Daily Archives: May 18, 2022

Life Together | Today in the Word Devotional 

One of the most powerful books about Christian community is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. Written during the Nazi regime, it says, “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” Our dream of what Christian community should be may prevent us from experiencing it. The reality may not live up to our dreams. Bonhoeffer shifts our focus away from imaginary Christian fellowship, urging us instead to love the flesh-and-blood people around us. Psalm 133 celebrates unity within the worshiping community: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (v. 1). The word “God’s people” literally means “brothers.” Anyone who has grown up with brothers or sisters knows that siblings do not always live in unity. From Cain and Abel to the latest church meeting, evidence of brothers and sisters fighting is all around us. Despite this reality, Psalm 133 reminds us of how powerful it is when (with God’s help) we live in unity. The psalm uses two metaphors to celebrate our spiritual unity. First, unity is compared to oil running down a person’s head. The imagery here comes from Exodus 29 where instructions were given on how to consecrate priests. Anointing oil represented a time of celebration in the presence of God. When we are unified in God, we are set apart to celebrate and worship Him as one. Second, unity is like the dew on Mt. Hermon. This area is well known for its heavy dew which results in lush and vibrant vegetation. This life-giving image is transferred to the more arid region of Zion. The dew shows us how Christian community brings life and blessing. >> Have you experienced unity within the body of Christ? What things do we do that divide us? What can you do to promote this type of life-giving, refreshing unity among your brothers and sisters in the Lord?

The Judge, Part 1 – Listen to Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, May 18, 2022

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Even if you’ve never had a brush with the law in this world, you’ll face judgement day in the next. And the verdict you receive will be enforced for eternity. Dr. David Jeremiah considers two very different judgements over which Jesus Himself will preside: one triumphant, one tragic. 

— Read on www.oneplace.com/ministries/turning-point/listen/the-judge-part-1-963032.html

The Bible and its Story: The Shulamite

All efforts to construct a completed story from this most intricate of books, must depend largely on fancy; but there is certainly running all through it the piteous picture of the longing woman, once referred to as the Shulamite. “Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.” Shut away from the care and protection of him to whom she has pledged herself, she spends her time in dreaming of him, in yearning and lamenting. “I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.”

‎“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

‎“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.”

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

True Worship, Part 5 (#1) – Listen to Grace to You with John MacArthur, May 18, 2022

It’s been said . . . if you want to know what you love mostif you want to find out what you really worshipthink about . . . well . . . what you think about. Where does your mind wander when you have a free moment? When the paycheck comes, how do you dream of spending it? What drives youwhat are you passionate about?

The Fulfillment of the Law | Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul 

God’s law tells us how to live before Him, but the law cannot empower us to do so. Today, Sinclair Ferguson establishes how Jesus both fulfilled the law and subsequently enables us to keep it.

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Fruit of Joy — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Beloved child of God, listen to your Father’s heart and his ways for you in Galatians 5:22-23,25.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Listen to God’s Word for you in Nehemiah 8:10.

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

God’s purpose in his creation was his own pleasure. He rejoices in all his works (Psalm 104:31). Job 38:7 says that God laid the foundations of the earth and marked off its dimensions and did all his work of creation while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy. Imagine the same joy of God when he created you! Your Father is joy, and he plants his joy inside you in the person of his Son. Jesus lives in joy in you.

Be blessed to drink deeply of the joy that God your Father has in you as his beloved. Be blessed with his understanding of joy, not the world’s fickle happiness. Be blessed to know the joy of the Lord that gives you the strength to go forward, to press on, to endure hardship. Be blessed with the oil of joy that flows from heaven. God commands for you the blessing of life in his joy, defeating depression, destruction, and death.

Joy is the quiet, inner sense of well-being in Jesus, but it also can be intense motion. Be blessed with rejoicing with intensity that words cannot fully express. Be blessed with Christ’s overflowing joy that bubbles up in you to flow out of you (Philippians 1:26). He promises joy that nobody and nothing can take away (John 16:22). Be blessed as you are filled with the joy that the Holy Spirit imparts in your place in the kingdom (Romans 14:17).

Joy can also be a daily decision and a battle. You can count it all joy in trials of any kind, when you know that your Father does all things well for you. Be blessed as you pursue Jesus who is joy. He came so that you can have this kind of joy. It is his gift to you (Romans 15:13). Be blessed in the incomparable joy of Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). Be blessed to be energized for each new day and each new challenge with joy that comes from him.

Have you ever been blessed to watch someone laugh? You laughed too, for no other reason than that they were joyful. Be contagious with joy in gratitude that you share in the inheritance of his holy people who live in his light (Colossians 1:11-12). Be blessed to be an ambassador of joy in a world filled with stress and sadness. Be blessed as you spread joy wherever you touch the lives of others. Be blessed to lighten the load of others and strengthen weary hearts with the joy of Jesus. Be blessed to brighten and refresh the weary spirits of others with joyful confidence in Jesus.

Be blessed with the joy that the Spirit of joy produces in you, your response to his joy (Galatians 5:22).

By Sylvia Gunter
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   Bible Studies

•  God’s Plan – A Study on God’s Destiny for Me?

•  Salvation Explained

Fruit of Joy — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Be Joyful Always — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Thought

Where does your heart live? That’s what these verses are all about. It’s about where we spend the most time with our hearts. Is there a constant awareness in your life that God is present? Is he the unseen but always present companion in all your ups and downs? Or is God here when it is convenient and gone when things are busy or we feel that everything is going okay? Joy comes from knowing we are never alone. Prayer is the ongoing conversation we have, Spirit to Spirit, child to Abba, human with God. Thanksgiving and joy are the great reminders that we have been blessed no matter what the outward circumstances imply.

Prayer

Precious and Righteous Father, thank you for being there, always. Give me a deeper appreciation and a more profound awareness of your presence today. May my life reflect the joy you have given me by saving me by grace. And may my heart always find its home in you. Through the name of Jesus my Savior and friend I pray. Amen.

By Phil Ware
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   How to Spend a Day With the Lord

•   A Poem of Hope …”I feel the arms of God around me”

•  Salvation Explained

Be Joyful Always — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: The Protest of Devotion

Without some such understanding as the foregoing of the “Song of Solomon,” it becomes a medley of love speeches. Critics have tried to set these in some sort of order, to interpret them, and discover, underlying them, the tale of some ancient love on earth, whether of Solomon or another.

‎There are fragments which suggest a king riding forth from Jerusalem with his splendid escort, and meeting a village maid, a Shulamite, with whom he falls in love. He carries her perforce to his palace, where she converses with the women of his harem. She admits herself to be browned with the sun, not carefully nurtured and fair like the others. “Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards.”

‎She protests to the women that she does not desire their splendor; for she has already a shepherd lover to whom all her heart is given. She then flees from the palace and is wounded in an effort to find her beloved, to whom she is ultimately reunited.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Heidelminicast: Heidelberg Catechism 88—What Is Repentance? — 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 88—What Is Repentance? — The Heidelblog

18 May 2022 News Briefing

After Russia opens fire on Israel in Syria, rabbis consider possible “Gog-Magog scenario”
Media reports claim that a Russian S-300 anti-air battery opened fire on Friday night against IDF warplanes operating over northwestern Syria, marking the first time Russia has actively interfered with an Israeli air attack in Syria. The fact that the maneuver originated in the ‘north’ and was executed by Moscow has rabbis in Israel noticing several parallels to the War of Gog and Magog as prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel. “Two possible Gog and Magog scenarios”

SCOTUS Rules 5-4 Against Illegal Immigrant Seeking to Avoid Deportation
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Monday to uphold a federal appellate court ruling against a man who sought to prevent his deportation after being in the United States illegally since the 1990s.

