There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
What will happen to people who die after never hearing the gospel? Will they go to hell—and does that mean God is unjust? From one of our live events, Derek Thomas, Stephen Nichols, and W. Robert Godfrey address these questions. Just ask Ligonier to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions.
For if these thing be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8)
If we desire to glorify our Lord by fruitfulness, we must have certain things within us; for nothing can come out of us which is not first of all within us. We must begin with faith, which is the groundwork of all the virtues; and then diligently add to it virtue, knowledge, temperance, and patience. With these we must have godliness and brotherly love. All these put together will most assuredly cause us to produce, as our life fruit, the clusters of usefulness, and we shall not be mere idle knowers but real doers of the Word. These holy things must not only be in us, but abound, or we shall be barren. Fruit is the overflow of life, and we must be full before we can flow over.
We have noticed men of considerable parts and opportunities who have never succeeded in doing real good in the conversion of souls; and after close observation we have concluded that they lacked certain graces which are absolutely essential to fruit bearing. For real usefulness, graces are better than gifts. As the man is, so is his work. If we would do better, we must be better. Let the text be a gentle hint to unfruitful professors and to myself also.
The hundred and third psalm is especially celebrated for its beauty and sublimity. Its theme is the praise of God’s mercy: “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy.”
In this psalm occurs the tremendous passage: “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” Then comes the meditation upon man’s weakness. “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.”
At the end, the singer, feeling human voices all too weak, summons the mightier chorus of angels to join him in thanksgiving.
You may know people who profess faith in Christ and who say they believe the Bible, but they think there is wiggle room in Scripture that allows for . . . broad definitions of marriage . . . and abortion . . . and not being part of a local church. Essentially, they set their own standards for what it means to be a Christian. Of course, when we trust in our own, sin-tainted thinking, the consequences are disastrous.
Jan Markell spends the hour withStephen Briggsof Hatikvah Films. We carry his DVD, America and the Israel Effect. There are blessings and cursings put upon nations and individuals based on the Genesis 12:3 warnings as this DVD history lesson reminds. The Biden administration only plans to bring calamity on Israel so how might this affect you? Find the DVD in our online store.
When I was a child, our church held services on Sunday evening. The service had a unique element in it. Often, the pastor would ask if anyone would like to share how God had been at work in their life. Listening to respected adults share about God in such a personal way made a huge impact on me. They would tell of answered prayers or how God had comforted them during a troubled time. Psalm 116 is a testimony. We do not know exactly what kind of trouble the Psalmist was facing, but he describes his desperate situation with great emotion, “The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow” (v. 3). Death seemed like a real possibility. But when the Psalmist cried out to God for help, God answered. God was true to His character. The Psalmist rehearses the attributes of God from Exodus 34:6–7 (v. 5). In contrast to God’s faithfulness, people are often untrustworthy (v. 11). But God hears prayer and responds. God’s deliverance prompted the Psalmist to publicly proclaim what He had done (vv. 13–14). In this context, verse 15 stands out as a bit odd. It says, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” You might say to yourself, “Didn’t he just pray for deliverance from death?” The word “precious” here is better understood as “costly.” That is, the Lord understands the cost to the community of faith when a believer dies. This is one of the reasons God spared him in this situation. >> God may not always answer our prayers in the way we would want. When that happens, this psalm is a good reminder that God’s ways are higher than our own. Consider how you can let people know what the Lord has done, so their faith can be encouraged.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5
Sometimes when we’re wrestling with difficult and unexplainable circumstances such as the loss of family member, a diagnosis of cancer, or the loss of a job, it’s hard to be able to rest in God and trust Him.
It’s easier to trust Him when things are going well, as opposed when they don’t turn out the way we want. We can’t always see the “why” of a situation, so we tend to doubt and wonder if the light will ever even shine through the dark tunnel. But God created the earth so that light would always overcome darkness and that the sun will always rise when you wake up; His creation is the promise of something better, and gives us just a hint of what is to come.
God wants us to rest in Him knowing that at the end of our situation, it will ultimately be better, whether we see our problems resolved here on earth or in Heaven. We have the promise of future hope, joy, and peace. God doesn’t want us to worry about our current problems but to have our focus geared towards the future. When we keep the future in mind, we are able to handle our present circumstances better.
Are you anxious about something? Trying to find peace? Whatever the situation, remember the future hope and keep the bigger picture in mind, even if you can’t see the end result.
Dear Lord, thank you so much that you have promised to be with us in all circumstances, and that you give us a future full of hope. Amen.
Sometimes it’s very difficult to see the big picture God has in mind for us. Make a list of all the good things that have come out of your situation that would have never occurred had you not been placed there.
The hundredth and, perhaps even more, the hundred and second psalm look forward to the eternity of God’s “kingdom of the righteous.” All men are summoned to join in His worship and are offered a place in His eternal mansions, a summons which to the Christian faith implies the promise of Heaven, where the artist Sandreuter places Saint Peter watching at the gate, and outworn humanity pressing eagerly forward to join the angels worshipping within. “For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth.”
Far, indeed, does the prophetic singer look backward and then forward: “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
“They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
“But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”
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.
At U of M panel, election officials told to rely on ‘narratives and emotions,’ not ‘facts’ The University of Minnesota held an event recently where students working towards a certificate in election administration were taught to build strategic alliances with the media and celebrities to counter the voices of election security skeptics. The event was called “Election Accuracy: Going on the Offensive” and was put on by the university’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs as part of its program for training current and future election officials. The event featured speakers who taught students to build allies in the media ahead of Election Day to neutralize skeptics who may raise questions about practices like mail-in voting.
