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
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. (Zephaniah 3:12)
When true religion is ready to die out among the wealthy it finds a home among the poor of this world, rich in faith. The Lord has even now His faithful remnant. Am I one of them?
Perhaps it is because men are afflicted and poor that they learn to trust in the name of the Lord. He that hath no money must try what he can do on trust. He whose own name is good for nothing in his own esteem, acts wisely to rest in another name, even that best of names, the name of Jehovah. God will always have a trusting people, and these will be an afflicted and poor people. Little as the world thinks of them, their being left in the midst of a nation is the channel of untold blessings to it. Here we have the conserving salt which keeps in check the corruption which is in the world through lust.
Again the question comes home to each one of us. Am I one of them? Am I afflicted by the sin within me and around me? Am I poor in spirit, poor spiritually in my own judgment? Do I trust in the Lord? This is the main business. Jesus reveals the name, the character, the person of God; am I trusting in Him? If so, I am left in this world for a purpose. Lord, help me to fulfill it.
Now, the Lord had prepared a huge sea-monster to punish Jonah. Neither the Hebrew nor the English version of the Bible calls this monster a whale. It swallowed Jonah, and for three days he remained in darkness, imprisoned within the body of the “great fish.”
Doubtless, when cast overboard, Jonah had expected death. The strange respite granted him, the fact that he was still alive, constituted a deep religious experience. A revolution occurred within his mind; he recognized and worshipped the full power of God. The prayer which the repentant prophet uttered amid the darkness and terror of his hideous prison, was not of lamentation, but of thanks. He describes what his awful position had been in the sea, “The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
“I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.”
So Jonah praised God, and promised submission and obedience. Then, at once, “the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
Thoughts on today’s verse
Addiction has been defined as “God-hunger directed to the wrong source of soul satisfaction.” Psalm 63 reminds us this is true. Deep in us is a desire to seek after God because he is not far from us and longs to be known by us (see Acts 17). But often when our soul-craving need for God is greatest, he is the last place we turn for satisfaction.
Holy Father, fill my heart with longing for you and my head with understanding that it is your presence I crave. I confess that I have often sought relief for my hunger in things that do not satisfy. I pledge today to recognize all other sources of satisfaction to be temporary and false. I promise to pursue you and your will through your word and your Spirit until I rest in your presence and grace. In the power of Jesus my Lord, Amen.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians. 6:19-20)
How many of us take these words into our hearts and live by them? I know I certainly don’t. Oh, I try, but I fall far short of honoring my body. These verses tell us that our bodies are temples filled with the Holy Spirit. If we look at just the physical and mental side of our bodies – how often do we over-indulge in our eating, stress over the smallest of problems, worry about things that we cannot change, or when we do look after our bodies do we sometimes exercise to excess? We need to treat each part of our body as a sacred dwelling place that has been bought at a price.
But it is not only the physical and mental side of our bodies we should examine. We need to take a hard look at ourselves and answer truthfully: “Are we living a spirit-filled life every day?” I don’t think very many of us can answer that with a resounding “yes”. If our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, then to me, it means being very much a part of this world, of our everyday living, sharing God’s unconditional love and showing people how the Grace of God can work in, and change, people’s lives. So many people today live in a hopeless world, are we able to offer them hope? Can we say to them from our spirit filled bodies that God really makes a difference?
Prayer: Help us, Dear One, to see our bodies as you see them. A temple filled with the Holy Spirit and made in your image. Show us how to rest when our bodies become weary, how to replenish them with healthy food, and also how to exercise so that our bodies reflect your love and your glory. Also remind us that it is not our outward appearances which are so important, but what lies within. Amen
Jonah dwelt in the northern kingdom of Israel, about eight hundred years before the time of Christ. Legend says he was the son of the woman of Zarephath, the little child restored to life by Elijah. But of this the Bible tells nothing. Jonah’s book opens with the divine summons to the prophet, He is bidden to go to Nineveh, the great Assyrian capital, whose monarchs were already beginning to domineer over Palestine. There, in their own stronghold, Jonah was to warn the Assyrians: against their sins and threaten them with the wrath of God.
Jonah feared to go, he feared death at the hand of these fierce foes. Hence he disobeyed God, and sought to flee even from Him. Taking ship from Palestine he sailed for far-off Tarshish. But the ship was shaken by a great tempest, and when all the others on board prayed to such idols as they believed in, Jonah alone dared not pray. Then the seamen were convinced that this tremendous tempest was directed against some one person in the ship, and they drew lots to see which one this was. The lot fell to Jonah, whereupon he confessed that he was indeed a rebel against God. He was cast overboard, and immediately the storm ceased.
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.
Israel to join US in surrendering health authority to WHO In four days, the World Health Organization will vote on resolutions that will give them emergency powers over any country they choose. The Biden administration initiated the measures but kept them under wraps until just a few weeks ago …
Massive Saharan Dust Plume Over Atlantic, Headed For US By Weekend A massive plume of dust referred to as a Saharan Air Layer (SAL) could reach U.S. Gulf Coast states this weekend, according to AccuWeather. On Tuesday, weather models show SAL traversing the Atlantic. The expectation is this enormous plume of dust will sweep across the Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of this week, reaching the U.S. Gulf Coast by Saturday.
Commentary: Has wokeism finally peaked? Wokeism: a pedantic, backwards-looking virus designed by self-righteous elites to divide the country, eliminate freedom, and enhance their power. The turning point may have been the February San Francisco school board recall, where three radical members were removed by more than 70% of voters. Voters were perturbed by a myriad of issues, but particularly left-wing board personnel spending time renaming schools — efforts that even liberal professors explained have dubious historical accuracy — rather than reopening locked campuses. This is an edifying reminder that even left-leaning voters can put up with only so much nonsense.
