There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Even before Joshua’s death, there came signs of the breakdown of Israel’s power. The entire book of Judges is the story of the people’s misery and of their struggle against the nations that oppressed them. Before the punishment fell upon them they had divine warning, not only of its coming but of its cause. While they were still encamped at Gilgal an angel appeared before all the people. He turned his back upon the camp and went up a little way into the mountains. Thence, facing the multitude, he rebuked them for their first great sin. They had disobeyed God by making friends with the inhabitants of the land. Why had these evil Canaanites not been wholly driven out while God’s power was still with His people carrying them on from victory to victory? But no, they had thought their wisdom better than His wisdom. They had had their way. Now they must abide the consequences. “I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.”
When the angel finished, “the people lifted up their voice and wept.” It is easy to weep. It is not easy to reform. Israel continued in comradeship with her neighbors.
Out of all the people I have encountered over the years, I find Jewish people to probably be the most difficult to reach for the Messiah. We seem to be living in a day when some Christians are being stumbled by objections by Jewish people. And for the record, I also see atheists appealing to Jewish objections to Christianity. So I think this is a worthwhile topic. I know it is easy for many Christians to forget that the Gospel is still “To the Jew First” (Romans 1:16). Grammatically, the entire verse is in the present tense. There are three verbs: unashamed, isand believes. All are in the present tense. The gospel is, not was, but is the power of God, it is to all who believe, and it is to the Jew first. (1) Also, as Trevor Wax notes in his article, “Why Did Jesus Say He Came Only For Israel,”
“The Gospels reveal a Jesus focused on Israel. In fact, his ministry appears to be focused so relentlessly on the Jewish people that many scholars have debated whether Jesus was concerned with outsiders at all. When taking into consideration the nations-focused mission of the early church as directed by the risen Jesus that was so prominent in Christian thinking, it is striking to discover that this global impulse appears to be absent from Jesus’ earthly ministry.”
I want to go over some of the objections that I have heard and still hear from Jewish people. I will provide some tips and resource that may help:
The Incarnation and Trinity Issue:
Over the years I have heard several objections from Jewish people. Keep in mind, there are many Jewish people who are not overly religious. Hence, they are not Orthodox in practice and belief. But for the ones who are Orthodox, they have spent some time learning from counter-missionary organizations like Jews for Judaism and Outreach Judaism. Hence, they know our arguments and tend to be ready to give their own apologetic as to why we are wrong about our claims about Jesus being the Jewish Messiah.
In other words, the entire belief in Jesus’ deity is a Christian invention that developed much later in church history. Therefore, Christian theological concepts like the incarnation, the virgin birth, the Trinity, etc. are totally foreign to both Judaism and the Jewish Scriptures (The Old Testament). I would like to give some tips in how to handle these objections. I speak from personal experience:
The study of the Godhead is an enormous task. A study of the Trinity or the divinity of Jesus/ making a case for a divine Messiah go hand in hand with each other. My advice is to take the time and do a long study of the topic. If you want to do this superficially, you will pay the price. One of the best resources on this topic is my friend John Metzger’s Discovering the Mystery of the Unity of God (over 900 pages). For Orthodox Jewish and some conservative Jewish people as well, the idea of God becoming a man is just an impossibility and it goes against their strict monotheism. Hence, God is noncorporeal and that settles it!
In the end, you may need to just stick with the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and show there is a case for the plurality in the Godhead. But in order to do this you will need some linguistic/hermeneutical skills or rely on those who have done the hard work to provide resources to the Church (see the Metzger book or other resources). And remember, both the incarnation and the Trinity are revealed truths. What was implicit in the Old Testament becomes more explicit in the New Testament. But you may say “But the Jewish Scriptures was what Paul and Apostles appealed to when they witnessed to Jews.” True! However, what text were they using? The Greek Septuagint ( “LXX”, or “Greek Old Testament”) is an ancient translation of the Hebrew Bible, or The Masoretic Text which is the authoritative Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible? Most Jewish people don’t have a high regard for the Septuagint. So now you need to explain why the Septuagint is valid translation. For more study on this topic, see: Dr. Michael Heiser: The Jewish Trinity
Another problem in discussing messianism with Jewish people is that the most dominant messianic expectation is one put forth byMoses Maimonides (1138- 1204), who was a medieval Jewish philosopher. His writings are considered to be foundational to Jewish thought and study. Maimonides asserted that since God is incorporeal, this means that God assumes no physical form. Therefore, God is Eternal, above time, Infinite, and beyond space. Maimonides also stated that God cannot be born, and cannot die. For Maimonides, the Messiah will be born of human parents, nor be a demi-god who possess supernatural qualities. Furthermore, for Maimonides, it is clear he was writing in response to Christianity. Here are some of the things he said about the Messiah are still at the forefront of the minds of Jewish people:
Restore the throne of David
Rebuild the Temple (He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish its worship (Jeremiah 33:18).
Gather the exiles (He will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing us back to Israel and restoring Jerusalem
Be a descendent of David
He does not have to perform signs or wonders
Let’s look at a couple of these:
#1 The Temple Issue and the Gathering the Exiles
Now don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for Maimonides. But I don’t think he is inspired by God and I am not going to look to him as the sole authority for the messianic credentials. But the reality is for Jewish people that are convinced the messianic task is all a one act play, they generally appeal the following:
The Jewish people are regathered to their land both before and after the Exile: Isa. 11:10-16; Jer. 3:11-20; 12: 14-17; 16: 10-18; 23:1-8; 24:5-7; 30:1-3, 10-11; 31:2-14-23; 32:36-44; Ezek.11:14-20;20:33-44; 28:25-26; 34:11-16; 23-31;36:16-36;37:1-28;39:21-29.
The Jewish people are ruled by their Messiah with Jeresulem as its capital: Jer. 23: 5-6; 33:17; Ezek. 37:22, 24; Zech 9: 10; 14:9.
Israel is recognized by the nations as being blessed: Isa. 62:2; 66:18; Ezek. 36: 23; 36; 37:28; Mal. 3:12.
The nations go to Jerusalem to worship God: Isa. 2: 2-4; 56: 2-8; 62: 9-11; Jer 16: 19; Zeph. 3:9; Zech 9:16; Zech 14:16-18.
The Temple is rebuilt with the presence of God in it: Isa. 2:2; 56:6; Ezek 37: 26-28; 40-48; 43:1-7; 48:35.
In response, Christians generally appeal to the Second Coming of Messiah to fulfill those things. Some Christians see no fulfillment at all and spiritualize these texts. In the end, the entire issue leads to the next point :
Is There One Messianic Expectation?
The problem with talking to many Orthodox or other Jewish people is that the only messianic expectation is the one put forth by Rabbinic Judaism which came into being after the Temple was destroyed in 70 a.d. So the problem with this is that we don’t get a broader understanding of what the messianic expectations were pre-70 ad/before the time of Jesus. Before 70 CE, messianic figures could go by a variety of names such as Son of David, Son of God, Son of Man, the Prophet, Elect One, Prince, Branch, Root, Scepter, Star, Chosen One, Coming One, and so forth. It is when we study the entire history of messianism that we get a much broader understanding of the topic. To see more on this, see our posts:
When I was a new Christian I was exposed to popular apologetic works. Messianic prophecy has always been one of the main ways Christian use to show Jesus is the Messiah. The problem is that many of these works treat the topic in an overly superficial fashion. The more I have taught on this topic, the more I realize that one of the first steps is to learn the hermeneutics of prophecy. To simply say some prophecies are about the first coming of the Messiah and others are about the return of the Messiah takes greater clarification. Some of the pertinent questions are the following: Are we sure that when the prophets spoke, they knew for sure about the timetable? Did they know or not know that centuries would come and go between their initial prediction and its actual fulfillment? Are some of the messianic promises gradually being fulfilled or are partially fulfilled and will be completely full filled one day? What about typology? These things are important since we see that both Christianity/Messianic Judaism and Traditional Judaism have had to make adjustments in their thinking about messianism. Even in the time of Jesus we see that the disciples were confused about what the role of Jesus was. And after he rose from the dead, they still thought he would establish the Davidic Kingdom. Jesus says that ” If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.”- John 5: 46. Can you show exegetically where Moses wrote about Jesus?