20 GOP Attorneys General Threaten Legal Action in Letter Over ‘Un-American’ Disinformation Board Virginia Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares sent a letter signed by 20 GOP attorneys general on Thursday to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas threatening legal action against its ‘un-American’ Disinformation Governance Board. The letter claims that the new board violates the constitutional freedoms that attorneys general are called to defend.
Abortion ‘right’ from being a ‘child of God’? Biden gets roasted Franklin Graham, … is warning Joe Biden that abortion isn’t what he apparently believes it to be, a right. In fact, on social media, Graham explained, “Yesterday President Joe Biden said that the right to an abortion comes from being a ‘child of God.’ Mr. President, that is just not true.” Abortion is a sin – simply put, it‘s murder.”
Neturei Karta extremists riot in Jerusalem A group of several dozen members of the extremist Neturei Karta sect rioted in Jerusalem’s Shabbat Square Thursday night. Some of the violators were dressed in sackcloth and ashes and held Palestinian Authority flags in their hands. They threw stones, bottles and other objects at police and at passing vehicles.
Temple Mount clashes endanger Bennett coalition The last time there were clashes on the holy site, Ra’am froze its membership in the coalition and warned that the party would take more drastic steps if the police returned to al-Aqsa Mosque. Now, members of the party’s governing Shura Council want to leave permanently ahead of the spring session of the Knesset that starts on Monday.
Calls for investigation of Jerusalem Archbishop for joining Iranian conference The conference, called “Annual Global Jerusalem Day,” was also attended by the leaders of various terrorist organizations, such as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nakhala, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Talal Naji, and the head of the Fatah coalition in Iraq, Hadi al-Amiri.
On Israel’s Independence Day: Lawmaker calls to build Third Temple On Thursday, Knesset Member Itamar Ben-Gvir (Jewish Power) entered the Temple Mount on Israel’s 74th Independence Day. During his visit, Ben-Gvir said: “The time has come to build a Jewish synagogue on the Temple Mount.” Building the Third Temple is a commandment incumbent upon the Jewish people as written in the Book of Exodus:
Justice Deparment establishes ‘Office of Environmental Justice Attorney General Merrick Garland made the announcement at a press conference with EPA Administrator Michael Regan Thursday. Garland said that the new office, which will also be known by the initialism OEJ, would “oversee and help guide the Justice Department’s wide-ranging environmental justice efforts.” The office was created as part of the Department’s “comprehensive environmental justice enforcement strategy,” in compliance with the Biden administration’s January 2021 executive order …
Satellites watch record-breaking fires ravage New Mexico “The blazes have been driven by high winds, low humidity and exceptionally dry tinder — grass, brush and timber — that are providing ample fuel for burning,” according to a statement from NASA Earth Observatory. “The fires have destroyed hundreds of structures and prompted the evacuation of thousands of homes.”
Major damage after tornadoes rip through parts of Oklahoma and Texas, Major damage was reported in parts of Texas and Oklahoma after a series of tornadoes ripped through the region on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. On Thursday, severe thunderstorms are expected from eastern Texas into the mid-Mississippi Valley. Storms will shift over the lower Mississippi into the Tennessee Valleys on Friday, then Saturday into Monday from the central Plains into the Midwest.
California faces summer of dangerous heat, extreme drought Heat waves. Severe drought. Extreme wildfires. As Southern California braces for unprecedented drought restrictions, long-range forecasts are predicting a summer that will be fraught with record-breaking temperatures, sere landscapes and above-average potential for significant wildfires, particularly in the northern part of the state.
Iceland: Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths increased by 80% in 2021 The rate of stillbirths in Iceland almost doubled compared with the average for 2011-2020 and first-year infant deaths more than doubled. Taken together there was an 82% increase, as reported by Icelandic daily Frettin based on new data from Statistics Iceland.
“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” —Joseph Story (1833)
A pro-abortion leftist mob tries to intimidate and delegitimize our third branch of government.
Yesterday, a serious and deeply learned judicial scholar named Samuel Alito had to cancel a speaking engagement at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ judicial conference.
A spokeswoman for Alito, who also happens to be the author of a leaked draft of a long-overdue Supreme Court opinion that says two landmark abortion cases, Roe and Casey, “must be overruled,” gave no reason for the cancellation.
But it doesn’t take a genius. Nor does it take a genius to figure out why the Supreme Court itself is now under lockdown, with eight-foot fencing around the building, all entry points blocked to vehicles, and more officers positioned on patrol: security concerns. Pro-abortion activists had even published a map of the Washington metropolitan area with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Indeed, security concerns.
Of course, “security concerns” is simply a polite euphemism for “leftist mob violence.”
Here we might make a distinction between a leftist mob and a rightist mob: The former is all too common and has its roots with Robespierre and the guillotines of the French Revolution, while the latter is rare and has its roots with the Minutemen and the Boston Tea Party of the American Revolution. (Democrats don’t like it when we point this out, but facts are stubborn things.) As Ann Coulter writes in Demonic, her prescient book on liberal mobs:
A mob is an irrational, childlike, and often violent organism that derives its energy from the group. Intoxicated by messianic goals, the promise of instant gratification, and adrenaline-pumping exhortations, mobs create mayhem, chaos, and destruction, leaving behind a smoldering heap of wreckage.