The Mars Perseverance rover is nearing its main mission target
NASA’s Perseverance rover will begin its climb up the ancient delta feature known as “Hawksbill Gap” on Mars today, May 17, according to a post from NASA. This is the Perseverance team’s “main astrobiology target” and a key milestone for a mission that set out to find signs of ancient life on the red planet.

Fourth industrial revolution will change the character of war, enable advanced influence campaigns & information warfare: RAND
The so-called fourth industrial revolution will fundamentally “change the character of warfare” with advanced influence campaigns, information manipulation, cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, electromagnetic capabilities, and a whole lot more, according to a recent RAND Corporation report.

Nasa’s Mars lander heading for dusty demise
Nasa’s InSight Lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. Nasa says it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters out, likely in July. Then flight controllers will monitor Insight until the end of this year, before calling everything off.

Chinese Boeing plane was ‘intentionally’ death plunged into mountain, killing 132 says new report
Flight data recovered from the black boxes of the China Eastern Boeing 737-800 airliner crash on March 21 showed that the plane’s sudden vertical “death plunge” into a mountain was an intentional act carried out by someone in the cockpit, a new report revealed.

US pilots have had ’11 near misses’ with UFOs, Pentagon reveals
U.S. military pilots have encountered unidentified flying objects (UFOs) on dozens of occasions and have nearly run into them on at least 11 different occasions, according to a military official who testified before Congress on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee held the first congressional hearing on UFOs

JPMorgan Sees Gas Prices Hitting $6.20 By August
With expectations of strong driving demand — the US summer driving season starts on Memorial Day, which lands this year on May 30, and lasts until Labor Day in early September — JPMorgan’s commodity strategist Natasha Kaneva warns that US retail prices could surge another 37% by August to a $6.20/gal national average.

Buchanan: Why Would US Give A War Guarantee… To Finland?
Nervous about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions, Finland wants America legally and morally bound to fight Russia on its behalf, should Putin invade Finland as he invaded Ukraine. From the Finnish point of view, this is perfectly understandable. What patriot would commit his own country, in perpetuity, to go to war on behalf of another country not his own? By welcoming Finland into NATO, Biden is offering Helsinki the kind of war guarantee Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gave to Poland in the spring of 1939, which led to Britain’s having to declare war on Sept. 3, 1939, two days after Germany invaded Poland.

US Set To Block Russian Debt Payments, Pushing Moscow Closer To Historic Default
The latest attempt at inflicting maximum punishment and pressure on Russia amid its grinding war in Ukraine has many scratching their heads, as the US is now set to block Moscow’s ability to pay its sovereign debt – though ironically which Russia appears ready and willing to pay, if it weren’t for the far reaching US-led sanctions imposed on its central financial institutions in the first place.

US Media Begins Calling To Expel Turkey From NATO As Finland, Sweden Seek Entry
An op-ed in CNN this week has called on NATO to expel Turkey if it doesn’t agree to admit new applicants Finland and Sweden into the Western military alliance. Ankara has so far appeared to slam the door on the prospect, calling the Scandinavian nations “terror supporters” over the outlawed Kurdish PKK issue.

Biden Will Ease Sanctions On Venezuela’s Maduro Amid Scramble For Alternative Oil
The Biden administration will ease sanctions on Venezuela and its strongman President Nicolás Maduro, senior admin officials have told several media outlets, in yet another reversal of a key Trump policy. The Miami Herald is reporting that in exchange for a softening of sanctions, which have included blocking the government’s access to US debt and equity markets – and have particularly targeted state-run oil company PDVSA in an oil embargo – Caracas has committed to a formal dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition in Mexico City.

“The Real President Is Whoever Controls The Teleprompter”: Musk Delivers Scathing Criticism Of Biden
“I mean, the obvious reason for inflation is that the government printed a zillion amount of more money than it had, obviously,” Musk said, likely referring to COVID-19 relief stimulus packages worth trillions of dollars that were passed in recent years. The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter … There were a lot of people in the [Trump] administration who were effective at getting things done. This administration seems just to not have like the drive to just get shit done.” Jeff Bezos, also one of the richest people in the world, has increasingly started to target the administration’s economic policies. Bezos, in a series of Twitter posts, said the rapid increase in federal spending is the reason why inflation is as high as it is.

Elon Musk Claims He Will Vote Republican in Next Election
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will be voting Republican in the next election, despite “overwhelmingly” voting for Democrats throughout his life.

Virginia Mom Sues School Over ‘Anti-Racism’ Policy
Melissa Riley is suing the Albemarle County School Board over its “anti-racism” policy that she believes completely shifted her biracial son’s outlook on race, she told “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Monday. It’s never right for a school to teach kids that they are determined by their race,” he added. “It’s never OK for a school to tell kids that bigotry should be fought with bigotry and racism should be fought by doubling down on racism. Those things are not OK. They’re a violation of students’ civil rights.”

Fed’s Powell vows to raise rates as high as needed to kill inflation surge
“What we need to see is inflation coming down in a clear and convincing way and we’re going to keep pushing until we see that,” Powell said at a Wall Street Journal event. “If we don’t see that, we will have to consider moving more aggressively” to tighten financial conditions.

In Buffalo, Biden condemns ‘poison’ of U.S. white supremacy
Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned white supremacists, the media, the internet and politics for spreading racist conspiracy theories …

Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon fire complex now largest in history of New Mexico, U.S. 
The Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon fire complex burning east of Santa Fe, New Mexico has spread to 121 000 ha (298 060 acres) on May 16, 2022, surpassing the state’s previous largest fire – Whitewater Baldy in 2012.

Iraq hit by 8th large dust storm since mid-April 
A large dust storm swept over parts of Iraq on May 16, 2022, grounding flights at Baghdad Airport and closing some schools, businesses and government offices. This is the 8th strong dust storm to hit the country since mid-April.

Record high wheat prices after India declares immediate export ban, massive protests after 300% food price increase announced in Iran 
Wheat prices in Europe and Australia hit record highs this week after India – the world’s second-largest wheat producer – announced an immediate export ban due to a severe heatwave affecting the country since March. Global wheat prices have increased 40% since February 2022, increasing famine and sparking social unrest.

Another bright fireball over the United Kingdom, more than 800 reports received 
A bright fireball was seen over the southwestern United Kingdom at 20:46 UTC on May 16, 2022. The event comes just five days after a very bright fireball was seen over the same region. Interestingly, both events had very similar trajectories.1

Bill Gates And World Health Organization Drafting A Global Pandemic Treaty Is Nothing Less Than Bringing In The Government That Antichrist Will Require
Remember a few weeks ago on the Prophecy News Podcast, we told you about Bill Gates creating something called the GERM Team? As it turns out, the GERM Team is part of a larger deal involving the World Health Organization that includes a…wait for it…global pandemic treaty. What power does this give to Bill Gates and the organization that he is the largest single donor of, the World Health Organization? It allows them to fully implement the end times government of Antichrist. I make this statement without a trace of irony or hyperbole.

Watch As On Fire 11-Year Old Ainsley Grace Bakondy Gives The Gospel To Gay School Board Member While Rebuking Their Child Grooming Agenda
Here at NTEB, I am constantly calling Bible believing Christians to open their mouth, to speak up, and get in the game witnessing the Lord Jesus Christ to a God-hating, sin-loving, Jesus Christ rejecting world. As it turns out, 11-year old Ainsley Grace Bakondy took me literally and went and witnessed Jesus Christ to members of her local school board in Sarasota who are promoting the gay grooming agenda we talked about yesterday. Man oh man, if we could get some adults on fire like 11-year old Ainsley, we would really have something. Watch the video below to see just how awesome Ainsley was.

At least 44.3K Dead & 4.3 Million injured due to Covid-19 Vaccination across Europe
The latest update to the European database of adverse drug reactions reveals there have been 4.3 million injuries reported as adverse reactions to the Covid-19 injections up to 7th May 2022, including 44,348 deaths.