For the disciple of Jesus, His death is a “ransom” (Mark 10:45), “reconciliation” (Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:18–20; Col. 1:22), and “redemption” (Rom. 3:24; 8:23; Eph. 1:7, 14; Col. 1:14; Heb. 9:12–15). Jesus is also called the “Suffering Servant” (Acts 3:13; 8:32ff), and the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36; Acts 8:32; 1 Peter 1:19). While the Christian community takes these truths for granted, the majority of the Jewish community asserts that Jesus’ death automatically annulled the possibility of Him being the promised Messiah of Israel. Christians tend to cite Isaiah 52:13-53 and Psalm 22 as a slam dunk for a suffering/atoning Messiah. But Rabbinic Judaism sees the Isaiah texts (and for that matter most of the Servant Songs) as being about Israel. Also, no man can atone for anyone else! The gist is that the Suffering Messiah concept eventually made its way into Judaism. I have written more about this here Atonement and the Suffering Messiah in Judaism
Also, SOME Jewish people are unaware of the Jewish literature about the Suffering Messiah concept. And even if we do cite some of it (see our link above),they will say it is not referring to Jesus. I respond by saying I agree that while this may be true, it is incorrect to say there is NO mention of a person who can atone for the sins of Israel. Hence, to say it is a Christian concept that has no basis in Judaism is just patently false.
Furthermore, an established tenet in Talmudic times is that there is a splitting of the Messiah in two: Messiah ben Yossef who is also referred to as Mashiach ben Ephrayim, the descendant of Ephrayim will serve as a precursor to Messiah ben David. His role is political in nature since he will wage war against the forces that oppose Israel. In other words, Messiah ben Yossef is supposed to prepare Israel for its final redemption. The prophecy of Zech. 12:10 is applied to Messiah ben Yossef in that he is killed and that it will be followed by a time of great calamities and tests for Israel. Shortly after these tribulations upon Israel, Messiah ben David will come and avenge the death of Messiah ben Yossef, resurrect him, and inaugurate the Messianic era of everlasting peace.(19)
What is interesting is that R. Saadiah Gaon elaborated on the role of Messiah ben Yossef by starting that this sequence of events is contingent. In other words, Messiah ben Yossef will not have to appear before Messiah be David if the spiritual condition of Israel is up to par.(20)
This is why it says in the Talmud, “If they [the people of Israel] are worthy of [the Messiah] he will come ‘with the clouds of heaven’ [Dan 7:13] ;if they are not worthy, ‘lowly and riding upon a donkey’ [Zech. 9:9]” (b. Sanhedrin 98a). (2)
You may say what is Supersessionism? In this article, Michael Vlach says two points that stand out about Supersessionism are the following: (1) national Israel has somehow completed or forfeited its status as the people of God and will never again possess a unique role or function apart from the church; and (2) the church is now the true Israel that has permanently replaced or superseded national Israel as the people of God. Supersessionism, then, in the context of Israel and the church, is the view that the New Testament church is the new Israel that has forever superseded national Israel as the people of God.
Does this matter? Well, I know some Christians don’t know much about this. But others are aware of it and do hold to this position. Just think if you were trying to tell a Jewish person about why Jesus is their Messiah (the Jewish Messiah) and you said, “By the way, I do think national Israel has no future in the plan of God. Your people and land have no future as well.” This will probably cause your discussion with Jewish people to end very quickly.
Believe it or not, I have barely scratched the surface on all the Jewish objections to the Christian faith. You can see our page here called A LOOK AT JEWISH OBJECTIONS TO JESUS. Also, the most well-known Messianic apologist at the present time is Dr.Michael Brown. Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He has debated many rabbis on shows such as Phil Donahue, and Faith Under Fire. Dr. Brown is a Jewish believer in Jesus and is visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Fuller Theological Seminary. His website is at http://askdrbrown.org. You can read Dr. Brown’s books called:
General Objections/Historical Objections
Messianic Prophecy Objections
New Testament Objections
Traditional Jewish Objections
The apostle Paul showed he had a tremendous burden for the Jewish people (Rom. 9:1-5), (Rom. 10:1), and calls upon the Church to provoke Israel to jealousy (Rom. 11:11). The best thing to do with any Jewish person is to build relationships of trust. Never assume anything. Always follow the example of our Lord by asking questions. And always remember that all Jewish people come to faith just like anyone else. They must be open to the truth and God’s Spirit must open their eyes (2 Cor.4:4-6).
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Yes, we shall come to this if we are believers. Sorrow shall cease, and tears shall be wiped away. This is the world of weeping, but it passes away. There shall be a new heaven and a new earth, so says the first verse of this chapter; and therefore there will be nothing to weep over concerning the Fall and its consequent miseries. Read the second verse and note how it speaks of the bride and her marriage. The Lamb’s wedding is a time for boundless pleasure, and tears would be out of place. The third verse says that God Himself will dwell among men; and surely at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore, and tears can no longer flow.
What will our state be when there will be no more sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain? This will be more glorious than we can as yet imagine. O eyes that are red with weeping, cease your scalding flow, for in a little while ye shall know no more tears! None can wipe tears away like the God of love, but He is coming to do it. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Come, Lord, and tarry not; for now both men and women must weep!
Observe and hear all these words, which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God.
Though salvation is not by the works of the law, yet the blessings which are promised to obedience are not denied to the faithful servants of God. The curses our Lord took away when He was made a curse for us, but no clause of blessing has been abrogated.
We are to note and listen to the revealed will of the Lord, giving our attention not to portions of it but to “all these words.” There must be no picking and choosing but an impartial respect to all that God has commanded. This is the road of blessedness for the Father and for His children. The Lord’s blessing is upon His chosen to the third and fourth generation. If they walk uprightly before Him, He will make all men know that they are a seed which the Lord has blessed. No blessing can come to us or ours through dishonesty or double dealing. The ways of worldly conformity and unholiness cannot bring good to us or ours. It will go well with us when we go well before God. If integrity does not make us prosper, knavery will not. That which gives pleasure to God will bring pleasure to us.
If we will serve with true discernment, our perception must be renewed until we see life through the eyes of Christ the Redeemer.
To Discern, You Cannot Judge We will never possess mature, ongoing discernment until we crucify our instincts to judge. Realistically, for most of us, this may take an extended, focused season of uprooting old thought-systems — attitudes that were not planted in faith and love for people. In truth, if we will appropriate the discernment born in the “mind of Christ,” we must first find the heart of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). The heart and love of Jesus is summed up in His own words: “I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world” (John 12:47). Yet even when the Lord does judge us, it is to save and deliver us.
Spiritual discernment is the grace to see into the unseen. It is a gift of the Spirit to perceive the realm of the spirit. Its purpose is to understand the nature of that which is veiled.
Yet there are many who suppose they are receiving the Lord’s discernment concerning one thing or another. Perhaps in some things they are; only God knows. But many are simply judging others and calling it discernment. Jesus commanded us to judge not. He sends us into the world not as judges of man but, under Him, as co-redeemers. We are not sent to condemn people but to rescue them.
The Goal Is to See Clearly The judgmental carnal mind always sees the image of itself in others. Without realizing it is seeing itself, it assumes it is perceiving others. Jesus refers to the person who judges others yet is guilty of the same sin as a “hypocrite.” The Lord is not saying we should totally stop thinking about people. He wants us to be able to help one another. The emphasis in Jesus’ command to “not judge” is summarized in His concluding remark: “First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (See Matthew 7:1-5).
The way we help others is not by judging but by seeing clearly. This is the “righteous judgment” of which Jesus speaks in (John 7:24). We do not “see clearly” until we have been through deep and thorough repentance, until the instinct to judge after “appearances” is uprooted.
We have seen that Jesus paralleled speaking to people about their sins with taking specks out of their eyes. The eye is the most tender, most sensitive part of the human body. How do you take a speck out of someone’s eye? Very carefully! First, you must win their trust. This means consistently demonstrating an attitude that does not judge, one that will not instinctively condemn. To help others, we must first see clearly.
If you truly seek to crucify your instinct to judge and genuinely are pursuing Christ’s redemptive heart, you will have laid a true foundation for the gift of discernment. You will have prepared your heart to receive dreams, visions and insights from God. You will be unstained by human bias. You will possess the mind and heart of Christ.
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:15
Prayer to action this in my life:
Father God, I ask right now that You would help me to grow in having my heart filled with overflowing love for You. Keep me growing in my understanding of that love and how your Truth can help me avoid error in my own life.
