Daily Archives: January 28, 2022

Mercy to the Undeserving — VCY America

He that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

Psalm 32:10

O fair reward of trust! My Lord, grant it me to the full! The truster above all men feels himself to be a sinner; and lo, mercy is prepared for him: he knows himself to have no deservings, but mercy comes in and keeps house for him on a liberal scale. O Lord, give me this mercy, even as I trust in Thee!

Observe, my soul, what a bodyguard thou hast! As a prince is compassed about with soldiery, so art thou compassed about with mercy. Before and behind, and on all sides, ride these mounted guards of grace. We dwell in the center of the system of mercy, for we dwell in Christ Jesus.

O my soul, what an atmosphere dost thou breathe! As the air surrounds thee, even so does the mercy of thy Lord. To the wicked there are many sorrows, but to thee there are so many mercies that thy sorrows are not worth mentioning. David says, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous; and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” In obedience to this precept my heart shall triumph in God, and I will tell out my gladness. As Thou hast compassed me with mercy, I will also compass Thine altars, O my God, with songs of thanksgiving!

Mercy to the Undeserving — VCY America

The Lord Told Me — Grace to You Blog

The church has fallen into a dangerous pattern when it comes to divine direction. Too many believers today are trying to hear directly from God—whether through an audible voice or a stirring of their souls. Worse still are the people who legitimize everything from heresy to fundraising schemes to simple personal decisions by asserting the leading of the Lord.

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The Lord Told Me — Grace to You Blog

The Bible and its Story: Ruth at the Feet of Boaz

That first evening Ruth told Naomi all that Boaz had said and done for her. The worldly-wise elder woman saw that the great man’s admiration was aroused. When the harvest of barley was finished, and also that of wheat, so that there was no longer excuse for keeping Ruth in the sight of Boaz, Naomi decided that the time was come for a more positive move. She bade the obedient Ruth go to where Boaz had been superin-intending the threshing of his grain; and when he, in the simplicity of the manners of the time, lay down at night to repose near his workmen on the threshing floor, Ruth was to lay herself at his feet. This was a sign, not considered indelicate in those days, that the woman proffered herself to the man in marriage.

‎Ruth did as she was bid; but in her shyness, she waited until Boaz was asleep. He had eaten and drunken heavily, so not until the night was half spent did he begin to be dimly conscious of the form lying at his feet. At first he was afraid; for this might well be a robber or perchance a murdered man. He questioned hesitantly, “Who art thou?” And she answered with her name.

‎Then Boaz raised her up and blessed her.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

January 28 – Living the new life | Reformed Perspective

“Give no opportunity to the devil” – Ephesians 4:27                                  

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1-5

Ephesians 4 marks a transition in Paul’s epistle from the foundation of grace to the fruits of grace—from saving grace to serving grace. In our Scripture lesson, we are given much instruction as to the character of a believer’s life, and also a warning to watch out for the devil. The devil is an opportunist. He is our accuser (Revelation 12:10) and adversary (I Peter 5:8). He wants to bring about discord amongst believers. Unity amongst believers is to be highly prized. The devil especially prizes its disruption.

We may be tempted to think that the roaring lion in his arsenal of tricks employs scandal and open sin as his prime method. But more often than not, the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2) employs subtle means to break down the life of the Christian.

Paul outlines six concrete ways Christians “put off” their old lives and “put on” life in Christ.  The study note in the ESV Reformation Study Bible puts it this way: Turning “from lying to telling the truth (4:25, 26); from uncontrolled anger to self-control (4:26, 27); from stealing to useful  labour (4:28); from harmful to helpful speech (4:29, 30); from bitterness to love (4:31-5:2); and from unrestrained sexual desires to a thankful acknowledgement of God’s good gifts (5:3-5).”

How well do you understand living the new life?

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for strengthening grace.

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

— Read on reformedperspective.ca/january-28-living-the-new-life/

How to Find Peace in an Anxious, Out-of-Control World — Randy Alcorn’s Blog

Note from Randy: Sam has worked for EPM as one of my staff editors for many years and does an excellent job. She also serves with Life Impact Ministries, an outstanding organization that offers hosted places of rest, retreat, and renewal for ministry leaders, and she is a certified biblical counselor with r3stored.com.

The topic of anxiety, and the advice Sam gives in her article, are timely. The Lord does not call us merely to release our anxiety to Him, but to willingly cast it upon Him—all of it. God wants us to trust Him in both the big things and the little things. I hope this article will encourage you to do so.

2020 was a year that anyone might label as out of control. These ensuing years haven’t shown much improvement. We like to have things under control. Our problems begin when we both desire and expect circumstances to be under our control.

When we try to clutch the reins of this out-of-control ride we call life, we will get thrown from our mount and it will hurt.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults.” That’s more than 18 percent of the population 18 years and older. That percentage would likely skyrocket if it included those of us who struggle with worry, anxiety, and depression without ever telling anyone.

The stress of a pandemic and its aftermath—both economic (job loss, business loss) and psychological (isolation, fear, grief)—has left many of us reeling.

Over the last year, I often wondered, what’s next?

Fires. The entire Left Coast seemed to be in flames.

Massive storms. Hurricanes, ice, and political upheaval pummeled this nation. And woven throughout these events were notifications no one wants to get—news that another friend or relative had died. Even small losses like not being able to have dinner at a favorite restaurant or finding out a trip was postponed felt like a big deal—not unlike standing in a boxing ring waiting for the next punch to land and wondering if any of us would remain standing.

The Peace We Long for

So what do we do with these uncomfortable feelings? Some of us get depressed. Some ignore them or bury them under recreational drugs or more socially acceptable addictions like exercise, social media, and entertainment. (My personal favorite is a super-sized scoop of cookie dough ice cream—but that started before the pandemic gave me an excuse.)

None of these idols can ever satisfy. They keep demanding more sacrifices from us and delivering less satisfaction to us. Obviously they provide no lasting rest.

Each person who claims Jesus as The Way will say they believe that:

  • God is good
  • God is all powerful
  • Jesus loves me
  • Jesus lived, died, and lives again
  • The Spirit lives in me
  • The Spirit always speaks truth

If God truly is good, powerful, alive, and in us, and if He created us and knows how He designed us to live, and if Jesus “came that we might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10), then following His lead will give us the peace we so desperately long for and that our idols cannot provide. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22, NIV).

Find a New Focus

Max Lucado writes, “Think about what you think about.” And 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, “Take every thought captive.” Psalm 131 says, “I have calmed and quieted my soul.” And Psalm 46:10 commands us to “Be still” or “Cease striving.” While seeking professional help for anxiety and depression is sometimes necessary, there’s much we can do on behalf of our own sanity. If God considers us capable of settling ourselves by remembering truth and trusting His Spirit, shouldn’t we at least try?

But how do we “still” ourselves? How do we “cease striving” and get off that debilitating hamster wheel that spins inside our brains? We will never have God’s perfect sovereign perspective, but we can stop and refocus our attention on the bigger picture when we begin to feel anxious:

  • Where is God at work in this situation?
  • If Romans 8:28 is true (and it is) how might the things you are most anxious about be “working together for the good of those who love God”?

Hint: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (Romans 5:3-4, NLT).

Once I caught myself “what-if-ing” about the next possible catastrophe. I decided to turn the tables by asking, “What if God has suddenly fallen off His throne and no longer runs the universe?” That thought was so laughable I stopped worrying!

Stop, Drop, and Breathe

When you find yourself spinning in the anxiety cycle and can’t seem to find the exit, stop whatever you’re doing. Breathe…deeply…slowly…in…out…several times. And when your brain begins to quiet enough that you can slip in an idea edgewise, name—out loud if possible—what you’re anxious about. Keep breathing. As you relax, get curious. Ask questions about your anxiety without any judgment. Is it about sin? Is it about fear? Is it about an injustice? Is it about loss (of a relationship or of control)?

Again, without judgment, put each of your reasons into its own separate mental drawer. As soon as you are able, open those drawers one at a time and look hard at the contents. Are they worth keeping? Do you need help (from a professional or a wise friend) sorting out what to keep and what to toss? Do you need to forgive or ask for forgiveness?

Often, simply bringing these anxious thoughts out into the daylight shrinks them to their proper size and sometimes they disappear entirely! Like a troll in daylight an anxious thought becomes impotent.

Fight Like Jesus

Proactively allow the following scriptures to percolate deep into your soul. Pick one or two that resonate and post them in prominent places or schedule a phone reminder to pop up several times a day, putting these words of life in front of you. Better yet, memorize them (no, you’re not really too old or too busy) so the Holy Spirit can bring them to mind when you need them most.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself…Refrain from anger and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. (Psalm 37:7-9, ESV)

“Peace I [Jesus] leave with you; my peace I give to you….Let not your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:27, ESV)

[Jesus said,] “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-34, ESV)

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7, NIV)

“Come to me [Jesus], all who labor and are heavy laden…Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV)

My first panic attack was a nasty surprise. Never before had I felt like suicide was the only way to end the horror. The next time I felt one lurking I began to recite the following Psalm. I had to fight harder than I thought possible to get each word out but by the time I got through “the valley of the shadow” the words became easier and by the end I knew Jesus had led me to the other side. The third time, soon after I began speaking the words the attack stopped and has not returned:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not lack. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23 NKJV)

Let the Joy of the Lord Be Your Strength

Finally, fall in love with Jesus. “Take delight in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4, NLT). Marinate in God’s words and surround yourself with others who radiate His love. Take regular Sabbath breaks to spend truly quiet times—just you and Him (not you, Him and your smartphone)—listening and sharing your heart and “you will find rest for your soul.”

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NLT). Jesus promises that for now, this seemingly out-of-control world is here to stay. So is Jesus. “Never, no never will I leave you. Never, not ever will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Since “the Lord IS near” you really can choose to “not be anxious about anything.”  

Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash

How to Find Peace in an Anxious, Out-of-Control World — Randy Alcorn’s Blog

January 28 Evening Verse of The Day

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119:52 your rules from of old. Given through Moses and contained in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.[1]

119:52 your ordinances of old See note on v. 7. A mishpat can be a general rule or a ruling—a court decision. The Bible sometimes portrays God’s actions on behalf of Israel as court rulings that God executes.[2]

119:52 We are encouraged by the memory of how the Lord has intervened for us in the past. The same mercy that has brought us this far will certainly take us the rest of the way. “His love in times past forbids us to think He’ll leave us at last in darkness to sink.”[3]

52. “I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.” He had asked the Lord to remember, and here he remembers God and his judgments. When we see no present display of the divine power it is wise to fall back upon the records of former ages, since they are just as available as if the transactions were of yesterday, seeing the Lord is always the same. Our true comfort must be found in what our God works on behalf of truth and right, and as the histories of the olden times are full of divine interpositions it is well to be thoroughly acquainted with them. Moreover, if we are advanced in years we have the providences of our early days to review, and these should by no means be forgotten or left out of our thoughts. The argument is good and solid: he who has shown himself strong on behalf of his believing people is the immutable God, and therefore we may expect deliverance at his hands. The grinning of the proud will not trouble us when we remember how the Lord dealt with their predecessors in bygone periods; he destroyed them at the deluge, he confounded them at Babel, he drowned them at the Red Sea, he drove them out of Canaan: he has in all ages bared his arm against the haughty, and broken them as potters’ vessels. While in our own hearts we humbly drink of the mercy of God in quietude, we are not without comfort in seasons of turmoil and derision; for then we resort to God’s justice, and remember how he scoffs at the scoffers: “He that sitteth in the heavens doth laugh, the Lord doth have them in derision.”

When he was greatly derided the Psalmist did not sit down in despair, but rallied his spirits. He knew that comfort is needful for strength in service, and for the endurance of persecution, and therefore he comforted himself. In doing this he resorted not so much to the sweet as to the stern side of the Lord’s dealings, and dwelt upon his judgments. If we can find sweetness in the divine justice, how much more shall we perceive it in divine love and grace. How thoroughly must that man be at peace with God who can find comfort, not only in his promises, but in his judgments. Even the terrible things of God are cheering to believers. They know that nothing is more to the advantage of all God’s creatures than to be ruled by a strong hand which will deal out justice. The righteous man has no fear of the ruler’s sword, which is only a terror to evil doers. When the godly man is unjustly treated he finds comfort in the fact that there is a Judge of all the earth who will avenge his own elect, and redress the ills of these disordered times.[4]

Ver. 52. I remembered Thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.A blessed field lot memory:—

The Divine Word may be looked upon here—

I. As a field for memory.

1. A refreshing field. What flowers bloom, what fruit clusters, what salubrious air breathes here.

2. A large field. It goes back through eternity; it begins with the creation, it embraces the human race, it runs on through centuries into the interminable future.

3. An imperishable field.

II. As a source of comfort.

1. By the presentation of examples. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Job, Daniel, Paul, etc.; and more,—Christ, the model of all virtue, enduring affliction, overwhelming and undeserved.

2. By the revelation of principles. It teaches that the afflictions of good men are not penal but disciplinary, not sent in anger, but in fatherly love (2 Cor. 4:17). (Homilist.)

The Divinely memorable:—

I. The memorable in the Divine conduct to man. “Thy judgments.” Whatever the Almighty does is memorable, and ought to be remembered. But there are some things in His conduct to man most strikingly memorable.

1. Some things with man generally. The deluge, the confusion of tongues, the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah, the exodus of the Jews, the destruction of Jerusalem, etc.

2. Some things with man individually. Every man is conscious of some memorable event in his life; especially,—if he is a Christian,—his conviction, conversion, etc.

II. The memorable in the Divine conduct remembered by man. “I remembered.” Sad to say, the memorable things in the Divine conduct to man are not generally remembered.

1. This is unnatural. How unnatural it is for a child to forget interpositions in the conduct of the loving father. But how much more unnatural go forget the wondrous works of God in His dealings with our race and with ourselves.

2. This is ungrateful. Ought we not to remember the self-sacrificing deeds of our benefactors? This indeed we generally do, we rear monuments to those whom we consider to be philanthropists. But how ungrateful to forget the wonderful mercies of God.

3. This is pernicious. Forgetfulness of God leads to moral deadness, gross carnality, black atheism.

III. The remembrance of the memorable in the Divine dispensation blest to man. “And have comforted myself.” The memory of what God in past times has done for His people is adapted to administer comfort under the trials of life.

1. He has always granted strength according to need (Isa. 25:4).

2. He has always fulfilled His promises. (Ibid.)[5]

52. I called to mind thy judgments of old, O Jehovah! In this psalm, the judgments of God are generally taken for his statutes and decrees, that is, his righteousnesses. In this place, in consequence of the qualifying phrase, of old, it is more probable that they refer to the examples by which God has made himself known as the righteous Judge of the world. Why does he say that the law of God has been from everlasting? This may to some extent be accounted for from the righteousness here mentioned not being of recent growth, but truly everlasting, because the written law is just an attestation of the law of nature, through means of which God recalls to our memory that which he has previously engraven on our hearts.

I am rather inclined to adopt another interpretation, That David remembered the judgments of God, by which he testified that he had established his law perpetually in the world. Such a settlement is very necessary for us; because, when God does not make bare his arm, his word frequently produces little impression. But when he takes vengeance upon the ungodly, he confirms what he had spoken; and this is the reason why in civil law penalties are called confirmations. The term accords better with God’s judgments, by which he establishes the authority of his law, as if a true demonstration accompanied his words. And seeing he declares that he called to mind the most ancient of God’s judgments, it becomes us to learn, that if his judgments are not displayed as frequently as we would desire, for the strengthening of our faith, this is owing to our ingratitude and apathy; for in no past age have there been wanting clear demonstrations for this very purpose; and thus it may with truth be affirmed, that God’s judgments have flowed in one continued manner from age to age, and that the reason why we have not perceived them is, our not deigning to open our eyes to behold them. If any one object, that it is contrary to the nature of his judgments to afford consolation to us, because they are calculated rather to strike us with terror, the answer is at hand,—that the faithful are made to tremble for fear of God’s judgments, as far as is requisite for the mortification of their flesh. On the other hand, these supply them with a large source of consolation, from the fact of their learning from them, that God exercises his superintending providence over the human race. Farther, they learn, that after the wicked have revelled in licentiousness for a season, they shall at length be sisted before the judgment-seat of God; but that they themselves, after having patiently combated under such a Guardian of their welfare, can be in no doubt about their preservation.[6]

Ver. 52.—I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord. Not merely thy sentences upon wicked men, but all the course of thy providential government of the world, including thy deliverances of thy servants. And have comforted myself. Have found comfort, i.e., in calling them to mind, and dwelling upon them.[7]


[1] Sproul, R. C., ed. (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 846). Ligonier Ministries.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., Whitehead, M. M., Grigoni, M. R., & Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 119:52). Lexham Press.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; p. 740). Thomas Nelson.

[4] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 241). Marshall Brothers.

[5] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 5, pp. 56–57). Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[6] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 4, pp. 438–439). Logos Bible Software.

[7] Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. (1909). Psalms (Vol. 3, p. 106). Funk & Wagnalls Company.

Fight Like Jesus Fights — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” Jeremiah 10:5 (NIV)


Say this as a Prayer –

In faith, I know this to be true:

By God’s grace, I am able take control of my thoughts, weeding out the ones that don’t belong—those that might lead me away from God (2 Corinthians 10:5).

This is a choice I make; I am not helpless in controlling my mind. God has given me the mind of Christ to teach me how to think like Jesus thinks.

God has already given me powerful tools “for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 MSG).

These God-tools are ready for me to use and they clear the ground for my growth toward maturity (2 Corinthians 10:6 MSG).

It is true that I am more than a conqueror through God, who loves me (Romans 8:37).

I know that my fight is not against flesh and blood; it is not against my brothers and sisters. They may be used by the rulers, authorities, and dark powers of this world, but people of flesh, blood, and bone are not the ones who fight against me (Ephesians 6:12).

Because this is true, God tells me to use his weapons, such as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23 NIV).

God renews my spirit and calls me to a single-minded purpose, aligned with his heart and mind (Psalm 51:10; James 1:5–8; James 4:8).

Lord, I hold all this to be true, and my objective is to rely on your divine power to demolish any strongholds.

by Jon Walker
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   Why Worry Yourself Sick? – by Muriel Larson

•   The Confession – Another touching  poem/prayer about God hearing our Cry.  by Katy Kauffman

•  Salvation Explained

Fight Like Jesus Fights — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Attacks of Satan — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” Ephesians 6:11


Every morning I begin my day by asking God to direct, empower, and protect me, so I will be able to please Him in all I do, think, and say. I want to be in tune with what He wants for me. Often, there are times during the day when I take back control of my life from God and try to do things my way. When I do this, I leave a door open for the enemy.

One night, after talking to Marvin on the phone — he was in Florida — I went to bed and fell asleep. Suddenly I awoke. I thought I felt someone crawling into bed with me.  My first sleepy thought was a joyful, “Oh, Marvin must be home.” Then I realized that he was in Florida.

I got really scared and silently prayed, “Lord, who is it?” He let me know that it was the enemy. I knew I had to pray aloud and so I prayed, “In the name of Jesus, I command you to get out of our house.” As soon as I prayed the presence left. I lay there for quite a while until I had the courage to turn on the light. Yes, the name of Jesus is powerful indeed!

Dramatic attacks of the enemy like that are rare. Far more often he attacks with fiery darts. The enemy uses someone’s careless remark or our own imaginations to tell us that no one appreciates us or that we are of no value. Within minutes our self-esteem can plummet to rock bottom because we listened to the enemy instead of listening to the Holy Spirit.

We must be alert so that we are able to discern whose voice we are listening to. Our thought life has two channels — one is alert to God, and one is alert to Satan. We have to choose which channel we listen to. If we ask Him to, God has promised to direct our steps. As we spend time with Him, He will teach us to hear His voice.

 Father, thank You that You are faithful and will strengthen us and protect us from the enemy. Cause us to be alert and listen to Your voice. Thank You that You are the Almighty God. Amen.

By Katherine Kehler
Used by Permission


Further Reading

• The Power of Forgiveness

 Dealing with Inner Turmoil

•  Salvation Explained

Attacks of Satan — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: Boaz Protects Ruth

‎Boaz was a man of noble character. He is pictured for us as he goes forth among the reapers to oversee their work. His salutation to his men is one of kindness, “The Lord be with you;” and their answer is of welcome, “The Lord bless thee.”

‎The keen-eyed master at once noticed the strange woman in the field and questioned his head servant about her. When he heard that she was Ruth, the Moabite woman who had devoted herself to Naomi, his heart pitied her, and he addressed her in words of praise for her self-sacrifice.

