Daily Archives: May 4, 2022

God’s Treasury — VCY America

The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure. (Deuteronomy 28:12)

This refers first to the rain. The Lord will give this in its season. Rain is the emblem of all those celestial refreshings which the Lord is ready to bestow upon His people. Oh, for a copious shower to refresh the Lord’s heritage!

We seem to think that God’s treasury can only be opened by a great prophet like Elijah, but it is not so, for this promise is to all the faithful in Israel, and, indeed, to each one of them. O believing friend, “the Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure.” Thou, too, mayest see heaven opened and thrust in thy hand and take out thy portion, yea, and a portion for all thy brethren round about thee. Ask what thou wilt, and thou shalt not be denied if thou abidest in Christ and His words abide in thee.

As yet thou has not known all thy Lord’s treasures, but He shall open them up to thine understanding. Certainly thou hast not yet enjoyed the fullness of His covenant riches, but He will direct thine heart into His love and reveal Jesus in thee. Only the Lord Himself can do this for thee; but here is His promise, and if thou wilt hearken diligently unto His voice and obey His will, His riches in glory by Christ Jesus shall be thine.

God’s Treasury — VCY America

Who Is Like the Lord? | Today in the Word Devotional 

Ready for some praise? Psalm 113 opens with a rousing call to praise God “from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets” (v. 3). Should the Lord be praised in Philistia? Yes, even in Philistia. Should the Lord be praised in Egypt? Yes, in Egypt. Should the Lord be praised in Iowa? Brazil? Bangladesh? Yes, from the east to the west! The Lord is worthy of worship from all people because there is no one like Him (v. 5). One of things that makes God so unique is that even though He is more powerful and exulted than anyone in the universe, “he raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap” (v. 7). He cares deeply about people that we are often quick to ignore. The powerless and broken are especially noticed by Him. Psalm 113 begins a series of psalms that are traditionally used at Passover to celebrate Israel’s exodus from Egypt. It is likely that Jesus and His disciples sang Psalms 113–118 as a part of the Last Supper (Matt. 26:30). God heard the cries of His people and delivered them. He humbled Pharaoh and made the needy rejoice. This theme comes to its fulfillment in the gospel. The apostle Paul said, “Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:26–27). If God notices the weak and vulnerable, that is a perspective that we should have as well. Praise God today for His provision and care! >> Today’s Psalm provides another fun activity you can try. Take a roam around the house or the neighborhood, asking in each location if God should be praised. “Should God be praised in the kitchen?” “Should God be praised in the den?” Yes!

In The Twinkling Of An Eye | Part 1 – Listen to Love Worth Finding with Adrian Rogers, May 4, 2022

In this message, Adrian Rogers shares the key details of the Rapture, which will occur in the twinkling of an eye.

The Bible and its Story: The Angel of Mortality

The solemn ninetieth psalm has been called the great funeral hymn of the world. Tradition attributes it to Moses, the only psalm thus assigned to an earlier date than the time of David. Its theme is the greatness of God, contrasted with the littleness of man and the brevity of his life upon earth. It is filled with such majestically moving thoughts as these: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

‎“For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”

‎Then comes the sad comparison of men with the lesser life about them, “In the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening, it is cut down, and withereth.” The span of human days is measured. “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

‎One solemn line sums up the whole, “We spend our years as a tale that is told.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

A Consuming Fire | Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul 

The burning bush wasn’t the first time God revealed His glory in the appearance of brilliant flames, nor would it be the last. Today, R.C. Sproul visits several passages in Scripture to discuss what this radiant glory ultimately reveals about Jesus Christ.

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Ep. 6 | Ankerberg Classic: How You Can Know the Bible Is the Word of God – Listen to Ankerberg Show with Dr. John Ankerberg, May 4, 2022

Dr. Norman Geisler provides proof for the reliability of the Bible answering questions such as: Who wrote the Bible? Are there any errors in the Bible? Can we trust the Bible? Which books belong in the Bible? Has the Bible been translated correctly? How should we interpret the Bible?

Examine Yourselves Whether You Be in the Faith, Part 1 (#2) – Listen to Grace to You with John MacArthur, May 4, 2022

How do you respond when someone asks you how you know you’re a Christian? Do you think back to that moment when you prayed a prayer or went forward in a church service? Do you point to your baptism?

Enough — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Perhaps the deepest longing of every human heart is to find adequacy in everything that defines life for us.

We want an adequate car, an adequate house, an adequate paycheck.

And we want the people in our lives to be enough.

The word “adequate” means “sufficient for a specific requirement.”

The problem is. . . we often choose what that “requirement” is.
One we have laid out for ourselves.  What we think will be “just enough.”

When nothing seems to be sufficient, we often listen to the cries around us that say, “I am enough.  You don’t have to put up with less than sufficient.  Try me.”

So we try what these voices offer.

But they eventually come up short.  Less than require.
Never enough.

Why?  Why are we tempted to feel short-changed in life?
Do we have contentment issues?
Is it simply living in an imperfect world?

Or could it be we’re looking in the wrong places?

Are we looking at the wrong things to be our “Enough”?

If there was one person who had enough, it was King David.
Not because he was a king, won wars, and was given amazing promises.
He had enough, because of Who his Shepherd was.

He said, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

He never suggested that his possessions or his accomplishments were enough.

His Shepherd was Enough.
His God was Adequate.

So nothing was missing in his life.

When we take a look at what we claim as ours and cry, “I want you to be enough!” let’s take a deeper look and say, “You are special enough to me, because I have all I need in my Adequate God.”

By Bethany Hayes
Used by Permission


Would you like to know God and allow him to be your Shepherd?  You can! It all starts with knowing Jesus and letting him transform you from the inside out. His love is amazing. You can start by praying this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.


Further Reading

•   Contentment and a Broken Ankle

  The Gentle Christian  How do I embrace a gentle spirit when I have been hurt and/or deceived?

•  Salvation Explained

Enough — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

He Orders Your Steps — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way” Psalm 37:23 (KJV)


Miriam Booth – a beautiful, brilliant, cultured woman – daughter of the Salvation Army founder, began her Christian work with great promise. She had unusual success. Before long, however, disease struck her and brought her to the point of death. A friend visiting her one day said it seemed a pity that a woman so capable should be hindered by illness from doing the Lord’s work. “It is great to do the Lord’s work,” she replied with gentle grace, “but it is greater to do the Lord’s will.”

Are you looking for direction, for purpose, for meaning to your life?

The psalmist wanted to make it very plain that the person who is “good,” the one who is clothed with the righteousness, the goodness of Christ, can have the absolute assurance that His steps, one by one, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, are ordered by the Lord (planned and directed by Him).

That wonderful truth is made even more meaningful by the reminder that our “stops” as well are directed by the Lord. He knows when we need to slow down, to wait on Him. As a Christian leader once said, after several weeks of being bedridden: “I needed to be flat on my back so that the only way I could look was up.”