Coulter published Demonic more than a decade ago, but she certainly seems to have sussed out antifa and Black Lives Matter. This latest group of leftist mobsters calls itself “Ruth Sent Us” — which is a deeply ironic name, given that its namesake, former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, believed Roe to have been poorly decided. Coulter continues: “The Democratic Party is the party of the mob, irrespective of what the mob represents. Democrats activate mobs, depend on mobs, coddle mobs, publicize and celebrate mobs — they are the mob.”
Yeah, yeah, we know: January 6. But all that sorry episode proves is that every group has its breaking point — such as when it believes a presidential election was stolen. Democrats, on the other hand, get the mob together when one of them gets shorted on an order of fries.
But since we’re on the subject of mobs, and of January 6, which the Left likes to call “an insurrection,” what might we call this newest effort to use threats of violence to disrupt the lawful proceedings of one of our three branches of government? Where’s the FBI? Where are its entrappers, its agents provocateur? Where are those updated “Most Wanted” posters?
Let’s consider, for just a moment, how we got here — to a point where we think decent societies can tolerate mob intimidation of its Supreme Court. It was just over two years ago when then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer debased his office in a way that few other elected officials ever have. Speaking to a mob of pro-abortion Democrats on the steps of the Supreme Court, he said this:
I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. … You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.
His remarks, which were a clear and naked threat of violence toward two Supreme Court justices, even prompted a rare rebuke from mild-mannered Chief Justice John Roberts. “Justices know that criticism comes with the territory,” Roberts said, “but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.”
Schumer, had he any decency, would’ve resigned in disgrace. Instead, here we are.
This Sunday, which happens to be Mother’s Day, the same mob that doxxed the Supreme Court’s six Republican-appointed justices is calling on its mobsters to descend on local Catholic churches. This, according to the group’s tweet, is because “six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe.”
Perhaps, as our Mark Alexander suggests, this pro-abortion mob’s time would be better spent repenting of the racist origins of our nation’s leading killer of unborn babies, Planned Parenthood, instead of the black-robed jurists who appear poised to strike down the judicial abomination known as Roe v. Wade.
Their apprehensions range from the infringement of “rights of pregnant men” to the possible implications for Obergefell.
LGBTQers are up in arms about the leakedDobbs verdict draft. To them, the willingness of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — what they term “longstanding precedent” — somehow endangers them.
NBC News comes at it from a new woke angle with an interview of a “transgender” man (read: woman) who doesn’t want the overturning of Roe to interfere with her ability to obtain an abortion. The fallacious thinking that has been promoted by the Left is that overturning Roe means abortion will become illegal. No. If Roe is overturned, abortion “rights” will be returned to the states. The interviewee has nothing to worry about since she resides in New York City. The likelihood of abortion being illegal there is very slim considering how blue the state of New York is.
Opinions like this are easily dismissed. But according to the same NBC article, “Advocates say that LGBTQ people are already disproportionately affected by restrictions on abortion due to higher rates of medical discrimination and poverty.” Let’s break this little nugget down. Those “higher rates of medical discrimination” are self-inflicted wounds, especially in the case of “transgenderism.” Gender dysphoric individuals set out on paths to get hormone/puberty blockers, testosterone treatments, and “gender-affirming surgeries,” all of which are a mess of their own making and enabled by feckless doctors and psychologists who refuse to actually treat their mental illness in a way that actually helps.
The correlation between poverty and identity is tenuous. People who identify as LBGTQ+ come from all walks of life, rich and poor. This false equivalency between poverty and medical discrimination is an attempt to reinforce the tired talking point about the inaccessibility of abortion to the poor.
The most “rational” (for lack of a better term) of the activists’ fears regarding Roe and Casey potentially being overturned has to do with Lawrence v. Texas, which granted same-sex consensual coupling, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted same-sex marriage. Both precedents were set relatively recently (Lawrence in 2003 and Obergefell in 2015); neither is as longstanding as Roe. Activists have good reason to be afraid, especially since Obergefell — which appropriated a religious institution and inferred a “right” that wasn’t explicitly endowed in the Constitution — was made on tenuous grounds.
Some will even take it a step further to draw racism into the conversation. Congressman Eric Swalwell raved: “The Republicans won’t stop with banning abortion. They want to ban interracial marriage.” Joy Behar, one of the hosts of “The View,” threw out this nonsense: “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.” And finally, President Joe Biden managed to get out this non sequitur: “What happens if … a state changes the law saying that … children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children? … What are the next things that are going to be attacked?”
Frankly, this demonic backlash stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of what rights are. In the conservative view — and the Founding Fathers’ view — God-given rights are things the government can’t take away. For some liberals and all leftists, rights are something only the government can give you. Arguing that a woman has a “right” to kill her unborn baby is an example of the Left’s perspective — a right endowed on women by the federal government. People deciding on a state-by-state basis the issue of abortion (which is what would happen should Roe be overturned) is a perfect understanding of the Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
As always, though, the Rainbow Mafia isn’t satisfied when it can’t force everyone to accept, or even commend, its lifestyle choices. It is bound and determined to turn any “woman’s right” into something it can hijack.
Ultimately, this uproar is a clear sally from the leftists who are seeking to stir up their intersectional base for the midterms in November. One can only hope the horrible breech of trust from the SCOTUS leak is so profoundly punished that it never happens again. Sadly, with leftists happily destroying all our norms and disrespecting all our institutions, this is not at all likely.
Initial numbers look pretty good, but the economy is a long way from healthy.