‎The humble Ruth, surprised that this great lord should take such kindly notice of her, answered with deep gratitude; and Boaz, approving her gentleness and modesty, directed his servants to show her special favor. At the simple noon-tide meal in the field, he gave her bread and let her dip it in the liquid that he drank. Also he handed her parched corn from his own meal. He bade the reapers leave plenty of grain behind for her gleaning; and at the close of the day he extended his protection over her, saying, “Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

How Can God Send People to Hell Who Haven’t Heard About Jesus? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Why would God send anyone to hell? Why would he send people there who were living in places where they simply didn’t have access to the Christian Gospel? Students from the King’s Academy discusses the issue with J. Warner on the King’s Academy YouTube Channel.

To see more training videos with J. Warner and Jimmy Wallace, visit the YouTube playlist.

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

How Can God Send People to Hell Who Haven’t Heard About Jesus? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

Weekly Watchman: Posts from Stand Up For The Truth for 01/28/2022

Tony Gurule: Editing Truth, American History; Insert Islam, MarxismBy David Fiorazo on Jan 28, 2022 08:32 am
Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.
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JB Hixson: The Slow Death of Doctrine & Why It MattersBy David Fiorazo on Jan 27, 2022 08:33 am
Today, we discuss why doctrine matters, why many churches minimize doctrine, and what happened historically to lead to the gradual falling away. We also touch on the push to criminalize Christianity, particularly biblical sexuality, and enforce “hate speech” policy.Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.
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Nathan Jones: Extreme Weather, Prophetic Signs Jesus is Returning SoonBy David Fiorazo on Jan 26, 2022 10:00 am
David and Nathan Jones discuss Jesus’ teachings from Luke 21 and Matthew 24 warning us to be alert and understand key signs leading to His return – including chaotic weather events as well as the increasing frequency and intensity of prophetic signs today.Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.
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Scott Schara: Controversial, Unnecessary Death of Our Daughter Due to Hospital ProtocolsBy David Fiorazo on Jan 25, 2022 08:22 am
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Is Quoting The Bible Now Hate Speech in America?By David Fiorazo on Jan 24, 2022 08:49 am
David Fiorazo tackles the latest news, headlines, and attacks on the biblical worldview. He also opens the podcast with a reminder to redeem the time and number our days as he highlighted a friend’s memorial service Saturday that glorified God and pointed others to Jesus. Topics include religious freedom, persecution, LGBTQ ideology, and discrimination against Christians.Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.
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Hillsong apologizes after video of campers singing, dancing despite COVID-19 orders causes outrage     

The Gateway Pundit: Only One-Third of So-Called “Doctors” Signing Letter Against Joe Rogan’s “Disinformation” Were Actual Doctors, Many Were Students and Podcasters     

Ex-Obama Admin Homeland Security Acting Inspector General Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the U.S. Government     

Quebec Announces Plans To Charge Unvaccinated ‘Significant’ ‘Health Contribution’ Fee     

Chicago Schools in Chaos, Classes Canceled 4th Day in a Row     

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4 earthquakes hit NW Spain within an hour
Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia was hit by four earthquakes within an hour on Thursday afternoon, said the country’s National Geographic Institute (IGN). According to the IGN, the first one happened at 14:57 p.m. local time (1357 GMT) and measured 3.7 on the Richter scale, followed by a 4.6-magnitude quake at 15:44 p.m. local time, which was felt by residents along the coast and in such cities as Pontevedra and Vigo. Then two more lighter tremors of 1.9 and 2.5 on the Richter scale took place in the following 13 minutes.

Jews ascend snowy Temple Mount for priestly blessing
A group of Jews braved the frigid Jerusalem weather on Thursday morning and ascended the snow-covered Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, where they attended the Birkat Kohahim, the priestly blessing. They were accompanied by Israeli police and security officers, who have near-total discretion as to whether or not to allow Jews to enter the compound. Rabbi Shmuel Moreno praised the police for opening the site to Jews on Thursday, citing the special winter weather as a reason for the visit being particularly meaningful.

Macron’s Bid for ‘Power Europe’ Runs Into Putin’s Russia
Rather than a power bloc, Europe looks more like a fractured archipelago, with some parts calling for dialogue and others sending weapons to Ukraine. Distractions abound: France is entering election season, Germany has just exited it, and both are conscious of spillover costs to energy prices — one of many crises (including refugees) that an invasion would bring, says Marie Dumoulin of the European Council on Foreign Relations. This is in many ways a nightmare scenario for Macron, the standard-bearer for a more autonomous European Union. But it’s also an opportunity to make up for past failures. As the EU’s only nuclear power and pre-eminent military power after Brexit, France can play a more productive role.

DFL to allow illegal immigrants to participate in caucuses
The Minnesota DFL Party announced Wednesday that illegal immigrants and felons who haven’t completed their sentences will be allowed to participate in precinct caucuses. Party Chair Ken Martin praised the move as a “historic rule change” that reflects the party’s values. the DFL will now allow “non-voting Minnesotans” to “run to be delegates to future conventions, vote on endorsements, run for party leadership positions, and introduce resolutions to the DFL Party Platform and Action Agenda,”

UAE leading model of global human solidarity: Vatican secretary of state
The Vatican said the UAE is a leading model of global human solidarity, and its humanitarian initiatives help promote peaceful coexistence, tolerance and peace around the world, … Cardinal Pietro Parolin, expressed his solidarity with the UAE following a terrorist attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia on civilian facilities in the UAE capital.

Will The UK’s Return-To-Normal Force Biden’s Hand?
The question now on this side of the pond: Will Joe Biden—himself facing a political death sentence, though admittedly a few months away—learn anything from Boris Johnson? As the already relatively-weak omicron variant wheezes towards its nadir, the calls to end COVID-related restrictions—to remove the elephant that has been sitting on the congested chest of the world—have grown louder and more insistent.

Scientists From Wuhan Discover “Potentially Deadly” New Strain Of Coronavirus
Here we go again. Chinese scientists from Wuhan have discovered a new strain of coronavirus that they fear could make the jump from animals to humans.

Elon Musk Tells 71 Million Twitter Followers To ‘Vote Them Out’, Stands With Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’ Truckers
In a significant turn of events, that we are sure will be pilloried by Trudeau as being some mix of racist, mysognist, dangerous, or ‘damaging democracy’, Elon Musk – having earlier tweeted his support of the Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates…A massive convoy of Canadian truckers is nearing the capital of Ottawa to protest the cross-border COVID-19 vaccine mandates severely affecting the trucking industry.

Historic step forward or cover-up plot? Pentagon’s new UFO office splits ufologists
The U.S. government is finally getting back into the UFO business. And depending on which UFO believer you ask, it’s either a historic step forward to getting to the bottom of conspiracies or a ploy to regain control of the narrative — and possibly even prepare for interplanetary war.

Dozens killed in Tropical Storm Ana as southern Africa braces for more wild weather
The death toll from a storm that struck three southern African countries has risen to 77 as emergency teams battled to repair damaged infrastructure and help tens of thousands of victims. Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in Madagascar on Monday before ploughing into Mozambique and Malawi through the week, bringing torrential rains

As world marks Holocaust remembrance day, Hitler’s vision lives on
There was recently another equally significant anniversary that should never be forgotten: January 20 marked 80 years to the Wannsee Conference – when 15 German state secretaries and senior SS officials sat around a large table in a suburb of Berlin and, in 90 minutes over drinks, unanimously voted to mass murder every Jew in Europe. Rather than expressing concerns or outright opposition, the eight doctors of law and philosophy in attendance expressed enthusiasm about being included in the plan.

To infinity and beyond: Israel joins NASA-led Artemis Accords
The Israel Space Agency has signed an agreement with NASA to join the Artemis Accords as part of events marking Israeli Space Week. The Artemis program aims to land astronauts on the lunar surface and eventually establish a permanent base camp on the moon as well as a space station in lunar orbit in preparation for a future manned space mission to Mars in the 2030s.

The one lesson from the Holocaust everyone is afraid to talk about
when it came to actually learning lessons of the Holocaust, the message was..well…empty. There were no clear takeaways from all the carnage we were exposed to. So what are we supposed to do with this information? What can we do to ensure that an event like the Holocaust never happens again … progressive educators would often give some vague message about how we shouldn’t be racist or discriminate against anyone because of their ethnicity or skin color. in most cases, racism and discrimination don’t lead to genocide.

Awkward: Jordan inadvertently admits that the homes in Sheikh Jarrah are Jewish-owned
The controversy surrounding ownership of the homes in a neighborhood has gained international notoriety. But the question of who owns the property – Jews or Arabs appears to have been resolved from an unexpected source – The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan who ruled the area before Israel liberated it.

Powerful Nor’easter to hit East Coast, blizzard conditions expected, hazardous travel and power outages, U.S.
A powerful Nor’easter is expected to develop off the Mid-Atlantic coastline on Friday, January 28, 2022, before impacting eastern parts of the Northeast and New England over the coming weekend. Numerous hazards are likely from heavy snow, with significant accumulations across eastern Long Island/New England, to gusty winds and coastal issues.

Tropical Cyclone “Ana” leaves at least 70 people dead, Batsirai forms east of Madagascar
Tropical Cyclone “Ana” damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and left at least 70 people dead in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi, as of January 27, 2022.

Egypt records its coldest winter in a decade
This year’s winter season in Egypt turned out to be the coldest in a decade, with temperatures as much as 8 °C (14 °F) below the seasonal average.

Schools, courts and other services remain closed after worst snowstorm since 1968 hits Greece
A severe winter storm named Elpida affected Greece, including the capital Athens, from Monday, January 24 – Wednesday, January 26, 2022, with very low temperatures and heavy snow. This is the worst snowstorm to hit Greece since 1968.

Nike fires fully-vaccinated manager from its Oregon HQ for refusing to upload his COVID shot details
A long-time Nike employee was fired after refusing to supply his COVID-19 vaccination records to a third-party verification service used by the sportswear giant.

NY Supreme Court strikes down Hochul’s statewide mask mandate 
New Yorkers no longer have to wear a face mask while indoors thanks to a decision by the NY Supreme Court striking down Gov. Kathy Hochul’s statewide mandate.

4 AGs Sue Google for Tracking Users Without Permission 
Attorneys general (AGs) from Washington, D.C. and three states on Monday sued Google, accusing the tech giant of deceiving consumers about the security of their location data in order to boost its digital advertising profits.

REPORT: Mask Mandates Causing Over 350% Surge In Childhood Speech Delays.
Mask mandates implemented by the government amidst the COVID-19 appear to be causing speech delays in young children.