Finding the will of God has been difficult for many people – for most of us at one time or another. But the truth remains that He promises to give wisdom to any who ask, and we have that privilege when we belong to Him by virtue of having received the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

If you are facing a crossroad in your life, wait on Him and avoid the usual rush to a decision that might be disastrous. “He is faithful who promised.” Depend upon Him to make the way clear as you lay the decision prayerfully before Him.

Bible ReadingIsaiah 58:9-14

Today’s Action Point: When I need wisdom for a specific decision today, I will breathe an earnest prayer for direction. Then I will thank God for the clear leading which He promises and for enabling me to continue living the supernatural life, as He directs my steps.

By Dr. Bill Bright
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   Keep Yourselves in God’s Love

•    We Plan, God Directs

•  Salvation Explained

He Orders Your Steps — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The “Highest” Born

The celebrated verse just quoted is one of those which caused the Jews to look forward to the birth of the Messiah in or near Jerusalem. The prophetic passages which lead up to this, are, “The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

‎“Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

‎“I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia this man was born there.

‎“And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.”

‎Thus, indeed, has Jerusalem been “established” forever in men’s minds; for in the little outlying town of Bethlehem was the “highest” born. All creation must have watched, as the artist Gutherz has conceived them, watched in breathless awe the moment of that marvellous fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 76—What Does It Mean To Eat The Crucified Body And Drink The Shed Blood Of Christ? — The Heidelblog

The Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most beloved and well used catechisms to emerge from the sixteenth and seventeenth century Reformation. Published in its final form in 1563, the catechism has been used by millions of Christians to teach the faith to children and adults alike. Arranged in 52 Lord’s Days (Sundays) the catechism takes the Christian through the basics of the Christian faith (our creation, fall, redemption, new life in Christ, and glorification). It explains the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. It is a treasure. To encourage listeners and readers, we expect to post one question and answer a day on the HB. If you are subscribed to the Heidelcast or the Heidelblog (see below) you will receive these episodes automatically.

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 76—What Does It Mean To Eat The Crucified Body And Drink The Shed Blood Of Christ? — The Heidelblog

Dying in Faith: Surprised by Suffering with R.C. Sproul

We cannot know how or when we will leave this earth. Yet, death is a reality that we must all face. In this message, R.C. Sproul encourages us to complete our Christian walk as he did, trusting in Jesus Christ to the very end.

This message is from Dr. Sproul’s 6-part teaching series Surprised by Suffering. Learn more: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/surprised-by-suffering

Source: Dying in Faith: Surprised by Suffering with R.C. Sproul

4 May 2022 News Briefing

On May 9th, Russia may upgrade Ukraine invasion to all out war – Report
Recent reports claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin may officially declare war with Ukraine as early as next Monday. Russia is currently referring to the invasion as a special military operation. Officially declaring war would, under Russian law, allow for the full mobilization of Russia’s reserve forces and the drafting of conscripts.

Bennett: We will strike not only terrorists but those who send them
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett vowed on Wednesday to strike back not only at terrorists but at those who dispatch them, including those “a thousand kilometers east of here.” In a thinly veiled warning to Iran, Bennett said in his Memorial Day speech at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem that those who send terrorists to attack Israel “have already begun to pay the price, and this will only increase.”

As Lake Mead dries up, bodies of homicide victims are likely to be found
With Lake Mead at its lowest level since it was first filled in the 1930s, all sorts of things have the potential to poke out of the water — including murder victims. On Sunday afternoon, boaters spending a day at the lake stumbled upon a barrel and were able to see that it had human remains in it. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Homicide Lieutenant Ray Spencer dated the victim to the 1980s, noting that items found inside the barrel suggest that is when the body was dumped.

15 inches of snow makes Nebraska look like ‘middle of winter’ in early May
It can certainly snow in May, something that residents of parts of western Nebraska learned Monday as a heavy dose of fresh powder closed highways and led to several accidents. Some places in the Nebraska Panhandle picked up nearly a foot or more of snow on the second day of May. “Looks like the middle of winter,”

The Clinton Campaign Is About To Lose Its Privilege Fight
Today, Special Counsel Durham addressed those arguments by providing to the court the FEC findings where the agency found “probable cause to believe” the DNC and Hillary for America violated the law by hiding the real purpose of payments meant for Fusion GPS as “legal and compliance consulting.”

Subpoenas Issued In Georgia Ballot-Trafficking Investigation
Georgia election officials last week issued subpoenas to obtain the identities of individuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who may have engaged in the crime of ballot trafficking.

China is building an asteroid deflection mission of its own, due for launch in 2025
Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), announced last week that they plan to carry out an asteroid deflection test as early as 2025—part of a larger asteroid monitoring and defense system that the CNSA is in the early stages of developing. The monitoring system will consist of both ground-based and space-based instruments,

Why so much solar activity? Sun may be outpacing predictions.
Solar activity, which space weather experts measure by the number of visible sunspots, rises and falls on a cycle that lasts roughly 11 years from minimum to minimum, although one cycle can be as short as nine years or as long as 13. The sun’s new cycle is about two years in and should peak around 2025.

Mexican officials clear out migrant camp at Texas border
Mexican authorities have cleared a makeshift encampment of migrants in the northern border city of Reynosa that had grown over the past year to hold some 2,000 people, Mexico’s migration institute (INM) said on Tuesday, Trend reports citing Reuters. Many of the migrants, who are mainly from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, were taken to a nearby shelter

Secretary-General of Germany’s CSU party resigns after threatening journalist
German media say that Mayer took offence to a “clearly illegal” magazine article about his private life which mentioned an illegitimate child.

Israel should share its Memorial Day when Muslims share the Temple Mount
But most of all, there is a difference between those who perished in the effort to defend the existence of their country and its citizens, and those who lost their lives while seeking to kill Jewish men, women and children in the name of an anti-Semitic cause. It needs to be understood that Israel’s Memorial Day is nothing like the three-day weekend at the end of May in the United States, which is supposed to honor those who died fighting for America and its ideals.

Biden warns Israel against ‘freedom of worship’
The Biden administration has announced that its titular head will be visiting Israel within a few months. the administration urged “all sides to exercise restraint, avoid provocative actions and rhetoric and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.” The “provocation action” in this case is Jewish prayer. It’s 2022 and the White House is warning Jews that their prayers are “provocative.”

May’s lunar eclipse and a wild-card meteor shower may offer double spectacle
May offers an unusual skywatching bounty: the possibility of two major celestial highlights occurring within the span of a single month.

Strongly divided Supremes rule UNANIMOUSLY on one issue
‘We must not give government the power to censor disfavored viewpoints in a public forum’. In a public rebuke to the city of Boston, the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled the city violated the constitutional rights of Camp Constitution, whose officials asked to fly a Christian flag at city hall through a program that already had allowed multiple private interest groups to fly their banners.

France culls record 16 million birds in one of the most severe bird flu outbreaks in years
France has culled a record 16 million chickens, ducks and other poultry since November 2021 in one of the most severe bird flu outbreaks in years. In 2021, the country saw nearly 500 outbreaks and culled 3.5 million animals, mostly ducks.