US Navy Amasses ‘Show Of Force’ Near China Amid Taiwan Invasion Threats The US Navy amassed a show of force in the waters near China. Top Western officials worry that Beijing could launch a military takeover of Taiwan after learning lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The USS Ronald Reagan carrier and USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike groups, the USS America expeditionary strike group, and the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli operate around the Philippine Sea to Japan to Western Pacific, according to the latest fleet tracking report by USNI News.
Sweden to formally apply for NATO membership, says premier “We will inform NATO that we want to join the alliance,” Magdalena Andersson told a press conference in the Swedish capital Stockholm. An official statement said “NATO membership is the best way to protect Sweden’s security in light of the fundamentally changed security environment” following Russia’s war on Ukraine, which began in February.
Prosecutors: Hillary lawyer planned Russia hoax as ‘October surprise’ High-profile Clinton operatives preparing to testify in trial this week. CBS News reported that among the high-profile witnesses scheduled to testify this week in federal court in Washington, D.C., are former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and former Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias.
In 1st, US refuelers to take part in major Israeli drill for strike on Iran Collaboration involving Israeli fighter jets and American refuelers seen as message to Iran regarding potential for US assistance in an actual Israeli attack. The unprecedented Israel- US aerial collaboration in a drill simulating a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is seen as a potential message to Iran …
Mayoral candidate targeted by BLM shooter wins Democratic primary in Louisville A politician who was allegedly shot by a man the media identified as a BLM activist won the Democrat primary for Louisville, Kentucky mayor on Tuesday. In winning about 41 percent of the vote, attorney and businessman Craig Greenberg, who says he wants to make law and order his top priority, easily defeated seven other candidates in the contest.
Is Iran’s new drone factory in Tajikistan a threat? What is the point of making new drones in Tajikistan? Is it for the Tajiks, or is it for export? Iran says it has inaugurated a new factory for producing Ababil-2 military drones in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan.
UK inflation hits 40-year high The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the 9% rise in the consumer price index is the highest since records began in 1989, surpassing the 8.4% annual rise in March 1992. The office estimates that inflation would have been higher sometime around 1982.
CDC data reveals more Americans are resisting COVID boosters than you might think The New York Times provides daily updates from the CDC on the numbers vaccinated. While nothing that comes out of CDC’s mouth is necessarily reliable, I am presenting the official numbers below. But it is certainly possible that the numbers of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are even higher than presented here. Pay close attention to the numbers.
Former NASA chief scientist: Humans will make contact with aliens soon Speaking on BBC’s “HARDtalk,” Green said he expects alien life to be found within his lifetime. “We are making enormous progress. Now we know there are more planets in our galaxy than there are stars. And many of them are in places much like the Earth where we can receive the light from the sun and we can have water,” Green said.
BIDEN STARTING MILITARY CONFLICT IN AFRICA! IS IT JUSTIFIED? The loan agreements that China is making with African nations are, on the surface, aimed at unblocking the financial bottleneck currently strangling emerging economies, by providing assistance with large-scale infrastructure development programs.
The kill shot is coming! The gop is jumping for joy after the recent midterm elections and the celebration will soon be moot! …The head of the UN food security recently stated that since COVID, Latin America has experienced a 269% increase in food vulnerability. Likewise, Central and East Asia have experienced an 173% increase in food vulnerability. Interesting, the US was not listed as if the UN did not want to alert Americans as to what fate awaits them. From baby formula to fertilizer, Biden is doing everything he can do starve America into submission and that means accepting the digital system which will lead to the Mark of the Beast!
WHO’s Pandemic Treaty is A Clear and Present Threat to Democracy The World Health Organisation (“WHO”) and the World Economic Forum (“WEF”) begin a four-day meeting on Sunday as they continue to close the net on your right to choose. The WHO has launched a plan for a so-called Pandemic Treaty which would give it unprecedented, undemocratic jurisdiction over its 194 member nations, including the UK.
In an effort to discredit Republicans, Leftmedia outlets have found a new buzzword.
Perhaps it’s nothing more than the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, otherwise known as the frequency illusion. Once you notice something for the first time, you start to notice it everywhere. But in the mainstream media reporting on Tuesday’s primaries, we started noticing a term that we immediately surmised would start showing up everywhere: “election denier.” Sure enough, it’s the new hotness.
This is hardly an exhaustive list, but it will suffice to make the point:
“Election deniers thrive,” says The New York Times. “Election denier wins,” according to headlines at CNN, the Associated Press, and People Magazine. UK media is no different, with the Guardian likewise using the term. Not satisfied with that bias, NBC News went even further, decrying the “Far-right election denier…”
Yet just as we suspected, the term didn’t suddenly appear on Wednesday. Taxpayer-funded PBS was headlining about an “election denier” three weeks ago, ABC News used the term a month ago, and taxpayer-funded NPR employed it back in early March. We bet a video montage of TV talkingheads saying those words would get pretty lengthy.
Mark Alexander launched The Patriot Post in 1996 to combat exactly this megaphone bias in the Leftmedia and, nearly 26 years later, it’s sometimes still astounding that the same Democrat talking points so thoroughly permeate the mainstream press. Just imagine for a moment what the political landscape would look like if media outlets were even-handed in their coverage.
The Democrats’ great hope for 2022 is to foment fear of Donald Trump and his dangerous supporters. Republicans, it should go without saying, shouldn’t help them. The January 6 Capitol riot was a shameful event in part because it did just that — gave Democrats two years of political fodder with which to scare voters who consume too much mainstream media.