Brazil: Child Vaccination Suspended After 10-Year-Old Girl Suffers Cardiac Arrest Hours After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine
A 10-year-old girl from São Paolo, Brazil has suffered a cardiac arrest and was in critical condition 12 hours after taking a dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the Covid World reported.

“Anti-Vax” Olympic Gold Medallist Dies of COVID (But He Was Vaccinated)
British broadcaster Sky News breathlessly reported on the COVID death of “anti-vax” Olympic gold medallist Szilveszter Csollany, before admitting later in the article that he was vaccinated. Well, this is awkward.

Bombshell: Scientists who pushed “natural origins” narrative regarding COVID-19 were given tens of millions in funding from Fauci’s agency
If Dr. Anthony Fauci isn’t guilty of mass murder then there is no such crime. For nearly two years there have been credible reports that the virus that causes COVID-19 did not ‘occur naturally’ at some wet market in Wuhan, China that sold live bats as ‘delicacies’ but rather, the virus was actually created in a lab in that city where the country’s only Level 4 bioresearch facility is located.

By de-cloaking, the demons running the global depopulation campaign just telegraphed their exact plans for 2022 – 2024 
As the truth about the anti-human demonic entities running our world today is revealed in the present, it provides us the opportunity to reevaluate the past and gain new understanding from our own first person witnessing of history as it unfolded.

Worldwide Exclusive: Embalmers Find Veins & Arteries Filled with Never Before Seen Rubbery Clots
In this worldwide exclusive, Dr. Jane Ruby meets with board-certified Embalmer and Funeral Director, Richard Hirschman who reveals, for the first time ever, arteries and veins filled with unnatural blood clot combinations with strange fibrous materials that are completely filling the vascular system.

Demonic Pedophiles Target Kids: Government Ad Promotes Pedophilia, Transgenderism & Vaxx On Kids
Australia used to be an overwhelmingly Christian nation, but now they are producing anti-vaxx propaganda that promotes pedophile relationships. The government in the state of Victoria, which contains the city of Melbourne, paid for a TikTok commercial telling female teenagers to go on ‘vaxx dates’ with 45-year-old women and to secretly get the jab against their parent’s wishes.

Vatican Praises The United Arab Emirates As A ‘Leading Model Of Global Human Solidarity’ As One World Religion Of Chrislam Continues Rise
The greatest accomplishment of the Donald Trump era in Washington, DC, from a Bible prophecy perspective, is without a doubt the creation of the Abraham Accords that lead directly to the time of Jacob’s trouble.

Fauci Proposes Three Shot Series for Babies 6-Months-Old Up to Children 4-Years-Old

Fauci wants to stick the babies three times with the experimental COVID shots. Babies have next to ZERO chance of succombing to the coronavirus. Fauci wants them stuck 3 times anyway.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Excludes Hollywood’s Jewish Founders and Filmmakers
On Sept. 25, 2021, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was launched to memorize the world of film. It was a good idea. The cinematic experience is unique and well known the world over. Where else can a diverse group of people be engaged such that they forget their differences and experience almost identical emotions simultaneously?

Never Forget The Holocaust Started With Nazi Soldiers Writing Mere Words On Windows Of Jewish Shopkeepers With A Ten Cent Bar Of Soap 
If you look at the Nazi Holocaust from the end of it going backwards, it is too minding numbing to comprehend, even all these years later when I look at films from that time and see the destruction, I cannot rightly wrap my head around it.

A black eyed baby compilation and analysis. What are they? How did this happen?
There are actually it would seem two types of these (Pandemic) babies. There is a great deal that is unknown. Scary if you ask me…Doctor discusses the black eyed babies. They are mutants and it gets worse…

Biden Bans Unvaxed Truckers From US, Exacerbating Supply Chain Carnage.
he Biden White House is requiring all non-U.S. citizens – including Mexican and Canadian truck drivers – to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the country via all land ports of entry and ferry terminals. The move is certain to exacerbate existing supply chain issues in the United States.

A Farming Insider Has Warned Me That The Coming Food Shortages Are Going To Be FAR WORSE Than We Are Being Told 
The information that I am about to share with you is extremely alarming, but I have always endeavored to never sugarcoat things for my readers.  Right now, there are shortages of certain items in grocery stores across the United States, and food supplies have gotten very tight all over the globe.

Majority of hospitalized COVID patients are fully vaccinated, report reveals
United States officials are still blaming unvaccinated individuals for the rising Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalization rates. In reality, however, many hospitals around the world are finding that most COVID-positive patients are those who already received two vaccine doses, and some of them have even received booster shots.

Canada has Fallen – Unvaccinated must be accompanied at all times by a staff member whn visting a retail store for essentials 
The new measure, introduced on Monday 24th Jan 2022, effectively limits people who haven’t received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to purchasing only essential goods — and it’s already frustrating those who have to enforce it.

Belgium Drops Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine for Young People Due to Heart Inflammation Risk
Belgium has stopped the rollout of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to Belgians 30-years-old and younger due to the risk of heart inflammation.

They hope you DIE: Democrats kill Virginia bill that would have allowed ivermectin to be prescribed for covid 
It was nine Democrats versus six Republicans, the Democrats ruling that patients and their doctors should not even be allowed the option to try ivermectin even if they think it might be helpful.

If masks are no longer needed in UK, why do they work in the USA? Does the virus know what continent it’s on? 
If masks and vaccines really work, then the virus would be done here, and everywhere already, entering the endemic phase. Somehow, Covid seems to hate America, maybe for claiming independence from the UK, and has now sided with the UK.

Sudden cardiac deaths among FIFA players increased 500% in 2021 after covid vaccines were unleashed 
Israel’s “Real-Time News” is reporting a five-fold increase in deaths among FIFA players in 2021, obviously due to Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines.”

Israel now #1 in covid cases per capita, proving all the draconian vaccinations, lockdowns and restrictions are utterly worthless and stupid 
Despite the fact that Israel has implemented some of the most draconian COVID-19 pandemic measures in the world, the country is now number one in the world in new cases, according to local reports.

Croatian MEP: ‘Mandatory Vaccinations Represent the Death Penalty – Murder is Murder’
Massive controversy erupted worldwide after French President Emmanuel Macron told Le Parisien newspaper that he wanted to make life miserable for unvaccinated Frenchmen. He also claimed that an unvaccinated person is “an irresponsible person” who “is no longer a citizen.” This is the kind of life-threatening rhetoric of dictators.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/01/28/28-jan-2022/

Headlines – 1/28/2022

Israeli-led resolution combating Holocaust denial receives overwhelming support at UN

UN head skirts adoption of IHRA antisemitism definition in Holocaust memorial speech

Warning of rising antisemitism, Herzog says shock of Holocaust ‘is wearing off’

World remembers Holocaust as antisemitism rises in pandemic

Jewish groups sound the alarm as anti-vaccine mandate movement invokes Holocaust

Holocaust survivor decries ‘abuse’ of yellow star at COVID protests

Biden warns of ‘resurgence of antisemitism’ in Holocaust commemoration

A quarter of Israel’s Holocaust survivors are poverty stricken, report finds

New York lights Niagara Falls, other sites yellow for Holocaust memorial

Holocaust survivors help viewers experience the camps firsthand, via virtual reality

Holocaust novel ‘Maus’ banned in Tennessee school district

Israel reaches worst score ever in annual corruption index

PM Bennett: Netanyahu threatened to sic his ‘army’ on me for forming government without him

Police arrest 45 suspects in riots across East Jerusalem

Israeli observers see Russia-Syria flights as sign of aspiring Putin hegemony, allegiance to Assad

Jordanian army says it killed 27 drug smugglers from Syria

Dozens of Islamic State fighters remain holed up in corner of Syrian prison

‘Mounting By The Day’: ISIS Rapidly Regaining Territory In Areas Where Trump Wiped Them Out, Report Says

Israeli researchers: Iran nuclear breakout could occur ‘within a space of weeks,’ regional cooperation necessary

Pushing more hardline approach, US deputy Iran envoy quits Vienna negotiating team

US and Iran ‘in ballpark’ of possible nuclear deal, White House official says

Biden Admin: Former Trump Iran Envoy Facing ‘Serious and Credible’ Threats

Dissidents hack Iran state TV, broadcast call for Khamenei’s death

US warns against travel to UAE, cites Houthi rebel threat; Herzog set to fly Sunday

UN chief General Antonio Guterres tells Security Council: Afghanistan ‘hanging by thread’

Biden May Fast-Track Thousands of Afghans into U.S. for Green Cards

House Oversight Republicans Renew Call to Probe Afghanistan Troops Withdrawal

Navy’s Pacific Preparedness Called Into Question After Multiple ‘Mishaps’

North Korea fires two suspected missiles in sixth round of launches this month

Russia’s Military, Once Creaky, Is Modern and Lethal

Russia Sends Medical Units to Ukrainian Front – Moscow says it sees little scope for optimism in U.S. proposals on Ukraine

Russia’s reaction to U.S. and NATO leaves Ukraine crisis to fester on the brink of war

Ukraine crisis: US rejects Russian demand to bar Ukraine from Nato

Explainer – How Western Sanctions Might Target Russia

State Dept vows Nord Stream 2 will be a ‘hunk of metal at bottom of the ocean’ if Russia invades Ukraine

US Urges China to Use Influence With Russia Over Ukraine

NATO allies send deadly weapons, munitions to Ukraine while Germany sends 5K helmets

‘It’s a joke’: Germany’s offer of 5,000 helmets to Ukraine is met with disdain amid Russia invasion fears

Commentary: Why Do American Elites Want War in Ukraine?