Father, help me to discern what is best and give me strength to follow that course. Help me to keep my heart pure in thought and attitude and to live my life in such a way that I cast no shadow on Your name. May my life reflect the love of Jesus, may I share His joy and bring His peace into areas of conflict. May I be patient with those who I find abrasive and be gentle in return. May I reflect Your goodness to others and share my faith in You. Let my life be marked by a humility that shows my confidence is in You and not in my own wisdom. Let my life proclaim who my God is!! In the strong name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
For a time the Israelites pushed forward their conquests vigorously even without Joshua’s aid. The tribe of Judah had been allotted the southern mountain land, now called Judea; and as Jacob had long before predicted, Judah was a lion’s whelp. Hence this portion of Canaan was more fully conquered than any other. Caleb was the leading warrior of Judah, and it was probably he who led his comrades when, even before Joshua’s death, they stormed Jerusalem, and conquered for Caleb his promised inheritance of Hebron. Also they overthrew the chief remaining king of the southern mountains, Adoni-bezek of Bezek.
The defeated king was carried to Jerusalem, and there his captors cut off his thumbs and great toes; because he himself had formerly mutilated thus all the little city kings whom he had overcome. He had forced them to gather their food like dogs under his table. Now he confessed the justness of the retribution that had befallen him, he despaired of struggling against the power of the Lord, and he died. Judah was supreme in the south.
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“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” —John Adams (1797)
No American citizen has lost their “voting rights.”
Joe Biden won Georgia in 2020 (apply whatever asterisk here), and his party won both of the state’s Senate seats a few weeks later. Yet he and his party have spent the last year smearing and denigrating the Peach State because its Republican state legislature had the temerity to pass legislation to address some holes in the state’s election process.
Did anyone lose the right to vote? No. Political analyst David Harsanyi even issued a challenge: “I would love to interview a single person who has lost their voting rights. One.” Indeed, voter participation has increased over the last two decades.
Nevertheless, Biden says Georgia and other states like it are reenacting Jim Crow (or “Jim Eagle,” as he once so artfully put it). He even pushed to punish Georgia by moving Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta last year, costing his own voters $100 million in lost economic activity. (Maybe that’s why Stacey Abrams didn’t show up for Biden’s speech on her signature issue.) The city’s team, the Braves, responded in the best way possible — by winning the World Series. Now, literally one day after the University of Georgia won its first college football championship since 1980, Biden and his sidekick Kamala Harris went down to the state to ruin the party with a reprehensible lecture about “voting rights.”
The title of the transcript of his remarks posted on the White House website repeats the BIG Lie: “Remarks by President Biden on Protecting the Right to Vote.” Unfortunately, even conservative news outlets are too often getting suckered into calling the Democrats’ bill “voting rights” legislation.
It’s nothing of the sort. As the Washington Examiner notes, Biden is “the chicken little of democracy.” President Unity and his fellow Democrats are NOT “protecting the right to vote.” They are undermining election integrity and diluting the legitimate votes of citizens with fraudulent ones, all in a bid to seize power permanently.
But Biden is depending on the civic ignorance of his constituents, who can’t distinguish between his voter fraud bill and “voter rights.”
Biden’s remarks were ugly, divisive, deceitful, and way off the mark. He began with a quote from Scripture — as if Democrats have any reverence at all for sacred things. He talked about praying at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King at Ebenezer Baptist Church (or, as he pronounced it, “Ebenezer Bastard Church”) — as if the Democrats’ color-obsessed mission today isn’t the total opposite of King’s dream. He told stories of and dropped names from the civil rights movement before lamenting the January 6 “insurrection” again — as if the relative handful of people who fought with Capitol Police and delayed a congressional vote that day nearly took away Americans’ civil rights or toppled the federal government. (That day was awful, but Democrats grossly overplay their hand.)
The January 6 moment that Biden says “stopped time,” dividing “all that came before from everything that followed,” is all the excuse Democrats need to push voting legislation they’ve been championing for years — HR 1 and HR 4. Such bills, again, would do nothing to protect voting rights, but would do everything to extend the Democrats’ bulk-mail ballot fraud. The bills foist on every state things like ballot harvesting, counting of mail-in ballots up to 10 days after elections (even without postmarks), and felon voting, all while Democrats aim to ban or at least severely restrict voter ID requirements.
So it takes a lot of chutzpah for Biden to stand up there and declare, “We’re here today to stand against the forces in America that value power over principle, forces that attempted a coup — a coup against the legally expressed will of the American people — by sowing doubt, inventing charges of fraud, and seeking to steal the 2020 election from the people.”
If you change the year to 2016, suddenly it’s a confession of what Democrats actually did. Such is the psychological projection so common on the Left. “History,” Biden said, won’t be kind to “those who side with election subversion.” Unless you control the government, the mainstream media, Big Tech, and academia — then you can write the history and move the levers of power so as to get away with it.
“Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion,” Biden said. “It’s no longer about who gets to vote; it’s about making it harder to vote. It’s about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all. It’s not hyperbole; this is a fact.”
Anytime Biden says that last part, you know he’s lying. Georgia, Texas, and other states did not deny anyone the right to vote. They didn’t even say you couldn’t vote early, by mail, by drop box, or on weekends — all of those options are still available, despite Democrat lies claiming the contrary and even though some of those options weren’t available at all until the pandemic year of 2020. Still, to listen to Biden tell it, state officials are practically waiting at polling stations with firehoses aimed at Democrat voters.
Moreover, as The Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas writes, “As passed in 2021, the Georgia voting law is demonstrably less restrictive than voting laws in liberal states, such as New York, Colorado, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Rhode Island.” He continues: “Notably, Delaware, a state Biden represented in the U.S. Senate from 1973 till 2009, will have early, in-person voting for the first time in the 2022 elections. The Georgia voting law expands early in-person voting. It allows for 17 days of early in-person voting, seven more days than the new Delaware law permits.”
Funny, but Biden didn’t mention the gross failure of his own state to live up to his new standards for “democracy.”
Democrat legislation would federalize the election processes that the Constitution leaves to the states. It would institutionalize the same rules and gimmicks that help Democrats win. But Biden says that’s so important for the future of America that we must change the rules in the Senate — i.e., eliminate the filibuster — so we can change the rules everywhere else.
“Today I’m making it clear: To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights,” he declared. “When it comes to protecting majority rule in America, the majority should rule in the United States Senate.”
The Senate operates as it does precisely because our Founders did not want a majority-rules democracy, knowing that such governments inevitably lead to tyranny. As a senator for 36 years, Biden used to know that, vigorously defending the filibuster.
He now casts the filibuster as an impediment and obstacle, calling this a choice between “democracy [and] autocracy.”
Senator Joe Manchin for one can read the polling in his home state of West Virginia, and thus remains unconvinced. “We need some good rules changes to make the place work better,” he said Tuesday. “But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better.”
Back to Biden’s speech, “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?” he asked. “Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln [a Republican] or Jefferson Davis [a Democrat]?”
For our part, we want to be on the side of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Biden used to be on the side of George Wallace and other segregationists, by the way. He probably just forgot to mention that yesterday.
Perhaps that’s because he was too busy telling yet another autobiographical lie, saying of civil rights protests, “It seems like yesterday the first time I got arrested…” He was never arrested in a civil rights protest, or for any other reason, for that matter. Yet he continually repeats the false claim in a narcissistic attempt to bolster his credentials. As Harsanyi quipped, “Maybe Biden is confusing this with the time he was never arrested in South Africa or the time he never marched with the Black Panthers or the time he never participated in a sit in.”
A man who can’t even tell the truth about himself, even after having specifically retracted a claim, can’t be trusted. Period.
The real problem, though, isn’t these relatively harmless fibs. It’s the BIG Lie — that Republicans are supposedly suppressing votes and destroying “democracy,” while Democrats are heroically protecting “voting rights.” Biden and his fellow Democrats are going to spend 2022 banging this drum as loudly as possible because they want to stave off what is increasingly appearing to be a red wave come November. If they succeed, it could be the last red wave we see for a while.
There’s been a glaring lack of transparency from the Biden Justice Department regarding the events of January 6.
Ray Epps. The whole truth about January 6 arguably begins and ends with Ray Epps. And if the FBI and the broader Biden Department of Justice are interested in sharing this truth with the American people (they aren’t, but let’s pretend they are), they must start by answering these two questions:
1) Who is Ray Epps?
2) What was his role in the events of January 6?