It also makes talking about 2020 election fraud a mixed bag. Was there fraud in 2020? Absolutely, and perhaps determinative in some states. We may never know for sure — even more so since discussion of it is suppressed on social media and “fact-checked” by mainstream journalists disgracefully uninterested in committing actual journalism regarding what actually happened in 2020.
The partisan fight over 2020 has driven the parties further apart and toward nominating more populist pugilists. Doug Mastriano, the winner of Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial primary and the subject of most of those “election denier” attacks, is a great example. He’s more obsessed with voting machines than he should be, and he cavorted with conspiracy theorists on the campaign trail. He was also in DC on January 6. But he would be a better governor than outgoing Democrat Tom Wolf or Democrat nominee Josh Shapiro.
Remember that it was Shapiro, currently the state’s attorney general, who pronounced ahead of the 2020 election, “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose.” Trump supporters were appalled as they then watched the former president’s 700,000-vote lead on election night evaporate in the wee hours and following days after the election, so they could be forgiven for thinking Shapiro had already decided the result. Is it “election denial” to think that was fishy?
If it is, then the Leftmedia is guilty as charged. The Washington Post, for example, which spent virtually Trump’s entire term on the stolen 2016 election beat, says giving Mastriano “significant influence” over Pennsylvania’s elections is “worrying experts already fearful of a democratic breakdown around the 2024 presidential contest.” If Mastriano wins this year and the Republican presidential candidate wins Pennsylvania in 2024, will The Washington Post and its Leftmedia echo chamber consistently condemn the inevitable “election deniers” on the Left?
On a final note, it’s worth highlighting that 81 of 84 Trump-endorsed candidates have so far won their primaries. Some see that as a sign of Trump’s influence within the party, which it surely is, but it could also be argued that more Republican candidates have learned to connect with voters the way Trump did and are winning as a result. That includes connecting with a lot of folks who think the 2020 election process and result stunk to high heaven and that something ought to be done to restore election integrity.
To no one’s surprise except perhaps her own, erstwhile Disinformation Czar Nina Jankowicz is out of a job.
Ya hate to see it. Hate to see the career of such a natural-born disinformationist come to such an ignominious end. Hate to see her get the ol’ Vaudeville hook so soon into her routine.
Here we are, though, and with one less ditzy diva to kick around. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board reports: “Quick as she came, the Mary Poppins of Disinformation unfurled her umbrella and floated away to her next job, nannying another nation of children who had the wrong ideas. Nina Jankowicz, age 33, was supposed to lead the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board. Only three weeks after that announcement, media reports say the board is being ‘paused’ and Ms. Jankowicz has resigned.”
Indeed, how the flighty have fallen. Jankowicz, after all, was a full-blown “Disinformation Fellow” — which we can only assume is someone who thinks she’s infinitely smarter than we are and yet still somehow believes that the Steele dossier is real and Hunter Biden’s laptop is fake. In any case, cooler heads in DC must’ve ultimately asked themselves: Is thisreally the person we want checking our work?
Far be it from us to gloat, but we saw this defenestration coming two weeks ago. And yet despite this disaster, Team Brandon hopes to revive its Ministry of Truth in some less noticeable fashion. As The Washington Times reports: “The department assigned two former senior government officials to lead a review of the department’s work on disinformation. The report is due in 75 days. Until then, ‘the board will not convene and its work will be paused,’ the department said.”
Jankowicz, though, must’ve thought she could ride it out. “All these sensationalist narratives about … what people thought the board was going to do are completely wrong,” she proclaimed as the wind gust lifted her umbrella upwards, adding, “So every characterization of the board that you’ve heard up until now has been incorrect, and frankly, it’s kind of ironic that the board itself was taken over by disinformation when it was meant to fight it.”
Wethinks the diva doth protest too much. And yet she kepteth on protesting: “I have prided myself over my career of being a really nuanced, reasonable person. Again, as I said, I’ve briefed and advised both Republicans and Democrats. I admire some of the steps that the Trump administration even took to combat disinformation. … So to say that I’m just a partisan actor was wildly out of context.”
Yep, when we think of Scary Poppins, we think: “a really nuanced, reasonable person.”
And speaking of really nuanced, reasonable people, Taylor “The Doxxer” Lorenz at the Big-Tech-billionaire-owned Washington Post couldn’t help but blame it on the Republicans. “How the Biden administration let right-wing attacks derail its disinformation efforts,” screeched the headline of her piece, which went on to claim that Janky “was the victim of coordinated online attacks as the administration struggled to respond.”
Lorenz’s lament continued, wherein she accused the Right of using leftist Alinskyite tactics: “Jankowicz’s experience is a prime example of how the right-wing Internet apparatus operates, where far-right influencers attempt to identify a target, present a narrative and then repeat mischaracterizations across social media and websites with the aim of discrediting and attacking anyone who seeks to challenge them.”
Translation: We right-wingers “pounced.” Because that’s what we do.
When a Democrat appointee crashes and burns, it’s customary for the media to blame those “coordinated” Republican “attacks” for the downfall. But all this could’ve and should’ve been avoided. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote at the time of Jankowicz’s appointment, “Surely, no one in this age of polarization and public mistrust of institutions would think it’s wise to set up a government shop with the job of telling Americans what is true.”
And that’s really the start and the finish of this sorry saga.
U.S. Strategic Reserve hits 35-year low, Biden invokes Defense Production Act, 135 teachers busted for child sex crimes, and more.
Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler
Top of the Fold
Biden helps Saudis’ oil production while U.S. Strategic Reserve hits 35-year low: As gas prices continue to set daily national average highs, Joe Biden’s response of opening the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has done nothing to lower costs at the pump. Furthermore, the release of one million barrels a day from the SPR has whittled down the stockpile to 538 million barrels, a low not seen since 1987. To make matters worse, the Biden administration is actively working to cut U.S. oil and gas production by canceling oil and gas leases and banning large offshore drilling, all while blaming high gas prices on the “greedy” oil and gas industry. Meanwhile, Biden has been begging Saudi Arabia to turn “on the spigot.” This from the guy who promised on the campaign trail that he would make the Saudis “pay the price” for murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Well, thanks to Biden’s anti-fossil fuel agenda, the Saudis have been raking in the dough. Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco reports an 82% increase in net income over the first quarter of 2022, as the company hit a record $39.5 billion. Aramco is now worth more than Apple.
Biden invokes Defense Production Act: The U.S. economy is sliding further toward a recession, thanks in large part to Joe Biden’s abysmal leadership and his implementation of a hard-left agenda. The result of record-high gas prices, sky-high inflation, and a baby formula shortage has the administration scrambling for answers. Well, on Wednesday, Biden invoked the Defense Production Act in an effort to speed up addressing the baby formula shortage. The nation’s supply of baby formula has dropped by 40% since April, sending many parents into a panic. The sudden shortage is due in part to a recent recall from formula producer Abbott Laboratories. In his announcement, Biden stated that he “directed his team to do everything possible to ensure that there is enough safe infant formula in the country and available for families that need it.” The White House also noted that the administration is urging states to “cut red tape.” Boy, there’s a novel concept.
135 teachers busted for child sex crimes this year: Fox News reports that “at least 135 teachers and teachers’ aides have been arrest in 41 states between January 1 and May 13,” equating to approximately an arrest a day. The vast majority (105) of those arrested have been men, and the crimes range form child pornography to rape. Manhattan Institute senior fellow Chris Rufo lamented the lack of research into “a serious child sex abuse problem” in public schools. He noted: “The last significant federal study on this topic, which was conducted by the Department of Education in 2004, suggested that millions of American schoolchildren are victims of teacher sexual misconduct in each generation of K-12 students — and there hasn’t been any significant research since then. This is a travesty.” Rufo called on Congress to immediately fund research into the problem. This data certainly underscores the need for legislation like Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law that prevents teachers from sexually indoctrinating students in grades K-3.
U.S. Soccer agrees to “pay equity” deal: An old joke states that soccer is the communist sport. Well, that joke may have become a statement of fact after the newly agreed upon collective bargaining deal between U.S. Soccer and its men’s and women’s national teams. For the last couple years, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has been at loggerheads with the U.S. Soccer Federation, complaining about “unequal” pay. Never mind the fact that over the last two years, the women’s team was actually paid more than the men’s. The dubious complaint from the women’s team was that despite their greater competitive success — four World Cup titles and multiple Olympic Gold medals, whereas the men have never even come close — they have not received the equivalent prize money from their tournaments. Of course, the obvious reason for this disparity has everything to do with market value. The men’s tournaments simply generate hundreds of millions of dollars more revenue than do the women’s. But the women’s team sees that as not fair, ergo their dubious “unequal pay” gripe. After lawsuits and negative press from a biased mainstream media, U.S. Soccer finally caved and agreed to pay the men’s and women’s players the same, and to combine prize money earnings from the teams’ respective tournaments and then share it equally. The irony is that it is hardly a fair or equitable deal when it comes to individual merit, making it akin to communism. Finally, a parting question: How will they be able to determine the difference between the men’s and women’s teams since these leftists seem unable to define what a “woman” is?
Republicans have a massive turnout advantage in 2022 primaries so far (Daily Wire)
DHS preparing for wave of violence ahead of potential Roe reversal (National Review)
Gas prices will surpass $6 nationwide by August, JPMorgan says (Fox Business)
Missing the memo: Disney groomers launch “pride collection” clothing line for kids (Daily Wire)
How a network of retired lawmakers boosts CCP influence in Washington (Free Beacon)
Worker says 911 dispatcher hung up on her during weekend shooting (Buffalo News)
Former police officer pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd killing (Daily Wire)
Policy: How policymakers can address baby formula shortage (Daily Signal)
Cofounder Patrisse Cullors claims there was no misappropriation. Humph.
Black Lives Matter (BLM), a Marxist organization that adheres to the preachings of critical race theory and advocates defunding the police, is in the news again. BLM’s 990 tax form disclosure has been released … and let’s just say it doesn’t paint a good picture of former executive and cofounder Patrisse Cullors.
As you may recall, the suspicious lack of transparency on the part of Cullors and BLM regarding how its vast income through charitable donations was spent had many states, including deep-blue California, crying foul. Cullors had bought several properties in Los Angeles, and rumors were swirling as to whether she would buy a home in the Bahamas. Then, she stepped down as BLM’s leader after the barrage of criticism coinciding with these purchases. People were wondering where she had gotten that kind of money. After Cullors stepped down, the BLM ship seemed to be without any leadership but with tens of millions of dollars at its fingertips.
The 990 tax form — a document that all charities need to complete if they want to retain their tax-exempt status — showed some very troubling things. First off, Cullors appeared to be the only one with a say in how the donation funds were spent. This is especially problematic since, in the wake of the BLM riots of 2020, those donor funds skyrocketed to almost $90 million. Oddly enough, we don’t recall hearing about BLM paying recompense for damages. Cullors called this windfall “white guilt money.” Power Line’s John Hinderaker is probably more accurate when he describes the donations as “protection money.” To some extent, these donors probably didn’t care what was done with the money as long as they were left alone. There were also true and ardent supporters who do care and wanted their donations to go toward protecting black lives.