“Record unemployment of 14.7% as more than 20 million Americans lose their jobs.” That was our subtitle two years ago this week as the government shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic that absolutely obliterated the American jobs market. Today’s report of 428,000 jobs added and a 3.6% headline unemployment rate is very welcome news along the road to recovery, though our economy is nowhere near as strong as it was before politicians chose “safety” over sanity.
Worrisome numbers indicate that Donald Trump’s roaring economy is becoming an all-too-distant memory, as we’re still very much mired in Joe Biden’s “recovery.”
It was just last week that we learned GDP in the first quarter had actually dropped at a 1.4% annualized rate. Are we headed for recession? “Never rule anything out,” says Jared Bernstein, a member of Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers.
“Average hourly earnings rose 5.5% over the past year, a historically big rise that matched gains from earlier this year,” reports The Wall Street Journal. But wages aren’t keeping up with inflation. When the inflation report comes out next week, virtually no one is predicting that it will be less than last month’s 8.5%. The Federal Reserve’s half-point interest rate hike on Wednesday effectively admitted as much.
Just a reminder: Gas prices averaged $2.38 a gallon the day Biden took office. Today’s average is $4.28 — and far higher than that in most of the states that voted for Biden. Gas drives other prices higher.
The labor force participation rate in April dropped by 0.2 percentage points. The real unemployment rate, which includes a fuller measure of sidelined workers or part-time instead of full-time positions, rose to 7%. According to RealClearPolicy, “There are nearly 3 million workers missing from the workforce compared to when the pandemic first began.” And yet, somehow, there are still more than 11 million job openings in the U.S. “Anecdotally,” said Kathy Bostjancic, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, “companies are still saying the biggest issue is a lack of available workers.”
Biden boasted today in a statement that he’d created 8.3 million jobs since taking office, though that’s largely an accident of timing — he took office when the economy was recovering from losing 20 million jobs in two months. That didn’t stop him from gleefully taking credit: “This is a direct result of the American Rescue Plan, our COVID vaccination program, and my plan to grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.” The truth is all of those policies have made the economy weaker, not stronger. (Firing unvaccinated people created jobs? Come on, man.)
What are the Democrats’ plans to fix the damage they’ve done? More of what caused the damage in the first place, with tax increases to boot.
“If you want to get rid of inflation,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer last week, “the only way to do it is to undo a lot of the Trump tax cuts and raise rates.” Reminder: Republicans cut taxes across the board, which got the economy really going again. Now that runaway Democrat spending (i.e., the American Rescue Plan) has created rampant inflation, they want not only a lot more spending but also to tax you more. Now that Democrat policies have left employers desperate for already higher-priced workers, they want to raise the minimum wage to $15 and hike taxes on small business owners.
On a final note, Gallup says, “Americans’ confidence in the economy remains very low, and mentions of economic issues as the most important problem in the U.S. are at their highest point since 2016.”
Newsom the “transphobe,” Oregon schools get more woke, Fox News misrepresents court-packing support, new press secretary, and more.
Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler
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Newsom the “transphobe,” Oregon schools get more woke: California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom recently expressed outrage over the leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and showed his solidarity with the abortion lobby, stating, “If men could get pregnant, this wouldn’t even be a conversation.” Newsom’s comment was quickly pilloried as a hypocritical stance regarding the Left’s woke “transgender” ideology. “Ummm. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but men have periods and men can get pregnant,” joked RedState editor Kira Davis. “I didn’t make the rules, I’m just reminding you of your own.” Former NFL player and pro-life activist Benjamin Watson weighed in: “It must be incredibly exhausting to be required to constantly remember which men can and which men can’t get pregnant.” Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw also got in on the act, posting, “Then how do you explain THIS,” with an arrow pointing to a “pregnant man” emoji. Newsom might want to look just up the coast to The Beaver State to see how far behind the woke train he has fallen. Coming in the 2022-23 school year, all K-12 public schools in Oregon will be required to provide feminine products and instructions for “how to use” in all bathrooms irrespective of gender so as to be in compliance with the state’s Menstrual Dignity Act. The legislation reads in part, “Importantly, [the Menstrual Dignity Act] affirms the right to menstrual dignity for transgender, intersex, nonbinary, and two spirit students by addressing the challenges that some students have managing menstruation while minimizing negative attention that could put them at risk of harm and navigating experiences of gender dysphoria during menstruation.” Maybe remedial science class is in order.
Fox News misrepresents court-packing support while Dem pollster admits leak was political: A Fox News headline reads, “Americans say they are split on court packing after top Dems call for adding justices to Supreme Court.” The headline gives the impression that a credible, representatively sampled poll was taken. Not even close. What did happen — a small group of passersby in Harvard Square in Boston were asked their opinions — was more akin to Jay Leno’s humorous man-on-the-street interviews. Nothing says “representative snapshot of America” like Harvard Square. Meanwhile, Mark Penn, the chairman of Democrat polling outfit Harris Poll, voiced his insights on the SCOTUS leak: “[It was] clearly designed to affect both the court, and I think perhaps the midterms. I think that Democrats were rather lackluster going into these midterms, had kind of a feeling of growing defeat coming. This is going to provide an ability for Democrats to energize their base somewhat more than was going to happen without this. I think that that breathed new life into Democratic hopes for those midterm elections.”