The increasingly likely answer, based upon deeply incriminating video evidence, and upon the mysterious disappearance of Epps from the FBI’s Most Wanted poster, and upon the FBI’s utter unwillingness to answer the questions about Epps from Republican senators during yesterday’s hearing, is that Ray Epps was an agent provocateur planted by the FBI to incite lawless behavior by American citizens. This is the well-founded rumor now widely circulating, and the FBI’s already tarnished reputation is being further damaged by it.
The FBI doesn’t want you to know about Ray Epps. Neither does Joe Biden. Nor does Nancy Pelosi nor any members of her truth-averse J6 Committee, also known as “The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.” In truth, Pelosi’s “select committee” is conducting a selective investigation, a sham inquisition.
This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Ray Epps. We smelled a rat back in October, and nothing since then has worked to remove that stench. As the Washington Examiner reports:
With speculation swirling, Republicans have been clamoring for more clarity on Epps, but Justice Department and FBI officials have repeatedly declined to provide answers about the provocateur as well as any FBI informants or agents who may have been embedded within the pro-Trump crowd as people stormed the Capitol and disrupted the certification of now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election. The Jan. 6 committee made the first move Tuesday, saying House investigators interviewed Epps, but failing to offer any insight into whether he was under oath when he denied being an FBI informant.
Pelosi’s committee, perhaps thinking it had no other choice, has chosen to stake out a rather preposterous series of claims about Epps. According to its statement: “The Select Committee is aware of unsupported claims that Ray Epps was an FBI informant based on the fact that he was on the FBI Wanted list and then was removed from that list without being charged. The Select Committee has interviewed Mr. Epps. Mr. Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5th or 6th or at any other time, and that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.”
Okay, so why wasn’t he charged? Charged for incitement? “We need to go in to the Capitol!” Epps said. Hundreds of other J6 participants have been charged and held for far less serious offenses than that which Epps is clearly and unequivocally seen doing on video.
Yesterday’s Senate hearing, “The Domestic Terrorism Threat One Year after January 6,” was gratifying in that Republican senators, one after the other, exposed the Biden Justice Department and its utter lack of forthcomingness. Here’s Ted Cruz grilling Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen and Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security branch Jill Sanborn.
Perhaps the most telling moment of yesterday’s hearings was when Cruz asked Sanborn: “On January 6, Mr. Epps is seen whispering to a person, and five seconds later … that person is seen forcibly tearing down the barricades.”
“Sir, similar to the other answers, I cannot answer that,” said Sanborn.
Hundreds of school districts across the country have declared they only want to hire “anti-racist” lackeys.
When I was a college student seeking a degree in Elementary Education, one of the required reading materials was a book called White Teacher. In it, the author, who was a kindergarten teacher, talks about her experience teaching children of color as a white teacher and how it changed her perception on race in the classroom.
We live in a pluralistic society — i.e., many cultures under the umbrella of the American identity. It is important to help children understand cultural differences and embrace those differences. This is a far cry from the evil that is now the gold standard in social education.
An article by Education Week reporter Madeline Will reveals how leftist school administrators are discriminating against some teaching applicants because they hold different moral and political views when it comes to race. These school administrator activists are looking only for new teacher hires who are willing to parrot the Critical Race Theory (CRT) bilge and thoroughly damage the children in their care.
When interviewing for jobs, teachers may be asked pointed questions about what they have done to be an “anti-racist” or how they can solve racial disparities in the classroom. The Education Week article illustrates some of the questions such as: “Can you teach these students, even if they don’t look like you, [even if] you’re not familiar with their culture? How are you going to teach them as if they were your child, your cousin, your brother, your sister?” These questions are insulting. They imply that the interviewee can’t teach because of their racial difference. The ability to teach has nothing to do with race. You’re either a good teacher or you’re not.
The craziness continues. According to Ms. Will, “Districts are trying to diversify their teaching force to better match their students.” So not only are they discriminating based on political viewpoints, they’re also discriminating based on race. But that’s not all. Some administrators have hired a company called Nimble that uses Artificial Intelligence software to further weed out the deplorables. It is used by a whopping 500 school districts for this purpose.
The Federalist’s Jane Robbins had some choice words for the school administrators who are shaping their school culture around this ideological echo chamber. She asks, “How is it appropriate for a public institution, funded by taxpayers who hold a wide range of political opinions, to institutionalize one set of those opinions?”
The beauty of teaching about different cultures is that it allows space for each child to tell his or her story and experience other stories. It is meant to broaden kids’ understanding of each other and create unity. When they are limited to the boxes in which CRT puts, assigning labels like “privilege” or “victim” (implying goodness and badness) diminishes these children.
In a way, it preconceives an ending to their stories based on the CRT worldview. For example: You’re a white Christian male? You are scum of the earth who oppresses every one else who’s not a white Christian male. You’re a black atheist female? You are a victim of the privileged white Christian male and he owes you reconciliation.
Does this sound like unity? Does it leave any room for the girl to feel like she succeeded on her own terms or the boy to ever find redemption? No. CRT is a cult of equity-obsessed racists whose goal is to break our institutions. And if that means destroying your child, so be it. From Ms. Robbins again: “Note the racism inherent in anti-racism. ‘Anti-racists’ assume that black and brown children are ‘less than’ white or Asian kids — they can’t excel in academics, they can’t follow basic rules of personal conduct.” They are told the lie that they can’t succeed, so they may as well knock the children who are excelling down to their level in the name of fairness and equity. It is the bigotry of low expectations. It is not loving for a teacher to do this to impressionable children.
Teaching children to hate each other because of their race is inherently evil. It is a step backwards in the progress our country has made.
So what’s the solution? Is there a civil case for discrimination based on race and political views that these teachers could pursue? Maybe. But these teachers most likely don’t have the money to fight it out through the courts. It is going to be up to the parents.
You have options. À la Virginia, you can go to school board meetings and Parent-Teacher Association meetings to make your views known. You can vote for principled school board members who hold principals accountable for their hiring practices and fire leftist administrators for discrimination. You can put politicians in office who will help engender school choice. You can also homeschool your child — or, if you have the means, personally hire teachers who aren’t bowing to the woke mob.
If you want what’s best for our children, it’s going to be up to you.
It seems that the USAF was more interested in a woman succeeding than earning.
John J. Bastiat
When is a standard not a standard? Answer: When it’s a “norm.” At least, that’s the senseless answer the U.S. Air Force provided through Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), when asked why Air Force standards don’t apply uniformly to all candidates in one of its elite training programs.
We note in passing that whenever this kind of doublespeak is invoked by a government official, an agenda follows closely in trail. In this case, the agenda is a radical attempt to erase this fundamental truth: men and women are different. Well, they aren’t, according to AFSOC: The two sexes are identical, at least from a “standards” standpoint. They just aren’t identical from a “norms” standpoint — see?
The backdrop for this insane revelation was an anonymous memo published in The Washington Free Beacon. The memo stated that a female candidate in an AFSOC specialized training program has continually failed to meet the program’s physical standards, yet she is still being pushed through that program. This notwithstanding the fact she also repeatedly quit the program.
This training, a prerequisite to join the Air Force’s elite Special Tactics ranks, is designed to vet candidates against the rigors of the extreme combat environments in which they are likely to find themselves upon joining the Special Warfare unit. Normally, a candidate who either quits or fails to meet the program’s demanding standards is reassigned. So why is she still in the program?
Enter Lt. Gen. Slife’s doublespoken explanation: “We can unequivocally say the standards … have not changed. However, there is a difference between standards and norms.” Sure, Jim — just like there is a difference between black and ebony or white and alabaster, right? Put more directly, look up “standard” and then look up its synonyms. Topping the list: “Norm.” And how, according to Slife, do standards and norms differ? Well, a standard is “tied to [the] mission,” but a norm “may adapt over time.” Translating AFSOC-twaddle into English puts into correct perspective the utter meaninglessness of those statements: We aren’t changing the standards; we’re just changing the standards needed to meet those standards, that’s all.
The underpinnings of this institutionalized buffoonery trace back to 2015, when then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened all combat roles to women. Many from the special operations community voiced concerns back then that introducing women into physically demanding combat roles would drive lower standards and ultimately impact combat effectiveness. As the anonymous memo notes, however, the issue is not about women in combat roles, per se; the issue is about lowering the standards for those roles, standards set based on the demanding requirements of those roles: “The military community is not against women serving in the Air Force Special Warfare unit. However, we want the first female to have earned the beret and NOT have been given it.”