To Cullors, the deluge of donations was overwhelming. She claimed that she had to build this organization up from nothing. She asserted: “There are groups that build infrastructure for three to five years before they become public. And they raise money, and they take their time. We didn’t have that luxury. We were building the plane as we fly it.” This is an interesting claim since the organization has been around since 2013. It was using a parent company to help manage its charitable funds, which meant that it didn’t have to disclose its finances. But in December 2020, when it filed for tax exemption, it no longer had that cover. Now, with the financial information being public, the UK’s Daily Mail lays out some of the claimed uses of those donation funds:
Newly released tax filings revealed that BLM paid $970K to co-founder Patrisse Cullors’ baby daddy to help “produce live events” and provide “creative services”
The foundation also paid her brother $840K for security services
A consulting firm run by BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers was paid $2.1M for providing the organization with operational support
The filing also revealed that Cullors reimbursed BLM $73K for a charter flight and paid the foundation $390 for private use of its $6M Los Angeles mansion
Cullors also admits that her mother and sister worked for the BLM organization and were on the payroll.
As Tom Anderson, the director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner: “This 990 shows why Cullors could no longer lead Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. I’m sure people who donated, in some cases their rent money, to BLM didn’t expect millions of dollars going to family members and close associates of Patrisse Cullors while thousands of protests were taking place.”
No wonder Cullors told audiences that she was “triggered” by the term 990. It looks awfully suspicious.
The way she went about building the BLM infrastructure was “not worth it,” she also said. “Because the standards in which we are criticized and scrutinized is very different than White nonprofits. We undergo a different set of standards. I did realize that. I knew that theoretically, I didn’t realize that.”
It is the classic bait-and-switch with the systemic racism accusation thrown in. All charities are subject to such scrutiny. If charities use donation money in a way that donors don’t intend, that is fraud. The attorneys general of Indiana and Ohio are looking into BLM’s 990 tax form disclosure. With charities, fraud is exceptionally hard to prove, but the way Cullors has been throwing money around has drawn a spotlight on her and BLM.
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Just how many fake users are there on the platform he aims to buy?
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter has been put on hold following his concern that the social media giant hasn’t been honest about the percentage of accounts that are fake.
In a telling back and forth on the platform with current Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, Musk said that, according to his own people’s estimates, at least 20% of Twitter accounts are fake users or “spam bots.” Musk said Twitter is grossly undercounting its number of fake accounts.
Indeed, the gulf is a wide one. “Our actual internal estimates for the last four quarters were well under 5%,” Agrawal responded. “The error margins on our estimates give us confidence in our public statements each quarter.” Agrawal then interestingly added: “Unfortunately, we don’t believe this specific estimation can be performed externally, given the critical need to use both public and private information (which we can’t share). Externally, it’s not even possible to know which accounts are counted as mDAUs [monetizable daily active users] on any given day.”
In other words, Agrawal is saying that Musk cannot know the genuine number or percentage of fake accounts without Twitter’s internal data, and evidently he cannot have that data until the sale is complete. Musk, for his part, has drawn a line in the sand. “My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate,” he said. “Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does.”
Agrawal obviously dismissed external estimates, but a recent audit by software firm SparkToro found, for example, that 49.3% of Joe Biden’s Twitter followers are fake. (No doubt all of this 81 million votes are real, though!) OK, to be fair, roughly the same was estimated for Donald Trump in 2017, and it’s likely true for any number of popular accounts. That certainly doesn’t support Agrawal’s argument.
So, has Twitter been lying to its investors and the Security and Exchange Commission, or is Musk raising the objection in an effort to renegotiate the price? Since last week, Twitter’s stock value has dropped nearly 10% because investors are clearly worried that Musk may back out.
If Musk were to back out, he’d be on the hook for $1 billion — not a small chunk of change even for him. But if it saved him from seriously overpaying for a social media company that’s possibly one-fifth smaller than advertised, then it would save him a lot of dough.
No matter how one slices it, Musk has Twitter’s board on its heels. It can either see the deal scuttled and face the wrath and maybe lawsuits of shareholders, or it can reveal that Musk is right and undermine the company’s value.
Some are even wondering if Musk’s plan from the beginning was not to acquire Twitter at all but rather to expose it and break it. If anyone budges, it will likely be the Twitter board, as Musk clearly has the upper hand.
With the baby formula shortage comes other unwelcome news about the sorry state of the American family.
The baby formula shortage is a hard lesson about the inner workings of the federal government, and we should all pay attention. Beyond demonstrating the sheer ineptitude and ignorance of the Biden administration, this crisis has pulled the curtain back on a racket being run by the government at the expense of American taxpayers.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC, began as a pilot program in 1972 and went nationwide three years later. The program assists low-income mothers with infants and children under five and mothers-to-be at nutritional risk. Any mother whose household income is at or below 185% of the poverty line is eligible for this assistance, which comes in the form of direct aid to purchase healthy foods, including whole grain bread and cereal, fruits and vegetables, and, of course, baby formula.
When people ask why there’s a baby formula shortage in the world’s wealthiest and most technologically advanced country, they don’t have to look much further than WIC, which accounts for up to 68% of all infant formula sold in the U.S.
Under the program, formula companies compete for exclusivity contracts by selling their products to the states at huge discounts. Even with 85% rebates, the companies still make money, because they end up with state monopolies. Along the way, stores give prominent shelf space to WIC-approved formula brands, and doctors also tend to recommend these brands to their patients. WIC is thus a behemoth capable of toppling the baby formula market because it currently serves 53% of all infants in the United States.