New press secretary, same old game: On Thursday, the White House announced its replacement for Jen Psaki, who’s leaving for a hosting gig on MSNBC. Her name is Karine Jean-Pierre — well, we’re assuming that she’s a woman, though Peter Doocy may want to get clarification. What we do know is that Jean-Pierre checks off a couple of significant boxes when it comes to the Left’s woke identity hierarchy, as she is both black and a lesbian. Indeed, the first thing the Leftmedia seemingly noted about her is that she will be the first openly homosexual or black woman to serve in the role. More significant, however, are Jean-Pierre’s anti-Semitic views as an anti-Israel activist. Furthermore, she is directly connected to the Leftmedia; her “spouse” is a correspondent for CNN. Just more of the same for the most radical leftist administration in American history.
Joe Biden can’t simply waive away all this debt, but that won’t stop him from politicizing it.
Brian Mark Weber
Today’s college students often complain about skyrocketing tuition, and they rightly blame those same higher-ed institutions for saddling them with debt. After all, many of them are now the proud owners of bachelor’s degrees that cost more than $100,000, and they’re bussing tables at a local bar to chip away at the balance.
But in defense of these predatory schools, they merely took advantage of a student loan scam put into place by the very same politicians claiming to be on their side today. That’s why these debt-strapped students shouldn’t be marching against college administrators. Instead, they should be pounding on the doors of Democrats in Washington.
Colleges know that every single undergraduate student walking through their doors is guaranteed more than $50,000 in federal loans, with graduate students able to borrow nearly $140,000. Unsurprisingly, then, tuition rates have soared as this corrupt cycle keeps repeating itself: More loans enable higher tuition, which enables more loans, which enables higher tuition. Now, some Democrats are floating the awful idea (again) of forgiving up to $50,000 of student loan debt.
The Biden administration, however, recently suggested a number closer to $10,000, while adding that loan relief would be limited to those borrowers making less than $125,000.
The idea that the president can simply wipe out student debt is a fantasy, mainly designed to give false hope to young voters whom they hope will be motivated to vote “D” on November 8. But polls currently show that Biden is losing this key demographic.
That’s why Biden is pitching the false idea that he can wipe out student debt on his own. Not even Biden’s own Department of Education believes he has the authority to do so, nor does House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Even if Biden tries, he faces many obstacles. For example, as The Washington Times reports, “Mr. Biden hasn’t publicly confirmed that pledge, but acting unilaterally to cancel student loans would stir division within the Democratic Party, invoke Republican opposition and likely face legal challenges.” The Wall Street Journal details some of these legal concerns, but suffice it to say, the Journal notes even Barack Obama’s former top Education Department lawyer says Biden “would be on shaky legal ground.”
To push it over the finish line, the Democrats are — surprise! — making it about race by claiming that alleviating student debt will help black and Hispanic students, as well as boosting the economy and helping the working class. But according to The Wall Street Journal, “The borrowers Democrats really want to help are white-collar workers with advanced degrees who account for 56% of the $1.6 trillion in federal student debt.”
Regardless of whether Biden actually pulls this off, what might a future Republican Congress do about student debt? As political analyst Charles C.W. Cooke suggests: “The first step for the GOP to take would be ending the student-loan program completely. Given the obvious political temptations that program was always going to create, the federal government should never have gotten into the student-loan business in the first place. But it did, and so here we are.”
Good point. And a Republican Congress and president should apply the same principle to countless other government programs that need to be put on the chopping block. Cooke adds, “If President Biden goes through with his threat, we will have been shown once and for all that the government cannot be trusted to issue these loans on behalf of America’s taxpayers, and that it must not be allowed to do so again.”
Of course, Republicans have held the reins of power before and failed to fix things, so one wonders what they’d do if given another chance. For now, Democrats are proposing an outrageous plan that lets some college students off the hook while insulting others who worked hard to pay back their loans in good faith. Oh, and it makes inflation worse.
There’s another group of Americans, though, that’s largely ignored in this conversation about student loan forgiveness: the millions who didn’t go to college. Should their taxes go to fund such an ill-conceived giveaway?
On a reassuring note, the nearly 60-year-old student loan scheme is another textbook case of the failure of progressivism. Next time those on the Left propose another government program, we can remind them of this and other failures.
A Florida judge threw out three recently passed election integrity laws, dubiously citing a Civil Rights-era provision.
The Democrat Party has long used underhanded tactics in order to expand its political power. Democrats eschew a level playing field, where those presenting the best ideas and most persuasive arguments win. They shun this fair system because they recognize that many of their policy proposals fail to hold up against logically consistent observations or constitutional scrutiny. The modern Democrat Party has been almost completely taken over by the radical Left, which means Democrats know they can’t win a fair fight against Republicans.
On issue after issue, the Democrats find themselves on the opposite side of the majority of the American public. Yet rather than admitting this or changing anything, they defame and smear their political opponents, often disingenuously characterizing Republicans as “racists” or “bigots” or “sexists” or “extremists.”
One of the biggest examples of the Democrats playing this mendacious game has to do with election integrity laws. Several Republican-controlled states passed election integrity laws following the 2020 election, which was, to put it mildly, marked by weaknesses and opportunities for the vote to be compromised.
As we all recall, the Democrats took advantage of the COVID pandemic to implement sudden and drastic changes to states’ election laws, often without any input from state legislatures. All of this was done in an effort to get around the various checks designed to prevent or detect voter fraud. The most obvious example was the massive increase in mail-in balloting.
Republicans responded to this abuse by working, unlike the Democrats, through their state legislatures to pass new and updated election integrity laws that aimed to prevent such abuse in future elections. Rules like requiring voter ID, which the vast majority of Americans support, or limiting ballot harvesting and drop boxes, which are notorious for “irregularities.”