Clot shot “vaccines” create BOOM in blood clot removal industry 
An arterial embolism is a deep blood clot that requires hospitalization and costs about $100,000 or more because it requires bypass surgery. There is an entirely NEW revenue model from blood clots caused by the COVID “vaccines,” and Big Pharma companies are not only taking advantage of the profit scheme, but may have known it was coming before the “clot shots” were even rushed out “emergency” style.

Illinois school district defends After School Satan Club
An Illinois school district is defending an after-school program being offered by The Satanic Temple, a national religious and human rights group.

‘What I’ve Seen in the Last 2 Years Is Unprecedented’: Physician on COVID Vaccine Side Effects on Pregnant Women
Dr. James Thorp is an extensively published 68-year-old physician MD board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as maternal-fetal medicine, who has practiced obstetrics for over 42 years.

Harrison Smith: Mind control via remote control is coming soon 
American Journal” host Harrison Smith has warned that direct control over the mind via remote control is soon coming. During a recent episode of his program, Smith played two video clips of a beetle with a brain implant that can be controlled by remote control.

SHOCK as green energy insiders admit 90% of supply chain does not exist to build electric cars 
..Without constant government cash infusions, companies like Elon Musk’s Tesla would not be what they currently are. The green energy industry as a whole is more of a smokescreen than anything, economically speaking.

Heat wave scorches India’s wheat crop, snags export plans | AP News
An unusually early, record-shattering heat wave in India has reduced wheat yields, raising questions about how the country will balance its domestic needs with ambitions to increase exports and make up for shortfalls due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

INVESTIGATION: Planned Parenthood staffers aid and abet child sexual abuse and trafficking of minors 
An investigation found that abortion giant Planned Parenthood does not disclose suspected child sex trafficking to authorities and does not even follow through on promises to train staff members in reporting instances of such abuse.

Rheumatologist Robert Jackson: 40% of my 3,000 vaccinated patients report a significant vaccine injury
Robert Jackson has been a doctor for 35 years. In his practice there are over 5,000 patients, around 3,000 got vaccinated with the COVID vaccines.

Cardiologist Estimates 30 Percent of U.S. Pilots May Have COVID Jab-Induced Heart Conditions
Are we on the precipice of a major uptick in serious heart problems among otherwise young, healthy Americans due to the mass-disseminated mRNA COVID shots?  Observations from several medical experts, including a well-known Cardiologist, suggest that we are.

Manufacturers Grind to a Halt in China as Covid Lockdowns Expand 
Manufacturers are struggling to keep some of their China operations going as extended and widening Covid-19 lockdowns choke off supplies and clog up truck routes and ports, heaping more pressure on the stretched global supply chain.

Hypersonic missile delay puts US further behind Russia and China
The first US hypersonic weapon will be delayed for as long as a year under a new schedule, even as lawmakers protest that the Pentagon is lagging behind in a new technology that Russia has already used in Ukraine and China has demonstrated in a space launch.

Medical industry secret police rolled out network of SNITCHES to ensnare doctors who didn’t worship Fauci 
Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) fascism in the state of Michigan became so extreme throughout the plandemic that roving teams of medical fascists were targeting and snitching on people who refused to bow the knee to Tony Fauci’s dictates.

SAY WHAT? Western perversion: British midwives now being taught how to deliver babies through “male genitalia” 
Students enrolled at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) are now being taught that men can get pregnant and deliver babies through their “male genitalia.”

SCOTUS poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade – Baby murderers to ERUPT with demonic ANGER and VIOLENCE as their “right” to violently murder their own children about to be stripped away
And now the demons come out for all to see… Because the “right” to murder their own babies is the pillar of the violent, demonic, life-destroying Left, they are right now losing their minds over this, organizing protests and taking to the airwaves to denounce anyone who seeks to protect the life of an unborn human child.

WEF Now Suggest Seniors off Themselves “For the Children”
In the height of hypocrisy of “for the children” the World Economic Forum is now complaining about overpopulation and/or suggesting that older people consider euthanasia “for the children”.

Elon Musk Assumes Biblical Role of ‘Kinsman Redeemer’, Protecting Rights of All Americans
insman Redeemer: While Musk may not be a Bible believer, he’s yet fulfilling the role of Kinsman Redeemer, where God calls a man of means to intercede for his people. This figure, in the person of Jewish Boaz, is the key plot element in the Book of Ruth.

US Economy Crashes Headlong into Recession!
…Just a few days ago, Goldman Sachs was regarded as becoming the most bearish bank out there by forecasting — rather daintily now I think — we have a 35% chance of eventually seeing a recession in about a year!

CDC Tracked Millions of Phones to See If Americans Followed COVID Lockdown Orders
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bought access to location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools, and specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation, according to CDC documents obtained by Motherboard.

CDC Restates Recommendation For Masks on Planes Despite Court Ruling That Struck Down Biden’s Mandate
The CDC on Tuesday restated its recommendation for masks on planes despite a court ruling that struck down Biden’s travel mask mandate.

Exemption to Vaccination
Many parents… are not philosophically opposed to the concept of vaccination and do not object to every vaccine. However, they are philosophically opposed to government health officials having the power to intimidate, threaten, and coerce them into violating their deeply held conscientious beliefs in the event they conclude that either vaccination in general or, more commonly, a particular vaccine is not appropriate for their children.

Covid Is the Biggest Lie in The World’s History and Prof Michel Chossudovsky proves it 
The biggest lie in World history: there never was a pandemic. The database is flawed. The Covid mandates including the “vaccine” are invalid.

Leaked Draft Opinion Shows That The United States Supreme Court Has Voted To Overturn Abortion Rights Prompting Police To Install Protective Barricades
Justice Samuel Alito is absolutely correct when he writes that Roe v. Wade was wrong from the start because it absolutely was. America is a nation comprised of states who enact laws based on the will of the people, and abortion is something that should be decided by the people and not by the Federal government. Today a leaked, (and you can certainly guess who leaked it), draft opinion shows that the Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Now let the burnings, riots and looting begin!

EXCLUSIVE: 364K Migrant Got-Aways Already Recorded in 2022
Roughly 364,000 migrants eluded apprehension by the Border Patrol this fiscal year, which ends in September, according to a source within Customs and Border Protection. Nearly 60,000 got-aways were recorded in April alone.

Study finds Covid-19 Vaccination increases risk of suffering a Stroke by 11,361%
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. But it looks as if the disease may be on the rise thanks to the experimental Covid-19 injections because a study of VAERS data has revealed that per number of doses administered, ‘stroke’ is 115x / 11,361% more likely to be suffered as an adverse reaction to the Covid-19 vaccines than the Flu vaccines.

International Energy Agency demands Worldwide Lockdowns to meet Climate Goals
The International Energy Agency has demanded Governments worldwide essentially ‘lockdown’ the public to cut down the use of oil and meet “climate change” targets.