Nuclear threats spreading! Iran is completing production, installation of 1,000 advanced centrifuges
Iran is currently trying to complete the production and installation of 1,000 advanced IR6 centrifuges, including at a new underground facility being built near Natanz, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced on Tuesday.

The mysterious Georgia Guidestones and the Globalist plan to reduce humanity to half a billion
In the age of the Great Reset, it is time to have another look at another globalist project: the Georgia Guidestones, a set of commandments whose hour, it seems, has come.

Reiner Füllmich and 50 lawyers: ‘The vaccines are designed to kill and depopulate the planet’
Swedish journalist Jesper Johansson from Perspektiv speaks to Dr Reiner Füllmich on the coming court case against the architects of the plandemic.

Ontario Liberals vow to make COVID jab ‘compulsory’ for public schools
Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca said last week that if he becomes premier his government will add “COVID-19 vaccines to the compulsory immunization schedule for all children attending public schools in Ontario.”

Food Riots In Sri Lanka Turn Deadly As Protesters Beat Up Police, Burn Down Politicians’ Houses
Two months ago, we noted the first Arab Spring 2.0 incident when, as a result of soaring food, energy (and everything else) prices, thousands of angry Iraqis took to the street to protest. Needless to say, their complaints did not get much traction, and in the meantime food prices have only exploded to fresh record highs, far surpassing the levels hit in 2011 when riots against, you guessed it, food prices toppled most MENA political regimes (not without some CIA backing).

Germany BLOCKS Russia from exporting food, then BLAMES Russia for causing brutal hunger |
The United States and the European Union (EU) have been ineffective in their trade war against Russia and are currently working on their sixth package of sanctions. These sanctions have caused price hikes and food shortages, severely harming innocent people all around the world.

Dirty bomb drills being run in Austin, Tex., ahead of known radiological terror cells entering U.S.
From May 16 through May 20, the Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is holding a drill in Austin, Tex., that involves the use of low-flying aircraft and a simulated radiological attack.

Media Are Now Whitewashing Nazis They Had Previously Condemned
…What was once “a Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary organization” which even the FBI said is notorious for its “association with neo-Nazi ideology” was first relabeled as merely “far right” before it became a normal “unit in the Ukrainian military”.

Fentanyl seizures up in San Antonio as drug dealers find customers on social media
Overdose deaths in the U.S. have officially hit the highest record ever, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BREAKING: FDA Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Children Ages 5 to 11 Years Old
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, authorizing a booster dose for young children ages 5 to 11 years old, at least five months after they received their second shot.

Exposing the ‘Digital ID is a Human Right’ Scam
A major component of the Great Reset-Technocratic Agenda is the implementation of a worldwide digital identity scheme. One of the first steps to realize this goal is to convince the public that digital identity programs are a “human right” worth fighting for.

Is Humanity being purposely poisoned as part of a Depopulation Agenda? The crazy decline in Fertility over the past 40 years suggests so
In 1992, researchers published data showing the quality of sperm counts in men had been cut nearly in half over the previous 50 years. A 2017 systematic review confirmed this trend, showing a 50% to 60% drop in total sperm count among men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand between 1973 and 2011.

WEF Are at It Again, Dreaming Up a Dystopian Society to Benefit the Very Few
In February, the World Economic Forum (“WEF”) psychopaths published another of their wish lists describing their vision for the world.  This publication documents their hopes for “advancing digital agency.”  As usual, the theme is to rid the world of free human beings and replace them with something of their creation and under their surveillance and control.  On their website, the WEF boldly states:

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/05/18/18-may-2022/

Headlines – 5/18/2022

Bennett, Macron discuss new settlement construction, Al Jazeera journalist’s death

Shireen Abu Aqla: Christian leaders condemn violence at reporter’s funeral

Pallbearers at Funeral of Al Jazeera Reporter Were Convicted Terrorists

Suspected robber shot in Jerusalem after he’s mistaken for terrorist

Prosecutors say more than 600 indictments filed over last May’s Jewish-Arab violence

Mansour Abbas: Arab-Jewish political cooperation should be an end, not a means

Israel’s Eurovision contestant accuses media of antisemitism

Ex-Nazi guard, 101, could face 5 years in German prison

Meet North American Olim who moved to Israel to make the desert bloom

IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone that entered Israeli airspace amid major drill

Lebanon election: Hezbollah and allies lose parliamentary majority

Lebanon elections weaken Hezbollah, strengthen reformists, provisional results show

Despite Lebanon election setbacks, Hezbollah remains a growing threat to Israel

MPs charged over Beirut blast re-elected, troubling families of victims

UN chief issues call for ‘inclusive government’ after Lebanon vote

UN calls on Tehran to stop execution of Swedish-Iranian convicted as spy for Israel

In first, Israeli military to hold drill simulating widescale strike on Iran

Report: In 1st, US refuelers to take part in major Israeli drill for strike on Iran

Gantz leaves to US for security talks centered on Iran, Ukraine

Gantz: Iran ‘weeks from enough fissile material for bomb,’ adding 1,000 centrifuges

Iran is 5 days away from having enough fuel to build The Bomb,’ senior official tells “All Israel News”

Iran announces production of new military drone in Tajikistan

Yemeni minister claims Iran-backed Houthis undermining peace efforts

Two Decades After Iraq War Began, China Colonizes Iraq’s Oilfields

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Arab League holds memorial for UAE’s late Sheikh Khalifa

Libya: Clashes in Tripoli as would-be prime minister attempts to claim power

Tunisia military court jails four lawmakers from dissolved parliament: Lawyer

Nigeria’s treasury chief arrested over multi-million-dollar fraud

Pakistani military says shootout kills two Taliban commanders

Senate Advances Bill to Give Ukraine $40 Billion in Aid During 40-Year High Inflation

Eleven GOP Senators Break with Mitch McConnell and Vote Against Latest $40 Billion in US Aid to Ukraine

Experts warn arms for Ukraine could end up in wrong hands

Ukraine suspends peace talks with Russia

Ukraine relinquishes Mariupol as Russia attacks both east and west

Ex-Israeli diplomat on Russian state TV: Moscow could bomb UK ‘back to Stone Age’

Ukrainian Archbishop Condemns Putin’s Use of ‘Phosphorous and Cluster Bombs’

A Ukrainian TikToker funded 100 abortions for Ukrainian women, citing laws that make it hard to get treatment if Russian soldiers rape them

Ukraine IDs Russian ‘war criminal’ soldier accused of gang-raping child

UN rights expert: Int’l support for war crimes investigations in Ukraine needed

International Criminal Court (ICC) sends ‘largest ever’ team of investigators to Ukraine

Sweden, Finland push forward with NATO membership bids amid Turkey’s opposition

Sweden Officially Signs Formal NATO Membership Request, Ends 200 Years of Neutrality

Finnish parliament votes overwhelmingly in favor of NATO membership

Russia expels two employees from Finland’s embassy in Moscow

Russia reportedly moves nuclear-capable missiles to Finland border

Russia quits council of Baltic Sea States

MSNBC Does It Again – Pushes Fake Ukraine War Coverage – This Time Their Expert Analyst Shares Video Game

Russia not planning to block YouTube, says digital development minister

Russian Oil Standoff Tests Limits of EU Unity

Qatar’s emir visits Spain as EU eyes gas alternatives

The West’s Scramble for Gas Could Enrich and Empower Tiny Qatar

Biden admin to ease sanctions on Venezuela to facilitate oil imports

Bank of England Governor Warns of ‘Apocalyptic’ Food Shortages From Fallout of Russia-Ukraine War

US urges India to reverse ban on wheat exports

India tweaks wheat export ban to let trade meet some commitments

Record high wheat prices after India declares immediate export ban, massive protests after 300% food price increase announced in Iran

