are families who wait years to adopt because the system is so convoluted. Adoption also poses a lot of risks (though this is true for all children, both biological and adopted). In America, adoption is sometimes demonized. Those brave souls who choose to adopt are accused of having a savior complex. Some adult adoptees even go on to castigate adoption because of the trauma they endured. Even in the best homes, the scars of being abandoned by your biological parents are an emotional obstacle. But isn’t the trauma greater by not being adopted, not being chosen, and not having a family?

Pope Francis prayed for every child to have a home and a mother and father. He encouraged all couples to consider adoption, not just childless ones. Parenthood is a gift. Pet ownership, while nice, is nowhere near as important or necessary.

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Kamala’s New Comms Guy

It seems that no one likes working for our current vice president, but Jamal Simmons is gonna give it a whirl.

Douglas Andrews

If only Kamala Harris’s free-fall in the polls were a simple matter of messaging, her hiring last week of Jamal Simmons as her new communications director might help nudge the needle back in the right direction.

But it isn’t, so it won’t.

No, the vice president’s historic unpopularity is far more likely the byproduct of her Bay Area leftism, her condescending personality, her horrible management skills, and her nails-across-the-chalkboard cackle — none of which can be solved by better branding and more polished press releases.

But Simmons has one thing going for him: There’s nowhere to go but up. Indeed, a vice president has never been as unpopular as her boss. How on earth does a Funeral Czar ever hit 28% in job approval without clubbing baby seals?

Harris’s no good, very bad week began with a since-deleted tweet touting the Biden administration’s as-yet unspent $1.2 trillion infrastructure boondoggle. “Because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” it read, “America is moving again. That’s what infrastructure is all about: getting people moving.”

Trouble is, nobody was moving. At the time of the tweet, hundreds of motorists were stranded along a stretch of I-95 in Virginia, which had been belted by a snowstorm. Talk about tone-deaf. “Update: I’ve been on the road for 27 hours,” tweeted Virginia Senator (and former governor) Tim Kaine Tuesday afternoon before the roadway reopened.

On Wednesday, the veep’s week got worse as two more staffers — Director of Press Operations Peter Velz and Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs Vincent Evans — joined the mass exodus from Team Harris, which now numbers seven and includes former Senior Adviser Symone Sanders and former Communications Director Ashley Etienne.

Clearly, no one wants to work for this woman, but is it because of her laziness or her nastiness? Try both. As one former staffer quoted in The Washington Post put it last month: “It’s clear that you’re not working with somebody who is willing to do the prep and the work. With Kamala you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.” Ouch.

Now it starts to make sense why Joe Biden took such a noticeably long time before settling on Harris as his running mate.

As for Simmons, the next man up, he’s been doing a lot of damage control since the announcement of his hiring. As Fox News reports: “Simmons previously hosted a news show for The Hill called ‘Why You Should Care,’ in which he aired a segment in August 2019 titled ‘Dazed & Confused,’ poking fun at Biden for the many conflated and exaggerated stories he’s told the public over the years. ‘We do this story about once a week!’ Simmons said at the time. ‘It’s what you get with Uncle Joe.’”

Twelve years ago, Simmons seems to have been a stickler for our nation’s immigration laws. Back then he tweeted: “Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC. One law student the other a protester. Can someone explain why ICE is not picking them up?”

That remark won’t go over well with the base, nor will the news that Simmons donated $250 to Republican Rand Paul’s presidential campaign in June 2015. And given Joe Biden’s obsession with getting every man, woman, and child in the U.S. vaccinated, it doesn’t help that in September 2020 Simmons called it “a janky science vaccine” — unless a vaccine somehow becomes less janky under a Democrat administration.

“As a pundit for much of my career,” said Simmons on Friday, “I have tweeted a lot and spoken out on public issues. Sometimes I have been sarcastic, unclear, or just plainly missed the mark. I sincerely apologize for offending those who care as much as I do about making America the best, multi-ethnic, diverse democracy it can be. I know the role I am taking on is to represent the Biden-Harris administration, and I will do so with humility, sincerity and respect.”