Canada Moves Forward with Plans to Implement Digital IDs 
Canadian provinces are torn on implementing digital IDs.  Alberta and Ontario have already begun the process while Saskatchewan has recently scrapped its plans.  However, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (“TBS”) and Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada (“DIACC”) seem determined to forge ahead regardless of how citizens feel about their plans. They, of course, use the sales pitch of convenience to convince the public to relinquish their freedoms.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/05/04/4-may-2022/

Headlines – 5/4/2022

As Israel, US prep for Biden visit, second regional forum reportedly being weighed

Internal Divisions Threaten Israel’s National Security, Bennett Says in Memorial Day Speech

‘Arguments fall silent in cemeteries’: Herzog calls for unity at Memorial Day speech

Estimated 3,000 people flee armed clashes in northern Iraq

Al-Shabaab attacks African Union camp in Somalia, three killed: Resident

Report: CIA Director Met With Crown Prince Mohammed to Repair Saudi Ties

Biden Seeks Green Cards for More than 85,000 Afghans Amid Vetting Failures

North Korea preparing nuclear test for first time in years, intelligence officials say

Moscow, under fire for Hitler comments, says Israel backing ‘neo-Nazis’ in Ukraine

‘No words’: Zelensky looks for Israel to ice Russia ties over ‘Jewish Hitler’ claim

Pope Francis asks for meeting with Putin in Moscow to discuss Ukraine

Pope Francis Says NATO Started War in Ukraine by ‘Barking at Putin’s Door’

Putin tells Macron West could use its influence to stop “atrocities” in Ukraine – agencies

Russia Planning to Annex Parts of Eastern Ukraine in Mid-May: US Official

In call with Macron, Putin says West must stop supplying Ukraine with arms

Biden Brain Freeze: “Before Russia Attacked, We Made Sure Russia Had Javelins and Other Weapons”

EU considers exemptions to push through Russian oil embargo

Russia races to avert historic default as bondholders wait for dollar payments

Putin issues decree to hit ‘unfriendly’ nations with export blocks in potential blow to global economy

Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Accidentally Discharging His Weapon in House Building

Brad Raffensperger Dismisses Concerns About Drop Boxes During Debate – On Same Night Film on Georgia Ballot Box Trafficking Is Released in His State

UK govt ‘failing to tackle corruption’: Anti-graft groups

Repairman who revealed Hunter Biden laptop sues Schiff, CNN, Politico and The Daily Beast

Elon Musk Outs Media Matters as Source of Threats to Twitter Advertisers

Pieces of “fireball” that exploded while zooming over 3 Southern states are being found on ground, NASA says

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near La Ligua, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Steam plume visible at Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

Flood Basalt Eruptions: NASA Warns That Some Volcanoes Could Warm Climate, Destroy Ozone Layer

15 inches of snow makes Nebraska look like ‘middle of winter’ in early May

Climate scientists say South Asia’s heat wave (120F!) is a sign of what’s to come

Wild fox wreaks havoc at Smithsonian National Zoo, leaving 25 flamingos, 1 duck dead

India’s SpiceJet airlines facing government inquiry after turbulence injures 15

Fire damages food processing plant in northwest Fresno

Two dead in central China building collapse: State media

Dominican diplomat is kidnapped in Haiti as violence between rival gangs intensifies

Woke Apple Accused of Racism by Employees Who Don’t Want to Return to the Office

Disney Lost $63 Billion in Market Capitalization Since Going Full Woke in Florida

Democratic lawmakers across 19 states push want to offer trans youth legal refuge

Biden says ‘radical’ Supreme Court decision on abortion endangers gay marriage

Joe Biden: Constitution Gives Right to ‘Abort a Child’ – ‘Mainstream’ Religions Agree with Roe v. Wade

Biden brutalized over ‘incoherent’ and ‘vile’ claim that Roe is in line with ‘all basic mainstream religions’

Supreme Court confirms authenticity of draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, with Chief Justice John Roberts calling the leak a ‘singular and egregious breach’ of trust

Another SCOTUS Leak: Chief Justice Roberts Is Willing to Uphold Mississippi Law Banning Abortions at 15 Weeks But Did Not want to Overturn Roe v. Wade

Ken Starr: Leak will have ‘enduring effect’ on SCOTUS, but Alito’s opinion is ‘very impressive’

The original Roe v. Wade ruling was leaked, too

Cruz blames Supreme Court abortion leak on Democratic Party’s ‘vicious partisan politicking’

Liberal dark money group with Biden admin ties capitalizes on SCOTUS leak to push court-packing agenda

Flashback: In 1982 Joe Biden Voted for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Roe v Wade and Make It a State Issue

Map: 23 states would ban abortion in a post-Roe America

Awaiting Fate of Roe v Wade, Leaders Across Country Move to Create Abortion Sanctuaries

California to Build the Wall – a ‘Firewall’ to Protect Abortion

Whitmer will ‘fight like hell’ to protect abortion access

Franklin Graham on Abortion Reversal: ‘If True… an Answer to Many Years of Prayers’

Conservatives React to SCOTUS Roe v. Wade Leak: ‘Landmark Day for the Sanctity of Human Life’

Leaked Supreme Court draft ignites abortion firestorm in Washington

Leaked Court Document Galvanizes Anti-Abortion Activists

Joy Behar on SCOTUS Abortion Leak: ‘I See Fascism Down the Line’

Barack and Michelle Obama Call For Protests Over Roe v. Wade: Overturning Puts Women at Mercy of ‘Politicians and Ideologues’

Elizabeth Warren Calls for an Uprising over Leaked Roe v. Wade Draft Opinion

“Burn It All Down!” – Democrats, Leftists Call for Violence Following Leaked SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

The Timing Was Intentional: Roe v Wade Leak Was Left’s Answer to “2000 Mules” Documentary Release Today that Proves 2020 Election Was Stolen

Senate Democrat Candidates Leverage Leaked Supreme Court Decision to Eliminate Filibuster

Senate Vows Vote on Abortion, but Not Filibuster Changes

Susan Collins: Gorsuch and Kavanaugh misled on Roe during confirmation hearings

Sen. Collins: Gorsuch, Kavanaugh told me a different story on Roe opinion

GOP Sen. Murkowski says her ‘confidence’ in Supreme Court has been ‘rocked’ after justices she voted for appear set to overturn Roe v. Wade

New Pelosi Statement on “Monstrous Draft Decision” by Supreme Court on Abortion Only Talks About Women’s ‘Reproductive Rights’, No Mention of Rights of Pregnant Men

Warren: Congress ‘Gets the Final Word’ on Roe v. Wade – It Is ‘on the Ballot’

VP Kamala Harris: Women’s Rights In America Are Under Attack, “How Dare They Try To Deny Women Their Freedoms”

Leaked draft abortion decision recasts 2022 political realm – $150M was already prepped to be spent by abortion rights groups

Coincidence? Planned Parenthood and Abortion Industry Announce $150 Million Spend on Midterms Just Hours Before SCOTUS Leak

Data Broker Is Selling Location Data of People Who Visit Abortion Clinics

Warren: GOP ‘Extremists’ Trying to Recreate World of Back-Alley Abortions, Suicides over Unwanted Pregnancy