Food maker Agthia to seek help from UAE after India’s wheat ban

About 300,000 tons of wheat bought by Egypt stranded in Ukraine

Indonesian farmers protest against rising cost of palm oil export ban

White House Claims Baby Formula Shortage a Top Priority Since February After Joe Biden Claimed Ignorance of Problem

North Korea Mocks America with Claim Kim Jong-un Is Personally Helping Make Baby Formula

Doctors Can’t Get Formula for Sick Children Hospitalized Over Shortage

Pentagon Says Military Families Also Facing Baby Formula Shortage

Pelosi Backs Possible Criminal Charges Over Baby Formula Shortage

Nestle airlifts baby formula to US from Europe to ease shortage

Yellen Looks to Get Global Tax Deal Back on Track During Europe Trip

Bank of Israel seen acting aggressively on interest rate

Bidenflation Broke Walmart, Shares Plunge 11%

Biden vs. Bezos: White House punches back at billionaire over inflation tweets

Elon Musk: Biden Admin Must Do Something on Inflation or Risk Turning Into ‘Venezuela’

Report: Joe Biden’s Globalists Quietly Fight to Slash U.S. Tariffs on China

5 Chinese Community Banks Can’t Process Withdrawals

An Argentine libertarian channels inner Trump to ‘blow up’ political status quo

US announced easing Visa and family remittance restrictions for Cuba

Biden Releases 118K Border Crossers into U.S. in April, Exceeding Population of His Hometown

Ex-Trump WH Staffer Posts 128K-plus Emails From Seized Hunter Biden Laptop

Hunter Biden-Linked Firm Admits To Foreign Lobbying

Durham Investigation: Trial Starts for Former Clinton Atty. Sussman Who Successfully Used Corrupt FBI Against President Trump in Russia Collusion Hoax

Michael Sussmann: Clinton lawyer ‘lied to manipulate FBI over Trump’

Clinton Campaign Lawyer Wanted to Create ‘October Surprise’ With Trump-Russia Claims: Prosecutors

Report: Inspector General Will Declare FBI, DOJ Broke Law in Clinton Email Probe

Swiss Billionaire’s Mega-Influence On U.S. Politics

Newsmax Cuts Out Kari Lake Saying “Joe Biden, An Illegitimate President” – Dinesh D’Souza: “Newsmax Is Also Blocking Coverage of 2000 Mules”

Voter integrity group flags Georgia news site for setting live ‘bizarre’ mock primary results

Here We Go Again – Unexpected ‘Error’ with Mail-In Ballots in Pennsylvania

Elon Musk says he’ll vote Republican after years of voting Democrat

Elon Musk Slams Joe Biden: The Real President is Whoever Controls the Teleprompter

Fake accounts on Twitter comprise over 13%, says Israeli tech startup

Elon Musk: Twitter Deal ‘Cannot Move Forward’ Until Company Proves Its Fake ‘Bot’ Account Claims

Elon Musk wants SEC to probe Twitter’s daily user numbers

Half of Joe Biden’s Twitter Followers Are Fake, Audit Reveals

Musk Warns Twitter Users Are “Being Manipulated”, Company’s Legal Team Reaches Out

Twitter exec mocks Elon Musk’s Aspergers, calls him ‘special needs’ in video

Twitter Loses Three More Top Executives Amid Elon Musk Buyout, Project Veritas Expose

Former Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Says Biden Regime Should Start Jailing Conservatives For Spreading Misinformation

People’s print magazine faces possible closure amid newsroom chaos: sources

Cybercrime experts warn UAE residents to not fall foul of blackmailing scams

Commentary: Biden’s “Minster of Truth” Nina Jankowicz Participated in Secret NATO-Funded Cabal to Subvert Western Democracies Using Disinformation as Cover

“Ghosts in the Machine”: ‘Unsettling’ Fort Bragg recruitment video ignites debate over its mysterious intent

The Occult History of the U.S. Military’s PSYOPS and its Highly Symbolic Recruitment Video

US Air Force says it conducted successful hypersonic weapon test

FAA to let United use jets grounded after engine failure

China Eastern crash investigation indicates intentional nosedive: report

Congress holds historic public UFO hearing, as military struggles to understand ‘mystery’ flying phenomena

Pentagon now reports about 400 UFO encounters: ‘We want to know what’s out there’

UFO Hearing: Pentagon Shows Declassified Footage of Flying Spherical Object

Key lawmaker warns at UFO hearing: ‘Unidentified aerial phenomena are a potential national security threat’

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Karymksy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 28,000ft

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Flood threat to focus on 1,000-mile zone of US

Denver weather to go from high 80s to snow in a matter of just hours

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Sandstorm blankets Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh

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China Declares America ‘the Source of White Terrorism’

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In Buffalo, Biden condemns ‘poison’ of white supremacy

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Sharpton: Trump Mainstreamed ‘Hatred’ that Opened Pathway for Buffalo Shooter

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Ron DeSantis Signs Measure Outlawing Protests Outside of Floridians’ Homes: Sending ‘Unruly Mobs’ Is ‘Inappropriate’

CNN’s Henderson: ‘White Americans Have to Come to Terms’ with Their Racism

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Antiabortion forces split over bills to prosecute those who get procedure

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Judge Orders Indiana School District to Let Biological Females Use Boys’ Restroom

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Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill that Prohibits Pharmacists from Questioning the Effectiveness of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy elementary school-age kids

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Israel to end mandatory masking aboard international flights on May 23

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China: Communists Sicken Shanghai Locals with Mystery ‘Disinfection’ Tablets

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Mid-Day Snapshot · May 18, 2022

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“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” —James Madison (1787)

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Busting Biden’s Buffalo Bluster

The rare instance of white supremacist violence is a Demo dog whistle diversion from the real disparity in interracial violence.

Mark Alexander

On the pretext of “comforting the families of victims,” Joe Biden, a.k.a. “President Unity,” went to Buffalo in order to use the caskets of the dead as a political soapbox to blame his opponents for the killing of innocents by a deranged assailant. I covered that assault in detail the day prior to Biden’s visit.

I call it the pretext of “comforting the families of victims” because Biden did not go to Boulder, Colorado, to comfort the families of victims a year ago after a very similar attack at a food market by a 21-year-old Trump-hating Islamist immigrant who murdered 10 white men and women.

Nor did he go to Waukesha, Wisconsin, to comfort families of victims five months ago after an avowed black supremacist murdered seven people and injured 60 others at a Christmas parade. He didn’t go to New York a month ago when 10 commuters were attacked on a subway by another black supremacist. Nor did he mention the Laguna Woods, California, church attack by a Chinese immigrant the day after the Buffalo attack.

He has not traveled across the country to comfort the families of victims murdered by gang and drug thugs who are responsible for the daily carnage on Demos’ urban poverty plantations across our nation, like those who committed the “mass assault” in downtown Sacramento a month ago, killing six. Nor did he mention the families of those three people murdered in Milwaukee, five in Chicago, and five more in St. Louis — and more than 80 others murdered by thugs nationwide the same weekend as the Buffalo attack.

Why?

Obviously, those assailants and assaults did not fit the Left’s racial narrative, so those stories quickly faded from the mainstream media’s footnotes on crime — as did coverage of the more than 21,000 other murders in the latest year of record. They were of no value as political fodder for Democrat Party politicos.

Biden and his cadre are not about to mention the fact that black people commit 90% of interracial felonies — black on white or Hispanic — despite representing just 13% of our population. Nor will they mention the tragic fact that 88% of the suspects who murdered black people are also black.

The rare instance of white supremacist violence is a loud Demo/MSM dog whistle diversion from the real disparity in interracial violence and the cultural reality of black-on-black violence.