Or, put another way, more than half of all American babies are on welfare. Let that sink in. (Remember that heinous Barack Obama reelection campaign ad, the one with a fictional character named Julia getting cradle-to-grave assistance from the welfare state? Well, there’s the “cradle” part.)
Since WIC’s creation, the federal government has consistently expanded it in good times and bad. And as with all government programs, it took on a life of its own. WIC now has 1,900 local offices, 89 state offices (wait, aren’t there only 50 states?), and does business with 47,000 retailers.
Expanding WIC is always near the top of Democrat priorities. Never do they contemplate ways to reduce WIC’s massive enrollment or help at-risk mothers become less dependent. For Democrats, “helping women” means encouraging moms to abort their preborn babies or make them and their surviving children wards of the state. All WIC and its leftist supporters can guarantee is that children in the program will be healthy enough to enter public school prepared for 13 years of further indoctrination.
To be fair, there are other reasons for this baby formula shortage. (Sorry, Mr. President, Vladimir Putin doesn’t make this list.) The Trump-era tariffs blocked foreign access to the domestic baby formula market and reduced domestic competition. While sometimes well-intentioned, tariffs often have the unintended, but not unexpected, consequence of weakening the domestic markets they seek to protect.
The FDA also shares blame, because its bloated bureaucracy kept Abbott Laboratories dormant for months while it investigated a deadly bacteria outbreak that led to the deaths of four infants. It turned out that the outbreak wasn’t linked to the company or its products, but the FDA didn’t close its investigation until last week. Abbott, by the way, has a 42% slice of the domestic baby formula market.
But make no mistake: WIC and the Left’s cradle-to-grave mentality are at the heart of this. And that’s what we get when we grant the government so much power over us. When half of our babies are on welfare, it doesn’t mean full speed ahead. It means the program isn’t working.
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“[Tyranny is] to compel men not to think as they do, to compel men to express thoughts that are not their own.” —Milovan Djilas (1911-1995)
“The inclusion of transgender people into female sport cannot be balanced with fairness due to the retained differences in strength, stamina and physique that are present when comparing the average female with the average transgender female/non-binary person who was assigned male at birth (whether with or without the involvement of testosterone suppression). … For the sport of swimming, the inclusion of transgender people on the grounds of fairness cannot co-exist in the current competitive model. Swimming should choose to offer competition in which the female category is protected for reasons of competitive fairness.” —World Swimming Coaches Association
For the Record
“Almost 90% of Americans have said they are likely to stop using a company’s product or service if it openly advocates for a political agenda they disagree with, according to a poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action. The findings were not unique to any individual political group, as independents (82.6%), Democrats (84.5%) and Republicans (93.4%) all stated they were likely to stop using a product or service of any company that openly advocates for political agendas they disagree with, according to The Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action. The respondents of the poll were also fairly split, with 39.3% claiming to be Democratic, 35.6% being Republican, and the remainder having non-partisan or other political affiliations.” —The Daily Caller
Re: Illegal Immigration
“We already start our shifts with 50% of our resources not even performing enforcement activities. They’re in administrative duties. Once this explodes, we’re going to have nearly 100% of our people doing administrative duties rather than enforcement duties. That’s going to give complete control to the cartels. That’s a scary situation to be in.” —National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd regarding Title 42 repeal
“Biden should be given an honorary membership in the Mexican drug cartels because nobody has done more to help the cartels than Biden with his open-border policies.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
“Neither Nina Jankowicz nor the [disinformation] board have anything to do with the censorship or with removing content from anywhere. Their role is to ensure that national security officials are updated on how misinformation is affecting … the threat environment. She has strong credentials and a history of calling out misinformation from both the left and the right. And that’s — and that’s our focus. … The board had been intentionally mischaracterized.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
“All these sensationalist narratives about … what people thought the board was going to do are completely wrong. It was a coordinating mechanism. … So every characterization of the board that you’ve heard up until now has been incorrect, and frankly, it’s kind of ironic that the board itself was taken over by disinformation when it was meant to fight it.” —Nina Jankowicz
“I have prided myself over my career of being a really nuanced, reasonable person. Again, as I said, I’ve briefed and advised both Republicans and Democrats. I admire some of the steps that the Trump administration even took to combat disinformation… So to say that I’m just a partisan actor was wildly out of context.” —Nina Jankowicz
Circling the Wagons
“Gas prices aren’t bad because of anything Biden did. It’s just what he’s going to absorb. … People want baby food … that also is not on him.” —”The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg
“Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi decided to give everyone in Congress a Peloton gym membership. … There are parents who are going to eight or nine stores looking for baby formula, paying for gas that you can barely afford. But instead of trying to help these struggling families, Democrats are plundering their pocketbooks to pay for Pelosi’s Peloton membership. You can’t imagine a more out-of-touch party.” —House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy
At the second Global COVID Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “It is clear that a coordinated global response is required to combat future health emergencies. We must build a resilient global supply chain and enable equitable access to vaccines and medicines… We also call for streamlining WHO’s approval process for vaccines and therapeutics to keep supply chains stable and predictable. As a responsible member of the global community, India is ready to play a key role in these efforts.”
On March 30, the World Health Organization published the following list of 25 world leaders who have committed to working together “towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response”:
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; António Luís Santos da Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal; Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy; Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Charles Michel, President of the European Council; Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece; Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands; Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile; Aleksandar Vu?i?, President of Serbia; Andrej Plenkovi?, Prime Minister of Croatia; Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea; J. V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica; Edi Rama,Prime Minister of Albania; Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa; Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; Kais Saied, President of Tunisia; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; and, of course, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. [Emphasis added and order altered]
Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand can be added to this list.