As noted above, Democrats didn’t argue the merits of the election integrity laws, but instead simply smeared them as “Jim Crow 2.0,” as Joe Biden infamously stated. Despite the entirely false characterization of these election laws, Democrats failed to stop them in the state legislatures. Their disingenuous and hyperbolic criticism also failed to change Americans’ minds. The vast majority of the public is simply not buying the Left’s hysterical claims.
But that hasn’t stopped the Democrats, who know that if they are unable to defeat election integrity measures, their chance of maintaining their current majority control of Congress is sorely diminished. So they’ve gone to the courts, and in Florida they recently scored a temporary (though likely not permanent) win. Resurrecting an old Civil Rights-era tool known as “preclearance,” Democrats got a judge to rule against Florida’s recently passed voting laws.
“Preclearance was … created under federal law requiring certain jurisdictions to get approval from either the Department of Justice or a federal court before they could pass a new election law,” explains Stewart Whitson. “It has largely been dormant since 2013 when the Supreme Court struck down the formula that was used to determine which states had to submit to this burdensome pre-approval process.”
Democrats hope to make use of this likely unconstitutional provision in an effort to reverse and derail the election protection provisions recently passed not only in Florida but also in Georgia and Texas. It seems unlikely that Democrats will find long-term success in the courts using this provision, but that doesn’t mean they won’t keep trying. They will cling to any procedural and process provision they can think of in an effort to preserve their tenuous hold on power.
How Vocal Minorities Are Slowly Shaping the World — Dr. Peterson, James Orr, and Arif Ahmed discuss how a “confident minority” turns into an “unassailable orthodoxy” and why, if left unattended, free speech issues worsen long before they improve.
“To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views necessarily deprives others of the right to listen to those views.” —C. Van Woodward (1908-1999)
“Polling shows that abortion is not at the highest level of voter concerns, even after the unprecedented leak of a draft decision that would end Roe. Politico conducted a rush poll after the leak, and it did not find an electorate obsessed with abortion. … Women’s issues, including abortion, ranked fifth out of seven. The most important, of course, was economic issues, named by 41% of registered voters. Next was security issues, with 16%. Then came seniors issues, with 10%, and healthcare issues, with 9%. And then came women’s issues, including abortion, at 8%. … On the other hand, look at the dominance of economic issues. When 41% of voters, given multiple choices, choose one area as most important, that says it is really, really important. And the poll did not even mention the word ‘inflation,’ which likely would have sent the number even higher. Nevertheless, voters named the economy their top concern by a broad margin. Abortion just isn’t anywhere near that. … Of course, something entirely unforeseen could occur and consume our politics. But right now, bet on the economy to be the decisive factor in November.” —Byron York
Non Sequitur Award
“So the Republican Party supports forcing women to give birth against their will, but opposes providing childcare, paid leave or healthcare. Got it.” —Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (“Government-sponsored childcare, paid leave, healthcare — these are all policy questions, which is to say they are matters chiefly concerned with policy. … Abortion, on the other hand, is strictly moral issue. … The question isn’t whether or not there’s a better, more efficient, less expensive way to kill an innocent human being; it’s rather that killing an innocent human being is always wrong on the merits.” —Daniel Payne)
Non Compos Mentis Award
“[Justice Samuel] Alito’s fundamental legal reasoning is that abortion is not a fundamental right because it doesn’t go back to the founding because the Founding Fathers didn’t recognize abortion as a fundamental right, and he’s right about that. The Founding Fathers didn’t recognize abortion as a fundamental right because the Founding Fathers were racist misogynist jerk faces who didn’t believe that women had any rights at all.” —The Nation legal correspondent Elie Mystal
Requesting Intersectionality Cleanup on Aisle 6
“If men could get pregnant, [abortion] wouldn’t even be a conversation.” —California Governor Gavin Newsom (“I don’t know if you’ve heard, but men have periods and men can get pregnant. I didn’t make the rules, I’m just reminding you of your own.” —Kira Davis)
“As a pro-life Utahn, I’m concerned that the never-ending tug-of-war over abortion laws threatens to create a public health crisis and further divide the nation without solving anything. … If Roe v. Wade is overturned, some states will immediately enact extreme laws — such as total bans on abortion, onerous limits on birth control, and criminalization of women in desperate situations. I oppose these laws.” —Utah Senate candidate Evan McMullin (“Why can’t [Donald Trump] actually say the words ‘I want Roe v Wade overturned?’ I’m the only pro-life candidate in the race.” —presidential candidate Evan McMullin, October 19, 2016)
“I believe that we should help [gender dysphoric individuals] have the life-affirming care that they need. There are many transgender youth who have actually gone in the opposite direction, taking their life. If we can make a life better for someone in America, we should, especially if, in consultation with their physician, they approve of those procedures.” —Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
“I think extreme is a nice way of putting it. … I tend to think that not every conservative is MAGA, but MAGA — that’s the least you could say, is that they’re extreme.” —”The View’s” Sara Haines
“I think [Joe Biden’s] being very nice actually when he says they’re extreme.” —”The View’s” Joy Behar
“The left insists that the American people overwhelmingly support abortion. Well, if that’s true, then why are they so afraid of letting the people in the states have a say?” —Gary Bauer
Kiev can’t maintain and repair complex US and NATO arms – if they break, they’re useless
Scott Ritter is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of ‘SCORPION KING: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump.’ He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons inspector.