By comparison with the aforementioned 21,000 murders, according to the latest FBI data on “mass shootings” — which it defines as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area” — in a nation of 330 million people, there were 38 victims in 2020, there were 43 victims in 2021, and including Buffalo and Sacramento, there have been 30 victims this year.

So, Joe, why Buffalo?

Because it fit Biden’s diversionary claim that the most “lethal threat to the homeland” is actually white supremacy.

In addition to an opportunity to vilify his opponents, Biden and his entourage of hate hustlers could use the tragedy to undermine the Second Amendment, for reasons I outlined last week. It was a two-for-one political bait bargain he could not resist.

We got a hint of what he would say before his departure, as Politico noted he was “telling aides that he no longer recognizes the GOP, which he now views as an existential threat to the nation’s democracy.” In other words, if you disagree with Joe Biden and his thugs, you are an existential threat to our nation.

And apparently, his chief political strategist must now be Rep. Liz Cheney (?-WY), who demonstrated her lunacy level by declaring: “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. … GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.” As if the GOP has ever embraced such views. That was a perfect fit for Biden’s effort to claim that anyone who disagrees with his open-border policy is a racist “replacement theory” conspiracy theorist.

Cheney is confusing the history of the Republican Party with that of the racist Democrat Party, whose protagonists were, and remain, the architects of white supremacy.

What did Biden actually say?

After appropriately mentioning the victims, Biden declared: “In America, evil will not win — I promise you. Hate will not prevail. And white supremacy will not have the last word. For the evil did come to Buffalo, and it’s come to all too many places, manifested in gunmen who massacred innocent people in the name of hateful and perverse ideology rooted in fear and racism. What happened here is simple and straightforward: terrorism. Terrorism. Domestic terrorism. Violence inflicted in the service of hate and a vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people being inherently inferior to any other group.”

He continued, “A hate that through the media and politics, the Internet…” That was his jump-off for broadly painting his opponents and conservative media with a brush of blame: “I condemn those who spread the lie for power, political gain, and for profit. … It’s a poison running through — it really is — running through our body politic.”

He claimed: “I wasn’t going to run … again for president. I, honest to God … I was going to be darned if I was going to let — anyway. Don’t want to get going.” But he then declared that the battle between antifa v. alt-right thugs in Charlottesville, which he repeatedly attempted to blame on Donald Trump (fact-checked FALSE), motivated him to run again.

He then built a bridge between Trump and white supremacists: “Heads of state and other countries ask me, ‘What’s going on? What in God’s name happened on January 6th? What happened in Buffalo? What happ- [unintelligible].’”

He mumbled incoherently: “All chil- — life, liberty, our universal goods — gifts of God. We didn’t get it from the government, we got it from — because we exist, and we’re called upon to defend them.” But in a more lucid moment he said: “Look, the American experiment in democracy is in a danger like it hasn’t been in my lifetime. It’s in danger this hour.”

Ironically, the greatest threat to our nation is not “white supremacy”; it is Joe Biden.

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Democrats Bludgeon Republicans With ‘Replacement’

Color us shocked to learn that the Party of Joe Biden is using race to divide the American people.

Douglas Andrews

Watch out, Whitey. You’re being replaced, uh, demographied.

Last week, we noted that the Left is wrecking the English language by inventing idiotic terms such as “pregnant people” and “people seeking an abortion,” and then trying to cancel anyone who dares to use biologically accurate and millennia-old terms like “pregnant women” and “women seeking an abortion.”

This week, in the wake of a massacre in Buffalo, we see that another term has fallen out of favor on the Left: replacement, as in replacement theory, as in the theory that explains why white people commit acts of violence against non-whites.

First, we should note the empirical fact that, as researcher Heather Mac Donald has pointed out, white people are mere pikers when it comes to interracial crime:

Far from destroying the black body, whites are the overwhelming target of interracial violence. Between 2012 and 2015, blacks committed 85.5 percent of all black-white interracial violent victimizations (excluding interracial homicide, which is also disproportionately black-on-white). That works out to 540,360 felonious assaults on whites. Whites committed 14.4 percent of all interracial violent victimization, or 91,470 felonious assaults on blacks. Blacks are less than 13 percent of the national population.

Our own Mark Alexander likewise analyzes this reality today.

This, of course, doesn’t excuse the unspeakable violence of the Buffalo mass murderer, but race-obsessed Democrats would do us all a service if they kept such things in perspective.

According to his 180-page manifesto, the Buffalo assailant was intent on killing “as many blacks as possible,” an intent that allegedly came from his belief in “great replacement theory,” a conspiracy theory that elites in society are banding together to replace white people with non-white people, and also, naturally, the cultural influence and political power of whites. These conspiratorialists point to the decline in birth rates among whites and the mass migration of non-whites into the U.S. as proof.

It seems a few more facts are in order. As Kyle Smith at National Review points out: “Old white people who vote heavily Republican are dying out. No one disputes this. The birth rate among American citizens has been falling steadily and is now at the level that will lead to a shrinking population, not counting immigration. No one disputes this either. Yet America’s population continues to grow anyway because of immigrants, who are mostly non-white. No one disputes this either.”

Smith then points out the hypocrisy of, for example, The New York Times, which calls replacement theory a “racist,” “white supremacist,” “fringe conspiracy theory” but at the same time “embraces the supposedly taboo idea when it’s called ‘the power of shifting demographics.’”

What’s the difference between “replacement” and “shifting demographics”? Not a thing. And yet the one term is forbidden, and the other is approved for use.

The larger point, though, is that our changing demographics — the gradual replacement of whites by non-whites — is being used by Democrats to attack all Republicans. Take Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, for example:

Every time MAGA Republicans or pundits vilify wrongly immigrants and call them invaders, every time they falsely claim that millions of undocumented people cast ballots in our elections, and every time loud bigoted voices bemoan the disintegration of an imagined “classic” America, the subtext is clear: these hard-right MAGA Republicans argue that people of color and minority communities are somehow posing a threat — a threat — to the American way of life.

As the editors of The Wall Street Journal write, “Democrats and the mainstream media want to use ‘replacement theory’ as a stigma to smear as racist anyone who doesn’t like open borders, or critical race theory, or the Democratic Party’s hyper-race consciousness.”

What a despicable way to try to gin up votes.