Abortion activists prepare for medication abortions to possibly be only alternative in some states

Anarchist collective shares instructions to make DIY abortion pills – Misoprostol is also used to treat ulcers in horses

Oklahoma governor signs 6-week abortion ban into law

Bill Gates-backed company says lab-produced breast milk is three to five years away

France culls record 16 million birds in one of the most severe bird flu outbreaks in years

Shanghai: Nursing Home Resident Sent to Morgue While Still Alive

Pfizer sees strong demand for COVID pill as profits surge

Pfizer accused of Covid profiteering as first-quarter sales hit $26bn

CDC Used Phone Location Data to Monitor Churches and Schools to Determine Whether Americans Followed Covid Lockdown Orders

CDC Restates Recommendation For Masks on Planes Despite Court Ruling That Struck Down Biden’s Mandate

Truckers in People’s Convoy sue D.C., say road blockades violated constitutional free speech rights

Joe Biden’s America: A New Record: 4.5 Million Americans Quit Their Jobs in March

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Fallout From the Supreme Court Leak

Everything from political questions regarding overturning Roe to science questions about life and gender.

Nate Jackson

Fallout continues from the Supreme Court leak heard ‘round the world. Who done it? What political moves will it yield? What is a baby? Can men get pregnant? These and other pressing questions are on the minds of millions of Americans.

First up, Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed that the leaked draft majority opinion was “authentic,” but he called the leak a “betrayal of the confidences of the Court” and “directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.” Criminal prosecution could follow, though we’d bet there won’t be an FBI raid of the leaker’s home; that’s reserved for journalists who obtain Ashley Biden’s diary.

Roberts also reiterated that the opinion “does not represent a decision by the Court, or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.” The result can still change, in other words, which just happens to be precisely the reason for the leak. Roberts himself flipped on ObamaCare, and Anthony Kennedy infamously changed his vote and the result on the relevant case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

Sometimes-Republican Senator Susan Collins made comments that can certainly be seen as political pressure to change votes. “If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate,” she warned, “it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice [Neil] Gorsuch and Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings.” Collins has also said she’d support Democrat legislation to codify Roe.

Could the leaker have been on the conservative side? Theoretically, yes. Perhaps it was to shore up wobbly votes by appearing to bring pressure from the other side. Or perhaps to show “what might have been” had the Court followed Samuel Alito’s lead.

Far more likely, however, the leaker was on the Left — perhaps even with the tacit approval of a justice (cough, cough, Sonia Sotomayor?), though our bet is that there will be no justice’s fingerprints at the crime scene. Leftists have far less regard for institutional integrity because, for them, the ends justify the means. Leftist deep state saboteurs have been multiplying, and their leaks immediately become fodder for the Democrats’ Leftmedia propagandists.

Democrats also arguably have more to gain by inflaming a wedge issue to motivate their voters. Then again, no one should underestimate how a positive ruling will greatly encourage Republican voters. Indeed, “if it really were the case that overwhelming majorities of Americans wanted the same abortion rules that Planned Parenthood wants (meaning, essentially, none) then having the elected representatives of the people take up the question in the legislatures and vote on it seems like it would be a winning outcome for the pro-abortion side,” argues Kevin Williamson. “The fact that the pro-abortion side is terrified of working out the question democratically tells you that they know they do not have the support they claim to have.”

In fact, the polling on abortion and Roe is pretty muddy, largely because many Americans are ill-informed but also because Democrats have shifted from “safe, legal, and rare” to demanding the right to kill a child at birth. In spite of this radical change, the abortion rate has fallen to the lowest level since before Roe was decided in 1973.

But polling and statistics are also irrelevant as a matter of law.

As for what’s next, Democrats have certainly been reinvigorated to challenge the Senate filibuster and float packing the Court again.

Joe Biden called the leaked opinion “a radical decision” and refused to rule out supporting ending the Senate filibuster. “I’m not prepared to make those judgments now,” he said, “but, you know, I think the codification of Roe makes a lot of sense.” In other words, the ends justify the means.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who has become Biden’s model for presidential governance, likewise demanded an end to the filibuster: “Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there are not, we must end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.”

#Unity.

But the filibuster isn’t going anywhere if Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema can help it. Both came out yesterday and reiterated their steadfast support for retaining it as “a protection of democracy.”

So how about packing the Court? We quoted Representative Ilhan Omar yesterday demanding it. Today, it’s Senator Ed Markey. “A stolen, illegitimate, and far-right Supreme Court majority appears set to destroy the right to abortion, an essential right which protects the health, safety, and freedom of millions of Americans,” Markey complained on Twitter. “There is no other recourse. We must expand the court.”

And here we thought claiming something was stolen and illegitimate would get someone banned from Twitter…

Now, let’s get to some of the really absurd commentary, compliments of Joe Biden.

Roe says what all basic mainstream religions have historically included, that the existence of a human life and being is a question,” Biden pontificated. “Is it at the moment of conception? Is it six months? Is it six weeks?” Without answering, he went on, “The idea that we are going to make a judgment that is going to say that no one can make the judgment to choose to abort a child based on a decision by the Supreme Court, I think, goes way overboard.”

Hold the phone. Did he just say “abort a child”? A quick check of the transcript reveals that, yes, he did. We’re glad to see President Science acknowledge at least some part of the science, even while he was generally trying to deny it. Biden’s also wrong on the judgment question — overturning Roe doesn’t mean the Court has banned abortion. It simply returns the issue to the states. As for the religious position, Biden claims to be a good Catholic, but the Church’s official position is pro-life, beginning at conception.

To shed further light on Present Joe Biden’s position, let’s consult Past Joe Biden.

Back when Biden still had some connection to his professed faith, he declared: “I don’t like the Supreme Court decision or abortion. I think it went too far. I don’t think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body.” That was 1974. As late as 2006, he said: “I do not view abortion as a choice and a right. I think it’s always a tragedy.”

Finally, speaking of science, it wasn’t all that long ago that incoming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Jackson Brown couldn’t even define what a woman is. How do women have rights if they themselves are undefinable? Yet here we have scads of Democrats wailing about the assault on a woman’s supposed “right to choose.” Every one of them suddenly seems to know what a woman is, and not one is talking about “birthing persons” or contending that men’s rights are at stake.

It’s funny how quickly the science can be settled in order to score political points.

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Trump the Kingmaker?

J.D. Vance and other Trump-endorsed primary candidates went 22-0 in yesterday’s primaries.

Douglas Andrews

The introduction to J.D. Vance’s powerful 2016 memoir, Hillbilly Ellegy, is about to become obsolete.

“The coolest thing I’ve done, at least on paper,” wrote the young man whose roots are in dirt-poor, drug-addled Appalachia, “is graduate from Yale Law School, something thirteen-year-old J.D. Vance would have considered ludicrous.” And here’s the soon-to-be obsolete part: “I am not a senator, a governor, or a former cabinet secretary [emphasis ours].”

No, J.D. Vance isn’t yet a senator. That much is true. But who wants to bet against him?