After hounding the US and other NATO members for weeks about his need for heavy weapons to defend against Russia’s ongoing “special military operation”, Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, appears to have been granted his wish. The US Congress, on April 28, passed legislation that breathed life into a World War II-era law that would allow the US to quickly supply weapons to Ukraine on loan.
By a vote of 417 to 10, the House of Representatives sent the revised 80-year-old law to the desk of President Joe Biden, where he is expected to sign it (the US Senate had earlier passed the legislation unanimously.)
“Passage of that act enabled Great Britain and Winston Churchill to keep fighting and to survive the fascist Nazi bombardment until the United States could enter the war,” said Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland who has been at the forefront of anti-Russian legislation over the years. “President Zelensky has said that Ukraine needs weapons to sustain themselves, and President Biden has answered that call.”
The Congressional action comes on the heels of President Biden approving an additional $33 billion in military aid on top of the nearly $3 billion already provided to Ukraine since the start of the conflict with Russia. While much of the earlier weapons shipments focused on light weaponry such as anti-tank missiles and man-portable air defense systems, the new support package places an emphasis on heavy weaponry, such as howitzers and armored fighting vehicles, which Ukraine needs to replace equipment destroyed or damaged in battle.
Beware of what you wish for.
General Omar Bradley, a famous American military commander during World War II who knew more than a thing or two about killing Nazis, is attributed with saying“amateurs talk strategy, professionals talk logistics.” For every piece of heavy equipment that the Ukrainian military is about to receive as part of this massive infusion of military aid provided by the US there is attached the unspoken yet critical reality of the issue of maintenance and sustainability. Simply put, if its broke, you can’t use it. And military equipment breaks – frequently – especially when subjected to the strains and stress of unending modern combat.
Take the M777 155mm towed howitzer the US is providing to Ukraine – some 90 in total. Intended to be a lightweight, easily transportable replacement for the workhorse M198 howitzer used by the US Army and Marines from the mid-1980’s through the mid-2000’s, its design made sacrifices to reduce weight which, under combat conditions, resulted in “serious problems with metal fatigue, instability while firing, and damage inflicted by recoil quickly became apparent,” according to a fact-sheet about the system. Many of the problems faced by the M777 revolve around the materials used in its production. “There are many problems with using titanium instead of steel,” the fact-sheet notes, “rooted in the fact that while it is similarly strong, titanium alloys are much less flexible (making them more prone to metal fatigue).” Moreover, the fact sheet concludes that “this artillery piece is too light for the powerful 155 mm ammunition. The lighter a weapon is that fires a given projectile and propellant charge, the more violent its recoil is. This has resulted in the recoil-absorption mechanisms in the M777 wearing out dangerously fast in combat conditions.”
The US Army experience at the National Training Center, in Fort Irwin, California, shows that the combat effectiveness of an M777-equipped artillery unit begins to degrade around the fourth day of operations, primarily due to maintenance issues. Left unresolved, an M777-equipped unit could find itself completely combat ineffective within a week. The US Army solution—extensive field-level maintenance supported by forward-deployment of critical spare parts and highly trained personnel—is one that can only be conducted by units trained to do so, and with the logistical infrastructure in place to allow it.
The Ukrainian Army, which is undergoing training on the M777 system at the US Army training center in Grafenwoehr, Germany, will be focused on the manpower-heavy requirements of M777 operation (which needs an eight-man crew, as opposed to the five-man crew of the M198), and not how to maintain the system in combat. But even if these weapons make it to the front lines, the complexity of the system will ensure inefficient operations which sooner rather than later will result in the M777 howitzer breaking down with no means of repairing it.
The logistical problems of the M777 are replicated with each item of heavy military equipment the US and its NATO allies are providing to Ukraine, from 200 obsolete Vietnam-era M113 armored personnel carriers (whose 6V53 Detroit two-stroke six-cylinder diesel engines with Allison TX100-1 three-speed automatic transmissions are unlike anything in the Ukrainian military arsenal, meaning there is no one qualified to maintain or repair them in Ukraine) to the 50 obsolete 1960’s-era Gepard anti-aircraft armored vehicles dispatched by Germany (with separate engines for propulsion and energy supply to the turret, doubling the maintenance headache). The US and NATO seem content with providing Ukraine with old, worn out (obsolete is the operative word here) equipment that is virtually guaranteed to break down rapidly under combat conditions and for which Ukraine has no logistical support plan in place.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, recently visited Ukraine, where she told President Zelensky“America stands with Ukraine. We stand with Ukraine until victory is won,” adding “Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done.” Pelosi’s visit has been portrayed as an indication that the Biden administration, by providing Ukraine with the heavy weaponry it has been requesting, is committed to Ukraine prevailing in the ongoing conflict with Russia. But the reality is far different—by providing Ukraine with equipment which is all but guaranteed to break down shortly after entering combat, and for which Ukraine has no infrastructure on hand to maintain and repair, Biden and Pelosi are doing little more than feeding the Ukrainian military suicide pills and calling it nutrition.
Biden Administration Press Secretary Jen Psaki is out the door, leaving to take a job at—you guessed it—MSNBC. Hardly surprising because as we’ve said around here often, much of the mainstream press corps seems to be nothing more than an extension of the Democratic Party. She’ll be right at home at MSNBC, where not even Fox News’ Peter Doocy will be able to ask her tough questions.
We’re almost sorry to see her go, though, because her little head-tilt, condescending attitude, tendency to “circle back,” and smudging of the truth were must-watch TV. Especially if you were a masochist.