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Executive News Summary

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Tuesday’s primaries, another illegal border crossing record, Kamala sure is busy breaking ties, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Yesterday’s primaries: winners and losers: Five states held their primary elections yesterday, which included a few notable races. The contest for Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate candidate remains too close to call, as the Donald Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz is neck and neck with David McCormick. A recount may be likely. The other big winner in PA on the Republican side is state Senator Doug Mastriano, who won the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination. Another noteworthy race down in North Carolina saw the Republicans’ youngest House representative defeated. Madison Cawthorn, despite the fact that he had been endorsed by Trump, narrowly lost to state Senator Chuck Edwards, thanks in large part to Cawthorn’s own problematic behavior. Controversies surrounding Cawthorn combined with his dishonesty regarding fellow GOP lawmakers was enough to move Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to take the unusual step of endorsing Cawthorn’s opponent. However, North Carolina was not all bad for Trump, as another of his endorsees, Representative Ted Budd, easily won the primary for the state’s GOP Senate candidate. On the Democrat side, the far-Left had a good night. PA’s Lt. Governor John Fetterman easily defeated moderate Representative Conor Lamb. While this victory likely excites the party’s leftists, it might not bode well for Democrats in November.
  • Another illegal border crossing record: April saw a record number of 234,088 migrants caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection illegally entering the country. This number is the highest single month total in at least a century of records and almost surely the entirety of American history. It’s also a 30% increase over last April’s total. Since Joe Biden has taken office, Border Patrol has encountered more than 2.75 million migrants, representing a massive increase over Donald Trump’s time in office. Keep in mind that April’s record total comes prior to the Biden administration’s scheduled time to end the Title 42 policy, which allows Border Patrol to immediately turn back migrants without having to go through time-consuming and arduous removal procedures due to the COVID pandemic. It’s clear that the Biden administration’s intention is to get as many illegal aliens into the U.S. as possible to bolster the Democrat Party’s ranks. Never mind the humanitarian crisis it has created, or the downward pressure on American workers’ wages, or the increase in drug trafficking and resulting death.
  • “President Unity’s” VP sure is busy breaking ties: Kamala Harris has found herself sitting in the Senate nearly as often as she did when she was a senator from California. This is due, of course, to the fact that the Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties. Thus far, and just 15 months into Biden’s term, Harris has voted 23 times to break ties, placing her third-highest all time for U.S. VP tiebreakers. Just John C. Calhoun (31) and John Adams (29) cast more tiebreaking votes. Given that it is so early in Biden’s term, Harris’s chances of jumping to the top of the list are likely, though that may assume Democrats will be able to hold onto Senate control. And that prospect is looking less and less likely by the day. Thanks to Biden and the Democrats, Americans are seeing skyrocketing gas prices, no end in sight to high inflation, and a baby formula shortage — and those are just the tip of the iceberg. So for the Leftmedia whining about how a divided Senate has kept Harris in DC and unable to get out and make a bigger impact — never mind the fact that every time she has left DC she’s done little other than embarrass herself and the Biden administration — just give it a few months. Come January, after Republicans have retaken majority control of the Senate in November’s elections, Harris will once again be free from any Senate duty, free to continue her gaffing tours.

Headlines

  • Disinformation Governance Board Ministry of Truth “paused” after just three weeks (WaPo)
  • Prosecutors say Michael Sussmann “manipulated and used” FBI to smear Trump, gin up October surprise in 2016 (Washington Times)
  • Former Trump aide posts online a searchable database containing a huge trove of more than 120,000 emails from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop (Daily Mail) | Laptop repairman says FBI “didn’t seem interested” in reviewing hard drive (Fox News)
  • BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors paid her baby father $970,000 for “creative services,” her brother $840,000 for security, and a fellow director $2.1M (Daily Mail)
  • “Sending the wrong message to the wrong people”: White House drops sanctions on Latin American dictatorships (Free Beacon)
  • Elon Musk wars with Twitter over his buyout deal (AP) | Audit finds half of Joe Biden’s Twitter followers are fake (NY Post)
  • Gas prices have now topped $4 in all 50 states for the first time in history (Not the Bee)
  • USWNT, USMNT get equal split of World Cup bonuses in new CBAs (ESPN)
  • Congress holds historic public UFO hearing (Fox News)
  • South Carolina bans men from women’s sports (Daily Wire)
  • With new book, pediatricians try to ensnare kids in gender ideology (Daily Signal)
  • Ukraine declares end to battle for Mariupol, ceding control of key port city to Russia (NBC News)
  • Policy: Why diesel-fuel costs are really rising (National Review)
  • Satire: With formula shortage, more babies switching to whey protein powder (Babylon Bee)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit Headline Report.

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The Biden Diesel Hike

It’s not just gas prices hitting records, and everything you buy is costing significantly more to transport.

Nate Jackson

Every American is painfully aware of the high price of a gallon of gas. Well, unless you’re one of those intrepid souls saving the planet with the electric car Pete Buttigieg told you to buy. But an equally big economic problem is the price of diesel because it affects the price of everything (remaining) on store shelves.

First, about those gas prices. For nine days in a row now, the U.S. has set new nominal price records. (Adjusted for inflation, prices were higher a decade ago.) Today’s national average price is $4.567 a gallon, which is 16 cents higher than one week ago, $1.52 higher than one year ago, and $2.17 higher than when Donald Trump left office. For the first time ever, all 50 states now have average gas prices of more than $4 per gallon.

Congratulations on these incredible records, President Brandon.

But wait — there’s more.

One year ago, diesel was $3.17 a gallon, but today’s national average is a record $5.57. “Yeah, well, I’m glad I don’t drive a diesel,” you may be thinking. True, but truckers do, and that has implications for your budget. As Jim Geraghty astutely observes, “We are now reaching the point where the cost of diesel fuel is making some goods too expensive to transport.” He quotes one trucker who said: “If you’re getting paid $2 per mile you’re not taking that load no matter if it is baby formula or orange juice because the cost of diesel is $5 plus. You just can’t take that load.”

And you thought it was hard to get baby formula last week or the week before.

Indeed, the price of diesel could lead to disastrous shortages and supply chain wreckage worse than what we’ve already endured.

For his part, Joe Biden sounds like Jenny’s abusive boyfriend in “Forrest Gump” — “It’s just this war and that lyin’ son of a b*tch Putin!” But the president bears an awful lot of blame for the current situation, shutting down pipelines, revoking leases, and insisting that the resulting high prices are all the more justification for realizing his “green” energy utopian dreams. Or that the best way to “bring down inflation” is to “make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.”

To be sure, some of the problems extend further back than Biden’s presidency or beyond the reach of his own policies. For example, the cost of refining accounts for nearly a quarter of the cost of diesel, and refining has been a problem for a long time. Another example is that taxes are higher on diesel than on gas both federally and in many of the states (California’s diesel tax is nearly $1 per gallon).

But Biden’s party is responsible for those things.

The U.S. has seen six refineries close in the last couple of years, with the result being that, as Geraghty notes, “the U.S. started 2021 with its lowest annual refining capacity in six years.” He adds, “We’re getting back to pre-pandemic levels of demand, while our refineries are pumping out about a million fewer gallons of fuel per day than they did before the pandemic.” That accounts for a 5% reduction in capacity, and it’s likely to get even worse over the coming years. Higher demand and lower supply is a bad combination.

Geraghty expands on that problem:

We almost never build oil refineries in the U.S. anymore. According to the EIA, the newest refinery in the United States is the Targa Resources Corporation’s site in Channelview, Texas, which began operating in 2019 and processes 35,000 barrels per day. Before that, the newest refinery with significant downstream unit capacity was Marathon’s facility in Garyville, La. That facility came online in 1977.

Are there plans for new refineries? Nope.

Biden had been a senator for only four years in 1977. The problem isn’t all his, but his party’s environmental policies and draconian regulations are certainly to blame for this predicament. Oil companies chose not to take the risk of investing in such ventures as refineries because to do so ran afoul of Democrat politics.

“Nothing about the current environment is promoting investments in fossil fuels,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Fernando Valle. “It’s a 15 to 20 year payback on most of these investments.”

Why do that when electric cars are the government-mandated future?

What Joe Biden has done to the fossil fuel industry is hitting every American at the gas pump and anywhere they buy anything that now costs substantially more to transport than it did before he took office. But hey, at least we don’t have a president who mean-tweets.

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Bernie Brings Back Medicare for All

What better time than during rampant inflation to turn over one-fifth of the economy entirely to the government?

Michael Swartz

With government spending at an all-time high, inflation running rampant, the Biden administration stuffing Ukraine’s wartime coffers to the tune of $40 billion, and Democrats contemplating spending even more money on relieving thousands of borrowers from paying off their own student loans, Bernie Sanders picked this to be the time to bring back the old chestnut of Medicare for All.

In an op-ed posted at, of all places, Fox News, Sanders told us what we already knew: “The United States has the most dysfunctional, inefficient, bureaucratic and expensive health care system in the world.” That would be the same health system Democrats “fixed” in 2009 with ObamaCare.