Yesterday, Vance, who served in the Marines from 2003-07, won the Ohio Republican Senate primary, taking an endorsement from Donald Trump and running with it to comfortably beat a talented field of candidates, including solidly conservative Josh Mandel and National Review heartthrob Matt Dolan. And given the anti-Joe Biden political climate and the fact that Ohio is no longer much of a swing state — Donald Trump carried it by eight points in both 2016 and 2020 — Vance is the odds-on favorite to beat “fake tough guy” Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan in November and retain the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Rob Portman.

Oh, and one other thing: Yesterday was supposed to be the first big test of the primary season’s referenda on Trump’s continued influence within the Republican Party. And much to the chagrin of the remaining Never-Trumpers, Trump-endorsed candidates went 22-0 in Ohio and Indiana — and they’re now a stunning 55-0 so far this season. That’s “0” as in zero. As Politico notes, “With a roster of more than 130 endorsements in midterm races to date, Donald Trump has put his political capital on the line in dozens of states and scores of primaries.”

Indeed, Trump-endorsed candidates win even when The Donald forgets their names. Now that’s juice.

Another big winner last night in this more populist Republican Party was Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, a former staffer in both of Trump’s presidential campaigns. His endorsement in a crowded Republican field swept her to victory in Ohio’s newly created 13th Congressional District, which, as the Washington Examiner reports, “has long covered territory hospitable to working-class, populist Democrats but is now swinging Republican.”

Trump’s record won’t remain unblemished. It can’t. One of his candidates, former Georgia Senator David Perdue, currently trails incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp, for whom Trump has had no shortage of enmity. But still.

As for Vance, our Thomas Gallatin first covered him last July. At that time, Vance discussed the resistance of some Republicans toward his candidacy: “I think so far a lot of them are frustrated and a little upset with me because I actually say what’s true,” he told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, “which is many of these people don’t care about their own voters. They think they’re either bigoted or they think they’re stupid. They don’t understand their job in this country is to protect their own voters, to serve their best interests. So a lot of established Republicans, just like a lot of mainstream press and corporate media, they’re against me … and it’s fine.”

And so it was. Vance’s margin yesterday was eight points over Mandel and nine points over Dolan.

“I have absolutely gotta thank the 45th … president of the United States, Donald J. Trump,” said Vance at a victory speech in Cincinnati last night. “Ladies and gentlemen, it ain’t the death of the America First agenda.”

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Executive News Summary

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Amazon to subsidize abortion tourism: The leadership at Amazon has announced a new company policy that effectively subsidizes abortion tourism. According to the new policy, if an employee lives in a location where she would need to travel over 100 miles to obtain an abortion, Amazon will cover those travel expenses up to $4,000. Terry Schilling, president of American Principles Project, reflected on the news: “It’s sadly no surprise to see Amazon assisting in efforts to circumvent pro-life laws. After all, they have been doing the woke Left’s bidding for years.” Amazon has pushed the “woke agenda even further, subsidizing the abortion industry even as they falsely categorize it as a ‘non-life threatening’ procedure,” Schilling also observed. “Conservatives by now should think twice before doing business with Amazon, and at the very least, Republican leaders should stop providing any special benefits to a company that is clearly working against the interests of American families.”
  • CDC bought cellphone location data to track Americans: Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by CYBER, a cybersecurity group, it has been revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention purchased tracking location data from the cellphones of at least 20 million Americans. The CDC reportedly “bought access to location data” in order to perform “analysis of compliance with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools, and specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation.” The CDC bought the cellphone data from data broker SafeGraph. But the CDC’s aims for the tracking data appear to go beyond merely COVID-related application. As cybersecurity researcher Zach Edwards noted, “The CDC seems to have purposefully created an open-ended list of use cases, which included monitoring curfews, neighbor to neighbor visits, visits to churches, schools and pharmacies, and also a variety of analysis with this data specifically focused on ‘violence.’” Furthermore, the CDC has continued to access this mobility data despite the pandemic having ended. The report states that “this data is used by several teams/groups in the response and have been resulting in deeper in deeper insights into the pandemic as it pertains to human behavior.”
  • America’s ammo shortage continues: As firearm ownership has risen significantly in the U.S. over the last few years, what has come with it has been a long-running ammunition shortage. Dubbed the Great Ammo Shortage, millions of Americans have struggled to find ammunition for their firearms thanks to a number of factors that continue to limit the supply. The first fact is simply the reality of high demand. Ammunition manufacturers are struggling to keep up as gun ownership has risen by 41% from 2019 to 2020, which amounts to 8.4 million new firearm owners. One top of this growing demand has been supply chain issues. Sanctions against Russia, a ban on ammo made in China, as well as a global shortage of copper have all impacted supplies. The shortage has resulted in a surge in DIY ammo. “Home bullet presses are becoming increasingly popular among gun owners, as it decreases your dependence on retailers to provide your ammo,” observed Amy Myers. “Just keep your brass casings and you’ll be able to keep providing your own rounds.” The immediate outlook is that the ammunition shortages will continue throughout the year. Combine that with the high inflation rate, and the reality is ammunition prices will not be dropping significantly anytime soon.

Headlines

  • Texas-style ban on most abortions approved in Oklahoma (Washington Examiner)
  • Roe v. Wade outcry comes with U.S. abortion rate at historic low (Washington Times)
  • The same people who said Joe Rogan was taking “horse dewormer” now want women to take actual horse abortifacients (Not the Bee)
  • Job openings hit a record high in March as businesses still struggle to find workers (Insider)
  • Sony stands up to Chinese communists on Statue of Liberty (NY Post)
  • DC elementary school hosts “Anti-Racism Fight Club” assembly with “fist book” for students (Daily Wire)
  • Policy: Five ways Democrat policies work to destroy children’s lives (The Federalist)
  • Satire: Source of SCOTUS leak found to be Swedish Supreme Court janitor Hildur Clintonheim (Babylon Bee)

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The Green Unmaking of the U.S. Military

Joe Biden and company are more interested in the leftist petri dish than in the readiness of our Armed Forces.

John J. Bastiat

Most people think the job of the U.S. military is to provide national security to those living within American borders and to protect vital U.S. national security interests abroad — all so that external threats aren’t knocking at our front door. As seen through the Biden administration’s hazy lens, however, most people would be wrong.

Let’s unpack this ideological conflict a little further. As a fundamental, unvarnished maxim, Job One of the U.S. military is to kill people and break things to keep Americans safe. That’s the job, at least, as far as the sane part of the U.S. is concerned. In a neo-liberal world, however, that’s all wrong: Job One is to save us all from that most hated of all enemies, “climate change.”

No, really.

But don’t take our word for it; neolib-in-chief Joe Biden said as much in his “Earth Day” address. Invoking once again the Left’s overworn, clichéd term “climate crisis,” Basement Joe channeled his inner Rahm Emmanuel, declaring, “[The ‘climate crisis’] is a genuine opportunity, an opportunity to do things we wanted to do and only now become so apparent.” Well, sure — after all, every leftist agenda item must be underpinned by a crisis or the federal government can’t run roughshod over your fundamental rights!