Hunter Biden and his company brought in around $11 million over a five-year span, most of which was while his father was Vice President of the United States, according to an analysis by of his abandoned laptop by NBC News obtained through Rudy Giuliani.
Perhaps most interesting is the harsh toneNBC takes with the first son…
“Biden and his company brought in about $11 million via his roles as an attorney and a board member with a Ukrainian firm accused of bribery and his work with a Chinese businessman now accused of fraud.”
The documents and the analysis, which don’t show what he did to earn millions from his Chinese partners, raise questions about national security, business ethics and potential legal exposure. In December 2020, Biden acknowledged in a statement that he was the subject of a federal investigation into his taxes. NBC News was first to report that an ex-business partner had warned Biden he should amend his tax returns to disclose $400,000 in income from the Ukrainian firm, Burisma. GOP congressional sources also say that if Republicans take back the House this fall, they’ll demand more documents and probe whether any of Biden’s income went to his father, President Joe Biden. -NBC News
$5.8 million of Biden’s income – more than half his total earnings over the five years – came from two deals with Chinese business interests. The most lucrative of the two was a consulting relationship with a powerful (and now missing) CCP-linked Chinese businessman, Ye Jianming, who’s company, CEFC, paid $4,790,375.25 to Biden’s Owasco PC over the course of about one year. Jianming was accused by Chinese prosecutors of “economic crimes” in 2018, and hasn’t been seen in public since he was detained.
“No government ethics rules apply to him,” said Walter Shaub, a former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics who is now an ethics expert with the Project on Government Oversight, who added that “it’s imperative that no one at DOJ and no one at the White House interfere with the criminal investigation in Delaware.”
Shaub has previously raised questions over Hunter’s lucrative ‘art’ sales being a method for laundering influence.
And according to the FBI’s former assistant director for counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, there’s a national security risk when the CCP can get close to people like Biden.
“It’s all about access and influence, and if you can compromise someone with both access and influence, that’s even better,” he said, adding “Better still if that target has already compromised himself.”
An analysis of Hunter’s expenses reveal over $200,000 per month from October 2017 through February 2018 on everything from Porsche payments, dental work, cash withdrawals and luxury hotel rooms – which Biden has admitted he used on drugs and partying with strangers who often stole from him.
Hunter also struggled to keep current on multiple mortgages, alimony, and child support payments to his ex-wife.
Things got so bad that Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris, who began advising Hunter in 2020, arranged to pay off around $2 million owed to the IRS (which legal experts say doesn’t let Hunter off the hook for criminal liability, or necessarily erase his debts).
NBC News analyst Chuck Rosenberg, a former Justice Department official, said that Biden’s paying what he owes could even be seen as an admission of criminal violations. Not paying taxes for many years, rather than one or two, Rosenberg said, helps establish intent, which can otherwise be a struggle for prosecutors in white-collar cases.
Paying the bill, Rosenberg said, might help Biden if he faced sentencing and “mitigate some of the damage, but it doesn’t undo the crime. That would be like returning money to a bank that you robbed. You still robbed the bank.” -NBC News
According to a Senate GOP report on Hunter’s finances, CEFC was one of three firms involved in certain transactions that were “among those identified as potential efforts to layer funds.”
The U.S. Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network describes the layering of funds as “separating the illegally obtained money from its criminal source by layering it through a series of financial transactions, which makes it difficult to trace the money back to its original source.”
But the report doesn’t say whether or not Hunter Biden was personally involved in any transactions that were suggested to involve “layering.” -NBC News
Hunter also worked for Jianming associate Patrick Ho, who was convicted in US federal court of bribery in relations to oil deals in Chad and Uganda starting in September 2014. A jury found that Ho – while employed by CEFC – bribed or attempted to bribe officials to the tune of $2 million, and was sentenced to three years in prison on March 2019.
Biden has denied any illegal activity and says he’s “cooperating completely” with a federal investigation in Delaware.
“And I’m absolutely certain, 100 percent certain,” said Hunter, “that at the end of the investigation, I will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Hunter Biden is currently the subject of a Justice Department investigation into alleged tax fraud and money laundering. Furthermore, the Republicans have vowed that if they win back the majority in the November midterms, the son of the POTUS would be summoned before a hearing to answer in-depth questions about his “shady” business dealings.
The CEO of Wells Fargo warned Tuesday that there is “no question” that the U.S. economy is going to get worse before it gets better.
“It’s going to be hard to avoid some kind of recession,” CEO Charles Scharf said during a Wall Street Journal event.
The Federal Reserve has already raised interest rates twice so far in 2022 in a bid to cool the economy to deal with rampant inflation. Federal data shows that inflation rose 8.3 percent from April 2021 to April 2022, reaching 40-year highs.
With the spike in interest rates and inflation, some analysts and economists have questioned whether the United States is careening toward a recession.
But Scharf, during the event, stressed that the recession will likely be only mild, noting that consumers are still spending at healthy levels.
“The fact that everyone is so strong going into this should hopefully provide a cushion such that whatever recession there is, if there is one, is short and not all that deep,” Scharf said.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said there may be some “pain” that is “associated” with higher interest rates, which would, according to him, reduce inflation and curb demand. Powell, however, said that there is no recession on the horizon, saying that strong labor markets and consumer spending are high points.
“It will be challenging, it won’t be easy. No one here thinks that it will be easy. Nonetheless, we think there are pathways … for us to get there,” Powell told the Marketplace business news website last week. “Whether we can execute a soft landing or not, it may actually depend on factors that we don’t control,” he added.