Good luck with that, Jamal. Good luck.

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  • In Brief: Abolish the CDC — And replace it with an agency that cares about science.

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Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

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  • Leftmedia employs pollaganda to further J6 narrative: “6 in 10 Americans say U.S. democracy is in crisis as the ‘Big Lie’ takes root,” blares the headline from taxpayer-funded NPR. Colluding with the Democrats to promote that narrative heading into a daunting 2022 election landscape, the Leftmedia is busy testing to see if Americans are buying into the nonstop story of “democracy threatened” (by Republicans), and if this dubious narrative can be an effective tool to counter a growing red wave come November. Furthermore, the aim is to convince filibuster-elimination-resistant Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to cave and allow Chuck Schumer to California-ize all states’ elections and thereby secure Democrat election victories in perpetuity. As Dan Bongino astutely observes: “When Democrats lose something, democracy is falling apart, and they’re like the Praetorian Guards of democracy. It’s their Hail Mary when they can’t argue the issues anymore, which is pretty much every day. Truth is, Democrats see the writing on the wall in 2022, and I know you do too.”
  • Fully vaxxed AOC gets COVID: Well, we guess the party’s over. Last week, New York Representative and “Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was spotted openly enjoying liberty-loving Florida as she dined and partied mask-free in Miami. AOC was widely criticized over her blatant hypocrisy, since she has repeatedly criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his fight against vaccine and mask mandates. She attempted to deflect criticism by engaging in juvenile insults, claiming those highlighting her hypocrisy were “projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet.” Well, now it turns out the fully vaccinated and boostered AOC has come down with a case of COVID. The fact is that no amount of vaccination or mask-wearing has stopped the novel virus, so maybe AOC should rethink her criticism of DeSantis and his work to protect that which makes life worth living — freedom.
  • White House deceives on Biden’s jobs numbers: The White House recently posted on social media a graph depicting average jobs created per month by the last seven presidents with the statement: “Under President Biden, the economy has created more jobs per month than under any other President — ever.” The graph depicts Biden being credited with creating 550,000 monthly jobs, far outpacing the next closest president, Bill Clinton, at 100,000 jobs. The sole president credited only with jobs lost was of course Donald Trump, under whom the economy was dislodged thanks to the unprecedented COVID pandemic. Like last month’s graph celebrating a two-cent reduction in a gallon of gas, the Biden White House has done it again by comparing a one-year sample size against the entire four- and eight-year terms of previous presidents. Even Washington Post “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler couldn’t take the blatant deceit. “Trump used to do the same thing — until his record was spoiled by the job losses in his last year,” he wrote. “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” Meanwhile, Biden’s economy is still down about four million jobs compared to Trump’s pre-pandemic number.
  • Double the “transgenders,” double the confusion: At an Ivy League women’s swim meet over the weekend, two “transgender” swimmers competed. Lia Thomas, a biological male who for the previous three years competed in the men’s division until he declared himself a woman this season, went head-to-head against Iszack Henig, a biological female who has declared herself a male and has undergone breast-removal surgery. Thomas, who has been destroying women’s swimming records this season, lost to Henig. To recap this confusion, a male swimmer identifying as a female lost to a female swimmer identifying as a male, and all of this happened at a women’s swim meet. As one bewildered University of Pennsylvania parent stated: “Everything is messed up. I can’t wrap my head around this. The NCAA needs to do something about this. They need to put science into the decision and discussion.”