Beyond the obvious, two other observations are salient here: 1) Of course this is a “genuine opportunity” — that’s what a “crisis” is. 2) The only reason this “opportunity” has “become so apparent” is that the neolibs have realized that they must strike while the iron is hot. In other words, absent a “crisis,” no justification (read: power) to create coercive “laws” exists.

We’ve alluded to this type of lunacy in the past: radicalism generally, “transgender” training, and “white extremist” hunting. This latest iteration of leftfoonery (pretty sure it’s a real word) is nothing new.

Even so, telegraphing to Congress his intent to exploit this newfound “opportunity,” President Air Handshake told his preening acolytes: “You know, my pen’s ready. My pen’s ready to sign. I’m anxious to sign this. Get some of these bills to my desk.” His Royal-Ready-Pen also alluded to the finite window within which he and his handlers can still abuse this presidential power: “We have to move quickly.”

Punctuating his point, Biden added, “I really mean it.” And herein lies the rub: No one thinks he doesn’t mean it; the problem is that everyone knows he does mean it — at least to the extent he can put a coherent sentence together affirming his thoughts. Absent from any of his priorities, however, are any mention of national defense or protection of the American citizenry.

But why shouldn’t the Green agenda be forced down our military’s throat? After all, nothing else is going on, right? Well, let’s look: Inflation just hit a 40-year high, seemingly well on its way to a new all-time high. Supply chains are strained globally, with boots-on-the-ground impacts — such as food shortages and other lack of basic needs — manifesting themselves in spades across the span of average U.S. households and domestic markets. Fuel prices continue to rise not only because of inflation but, more directly, because Biden’s policies have severely curtailed U.S. oil and gas production to the point that we are once again a net energy importer — and a substantial one, at that.

Even more, beyond these basics, schools at every level from kindergarten through doctoral studies are indoctrinating our children in the leftist religions of wokeism, critical race theory, multiculturalism, climate crisis, and a host of other causes immaterial to a truly functioning society. And for the first time in U.S. history, life expectancies have fallen as a result of massive volumes of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids flooding illegal drug markets from China and other sources through routes in the open sieve that is our southern border with Mexico. Nothing to see here, folks — move along.

So what’s Uncle Joe’s plan to “help” our military? Here are his well-measured thoughts: “One of the things I’ve found out as the president of the United States is I get to spend a lot of that money.” Further underscoring this money-spending point, last month Biden announced his $5.8 trillion budget proposal for 2023, describing it as “one of the largest investments in our national security in history.” Here’s a helpful Neolib Rosetta Stone to unpack left-tard doublespeak: Whenever a neolib refers to an “investment,” he’s talking about taking money out of your family’s pocket and putting it into his, either directly or indirectly.

Validating this point, Biden advanced: “We’re going to start the process for every vehicle in the United States military, every vehicle is going to be climate-friendly — every vehicle. I mean it. We’re spending billions of dollars to do it.” Why such measures? Answer: “We put environmental justice at the center of what we do, addressing the disproportionate health, environmental, and economic impacts that have been borne primarily by communities of color, places too often left behind.”

So Biden’s ultimate answer for why he’s doing all this is, Because race. Sure. That makes perfect sense. Since this is a crisis, after all — one not at all related to race, incidentally — why not “race”? If none of that makes sense to you, it’s because none of it makes sense.

We’ll close with the one thing Biden said that did make a lot of sense to us: “This transition is going to matter.” Sadly, we couldn’t agree more.

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YouTube’s Double Standard

Should the world’s biggest video platform be next for free speech liberation?

Michael Swartz

Now that Twitter has been outed as a repository for left-wing bias thanks to the overtones toward more free speech exhibited in anticipation of still-prospective owner Elon Musk, we can take a moment to shift the focus to YouTube, thanks to some recent news and commentary on the platform’s leanings.

Last Tuesday, it was learned that podcast host Jacob Kersey had a video of a 2021 podcast featuring election expert Hans von Spakovsky pulled from YouTube, with a claim that it “had been removed from the platform for violating the platform’s ‘misinformation’ policy surrounding the 2020 presidential election.” However, whether it was the initial outcry or from YouTube having second thoughts, the video was restored two days later. Was it really misinformation? You be the judge — a transcript of the podcast is attached to coverage by The Daily Signal. Either way, Spakovsky is a leading authority in the field.

While it can be reasonably argued that only a small part of Kersey’s audience was affected — his podcasts at various, well-known outlets bring in many more listeners than his YouTube channel — the same cannot be said for another outlet that’s been thwarted to a degree in expanding its influence nationally. St. Louis-based NewsTalk STL recently lost its entire YouTube channel thanks to what was deemed as “severe and repeated violations of our Community Guidelines.” As the station explained in a release: “NewsTalk STL has had some troubles with YouTube in the past. We have had two strikes against our channel due to ‘medical misinformation’ according to YouTube’s protocol. We know the platform has been working overtime to censor voices that do not match the ideology and political leaning of YouTube.”

But not every controversial voice is silenced by YouTube; just those guilty of “wrongthink.”

A case in double standards is a story about a YouTube channel called Amaze.org by Bailey Duran. “Why is YouTube allowing this organization to push its sexual agenda on kids?” asks Duran. “YouTube’s content policy clearly states, ‘Content that targets young minors and families but contains sexual themes, violence, obscene, or other mature themes not suitable for young audiences, is not allowed on YouTube.’” Yet the Amaze.org channel has more than 220,000 subscribers and 60 million total views, dealing with a range of “not safe for work” topics without any disclaimer that these subjects should be age appropriate. (To be fair, though, one of their many topics is abstinence, which is what probably maintains their status as an educational outlet.)

While Rumble, which is considered the “right-wing” alternative to YouTube, has fewer than one-tenth the user base that YouTube does, those on the Left remain concerned that these alternative sites will create “an echo chamber that experts fear will promote disinformation and outright lies about the midterm elections,” including “calls for violence.”

Paging Joe Biden’s Ministry of Truth Disinformation Governance Board

You see, it’s all about the power with the Left. As the Roll Call story by Gopal Ratnum continues, “Unlike the past two election cycles, when Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others worked with federal, state and local election officials to take down election-related misinformation, it’s unclear if the new apps and sites would take similar measures.” No, they’ll simply allow everyone — left, center, or right — to have their say, and the Left hates that with the burning passion of a thousand suns. Just ask Elon Musk how his life’s been going the last month.

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SCOTUS: Boston Wrong to Refuse Flying of Christian Flag

The Court unanimously slaps down Boston’s abuse of religious freedom and free speech.

Thomas Gallatin

The U.S. Supreme Court was in the news Monday for more than just that leak on Roe v. Wade. The justices also handed down a unanimous decision reinforcing Americans’ constitutional right to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. The case in question was Shurtleff v. the City of Boston, wherein the Court overturned a lower court decision in order to rule that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it rejected a Christian organization’s request to fly a Christian flag on one of the three flag poles in front of City Hall.