Russia Will Go Further if My Country Falls, Says Ukrainian Film Director

Ukrainian soldier detained after five shot dead at military plant

Looming Ukraine embassy exit carries Afghanistan parallels, experts warn

Russian diplomats told to leave US as tensions mount over Ukraine

Ukraine official says in call with Zelensky, Biden told him to ‘prepare for impact’

Vladimir Putin ‘Boosting Strategic Cooperation’ with Latin America While Joe Biden out for Ice Cream

Newt Gingrich: Putin and Xi Sense ‘Real Weakness’ in Joe Biden

Rep. Waltz on ‘Faulkner Focus’: Putin, Xi want to lead ‘new world order’ against weakened US

Michael Savage Accuses Biden of Wagging the Dog: ‘There’s Zero National Interest in Ukraine’

Ukraine Says ‘Destabilization’ Worse Than a Potential Invasion, Benefits Russia

Ukrainians Shrug Off Biden War Panic: ‘People Are More Worried About Gas Prices’

Global oil benchmark tops $90 for the first time since 2014

Department of Energy to Release Millions of Barrels of Oil From Reserve to Combat Surging Gas Prices

How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China

China Demands US Halt Olympics ‘Interference’

What Olympics? Advertisers lay low ahead of Beijing Winter Games

Keanu Reeves Faces Backlash in China Over Support of Tibet as ‘Matrix: Resurrections’ Bombs with Chinese Moviegoers

Democrats Push Bill Expanding Research Funding as Chinese Communist Party Steals Secrets from U.S. Universities

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Partly Owned a Chinese Company That Sold Spyware to U.S. Military

GOP Reps. Jordan, Johnson demand FBI respond to concerns about possible FISA application violations

Judge: Trump Lawyer Must Vet 1,500 Pages of Records Daily for Jan. 6 Panel

Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Republicans say they will not vote for any candidate who admits Biden won ‘fair and square’

AZ State Senator Wendy Rogers Drops 88 Bills: “We Are Going Back to In-Person One Day One Vote NO Machines And Paper Ballots With Watermarks”

‘It’s just plain unconstitutional’: Wisconsin GOP leaders again reject resolution to ‘pull back’ 2020 electoral votes

Supreme Court confirmation battle could shift focus in midterms

Commentary: By retiring, Breyer avoids Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mistake, despite his desire that the court not be viewed as a political body

JCN’s Severino: Stephen Breyer ‘Bullied’ Into Retiring by ‘Left-Wing Dark Money Groups’

Biden Says He Will Appoint a Black Woman to SCOTUS by the End of February

Clyburn confirms he urged Biden to nominate Black woman to Supreme Court, floats possible candidate

Turley: Biden’s Black, Female Supreme Court Requirement ‘Unconstitutional’ in Other Contexts

‘Could be credible’: Speculation ramps up that Harris could be Biden’s Supreme Court pick

Psaki Warns Republicans Against Playing “Games” with Biden’s Supreme Court Pick

McConnell Warns Biden: Don’t ‘Outsource’ Next Justice Pick to ‘Radical Left’

Josh Hawley: ‘Expect a Major Battle in the Senate’ if Biden Nominates a ‘Woke Activist’ to SCOTUS

Joe Manchin Says No Rubber-Stamp for Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee

Joy Behar calls the Supreme Court ‘dictatorial’ and represents anti-democracy

‘The View’ assails Supreme Court’s Thomas, Barrett as traitors to their race, gender

Senate Democrats Announce Hearing to Consider Controversial Media Cartel Bill

Journalists Hold Protests in 55 Mexican Cities to Demand Protection

Apple AirTags dangers: Privacy group warning on trackers

Tesla AI director says Tesla AI bot is on track to have most powerful AI developments

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Arica, Chile

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Fiji region

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kawalu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Suwanosajima volcano on Japan erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Tropical Cyclone “Ana” leaves at least 70 people dead, Batsirai forms east of Madagascar

Winter storms blanket parts of the Middle East in snow

Schools, courts and other services remain closed after worst snowstorm since 1968 hits Greece

Jerusalem blanketed in white after rare snowfall

Kansas hit with near-record blast of snow that weather models didn’t see coming

Blockbuster nor’easter on track to bury Boston with heavy snow

Blizzard could be the biggest snowstorm to ever hit Boston in January

Brrrr! Frigid blast could send iguanas falling from trees in Florida

Arctic chill to bring 30s for first time in 11 years to Miami

Egypt records its coldest winter in a decade

Thousands of fish die from thermal shock as cold sweeps Greece

Peril and promise: Gas from ‘killer lake’ powers Rwanda – Nearby volcano puts lives of millions at risk

Six cancer patients sue Fukushima nuclear plant operator over disaster Access to the comments

California’s new law could cost some farmers millions, raise the price of one of America’s favorite foods

New York Times Snubs Best Selling Anti-Soros Book From Best Seller List

Amid violent crime wave, permissive, Soros-funded prosecutors under fire nationwide

Biden’s DOJ Says Arsonist Who Killed Someone During BLM Riots Should Get Lesser Sentence Because He Was Protesting

Criminals are targeting cops at historic levels following calls to defund the police

‘Historic’ 346 officers shot in line of duty in 2021: National Fraternal Order of Police

Police departments on edge after officers shot in multiple cities

3 Houston police officers shot, officials say

Rep. Cori Bush’s car hit by gunfire in St. Louis – Missouri congresswoman is a leading ‘defund the police’ advocate in Congress

As Violent Crime in L.A. Rises, Demand for Private Security Among the Wealthy Soars

Bodycam Footage Shows Migrants Flown into NY in Dead of Night: ‘Everything Is Supposed to Be Hush-Hush’

Leaked video shows federal contractors flying migrants to suburban NY: ‘Betraying the American people’

Josh Holmes slams liberal media’s silence on bombshell immigration footage: They’re ‘basically complicit’

Rep. Tenney calls for Biden’s impeachment after covert migrant flights revealed

India probes illegal immigration after Canada border tragedy – U.S. authorities have charged a Florida man, Steve Shand, with human trafficking after the four were found dead in Manitoba

Palm Beach County clerk seeks to punish Post for pursuing Jeffrey Epstein records

NCAA, leaders are deliberately turning a blind eye to injustices in women’s sports

Chicago schools training says sex ‘not rooted in biology,’ tells teachers to hide gender pronouns from parents

Bisexual People Are Facing a Public Health Crisis. Experts Share Why Better Representation Could Help

Shigella: Gay and bisexual men warned over highly infectious and ‘extremely antibiotic-resistant’ bug

NIH used taxpayer dollars to fund study in which gay teens log sexual activity sans parental consent

Jordan Peterson on Joe Rogan show: Being trans is like ‘satanic ritual abuse’

Sundance Film Festival Goes Gaga for Pro-Abortion Propaganda

MSNBC’s Reid: ‘Scandalous’ Kavanaugh, Thomas Get to Decide if ‘Women Have Control over Our Bodies’

Nancy Mace’s push to legalize cannabis gets support from Amazon: Time to end the ‘federal war on a plant’

Abbott says enough fentanyl seized in Texas to kill 222 million Americans, Biden ‘does not care’

Nonprofit hospitals accepted tax breaks then billed charity care patients millions anyways

Biden administration gave drugmakers $7 billion meant for hospitals: report

$6.4 Billion in Pandemic Aid Sent Abroad: Report

Schweizer: Pelosi Family ‘Has Done a Lot of Business in China Since the COVID Outbreak’ – Won’t Allow Hearings on COVID Origins

Peter Navarro: Fauci Has COVID ‘Blood on His Hands’ From ‘Lie of Omission’

CDC’s Walensky had to Google her own website when asked about advancing equity in the pandemic response

EU watchdog approves Pfizer COVID pill

Sweden decides against recommending COVID vaccines for kids aged 5-12

Fauci Proposes Three Shot Series for Babies 6-Months-Old Up to Children 4-Years-Old

Top doctors refuse to give their own kids a third shot over myocarditis risk

An Israeli study finds a slightly higher-than-expected rate of heart problems in vaccinated boys.

New York Nurse Whistleblower: Recordings Show Possible Botched Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine on Children: “Some People Got The Wrong One”

Whistleblower bombshell: DOD medical data reveals surges in oft-cited vax ‘adverse events’ in 2021

New York Times Admits Unvaxxed People Have ‘Lower Rates of Infection And Hospitalization’ Of COVID-19 Than The Vaxxed.

Howard Stern: ‘I Don’t Like Censorship,’ but Neil Young was Right to Push Blacklist Against Joe Rogan Over Fake Information About Vaccines

Neil Young Asks Artists to Join His Anti-Spotify Crusade After Joe Rogan Ultimatum Failed

‘Ant-Man’ Star Evangeline Lilly Comes Out Hard Against Vax Mandates: ‘This Is Not Safe. This Is Not Healthy’

Triple-vaxxed pharma exec quits over COVID vaccine mandate

Veterans Affairs Will Continue to Enforce Vaccine Mandate to its Health Care Personnel

More Sailors Dismissed for Refusing Vaccine: Navy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy joins Texas lawsuit against Biden over National Guard vaccine mandate

Canadian ‘freedom’ truckers massive vaccine mandate protest convoy may smash world record – Justin Trudeau called participants of the protest a ‘small fringe minority’

Quebec Canada Bans Unvaxxed From Buying Groceries at Major Retailers Unless They Are Accompanied by a “Health Warden” Who Will Ensure They Only Buy Food and Medicine

Austria To Allow Unvaccinated Out of Lockdown But Keep Health Pass Restrictions

Denmark to End Most COVID Restrictions and ‘Welcome the Life We Knew Before’

Bob Iger: COVID Dealt Movie Theaters a “Severe Injury That Maybe Doesn’t Heal”

Bills fans charged with using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to attend playoff game vs. Patriots

Chicago: Authorities Seize 130 Fake Vaccination Cards as 22 Shot over Weekend

Commentary: We All Are COVID Cops Now – Politicians evade responsibility when they make civilians enforce mask and vaccine mandates.

‘Lies through her teeth every single day’: Ron DeSantis hits back at Jen Psaki for comments about Florida schools and Covid

Biden cheers ‘fastest economic growth since 1984’ amid rampant inflation

Yellen threw gasoline into ‘inflation fire’: Former White House economist

IMF Demands El Salvador Give Up on Bitcoin

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Don’t Get Too Excited About GDP

Last year’s 5.7% growth is surely good news, but there are headwinds and warnings signs galore.

Nate Jackson

The U.S. economy showed some health in 2021, including the new report that it grew by 5.7% for the year and 6.9% in the fourth quarter. The yearly number marks the fastest growth since it was “Morning in America” and Ronald Reagan was running for reelection in 1984. That’s great news, right? Yes, but…

We don’t mean to play Debbie Downer, but our job is to provide perspective, not sugarcoating.

Naturally, Joe Biden celebrated the GDP numbers. “For the first time in 20 years, our economy grew faster than China’s,” he said. “This is no accident. My economic strategy is creating good jobs for Americans, rebuilding our manufacturing, and strengthening our supply chains here at home to help make our companies more competitive.”

His strategy has only hampered growth, and there are several key effects of his efforts that will become causes of further concern.

After the horrific year of 2020, in which government shutdowns in a vain attempt to control the coronavirus knee-capped the economy, 2021 had almost nowhere to go but up. For that, we can largely thank the policies of Donald Trump, who fueled a roaring economy for three years before COVID came, and who did what he could (i.e., pushing a quick reopening and fast-tracking the vaccines) to get things rolling again after the shutdowns. Biden inherited Trump’s growing economy.