Politics

  • Jim Jordan declines “unprecedented and inappropriate” January 6 committee request for cooperation (Washington Examiner)
  • CNN’s Mary Katharine Ham torches her own network in viral rant (Daily Wire)
  • YouTube oligarchs scrub music video critical of Biden Afghanistan withdrawal (Daily Wire)
  • Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson will seek reelection (AP)

Security

  • Disgraced FBI No. 2 Andrew McCabe calls for feds to treat “mainstream” conservatives like domestic terrorists (The Federalist)
  • Prospects dim as U.S. and geopolitical foe Russia meet over Ukraine (AP)

Heartland

  • Fed-up Chicago parents sue teachers union over canceled classes (The Hill)
  • No conservative: New York City Mayor Eric Adams says allowing non-citizens to vote for NYC elections is “best choice” (NY Post)
  • Nineteen dead after space heater sparks New York City’s worst fire disaster in 30+ years (NBC NY)

“Social Justice”

  • Five hundred school districts publicly declare only woke teachers need apply (The Federalist)
  • Now do George Floyd: Ashli Babbitt a martyr? Her past tells a more complex story (AP)

Odds & Ends

  • Amazon and Walmart decrease COVID leave time for employees (Daily Wire)
  • Alec Baldwin insists he’s complying with “Rust” investigation despite not yet turning over cell phone (Daily Wire)
  • Australian judge says Novak Djokovic can stay but saga not over (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Yes, the Biden administration does have a magic wand for energy prices (Daily Wire)
  • Humor: AOC accuses COVID of just wanting to date her (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.” —Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

“I think [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] is the person who is the most responsible for what happened [on January 6]. It was her job to ensure that there was adequate police, and if they didn’t have adequate police it was her job to ensure that the National Guard was there. So a lot of this, I think, is a dance by the Democrats, who don’t want us to look very closely at what actually happened.” —former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“People can disagree about whether taking unprecedented steps to coerce people into getting vaccinated is justified. But everybody should agree up front that the Covid-vaccine mandates are not like anything we’ve seen before. … People cite vaccine mandates in public schools, which have been common for decades. Again, this is nowhere near the same. Public schools, which are governed at the state and local level, mandate that students receive certain vaccinations as a condition of enrollment, with a few exceptions depending on the area (such as for medical or religious reasons). The public-school mandates do not apply outside of school. They do not prevent people from holding jobs or entering a wide range of public spaces. It’s also worth noting that public-school mandates have typically involved vaccines such as MMR (against measles, mumps, and rubella), which offers lifetime protection. The current Covid vaccines have shown waning efficacy after a few months.” —Philip Klein

“What we are moving toward is a system in which vaccination is required for an expanding number of activities while there is a constantly changing definition of what it means to be vaccinated. This will require a level of coercion and surveillance of people trying to hold down jobs and participate in everyday life that has never before been imagined in the United States. Advocates for such policies must be forced to grapple with this reality.” —Philip Klein

“Many Supreme Court Justices … falsely stated [Friday] that the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine ‘prevents disease’ and transmission in the work place. This is absolutely false and highly alarming they’re using that point as fact to make their decision.” —Katie Pavlich

The BIG Lie I: “We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators.” —Justice Sonia Sotomayor (“COVID-19 Hospitalizations Down 50% Compared To 2021 Peak, CDC Data Shows.” —The Daily Wire)

The BIG Lie II: “We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators.” —Sonia Sotomayor (“Since August 2020, there have been over 80,200 children in the 0-17 age group have been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the CDC.” —Business Insider)

The BIG Lie III: “750 million new COVID cases yesterday or close to that is a lot.” —Justice Stephen Breyer (“There are 330 million people who live in America which means everyone apparently got covid twice in the last 24 hours.” —Greg Price)

And last… “It doesn’t matter whether the vaxx is a wise choice (or not). Or whether it’s effective (or not). Or how deadly Covid is (or not). The ONLY thing SCOTUS should be answering is whether OSHA has authority to issue an ETS requiring private employers to force employees to get vaxxed.” —Liz Wheeler

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New big data study of 145 countries show COVID vaccines makes things worse (cases and deaths) — Christian Research Network

“This is hardly the first study to reach those conclusions. These studies, all done independently, found the same thing—the more you vaccinate, the worse things get.”

(Steve Kirsch) The next time you see you county health officer, President Biden, or Boris Johnson why not ask them if they can find a mistake in this study by Kyle A. Beattie entitled Worldwide Bayesian Causal Impact Analysis of Vaccine Administration on Deaths and Cases Associated with COVID-19: A BigData Analysis of 145 Countries (the PDF version is here).