But give credit to the good general where it’s due. The mental ju-jitsu required to deliver his our-double-standard-isn’t-a-double-standard message without erupting in a full-blown belly chortle is extraordinary. But beyond the doublespeak, how does his explanation square with leaving a candidate with consistently substandard performance in a highly selective combat training program, and doing so even after that candidate has repeatedly attempted to quit the program?
That’s also likely why Slife felt the need to double down on his doublespeak by invoking cancel-culture tactics and defamation: “Regrettably, the author chose to make the point about standards by highlighting one individual trainee. Singling out a fellow service member for public abuse is bullying and harassment, which are unacceptable deviations from both our standards and our norms.”
Well, first, General, the “one” individual trainee just happens to be the only one singled out for preferential treatment. And the “singling out” wasn’t of the candidate as such, but of the double standards AFSOC is currently implementing in its showcase training program. Finally, pointing out blatant discrimination in a military training program — discrimination solely based on sex — hardly rises to the level of “public abuse,” “bullying,” or “harassment.” If anything, these epithets apply much more fittingly to Slife’s slanders, not to the anonymous author, an author who is keenly aware of the threat posed by being identified as the one who is pointing out the AFSOC emperor’s “new clothes.”
One thing is certain, as Representative Mike Waltz (R-FL), a former Green Beret now on the House Armed Services Committee, aptly stated: “In the military, we shouldn’t care about gender, skin color, and religious background. All that matters is whether one meets the standards in place that has made the American military the best in the world. The moment we lower those standards, we are messaging to our adversaries we no longer care about military readiness.” All too true, Congressman Waltz.
And our adversaries are receiving that message loud and clear.
His remarkable influence with 11 million listeners should speak volumes.
A particular graphic recently piqued our attention. This bar chart showed the relative audiences of primetime cable news networks and hosts such as Rachel Maddow, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and — leading the pack — Tucker Carlson, with more than three million viewers a night. But none of those personalities could touch the popularity of the name at the top of the list: podcaster Joe Rogan
It was claimed that Rogan has an audience of 11 million per episode of his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. While the podcasts don’t come out daily, averaging about three to four episodes per week, that’s the sort of audience that could be favorably compared to that of radio great Rush Limbaugh in his prime.
Obviously, there’s an element of apples to oranges there — one critic noted that Rogan isn’t tied down to a time slot like the others. But as Canadian author and upcoming Rogan guest Jordan Peterson put it, Rogan’s doing so well “because he doesn’t lie, or talk down to his audience, or manipulate for his own narrow advantage.” And at 11 million people per podcast, he’s also found a wide audience that has firmly placed the online Spotify service on the map when it comes to the podcasting genre.
Joe Rogan may seem like an overnight success, but he’s really been hanging around for decades as one of those B-list celebrities who you’d see pop up once in awhile. Beginning in the world of stand-up comedy in the late 1980s, Rogan’s first regular exposure to the rest of us was as a character on the 1990s sitcom “NewsRadio,” eventually parlaying that into the hosting duties for the long-running NBC series “Fear Factor.” (Interestingly enough, those hosting duties coincided for a time with those of another reality TV host who did “The Apprentice”; another brash guy by the name of Donald Trump.)
Rogan never stepped away from comedy, though, doing several comedy albums that were successful enough to lead into hourlong specials for both Comedy Central and Netflix. Add in the experience as a color commentator for UFC events — Rogan claims to have won a national Tae Kwon Do title as a teenager, which gave him the proper perspective on the sport of mixed martial arts — and you get a sense that Rogan would come at things from a unique perspective.
During a career lull in 2009, Rogan began his podcast as long-form video, eventually building his YouTube following to more than eight million. In a 2021 profile, The New York Times described the initial success: “These modest beginnings — built around unstructured conversations about stand-up, or political hucksterism, or why women wear heels (in the opinion of men) — enshrined what has remained the podcast’s defining technical feature: an absence of curation, or any discernible editing, as if such filtering would amount to a form of censorship, doomed to cheapen the product.”
Over the years, Rogan broadened his guest list to a point where it’s no shock to see big names from unique perspectives such as Elon Musk, Dr. Robert Malone (inventor of the mRNA technology used for the coronavirus vaccines), renowned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, classic rock musician and Second Amendment advocate Ted Nugent, left-leaning journalist and author Matt Taibbi, and Senator Bernie Sanders, whose “insanely consistent” views led Rogan to back him in 2020.
It shouldn’t be surprising that even Rogan is not immune from censorship. That interview with Malone, in which the two discussed COVID topics not approved by The Party, went viral on YouTube before being removed by its censors.
Interestingly, while Rogan has a reputation for straight talk, his overall political views are difficult to pin down because he’s not politically correct like a progressive nor does he hew a conservative line. He had little use for either Donald Trump or Joe Biden. However, Rogan conceded he would have rather voted for Trump because of Biden’s dementia.
At the beginning of this year, Rogan made another social media move. While he hasn’t completely abandoned Twitter, Rogan’s concerns about censorship in the wake of Twitter’s ban of Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene led him to open an account on the alternative social media site GETTR — leading to a million-strong surge in usership for the upstart, which now boasts four million users. “Just in case s**t over at Twitter gets even dumber, I’m here now as well. Rejoice!” wrote Rogan, and certainly GETTR founder (and former Trump adviser) Jason Miller did.
However, as Rogan’s fame grows, one challenge will be that of not alienating his core audience, which is made up predominantly of males under 50. More importantly, though, Joe will have to contend with his golden goose of Spotify, with whom he has a longterm deal thought to be worth up to $100 million. He promised Spotify would not control his content when he signed the deal, but cancel culture is always lurking about and it’s not as easy to secure nine-figure pacts as it is to switch social media outlets.
Those who are looking for a partisan to be their Everyman, commenting on the passing scene, won’t be happy with Rogan because he’s not a strict creature of Left or Right. Rather, he’s an equal opportunity basher of both sides when he feels they deserve it. Showing neither fear nor favor seems to be the biggest part of his charm.
The leftist California governor is pushing to create single-payer healthcare in the Golden State.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is proving that his survival in last fall’s recall election has only made him more strident in his promotion of a hard-leftist ideology. Newsom recently released his budget plan for the Golden State, and headlining his spending agenda is a proposal for creating universal healthcare via expanding the state’s Medi-Cal to cover all low-income individuals — including illegal aliens. Essentially, this is the latest step in the plan Newsom initiated in 2019, when he originally offered healthcare coverage for illegal aliens age 26 and under. Last year, he expanded coverage to low-income illegals age 55 and older, and now he wants to expand it to include all illegals.
“Gov. Gavin Newsom campaigned on single-payer in 2018, and it passed the state Senate in 2017,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “But it collapsed in the more conservative Assembly because it didn’t include funding to pay for its estimated $400 billion annual cost. It also would have required Medicare and Medicaid waivers from the Trump Health and Human Services Department. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon called the bill ‘woefully incomplete.’”
Newsom’s own breakdown of the budget plan celebrates his “generosity”: “Governor Newsom’s Blueprint will make California the first state in the nation to offer universal access to healthcare coverage for all state residents, regardless of immigration status.” However, in order to control costs, the plan includes a board of bureaucrats who will make decisions on rationing care, which is never a positive proposition. In fact, it kind of reminds us of those “death panels” for which the Left relentlessly mocked Sarah Palin. Perhaps California’s version wouldn’t be so dire, focusing instead on less “necessary” care. For example, the board would have the authority to decide whether an individual would receive a knee replacement, limiting costly surgeries based on such factors as a patient’s age. Too old? No new knee.
Besides, Pedro — that guy who illegally crossed the border, maybe with some fentanyl in tow — is sick and needs to visit the ER on the taxpayer dime, so California’s citizens get the shaft and the bill.
Of course, to implement this plan, Newsom and company will be raising taxes in a state where residents are already paying through the nose. A 2.3% excise tax will be levied on businesses with over $2 million in gross receipts for “the privilege of doing business in this state.” Business with more than 50 employees will be saddled with a 1.25% payroll tax, which of course will trickle down to employees in the form of lower wages. Not only in reduced wages, though — employees making $49,900 or more will pay an extra 1% in payroll taxes. That’s hardly taxing “the rich.”
Newsom’s budget also includes a state-funded gun buyback program and more spending on “climate change.” Is it any wonder people are abandoning California like a sinking ship?