Next, much of the economic growth in 2021 was not shared nationwide but was generally limited to GOP-led states. That provides a helpful illustration of why Democrat polices are bad, but we’re not after illustrations — we want real economic growth for our nation.

As the Wall Street Journal editorial board put it: “Imagine if the Biden Administration had focused primarily on the pandemic as it took power a year ago. Get the vaccines out, accelerate Covid therapies, and let an economy poised to soar take off on its own. No $1.9 trillion ‘relief’ bill in March, no threat of new tax increases and spending to ‘transform’ American society.” It’s not hard to believe that the economy would be far stronger.

Looking ahead, the economy faces serious headwinds in 2022 that all the “experts” say are going to slow growth to a crawl. All of us rubes in flyover country understand that too, which is why, according to the Pew Research Center, “a sizable majority of Americans (72%) say economic conditions are only fair or poor.”

Indeed. When Joe and Jane Six-Pack see high gas prices, no workers at their local restaurants, and empty store shelves, they don’t all of a sudden become giddy about great GDP numbers.

Inflation is running at a 40-year high of 7% right now. That might be temporarily padding the bottom line for many businesses, but its lasting effect is to reduce consumption (i.e., economic activity).

Those businesses can’t find workers, either. Sure, the headline unemployment rate is a stellar 3.9%, but there are something like 11 million job openings and six million unemployed people. There are roughly four million fewer people working than in February 2020. All of that is driving up the price of labor (Democrats couldn’t pass a $15 minimum wage legislatively, so they torpedoed the labor market to achieve it), which causes more inflation. Lather, rinse, repeat.

The supply chain is a wreck. Stores can’t stock shelves and manufacturers expect supplies and prices to continue being a problem. Ironically, the lion’s share of fourth-quarter growth was massive inventory purchases. That is unsustainable.

In short, Biden put his “I did that” sticker on good GDP numbers when the reality is it belongs on gas pumps and empty shelves. The American economy is resilient, and 5.7% growth last year is great news. We hope that replicates this year. But Biden and his Democrat pals are going to have to get out of the way to let that happen, and stepping aside is not something leftists do well.

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Racism Is the Hallmark of Biden’s SCOTUS Pick

The president’s promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court is the worst of political panders.

Douglas Andrews

Now that Joe Biden has promised to ignore any and all potential Supreme Court nominees not equipped with black skin and a vagina, we thought we’d examine both the awfulness and the illegality of that decision.

First things first, though: The Democrats are desperate to paint Republicans as opposed to seeing a black woman on the Supreme Court. Indeed, CNN analyst and former Bill Clinton mouthpiece Joe Lockhart gave the game away yesterday when he said, “Ahead of the midterms, I look forward to watching every Republican senator oppose the first black woman to the Supreme Court.”

We hate to disappoint Joe and his fellow Demo race-baiters, but that’s not going to happen.

Republicans are not and never have been opposed to the presence of a well-qualified black woman on the High Court. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for “Jungle” Joe Biden, the “You Ain’t Black” Kid, the lickspittle of old Southern segregationists, the guy who in 2003 filibustered George W. Bush’s nomination of Janice Rogers Brown, an associate justice on the California Supreme Court, to serve on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The DC Circuit is universally regarded as the nation’s second-most influential court, and it’s also the primary stepping stone for eventual elevation to the Supreme Court. Two years later, in 2005, Brown was finally confirmed to the DC Circuit, but that was just one month before Bush nominated Brown’s DC Circuit colleague, John Roberts, to the Supreme Court.

So, had Joe Biden not filibustered her original nomination, Judge Janice Rogers Brown might have become the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. And here we thought Biden was against the filibuster, that vile relic of the Jim Crow South.

In fairness to Biden, maybe he’s against it for all instances except denying well-qualified black women a spot on the federal bench. Or maybe ol’ Scranton Joe is just against black judges generally, unless he’s trying to buy votes or coax out a crucial presidential primary endorsement. After all, as pundit Benny Johnson points out, “The only black person serving on the Supreme Court today was personally attacked, defamed, and slandered by Joe Biden before he voted AGAINST him.”

On second thought, then, we can scrap the aforementioned fairness. And Biden and his fellow hypocrites can spare us the sanctimony. We wish him well in finding a nominee who is “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”

We’ll say this, though: The Democrats have shown exquisite timing in kicking Justice Stephen Breyer to the curb and demanding that a black woman replace him. As columnist Josh Hammer points out:

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally granted a writ of certiorari in two now-consolidated affirmative action cases. … But by Wednesday afternoon, Monday’s propitious step forward toward an America no longer obsessed with race and identity politics was abruptly undermined by a severe step backward toward a race-centric polity. … President Joe Biden affirmed that he intends to fulfill his 2020 campaign promise to nominate a Black woman — not a Black man, not a Hispanic woman, but specifically a Black woman — to replace the retiring Jewish male justice.

Nor even a superbly qualified Indian American jurist, as libertarian Georgetown University law professor Ilya Shapiro somewhat inartfully pointed out before begging forgiveness.

As for conducting such a racially exclusionary federal job search, columnist Gary Bauer notes: “Ironically, it is against federal law to begin a job search by announcing that only people of a certain race will be considered and that all people of other races will be rejected. The Supreme Court itself has been clear on that matter. As Justice Lewis Powell wrote in the 1978 Bakke case, ‘Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids.’”

Of course, this racist lawlessness is an inconvenient truth that Biden and his fellow Democrats will no doubt ignore.

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‘You Turned Your Back on Us First’

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gets an earful from Border Patrol agents over Biden’s open border.

Emmy Griffin

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had a tough rendezvous with Border Patrol agents in Yuma, Arizona, on Wednesday. Mayorkas started off by trying to commiserate with Border Patrol agents by acknowledging that their job was difficult and the influx of migrants was varied and not easy to sort out. This is the understatement of the century.

In December alone, 178,840 people crossed the border illegally and were picked up by Border Patrol. The thing that Mayorkas doesn’t get, or is apathetic about, is that the reason the Border Patrol’s job got harder is a direct result of his bad policies and refusal to uphold the law. Agents brought up other issues including the “Remain in Mexico” policy, reassigning agents from patrolling the border to processing illegals, and the demonization that the media perpetrated against them with the “whipping” hoax.

The agents asked hard questions and got Mayorkas to admit some details with which the Left and its mainstream media propaganda arm have been gaslighting. A key admission from Mayorkas was, “Look, it’s worse now than it, frankly, has been in at least 20 years, if not ever.”

This from the DHS secretary who earlier this year gave himself an “A+” on the job he was (not) doing.

The most tense part of the meeting was when an agent turned his back on Mayorkas, who responded with, “Let me just say, you can turn your back on me but I’ll never turn my back on you.” The agent shot back that Mayorkas had turned his back on them first.

Mayorkas was lucky that it was only one agent who turned his back on him. The Biden administration’s border policies are horrendous. Our southern border is like a food strainer with illegals flooding in daily. The feds then fly them into the interior of the country. This proof of lawbreaking was caught on video.

Perhaps it is Mayorkas who should be impeached for not upholding his oath to protect the border and American laws in this respect. Mayorkas has stopped the building of the border wall, which has left gaps in the physical deterrent to border crossers. He has released migrants into the U.S., most of whom are single adult males. There have been several cases of these migrants breaking U.S. laws, the latest of which resulted in the death of a Houston law enforcement officer. He has failed to properly use the “Remain in Mexico” policy. His approach to border security has allowed fentanyl to flood the country, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands. His refusal to do his job has cost American lives. However, he is doing this poor job at the behest of the president, so the buck should stop with the lawless Joe Biden.

The Biden administration does seem to care about one nation’s borders: Ukraine. (Though not too much — after all, Biden won’t be too concerned it Russia takes just a “minor” bit.) White House Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer told a CNN reporter who asked him why Americans should care about the Eastern European conflict that defending Ukraine is important “because it goes to a very fundamental principle of all nations, which is that our borders should be inviolate, that our sovereignty should be respected.”

Finer is correct in his statement, but it’s obtuse and tone-deaf considering that it’s coming from an administration that doesn’t seem to care about upholding the sovereignty of its own nation.

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The Left’s Deadly Dismissal of Natural Immunity

Not only is natural immunity against COVID real, studies are finding that it’s better than immunity provided by the vaccines.

Thomas Gallatin

One term that has become nearly verboten with mainstream and social media over the course of the COVID pandemic is “natural immunity.” In fact, early last year, social media giant Facebook began banning many claims regarding natural immunity, justifying the blatant censorship by claiming to be preventing dangerous “misinformation.” This same attitude was widely prevalent across much of the MSM, as even raising questions regarding the efficacy of natural immunity was treated as entertaining unscientific conspiracy theories.

From Joe Biden’s White House on down, the message to all Americans is that the best and only way to respond to the virus is to get vaccinated. To add insult, the Biden administration regularly claimed that the reason the COVID variants were arising was due to unvaccinated Neanderthals.

“This is a continuing pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Biden infamously asserted in September (and many times since). “Too many have not gotten vaccinated, and it’s creating a lot of unease in our economy and around our kitchen tables.” Days later, Biden would announce his unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandate targeting American workers. Less than a month prior, the Food and Drug Administration had conveniently green-lighted Pfizer’s vaccine — in record time.

Meanwhile, as the Delta variant spread across the country, the only message from the Biden administration was to get vaccinated, get boosted, and wear a mask. That became the only permitted COVID messaging allowed, and it was used repeatedly to justify Biden’s various vaccine mandates. When people were losing their jobs for refusing to adhere to Biden’s diktat, the MSM mantra was, Well, they could keep their jobs if they just do the right thing and get vaccinated.

Over a month after Biden announced his mandate, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration came out with the new rule, and it was the typical authoritarian-style, top-down, one-size-fits-all “solution” devised by bureaucrats that always creates more problems than it solves. For example, OSHA glaringly refused to recognize the biological reality of natural immunity.

The unvaccinated, even if they had already had COVID and fully recovered, were considered to have no immunity. All those millions of Americans who may have contracted the virus and recovered, especially healthcare workers who had been on the frontlines dealing with COVID months before a vaccine was developed, were now treated as part of the problem if they refused the vaccine. New York State served as an amazing example of this science-defying dogma, as healthcare workers who refused the COVID vaccine were fired when just months prior these same workers had been hailed as heroes. It clearly had nothing to do with “following the science,” but was instead all about securing newly acquired power.