The study found that the COVID vaccines cause more COVID cases per million (+38% in US) and more deaths per million associated with COVID (+31% in US).

The abstract says: View article →

New big data study of 145 countries show COVID vaccines makes things worse (cases and deaths) — Christian Research Network

A Hypocrisy Of Condemnation: Antifa vs January 6th — LifeZette

The culture is much exercised over January 6th 2021. Yet before that for months, when Antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorized America with murder and destruction, they were hailed by the media and the Left as heroes.

One single riot versus a season of Left wing terrorism. The riot was accused of trying to change the result of a presidential election. The terrorism, by blackmailing the nation into physical intimidation, possibly did change the outcome of an election. Yet one is rightly vilified for one day’s damage. The other is celebrated after months of violence and mayhem. What were the specific differences? Check out the chart below.

Let’s take all nine one by one.

1-2) 500 plus riots vs one riot- Seven months of terrorizing American streets and towns compared with one day of trashing Capitol Hill. Which did more damage? Murder vs graffiti, which is worse?

3) 20 murders vs no murders by participants- Police officers and children were shot down by Black Lives Matter thugs. One rioter was killed by a fed with an itchy trigger finger. Where were more lives lost?

4) Hundred of small businesses destroyed vs none- How many families lost their businesses and life savings due to Antifa rioting? How many neighborhoods were threatened? How many people were shot? See above. The left wing toll was tremendous. The January 6th toll was minor and temporary.

5) $1.5 billion vs $1.5 million in damage- A gargantuan difference separates the cost of Antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorism and the vandalism of the populist morons who broke into the Capitol. The damage on the Hill was cleaned up soon and used to justify turning the Hill into an armed camp designed to keep out constituents. The cost to families, small businesses, and individuals is likely still being felt by the victims of left wing violence.

6) 2036 vs 140 police officers assaulted- Almost a twenty to one ratio in violence against law enforcement. Antifa and Black Lives Matter targeted law enforcement for murder. The cretins who rioted on the Hill were pro-cop and one was actually killed by a Capitol Hill policeman. Which of the two was thus a greater assault on public order?

7) Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs bailed out vs the book thrown- Because Antifa is a coordinated effort funded by George Soros, it had the bail money to use and had previously put in office the leftist state lawyers needed to get fast bail and insure weak prosecution. January 6th rioters are treated like Nuremberg defendants and harshly prosecuted.

8) Encouraged by media and politicians vs encouraged by fringe elements- All of them are scum. From Antifa to Black Lives Matter to the January 6th rioters to ALL who encouraged any of them by word or deed or sought to rationalize their actions, they all are the worst America has to offer. So, it’s not a matter of who is more loathsome. They all are equally pernicious. Same coin, different sides. It is severity of result that should temper our views on the matter. The evidence above shapes that subject. As Dickens wrote in Barnaby Rudge about the Gordon Riots of 1780, the mobs were “sprinkled doubtless here and there with honest zealots, but composed for the most part of the very scum and refuse of London.” The same can be said of the Jackson inaugural afterparty of 1829.

9) The media- Black Lives Matter and Antifa killers are supposed angels, January 6th rioters are obviously fascists according to the press. Neither is true. The leftists are the dangerous fascists and still are. The January 6th rioters were pig coiters, ignorant vile populists, and wannabe Brown Shirts. That color of apparel also fits Antifa. A pox on all their houses.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on January 10, 2022. It originally appeared in SteveGruber.com and is used by permission.

A Hypocrisy Of Condemnation: Antifa vs January 6th — LifeZette

FINALLY: CDC Director Walensky Admits the Vast Majority of COVID Deaths Had Not One, Not Two, Not Three – But “At Least FOUR” Comorbidities — The Gateway Pundit

On Monday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky finally admitted that an “overwhelming” number of Covid deaths that have been recorded in the US were individuals with multiple comorbidities which were a main contributing factor in their deaths.

According to Walensky, CDC data shows that a whopping 75% had not just one, or two, or even three, but actually had four or more comorbidities when they were recorded as a Covid-19 death.