At issue was the fact that the city had allowed 284 other organizations to fly their flags during commemorative events. Indeed, Boston had promoted the practice as an expression of the city’s diversity. But then city leaders refused the Christian organization known as Camp Constitution, which states that its mission is “to enhance understanding of the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.” The organization’s founder, Harold Shurtleff, sued the city.

Boston argued that rejecting Camp Constitution’s request was in order to avoid “publicize messages antithetical to its own.” In other words, Boston admitted that it refused to give voice to certain views with which it did not agree.

The Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling against Boston sends a clear and undivided message that the city trampled on the Constitution. “We conclude that Boston’s flag-raising program does not express government speech,” wrote soon-to-be retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. “As a result, the city’s refusal to let [the group] fly their flag based on its religious viewpoint violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.”

“When the government encourages diverse expression — say, by creating a forum for debate — the First Amendment prevents it from discriminating against speakers based on their viewpoint,” Breyer added. “The city’s lack of meaning­ful involvement in the selection of flags or the crafting of their messages leads us to classify the flag raisings as pri­vate, not government, speech — though nothing prevents Boston from changing its policies going forward.”

Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch further explained that “government speech occurs if — but only if — a government purposefully expresses a message of its own through persons authorized to speak on its behalf.” Therefore, the government simply allowing speech does not constitute the government sanctioning such speech.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh also noted, “Under the Constitution, a government may not treat reli­gious persons, religious organizations, or religious speech as second-class.”

This was a big and unanimous win for religious liberty and freedom of speech, and it was a badly needed check on those in the halls of power who have increasingly sought to twist the protections of the First Amendment ironically against the promotion of free speech and the free expression of religion.

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“The censor’s sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.” —Earl Warren (1891-1974)

For the Record

“It’s impossible to overstate the earthquake this will cause inside the Court, in terms of the destruction of trust among the Justices and staff. This leak is the gravest, most unforgivable sin.” —SCOTUSblog on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization breach

“The [Politico] article represents the greatest crisis that Chief Justice John Roberts has faced in his tenure on the Court.” —George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley

“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way. We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce — permanent employees and law clerks alike — intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here. I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.” —Chief Justice John Roberts

“Whoever committed this lawless act knew exactly what it could bring about. … Everybody knows what kind of climate the far Left is trying to fuel.” —Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell

Leftist Ghouls

“The Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past fifty years — not just on women but on all Americans. The Republican-appointed Justices’ reported votes to overturn Roe v. Wade would go down as an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history. Several of these conservative Justices, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the U.S. Senate, ripped up the Constitution and defiled both precedent and the Supreme Court’s reputation — all at the expense of tens of millions of women who could soon be stripped of their bodily autonomy and the constitutional rights they’ve relied on for half a century.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer

“It is my intention for the Senate to hold a vote on legislation to codify the right to an abortion in law.” —Chuck Schumer

“People elected Democrats precisely so we could lead in perilous moments like these — to codify Roe, hold corruption accountable, & have a President who uses his legal authority to break through Congressional gridlock on items from student debt to climate. It’s high time we do it.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Overturning Roe would put the lives of women across the country at risk.” —Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW.” —Senator Bernie Sanders

“Let’s be clear: The right to an abortion is sacred.” —Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Theater of the Absurd

Roe says what all basic mainstream religions have historically concluded, that the existence of a human life and being is a question.” —Joe Biden

“There are so many fundamental rights that are affected … and I’m not prepared to leave that to the whims of the public at the moment.” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis Award

“My worry is that this is just the beginning. Next they’ll go after gay marriage, and maybe Brown vs. Board of Education. They already eroded our voting rights a little bit. So I see fascism down the line here.” —”The View’s” Joy Behar

And Last…

“How can overturning Roe v Wade be an assault on women’s rights if you can’t tell us what a woman is?” —Liz Wheeler

“Conservative states try to entice businesses to come by promising lower taxes and less regulation. Liberal states try to attract women to come by promising high rates of baby slaughter. America, sadly, has irreconcilable divisions.” —Gary Bauer

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Driven to despair by stress, loneliness, political divisions and other worries like their church being in decline, more pastors now say they considered quitting their jobs compared to a year ago, new data released by the Barna Group show.

The research draws on data collected in surveys conducted in January 2021 and March 2022 that show the share of pastors who have given serious consideration to quitting being in full-time ministry within the last year, increasing from 29% in 2021 to 42% in March of this year.

Data collected for the 2021 study was collected online from 413 Protestant senior pastors from Jan. 22­–27, 2021. While the data collected from March 10–16, came from an online survey of 510 Protestant senior pastors.

More than half of pastors, 56%, who considered quitting full-time ministry in the last year, said, “the immense stress of the job” was a huge factor behind their thinking. Beyond these general stressors, two in five pastors, 43%, report that “I feel lonely and isolated,” while some 38% say “current political divisions” made them think about calling it quits at the pulpit.

An equal 29% share of pastors also said they felt like quitting because they weren’t optimistic about the future of their church; they were unhappy with the impact the job had on their family or they had a vision for the church that was in conflict with where the church wanted to go. Another 24% of pastors say they considered quitting because their church is steadily declining.

While pastors who have not considered quitting experience some of the same challenges highlighted by those who have considered it, the research shows that the difference maker for them is their mindset to ministry.

Some 83% said they did not consider quitting because they believe in the value of their ministry; 75% say they have a duty to stay and fulfill their calling to ministry, and 73% say they are satisfied with their job. A majority of pastors who have not considered quitting also cite strong family and community support and confidence in their ability as leaders.

The March measure of discontent among pastors also reflects a steady increase in the share of pastors who reported last October that they were “seriously considering” leaving full-time ministry as they struggle with their overall well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly four out of 10 mainline Protestant pastors, or 38% of them, said they were “seriously considering” leaving full-time ministry in October.

Joe Jensen, Barna’s vice president of church engagement, told The Christian Post at the time that the growing number of pastors now looking to leave their full-time positions is cause for alarm.

“This particular stat, this is the highest we’ve ever seen it,” Jensen said, pointing to the burnout he believes many pastors are experiencing in the wake of the pandemic.

“We’ve been tracking this in our State of Pastors report that we did with Pepperdine University in 2016, 2017. We didn’t have this exact stat but we were tracking burnout. [And] pastors were feeling burnout and the risk factors involved,” Jensen said.

He explained at the time that pastors, in general, shy away from counseling and mentoring, but they need to understand that it’s OK to ask for help.

“Pastors traditionally don’t feel comfortable for a number of different reasons to seek out counseling, to seek out mentoring. You know it needs to be OK within a Church community and the Church culture for a pastor to say, ‘you know what? I need help.’ I need some counseling. I’m struggling emotionally,” he said.

“But to be quite frank, for whatever reason, a lot of pastors don’t feel comfortable being vulnerable within a leadership context,” he added. “I really think that churches need to communicate and say, ‘Hey pastor, it’s OK not to be OK.'”

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