Only now, after Biden’s vaccine mandate has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, does the CDC finally admit and publish a study (which is merely one of many) that has concluded what everyone already knew was the case — natural immunity for COVID is real. But not only is it real, it is in fact better than immunity gained from the vaccines.

Neither, it is important to note, confer 100% protection from future infection.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor Dr. Marty Makary conducted a study on COVID immunity and found “that among 295 unvaccinated people who previously had Covid, antibodies were present in 99% of them up to nearly two years after infection.” He continued: “We also found that natural immunity developed from prior variants reduced the risk of infection with the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of the two-dose Moderna vaccine against infection (not severe disease) declines to 61% against Delta and 16% against Omicron at six months, according to a recent Kaiser Southern California study. In general, Pfizer’s Covid vaccines have been less effective than Moderna’s.”

On top of this, researchers in Israel, a nation with one of the highest COVID vaccination rates in the world, “found that natural immunity was 27 times as effective as vaccinated immunity in preventing symptomatic illness.”

The science seems clear: Natural immunity is real and at least as good as the vaccines at preventing serious infection from COVID variants. This means that the demand for universal vaccination in order to “stop the spread” is a false “choice.” Given this reality, why the continued universal vaccination demand as the only legitimate solution to fighting COVID?

The answer lies in politics and power. If the majority of Americans embrace the scientific reality that natural immunity is real and superior to the novel vaccines, they may choose not to get the vaccine, especially if they’ve already had the virus. Making the COVID vaccine the “only” solution keeps people dependent on the government as the solution to the pandemic. People not relying on government means politicians and bureaucrats have less power. Hence the narrative that only the vaccines will save us from COVID.

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College and the Continued Closing of the American Mind

Whether curriculum or COVID, colleges and universities continue to lurch further and further away from their original mission.

Douglas Andrews

Thirty-five years ago, University of Chicago professor Allan Bloom published a highly controversial book called The Closing of the American Mind. He could’ve written it yesterday, so lasting are its lessons. The book’s subtitle says it all: How higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today’s students.

Bloom, a closeted homosexual who died most likely of AIDS in 1992, was what we then would’ve called a liberal, and what we today would’ve called a classical liberal, or perhaps even a conservative. He believed in free speech, in discourse, in the great books, in higher education. He was troubled by the campus riots of the late 1960s, and he was inspired to write Closing, which stunningly rose to number one on The New York Times Best Sellers list, because of what he saw as the modern university’s failure to serve the needs of students. He wrote chapters about the self, about relationships, about creativity and culture, and he wrote regretfully of the new “meaninglessness of values.” He wrote disparagingly about Marx and of what he magnificently called “the Nietzscheanization of the Left.”

His book invited torrents of criticism from a wide range of critics, but it also connected with millions of people. And it still does. One wonders whether, were he alive today, he’d view his book as a success or a failure, given what he’d see on today’s college campuses: the runaway costs, the bizarre courses, the nihilism, the intolerance, the COVID paranoia and statism.

Take, for example, this observation from Evita Duffy, a student at Bloom’s own University of Chicago: “‘Marxism, Anarchism, and the Black Radical Tradition,’ ‘Witchcraft and the Cultural Imagination,’ ‘Trans-bodies in Horror Cinema,’ ‘The Problem of Whiteness,’ and ‘Transnational Queer Politics and Practices’ are not course titles invented by ‘The Babylon Bee’ to mock the state of America’s universities. Rather, they are real classes I came across this year while scrolling through the course listings for the University of Chicago’s winter quarter.”

And this is what we find at one of our nation’s most prestigious universities. No wonder parents and students are beginning to wonder whether college is worth it. As for the illiberal environment of the modern campus, Duffy writes:

A more recent 2021 study done by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that 66 percent of students said they supported shouting down speakers. Shockingly, 23 percent of student respondents support using violence to stop a speaker. Both numbers have spiked since 2020.

By indoctrinating and coddling young people, American universities are breeding intolerance. We are already seeing the effects of this indoctrination. Young leftists have disavowed our founding documents and fathers, and they censor, fire, harass, and publicly slander anyone who dares think differently from them.

Beyond the academic shortcomings of today’s colleges and universities is another deeply troubling development: the veritable police state brought about by COVID-19. As Yale alum and political analyst Aaron Sibarium writes:

In October 2020, nine Yale professors signed an open letter decrying the “inhumane” treatment of college students during the pandemic. “Across the country, students have been blamed, snitched on, policed, sanctioned, suspended and dismissed for violations of COVID-related guidelines, including minor infractions,” the letter read. “Students who fear harsh disciplinary action will become expert at hiding their activities, exposures and symptoms, contributing to the breakdown of contact tracing efforts and potentially increasing the risk of ongoing transmission.”

Interestingly, one of the 111 signatories of that letter — which also warned that students’ “mental health may be heavily impacted by the loss of positive social connections” — ​was none other than Rochelle Walensky, who now runs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even beyond the social costs of the COVID crackdowns, we’re not so sure there’s much risk in the “ongoing transmission” at our nation’s colleges and universities. After all, members of this age cohort are more likely to die in an automobile accident than of the coronavirus. But taken together with the lack of educational return on investment, with what professor Bloom lamented about the failure of colleges to do what they were originally intended to do, it’s becoming harder and harder to justify the time, the expense, and especially the forbearance required to obtain a college education.

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Weakening the SAT to Fight ‘Racism’ and COVID

The College Board is testing the limits of standardized testing with politically driven changes.

Brian Mark Weber

Over the years, there’s been a push among educators, administrators, and even some parents to stop “teaching to the test” in America’s schools. Certainly, there’s a case to be made that rote memorization isn’t always the best way to assess knowledge, but there’s also a case that tests have their place.

Tests such as the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test, later changed to Scholastic Assessment Test) and ACT (American College Test) were still widely accepted as an imperfect but vital way to determine whether students were prepared for the college classroom other than looking at their high school transcripts.

Then COVID-19 hit and caused widespread cancellations across the country.

“Many students never made it through the test-center door; the pandemic left much of the high school class of 2021 without an SAT or ACT score to submit,” Smithsonian Magazine reports. “Facing test access challenges and changing application requirements, about half did not submit scores with their applications, according to Robert Schaeffer, executive director of the nonprofit National Center for Fair & Open Testing in Boston.”

Smithsonian adds, “This didn’t bar them from applying to the nation’s most selective colleges as it would have in any other year: Starting in spring 2020, in a trickle that became a deluge, the nation’s most selective colleges and universities responded to the situation by dropping the standardized test score requirement for applicants.”

How many colleges and universities have dropped the standardized tests?

According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, nearly 80% of bachelor’s degree-granting institutions are not requiring test scores from students applying for Fall 2022. Some schools, including UCLA and Catholic University, now omit scores if they’re submitted.

But COVID isn’t the only reason for the movement away from the SAT and ACT.

None other than Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racistclaims that “standardized tests have become the most effective racist weapon ever devised to objectively degrade Black and Brown minds and legally exclude their bodies from prestigious schools.”

Predictably, schools listened.

“In response to charges such as Kendi’s,” Blaze Media reports, “the American university system has not only been disregarding standardized test scores of prospective students but has begun to actively discriminate against demographics of students who routinely perform well on them.”

It all makes sense now. The movement to dismantle the college admissions testing system only needed a crisis. COVID provided administrators with that opportunity.

And that’s too bad for many black and brown students who took advantage of standardized tests to emerge from poor schools and prove they were ready for a rigorous college education. According to Fox News: “In the class of 2020, nearly 1.7 million U.S. students had SAT scores that confirmed or exceeded their high school GPA. That means their SAT scores were a point of strength on their college applications, according to College Board. Among those students, more than 300,000 were from small towns and rural communities; 600,000 were first-generation college goers; and 700,000 were Black or Latino.”

For now, companies like The College Board aren’t willing to surrender to the anti-test movement, but they are making the SAT shorter and easier.

That’s not enough for the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, which stated, “Shifting an unnecessary, biased, coachable, and poorly predictive multiple-choice exam that few schools currently require from pencil-and-paper delivery to an electronic format does not magically transform it into a more accurate, fairer or valid tool for assessing college readiness.”

One of the most interesting parts of the debate over standardized tests is there’s virtually no debate at all. And that’s the problem. Anti-test organizations used a pandemic to push through their agenda (where have we heard that before?), and the race-baiters approached it with their usual lack of tact, all without considering the negative consequences. Maybe some standardized tests do need to be changed, but we ought to have a discussion instead of playing politics with the education of our children.

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Top of the Fold

  • Justice Breyer finally finds the Constitution: The nearly unbelievable happened yesterday as Justice Stephen Breyer announced his coming retirement at the end of the Court’s current term. Standing at the podium, Breyer reached into his jacket pocket and produced an item he had evidently lost for the duration of his judicial career — a pocket Constitution. He praised the “American experiment” as “a kind of miracle” because “the people that have come to accept this Constitution … come to accept the importance of the rule of law.” It’s too bad that Breyer failed to accept it. He was more often guided in his decisions by the concerns of leftist political activism than by fidelity to the Constitution.
  • Biden pays the Chinese COVID arsonist: The Biden administration decided to award a $1.3 billion contract for the manufacture of COVID testing kits to a Chinese company. That’s right — U.S. taxpayers will be paying China, the source of the coronavirus, for the millions of COVID test kits Joe Biden promised Americans months ago. As Republican Representative Michael Waltz (FL) pointedly observed, Biden is “paying the arsonist for helping [to] put out the fire.” He further noted, “When dealing with any Chinese company, all funds inevitably fill the coffers of the Chinese Communist Party and that hurts our national security.” Then again, a whole lot of Chinese money managed to find its way into Biden bank accounts
  • “Defund the Police” proponent Cori Bush blames “gun violence” after attack: Democrat Representative and “Squad” member Cori Bush claimed that her car was shot at over the weekend while she was campaigning in St. Louis. Bush took the opportunity to blame guns, stating that “any act of gun violence shakes your soul,” adding, “our movement is working to invest in our communities, eradicate the root causes of gun violence, and keep everyone safe.” One wonders how Bush plans to accomplish this as she is a leading proponent of defunding the police. Speaking of Bush’s anti-police activism, it is contributing to the rising number of deadly attacks against law enforcement officers. Over just the last 48 hours across the nation, six LEOs have been shot. It’s not guns doing this, it’s criminals who are being emboldened and encouraged by a leftist narrative that vilifies law enforcement as racist.
  • “Transgender” school boy rapist removed from sex offender registry: The “transgender” boy who was found guilty of sexually assaulting two girls in two different Loudoun County, Virginia, schools has had his name pulled from the sex offender registry. Loudoun County Judge Pamela Brooks ruled that the now 15-year-old boy’s inclusion on a sex offender registry for life was “an error” that the court needed to correct. His attorney argued that his client was the victim of “a national media outcry.” Needless to say, the parents of the boy’s victims were none too pleased, warning that the court was paving the way for more victims. Virginia’s new Republican district attorney has vowed to look into the case. A similar yet even greater example of court malfeasance comes from California, where a 26-year-old child molester, James Tubbs, was given just a two-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to molesting a 10-year-old girl eight years ago when he was two weeks shy of turning 18. To make matters worse, Tubbs’s recent claim of identifying as a woman got him placed in a juvenile facility where he will be housed with females. So, a man guilty of molesting girls will be confined in a facility with juvenile females. Utterly outrageous.