Walensky acknowledged the number during an interview with Good Morning America.

“The overwhelming number of deaths – over 75% – occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities, so really these are people who were unwell to begin with.”

About time, Roch.

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Walensky’s admission confirms what the Gateway Pundit and others have reported for months – this virus is not deadly for the vast majority of people, aside from those who are elderly or very sick already.

CONFIRMED: Individuals with One or No Comorbidities Are at a Very Low Risk of Dying from COVID-19

Once again, the difference between this “conspiracy” and fact is just a little bit of time.

FINALLY: CDC Director Walensky Admits the Vast Majority of COVID Deaths Had Not One, Not Two, Not Three – But “At Least FOUR” Comorbidities — The Gateway Pundit

Freedom from Discrimination OK for Progressives, So Why Not for Faith Groups? — Daily Declaration

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In today’s post-Christian Australian society which is increasingly hostile toward faith, the Religious Discrimination Bill merely aims to bring religious freedom protections into line with protections for other attributes.

The Australian Parliamentary Joint Human Rights Committee on the Inquiry into the Religious Discrimination Bill is well underway.

FamilyVoice has for 50 years been calling on governments to ensure that the people of all faiths can practise their faith without the fear of persecution and/or litigation for voicing their beliefs in the public square. Whilst there is ample support for a religious discrimination bill ‘on religious principles’, many believe there are strong legal and human rights grounds for such a bill.

The bill before the House is not only a much-needed bill — especially to those of faith in our society — but also for institutions that adopt their statement of faith into their work practices and environments.

The Bill is the result of the ‘miracle’ election promise made in 2019 by Prime Minister Scott Morrison which he is now seeking to keep, albeit at the last minute of its 3-year term given that the federal elections are due by May 2022.

Rationale

Australia is increasingly a hostile place for people of faith. Christians and other religious believers are being fired from their jobs, stripped of their qualifications, silenced with litigation, and excluded from the public square.

Australian research findings show that 90 per cent of Australians believe that people should have the freedom to share their religious beliefs.

Much-Needed Protections

The Bill in question is an important but uncharismatic legislative proposal that will extend basic protections to Christians and all religious Australians that other groups have enjoyed for decades. If enacted, the Bill will bring federal protections for religious belief and activity into line with protections that attributes like race, sex, and disability already enjoy. The Bill is a commendable first step. It is not a cure-all for religious freedom issues, and it has glaring shortcomings, but it deserves bi-partisan support.

Red Herrings

However, the Bill has fallen short of Christian expectations. It has also encouraged a scare campaign that lacks substance.

Progressive critics have spoken out against the Bill, either calling for further watering down of the Bill, or for it to be scrapped altogether. In addition, opponents of the Bill raise the spectre of hypothetical scenarios, as noted by Australia’s Human Rights Law Alliance, where single women are refused services by doctors, same-sex-attracted students are callously expelled from school, and Christian waitstaff serve you a fire-and-brimstone lecture on your sexuality with your morning coffee. Activist lobby groups decry that the Bill will seriously harm the rights and dignity of LGBTIQA+ Australians and other minority groups and will privilege religion.

This opposition campaign is nothing more than an exercise in baseless scaremongering. It completely ignores the lived experiences of religious Australians who face hostility for their beliefs. The criticisms that have been levelled at the Bill do not stand up to even the most superficial scrutiny. There appears to be an unlevel playing field and proponents of the bill have been ‘pepper-sprayed’ by the LGBTIQA+ activists. There are countless stories of religious discrimination where Australians have been sacked, ostracised, and cancelled for their faith. These are the people that the Bill has been designed to protect and is much welcomed by FamilyVoice Australia.

Towards Equality

The core provisions of the Bill mirror other anti-discrimination laws and constitute a very generic and long-accepted legal framework for protecting religious Australians from discrimination. The Bill will protect religious Australians from unfair treatment on the ground of their religious belief either directly by explicit discrimination, or indirectly by the imposition of a rule or requirement that would disproportionately affect people of faith.