Powell said in the interview that price increases are, in part, due to supply chain issues, although he didn’t delve into specifics about why.
“What we can control is demand, we can’t really affect supply with our policies,” he told the website. “And supply is a big part of the story here. But more than that, there are huge events, geopolitical events going on around the world, that are going to play a very important role in the economy in the next year or so. So the question whether we can execute a soft landing or not, it may actually depend on factors that we don’t control.”
Nonetheless, top business leaders such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have recently issued warnings about inflationary pressures on the economy, with both flagging the Biden administration’s policy decisions and Congress-passed trillion-dollar spending packages.
Inflation and the economy- including record high gas prices – back in the spotlight after bad earnings reports from top retailers Target and Walmart hit the stock market hard; CBN News Financial Editor Drew Parkhill talks the causes of the current inflation, how high the Federal Reserve must raise interest rates to fight inflation, how stocks could keep falling, and how inflation is likely to hurt the Democrats badly in the midterm elections; how parents can deal with the current infant formula shortage and what churches are doing to help; Department of Homeland Security puts controversial new “Disinformation Governance Board” on pause after criticism from Republicans, conservatives and civil liberties groups; why the border crisis is expected to get worse in a few days when Title 42 is lifted; and Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer, author of The Critical Qur’an, talks to CBN’s The Global Lane about the dangers of Islamic terrorism to the US compared what the government says about threat from white supremacists.
FOX Business’ Stuart Varney argues that the country is ‘reeling’ from one crisis to another and Biden is to blame. #FOXBusiness … STUART VARNEY: The country is reeling from one crisis to another. But the president takes no responsibility.
The US Senate voted on Thursday to pass a $40 billion package of military and economic aid to Ukraine. The bill gifts Kiev nearly $20 billion in weapons, ammunition and training, and dramatically boosts the budget of the US State Department.
Under the bill, Ukraine receives $19.75 billion worth of military aid, including salaries for its troops, weapons, and intelligence support from the US military. Some of this figure is also allocated to pay US troops deployed in Europe and replenish US stocks of arms already sent to Ukraine.
The US State Department is also set to receive a windfall of $13.9 billion, with $8.8 billion of that to be sent on to Ukraine and $4 billion heading to the militaries of Ukraine and its neighbors.
At $40 billion, the bill is more than six times larger than Ukraine’s entire annual defense budget.
The bill easily passed the House earlier this month, despite opposition from 57 Republican representatives. These representatives, most of them from the pro-Trump wing of the GOP, argued that sending Ukraine such a large amount of money was inappropriate as America grapples with soaring inflation, record fuel prices, and shortages of food and consumer goods. Some condemned members of their own party for signing away this amount of money while failing to clamp down on illegal immigration and opioid deaths at home.
Republican Senators opposed to the bill made the same arguments as their House colleagues. “It’s not national security, it’s nation building,” Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley told Fox News on Wednesday. “I’m for putting the national security of the American people first. That’s nationalism.”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul delayed the passage of the bill last week, demanding oversight into how the money would be spent. Citing the bill’s mammoth cost, Paul declared: “My oath of office is to the US Constitution, not to any foreign nation. We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the US economy.”
In the most amazing and well-timed Freudian slip we’ve ever seen, former President George W. Bush denounced the “wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq” during an event in Dallas on Wednesday.
“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq,” Bush said, before quickly catching himself, shaking his head to then say: “I mean, of Ukraine.”
Former President George W. Bush: “The decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean of Ukraine.” pic.twitter.com/UMwNMwMnmX
A clip of the moment exploded, going viral around the world immediately after it hit the web, also being featured and commented on in major outlets from Reuters to Mideast-based Al Jazeera.
The former US president had further compared Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to Britain’s famous wartime prime minister Winston Churchill. “Bush’s remarks quickly went viral on social media, gathering over three million views on Twitter alone after the clip was tweeted by a Dallas News reporter,” Reuters notes of the initial clip.
And Fox pointed out that Bush seemed to immediately perceive how severe and significant the gaffe was the moment he uttered the word Iraq:
Bush shrugged and said, under his breath, “Iraq, too.” Russia has not invaded Iraq, and the Kremlin reportedly gave Saddam Hussein’s government intelligence to combat the U.S. invasion early on.
“Anyway, 75,” Bush added, referring to his age.
Given that Washington is growing mired in yet another foreign conflict and ‘war of choice’ which could lead to potential looming disaster, journalist Glenn Greenwald held up the clip as capturing “our current discourse so completely and fully.”
“This captures the absurdity and deceit of our current discourse so completely and fully that it’s hard to believe it actually happened,” Greenwald commented on Twitter.
This captures the absurdity and deceit of our current discourse so completely and fully that it's hard to believe it actually happened.
It's so rare for perfection this pure to materialize. The universe is speaking loudly here. Appreciate what it just provided: https://t.co/bWxQ8SEvC3
“It’s so rare for perfection this pure to materialize. The universe is speaking loudly here. Appreciate what it just provided.”
On a more serious note, a number of commentators expressed disgust at those in the audience who could be heard laughing, given that by some estimates Bush’s Iraq invasion killed possibly one million civilians.
The gall of those who laughed. Illegal invasion and mass death is but a lighthearted matter as long as Western powers are doing it. https://t.co/TdyVhqfrUW
Even conservative estimates place the civilian death toll in the hundreds of thousands, with many analysts also pointing out there would be no ISIS if it weren’t for the 2003 regime change war that toppled Saddam Hussein.