Citing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Sanders claims we spend “an unbelievable $12,530 per person for health care.” Actually, we do believe it, but the question is why we spend so much. Sanders, of course, blames insurance company and Big Pharma greed for ratcheting up costs. Then he makes the dubious assertion that “the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Medicare for All would save Americans $650 billion a year.” Even if you take Sanders at his word, though, that will only knock the cost per American down about $2,000. Funny, there was a president a few years back who claimed his healthcare solution would save us about that much, and we see how well that worked.

Indeed, Sanders tacitly acknowledges how well it worked: “Despite this huge expenditure [per person], 30 million Americans have no insurance at all and 112 million struggle to pay for the health care they need.” Ergo, he argues, Congress should pass his Medicare for All Act of 2022 and turn over even more of our healthcare to the same party that screwed it up so badly in 2009.

Once Steven Hayward at Power Line realized that Fox News hadn’t become a satire site by running the Sanders piece, he disassembled most of Sanders’s contention in one sentence: “It is federal regulation that has driven the bureaucratization and cost explosion of health care in both the public and private sector.” We would add only that the states are often right behind the feds with additional mandates in coverage.

Having lived through ObamaCare and its various iterations, such as the “public option” proposal, state-based “exchanges,” and the short-lived boondoggle of “risk corridors,” there’s little doubt that the federal government would mess up the one-car funeral of Medicare for All, too.

John Hinderaker must have heard Hayward laughing, so he piled on with his own assessment of Bernie’s retread proposal, reminding us of how government healthcare works oh-so-well across the pond in the UK, where a new book by a former head of the National Health Service describes a “cover-up culture.” Meanwhile, says Hinderaker, British citizens who need dental work are having a harder time finding dentists because nearly 90% of them won’t accept new patients. That’s our future under Medicare for All.

We’re not going to sit here and tell you that the system we have is perfectly fine, but the tweaks that are required to correct it don’t point it in the direction of more government intervention. The symptoms are right there to see when you visit your doctor’s office and see an entire staff of non-medical professionals whose job is made necessary by the complexity put in place by both the government and private-sector insurance — although the latter is often simply made to conform with the former. In fact, you may see those staffers longer than you see your doctor, who is being forced by the powers that be to rush through patient care in order to keep the business going.

If we can lower that artificial overhead, that would quickly give us a savings we can live with.

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Christians Hijacking Homeschooling?

An MSNBC columnist neglects the core reasons that parents are fleeing public schools.

Emmy Griffin

An opinion column by Anthea Butler for MSNBC flat-out accuses white evangelical Christians of hijacking homeschooling. Her premise focuses on the shift to homeschooling that, she claims, occurred as a direct response to Brown v. Board of Education — the 1954 Supreme Court decision that integrated schools. In other words, evangelical homeschoolers are segregationists. But her main thesis isn’t the tired bromide about supposed conservative racism, but that the movement toward homeschooling thanks to the pandemic “is part of a larger project about dismantling the public education system in the United States.”

Let’s start with her inevitable first claim of racism. To give Butler the benefit of the doubt, some parents may have withdrawn their children from public schools after the Brown v. Board of Education decision. But the claim that homeschooling was a direct response to the Supreme Court’s ruling ignores the grand history of homeschooling in the United States that was prominent before Brown and has gained significant traction between 2020-2022.

Her next charge that homeschooling was hijacked by the religious Right also ignores history. Homeschooling has always had a religious bent. Parents who were seeking to educate their children at home wanted them to be literate and to be able to read the Bible. To quote John Adams, this country and its laws are made for a “moral and religious people.” Parents wanted to ensure that their children could read religious texts for themselves.

Though irrelevant to her core argument, Butler’s final plea that public schools are underfunded and dealing with staffing issues and violence is still poignant to point out. She neglects to mention why. Schools are “underfunded” partially because progressive-minded teachers unions, school administrators, and school boards squander funds on nonessentials like “anti-racist” teacher training. Schools are dealing with staffing issues because of bad leftist policies (like refusing to hire teachers who might be conservative) and plain teacher burnout. Violence is a horrible tragedy in public schools, though this is due to societal ills exacerbated by bad leftist policy — fatherless homes, welfare-trapped poor, gangs, and guidelines that cripple public schools’ ability to address the problem in an effective way.

Butler does admit that besides racism, parents are leaving for other reasons. She touches on the fact that parents of every race and creed have started retreating to homeschooling after seeing firsthand the indoctrination of their children. Parents entrusted the public school system to teach their children reading, writing, math, history, geography, science, and other important skills to prepare them for the future workforce. Schools have betrayed that trust and are foisting the critical race theory worldview and “Queer Marxism” on children in lieu of actually educating them. It creates an ignorant, easily manipulated population for down the road. Yet Butler feels that homeschooling creates an environment rife with child abuse and indoctrination. Oh, the irony…

Butler neglects another core reason that parents are fleeing public schools. Their children might be struggling with a learning disability that requires more personalized attention that can be addressed more effectively in a homeschool setting. These disabilities are not effectively addressed in public school classrooms that are notoriously overcrowded. The increase in learning disabilities amongst children is a major issue that has grown exponentially over the past decade. It’s not just that more children are being diagnosed early with disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia; it’s that there has been an actual growth in cases. Some of the reasons for this increase in learning disabilities include: diets, environmental issues, genetic issues, lack of social interaction, lack of play in early education, parental unwillingness to teach, growing up in a digital age, and cultural priorities that deemphasize academic excellence.

Butler’s article is ultimately just leftist propaganda that doesn’t actually address why parents are deciding to homeschool their children. That’s because the fruits of the poisonous tree would lead back to these same failed leftist education policies. More and more parents are unwilling to sacrifice their children on the altar of the leftist agenda. It is unsurprising that Butler is trying to salvage that sinking ship the only way she knows how: by painting the homeschooling community as racist white evangelical Christians who are going to impose their fundamentalist views on you and your children.

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On the Web

  • Thomas Gallatin: PGA Snubs Trump — Jack Nicklaus rebukes the PGA for joining the Left’s cancel culture in moving its Championship tournament away from a Trump-owned course.
  • Douglas Andrews: Elon Musk Goes Republican — The mercurial entrepreneur and Big Tech titan says he’s had enough of Joe Biden and the Democrats.
  • Roger Helle: When There Is No Justice — The Republican Party needs to have a few more senators and congressmen with a backbone.
  • In Brief: How Disagreement Became ‘Disinformation’ — America’s enlightened influencers mistake their interpretations of the facts for the facts themselves.

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Insight

“The right to discuss freely and openly, by speech, by the pen, by the press, all political questions, and to examine the animadvert upon all political institutions is a right so clear and certain, so interwoven with our other liberties, so necessary, in fact, to their existence, that without it we must fall into despotism and anarchy.” —William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

“On issue after issue, the morally self-anointed visionaries have for centuries argued as if no honest disagreement were possible, as if those who opposed them were not merely in error but in sin.” —Thomas Sowell

Upright

“The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter. The path to power is the path to the teleprompter. I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it’s going to be like ‘Anchorman.’” —Elon Musk

“This administration doesn’t seem to get a lot done. The Trump administration, leaving Trump aside, there were a lot of people in the administration who were effective at getting things done.” —Elon Musk

“The obvious reason for inflation is that the government printed a zillion amount of more money than it had. … If the federal government writes checks, they never bounce. So that is effectively creation of more dollars. … If the government could just issue massive amounts of money and deficits didn’t matter, then, well, why don’t we just make the deficit 100 times bigger? The answer is, you can’t because it will basically turn the dollar into something that is worthless.” —Elon Musk