This protection will extend to standard areas of public engagement where religious discrimination is prohibited such as education, work, provision of goods and services, accommodation etc. In short, the ‘heart’ of the Bill merely brings religious freedom protections into line with protections for other attributes. Indeed, in comparison to other attributes, religious belief and activity have less protection under the proposed Bill.

Despite this, so-called progressive critics have instigated a hostile campaign to oppose the Bill. They ignore the real stories of religious people who have faced hostile treatment and the moderate aims of the Bill to give religious belief equal protection, not privilege.

Strawmen

Equality Australia has criticised protections for statements of religious belief set out in clause 12 of the Bill. This clause gives narrow and qualified protection to moderate expressions of faith against discrimination complaints made under State and Territory laws. This protection in clause 12 of the Bill is modest, limited and extensively qualified. The protection afforded by the clause is so narrow that it will not protect Christians from the real threat they face — pursuit under State-based vilification legislation which is often used to shut down religious speech that activists do not like.

In recent public campaigns against the Bill, activists have raised spurious hypotheticals about the Bill, such as the suggestion that it will allow a male employer to tell his female employee that as a woman, she should be home with the children rather than at work because the Bible says so.

This is simply not the case.

The modest speech protection in the Bill does not disturb existing workplace laws or the framework of policies, procedures, codes of conduct and other rules that regulate workplace behaviour.

Unfounded Worries

The Bill also has its critics from within the Government backbenches faithfully doing the work of the Opposition Party for them.

One Coalition MP has voiced his concern that the Bill privileges religious rights over the rights of other minority groups already protected under anti-discrimination law. He cautions that parts of the Bill, like clause 11, may “open the door” to religious schools to discriminate against individuals based on their sexuality. This concern is unwarranted.

Clause 11 allows religious schools to preferentially hire staff who share the religious beliefs of the school. Fairly narrow protection is given against State or Territory laws that undermine this principle. But this protection has nothing to do with sexuality and gender — it allows a school to preserve its religious character in its staff. It is designed to ensure that an Orthodox Jewish school can prioritise the hire of Orthodox Jewish teachers and not Christians. Clause 11 does not affect laws protecting sexuality and gender identity — these are protected by the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and remain unchanged by the Bill.

Another example of baseless scaremongering.

The idea that the Bill allows religious Australians to discriminate against other people by privileging religious rights above others is simply untrue and is part of a well-organised scare campaign.

Apart from these peripheral differences, the Religious Discrimination Bill looks very much like any other anti-discrimination Act.

Basic Human Right

The Religious Discrimination Bill represents the keeping of an unambitious election promise by the Coalition government and is a much-needed first step to addressing a serious gap in protections for religious Australians. It is surprising that such a modest and lacklustre legislative proposal has attracted such hostile opposition. This is a general reflection of the increasing animosity towards religion from a small group of influential cultural voices and indeed the media.

The Bill may not be ‘passed’ before the election in 2022, which makes it an ‘election’ issue yet again. Whilst it is not a perfect piece of legislation, it represents a way forward towards better recognition of religious freedom in Australian law.

Overall, the Bill makes a significant contribution to the protection of religious freedom in Australia. It prohibits detrimental treatment of Australians generally on the grounds of their religion, recognises the important principle that usually religious organisations ought to be able to conduct their affairs in accordance with their faith commitments (while including clauses to balance other rights), and provides some protection against the worst excesses of State laws undermining the principles of freedom of religious speech and freedom of association. It establishes the role of an official “champion” of these important principles. While not perfect, it ought to be supported by all parties in Parliament.

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Freedom from Discrimination OK for Progressives, So Why Not for Faith Groups? — Daily Declaration

Ministries Making a Difference Open Door Mission, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Nolachucky Baptist Association Disaster Relief, JESUS Film Project | Ministry Watch

 

Open Door Mission, a Gospel Rescue Mission in Omaha, Nebraska, celebrated the graduation of 14 men and women through its New Life Program this past weekend. The Christian 12-step residential program teaches individuals to be “self-sufficient community members” through tools such as Bible study, therapy, and relationships. The New Life Program is one of many of the rescue mission’s outreaches, including emergency shelters, food distribution, and homeless prevention.