Economy

  • Key Fed inflation gauge (core personal consumption expenditures price index) rises 4.9% from a year ago, fastest gain since 1983 (CNBC)
  • Housing market gained almost $10 trillion during pandemic (Bloomberg)
  • Global spending on self-defeating energy transition nears $1 trillion (Axios)

Culture

  • Two-tiered justice: Prosecutors win light sentence for man who set deadly fire during George Floyd riots (Washington Examiner)
  • BLM’s senior directors are MIA, and $60 million is up for grabs (Washington Examiner)
  • Host who suggested Loudoun County rape not a “major” issue to replace Brian Williams at MSNBC (Daily Wire)

Non Compos Mentis Award

  • “Difficult conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class and identity”: Harry Potter gets a trigger warning at the University of Chester (National Review)

Odds & Ends

  • Family that fled Afghanistan with sick baby finally rescued after months in UAE refugee camp (National Review)
  • The Biden-Zelensky phone call should alarm us (National Review)
  • Biden limits school choice (RNC)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Here’s what the U.S. can do to weaken Moscow-Beijing partnership (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Amy Schneider’s winning streak ended after being asked to name the gender that has two X chromosomes (Babylon Bee)

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“Of all the tyrannies on human kind the worst is that which persecutes the mind.” —John Dryden (1631-1700)

SCOTUS Observations

“[Democrats] are trying to use [Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement] to distract from what is their failed agenda. The American people are all concerned with inflation and crime and COVID and CRT and the wokeness and the lockdowns and the mandates and Russia and Ukraine. And now they are trying to do this. They do think it will gin up their base, but it also is going to galvanize conservatives going into the election, especially if Joe Biden does what he has been doing for the district and circuit judges, which is to nominate people that are far to the left, they are outside of the American mainstream.” —Senator Marsha Blackburn

“By saying he is only picking a black woman, Joe Biden is excluding 94% of all Americans for the job of Supreme Court justice. It’s the very definition of racism and sexism, choosing someone not based on their actual qualifications but on their cosmetic diversity instead.” —Clay Travis

“Ironically, it is against federal law to begin a job search by announcing that only people of a certain race will be considered and that all people of other races will be rejected. The Supreme Court itself has been clear on that matter. As Justice Lewis Powell wrote in the 1978 Bakke case, ‘Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids.’” —Gary Bauer

“On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally granted a writ of certiorari in two now-consolidated affirmative action cases. … But by Wednesday afternoon, Monday’s propitious step forward toward an America no longer obsessed with race and identity politics was abruptly undermined by a severe step backward toward a race-centric polity. … President Joe Biden affirmed that he intends to fulfill his 2020 campaign promise to nominate a Black woman — not a Black man, not a Hispanic woman, but specifically a Black woman — to replace the retiring Jewish male justice. … The juxtaposition of the Court’s colorblind certiorari grant on Monday and Biden’s color (and sex)-centric announcement on Wednesday is nothing if not ironic.” —Josh Hammer

“Hate to break it to you but the only black person serving on the Supreme Court today was personally attacked, defamed and slandered by Joe Biden before he voted AGAINST him.” —Benny Johnson

“Joe Biden will nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court because he said he would select someone based on race and sex, and then we will be told that noting that this is definitionally affirmative action and race discrimination is itself racist. Also, there’s a reason Democrats never miss with their SCOTUS picks: they overtly choose wild Leftists. That’s the only real qualification. They wouldn’t care whether Biden nominated an HLS grad who clerked for Breyer or Cardi B, so long as that person voted reliably Left.” —Ben Shapiro

SCOTUS Demagoguery/Race Bait

Racist litmus test: “While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I’ve made no decision except one: [The] person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity. And that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.” —Joe Biden

Projection: “What I’m looking for is a justice who can be fair and impartial and who does not have an ideological axe to grind, which is what we saw — as far as I’m concerned — in President Trump’s nominees, including to the Supreme Court.” —Senate Judiciary Committee member Mazie Hirono

“You could make the case that somebody like Amy Coney Barrett was put in there because she’s a white woman who they say, ‘Well, she’ll go against abortion rights.’ … [Republicans] put [Clarence Thomas] in there thinking, ‘Oh, a black man will go against voting rights,’ which is what he does.” —”The View’s” Joy Behar

“The Supreme Court is like this dictatorial branch of the government. … I always feel like that particular branch of government is so anti-democracy. The fact that there are no term limits. The fact that you can put your people on because they agree with you, and then they’re there forever, influencing maybe three or four generations of Americans. To call that a democratic institution seems an oxymoron.” —Joy Behar

“Ahead of the midterms, I look forward to watching every Republican Senator oppose the first black woman to the Supreme Court.” —CNN analyst Joe Lockhart

“I don’t know this for a fact, but I am pretty sure that Joe Biden will not nominate somebody who has been credibly accused of trying to rape somebody when they were in high school. I am pretty sure, I don’t know this for a fact, that Joe Biden will not nominate somebody who has been accused of perjury in front of Congress over a previous confirmation hearing.” —The Nation legal correspondent Elie Mystal

Non Compos Mentis Awards

“Build Back Better is paid for. Entirely.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

“I seem to remember Glenn Youngkin campaigning, in a fleece vest, in Virginia. He was running as a different kind of Republican. I was told there was going to be a vest, not a Soviet-style police state across the Potomac from Washington.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta

Paradox Award

“Because it goes to a very fundamental principle of all nations, which is that our borders should be inviolate, that our sovereignty should be respected.” —White House Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer when asked, “Why should Americans care about what’s happening [at the U.S. southern border] in Ukraine?”

And Last…

“Joe Biden should threaten to resign as president unless Joe Rogan is removed from Spotify.” —Frank J. Fleming

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‘This Is Not the Way’: Marvel Star Takes Stand Against Vaccine Mandates | Faithwire

Although it didn’t get much media attention, as it turns out, Sunday’s anti-mandate protest in Washington, D.C., carried some celebrity power.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” star Evangeline Lilly — a model whose acting career took off when she appeared in the beloved TV series “Lost” — attended the “Defeat the Mandates” rally in the nation’s capital and shared about it on her personal Instagram account Thursday.

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“I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will … under any threat whatsoever,” she wrote to her more than two million followers. “This is not the way.”

She went on to assert such strong-arm tactics are “not safe” and “not healthy.”

“This is not love,” the Canadian celebrity continued. “I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems.”

You can read Lilly’s full post below:

The actor, who portrays superhero Hope van Dyne (or The Wasp) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, also said she supports the so-called “Freedom Convoy,” a massive caravan of truckers traveling to Ottawa to voice their opposition to Canadian vaccination edicts put in place by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has condemned the demonstrators as “fringe” for holding “unacceptable views” about government overreach.

“I was in DC this weekend to support bodily sovereignty while Canadian truckers were rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy in support of the same thing,” wrote Lilly. “I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will, under threat of: violent attack, arrest or detention without trial, loss of employment, homelessness, starvation, loss of education, alienation from loved ones, excommunication from society … under any threat whatsoever.”

She concluded her post by stating she “was pro-choice before COVID” and remains so now.

This is not the first time Lilly has spoken out about the state of our society in the age of COVID-19. In March 2020, when government restrictions were first enacted, she took to Instagram Live to discuss valuing “freedom” above perceived safety.

At the time, she revealed she was taking her children to a gymnastics camp, noting they were mindful of the pandemic — frequently washing their hands — but not living in isolation.

“I have two young kids,” she said, InStyle reported. “Some people value their lives over freedom. Some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices.”

“Recast. Immediate.”

As one might expect, the backlash against Lilly has been swift.

Film reviewer Pramit Chatterjee urged the MCU to “immediately” recast Lilly’s character.

“There are much more talented (and sane) actors out there who can take up their spot [and] make the set a safe space,” he wrote, condemning “Black Panther” star Letitia Wright, too, over her reported skepticism of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Another social media user commented: “We can’t have any good women scientist heroes in the MCU.”

“Evangeline Lilly is in Marvel films and apparently she would rather be stuck in a production of Steel Magnolias at the Waco Playhouse with Kristy Swanson and Gina Carano,” added Crooked Media’s Louis Virtel.

There have been plenty, though, who have come to Lilly’s defense:

A history of faith

It’s worth noting Lilly — known for her role in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — was reportedly raised by devoutly Christian parents. In fact, as a teenager, she went on a three-week mission trip to the Philippines.

In 2013, she told ABS-CBN News (not affiliated with this CBN News) that she lived in Palawan for nearly a month, describing the trip as “a wonderful experience.”

“Palawan, particularly, was so beautiful and remote and untouched,” she said. “The tribal people that we stayed with were so incredibly generous and hospitable and kind.”

Lilly’s dad was a grocery store produce manager and her mom ran a daycare center out of their family home. Her parents were Mennonite and Baptist, according to Rolling Stone, and Lilly even taught Sunday school for nearly a decade before briefly working as a flight attendant.

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Exaggerated rhetoric, massive arms shipments, and endless threats – this is how NATO presents its vision of pan-European security. Meanwhile, Moscow waits for the U.S. and its allies to respond to its demands and vision for the same.

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Rand Paul: ‘They’re Acting in a Very Unscientific and Stupid Fashion’

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) believes what’s happening on a growing number of college campuses regarding their COVID-19 protocols is over the top. “For supposedly smart people, they’re acting in a very unscientific and stupid fashion,” Paul told CBN News.

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AG Paxton details 9th lawsuit against Biden admin as border crisis rages on

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