Then again, as we often note, people get the government they deserve. Not only did Newsom survive a recall, but the state went for Joe Biden by a margin of five million votes. For their insightful political decisions, the remaining citizens of California are going to get a really big bill for Biden’s open border.
2021 biggest inflation year in four decades: The price of goods rose 7% in December, capping off a year that saw the highest spike in inflation in four decades. On average, prices at the gas pump are 49.6% higher than last year, and the cost of food is up 6.3%. Furthermore, anyone shopping for a used vehicle has faced a sobering inflation reality, as prices have jumped 37.3%. As Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors, observed: “Inflation at 7% is no joke. It’s the highest annual CPI number since 1982 and driven not by energy prices, but by just about everything else.” More troubling is that the current malaise doesn’t look to be ameliorated anytime soon.
High gas prices, so … drill less? That appears to be the twisted logic behind Joe Biden’s decision to ban oil and natural gas drilling in 11 million acres in Alaska, even as Americans have seen their energy costs jump 57% over the last year. The decision reverses a Trump-era expansion of the country’s strategic oil reserves. Of course, the Biden administration’s excuse for such an economically damaging decision is to protect “threatened and endangered species.” Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy says that’s a dubious rationale. “This is another sign of the federal government turning its back on Alaska and hampering domestic energy production,” he argued. “The U.S. Department of Interior is putting the nation in a situation where we have to rely on foreign oil … at a time for growing prices and concern for American consumers.”
Biden admin creating a vaccine enemies list: In a small and obscure federal agency, the Biden administration recently rolled out a new policy that will collect and store the “personal religious information” on all agency employees who make “religious accommodation requests for religious exception from federally mandated vaccine requirement.” It appears that the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, a tiny agency that helps officers in the DC courts, will serve as both the test subject and the means through which to sneak in a new policy to eventually be applied across all federal agencies, threatening the religious liberty of federal employees. The “most transparent administration in history” is opting for the opaque when it comes to pushing an obviously objectionable new policy.
Fauci caught in another lie? Project Veritas claims to have verified documents leaked months ago. The investigative organization recently released documents acquired from a secret Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) report that appear to show that Dr. Anthony Fauci lied under oath when he repeatedly claimed before Congress that the National Institutes of Health had not been involved with EcoHealth Alliance in gain-of-function research. “The report goes on to detail concern regarding the COVID-19 gain of function program, the concealment of documents, the suppression of potential curatives, like Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine, and the mRNA vaccines,” Project Veritas claims.
Ashli Babbitt shooter cleared without an interview: The U.S. Capitol Police officer responsible for the only violence-related death during the January 6 Capitol riot, Michael Byrd, was cleared of any wrongdoing without even being interviewed by any investigators. This report appears to run contrary to Byrd’s claim made during his NBC News interview when said: “There’s an investigative process [and] I was cleared by the [Department of Justice], and FBI, and [the DC] Metropolitan Police.” The reason for the lack of investigative interviews is because Byrd refused to answer any questions and investigators never pressed the issue. According to Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts: “[Byrd] didn’t provide any statement to [criminal] investigators and they didn’t push him to make a statement. It’s astonishing how skimpy his investigative file is.” DC Metro Police Department records back up Roberts’s account. More evidence of a politically motivated whitewash?
Government & Politics
Education Department denies claim that Miguel Cardona solicited letter linking parents, domestic terrorism (Washington Times)
“All on the same page”: White House tries to downplay Stacey Abrams’s no-show at Georgia speech (Daily Wire)
Michelle Obama sets ambitious goal to register a million voters ahead of 2022 midterms (People)
Swamp Doctor Anthony Fauci comes to COVID hearing with opposition research on Rand Paul (Daily Wire) | Hot mic: Fauci calls Roger Marshall a “moron” (Daily Wire) | Meanwhile, Fauci’s NIH division paid $205,000 for researchers to study transgender monkeys (Free Beacon)
Absolutely: Democrat operatives say Hillary Clinton is “best option” for party to win 2024 election (Washington Examiner)
DHS can’t account for 50,000 migrants released in 2021 (Breitbart)
Dr. Fauci was warned about possible gain-of-function creation of COVID-19 in January 2020 (Daily Caller)
Has Omicron “turned a corner”? U.S. infections decline for first time since Christmas (USA Today)
Berkeley, California, will force students to wear KN95 masks, which the CDC chief says are “very hard to breathe in when you wear them properly” and “hard to tolerate when you wear them for long periods of time” (Daily Wire)
“Live among men as if God beheld you; speak with God as if men were listening.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC-AD 65)
“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” —Joe Biden (“Personally, I want to be on the side of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.” —Mark Alexander)
“I did not live the struggle of Douglass, Tubman, King, Lewis, Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner, and countless others — known and unknown. I did not walk in the shoes of generations of students who walked these grounds. But I walked other grounds. Because I’m so damn old, I was there as well. You think I’m kidding, man. It seems like yesterday the first time I got arrested.” —Joe Biden (“Maybe Biden is confusing this with the time he was never arrested in South Africa or the time he never marched with the Black Panthers or the time he never participated in a sit in.” —David Harsanyi)
“Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion.” —Joe Biden (“I would love to interview a single person who has lost their voting rights. One.” —David Harsanyi)
“Nowhere does the Constitution give a minority the right to unilaterally block legislation.” —Kamala Harris (“Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the majority the right to overturn state election laws.” —David Harsanyi)
“I attract mostly a liberal crowd, but liberal is different than woke. To me, woke, if we want to use that broad term, is something that is not an extension of liberalism. It’s very often the opposite of what an old school liberal like me believes. … There is that faction of the left that we will call woke who’s gone [off] the deep end.” —Bill Maher
“This country is falling apart at the seams. Half the people are not going to self-deport. You see these tweets and memes about owning and destroying the other side. Get over it. You’re not owning or destroying anybody. No one’s going anywhere. We have to learn to live together again.” —Bill Maher
“San Francisco, that’s going to be a little problematic for me. They’re a little too politically correct. There’s going to be a lot of groaning at some of the things I say, and that’s not what a comedy show is supposed to be. Political correctness has always been the enemy of comedy.” —Bill Maher
“This idea that we have to constantly be arguing politics with everybody — that’s what has to stop. Because when you take the politics out of the discussion — and this is coming from a person who made his living talking politics — you find that people are just people, and you can’t hate them. I constantly say it, you can hate Trump. You can’t hate all the people who like him — it’s half the country. And you can’t set yourself up as some sort of superior moral paragon, because this is your political belief, and somebody else has another one. There are obviously areas where, yes, if somebody’s advocating cannibalism, I think you can claim the moral high ground if you’re anti. I feel like that’s the Achilles heel of the left right now. They identify issues mostly by what they can feel superior to another person for.” —Bill Maher
“Don’t just stand there in your white coat saying ‘We have all the answers.’ You don’t. And just to throw in with Dr. Fauci doesn’t mean you’re a morally superior person. That attitude is what annoys people, I think, mostly about the left.” —Bill Maher
“[Twitter] shut down debate on the lab leak theory and had to walk that back, so did Facebook. Now there’s no political dimension to how the virus started. It should not be a political issue at all. It is outrageous that they said you can’t even talk about the idea that this virus may have started in a lab. Why? It may have. It was always a possibility. Everyone now agrees that could be the origin of the virus. So just put that up as your lodestar. This is the company that said you can’t even talk about that. That’s dangerous. I don’t want that company making the rules about what we can and can’t hear.” —Bill Maher
“President Biden is facing mounting criticism for inflation’s rise to its highest level since 1982. Unfortunately, the White House’s latest response is to blame greedy businesses. Economists across the political spectrum are rightly calling out the White House for this foolishness. Even some within the White House are questioning this approach… Inflation, which was relatively low for years, did not suddenly rise in recent months because businesses decided now was the ideal time to squeeze their customers.” —Washington Post editorial board
“If you stand your ground, if you lead, if you don’t back down and just stand for the right things, there’s a groundswell of folks who will have your back.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
The European Union’s drug regulator expressed doubts about whether a second booster dose of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines would be a sustainable long-term approach.
Marco Cavaleri, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) head of vaccines strategy, told a media briefing, “There is an emergency discussion around the possibility of giving a second booster dose with the same vaccine currently in use. Data has not yet been generated to support this approach.”
“We have not yet seen data with respect to a fourth dose,” he also said later. “We would like to see this data before we can make any recommendation, but at the same time we are rather concerned about a strategy that [involves] repeated vaccinations within a short term.”