Volunteers with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Philippines have been distributing food packs, clothes, hygiene kits, and flashlights and setting up water filtration stations in Southern Leyte, where nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed in mid December by Super Typhoon Rai. Across the Philippines, the massive storm affected over 7 million people in some 6,000 villages, destroying more than 100,000 residences. The ministry team is composed of trained/certified PSS/PFA providers, and is also setting up spaces for children to receive trauma-informed care.

Nolachucky Baptist Association Disaster Relief in Tennessee has added a drone to its team of volunteers. Brandon Ramsey serves as the primary drone pilot, a role that is the first of its kind, according to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief national director Sam Porter. Under 18-year-old Ramsey’s direction, the drone has been used to help in search and rescue efforts, in locating the source of flooding in Waverly, Tennessee, and to give responders a view through dangerous terrain, according to Baptist Press. Porter hopes to see more disaster relief teams leverage the benefits of drones and drone pilots.

JESUS Film Project released its year-end stats, saying its films boasted more than 200 million broadcast views in 2021. The ministry completed the 1900th translation of its flagship JESUS film, and also finished a handful of new films, including Chosen WitnessRetelling the Good Story, and several new short films. The JESUS Film Project is a ministry of Cru.

Source: Ministries Making a Difference Open Door Mission, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Nolachucky Baptist Association Disaster Relief, JESUS Film Project

It’s Dangerous to Allow Politicians and Officials to Decide What Constitutes ‘Truth’ | Reason.com

It’s no secret that governments worldwide are increasingly hostile to scrutiny of their conduct. But, at a moment when too many media outlets see their role as working with the state to reinforce official narratives, one advocate of press freedom reminds us that the struggle isn’t over the “disinformation” and “misinformation” called out by opportunistic politicians, it’s over control of information. Will people be free in the future to decide for themselves what’s truth and what’s BS? Or will we be spoon-fed whatever the powers-that-be endorse?

“Governments realize that they are in an existential battle over who controls information, who controls the narrative, and they are waging a frontal assault against independent journalism around the world,” Joel Simon, the exiting head of the Committee to Protects Journalists (CPJ), told CNN’s Brian Stelter.

“This is the information age, and we are in a kind of millennial battle over who controls information,” he added. “Who controls it? That’s the power struggle. And so, governments recognize—repressive governments, but even democratic governments—that this is an essential tool that they need to maintain power and journalists are their adversaries.”

Simon spoke after the release of a CPJ report warning of escalating attacks on journalists, demonstrating that the stakes for those who offend government officials are very high. The report found 293 reporters jailed for their work around the world, and at least 24 killed because of their efforts.

CPJ isn’t the only organization recognizing that independent sources of information are under attack. Last October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their coverage of government conduct in the Philippines and Russia “in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.”

“Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,” the committee added.

Unfortunately, the award illustrated the extent to which journalists can be co-opted as gatekeepers. Ressa sniffed in 2019 that “the wholesale dumping of Wikileaks actually isn’t journalism,” distinguishing her efforts from those of the organization’s founder, Julian Assange, who languishes in prison, awaiting his fate after exposing abuse of power, lies, and war propaganda by the U.S. government. Too many journalists are open to cultivation by politicians as a separate class from purveyors of alleged “misinformation,” disinformation,” or “extremism” depending on what’s convenient at the moment.

Before the pandemic, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined with French President Emmanuel Macron to develop the Christchurch Call targeting “extremist content” online. Since then, New Zealand in particular has moved to emphasize “freedom from misinformation” especially with regard to efforts against COVID-19.

Similarly, the British government commissioned a 2021 report from RAND Europe promoting practices by “civil society, government, media and social-media-company actors in terms of reducing the spread of false information and building societal resilience” with regard to “hateful extremism within society during COVID-19.” The report highlights Germany’s notorious NetzDG Act as an example that “levying large fines on tech companies that do not remove false information and hateful extremist content in a timely way can increase companies’ responsiveness in removing this content from their platforms.”