No doubt replacement Karine Jean-Pierre will soon earn her way into our hearts in a similar fashion.
For our farewell to Psaki, we’d thought we’d put together a few of her greatest hits. This is by no means a comprehensive list; that would take months to compile. Readers, if you have other favorite examples, please don’t hesitate to post them in the Comments Section (link at the end of this article).
Let’s start with this gem. A reporter asks about a Senate Finance Committee report that detailed suspicious payments made to Hunter Biden. First Psaki claims there’s no evidence, then she says she’s not familiar with the report.
Not even sort of believable.
Next, let’s move on to the Afghanistan debacle, where “no Americans were stranded.” Except for the ones who were.
PSAKI: “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not.”
DOOCY: “‘There are no Americans stranded’ is the White House’s official position on what’s happening in Afghanistan right now?” pic.twitter.com/0FEq5VkO6V
After President Biden, in September, accused the Border Patrol of brandishing whips like brutal slaveowners against migrants, a claim that’s been thoroughly debunked, Psaki refused to admit the error, much less apologize.
Despite the entire story being debunked, Psaki says “our reaction to the [lies about Haitians being whipped by border agents] has not changed.”pic.twitter.com/CAHenzgMcT
Retail crime got you down, meantime? Sick of seeing your local mall smashed by gangs of criminals? It’s not “defund the police” to blame, and it’s certainly not soft-on-crime policies and woke DAs who seemingly refuse to prosecute anything. No, silly, it’s COVID:
.@dagenmcdowell: “If you’re going to lie… at least make an effort because this isn’t even a good lie.”
Despite record inflation and Biden’s horrible energy policy, soaring gas prices are actually Putin’s fault, Psaki says here. Notwithstanding that prices were skyrocketingbefore Russia invaded Ukraine.
More lies 😡
PSAKI: “The reason why the price of gas is going up is not because of steps the president has taken, they are because Putin is invading Ukraine.” Gas prices rose $1.14 from Biden’s inauguration to the day Putin invaded. pic.twitter.com/agUyXrXIK3
The list could go on and on, but we leave you with the coup de grace, whereby Ms. Psaki essentially calls a network news reporter a “stupid sonofabitch.” That reporter, Fox News’ Peter Doocy, was seemingly the only White House correspondent who ever dared ask Psaki a tough question—but he always did so with respect. He was far less obnoxious than the insufferable Jim Acosta during the Trump Administration.
This is how the Press Secretary refers to a respected American news reporter. Sorry not sorry to see you go, Jen.
What did Justice Samuel Alito think when his draft abortion decision leaked to the press this week? If you got a chance to ask him, he would likely admit to being angry that someone close to a justice broke the inviolate confidentiality rules of the court. But a former Supreme Court clerk has an additional suggestion for how Justice Alito is feeling right now.
Leftist temper tantrums are happening outside the fenced Supreme Court building and even LA erupted into violence.
LA Riot Redux: Pro-Abortion ActivistsRiot, Engage LA Police in Street Violence,
Now, protests are planned by a radical pro-abortion mob in front of the home of each justice named by a Republican president, planning to screech, scream, do “art,” and “peacefully” protest outside their homes. And they’ve invited friends. The coven of activists called Ruth Sent Us doxxed all six GOP-named justices and send out maps leading directly to their homes for every manner of crackpot, anarchist, BLM, and Antifa terrorist to feel free to bomb those “fascists.”
It’s literally obstructing justice, according to a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Mike Davis, a former U.S. Senate advisor to the Judiciary Committee and now with the Article III Project, wrote, “it’s clearly obstruction of justice, under the U.S. Code, to send protesters to federal judges’ homes to attempt to influence their decisions on pending cases. It is also very dangerous — even deadly — to reveal the home addresses of federal judges.”
It is clearly obstruction of justice, under the U.S. Code, to send protesters to federal judges’ homes to attempt to influence their decisions on pending cases.
Davis told me on Seattle’s KTTH radio that Justice Alito is tough and will not be bullied.
He’s incredibly smart. What’s good about justice Alito is he does not give a damn about public opinion nor should he. As Supreme Court justices they have lifetime tenure, they have pay protection. They’re intentionally insulated from public opinion because their job is to protect minority rights to protect all of us, giving equal protection under the law, all due process of the law, even the unpopular among us. Especially among us. So he doesn’t give a damn about the polls of the American people. He’s the perfect person to draft this opinion.
Davis says Alito’s draft opinion is “brilliant.”
Too bad the screamers outside the Supreme Court building and justices’ now fortified homes haven’t read it.
“Ironically, the Times article admits Elon had non-white friends growing up in apartheid. Oh, and they left out that his father was an ANTI-APARTHEID politician.”
(Mary Dowling – Independent Sentinel) The NY Times came out with its first hit piece of disinformation on Elon Musk. At the same time, the FCC is going to delay the sale of Twitter, perhaps until after the election.
Elon Musk is now slightly right-wing, having been slightly to the Left before the onslaught of communism hit the USA under the Bidenistas. Now the media seeks to destroy him. Elon came from South Africa so the New York Times is trying to make him guilty of apartheid.
He was brought up in elite, segregated white communities allegedly littered with anti-black propaganda, says the New York Times. Elon was detached from the atrocities of the white political leaders on the black population, they continue. View article →
#LionelNation #NewGlobalOrder #RadLeftFascism There’s simply no room on social media platforms for intelligent brave naked speech. Freedom of speech, thought, expression and belief. Unfettered, unencumbered and unplugged.