Cavaleri said an additional booster shot “could be considered as part of a contingency plan,” but “repeated vaccinations within short intervals will not represent a sustainable long term strategy.”
When asked to expand on his statements, Cavaleri said that for a hypothetical approach of giving boosters frequently, such as every four months, “we will end up potentially having problems with immune response and immune response may end up not being as good as we would like it to be, so we should be careful in not overloading the immune system with repeated immunization.”
He added that continuous administration of boosters can also lead to fatigue in the population.
“It will be much better to start thinking about an administration of boosters that is more spaced in time,” Cavaleri said.
The EMA is in conversation with vaccine developers in case there is a need to update the current vaccines, he said, but noted that any change “would have to be coordinated globally.”
A screen grab from laptop shows Marco Cavaleri, Head of Biological Health Threats and Vaccines Strategy, speaks during an online press conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on Dec. 21, 2020. (Pieter Stam de Jonge/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
Meanwhile, more data on the impact of the new variant—in this case, Omicron—on vaccines and a better understanding of the evolution of the current wave were needed to decide whether an Omicron-specific vaccine was needed.
“While a monovalent Omicron vaccine would represent an obvious candidate to be investigated, other options such as a multivalent vaccine cannot be ruled out as potential alternatives,” Cavaleri said.
A Strategy to ‘Anticipate the Next Move’
He added, “It is important that there is a good discussion around the choice of the composition of the vaccine to make sure that we have a strategy that is not just reactive after the virus changes, but try to anticipate what could be the next move, and try to come up with an approach that will be suitable in order to prevent a future variant that, in any case, will emerge.”
The EMA has called for a meeting with global regulators on Wednesday, which will include officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Tomorrow we will be looking at all the evidence that we have so far with the current vaccine, so the extent by which they are still providing vaccine effectiveness and whether indeed we should still think that giving a booster shot at this point in time is the best strategy,” Cavaleri said.
He added that the World Health Organization (WHO) “will play a critical role” in decision-making.
Cavaleri noted that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19, “is still behaving as a pandemic virus, and the Omicron emergency is currently showing that.”
“So we should not forget we are still in a pandemic. Nevertheless, with increase of immunity in the population and with Omicron there will be a lot of natural immunity taking place on top of vaccination, we will be vastly moving toward a scenario that will be closer to endemicity,” he said.
Separately, he noted, “Ideally, if you want to move toward a scenario of endemicity, then such boosters should be synchronized with the arrival of the cold seasons in each of the hemispheres, similarly to what we’re doing with influenza vaccines.”
Pfizer Looking at Omicron-Targeted Vaccine
On Monday, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said a COVID-19 vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron variant of the virus as well as already circulating variants “will be ready in March,” adding that the company is “already starting manufacturing some of these quantities at risk.”
Bourla said Pfizer is ready to file for U.S. regulatory approval for the redesigned COVID-19 vaccine, and that the company has built up ample manufacturing capacity, such that it will not be a problem to switch immediately. He also noted on Monday that COVID-19 vaccines eventually could be an annual shot for most people, and some high-risk groups might be eligible to receive the shots more often than that.
On Tuesday, Cavaleri said that April or May would be the soonest the EMA could approve any variant-targeted vaccine.
“In terms of the switch of the manufacturing, this is a decision that is beyond EMA and it will be very important there is a global discussion around the best option here in the interest of public health,” he commented.
No institution is exempt from the American public’s growing distrust of the federal government. Even the military, which has traditionally enjoyed broad support from Americans of all political stripes, is now seeing its otherwise pristine image take a hit.
Despite the science, Dr. Fauci and the medical elites have blocked the use of these effective treatments for coronavirus patients.
Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA vaccines, accused Dr. Fauci and others of lying and causing the death of over 500,000 Americans by preventing HCQ and Ivermectin, and other treatments from COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Malone is right. It is well documented that Dr. Fauci and top US doctors conspired to disqualify and condemn hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment. Millions died as a result of this.
Dr. Meryl Nass, MD, broke this story in The Defender. According to Dr. Nass, the top health officials were all in on the conspiracy against hydroxychloroquine.
Fauci runs the NIAID, Collins is the NIH director (nominally Fauci’s boss) and Farrar is director of the Wellcome Trust. Farrar also signed the Lancet letter. And he is chair of the WHO’s R&D Blueprint Scientific Advisory Group, which put him in the driver’s seat of the WHO’s Solidarity trial, in which 1,000 unwitting subjects were overdosed with hydroxychloroquine in order to sink the use of that drug for COVID.
Farrar had worked in Vietnam, where there was lots of malaria, and he had also been involved with SARS-1 there. He additionally was central in setting up the UK Recovery trial, where 1,600 subjects were overdosed with hydroxychloroquine.
Even if Farrar didn’t have some idea of the proper dose of chloroquine drugs from his experience in Vietnam, he, Fauci and Collins would have learned about such overdoses after Brazil told the world about how they mistakenly overdosed patients in a trial of chloroquine for COVID. The revelation was made in an article published in the JAMA in mid-April 2020. Thirty-nine percent of the subjects in Brazil who were given high doses of chloroquine died, average age 50.
Yet the Solidarity and Recovery hydroxychloroquine trials continued into June, stopping only after their extreme doses were exposed.
Fauci made sure to control the treatment guidelines for COVID that came out of the NIAID, advising against both chloroquine drugs and ivermectin. Fauci’s NIAID also cancelled the first large-scale trial of hydroxychloroquine treatment in early disease, after only 20 of the expected 2,000 subjects were enrolled.
What does all this mean?
There was a conspiracy between the five authors of the Nature paper and the heads of the NIH, NIAID and Wellcome Trust to cover up the lab origin of COVID.
There was a conspiracy involving Daszac, Fauci and others to push the natural origin theory. (See other emails in the recent drop.)
There was a conspiracy involving Daszac to write the Lancet letter and hide its provenance, to push the natural origin theory and paint any other ideas as conspiracy theory. Collin’s blog post is another piece of this story.
Farrar was intimately involved in both large hydroxychloroquine overdose trials, in which about 500 subjects total died.
Farrar, Fauci and Collins withheld research funds that could have supported quality trials of the use of chloroquine drugs and ivermectin and other repurposed drugs that might have turned around the pandemic.
Are the four individuals named here — Fauci, Daszak, Collins and Farrar — intimately involved in the creation of the pandemic, as well as the prolongation and improper treatments used during the pandemic?
So when will Dr. Fauci be confronted on his lies that killed millions?
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On Monday nightProject Veritas released their latest investigation and it was a BOMBSHELL! Project Vertias released never before seen military documents regarding the origins of Covid-19, gain-of-function research, vaccines, potential treatments and the government’s effort to conceal everything.
The newly released military documents contradict Dr. Fauci’s testimony under oath. The documents also revealed the US government was hiding information on effective treatments from the American public.
Now this… The documents contained evidence that Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine was effective in treating the coronavirus. This information was hidden from the American public.
Documents stored on a TOP SECRET folder on the computers of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) prove that the medicines Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine and Interferon were PROVEN “Curative” of COVID-19 in April, 2020 – the cures were buried as “Top Secret.”
The revelation of these documents, sneakily stored in a TOP SECRET folder on government computers prove that the federal government of the United States KNEW in April, 2020, the entire “COVID-19 Pandemic” was completely curable through the use of these common medications.
U.S.—Understaffed and overflowing hospitals are once again facing a covid public health crisis. In response to this surge of patients, some hospitals are now denying healthcare to the vaccinated and boosted.
“What we’re seeing right now is a pandemic of the vaccinated,” said Dr. Jacob Higgins. “We have a moral imperative to first help those who have done the right thing, took care of bodies, and are naturally immune.”
Many are calling this decision to deny care to the vaccinated gross and unethical. “I mean, sure yesterday I was calling for the unvaccinated to be denied health care and the basic ability to buy food, but now that it’s on me—it just seems wrong,” said Alex Greene, a quadruple boosted 22-year-old.
Several vaccinated conspiracy theorists have claimed that they’ve “done their research” and have listened to fringe, unreliable sources such as CNN, Dr. Fauci, and the CDC. They indicate that they believe Pfizer, Moderna, and the U.S. government actually have their best interest at heart.
“They chose to ignore science,” Dr. Higgins continued. “They chose to act recklessly, and irresponsibly. Continuing to get injections from Big Pharma was always going to have consequences.”