Despite robust First Amendment protections for free speech rights, the U.S. is not immune to powerful people’s desire to control information.

“We’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) insisted last year.

In July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called on social media companies to act as government proxies by removing what the administration flags as “narratives dangerous to public health.”

Interestingly, CPJ’s Joel Simon predicted the pandemic would empower efforts to control information.

“[W]e must be mindful that when we get to the other side of the pandemic, we may be left with a narrative, being written by China, that government control over information was essential to combating the crisis,” he warned in March 2020. “That would be a devastating blow to the global information system, one that could endure even as the memories of the terrible pandemic we are currently facing slowly fade.”

Since then, he’s been proven painfully prescient as politicians’ concerns have morphed from fighting “extremism” to suppressing “disinformation” to a weird amalgam of the two, unified by the alleged need to control what the public says, reads, and shares.

That’s not to say, by the way, that material tagged as extremism isn’t extreme, or that posts called out as disinformation aren’t false. To open a web browser is to encounter a wide world of bigotry, bogus concerns about vaccine safety, nonsensical charges about election integrity, and fact-free arguments over whether or not COVID-19 even exists. But bullshit isn’t a recent invention.

Free societies recognize that it’s a lot more dangerous to let government officials designate what constitutes capital-T Truth than it is to respect people’s rights to decide for themselves. When officialdom makes the call, legitimate news outlets get called “fake,” as former President Trump often smeared his critics, extremists get conflated with opponents of school policies, as the Justice Department did last fall, and claims that COVID-19 originated in a lab leak in China are suppressed as conspiracy theories before later earning respectful treatment.

Truthful information doesn’t require a government seal of approval because government officials are as flawed and biased as anybody else. They’re prone to declaring debates over for convenient reasons of their own even as new evidence emerges and disagreements remain unresolved not necessarily because of rejection of facts, but often over fundamental differences in values and preferences. Powerful figures are in no position to save us from bad information because they’re a major source of the stuff themselves and, if allowed, can use force to impose their versions of reality on dissenters.

We really are in an existential battle over who controls information, just as Joel Simon warned. It’s not a battle over what constitutes truth, which remains as hard as ever to determine. Instead, this battle over control of information is a struggle over our freedom to decide for ourselves without having other people’s decisions crammed down our throats.

Source: It’s Dangerous to Allow Politicians and Officials to Decide What Constitutes ‘Truth’

Pfizer Promises Omicron Vaccine Will Be Ready In Time For Their Q1 Earnings Report — The Babylon Bee

NEW YORK—During their monthly shareholder meeting, Pfizer announced that an updated vaccine for the Omicron variant will be ready in time for their Q1 Earnings Report.

“We are committed to the longevity of this company,” said Pfizer CEO, Derrick Pfizer. “As they say in the vaccine business, ‘if you’re not jabbing, you’re lagging.’ We understand that endless new vaccines are critical to our bottom line ever since I bought that giant space yacht.”

Pfizer stockholder Bill Gates expressed some confusion that the vaccine wasn’t already available. “I know I’m not a doctor, but I sort of invented Windows. It can’t be that hard.”

Pfizer’s leadership remained firm. “We need to maintain our rigorous testing standards, but we should still be in good shape if we skip animal testing and go straight to children. You can’t make an omelet unless you break a few eggs, I always say.”

“I invented that phrase,” interjected Gates.

According to sources, a loud audible sigh could be heard over the audio feed. “Can we hear from some stockholders who aren’t Bill Gates?” asked Derrick Pfizer.

Several members of Congress proceeded to ask if adding some masks would make the vaccine work better.

Members of the Pfizer board, speaking remotely from quarantine yachts off the coast of New York, were in agreement that masks were not the same thing as vaccines and you can’t mix the two, but they’d ask officials in China to be sure. “We get most of our ideas from them,” said one board member.

Pfizer Promises Omicron Vaccine Will Be Ready In Time For Their Q1 Earnings Report — The Babylon Bee