For the Record

“The horrific massacre in Buffalo, New York, has created a debate about the ‘great replacement theory,’ the rancid theory adopted by white supremacists that Jewish people are conspiring to destroy the influence of white Americans by importing non-white immigrants. … Yet, there is an attempt to tar Republicans more broadly with the theory and somehow attribute responsibility for the atrocity in Buffalo to them on this basis. The argument is that the likes of Elise Stefanik, a Republican congresswoman from New York, have warned that the Democrat party views immigration as a way to change the electorate in their favor, and so are mainstreaming the hateful replacement ideology. This is a smear, and especially perverse since Republicans sounding the alarm about this Democratic view have been unquestionably correct. … But the left wants to create rules that define it as perfectly acceptable for Democrats to advocate high levels of immigration as a means of gaining political power, and out of bounds for Republicans to call them on it. … Yes, by all means, further shun and marginalize replacement theory, but don’t support high levels of immigration for partisan reasons and expect the other side not to notice.” —Rich Lowry

“In the alleged shooter’s own manifesto, he slanders Fox News as being run by Jews and part of the global replacement theory conspiracy. He never mentions Tucker Carlson. He also disowns the conservative movement, labeling it corporatism, and echoes the sentiments of the far Left when it comes to eco-fascism. But none of this is useful to a media that see this as an opportunity to regain the narrative on policing speech online after having their favorite toy in Twitter taken away from them.” —Stephen L. Miller

Demagogues

“My 4-year-old just FaceTimed to ask what I’m doing to ‘help the people in Buffalo’ and ‘why did the bad man do this?’ Absolutely gutting. This cannot be his normal. It’s time to BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS.” —Congressman Eric Swalwell

“White supremacy is a poison. It’s a poison … running through our body politic, and it’s been allowed to fester and grow right in front of our eyes. No more. I mean, no more. We need to say as clearly and force [sic] as we can that the ideology of white supremacy has no place in America.” —Joe Biden

“These hard-right MAGA Republicans argue that people of color and minority communities are somehow posing a threat — a threat — to the American way of life. And let’s be clear: It’s a message that has also found a special home in several right-wing outlets, and on one cable news channel in particular: Fox News. In a craven quest for viewers and ratings, organizations like Fox News have spent years perfecting the craft of stoking cultural grievance and political resentment that eerily mirrors the messages found in ‘replacement theory.’ … It is not enough for outlets like Fox News to simply condemn Saturday’s violence, and condemn the shooter’s racist views, and then return to their regularly scheduled programing. To have an impact in the fight against domestic violent extremism, Fox News and their hosts need to actually stop spreading dangerous ideas like ‘replacement theory’ on their shows.” —Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer

Theater of the Absurd

“I think it’s time to name names and point fingers. Tucker Carlson mentioned the ‘great replacement theory’ or some version of that more than 400 times on his show since 2016, according to The New York Times. Elise Stefanik bought ads on Facebook. And it’s not just them. It’s other hosts of Fox News. It’s other Republican leaders. And they need to be called out. And listen, if you are an advertiser advertising on that station, you are part of the problem. If you sit on the board and are trying to be a civilized person … you are part of the problem. If you’re a Republican donor tweeting about how bad you feel about [the Buffalo shooting] but you’re donating to people like Elise Stefanik, you are part of the problem. If you are a staffer working for them, you are part of the problem. If you are voting for them, you are part of the problem. I’ll tell you what great replacement theory should be: We should replace all these people peddling hate and making financial and political gains from spreading racism.” —”The View” co-host Ana Navarro (“Putting a target on Fox News and Carlson is simply the latest subtle push at censorship. In recent weeks, corporate media have been caterwauling at the idea of looser content moderation politics on social media, and you can bet that Elon Musk and his pending deal with Twitter will be tied to the Buffalo shooting next.” —Stephen L. Miller)

“The Republican Party has moved further to the right than Democrats have to the left. … That idealogical divide breaks down to the the Republican Party being an extremist party, and the Democratic Party actually … moving more to the center.” —”The View” cohost Sunny Hostin (“49 out of 50 Senate Democrats just voted to require states to allow abortion on demand up until the moment of birth. This notion that the Democrat party has ‘moved to the center’ completely ignores everything elected Democrats have done these last few years.” —Matt Whitlock)

Lying Megalomaniac

“I don’t like mandating things. I don’t like punishing people for not doing something.” —Anthony Fauci

Non Compos Mentis Award

“Parents unfamiliar with the existing networks of homeschooling run the danger of being drawn into Christian conservative networks and theocratic teaching.” —MSNBC columnist Anthea Butler in her op-ed, “How the conservative Christian right is hijacking homeschooling”

And Last…

“All race politics is bad, no matter what flavor it is. It’s poison. It subsumes the individual into the group. It dehumanizes people. It elevates appearance over initiative and decency, and all the other God-given qualities that make people unique yet morally equal to each other.” —Tucker Carlson

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Rand Paul says timing for $48B COVID business bailout is ‘inappropriate’ due to historic inflation

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Rand Paul is pushing back on a $48 billion COVID relief bill for businesses, which he calls a “poorly-targeted spending spree” amid historic inflation.

Source: Rand Paul says timing for $48B COVID business bailout is ‘inappropriate’ due to historic inflation

Get Ready to Be Muzzled: The Coming War on So-Called Hate Speech

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 • John & Nisha Whitehead – The Rutherford Institute

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech.”—Benjamin Franklin

Beware of those who want to monitor, muzzle, catalogue and censor speech.

Especially be on your guard when the reasons given for limiting your freedoms end up expanding the government’s powers.

In the wake of a mass shooting in Buffalo, NY, carried out by an 18-year-old gunman in military gear allegedly motivated by fears that the white race is in danger of being replaced, there have been renewed calls for social media monitoring, censorship of flagged content that could be construed as dangerous or hateful, and limitations on free speech activities, particularly online.

As expected, those who want safety at all costs will clamor for more gun control measures (if not at an outright ban on weapons for non-military, non-police personnel), widespread mental health screening of the general population and greater scrutiny of military veterans, more threat assessments and behavioral sensing warnings, more surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities, more “See Something, Say Something” programs aimed at turning Americans into snitches and spies, more metal detectors and whole-body imaging devices at soft targets, more roaming squads of militarized police empowered to do random bag searches, more fusion centers to centralize and disseminate information to law enforcement agencies, and more surveillance of what Americans say and do, where they go, what they buy and how they spend their time.

All of these measures play into the government’s hands.

War Comes Closer: Senate OK’s $40 Billion To Ukraine; NATO Pledges ‘Open Ended’ Support

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 • Ron Paul Liberty Report

This morning only eleven Senators – all Republican – voted against a MASSIVE giveaway to Ukraine, even as Americans suffer at home. Meanwhile, NATO assured Ukraine that its support is “open ended.” War is coming closer…and now Finland and Sweden are about to enter the war mix. What could go wrong?

Half of Joe Biden’s Twitter followers are fake according to an audit, so some of you 81 million fans get out there and lend him a hand!

Joe Biden is the most popular president in U.S. history – greater than George Washington, more poised than Abraham Lincoln, and as witty as Ronald Reagan.

Source: Half of Joe Biden’s Twitter followers are fake according to an audit, so some of you 81 million fans get out there and lend him a hand!

Faith Nation: May 17, 2022

TONIGHT: IT’S CLOSING TIME; THE POLLS SHUTTER ON A CLOSELY WATCHED PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY. PLUS, CONSOLER-IN-CHIEF: PRESIDENT BIDEN VISITS BUFFALO IN THE WAKE OF A HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTING AND A BLOODY WEEKEND. THIS AS RUSSIA LANDS ITS FINAL BLOW IN MARIUPOL: THE UKRAINE PULL-OUT; EVEN AS FINLAND AND SWEDEN MOVE TO JOIN NATO.

Source: Faith Nation: May 17, 2022

DHS Preparing for Wave of Violence ahead of Potential Roe Reversal

The Department of Homeland Security is anticipating violence and unrest after the final release of the Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion on a national level.

Source: DHS Preparing for Wave of Violence ahead of Potential Roe Reversal