Rep. Ted Budd is demanding the White House explain how many convicted felons, including the terrorist responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, received coronavirus stimulus checks from the Biden administration. Mr. Budd, a North Carolina Republican, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday urging the administration to …
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (Official White House photo)
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are campaigning right now for the Senate to kill its longstanding filibuster rule that essentially requires at least a small level of participation from the minority party for legislation to move forward.
The issue is that the Democrats want to micromanage every election in the country out of Washington so they can set the rules that favor their party, like mail-in balloting and unattended drop boxes which are prone to fraud. They want to remove every requirement that voters actually identify themselves set by any state.
But they face the obstacle of the filibuster rule in the Senate, which requires 60 votes to move legislation forward. The body is divided 50-50 between the parties and no Republican is willing yet to support the drastic change and even with Harris as the tiebreaker, that’s only 51.
So the administration took its lobbying to Georgia, which has adopted several election integrity laws recently, to complain about those moves, and lobby for the complete takeover of elections by removing the filibuster.
Only, the Examiner noted, they “relied on a number of false or misleading claims.”
The Examiner pointed out Harris said, “We must not be deceived into thinking a law that makes it illegal to help a voter with a disability vote by mail is normal.”
Only, the report said, “The Georgia law does not make it illegal to help a disabled person fill out or cast an absentee ballot.”
The law does prevent third-party groups from requesting bulk absentee ballot applications and handing them out, or filling out parts of them on behalf of voters who didn’t ask for those applications.
Second, Harris said, “Across our nation, anti-voter laws could make it more difficult for as many as 55 million Americans to vote. That is one out of six people in our country.”
Only, the Examiner noted that figure, apparently from a newspaper’s analysis from months ago, appears to include “administrative changes” which have “no effect on whether a person can vote.”
Biden also charged, “The vice president and I have supported voting rights bills since day one of this administration. But each and every time, Senate Republicans have blocked the way.”
However, Biden has not even been able to corral his own party members to back his extremism.
The Examiner explained, “Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin emerged this summer in opposition to the For the People Act, a piece of voting legislation that congressional Democrats pursued aggressively in the early months of Biden’s presidency. In an op-ed for a West Virginia newspaper in June, Manchin wrote that he would not support voting rights legislation that did not have buy-in from a single Republican.”
Manchin, and at least one other Democrat, still have objections to Biden’s plan, in fact.
Fourth, Biden said, “Voting by mail is a safe and convenient way to get more people to vote, so they’re making it harder for you to vote by mail. The same way, I might add, in the 2020 Election, President Trump voted from behind the desk in the White House — in Florida. Dropping your ballots off to secure drop boxes — it’s safe, it’s convenient, and you get more people to vote. So they’re limiting the number of drop boxes and the hours you can use them.”
The Examiner noted Trump “did not vote by mail; he cast his ballot early, in-person, at the West Palm Beach Main Library.”
But further, the Examiner reported, Biden was mischaracterizing what Georgia’s election law does.
“Georgia lawmakers responded to the confusion and delays surrounding the counting of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election by moving back the deadline for submitting an absentee ballot request. The window of time to request a mail-in ballot will now close two Fridays before Election Day rather than on the Friday before; proponents say this will cut down on the number of ballots that officials have to throw out for arriving late by giving voters more time to receive and fill out their actual ballots,” the Examiner’s fact-check said.
“As for drop-boxes, which Biden accused the Peach State of limiting, the Georgia law actually authorized the use of ballot drop boxes for the first time.”
Then Biden also claimed, “It’s not just here in Georgia. Last year alone, 19 states not proposed, but enacted, 34 laws attacking voting rights.”
The Examiner said that statistic appears to come from a leftist organization that made that claim.
The facts are the, “A look at the list of laws used to justify that statistic shows many of the changes did not meaningfully limit access to the ballot in any way. For example, an election reform in Nevada simply updated the maximum number of registered voters that could be included in a precinct from 3,000 to 5,000. That came after the state contended with nearly empty precincts in the 2020 caucuses.
“Yet the administrative change is one of those Biden cited as a restriction.”
Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University and one of the leading Israeli immunologists, has written an open letter sharply criticizing the Israeli – and indeed global – management of the coronavirus pandemic.
Professor Ehud Qimron (center) at Tel Aviv University (Haaretz)
In the end, the truth will always be revealed, and the truth about the coronavirus policy is beginning to be revealed. When the destructive concepts collapse one by one, there is nothing left but to tell the experts who led the management of the pandemic – we told you so.
Two years late, you finally realize that a respiratory virus cannot be defeated and that any such attempt is doomed to fail. You do not admit it, because you have admitted almost no mistake in the last two years, but in retrospect it is clear that you have failed miserably in almost all of your actions, and even the media is already having a hard time covering your shame.
You refused to admit that the infection comes in waves that fade by themselves, despite years of observations and scientific knowledge. You insisted on attributing every decline of a wave solely to your actions, and so through false propaganda “you overcame the plague.” And again you defeated it, and again and again and again.
You refused to admit that mass testing is ineffective, despite your own contingency plans explicitly stating so (“Pandemic Influenza Health System Preparedness Plan, 2007”, p. 26).
You refused to admit that recovery is more protective than a vaccine, despite previous knowledge and observations showing that non-recovered vaccinated people are more likely to be infected than recovered people. You refused to admit that the vaccinated are contagious despite the observations. Based on this, you hoped to achieve herd immunity by vaccination — and you failed in that as well.
You insisted on ignoring the fact that the disease is dozens of times more dangerous for risk groups and older adults, than for young people who are not in risk groups, despite the knowledge that came from China as early as 2020.
You refused to adopt the “Barrington Declaration”, signed by more than 60,000 scientists and medical professionals, or other common sense programs. You chose to ridicule, slander, distort and discredit them. Instead of the right programs and people, you have chosen professionals who lack relevant training for pandemic management (physicists as chief government advisers, veterinarians, security officers, media personnel, and so on).
You have not set up an effective system for reporting side effects from the vaccines and reports on side effects have even been deleted from your Facebook page. Doctors avoid linking side effects to the vaccine, lest you persecute them as you did to some of their colleagues. You have ignored many reports of changes in menstrual intensity and menstrual cycle times. You hid data that allows for objective and proper research (for example, you removed the data on passengers at Ben Gurion Airport). Instead, you chose to publish non-objective articles together with senior Pfizer executives on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
Irreversible damage to trust
However, from the heights of your hubris, you have also ignored the fact that in the end the truth will be revealed. And it begins to be revealed. The truth is that you have brought the public’s trust in you to an unprecedented low, and you have eroded your status as a source of authority. The truth is that you have burned hundreds of billions of shekels to no avail – for publishing intimidation, for ineffective tests, for destructive lockdowns and for disrupting the routine of life in the last two years.
You have destroyed the education of our children and their future. You made children feel guilty, scared, smoke, drink, get addicted, drop out, and quarrel, as school principals around the country attest. You have harmed livelihoods, the economy, human rights, mental health and physical health.
You slandered colleagues who did not surrender to you, you turned the people against each other, divided society and polarized the discourse. You branded, without any scientific basis, people who chose not to get vaccinated as enemies of the public and as spreaders of disease. You promote, in an unprecedented way, a draconian policy of discrimination, denial of rights and selection of people, including children, for their medical choice. A selection that lacks any epidemiological justification.
When you compare the destructive policies you are pursuing with the sane policies of some other countries — you can clearly see that the destruction you have caused has only added victims beyond the vulnerable to the virus. The economy you ruined, the unemployed you caused, and the children whose education you destroyed — they are the surplus victims as a result of your own actions only.
There is currently no medical emergency, but you have been cultivating such a condition for two years now because of lust for power, budgets and control. The only emergency now is that you still set policies and hold huge budgets for propaganda and psychological engineering instead of directing them to strengthen the health care system.
This emergency must stop!
Professor Udi Qimron, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Fauci on Wednesday once again said Covid will never be eradicated.
The Biden Regime is changing its messaging on Covid because the Democrats know they’re in trouble going into the 2022 midterms.
We’ve been saying for nearly 2 years that Covid, just like swine flu and other influenzas, will never completely be eradicated.
“We’re not going to eradicate this, we’ve only done that with smallpox, we’re not going to eliminate that, that only happens with mass vaccination programs like with measles…but we will ultimately control it,” Fauci said Wednesday morning during a Covid press briefing.
The Omicron variant is a common cold, but the Biden Regime continues to impose vaccine and testing mandates because it’s all about control.